Review: Easy Canvas Prints

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If you’ve ever come to my home, you have seen tons of canvas prints.  Everyone who visits always comments on how much they love the prints and they want to know where I have gotten them.

One place I purchase my prints is Easy Canvas Prints.  They do an amazing job!  Just look above and see for yourself!  I absolutely am in love with the latest canvas I received from them!  I am pretty sure I will have to hide it when my mom comes to visit because she will try to steal it!

Easy Canvas Prints is just that-EASY canvas prints.  It took me all of 5 minutes to order this latest canvas!  The website is super easy to use and checkout was ridiculously easy!

What more could you ask for?  Oh, a discount?  Well, lucky for you, Easy Canvas Print gave me one to share with you

So what are you waiting for?  Go order one now!  Mine came in just days (another nice surprise)!

 

Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids-My Thoughts

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When the boys were both younger (around 18 months) they both took Sports Skills classes at the Virginia Beach Field House.  They both really enjoyed it and I loved how they were introduced to important sports skills.  Last week I was able to check out their new program for kids- Lil Kickers Soccer For Kids-and I was very impressed!

When Zack and I first walked up I noticed a big change-the jerseys!  Each child who registers for classes get jerseys to wear to class-real jerseys that look great!  You can see how nice they are in the handsome model below.

zack field house

Zack was not ready to participate in the beginning of class but the instructor really tried to engage him, eventually pulling him into the fun with my help.  His age group (the Cottontails) allows for parents to be in the class to help with the child’s confidence.  The Lil’ Kickers program not only focuses on activities that build athletic ability, they also focus on important social skills like listening and following directions.  I really loved how organized each developmental “game” was and the kids didn’t even realize what important skills they were learning because they were having so much fun!  The last game was everyone’s favorite-the whole class sat in a soccer net that was their “space ship”.  The instructor threw out a bunch of cones (space rocks) and the kids had to run around and tip the cones so they were sitting upright-with one foot.  Then they were able to knock over the cones-both of the games were perfect foundations for passing and shooting a soccer ball!  And really every game and activity during the class easily led to soccer skills that can be used in higher age and ability levels!

We attended a Wednesday morning class but there are a wide variety of days and times that you can choose from if you want to check out Lil’ Kickers.  In fact, your first class is always free!  I think that is an awesome feature to this program since you never really know if your child will enjoy a new extracurricular activity.  Each class is 50 minutes long and include water breaks.   Depending on your child’s age, the coach/child ratio is around 12;1 but the class I attended was only 5:1.  Obviously the weekend classes would be a bit more full.

Easy After School Snack: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese!

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Most parents I have talked to say their child is STARVING when they get home from school and mine are no different.  By the way they act, you would think they haven’t been fed in weeks!

There’s always the tricky decision about what to give for an after school snack that won’t ruin dinner (or in my case lunch) but that will also satisfy them.. Enter Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products.  They make the perfect snack for little ones because they aren’t messy, they are high in calcium and a good source of protein.  I love that they are already individually wrapped and ready to go at anytime!

Something you may not know (and certainly not anything I had ever thought of, was that you can use Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese products in meal recipes!  Frigo’s website has a huge variety of meal ideas such as stuffed crust pizza, nachos in no time, and my favorite Rockin’ Ranch Skewers.  The boys love anything on a skewer so this was a big hit at my house!  I am throwing a big 40th birthday party next month and one thing on the menu I am planning on using the string cheese products for is fruity cheese kabobs.  Who doesn’t love some fruit and cheese?!  My husband is actually a giant fan of string cheese and eats at least 2 a day!

We had pasta for dinner this week and this is another way I was able to use Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products:

pasta cheese

 

This is as soon as we added the cheese but it melted beautifully and was delicious!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples of Frigo® Cheese Heads® String Cheese products in order to complete this review and my recipe above.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Right On The Walls: Wall Decals Review & $25 Giveaway!!!

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As most of you know, we have been in moving chaos.  After finally moving in, the first rooms I HAD to get “done” were the boys’ bedrooms and the playroom.  After they were mainly unpacked, the decision was “What would go on the wall?!”  I immediately thought of Right on the Walls. The family owned business carries a wide variety of original Vinyl art, color prints,car decals, and you can even custom order you own designs!  I had ordered from Right on the Walls for Zack’s nursery 2 years ago and knew I could count on the high quality and easy to use decals!  After spending a lot to time on their site (there is just so many cool things to check out) I found the perfect quote for the boys’ playroom!

