Saturday, February 27, 2010

Horsing Around

The kids and I had a great day spending time with a friend and her horse River. The kids had fun brushing him, walking him around, feeding him and of course riding him. We even talked them into cleaning up after another horse. I love horses and River is a wonderful beautiful horse. At first he was not sure about the kids but he soon warmed up and all the kids got to ride him. It was a great afternoon.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stick to the Word

 I recently came across this great site called  Stick to the Word.  They offer vinyl clings with scripture on them to help you with verses that you are trying to memorize.   Our ladies Bible class memorizes a scripture each week.  I am always emphasizing how much it helps to write and put somewhere that you can see it every day.   These clings can go on your refrigerator, mirrors, metal and glass surfaces or windows where you can read them everyday.

Visit Stick to the Word   and check to see the Scripures that they have.  Right now it even looks like they are offering free shipping.

Sing Along With Barbie DVD Review

 My daughter loves Barbies just like her mother did at her age.  She is a big fan of all the Barbie movies as well.   I often hear the names used in the  movies as  she is playing with her dolls.  When I heard of the new  Sing Along  with Barbie DVD I was so excited for her to see it.  To my disappointment she was less than thrilled to when she saw it.  She told me she was too old for sing alongs.  Seven years old surely was not too old in my eyes so I put it in to see what her reaction would be.  She was a little more receptive and I think enjoyed watching it.  She recently got Barbie and The Diamond Castle  and I caught her singing a bit from some of the songs from that movie. So I must admit that she hasn't watched it much or had much singing along fun but I am sure that I will catch her watching it again. I have to admit also that I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the DVD.  I though it would be more like a video with the words but it is just clips from the movies with the music to them. 

If you have a daughter who loves Barbie like mine this would make a nice gift for them. Since it has the lyrics on the screen it is great for kids who can read. My personal opinion is girls that are Pre-K and kindergarten would probably enjoy it the most.  My daughter is having a some friends over for a spa night and I am sure they will all have some fun with it.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mattel. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Recent Giveaway Winners

Here are the winners of my 3 recent giveaways. 

Dentyne Gum- #1 Julie

Progesso Souper You prize Pack- #17 The Bookworm

Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk Coupons- #48 Amanda

I will send a email to each of the winners and they will have 48 hours to respond.  If not new winners will be chosen.  Winners were drawn randomly using

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Music Moms Review - Celtic Woman Songs From the Heart.

After spending many summers in Scotland I have become very fond of Celtic music. Having that love for Celtic music I became aware of Celtic Women several years ago and have seen them several times on my local PBS station. This exciting  5 member Irish female ensemble known for putting a modern twist on the Celtic Sound have come out with a new CD Songs From the Heart. The Songs from the Heart CD includes contemporary hits like Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Billy Joel’s “Goodnight My Angel.”  Despite the new twist I must admit that my favorite song on the CD is "Amazing Grace"  which still manages to send chlls down my spine.

I have not seen Celtic Woman on tour put I would love to one day.  The are currently touring the across the US with their Songs From the Heart tour .  You  can go here to check out their tour dates and to see if they are coming to a city near you.  They also have a upcoming PBS special of the the tour  you will want to check out if you cannot see them in person.

I was given this CD to review from Music Moms but the opinions are purely my own.  No other compensation was received.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Super Savings Saturday-$20 at Meijer

It has been a long time since I did a Super Savings Saturday post.  I finally had a good savings week and was able to get all of the above for just over $20 at Meijer .  I know it is not the best picture but there are 24 items and the savings with sales and coupons was $38.   It has been a while since I have had a good savings week.  I am again convinced that taking the time to match my coupons with sales helps the grocery budget to go a long way.

To see how others have saved be sure to visit  Money Saving Mom.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Auntie Anne's-Free Pretzel Day

Drop by your local Auntie Anne's this coming Saturday from 10am to 3pm to get a FREE original or cinnamon sugar pretzel. 

