Showing posts from May, 2013

Cooking Ideas with Squash

We really love fall and winter squash in the US! They are crammed with antioxidants, fiber, carotenes and Vitamin A. They are very filling with very few calories and can be prepared in countless ways. Plus, in fall, they are in season and are very inexpensive. But what are the best ways to buy, prepare and cook various types of squash? Butternut squash is tasty but can be hard to chop up, and some of the other types look rather gnarly and scary, so what to do?
Purchase and Storage The best squash is going to feel rather firm and heavy and not have any soft spots. A squash that is fully grown has a rather dull skin and is not glossy. The flesh tends to be rather sweet. Look for a rich, deep color on the outside and a dry stem that is attached if you can. We find that a good fall or winter squash can be kept up to three months if it is kept in a dark place.
Prepping A butternut squash can be a bit of a challenge because it has an oblong shape. To cut it in half, cut off the top and the bo…

Bet On Your Baby Blog App *Giveaway*

Bet on Your Baby, Saturdays 8/7c on ABC is in partnership with Luvs! Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it? Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what their baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000! All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. Do you think that you could predict what the baby will do next?
Why you will love the Bet on Your Baby Blog App: •Would You Survive The Baby Dome? Quiz – How well do you know the behavior of babies? How do you think these toddlers will fare playing these games in the Baby Dome? Take the quiz to find out! •Bet On Your Baby Game Gallery – View the cutest clips of the stars of the show! Visit the Game Gallery to watch the babies and parents in action, playing awesome games together such as Toy Time, S…

The Prize Candle

The Prize Candle story began with the collaboration of a team that shared a passion to create an eco-conscious candle line that is sophisticated and refined, yet, affordable & festive. Pulling their talents from the fashion, design and tech industry to develop Prize Candle, the result is a beautifully packaged, all natural soy wax candle in fragrances that will enhance your environment with the added bonus of a prize in every candle! I got a Spring Blossom candle! And oh my goodness, it smells so good. I light it in the kitchen and it fragrances the entire house! Even after you blow it out, the scent lingers. It is lovely. I recieved a ruby ring in my candle, and it is so pretty. I am very pleased with my candle! Check it all out at Prize Candle on Facebook, as well as Prize Candle on Twitter.

The Snugg - iPad Case Cover

The Snugg brand was born early in 2010 with the very first iPad case, one of the directors got an iPad and just couldn’t find a case that he was really happy with and they all knew people who were saying the same thing. After a discussion (and a few drinks) they decided they should produce a quality iPad case that people would love and that’s exactly what they did. They initially started selling on Amazon once they had the cases made and they were a hit straight away and the company saw rapid initial growth because of this and that’s how Snugg was born. They set up in early 2011 and now they now stock a wide range of all kinds of different Snugg products and are expanding all the time.
I got a new case for my iPad 3. Give your iPad 3 a stylish splash of color with the orange PU leather case. Made from premium PU leather and lined with velvety nubuck, this iPad 3 case will keep your iPad 3 snug and secure. It has cut-out areas for your iPad 3’s cameras and connectors, and …


Do you want to learn more about a simple, 100% safe, DEET-free and all-natural way to keep the bugs away this summer without the messy toxic bug sprays? Introducing MOSQUITNO -  all-natural bug repellent bracelets and stickers. With the MOSQUITNO wristband bracelets and MOSQUITNO SpotZzz Stickers, you can have two great options for adults and kids to enjoy outside living from casual backyard play to outdoor sporting. Whether you are gardening, hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, BBQing, playing in the park or taking walks or even sitting still in nature, nothing should stop you for enjoying what you love to do. The all-natural, non-toxic MOSQUITNO wristbands and SpotZzz stickers are infused with 100% citronella oil, with a pleasant citrus aroma to repel mosquitoes, gnats, flies and no-see-ums. As long as you can smell the citrus aroma the products are working. The stronger the smell, the more effective protection it will provide. One wristband should be enough to provide adequate p…

BabyGanics Sunscreen

BabyGanics products are designed for babies but, honestly, they're just as much for parents; whether they protect, moisturize, nourish or clean, their most important ingredient is always peace of mind. We got to check out their sunscreen! Cover-Up Baby Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion 50+SPF -  BabyGanics mineral based 50+SPF lotion provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and even moisturizes as it protects. So go ahead and use it everywhere….face and body – BabyGanics has your little one covered! Water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Hypoallergenic, tear free formula is perfect for full body coverage. I love this for Callan, because not only does he have fair skin like me and tends to burn easily, he also is sensitive to a lot of lotions and creams. And this works great for him!
Check it all out at BabyGanics on Facebook, as well as BabyGanics on Twitter.

