CRAYOLA FUN! Learn about a live chat 3/7 plus I am giving away a huge Crayola prize!

February 29, 2012 by  
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I LOVE Crayola products and am super excited to share some info on their first live chat AND to be able to pick one of you to win some amazing Crayola products (and yay I will be sent some for my kids too). The live chat is coming up soon so I am blogging about it before my package arrives so you can all mark your calendars. I showed my kids what they will be getting and they can’t wait. It seems Crayola is always coming up with fun new products and in my opinion you can never have enough art supplies!  Well I was an art teacher before I had the kids but even if I wasn’t I would feel the same!

Crayola wants every child to be creatively alive, so they’re inviting parents “Inside the Crayon Box,” for a special live chat with celebrities and trusted parenting experts that will inspire and spark ideas to expand your child’s creative thinking. If you find yourself looking for new ways to inspire your children to express their ideas and build their creativity, you’ll want to join us to learn and share!

The first “Inside the Crayon Box” live chat is Wednesday, March 7 at 9 p.m. EST. Join Crayola and musician, children’s author and mom, Lisa Loeb for a 45-minute live streaming video chat on the Crayola Facebook page. Lisa, best-known for her number one hit “Stay (I Missed You),” will share as personal stories, practical advice and ways she brings a little creative play into every day for her daughter. We want to hear from you – participants can ask Lisa questions during the event, too!

Interested in the topics to be covered during the chat?

  • Why Does Creativity Matter? Creativity is not about who’s the best artists or becoming an architect. It’s a way of thinking that encourages kids’ original ideas and develops their confidence.
  • Growing Up Creative. Lisa will share stories about growing up in a home where creativity was encouraged.
  • Simple Tips. Easy Ideas. Like most moms, Lisa juggles a lot. She’ll share simple, easy ways she sparks her daughter’s creativity as part of their daily routine.

Also, be sure to check out Lisa’s book Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, 2011) available at Barnes & Noble and Sing, laugh, and play with pop Lisa in this fabulous collection of ten of the silliest songs ever. Fun activities, games, and recipes accompany whimsical songs. Take Lisa’s Silly Sing-Along with you wherever you go and get the high-spirited good times started. Includes a 10-song CD recorded by Lisa!




  • My First Crayola Washable Crayons, Markers & Stampers: just the right size and shape for little hands, toddlers can create bright and colorful designs with no caps to lose or no messy ink pads
  • Crayola Mess Free Color Wonder Tiny Tube: with over 10 ft of coloring, perforated activity pages, a carry-along handle and the ability to store markers inside, kids can color at home or on the road; markers magically appear only on the special Color Wonder paper, not on skin
  • Crayola Crystal Effect Window Markers: turn an ordinary window or mirror into a colorful crystal canvas and create amazing effects on an unexpected surface that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth
  • Crayola Washable Kaleidoscope Chalk: experience sidewalk art in amazing new ways, by drawing designs, putting on the 3D Kaleidoscope glasses and watching as creations pop up off the ground
  • Crayola Dry-Erase Bright Crayons: a dry-erase drawing and writing tool for kids that’s washable, smudge-proof, odorless, and will never dry out
  • Crayola Dual-Sided Dry Erase Board: a two-sided board that makes it fun and colorful to share eye-popping messages or track soccer schedules


  • Leave me a comment with letting me know the Crayola product your kids love the most
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday March 9, 2012

Disclosure: The Crayola “Inside the Crayon Box” prize pack, product information and prize pack for giveaway have been provided by Crayola through MyBlogSpark.



Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers (WIN a package and the Lorax)

February 29, 2012 by  
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YAY I am nearing the end of diapers with my kids!!! Actually we have been done with daytime diapers for a long time (thanks to our youngest being a super early easy potty trainer) but nighttime is still not so easy for some of my kids. Since I’m only buying pull-up types of diapers for at night I really haven’t been paying much attention to new diaper products and I’m glad that I was given the chance to do this review and learn about Seventh Generation diapers. Our one daughter doesn’t seem like she’ll be dry at night for awhile and she is very prone to eczema on her bottom so I was glad to learn that Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic. Here is some more info followed by a contest!