Wordless Wednesday

A special Birthday gift.  A teacup that was her Great Grandmother's

For More WW go here or here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk with DHA Omega-3- Review and Giveaway - ENDED


As a Mom I want what is best for my kids.  I don't always succeed but I want my kids to have healthy options when it comes to what they are drinking. My kids love chocolate milk with this Horizon Organic Chocolate milk I do not mind letting them drink it.  I love that it has DHA Omega-3.  I like drinking it myself knowing that it has health benefits.

Horizon Organic lowfat Chocolate Milk with DHA Omega-3 provides a great tasting and easy way to add calcium and DHA to your family’s diet. DHA Omega-3 is an important nutrient that helps support heart, brain and eye health, and it’s available in lowfat half gallons.

In addition to the great taste, DHA Omega-3 is a natural building block that supports brain development and function throughout life. It’s good for the whole family, but is especially valuable for young children to support their rapid growth.

You can visit Horizon's website to sign up to receive coupons and find stores near you that carry Horizon products.You can also become a fan of Horizon Organic on facebook.

Horizon Organic has been kind enough to offer 4 coupons (2 for 1 dollar off a half gallon and 2 for a free half gallon) to 2 lucky readers of my blog. So, each contest winner would receive 4 coupons.  To enter to win leave a comment telling me why you would like to try Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (e-mail) in case you are the winner. This contest will end on Tues. Feb. 23 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner soon after.

Friday, February 12, 2010

For Your Health Friday- Progresso Soup Souper You and Prize Pack Giveaway

Celebrate  a new you with Progresso Light and 100 Calorie Soups because from January 4 through March 15th, you can visit to enter the Progresso “Souper You Debut” contest for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City.

Three grand prize winners will be awarded a trip for two to New York City from May 21st-23rd. The prize includes roundtrip airfare, a two-night stay in a NYC hotel, a full makeover, a $1,000 wardrobe shopping spree and personal consultation at a New York department store.

To enter, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Go to to learn more and enter the contest
  • Submit your essay (200 characters or less) telling Progresso why you love Progresso Light or 100 Calorie Soups and why you would like a makeover
  • In addition, please submit a photo of yourself that visually reinforces the theme of your essay
Once you enter, you’ll have the chance for your photo and/or an excerpt from your essay to appear on, so be sure to check back frequently! Once the 10 finalists are announced, you can visit from March 29 through April 12 to vote for your favorite.

In addition, throughout the duration of the contest you can visit to download a coupon for $1 off any three varieties of Progresso Soup!

With surprisingly hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, corn and rice, and flavor-packed vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and peppers, Progresso Light and 100 Calorie Soups offer varieties with a good source of fiber and a full serving of vegetables. Satisfying your taste buds, Progresso Light and 100 Calories Soups can help curb your hunger, making it easier for you to stick to your weight management plan. 

 We are big soup eaters in this family and Progresso is one of our favorites.  Progresso and My BlogSpark sent us many varieties to try.  We have found some new ones we really enjoy but my all time favorite is the Savory Vegetable Barley in their Light soups.  I have done Weight Watchers for many years and I love the fact that for 1/2  a can of soup it is 0 points.  

I am very impressed with the many varieties that Progresso offers.  I love the fact that have Low Sodium Soups as well as one that are High Fiber.  Many of their soups also  have no MSG which makes me feel better about giving it to my family.  With so many varieties there is sure to be one that you will love.

Thanks to MyBlogSpark I have a great Progresso Prize Pack to giveaway to one of my readers. The gift pack contains a  soup mug, a jump rope that keeps track of your jumps and two cans of Progresso Soup.  To enter visit Progresso and come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite Progresso soup or one you would like to try.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (e-mail) in case you are the winner. This contest will end on Mon. Feb. 22 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner soon after.

I was given soup, information  and the prize pack by MyBlogSpark to review for Progresso.  

