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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Win a pack of Luvs size 4

Dependable Luvs diapers have some how become even cuter. Can you imagine? They have the same well designed diaper they always were but now tih a bit of an upgrade. With one of my grandbabies at the age of two possibly beginning to think of potty training and a new grandbaby on the way their mommy sure will keep the diaper company in service. I entered the giveaway sponsored by Go Graham Go where one lucky person will win a pack of stage 4 diapers. Yeah!!!! This giveaway ends November 19, 2010

Kidorable Review and Giveaway.

To me there are three main type of Christmas shoppers. (1) There are those like my sister in law who like to have their shopping done or nearly done, Christmas decor up, and plans made by the early part of November (2) Then there are those like my daughter who save their money for a large shopping weekend where they go shopping, put the tree up, decorate the outside and do it all on a given date, and (3) then there are those like me who have good intentions and buy along the way but always seem to be shopping each year at the end of the year. I am happy to say that no matter what type of shopper you are Kidadorable has created a Holiday Gift buying quiz to help you to find the perfect present for those on your list.
space hero

In addition to the new two styles of ballerina and space hero Kidadorable has eleven (11) other great styles to choose from. I am sure there will be one that is perfect for you. Each style is available in an array of products ranging from rain boots to hooded towels. We have the fireman hooded towel and love it. It completely wraps around our little Princess and now that she has outgrown it I am sure that it will be handed down to her new little brother. We loved the softness and the features were so adorable. I loved how it stood up for ware as well.

fireman hooded towel
This time when I was offered an item to review from Kidadorable I was in the grandmother  mood and was thinking about my lil' Princess and my grand son that would be born soon. Since my son in law is a fire fighter it is a given that our little man will be surrounded by sports, firemen, golf, tools and many other items as well. Princess has moved into a pink phase and is in love with cats so the choice of style was easy. There are normally many rainy days through out the year where they live so I chose to review raincoats for them. I was delighted of how cute they were. They arrived with a matching hanger that were as cute and stylish as the raincoats. The material was a thick material that I am sure the super cute coat will prevent my babies from getting wet. Just take a look at how cute they are.
Lucky Cat Kidadorable Rain Coat
 The cute pink of the raincoat and smiling kitty gives this raincoat personality. It only adds to the radiant personality that my grand baby all ready has.

fireman raincoat
 As I stated earlier our little man will probably grow up to love or hate the fire department as its symbols are all through the house. This cut fire jacket is the same shape as his daddies and the flames are realistic giving this raincoat my thumbs up.

Buy: you can purchase any of the Kidorable products from the Kidorable website 

Win: one of Annies Home readers will be able to win their choice of Kidorable umbrella.

To enter this giveaway let me know you favorite style of Kidorable.

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Giveaway starts now and ends November 30, 2010. Good luck Email must be on comment or in blog profile or can not count.

As I stated I thank Kidorable for sending me the raincoats for review. They were used for review purposes only and the thoughts and opinions shared in this post are those of mine alone.

win a Gund Bear

For as long as I can remember Gund has created adorable animals and characters. My older sister received a Gund animal when she went through surgery as an older teenager. She has kept her Gund for many years now and in fact he still sits on her nightstand for a comfort measure. Who do you know who would love a new pal from Gund? Gund is sponsoring a giveaway on the blog MomStart where one lucky person will receive the Gund Bear.

Giveaway ends November 22, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Winners Alert

Winner of the Kaskey Kids miniatures is :

3 Giggly Monsters said...
Shared this giveaway on facebook

Remember to use the word fans for 20% off

Winner of the Happy Green Bee giveaway is:
mel said...
I follow you #1

You should check out the clearance section of Happy Green Bee you would be pleasently suprised to see many lovely items including fall clothing at greatly discounted prices.

Winner of the Ecover prize is :
Little Miss Sunshine said...

I'd love to try their dishwashing tablets.

Winners for Teracycle giveaway are:
 heartnsoulcooking said...

Follow TerraCycle on twitter - #2

Tina said...

follow via GFC

nightowl said...

