Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Subway Gift Card Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gift Card Weekend for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey hungry peeps - Want a chance to win a $10 gift card to Subway?!? You're in luck! 

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Monday, December 26, 2011

I am a Nutrisystem Blogger - Let's Lose Together!

I just received word that I have been accepted as a Nutrisystem Blogger for the next four months.  I am so excited to get started on my weight loss journey.  I have been overweight most of my life.  The last time I remember not being overweight was almost 10 years ago.  The weight has been creeping up on me and it's time to do something about it.  I have heard wonderful things about Nutrisystem and I cannot wait to try it for myself. 
My food is ordered and once it arrives I will post again what I have and how my journey is going.  This is a fantastic time for me and you to get started losing weight.  I would love it if any of you wanted to share with me your journey as we work on this together.  Being overweight is almost all I have ever known.  But I would love to know what it's like to live life being a normal weight.  I know that everything is possible.  We can lose this weight and keep it off and Nutrisystem provides the tools needed to achieve our goals.  

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling  1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

FTC Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing their program to me at no charge in exchange for my participation and review.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last Minute Gift Idea - Gift Cards

I love Gift Cards.  They are easy to buy and everyone loves to receive them.  Your friends and family can purchase what they want if you give them gift cards for Christmas.  This year I have received a couple gift cards from people at work and I love to use them for online purchases and things like that.  They are wonderful to limit the liability of your card number getting stolen.  I love to use them on websites that may or may not be that reputable.

You can purchase gift cards with your actual credit card and then in turn get your points or cash back through your credit card company.  If you have some teens to shop for I recommend getting them gift cards.  Teenagers can be the hardest to shop for.  They have everything and they can be very picky when it comes to what they want.  I love to give nieces and nephews gift cards to the mall or specific stores in the mall.  Everyone knows that teens love to shop at the mall.

You can give gift cards in Christmas cards or you can wrap them up for a neat little surprise.  Another great gift card idea is a grocery store gift card.  Do you know someone who is having an especially hard time this year?  You can give the gift of a grocery store gift card to put their mind at ease about how they will feed their family for a few days or even a week.  Since you really do not know what they need a gift card is the perfect gift.

Gift cards can even help you to save money.  I know that some stores offer cheaper gas when you pay with a gift card. Gift cards can help you save time too.  Have you ever wanted to just swipe a card and go?  I know I do all the time.  With a gift card that's entirely possible.  Gift cards are sold everywhere and in almost every denomination.  I really love to give gift cards and I love to get them as well.  Gift cards are amazing and most states require that they never expire so you do not have to worry about spending them quickly.

Even if you get a gift card that you aren't thrilled with you can regift it or sell it.  Getting a gift card is just like getting cash.  I love gift cards.  I know you love them too. 
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Are You Looking for a New Phone?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am looking for a new phone for my husband.  Christmas is almost here so I need to hurry up and decide which one to get.  I have done some shopping around and I think that the LG DoublePlay is the one for us.  The LG DoublePlay™ can be purchased only at T-Mobile.  Do you send a lot of text messages each month?  I know that we do.  How many hours a month do you spend on facebook, twitter, or other social networks?  Don't you think the LG DoublePlay would change the way you text or interact with your social networks?

We send well over a thousand text messages a month.  I spends hours on a day on social networks.  I would love the LG DoublePlay because it is the ultimate social networking and multi-tasking handset, featuring a split QWERTY keyboard and dual capacitive touch screens, making simultaneous mobile activities easier than ever.

LG DoublePlay™ features Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) with access to Android Market™ and delivers complete user customization with seven home screens and up to nine touchscreen shortcuts for one-touch navigation.

It also offers multiple messaging options, including Cloud Text™ and Group Text™, giving users the ability to send and receive texts from a PC or tablet or create group chats on-the-go for faster, more efficient content sharing.

The LG DoublePlay™ also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recorder, allowing users to capture and share pictures and videos via messaging, email or Facebook.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Tea Bag Buddy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Epoca International for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Tea Bag Buddy is an innovative new item that creates a solution to the tea drinker's most common problems. It provides a convenient way to secure the tea bag string while covering the mouth of a tea pot or mug, trapping steam to keep tea hotter when brewing for optimal flavor and temperature. The 100% silicone product will keep the tea drinker's fingers cool while squeezing excess water from their favorite variety of tea bag, and its deep wells provide a convenient way to hold the used tea bag between uses. Available in three fashion-forward colors, the Tea Bag Buddy is sure to become a tea drinker's new best friend! 