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dentyne Gum Anthony Yankovic Bottles- Review and Giveaway

Dentyne Gum has come out with  cool new limited edition premium badge bottles with artwork form Anthony Yankovic.   There are 12 different bottles.  Three for each flavor, Peppermint, Spearmint and Artic Chill.  The bottles are especially appealing to young adults who love socializing.  Or not so young adults who just happen to think they are pretty cool. Anthony previously produced limited edition designs for trend and badge-driven categories like Apparel, Skateboard and Snowboards.You can also check out  more about Dentyne  on Twitter

I happen to love these new bottles the design and the artwork.  I keep my bottle on my end table  where I can grab one easily.  I have another bottle that my husband keeps in his car so that he can have gum on the go.  It fits perfectly in his cup holder and is very convenient to get to.   The gum is not new just the bottle so it is the same old great taste that you can expect to freshen your breath from Dentyne.

Dentyne has generously offered to give one of my readers  3 bottles of this limited edition Anthony Yankovic  gum. To enter just leave a message here telling me  your favorite flavor of Dentyne gum.

For extra entries:

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (e-mail) in case you are the winner. This contest will end on Fri. Feb 19 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner soon after.

I was provided 2 bottles of gum to try from DentyneI received no other compensation  and the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 8, 2010

OxiClean New Products Review

As moms we know what a dirty job laundry can be. The stains never cease to amaze me.  Food, grease, grass.  The list goes on and on.  Years ago I started using OxiClean in my laundry and was very pleased with the results.  When I was asked to review a couple of new laundry products that OxiClean has come out with I was so excited. 

Later this month you will be able to add two new OxiClean  products  to your stain-fighting arsenal: OxiClean Max Force Power Paks and the Max Force Gel Stick Pre-Treater. You can use the Power Paks to give any load of laundry – whites and colors both – a boost, without dealing with messy liquids or powders. The Gel Stick Pre-Treater works best on tough stains – even ones that set-in on clothes for a week! Just rub the gel into the fabric and let it sit for a few minutes before throwing it into a normal load of laundry.

Each of these new products contains OxiClean's "4-in-1 stain fighting power" so whether grease, oil, blood, or dirt, appears on clothing, you know that dabbing with OxiClean will leave the garment looking new again after just one wash.

Shortly after I received these products I was opening a bottle of salad dressing and it splashed up and got all over a brand new shirt.  I was so upset.  It was the perfect time to try out the new Max Force Gel Stick Pre-Treater.  I treated the spots and let the shirt set for a few minutes and then washed it.  I also used a Power Pak in the wash and my shirt came out with only 1 small grease stain, which I assumed was a spot I missed.  After the next wash it was gone.  These products are going to be a great addition to the OxiClean. line of products.  I am now out of the Power Pacs and can't wait until I can buy more. 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of OxiClean and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Total Tea Winners

I have all the winners for the 5 Total Tea products that I have to giveaway thanks to Copco.  If you are not a winner you can find their products at many major retailers and on Amazon

Here is a list of the 5 winners. 
  • The Tea Basket Infuser-  #32 Anonymous
  • The Twisting Stick Infuser- #16 Jess
  • The Snap Open Infuser- #29 Erica 
  • The Lily  Pad Infuser-# 17 Carmen 
  • The Stainless Steel Mug- #29 Bison61
All winners were chosen using  All winners will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winners will be chosen.  I will send out an email to each of the winners.  Thanks to all those who entered.  I have more giveaways coming up this week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Neosporin Lip Health 3 Day Challange

Wouldn't it be great to have visibly better looking lips in just 3 days.  Well I did!  I took the Neosporin Lip Health 3 Day Challenge and I has very pleased with the results.  This time of the year the cold and wind are killer on my lips.  I spend much of the winter with ugly dry chapped lips.  After 3 days of using Neosporin my lips looked and felt so much better.  I have been using the Daily Hydration Therapy everyday and my lips have stayed chapped free. 

To help repair and protect lips from the harsh cold-weather elements, Neosporin has introduced Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy and Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy. They are clinically proven to restore visibly healthier lips in just 3 days, these formulas help lips become more hydrated, smoother, and be restored back to their normal tone.

Neosporin brings its science and expertise in skin health and healing to its Lip Health line through a patented combination of lipids, fatty acids and antioxidants. While Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal works to sooth, restore and hydrate your lips while you sleep, the Daily Hydration Therapy not only contains SPF 20 but also absorbs quickly.  Whether you apply all day or slather on every night before bed, Neosporin Lip Health rapidly nourishes lips and works to repair them with its unique formula including peptides, vitamins and emollients. Just throw one in your bag and you're good to go!

