Friday, September 30, 2011

Product Review and Giveaway: YoCrunch Greek Yogurt




YoCrunch Greek recently sent me 2 coupons try try their Greek yogurt.  There are 4 flavors currently available --  Honey, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Peach.  Each container includes a little cup of granola that you can add into your non-fat yogurt to give it a little crunch.  This is great for those people who like to add just a little or the entire container.  I added all the granola and have to say that the blueberry yogurt was my favorite.  It was so delicious and creamy.  And, the granola gave it that extra kick.  I also tried the peach flavor, but found the flavor less pronounced.  If you are a fan of Greek yogurt and granola, why not give YoCrunch Greek Non-Fat Yogurt a try today.  Below are coupons you can print out for savings at the market, as well as a giveaway!

Here is the nutritional information for YoCrunch's Blueberry Greek Yogurt in Blueberry.  You can find the nutritional information on the other 3 flavors here.



For more info about YoCrunch, visit their website, Facebook Fan Page or Twitter page today.

---BUY NOW---

YoCrunch Greek Yogurt can be found at your local grocery store and ranges in price from $.99 to $1.29 per 6 oz container.  Click here to find a location near you. In addition, click on the links below to access printable coupons for Yocrunch Greek products.

Click Here to Get Coupon!



Click Here to Get Coupon!

---GIVEAWAY---


I am feeling generous today.  One lucky winner will win (5), yes, I said (5) coupons for FREE YoCrunch Greek Yogurt!  To enter, please email me and share a recipe that you found online or created yourself that includes yogurt.  I will try out the first 3 recipes I receive over the weekend and pick a winner on Monday.  Recipes can include desserts, smoothies, etc.  The sky is the limit!!!!

More about YoCrunch:

YoCrunch Yogurt provides a break from boring snacking - they’re a fun, healthy snack that allows kids and adults play with their food and receive all the health benefits of yogurt. The YoCrunch® Brand is America's best-selling line of smooth creamy yogurt conveniently packaged together with a wide variety of crunchy mix-ins including granola, M&M's® chocolate candies, Nestle® Crunch, Reeses® Pieces, Oreo® cookie pieces, and Butterfinger®, along with the YoCrunch® Fruit Parfait™ line, which launched in 2010. For more information please visit www.YoCrunch.com. Healthy Food Holdings is the holding company for The YoCrunch Yogurt Company, LLC.


Disclosure:  I was sent 2 copies to try out YoCrunch Greek, in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Product Review: Ayala's Herbal Water

Closed.  And, the winner is:  Jackie V.

Ayala’s Herbal Water®, the leader in organic, herb-infused water recently sent me a sampling of their 6 flavors to taste test and share my thoughts.  I am not a huge fan of water and find it hard to drink the recommended 64 oz. of fluids/water daily.  And, with this pregnancy, I have been craving more sugary beverages like juices and sodas.  But, as a health educator, I also know how important it is to drink plenty off water to help flush the wastes from your body.  So, I thought, why not give this award-winning herbal water a try.  Who knows, maybe I would like?


"Ayala’s Herbal Water® is the first to offer a zero-calorie, organic infusion delivering sophisticated refreshment through the complex flavors of culinary herbs."Culinary herbs are the natural way to add real flavor and enhance any food or drink.  For centuries, they have been prized for their calming, stimulating, and aphrodisiac qualities.  Ayala's flavored water harnesses the power of these natural wonders in a delightfully refreshing, mellow, yet complex, aromatic drink.  Enjoy a straight-from-the-garden taste of organic herbal extracts and the crisp freshness of artesian water in every sip."


After spending the past week sampling each of the 6 exotic flavors sent to me, I have to say my top 3 favorites were:  Lavender Mint, Cinnamon Orange Peel and Ginger Lemon Peel.  An added bonus was that I received a pairing card with the samples, so it explained the best foods to eat while sampling each herbal water.  In addition, they offered up cocktail suggestions for a little pick me up.  I was not too fond of the Lemon Verbena Geranium flavor, though.  It smelled too perfumey, and was a turn off while drinking. 

