Saturday, January 30, 2016

Enter to Win a Teleflora Valentine's Day Bouquet!

I'm working with Amanda (Growing Up Madison) to help promote a most excellent giveaway. Head on over and give her some support (or just visit to say, 'hi' if you get a chance), and you can enter to try and win either here or there. This is a super fast giveaway, so the winner can get his/her flowers in time for the big day.

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and it’s not always easy to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life but Teleflora has you covered with the freshest blooms for your best friend, coworker, spouse or parent.

All of Teleflora’s bouquets are hand-arranged and hand-delivered by a local florist so they arrive looking beautiful for that special someone to enjoy! As Teleflora’s Valentine’s Day gift to America, the all-new, FREE “Love Note Concierge” (1-844-IT-IS-LOVE) debuts on February 3rd – 12th just in time for Valentine’s Day. It can be a struggle to pen that very personal, special and important accompanying note with a bouquet.

For more than 80 years, Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, has delivered flowers to millions of Valentines across America. Every year, while ordering beautiful bouquets gets easier, consumers struggle to craft that personal, special and important accompanying note! Now, thanks to the talented, thoughtful team at Teleflora’s “Love Note Concierge,” writing the perfect sentiment is easier than ever with a personal coach to help you express everything you want to say to your loved one. And there’s no charge, no purchase, no strings, just words of love!

Teleflora’s Pair of Hearts Bouquet
For your soul mate, the symbolism of these two perfect connecting hearts wrapped around this glistening hand-glazed ceramic vase is the perfect match. Celebrate your Valentine with this gorgeous bouquet filled with red roses, red carnations and white alstroemeria that is ideal for expressing your heartfelt love and appreciation.

Teleflora’s Wrapped with Passion Bouquet
The ultimate in Valentine’s Day luxury, WOW your love with dramatic long-stemmed roses and fragrant pink stargazer lilies that is gorgeously arranged in a graceful hand blown Italian, art glass-inspired vase with a sparkling, hand-applied glass ribbon. Your thought and emotions are sure to win their heart!

Teleflora’s Lovely Hearts Bouquet
Playful and sweet for mother, daughter or friend, dazzle and delight with this cheerful 2-in-1 floral gift. Cheerful peach, pink and red spray roses bountifully flutter amongst hand-painted watercolor hearts that dance across this oversized food-safe mug that is sure to deliver long-lasting enjoyment.

Teleflora’s Best Friends Forever Bouquet
Share memories, a hug and a smile with your bestie or budding romance with this thoughtful bouquet bursting with stunning red and white roses, miniature carnations, and cushion spray chrysanthemums that is hand-delivered in a glazed ceramic collectible vase with hand-applied heart detail.

Giveaway is sponsored and will be delivered with Teleflora. Winner will have 48 hrs to respond to winning email or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be announced. Good luck!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from Trudeau!

 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

I like stainless steel, but it's too hot to the touch so I don't use it. Let me rephrase, I didn't use it, until now. Trudeau has this most excellent 18 oz. BCRF Drive Time Travel Mug that is eco-friendly and BPA-free. It also has a soft rubber handle and a matching band that encircles the stainless steel, so I don't burn my hands when I'm drinking my good morning coffee! Hello beautiful mug! Even better, 5% of the proceeds go towards helping the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you know a survivor or someone who champions a fighter, this is the mug for them... with a big hearty (pun intended?) Happy Valentine's Day.

The top of the mug has a coordinating pink lid with a spill-proof lock on the top. The slots you see all around ensure you get a sip of coffee anywhere you tilt, so no more fumbling around while you're driving to get to the mug opening.

24 oz. of water! Now that's a great bottle!

The Trudeau Hydration Bottle is a man-sized bottle, or at least that's what it looks like to me! You know when the boys are thirsty they can outdrink the girls 9 out of 10 times, and this one really holds a lot of liquid! With a hearty (haha) 24 oz., there will be no lack of hydration in the house (or outside of it) when this bottle is around.

Huge Gripper on this one!

The double walls help reduce condensation and the big fat grip is super nice for big hands.

The straw is included in the bottle. It makes sipping from your desk a breeze!

