Friday, December 28, 2012

Weight Watcher's Punch Kit Review & Giveaway Ends 01/16/13 at 7 PM EST

Weight Watchers has recently released the Punch Kit which includes a full length DVD, adjustable weighted gloves and a 10 week exercise tracker.  I have had this almost a month and done all 3 of the complete workouts.  I really enjoy each of the workouts.  I am an intermediate exerciser after working out almost daily for the past year.  These workouts do get my heart rate up and they are fun too.  I will most likely stick to their advanced workout from now on but for the review I wanted to get a feel for all of the workouts on the DVD.

I had a lot of fun with this one and I enjoy the weights.  They are nice to use for other exercises as well.  Punching is fun to get the aggression and stress out.  The holidays can be a stressful time and it's nice to have my workouts to relieve the stress and combat the holiday eating too!

If you would like to win this kit just enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway:   (you must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect, 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 US only, no po boxes)
Mandatory Entry:

Go to Anchor Bay Entertainment's website and find another fitness DVD that you would love to get and leave a comment with the title.

Extra Entries:

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

Follow Anchor Bay Entertainment on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow.

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Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lets-Eat-2-Day/127260644023896 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan.

You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select the winner once the giveaway is over at 7 PM on 01/16/13.  I will email the winner and they 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.

Full Disclosure:  I received a kit to review, the opinions expressed are my own. 

Winner selected and emailed:

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said... 44
I am following via Twitter as jlsc123.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

Whole Fruit Sorbet Review & Giveaway Ends 01/15/13 at 7 PM EST

J&J Snack Foods sent a variety of their Whole Fruit Sorbet for us to review.  We received the mango, lemon, strawberry, raspberry and black cherry flavored sorbets to try.  I tried the lemon first because I absolutely love lemon.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good these were.  I enjoyed all the various flavors that I tried.  I typically am not a fan of cherry but I even enjoyed the black cherry. 
Everyone in my family that has had the chance to try these sorbets has loved them.  They also have peach and Valencia orange flavors that we haven't had the chance to try yet, but I know that we will love them all.  They are naturally fat free and only about 150 calories per 1/2 cup serving.  Each serving is 25% of your daily recommended Vitamin A and 10% Vitamin C, which if you compared that to the typical bowl of ice cream, you would come to the conclusion that Whole Fruit products are much better for you.

If you would like to enter to win a sampler pack like the one I received just enter the giveaway below.  You will love the Whole Fruit Sorbet just like me and my family do!

Giveaway: You can win a couple boxes of these to try just enter the giveaway for your chance to win.

Rules - You must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect to enter or on google +, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous USA only.

Mandatory Entry -  Go to Whole Fruit Products and check out their other products.  Choose another one that you would like to try and leave a comment letting me know which one you decided to try next.

Extra Entries -

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You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 1/15/13 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner and email the winner to notify them.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.
  
Winner selected and emailed:

kyl neusch said... 24
Valencia Orange Sorbet

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Superpretzel Pretzel Dogs Review & Giveaway Ends 1/14/13 at 7 PM EST

Review:

This has been such a fun month.  I received some samples to review from Sueprpretzel.  This time I got the PretzelDogs which are bite-sized hot dogs bundled up in a toasty pretzel crust. PretzelDogs are made with a unique soft pretzel dough and are available in two varieties: Original and Cheddar Cheese. They are made with the highest quality ingredients, including top quality beef with no by-product. PretzelDogs make perfect minimeals, anytime snacks, or appetizers. They are microwaveable and ready in seconds.  Each box contains 12 PretzelDogs.  These are so easy to prepare and they are delicious.  I highly recommend these PretzelDogs for your next get together or party!

My favorite are the cheddar cheese, but I loved both varieties.  These are so good.  Just heat and eat.  I love how great they taste.  I am such a huge fan of the PretzelDog, these are on my grocery list right now so I will pick up a few boxes on my next shopping trip.


  
Giveaway: You can win a couple boxes of these to try just enter the giveaway for your chance to win.