#1 I follow TerraCycle on twitter as winsome6

amber01sw said...

i like them on FB as Amber Lusk MacDonald

Winner of the Sweet Shapes giveaway is:

Sable(atlmuzikfanzinc) said...

Anonymous said...
follow you #2 twitter 9ziggy

Don't forget to check Sweet Shapes for your holiday baking needs

Winner of the Z.Daisy binkee bungee is
Donna said...

I follow Z.daisy on Twitter as

Easy Apple Cake

1 (9 oz.) box yellow cake mix
 1 egg
 1/2 cup water
 1 tbsp. butter
 1 large Macintosh apples
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 pint ice cream, flavor of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square cake pan (can use a disposable foil cake pan) with 1 tbsp. butter. Prepare cake mix as described on cake box, with 1/2 cup water and the egg. Peel and dice apple into small bits. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar and mix well. Pour cake batter into prepared cake pan. Spread apples on top of cake batter, evenly covering the entire top of the cake. ( I tend to put a little more towards the edges so that when the cake rises in the oven the apples don't fall to the center of the cake.). Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Best if served warm with ice cream. Very good at room temperature though.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Pretty Peacock offers beautiful jewelry and as a mother of 3 daughters and a granddaughter I know what they all want and that is beautiful jewelry. You can find many different styles from sophisiticated to every day jewelry at The Pretty Peacock. The blog Flying Giggles and Lollipops is hosting a giveaway where the winner will win this beautful bracelet from the sponsor The Pretty Peacock.
The giveaway ends November 19, 2010.  

Super cute Thanksgiving Craft and a Giveaway

Learn how to make this super cool Mayflower boat on the blog Katydid and Kid. This is a very cool craft that would look great on the Thanksgiving table as the centerpiece. It is also a great tool to remind all why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Yes each year we have so much to be thankful for and we should be mindful of such but we should also remember those early Pilgrims and their journey across on three boats. Scotch tape is also sponsoring a giveaway on this blog where 10 winners will each win a roll of double sided tape. The giveaway ends November 10, 2010

Free Renuzit cone

Like the Renuzit facebook page and get your free Renuzit cone for the holidays. Put a bit of scent in the air you family will love it  

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon Spice Islands®, All Natural, No Corn Syrup Added, Pure Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Graham crackers

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers. Yield: 1 cheese ball (about 2 cups).

Source: Taste Of

Double Chocolate Candy Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups creamy peanut butter

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups uncooked regular oats

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup M&M'S Dark Chocolate Candies

1 cup M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candies

Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add peanut butter and next 3 ingredients; beat well. Add oats, baking soda, and salt; stir well. Stir in candies. (Dough will be stiff.) Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. (Centers of cookies will be slightly soft.) Cool on pans on a wire rack 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Recipe Source: My Recipes


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, stirring with a whisk. Combine 1 cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the corn syrup, vanilla, and egg; beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined. Cover and chill for 10 minutes. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk. With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Roll balls in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tangled giveaway

Tangled the modern day version of Rapunzel is a movie that allows the new generation hear a story with same theme and  few modern day twist added. Tangled will be released November 24, 2010 just in time for the holidays.
Some cool tangled promotional products are being offered as a giveaway hosted by the blog  Brimful Ccuriosities I entered this cool giveaway and you can as well. The giveaway ends November 24, 2010

Free Sample of Folgers Coffee

Hurry and get your free sample of Folgers coffee. Quantities are limited so you should hurry up and sign up. To get your free sample like them on thier folgers facebook page is the first step filling out the form is the second.

Win a Glade Decorative Candle

I believe that candle light helps make a home home . Glade is going one step further and wants to help you decorate with their new decorative candles. I entered to win a Glade Decorative Candle in the giveaway hosted on the blog An Island Life and sponsored by Glade. The giveaway ends November 15, 2010

New Gifts TO Grow Codes

There are 2 new Pamper Gift To Grow point codes

•NOVFACEBOOK2010 – 10 pts.

FBHALLOWEEN2010 - 10 pts.

