Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oils Review and GIVEAWAY!

If you have been in the sun and/or pools all summer, then your hair may be dry and damaged.Coconut oil has been used for hair treatment for thousands of years. Tropical Traditions has formulated three different hair oils using their organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil along with other high quality organic oils known to nourish hair. Along with the base of organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, they included organic jojoba oil, organic macadamia nut oil, organic rosehip oil, organic shea butter, and organic carrot seed oil in each formulation. There are no other ingredients besides these organic oils: NO SILICONES, NO SULFATES, and NO ALCOHOLS. It is available in lavender, rosemary, or unscented. 

The oils can be used for may purposes:
For dry scalp: Rub into hair and scalp and least 30 minutes before showering, or before bed at night. Wear a shower cap or towel to protect bedding.
As a conditioner: As a deep conditioner, work through scalp and hair before washing. Leave in for 15 minutes to overnight. For a leave-in conditioner, work a small amount through wet hair before styling and drying.
Shine serum:  Rub a small amount in the palms of your hands and gently run over dry hair. Scrunch for curly hair or rake for straight hair.

Review: I was given Organic Hair Oils - 8 oz. - Lavender to review.Lavender is one of my favorite scents and it is known to have a calming effect. My daughter's hair has been very dry from the summer activities and I was looking forward to see how well the product worked to nourish her hair. She was not a fan of the smell. It was quite potent, something I did not personally mind. However, she complained when I was applying it to her damp hair that it was "stinky". Once her hair dried, the scent was much more subtle. Her hair was much more manageable after use and it had a nice, healthy shine to it. I would say that the oil is worth a try; however, if you are sensitive to smells then I may recommend the unscented version.

Buy it here:  Organic Hair Oils - 8 oz. - Lavender  can be purchased through Tropical Traditions for $18.99.

Win it here: One lucky Cake Mom reader is going to win their choice of Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oil!

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Mandatory Entry: Sign up for Tropical Traditions newsletter (current subscribers can enter too!)

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The winner will be selected on  9/10  via random.org and will be emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. Unless otherwise specified, the views expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ThinkGeek: Classic Star Wars Posters Review

Star Wars. The name of the movie conjures images of extraterrestrial beings, special effects that were beyond their time, and amazing evil versus good storylines.The first Star Wars was released in 1977 and it became an instant classic. Few movies have had such a strong following this many years later. Let's face it, George Lucas knew what he was doing.

ThinkGeek's Classic Star Wars Movie Posters capture the magic of the original film. The posters are reprints of the original posters which were painted by artists like Charlie White, Ton Jung, and Drew Struzan. The original posters are extremely rare so even these reprints have infrequently been seen before now. The posters measure 27x39 inches and there are four different styles to choose from.


Review: I was given two of the posters to review. They arrived rolled in a tube. The Style A Half Sheet is a landscaped combination of images of the popular characters and fighting ships with a large drawing of Darth Vader in the background. Style D has a more comic book feel to it with more colorful illustrations. The illustrations on both of the posters is outstanding. They both really capture the magic of the film. These are great posters and are true collectibles for any Star Wars lover.



Buy it here: The Classic Star Wars Movie Posters are available for $11.99 from ThinkGeek.

I was provided with the above mentioned products for the purpose of facilitating this review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cereal Treats Bars Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Both of my kids love cereal. As I was doing back-to-school snack shopping, I was excited to hear about Betty Crocker Cereal Treats Bars. Now favorite cereals like Golden Grahams and Lucky Charms are available in a convenient snack bar. Cereal Treats Bars contain less than 140 calories per bar and are made with wholesome cereal. They are easy to pack in your child's lunch bag, and as an added bonus each box of Cereal Treats Bars has two (2) Box Tops for Education seals.

