Friday, April 27, 2012

California Raisins Let's Keep It Real

According to a study done by California Raisins, moms rank trans- and saturated- fats (52%), added sugars (47%) and artificial dyes and color (46%) among the top three attributes that would cause them to put a snack back on the shelf.

California Raisins is asking you to pledge to enjoy all-natural, no-added-sugar snacks – like California Raisins – for a week. 
Sign up for the Let’s Keep It Real Healthy Snack Challenge on Facebook and you can be automatically entered to win one of five prize packs that include $1,000 in cash and other goodies to get your healthy snacking on.

California Raisins are an all-natural, no-added-sugar snack. 

Are California Raisins a part of your healthy snacking routine?

Below is a Weekly Healthy Snacking Inspiration guide to help you snack better:)

Do you/your kids like raisins?
I like raisins they are a great anytime snack.
Of my kiddos only 1, Andy, will even taste raisins!
They others will not even touch
Disclosure~ I am posting this as a member of One2One network for a chance to win a prize.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

AVA the Elephant ~ TALKING Children's Medicine Dispenser

AVA THE ELEPHANT is a TALKING Children's Medicine Dispenser! AVA takes the tears out of medicine time, and turns it into giggle-time!

Directions for use:

1. Remove the included 5ml medicine dropper.

2. Fill with doctor's recommended dosage of medicine.

3. Insert dropper until secure.

4. Press button on the back to hear "1,2,3 Open Wide! Good Job!"

5. Insert trunk in child's mouth and squeeze dropper bulb to administer full dosage of medicine on the first try!

What kind of medicine is she used for?
Ava is perfect for ANY liquid medicine and even liquid vitamins!

What if my baby/child doesn’t respond to AVA at first?
I have found that using a little of their favorite drink… milk, juice, whatever works for them…and using Ava when they are not sick can work WONDERS! They will then associate her as a good/fun thing instead of fear!

What ages respond well to Ava?
We have found through much research that any age child can enjoy Ava. Small babies smile instantly at her sweet face and like to use her ears as handles! This gives you a chance to dispense the medicine mid-smile! Toddlers and older children really like Ava counting down to opening up! And of course her praising them at the end is always nice!

For more info on AVA the Elephant check out these pages

You can purchase AVA the elephant at Babies R us, Toys R Us, CVS and online for just $9.99!
2012 Baby and Toddler Search~

check out the AVA the elephant facebook page for more info!
My kiddos think the AVA is so cool! I don't have to fight them any more to take meds. They see the AVA and they know what time it is. They even count with AVA! I love that AVA was invited by a MOM!

disclosure~ I received an AVA the elephant in exchange for my review!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Food Dialogues

About USFRA:
•America’s farmers and ranchers founded the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start and lead an honest dialogue about American agriculture. USFRA has set the table for conversations with Americans to answer their questions about food and food production.

•USFRA connects farmers and ranchers with consumers as a way to provide information and insights as to how our food is grown and raised.

•USFRA tells the stories of real farmers and ranchers and connects consumers with farmers and ranchers to answer questions.

•Active dialogue on USFRA Facebook’s page provides insights for today’s consumers and highlights recent media activity around how food is grown and raised.

•Food choices are important, right? Questions about how food is grown and raised and how farmers and ranchers provide consumers with a variety of choices can be answered at  or USFRA’s Facebook page:

•Get answers to the tough questions – How are farm animals treated? What are farm animals fed? What are genetically modified crops? How does farming impact our natural resources? And can this impact my food?  shows how food is grown and raised.

disclosure~ this info was provided to me by One2One network.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Smiley360 wants YOU!!

As a member of Smiley 360 I have got to test and review some really great items!
My family and I have had to chance to review red box video games, have a pizza night, test children's allergy medicine, Pam cooking spray, country crock spread and many other missions!

This time around Smiley360 is looking to recruit masters of the kitchen and MEN!!

So I am calling on my girlfriends, blogger friends, and friends-at-large that think are iron chefs in the kitchens and open to the chance of qualifying to receive a free full size product from a leading manufacturer of broths, side dishes and soups.

The men's mission is also for a FULL size products to test and review!

If you are NOT a member of Smiley360 please click the logo below and sign up to be included in the current and future missions!

If you qualify for the above missions, you will receive a FREE full size product and access to future missions.!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Ebook Growing Culinary Herbs In Containers - Healthy&Delicious!~ Review

Product Description~

This ebook is the first of a series called 'Gardening With Little Miss Greenfingers'. It covers all aspects of growing culinary herbs in containers indoors and outdoors. It contains all the information needed for growing herbs including:
where to grow your herbs
stuff you need for container
herb gardening
growing herbs from seedculinary herbs suitable for container growing
how to look after your herbs
dealing with pests and diseases
harvesting and preserving herbs
make your herb garden attractive annual herbs perennial herbs
17 popular culinary herbs are described in detail with growing instructions and tips for cooking and preserving.
The ebook has 85 pages.
This is a wonderful book for any new grower!
It has many great tips on growing culinary herbs !
The ebook is also available on Amazon Kindle HERE
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Rascal Flatts CHANGED ~ now available

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts' newest album, Changed, hits stores on April 3rd. The trio, comprised of singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney, have evolved after being in the spotlight as some of country music's biggest superstars.

Changed is their eighth studio album and their first with brand new material in two years. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts!

Changed is full of the band's high-gloss harmonies, songs that speak to our hearts, and above all, their desire to push themselves to bring more to the table with each record.

