Archives for November 2012

Unique Thanksgiving Desserts

This year, I decided I wanted to make something unique for Thanksgiving dessert. After scouring the web, I find these eight desserts that I really want to try! Each one is unique and looks absolutely delicious.

Meyer Lemon-Cranberry Bundt Cake Recipe

Sweet Potato Cider Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting

Brown-Bottom Butterscotch Cashew Cream Pie

Mini Pumpkin Cakes

Pumpkin Cranberry Rice Crispy Treats

Pumpkin Pecan Dessert {in a jar}

Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Caramel Apple Trifle

Horizon Juice Box Replacement Challenge and Give Away!

Last time I took my 9 year old son to the doctor, he wanted to know how much juice my son was drinking. Children over 6 years old should only be drinking 8 to 12 ounces of juice a day! Since my son sometimes drinks juice in the morning with breakfast, I decided to take the Horizon Organic “Juice Box Replacement Challenge.” This challenge encourages parents to trade juice boxes for milk boxes in their child’s lunch box for one week.

Why replace with milk? Many juice drink boxes contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives and colors. With milk, your child gets calcium, protein and vitamin D all in one little box! My favorite milk boxes are Horizon Organic milk. Not only does my child get the nutrients he needs, but the milk is organic and does not contain artificial growth hormones and the cows receive clean living conditions and organic diets.

You can find out what kids think about healthy choices, discover why you should use organic products, and learn more about Horizon products at the Horizon website.

Would you like to take the Horizon Organic “Juice Box Replacement Challenge?” One lucky reader will win a Horizon branded metal lunch box and FREE coupons for shelf-stable Horizon Organic milk boxes so you can try the swap for a week. Fill out the Rafflecopter from below to enter (open to US only).

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Degree Altruistic Moment Give Away – Win and Give Back too!

I live in New Jersey. Parts of our State were literally destroyed by the recent Hurricane. We have people who have no power, or don’t even have a place to live! As the holiday season approaches we think about our family, friends and the good times we have together. But this is also a time to think about those that are less fortunate that we are. Degree® deodorant challenges you to step out of the chaos do some good this holiday season. Degree carries products for teens, women and men so that you can stay dry and comfortable all year round!

This year, you can make the holidays great by helping others. Degree® deodorant would love to send one of my readers a “Altruistic Moment” prize pack! Here what one winner will receive ($100 value):

  1. $50 gift card – use this card to donate $50 to a charity of your choice. You can even donate to Hurricane Sandy relief.
  2. Thank You cards
  3. Eco-friendly journal
  4. $25 iTunes gift card
  5. Degree® deodorant sticks
  6. String Tote

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{Holiday Gift Guide} Baby’s First Christmas Gifts

Do you have a child that is experiencing her first Christmas? This is always an exciting time for kids and new parents! Here are some gift ideas that will be perfect for Baby’s First Christmas. All of these toys are made by Gund. Gund has been making quality items since 1898.

Gund Lolly Musical Giraffe Waggie Keywind 8″ Plush – This adorable giraffe plays music for your little one! Lolly will brighten any nursery and is perfect for Baby’s First Christmas. The giraffe has a very soft body and yarn mane. When you turn the key, Lolly plays the tune “Hush Little Baby.” Lolly’s head moves back and forth as the tune plays. I gave this giraffe to my 18 year old daughter who love giraffes and it plays the song that I use to sing to her as a baby! Recommended Ages: Newborn & Up. ARV: $30.

Gund My First Drum with Lights and Sounds 6″ Plush – This drum is sure to be a hit with any baby on your list. As they tap the yellow star, the drum plays enjoyable sounds. The drum also lights up during drumming. The drum requires three AAA batteries, that come pre-installed. There is an on-off switch located at the bottom of the toy which is secured by Velcro. Great for tactile stimulation. Use with adult supervision. Recommended Ages: Newborn and Up. ARV: $30.

