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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends

Happy Holidays! 

Looking for some unique recipes for entertaining?  You should definitely check out Betty Crockers Red Hot Holiday Trends.

Betty Crocker can help make cooking and entertaining easier than ever with Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! The food experts at Betty Crocker have selected trends that will be red hot this holiday season, and have created delicious recipes to bring each one to life. These fun and delicious recipes are sure to fire up any holiday event, and keep you toasty and warm for the New Year ahead.

Betty 10: Red Hot Holiday Trends
Pumpkin Pie Cookies
 Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes
Cake Batter Cookie Stackers
Mantastic Fried Chicken ‘n’ Waffle Sandwich
Cajeta Caramel Fudge
Sweet Potato Hummus
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
Dog Bark
Chocolate Coal Lumps
Skinny Clementine Martini

*Disclosure: I received this information from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

BK Crown Prize Pack Winner!

 Congratulations to JC!!!
Please email me with your information so that I can send the company
your mailing information to get your prize out to you.

Thanks to all who entered! 

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Friday, December 2, 2011


IMAGINATION IS KING™ at BURGER KING®. The new BK CROWNTM/MC Program, built to inspire every kid’s imagination and encourage kids to help choose how BK® gives back, brings families together to enjoy not just a meal but a mealtime experience.

  • The BK CROWNTM/MC Program comes in a fully interactive Kids Meal box. Sitting atop each box is a newly redesigned BURGER KING® crown, because every kid deserves to be treated like royalty at BURGER KING®! With crowns on their heads, kids can dive into the box, taking it apart, playing fun games and activities that challenge their minds, inspire their imagination and engage with the whole family.
  • With the BK CROWNTM/MC Program, Burger King Corporation invites kids to tell BURGER KING® what matters to them most. BKC has established a fund to help support the Wildlife Conservation Society, National Parks Conservation Association, and Have It Your Way™ Foundation. By visiting, kids learn how BKC’s charitable partners make a difference. Upon entering BK CROWNTM/MC Codes and clicking on their favorite cause, each kid’s vote helps BK® choose which charity to give back to.
  • The fun doesn’t end at the restaurant; the BK CROWNTM/MC Program experience lives on at where kids can place their vote for how BKC should give back, as well as find more games, win prizes and enjoy interactive play.
  • Also at BURGER KING®, for just $9.99 your family can enjoy the “BK™ Family Bundle” which includes a WHOPPER® sandwich, WHOPPER JR.® sandwich., two small fries, two small soft drinks and a Kids Meal. Now that’s a deal worth getting together for! Limited time only. Price and participation vary. Prices higher in HI.
Our kids loved the BK Crown Boxes which come with the famous crown, which is attached to the box and the fact that they could be engaged in stimulating and educational activity was delightful.  They are definitely fans of the BK CROWN Program.  I love the healthier options that are available.

They chose the charity, an organization that helps donate much needed supplies to classrooms around the United States. 



    The Winner's prize pack will contain:
  • (1) $25 BURGER KING® Crown Card* to purchase a kids meal featuring the BK CROWNTM/MC Program.


Why is it important for your family to have a fun mealtime experience?


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Zagg iPad an Hour Giveaway

Enter to win an iPad 2 from in their iPad 2 an hour giveaway!
Starts on Friday November 25th, 2011@ Midnight!

Good Luck!

Big G Cereal Heroes Prize Pack Winner!

Congrats to Melissa!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD prize Winner!

Congrats to Dianna!

Betty Crocker Fun-da-middles Winner!!

Congratulations to Rebecca! 
She said in response to the question in the contest: 

My daughters 3rd bday party

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Last week we were able to take the youngest kids (Yo-Gabba-Gabb-ites ^pictured above) to watch Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! We attended the show at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. This audience participation-filled show, featured some Yo Gabba Gabba favorites: DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee, with special guests Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie and Razzle Dazzle Superstar Leslie Hall. It was awesome to see how much the kids enjoyed the show.  For the most part our 3 year old sat still, watched and danced.  She LOVED the show!  I loved that the show had so much audience participation.  I loved how much fun it was.  It really kept the kids entertained and involved with the show.  We definitely look forward to seeing their favorite characters next year.   They sang some of our little one's favorite songs,  like "There's a Party in My Tummy!"

