Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Got Holiday Cards? Check Out Minted – Discount And Giveaway!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dina! Every year I have noble intentions. I plan that I will get a spree of wonderful pictures and I will create the perfect card. I also dream of having perfect penmanship, after finding everyone’s address and then managing to mail the cards (even internationally) on time. Yeah, a pipe dream. Each year I fail and scuttle...
    by at November 30th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Okabashi, Cute Yet Comfortable Shoes!
    Tweet I am all about the practical. Really I am. If that means sacrificing style, whatever iota of it I have left, I will. I do believe comfort trumps fashion any day of the week and have yet to regret that decision. Of course when you discover something along the way that manages to kill two birds with one stone, you can safely declare a winner. I could live in flip...
    by at November 29th, 2011 at 06:11 pm
  • Win One Of Two T-Mobile Smartphones!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Erika (myTouch®) and Sheena (myTouch® Q) Smartphones! Not sure I lived before them. I thought I was managing just fine before until smartphones entered my life and then when they entered I wondered how I managed before. It was like we thought we were doing fine before we had a GPS, scratch that, hubby thought we were doing fine...
    by at November 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Easy Peasy Pizza Party!
    Tweet I used to be the person who spent elaborate time preparing for parties. When I worked in an office I made it my duty to ensure I planned outings with friends and sometimes even events at my own office (most times at my own expense). It was fun and something I continued even after marriage. The muted version after marriage was board game nights, and they were...
    by at November 26th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • American Express Small Business Saturday! (Win A $250 Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations “It’s Not Like A Cat”! It has really taken me a while to appreciate small businesses. I mean I have loved getting into a big named store knowing exactly where everything was no matter which city or state it was that I entered. Then I got older, and hopefully smarter too, and realized that whole cookie cutter stuff...
    by at November 25th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • A Family Dinner At Jerry Remy’s Grill!
    Tweet You don’t envision a sports bar and kids do you? Well neither did I. Actually until a while ago restaurants on their own were a challenge. Coupled with dealing with my daughter’s autism and our anxiety about getting a meal in edgewise we normally considered it to be “let’s get it over with” ordeal. Then as time grew, and so with my...
    by at November 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Digital Gift Cards: Will It Save Us From The Craziness Out There?
    Tweet While most people are thinking turkey, the rest of the population is thinking gifts. Finding the perfect gift has always been a daunting task and truthfully “perfect” is a pretty subjective term since on many occasions I have been both the receiver and giver of what was definitely construed by someone as well-meaning. I will be be the first to confess...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • The Muppets Movie: My Thoughts And A Giveaway for You!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kim Kelly and Sharon! Ok, going to fess up here: while I grew up with The Muppets in my backdrop I was never a huge fan. I did not dislike them but I was never a huge fan. There I said it, let the stone pelting begin. Having said that I was really excited to watch the movie. Why you wonder? Well one of my biggest loves is movies...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show!
    Tweet Seeing that my 6 year old has been yearning to move post Dora/My Little Pony phase we were decently happy that she chose Phineas and Ferb. At least compared to the sitcoms there is no meanness between siblings/parents, meanness which is normally depicted as cool and funny. We hiked to Worcester to watch the show and knew it would be a treat for adults and kids...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 08:11 am
  • Wine Completes A Get-Together! (Win Some Too!)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Emily! You know how that perfect moment as a huge party dwindles with the last few stragglers and it is those that remain are normally the closest of friends. They will help you clean up, get into more comforting clothes and curl up on the couch. This is exactly what we did 2 weeks ago, when that crazy snow storm hit Boston. I was...
    by at November 15th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • The Family Storybook Treasury (Includes Curious George, Martha Speaks And More)
    Tweet Since both my girls are avid readers we find our shelves populated mainly with chapter books for the 6 year old. As for the 4 year old she is finally ready to ditch those (ghastly) princess books and, inspired by her sister, read early readers. Of course she is impatient with herself and wants to go straight to chapter book. Being the mama of (educational) indulgence...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure On DVD! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Janet! Dogs are a man’s best friend, or rather everyone’ best friend. I have very fond memories of my dog, whose name was Brownie (no prizes for guessing his color). His mom was our dog too so needless to say we had him for a very long time, until he passed away when I was in high school. While we yearn for a dog here...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Be Ahead This Holiday, Use An Address Stamper!
