Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Instantly Framed: from phone to frame! (Discount code)
    Tweet Raise your hand if you take a million more photos with your smartphone! Now keep your hand up if you are consistent with printing and managing your pictures? I thought so! Just too many of you out there like me who are click happy but not so print happy. I don’t know about you but printing at home digs a hole in my wallet with ink and special paper costs....
    by at November 23rd, 2014 at 03:11 pm
  • $300 Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway!
    Tweet The holidays are my favorite time of the year. Everyone is smiling, reflecting and loving. One of the favorite parts of the holidays is the receiving of holiday cards. Seeing everyone’s warm faces as they adorn our walls fills the air with love. It is why I take pride to make holiday cards each year. Truth be told Minted has spoiled me and I can’t...
    by at November 20th, 2014 at 07:11 pm
  • Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy (Discount + Giveaway)
    Tweet I love that holiday seasons always have the magic of Disney on Ice. It is like a fabulous tradition each year. I love watching the spectacle on ice but honestly love watching the magic mirrored in my kids’ faces as they watch the show. What is up for the newest rendition of Disney on Ice? Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice! Rev up for non-stop...
    by at November 13th, 2014 at 09:11 am
  • Get screening passes to see Penguins of Madagascar (50 available)! #Boston
    Tweet Penguins of Madagascar was a movie that had to have been made. I mean seriously guys, who has seen the Madagascar movies and did NOT feel that those penguins deserved a movie of their own? So much character and tales were itching to be told and it was crystal clear to me that these guys needed their own limelight. Well how about all of the limelight? They get to...
    by at November 13th, 2014 at 08:11 am
  • Six Flags and Fright Fest! Win tickets!
    Tweet Recently Six Flags invited us over for a media day afternoon event. Six Flags New England is about a 2 hour drive so we debated the drive since Hubby was teaching Scratch programming classes that day but we knew our family always has tons of fun at Six Flags so we decided to go. We normally visit Six Flags during summer and love their water park but sadly missed...
    by at October 17th, 2014 at 09:10 am
  • Celebrate release of The Best Of Me movie and win flowers! #TheBestOfMe
    Tweet I’m all about feel good movies. I love a good drama and those that have a romantic element seal the deal. Nicholas Sparks has been kicking out this stuff successfully for a while and the latest movie rendition is The Best of Me. I have not seen it yet but am saving it to see on a date night. ProFlowers has teamed up with the release of the movie and created...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Great Wolf Lodge celebrates Halloween, Thanksgiving and Winter! (Win a stay)!
    Tweet Recently we were invited to a media event at Great Wolf Lodge New England and I was ecstatic because I had already spent a night during the Opening so I knew it was ten times more fabulous than those advertisements on TV can capture (even though they have been known to entrance any kid or adult alike).  We were going to be experiencing a myriad of seasonal celebrations...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Chobani hands out free breakfast #Boston October 6th to 8th (7:00-10:00am) #StopSadBreakfast #ad
    Tweet This is a sponsored post! We’re a yogurt family! I mean a HUGE yogurt family. We are big believers in the power of those live cultures in the yogurt and our fridge is NEVER without yogurt. Chobani told me about their plan to intercept people eating sad breakfasts, you know those heavy sugar laden ones that make you feel good at the time but yuck later??...
    by at October 4th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Smart t-shirts for Tween girls at Gymboree!
    Tweet I have a few stores I love to frequent that appeal to how I like my girls to dress. Basically I like my kids to dress like, kids, as I see no need to fast forward growing up. Getting smart clothing for my girls reflecting their sense of style and smarts has not been easy so I am going to give a shout out to a few when I find them. These are just a few of the shirts...
    by at October 1st, 2014 at 10:10 am
  • Get screening passes to see Dolphin Tale 2 (100 available)! #Boston
    Tweet Dolphin Tale 2 has our family excited. Dolphin Tale had something for everyone in my family including my hard-to-please hubby who has a huge love for animals. For me having a special needs child I have a super soft spot for anyone in the face of adversity. The kid get caught up in the whole adventure of “will they” “won’t they”. Of...
    by at August 27th, 2014 at 06:08 pm
  • Dragons Interactive Story App and a chance to win $50 iTunes gift card!
    Tweet A few months ago I scored a bargain and bought 2 iPad minis for my girls (which NEVER happens for Apple products). My hubby was reluctant about letting the girls have their own devices since we are extremely cautious about them being online, but I maintained they needed their own pace to creatively try new things. Plus, both my girls have been learning programming...
    by at August 16th, 2014 at 07:08 am
  • 7 Reasons Migis Lodge (Sebago Lake, Maine) is perfect for a family vacation!