 

 

I can't wait to try the tea bag buddy.  I have been shopping around and since I found this I have wanted one.  My husband is going to get it for me for Christmas and once I have it, I know I am going to love it.  It's a wonderful little invention.  This will really cut down on the mess and make tea drinking so much easier for everyone.  I hate it when I make a mess with my tea and I know that with the tea bag buddy I will be finished with the big messes.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Doodlebuckets.com Review and Giveaway Ends 12/16/11 at 7 PM EST

Doodlebuckets.com sent me a nice Christmas Gift Basket to sample and review.  They have also offered the same gift basket to a lucky giveaway winner from my blog. 
I chose to review the Happy Holidays Gourmet Sampler Pack.  It's a really nice assortment of meats, cheeses and mustard.  This time of year we are bombarded with sweets so I chose to get something a little different.  The assortment came in a nice box with a Christmas design on it  The meats and cheeses were fantastic.  My husband and I opened up a pack of crackers and enjoyed the snack together.  

Doodlebuckets is your one stop shop when you are shopping for gift baskets.  They specialize in baby gifts but that is not all they have.  Whether you are looking for baby gift baskets, diaper cakes, or great care packages for any occasion Doodlebuckets.com has what you are looking for.

I love the 'Owl Love You Forever' Baby Gift Basket

'Owl Love You Forever' Baby Gift Basket

'Hoooooooo loves ya baby?'  Leave no doubt that you are the one when you send the wise and cuddly owl in a gift basket.  Included is a gorgeous baby clothes layette set which includes a romper, pants, 2 onsies, a baby hat and bib that all coordinate and match perfectly with the owl theme.  Baby will also receive a Tulip Tree-to-Be kit that mom and dad can plant and watch grow as baby grows.  The tulip tree will be a spectacular addition to the landscaping and will remind them of you and your sentiments each time they see it and watch the beautiful tulip flowers bloom each spring.  Add in the personalized name plaque that comes in blue for boys and pink for girls with baby's name inscribed on it and you have the perfect baby gift basket to send.

Owl Baby Gift Basket
Features:
  • Yellow and White Stripe Owl Baby Applique Romper
  • Coordinating Owl Baby Applique Bib, Baby Hat, Pants and 2 Onsies (one stiped, one polka dot)
  • Satin Baby Clothes Hanger for storing Baby's clothes neatly
  • Tulip Tree-To-Be Kit (an all natural growth chart!)
  • Wise Plush Owl (Measures 9 inches tall)
  • All baby clothes 100% Cotton and Size 3 to 6 months
  • White Nursery Wicker Basket
  • Optional Gender-Appropriate name plaque

Whatever it is you are looking for Doodlebuckets.com has it.  If you would like to enter to win the sampler that I received, just enter the giveaway below.


Giveaway:  (you must follow me publicly on google friend connect to enter, leave a comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous USA only, no po boxes)

1.  Go to Doodlebuckets.com and select a Christmas Gift Basket that you would love to receive this year, leave a comment with your selection.

2.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower.

3.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are my fan.

4.  Like them on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are their fan.

5.  Follow them on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower.

6.  Follow their blog on google friend connect, leave a comment letting me know you are following them.

You can enter up to six times.  Winner will be selected using random.org and notified via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing address and phone number or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:


dddiva said... 21
Twitter doodlebuckets dddiva discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

R and D Diet Cookie Review & Giveaway Ends 12/15/11 at 7 PM EST


Review: 

R and D Diet Cookie company sent me two different kinds of their cookies to try.  I tried the Oatmeal Raisin and the Pumpkin cookies.  I have to say that these cookies are really good and not too sweet.  They do not have a lot of carbs in them so they do not leave you feeling hungry in a few minutes after eating one.  I used them to feel full longer and cut back on bad snacking habits.  I am really impressed with how long each cookie lasted once I ate one.

Hunger will ruin any diet every time!  That's their motto and I agree.  If I get too hungry then I tend to binge.  With the R and D Cookie Diet you will not get too hungry.  Just eat another cookie.  I really felt full and didn't get overly hungry while using these cookies as a meal replacement.

Finally, we have an affordable, natural food that is nutritional, filling, satisfying, tasty, and convenient that will elliminate hunger and allow us to take control of our diet so that we can lose weight rapidly!  This cookie and diet was named for the intensive Research and Development (R&D) project that created it.

