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December 19, 2014

Stubb's Cookin' Sauces {Review & Giveaway}

We have been so busy these last few weeks making time for meals has been a little rough. I'm sure you have been in the same boat, so I am excited to share with you Stubb's new Cookin' Sauces. These sauces let you make home-made meals with a little help from Stubb's, making sure dinner gets on the table on time, and should I mention they are delicious! 

We received three samples of Stubb's Cookin' Sauces: Chili Fixins, Hatch Chili and Smokehouse Bourbon. Each pack comes with a spice rub and a finishing sauce as I've shown below.

We tried the Smokehouse Bourbon first. We made beef and noodles and we did it in our crock-pot. Yes, that's right, the crock-pot. I'm not sure why, but I really under-use my crock-pot and I kick myself every time because it's SO easy. I added the pre-cut beef and sprinkled the spice pack over it. I then added a little beef stock and let it sit on high for about four hours. I then shredded the beef and poured the finishing sauce and let it sit for another half hour. 

I then ran around with my kids and put the laundry on. Afterwards, I folded my laundry and put it away. It was truly a miracle to have dinner done and my laundry too! We served the beef over organic bow tie pasta, it was delicious! 

We then made the Hatch Chili and made chicken tacos. Unfortunately, it was too good and we ate it before I was able to take any photos. My husband even mentioned that it tasted so good, he felt like as if he was eating at a nice restaurant. It was so simple to make, yet it was absolutely delicious. We'll definitely be purchasing these again!

Enjoy the holidays with these easy and delicious Stubb's Cookin' Sauces!

Plus, enter the giveaway below to win a Stubb’s T-shirt and tote along with coupons for free products!

Splash Math Educational Kids App {Review}

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and StudyPad Inc. All opinions expressed are my own.

My daughter is in Kindergarten and absolutely loves it! She comes home and practices reading then she heads to the iPad for some math practice. Math can be a bit tricky, so we've found that this app has really helped make learning easier. It is very colorful and inviting, my daughter loves it and it makes me happy knowing she is learning too! There is, however, a daily limit to the free version.

My 4 year old daughter watches her older sister and wants to do everything that she does. I got her to try out the Preschool & Kindergarten Splash Math and it has been great for her. She loves practicing her numbers and has even begun doing simple addition and subtraction. Our favorite part with this app is that it is very user friendly and my kids love it. 

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December 11, 2014

OshKosh B’gosh #GIVEHAPPY 25% off Coupon!

Disclosure: I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to thank me for my participation.

I always have such fun during the holidays picking out cute outfits for my kids, plus there are always good sales. I especially enjoy shopping at OshKosh B'gosh because I can find clothes for ALL my kids at one store. A nice tip for all moms is when you're trying to find matching clothes for your family Christmas cards, OshKosh B'gosh is a great store because not only are their clothes adorable, but they have children's sizes from 0-12!

Have fun shopping and don't forget to grab this coupon for 25% off your purchase of $30 or more.

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Gift Guide: Go Ape! Treetop Adventures Gift Certificates {Giveaway}

What better way to add some fun to your holiday than with Go Ape! gift certificates?!  Whether you've got an outdoor lover or are looking for something fun to do for a birthday, holiday, etc., gift certificates to Go Ape! Treetop Adventures is your perfect solution!
A Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor experience that provides participants 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise. The result is spectacular. The course allows participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and tarzan swings. We start by equipping participants with harnesses, pulleys and carabiners, give them a 30 minute safety briefing and training and let them loose into the forest canopy, free to fly on zip lines, swing through the trees, and observe the surroundings. Of course, instructors are always on hand, regularly patrolling the forests. The Go Ape Treetop Adventure course gets the adrenalin pumping, gets people out of their comfort zones and above all, it’s a great outdoor activity for families, friends, and corporate groups. 
Sounds fun, right?!  Go Ape! currently has seven locations: Rockville, MD, Bear, DE, Williamsburg, VA, Pittsburgh, PA, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN, and North Myrtle Beach, SC with more locations opening up in 2015!
To find out more information about Go Ape! visit us online at www.GoApe.com and pick up their Go Ape! Gift Certificates for the perfect stocking stuffer at https://goape.com/gift-certificates .
Go Ape! is giving A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE to TWO of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to for providing this giveaway. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

Gift Guide: Old Factory Candle Gift Set {Review & Giveaway}

Looking for something cute and simple to give for the holidays?  Old Factory Candles have these adorable gift sets containing three different scented candles which make the perfect little holiday gift!  From neighbors, friends, family members, teachers, anyone and everyone will love these adorable and great smelling candles!
Hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, Old Factory Candles are quite amazing!  They have self-trimming wicks and the candles burn clean and even for 20 hours.  The scents are made from premium fragrance oils and smell absolutely wonderful.
I had the opportunity to try one of their holiday gift packs, the "Happy Holidays" set.  This set came with three holiday theme scented candles: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread.  I was really excited to get them in the mail and use them in my home.  The scents really help bring the holiday spirit in to my home.  With the Christmas Tree up and the house decorated, we needed the scent of our home to match the look.  The Old Factory Happy Holidays gift set really helped complete everything--making our house look, smell, and feel festive and inviting.
Another thing I really liked about this product was the company's dedication to customer service and delivering a high quality product to their consumers.  If you aren't satisfied for any reason, let them know and they will work with you to make sure the product meets your standards.  I didn't have any problems with my candles but feel great knowing that if I did, they would take care of me!

