Archives for April 2010

Beyond Bedding

Hi, this is a post about Beyond Bedding, a shop focusing on bedding for your entire family. We really don’t like flashy billboards or intrusive ads and so we’ve decided to take this opportunity to introduce our business to your family in hopes that we can provide you with a bedding experience that every member of your family will enjoy.

We’d like to start by saying how thrilled we are to be part of Bridgette’s blog and hope that we can really be of service to all of the moms, new moms, and even mothers to be by making the bedding buying process much easier. We’re also big fans of this blog and have enjoyed seeing her family grow in her my so called life section.

So why should you visit us? Well, to be honest, we know that there are so many places that you can go to find bedding for your nursery, toddler room, and kids bedroom. However, we are different in that we go that extra step for your family by ensuring that every single bedding product on our site meets our high standards of workmanship and quality. We look at the obvious things like thread count and comfort but we also take the time to look at stitching and the way the colors match between the accessories because we understand that a nursery or kids bedroom is something that is dear to a mother’s heart.

Also, we have made a commitment to provide your family with the largest selection of kids bedding as well as adult bedding for you like our stylish and luxury bed in a bag sets. So whether you’re riding the fence between a wild hot pink zebra print crib set and a more traditional set like our Sweet Kayla Pink and Purple Baby Bedding set, you’ve come to the right place.

And if you have little ones around the same age as Bridgette’s two daughters you may also want to take a look at some of our quality crib sets like our ever popular 9pc cowgirl crib set or view our entire line of girls toddler bedding!

This is a sponsored post written by Beyond Bedding.

Bryan Foods Ultimate Neighborhood Grill-Out: Giveaway

With Summer just around the corner, I am starting to look forward to lounging by the pool, spending a lazy day playing in the yard and serving a delicious BBQ to family and friends.  For as long as I can remember, Bryan Foods have been a staple of our cook-outs.  Each week, Bryan hot dogs makes our grocery lists as does the smoked sausage for our traditional Monday meal, Red Beans and Rice.

bryanlogo Since 1936, Bryan has prided itself on providing quality cuts of meat and family recipes.  Looking for a way to spice up your BBQ?  Check out the recipes such as The Texan Dog and the Spicy Southern Dog which includes salsa and chili powder! Yum! Need even more help with your cookout?  Bryan Foods is teaming up with “The Rick and Bubba Show” to bring one lucky grand prize winner the Ultimate Bryan Neighborhood Grill Out!   rickbubba Simply tell Rick and Bubba about a memorable experience with family and friends where Bryan was part of the gathering, and you will be entered for a chance to win the ultimate neighborhood grill-out party of the year! All grill-out party food will be provided courtesy of Bryan, and our grill masters will be there to prepare everything for your friends and family. To top it all off, the party will be hosted by country music star, Jimmy Wayne, who will perform a live and private show for you and your guests!  Additionally, 4 runner ups will receive a years supply of Bryan products!  Hurry to enter as the contest closes on April 30th!!

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Bryan would also like to supply one lucky Not-So-Blog reader with a number of FREE Bryan products and logo items such as a hat and sweatshirt!

How to enter:

1. Visit Bryan Foods and tell me one product you love!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Bryan Foods (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

7.  Submit a story to The Rick and Bubba show to enter the Ultimate Neighborhood Grill Out!

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 13th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I was not compensated for this review other than a product sample provided by Bryan Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

WINNERS!

I have a ton of prizes to give away today!  Thanks to everyone who participated and Congrats to those who won!  You will all be emailed today.  Please respond within 72 hours of the email to claim your prize.

eShakti gift card:  Dee

Free Willy Prize Pack:  Anthy

39 Clues:  Melissa P. and Kerrie M.

Pillow Pet: Debbie W.

Macy’s $25 gift card:  Katy M.

Musselman’s:  Trixx

Kid Craft:  Ellie W.

Secret of the Mountain: Hollow Sins

Bertolli:  Timbo

Fresh Express:  Amber G.

Phenix and Phenix Books: Susan

Calico Critters:  Denise B.

Zillio:  Melissa C.

Le Baby:  Sarah

Melba Toast: A Toast for Everyday Health!

My name is Bridgette and I am a snacker.  I confess.  I love to snack.  My addiction to snacking has made dieting quite difficult.  But the key to my weight loss success is surrounding myself with “better for you” snacks and keeping high calorie foods out of arms reach.  So when I learned that I could eat FOUR Old London Melba Toast squares for only ONE Weight Watchers Point, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

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I also will admit that if I saw Melba Toast on the store shelves, I probably would never have picked it up.  But did you know that you can make some fabulous nutritious meals and desserts with Old London Melba Toast?  Who knew you could make Atlantic Salmon Bites or Lemon Meringue Tarts with melba toast?