Of course, this bottle is not just for guys. ;) It has a built-in straw that makes it great for sipping at your desk, no matter your gender. In fact, this might just be a perfect gift for your honey to take to work. Add a little love note or maybe put chocolates in the cylinder, and there you have it, a gift they will use daily and love for a long time to come. Happy Valentine's Day. :)

This makes it easy to make your Valentine a heart-shaped breakfast!
If you are making a Valentine's Day breakfast for a loved one or child, the Egg Shaper from Trudeau will let you do it with simplicity and ease. Simply put the heart-shaped Egg Ring in the pan, pour in your batter or crack your egg, and voila' you've got a love-fest on your breakfast plate.

The handle goes up and down, making it easier to store & protecting your hands from getting burnt
This egg ring is just a little over $5. It is made of heat-resistant silicone (up to 428-degrees Farenheit) and it has an adjustable bar on it that keeps your hands away from the heat (and makes it easier to store)! It also has a five year warranty.

The Loaf Pan & the Pie Pan are both made of silicone!
Nicely done, Trudeau, nicely done!
Speaking of silicone! If you've got a baker for a sweetheart, Truduea has silicone bakeware that is bound to give you lots of cupid points. Both are entirely flexible, and have non-stick properties that allow for perfect results every time. They are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Both have reinforced steel structures for ease in handling.

The Loaf Pan is great for cakes, breads and meatloafs too. The pie pan comes with a coordinating pie server. Both are heat-resistant up to 428-degrees Farenheit and have innovative two-color designing. Nothing says love like fresh-baked lovin' !

Trudeau really got it right with the holiday thing, don't you think? These items are just a few of many that you'll find on their website. If you're looking for anything that has anything at all to do with the kitchen, they are a great go-to resource. Learn more by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't TUNA FISH...

Ha, the title of this post. I can't help myself sometimes. I can't apologize either because it made me laugh. Yes, I am very easily amused. ;) But on to the real deal of what I wanted to talk about... What's in that box? It's a Musical Step-On Keyboard that came from One Step Ahead! What makes it so fabulous? Keep reading...

First of all, the size makes it pretty amazing. This piano, when it is rolled out, is 6-ft.-long. That's a lot of room for a child to be able to step on. In fact, it's so long  you can take it out for a group activity (or use it when you have more than one child who wants to play at the same time).

The keyboard comes with a 'record' option, so children can make their own music. That's nice, right?! With ten pre-made songs, background music, or go-completely-solo features, your child (or you!) can make songs for your child to tap a tune to... think of the possibilities!! So many great options, so little time. :)

Every function is self-explanatory. The 'playback' feature is as easy to understand as the 'record' button you saw in the photograph above. The simple on/off switch is at the top of the keyboard and in bright blue. The color, size and location of this power box provides a good reminder for kids to remember to turn it off when they are finished playing.

There are (8) instrument sounds on the keyboard, all of them defined by pictures so children can connect the sounds to the instruments being played. It's not only great for association learning, it's fun too, so the lessons are going to stick. One of the best kinds of learning is when it's so fun to do, that you don't realize it's being done.

The Volume Control is large and easy to understand. Plus for 'volume up,' and Minus for 'volume down.' Easy peasy for even the youngest of children to operate.

The keyboard spreads out nice and flat on the floor. It doesn't kink up no matter how many times you fold it.

When you do take it out, you're supposed to stand on it, not lie down...but some things are just too hard to resist. At least for a minute or two. ;) You can see how large it is though by taking a look at this picture. My son is 4-ft.-tall and there was still 2-ft. of empty space after his feet that you can't see! Nice and big: I like!

This very durable keyboard provides hours of entertainment for the kids, would be an excellent party idea, or it would even be great for a rainy day. When you're finished playing it folds up nice and small, so you can tuck it away most anywhere.

This keyboard is now not available (bummer, I know!), but it is only one of many, many items One Step Ahead has in their inventory for kids, and it was too fun of an item not to share. Have you heard of the company? If yes, you already know how many amazing things they favorite thing about One Step Ahead is that so many of their items are completely unique. Take for instance this table and chair set I wrote about that is a table, desk, couch and chairs, table and footrest, etc. all in one. Incredible, right? And it's well built too (with no assembly!). I mention that table and chairs often to my friends and family because it's just one of those things you can't get over how great it is... but I digress, I know. :)

Take a look at the One Step Ahead website to see what you might like to bring into your home, or gift to one very lucky child. Whether practical, fun or for a special ocassion, One Step Ahead is the perfect place to go shopping when you want high quality, functional but still unique items for your kids. To keep up-to-date with what's going on at One Step Ahead, you can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to Heidi whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Dr. Scholl's Dream Walk Express Pedi.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Duri Cosmetics great Valentine’s Day Nail Polish collection – I LOVE HUE!