Crest & Oral-B *Giveaway*

Crest and Oral B Pro-Health Stages are working together with America's ToothFairy (the National Children's Oral Health Foundation) to promote healthy teeth and lessen the fear of the dentist. With a brand new design featuring Mike and Sulley from the upcoming prequel Monsters University, children don't need to fear monsters under the bed or the dentist!
Here are some tips to help keep your kid's teeth sparkly white with Crest Pro-Health Stages Monsters, Inc Toothpaste and Oral-B Stages Toothbrush: Make sure that children under 6 use only a pea size amount and instruct them in good brushing and rinsing habits to minimize swallowing. The toothbrush helps to protect tender gums, surrounds and cleans teeth, helps kids to reach their back teeth, fits little hands, and makes brushing fun with their favorite characters.
To minimize fear of the dentist you can try these tips: Visit the dentist with your child before their first appointment. Ask the dental assistant for a tour and…

Father's Day Promotion 20% off Men's Slippers

What is more comfortable - a tie or Dearfoams slippers? Ask Dad and he'll say the slippers for sure! Dad's deserve the comfort and style of Dearfoams slippers and with 20% off all men's slippers between now and June 6th, 2013, they make the perfect Father's Day Gift.
OFFER: 20% off all Men's Slippers at with code AFDAD2013.

Monster Univeristy Clip


Donate To A Great Cause

We need 15 more sales on these shirts for the Mason's Missions charity! Help spread the word please! And thank you!

Oxi-Clean 2 in 1

The latest from the trusted line of OxiClean stain removers is new 2in1 Stain Fighter plus Color Safe Brightener. The active oxygen power reaches deep into fabric fibers to quickly and safely break up and remove stains. And the built-in optical brightener helps to make whites and colors look their best! OxiClean 2in1 has 40 percent more brightening power than detergent alone to help prolong the life of your wardrobe and keep colorful clothes vibrant and looking their very best. It also provides the stain fighting power that you can expect from OxiClean to help remove all of life’s messy stains from dirt to perspiration, grease and more. Give your wash a boost by adding OxiClean 2in1 Stain Fighter plus Color Safe Brightener to every load.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Deodorize Garbage Cans - A couple of shakes is all it takes! Keep unpleasant smells to a minimum by sprinkling ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda in the garbage between layers as they accumulate. Periodically wash out and deodorize garbage cans with a solution of 1 cup of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water.
Greasy Dishes - Greasy dishes overwhelm even the most effective detergents. To cut through the toughest grease, add 2 heaping tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda to detergent and dishwasher. Let pans soak for 15 minutes, then clean.
Musty Towels - Fun in the sun can make towels smell musty. Get pool towels clothesline fresh - right from the wash! Add 1/2 cup ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda to the rinse cycle.

The Soothing Company Bonsai Tree

The Soothing Company offers thousands of soothing products for your home and garden. Everything from indoor water fountains for the home to bonsai trees to even wall art for the outdoors. I got a Small Gardenia Bonsai Tree. Features: Blooms March through June, Full and Fragrant White Flowers, Smaller in Size - Ideal for Indoors. This fragrant indoor Bonsai features a soft scent that has been popular for centuries. Gardenias are full, white flowers that bloom March through June. This Indoor Bonsai Tree is not only beautiful to look at, it will add a beautiful scent to your home! It is gorgeous! Adds a little elegance to our home!
Check it all out at The Soothing Company on Facebook, as well as The Soothing Company on Twitter.

Papersalt Books

Papersalt makes books and activities to help parents teach life lessons and simple things all kids should know. We recieved a few of their books, and love them!
The Stuff Journal - 100 page journal for boys with inspiring topics and quotes. This is great, because even boys like to journal and write.
My USA - This educational book highlights each state including: population, largest city, when it became a state, state bird/tree/plant, and random facts. Kids can mark states visited, write in dates and activities, tag where family and friends live. This is a great book for travel memories and to learn about the USA.
Check it all out at Papersalt on Facebook, as well as Papersalt on Twitter.

The Offering Blog Tour

The Offering by Angela Hunt
About The Book: After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can't afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter....Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy's world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium. Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened - could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what's best for the little boy she has never known.
My Thoughts: Oh. My God. Th…

Getting Cool In The Pool

Summer is coming! For some, it is already here. I always complain about the weather, no matter if it is hot out or cold out. But when it is hot out, you can get some relief by going for a dip in your swimming pool! And I recently saw some really cool pool supplies! LED colored pool lights are one thing! How cool is that? Instead of just the regular white lights, get colored ones. Fun for parties! It is something different, and it is one small touch that can make swimming more fun!
I love pool sconces as well. It is a simple decorative feature that adds class and fun to your pool area. I have seen lots of lion heads that spit out the water. I always think that is so cool. As the global leader in swimming pool, spa and aquatic equipment, Pentair has built a reputation as the innovation leader, providing high performance, reliable and energy-efficient products that pool owners and operators can depend on to make their pools more inviting, easier to maintain, and extraordinary, from the …

Omega Infusion Water

Omega Infusion is revolutionary, omega3 infused, enhanced water. Great tasting, zero calories. Omega3 enhanced. We were able to try all the flavors, as well as some shots! The water is great tasting, and refreshing, and Jason loves the shots!
  Check it all out at Omega Infusion on Facebook, as well as Omega Infusion on Twitter.