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2014 T-Fal and Zabada Thanksgiving Blogger Challenge (giveaway ends 12/10/14)

 

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My family is getting really bored with the same foods that we tend to eat week after week. I’d like to mix it up a bit more, but it’s not always easy to find things that my entire family would like. I have a bunch of picky eaters to work with.

Some recipes I come across I would love to make but I simply do not have the time.

Whenever possible I use my crock pot to cook dinner. I mostly use it to make stew and cook pot roast. It takes all day but the results are perfect.

Recently I was asked if I wanted to participate in the 2014 #TfalZabadaThanksgiving Blogger Challenge. As part of the challenge I was going to receive a T-Fal Clipso 6.3 QT. stainless steel pressure cooker and a Zabada Kitchen Handy.

You can tell that I am not much of a foody because I always thought that ta pressure cooker was a lot like a crock pot. I didn’t know they were two different thing. A crock pot takes all day to cook your meal. A pressure cooker cuts the cooking time practically in half.

Where has this handy kitchen product been all my life! Had I know that pressure cookers cook things much quicker I would have invested in one years ago.

I’m still learning how to use the T-Fal Clipso pressure cooker. I actually have about a dozen recipes bookmarked (compliments of Pinterest) of recipes I want to make with the pressure cooker. The cooker also comes with a great recipe book – an actual book, not a booklet.

Here is a bit more information about the pressure cooker I was sent to review.

T-Fal Calipso

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The T-Fal Clipso is a 6.3 QT. stainless steel pressure cooker that takes the guesswork out of using a pressure cooker. Ideal for the home cook with a busy schedule, the T-fal Clipso allows users to prepare elaborate and impressive meals very quickly and safely. Featuring a unique one-hand system, the T-fal Clipso allows users to open and close the lid using only one hand and a steam release valve that controls steam release for added safety. The durable stainless steel construction guarantees an extended lifespan and is dishwasher safe, excluding the gasket and pressure valve.

The T-Fal Clipso includes a steam basket, stand and recipe booklet.

Key Benefits and Unique Features:

  • One-hand system makes lid easy to open and close
  • Steam release valve controls steam release for added safety
  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • 12 PSI / 6.3 QT capacity
  • Stainless steel encapsulated, induction suitable base for even heat distribution
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Includes steam basket, stand and recipe booklet

Where to Buy: 

The T-Fal Clipso is available in Macy’s retailers and Macys.com for $99.99. For more information please visit, www.T-Falusa.com.

I’ve been using the T-Fal Clipso pressure cooker almost every day to steam vegetables for dinner. Normally I would steam them in the microwave. With the pressure cooker I can steam fresh (not frozen) veggies in a matter of a few minutes. I don’t want them to be soft but rather “al dente”.

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When I steam veggies in the microwave I use frozen veggies because they take less time than fresh veggies to steam that way. With the T-Fal Calipso I can buy fresh vegetables like carrots and string beans and steam them in the basket that comes with the pressure cooker in about the same amount of time as in the microwave but unlike the microwave the vegetables I steam in the pressure cooker are farm fresh or straight from the produce section of the grocery store. They haven’t been sitting around in a bag in a freezer for who knows how long. I love it!

We eat a lot of carrots and I love being able to buy fresh carrots, wash them, cut them up into chunks and tossing them into the pressure cooker to steam cook them to the perfect consistency. They are not too soft (like steamed frozen veggies) and not too hard.

I have to admit I’m still a little scared of it, especially the steam release valve. I almost burned myself on the steam once but that was my carelessness. For the most part you can use this pressure cooker with just one hand.

I’m still learning the “ins and outs” of using a pressure cooker. I can clearly see the benefits to it. I plan on cooking a pot roast in it soon.

My boss gave me a recipe for ribs that I can make in the pressure cooker that uses a can of soda. I’ve never made ribs before. I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

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If there is one thing I don’t like about cooking in the kitchen is cleaning up the mess. It’s my least favorite thing about cooking.