Rules - You must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect to enter or on google +, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete, put your email in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile, no po boxes, contiguous USA only.

Mandatory Entry -  Go to Super Pretzel and check out their variety of products, choose another one that you would like to try and leave a comment letting me know which one you decided to try next.

Extra Entries -

Like Super Pretzel on Facebook, leave a comment that you are their fan with your facebook name.

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Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow me.

You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 1/14/13 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner and email the winner to notify them.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winner selected and emailed:

Leslie B. said... 67
I'd love to try the sweet cinnamon- yum!

lesliexhope @ gmail.com

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 Review

I have been using the Oral-B Professional Care Smart Series 5000 for the past two weeks every time I brush.  I typically brush twice a day, sometimes a third time.  I am meticulous when it comes to my oral care.  I go to the dentist twice a year and always have glowing reports about the way I maintain healthy teeth and gums between visits.  Before I got this spectacular new toothbrush I was using an electric disposable toothbrush. 

The Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 rechargeable toothbrush is so much better than my prior toothbrush.  I really love the timer that helps me get my full two minutes of brushing in.  I have only been using this for two weeks but I can tell that it's really an improvement from the toothbrush I used to use.  I can tell that my teeth seem cleaner and whiter.  This brush will even indicate when it's time to change the brush head, which is wonderful for me because I am bad about remembering to do those kinds of things.

This Oral-B Professional Precision 5000 will improve the cleanliness of my teeth and help me brush for the time that it takes to get a clean mouth, teeth and gums.  I am so happy that I have a new toothbrush that I love and that I can't wait to use each morning and evening.

When I use this brush I can tell that it has the most up to date technology.  I love that it signals when I need to switch quadrants so I can spend an equal amount of time on each quadrant in my mouth.  No quadrant will be neglected.  This brush also warns when I am brushing too hard. 

Oral-B is offering a $20 mail-in rebate on select power toothbrushes November 18  through December 31, 2012. Please visit OralB.com for more information

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Modern Mom on behalf of Oral-B and received a product sample to facilitate my review.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Calling all Toy State Fans


Toy State will be spreading the holiday spirit by giving away gift boxes full of their Road Rippers® vehicles!
 

And Toy State just launched the NEW 007TM and DUB Garage® Facebook pages where there will be other fantastic giveaways!
(CAT® & CAT Preschool® coming soon)

Are you a fan of the Toy State Facebook page? Well if you are, you already know that we have launched a brand new Road Rippers fan page…and to celebrate, Toy State is going to start the holiday gift giving season off early by giving away boxes of Road Rippers for your little ones!

What do you have to do? Nothing…just “like” the new Road Rippers page and you are already entered into our giveaway! It’s that simple!

Haven't seen the new Road Rippers Facebook page yet? Check it out and you could be one of the 5 lucky fans randomly selected on 12/31/12 to receive one of the following: a Road Rippers gift box valued at the following amounts: $150, $100, and $50 or a Monster Crushasaurus (2).


Toy State Facebook Pages:
 

Make sure you "Like" all of them for some great giveaways every month. And, of course, share with your friends!!!
 

Sticky Situations


Sticky situations happen.  If you are like me they happen more than you would like.  I know that it's not always easy but in a sticky situation it's best not to get too angry.  Try to remain calm and just fix the situation rather than saying or doing something you may regret later on.  My tips are to do what you can to avoid the situations in the first place and to remain calm if and when a sticky situation does occur.

We have all had those days when we discover that we have left something within reach of children and left the little ones unattended to wreak havoc on an area of the house.  I also have had sticky situations created by pets.  I have to keep pens, markers, art supplies and things like that out of our children's reach so that if left unattended for a few minutes they do not have access to these kinds of things.

Have you ever gone to take a shower only to find out when you get out that the permanent markers have been found and used on the walls or furniture?  Wet Ones is having a contest on facebook that you can share your Sticky Situation for a chance to win an iPad or tickets to Six Flags.  I just went over there and entered the contest, it's easy to enter and who knows one of use might win something!