In partnership with Universal Studios’ motion picture debut of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax* also known as the “Speaker for the Trees” who brings environmental truth and ecological hope to all, Seventh Generation will feature limited edition Lorax prints on all our diapers and training pants.  These prints are intended to remind parents and caregivers of the lessons of The Lorax, and encourage family reading and environmental awareness while creating a few smiles.  Discover (or rediscover) Dr. Suess’ The Lorax as you read about his legacy and messages of sustainability with your child, and inspire a new generation of environmentalists starting with your family!

The Seventh Generation family of Free & Clear baby products continues to deliver on your needs as it expands in March, with the addition of NEW Overnight Diapers. Moreover, Free & Clear diapers have been redesigned with new, improved tabs for better fit while Free and Clear training pants now have an absorbent core that is made with more renewable materials.

Be among the first to try these new products before they hit store shelves and rest assured that with every Seventh Generation purchase you’re helping to protect the planet for future generations!

  • NEW Overnight Diapers are absorbent enough to keep your baby and bedding dry through the night or during prolonged travel
  • Free & Clear diapers have improved more flexible tabs that provide even better fit
  • Free & Clear training pants have an absorbent core made with more renewable, plant-based materials.  They also feature stretchy, tear away side panels for a better fit and added convenience, as well as inner leak barriers for superior leakage protection
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear baby care products do not contain chlorine, fragrance, petroleum-based lotions or latex, and all Free & Clear products are also hypo-allergenic
  • Starting March 2, you can register for a free The Lorax scrapbook with the purchase of any three Free & Clear diaper products, until supplies last

*The movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax © 2012 Universal Studios debuts in theaters this March. Based on The Lorax book and characters ™ & © 1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  All Rights Reserved.

You can stay updated by being a fan of Seventh Generation on Facebook and Twitter


  • Leave me a comment letting me know what size diapers you would like if you win
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday March 9, 2012

Disclosure:  The Seventh Generation Diapers prize pack, product and information have been provided by Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark.

Big G cereals and Star Wars! Win a prize pack!

February 12, 2012 by  
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This February, General Mills Big G cereals wants to help celebrate the Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D launch by featuring collectable Star Wars pens in boxes of participating cereals. My kids L O V E  Star Wars and love cereal! They were very happy with this review because they got 6 Star Wars pens (2 in the cereals and 4 extra). We are pretty much a Cheerios-every-day family and when the kids get a fun cereal they get really excited so the Cinnamon Toast Crunch was gone in one day! Good thing because I officially started my serious diet over a week ago and that would have tempted me! We haven’t seen the new 3D Star Wars but I was just at a kids’ birthday party and some of the moms had gone this weekend and said it was great! Here is some more info:

  • Collect all eight exclusive Star Wars pens that feature iconic Episode I characters including: Anakin Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Queen Amidala, Yoda, R2D2, C3PO, Jar Jar Binks and Darth Maul
  • Participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (12.8 oz.), Lucky Charms®(11.5 oz.), Reese’s® Puffs (13 oz.), Cheerios® (14 oz.), and Cookie Crisp® (11.25 oz)
  • In theaters February 10, 2012 you can catch all the action and adventure and relive how the saga began in eye-popping 3D

You won’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to bring the force to your breakfast table. Simply purchase any participating Big G cereal and begin your search for all eight collectable pens! Each Big G cereal is made with whole grain and is an excellent source of calcium, so your younglings will have everything they need to start the day off right!

