Back to School Reusuable Lunch Gear From Mighty Nest [Giveaway, Ended 8/15]

MN Fluf Cotton lunch bag

First, please allow me to tell you about Mighty Nest, because they are an amazing site and central resource for finding healthy, eco-friendly, natural products for your home and family.  And then we’ll move on quickly to the Back to School reusable lunch gear giveaway they are sponsoring, because it includes some fantastic products! Mighty Nest has waded through all the marketing claims for you, tested these items on their own loved ones, and brought together the best of the best when it comes to high quality, healthy products.  I've become quite a fan of theirs over the past few months. They have helped me discover healthy home products that I didn't even know existed, which were quickly and pleasantly assimilated into our everyday life.  And I'm convinced from my experience with the products I've purchased from them, that the brands they are featuring (and hence recommending) are all ones you are going to be very happy with. So save yourself the time consuming, no … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola’s “America Is Your Park” Campaign #TakeItToThePark [Giveaway, Ended 7/8]

coca-Cola takeittothepark

It’s summertime and Coca-Cola is issuing a challenge to all Americans. They are asking people to “Take It to the Park,” get active and vote for your favorite park to win $100,000 as part of the America Is Your Park campaign. An offshoot of their Live Positively initiative, I appreciate that the Coca-Cola company reaches out with campaigns like this, both to try and contribute to the preservation of our natural parks and environment, as well as encouraging an active lifestyle for families. Coca-Cola's "America Is Your Park" Campaign Does your family have a local park where you enjoy spending outdoor play time?  Get your vote in and help your favorite park win up to $100,000 from Coca-Cola.  The money won by "America's Favorite Park" will be a recreation grant to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in the park. There are three ways to vote, including an easy daily click.   Other options will gain even more votes, such as checking in from your park with Foursquare, … [Read more...]

Summertime Fun Discounts With Colorado ActionPass [Giveaway, Ended 6/12]

Colorado Action Pass

What would you like to play in Colorado this summer?  The outdoor recreation options are almost limitless in this beautiful state, and the free Colorado ActionPass is your ticket to receiving discounts on over 40 activities throughout Colorado. If you were familiar with the Ski Free promotion during winter time, you have likely heard how easy it was to participate.   This is a similar promotion, designed to help you and your family get out to enjoy everything Colorado has to offer in the summer! Colorado ActionPass ~ What Types of Activities? Colorado ActionPass has over 40 activity partners, providing great discounts on fun things such as: river rafting kayaking ziplining mountain biking hiking rock climbing golf horseback riding cowboy cookouts kart racing air shows adventure parks Just about everyone can find something fun that strikes their fancy on THAT list! Free Colorado ActionPass  ~ Where Do I Get One? All you have to do to get your very own FREE … [Read more...]

Travel Planning With Office 365 & OneNote [Giveaway, Ended 6/5]

OneNote Travel Notebook TripBook tab

The new Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium is an essential tool to help you and your family plan and prepare for that next big trip - so you can enjoy more of the things you want to do. With Office 365 Home Premium and the new features in OneNote, you can access all of your ideas and information even when you’re on-the-go.  Plus, you can now put all of your notes, reservations, confirmation numbers, directions, website links, and more into one place and get great travel advice from the new, free travel notebook, with expert tips from Travel + Leisure. Your information will be easier than ever to find with the search and tagging features, plus you can access it from anywhere by saving it to the cloud on SkyDrive. I have no doubts that this is the wave of the future in personal home (and mobile) computing, and a very handy tool to have for travel planning. -->  Before your trip, the free OneNote travel notebook offers you a cool template which can help guide you through which … [Read more...]

Avon’s Bug Guard Plus ~ 50% Off Sale [Giveaway, Ended 5/31]

Avon Bug Guard 1

I've reviewed Avon's Bug Guard Plus in the past, and my family has had success with this product line.   You can read about our experience with it and our favorites here. I frequently receive inquiries on the Avon Bug Guard Plus products, from concerned moms who want to protect their little ones from bug bites (and the sun!) but in a gentle way. So today I've got a guest post written by Avon representative Mary Bertsch.  She put the following article together to let you know a little more about Avon's Bug Guard line, let you know that it's currently on sale for 50% off, and to offer a great giveaway. *o*    *o*    *o* Summer time means fun with your family outdoors. You don't want to leave home without protection from sun and the nasty mosquitoes and bugs. You probably have heard that Avon has a great insect/bug repellent. When you look at the assortment of Avon Bug Guard products, you probably don’t know which one to choose from for your family’s needs. I will inform you … [Read more...]

