Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Heelys - Four-Day Deal for Black Friday

Buy any pair of Heelys or HX2s, and get second pair for $25;
buy a Nano, get any pair of shoes for $25; free ground shipping on all orders.

The Four-Day Deal is only available online at the Heelys Shop ( and is only valid from Friday, November 25, through Monday, November 28, 2011.
This offer is for US customers only.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kashi Review

As a working mom with two children I am always looking for snacks and breakfast items that are easy, nutritious and appealing to me, Big J and Little J. No small feat, but I have found some with the help of Kashi and their TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars, Cinnamon Harvest Cereal and TLC Soft-Baked Ripe Strawberry Cereal Bars. Thanks to Kashi and Mom Meet for providing the product.

For more than 25 years, Kashi has stood up for real food, offering a variety of naturally nutritious foods and educational resources for everyone to enjoy. Their products are natural, minimally processed, and free of highly refined sugars, artificial additives and unnatural preservatives. This is something that has recently become very important to the hubs and I as we deal with Big J's hyperactivity. With a variety of options, including cereal, bars, waffles, frozen entrees and crackers you are bound to find items that everyone in the family will love.

TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars
My hands down favorite of the three (I mean chocolate!!) the bars are made with Kashi's signature blend of Seven Whole Grains and features the smooth taste of peanuts with rich, dark chocolate for a sweet and savory combination. This is perfect for when the late afternoon chocolate craving hits (or anytime a snack is in order). The dark chocolate satisfies my need for sweets and the grains and peanuts keep me full. Did I mention the 7 grams of fiber 4 grams of protein? Big J is also a fan and has had one in her lunch most days the past couple of weeks. Sadly, due to Little J's peanut allergy she is not allowed to have any.

Cinnamon Harvest Cereal
Since Little J was unable to try the bars I let her have first taste of the Cinnamon Harvest Cereal which she loves! The cereal is bite-sized organic whole-wheat biscuits, light sweetened and baked with real organic cinnamon. Tastes great and contains 20% of my daily fiber requirements and 2/3 of my daily recommended whole grain intake...bring it on.  I do have to mention that I love cereal and will eat it any time of day so I know cereal. These are also great because the small size means that my kids can have some without milk and it makes a great snack.

TLC Soft-Baked Ripe Strawberry Cereal Bars.
The cereal bars were not a favorite for Big J or Little J, but I enjoyed them. I found them a little dry but still very tasty. A great grab and go breakfast on those days when I just do not have the time to sit still and eat. The Rip Strawberry Cereal Bars are baked up toasty and golden with fruit and wildflower honey for natural goodness. They offer up to 3 grams of fiber and 11grams of whole grains.  Kashi suggests microwaving them for a few seconds to create a warm pie taste. Which I have not tried yet but am planning on it.

I also shared these Kashi treats with other Moms and the feedback was great. With so many choices from Kashi the parents were able to find good snacks that their children would love and most times the mom's loved the snacks too. The hands down favorite was the TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bars for both parents and children. The bars tasted wonderful and the moms could feel good about giving them to their children.

 For more information about Kashi and their products please visit their website and Facebook page.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Mom's Meet blogger I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip Review and Giveaway

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With holiday entertaining season upon us, everyone is looking for quick and easy crowd pleasers that fit a variety of occasions. Marzetti® Caramel Dips are the perfect finishing touch for a variety of party favorites – whether it’s a dip for apples, pears and pretzels (My favorite!) or a special ingredient in a delicious recipe.

Throwing a brunch get together for the holiday? How about impressing your guests with BakedPancake with Caramel Banana Sauce

Needs some easy and delicious dessert ideas? Try Caramel Cashew Pie or for something a little different serve Caramel Mocha Coffee. If you do please feel free to send me an invite!

I have always loved Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip but have not had it in awhile and had never thought to try it in a recipe. I prefer my apples with a little caramel sauce for a great, healthy treat. It is also a great way to get Big J to eat more fruit! I am thinking my new weekly treat is going to be the Caramel Mocha Coffee, of course that is only if the dip lasts that long.

For more recipe ideas and additional product information visit

Buy It
Marzetti Caramel Dips are available in your grocer’s produce section for a suggested retail price of $3.99 per 16-ounce package (prices may vary by store)


Saturday, November 12, 2011

ChildUp Review - Teach your child to Count

Since 2005, the ChildUp Team of early childhood development experts and dedicated parents is providing information and developing solutions and tools for parents who intend to raise successful, balanced, and happy children. 

The ChildUp program is based on decades of practical positive parenting experience in real life situations and families, backed up by leading worldwide scientific research in early education from the past 10 years.

ChildUp offers a series of efficient solutions and tools in matter of parenting, early childhood development, and early learning: the ChildUp Online Parenting Courses, the ChildUp Early Learning Game Cards, the ChildUp Early Learning Applications, and the ChildUp Early Learning Method. 

The two current packs is the ChildUp's Early Learning Game Card Series are Teach Your Child to Count to 10 and Teach Your Child to Count to 20.

Teach Your Child to Count to 10 - Math and Logic #1  is the first pack in ChildUp's Early Learning Game Cards. Features bright colors, big numbers and animals from around the world.
  • Includes 48 Child’s Cards to learn to count from 1 to 10 while discovering four different series of 10 popular animals.
  • Includes 16 Parent’s Cards presenting the 1st part of the ChildUp Early Learning Method, with practical early learning and parenting advice.
    • Helps parents to teach:
      • Numbers from 0 to 10
      • Numbers as quantities and symbols
      • The first steps of addition

  • Includes 48 Child’s Cards to learn to count from 10 to 20 while discovering four different series of 10 new animals.
  • Includes 16 Parent’s Cards presenting the 2nd part of the ChildUp Early Learning Method, with practical early learning and parenting advice.
    • Helps parents to teach:
      • Numbers from 10 to 20
      • Odd and even numbers
      • First additions and subtractions
      • Categorizing, sorting, and comparing

They have also created a new app The ChildUp Early Learning Application “iCount-to-10”  which was created to help parents and early childhood educators teach children from 1 to 5 years old to count to 10. By playing this game with an adult, any child will learn to count to 10 (one of the very first steps in arithmetic), numbers as quantities and symbols, and the basics of addition. All that while discovering 40 popular animals and their real sounds. Moreover, with the app comes the ChildUp Early Learning Method, which provides precious information on brain development, early learning and parenting expertise.

Our Review
Both Big J & Little J love the colorful cards. Of course Little J is still too young to really understand, but she loves listening to her sister say the numbers and has even started repeating a few herself! Yeah to new words. Big J also loves the app, but poor Little J is scared by the animal sounds. (She has a fear of strange noises at the moment) Mommy is hoping she out grows that soon so she too can enjoy playing with the app and learning. 

Buy it:  Each pack of cards can be purchased from the ChildUp website for $9.99
The iCount-to-10 ChildUp Early Learning App is available at the Apple Online Store.

We received one pack of Teach Your Child to Count to 10, one pack Teach Your Child to Count to 20 and a free download of The ChildUp app curtesy of ChildUp and Family Review Network. All opinions are my own (with the help of Big J & Little J) and 100% honest.