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Saturday, February 13, 2010

First Juice Review and Giveaway


With all the great blog questions of how to get veggies into your child's diet I think one of the best answer is to offer them something they love. Most children love juice and first juice is a great organic juice that is made with a bit of carrot juice. First Juice is not new on my blog if you would want to read a past post of where I shared about First Juice you can go here

First Juice is made up of fruit and vegetable mixed together with purified water. First Juice comes in 8 oz. bottles which contain 43% juice and a large bottle that contains 49%. The label states that the ingredients are fruit,water and vitamins. How great no sugar or other ingredients that we prefer our children not to have. Starting young children out building good healthy eating habits helps to foster those habits as they get older.

Taste is a bit different than other juices. While the teens thought it was great they noticed the lack of the sweetness. A great example of why starting toddlers out on First Juice is a great idea. Our family loves the 8 oz. spill proof reusable sippy top bottle. Perfect bottle for little hands as well as my sport players who love to take a bottle along with them to games and practice. I also love the 32 oz. bottles as I find the fit perfectly in the fridge door. Keeping the bottles here allows me to pull the bottle out easily for snacks or whenever a glass of juice is needed.

First Juice come in flavors that are a bit different sounding but taste great including banana carrot, blueberry purple carrot, peach purple carrot & apple carrot

Are you thirsting for some First Juice? Well that's great because one lucky Annie's Home reader will receiver their own delicious bottles of first juice.

To enter: visit the first juice website and come back here and let me know something that you learn there.

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contest starts now and will run through March 6, 2010. Email in comment or on blog. Good Luck

Free Nabisco Cookies

There is another great facebook coupon deal out there. This one is fo Nabisco Cookies. Become a fan of Nabisco Cookies on Facebook and and on March 1st you will be able to print out a coupon for free cookies when you buy a pack of cookies and 2 gallons of milk. Then on the first of every month after that you will be able to get other great cookie deals.

Thanks to St. Louis Mommy for the heads up.

Six Word Saturday: Olympics

I will be watching the olympics

What a great opening ceremony it was last night and today the coverage continues. I will be watching the Olympics from opening ceremonies to closing. Great fun and so much talent to watch and see.

Small Talk 6: Love Songs

Today’s topic is “6 love songs that make you melt.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

Shania Twain Your Still The One

Sara Jefferson Starship

Chicago - Look Away

Bette Midler = The Rose

ჱܓDirty Dancing "She's Like The Wind" by Patrick Swayze (1987) ჱܓ

1. What is the most snow you remember ever seeing where you live?

3 foot of snow when I was a kid

2. Given a choice, would you prefer a day of snow or a day of rain?

day of rain as the weather is not normally as cold

3. How easily does your local area respond to snow or ice on roads?

we live on the county line where the county barn is so it is normally quick here but other areas can take quite a bit of time

4. Considering the source from which you most often get your forecast, how accurate was that source over the past week?

well it depends on what source. They have been fairly acurate but sometimes they have temp difference one always seems higher

5. Take the quiz: Are You a Snow Bunny?

I am a snow kitten

6. Okay, it’s time to confess: when the snow starts moving in, do you go to the grocery store and buy up all of the milk and bread?

lol no we dont eat alot of french toast and I normally have that on hand anyways

No Slippy Hair Clippy review and giveaway

Do you have a little one that loves to get dolled up or are you the one that loves to doll up? In either case No Slippy Hair Clippy will be able to help. The clips, headbands, bows, etc... are adorable. I posted a review on my blog for No Slippy Hair Clippy not to long ago to refresh your memory you can visit here.

No Slippy Hair Clippy wants to help you doll your little one up as well by offering one of Annies Home readers the chance to win a $25 worth of product (you will get to pick what you like) to No Slippy Hair Clippy.

Do I have your attention? Would you like to enter into this wonderful giveaway? Then simply head over to the No Slippy Hair Clippy website and come back here and tell me in comments what your 3 favorites are.

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Giveaway starts now and ends February 27, 2010 Good Luck email must be on blog or in comment

We recieved a variety of clips, etc... in order to review. This did not affect my opinion or thoughts in creating this post

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lucky Puppy Online Review and Giveaway

Nothing but cute is exactly right. No this is not a company that caters to making cute little fluffy eared puppy dogs look great but rather to babies, toddlers, children, men and women. Lucky Puppy was created by long time friends Sandi Hochman and Jonathan Cathey who took their dog love a bit further and together created a company to cater to fellow dog lovers. With Jonathan's creativity and Sandi's love for puppies Lucky Puppy Online was born. As cute as Lucky Puppy Online is the greatness does not lay in its adorability in looks but rather in the fact that Lucky Puppy Online gives back to homeless dogs with every purchase made. Lucky Puppy Online helps to match stray dogs with loving families and partner with animal foundations that are both local and national to get the job done.

