Friday, July 30, 2010

Kung Zhu


Of course you've probably seen the Kung Zhu commercial by now. I've included the video clip just to refresh you. As a member of BSM Media, I had the opportunity to have a box sent to me to hand out to some boys. My sister in law so graciously allowed me to have an "after-party" after my niece's birthday party. I didn't want to set things up too soon, because I didn't know how their reaction would be. Good thing. The party was nearly over, but not quite, when I got everything set up and the boys were ready to claim a Kung Zhu to make their own.  

There are the good guys, and the bad guys; the Special Forces and the Ninja Warriors. They go through training and are put to the test in a duel in the Battle Arena. One of the features that I find really cool is how a micro chip in their battle armor totally changes their personalities! These boys had a blast. You could tell that they were REALLY excited about being proud new owners of their very own Kung Zhus.

*Disclosure: As a member of BSM Media, the product was provided to me at no charge. No further compensation has been received.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

We Enjoy Smores....

Anytime! It doesn't have to be a special occasion. And you may find this funny, but we have a gas stove at this place just as we did at our last place. A gas stove equals live fire which means smores anytime. Well grab a hanger or a piece of a branch, add a marshmallow and before you know it there are smores all around. Chocolate, happy faces. Good times!

You can check out the S'mores Smiles website and find different ways to create smores, from the microwave to the grill along with other great recipes. There are ideas and tips on making every day with your family more fun and adventurous as well as an instant win game.

*Disclosure: By creating this blog post I am entering a contest for a S'mores prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Great Deal on Leapster Explorer Ending 7/22

We just bought a Leapster Explorer for our 4 year old as a belated birthday gift. I intend to get some video of it up at a later date. I received an email with code EXPLOREMORE (all caps) which gets you a free game cartridge, Mr. Pencil, valued at $29.99, a free leaplet download pack, valued at $14.99 and free shipping.  In my opinion this is a great offer!! This code, again, expires 7/22.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What NOT to Feed Your Baby - Parenting on Shine

What NOT to Feed Your Baby - Parenting on Shine

Friday, July 16, 2010

Prizes Up For Grabs!!

The time is NOW to go online and play the game thousands of people are playing, Unlock the tC Road Trip, an 8 week, virtual road trip that takes players on an interactive trek across the U.S.   Not only do players have the chance to win a 2011 Scion tC, they are also eligible to win one of over 140 daily prizes being awarded including Flip camcorders, speakers, a Nintendo DSi and much more.
To play, all you have to do is go to, register, and begin the road trip.
A brand new Scion tC and loads of ‘Instant Win’ prizes await!

*Disclosure: This post is in response to an email I received asking me to share with my readers. No compensation has been provided.

Crafting Mama

I'd heard all the hype about Cooking Mama and decided to try it for myself. I like it. It's simple, addictive, clean fun. My daughter likes it as well. So tonight i'm going through my emails and find one announcing that Mama is back. Pouring her endless creativity and talents into crafting. That's mama is getting all crafty.

With the new Crafting Mama game you'll be able to sew, mold, paint, cut and much more. Featuring 40 different craft projects from paper airplanes to patchwork quilts to earrings to, get this, mini Mama dolls, you can make a new creation every time you play.

Crafting Mama includes new materials, colors and patterns so you can customize each project. It also has multiplayer support so you can create with a friend.

Crafting Mama for Nintendo DS will be available in October for $29.99.

*Disclosure: I received an email notifying me of the upcoming release of the Crafting Mama game to share with my readers. No compensation has been provided

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Free Sample From GoodNites

GoodNites is offering free samples. Easy to complete form which takes only about a minute of your time.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Vote With Your Remote

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To get this online only offer, we will email you a unique one-time-use promo code for $10 off a shoe purchase of $10 or more (plus free shipping). Please send your email address to [email protected] by 11:59 pm CST, 7/13.
You will receive the emailed promo code by 11:59pm CST on 7/14 to use by 7/15 (11:59pm CST). For your convenience, we will also add you to our email list to keep you updated on all our future coupons and specials.”
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Wanchai Ferry Beef and Broccoli Winner

Congrats to karenmed409!! I'll be in touch!