For placement of the decal I chose a wall that needed a paint job (notice the chips) but one that I thought the decal would look nice on-I was right.  I absolutely love it!

Here is a picture of me figuring out placement of the decal.  Notice the tape in the middle of the paper.  If you choose a bigger decal like I did, the instructions state to do this method to ensure proper installation.

decal process

 

To get the decal on the wall took a total of 10 minutes-easy peasy!

Now, how would you like to get your own decal?  You can enter to win $25 to use at Right on the Walls below or you can use the code BR15DCT to get 15% of right now!

Here’s how to win $25:

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Right on the Walls HERE and pick how you would spend your $25.  Come back to this post and comment what product you would purchase.

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3.  Check out Right on the Walls email list.  Maybe find some more deals throughout the year!

4.  Tweet or Share this giveaway on Facebook.  Comment on this post with the link I can find your tweet or share.

This giveaway will end October 5th at midnight and the winner will be emailed.  If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclosure:  I received a decal in order to complete this review.  All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

It Works “Skinny Wraps”: My Thoughts

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You would pretty much have to live under a rock to not have heard about the “skinny wraps” that are the latest craze in losing inches on your body!  I had been hearing about them constantly but had never tried them-until last week.  In case you don’t know what a “skinny wrap”, let me give you the quick down low:

The “skinny” wrap is a thin cloth infused with an all-natural botanical lotion that tightens, tones, and firms the skin wherever you place it in as little as 45 minutes. The ultimate result is tighter, firmer, healthier, more elastic, and younger looking skin…you could see a reduction in the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
It Works! has 3 product streams: Body Contouring, Whole Food Nutritional Supplements and Excellent Anti-Aging Skin Care.

When my friend Kristen let me know she was using and distributing them, I decided it was time to go ahead and try one.  I already knew exactly what body part I would be wrapping (my ever troublesome mid section) so I was excited to see what would happen.  I have heard some pretty amazing results of using these wraps so I really wanted to see what they hype was about.  I’m a huge fan of eating healthy and working out so I almost wanted to prove the stories wrong.  Well, a funny thing happened….

When Kristen gave me the wraps and directions I immediately asked her if the results were long lasting or went away after a few days.  Her answer was that it all depends on the person and how they take care of themselves afterwards (meaning continue to drink lots of water, eat relatively healthy, and continue any exercise plan they are on).  That answer seemed completely reasonable to me.  I mean, who goes to the gym and works out, then eats like crap, and expects to lose weight or inches?  The same principles apply to It Works!

I took the wrap and directions home and followed all the pre-instructions…no alcohol and lots of water 24 hours before.  That was simple enough since I drink tons of water to begin with.  Then I did my pre-measurements on the 3 areas of my stomach and got to wrapping.  This all was much easier because I had my husband’s help with the measuring tape and wrap.  Finally, I just went about my business and waited for the wrap to do it’s job.

After about 2.5 hours ( you can leave the wrap on for much longer but I was sleepy and didn’t want to sleep in it -even though you can).  I took off the wrap, rubbed in the remaining product left behind and measured.  I was disappointed to see I had gained some inches-but after checking the directions, I found that this was normal and actually was a positive thing.  So off to bed I went.

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I continued measuring during the next 72 hours (and drinking LOTS of water like the directions say) and was pleased that with each measurement came a little loss in inches.  Nothing major, but a loss nonetheless.  At the 72 hour mark, I had a total of 2.5 inches lost from my measured areas. I was pretty happy with that!  My skin did look a bit tighter and I felt great!  So can I say it worked?  For me, yes it did!

If you’re interested in checking out these wraps, you can get your own by visiting Kristen’s site.  The wraps are not just for stomachs, they can be used on any part of your body that you would like to have a more “tight” appearance!  You can even cut the wrap in half to use on arms or legs, or wherever!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristen here and she will be glad to help you out!  I can honestly and completely vouch for her honesty!

Let me know if you try them!  I love hearing about other’s results!

Disclosure:  I was given a wrap in order to complete my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Review: Thumbs Up Wine Finder

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Do you love wine but often area a bit overwhelmed by the thousands of choices that you can face while choosing one at the store?

If you have ever caught yourself blankly staring at the wine selection in store this new app, Thumbs Up Wine Finder is for you!