We received both an adult tee and a tee that is perfect for Princess. How super cute they are. Just take a look.

For every online order that Lucky Puppy receives they donate 15% to Paws and Learn Humane Education Center. You can help the animals that Paws helps care for by purchasing by Lucky Puppy.

Buy: you can order from Lucky Puppy Online directly off their website located here
Lucky Puppy accepts pay pal as well as major credit cards.

Win: Lucky Puppy Online wants to offer one of Annie's Home readers the item of their choice.

To enter this giveaway you must visit the Lucky Puppy Online website and let me know what item you would choose if you were the lucky winner. (this will be the item you will receive so please list color and size with item)

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Giveaway starts now and ends 3/5 Good Luck Remember email in comment or on blog or you cant win

I have a frustration that many young mothers will not understand yet. it is the frustration of how much and how long do you help your children. As I have stated I have one married daughter, 2 all ready in college, 2 more ready to go to college and one still in highschool. The expenss of when they were little is nothing like the expenses now. I find myself tightening the belt, making cuts in the budget etc... to continue to pay for my childrens college fees, phones, etc.. I wish there was a sheet somewhere that said how much and for how long we as parents are to pay. I want them to go to school and do good I just need to find a midle of what they need and want and what i am willing to pay for.
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Flashback Friday - My Little Graduate

I thought I would share this as I will have 2 more graduating in May and going off to the junior college while 2 more will head off to a university where they will live for 3 years. As we start college preps I thought this would be the perfect picture to post.

4 food friday

1. What are four spices you must have in the house?
  1. paprika
  2. garlic
  3. a cajun spice that we use
  4. season salt

these are what we use most of the time what do you use? Share yours here

Valentine Day Feed Me Books Friday


It being valentine day I chose 2 books that both me and the Princess could enjoy together. Princess is into board books and these 2 books could allow us to look at the pictures allow her to know how much I love her and we could both laugh , talk and giggle some more. Laughing has alot to do with our love for each other.

After reading together we could create some wonderful valentines like these.

Contact Paper Heart

•Clear contact paper
•Small pieces of paper, confetti, or tissue paper

Cut 2 identically sized pieces of contact paper Place paper, confetti, or tissue paper in a container Decide what the final shape of the project will be and get a pattern if needed Peel the back off of 1 piece of the contact paper

With your Toddler:

Place 1 piece of contact paper sticky side up in front of your toddler Allow toddler to stick paper, confetti, or tissue paper on the contact paper (without moving any of it!!) When he is finished, place the second piece of contact paper onto the first Trace (find a heart printable) or draw a heart shape onto the contact paper and cut it out
and always a favorite of my children was play dough. Here is a simple chocolate playdought that you can create and play with you lil sweetheart this valentine day:
Chocolate PlayDough

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup boiling water

Stir ingredients together and mix well. Cook over low heat until dough forms a ball. When cool, mix with your hands. Store in airtight container. It will smell good enough to eat but without sugar in it kids will not want to taste it a second time!

Friday 5

1.What is your favorite blanket like?
2.What was the last thing you baked?
3.What television personality gets you most hot and bothered?
4.When did you last burn yourself?
5.What are your feelings about hot sauce?

1. favorite blanket was my comforter we received as a wedding present it was so warm, so fluffy but 20+ years later it just is not the same blanket but I have never been able to find the same sort of blanket even though I have tried many times

2. my oven is broke so baking has not happened for over 2 months

3. there are many hot men out there but this time I will say the heart break kid off of wwe

4. burn myself little bit when cooking but never really mean to

5. dont like it too hot for me.

play here

Friday Fragment : Valentine Messages

Mommy's Idea

Long week with little going on here at our house. Teens went to school here on Monday and since then have been out of school the rest of the week (2 snow days and 2 planned days off). Son did go to school to help put together the valograms that will be handed out on Monday. He shared with me that some of them were not so great and therefore were thrown out. (1) there was one sent by a girl a friend of his that had just broke up with her boyfriend she created a passage that was not so nice if you can only imagine (2) there was a fellow football player who sent a teammate the message "stay hard" now this can go two ways a manner in which is not proper or a fellow teammate that wants to stay strong in the game. Whatever the meaning it to was thrown out. Well thats about all that happened here besides the teens eating me out of house and home. Hopefully next week they will all be ready to return to school

what happened in your life this week? Share them over at the website Half Past Kissin' Time with Friday Fragments.