    Tweet I could tell you so many reasons why you should go to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake Maine, but I thought is better that I show you. When I was invited on a media trip to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake in Maine, I will admit to knowing nothing about it. Then I mentioned it to a friend and she was so excited and could not stop gushing about the place so I decided to check...
    by at July 25th, 2014 at 01:07 pm
  • 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo! (Giveaway)! #earthtoecho #Boston
    Tweet I know I wrote a post giving several readers screening passes (you lucky devils I could not make any of them so I paid and watched it on my own) but I said nothing on my thoughts about the movie Earth To Echo  because I had not yet seen it. Also you would recall they had a promotion with Code.org and any movie that promotes coding is a favorite as hubby and I...
    by at July 19th, 2014 at 05:07 am
  • RECIPE: Cottage cheese in savory rice! #ad #NewHoodCC
    Tweet I’m hoping that you have read my previous post where I mentioned that Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese, and even tried out my recipe for Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese. I actually debated sharing with you my chicken recipe there but I wanted to share with you something even more uncommon (and honestly...
    by at July 19th, 2014 at 04:07 am
  • Family Film Festival at the Prudential (Giveaway includes $50 CPK gift card)
    Tweet If you read this blog you will know that I love movies. I love movies on the big screen and have heard about the movies being shown at The Prudential but have never had a clear enough schedule to head down there. Of course this year I will be there and am grateful to the folks over at Prudential for not only inviting us as their special guests with dinner included...
    by at July 3rd, 2014 at 02:07 pm
  • RECIPE: Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese in Puff Pastry #ad #NewHoodCC
    Tweet A little while back Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese and I even though the last few weeks (months) of school felt like I like in a fast forward time machine with just about everything due (concerts + field trips + MCAs + projects + art shows etc) I said yes. I love parties. I find them utterly exhausting...
    by at June 25th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Stop & Shop turns 100, you get to celebrate (Giveaway)!
    Tweet Stop & Shop has been one of the 1st grocery stores I encountered in the USA when I arrived about 15 years ago. It is still a supermarket I head to for several reasons but here are just a few below! Reasons I love Stop & Shop They are technology savvy. I’m an engineer and appreciate when anyone harnesses technology to make our lives easier. Their...
    by at June 11th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Win passes to special screening of Earth To Echo (80 available)! #Boston
    Tweet I wrote about Earth to Echo before, but I am still excited to watch the movie. There is going to be a screening at Wednesday, 6/11/2014 in Boston but I am going to miss it but hopefully a few of my readers may make it there. With 2 little girls aged 7 and 9 who both love programming and with parents who were both engineers, you can easily see why this is a “have...
    by at June 9th, 2014 at 08:06 pm
  • 8 Summer Essentials from BJ’s Wholesale under $50!
    Tweet If you’re like me, you drool over every bit of summer outdoor stuff and indoor ones too, thinking this year I will buy this, that, and this. But the sheer amount of stuff you need to get the “look” is overwhelming both in effort or cash. This year when BJ’s Wholesale asked me if I wanted to spy stuff with a $50 gift card from them, I did...
    by at June 6th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Win a stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England for 4 (including meals)!
    Tweet A few years ago I spoke at a conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in PA. I ended up taking my little daughter who got to enjoy the waterpark while I was speaking with a friend of mine. Since she was little and I was so absorbed with conference duties I did not explore too much of the lodge but I vowed to go go with both my kids and to explore everything about it. Well...
    by at June 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Pottery Barn Kids partners with PBS Kids for Summer Reading Challenge (Win PBK gift card)
    Tweet Reading is a huge part of our summer. While many consider it a chore, we use it as a relaxation because I empty the schedules during summer. Except for a few peppered  events I want kids to smell the un-rushed air and to read with abandon. Best part is I read more in summer with them. This is exactly why we sign up for all reading challenges and I wanted to share...
    by at June 4th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • Flowers are my (everyday) decoration! #PartyBlooms
    Tweet This is part of a sponsored campaign with ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I feel happy whenever I see flowers. They always make me feel good when I look at them. I love working on my laptop, looking up, and seeing those beautiful flowers staring at me. When I have an event I consider flowers my go to to celebrate. Every...
    by at June 3rd, 2014 at 07:06 pm
  • 7 Reasons to visit Mystic Aquarium in CT (Win 4 tickets)!