You can purchase the Old Factory Candle Gift Sets on Amazon.  Along with the Happy Holidays Gift Set, they also have another wonderful holiday themed scent pack called  "Winter Wonderland" which contains Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, and First Snow special scented candles.  Be sure to check them out!!
Old Factory is giving away A CANDLE GIFT SET to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Old Factory for providing me with a free candle set to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
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Gift Guide: I See Me Personalized Books & Gifts {Review & Giveaway}

Why not give your child something really special this holiday with personalized gifts from I See Me!
I See Me! has a fantastic selection of gifts including personalized books, puzzles, placemats, coloring books, lunchboxes, stickers, growth charts, and more.  Their unique gifts are kid-friendly and offer that personalized meaningful touch to gift giving.
I love meaningful gifts and was excited to be able to choose a holiday gift from I See Me! I decided to get a super cute book for my youngest son called "M is for Me."  This super cute books takes the letters from the alphabet and uses them to describe positive quality traits for your child.  It also adds adorable and colorful illustrations to go on each page.  The books is really kid-friendly and a really fun read.  I love all of the personal touches in it like using my son's name or initials in special places.  It just really makes it that much more special and fun to read!  I have a special personalized book for each of my kids.  I hope that the books will always be cherished by them and someday they can show their kids their books and maybe even carry on the tradition with them as well.  There is a spot in the front of the I See Me! books where you can add a special dedication page and even a picture.
Check out the I See Me! Holiday Gift Guide for some great suggestions on holiday gifts from them by clicking HERE!  This unique gift is brought especially to you by our friends at internationally award-winning publisher Chronicle Books.
So what are you waiting?  Head over to I See Me! and grab some great holiday gifts--but be sure to get your orders in by December 15th for Christmas delivery!
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I See Me! is offering some great Cyber Monday deals on Personalized Books for Kids! Save $15 AND get FREE SHIPPING (US, Standard) when you use code CYBER15 at checkout at http://www.iseeme.com/cyber-monday.html
I See Me! is offering one of our lucky readers TWO OF THEIR ORNAMENTS AND TWO STICKER SHEETS!!
A big THANK YOU to I See Me! for providing me with a free personalized book to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

December 5, 2014

NCircle Entertainment Holiday DVDs {Review & Giveaway}

Bring some holiday spirit into your home with NCircle Entertainment's Christmas DVDs! 

The Snowman

One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy’s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Based on Raymond Briggs’ book, The Snowman is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show!

Join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee as they dance, sing and decorate the tree to prepare for the arrival of Santa Claus! Filmed live at New York City's The Beacon Theatre, celebrate the season with the colorful cast of characters singing their hits, including "It's Wintertime," "Every Snowflake's Different, Just Like You" and a holiday version of everyone's favorite "Party in my Tummy!” The DVD includes special appearances by superstar Leslie Hall and the one and only Santa Claus!

Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas

On this very merry DVD, join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays! The Vegimals’ plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! The holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling’s childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling’s nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

Caillou’s Holiday Movie

When winter comes to Caillou's house, this curious 4-year-old tackles all kinds of big boy activities like helping Daddy shovel snow, making holiday presents for his family and even discovering how other little boys and girls around the world celebrate the season! Filled with magical moments seen through a small child's eyes, this delightful story will enchant your entire family.

December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: National Geographic Kids Stocking Stuffer Gift Pack! {Review & Giveaway}

Spread some holiday cheer this year with National Geographic Kids! They have such fun and affordable stocking stuffers and we want to share some of them with you! 

My Weird But True Fact-A-Day Fun Journal ($12.99)

Life's weird sometimes! Here's a chance for Weird But True fans to keep their own personal diary about the weird and wacky world around them. For inspiration, there's a Weird But True fact a day, plus a daily place for kids to report on all the WBT stuff they observe and experience on their own 24/7. It's a year's worth of fun to enjoy, record, and remember! My Weird But True Fact-A-Day Fun Journal can be purchased here.

NG Kids Funny Fill-Ins: My Ancient Egypt, My Backyard Adventure, My Safari Adventure, My Inside Earth Adventure ($4.99 each)

Filled with color pages, great photos, fun facts and laugh-out-loud illustrations, these four books are sure to provide hours of entertainment at home, at school, or on those long Christmas Day trips to Grandma's house! Each book contains over 20 activities and, once completed, make one big story about a cool backyard adventure, an exciting safari, a trip inside Earth or exploring Ancient Egypt. 

Funny Fill-Ins: My Ancient Egypt can be purchased here. Funny Fill-Ins: My Inside Earth Adventure can be purchased here. Funny Fill-Ins: My Backyard Adventure can be purchased here. Funny Fill-Ins: My Safari Adventure can be purchased here.

NG Kids Shark Activity Sticker Book ($6.99)

Attention shark-crazy kids! Rule the ocean in this shark-tastic sticker and activity book that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, shark facts, and more. NG Kids Shark Activity Sticker Book can be purchased here.

NG Kids Dinos! Sticker Activity Book ($6.99)

An exciting interactive title chock-full of the fiercest, most powerful, and most fun dinosaurs. Perfect for dino-loving kids, this book brings National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format that is packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games and drawing activities, all with a prehistoric theme. NG Kids Dinos! Sticker Activity Book can be purchased here.

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