ENTER TO WIN THE PRIZE PACK PICTURED (pen characters may vary):

  • Leave me a comment on this post with your favorite Star Wars character (I’d pick Hans Solo or maybe Yoda)
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Sunday February 19, 2012

Disclosure:  Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Yoplait Lactose Free (WIN a prize pack and try it)

February 11, 2012 by  
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I don’t think I have a lactose problem but my husband does and so do several other friends and family members. Its so great that more and more products are becoming available for people with lactose intolerance because its no fun to go without something you love! I have always loved yogurt and would really miss it if I was lactose intolerant. I just learned about the new lactose free Yoplait yogurt and here is a little info on it for you:

Now, just in time for National Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month in February, Yoplait has announced its new Yoplait® Lactose Free yogurt. Inspired by the Yoplait yogurt we know and love, Lactose Free comes in four delicious flavors – Strawberry, Peach, French Vanilla and Cherry – and contains 50% of the recommended Daily Value of calcium, with vitamins A and D in every cup. Lactose Free contains no artificial sweeteners and can be used in some of your favorite recipes – like chocolate crème brulee and strawberry cheesecake.

I personally like that there are no artificial sweetners in the lactose free Yoplait! If I had a child with a lactose problem this would be very important to me.

For more info you can follow Yoplait Lactose Free on Facebook and twitter!

ENTER TO WIN THE YOPLAIT PRIZE PACK PICTURED (A VIP coupon to purchase Yoplait Lactose Free yogurt, Lunch tote, 2 Gel packs, Individual bowl & Spoon):

  • Leave me a comment on this post letting me know your favorite yogurt flavor
  • Contest open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Saturday February 18, 2012

Disclosure:  Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Win a prize pack and try the NEW Dulce de Leche Cheerios

February 10, 2012 by  
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CHEERIOS are eaten practically every day in our house (can’t remember the last day that they weren’t eaten by at least one of them at breakfast). I think its great that there are so many new types of Cheerios lately. We just tried the yummy peanut butter ones and now we got to try the latest flavor dulce de leche  AKA caramel. I thought they were great and so did John (despite his weird dislike of caramel). Three of the kids gave it a thumbs up and then of course there is Mr Picky who ONLY eats honey nut Cheerios (I knew he wouldn’t give them a chance, its not a Cheerio to him unless its honey nut but that means more for the rest of us!). They really smell good too! AND in with my package there was a dulche de leche scented candle that smells wonderful. I never buy scented candles but this one won me over! The ceramic polka dot bowl is adorable and my kids love eating their cheerios with the Cheerio spoon. I get to pick one of you to win all this neat stuff too!


  • Leave me a comment with your favorite Cheerio flavor
  • Open to US mailing addresses only
  • Contest ends Friday February 17th 2012

Don’t just eat Dulce de Leche Cheerios with milk at breakfast. Enjoy the sweet flavor and crunchy texture of Dulce de Leche Cheerios in one of these recipes for fun new snacking options:

Disclosure: The new Dulce de Leche Cheerios information, product, and prize pack have been provided free of charge by Cheerios and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark.

Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods

February 2, 2012 by  
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Well I think I better take it as “a sign” that I keep getting reviews to write that have to do with weight lose! I am going to make better choices and stop putting off weight lose! Baked goods are definitely my biggest weakness, I LOVE to bake and I love to get the huge french vanilla muffin when I stop for coffee with my friend every week. When I bake at home its so easy to “test one” and then “have one with my coffee” and then “have just another”  and “oops did I just eat another”! With a product like  Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods I can keep them in the cabinet for an emergency and then not feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon after! They are individually wrapped and that definitely helps me not to keep having “another”. That also means I can put a muffin in my purse for when I go out for coffee. I was given a box of the new Double Chocolate Muffins and a box of new Blueberry Muffins to test out and 2 free coupons for when I finished those. There are a lot of other choices in the line to: Chocolate Crème Cake, Lemon Crème Cake, Carrot Crème Cake, Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling, Brownie, Chocolate Chip Soft Cookie and Oatmeal Raisin Soft Cookie.  I liked both of the flavors that I tried but the blueberry was my favorite. It really went well with my coffee and thats how I judge sweets lately! I think the oatmeal raisin cookies will be what I try next!

Thanks Weight Watchers for the samples and for another nudge to start getting myself on track!