Gund Buzzi Bumble Bee Huggy Buddy 21″ Blanket – I just love Bumble Bees and this Huggy Buddy is so adorable! The Huggy Buddy Bumble Bee has a yellow satin underside and on top is extra-soft fabric with fluffy yellow stripes. He is about 21″ long and 12″ wide and makes a great security blanket. Other designs are available as well. Recommended Ages: Newborn & Up. ARV: $25.00

Gund Crawl with Me Turtle Animated Musical 11.5″ Plush – This is the perfect toy for beginning crawlers. The head and shell are both plush and when set on a hard surface the turtle begins moving at just the right pace. As the turtle moves, it plays musics and says phrases such as “catch me,” “this is fun,” and “let’s crawl together.” There is an on/off switch that turns off the movement, music and phrases too. Should be used with Adult Supervision. Recommended Ages: Newborn & Up. ARV: $40

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Christmas Gifts for Kids Hop – Tale of the Tooth Fairy Gift Set

zuuzsWith the holiday shopping season upon us, zuuzs introduces their holiday shopping page. We all have price points in mind while shopping for our friends and family, so zuuzs has made it easier for you to find the best deals according to your budget. Make sure to check it out! And as always, you get cash back on everything you buy through

To help with your Holiday Shopping for your kids, zuuzs is offering the Grand Prize of a KidKraft Grand Espresso Corner Kitchen. Go over to Makobi Scribe and enter to win the Grand Prize! Then hop around all the other blogs participating in the Christmas Gifts Hop for kids below.

The Shopping Duck is giving away The Tale of the Tooth Fairy Gift Set.  This gift set includes a girl tooth fairy doll with pouch for lost teeth, colorful book with tooth loss chart and a box to keep the fairy in when she isn’t needed.  ARV $34.95.  Read my full review here.

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Tale of the Tooth Fairy – Book and Doll

Have you ever wondered how the tooth fairy came into existence?  Now you and your children can found out!  The Tale of the Tooth Fairy is all about how one fairy found their true calling – helping children with their first sign of growing up.

The Tale of the Tooth Fairy is a new gift set that includes a Tooth Fairy Storybook set with either a boy or girl 9″ plush fairy doll with a special pouch to put a child’s lost tooth, a 16-page hardbound book that includes a Tooth Loss Record Keeper and a keepsake box that has room for the fairy to live while waiting for the next lost tooth. The book explains how the tooth fairy leaves a special gift for each child when they leave their baby teeth.

The gift set is very well put together.  The plush doll that comes with the set is very cute and very well made.  I love the pouch that where you can put your child’s tooth.  The book tells the story about a fairy that wants a different type of position and wants to be different from the other fairies.  She finds joy in bringing gifts to children who have lost their teeth.  This is such a nice alternative to leaving the tooth under the pillow.  The fairy can sit on the bed or nightstand and makes the exchange of tooth and money or gift easy!

Because the set is such a high quality, it would be the perfect gift for any child who is at the tooth loosing stage.  You can read the story online and also print out a tooth loss chart as well.

To find out more about The Tale of the Tooth Fairy make sure to Like their Facebook page!

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.

Christmas Give Away – Win 250 and more!

Whatcha Want Christmas Giveaway!

Hosted by: Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog, Dishin With Rebelle, and, Contest for That.

The following blogs have come together and helped make this event possible, a special thanks to:

Pink Ninja Blogger, A Medic’s World, Swank Savings, Vero’s View, Mukhang Pera, Life: Full of Unexpected Happiness, My ReCe’s Pieces, What’s Up? – Contests, Giveaways and Everything Nice, Aunt Maggie Rocks, Sister’s Saving Cents, The Frugal Free Gal, BlogShopWin, , Simply Shawn & Jenn, and Diva Fabulosa

If you’ve been entering our monthly Have It Your Way Giveaway you know how it works. This giveaway is better, we have lots of awesome prizes, but before we get started!

We have several fabulous sponsors that I would like to introduce you to!