From now through June 30th, Old London wants to encourage you to get up and get moving by dancing your way to Hollywood!

Dance Your Way to Hollywood” will send one lucky winner and a guest to Tinseltown for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, including private dance lessons and tickets to watch the taping of a highly popular television show.  The four-day, three-night, all-expenses-paid experience includes air travel and accommodations at a popular Hollywood hotel.  Sweepstakes entries accepted March 17 through June 30, 2010.”

I actually tried the Sea Salt and Spicy Good food AND a great trip?  Who could ask for anything more?

“I wrote  this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Old London Melba Toast and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


How should I spend my Tropicana Juicy Rewards?

Last month, I announced that I was selected as a Tropicana Juicy Rewards Ambassador!  Since that time, I have had a chance to save up some Rewards Points and have begun starting to think about how I can use them.
JuicyInsider125x125 With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I can use 3 of my points to receive $15 off my order of $49.99 or more at 1-800-FLOWERS.com!  Or using 5 points to take my kids to the City Park Amusements for 20% off?  But in all honesty, the offer that caught my eye would be for ME! By using only 2 of my points, I could take 10% off an Introductory Hot Stone Massage at Massage Envy!  Now THAT sounds heavenly!

Have you begun collecting codes?  Simply look on specially marked packages of Tropicana products to find them!  Save up the points to reap even bigger rewards and don’t forget that you can use your points to enter the monthly sweepstakes.  In April, you can win the latest in Adidas high-tech workout gear.

Make sure you don’t miss a thing! Follow the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #TropicanaOJ, following Tropicana on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook right away!

I wrote this review while participating in the Tropicana Juicy Insiders Ambassador program by Mom Central on behalf of Tropicana. I received 12 free Juicy Rewards points and a $50 Visa gift card to use in redemption of the points and to facilitate my review.

Wordless Wednesday

Ten years later and still happily married...well, sort of.  LOL!  Happy Anniversary, Randy! I love you!

Ten years later and still happily married...well, sort of. LOL! Happy Anniversary, Randy! I love you!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Exclusive Coupon Codes!

Still searching for the perfect gift for Mom?  Cecelia from Cool Baby Kid and I have compiled some of our favorite products we have reviewed in the past and wanted to share them with you….not to mention the exclusive coupon codes we got just for you (you’re welcome! LOL!).  Happy Shopping!

charmfactory Charm FactoryFree Mom Charm with Purchase, Code: MOM

okab OKA b Sandals20% 0ff, Code: insider20

pearlparadise Pearl Paradise14% off, Code: DIVA14

bombmom The Bomb Mom, $5 off, Code: momblog2010 (exp 5/30)

sleepymoom Sleepy Moon Jewelry, 15% off, Code:  Mother’s Day

gogirl Go Girl15% off, Code:  GOGIRL

recipecard1_fn_main A Touch of Whimsy Designs15% off (no minimum), Code: MOM15 (exp 5/9)

planetjill Planet Jill$10 off, Code:  COOLBABY (exp 5/31)

maternityfrtwo Maternity for TwoFree Shipping, Code: use link above

lilyme Lily Me10% off, Code: mother


alice Alice.com, Online Groceries

lmm Little MissMatched, Colorful pajamas as low as $8! Shop now.

Three Designing Women Changeable Stamps: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis Changeables, a self inking stamp gift set from Three Designing Women, will be a great way to make personalized and unique Mother’s Day cards from my daughters to the special Grandmas, Aunts and Godmothers in their lives!

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One Changeables Gift Set which includes stamp device, ink cartridge, mix and match stamp designs, inSTAMPables stationary, and two girls who were more than excited to stamp up a card.  About Three Designing Women:

stampslogo “Three Designing Women has its beginnings in late 2004, when co-founder Lynn Fleck needed a year-end gift idea for clients of her Graphic Design firm. The idea for a personalized stamp occurred while she was designing a corporate logo – it was from that idea that she created individual personalized stamps for everyone on her client list.  The Personalized Stamps were an immediate hit – as soon as the gifts were delivered, the phone started ringing, and recipients were asking for more stamps – for their girlfriends, mothers, daughters, co-workers, etc.

