Friday, November 30, 2012

Jingle Jam Giveaway Hop: Nibbles and Children's Book Giveaway 12/1-12/15

This is the Jingle Jam Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC and Cheap Is The *New* Classy! This event was organized to kickoff the holiday season with a bang. Let’s get ready to jingle and jam with some amazing prizes geared towards music and everything else. This event will run from December 1-15th, so you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways! Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Nibbles Healthy Snacks

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: WondaWedge and BookWedge

Now I have to admit, when I first received my WondaWedge and BookWedge my first thought was "Meh." Am I really going to use it? Do I really need it around the home? Is this going to be another novelty item hanging around the house? I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy it! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sam's Club Black Friday Event: Starbucks Holiday Blend and Artisan Fresh Cinnamon Rolls #DeliciousPairings #Cbias

Every year I lace up my walking shoes, bundle up in my warmest coat and face the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping.  Truth is, I love it!  I love scanning the deals before hand, planning out my route and getting those awesome prices.  I also love the crowds and that rush I get when I totally score that sought after marked down item!  However, there is one thing about Black Friday I am not a fan of; it's having to wake up super early in the morning to beat everyone to those deals.  So early in the morning, that breakfast is usually skipped and only one cup of coffee is drank.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Soda Stream Soda Maker Giveaway 11/26-12/10

Soda Stream Soda Maker Giveaway!! 11/26-12/10
The holiday season upon us and wouldn't it be a fun family event to make your own soda?  Or what about a family taste test with all the variety of flavors it has to offer?  Whatever you choose, I assure you it will be fun and a great conversation starter!

The Soda Stream makes a very unique gift, especially for that certain person who is always difficult to buy for.  I know they would love it!  Check out the full review on using the Soda Stream soda maker. 

You are in luck!  A group of AWESOME bloggers (make sure to check them out!) have gotten together to bring you a Soda Stream giveaway just in time for Christmas!  That is right, one lucky winner will receive:

It includes:
-          Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
-          1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
-          Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
-          Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
-          3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice 

Giveaway Details:
-          Giveaway runs from November 26th 2012 to December 10th 2012
-          US residents only
-          Must be 18+ years of age
-          Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter

Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Monsters Gear Review and Giveaway

My kids are Monsters fans!  They love the movie Monsters Inc. and are always pretending to be a monster of some sort.  That is why when I saw the company Little Monsters Gear, I had to check them out!

The company was started in honor of the owners father; he had 15 children and nicknames for each.  She started creating Monster designs based off of each of her siblings nicknames and the company grew from there.  They now have 12 monsters, each with their own story and own characteristics!

Just look at the cuteness of their designs....

Aren't they simply adorable?  Also, each Monster tee comes with their own story AND stickers!  That sold my kids right there, STICKERS!  This company sure has an understanding for kids!

They also have an array of sizes!  I saw they carried onesies and smaller tees.  My son is 7 and I was a little worried they would not carry his size.  Well, rest assured they certainly did!  And he LOVES his shirt, it is amazing how fitting the shirt isHe certainly is my DareDevil!

Besides the tees and onsies, they carry bibs, burb clothes and leg warmers!  Oh. My. Goodness!  Why did I not know about this company when my little girl was a baby.  I love seeing little babes with those cute leg warmers looking all like Flash Dance!

And guess what?!  Today we are giving away a Little Monster Gear product!

Simply, enter using the rafflecopter form below. You only have to do the first entry to win but the more you do, the better your chances of winning. It may take a few moments to load. Click on Do It for more instructions and then after you do it, click the green button. Make sure you read instructions carefully.
If you have any questions or problems, email Amanda at guideformoms AT yahoo DOT com.

A copy of the giveaway rules are below and on the rafflecopter form. Entering the giveaway means you have read and agree to the rules. 
Good Luck and May the Odds Forever be in Your Favor!

Monday, November 19, 2012

PersonaLabs Online Blood Testing: Targeted Risk Assessment

Last year I began having health problems, I started coming down with sickness after sickness, having dizzy spells and overall just felt lethargic.  After a visit with my primary doctor, it was suspected I had anemia (low iron counts) and was referred to a Hematologist.  Hoping to find an answer to this issue I immediately called to make an appointment, but when I did, the earliest I could get was 2 months away...  really?!  I would have to wonder what was wrong with me for an entire 2 months?!  Typical me, I started worrying that it could be something way worse; my mind started racing and I started scouring the internet with my symptoms.  Bad idea but I just wanted to know what was wrong with me!

Well, in the midst of my hypochondriatic episode I finally made it into the doctors and it turned out that I did indeed have anemia, which was a relief, but in this day in age should I have been made 2 months to find this out?  I'm convinced that something is definitely wrong with our healthcare system.  Not only is the rising cost in healthcare a problem but so is the red tape (2 months... really?!).  How can we as patients take control of our health?  This is why I am now a believer in PersonaLabs online blood testing!