Compared to the last show, this show was much more exciting.  The cast and crew definitely KNOW how to make this show fun for all ages!  I loved the music that they used for the show.  Definitely my type of family music and fun!  I am sure your family will love it as much as we did.                                  

Thanks so much Yo Gabba Gabba! We had fun getting to know the characters and their songs.

At the end the kids were all smiles at the END! ^ The little one, well she didn't want to leave the show. I especially loved seeing, Leslie Hall she cracks me up, she sure is talented!

The show will continue running from yesterday(11/15/2011- 12/10/2011)

*Disclosure: Tickets, giveaway prizes and information about the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour and show were provided to me free of charge.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Big G Cereal Heroes Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

Big G cereals and DC Comics have joined forces to create a powerful breakfast for you and some of your favorite little sidekicks. Available now, specially marked Big G cereal boxes will feature collectable DC Super Hero comic books starring members from the Justice League, from Batman to Wonder Woman to Green Lantern!

Each box will be packed with action, adventure, and delicious cereal, not to mention a cut-out DC Super Hero mask your child can use to help the Justice League fight crime at breakfast time!
  • Collect all four comics – there’s one in each specially-marked Big G cereal box - and you’ll instantly be the hero of your house

  • Participating Big G cereal include; Cinnamon Toast Crunch (17 oz.), Lucky Charms (16 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios (17 oz.), Trix (14.8 oz.), Golden Grahams (16 oz.), Reese’s Puffs(18 oz.) and Cocoa Puffs (16.5 oz.)
Let Big G cereals and DC ENTERTAINMENT feed your family’s bodies and minds while also giving them a super start to their day! Visit for more information on Big G cereals and DC Comics.

Follow Big G on Twitter:!/generalmills

Our Thoughts:

Our family loved the cereals we were sent. We received Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios.  Of course they are some of the classic cereals, what better cereals to pair up with DC Super Hero Comics.
 Each of the cereals have that distinct freshness and flavor that is always nostalgic for me, as a child of the 80's and 90's these cereals were always the most requested in our house. I love it that Big G Cereals makes reading an important part of a healthy meal.  I am sure that your family will enjoy some of these tasty cereals and the bonus comic books as well!

The Giveaway:

One of my fabulous readers will win a Big G Cereal Heroes Prize Pack, that includes:

  • 1 box of a participating Big G cereal
  • 1 set of the collectable DC Super Hero comic books
  • 1 Green Lantern action figure

Enter to win by leaving me a comment telling me how you use comics to promote children's literacy. (Mandatory-1 entry)
This giveaway ends on  Nov. 15th, 2011- 11:59 PM MST

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Yo Gabba Gabba Giveaway! * ENDED

The Yo Gabba Gabba Live! tour is coming to a town near you!  We loved the show last year, and I am sure that this year's show will be even more fun!  For tickets, locations and more information, please visit:   
(If you scroll down to my previous Yo Gabba Gabba post, you can also find some of the information about the concert.)

I am a HUGE fan of Yo Gabba Gabba!! Not just because my cousin is in the show,  but also because it's such a fun kids show.  I love the music, the interactive play and dancing and the characters.  My kids definitely are fans!  I am SOOOO thrilled to have the chance to give away a fantastic prize pack to one of my lucky readers who are Yo Gabba Gabba fans! Where are you all at?  The wonderful folks at Yo Gabba Gabba love their fans so much,  that they have offered my readers a CD/DVD prize pack!!