    Tweet I had been invited to Mystic Aquarium a few times since last year but timing and trepidation formed stumbling blocks. I have been traveling a lot in the past few years (understatement) and the fact that the aquarium is 2.5 hours drive away from me did not help. Each time I mentioned the aquarium I got so many oohs and ahhs about it I decided to suck it up and do...
    by at May 28th, 2014 at 05:05 pm
  • Win 4 tickets to Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil + Get Discount Code! #Boston
    Tweet For as long as I have been a fan of live shows, there is something so raw about the talent that does not get to have edits and retakes, I have admired Cirque du Soleil shows but have never had the opportunity to see them. This time I’m hoping to make it to the latest rendition called Amaluna in Boston, but I’m also giving you a chance to win tickets...
    by at May 19th, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Win 4 (FOUR) tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center #Boston
    Tweet I was an engineer for 12 years. My husband was also an engineer. Needless to say STEM was and is a huge part of our life. Lego is one of my favorite toy brands and one of the most respected. My kids had Lego when they were babies (yes there is Lego baby with no sharp edges) and then we went to Lego Duplo and now onto regular Lego. We have been to Lego at Atlantis...
    by at May 19th, 2014 at 09:05 am
  • 100 passes to a special screening of Blended!
    Tweet Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses. I know I’m showing my age saying this (not like I care, I embrace my age) but she feels of my time. Everything from ET to Never been kissed, she exudes energetic without faking it. Adam Sandler may not be my favorite actor for silly comedies (to be fair I’m no fan of silly comedies, give me witty comedies...
    by at May 12th, 2014 at 08:05 am
  • 7 reasons you should take your family to Blue Man Group (Win tickets!)
    Tweet Several years ago, while hubby and I were still dating. A group of his friends decided to visit Boston. Hubby and his friends lived in DC (yes long distance relationships are tough) and one of them insisted on seeing The Blue Man Group. As much as I was soaked in the Boston community I had never been myself so I was excited. Loved is seriously an understatement...
    by at May 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am
  • Get passes to Legends Of OZ: Dorothy’s Return! #Boston
    Tweet Can you ever get enough of Dorothy and her fine companions on the way to OZ? I thought not, me too! Here is a chance to continue it with this new movie Legends Of OZ: Dorothy’s Return More details about the movie Directors: Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn Writers: Adam Balsam and Randi Barnes, based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum Cast:...
    by at April 29th, 2014 at 07:04 pm
  • Heaven is for Real screening passes! #Boston
    Tweet I am still in sunny California on vacation but no reason you can’t enjoy a treat of a screening while I’m away. How about passes for you an a friend to see Heaven is for Real? More details about the movie Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father...
    by at April 14th, 2014 at 07:04 am
  • Get passes to DisneyNature’s Bears #Boston
    Tweet My hubby is a die hard nature movie freak (no exaggeration at all) and DisneyNature movies have been a perfect way for me to introduce my kids to nature movies. Not once have they ever whined during a DisneyNature movie, in fact they are just as glued to it as any other movie. DisneyNature Bears is coming out next week and while I will be away and miss the screening,...
    by at April 9th, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • Get passes to Disney’s Pirate Fairy (100 available) #Boston
    Tweet Disney’s Pirate Fairy is much awaited for my 6 year old turning 7. In fact I set her birthday party on the same day as this screening that when she heard we could not go, she asked to move the party to the screening (err no!) but though we can’t go I won’t keep the opportunity from you and your family! Screening is March 29th!!! More details...
    by at March 24th, 2014 at 08:03 am
  • Get screening passes to see Rio 2 #Boston (60 available)
    Tweet Rio was one of those movies that cinema was made for: vibrant, adventure, music and larger than life. It honestly is one of those movies that I could watch over and over with my kids. Ok, so I’m kind of partial to Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, but still. The entire cast of voices for the movie sounds like a who’s who. Who’s excited for Rio...
    by at March 21st, 2014 at 07:03 am
  • Have you seen the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman app? (Win $50 gift card) #mrpeabody
    Tweet It must be something to do with having kids (or honestly even before) but I love apps that build on the theme of a movie. Do you know what movie is releasing today? Mr. Peabody and Sherman!! Are you excited? I am! I skipped attending the screenings because it was a school night but also I love delayed gratification. There are so few good family movies that when...
    by at March 7th, 2014 at 11:03 am
  • Win screening passes to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman (100 passes) #Boston
    Tweet I know I have not been posting here often, but I have some amazing things planned but for now I have a little treat to tide you over. Did I say little?  I lie! 100 seats for my readers to an early screening of a fabulous new movie is no little anything but a fab treat. Mr. Peabody and Sherman! Here’s a little about the movie: Using his most ingenious invention,...
    by at March 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Date Night? Win date night movie tickets from Fandango!
    Tweet Date nights are few and far between and I so look forward to them. I am extremely careful (read fussy) about leaving my kids with anyone and since I don’t have any family living locally that makes it really tough to go out. Most times “date night” is waiting for the kids to sleep and then cuddling on the couch and watching a movie but, especially...
    by at February 7th, 2014 at 08:02 am