These four colors come neatly tucked in a perfect carrer.
The kit is called I LOVE HUE and it's perfect for Valentine's Day!
Hey good looking!! Yes, I'm talking to duri. This cute little set is going right to my daughter for Valentine's Day, and I know she's going to love it. She'll get a kick out of the name too, "I Love Hue!" If she doesn't, that's okay, I get a kick out of it. :)

This brand of nail polish has been my favorite since the first day I tried it because it lasts so long. Three of the four colors in this set are light, and I prefer the lighter colors for myself (usually!). No Valentine's Day set would be complete without red though, and this set's got it! Perfect for manis or pedis!

Here's a picture of this duri Valentine's Day Nail Polish collection inside of the carrying box. You can see it's embossed with pretty gold making it even more special for your true love. :) This set is just one of many great items you can purchase over at duri. 

About the Product: With 668 colors to choose from in the new Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection, including metallic, glitter, shimmer, sheer and neon bright, you really can't go wrong with duri, when you want to look polished (groans, I know, I couldn't help it). They also have fancy nail products like liqid wrap, ridge filler, cuticle oil and more. AND they have Herbatherapy, a potent natural remedy that safely softens damaged cuticles and revitalizes the 'living' part of the nail plate, directly stimulating healthy, strong nail growth. I think it's an interesting concept. If you're looking for nail polish displays to store your bottles, they've got those too. In fact, most everything you need at all for nails, you can find at duri.

You can learn more about duri by visiting the webiste. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Now my question to you: To whom would you gift this cute little Valentine's Day collection? 
Or would you keep it for your very own special treat?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kidz Bop: Pop Music Sung by Kids_for Kids!

It's easy to make my 8-year-old happy. I simply tell him the latest Kidz Bop CD is in the house. He loves these and looks forward to each and everyone that he gets. It's not uncommon for him to grab something and use it as a microphone while he dances around the living room, much like I did (with a hairbrush) when I was listening to music years ago, lol. The apple definitely does not fall far from the tree. :)

The lastest Kidz Bop CD is #31. It is jam-packed full of good songs, modern pop hits of today with a twist. What's the twist? It's kids singing and it's family-friendly which means no *bleeps* or words you wish would be bleeped are going to come out of the speakers. Like I said, my son is 8, so that's important to me. Plus it's fun to hear the kids singing the songs.

Kidz Bop has been around awhile now and it never gets old. If you're looking for a fast way to have some familiy fun, drop one of these discs in the car while you're driving and watch the kids come to life. They'll be singing and full of joy in no time. :)

You can visit the song list and hear excerpts by visiting here. You can also follow Kidz Bop of Facebook and/or Twitter.

Have you heard of Kidz Bop? Do you like them?
Or if you haven't heard of them, do you like the concept? 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Blue Man for Valentine's Day?

What to give for Valentine's Day? I say a pair of tickets to the Blue Man Group! Oh my goodness, the show is fun! It's about an hour and 45 minutes of participatory (oh yeah, they're all over the audience) madness that makes you laugh, clap, (sometimes groan...loudly) and cheer! This would be a great Valentine's Day present for your true love, for your kids, or even just for a night out with the girls (or guys) if you're not doing the Valentine's Day thing.

Little man getting interactive with the paintings outside of the building.
Oh how he wanted to go on stage, lol!
We recently attended a show in Orlando where they play regularly at their own facility and it was just as fantastic as their traveling show we saw a year or so ago. My youngest was excited from the get-go and just enthralled the whole time we were there. We're talking mouth open, laughing out loud, eyes never leaving the show, enthralled. :)

The excitement builds before you even walk into the building. First off you pass the amazing Hard Rock Cafe hotel (location anyone? man, they got a great set-up!) that is blasting happy music. Then you go to the walkway with larger-than-life vertical billboards lining the way. In the background? Universal Studios. Yeah, it's a good trip to take when you're in or around Orlando. My son loved the The Blue Man Group every bit as much as he loved riding on the rollercoasters in the park.