Review: I was given an awesome prize pack which featured the following:
  • 1 box of Lucky Charms Cereal Treats Bars
  • 1 box of Golden Graham Cereal Treats Bars
  • Lunch bag
  • Locker white board
  • Colored pencil set
The whole set really helped me get back into the school mode.  I am always looking for new lunch snacks to keep my kids from getting bored with their meals. Since these two flavors happen to be two of our favorite cereals, I had high hopes.  The Golden Graham treats feature delicious bits of marshmallows and chocolate chips and a chocolate dipped bottom. These treats were amazing. It was definitely as satisfying as a candy bar, but more wholesome thanks to the cereal. The Lucky Charms contains the same delicious cereal and shaped/colored marshmallows as the classic cereal with a sweet mixture of yogurt and sugar on the bottom.  These babies are really sweet. The top of the bar tastes just like a bowl of the cereal and the bottom gives it an extra sweet punch. I did not mind the sweetness (in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed it), but I can see why some may find it to be a bit too rich. Bottom line: I will be buying these treats again for my kids and also plan to keep some in my work desk for a mid-day treat!

Buy it here: Cereal Treats Bars can be purchased from your local grocer. 

Win it here: One lucky Cake Mom reader is going to win a Cereal Treats Bars Prize Pack featuring a box of Lucky Charms Cereal Treat Bars, Golden Grahams Cereal Treats Bars, colored pencils, a lunch bag, and a locker white board.



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American Express Prepaid Card Review

My children, husband, and I have been saving for a Disney trip all year (it is scheduled for 10/2012). We are collecting coins, money, and gift cards in hopes that we can go, have fun, and not accumulate any debt.  Although saving is easy, not dipping in to the savings is a bit challenging. So when I heard about the American Express Prepaid Card, I thought this may be a nice way to put my cash into a card which would allow me to save easier without the temptation of borrowing a dollar here and there from our Disney savings. 

Unlike some other prepaid cards, this one is absolutely free. There are multiple ways to add funds including online, by phone, from a bank account, or with cash. You can then use the card wherever American Express is accepted. You can then reload it as often as you wish. You can also keep track of balances and transactions online. 

Review: Signing up for the card was really easy and it only took me about 5 minutes to complete the process. They ask for a lot of secure information, including your social security number, which always makes me nervous but I proceeded nonetheless. I received an email confirmation immediately. 


I ordered the card on 8/16. The following day, I received an email that I needed to verify the account. They deposited two small amounts into my bank account and I needed to report on the amounts. I went to my account and....nothing. There were no deposits. I then tried to sign on and it would not recognize my userid and password that I always use and I had to enter more information to try to connect my account to the order. I am not sure why these extra steps were needed, but it was frustrating. I finally got to the point where I had to enter the amounts and I was hoping for a link for help or an option that indicated I could not see the deposits, but there was nothing. At this point, I gave up. 

On 8/19 (two days after the email saying a deposit was made), it actually appeared in my account. Since I had already transfered the money I had deposited to put on my account, I decided to truly give up.  I was leaving town and simply did not have the time to continue through this process.  However, I kept receiving emails to complete the process. I wanted to cancel the order, but could not find out how to do that either so I ended up having to order it anyhow.

On 08/29 I received FOUR emails saying I am receiving an American Express prepaid card and another FOUR saying it was being shipped. Each of the four messages said the exact same thing for both sets of emails. Looks like there are some glitches with the system.  It is now 8/29 and I have 8 emails and no card yet.

The process was far too lengthy and, apparently, subject to errors. After much time spent, I came to the obvious conclusion that this card is just not for me. It is much easier to budget in a different way or throw money in a box rather than load this prepaid card. I am disappointed that it did not work because I was really hoping this would help me save up for a vacation next year. 

What I do think this could be really helpful for is older children. Perhaps they are going off to college and you want to help them out a bit, but do not want to see them get into credit card debt and don't feel comfortable handing over a wad of cash. I could even see the benefit of handing over one to a teenager for, say, back to school shopping and telling him/her that once the money is gone, they are done.  The card is something I may consider in the future, but for now I am honestly going to pass.

 I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mambo Sprouts Review and Giveaway! 2 Winners!




I received a goody bag which was previously offered on the California and Northwest Go Mango! tours, which took place over the past few months. On the tours, the Go Mambo! van stopped at Whole Foods Markets and other select natural retailers where they passed out free samples and coupons and gave consumers more information about the manufacturers involved with Mambo Sprouts.