Wet Ones and Mom Central have given us the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and then those life saving tips on how to deal with them through their fun Facebook Contest!


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Wet Ones. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating www.momcentralconsulting.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Weight Watchers Belly, Butt & Thighs Kit Review & Giveaway Ends 12/30/12 at 7PM EST

Have fun getting in shape with the Weight Watchers Belly, Butt, & Thighs Kit. It comes with a workout DVD featuring three complete workouts to guide your exercise sessions. This women's workout kit includes a 65cm anti-burst ball that targets the belly, butt and thighs. It increases stability, tones your core strength and stretches the entire body. The Weight Watchers fitness kit also features a stability ring to cradle the ball and prevent it from rolling away. The included hand pump helps you inflate the ball when needed. This fitness kit has a 10-week exercise tracker to help you monitor your progress throughout the program.
Weight Watchers Belly, Butt, & Thighs Kit:
  • 3 complete workouts
  • Includes anti-burst exercise ball, stability ring, a hand pump and a 10-week exercise tracker
  • Tones while improving your core strength and overall body
  • Workouts range from 30 to 45 minutes
  • Fun and effective for a variety of ages
  • Review:

    I have done all three workouts one time.  I started out with the ball not inflated enough and that really makes a difference, so make sure that you get it nice and inflated before you workout.  I am a bit tall and maybe could use a bigger ball but I am able to use this one for an effective workout.  The only reason I mention it is because the ball on the DVD looks so much bigger compared to the ladies that are using it than it does compared to me.  I am 5'9" though and really have no idea how tall the women in the DVD are.

    I have had a stability ball before but this is the first time I have actually attempted to do a workout routine with it.  I am hooked.  I worked muscles that I haven't worked with my other fitness DVDs.  I am impressed with the cues and the woman that leads is clear and concise too.  It's easy to follow and fun.  There is a woman doing the modifications for those of us who aren't advanced yet.  I am able to do everything with the advanced version but the side ab work.  I kept feeling like I was slipping off the ball.  I am sure that once I get the hang of it I will be able to do the whole workout.

    If you would like to win this kit to try for yourself just enter the giveaway below.

    Giveaway:   Ends 12/30/12 at 7 PM EST (you must follow my blog publicly on google friend connect, 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 US only, no po boxes)
    Mandatory Entry:

    Go to Anchor Bay Entertainment's website and find another fitness DVD that you would love to get and leave a comment with the title.

    Extra Entries:

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

    Follow Anchor Bay Entertainment on twitter, leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow.

    Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment letting me know your twitter name.

    Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lets-Eat-2-Day/127260644023896 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan.

    You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select the winner once the giveaway is over at 7 PM on 12/30/12.  I will email the winner and they 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.

    Full Disclosure:  I received a kit to review, the opinions expressed are my own. 

    Winner selected and emailed:


    Charlene Kuser said... 39
    I follow you on Twitter(@Swtlilchick)

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Leslie Sansone's 7-Day Calorie Blast DVD Review & Giveaway Ends 12/20/12 at 7PM EST

    I love Collage Video.  They sent me Leslie Sansone's 7-Day Calorie Blast DVD to review.  I have had this DVD for a few months now.  I have done each workout several times to get a good feel for each one.  I really love this DVD.  I love that it has a variety of workouts.  For me the key to staying motivated is constantly doing new things and trying something different each and every day.
    Certified instructor description: A different workout for each day of the week — seven complete programs. Two are pure toning; five are classic walking-style cardio. The aerobic workouts are all super-easy-to-follow. Leslie uses basic steps that anyone can do in their living room — just simple marches, kicks and knee-ups. The moves are consistent, but each program does focus on a specific goal (e.g. stress relief, weight loss, heart health). The two body-sculpting programs begin with walking warm-ups. The upper-body series features classic dumbbell toning done in a seated position. The lower-body workout shapes your legs and buttocks with varied floorwork exercises. Requires 2 to 10 lb. dumbbells; ankle weights are optional.