The Thumbs Up Wine Finder app is designed to help the average wine shopper find a great bottle of wine in a chain grocery or warehouse store. When you download the app, you can search to find the best wine for you, the best wines at the best prices (I love this feature) and watch videos of each wine being reviewed!  Searches can be basic – price, varietal, food pairings – or more advanced – geography, flavors, and palates.  This really is the coolest app for any type of wine drinker.

When asked to review the Thumbs Up Wine Finder app, I was quick to say yes.  I thought the concept was awesome!  Plus, it didn’t hurt that they sent me a bottle of wine.  Yes!  A bottle of wine that has been reviewed on the app.  I have never been a big red wine drinker so I was leary of the claim that the bottle of 2010 Bogle Vineyards Essential Red, Old Vine, Red Blend would be such an amazing wine for a nice price.  Boy was I wrong!  I actually LOVED this wine and plan on purchasing more of it!  The app I could not have agreed with the review more.  You can view it yourself here.

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After checking out the wine, I decided to use the app to see how some of my favorite wines were rated and also if my favorite grocery stores were included in the app.  I was ecstatic to find that ALL of my favorite stores were on the app AND most of the reviews agreed with the wines I usually purchase.

With Thumbs Up WineFinder you can:
•Instantly find the best wines in the supermarket or warehouse store you’re shopping in.
•Find wines by price, type, food pairings – even categories like flavor and palate.
•Use full-screen bottle photos to easily find the wine on the shelf.
•Experiment worry-free, because the bad bottles are filtered out!

Bottom Line-The Thumbs Up Wine Finder definitely gets a “thumbs up” from me (and my husband)!

Thumbs Up Wine Finder also has a great Facebook page that gives useful wine info and funny wine quotes! If you happen to like their page, be sure to to let them know Momondealz sent you!

Disclosure:  I was given an upgrade code and a bottle of wine in order to complete this review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Beachbody 10-Minute Trainer-Review

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If you’re a parent, you know how hard it can be to fit in some exercise.  In fact, for the past few months, my husband and I have been waking up at 5 am to fit some workout time in before the kids wake up.  That means we’re pretty exhausted!  If you’ve followed the site for a while, you also know I run with the boys a couple days a week-but the weather doesn’t always cooperate.  So what’s a mom to do?

Enter Beachbody’10-Minute Trainer

Beachbody has provided mother’s everywhere with the ultimate time-saving (and money saving) fitness tool, an ideal solution for busy moms looking to get or stay fit and healthy in only 10 minutes or stacked for 20 and 30 minute workouts. 10-Minute Trainer is a quick – but effective – power-packed total-body workout. Tony Horton – the creator of P90X – helps TMT users blast fat and get lean by packing cardio, total-body, lower body, abs and yoga flex into each workout for what he calls his Super Stacking™ technique. Each 10-minute routine works multiple muscles at the same time, allowing for better results in less time… perfect for the on-the-go mom.With stress and obesity levels on the rise, Beachbody – creators of widely popular at-home fitness programs like P90X and INSANITY – provides mom’s everywhere with the “leanest” and “meanest” workout on the market, 10-Minute Trainer

 

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I have to admit-I was very skeptical when I was first approached to review 10-minute trainer.  I mean really?  10 Minutes to get in shape?  But because I am a big fan of Beachbody workouts, I knew it had to be worth it.  I was right.  These short and sweet workouts can really help a busy mom like me either get in shape, or maintain a healthy level of fitness.

The program encourages you to “stack” the workouts so that you can do 3 a day, equaling a 30 minute length of time. I have found this method is my favorite. When I do 30 minutes with these videos, I DO feel it the next day.  But some days you do only have 10 minutes here and there to squeeze in some semblance of exercise.  While a “total body” 10 minute workout is included in the set, I have found that if I only have time for 1 a day, I like to really focus on one body part, and so I chose upper body, lower body, or abs.

The program comes with:

  • Pro-Grade Resistance Band Kit
    Add resistance for faster results.
  • Cardio Belt
    Helps you Super Stack your Cardio workouts.
  • Customized Workout Calendar
  • Rapid Results Guidebook
    Tony’s guide to your transformation.
  • 10-Minute Recipe Guide
    Loaded with healthy 10-minute recipes.

 

Bottom Line:  
10-Minute Trainer gets 5 stars from me.  Whether you’re just getting started with exercise, or a veteran to working out, you can use this program AND get results!

 

 

 

Rubbermaid Reveal Mop Review and Giveaway!

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As a mom to boys and a wife to one big “boy”, I feel like I am FOREVER cleaning my floors! I can’t seem to keep them clean for longer than a few hours.  So when Rubbermaid offered to send me a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop to review and giveaway, I jumped at the chance!