Here is what was in the goody bag:
Barbara's Snackimals Animal Cookies
Texmati Rice
Udi's Gluten Free Au Naturel Granola
Nature's Path Organic Choconut Chewy Granola Bar
Method Laundry Detergent
Go Mambo Coupon Book
$0.75 coupon for any Biokleen product
Coupon for a free bottle of any flavor Lifeway Kefir or Probugs

Review:  I was able to try out some of the products. The Nature's Path Granola Bar was absolutely delicious. I loved the chewy texture and there was just enough chocolate in it to make it a real treat.  The Barbara's Snackimals Animal Cookies make a great lunch treat for kids. They are a bit on the dry side (then again I think all animal crackers are) but I still enjoyed them. The Method Laundry Detergent worked great as well. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way. My clothes came out feeling soft and they were clean. I have sensitive skin and usually have to use dye free and scent free detergents and my skin was not affected at all by this detergent.

Win it here: Two lucky Cake Mom readers are going to win a Mambo Sprouts Goodie Bag!! 


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I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.

Kleenex On-the-Go Packs Review

When you think of back-to-school time you may think of packing lunches, buying school supplies, and homework. Although those are common signs that school is back in session, some other signs include runny noses, coughs, and colds. While I am stocking up on filler paper, pens, and notebooks, I am also filling my medicine closet with Kleenex, Kleenex, and more Kleenex. 

Between fall allergies and colds, we can go through a box a day sometimes! Since we are often on the run, it is also important that Kleenex are portable. Kleenex has some great new on-the-go formats that allow you and your family to have easy access to tissues in the car, on field trips, and at sports practices. They all have the same high quality tissue I have come to love.

Here are the new formats which I was able to sample:

Wallet Pack: This version is thinner and more sleek than the traditional pocket pack and contains 10 tissues. They come in a variety of trendy designs. It folds in half so the tissues will not be ruined if in a backpack or purse. It is about the size and shape of a portable sanitary napkin. I definitely like this style and format and I also love that the pack reseals so tissues are not falling out or getting dirty. 

Auto Pack: The convenient style allows you to place the small box in your console, door, or in between seats. It is much better than having to lug around a large box of tissues in the car. It fits easily in your car and each box has 24 tissues. I used to never carry tissues in the car, but those days are over thanks to this great new product.

Improved Pocket Pack: The classic pack has been improved with three-ply tissue. These are always a convenient way to carry tissues, though I will admit that I like the Wallet Pack much more.  The Pocket Pack is a bit bulkier, but you are able to carry more tissues with this version (15 as opposed to 10). 

Kleenex SweepstakesJust in time for the 2011 – 2012 school year, Kleenex brand facial tissues is committing $500,000 to help schools across America keep field trips as a part of the educational curriculum.


Right now, you can enter the Kleenex brand Back to School sweepstakes to help your school win a share of the cash to help fund school field trips. Here's how:
  • Visit www.Facebook.com/Kleenex
  • Click on the “Field Trips” tab at the top of the page
  • Vote for your favorite participating school -or- 
  •  Register the school of your choice by clicking the “Add a School” box and filling out the digital registration form 
  • The top 100 U.S. schools that finish with the most votes on the Kleenex brand Facebook page will receive a $5,000 award from the Kleenex brand. 
  • Voting ends on September 14 • Visit Facebook.com/Kleenex for complete entry requirements and to learn how you and your friends and family can help win field trips for your child’s school.
I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.

This Weeks Winners!



Congrats to this week's winners!!

Wisharoo/Capezio: Atydec
Zoobies: Heather
Michael Simon: mframe
Wundertape: E.Gilmore **I left a message on one of you blog posts. You did not leave your email.Please email me at jamielz@verizon.net**
Smitten NYC: dddiva

My Weekend at Chautauqua



On June 3-4, my family and I had the opportunity to visit Chautauqua, NY for a Blogger Symposium. The experience was great and over the summer, I will share some of my experiences as well as tell you why you may want to consider taking a vacation to this very unique place. The bloggers were challenged to bring the most traffic to the Chautauqua Institution website and the winner would get a three day/two night stay at the Institution.  Well, thanks to all of you, I won! 


