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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stride Everyday Review & *Giveaway*


"Stride Everyday is a breakthrough in fashionable women’s underwear and feminine hygiene! Our innovative 2-in-1 solution keeps you dry with its patented absorbency technology sewn right into the gusset – replacing the need to use disposable pantiliners! The sewn in protection is so thin and comfortable you won’t even know it’s there, and neither will anyone else. Stride Everyday panties are machine washable. Each wash allows the gusset and panty to thoroughly release any “locked” in moisture for a fresh wear every time. A first of its kind, there is no other comparable product out there with the quality in fabrication and performance of our patented absorbency technology. Comfort & Confidence, Every Day!"
 Stride Everyday is an innovative product from the mind of Wendy Spencer. You can find how it all began by reading Wendy's story! These underwear are sexy and comfortable. You really cannot tell the difference in the wearing of these panties, or any other panties. And Stride Everyday has a style that suits everyone: briefs, bikinis, thongs, plus size, and seamless! They even have underwear for men!
Stride Everyday is generously offering one reader the chance to win a pair of panties! Here's how to enter:

1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs.
4. Sign up for the Stride Everyday newsletter!

Giveaway ends August 9th. Open to US & Canada only. Good luck!




I recieved a product from Stride Everyday in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

SENDaBALL


So, say it is your child's birthday. Say you live in another state far from family. You're having a party for your child and their friends. Lots of fun and excitement, but a little bit sad too, because no family is there. But in the mail your child gets lots of birthday cards from family. And that is nice. But this time Aunt Ginny sent your child something different. Something fun. With a special message just for you child. It's a SENDaBALL! A fully-inflated bouncy ball the size of a soccer ball! Very very cool! And unique! Much better than a birthday card!

You Sent A Card, Now Send A Ball! Greeting Balls for Every Occasion. As Seen on ABCs Shark Tank!

Check out SENDaBALL online and see all the cool balls you can send. Also, follow SENDaBALL on Twitter for some deals. And check out SENDaBALL on Facebook for some great reviews and info.

Try out SENDaBALL and use code WIRE at checkout for $2.00 off your entire order!

I received a product from SENDaBALL in exchange for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Alexia Foods

Alexia Foods sells frozen food items, most likely to be found in your local groceries frozen food section! We chose the Sweet Potato Julienne Fries, since we have yet to find a good frozen sweet potato that we enjoy. Well, this one was delicious! The kids just gobbled them up, and when they were gone, they asked for more!

"Founded in 2002, Alexia Foods, Inc. produces a full line of 100 percent all-natural, 0 grams of trans-fat, premium frozen products for the oven and microwave that deliver outstanding gourmet flavor from freezer to table in just minutes. Alexia products are available at natural, gourmet, club, grocery and mass retail stores."

Alexia products include: appetizers, fries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, artisan breads, and potato & vegetable sides. We can't wait to try all the other products from Alexia Foods! Get more information online at Alexia Foods. And don't forget to like Alexia Foods on Facebook!


I received a product from Alexia Foods in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Finlandia Cheese Review & *Giveaway*


Finlandia Cheese is so delicious. We put it on sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and me - well I just snack on it sometimes. It is the best cheese I have ever tasted! And I am willing to bet you will feel the same way about it. You can buy Finlandia cheese at a local grocery store, or Costco, and Trader Joe's. Visit Finlandia Cheese online to check out all their great products.

Want to win some cheese? 2 winners will receive (1) free Finlandia cheese (in a coupon form) along with additional coupons ($1.00 off and $.50 off) and recipe booklets! Here's how to enter:

1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs.



4. Promote this giveaway through social media, blogs, etc.



Giveaway ends August 6th. US only, sorry. Good luck!

I received products from Finlandia Cheese and the Bender-Hammerling Group in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our World Of Books Review & *Giveaway*


Our World Of Books publishes two series of children's books. The Count To Sleep series and the Good Night series. Some books are about states or cities, some are about a variety of places such as the farm or the zoo. Each book is illustrated fantastically, and each page is a little piece of the state or city. For instance, from Good Night Chicago, you will find pages like “Good morning, Lake Michigan and Lighthouse.” “Good evening, blues and jazz musicians.” “Good night, planetarium.” “Good night, Chicagoans.”, all followed by an illustration depicting each place or scene. What great books to help children read and learn about the world around them!