I don’t like using toxic chemicals to clean up spills and messes in my kitchen. I prefer to use “Earth Friendly” cleaning solutions. Sometimes I use a good old standbys – vinegar or baking soda. If they were good enough for my mom and grandmother then they are good enough for me. I never remembered my mom using toxic sprays or cleaners to clean around our home. She used white vinegar and/or baking soda.

I REALLY dislike using sponges. When I look at a sponge all I can see is a bacteria and germ laden “thing”. Ewww!!! Just the thought of a sponge grosses me out. Sadly there are times when you have no choice then to use a sponge (I replace them often).

I was sent to review a Zabada Kitchen Handy. What is a Zabada Kitchen Handy? That is a good question. I wasn’t sure what that was either at first.  

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Zabada Kitchen Handy – chemical-free cleaning solution that removes 99.9% of bacteria, grease, viruses and more just using water.

The Zabada Kitchen Handy features two advanced microfibers – a “Grease” side for removing grease from ovens, rangehoods and cooking appliances and a “Grime” side, with light scouring patches, for removing food residues and light grease with no chemicals, just water!

  • “Grime” side surface tackles: sinks, benches, appliances, baking trays, pots and pans
  • “Grease” side surfaces tackles: stove tops, inside your oven, range hood and pots (on a cool surface)

Key Benefits and Unique Features:

  • Zabada fiber clean technology cleans cooktops and baking dishes, as well as spot-cleans dishes, baking trays, and pots and pans just using water!
  • This chemical-free cleaning solution uses only water to remove grease, baked-on grim, and 99.9% of bacteria!
  • Replaces and outperforms disposable scourers and store-bought microfiber cloths
  • Lasts 2 to 3 years, saving money and reducing waste
  • Zabada’s wet-wipe-dry system cuts cleaning time and eliminates the need to purchase chemical cleaning products
  • Perfect for spot-cleans, along with grease and grime build up cleans
  • Machine washable 

Where to Buy:

The Zabada Kitchen Handy is available for $30.00 at www.ZabadaClean.com

**Zabada will be running a “Thanksgiving Sale” with 20% off all Kitchen products (including the Kitchen Handy) from November 26, 2014 – December 5, 2014.

I wasn’t really sure how well this would clean around my kitchen but I was willing to give it a try.

I was surprised at how well it cleaned dried on mess on my stove top. My husband spilled gravy on the stove under the burner and by the time the burner had cooled down the gravy was stuck on the stove. With the Zabada and a little water I was able to remove the entire mess in just a matter of a minute or two.

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I like that I can use it for quick clean ups or a major scrub down after a big mess. And unlike sponges I can toss the Zabada into the wash and reuse it again and again.

I’m looking into buying a few more Zabada Kitchen Handy pads. Ideally I’d like to take advantage of their sale.

Zabada has pads for the kitchen, bathroom and other rooms in your home.

Zabada Kitchen Handy

 

Both products are a welcome addition to my kitchen. I am thrilled that I was chosen to be a part of this special campaign.

Don’t forget to check out T-Fal and Zabada on social media too.

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A have a special T-Fal Zabada Thanksgiving prize package for a lucky reader. The winner will receive BOTH the T-Fal Calipso Pressure Cooker and a Zabada Kitchen Handy. These will come in handy for holiday cooking, cleaning and beyond.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Gifts with a purpose (Giveaway ends 12/12/14)

 

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During the holiday season we’re all on the look out for great gifts for family and friends. Some people like to brave the mall at 5:00 AM on Black Friday. Others, like myself, prefer to shop in the comfort of their own home on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season.

Did you know that gift cards topped the list of popular holiday gifts in 2013? I believe that. When you don’t have a clue as to what to gift someone a gift card is always a viable option. Personally I prefer an actual gift, but gift cards are not a bad idea either. That way the gift recipenent can purchase exactly what they want or need.

