Bearpaw boots giveaway from 2 of a kind!

Hello my lovelies.

It’s officially that time of year. Everyone is supposed to be merry and bright, the world is blanketed in a thick layer of snow and everything is COLD! So after outfitting the kids you get a turn and the best winter boots I have EVER found are bearpaw boots. I’ve gone through 3 pairs in the last 2 years I wear them every day, all day. They would have lasted longer but I forgot to waterproof the first 2 pairs and then the salt made them look nasty.

Anyways, Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House are giving away an AMAZING pair of these boots, in your choice of color! You can find her giveaway HERE and if you don’t want to risk not winning you can always go straight to Bearpaw Shoes HERE and buy your own!

Good luck to everyone and I hope you have a very happy holiday season!

Udderly SMOOth Review

I was super lucky to have a chance to review Udderly Smooth Lotion and I’m super grateful! Due to some family problems I’ve sat on this one for a while and the company has been great with understanding. Now on to the good stuff!!

When the box was dropped off at the house it came in the most adorable cow print box, which made me happy right from the get-go. The delivery man says to me, “I deliver a ton of packages, but I’m not quite sure I want to know what is in a cow box.” so I had to open it up and give him one of the little sample packs. When I opened the box I was amazed at how many goodies they had sent me! The box was stuffed and I knew I was going to be set for a long time. Little did I know that as soon as I walked into the house I would have to fight for my lotion. I got the normal questions, More boxes? What is it this time? and as soon as I said it was Udderly Smooth lotion I was attacked! My mom came running and tried to grab the whole box, and my husband is behind me trying to call dibs on the foot lotion. Since I am not normally a huge lotion person I was amazed at what an uproar was being made over this lotion.

After I finally got the lotion [and awesome box] back I sat down to check it out. I got moisturizer lotion which i promptly opened and used. I got Udder cream, I got scented udder cream, I got foot cream and a ton of sample packs. After i made the husband be a tester and help me try it all out I was nice and shared with my mommy. Since she’s a nurse she is constantly washing her hands and told me that Udderly Smooth lotion was her absolute favorite. So I brought her all of the sample packs to toss in her work bag and I let her pick out any other lotion, as long as it wasn’t the big moisturizer bottle. She took the scented lotion from me which actually smells really good. It’s just enough to smell pretty without being overwhelming.

Now my husband is a lotion freak. All day every day, full body at least twice a day, hands at least every half hour, feel constantly; so I decide he was going to help me. That evening I made Shaun take an extra shower just so he could completely lotion up and tell me what he thinks. After his shower I gave him the bottle and he came back out of the bathroom and said it was awesome. He said it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy at all but had a little bit of a funky smell. I use the foot lotion daily. I am constantly in bare feet so they get rough and nasty pretty quick. Within a week of using the foot lotion twice a day I wore heels and wasn’t afraid of how my feet looked and that was a great feeling.

In my opinion, hands down, this is the best lotion I have ever used, and it is the only lotion my husband says he will use from now on. Thank you to Udderly Smooth and do not let the fact that it is made for cows scare you off.

*I received this product from Udderly Smooth but received no further compensation. All pictures, opinions, and reviews are my own and receiving this product in no way influenced those.

My mother passes out the sample packs to the other nurses at work and she said that all the girls there love it too.

Family Friendly Low sodium meals!

I like to cook-I’m not so great but I have fun. I’m a much better baker.  My husband and my mother on the other hand. oh my goodness. it’s incredible. My dad had a heart attack when I was 14 and the whole family rearranged our taste buds and cooking skills-it took some getting used to, but I don’t even think about it now. My mother started cooking after this and she makes killer italian. I am forever begging my mother to make Huge vats of spaghetti sauce and freeze them for me. I was trying to help her cook the other day and I was very suprised to see her pull out Mrs. Dash Italian Medley Seasoning Blend and dump almost half a bottle in this giant pot. She winked at me and told me that it is her secret ingrediant. So I got to thinking..what other great Mrs. Dash seasoning products are out there that might make me seem like a better cook. So on the next shopping trip I went down the aisles and threw about 5 of them into the cart. My husband looked at me funny and asked what I was doing. I wanted to try to show off my newfound cooking skills (even though I wasn’t sure if I could do anything differnt) and told him it was a suprise. I got home and put the groceries away and in the spice cupboard (we have one of those!?) I found a ton of Mrs. Dash products. No wonder he looked at me so funny, we already had them! Well didn’t I feel goofy after that.
I’ve been trying since then-I’ve discovered that fresh herbs work great in dishes and give them lots of flavor. I try to use fresh veggies instead of frozen because it tastes a little fuller. I’ve also become a big fan of Mrs. Dash. I like to think I know her personally, we’re become very tight in the kitchen. Along with my moms super secret spaghetti sauce (I still can’t get mine to taste like hers but at least its not out of a jar) I use Mrs. Dash on my garlic bread-try this little twist. Brush bread with olive oil, sprinkle generously with Tomato Basil Garlic and heat under the grill until toasted. We then put some shredded cheeze and a tomato slice on it. A little different take, but my kiddos are getting even more veggies and the taste rocks.
Check out a couple of these meals-I just ate dinner and they make me want to eat again.