    Tweet I thought about doing holiday cards but with my timing for everything it may end up after the holidays. Plus I realized that I wanted to feature something a little different still with keeping holiday cards in mind.  No doubt about it several families will be already plotting pictures in their heads for the perfect holiday card, but there is another part of the...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Slim-Fast’s New Ready On-The-Go Bottle! Win $25 Sephora Giftcards (5 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Monique, Charlene,Debra, Jessica, Jenn I tend to steer away from writing about things that make huge claims about changing your life be it cosmetics (I ain’t no guinea pig), devices or drugs. When Slim-Fast approached me to try their new ready to drink bottles I said yes. Truth is I dabbled in the powder form for a bit and...
    by at November 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • The Warmest Coat Of Them All!
    Tweet I live in New England so the chance of getting snow each year is, I don’t know, 100%  If you assumed that winter wear is actually a huge part of our clothing collection you would be correct In fact it would be safe to say that winter wear is actually one of the most expensive season, hands down. Whats up with those hats, mittens, scarves and jackets the cost...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 pm
  • Roku, Is It The Answer To High Cable Costs?
    Tweet I am extremely suspicious of new devices, and I know that statement sounds weird coming from an engineer. Truth is I am not wary about the functionality of the gadget but rather the (rolling) cost of it. Unlike people who actually look at the actual price of the produce when they grocery stop, I look at the price per pound. That is essentially how you know whether...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show Win 4 Tickets! #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! So you totally know that we are a Phineas and Ferb house and if you did not grab the discount I mentioned before in my Fall Roundup to purchase tickets you better run, because trust me you will not want to miss the show. No seriously, I would be lying if I told you we were happy to watch it, the girls are beyond themselves...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Glow In The Dark Hexbugs, Perfect For Halloween And Beyond!
    Tweet I love an excuse to have a party and when I got the chance to host a Hexbugs party I was already excited. The fact that it was the glow in the dark edition added more fun to it. I debated whether to set up the tracks or let the kids do it. I was wondering whether the kids may get frustrated trying to put it together but I got carried with other stuff and ran out...
    by at November 2nd, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • LeapFrog Continues To Make Learning Fun With Their LeapPad.
    Tweet You will recall that in my BlogHer Finds I highlighted the LeapPad, even though I just briefly tried it there I was sufficiently impressed to mention it. Fast forward a few months and I got to take the LeapPad along with the TAG reading system for a test drive as well as activities to share with friends. I cannot write this post without sharing my history of LeapFrog....
    by at October 26th, 2011 at 07:10 am
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    Recess, So Much More Than Just Play!
    Tweet Recess is really so much more than play and as a mama to a special needs kids I know that more now than ever. In fact with my little girl with Autism most activities inside the school are slightly easier for my kid, at least somewhat. This is more because they are controlled and academic, both of those qualities appealing to her. Even gym time, even with her lagging...
    by at October 17th, 2011 at 04:10 pm
  • Win Wine From The California Wine Club! (Discount Code Too)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Conratulations Debp! When I was returning from getting married in India, we were going to connect in Germany. I was still on my “a new country per year” pledge so I decided to spend a few days touring. The weather was awful but I was still on a high from my wedding so my disposition was sunny even if the temperatures told a different...
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Fall Finds To Create That Fresh Look! And Some Halloween Boo Too! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Alicia! Is it really possible that I cover a season before that season passes? Well this may be a first but I expect t say hello to fall while it is still, well, fall. The only thing I do not like about Fall is that I know Winter is close on its heels. I really feel if I have to be anywhere in the USA for Fall, New England is the...
    by at October 14th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Paddywhack Toys Costume Up For Halloween.
    Tweet You would recall me talking about Paddywhack Lane earlier, but what you may not have realized is how perfect they are for Halloween. Normally Halloween focus is a tad bit scary for the younger set so it is nice to have a toy that is sweet and simple. The no-batteries is still my biggest plus point for these toys. Recently I had a party and got to share these toys...
    by at October 6th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Spa Week ($50) Coming Up! I Had A Head Start!