Rascal Flatts Tour Dates
April 5th Theater Events ~ NCM Fathom, Big Machine, and AEG Network Live partner to bring Rascal Flatts to movie theaters nationwide in their big screen debut in Rascal Flatts – Changed: One Night Only™ Exclusive Movie Theatre Event.
On April 5th in select movie theaters nationwide at 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6PM MT/ 8PM PT/HI/AK (tape delayed) come and experience never-before-available access to Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox as they take audiences into their newest album, Changed, and into their personal lives with a never-before-seen behind the scenes look. Don’t miss the country trio Rascal Flatts in this exclusive high-energy fan experience in your local movie theater.

Video~ "Banjo" Music Video

Rascal Flatts fly away contest ~ This contest is really cool.  They're giving away airfare, hotel, tickets and meet & greet passes for two lucky fans to see Rascal Flatts on their summer American Band tour kicking off this June with Eli Young Band, Little Big Town and Edens Edge.  Contest ends April 30th. click below to enter the giveaway!

disclosure~ this information was provided by One2One network. I received a free CD and tickets to the April 5th theater event!! Review of the album and pics from event coming at a later date:)
UPDATE~ I attended the theater event last night with Anthony. I would have taken pictures but there were no movie posters or anything about the Racal Flatts ~ Changed in the theater at all. My son and I were the only 2 in the theater! CHOICE SEATS...LOL. Anthony and I rate it a 5 out of 5. It was great back and behind the scenes of their lives and career. I learned alot about Jay DeMarcus, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox.
Thanks One2One, NCM Fathom, Big Machine, and AEG Network for the chance to attend the theater event! What a privilege!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler~Review

I am very excited to introduce you to the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler that gets recyclables off the counter and hidden out of sight. 
The features of the product include: 
  • Easy attachment to a cabinet door with hooks included with the product or screws
  • A convenient handle allows the bag to easily be transported to wherever your recycling is stored for pick-up or transport
  • A 5 gallon bag that holds up to 36 12-ounce cans and can fit a milk jug
  • The bag has a leak-proof liner and is machine washable to make it easy to clean after any unexpected spills
  • The bag is soft-sided allowing for flexibility inside any cabinet
  • The bag and all packaging is made from recyclable material, and the product is recyclable

Recycling Matters
Setting reusable products on their journey begins in the home~
The importance of recycling—the process of turning a product’s useful parts into a new product to ease the consumption of resources, energy and landfill space—certainly can’t be understated. Recycling a single plastic bottle not only saves hundreds of years in the landfill but also reduces the amount of oil used to produce a new bottle and the emissions created in producing it.

Of course, it all starts at home. No one said recycling would be easy, especially if you’re tight for space. But with a little effort and ingenuity, there’s no reason it needs to be difficult—even if you live in an apartment or have limited storage space for recycling. The key is managing recyclables inside your home prior to transferring them outside—whether it’s to another storage place or to the curb.

Tips for recycling:
• Recycling does require a degree of attention to detail on the part of the recycler. And cleanliness does count—rinsing your cans makes them easier to process, which keeps costs down (and also effectively neutralizes the smell factor in your kitchen).

• DO recycle: steel cans, aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, plastic beverage bottles, milk jugs, glass bottles and jars, cereal boxes, other clean and dry cardboard boxes. Probably NOT recyclable: plastic grocery bags, Styrofoam, light bulbs, food-soiled paper, wax paper, ceramics. (Check with your municipality or county for specifics, resources and guidelines.)

• Hazards: Household hazardous wastes like paint cans, motor oil, anti-freeze, car batteries and pesticides typically need to be disposed of separately. (Check online or with your municipality for resources and guidelines.)

• Hardware: Items such as computers, cell phones and even eyewear can be recycled or repurposed. Look online for local organizations that accept them (a host of retail stores across the country, for example, collect cell phones for donation or recycling).

• Food scraps: certain food waste can go into a composter (which could be located under the kitchen sink) and the results can be used later to help fertilize your garden soil. With other food products, choose a covered Rubbermaid Step-on Waste Can with its innovative easy-to-use step-on mechanism. (For composting dos and don’ts as well as a better understanding of composting in general, see

Disclosure~ I received for FREE a Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler to review for this post. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was given or received in order to post my review of the product.

I just luv the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler! It has many uses not just for collecting recycled materials. My son has since taken the recycler to his room and now uses it to keep his room clean. The handles make it easy to hang from just about anywhere. The beg itself is easy to clean just toss in the washer. It does not loose its shape after being washed and looks brand new after each wash! The bag itself has a leak proof lining for any liquids that are left in the containers. The handle allows you to dump it and not have to touch the items. If you don't want to wash it, you can just wipe it out with a towel or cloth. I like that the bag is made from recycled materials. My family and I give the Rubbermaid hidden Recycler a 5 out of 5 rating. Its easy to assemble and hides out of site.

The Hidden Recycler is currently available for purchase online at and in store at Meijer

For more information on Rubbermaid and their products check out these pages

New Purex Product~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Scented Laundry Detergent!

As a valued member of Purex Insiders I get to introduce my readers to Great new products on the market!!

This is now my familys favorite detergent!
Everyone loves cookies, they’re delicious!

That's why Purex will be launching the
Cookie Scented Laundry detergent!!

Dont do laundry if you are
The smell of this detergent will make you want some cookies!

Cookie Scented Laundry detergent leaves our clothes soft and with a Fresh Cookie Scent.

disclosure~ we would like to emphasize that in no way should it be suggested or implied that Purex Laundry detergent has anything to do with baking or cooking. Purex Laundry Detergent is not for consumption.