Overall, I was impressed with Ayala's herbal water and surprised at the flavor of each bottle, which was achieved with the use of culinary herbs.  If you are a fan of powered flavor water mix-ins or flavor drops, I would highly suggest that you try Ayala's herbal water.  To me, there is more flavor in these herbal waters than you get with the mix-ins.

 --BUY NOW--

You can order Ayala's herbal water online, or can look up retailers with their zip code locator
Ayala's Herbal Water is currently offering a coupon for signing up for their newsletter.  And, for a limited time, they are also running a giveaway for their newest flavor – 12oz Sparkling Lavender Mint!  View contest details here: http://herbalwater.com/events/giveaway.aspx.

---GIVEAWAY---


One lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win a sampler prize pack, which includes 1 bottle of each 16oz flavor, plus the Food Pairing recommendation card.  (NOTE: The selected winner must provide an email address and a shipping address located within the 48 contiguous US states – no APOs, PO Boxes or shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada or Mexico.)  

To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure you include your email address with your first comment, so that I can contact you if you win.

Good luck!

MANDATORY ENTRY: Head on over to Ayala's Herbal Water and let me know which herbal water flavor you would like to try.  Then, head back here and leave a comment below.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email  or become a GFC follower (2 entries for each)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 3 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win a Sampler Pack of Ayala's Herbal Water  @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 10/14)

7) Follow Paper Scissors Rock on Twitter (1 entry)

8) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day)

9) Add to a Giveaway Linky site  (5 entries)

10) Like Ayala's Herbal Water on Facebook (1 entry) 
11) Follow Dr. Ayala on Twitter (1 entry)
12) Follow Ayala's Herbal Water on Twitter (1 entry)

13) Visit Dr. Ayala's personal blog and come back here and comment on a recent post she made (2 entries)


Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on October 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.



More about Ayala's Herbal Water:

Ayala’s Herbal Water® has continued to receive rave reviews and awards; most recently, Ayala’s won Self Magazine’s 2011 Healthy Food Award, Natural Health Magazine's 2011 Good Food Award, and was Good Housekeeping Magazine’s Editor’s Pick for Best Flavored Water in 2010. Year-to-date, Herbal Water saw exponential growth in sales compared to the same period in 2010, and the launch of its sparkling line has opened many new retail opportunities that will further expand the brand’s emergence to a wider audience.


Disclosure:  I was sent samples in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Feature Friday -- Lil' Supgarplum -- No-Slip Hair Clips for Babies and Girls, and Much More...




Lil' Sugarplum is an online store that offers an assortment of fun and playful baby hair clips, baby hair bows, baby headbands and other little baby hair accessories, all made by a stay at home mom.  Once I found out that these hair accessories were created by another mom entrepreneur, I knew I had to share her product line with you.






One of the perks of having a baby girl is being able to dress her up in pretty dresses and outfits and do her hair.  But, as you know, a baby's hair is so fine, that it usually doesn't hold a hair clip or ponytail.  And, right now, my daughter, Savannah has more hair in the back of her head than in the front, so even using a headband doesn't look right.  
I am trying to enjoy doing her hair now, as I know that when she gets older she will want to style it the way she wants and may not even like to use clips, bows and other hair accessories.  So, saying this, I was sent a sample hair clip from Monique's store to try out with Savannah.  Just look at how cute Savannah looked with the yellow hair clip:


I showed her herself in the mirror and she began to smile and baby talk.  Then, when I took it out, I was surprised at her reaction.  She was upset with me and wanted it back in her hair.  I gave her the hair clip to see what she would do, and she tried to slide it in her hair.  After a few attempts and seeing it fall to the floor, I put the hair clip back in her hair and she was all smiles again.  
Overall, I was excited that I found a hair clip made especially for babies that would stay in place.  If you have a little girl at home who likes hair accessories or having Mommy do her hair, you need to head on over to Lil' Sugarplum's today and check out Monique's cute hair accessories and other items.  Not only will you be getting a product to enjoy with your little girl, but you will also be supporting a stay-at-home mom and her business.
SPECIAL OFFER:

Head on over to Lil' Sugarplum today and buy 1 $8 hair clip, get 1 $8 hair clip FREE.
( E-mail freebie, don't add to shopping cart. Expires: December 1, 2011, so act fast before your favorite clips are gone.



Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from Lil' Sugarplum in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Feature Friday -- Little Miss Creations -- Autumn Apple Pie Gel Candle Review

 
 
 
As many of you know, I like to hunt down handmade products, including soaps and candles, and especially love it when the creator is another mom.  Well, today I wanted to share Little Miss Creations with you, which is run by Holly, a single mother of 2.  She creates her wonderful product line, which consists of candles (soy, gel and pillar), bar soaps, body scrubs, bath salts and hand and body lotions, with the help of her children.  She cherishes this time together with them, as she is also a full-time student, so finding quality time as a family is limited.  Together, they can enjoy a hobby that they fell in love with a few years ago, all while providing customers like you and I with exceptional handmade goods.  Every item in Holly's online store would make a great gift for a family member or friend, or why not treat yourself to lovely smelling candle or pamper yourself with some of her bath products.  
 

I had the opportunity to try out her 4 oz. Autumn Apple Pie candle (which retails for only $4.25) over the weekend and have been loving the fresh apple scent it has left behind.  Shortly after burning this gel candle for an hour, my husband came home from the local park with our daughter, and thought that I had baked an apple pie with the apples we had picked the day before.  Boy was he devastated when he realized it was just a candle.  Since then, I ended up baking a pie to satisfy his (and my) sweet tooth, and have continued to burn this gel candle each day.  I can't get over how long the candle life is on a gel candle compared to wax and other candles.  And, each and every time I burn the candle, it still lets off the sweet smelling aroma of a fresh baked apple pie.  I wish there was a scratch and sniff widget that I could add to this post so you could see how wonderful this candle actually smells.  But, no one has invented such technology yet, so you just have to head on over to Little Miss Creations today and pick up this or another scented candle today to smell for yourself.


 

--BUY NOW--
 
 
Click here to access Holly's, Little Miss Creations online store and begin shopping for her handmade goods today.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from Little Miss Creations in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.



 
 
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Product Review: al fresco Chicken Sausages and Meatballs



I recently had the opportunity to try out an assortment of al fresco chicken sausages from Kayem Foods, Inc.  Originally from Massachusetts, I remember heading into Boston/Chelsea for doctor's appointments and driving by the Kamen Foods factory.  You could smell the hot dogs from what felt like miles away.  You knew you were in Boston when you could this -- it was great!  And, being a Red Sox fan, I have been buying and serving Kayem hot dogs to family and friends for years.  So, when I was presented with the opportunity to try out their al fresco chicken sausage product line, I jumped at the offer.  This would be more first experience in eating sausages that weren't made out of pork -- but, I was game, after being a faithful Kayem Foods customers for over 20 years.

I was sent the following al fresco products to try.  Below each short description is my personal thoughts on each product.  

al fresco Apple Maple Breakfast Chicken Sausage 7 links/8 oz package -- A delicate blend of apples and pure Vermont maple syrup.

My Thoughts:  What I liked most about this product and the others I sampled is that each package of sausages are fully cooked, so you only have to reheat in the microwave, broil or grill.  This is such a time-saver as a busy mom.  I ended up cooking these breakfast sausages Monday night, as part of our weekly breakfast for dinner meal.  We had eggs, homefries, toast and in place of bacon, I used al fresco Appl Maple Breakfast Chicken Sausage.  When my husband first looked at the sausages, he wondered why they were pale in color.  I told him that they were chicken, to his appointment.  But, I said you have to try them and see what you think.  They are a healthy alternative to greasy pork processed ones we are used to eating.  To make me happy, he agreed to try out.  He was pleasantly surprised at how good they tastes.  He could taste the apples and maple syrup, which was pleasing to the pallet.  By the end of dinner, we only 2 sausages left -- so, you can take it that is was a hit.  We will definitely be buying these sausages again, and also will seek out their other breakfast sausage flavors, including country style and wild blueberry.

al fresco Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Sausage 4 links/12 oz. per package -- Spicy Jalapeño peppers coupled with fire-roasted sweet red peppers.