    Tweet Spa! Don’t you just feel all relaxed uttering that word? Truth is if we all could afford it this would be a permanent fixture on the calendar. I mean, remove the cost factor and there is not a single bad thing I can think about a spa treatment. When I discovered Spa Week a year or so ago I was in indulgence heaven. Woah – should I backtrack? Do you...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 05:09 pm
  • Fall For Pasta: Win A $100 AmEx Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Harriet! Well you know about my wonderful trip to the Unilever office and meeting the fabulous Ragu team but what about something for my wonderful readers. Fall is almost upon us but I am not done with summer yet. At least until I don’t see snow I am good. I love that I live in Boston so I get to enjoy my Fall in one of the...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 09:09 am
  • Back To School – Take Two! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Elaine! So while everyone is getting settled in to school and feeling like summer I am still in denial. So much so some of you get to score on some great giveaways. We are still scuttling around with my preschooler with me dealing with the fact that public schools have lottery systems for admission (WTH with that?), the most are...
    by at September 21st, 2011 at 10:09 pm
  • Win A Manicure And Pedicure For You And A Friend! #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah! There is a new movie releasing soon I Don’t Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker – and while I love her to bits I found it difficult to assume she could actually identify with the regular mom on the street. Then I saw a few snippets of the movie (no, not seen entire movie yet) where Sarah imagines the...
    by at September 13th, 2011 at 07:09 pm
  • Spicing Up Your Pasta! (Win $100 Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Mami2jcn! By now you know I am a Ragu “Mom’s the word on Dinner” ambassador and over the next few months I will be sharing ideas with you and doing some a lot of learning too. Changing up a meal can change up the mood. I am in a bit of a funk and was thinking of actually painting my lounge this long weekend. Food,...
    by at September 1st, 2011 at 10:09 am
  • Back To School Round-Up! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Corina! Even typing those words “back to school” is tough for me. Which feels kind of ridiculous seeing my 1st Grader starts school  TOMORROW!!! Yikes. Maybe I should be preparing but part of me is still in denial. Let’s take a 1st stab at the some highlights. Who knows, there may be more roundups (always filled...
    by at August 29th, 2011 at 07:08 pm
  • Last Chance To Win 4 Tickets To Six Flags New England!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Stephanie! By now you would be wondering if there is anyway to redeem summer. You worked hard and long catching up on work, thinking maybe tomorrow you will take a break. Kids were off to summer camp, telling them it was good for them but partially acknowledging you needed the space to work. Guilt amounts as schools season is biting...
    by at August 22nd, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  • Banners For Birthdays And Beyond At Walgreens! Win A $25 Walgreens Giftcard!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Heather T When I was asked to take a look at the photo shop at Walgreens and some of their products I chose a banner since honestly I have been familiar with several of their products from photo books to calendars. There is a Walgreens up my street and since I had my first baby it has been a place I visited often. Now the banner...
    by at August 18th, 2011 at 09:08 pm
  • Back-To-School With Crocs!
    Tweet The fact that Crocs are so versatile for everything from getting them on fast to gardening to the water parks make them popular in my home. What makes it even more so is the fact that cleanup is a cinch. Since they are so easy to get on (and off) schools have frowned on their use at school for fear of them coming off. When Crocs announced their new Back To School...
    by at August 17th, 2011 at 09:08 am
  • Win 2 Tickets To See “One Day”!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Madeleine. I am sure you all must have heard about the upcoming movie One Day which releases this Friday August 19th in theaters nationwide. I for one am all for date night and am keen to see the chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. I love long winded stories especially when the female character is smart and sassy. The...
    by at August 16th, 2011 at 09:08 pm
  • What’s In Your Cheese?
    Tweet You know when The Motherhood asked whether I would take a Sargento cheese testing/tasting party to see the difference of processed vs non-processed cheese, I thought I had this one nailed. I mean I am a little careful about ingredients anyway but I have to admit I needed a reminder since it is not something I look hard at the ingredients etc at. I mean cheese is...
    by at August 15th, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • Zulily Launches iPhone App! (Win $25 Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Heather! I love Zulily. I have for ages. It is one of the few online stores that I trust for amazing deals and styles to boot. Truth be said I pimp Zulily amongst my best friends more than any other store. All this for good reason. In fact I just bought 2 necklaces last week for my girls. Zulily is a trusted site for all things kids,...
    by at August 10th, 2011 at 09:08 pm