My family and I spent our last weekend of the summer in Chautauqua.  Here are some of the highlights:

We stayed at the historic Athenaeum Hotel. The 157 room hotel overlooks Chautauqua Lake. Walking through the hotel is like traveling back in time.  There are rocking chairs on the porch, a grand staircase, and an amazing lakeside view. We were given a family suite and we all enjoyed the amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets.  I could get used to eating like this every day!


Unfortunately, since we came during the final weekend, a lot of the attractions had ended. I was truly hoping to catch an opera or ballet, but there were only a few lectures left besides the special events which were truly a highlight (more on that later).  We spent most of the time exploring the grounds,played, and relaxed.  Although the majority of the visitors were senior citizens, the Institution is very family friendly.  Not only can you safely walk and bicycle throughout the grounds, there are multiple recreation spots for children.  Here are our favorites:

The Children's Beach

Playgrounds


Shuffleboard Court



The main reason I chose the final weekend was for the special events. The Beach Boys played on Friday night.  Even after many, many years of performing, they still sound great. The acoustics in the Ampitheater are amazing and there is not a bad seat in the house. It was fun exposing my children to such a classic band.
The favorite part of my weekend was Bill Cosby. He was HILARIOUS. Although he had some set jokes, his improv and audience interactions were fabulous.  His family was the main focus of his jokes and his imitations  had my gut hurting I was laughing so hard. 



I am extremely grateful that I had this opportunity to spend a great weekend with my family. We were all starting to get bummed about the end of summer and the weekend allowed us a chance to celebrate, rather than sulk, over the end of our favorite season.


No other compensation was received.

Post-it Review



It is hard to imagine back to school shopping without thinking of some sort of Post-it brand product. They are one of my favorite office supplies and I cannot get enough of their products. If Post-it products are not something you would typically stock up on for the school year, then you should consider the following products which can really help keep you and your children organized throughout the year.

Post-it Pockets: I am always trying to find ways to organize incoming bills, papers, permission slips, etc and I have yet to find a system that will actually keep me from losing things. This is why the very first product I ripped open when I received an amazing assortment of Post-It products was the Post-It Pockets. The colorful plastic pockets have peel and stick backing so you can hang them wherever you tend to gather papers. I stuck some up on the backing of my desk and I have been thrilled with them ever since. I can organize bills, receipts, and to-do lists and my desk top can remain free from clutter!  They really do stick and have been on my desk for a few weeks without any problems.

Post-it Super Sticky Printed Note Pads with Magnet: The refrigerator magnetic pad is always the easiest way for us to find paper when we need it. These pads are incredibly colorful and the magnets keep them in place despite being a fairly thick and heavy pad of paper.

Post-it Portable Note Holders: These hard bound notebooks are a great way to carry a pad of paper in your bag or car. They stay closed with a band and include a pen and Post-it notes. This is a really handy way to have paper and a pen with you wherever you go. 

Post-it Super Sticky Personal Calendar: If you still like to rely on paper and pen methods for organizing your days, then these are great.  You can keep a to-do or to-attend list stuck where you will see it.  I think I am going to have my son organize his homework and assignments that have due dates beyond the following day.

Multi-use Labels: If your child's school is like ours, you have to label EVERYTHING. This can be a frustrating task but the Post-it Super Sticky Multi-Use labels can help make it easier for your child to pick out their backpack, folders, lunch containers, and more thanks to the bright and colorful designs. The labels are, as they say, super sticky which means they should stay put on your child's supplies. My daughter chose to use a name tag during one of her lemonade stand sales and her label kept in place all day long.

Super-Sticky Removable Note Tabs:  This is a great way for older children to keep notes and bookmarks in their text books without worrying about losing them or writing in their books. They can be applied to the page and easily removed at a later time.