Speaking of need, another viable gift option is a gift from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog.

The 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog features 250+ gift ideas ranging in price from $10 to $39,000. The items are available both online and through their print catalog. I prefer to shop online and save a tree. :-)

The gifts available through World Vision aid women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world improve their quality of life.

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; more than 844,000 people helped someone through the Catalog in the last fiscal year alone

There are different gift options through World Vision. You can either donate funds to purchase much needed supplies for families in need around the globe, or purchase tangible gifts that you can give to a loved one (or keep for yourself) and funds will go an aid those in need.

Here are a few examples.

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Donate 5 Ducks ($35)

Give ducks to a hungry family today, and they’ll benefit from hundreds of large, protein-rich eggs all year long. Extra duck eggs and hatched ducklings can be sold to buy medicine or help send a child to school.

A duck also offers valuable down-feathers, famous for their thermal insulation and padding — great for use in bedding materials and warm clothing, or to fetch much-needed income at the market. Ducks even produce fertilizer that can dramatically increase crop yields.

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Donate $200 worth of necessities in the U.S. ($25)

Your gift helps deliver basics like new clothing, shoes, and more to help U.S. children in poverty. Thanks to corporate product donations, your gift will multiply 8 times in impact!

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Silver Vines Bracelet ($85)

Your gift to help where most needed will address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. As a memento of this gift, you’ll receive this gorgeous, adjustable silver cuff bracelet with an intricately laced vine pattern, designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India. This stunning piece is the result of once-mistreated jewelry makers banding together to support their families through fair trade practices.

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Fair Trade Coffee Set ($65)

With your gift of $65 or more to where most needed — which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide — you will receive this delicious 12-oz. whole bean coffee set. Delicious flavors from Ethiopia, Sumatra, and Costa Rica blended by OneCup.org are delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. Also included is a hand-carved olivewood scoop, crafted to benefit more than 200 orphans of the Kamba tribe.

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Help where it’s needed most…AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about! Your gift to where most needed will help address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. As a memento of this gift, you’ll receive this box of cinnamon. Vietnam’s renowned sweet cinnamon is a renewable resource collected from the Cassia tree, sold to benefit generations of hard working families. This beautifully carved cinnamon bark box contains 3 oz. of cinnamon and bears a common Asian character for prosperity.

I received a BEAUTIFUL set of hand carved serving spoons from World Vision to review. They are unique and truly beautiful. I have used them a few times already. They are great for fancy dinner parties or your every day meals.

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Hand-Carved Serving Spoons ($65)

A perfect gift for holiday entertaining, each beautiful set of two hand-carved olivewood serving spoons is delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya.

These serving spoons would be the perfect gift for a “foody”, new homeowner, newly married or engaged couple or for someone who simply loves pretty and unique things. You can also gift them to yourself.

These serving spoons need to be hand washed and air dried to protect them from drying out.

Because they are hand made no two pieces are exactly alike.

The handmade bag is a great way to protect the serving pieces when not in use or you can re-purpose the bag to fulfill another need.

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This holiday season when you are looking for a great gift to give someone special this year, please consider the gift options at World Vision. Not only will your loved one receive a unique gift, you’ll also be doing your part in helping those in need.

For more information visit www.WorldVisionGifts.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS.

You can also check out World Vision on Facebook and Twitter. The official hashtag for gifts is #GiftCatalog.

World Vision would like to give a lucky reader the same serving spoon set that I received to review. You can keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Thank you World Vision.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this set and if you plan on keeping it for yourself or giving it as a gift?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Customized Jewelry that YOU design from PicturesOnGold.com (giveaway ends 12/10/14)

 

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Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, many people will be on the look out for the “perfect” gift idea for that special person in their life.

I love receiving gifts. Who doesn’t?

I prefer gifts from the heart. I LOVE handmade gifts. I also love gifts where it’s clear that the gift giver put a lot of thought into the gift. It’s easy to zip down to the mall and pick up a gift off a store shelf. That’s fine and there is nothing wrong with that. But I like the kinds of gifts where the gift giver put thought into the gift.