"Our World of Books is dedicated to creating high quality books that enrich the lives of its readers and that encourage young children to value and enjoy reading. A portion of the sale of all books in the series is donated to help babies in need. Publisher and author Adam Gamble is a writer and photographer from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has served since 1995 as publisher of the regional book company On Cape Publications, where he has edited and overseen the production of dozens of books in a variety of genres. He is author of two books of nonfiction, In the Footsteps of Thoreau and A Public Betrayed. Mr. Gamble has conceived, researched, written, and supervised the illustration of the Good Night Our World series of boardbooks. He enjoys learning about children’s books under the tutelage of his two young children, Miki and Jack."

Our World Of Books is generously offering one reader the chance to win 2 of the Count To Sleep books and 3 of the Good Night series, random titles. Here's how to enter:

1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs.
4. Visit Our World Of Books and tell me what titles you would love to have.

Giveaway ends August 6th. US only, sorry. Good luck!


I recieved complimentary review copies of these books from Our World Of Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

RelaxZen Review & *Giveaway*

RelaxZen is a line of products that provide stress relief, relaxation, and sleep. Sold in 2.5oz shots, each shot contains the right amount of ingredients to help you stay calm and focused, or to help you sleep better. I got a case of the Day Calm Focus, and a case of the Night Sleep Soundly shots. They both taste great. The Night works perfectly. I have slept soundly for a week straight now, and am loving it. I can't "tell" if the Day formula works as well as the Night formula does for me. But I do know while taking it I am not yelling at the kids, and I am getting things done I need to get done. And, well, that is not normal. I usually am really super-duper stressed and find myself yelling at the kiddos for being...well...kiddos!

The Day Formula  - Stress affects the body and mind. RelaxZen works with your body to de-stress your mind, increase your focus and balance your mood. With natural herbs, vitamins and amino acids, there’s never been a better time to live a RelaxZen Life.

The Night Formula - Sound sleep is the foundation of a healthy life. A good night's sleep can help with everything from weight control to improving memory.  RelaxZen Night's sleep ingredients help you get the best night's sleep you have ever had.

RelaxZen has generously offered one reader a chance to win a case of the Day and a case of the Night! Here's how to win:

1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs.
4. Promote this giveaway via blog, social networking, etc.

Giveaway ends August 6th. US only, sorry! Good luck!



I received products from RelaxZen in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Truffle Truffle

It is no secret that I love chocolate. I mean, I loooove it. So when I got to try Truffle Truffle artisanal dark chocolate truffles, I almost fainted. They were so incredibly good, I had to pace myself or else I would have eaten the whole tin right there. The Truffle Truffle website sells more than just truffles, they also have caramels, a beer & pretzel collection (marshmallows, truffles, brittle, and caramels), s'mores, custom truffle cakes, custom sweetscapes if you are planning an event, and they even do custom gifts with a design-it yourself feature!

"Truffle Truffle is an artisan chocolates & confections company, with a passion for personalization! We specialize in combining artisan confectionary techniques with hand-finished packaging to create gourmet gifts that are designed to spark a smile!"
 
Trust me, the truffles are top-notch and they come packaged so cutely! Check them out online at Truffle Truffle, and follow them on Twitter, as well as like Truffle Truffle on Facebook!

I recieved a product from Truffle Truffle in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Power Of Fruit

"Power of Fruit frozen fruit bars blend whole fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, bananas, & pineapples together with just a little all-natural juice, that's it! No added sugar or chemicals. It's simple. Our frozen bars are actually made of fruit. No weasel words like “including,” “with” or “containing” fruit. There’s no added sugar, corn syrup, preservatives, chemicals or so-called “natural flavors.” We use no ingredients that would disqualify us from a spelling bee. And because they are made completely of fruit they taste great!"