Super-Sticky Notes: The old classic Post-it notes have so many uses. I use them all the time at work. In fact, I probably go through a package of them every 1-2 weeks! They are now available in new Jewel  Pop Colors that draw on the influences from current fashion, beauty and home d├ęcor trends. 

Buy it here: You can purchase these great products wherever Post-It products are sold. 


I was provided with the above mentioned products for the purpose of facilitating this review. no other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.

Friday, August 26, 2011

FaceLube GIVEAWAY ($245 value!)

 
Test Drive The New High Performance Men’s Skin Care Line
 
Even though much ado has been made about “metrosexuals” and the rise of male plastic surgery, when it comes to an everyday skin care regimen, for the most part, “men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” The average man does not want or need a pile of products to reap the benefits of a properly maintained masculine face. FaceLube's high performance 3 step system includes a Cleaner, Treatment and Protectant. It's simple and precise - bing, bam, boom, am/pm and you're done! Because men and women age differently, men have different needs and preferences than women. FaceLube® gets the critical fact that for men, proper face care is not just about looking young - it's about looking good and staying on the fast track.
 
FACELUBE® GERMANY: KEEP IT CLEAN, LUBRICATED AND PROTECTED

STEP 1 ANTI-AGING CLEANER (3.4 OZ) MADE IN GERMANY. MSRP $25.00
Think about the finish on your car. If you keep it free of old build-up it will look good year
after year. And when you pick the right cleaner, you won't strip it so much that you damage the clear coat finish. You wouldn't use a tire cleaner on your fine leather seats, think twice before using soap or all-purpose body wash all over the most delicate part of a man’s face.
 
This anti-aging cleaner is a powerhouse of concentrated natural organic plant derived complex and high tech manufacturing protocols. It offers deep, effective and gentle cleaning of surface oils, impurities and dirt and helps to restore perfect moisture, balance and tone and is an integral part of proper men's grooming regimen. Free from controversial chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
 

WHY IT WORKS:
A man’s face builds up dirt, grime and dead cells. The Cleaner breaks up embedded dirt, grime and thick skin debris. It soothes, nourishes, tightens and conditions. Masculine facial skin has very different needs and texture than his hair and the rest of his body parts. Common soaps strip his face of natural moisture, leaving it dry and prone to wrinkles.
HOW TO USE: 3.4 oz / 100 ml. Concentrated.
About dime size per use, twice daily am/pm. For all skin types.
 
STEP 2 TREATMENT (1.5 OZ): MSRP $105.00
Treatment is like a high-end synthetic fluid for your car. Think about a car just after an automatic transmission fluid exchange. The cleaner helped to loosen the dirt and grime that built-up in the torque converter, and flushed them out along with all that oxidized used fluid. Now that the transmission is clean, you'd want to top it off with fresh new fluid - the basic nutrient that keeps your transmission shifting in high gear.
 
The FaceLube® Treatment is a Hi-Potency Concentrated Ultra Super Luxe Caviar Complex and Natural Bio-Peptides that work to activate cell metabolism, begin repairs on past damage from environmental assaults and stress to help revitalize and firm tired skin and defend against further damage.
 
WHY IT WORKS: Once a man has gotten rid of the “gunk” on his face through cleansing, the face needs nutrition. The Treatment minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by helping to restore the skin’s natural balance, rebuild collagen and elasticity, repair past damage and strengthen it against further environmental and free radical assaults.
 
WHAT'S IN IT & WHY: DNA-Marine/Caviar Extract – Anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, revitalizing, firming and regenerating, renews skin elasticity. It’s the ultimate deep penetrating nutrient for younger looking skin.
 
HOW TO USE: 1.5 fl. oz / 45 ml. Highly Concentrated. About pea size per use, twice daily AM/PM. For all skin types.
 
 
STEP 3 PROTECTANT (1.5 OZ): MSRP $115.00
Think of Protectant like a high-performance additive package, or booster for your car's engine that works in conjunction with the fresh new motor oil that went into your car after an engine flush. The FaceLube® Protectant is cutting edge anti-aging technology that minimizes wrinkles, firms, strengthens skin structure, protects collagen and elastin fibers. Moisture enriched, ultra smooth, non-oily, protects against premature aging. Healing, soothing, and nourishing.
 
