Monday, January 30, 2012

Help get Kidorable to 25,000 fans!!!

Kidorable Online Store

Each time Kidorable gets another 1000 fans (18k, 19k, etc.) They will post a special question. All they ask for in return is a special place in their hearts, a response to the question they post, and the winner will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift certificate to
On the day Fan 25,000 likes them on Facebook,they will give away 25 more $25 gift certificates to fans that posted comments throughout the contest. If they reach the goal of 25,000 fans by Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012, they will double the giveaway and 50 fans will win a $50 Gift Certificate. There will also be a special treat for all the fans that helped us along the way.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Adult Giveaway 18+ Ends 2/14

If you are under the age of 18 you are not invited to  read this post and I ask that you close this post right now. If you are over 18 please keep reading if you wish but please understand this post is about an adult website and about an adult toy.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Funrise Toys Elephant Adventure Ride R/G

Founded in 1987, Funrise is an adventurous innovator of superior toys and an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of the most popular children's toys. Simply put…we create fun! Funrise’s core property portfolio includes Gazillion® Bubbles, HEADBANGERS™, Home Arcade, Tub Town®, Lil’ Cupcake®, Sassy Stables™, Shelcore’s Shake ‘N Bobbles®, Sunny Steps and Play & Imagine® with leading licensed power brands such as Tonka®, Disney©, Sesame Street©, National Geographic© and more, making our product offerings diverse and full of fun for kids of all ages! Funrise Toy Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Matrix Holdings Limited. Funrise U.S. headquarters are located in Van Nuys, CA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and France and with additional showrooms in Dallas, Minneapolis, Bentonville and Miami. Funrise is operated by Arnie Rubin, vice chairman of Matrix and CEO of Funrise who also serves as Chairman of the Toy Industry Foundation (T.I.F.) and past Chair of the Toy Industry Association (T.I.A.). Funrise’s success results from its commitment to quality manufacturing, progressive marketing and a values-based corporate culture.

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I think the National Geographic Kids line of toys are awesome.
Teaching kids about animals while they have fun playing is a great idea, and my son love to stay busy. The Elephant Adventure Ride has helped keep him busy.

It's very nice the little boy figure has brown hair, so Mr.Z pretends it's him riding on the elephant and exploring the rain forest and jungles. The elephants canopy does come apart and Z loves to ask me to put it back together over and over, but It means even his independent play time still includes mommy sometimes.

The monkey on the side will slide down the vine on his own, and then you just turn him back up, this has been fun for all the kids. They made me teach them all about Elephants after this toy came.  Which made me beyond happy they asked to learn, sure different from the norm. 

One lucky reader will win an Elephant Adventure of their own.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Getting into Shape for 2012

I have struggled with my weight since I had my first baby 8.5 years ago. When I got pregnant with her I was only 110 when she was a year old I weighed about 150. I can not follow a workout video for the life of me, it gets old fast!. These are old pics of me but they show my weight struggles. I wish I could find me.. but I tend to hide from the camera.

This is my husband and I in 2008 mr.L turned 1
Our Disney trip in May 2008

Here we are in 2010 My 3rd child is 14 months old in this photo

me again in 2010

At that size I was not happy about what I looked like... to put this publicly is a little nerve racking for me. At my heaviest I was 240lbs. Because I am 5'5 1/4 That made me very overweight. 

It's been a struggle but at this present moment I am about 178

This was just a couple weeks ago at Christmas

I still have a long way to go, but I know I feel more active the more, I move. 

I play more with my kids not, we run around play catch in the house( we don't use baseballs)  and now for me goal weight.

My goal weight is:
135lbs. This would put me at an average weight. 
43 lbs to go, but with the help of motivation and the Kinect for X Box I will get there. 

I will post my journey here as I go. 
* Disclosure: The author, manufacturer, or representing PR provided a product to review. No compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. *

Monday, January 16, 2012

I've been away.. For that I am sorry

I know posting hasn't been quite as often as before, and I so sorry for that. life here has been very crazy, we had the holidays which I will post about later today as well as redoing out kitchen floor. Mix in my husbands classes starting back up, and planning for a vacation. I have been swamped. I will be posting more though I promise. Look for new posts this week. I have a couple great giveaways lined up. Please bear with me in this busy time I promise I will try my hardest I do miss all of you. 