I love jewelry. I especially love personalized jewelry such as mother’s necklaces or family rings. I also like giving these types of gifts too.

Buying custom jewelry online is “hit or miss”. You never know what the final piece of jewelry is going to look like. You have a general idea but you won’t really know until the jewelry arrives in your mailbox.

I have purchased customized jewelry in the past that didn’t turn out as nice as I’d like it to. Because it’s customized it’s impossible to return so you are stuck with it.

Imagine if YOU could have full control over how a customized piece of jewelry will look and know what it’s going to look like BEFORE making the purchase? You can with a new interactive feature at PicturesOnGold.com.

Last month PicturesOnGold.com introduced their “Design Your Own Locket” application. This unique application allows consumers to have full control over designing their locket as well as the ability to see exactly how the locket will look before purchasing it.

PicturesOneGold.com was kind enough to let me design my own locket to review.

Once you decide on the style of locket you want (heart, oval, circle, gold, silver…) you are all set to design the locket exactly how you’d like it with personalized engraving, laser photos, clip art and more.

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You can choose from 1,000’s of clip art designs for the front of your locket. PicturesOnGold.com has so many to choose from including hearts, flowers, military designs, sports, symbols, occupations, holidays and so much more.

You could opt to use text for the front of the locket instead. You can create your own message within the space limit. Or you could go with a beautiful monogram design.

Once you have finalized the outside design it’s time to work on the inside of the locket.

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As it is with the outside of the locket you can choose what you want on the right and left side inside the locket. You can choose from text, clip art or upload your photo and have the photo laser engraved on to the locket. You can have the photo laser engraved in color or in black and white.

I have reviewed other PicturesOnGold.com laser engraved photo jewelry in the past and I have always been pleased with the outcome.

What I like about being able to design your own locket is that you can adjust and resize the photo so that it looks exactly how you want it in the locket. For example, I used my wedding photo for one side and my children’s photo on the other side. I was able to shrink/expand the photos to get them to the size I want and move them around so that everyone’s face was seen clearly.

Lastly you are able to customize the back of the locket if you want (I opted not to).

This is how my locket turned out (with the exception of the green stone – I was only testing that out. That is another option available for your locket).

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I chose “Always & Forever” for my locket because my family will always and forever be in my heart. They are my heart and soul and I love them all with every fiber of my being.

PicturesOnGold.com can also help you to customize your locket even further. Please visit their website to see what ways they can help you create the perfect customized locket.

Here is the amazing part – the lockets normally ship within ONE DAY! My locket showed up in just a matter of days. I was pleasantly surprised.

I love how my locket turned out. It even came with a necklace so I was able to wear it right away.

I tried to take photos of it but they are not turning out well.

These lockets would make the perfect gift. I can imagine making up a customized locket for a mom, or a newly married lady, or even grandma with photos of her grandchildren inside.

If you would like to check out “Design Your Own Locket” application visit PicturesOnGold.com and select the locket option.

You can also save 10% on all orders placed on the PicturesOnGold.com website  using the promo code HOLIDAY14 at check out. This discount code expires on December 23, 2014.

You can find PicturesOnGold.com on social media too. The links are found on the bottom of their website.

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PicturesOnGold.com would like to give a lucky reader their own customized locket ($249 value). Thank you PicturesOnGold.com.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who you would design a locket for? Would it be for yourself or would you give it as a gift?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Happy 50th Anniversary Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! (Giveaway ends 12/6/14)

 

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Did you know that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the longest running and highest rated holiday special of all time? That’s right! Rudolph, the most beloved red-nosed reindeer, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary this year.

For me and my family, it’s not really the Christmas season without watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I’ve been enjoying this beloved holiday classic since I was a very little girl. I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw it. All I know is that as soon as it aired on television the holiday season “officially” begun (in my eyes that is).