Before I give my thoughts, here are some facts about the mop:

  •   Safe to use on all floor types including hardwood, vinyl, laminate and tile
  • Microfiber cleaning pad picks up 50% more dirt and dust per swipe than traditional mops
  • 22 oz. refillable bottle allows you to mix your own solution
  • Non-scratch scrubber for stubborn spots
  • Microfiber pads are reusable and machine washable up to 100 times
  • Non-battery operated spray trigger allows you to dispense as much or as little solution as you need to clean your floor
  • Constructed with durable, yet lightweight material

 

My thoughts:
I was so excited to open the mop and use it to clean my floors.  It came already assembled which was a huge plus.  Filling it with my desired cleaning solution made me even more happy!  It was very easy to fill and get started with the cleaning.

The mop was very lightweight and did a nice job getting dirty spots off the floor (which is no small feat with my boys)!  There were some drawbacks I feel I have to let you know about.  The mop is quite large, making it a bit hard to maneuver into certain corners of my kitchen.  Another issue I had was when squirting the solution from the mop, it shot pretty far out and I “cleaned” my cabinets a few times.

Back to the positives-removing and cleaning the pad was amazingly simple and I was very impressed that they came out of the laundry  in perfect shape. I’ve had mops in the past with reusable pads and they normally don’t fare too well in the wash.  Bottom line-I would recommend this mop to someone who has a home without much carpet.  It can definitely get the job done; and because of it’s size, you can save time while cleaning!

Lucky for you I have a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop to give away to a reader!  It’s super easy to enter this giveaway-you can choose one or ALL of the ways to enter.  Remember, the more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win!

1. Leave a comment telling me your least favorite cleaning chore around the house.

2. Sign up to receive Momondealz’s free daily email! Not only will you stay up to date on all the deals, but you’ll be entered to win the mop! Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this!

3. Follow Momondealz via Facebook, Twitter or both! You will receive one entry for each follow but be sure to leave a comment on this post!

This giveaway will run until May 1st at 11:59. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

Disclosure: I was given a Rubbermaid Reveal Mop in order to complete my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Thomas & Friends Railway Mischief: Review and Giveaway

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Calling all Thomas fans!  There’s a new movie in town!

I was recently sent the movie Thomas&Friends Railway Mischief to review and as always, Thomas did not disappoint.  My train loving boys were enthralled with the new movie and loved every minute of it!  As always, I loved the core values that are found in all Thomas movies-teaching proper friendship, determination, and teamwork.

DVD SYNOPSIS

Cinders and Ashes! There’s trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends. Gordon and Cranky don’t want to listen to really useful advice from Paxton and Kevin. Scruff, Winston and Stafford lose track of themselves, causing confusion and delay! Sometimes engines need a little help from their friends to chuff and puff full steam ahead!

Episodes include:

· “Gordon Runs Dry”

· “Kevin’s Cranky Friend”

· “Scruff’s Makeover”

· “Wayward Winston”

· “Steamie Stafford”

Right now there is a great coupon available for this movie that will make it only $7.96 at Walmart! Grab it now to score this fantastic deal!

$2.00 off Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief Dvd

$2.00 off Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief Dvd

How would you like to win this DVD?  Here’s how:

 

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me who you will give this movie to if you win!

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This giveaway will run until April 30th at 11:59. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this movie in order to complete my review. Opinions are 100% my own.

LifeProof Indestructible Case For iPhone-Review and Giveaway!

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Are you rough on your cell phones?  Maybe you’re a parent like me and want to make sure the phone is protected when young fingers get a hold of it?  Or maybe you share a characteristic with my husband and tend to drop your phone?

My husband recently graduated to an iPhone and has tried several cases but has been disappointed by them all. He even tried an Otterbox and still managed to break that (can we say clumsy)?  Well, we finally found a solution with the LifeProof Indestructible Case for iPhone!

This iPhone case is amazing!  Just check out some of it’s features:

  • Dirt Proof-it will protect your phone from dust, sand, grit, and even mud!
  • Water Proof-You can use your phone swimming, snorkeling, even surfing in over 6 feet of water!
  • Snow Proof-When your phone is protected by LifeProof, you don’t have to worry about snow, ice, or sleet either!
  • Shock Proof-This is the most important feature for me!  You can drop your phone in LifeProof and it can be dropped up to 6.6 feet!