The cookies are engineered to control hunger and cravings but they are also good for you.  They are packed with protein, fiber, and good carbs, low on sodium and are naturally low in cholesterol.  The oil I use is lower in saturated fat than conventional cooking and salad oils and is made from all natural soy, olive, and canola.  It's an excellent source of Omega-3's and Vitamin E.  I use a mixture of proteins from a number of sources including whey and soy.  Great developments have been made in the manufacture of proteins in the last decade and I remain diligent in using only the best and most effective proteins available.  The "secret" of the effectiveness of our cookies is the formulation of amino acids and proteins we use along with fiber and the absence of any ingredient that promotes hunger.  There is no animal product except for whey protein so the cookies are considered vegetarian.

You can enter to win a weeks supply of cookies in the giveaway below.  Thank you for reading my blog and participating.


Giveaway:  (you must publicly follow my blog on google friend connect to enter, leave your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, contiguous USA only, no po boxes)

1.  Leave a comment letting me know which variety you would like to try first for the mandatory entry.

Extra Entries:

2.  Like them on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are their fan.

3.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your username letting me know you are my fan.

4.  Follow them on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower.

5.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower.

You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select a winner after the giveaway ends on 12/15/11 at 7PM Est.  I will notify the winner via email and they will have 72 hours to get their mailing address and phone number to me.  If I do not get a response in time I will have to select another winner.  Thanks for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:


Amber said... 4
I follow @fdp4life on Twitter, I'm @AmberGoo Thank you for the giveaway :) hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Dale and Thomas Popcorn Review

I have been given the opportunity to review Dale and Thomas Popcorn again.  I am so thrilled.  They have the best popcorn ever.  It was one of Oprah's favorite things a few years back.  I received the Sparkling Snowflake Six-Bag Sampler to taste and review.  It came in a nice box that would be a perfect gift already wrapped and ready to give for a Christmas present.  I know that anyone who gets this sampler will be very happy with it. 
Doesn't that box look nice?  The popcorn inside is delicious which is the best part.  The flavors I tried were Hall of Fame Kettle Corn, Southwest Cheddar Chipotle, Chocolate Chunk N'Caramel, Peanut Butter & White Chocolate DrizzleCorn, Twice-As-Nice Chocolate DrizzleCorn and Dale's Caramel.  Each bag is more than one serving but it's so hard to put down.  My absolute favorite is the White Chocolate DrizzleCorn.  I could have it each and every day of my life and never get tired of it.  This is really amazing popcorn.  I shared with my friends and family and we all agree that Dale and Thomas is the best popcorn we have ever had.  You can purchase the Sparkling Snowflake Six-Bag Sampler for $29.95 via Dale and Thomas' website.  Also, make sure to check out Dale and Thomas on Facebook for updates, deals and promotions!


I received the sample to review.  I was not compensated for this post in any other way.  The opinions expressed above are my own.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gnu Foods Review

Gnu Foods sent me a case of their bars to sample and review.  I had never tried these before and was really pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed the flavor & fiber combination.  Gnu Foods was introduced in 2004.  They are dedicated to making food that works.  Gnu bars help with weight management, support health and promote regularity.  They have 7 delicious flavors.  I tried the Cinnamon Raisin first.  I had it for breakfast with a cup of coffee.  It was very filling and I was truly full after eating it.  I did not get hungry again for at least three hours.  I couldn't wait to try the Chocolate Brownie bar next.  I have to be honest and tell you that this was my least favorite.  I enjoyed it but not as much as I enjoyed the other flavors.

If you want to know where you can buy Gnu Foods near you just go to their store finder here.  They sell them at a store near me and I'm sure they are sold near you all as well.  I really recommend that you try these.  They are good tasting and healthy.  It's a nice way to start your day or a great snack. 

My family and I enjoyed each of the flavors.  Even though the chocolate brownie wasn't my favorite, it was my husband's favorite.  These bars are entirely natural and great for your heart health as well.  They are a wonderful addition to a well balanced diet. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Can of Pillsbury Easy Frost Frosting For The First 10k!

Go to the Pillsbury Baking Facebook page, like them and then click on the Easy Frost Promotion tab to snag a FREE can of Easy Frost – No Fuss Frosting! First 10,000!

Good Luck!  You may have to refresh to get the form to load, the site is getting slammed right now!

Country Cupboard Cookies Review and Giveaway Ends 11/30/11 at 7 PM EST

Judy & Dan Wittig started a cookie bakery together in 1988 based on both old family recipes and new ones designed with old fashioned country flavors in mind. Our daughters joined the business as they grew up and now help out part time. Every batch of cookies and brownies is made from scratch, using unbleached flour, premium Callebaut chocolate, creamery butter, rolled oats, fresh eggs and pure bourbon vanilla. The cookies and brownies are mixed in small batches daily and hand scooped to ensure a wonderful homemade taste and texture. A perfect gift for your friends, family and business associates, a perfect indulgence for yourself!