    Leslie Sansone's 7-Day Calorie Blast DVD is so much fun!  Here's the breakdown of the seven different workouts from the back cover of the DVD.

    Start losing weight and trimming fat with Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds 7-Day Calorie Blast! Choose from seven different fat-burning workouts – all on one DVD.

    1 MILE GET STARTED This easy-to-follow 1-mile workout teaches you all the basic steps of Leslie’s walking program so you can start shedding those pounds!

    2 MILE FITNESS WALK Leslie kicks it up a notch with this 2-mile program that will have you looking toned and trimmed in no time.

    WALK AWAY YOUR STRESS This 30-minute walk will help you manage stress in a healthy way and provide you with energy to handle anything life throws your way!

    HEART HEALTY WALK Get all the heart-healthy benefits of a 2-mile walk – lowering cholesterol and increasing stamina, while building strength and endurance.

    UPPER BODY FITNESS This strength-training workout transitions from a light warm-up walk into an easy-to-follow upper body conditioning program to get lean, toned sexy arms!

    LOWER BODY FITNESS This workout focuses on the lower body with a strength-training workout that will give you toned and sculpted hips, thighs and glutes!

    THE EVENING MILE This 1-mile brisk walk will help you unwind, burn calories and stretch and lengthen your muscles!

    I enjoy each workout.  I even do the evening mile on mornings when I am trying to relax.  I know it's to unwind but it works for me in the morning because I do all my exercise early in the morning before I head off for work.

    If you would like to win this amazing DVD just enter the giveaway below.

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




    Mandatory Entry:

    Go to
    Collage Video and select another DVD that you would like to try, leave a comment letting me know which one you chose.

    Bonus Entries:


    Like Collage Video on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/CollageVideo?sk=app_4949752878 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are their fan.
     

    Sign up for their newsletter http://www.collagevideo.com/newslettersignup.aspx leave your email that you signed up with.
     

    Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment letting me know your twitter name.
     

    Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lets-Eat-2-Day/127260644023896 leave a comment with your facebook name letting me know you are my fan.

    You can enter up to five times.  I will use random.org to select a winner after the giveaway ends 12/20/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will email the winner and they will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing information or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading my blog and participating.


    Disclosure:  I received a copy of the DVD to review free of charge, the opinions expressed are my own.  

     

    Winner selected and emailed:

     

    Erica C. said... 8
    I also like the Jillian Michaels' Kickbox FastFix.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

     

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Sports Illustrated Kids



    Sports Illustrated Kids wanted to share with you a few things that are being planted under their holiday tree.

    SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids is THE magazine for boys and girls who love sports. The magazine presents sports the way kids want to read about them: with great action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from the pros, and humor, comics, and activities. SI Kids is a great way to encourage kids to read, and it has won highest honors from theAssociation of Educational Publishers and the Parents' Choice Award.

    Not only has SI Kids won awards, they also give them out! This month, they crowned their first ever “SportsParent of the Year.”  With the help of parenting bloggers, the magazine received numerous nominations to honor dedicated sports parents from around the U.S.

    Modeled after the famed Sportsman and SportsKid of the Year awards, the “SportsParent of the Year” 2012 title was given to Kristie Finnan, a mother of 3.  Finnan, a Pennsylvania native, coaches her daughter’s soccer team and regularly cheers on her children during soccer, basketball, gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do competitions.

    To read more on both winners go to:
    http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2012/11/29/si-kids-announces-first-ever-sportsparent-of-the-year/
    http://insidesportsillustrated.com/2012/10/24/brothers-conner-green-and-cayden-long-are-sports-illustrated-kids-2012-sportskids-of-the-year/


    To keep the holiday spirit going, SI Kids will feature both of the winners and a sports-filled Gotta Get it Gift Guide”  in their December 7th issue!

    For great gift ideas you can also check out the SI Kids “Gotta Get it Gift Guide” online as well:
    http://www.sikids.com/photos/49936/2012-gotta-get-it-guide-the-best-gifts-for-kids/1

    Looking for another great gift idea? How about a one-year subscription to the young sports fan on your list?