One of my beautiful and lucky blog readers will win a Music is Awesome Vol. 3 CD and a KIA MOTORS PRESENTS Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Live From Nokia Theatre L.A. Live DVD, the DVD is not sold in stores and is only available for purchase at the tours.

How to enter: Tell me that you would like this prize!

This giveaway will end on 11/12/11 @11:59 PM MST. Open to US residents only.

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#Win a Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD pack from @themamahood . DVD only sold on tour. #yogabbagabba #giveaway

The prize pack, information and were provided by the sponsor for free to facilitate this giveaway.

Betty Crocker Fun da-middles Review & Giveaway!

Light up your child’s face with a home-baked treat that can be a perfect snack any time of the day. Betty Crocker® Fun da-middles™ are the first boxed-cupcake mix of its kind that will leave you pleasantly surprised with their sweet center! Delight your family and watch the smiles unfold as you greet them with the delicious, fresh-from-the-oven taste of new Betty Crocker Fun da-middles cupcakes.

Combining cake mix and filling pouch in one box, Fun da-middles cupcakes have a special creamy filling that bakes inside the cupcake.
Available in three delicious flavors, Vanilla Cake with Creamy Chocolate Filling, Chocolate Cake with Creamy Vanilla Filling, and Vanilla Cake with Creamy Vanilla Filling, Fun da-middles cupcakes are a fun and portable treat that children can take everywhere they go!

With Fun da-middles, you’ll never need to frost cupcakes again. Because after all, it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

Our Thoughts:

We loved our fun-da-middles! I baked them as an after school snack for the kids.  They came home and thought they were just regular old, non-frosted cupcakes.  Once they bit into the cupcakes, they enjoyed the surprise.  These cupcakes remind me of Twinkies.  I think they tasted much better than Twinkies.The cake mix directions were easy to follow and they baked up really nicely.  I also enjoyed the Creamy Vanilla Filling. I definitely want to try the Chocolate filled Vanilla cupcakes and the Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Filling.Thanks My Blog Spark and Betty Crocker!

Coupons and more information:

To download a printable coupon for $0.85 off new Betty Crocker Fun da-middles, you can visit!


I am sure you and your family would love to try these!  I am so happy to give away yet another fantastic prize pack from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark!

To enter, please leave me a comment telling me of an upcoming event or gathering at which you would most like to debut the new Betty Crocker Fun da-middles cupcakes. (1 Mandatory Entry)
 *This giveaway will end on  November 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm MST.

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Yoplait Smoothies Winner!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Style Me Up!

Style Me Up! Arts & Crafts Collection 
for Style-Savvy Tweens Hits the Runway at
Target – November 1

Creativity-Inspiring Fashion-Forward Assortment
Lets Girls Express Their Unique Style as They Design Their
Own Accessories, Jewelry and More

Montreal – November 1, 2011 – She’s got the look…!  Tween fashionistas with a passion for fashion can step out in trendsetting style with Style Me Up!, a chic collection of do-it-yourself fashion kits from Wooky Entertainment, Inc. available exclusively at select Target stores just in time for the holidays.

“Girls want to look their best all the time and with Style Me Up!, they can create the designs they’ve always dreamed of and update them whenever they want,” said Christina Sklavenitis, Vice President of Marketing for Wooky Entertainment.  “The new collection lets girls tap into the latest red-hot fashion trends in an affordable way that lets them showcase their personal style and do it with flair.”