If you have trouble with dry chapped lips I highly recommend Trying the Lip Health  Three Day Challenge.  You can get a money saving coupon here to help you get started.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Neosporin and received a sample of the Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy and the Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Time for Tea Tuesday- Benjamin Twiggs Tea Giveaway-Ended

Congrats to #20 Karin who is the winner.


Looking for a special gift for give for Valentine's Day.  You need to check out Benjamin Twiggs.  They have some great Cherry Products that are made in Northern Michigan.  Being from Michigan I know how wonderful Michigan cherries can be.  There are many of their products that I would love to try.  I was lucky enough though to be able to try their Bing Cherry tea.

From the moment I opened the bag I could smell the lovely aroma.  I found the tea to be very light  with a refreshing fruit taste. I don't think it a tea I would drink daily but it was great for a special treat.

Benjamin Twiggs has been kind enough to send me a bag to giveaway to one of my winners.  To enter visit Benjamin Twiggs and tell me another product you would love to try.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (e-mail) in case you are the winner. This contest will end on Mon. Feb 8 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner soon after.

Benjamin Twiggs sent me a bag a tea to try and one to giveaway.  No other compensation was given.

Free Revolution Tea from Pilot Travel Centers

 I have been a fan Pilot Travel Centers on Facebook  for a few weeks now.  While getting my normal Sunday Morning coffee on my way to church I saw a flyer that said to get a free cup of coffee become a fan on Facebook.  When I was on Facebook this morning  I saw something from Pilot about a poll about Revolution tea.  Of course when I see the word tea I have to check it out.  To my surprise they are also offering a coupon to get a free box of Revolution tea at Pilot Travel Centers.   Go here to become a fan and print out a coupon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Send a friend a Well Wish from Yogi Tea-A Free Sample too!

 Send some one you care about a well wish today from Yogi tea to let them know you are thinking of them.  As an added bonus they will also get a pairing of 2 teas to sample.  This is just another of the great samples that Yogi gives out.  I love the fact that the sample is to send to a friend.  If you are lucky maybe  they will send you one back.  Go here to send your well wish.

All you need to do  is enter your friend's name and email address. You can add the message and a tea choice.   They'll receive an email asking them for their mailing address, and they have the opportunity to change the type of tea sample they receive.  The tea sample limit is one per household, you should receive it in 2 to 3 weeks!

Pepsi Refresh Project

I am sure that you are familiar with Pepsi and the great products they make.  But did you know that Pepsi has launched a great project called the Pepsi Refresh Project which is aimed at giving back to communities.

With the Pepsi Refresh Project, Pepsi will give away more than $20 million dollars to fund all kinds  of projects  that help make communities better. Pepsi has invested significant resources, and opted not to advertise during  the Superbowl game this year, in order to support meaningful social projects.   I am sure that your community may have a special need, maybe a local playground needs an upgrade to make it more handicapped accessible; a park needs new lights or speed bumps to make it safer; or your favorite library needs new computers.  There are so many possibilities and Pepsi wants to hear what needs they can help fulfill for you and your community.

Every month, you have the opportunity to submit a project in one of six categories: health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, neighborhood, or education. At the end of the month, Pepsi will post the top submissions on their website and let the public vote on who should win   the grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 (totaling up to $1.3 million dollars!) How exciting is that! 

You and your family  can get involved in the Pepsi Refresh Project in two ways beginning February 1. If you and your family have a fantastic idea for an improvement you'd like to see in your community, submit it for consideration for the March round of grants. You can also visit and vote for your favorite from those grants that were submitted in Feburary. With so many cool and meaningful ways to give back, I am very impressed that Pepsi is doing their part to help.

For more information and submission tips you can also visit the Refresh Project blog.  I hope you will think about getting involved.  If you don't have an idea of your own be sure to vote.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Pepsi Refresh. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.