Thanks Bargain Briana

Gratitude Printables

Whether you homeschool, keep an organziational notebook or are looking for printables for any other reasons you can find some really cute printables at My ComputerIs My Canvas

Bean and Sausage Stew

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 13-ounce package chicken sausage links, sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 19-ounce can white beans, drained

1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 bunch kale

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Crusty bread (optional)

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, without stirring, until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn, add the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the beans, broth, and tomatoes and their juices. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.
Fold each kale leaf in half lengthwise and remove the stem by ripping or cutting it. Tear each leaf into large pieces. Add the kale to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with the salt and pepper and spoon into individual bowls. Serve with the bread (if using).

Source : Real Simple 2007

Zak Designs Giveaway

Make meal time for any of your little ones with Zak Designs. Zak Designs creates fun dishware sets with charcters that your children will recognize. The Blog Abby Approved is hosting a giveaway sponsored by Zak Designs where one winner will win a lovely 6 piece dish set. Giveaway ends November 16, 2010

Listerine Oral Care Challenge

As a mother of 6 I have had my battles with reminding my children to brush their teeth, floss, and rinse with fluoride. Listerine kids is trying to change the battles by getting the kids to want to brush, floss and rinse with fluoride on their own. A challenge has been made to children age 6 and older in the "October Oral Care Challenge". The challenge was to brush, floss, and rinse 2x every day for 2 weeks. The first week of the challenge is down and now we are on to the second week of the challenge. Mom Central has helped to facilitate this challenge by sending a package of goodies from Listerine and Reach that is helping out on the challenge.
One product that they seemed to love is the Agent Cool Blue. This blue liquid substance helps to ensure that the kids are applying concentrated brushing where it is needed. The blue stains the plaque on the teeth and allows the child to see exactly where they need to brush.

Reach has created toothbrushes with characters that the children are familiar with as well as wild fun colors. the vibrant toothbrushes allows the child to choose their own and call it theirs. The four pack wonder grip toothbrushes from Reach comes in a set of four vibrant fun colors of blue, pink, orange and red. My children have always like claiming something of their own. With the wonder grip brushes there is now no mistaking which one is whose and this helps my children to want to brush their children even more.

MomCentral also supplied us with a few different Smart Rinse products. Smart Rinse is an anti cavity mouthwash that is meant for children ages 6 and up. The Smart Rinse product from Listerine helps to clean teeth more than just brushing alone, helps to kill bad breath, provides fluoride to help prevent cavities, and has a magnetic ability that gathers particles that brushing may leave behind. Smart Rinse is available in 2 flavors berry and mint. So far the kids are enjoying the Smart Rinse product as they use it like a finish to their day sort of like I do with mouthwash. Listerine included parents in the challenge as they know and believe that children learn and incorporate behaviors because of experiences they have as well as watching others and following what they do.

MomCentral  sent the Reach Access Flosser in the package as well. The flosser is so much easier to use than the old way of flossing. I must say that in the past I would occasionally pass the flossing step due to lack of time. It was my first time using the Reach Flosser but I must say that I found it very easy to use and I thought it did a great job with ease.
Listerine Total Care is not only great for fresh breath and helps fight gingivitis but also taste great. I hate mouthwash that has overpowering taste or smell and if I don't like it I wont use it as often as I should. That is why I love Listerine fresh taste and smell that makes oral care as enjoyable as possible.

You can take advantage of a couple of great deals as well. Save on Listerine total care as well as Smart Rinse kids product
Listerine and Reach have teamed up with the tooth fairy in "Trick or Treat for America's Tooth Fairy"to bring awareness to Pediatric Dental Disease.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of LISTERINE and REACH and received products to take the Oral Care Challenge. Mom Central also sent me a global giving gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Win a cute childs hat

I adore sock monkeys I guess you can say I always did. The sock monkeys of today are the same ones that I grew up with it just seems they are in more places. Take a look at the sock monkey hat from Beyond Top Custom hats. I just think it is adorable I can imagine my newest grandbaby with this hat on its sweet little head. The Beyond Top group makes a great assortment of hats and is currently sponsoring a giveaway on the blog Tara's View of the World  where one lucky person will win the choice of hat up to $15. Giveaway ends November 16, 2010