The debut Style Me Up! collection at Target features eight glam kits for girls ages 8+ that include everything they need to create one-of-a-kind designs with jewelry, fashion accessories and more.  The inspiration begins with the line’s distinctive geometric shaped packaging outfitted with stylized art in an invitingly warm color palette.  All kits include an instruction booklet to help ensure that every design a girl creates is perfect and entirely her own.  The Target collection includes:
  • Dazzling Key Pendants – Style is key!  Fashionistas can unlock their individual flair with their own fab key pendants.  The kit features six metallic key pendants for girls to personalize their way along with a working station and tweezers, adhesive sheet, rhinestones, jump rings and glitter powder.  SRP $9.99

  • Diamond Tags – Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!  And this kit lets them make a stylish statement with tags that twinkle with their personality.  The package features eight plastic tags, printed patterns, working station and tweezers, seven tubes of glitter, more than 500 rhinestones, four ribbons and four metal chains.  SRP $9.99

•    Forever Friendship Bracelets – Make them, wear them and share them!  This kit lets girls design friendship bracelets with a professional look that will be sure to dazzle all their ”besties.”  It comes equipped with a foam friendship wheel with plastic top, eight thread colors, nearly 300 beads and two printed patterns.  SRP $9.99
•    Picture Perfect Bands – A bracelet kit and so much more!  Girls can personalize their wearable designs with their favorite photos so their BFFs are always close at hand.  The package contains four bracelets, four interchangeable photo frames, 60 pieces of glitter paper in assorted shapes, 70 rhinestone stickers, ribbon and glue.  SRP $9.99

•    Rock Star Jewelry – A star is born!  Now girls can “rock out” right down to their jewelry with customizable looks sure to take center stage.  Supplies include 14 guitar picks, rub-on sheet and stickers, cord, beads, clasps, earring wires, jump rings and a hook.  SRP $9.99

  • Sparkling Jewelry – Sparkle and shine!  Standout jewelry designs are a snap to make with this fab collection of four earring shapes, five ring bases, 500 rhinestones, sun catcher paint, six earring wires, ten jump rings, tweezers and a paintbrush.  SRP $9.99

  • Chic Purse – It’s in the bag!  Now girls can strut their stuff with a purse that reflects their personal style.  The kit features one denim purse, 45 rub-on transfers, transfer stick, fabric paint, ribbons and rhinestones.  SRP $14.99

  • My Fashion Scrapbook – Capture the moment!  Girls can proudly show off their creativity with a scrapbook filled with picture-perfect memories arranged and decorated just the way they want.  Contents include a beautiful scrapbook, glue stick, colored pencils, ribbon, scissors and rhinestones.  SRP $14.99

As a special style-savvy score, every Style Me Up! arts & crafts kit offers girls a one-time 20 percent discount on her order from the Style Me Up! Fashion Design Studio, an online design-it-yourself destination that makes her fashion-forward dreams come true.  The new service from Wooky Entertainment and FashionPlaytes lets girls design their own wearable tops, dresses and more – and then have their order delivered directly to their door!

About Wooky Entertainment Inc.
Wooky Entertainment is a Montreal-based brand development company that produces and distributes high-quality, trend-right product worldwide.  Wooky aims for excellence in design and creativity, as the company’s goal is to present the latest, freshest, fashion-forward innovations for everyone!  For more information, visit Wooky Entertainment at

Yo Gabba Gabba Tour!

For Venue information and ticket purchasing visit:


Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie and Razzle Dazzle Gabba!-Favorite Leslie Hall Join DJ Lance Rock and the Colorful Cast of Characters on Stage for
YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! Presented by Kia Motors

Los Angeles, CA (May 24, 2011) — On the heels of receiving two Daytime EmmyÒ nominations, a season 4 pick up from Nickelodeon and phenomenal ticket sales for their upcoming live tour in Australia, Yo Gabba Gabba! announced they will rock the preschool and young adult set in over 50 cities across North America in 2011 when today’s hottest live show returns this fall. Enthusiastic fans of all ages have the opportunity to see the characters come to life on stage for a live show experience like no other. Kia Motors America will reprise their role as presenting sponsor of the tour. The tour will kick off in Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and will wrap on Sunday, December 11 in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Citi® is the official credit card of the tour. Visit for complete tour, ticket and VIP package information.