    Special Offer:
    Receive an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95 – a 66% savings off the cover price!

    You get pull-out posters, sports cards and games & sports trivia FREE in every issue! To subscribe, go to: 
    https://subscription.sikids.com/storefront/subscribe-to-si-kids/link/1013093.html


    Don’t forget to “Like” SI Kids on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SIKids 


    SUPERPRETZEL Sweet Cinnamon Pretzels Review & Giveaway Ends 12/20/12 at 7 PM EST

    Super Pretzels brand soft pretzels now have a new Sweet Cinnamon flavor. The frozen pretzel brand mixed in some cinnamon into their soft and sweet pretzels and included cinnamon-sugar packets to coat the pretzels after they are heated.

    Each box has six fully baked pretzels and it's located in the frozen food aisle.  They are easy to prepare, just heat in the microwave and sprinkle the cinnamon packet on and enjoy.

    Delicious when eaten plain, topped with cinnamon sugar, dunked in icing, dipped in chocolate sauce or sandwiched with ice cream, this sweet treat is line priced with Original SUPERPRETZEL Soft Pretzels  and can be found right next to them on shelf!

    • Cinnamon infused sweet dough with a cinnamon sugar packet included in the box
    • Perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert
    • Found in the frozen snacks section of your local retail store & NOW available at your local supercenter
    • Fun recipe ideas! http://www.superpretzel.com/sweetcinnamon/recipe.html
    If you would like to win some SUPERPRETZEL Sweet Cinnamon Pretzels just enter the giveaway below.

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

    Mandatory Entry -  Go to Super Pretzel and check out their variety of products, choose another one that you would like to try and leave a comment letting me know which one you decided to try next.

    Extra Entries -

    Like Super Pretzel on Facebook, leave a comment that you are their fan with your facebook name.

    Follow Super Pretzel on Twitter, leave a comment that you are following them with your twitter name.

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

    Follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment with your twitter name letting me know you follow me.

    You can enter up to five times.  Giveaway ends 12/20/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select the winner and email the winner to notify them.  Winner will have 72 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading and participating.
     
    Winner selected and emailed:

    lilyk said... 14
    I would like to try the SUPERPRETZEL SOFTSTIX.

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Torani Holiday Cheers


     

    I am a member of She Speaks and they chose me to participate in The Torani Holiday Cheers Blogger Program.  It is such an honor to be selected to participate.  I received two bottles of Torani syrup to review and tell you about.  

    Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Syrup -

    I used this to make Pumpkin Pie Brewed Coffee
     
    Ingredients:
    • 2 tbsp (1 oz) Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup
    • 1 cup (8oz) dark brewed coffee
    Instructions: In a glass or mug, add Torani to strong brewed coffee and stir gently. Add milk or cream to taste.

    I really enjoyed this.  Pumpkin pie is so good and with this syrup my coffee tasted like pumpkin pie. It's guilt free too since it's sugar free! As you know, I have been working on losing weight and this is something that I can enjoy without worrying about gaining weight.

     

    I used the Sugar Free Hazelnut Syrup to make this:

    Skinny Caramel Nut Iced Mocha
     
    Ingredients:
    • 2 tbsp (1 oz) Torani Sugar Free Salted Caramel Syrup
    • 1/2 tbsp (1/4 oz) Torani Sugar Free Hazelnut Syrup
    • 1 cup (8oz) nonfat milk
    • 2 shots espresso, chilled*
    • Ice
    Instructions: Pour over ice, stir and serve. *Can substitute 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

    Another home run.  I will be buying these Torani syrups in the future.  I am so glad that I found a way to spice up my coffee without having to add too many extra calories.

    Disclosure - This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks & Torani.  I received samples in exchange for my review.

     


     

    About Torani:

    Since 1925, family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in regular and sugar free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The sugar free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani Flavored Syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.