Apple Pork Chops Recipe
It’s a winning combination of popular pork chops and appealing apples. Simmer lightly browned chops with onion, apple juice, and Mrs. Dash® Table Blend. Add apple slices, cook for five minutes, and you’ve found a new fall classic!
Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. Mrs. Dash® Original Blend
4 4 oz. pork loin chops
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, seeded and cut into 8 wedges
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Directions:
1.Sprinkle apples and pork chops evenly with Mrs. Dash® Original Blend.
2.Heat sauté pan to medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and cook the apples 3 minutes.
3.Remove to a plate. Add remaining olive oil and brown pork chops on both sides.
4.Return apples to pan on top of chops and cook 3 minutes turning once.
Recipe Summary:
Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1 pork chop
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 6 min to 9 min
Crab Cakes Recipe
Ingredients:
1/2 (120mL) cup plain dry bread crumbs, divided
2 (6 oz/168g) cans white crab meat, well drained
2 large egg whites
1/4 (60mL) cup thinly sliced green onions or chopped chives
1 Tbsp. (15mL) Mrs. Dash® Extra Spicy Seasoning Blend
2 tsp. (10mL) canola oil
4 lemon wedges
2 Tbsp. (30mL) low fat tartar sauce (optional)
Directions:
1.Spoon 2 Tbsp. of the bread crumbs onto a small plate; set aside. Combine crab meat, remaining bread crumbs, egg whites, green onions and Mrs. Dash® Extra Spicy Seasoning Blend in a medium bowl, mixing well. Shape to form 4 patties, about 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. At this point Crab Cakes may refrigerated up to 4 hours before cooking.
2.Heat oil in a large no-stick skillet over medium heat until hot. Dip crab cakes lightly in reserved bread crumbs to coat both sides. Add to skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and, if desired, tartar sauce.
Recipe Summary:
Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1 crab cake
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min

They both look crazy good right? Check out Mrs. Dash website for even more crazy good ideas-even I can pass off dinner for guests now without feeling bad about making them eat my cooking. So eat healthy&happy and have fun cooking!

Sid the Science Kid Mic. Review

Let me start off with a huge thank you to Playskool toys for sending this toy to me. We very quickly received a Sid the Science Kid Microphone and it rocks. My daughter and I love that show and I honestly didn’t even know they made toys from the show. I played with the buttons while the microphone was still in the box, figuring out what they all did [silly me, I turned the box around and saw the descriptions on the back]. It was definitely fun.  There are 4 different buttons and each one does a different thing. One laughs, the next claps, the last one does an echoing effect to your voice and the third is the fun one. It sings the Sid the Science Kid Theme song. Unlike most toys, this one actually happens to sound just like the song on tv. When that 3rd button is pushed it will either sing the theme song or make an animal noise. I wish I had a picture of my daughters’ face when this button Moo’s because it is just the best. her eyes get big, her mouth opens and she does this funny little noise where she gasps.

We even took this microphone on a dreaded shopping trip. My daughter will not sit in the cart for longer then 5 minutes unless she has my keys. I plopped her in the shopping cart and handed her the microphone and we sang and danced our way to the doors. [Yes I know I looked silly, I’m a mom, I’m used to it]. She danced and sat for a good half hour just content to press the buttons on this.