I was really excited to get these for the kids, since they like icee's and freezies. So I let them try them first, and licked my hand when opening them from a little piece that fell off. I fell in love from that one little taste! It was the Tropical flavored one, and I just had to have one. So I did. And then I tried the All-Fruit one. Just as good. Out of all five flavors, the All-Fruit is my favorite, but they are all sooo good! They have the All-Fuit, and the Tropical, as well as CherryBerry, Orange Tango, and BananaBerry. These are not like normal freezies or popsicles. They have real chunks of fruit in them! So so so good. Check out the Power Of Fruit website, as well as follow Power Of Fruit on Twitter, and like them on Facebook!

I received products from Power Of Fruit in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Chuck E. Cheese Has New Pizza


We went to Chuck E. Cheese the other day, to play, and check out their new pizza! Did you know they had new pizza? Yeah, they revamped their pizza recipe for yummier than ever pizza! It was so good! We all were quiet while we ate instead of the usual chatter. The pizza was so good, we ate it all up! And then we were stuffed, so we had to sit there a minute before we played again, hee hee. I really did not like the pizza before, not quite sure why, can't put my finger on it. So I always used to get the awesome salad bar. But I tried the new pizza, and love it. The dough is great, and the cheese - nummmm! It was all really good. We were not disappointed. Go to your nearest Chuck E. Cheese, and play and eat the yummy new pizza! You can find great coupons for Chuck E. Cheese too, and check out their Facebook for deals and coupons as well!

This post was sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese and MCC PR Agency.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MN Zoo Penguins

We went to the Minnesota Zoo today and saw the new penguin exhibit. We are members of the zoo, and we go often, and we've been waiting to see the penguins all year! The exhibit opened in early July. And it is worth seeing!

3M Penguins of the African Coast – Exhibit Highlights:
  • 2,000 square foot exhibit
  • 7’ deep pool (15,000 gallons of water)
  • Beach and cliffs for nesting; built-in nest boxes for sleeping and breeding
  • Over 40 feet of viewing, above and below water, through clear acrylic
  • Classroom view into penguins
  • Just for kids: rock and compacted sand formation allowing them a nose-to nose experience with the penguins, touchable bronze models, and penguin eggs will be part of the rock formation
  • A sound system conveying the penguins’ "braying" sound
  • Daily narrated zookeeper feeding demonstrations
  • Two-story realistic landscape mural, highly-detailed rock formations with simulated sea life including shellfish and kelp, creating a replica of South Africa's Boulders Beach, one of the penguins' most famous natural habitats
Here are a few pics of our adventures there, though some are not the best pics, because this exhibit was packed! Everyone was excited to see the penguins!

 The spiky haired kid is mine! Hee hee.
 Little Mason wanted to get in on the action.

I just love penguins. Probably because penguins mate for life! Love that. One penguin for the other. Plus they are just so darn cute! To learn everything you ever wanted to know about African Penguins, visit Do The Waddle! If you're in the Minnesota area, be sure to follow MN Zoo on Twitter, and like MN Zoo on Facebook. To find out more about the MN Zoo, and all the animals, please visit Minnesota Zoo Online.

    This post was sponsored by the MN Zoo.

    The Help Review & *Giveaway*

    I got to see an advanced screening of The Help last night. It was an excellent movie. If you do not know what The Help is, here is a synopsis:
    Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Academy Award–nominated Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny - three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed - even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

    I must admit, I did try to read the book first, but I did not get through all of it. I just could not get into it. So I put it on my shelf, and forgot about it. When I got the chance to see the movie, I thought, ok I will give it a shot. And I was not disappointed! This movie is phenomenal, and I don't think one dry left the theater. Very moving. I highly recommend you go see it when it comes out August 10th.

    Want to win some The Help swag? One winner will receive one The Help t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL, one The Help pocket jotter & pen, one The Help fan, and one The Help nail file/mirror. Here's how to enter:

    1. Follow this blog via GFC, the newsletter, or Networked Blogs.
    4. Promote this giveaway on social networking.

    Giveaway ends August 10th. Open to US & Canada only. Good luck!