My Thoughts:  My husband ended up eating these sausages, as spicy foods have been giving me acid reflux near the end of my pregnancy.  I made pasta one night and ended up broiling these sausages, so they looked grilled to my husband.  After heating up the sauce, I ended up a few of the sausages up into coin-shapes and added them to the sauce.  I was trying to disguise the fact that he was eating chicken sausages.  As he ate the pasta with the sausage sauce, he said he liked how the sausages were spicy and had a nice bite to them.  I waited until he was done eating to let him in on the secret -- he just ate chicken sausages.  When I finally told him, again, he was surprised at the taste.  His reaction was, "I guess we have a new sausage option that is healthy and tastes good, even if they don't look at appealing with the pale color."  So, again, I have added this to the list of foods to buy again at the market.


al fresco Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage 4 links/12 oz. per package -- A traditional favorite enhanced with fresh red and green peppers. 

My Thoughts:  We had these sausages tonight.  While I had it with pasta and sauce, my husband opted to make a sausage sub.  After biting into the al fresco Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage, we couldn't believe that you could actually see and make out the fresh red and green peppers that were added to the sausage.  These sausages had just the right sweetness to them, that they gave the meal a nice flavor.  My husband ended up having 2 subs, which is unlike him.  But, he said that seeing that they were made of chicken, they were healthy and thus he could have two subs.  I especially liked them served with the pasta and sauce.  Once on the plate, it looked like I spent 20-30 minutes in the kitchen preparing a meal that only took 10 minutes.  And, with no sausages left, clean up was a breeze.


al fresco Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Meatballs 16/ 12 oz per package -- Al fresco all natural chicken meatballs are made from lean skinless chicken meat and only the finest herbs and spices. They have absolutely no artificial ingredients, fillers, MSG or preservatives and are pork free and gluten free.

My Thoughts:  I ended up using the recipe on the back of the package, as I wasn't sure how to pair Teriyaki Ginger meatballs with other side dishes we usually eat.  So, I ended up making an Asian stir fry and added the meatballs, along with stir fry mix and served it all over white rice.  It was delicious!  And, after cooking up the meatballs on the stove, it make the house smell good.  The meatballs weren't greasy like others we buy and cook up from market.  And, you could really taste the teriyaki and ginger flavors. This is definitely a dish I will be cooking up again.  Next time, though, I was to try their tomato basil flavored meatballs. Yum!!!  

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed each of the alal fresco chicken sausages and meatballs at your local market.  You will be glad you did!

Don't forget to follow al fresco on Facebook and Twitter for news and special offers.

Disclosure:  I was sent sample of al fresco products in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Product Review -- Tooth Soap, The All-Natural Alternative to Toothpaste!






 Feel a cleaner difference after the very first brushing with Tooth Soap®!

Tooth Soap® is the world's leading non-toxic, all natural and organic alternative to
toothpaste and is manufactured in the USA in a gluten free and kosher facility.

Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom to Savannah, and mom entrepreneur, I was a health educator and taught classes and attended health fairs at businesses and schools, where dental hygiene was always a popular topic.  So, when I found out there was a product on the market called Tooth Soap, it sparked my curiosity.  I wondered how it tasted?  Was it really soap?  What makes this so different from other toothpastes and whiteners?  Etc.....Etc...


What drew me to this products besides curiosity was that it was made with pure and wholesome ingredients -- So, no synthetic chemicals here.  I was sent samples of their Tooth Brightener and Tooth Gel, and  spent the past week trying them out.  At first, I tried to enlist my husband as a product tester, but he just looked at me when I said Tooth Soap and showed him the bottles.  That meant that he would pass on this opportunity, so it just left me to wonder and try it out for myself. 