P is for Flowers (or at least the name of them)

Today is ABC Wednesday and the letter of the week is the letter p. I started to think of words that started with letter P and just how I could use them in a post and I came up with names of flowers. My mother has a green thumb it is for sure and she has lots of flowers in her yard that she has now but more in the yard that we lived in when I was growing up. Here are some of my favorites

Peony (one of my favorites)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Making Beauiful Music

These two young men seen here practicing their guitars now play thier guitars to please the Lord on Sunday mornings at our church. I have watched them grow up, grow in their faith and grow in their talent
also shared on 5 minutes for mom wordless wednesday

Giveaways I Found Today

Winter is coming and bundeling up will be an activity that we do daily. Rothschild Kids has some of the cutest coats for kids. The blog 5 Vinez Monkeys is hosting a giveaway where one lucky person will win a jacket from Rothschild Kids. The giveaway will end November 12, 2010 

Say Mmm review

As a mother of 6 I often find it easier if I stay organized in the kitchen. For instance meal planning is an area where if I can say on task my life gets a bit easier. There is now a website that offers a free chance to stay organized on the Internet. The website I speak of is Say Mmm. On Say Mmm you can save your ideas to use later as well as share them with family and friends. I am just starting on Say Mmm and can all ready tell you that it will be easier than the current meal plan system I use I use now. Currently I keep recipes on my blog, in notebooks and cookbooks, the shopping list is in another notebook and ideas are saved here on my blog or in favorites. With Say Mmm recipes, tips and shopping list can all be kept in the same place. It is easy to get tips and recipes from facebook and twitter as well as from friends and relatives. There is even a place where you can keep tract of your favorite restaraunt and what you liked and what you did not like Say Mmm can help keep you organized with a weekly calendar, a shopping list, recipes, ideas and meal plans in one place on the Internet making life a bit easier in my opinion.

you can reach out to Say Mmm

Like Say Mmm on facebook
Follow Say Mmm on twitter
Visit Say Mmm blog

Do You Drink Diet Soda

Do you drink diet soda? I do I am a diabetic and while it took me a while to get into drinking diet soda and adjusting to the taste I am now addicted. While I drink diet soda I was not for sure of any facts about diet soda. If you are like me then you may want to check out LifeScript Diet Soda survey.

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

For the crust:

30 small gingersnap cookies (about 7-1/2 ounces)

2 tablespoons raisins

1 tablespoon canola oil

For the filling:

1 cup canned pumpkin purèe

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

2 pints (4 cups) frozen low-fat vanilla ice cream, softened


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray.

To prepare crust:

1. Combine gingersnaps and raisins in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and pulse until blended. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.

2. Bake the crust until set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare filling:

1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. Add ice cream and stir until blended. Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crust. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Let the pie soften slightly in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Source: lifescript

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Mock Fillet Mignon

A Moderate Life

Mock Fillet Mignon
1 lb lean ground beef ($1.50)
1/2 lb ground pork (.50)
1/3 cup chili sauce (.50)
1/4 tsp dry mustard
Dash of pepper and paprika
1 small onion (1/2 cup) finely diced
6 strips bacon (about 1/4 pound) (.25) (bought at Krogers $10 for 10)
2 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered ($1.50)
1/4 cup hot milk
1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl, combine meat, chili sauce, mustard, pepper, paprika and onion, mixing well. Shape into 6 pucks about 2 inches tall. Wrap strip of bacon around each; fasten with toothpick. Set aside. Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling water until soft enough to mash, about 20 minutes. Beat potatoes with hot milk and salt. Form into six flat patties big enough to hold the mock filets; place on baking sheet. Top with meat.

Bake 10 minutes in 450F oven; reduce to 350F and bake 30 minutes, until bacon is crisp and meat is cooked through.

Makes 6 servings. Recipe Source: The People

shared on $5 Dinner Challenge

Planning a Fall Party?

If you are planning a fall party you will want to check out all the goodies on the blog How Does She. She offers ideas from treats like the ones shown below to decorations, invitations, thank yous and more