"PersonaLabs was founded to give individuals the ability to take charge of their own healthcare through affordable, accessible, confidential laboratory tests and risk assessments."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nutrisystem Week 10: Eating Until Satisfaction

 "Change is the end results of all true learning"

For many of you that are not familiar with my weight loss journey, let me fill you in a bit.  I began my journey over 10 years ago and 175 pounds heavier.  My journey began with an unsuccessful surgery, many diets, many ups and downs in weight and many weight loss programs.  My weight has been and probably will always be a constant struggle of self control, fighting bad eating patterns and making healthier choices.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Funnies: Wishes of a 4 Year Old

Lately, I've really enjoyed the little talks I've had with my little girl.  She is getting older and her thoughts are becoming more and more complex, so we are actually having more meaningful conversations.  Well, this morning she comes to me with this...

Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest Post: The Life of a Minimalist and Minimalist Coaching Session Giveaway

Last September I attended FitBloggin' conference in Baltimore.  At the conference, I was lucky enough to meet and room with a very special lady.   She is a minimalist coach and blogs about living a minimal lifestyle and helping moms lose weight.  Her take on the "simplier" life, her devotion to her son and her overall attitude inspired me and I hope you enjoy her guest post as much as I enjoyed reading it!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Soda Stream Soda Maker Review

I wanted to know what all the hype was about when I decided to review the Soda Stream product.  Truthfully, when I received it in the mail I was thinking "Oh man, just another novelty product that will end up cluttering my home and collecting dust."  Let me tell you how very WRONG I was!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nutrisystem Week 9: I Will NOT Be That Statistic

It has now been 9 weeks since I began my journey on the Nutrisystem program and it is really starting to show!  My clothes are getting too big, I can feel my body changing AND I have began receiving the question "Have you lost weight?"  "Why yes, yes I have!"  This question is usually followed up with "How are you doing it?"  They always ask how.  How many of us want to know the secret to success, how many of us are struggling to lose those few (or many) pounds and just want to know HOW?  So, I begin to tell them all about the Nutrisystem program, how delicious the food is, how easy the program is and how it really does work when followed.  They seem interested and nod but as I leave the conversation, I often wonder how many of them will actually make the decision to take control of their health and BEGIN a weight loss program.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CrockPot Chickadilla Soup Recipe

It's winter time and that means two things, getting out my Crockpot and making soups!  I love my Crockpot I love the convenience, I love how you can throw a bunch of ingredients together and come back some hours later and it is done!  Crockpots rock!  One of my most popular recipes is a Crockpot recipe, Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Rice.

Today I am going to share with you this delicious Chickadilla Soup.  You can eat it as a soup OR serve it over rice.  Either way its awesome and good for you!  Enjoy!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Welcoming Winter Giveaway Hop: HallMark Ornament, Interactive Book and Holiday Card Giveaway

Welcome it is the Welcoming Winter Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR! I know, I know winter doesn't officially start until December, BloggerPR wanted to make sure our readers had a few prizes delivered just in time for that cold weather. We have many bloggers participating in this event and each is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more, so check out all the amazing giveaways! This event will run from November 6th t through 14th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below. Good Luck & Happy Winter!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Family Movie Night With The Amazing Spider-Man and Webslinger Augmented Reality App #SpiderManWMT #CBias

On November 9th, The Amazing Spiderman is being released on Blu-ray/DVD.  As you can tell, my kids are Spider-Man fans!  My son has had a Spider-Man birthday party for two years in a row, he has dressed up as Spider-Man for Halloween two times and regularly pretends to be Spider-Man fighting crime in his room!  So, as you might expect, The Amazing Spider-Man being released on DVD is a huge event for him!  In honor of the big event, we spent last Friday night hosting a family movie night where we watched an advance copy of The Amazing Spider-Man and played with the Webslinger Augmented Reality App.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Nutrisystem Week 8: Brownies Sundaes and Chocolate Cheesecakes and Whoopie Pies, Oh My!

Just when I thought I could not love Nutrisystem any more than I already do, I do!  This week I had the great pleasure of trying some new Nutrisystem desserts.  I love my desserts, I could eat dessert for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!  So, when I had the chance to try some new ones, I was super excited about it.  And let me tell you, what a treat it was!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful For My Fans Giveaway: WIN $30 CASH


November means Thanksgiving is almost here! This Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for. It's always nice to share a special day with those that are close to you and mean something in your life! This year I have one more thing to add to my list of things to be thankful for. MY FANS. Without you, blogging would simply be a journal. You all bring my page to life. What better way to show my appreciation than a giveaway in time for Thanksgiving? Thrifty Mom's Reviews and More is teaming up with Savior Cents, All Things Abby, Sister's Saving Cents, Save More Spend Less with Heidi and Guide For Moms to bring you a CASH giveaway!

Winner will receive $30 paypal cash! (If you do not have paypal, you can choose a $30 e-gift card of your choice) Use it to buy Thanksgiving dinner, pamper yourself a little, or even save it for Christmas. Thanks for making my first year of blogging great!