I was amazed that after the first use, my teeth felt cleaner than if I had used my other toothpaste.  I had that tingling and clean feeling that you get after you visit the dentist.  And, then that night I felt the clean feeling after using Tooth Soap. As the week progressed, I noticed my teeth felt stronger, looked whiter and my gums looked healthier.  Eventually, my husband came around and tried it for himself, after I repeated told him how great Tooth Soap was.  He agreed, and said his teeth and gums felt great and that he doesn't get the same reaction with his other leading toothpaste brands he uses.  So, Tooth Soap, you now have 2 new fans of your product line.  Thank you, Karen Van Cleef, the Founder and CEO of Tooth Soap, Inc. for coming up with an ingenious product.  I will definitely be bragging about your products with family and friends.

So, if dental hygiene is important to you, like it should be, and you only want to use healthy products, that don't include harsh chemicals, for your family, why not check out the products available from Tooth Soap today.

---BUY NOW---
Head on over to the Tooth Soap website to order online.  Currently, they are offering a special where if you use promo code "WOMEN" at checkout, you will receive a Buy One Tooth Soap® Get One Tooth Soap® FREE –– Any Flavor, Any Type offer!



Disclosure:  I was sent samples from Tooth Soap in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.
 
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Product Review and Giveaway: KidFresh, 100% Natural and Healthy Frozen Meals for Kids

Closed. And, the winner is: Donna.

Now that my daughter is transitioning to more solids for, I am on the look out for healthy brands to feed her.  So, when I found out about KidFresh, I had to try it out and see what Savannah thought.  KidFresh kindly sent me a few coupons so that I could try out their products and then share my thoughts with you.  In addition, they gave me 2 extra coupons, which I will offer in a giveaway (see below review post to enter).

If you are not familiar with KidFresh, they offer the following 100% natural and healthy frozen meals for kids:


Kidfresh meals are prepared with hidden veggies that are pureed and snuck into each meal, providing up to 33% of a child's daily needs.  They are made with 100% natural ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.



Why choose between taste and nutrition?
Kidfresh frozen kids’ meals are packed with goodness:

  • 100% Natural, Nothing Artificial
  • Great Taste Kids Love
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No Trans Fats
  • Hidden Veggies in Every Meal
  • Naturally Rich in Key Nutrients
  • No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Moderate in Sodium, Calories and Fat
Because Savannah is in a pasta phase right now, we picked up KidFresh's Wagon Wheels Mac and Cheese, their Totally Twisted Pasta + Meatballs and Spaghetti Loops Bolognese for her to try out.  She liked each one of them, but we found the Wagon Wheels Mac and Cheese to be her favorite.  If we didn't slow her down, she would have eaten up the meal in minutes.  This is saying a lot for a toddler, who is a picky eater.  I am so happy that I was introduced to KidFresh and their 100% natural product line.  As a busy mom, who is expecting another baby in November, I am always on the look for fresh and healthy snacks and meals for my daughter, for those crazy days, where I wonder where the day went to.  Now, I don't have to worry about what I am feeding.  And, I know that she is enjoying the meal -- which means a lot to a mom!


--Where Can I Buy KidFresh Products?---

Click here to use the store locator and see if there is a retailer near you that sells KidFresh.  I found KidFresh our my local Shaws and Big Y.


---GIVEAWAY---

One lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win 2 FREE coupons to use towards their next KidFresh store purchase.  To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure to include your email address with the first comment, so that I can contact you if you win.

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Head on over to KidFresh and let me know which product you would like to try out.  Or, if you are already a fan of KidFresh products, what is your favorite product?

EXTRA ENTRIES:

(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email or become a GFC follower (2 entries for each)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 3 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win 2 Coupons for FREE KidFresh Frozen Meals @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 10/14)

7) Follow KidFresh on Twitter (1 entry)

8) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day)
9) Add to a Giveaway Linky site  (5 entries)
10) Follow KidFresh on Facebook and let them know that Inspired by Savannah sent you. (2 entries)

Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on October 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.


Disclosure:  I was sent coupons to use towards the purchase of KidFresh products, so that I could write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

 
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Giveaway -- Scotty B'S Gourmet Hot Sauces - Ends 10/14

Closed.  And, the winner is: Corey.