* Disclosure: The author, manufacturer, or representing PR provided a product to review. No compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are my own personal and honest thoughts. *

Monday, January 9, 2012

Klutz R/G


Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. "We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books," Cassidy says. The appeal of this hands-on approach is borne out by sales figures; Klutz is a fixture on U.S. book and toy bestseller lists, and is available in 24 countries around the world. 
Having expanded the offerings to include Klutz Toys, Klutz Kits, Klutz Buckets, Klutz Guides and, in 2001, an educational product line, Cassidy seems to have an unlimited supply of ideas. The inspiration? "I marinate myself in children," he says. "Some years ago, I created a few. With the help of my wife" (Nancy Cassidy, the voice behind the gold-record-winning KidsSongs recordings). 
In 2002, Scholastic Inc., the largest children's book publisher and distributor in the world, acquired Klutz. For those of you who collect corporate mission statements, here's the Klutz credo: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.

Ribbon Bangles
Ribbon has the power to transform everyday plastic bracelets into shimmering designer bangles. We provide the sturdy plastic bangles, a bright array of ribbon, and a bottle of glue to hold it all together — everything you need to make a wardrobe of five unique bracelets
Priced at $19.99

Stamp Art
Stamp Art makes stamping simpler -- and more creative -- than ever. Stick the included shapes on the see-through acrylic block to create your own one-of-a-kind stamp design. Full of inspirational artwork and instruction, this stamp-right-in-it book shows how to create animals, flowers, houses, aliens... anything you can dream up

My daughter loves to work on these. She's 8 and the fact it keeps her quite and happy when her brother is napping or when she's needed something to do on a rainy day, I do think she missed the point of the bangles but she does the stamp art with ease. I would recommend these books  for car trips or quite time. 

I would say my 5 year old is way to young for them though so they are for older children to me that was a little disappointing. Still great books and  they appear to be very durable as well, want to try them out for yourself?

Klutz has offered a giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a copy of all 3 of the books I received.
Stamp Art
Ribbon Bangles
 the last one I can not find on the site.
My Fabulous Look Book

Adult Post 18+

If you are under the age of 18 you are not invited to  read this post and I ask that you close this post right now. If you are over 18 please keep reading if you wish but please understand this post is about an adult website and about an adult toy.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kidtoons Dino Dan Giveaway Ends 1/25

Kidtoons is dedicated to helping parents connect with their kids by bringing family friendly animated movies to the big screen every weekend at participating theatres across the country.  Check HERE  for a theater near you.
Participating Kidtoons theatres showcase a fun, affordable family friendly matinee movie and provide a family experience filled with entertaining, kid-friendly characters, as well as cartoon shorts, music videos and sing-alongs before each movie. We even have fun giveaways for the kids, such as stickers, temporary tattoos, activity books or toys after every film.
As parents, and as producers of kids’ entertainment, we launched the Kidtoons program to enable families to enjoy movies on the big screen on a regular basis. We know that parents are looking for opportunities to connect with their children, and enjoying the movie-going experience as a family provides easy and fun opportunities for togetherness.

As part of making sure that the content is age appropriate, we’ve asked an expert, Dr. Donna Mitroff, to talk with you about our movies each month. Check out Dr. Donna’s reviews for additional information about the plot, the level of action and the types of humor in the movie, as well as some thought-provoking discussion points for the whole family.

This Months Feature is :
Follow the adventures of paleontologist-in-training Dan Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs into the real world! Dan uses the scientific method to gather clues and solve mysteries.  NCircle Entertainment Presents Dino Dan, filled with 4 action-packed adventures full of discovery!


He Shoots, He Roars:Dan figures out how to prove if dinosaurs were warm-blooded from Jim the reptile lizard and his puppet Denny the Dromaeosaurus.
Bones in the Backyard:When Trek and Tristan find a bone in the schoolyard, Dan uses a paper-mache skull in Mrs. Hahn’s art class to figure out if it came from the Stygimoloch
Active ImaginationWhen a T-Rex backs down from a Triceratops, Dan learns that the T-Rex is a hunter AND a scavenger!
To Flee or Not to FleeA substitute teachers encourages Dan and his classmates to engage in dinosaur role-playing)

In honor of This months Movie Kidtoons is allowing me to giveaway a great prize pack this month:

One Dino Dan: Dino Trackers DVD     
One Dino Dan theatrical poster

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy 2012!!!!

Happy New Year!

                         Here's to a safe and Happy New Year to all of you.