    World Vision Gift Catalog Review & Giveaway Ends 12/15/12 at 7 PM EST

    World Vision Catalog sent me a nice DVD to review.

    Veggie Tales "Incredible Vegetables" DVD: Heroic adventures and veggie fun for the family movie night! This newest Veggie Tale DVD is an action adventure that teaches kids how to conquer fear through a faith-based message.

    We really enjoyed this DVD and World Vision has offered the same for one lucky reader of this blog.  Just keep reading until you get down the giveaway below and enter to win!

    World Vision's History:

    “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
    Bob Pierce, World Vision founder

    Dr. Bob Pierce, World Vision’s founder, was an American evangelist and war correspondent who traveled to China with Youth for Christ in 1947.

    On that trip, Bob’s heart was broken when he was confronted with the need of one little girl. He pledged a monthly amount to a local missionary to ensure her care, planting the seeds of World Vision’s future child sponsorship model.

    Whether it’s for the tax deduction or the warm fuzzy feeling giving to others generates, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation over the holiday season. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans say they’ll donate between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to a survey reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    With so many worthy causes, it is difficult to know where the gift can best be used.  Gifts to the World Vision Gift Catalog Maximum Impact Fund are used where resources are most desperately needed, to help children and families in struggling communities around the world. With a financial contribution, the gift giver can select one of 36 Maximum Impact items (a few are listed below) that can be given to a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

    Connect with World Vision on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/worldvisionusa/.
     

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

    Mandatory Entry:

     

    Go watch this video and tell me what you learned http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPlK9ILxEAs

     

    Extra Entries:

     

    Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/fdp4life leave a comment letting me know your twitter name.
     

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    You can enter up to three times, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete. 

     

    I will use random.org to select a winner after the giveaway ends 12/15/12 at 7 PM EST.  I will email the winner and they will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing information or I will have to select another winner.  Thank you for reading my blog and participating.


    Disclosure - World Vision has provided the DVD for the giveaway.  I received a copy of the DVD to review.  The opinions expressed are my own. 

    Winner selected and emailed:

    daveshir2005 said... 19
    like u on fb as shirley greenawalt zolenski

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com

    Valomilk Review


    Valomilks were first created in 1931 when a candymaker at Sifers, then located in Kansas City, added too much vanilla extract to a batch of marshmallows, which never set up. The semi-liquid mixture proved to be a tasty filling for one-ounce milk-chocolate cups, the kind traditionally filled with peanut butter.  The name Valomilk represents the three ingredients: vanilla, marshmallow, and milk chocolate.  The fifth generation of the Sifers family still uses the original family recipe along with much of the original equipment. Valomilks are currently the only candy still made by the Sifers company, which discontinued its general product lines in the 1950s.

    Review:

    I was lucky enough to receive a whole box of 24 to sample.  I had one as soon as I opened the box and immediately I knew that I had found a new favorite.  These are delicious.  I am so happy to have discovered these.  I shared with friends, family and co-workers.  Everyone enjoyed their Valomilk.  I got rave reviews from each and every person who was lucky enough to get one.  They were gone within a matter of minutes.  No one could resist the simple goodness that is the Valomilk.  I urge you to try these as soon as possible you too will be hooked.

    All Natural Ingredients

    When we decided to bring VALOMILKS back, my dad charged me with: “If you are going to make VALOMILKS again, make them the best you know how and don’t worry about the cost.” I took my dad’s dying words to heart.
    We use only the finest all natural ingredients; cost is not a consideration. Our pure milk chocolate is made right here in Kansas City from our 1931 recipe. The refining rollers are set to the finest point to produce a particle size of only .0006 of an inch, then we use a forty-eight hour conch (mixing) time. The results are a very fine, smooth European style chocolate. Our cocoa beans and cocoa butter come from the Ivory Coast of Africa which historically produces the finest beans. We use only pure vanilla in our chocolate, not artificial vanillin like many others do. Finally our chocolate is hand tempered (a lost art by most companies) to make it just right. All this takes extra time and expense to make our chocolate, but then we are making it “the best we know how.”