Coming back home I took over. I personally loved the echo effect and Skylar would get a kick out of when I said her name. On a mom note there is no volume button. It is not overly loud, but I can hear it in the next room over and had several people look at me in the store [if it was from the noise of the dancing, I’m not 100% sure, but I did get some dirty looks]. On the other hand, the battery pack screws closed [and batteries come with the mic!] With all the scary stories about kids eating batteries, having that battery compartment is extremely important to me.

My daughter went hunting for this when the show came on today, and took it to bed with her 2 nights in a row. The tag on the box says for ages 3 and up, but Skylar is 15 months and figured out that she needs to press and hold the buttons. Overall it was a great toy and my daughter loves it. She tries to put it near the dogs to make them bark and hear it echo, and dances every time the song comes on. All I can say is I wished it had a volume button, and again, it’s not overly loud. I would most definitely go out and buy this for presents and recommend this to friends. In fact I already have this written on my list for several people for Christmas. It’s a great toy, and its age appropriate. Thank you again to Playskool for providing this amazing toy to me and getting my daughter even more interested in singing and dancing.

I received this product from Playskool Toys to review. I was compensated for my time with this product but received no other compensation. All views and photos pictured are completely my own. Getting this product in no way influenced my decision on this product.

My Little Pony Review

Yesterday I received the My Little Pony Family Convertible to review, and let me start off by saying it arrived very quickly. The printed description I was provided with also came with a handwritten note, which I thought was super sweet. [Thanks Kaylie!] I opened it while Skylar was still sleeping so that I could check it out and take a couple of pictures first. It is very cute, the car door opens, the steering wheel turns…the attention to detail was just great. The convertible set came with Pinkie Pie, her mom, a convertible car, a car seat for baby, grocery bag, lunch box, and travel mug. We also got a dvd with ours and it was about 30 min.

I left it sitting on the couch when I went to get Skylar from her nap. She ran into the living room, looked at her cup sitting on the table, ignored me holding the diaper and went straight to the ponies. After I wrestled her away to change her diapers I let her have at it. She LOVED it. She got such a kick out of taking the ponies out of the car and putting them back in. The coffee cup, lunch bag, and groceries all can clip onto the legs of the horse and they actually stay. Pinkie Pie, Mom, and the car seat all had little holes in the bottom with a peg in the car so they stay inside of falling over and sliding around.

After a little while I tried to take these away to get another picture and Sky stood up, balled her little fists and screamed bloody murder until I gave them back. So if that is any indication, Skylar give it a thumbs up too. She even sat through both of the short movies on the DVD, my kid has never sat through an entire movie besides Princess and the Frog. We traveled through the house for the rest of the day with Pinkie Pie and the coffee mug (which she kept trying to drink out of). We brought out some crayons later in the afternoon and she was still more interested in the ponies then mommy. My boys will be here hopefully next week and I’ll get some updates on what they think, but I am already giving My Little Pony 5 stars! I definitely know what we are going to be getting her for Christmas this year, tons of My Little Pony toys! I would definitely recommend this to Any mom, even my boys like playing with the ponies we already have. She got such a kick out of brushing the hair, spinning the steering wheel, and opening and closing the door. This was an awesome product and My Little Pony was a GREAT company to work with. Thank you so much to Kaylie for sending this to us and making my daughters day.

  

I received this product from My Little Pony to review. I was compensated for my time with this product but received no other compensation. All views and photos pictured are completely my own. Getting this product in no way influenced my decision on this product.

Organic Choco or Vanilla Milk!!

http://thetravellingsisterhood.blogspot.com/2010/08/traveling-sisterhood-preparing.html

Brand new Blog! and she has her very first giveaway up, Enter to win Organic Chocolate or Vanilla Milk for Horizon Organic! Check it out guys :]]

tutu, wand and headband giveaway-My Fairy Couture

I LOVE tutus. I love dressing Skylar up and having her look like a little princess. In fact I really wish that I could wear one and get away with it. I know you can make your own tutus and I have. Although they turn out good, I always feel like ones I see in stores are better. All Aboard the review&giveaway train is no giving away a tutu, wand, and a headband! They are adorable! They fit girls from infant to 12years, so you’ll be getting some great use out of this. So head on over to http://www.giveawaytrain.com/2010/08/my-fairy-couture-review-giveaway.html [it’s the direct link to the giveaway] and enter to win! Remember you can always enter and give it to me&my little girl if you don’t want it! :]] Keep smiling!

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