 

With all this protection, you would think the case would be bulky and heavy-but it’s not!  My husband can still easily keep his iPhone in his work pockets and be assured it’s being protected! What more can you ask for in a phone case?  You spend enough money on your iPhone, you shouldn’t have to keep spending more money to protect it!

How would you like to win your own LifeProof Indestructible Case for your iPhone?!  Here’s how:

There are several ways to win.  You must complete option #1 but the others are optional entries.  Remember, the more entries you complete, the better your chances!

1.  Mandatory:  Leave a comment letting me know if you’ve ever broken a cell phone and how it happened.

Optional entries:

1.  Sign up to receive Momondealz’s free daily email! Not only will you stay up to date on all the deals, but you’ll be entered to win the movie! Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this.

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Thomas & Friends: Muddy Matters-Review & Giveaway!

I have said time and time again how much my boys LOVE Thomas the train-they play with him and his buddies every single day!

Recently I was able to review the DVD Thomas & Friends: Muddy Mattersand as always, my boys were thrilled!  I really can’t go wrong giving them anything having to do with their favorite TV character!

Here’s a little about the movie:

Through mud, garbage, and muck, Thomas and his engine friends show that being Really Useful can be a dirty job! See James turn into the Really Muddy Engine and Thomas get showered with garbage. Watch Peter Sam make a big mess trying to keep things on track as Thomas creates chaos with the crows and much, much more. Join Thomas and the Steam Team as they make the best of the mess in these exciting muddy and mucky adventures!

Episodes include:

  • “Muddy Matters”
  • “Thomas and the Garbage Train”
  • “Don’t Bother Victor”
  • “Whiff’s Wish”

 

My take:

What can I say other than If it’s got Thomas in it, my kids LOVE it!  This DVD in particular has become a house favorite.  My sons love getting dirty and smelly almost as much as they love Thomas so a DVD all about smelling bad and that has Thomas in it is just a win win.  I of course love that as always, this movie shoes Thomas being a teammate and working together with his friends and also shows that choices have consequences so it’s important to make good choices!

This movie normally retails for $14.98 but is current on sale via Amazon for only $9.99!

Wanna win your own copy?  It’s simple!  Choose one or all of the ways below:

1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me who you will give this movie to if you win!

2.  Sign up to receive Momondealz’s free daily email!  Not only will you stay up to date on all the deals, but you’ll be entered to win the movie!  Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this!

3.  Follow Momondealz via Facebook, Twitter or both!  You will receive one entry for each follow but be sure to leave a comment on this post!

This giveaway will run until January 31st at 11:59. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this movie in order to complete my review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Barney: Let’s Go To The Moon-Review and Giveaway!

My sons are REALLY into rockets these days so when I had the chance to review Let’s Go to the MoonI jumped at the chance!

About the movie:

Barney® and his friends discover that the sky is not the limit when you use your imagination in the all-new release Barney®: Let’s Go To The Moon, arriving on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand January 8, 2013 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.

Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment, toys and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends® is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and Sprout®.

My thoughts:

To be completely honest, I’ve never been a big Barney fan, but this movie was great!  Both of my boys were glued to the screen to see Batnie and his friends make a rocketship  and fly it to the moon!  They have requested it as their “movie night” DVD several times since they viewed it for the first time!  I will warn you-the songs on the DVD will get stuck in your head!  This movie was a lot of fun to watch and has become one of my children’s favorites!

Wanna win your own copy?  It’s simple!  Choose one or all of the ways below:

1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me who you will give this movie to if you win!

2.  Sign up to receive Momondealz’s free daily email!  Not only will you stay up to date on all the deals, but you’ll be entered to win the movie!  Leave a comment on this post letting me know you have done this!

3.  Follow Momondealz via Facebook, Twitter or both!  You will receive one entry for each follow but be sure to leave a comment on this post!

This giveaway will run until January 12th at 11:59. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this movie in order to complete my review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

My Whole Foods Citrus Showdown–Did Clementines or Satsumas Win?

Chances are you’ve heard (and eaten) a Clementine.  But have you ever heard of Satsumas?  I certainly had not before this showdown!  They are what you may call “Clementine’s Unknown Cousin”. Both of these fruits belong to the mandarin family and have a lot of similarities, but there are a few distinct differences.

Both citrus fruits are seedless and easy to peel and very similar in appearance! In fact we had to be very careful keeping them separate so we wouldn’t mix them up!  While the Satsumas have a bold taste, the Clementines are know for being simply sweet and having a less acidic finish.  We made two separate recipes to compare these two fruits and invited over some of our friends for a holiday dinner to have a broader range of opinions!