    Our “Creamy Flowing  Center” is made from fresh corn syrup, pure cane sugar, distilled water, pan dried (hand made) egg whites, pure Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar and a touch of salt.  Nothing artificial. No additives. No preservatives. This is carefully cooked, cooled and whipped one batch at a time, just the way we did it in 1931. Our recipe has been passed down from generation to generation so you can enjoy our truly old fashioned VALOMILK Candy Cups.

    Allergen notice: Our pure milk chocolate has whole milk solids and soy lecithin.  Our “Creamy Flowing Center” has egg whites.  Every year we make peanut brittle to give out at Christmas to family and friends.  We make our peanut brittle in the same rooms that we make our VALOMILKS but not on the same equipment or at the same time.



    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Blue Nile The Extraordinary Days of Christmas Facebook Instant Win Game

    Blue Nile presents The Extraordinary Days of Christmas Facebook Instant Win Game. · There are six unique presents wrapped and displayed for each Facebook fan on Blue Nile’s Facebook page. In order to participate, you must “Like” the Blue Nile Facebook page. · For 12 days, Facebook fans will have a chance to unwrap one present of their liking to win a Blue Nile prize. · It is a game of chance. Prizes vary from percentage off discount codes to $11,000 diamond rings. We’re happy to say that we will be giving away a cumulative prize value of $100,000 over the course of 12 days. · One extraordinary jewelry prize will be given out per day, but everyone will win something. · The campaign started yesterday on Cyber Monday (November 26, 2012) and will end on December 7, 2012. Once you like Blue Nile’s Facebook page you will experience an interactive, cozy fireplace setting that’s surrounded with presents and holiday features. Each day, a you may select and “virtually” unwrap one of six presents in hopes of winning one of 12 extraordinary jewelry prizes from Blue Nile. One extraordinary jewelry prize will be awarded each day, and range from $3,500 to $13,500! Prizes include, but are not limited to, multiple diamond engagement rings (including one from the new Monique Lhuillier line), 2-carat diamond earrings, a sapphire and diamond ring, and a 4-carat diamond bracelet. All told, $100,000 worth of extraordinary jewelry prizes will be awarded from November 26 – December 7. And, while there will be only one extraordinary prize per day, everyone is still guaranteed to unwrap something from Blue Nile! We believe that everyone should have a chance to select a gift.

    Kevin Durant In Thunderstruck! Blu-Ray Giveaway Ends 12/10/12 at 7 PM EST

    Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App!
    NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.  Giveaway - (you must follow this blog publicly on google friend connect to enter, contiguous USA only, no PO Boxes, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete and put your email address in your comment if it's not visible on your blogger profile)

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    I follow you twitter - samiialexxis

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    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Kikkoman Juicy Bird Project #JuicyBirdProject

    I am a Smiley360 blogger and they sent me a Kikkoman Juicy Bird Project kit to brine a chicken and report back you about it.  This is my first time brining a chicken.  I have always wanted to try and with this opportunity I was able to complete the task at hand.  Here's the recipe that I used. 


    Savory Chicken Brine

    Ingredients (Recipe for a 16-24 pound turkey)

    2 gallons Cold Water
    10 ounces Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
    1/2 cup kosher salt
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons dried sage
    2 tablespoons dried celery seed
    1 tablespoon dried thyme

    Instructions

    The night before roasting, remove giblets; rinse chicken inside and out. In a large stock pot mix water with remaining ingredients. Stir well until all the salt is dissolved. Place chicken in the pot cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. Remove chicken from the brine, rinsing well. Follow your regular cooking instructions.

    I followed this recipe and then baked the chicken yesterday for dinner.  My family complimented me and everyone ate the chicken.  I had a bit left over and we took it for our lunches today at work.

    The recipe is easy to follow and delicious!  I always have soy sauce in the fridge and now I have another way to use it!
     