A Healthy Home Makeover for Earth Day [Giveaway, Ended]

MightyNest Glass Water Bottles

Spring brings with it the smell of new plants in the air, and the promise of warmer days to come.  It also brings Earth Day, and I love the reminder and important message that goes along with it:  Take good care of this amazing planet! Now that may mean different things to different people, but I think it's safe to say each of us wants to create a healthy home for our family.  And any time you use a reusable product, or something made from eco friendly materials, you are both: Doing something healthy for your family, by using chemical free or less toxic products in your home environment, and also Doing something good for our beautiful earth, by creating less pollution and/or waste.  (Which... incidentally, is also doing something good for your family!) Healthy Home Makeover with MightyNest In support of making healthy choices for your home by selecting natural, non-toxic products - I'm happy to be participating in a Healthy Home Makeover Campaign with … [Read more...]

Minute Maid Lights ~ New Lower Calorie Juice Flavors [Giveaway, Ended 4/18]

Minute Maid Lights New Fla

Just released this January 2013, the Coca-Cola owned Minute Maid is now offering four tasty flavors of Minute Maid Lights - a lower calorie juice option.  While not a big juice drinker, I'm a new fan of these... they really are light and refreshing We don't drink much juice in our house, largely due to the high sugar and calorie content.  So this will prove to be an interesting and tasty new option. The four new light juice beverages include: Minute Maid®Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Minute Maid Light™ Mango Passion Minute Maid Light™ Peach with Tea Minute Maid Light™ Raspberry with Tea This product line was introduced to provide an additional variety of choice for all lifestyles, and will join the previous Minute Maid Lite Lemonades. My family tried the following flavors, and really enjoyed them.  We intend to try the others soon!  Here's what we thought of our samples... Minute Maid®Pure Squeezed Light No Pulp Orange Juice The Minute Maid Light Orange Juice is … [Read more...]

Colorful Bento-ware Lunches End Plastic Baggie Waste [Giveaway, Ended 4/8]


Do you tire of packing your child's lunch, and feeling like you are wasting an average of 2-4 plastic baggies per day?  I do.  I own a variety of storage containers, and use them occasionally.  But they are typically too bulky or misshaped to be able to use to pack my daughter's entire lunch.  So at best, we had been using a combination.  But still so wasteful.  Enter the colorful Bento-ware Laptop Lunches as a fun and effective solution! We recently tried out a Bento lunch box (laptop lunch) and a Bento Buddies set.  Here's what we thought of how these fun, creative, and effective products helped solved our problem. Bento Lunchbox and Bento Buddies I fell in love with these the second I read about them online.  My daughter already eats in compartmentalized fashion, and I knew a Bento lunch box, or "Laptop Lunch", could put a stop to our daily packaging waste problem. You can purchase Bento-ware laptop lunches by either customizing which containers you'd like, purchasing them … [Read more...]

Personalized Kids Table & Chairs [Giveaway]

kids table and chairs

When their first grandchild was born, grandpa had a great idea of what he wanted to get for his granddaughter:  a kids sized table and two chairs.  Being a new parent, this idea had not occurred to me.  But what a crucial addition to our home it has turned out to be, for years to come! More than once, it's proved worth it to carve out a place for our kids table & chairs.   Come to think of it, they never made their way into the child's bedroom.  They've always been in either our living or dining room (with a view of the TV, of course). My daughter, and then later on also my son, still use ours daily.  It's the perfect place for crafts (saves moms dining table), painting fingernails, eating a snack, racing cars, or just having their own space to sit and play or watch a movie on their portable DVD player. The set in our home was from another maker, but I just love this gorgeous set featured by the Baby Gifts and Baskets site.  It's white and hand painted, giving it that unique … [Read more...]

Escape From Planet Earth ~ New Animated Film [Giveaway, Ended 2/7]

Escape From Planet Earth

From The Weinstein Company comes a new animated family film, “Escape from Planet Earth,” - hitting theaters on Friday, February 15th. I've seen the previews, it looks pretty cute. And it definitely looks like an amusing cast, including Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, and William Shatner. Here's a little info from the PR sheet: "This 3D animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an S.O.S. from a notoriously dangerous planet (yeah, that's us... here on earth!), Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set … [Read more...]