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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.

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  • Follow my blog. (1 entry)
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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.
To find more information and contest rules, visit

*Disclosure: I received the details from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark. 

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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Betty Crocker Fun-Da-Middles Prize Pack!
Fiber One 90 Calorie Bars Prize Pack! 
Cereal Treats Bars Prize Pack! 
Pillsbury Breakfast Sandwiches Prize Pack!
Yoplait Chocolate Banana Smoothie Prize Pack! 
......and more!! 

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