     
    Disclosure: As a member of Smiley360, I received the kikkoman kit mentioned above. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Kylie Minogue The Abbey Road Sessions Album Review

    One2OneNetwork sent me Kylie Minogue's The Abby Road Sessions Album to review.  I have been listening to this album for the last week or two and enjoying every minute of it.  There are sixteen tracks on the album.  I really enjoy the ones called Finer Feelings and Slow.  They are my favorites so far.  I listen to the album from start to finish at work and on the commute to and from work.

    The Abbey Road Sessions features16 tracks, all radically reworked, spanning Kylie’s incredible twenty-five-year career. It was recorded in London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios with Kylie’s band and a full orchestra. The album features many of Kylie’s best-known hits and previously unreleased tracks. Over all sixteen tracks, one thing becomes very clear—stripped of her high-end pop production, the emotional resonance of Kylie’s songs has never been clearer, and her voice has never sounded better.

    Kylie Minogue is a breast cancer survivor.  She donates her time to American Cancer Society, as well as amFAR for AIDS research.  Kylie’s latest single “Flower” is a song she wrote several years ago following her battle with breast cancer, to the child she wishes she might one day still have.  I love the song Flower and listen to it quite a bit.  Kylie has been celebrating K25, her 25th Anniversary in music, all throughout 2012. It has been an extraordinary career so far—60 million global album sales, multiple hit singles, global tours, and industry accolades—all of which has permanently cemented her place in music history as a bona fide superstar. 

    The Abbey Road Sessions Track Listing:
    1. All The Lovers
    2. On A Night Like This
    3. Better The Devil You Know
    4. Hand On Your Heart
    5. I Believe In You
    6. Come Into My World
    7. Finer Feelings
    8. Confide In Me
    9. Slow
    10. The Locomotion
    11. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
    12. Where The Wild Roses Grow
    13. Flower
    14. I Should Be So Lucky
    15. Love At First Sight
    16. Never Too Late

    Here are some links that may be helpful to you.

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Tracy Anderson Method: Dance Cardio Workout DVD Review & Giveaway Ends 12/05/12 at 7PM EST

    Certified instructor description: A unique workout with a great soundtrack ... but absolutely no verbal cuing. Instead, you'll learn the moves in the 46-minute tutorial. Then you'll just follow Tracy as she blasts through a fast-paced series of traditional, jazz and hip hop combos. Probably not for dance newbies, but it is doable. Tracy's classical dance training is obvious. Her movements are precisely choreographed and very crisp — there's never any doubt where her feet are going (also, the DVD shows two versions of the workout: one filmed from the front, one filmed from the back). So what's the benefit of no cuing? You have total freedom to move with the music. Sure, follow Tracy if you like. Or just catch the rhythm and groove to your own personal dance routine. ©2012. DVD has: Chapter menus, Wide screen

    Review:

    I have had this DVD for nearly a month.  I have been working on it and wanted to have it down before I wrote my review.  I had to do the tutorial several times before I even attempted the workout.  I am not a dancer.  I do not have much rhythm but I do enjoy dancing.  Once I got the moves down and did the workout I loved it.  It's so much fun.  The workout really feels like I'm just dancing to the music.  It took another week or so before I was able to do the entire workout without stopping from pure exhaustion.  This is an advanced cardio routine.  It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination.  I do not consider myself to be advanced but I do workout on a daily basis five days a week.

    I love Tracy Anderson and I love this Dance Cardio DVD.  Tracy can do no wrong in my humble opinion.  My favorites DVDs by her are still the Mat & Post Pregnancy Workouts.  This is next in line.  I am not a fan of cardio, but I know it's what I need to lose weight.  This DVD makes cardio fun which is not an easy thing to do.  I highly recommend this for high calorie burns and for a workout that doesn't feel like a workout.  It's so much fun!

    If you would like to enter to win a copy of this for yourself, just enter the giveaway below.

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    Disclosure:  I received a copy of the DVD to review free of charge, the opinions expressed are my own. 


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    degood said... 28
    I follow you on twitter as kmayans.

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