Packaging for our cookie and brownie gifts is carefully chosen to ensure that your gift will arrive in perfect condition and also deliver a beautiful presentation. From country charming to country elegance, our gifts will send your message with delicious good taste.



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Review:

Country Cupboard Cookies sent two dozen cookies for me to try and review.  The Signature Holiday Cookies came in a very nice box with a beautiful ribbon on it.  As soon as the package arrived, I ripped the outer box open to find the most beautiful box full of amazing cookies.  I noticed the gingerbread cookies first and then the vanilla cookies and the peanut butter cookies.  All together there were 12 packages of 2 cookies each inside the box. 

Doesn't that look delicious?  I tried the chocolate chip cookies first.  I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of chocolate chips in these cookies.  Each bite is full of chocolate chips.  They are soft and fresh and wonderful!  Country Cupboard Cookies are baked from scratch in small batches without any preservatives.  I have really enjoyed each of the cookies that I have personally tasted.  I have tried the snickerdoodle, old fashioned vanilla, peanut butter chocolate chip and orange cranberry pecan.  Each of these is so very good.  They are good sized cookies.  One cookie is very filling the perfect serving size.  If you would like to enter the same box that I received just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:  (you must be a public follower on gfc to enter this giveaway, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it is not visible on your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous USA only)

1.  Go to Country Cupboard Cookies and choose another item besides the Signature Holiday Cookies that you would like to try, leave a comment letting me know what you want to try.

2.  Like Country Cupboard Cookies on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan on facebook.

3.  Follow County Cupboard Cookies on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow them on twitter.

4.  Subscribe to Let's Eat 2 Day via email, leave a comment letting me know you are an email subscriber with the email address you subscribe with.

5.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my facebook fan.

6.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are a follower on twitter.

You can enter up to six times.  I will use random.org to select a winner once the giveaway is over on 11/30/11 at 7 PM.  I will email the winner to notify them.  The winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address and phone number.  If winner doesn't respond in time I will have to select another winner using random.org.

Winner selected and emailed:


Cindy M said... 177
I like Country Cupboard cookies on Facebook, My Facebook name is Cindy Merrill

Gourmet Gift Baskets Christmas Gift Basket Classic Review

Gourmet Gift Baskets.com mailed a Christmas Gift Basket Classic for my to review on my blog.  I was contacted by them and they asked if I would like to do a review and I said yes of course.  I have worked with them in the past and the experience was delightful so I couldn't wait to work with them again.  I love companies that are trustworthy and have top notch customer service.  I love the quality of their products and the quality of their service.  This is a company that I love!

Doesn't that basket look amazing?!  We were so excited the day it arrived.  My family loves a treat and so do I.  We immediately tore into it and tried the Chocolate Cherries.  This was something new for us we have never had them before, they are really good.  I am not a huge fan of cherries, but I enjoyed the Chocolate Cherries that came in this gift basket.  The gift basket arrived in perfect condition.  It was beautifully wrapped with a superb bow tied around it.  This is a gift basket company that you can trust to deliver a wonderful gift basket on time and in perfect condition to a friend, family member or anyone else you need to send a gift to. 

Here's what they say about this gift basket on their website:

One of our most popular Christmas designs, the Christmas Gift Basket Classic is an excellent choice for the home or office. Why? Each Christmas Basket contains a variety of award-winning gourmet snacks that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. With gourmet snacks including a chocolate covered cherries, dark chocolate bar, chocolate chip cookies, almond clustered popcorn, raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip along with pretzels and so much more! So, if you want to send a gift that everyone will love, send one of these delicious Christmas Gift Baskets!

It includes the following:
· Almond Pecan-dy Crunch by Morley Candy Makers - 9.25 oz. - This ultra-luxurious candy crunch is made by covering gourmet popcorn and pecans in a rich, smooth caramel glaze.
· Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies by J&M Foods - 6 oz. - Made with only the finest of natural ingredients, these cookies will satisfy even the most discerning chocoholic.
· Dipping Pretzels by East Shore Specialty Foods - 6 oz. - These extraordinary pretzels are the perfect unsalted snack!
· Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip - 7.8 oz. - This gourmet raspberry honey mustard dip adds a flavorful zing to pretzels, and goes especially well with the East Shore Specialty Foods Dipping Pretzels that we have included in our Gift Baskets for Christmas.
· Salted Peanuts in Box by Feridie's - 7 oz. – Only the finest peanuts, flavored with salt, these gourmet snacks are just as Mother Nature intended.
· Signature Dark Chocolate Bar by Lake Champlain - 3 oz. - This decadent and complex dark chocolate bar will satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning chocolate lover.
· Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion Peanut Company - 10 oz. - This flavorful peanut crunch is made with only top of the line gourmet peanuts, brown sugar, and “AA” grade butter. Taste them and you will understand that the best ingredients create the best peanut crunch!
· Metropolitan Trail Mix by GourmetGiftBaskets.com - 4 oz. - Our proprietary blend of nuts and dried fruit is a delicious and surprisingly healthy snack.
· Parmesan Artichoke & Garlic Cheese Biscuits by Salem Baking Company - 1.5 oz. - These crumbly biscuits will melt in your mouth leaving a trail of flavor to be savored.
· Chocolate Covered Cherries by Marich - 2.3 oz. - These indulgent gourmet chocolate covered cherries are one of the favorite snacks in our line of Holiday Gift Baskets.