My dad wasn’t a big fan of the show. He didn’t really like any holiday programming. I think a lot of that had to do with him being raised in an orphanage when he was a little boy. His Christmas was nothing like the Christmases I experienced growing up. I have nothing but happy memories where as I’m sure my dad didn’t have any happy memories. So watching holiday shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer didn’t see to phase him much. In fact he grumbled when my mom would tell him to let me watch Rudolph. She knew how much I loved it. The moment it was over he would change the channel.

Even though my dad didn’t enjoy the show, it still brings back happy memories from when I was a child. I would love to sit there and watch it while enjoying a candy cane. Afterwards mom would make me some hot chocolate.

I’m lucky that I married someone who also loves Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as much as I do. Whenever it’s on TV we have to watch it. We even have it on Blu-ray and DVD so we can watch it a few times during the holiday season (and usually do). We even have A LOT of decorations around our home based on the holiday special including stuffed animals, ornaments, snow globes and figurines.

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One of our Rudolph plush toys (we have a few) and a Hermie and Cornelius animated toy.

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Some of our Rudolph and friends plush figures.

My husband has a plush Bumble that he loves. It sits on our bed. Once I caught him fast asleep with Bumble in his arms. LOL!

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You’d think he’d be embarrassed by this photo – but he’s not. My husband is just a big kid at heart. :-)

This year, in celebration of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer‘s 50th Anniversary many places are having special Rudolph related tie-ins and promotions. For example, the U.S. postal service has issued special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps this year (I need to get some!). There is a collector’s edition DVD available, them park and in-mall entertainment, a stage musical and even a special social media campaign called #ShineBright that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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We also have special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books, compliments of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The books are from Square Fish which is an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. They released six new Rudolph themed books including the first graphic novel that stars Rudolph and all his friends, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys by Brendan Deneen.

In addition to this book there is also a beautiful copy of the classic storybook and a My Reader edition specifically made for young readers.

I love the slide-and-find book. I have never seen one done this way before. I have seen pop-up books (there is also a new Rudolph pop-up book). Children can slide these little built in “doors” back and forth to reveal what is behind it. It’s really cute.

Here is some more information about the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story – Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition for ages 4-8

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Slide and Find – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Life-the-Flap – Board Book for ages 2-4

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph Saves the Day -Paperback picture book for ages 3-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: My Reader – Level 2 Paperback Reader for ages 5-7

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys – Middle-Grade Graphic Novel for ages 7-12

I LOVE the classic book. That is a keeper. I hope to share that book with my grandchildren, and God willing, grandchildren some day. I know some special little children who I am going to give the other books to.

These would make GREAT holiday gifts. The classic book would also make a great gift for an adult who loves the show. It’s a “keepsake” type of book.

If you would like to learn more about the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group you ca visit their Official Website. You can also follow Macmillan Kids on Twitter. The official hashtag is #Rudolph50.

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has generously offered to give a lucky reader all of the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer books. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell about your favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer memory or character from the show.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. I also received compensation, however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Super Race Set by Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Giveaway (ends 11/30/14)

 

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With the holiday season fast approaching there is no doubt that many little boys and girls are quickly filling up their holiday wish lists in hopes that Santa (or on Hanukkah) they receive some of the toys and games they really want.

I’m going to show my age here but when I was little I looked forward to the day the Sears Wish Book showed up in our home. That was the highlight of my year! I used to go through all the pages and “dog ear” the pages of stuff that I wanted, then write up a list (usually a very long list) of gift ideas that I wanted not only for myself but also “dream gifts” I’d like to get my family members. I was a little kid so I didn’t have money, but if I did I would purchase gifts for my whole family.

I went so far as to write down the page and item number so Santa knew specifically what I wanted. :-)

Sadly I rarely received anything off my lists. Maybe one item at best. It’s OK though. I always received nice gifts for the holidays.