WHY IT WORKS: The Protectant works in conjunction with Treatment. The active ingredients in the Protectant are complementary to the Treatment. The Protectant helps further strengthen the skin's inner structure and seals in moisture.
 
WHAT'S IN IT & WHY: Matrixyl 3000® - Collagen production, anti-wrinkle, firms and lifts skin. Venuceane® - Deep sea extract, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, hydrating, prevents signs of photo-aging. Ocean Gold® - Natural mineral nutrient, protects collagen, firms, strengthens, anti-oxidant. Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract - Natural moisturizer promotes healing, highly hydrating, high in potassium, optimizes and reinforces collagen synthesis and moisture absorption. Caffeine - firming, detoxifying. Allantoin - Heals, protects, softens, conditions.
 
HOW TO USE: 1.5 fl. oz / 45 ml. Highly Concentrated. About pea size per use, twice daily AM/PM. For all skin types
 
FACELUBE® GERMANY products can be purchased individually or as a three step set for optimal results. FaceLube® is having a “Model Year End Sale” by offering these products at a special rate. For a limited time, men can road test the all-new 2012 FaceLube® Germany 3 step kit for $125.00 instead of the regular sticker price of $245.00. It’s like getting a BMW for the price of a Hyundai.
 
FaceLube® uses natural ingredients in its formulations. FaceLube's primary focus is anti-aging. They combine natural ingredients such as super botanicals (fruits and plants that have strong anti-aging properties) and the latest science-based anti-aging active ingredients to achieve sustainable results. FaceLube® uses natural alternatives to controversial chemicals like oxybenzone and sulfates. They do not test their products on animals.
 
 
WHY DOESN’T FACELUBE® INCORPATE AN SPF IN ITS PRODUCTS?
Modern chemicals used to infuse skin care products with SPF properties are irritants and are often not compatible with the most advanced and effective anti-aging ingredients. However, FaceLube® feels that to include it in their products would be irresponsible, because sunscreen must be applied continuously to provide the most effective protection. Skin care products with light SPF properties meant for single AM application give consumers the erroneous impression that it only needs to be applied once a day for full day protection. Instead, FaceLube® offers a separate natural Anti-Aging Sunscreen with broad spectrum protection.
 
MEN MAY BE MESSY BUT FACELUBE® ISN’T
The sealed pump bottles are easy to use. There are no messy tubes, jars, or droppers to deal with. The FaceLube® men’s skin care kit doesn't oxidize and collect germs like open containers and won't make a mess in your sink or on floors even if you knocked it over.
 
MY SOAP HAS MOISTURIZERS IN IT, WHY USE ANYTHING ELSE?
The short answer - so does your dishwashing liquid, but you wouldn't use that on your face. Think about it - if that were enough, women would stop using any skin care and anti-aging products, too.
 
Win it here: One lucky Cake Mom reader is going to win a FaceLube system worth $245!


**Please read the rules**This is open to US residents only. You must complete the mandatory entry before completing optional entries. Each optional entry needs to be added as a separate comment. Comments that do not follow the rules will not count and will be deleted. PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL IN THE COMMENT if it is not visible in your public profile! One set of entries per household. 
 
Mandatory Entry: Tell me why you want to win!
 
Optional entries: Leave an additional comment for each entry. For example, if you blog about this contest, leave 3 separate comments!

1. Follow my blog (publicly)
2. Subscribe to my blog via email and confirm the subscription
3. Grab my button and post a link to your blog
4. Blog about this contest (with a link to my blog) and post a link to your blog
5. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this contest (can be done daily). You must place a link to your tweet.
6. Enter another one of my contests. Enter as many as you like, but this method is only worth 1 entry regardless of how many you enter.
7. Like Cake Mom on Facebook 

The winners will be selected on 9/5 via random.org and will be emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

I was not compensated for this post. All information was provided by the company.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Foodie Friday: Balance Bars Review


I have had the opportunity to review several types of Balance Bars over the past several months and have never been disappointed.  Balance Bar is one of America's original nutrition/energy bar leaders and they have recently improved their Bare products line. Fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals are combined with natural ingredients to create Sweet & Salty Chocolate Almond and Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter bars.