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! Presented by Kia Motors promises to be a memorable experience, featuring a mix of classic Yo Gabba Gabba! favorites, as well as new songs and new performances. The state-of-the-art, high-energy production features DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee, and a mix of music, animation, games, singing and dancing.

Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the most popular series on television worldwide and on stage, with broad appeal among preschoolers, their indie-rock loving parents, teens and young adults. The award-winning series, created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, is produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN Entertainment. S2BN Entertainment, in association with The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN Entertainment, produces the live show. Kia Motors America began their relationship with Yo Gabba Gabba! when they kicked off 2010 with the biggest vehicle launch in company history for the Sorento mid-size crossover. The auto-maker’s “Joyride Dream” advertising campaign included the company's first-ever Super Bowl ad, which featured Muno. Building on the momentum of the Kia Motors Sorento “Joyride Dream” campaign, Kia Motors was named the title sponsor of the fall 2010 tour of YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE'S A PARTY IN MY CITY!.
Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY took place in over 60 cities in the U.S. in 2010. The 2010 live show played to over 300,000 fans in sold out theatres in all major cities, including Radio City Music Hall in New York and NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The live show featured celebrity guest performers, including The Aquabats, Devendra Banhart, Black Kids, Zac Brown, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, DMC (Run DMC), Drive By Truckers, Dave Grohl, John Heder, Kid Koala, Mates of State, Jack McBrayer, Mix Master Mike, Moby, Ozomatli, Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Shooter Jennings, Steel Train, Talib Kweli, Nicole Richie, Kid Sister, Keri Russell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman and more.
YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! is proud to support Baby Buggy and their work across the country. For more information, please visit:
Revolution Foods and Plum Organics are the official suppliers of snacks for the YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! VIP party experience.

For Venue information and ticket purchasing visit:

If you are in the Salt Lake area the tour will be featured at:

Kingsbury Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
3:00 PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
6:00 PM

If you have little ones like I do,  I am sure that they will be thrilled that the Yo Gabba Gabba Tour has started! We went last year and all of the kids, including our 6 month old, LOVED it!  Here are some photos of the last show. It was entertaining for the adults as well.  The audience participation makes it even more fun! The kids loved dancing along.  I am sure your family will enjoy this event as well. We were able to do the meet and greet afterwards. They provided some great healthy snacks for our family and we had some photo opportunities with the cast afterwards.  For my kids in particular,  it definitely was the most favorite event of the year.  They are still talking about how much fun it was.  I definitely recommend this fun-filled any family. Go check it out! You will be glad you did! :) Be sure to keep reading and following The Mama Hoods Goods! In the next post I'm giving away an awesome Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD Prize to giveaway courtesy of Yo Gabba Gabba!

About the Television show: 

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an American children's television show currently airing on the Nick Jr. cable network in the United States and the Nick Jr. networks in the United Kingdom & Ireland, Italy, France and Australia as well as Treehouse TV network in Canada and RTE2 on RTEjr see Raidió Teilifís Éireann Ireland. Created by Christian Jacobs (lead singer of the Aquabats) and Scott Schultz, the show is produced by The Magic Store Productions and W!LDBRAIN. The series premiered August 20, 2007 on Nick Jr. and began broadcasting February 23, 2008 on Noggin, now Nick Jr..


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CARS 2 on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack

TODAY, Disney releases CARS 2 on Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack! In celebration, we present you with brand new Q&A Interviews with the talent and filmmakers, a video clip from the film, tips from the animators and story supervisor, more family-friendly activities and a discount offer for your purchase! My kids loved Cars 2.  This second movie definitely has more action and a new story-line that the kids liked just as much as the first one. 

Also be sure to check out the free printable games for your little Cars 2 fan to enjoy on a road trip! This would could also be a fun, budget-friendly idea for a Cars themed birthday party!!

Download Printable Cars 2 Recipes!

Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives!

I have personally lost an aunt to breast cancer and I also have a cousin who is a survivor.  It's great to know that Yoplait has a great program to help fund the research and ultimately help find a cure for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen foundation. Let's do what we can to save lives. 