My whole family has enjoyed each of the items in the gift basket.  They are all quality products that taste delicious.  The Metropolitan Trail Mix was another family favorite as well as the Buttered Peanut Crunch.  We finished the basket off within a few days.  The pretzels were the last to go, but we always have pretzels on hand so they weren't as much of a novelty as the rest of the items in the gift basket.  The pretzels were really good though, we loved them, especially using the dip with them.  They were amazing! 

I am very please with this gift basket and will most likely send one or more this holiday season.  You can connect with this amazing company on facebook, twitter or even on their blog.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tips for Spreading Holiday Cheer

With the holidays just around the corner, I have come up with some tips for spreading holiday cheer to share with you my readers.  I know it's hard to stay cheerful when you are are so busy, but the holidays are meant for fun and good memories.  We are all very busy and sometimes it may seem like we have too many things to do in too few hours so maybe my tips will help you stay cool, calm and collected.

1.  Make a list - write down what you must accomplish and when you need to have it finished.  I like to organize the list by importance, that way if I do not get to the end of the list the most important things are completed.

2.  Get your shopping done early - I never want to be shopping on Christmas Eve with all the other last minute shoppers, so I get my shopping done as soon as I can.  It's good to start early in the year but if you haven't started yet get your shopping done soon so you can beat the crowds.

3.  Prepare as much food ahead of time as possible - many items can be prepared the night before the big day.  I like to have the cranberry bread and desserts baked in advance so I can take those off my list on the actual day of celebration.

4.  Clean, organize and decorate in advance - you do not want to be cleaning on the day when you are expecting company.   Get it done the weekend before or a few days ahead of time.  It's much easier and less stressful when you are prepared for the relatives before they arrive.

5.  Get the whole family involved - you can not do everything by yourself.  Make a chore chart and delegate the chores to your family members who are able to help.  You are not superwoman do not take on too much and get overwhelmed.

These are simple things that help me spread holiday cheer.  I know you have felt overwhelmed during the holidays like I have and we can do as much as possible to keep it light and enjoyable for everyone, including ourselves.

Transformers has something new and here are some of my top reasons why I think KRE-O is such a perfect holiday gift for your kids. Check out these awesome new sets at Kreo.com.There’s a 

KRE-O set for everyone and every budget. There are twelve KRE-O Transformers sets available, from Basic sets for beginner builders to deluxe sets for the pros. The sets range in price from $7.99-$59.99 and each set allows kids to construct one of two models: a Transformers character in robot or vehicle mode offering two different builds in one! Most also come with a unique, collectible KREON figure that add another level of play to the sets. 

The KRE-O Transformers sets resonate with kids of all ages. The third Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, was a smash this past summer and the KRE-O collection is inspired by the Generation 1 Transformers lore  the 1980’s, so 6 year olds to teens and adults can get in on the action once KRE-O sets are unwrapped. 

KRE-O bricks are compatible with other leading brick based sets on the market so families don’t have to invest in a new brick system or worry about mixing up bricks and blocks! Unwrap KRE-O gifts and welcome them easily into your toy chest.

I know you will enjoy the KRE-O Transformers sets.  I know they are on our list to pick up to put under the Christmas tree.

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Hasbro, Inc. is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Problem Solvers Balcony Storage Box Review & Giveaway Ends 11/25/11 at 7 PM EST



Review: 

I received a 47 Gallon Balcony Box from Problem Solvers to review and they have also offered another one to giveaway to one lucky reader.  I received this last week and got it put together and filled it up this weekend.  I love how neat and organized this is.  It really has helped me get more organized.  I am able to put things away that used to just be out and not organized.  I love that it's so big too!  It really does hold quite a bit of stuff.  It's so helpful to have and it really does look nice.  It's also very easy to assemble.  I love how it really cleans up the stuff that I used to just having lying around.  Now that stuff has a home.  I am trying to be more organized and this has really helped me with that goal.
 