The improved all natural Bare flavors are now sweetened with organic agave syrup and brown rice syrup, have more fiber (15g vs. 13g) and lower sodium (200-230g vs. 280-290mg). Like other Balance Bars, the Bare bars following the 40/30/30 nutritional model with 40% of the calories coming from healthy carbs, 30% from quality protein, and 30% from dietary fat. They are 200 calories each, contain 23 vitamins and minerals and are a source of antioxidants and vitamin D.  They are also certified Kosher.

Review: Like the other Balance Bars I have tried, I truly enjoy the taste.  They are sweet, but the granola gives it more of a healthy taste as opposed to some of the previous bars which tasted like treats.  The combination of the salty and sweet is really good and my son, who is 8, also really enjoyed these. They are filling enough that 1 bar in the morning would satisfy my hunger and keep me full for several hours. 

Buy it here: The new Bare Bars are available wherever Balance Bars are sold. They come in 1.76oz. single-serve bars and have a suggested retail price of $1.69.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Our First Year: Cost-Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds Book Review

 

Newlyweds are faced with many challenges and cooking for two on a budget is one such challenge. Our First Year: Cost Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds was authored by Jaclyn Douma after she married her sweetheart and realized that the average cookbook features complicated recipes with expensive and strange ingredients. She began experimenting on her own, combining hers and her husband's family traditions into her own unique recipes. 

The book features helpful cooking tips and easy to follow recipes in the following categories:
Must-haves for your pantry
Bits of advice I've learned
Party ideas
Substitutes
How to
Appetizers
Salads
Breakfast
Forgetta bout it crock-pots
Dinners
Side dishes
Desserts
And more...

Review: This cookbook is great! I really don't like recipes that cost a fortune to make. The recipes are extremely easy to follow and I already have most of the ingredients in my kitchen cupboards.  They are not time consuming, which I love. I would definitely recommend this book for a new cook, someone who does not like spending too much time or money on recipes, and it would make a great bridal shower gift. 
I followed the Oatmeal Cookie recipe. My family was instantly in love with these cookies. I made them with chocolate chips to make them a little sweeter.  They stuck to the pan a bit, but my family and I did not care. I appreciated the fact that every ingredient was handy. The recipe was really easy to follow and the result was a delicious batch of cookies!

Buy it here: Our First Year: Cost Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds is available here for $23.99.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pillsbury Sweet Moments Review and GIVEAWAY!


Some time you just need to indulge. You deserve it! I have just found a great way to treat myself and it comes in the form of bite size, decadent brownies! Pillsbury Sweet Moments are ready-to-eat, refrigerated brownies combined with sweet and delicious ingredients.  They are layered with fillings, dipped in a chocolate shell, and drizzled with cocoa.Sweet Nothings are available in the following flavors: Cocoa Caramel Obsession, Cocoa Fudge Chip, Cocoa Fudge Escape, Sweet Moments Caramel Cheesecake, and Sweet Moments Raspberry Cheesecake.  Are you drooling yet?

Review: I was given an awesome prize pack which included 2 VIP coupons for the free purchase of any Pillsbury Sweet Moments variety, a fabulous leather journal, a great coffee mug, and the softest fleece blanket I have ever owned. Sadly, my local supermarket only carried one variety of Sweet Moments so I was able to get two Cocoa Fudge Escape.  These mini treats were chocolaty, rich, moist,and delicious. There were 12 treats to a bag and my children, husband, and I had no problems polishing off the first bag. All of us absolutely loved the treats.  My only complaint is that the bag is not resealable. I kept the second bag a secret (I need a good treat once in awhile) and like to just nibble on one here and there but I dislike that I needed to put them in a new bag to keep them fresh. Overall, however, I would say that you should definitely give these a try!

Buy it here:  You can find Pillsbury Sweet Moments in your grocer's refrigerator section.

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