Visit and click the Save Lids to Save Lives link ( to watch celebrity breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Kristi Funk and breast cancer survivor and Komen Los Angeles volunteer, Annette Reid discuss breast health and risk reduction. Annette Reid: Having a family history of breast cancer, Annette was always overly cautious about self-exams, regular screening, eating healthy and exercising. Thanks to early detection, Annette's breast cancer was caught early and successfully treated. The 9-year breast cancer survivor has turned her fight into inspiration to help other women in LA through her work with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Los Angeles.

(I missed the chat last week, but I am glad it's available to view online.)

Dr. Kristi Funk: Dr. Funk is a nationally known, board-certified, breast cancer surgeon and founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, a comprehensive and integrative breast center exclusively dedicated to the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Funk has helped thousands of women through breast cancer treatment, including well-known celebrities like Sheryl Crow, who have turned to her for her expertise.

Breast cancer awareness is important year-round - so tune in and find out how you can support women in your community fighting the disease with programs including Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives. For every pink lid redeemed online or via mail by December 31, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - so it´s important to save those lids!

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Pillsbury Breakfast Sandwiches Winner

Congratulations to Sherry!
Sherry said... Ham & veggies

I have emailed the winner! 

Thanks to all who entered!! 

Thanks again to Pillsbury and My Blog Spark for 
sponsoring a great giveaway! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Extra Dessert Delights Fan Flavorite Vote

Are you a Extra Gum fan like me?

Well do yourself a favor and head on over to their Facebook page vote and enter their weekly sweepstakes.
 I just love the variety of flavors that Extra makes.

Extra Gum Fan Favorites Page:

Gum chewers everywhere will be able to choose among Bananas Foster, Root Beer Float and Lemon Square flavors. The Lemon Square flavor was inspired by the winning dessert of last night's Quickfire Challenge in the Bravo series "Top Chef Just Desserts." Until November 12, 2011, fans can vote for their favorite Extra Dessert Delights flavor as often as inspired on and on their mobile phones via The winner of the Fan Flavorite Vote will be announced on November 16, 2011. 

I think I would vote for the Root Beer Float flavor,  because I sure do love Root Beer Floats.   Bananas Foster sounds great as well.  I think the Lemon Squares flavor sounds like a winner.

My favorite of the new flavors is the Mint Chocolate Chip Gum.  I love how the flavor lasts long. 

*Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win an Extra® Dessert Delights® gum prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pillsbury Breakfast Sandwiches Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

Weekday mornings can feel like a balancing act. Between scrambling to get yourself ready and the kids dressed for school, it can be a challenge to fit in a good, hot breakfast that will set you up for a good day. Now Pillsbury is bringing your weekend favorites to the weekday breakfast table with new Pillsbury Grands!® Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles™.

  • Available in your grocer’s freezer, Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles heat up in minutes in the microwave.
  • Made with quality ingredients like fluffy real egg, tasty meat, cheese, Grands! Biscuits and Green Giant® vegetables, the new line of quick and delicious frozen breakfast dishes comes in six flavorful choices:
    • Sausage & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
    • Bacon & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
    • Ham & Veggies Biscuit Sandwich
    • Bacon & Veggies Egg Scrambles
    • Sausage Egg Scrambles
    • Sausage & Veggies Egg Scrambles

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 Our Review: 

I was really impressed by how delicious these sandwiches were. I enjoyed them. A whole lot!  Let's just say my kids had a few!  I loved how I could easily warm these up and make myself a quick and yummy breakfast without worrying about the time it takes to make something this delicious from scratch.  I love any shortcut I can find,  and this is one easy, and yummy breakfast item. 

One reader will win a Pillsbury Breakfast Sandwiches prize pack!
This giveaway will end on October  29th, 2011 @11:59 PM MST.

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which of the new Pillsbury Frozen Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles are you most looking forward to trying?