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Maggie Bags has an awesome discount set up… Don’t want to wait, will these fabulous bags make an amazing gift for you ore someone you care about? Maggie Bags is offering 25% OFF their Premier Line! It’s valid through Dec. 16, 2012! To get the awesome 25% DISCOUNT ENTER CODE WhatChaWant

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About Aloha Vintage Jewels

set of 2 marbelized bead necklaces, blue, green, purple and pink

If you’re looking for amazing Vintage Jewelry from Circa 1950 to 1980 you’re going to love Aloha Vintage Jewels. There’s some fabulous, unique, and super original pieces of jewelry at Aloha Vintage Jewels. Jewelry has never been owned or worn. It’s been in stock since the 80s. You’re going to want to follow Aloha Vintage Jewels via Facebook for their Monthly Giveaways, and fabulous jewelry

Okay so here’s how this is going to work, there’s several great prizes.

  1. $250 Winner’s Choice – Anything you want valued up to $250 (shipping must be included in amount final prize amount of $250)
  2. $200 Winner’s Choice to Maggie Bags – Winner chooses any product from Maggie Bags valued up to $200.
  3. $100 Winner’s Choice to Maggie Bags – Winner Chooses any product from Maggie Bags valued up to $100.
  4. $50 Winner’s Choice to Aloha Vintage Jewels – Winner chooses anything from Aloah Vintage Jewels valued up to $50.
  5. $50 Amazon Gift Card – Winner will have additional choices depending upon where winner lives.

Giveaway will run from 11/10/12 at 12:01am EST till 12/11/2012 at 12:01am EST. Must be 18 or older to enter, and event is open Worldwide. For full rules on giveaway, please visit Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog.

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{Holiday Gift Guide} Skylanders Giants Video Game

Just released is the new version of the Skylanders video game: Skylanders Giants by Activision. This sequel does not just stand on its own. You can bring over your characters from the original game (there are over 30 different characters) because of the unique design of the base – the mystical Portal of Power – that you purchase to bring your characters to life. If you are new to the game, you can start out with a Starter Pack that has everything you need to get you playing the game right away. Starter Packs include the game, characters and the Portal of Power. The software is available for a number of gaming systems including: PlayStation® 3, Xbox 360®, Nintendo Wii™, and Nintendo 3DS™.

Skylanders Giants is based on this storyline:

Thousands of years ago, the Giants fought epic battles in Skylands but were banished to Earth. With a new threat looming, it’s time to bring them back to join forces with the Skylanders to defeat KAOS. Only you can put them on the Portal of Power® to unleash their strength in the ultimate battle to save Skylands!

I took my nine year old son with me to Best Buy to test out the new Skylanders Giants video game. As soon as we walked in we noticed that there were numerous displays with all of the accessories that you will need to play the game. Each gaming platform had its own section and the boxes are clearly marked so that you won’t make a mistake about which product to purchase.

We navigated our way to the gaming section of Best Buy and found the Skylanders Giants demo ready to be played. My son immediately knew what to do. After starting the game, he chose a character and put it on the Portal of Power. The character immediately came to life!

Each character has it own special abilities and strengths. As the character moved around the land, they are presented with bad guys to defeat, doors to open, or puzzle to solve. Sometimes, the current character can not complete the puzzle. No problem! Simply remove that character from the Portal of Power and put on a new one. The game does not reset or go back to the beginning. Play resumes with the new character exactly where you left off. This is such a great feature. My son had to much fun changing characters and finding out what their special abilities were.

To play this game you need the software for your gaming system, the Portal of Power and at least one character (although more is so much fun!). Additional characters are sold in individual packs or in combination packs. My son has already added this game to his Christmas wish list!

I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are 100% my own.

Forged by Greed Book Blast and Give Away!

Forged by GreedForged by Greed

Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction. The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions. Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love. The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict. When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

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About Angela Orlowski-Peart

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as European born, American by choice. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English and translate her favorite Polish fairytales.

Angela is the author of the Young Adult fiction novels, including YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy, Forged by Greed. This is the first book in The Forged Series. Forged by Greed was published on September 17, 2012.

Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (, and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads.

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Tour Prizes –

5 paperbacks, 3 pieces of a lucky bracelet replica (belongs to Jasmira),  4 pieces of a necklace replica (these belong to Jasmira and her BBF,  Penelope)
5 "Jasmira's poem for Jatred handwritten by the author cool totes with the cover image printed on them AND > bookmarks.

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