47 Gallon Balcony Box

  • Balcony Storage Box Offers Convenient Storage
    Short on storage space? Create your own storage unit with this outdoor-safe large capacity box. Great for tools, cushions and more, this attractive box keeps everything neat, dry and safe: accepts a padlock for extra security. Easy no-tool assembly. Made in USA.

    Size
    29"W x 20-1/2"D x 30-1/2"H

    If you would like to enter your very own just enter the giveaway below.


Giveaway:  (you must follow my blog publicly to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, contiguous usa only, no po boxes)


Mandatory Entry:
1.  Go to www.problemsolvers.com and choose another item that you would love to get that could really solve a problem around your house, leave a comment with the name of that item.

Extra Entries:
2.  Like Problem Solvers on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan on facebook.

3.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan on facebook.

4.  Follow Problem Solvers on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are following them on twitter.

5.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are following me on twitter.

6.  Email subscribers get an extra entry just subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with your email address letting me know you are a subscriber.

You can enter up to six times.  Giveaway ends 11/25/11 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select a winner and notify the winner via email.  Winner will then have 72 hours to respond with their mailing address and phone number for shipping purposes.  I will have to choose another winner if I do not get a response in time.

Disclosure:
I received the item for review purposes.  I was not paid for this post.  The opinions I expressed are my own.

Winner selected and emailed:

degood said... 15
I like you on fb as kerrie mayans. kerrie@mayansfamily.com

Peanut Butter Baking Mix Assortment Review and Giveaway Ends 11/24/11 at 7 PM EST






Review:

Peanut Butter & Co sent me the Baking Mix Assortment to review and they have also offered one for me to giveaway.  I used the long weekend to bake the three items so that I can give you a review.  The assortment includes peanut butter cookies, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and peanut butter brownies.  First I baked the cupcakes.  I followed the instructions on the box and the cupcakes themselves turned out great.  I messed up with the frosting and didn't follow the instructions correctly.  I poured all the milk in instead of adding it a bit at the time the way the instructions stated.  So the frosting was too runny.  We ended up eating the cupcakes without the frosting on them.  But it tasted great and if I had followed the directions I am sure it would have been amazing.

Peanut Butter Baking Mix Assortment

• Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Baking Mix
• Rich & Tasty Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Baking Mix
• Mighty Fine Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Baking Mix

Next I made the peanut butter cookies.  These are easy to prepare and possible the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had.  My husband and I really enjoyed these cookies.  The peanut butter brownies were also a huge hit.  I followed the directions and they turned out so delicious.  I loved this gift assortment and I know you will enjoy it as well.  If you would like to enter to win one just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:
(You must follow my blog publicly to enter the giveaway, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blog, no po boxes, contiguous usa only)


Mandatory Entry -
1.  Go to Peanut Butter & Co and choose another gift assortment that you would love to try, leave a comment letting me know which one you chose.


Extra Entries -
2.  Like Peanut Butter & Co on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.

3.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan. 

4.  Follow me on twitter, leave a comment letting me know you follow me on twitter with your twitter username.

5.  Follow Peanut Butter & Co on twitter, leave a comment letting me know you follow them on twitter with your twitter username.

6.  Email subscribers to Let's Eat 2 Day get an extra entry just leave a comment with your email address that you subscribed with letting me know you are an email subscriber.


You can enter up to six times, giveaway ends 11/24/11 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select a winner and I will notify the winner via email.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email with their mailing address or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:

furygirl3132 said... 79
Email subscriber. Eloise furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skillet Bacon Jam Review

Do you love bacon?  I love bacon.  I have found Skillet Bacon Spread which gives the flavor of bacon whenever you want it.  It's so good and easy to have on hand at all times.  I am very impressed with this product and I recommend you try it for yourself if you are a bacon lover like I am.

what is skillet bacon jam?

we make this bacon spread condiment called bacon jam..you say what?.. that’s right, we use niman ranch bacon and render it down along with onions, balsamic and other spices . It cooks for several hours until it is a perfect blend of smoky, tangy, savory and slightly sweet….basically spreadable bacony goodness!  USDA approved.

more information is available at www.skilletbaconjam.com or contact eat@skilletstreetfood.com
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Harbour Stories for Children on CD Review


I just received this amazing CD with stories for children on it.  It’s called Story Harbour.  I have been enjoying listening to these marvelous world folklore stories for children as told by storyteller Zette Harbour.  Whenever I am listening to Anansi Tales from South Africa or the Crane Wife from Japan, I am totally engrossed with the stories.  These ancient folk tales from around the world not only entertain, but they also teach children lessons about gratitude and thankfulness, greed and kindness.