A Family Mini Vacation at the Radisson

We decided to take a weekend away with the kids just to get out. Something we don't get to do very often, but i'm now looking forward to more of it. Definitely. Our trip away found us at the Schaumburg, IL Radisson. I was pleasantly delighted to find that they had sleep number beds. Huge ones. If you've never heard of these beds, they're adjustable. What makes them even better is that my side could be soft, while my husband's could be firmer. Here are some pictures that I captured while we were there:
A comfortable place with peaceful surroundings. There's even a restaurant called Ming's located right on site. There's an outdoor heated pool, which my kids (except my 2 year old) loved. They don't yet know how to swim. so their comfort level with water scares me. A lot of great places to visit are nearby which include one of the nation's largest malls, The Woodfield mall. We need to get back so I can get another night on that bed  finish seeing the rest of the mall. If we ever go back to the Schaumburg, IL area, i'd definitely consider another stay at the Radisson hotel.

Glue Dots Summer Bonding Project #GlueDots

Before being accepted as a part of the Glue Dots Summer Bonding Project, I don't know if i'd heard of them. Glue dots are a non messy way to stick things. They can easily be removed. They are kid friendly and therefore mom friendly....i.e. no more glue all over the place; hands, clothes, hair (you get the picture). I was able to comfortably hand sheets of glue dots to my older children and didn't have to worry so much about the younger ones working with them.

I went to the craft store and picked up some foam sheets and set of hole punchers that punch out various shapes. We got the glue dots out and got to sticking. This is what we started out with (click on the pictures for a better view) :

....And this is what we ended up with:

The only thing we used to stick everything were the glue dots! Glue dots proved to be a great way to bond with my kids while allowing them to be creative and also allowed us to just spend quality time together.

*Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest to be eligible to receive a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey...

Maybe it's by coincidence that we celebrate our anniversary 9 days before your birthday? Maybe you just wanted to marry me as an early birthday present to yourself? If so, awww, I must be special (wink). Well I shouted you out on our anniversary (on facebook) and now i'd like to wish you a happy birthday. I love you Honey. xoxoxo

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Win a Canon Camera Bag or Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries

Here briefly to let you know that you can win a Canon 200DG Digital Camera Gadget Bag or one of two packages of Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries from the A Simple Kinda Life blog. Do hurry, though because tomorrow is the last day to enter.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Mission Flour Tortillas..Disversity in the Kitchen

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Mission Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

There are some things that a kitchen should never be without. Mission Flour Tortillas are one of those things that come in handy... at any meal. From breakfast to dinner, simple to gourmet, snacks to dessert. Mission Tortillas are diverse enough that anyone at any age can find something to pair with them to make everyone happy.

Mission Flour Tortillas contain 0 grams of Trans Fat and are cholesterol free. They come in a variety of sizes ranging from small to medium to large sizes and can be found in major grocery stores nationwide.

We like to add cheese for a simple quesadilla for snacks. For breakfast, eggs and bacon, or sausage could be added along with the cheese for a satisfying and delicious breakfast. And i'm sure you already know all about everything that you can include for an indulgent burrito.

We were recently out shopping and samples were being handed out which included simply cheese and hot dogs. They were an instant hit with our children, and we made a special trip back to get supplies to make our own at home.

Right now, Mission Flour Tortillas has a Mission Menus Challenge out where you can submit your budget friendly recipes for a chance to compete in a cook-off in Los Angeles. Your recipe must include Mission Flour Tortillas, be original and be able to feed a family of 5 for $10. The grand prize is a $10,000 kitchen appliance makeover.

While at the site you can also find out what you can do to help end childhood hunger, and also if you look in the upper right hand corner of the Mission Menus Challenge website, where it says, you can find other budget friendly ideas for $10.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Touch'd Winner

...And the winner as selected by Random.Org is karenmed409. Congratulations, i'll be in touch. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the not yet released Wanchai Ferry Beef Broccoli meal ending 7/11.