The winner’s prize pack will contain:
3 coupons to purchase a free package of new Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches or Pillsbury Egg Scrambles
Doughboy Keychain
Doughboy Beanie Doll

*Disclosure: The VIP coupons, prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie Review & Giveaway-CLOSED

Everyone wants a sweet treat now and again, so why not make it one you can feel good about? New Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothies are more than just delicious, they’re an easy, guilt-free, anytime snack with only 130 calories per serving. Perfect for at-home, or on- the-go, just add milk, blend, and enjoy

Starting this September, Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie joins four delicious flavors of Yoplait Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Smoothies: Triple Berry, Strawberry Banana, Blueberry Pomegranate, and Strawberry Mango Pineapple.
  • Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothies have live and active yogurt cultures, and deliver 50% of the recommended daily value of calcium.
  • Available in your grocer’s freezer, each package contains enough frozen fruit and real Yoplait yogurt to make two 8 oz servings, when blended with 1 cup of skim milk.
  • Visit to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off one package of Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie, and feel free to share this offer with your readers as well!
THE REVIEW:  I loved how these smoothies have real fruit in them! My kids loved it and we enjoyed it more than our chocolate shakes.  Especially because these are healthier.  It's definitely a MUST HAVE on my ME TIME list! :)  I am looking forward to trying the Triple Berry next.

THE GIVEAWAY: One reader will win a Yoplait Smoothie Prize Pack!!
This giveaway ends on Tuesday Nov. 1st, 2011 @ 11:59 PM MST

HOW TO ENTER:  Leave a comment suggesting a flavor of Yoplait frozen smoothies they would like to see next.

Extra Entries please leave one comment for each method you did: 

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Enter to win a Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie Prize Pack on TMHGs-

The winner’s prize pack will contain:
  • A VIP coupon for a sample of Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie
  • Neck pillow
  • Smoothie tumbler
  • Lavender eye mask


*Disclosure: The Yoplait® VIP Coupon, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Pillsbury Rookie Bake-Off!

Grab your aprons and start your ovens! Pillsbury’s first-ever Rookie Bake-Off® Challenge has just begun!
The Rookie Bake-Off® Challenge consists of six weekly challenges, each providing you with a chance to win $500, 5 doable new recipes to vote on and use each week, and even inspiration from guest bloggers!
To enter for your chance to win each week, visit to check out the weekly challenge and submit your entry! Just keep in mind...

  • The whole shebang! Submit a recipe, story, and photo.
  • A quick fix! Prep time in 30 minutes or less.
  • A lot for a little! Five ingredients, including at least one Pillsbury refrigerated dough product.
  • All that and more! Keep in mind creativity, consumer appeal, appearance, and include an inspiring story.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Critical Loss of Balance Book (Review & Giveaway!)

A Critical Loss of Balance
Brief Synopsis: 

How far would you go to restore the balance in your life that a tragedy had stolen from you?


Cliff Elliott thought he had endured the worst thing a parent could endure when his nine year old daughter was kidnapped, but he was wrong. The circumstances that led to her return were far worse than anything he could have imagined. Now Cliff, a man who rarely uttered a cross word, a man whose temperament and nature were as gentle as any man's could be, had his life thrown irreparably out of balance.
Left with no other choice, Cliff set out not for revenge, but for justice; a justice that he hoped would restore the balance that was now absent from his life. The price to be paid to regain that balance though was much higher than he ever imagined it would be. In fact, Cliff almost paid the ultimate price,  almost.
So take a walk in another man's shoes and try to imagine what you would do if you were faced with, 'A Critical Loss of Balance'.