There were a lot of scenes in the show to enjoy but the splattering colors is my fave. That and the looks the men give to each other and to people in the audience. The actors themselves don't say a word during the show (though a man on a speaker talks often) but they still get their points and emotions across, and they do so very well. ;) In the upper corners of the show, men are playing instruments. They are great too, and cool to look at with the way they do the lighting behind them and the masks. Talk about a fun job to have, I'd love to go to work each and every day if I could be a drummer for The Blue Man Group (though considering my drumming skills are nil, they might not like to have me ;) ).

There was a meet and greet held after the show (such a cool feature to have!) and little man got in the photo opp. of  a lifetime. ;) This and the blue glow-in-the-dark ball he bought after the show (with his own money, I might add) made for a really fantabulous way to wrap up the night.

We had an amazing time watching the Blue Man Group perform and I wish I could buy tickets for everyone I know and love to go. It was just that fun. So...if you're in the Orlando area, or Blue Man is touring near you, pick up some tickets to offer for Valentine's Day. It could just be the best gift your s.o. has ever received. Beats chocolate and flowers for me any day (and I like chocolates and flowers!). 

You can learn more and buy your tickets now by visiting the website.  
You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Have you been to a Blue Man Group show?
Is this the kind of thing you would consider gifting for Valentine's Day?

Ozeri Drinking Glasses Suspend Liquid in Mid-Air (or so it appears)

It's just plain old chocolate milk, but the glass makes it special!
Look at that face! That is the face of a child about to be veeeeeeery happy when he gets to taste his drink. It looks great, right? It's just plain old chocolate milk (always a favorite, but certainly nothing fancy). It's those glasses! The Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses come in a set of (4). They hold 12 oz. of hot or cold beverages and they don't sweat! That means no rings on your wood. What I love about them though is the look. They liquid looks like its suspsended in air. It's actually pretty impressive. It makes me happy. :)

Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses, 12-Ounce, Set of 4
  • Set of 4 heat and shatter resistant borosilicate glasses that each hold 12 oz.
  • Stronger and more durable than common glass, each glass features a wraparound contour that provides a natural aesthetic grip
  • Patent-pending double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect
  • Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks and free of condensation with chilled beverages
  • Completely dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe; Ships in an elegant 4 color printed box with a 1 Year Warranty; Satisfaction Guaranteed

  • Everything tastes better with freshly whipped cream and berries.
    You can see how the liquid looks suspended in the above photo. It has smooth indentations on the glass too, so you can hold it with less worry that it's going to slip from your hands. If you're having guests over, these glasses pack a powerful 'wow' factor. I've never had them on the counter with people over without hearing how cool they are, which is fine. I agree, they are cool (even when your beverage is hot, and we have the double insulated walls to thank for that one). ;)

    Visit the Ozeri website to learn more about their amazing product line. They've got a ton of great items over there, all available for purchase on Amazon. You can learn more about these glasses and purchase your own set here

    Friday, January 22, 2016

    EasyAcc Valentine's Day Bundle #Giveaway

    This contest is about to end. Enter if it's still up and running, and then head on over to enter their new power bank giveaway too! 

    EasyAcc is at it again! They are offering a most excellent holiday giveaway with prizes from their ever popular goods and gadgets line-up. We own several EasyAcc products and we love them all! Entering is easy too, just head on over to the site and answer the question they asked on their giveaway form, and you're in the running!

    What are the prizes? A bundle package with the Easy Acc 2nd Gen. 10,000 mAh Power Bank, EasyAcc Bluetooth Sport Ear Buds with APT-X, and an EasyAcc Bluetooth Selfie Stick. Fun, right? This is a win that would be sure to please most everyone, young or old. But it's also a win that would be VERY tempting to keep. I'm curious readers, would you gift it for Valentine's Day, or would these goodies be a gift to yourself? Me? I'm undecided. ;)

    Head on over to the site to enter. Good luck to all!


    Remember, this contest is about to end. Enter if it's still up and running, and then head on over to enter their new power bank giveaway too! 

    Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Storybook and Sticker Set

    I love the Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Storybook and Sticker Set from I See Me! The front of the book has your child's name and all throughout the book it has names of people who love him or her. My granddaughter is 2-years-old and she already loves to read. This is a book that will grow up with her, as its not designed for a 'baby' but it's still pleasing to anyone at any age. Little one doesn't eat sweets, so grandma (that's me) had to make sure to get her something extra super special so she doesn't get left out. A book and stickers? Yeah, that'll do the trick. :)

    The book has a nice rhythmic storyline with simple but sweet pictures and LOTS of great colors. You can see on this page that it says "Mom loves Zoe!" I put the name 'mom' in there, and that's for my grandbaby girl. :)

    There are also messages sent directly to your little one, like the one you see in the picture above.

    And again with those colors!! I love the look of the book, it's very child-friendly and sparks the imagination in an instant as soon as you start turning pages.

    Now let me tell you about the stickers. You get a sheet of various-sized stickers with names on them. Your child's name is on some, and the names you select for the book are on there too. See that big one on the left...Grandma Rosey loves Zoe? That's my favorite. And that's what little girly girl decided to call me all on her own, so I LOVE the name. :)

    You can learn more about this Valentine's Gift Set by visiting the I See Me! website where there's still time to get one of your very own! You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

    Elmo's World: Elmo Wonders DVD Giveaway

    Elmo is a big fave here. Always has been since the day he joined Sesame Street. My kids enjoyed him and now the new generation of kiddos in the family gets to enjoy him too. He's got longevity because he's rocking awesome. :)

    Hosted By:
     1 - Winner Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to work with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring you another New DVD release from the Sesame Street Workshop called "Elmo's World:Elmo Wonders".

      Over two hours of fun, this wonderful compilation also features “Elmo’s World: Transportation” for the first time on DVD. As an added bonus segment, Elmo’s good friend Ernie joins the fun to sing the “I Wonder” song. Elmo’s World: Elmo Wonderswill be priced to own for $14.98 SRP on DVD. In Elmo’s World: Elmo Wonders, Elmo wonders all about the exciting and adventurous world around him. Sesame Street’s curious red monster takes preschoolers on a journey to learn all about the sky, weather, doctors, bicycles, jumping and many other things inquisitive little kids like yours ask questions about. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release another fun adventure with the most loveable preschool character ever, Elmo,” said Jeff Brown, WBHE Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “The Elmo’s World series has been hugely popular and we are excited to fill parents’ demand for more with Elmo’s World: Elmo Wonders.”  

     Sesame Street continues to be a retail powerhouse with over 4 million DVDs sold each year and more than $1.5 Billion in licensed merchandise sales. It continues to be the #1 top-of-mind preschool television shows for parents across the country.

    A Big Thank You To Our 
    Sponsor Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
    This giveaway is in no way affiliated, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media networking Site. This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 2/15/2016. Holiday Contest and Sweeps received a copy of this Blu-Ray/DVD for review purposes only and no other form of compensation was received. Warner Bros.Home Entertainment will be responsible for the awarding and shipping of the prize directly to the winner.
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    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    #FlyBy #PlansIHaveforYou Devotional and Journal #Giveaway for Kids

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

    I've got another great Valentine's Day suggestion for kids. The Plans I Have for You Devotional and Journal Set. This duo helps your children integrate faith into their every day lives, aids in improving the thought process through the reading and subsequent journal entries, and encourages active participation with mom and dad (if desired).

    The devotional is a hard cover book with a drawing on the front that makes me smile.

    Each page on the inside pulls from scripture and is written so that the kids can understand what has been said. 

    The accompanying journal allows your child/ren to write about what they have read and learned, and what their thoughts were on it. There are also spaces provided for drawings. One of my most favorite passages can be seen above, "...but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

    The journal allows children to put a personal touch on their learning, and that always makes for lessons that stick. This would be a great gift for Valentine's Day or for any day. We started using ours on the first of the year. The journal runs 90 days and makes for a very nice keepsake when it is finished.

    About The Plans I Have For You Devotional
    The devotional is an illustrated 90-day devotional written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, teaching and inspiring kids to dream about their future, to focus on faith, love, and joy, and recognize that God has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us.  

    Hardcover; 160 pages
    Age Range: 8-12 years

    About The Plans I Have For You Journal:
    The journal prompts creative thinking and exploration of the talents and personalities that make us special, and then helps explore how God may use our unique traits to spread love and joy and make the world a better place. 

    Stationery; 208 pages 
    Age Range: 11-14 years 

    You can learn more by visiting the website. One lucky winner gets a set to call their own. US entrants only.

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