Aloha Friday : Valentine Message

Aloha Friday hosted on them An Island Life happens each and every Friday as Friday is the start of the weekend those in Hawaii take it easy and so the Aloha Friday meme is where bloggers post simple questions that require simple answers. Play along at An Island Life

All though there was no school yesterday my son spent the day at school creating vallograms. Vallograms are little notes that are attached to a hug, kiss, or crush soda that the students had purchased and sell to their classmates. They are able to choose what they want to say or to select little common verses. This practice has went on for a very long time I can remember sending little "be mine" and "I Love You" notes when I was in high school.

My question for you is:
What message would you send to your valentine today? Would it be with a hug, kiss or crush?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

MyPleasure review and giveaway


For those adults among us let us remember that sex itself is not a sin but a relaxation tip for those who are old enough to understand. Pleasure is a good thing when shared with someone you love and when you find that you need a bit of enthusiasm inserted into the duo My Pleasure may carry the perfect item.

Couples may find the use of sex toys helps to spark of the mood and allow all to feel more comfortable. Part of the fun of sex toys is learning how to use them so if you have never thought of them before or have been afraid to use them perhaps My Pleasure is the perfect thing for you. From massages to more mature sex tools are available at My pleasure. If you find yourself alone allot but still want a boost of enjoyment perhaps even a vibrator would suit the bill for you. My Pleasure can help you in this search as well.

My Pleasure would like to wet your appetite with a giveaway. One of Annie's Home readers will win:
The Black Tie Affair for Couples Wet Together Couples Lube

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You can enter this contest by visiting the My Pleasure website and coming back here and telling me something that you found interesting on the website.

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    Giveaway starts now and runs through Feb 21, 2010 Email must be listed in comment or on your blog. Good Luck

I did recieve the same as what is being given away. The thoughts and opinions are my own

The Joy of Soap for review and giveaway

If you are like me the one thing that you love is a great smelling bar of soap. The Joy of Soap has just that great smelling soaps in many different scents. The Joy of Soap combines beauty practices and botanical ingredients from around the world and using modern science and natural ingredients develops bath and body products with oils and botanical that leave your skin clean, refreshed and rejuvenated. I found that the scent of soap is one that is strong and captivates your senses upon first inspection. Perhaps this is too strong for some but to me the scent is reinvigorating.

The Joy of Soaps group uses essential oils derived from flowers, leaves, seeds, roots and resins of plants. These essential oils naturally contain chemical compounds with antiseptic, analgesic, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties. Many other types of soap use perfumes and fragrances that are synthetic chemicals that have no medicinal or aroma therapeutic value. Fragrances are known irritants and can cause allergic reactions. It is often the fragrances that creates the rashes and skin problems that many notice after trying new soaps. Because the Joy of Soap does not have any this chance has been lowered. I can also tell you that a good bar of soap to me has to smell great and many store brands do not have a strong scent but the Joy of Soap bars have a scent that can be noticed from afar.

I have enjoyed the soap that we received and now The Joy of Soap would like to give one of Annie's Home readers a chance to have a sample of their own. One reader will be able to get 4 bars of their own.

To Enter: You must visit The Joy of Soap website and tell me which 4 are your favorite scents you would like if you were the lucky winner.

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Giveaway starts now and will run through March 3, 2010 Good Luck Email must be in comment or on blog or you can not win

Boogie Wipes $2 coupon

Boogie Wipes is offering a $2 off coupon on any 30 ct. pack of Boogie Wipes. Our favorites are the grape ones. But Princess' mommy loves to use Boogie Wipes over regular tissues. They are softer like lil wipes and have saline which actually helps when you have a cold. If you want to take advantage of this $2 off coupon go here

Possibility of Free Excedrin

For simply taking a short survey you have the chance to get a free coupon for Excedrin. Excedrin is trying to attract new customers and are offering a free product coupon. Simply go here for free coupon

Prilosec OTC "Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn" review

Prilosec OTC "Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn" promotion is asking a wonderful question. "What Would You Do Without Heartburn". My answer to this would be changing my hobby of flea marketing to starting up my own business. What would your dream be?

I can start out by telling you that I was a teen mom that took life serious. I finished high school with two children in the crowd and then settled into taking care of my family. I have sorted became the mother hen not only with my own children but with my younger siblings as well. Work and caring for others is where I devoted my time. One secret passion that I had was the love of flea marketing. My father was a vendor and I would travel some with him and set up and buy/sell. Always fun. I have always loved to hear about history, look at items from olden days and just enjoyed the passion of flea marketing. Now that my children have grown I would love to open a shop where I could buy and sell items that I have a passion for daily.
What is your passion in life? What would you do if you no longer had to worry about the stress in life or the heartburn it causes. Prilosec OTC Our trusted formula has provided relief for millions of frequent heartburn sufferers. We focus on results — blocking heartburn before it begins so you can live life to the fullest Prilosec OTC "Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn" promotion wants to sponsor those with dreams in the categories of food and cuisine, arts and crafts, family, home and garden, entertainment and leisure, health and fitness, travel, sports, and professional pursuits. If you have a dream in any of these subject areas you can apply to be sponsored by Prilosec OTC. However, you must hurry because the deadline is Feb. 22, 2010. Prilosec OTC will sponsor 100 people and help them to strive for their dreams. Sponsored individuals will receive between $1,000 and $4,000 to help achieve their dreams.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Prilosec OTC. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Very Good Sponge Cake - victorian recipe