This past week I shared my review of Scotty B's Arch Nemesis hot sauce.  If you missed my post, click here to read it now.  Today, I wanted to offer Inspired by Savannah readers the opportunity to win a bottle of Scotty B's Hot Sauces -- winner gets to choose flavor -- there are 8 available.



To enter, please complete the MANDATORY ENTRY first, and then as many EXTRA ENTRIES as you like.  Make sure you include your email address with the first entry, so that I can contact you if you win.

Good luck!!!!  My husband just loves this stuff!!!! And, if you love hot stuff or adding a little spice to your dishes, you will too!!!!!

MANDATORY ENTRY:  Head on over to Scotty B's Hot Sauce Facebook page and like them.  Then, leave a comment with this giveaway's url, letting them know Inspired by Savannah sent you.

EXTRA ENTRIES:



(Please leave separate entries for each, along with your email address)

1) Subscribe to my blog via email (2 entries)

2) Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)

3) Enter any of my other giveaways, leaving a comment with the name of the giveaway (1entry per giveaway entered)

4) Blog about this giveaway. It must include a link to this specific post, as well as a link to my blog, http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/. (In your comment, please leave a link directly to your post – 3 Entries)

5) Follow me on Twitter (1 entry)

6) Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry per tweet, per day; please include link to tweet in comment below)

Enter to #win a bottle of Scotty B's Gourmet Hot Sauce @rmccoy1234 http://ctmomreviews.blogspot.com/ #giveaway (Ends 10/14)

7)  Become a Public GFC follower (see left side bar).  (e entries)
8) Vote for me on picket fence blogs (See button on right side of blog -- One entry per vote, per day)
9) Add to a Giveaway Linky site  (5 entries)


Open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on October 14, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner. Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond to my email to claim prize. If I don't hear back from selected winner, I will draw another winner.


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YoCrunch is in the Halloween Spirit




To get you excited about Halloween as we are, YoCrunch put together some last minute Halloween costume ideas, trick-or-treat jokes and easy party ideas. Check out some of the fun costumes you can create for yourself or your children.  I especially love the deviled egg  and static cling costumes!

COSTUMES


Static Cling - Dress normally. Pin some socks, dryer sheets, hand towels to your shirt.


Construction Worker - Old shirt, work boots, tool belt, hand tools, work gloves, hard hat, walkie-talkie or some combination.


Cowboy - Hat, boots, corduroy? Instant cowboy.


Deviled Egg - Wear all white. Attach (or paint) yellow circle to your stomach. You are an egg. Add horns and a pitchfork.


50s guy - Got an old black leather jacket? Hair Gel? Jeans?


A mime - Black clothes and white face paint.


Black eyed pea – With black face paint, draw the letter “P” over one eye.


A baked potato! - Wrap yourself in some (or all) aluminum foil.


JOKES


Where do werewolves stay when they're on vacation?

•At the Howliday Inn!

What is a werewolf's favorite type of story?

•A hairy tale!

Why are haunted houses so noisy in April?

•That's when the ghosts do their spring screaming!

What do little monsters like to drink?

•Ghoul-Aid!

What does an Australian witch ride on?

•A broomerang!

What is a witch's favorite TV show?

•Lifestyles of the Witch and Famous!

PARTY IDEAS


Mummy Wrap

Supplies: One roll of toilet paper for each child

Pumpkin Bowling

Supplies: several small pumpkin, 12 empty cups or 2-liter bottles

Witch Hat Ring Toss

Supplies: 6 witch hats and hula hoops or homemade rings

Bobbing for Apples

Supplies: One bucket and an bushel of apples

Pin the Face on the Pumpkin

Supplies: One large pumpkin, and jack o' lantern eyes, nose and mouth cut out of black paper 


Do you have any fun and easy Halloween costume ideas, party ideas or jokes?  If so, leave a comment below with them.

Happy Halloween!!!!

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Enter to Win a Copy of Ditch the Jonesses, Discover Your Family: How to Thrive on Less than Two Incomes! ·CD workbook, including Action Plan and Personal Coaching! ·$24.98 value!


