Saturday, April 4, 2009

Joined Book Swim Today

I had wona membership to Book Swim a few months ago & I finally got around to joining today. It is basically like Netflix but for books. I joined the 3 book package. It looks like they ship you out 3 books, you can return 2 of them when you are done, keep the last to read & then get more books.

I love that there are no late fees, etc. You can also search books several ways ~ Search books for rent by AUTHOR, Search books for rent by TITLE or Search Books by ISBN.

They seem to have a pretty good selection of books. Not everything I was looking for was available though. I will update after I get my first box of 3 books.

Anyone else a member?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Review ~ Mom's Best Naturals Cereal

I don't really eat cereal because I do not like milk. I will snack on cereal though, and my husband and daughters eat it. When Mom Fuse asked me to try out a new cereal from Mom's Best, I thought it sounded really good.

Mom's Best sent me two boxes ~ Oats & Honey Blend and the Honey Grahams to try out.

The first thing that caught my eye about these cereals is the company philosophy. They have been owned by the same family for 4 generations, they only make Breakfast cereal. Mom's Best also uses the highest quality ingredients. There's nothing artificial, no saturated fat or hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, etc.

When the cereal arrived, I quickly opened it up to see just how good this all natural cereal was. I tried the Oats & Honey Blend first. It was SO good, I decided this box was just for me :) My 7 year old did end up prying a bowl from me, but that is it. I snacked on this cereal instead of eating chips, cookies, etc. Super yummy, I have to locate a store that sells it so I can buy more! My 7 year old liked as well. I had to hide the box, lol.

I loved that my snacking was good for me as well, the Oats & Honey Blend contains ~
  • 10g of Whole Grain Per Serving
  • Naturally Low Fat
  • Multigrain
  • Naturally Cholesterol Free
  • While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease
  • Made with Real Honey

I let the kids have the Honey Grahams. I did taste it & really liked it. My girls ate it in the morning with milk. My 7 year old also took it in a snack baggie for snack as well. She absolutely loved it. The best part, all natural. I felt good letting her eat it for breakfast and snacks.

It contains ~
  • 7g of whole grain per serving
  • Made with real honey and whole grain wheat
  • Naturally cholesterol free
  • 0g trans fat per serving
Be sure to check and see if Mom's Best is offered in your area and give it a try. It isn't offered in mine, and I am super bummed. I just sent them a quick email begging to offer closer to me! If you are lucky enough to be able to buy this, the website has some great recipes as well. You can also get a coupon to save some money.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Review ~ Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Pirates Treasure

I've blogged before about Wow! Wow! Wubbzy, and now I am blogging again about the newest pre-school dvd that is out ~

The newest Wubbzy DVD, Pirate Treasure, became available on March 24th. In this 82-minute DVD, 5 regular and 2 bonus episodes, including one never before seen episode, your little ones will follow Wubbzy and his friends as they discover a world of fun adventures. Familiar characters such as Wubbzy, Widget and Walden search to find buried pirate treasure and discover what happens when Wubbzy gets lost in the woods and why Walden is afraid of the beach. The DVD provides preschoolers great entertainment while still teaching them important social lessons about how to treat others.

My 7 year old will still watch shows like this, so she was excited when the dvd came in the mail. She has already watched it several times. With shows like these, you don't have to worry about sitting in the room to make sure it is appropriate.

This is a great dvd for pre-schoolers, teaches great lessons with fun characters! Social skills are always an important part of growing up.

Another fun thing, on you can join the Wubb Club. After filling out a membership form, you’ll be able to print a membership badge and a certificate for your child and receive a monthly e-newsletter with recipes, crafts, and updates. For more information, visit the Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! website.

I also wanted to note that over at Anchor Bay Entertainment, they have a free kids club you can join. Among other free printables, there are some great Wow! Wow! Wubbzy coloring pages!

You can purchase Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Pirate Treasure on Amazon. At time of posting, it is under $9 at Amazon. Retails $16.98

Want to thank Mom Central for the opportunity to review Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Pirate Treasure

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Review ~ Exergen TemporalScanner™ infrared thermometer

I hate to admit this, but I haven't had a thermometer that works in years. The doctors get so mad when I can't give a temperature of my girls (with good reason, I know!). I keep meaning to buy one, but it just never happens.

Thankfully, Family Review Network came to my rescue with an amazing campaign for the Exergen TemporalScanner infrared thermometer. I was crossing my fingers, I would get picked for this one, the thermometer is amazing!

From the press release ~

The Exergen TemporalScanner infrared thermometer, which reads a temperature in just two seconds, is available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Costco, Babies R Us, Toys R Us and Sam’s Clubs nationwide.

It gives parents a comforting option for taking a temperature. Gentle as a healing hand against a child’s face, the Exergen TemporalScanner gauges body temperature in two seconds by capturing the naturally emitted heat from skin over the temporal artery, which runs across the forehead and is directly connected to the heart via the carotid artery.