In Corner #1:  Clementines.  To showcase this fruit we used the recipe Green Beans with Pecans and Clementine Dressing

This recipe was very easy to make and everyone really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised that the a couple of the kids enjoyed the green beans with this dressing! I love Clementines but felt like the dressing was a bit too strong.

In Corner #2:  Satsumas.  We created the recipe Spinach Salad with Aduki Beans and Satsuma Vinaigrette for this showdown.

This recipe was definitely a crowd favorite and when compared to the green beans, this recipe won hands down.  We did not include the Aduki beans but it still turned out to have a lot of flavor.  If you want to try this recipe I suggest leaving the dressing on the side when serving.  We combined it with the spinach and I wasn’t able to enjoy it the next day.

Here is what each dish looked like on our dinner plates:

And the winner is…….

Satsumas!  Everyone voted and the winner was the Satsuma dressing-hands down! This was a little shock for the “unknown” to be the winner!

This is the perfect time of the year for citrus fruits and I suggest if you have a Whole Foods store near you to head on down and do your own Citrus Showdown!  I’m anxious to see if you agree with our winner!

Disclosure:  I received a Whole Foods gift card in order to have this showdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Owner’s Box Review


My husband and I have been discussing redoing my son’s room since it is still in his “baby” theme.  We have been wracking our brains to come up with a theme that would grow with him and not need to be changed in another 4 years.  The obvious choice seemed to be to make it sports related.  Shortly after this decision I was lucky enough to find the company My Owner’s Box.

MyOwnersBox™ is a new company offering officially licensed Major League Baseball™ storage products that can de-clutter and organize any child’s bedroom, college dorm room, home or office space.  The company has been developing the new line of products for two years to perfect the storage functionality and quality of the embroidered team logos.

Finding this company has helped guide us in the design process of the room and also in the organization!  I am a bit nutty about having things organized and the 6 cube organizer really helped with this issue!  I also was sent the fabric storage drawers which are perfect for all of Will’s stuffed animals, trains, and cars!  Even better? They fit IN the cube organizer!  In addition we ordered the stack-able fabric storage cubes and I am super impressed with their stability and quality.  A whole train track can fit inside of one! We are using the other one for his favorite books and there are absolutely no issues with their ability to hold the weight of the books!

As you can see in the picture above, we chose the theme Boston Red Sox…but these items come with the logo of any of your favorite Major League Baseball teams-or you can just order plain fabric ones!  I love ours so much I am probably going to be ordering a few more….that is after I get done with the rest of the room!

Do you have a sports themed room in your home? What team did you choose?  If you’re looking for organizational items to go along with your room, My Owner’s Box is the way to go!

Review & Giveaway: Rock N Learn DVD

I am a big proponent of limiting TV/Movie time and when I do allow it, I try to make it as educational as possible.  When I learned about Rock N Learn last year I was thrilled!  This company combines learning, music, and fun in a way that really grabs your child’s attention!  My kids absolutely love every DVD we’ve ever gotten from them!  Here is a little more about the company:

In our 24 years, Rock ’N Learn has won over 100 awards for educational videos and music to help kids learn preschool, math, social studies, languages, and science. They also have DVDs to help students boost test-taking skills and score high on state-mandated standardized tests. Easy-to-use, these entertaining DVDs and iPad apps get results, as documented in case studies by several school districts.

Our most recent DVD from Rock ‘N Learn is the Money & Making Change DVD.  This video uses characters named “Penny” and “Bill” to help children learn about all about money-from its’ history, to the value, and counting it!  My boys are ENTHRALLED with this DVD.  We have a weekly popcorn and movie night and they request this movie all the time!  I have been working on money skills with my oldest son and this is a great reinforcement to what we’ve been doing! I love that skip counting is also addressed in the show-this is a HUGE skill for children to learn!

How would you like to win your own Rock ‘N Learn DVD?  Well, you’re in luck!  One lucky reader will get to win their choice of Rock ‘N Learn movies! Here are the ways you can enter.  You may choose 1 or all of the entry methods-remember, the more you choose, the better your chances!

1. Visit Rock ‘N Learn’s website and browse their list of titles. Come back to this post and let me know which DVD you will choose if you are the winner.

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This giveaway will last until 12/27/12 and the winner will be notified via email.

Disclosure: I received a DVD in order to complete this review.  All opinions are 100% my own.