Do you know someone who has recently lost their job?  Do you know a family who is struggling on one income because of a recent job loss?  Are you wondering how you can help them?  Tell them about this contest!


Contest prize:  Five winners will receive:
Click here to read my personal review of this great book. 

Purpose of contest:  We all know and care about someone who is struggling to find work right now.  This is one way I hope to help someone you care about.


Dates of contest:  Contest open from Tuesday, September 27 through Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
 

Contest rules:
    ·Contest applicants must live within the U.S. and be over age 18. ·Contest applicants must give their email address so they can be contacted if they are the winner.  If they are the winner they can later provide the address at which they’d like to receive the prize.  Please do not send your mailing address at this time. ·The winners will be contacted by email at the end of the contest. ·Watch the Events page to see our winners, who will be announced on Wednesday, October 12.

How to enter the contest:
    ·Go to http://www.ditchthe.com/ ·Visit the Events page to read the rules of the contest ·Visit the Contact us page, put “Contest” in the subject line and send us an email through our contact page.  You can have your name entered into the drawing more than once. Send one email telling me all of the ways you participated, and your name will be entered into the drawing for each way you participate.  Ways you can participate include:
      o       Follow Cathi Brese Doebler on Twitter o       Subscribe to Cathi’s blog o       Friend Cathi Brese Doebler on Facebook o       Like Cathi’s YouTube video o       Share this contest on your blog o       Tweet about this contest o       Put a link to this contest on your Facebook page Good luck! 
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Angel Soft Lends Moms a Hand -- Winner will receive $1500 GC to support their cause!!!



The maker of Angel Soft® bath tissue welcomes you to the "Angel Soft® Lends Moms a Hand" contest website.

If you or someone you know manages to balance the demanding responsibilities of daily life and still finds time to help others, we want to hear from you! The maker of Angel Soft® bath tissue has created this program to help these Moms.


Please fill out the information on the contest site to nominate yourself or someone you know for a chance to win a $1,500 gift card to support the cause of your choice, and, as a bonus, winners will be featured on their local NBC station during the holidays. After you nominate, be sure to grab your coupon for Angel Soft® bath tissue and stop by your local Stop & Shop.


Nominations are open from now through Sunday, October 9th at 11:59:59am. Check back here on Monday, October 17th to see the list of Top 10 Moms in the contest and vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 16th.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Product Review: Finlandia Cheese




Who doesn't like cheese?  With a very active toddler at home and other due in November, my husband and I have found ourselves being creative when it comes to putting together fast and quick meals for dinner.  Because we don't have much time to actually sit down and eat (and enjoy) our meals, I don't see spending hours in the kitchen prepping meals each week.  So, I have begun using our crock pot again, brought back breakfast for dinner, where we have either french toast or eggs and bacon, and also fallen in love with sandwiches, which include the family favorite -- grilled cheese.


On a mission to find the perfect cheese for our quick dinners, I stumbled across Finlandia and requested a coupon to try out their product.  We have been using other cheeses (both expensive and moderate in price), but haven't found the cheese that makes just the right sandwich.  

So, over the weekend, we headed to the market and picked up a half pound of Finlandia cheese.  Our goal was to try either the Finlandia Lappi or Muenster cheeses, but our market only sold swiss cheese. We ended up picking up shaved steak meat and fresh baked bread and made homemade steak and cheese sandwiches for dinner that night.  Boy, were we impressed with the fresh and nutty taste of Finlandia Swiss.  Compared to other swiss cheeses we tried, this ranks as #1.  I have to admit, we ended up sampling the cheese after checkout on the drive home, but luckily there was still enough swiss cheese left to make dinner. :-)


Thanks Finlandia for letting me sample your cheese.  I will definitely be keeping an eye out at other markets we frequent for your muenster and Lappi cheeses.  I can only image how good a grilled cheese sandwich will be with your cheese.  And, I have printed out a handful of recipes that use Finlandia cheese from their site, that I will be incorporating into our weekly meal plan.  Click here to check out some great recipes -- who knows, you may stumble upon the perfect dinner for tonight!


Disclosure:  I was sent a coupon to try out Finlandia Cheese firsthand in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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