These are the stories on the CD:
Track 1: Anansi & Stories (West Africa)
Track 2:Master Of All Masters (England)
Track 3:The Little Old Woman Who Lived In A Vinegar Bottle (British Isles)
Track 4:The Crane Wife (Japan)
Track 5:The Sound Of The Money (Israel)
Track 6:The Innkeeper’s Clever Daughter (Russia)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Slice Safety Cutter Review




I received a Slice Safety Cutter to review from Tomoson.  If you haven't ever heard of Slice I have provided some information about the company below.

Slice was founded in 2008 by TJ Scimone as a way to help fund long-term care for his son, Alex, who is autistic. A minimum of 1% of all Slice product sales is donated to help fund autism research. By purchasing our products, you’re helping to find a cure for the millions of children and their families who live with autism every day.

We collaborate with some of the most innovative designers on the planet. They take everyday objects - scissors, safety knives, letter openers, ceramic knives, Safety Cutters - and rethink them. How can a safety cutter or a pair of scissors be better? What can we do to reinvent a Box Cutter so it is easier to use? How can we reconfigure beauty tools to make them into works of art?

The result is a collection of award-winning, innovative cutting tools for your home, office, and school that will help you slice in style and inspire you to create great works of art yourself. Your goal is to slice. Our goal is to help you do it with style, beauty, and grace. That’s why every Slice cutting tool is a passionate celebration of bold design and extraordinary function.

I am a couponer so I used the Slice Safety Cutter to cut out my coupons.  It worked amazingly and I didn't have to worry about cutting myself in the process.  I am so happy to have had the opportunity to review this.  Slice is all about cutting with style, and many of our products (but not all) incorporate ceramic blades. Originally perfected for use in cutting tools by the Japanese, ceramic blades made from high-tech Zirconium Oxide are known for hardness and durability, and have many benefits compared to traditional metal blades. In fact, depending on use, you can go years without sharpening ceramic blades.

Slice offers products for almost every part of your life. There are Kitchen products that includes Vase Mills, Safety Cutter, Peelers, Grater, and Ceramic Mill. Beauty Care products consist of Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener and Tweezers. The Home and Office products are prefect for our daily lives which are Letter Openers, Cutter's of various kinds, Scissors, and  Box Cutter Replacement Blades. For ones that need products for safety and industrial include; Letter Openers, Precision Cutters, Safety Cutters, Box Cutters, and Box Cutter Replacement Blades.

Slice has won several awards which includes; 2011 Red Dot, 2011 Global Innovator Awards Best Product, 2010 Pent awards, 2010 American Packaging Awards, and 2009 Good Design Award.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vitalicious Sampler Pack Review & Giveaway ends 11/23/11 at 7 PM EST

Review:

Don't settle for smaller portions! Vitalicious products are just 100 calories per 2oz. serving size. Our low fat, high fiber products contain the right balance of nutrients, protein & wholesome natural ingredients that satisfy your hunger and conquer your cravings. So go ahead and share with the ones you love!

This Pack contains 24 all natural 100 calorie muffin tops and brownies:

4 Deep & Velvety VitaBrownies
2 Chocolate Mint VitaTops
2 Banana Nut VitaTops
2 Triple Chocolate Chunk VitaTops
2 Deep Chocolate VitaTops
2 Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTops
2 Golden Corn VitaTops
2 CranBran VitaTops
2 Apple Crumb VitaTops
2 RaisinBran VitaTops
2 Pumpkin Spice New!
This product is Kosher and contains no artificial additives or preservatives therefore we recommend freezing upon receipt. Read our care instructions to learn more.





The Most Delicious & Hardest Working 100 Calories on the Market
Originator of the 100-Calorie Snack Stays the Nutrition Course

NEW YORK, NY – Two years before the country’s largest food manufacturers poured millions into promoting 100-calorie portioned snacks, Aryeh Hecht had already launched the category in 2002 with his 2-ounce, 100-calorie VitaMuffins.

Though moist, chocolate chip-studded chocolate muffins and rich brownies slathered with frosting and nuts don’t sound like diet foods, Mr. Hecht’s mission with Vitalicious Foods was to create baked goods to offer sound nutrition, not just portion control.

While most of today’s 100-calorie foods are loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives, Vitalicious baked goods still remain as eponymously “vital” and “delicious” as they were at the outset of the now thriving category.