About the Author:
A Critical Loss of Balance is the third novel of suspense from Mark E. Shaver, author of ’The Second Verdict’ and ’After the Fact’. He and his wife reside in Texas. For more info about Shaver, check out his Amazon profile and his personal website

Our Review:

My thoughts:  

Overall this book is a great read,  especially if you like mystery novels and the excitement of the twists in the storyline are captivating.  For me,  I like a good and easy read.  Mostly because I am busy mom of 6 kids.  I enjoyed the character Cliff's ability to step out of his comfort zone,  to do what any father would do for his child...only it was in a way that was to help another family in similar circumstances.  I think as parents,  it's important to form a village.  To help one another in keeping our children safe and free from the worries that this world can sometimes bring.  
In closing,  I think this book is well written as far as the storyline goes.   I truly did enjoy this book. His writing style is unique. I love that he publishes his own books.  I think it's definitely worth while reading.  I would rate this book on a scale of 1-10.  10 being the highest,  I would rate it as a 7.

My Husband's thoughts: 

This book started out really great, had some storyline changes that made it better.  The situations that the character faces with his family are devastating and made me really appreciate that I have never had to deal with such circumstances. But overall I felt that this book lacked a certain depth.  Some of the details in the story seemed a little predictable and sort of unrealistic.  I would compare his writing style to  John Grisham.  I think with a bit more practice, this author will be amazing.  Unfortunately I really expected more action,  more suspense and more detail and especially for it to have been a bit more realistic, the numerous characters made it a bit confusing.  It was an okay read for me.  It was not my favorite.  I would rate this book on a scale of 1-10.  10 being the highest,  a 4. 


You can connect with Mark Shaver on Facebook!

Buy It!

You can buy A Critical Loss of Balance for $12.99 {Paperback} or $3.99 {Digital Download} using discount code BALANCE.

The Giveaway: How would you like to win your own copy of A Critical Loss of Balance? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant!

(You may have to click on READ MORE to see the Rafflecopter.)

**Disclaimer: We received the information and book to review for free. The company is facilitating the giveaway.  Any opinions expressed are our own.  Our opinions are not influenced by any form of compensation.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Colortime Crafts And Markers Contest

Colortime Crafts And Markers™ contacted us with this opportunity. They are looking for some new ideas for their products. It would be helpful if you took a look at They want you to think of an idea, this idea maybe interpreted and printed on a Colortime Crafts And Markers™ product.

In order to participate, you must complete the following survey: Colortime Survey.

1) By participating, you will automatically receive a 30% coupon on retail orders up to $100 to be used until December 15, 2011 for all Colortime Crafts And Markers™ products. This coupon cannot be combined with any other Colortime Crafts And Markers™ offers or discounts.

2) We will select one winner to be picked randomly that will receive a $100 gift certificate for Colortime Crafts And Markers™ products that can be used one year from the day you receive your certificate. If a purchase is made prior to receiving the gift certificate with the 30% coupon, we will refund the amount spent up the $100 gift certificate.

3) The contest will end on October 7, 2011.

4) We will only accept one submission per person. You cannot enter through multiple blogs.

Colortime Crafts And Markers™ is a wonderfully creative craft activity that can be used for birthday parties, sleepovers, scout troops, and many other group events. They give their customers the chance to design their own t-shirts, pillowcases, backpacks, tote bags, bandanas, and more! Since 1990 over 2 million children and adults throughout the country have enjoyed Colortime Crafts And Markers™.

With a broad line of products, along with their special Colortime™ quick-drying permanent fabric markers, they have provided their customers the opportunity to take home a very special keepsake. Colortime also offers wholesale pricing and custom artwork for orders over 72 pieces.

You must be 18 years old or older to participate.

*Disclosure: I shared this information as part of a contest entry, this information was given to me by Colortime Crafts And Markers™ . 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hellmann's Live Chicken Challenge

See @Hellmanns kick off their #ChickenChallenge w/ @MarkConsuelos @cheftimlove & @sissybigg Tue 9/20 12:10PM ET


*Disclosure: I received this info as part of a blog campaign from O2O Network because I am a member.I have shared this as an entry to a contest.

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