I know many young boys – and girls – enjoy building toys. Cars are also a popular wish list item. Thanks to Mega Bloks and Hot Wheels your child (or grandchild) can have the best of both worlds in one set.

Introducing the Super Race Set by Mega Bloks and Hot Wheels.

This awesome set allows you to build up to eight mini cars with a variety of assorted pieces. You can mix and match to create your own customize car then take them apart and rebuild them a totally different way. There are infinite possibilities.

Check out this brief video that shows you some of the ways you can build these mini cars.

 

How cool!

The set comes with instructions to build eight race cars but you are free to get as creative as you want with them.

The set also combines with all Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets for endless stunts and races.

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This set is ideal for children ages 5 and up – or “big” kids (aka – adults).

I tried to put together one of the cars (the one pictured above) but its still a work in progress. My fingers are not as nimble as I’d like them to be and I have a hard time (compliments of my Carpal Tunnel) working with little pieces. I’ve asked my husband and son to help me but they have yet to get around to it… so… I’ve taken it upon myself to get it done. Once I finally build it I’ll post he photo here.

If you would like to learn more please visit the Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Official Site or go directly to the Super Race Set 8-in-1 Product Page. In addition you can also follow Mega Bloks on Twitter and Facebook.

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One lucky winner will win the Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Super Race Set 8-in-1. This would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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*I received a free set in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life! and Car Seat Giveaway (ends 11/22/14)

 

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If you have a baby or child in your life you know how important having a car seat is. It’s an essential safety product – a true “must have”.

As a parent I could not imagine traveling with a child in the back seat NOT in a car seat. I don’t know how parents dealt with it back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I don’t even think they had a car seat for me when I was little. I have vivid memories of driving with my mom when I was little in the FRONT seat, and not even seat belted. I remember when she would go to the car wash and I would hide under the dashboard because I thought the long, stringy things that wash the car were from a giant octopus and I was terrified of it.

Fast forward to the late 90’s when both my kids were born. I was paranoid to drive anywhere with them in the car, let alone not have them in some kind of a safety seat.

As it is with all parents and grandparents, a child’s safety is a priority. That is why I why I would love for you to join the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Many people travel around the country during the holiday season to visit family and friends, both near and far.

Here is a little more information about Buckle Up for Life.

n 2004, Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota teamed up to create Buckle Up for Life. Buckle Up for Life is a community-based passenger safety education program that educates the entire family on critical safety behaviors and provides free child car seats to families in need. To deliver the education in the most effective manner, they work in close collaboration with local hospital partners and churches. Buckle Up for Life is the only national program of its kind.

According to research analyzed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, only 1 in 4 child car seats are properly installed here in the United States.

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Another interesting thing that was found during the research shows that, for various reasons, Hispanic and African American children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a vehicle.

The Twitter party will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (EST). It will be a 30 minute chat but packed with important information.

To participate please follow @BuckleUpForLife and use the hashtag #BuckleUpForLife.

The chat will be hosted by Gloria Del Castillo, Program Manager at Buckle Up for Life, and Donna Laake, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician & Instructor at Cincinnati Children’s.

Gloria and Donna will share tips and answer questions about holiday travel safety including:

  • Choosing the right car seat
  • Installation
  • Used car seats
  • Buckling in with bulky clothing
  • Car seat rental
  • Road conditions
  • Vehicle overcrowding
  • Additional Resources

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM (SET) to join us for the Holiday Travel Safety Twitter Chat with Buckle Up for Life!

Don’t forget to follow @BuckleUpForLife and the hashtag is #BuckleUpForLife.

For more information about Buckle Up For Life visit www.BuckleUpForLife.org. You can also check them out on Facebook, YouTube and of course Twitter.

Car Seat Giveaway

To get you excited about the upcoming chat I have an Evenflo Convertible Car Seat (approx. value $70) OR Evenflo Booster Car Seat (approx. value $36) to give to a lucky reader. The winner gets to choose which one they want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post but I will be receiving a car seat in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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