Over the years, Vitalicious’ individually-wrapped VitaMuffin™, VitaTops™, VitaBrownies™, VitaCakes™ and VitaMuffin Mix™ have exploded in popularity among dieters and non-dieters alike because they are satisfying and provide excellent daily nutrition. In fact, clinical studies have found foods high in fiber and protein help you feel full longer and eat less.
I enjoyed each of these vitamuffins that I tried and the brownies are out of this world.  I shared with my family and everyone was very impressed.  My favorite vitamuffins were the pumpkin spice.  They are delicious.  All of them are great with coffee or hot tea.  I just popped one in the microwave for about 15 seconds and then enjoyed.  I love that they are low in calories and high in the things my body needs like fiber.

“Just because a product only has 100 calories doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you,” cautions Mr. Hecht. “It’s not just about portion control; it’s about taking care of your daily nutrition needs while satisfying your craving for something delicious.” 

Vitalicious fortifies its products with nutraceuticals, vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and energetic. Vitalicious also takes pride in producing only all-natural products, without any artificial additives or preservatives of any kind.

Here is the VitaBreakdown of what you get in each individually-wrapped serving:



  • 100 calories                               
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No preservatives
  • Whole grains
  • 5g - 6g of fiber
  • 0g - 1.5g of fat
  • 3g - 4g protein
  • 15 vitamins and minerals


Giveaway

Vitalicious has offered the same sampler pack I received for a giveaway winner.  You must follow this blog publicly to enter this giveaway.  No Po Boxes, contiguous USA only, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile)



Mandatory Entry:
Become a follower of my blog, if you aren't already following.  Go to http://www.vitalicious.com/ and look around.  Post which item you are most excited to try.  Leave your email in the comment if it's not visible on your profile.

Extra Entries:
Tweet this giveaway, leave a comment with a link to your tweet.

Share on facebook, leave a comment with a link to your post on your facebook wall.

Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

Like Vitalicious on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.

Follow Vitamuffin on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you are following them.

Follow me on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name, letting me know you are following me on twitter.


You can enter up to seven times.

The giveaway will end on 11/23/11 at 7:00 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner.  I will email the winner to notify them and the winner will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing address or I will have to select another winner.  Thanks for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:

lilyk said... 150
I follow you on Google Friend Connect under the username lilyk. I am most excited to try the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate VitaTops.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gift Baskets By Irene Review & Giveaway Ends 11/22/11 at 7 PM EST PRIZE ARV $79.99

Gift Baskets By Irene

Review:
I received a very nice gift basket to review and another one to giveaway from Gift Baskets By Irene.  I have never ordered from this company before but I will use them next time I need a gift basket.  They have top notch customer service and their gift baskets are beautiful.  I love that they have name brand items instead of the typical no name brands I get with gift baskets.  The basket that I reviewed and will giveaway is the Gourmet Treats Holiday Gift Basket.

Isn't it beautiful?  I am really impressed with how well it was packaged and how pretty the basket remained through travel to our house.  This basket includes the following:

  • Christmas Tree Shaped Box of Cookies
  • Box of Assorted Jelly Belly's
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Chocolate Wafer Roll Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar
  • Chocolate Covered Graham Dunk
  • Nutcracker Shortbread Cookie
  • Butter Toffee Popcorn
  • Berry Bonbons
  • Chocolate Fudge
My family and I have enjoyed each and everything from the basket.  We have saved some for later but we tasted each item.  They are fresh and delicious.  My favorite was the cheese and crackers.  My husband loved the butter toffee popcorn.  The chocolate fudge was my second favorite.  

Gift Baskets By Irene has a wonderful selection of gift baskets to choose from.  They have excellent customer service and quality products.  I will definitely use them for my future gift basket needs.  You can trust Gift Baskets By Irene to deliver the product you order in a timely fashion to the right destination. 

I have another basket just like the one I received to give away.  For your chance to win this basket just enter the giveaway below. 

Disclosure:  I received the above item to review.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid for this post.

Giveaway: (you must follow my blog publicly to enter, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous USA only, extra entries will not count unless you complete the mandatory entry)

Mandatory Entry:
1.  Go to Gift Baskets By Irene and select another basket that you would love to give or receive, put the name of the basket in your comment.

Extra Entries:
2.  Email subscribers get an extra entry, just leave a comment letting me know you are an email subscriber with the email address you subscribe with.

3.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave your facebook name letting me know you are a fan.

4.  Follow me on twitter, leave your twitter name letting me know you follow me on twitter.

You can enter up to four times.  I will use random.org to select a winner after the giveaway ends at 7 PM EST on 11/22/11.  I will notify the winner via email and they will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing address.  If I do not get a response in time I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading my blog and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:


Julie said... 145
Holiday Wine tasting!