The affordable Exergen TemporalScanner infrared thermometer is tested six times for accuracy during manufacture at Exergen’s plant outside of Boston and comes with a one year warranty. Tests show it is accurate to within +0.2ºF—a much more accurate reading than taking the temperature any other way including oral, rectal, axillary (under the arm) and tympanic (in the ear).

It’s also easy to use: Simply depress and hold its soft rubber-coated button and lightly scan across the forehead. A red LED light and soft beep indicate a correct scan. Ergonomically designed of injected molded plastic, the home unit features a high-contrast LCD temperature display, runs on one 9-volt battery (included), and meets and exceeds all regulatory requirements, including FDA, ASTM and UL.

The only thermometer manufactured in the United States, the Exergen Temporal Scanner is also better for the environment, using infrared sensor technology so it contains no mercury (like traditional glass bulb thermometers). The Exergen TemporalScanner also never needs any additional purchases, unlike tympanic thermometers, which necessitate clean plastic probe covers with each new use. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $50.

After opening the package, you just insert the battery. Make sure to take off the cover, otherwise you might think your child is dying because there body temperature is so low. Then just press the button, gently put the thermometer on the forehead & Voila you have an accurate temperature.

It is amazing and I am thrilled to own one! I can't recommend this product enough. I used to have one that you stuck in the ear. It was such a pain, you had to hold the ear a certain way, buy covers to use with it, etc. I wish I had this when my girls were squirming babies & toddlers, but am thankful to have it now. I know my doctors will be as well :)

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Making Life Better

Being a mom can be difficult. For me, one of the hardest things is dinner. I personally do not care for cooking, so coming up with great recipes for my girls can be a challenge.

Unilever, the consumer package goods company, has spent a great deal of time thinking about how to make everyday life better and help us find ways to create great meals and do more with less. The company's Web site,, features delicious recipes, affordable meal ideas and tips that stretch your budget and save you time. From Chicken Francese to Savory Roasted Potatoes, the secret to dinner success in my home is to keep a well-stocked kitchen filled with easy-to-prepare, delicious pantry staples with brands I know and trust.

Browsing around the site recently, I found a ton of great recipes for our Easter dinner. We are for sure making the Country-style Glazed Ham, my youngest absolutely loves ham. I think she will really enjoy this recipe and the prep is only 10 minutes!

The search function for the recipes is really cool. You can search for ingredients, cooking method, keyword search and meal type.

Making Life Better isn't just for cooking though. They have beauty and style section, home and family, wellness, tips and more. You can register for free to become a member. That way you can save favorites, do reviews and share your tips. Registering is pretty easy. They want a member name, address & then a few questions about products purchased, websites you like. The entire process was only 2 pages.

Want to thank Mom Central for bringing this great site to my attention! Let me know if you check it out and what you think! What is your favorite feature ~ recipes, beauty, family ???

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Review ~ Clorox Wipes New Decor Canisters

I love Clorox wipes! They make cleaning quick, easy & mess free. I tend to use them for quick messes, or when I'm doing touch ups, etc in the bathroom & kitchen.

Now Clorox has made a brand new decor canister.

Combining both fashion and function, the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Décor canisters will make the days of hiding cleaning products under the sink a distant memory.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes new Décor canisters:
  • Come in eight unique color palettes to match any home décor
  • Feature a sleek new shape and wider mouth
  • Have a new effortless single sheet dispensing system
  • Has the same disinfecting power of their namesake wipes
  • Are fashionable enough to be left on the countertop
  • Available at retailers nationwide this month
I love that these fun new designs can actually be left out. Making grabbing one even easier. No more hiding the wipes, they can now be left out and even match our house!

I was sent the pink one, very pretty! I love all 8 of the new designs and look forward to seeing what Clorox comes out with next!

This review was provided by Family Review Network and Clorox.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Veggie Adventures ~ Eat your Veggies

Have you seen the cute commercials from Hidden Valley Ranch, encouraging kids to eat more veggies? I know one has the veggies in an ice cream truck instead of ice cream, love that one.

Well they are trying to get the word out for kids to eat their veggies. Now Hidden Valley Ranch has teamed up with Mom Central to get the word out about a new game they have created for kids.

The makers of Hidden Valley Salad Dressings have created Veggie Adventures, a free online game that can be played now at Keeping in mind a recent study that indicated that 60 percent of parents play computer games with their kids, the makers of Hidden Valley Dressings hope Veggie Adventures will be yet another tool for moms to utilize to expand their young children's appreciation for vegetables.

Veggie Adventures engages families in a three-part vegetable adventure that begins with growing vegetables on the farm and ends with serving and sharing vegetables with friends. Along with fun and easy game-play, Veggie Adventures provides players with great tips and vegetable facts meant to be transplanted outside of the gaming experience. At the end of each stage, players receive a printable certificate to commemorate their success.

The game is a lot of fun for little kids. Great way to get them used to Vegetables, excited about eating them! Plus Ranch makes everything good, especially Veggies!

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TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

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