very good sponge cake

Four eggs, one cup of flour (sifted), one cup of sugar (granulated), the juice of half a large lemon, or that of a small one; the grated rind of a lemon. Beat the whites of the eggs until they are stiff and dry, then add the sugar, beating well; then add the well-beaten yolks; then the rind and juice of the lemon; then stir in, very lightly, the sifted flour. Bake in a moderate oven.

(recipe from twilight bridge)

I just love how the victorian era recipes were simple to the point and the cook knew exactly what it meant.

Dressing Newborns is easy as 1,2, 3!

Dont forget the Zutano $75 gift card giveaway on my blog here

Little Miss Matched

Little Miss Matched has the cutest socks perfect for wearin flip flops. The weather will hopefully get warmer but before it becomes short weather we may all get into the flip flop moood. Instead of wearing bearfeet in the flipflops slip on a pair of these cute little flip flop socks from little miss matched.

Thankful Thursday

I love my hubby and my children and my friends and the list goes on and on but always at the top of this list is always my Lord. For this Thankful Thursday and so near valentine I wanted to share a favorite song of mine

I know this is a different sort of Thankful Thursday but it is what I find on my heart. You can share what you are thankful for this Thursday on the blog Grace Alone

Valentine Treats for the family to make together

Valentine Jello Jigglers

To make these easy jello jigglers, you will need 3 packages of flavored jello gelatin, 4 packages of unflavored gelatin, and 4 cups of boiling water. Boil the water in a pot. Add the flavored jello and unflavored gelatin slowly to the water. Stir until everything is dissolved. Then pour into lightly greased mold or baking dish. Place in refrigerator until jello sets up. You can either prepare these in heart shaped molds or you can use cookie cutters to cut the shapes out. If you use a mold you will want to use a butter knife to gently cut around the edges of the mold before you pop the jigglers out.

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Easy Edible Graham Cracker Valentine

•Graham Crackers
•Candy Hearts with messages

Glue candy hearts to the graham crackers with the frosting. Really cute! You can add food coloring to the frosting and edge out the cracker for an added touch.

found at

Find more delicious valentine goodies @ Life As Mom

Product Recall Includes Cribs

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission another crib did not meet safety standards and has been recalled. After three (3) infant deaths have been reported the Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” Drop Side Crib Brands have been recalled. The CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own the drop side cribs that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death. The crib poses strangulation an suffocation risk and should not be used. These cribs should not be attempted to be fixed. CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these drop side cribs that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and suffocation hazards presented by the cribs. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs. The name "Generation 2 Worldwide" appears on a label affixed to the crib's headboard or foot board. Some manufactures include Dothan, Ala. others ID China as country of manufacture. The name "ChildESIGNS" appears on the teething rail of some of the cribs. Stores that sold these cribs include Kmart, Walmart and Buy Buy Baby where the cribs were sold for prices ranging from $60 to $160. If you think you may have this crib or want more information visit the website @

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Lip Stuff

I am always on the look out for creams, lotions, and lip balms. I am a diabetic and so I need these things or I am quite miserable. My skin and lips dry out easily in the winter and therefore the need for items such as My Lip Stuff is always needed. Often you will find lip products in a few different flavors but My Lip Stuff is available in 500 different flavors. WOW!!!!! That is unbelievable.

My Lip Stuff products are skin, earth and animal friendly. This is great because that means that it will not be harsh to my skin. The earth will not feel ill effects from the use or making of the product. The best part is that no animal was used in the testing of the product. This makes any animal lover like me happy. If you desire the product you buy from My Lip Stuff to be made so everyone knows it is yours that too can be done. My Lip Stuff creates custom label lip balms and I believe these would be great for girl slumber parties, birthday parties, wedding showers, keep the date, or any where you may need a personalized gift.

There is a lip balm flavor and pack for everyone. Men, women, kids everyone. There is even a flavor a month pack. The best part is one of Annie's Home Readers will win a six pack of flavors.

Buy: you can purchase the My Lip Stuff products directly off their website.

Win: one of Annie's Home readers will win a six pack of lip balms. In order to enter this giveaway you must visit the My Lip Stuff website and come back here and tell me your three favorite flavors.

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I did recieve 3 sample lip balms to test out in order to gain my opinion. I was not paid for my thoughts and/or opinions shared in this post.