 

Since its debut, Three Designing Women has enjoyed incredible publicity – appearances on NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Tyra Banks show. The line has been featured in numerous other media outlets, including InStyle, Brides, RedBook, Domino and Better Homes & Gardens magazines.  Three Designing Women can now be found in over 2000 stores around the country and is available through select on-line retailers.

An exciting new product line debuts just in time for the 2009 Holiday season – Changeables! allowing users to “Personalize Your Life” with mix and match stamp designs that are interchangeable. ChangeablesTM are offered in Gift Sets, which bundle over 30 items for a complete Gift idea, and Design Packs to add more variety of uses.”

results With Mother’s Day only two short weeks away, I thought it would be a great idea for my two daughters to begin making cards for their Grandmas, Aunts and Godmothers.  I was recently asked to review the new Changeable Stamp Gift Set and knew this would be a wonderful way to let my daughters have fun while creating their cards.

I couldn’t wait to try the new Changeables Gift Set from Three Designing Women.  The set includes a basic stamp device that can create countless designs and customizations.  Gone are the days of needing a massive stamp collection!  Installing the provided black ink cartridge was incredibly easy and is completely explained in the included instructions.  The gift set also came with several “changeable” designs perfect for making birthday cards, tags, or just simple everyday greeting cards.

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Following the instructions to begin stamping is very easy, but in short, all you have to do is choose your design and stick it to your stamp base.  Release the lock and your design will self-ink!  Perfect cards every time!  The girls loved picking out the designs and choosing the inSTAMPable stationary they wanted to create upon.  The system was so easy that my girls happily created beautiful cards with little supervision.

Of course, my two girls had very different opinions on which type of card they wanted to create.  This is when the Changeable system really came in handy.  Removing the stamps requires only a little cleaning and fixing the new design takes only seconds.  Many different card designs are possible with a single stamp base!

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Overall, both my daughters and I loved the Changeable Stamp Gift Set!  The ease of use, included stationary, and convenience won us all over.  I can’t wait for the girls to be able to hand out the cards that are now as unique as the women who will receive them!

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Tired of spending a ton of money on birthday cards, gift tags and personal stationary?  Check out the versatility of the Changeable stamp gift sets which can create unique gifts and cards that are sure to save you money.  Many themed sets are available for purchase ($32) including ones for weddings and gift givers.  In addition, may ink pads are available for the Changeable system in order to add color to your world!  Three Designing Women also carry some beautiful personalized stamps, embossers, and stationary. Perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

The generous people at Three Designing Women want you to get creative!

They are giving a personalized return address stamp, Changeables Gift Set and a $45 gift card to one lucky reader ($115 value!).

How to enter:

1. Visit Three Designing Women and tell me one product you love!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Three Designing Women (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Three Designing Women on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 7th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I was not compensated for this review other than a product sample provided by Three Designing Women. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Scentsy: Review and Giveaway

hypothesis A Scentsy Candle Warmer with scented wax bars will be a great way to make our home smell sweet without worrying about the girls being near an open flame like most traditional candles.

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One Classic Collection (Scentsy Plum) Full Size Warmer, three Scentsy bars in Apple Pie, Cinnamon Bear and Sugar Cookie, and one living room in desperate need of “freshening up!”  About Scentsy:

scentsylogo “Scentsy is a direct selling, wickless candle company headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. The company is owned by Orville and Heidi Thompson and sells its products through a field sales force of 40,000 independent sales representatives known as Independent Scentsy Consultants, who market and sell Scentsy products through home parties.

Scentsy sells wickless candles, ceramic warmers and home-fragrance products.  A wickless candle, called a Scentsy Bar or a Scentsy Brick, is a highly fragrant wax bar that is warmed to release fragrance into the air. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And, because there is no flame, there is no smoke, soot or lead. Scentsy wickless candles are a safer alternative to traditional candles.”

results I have always loved candles.  Before having children, our home was filled with them!  But I quickly learned that kids are attracted to candles like a moth to a flame!  The candles were removed and placed only on high shelves and lit only on special occasions.

I have heard of Scentsy, but have never had the opportunity to try them until now!  I received the Classic Collection Full Size Warmer and three different scents to try.  I was very impressed with the style and quality of the candle warmer!  It fit right in with my decor.  I picked three scents from the Bakery line and immediately knew I wanted to try Apple Pie first.  After installing the light bulb in the warmer, plugging in the warmer and turning it on, I placed two sections of the bar into the warmer and waited for the magic to happen.

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Within only a few minutes, the wax was heated by the lightbulb and my room smelled heavenly!  I was actually pretty surprised that the Scentsy warmer system allowed more fragrance to be released into the air than my traditional candles.  Because I was so happy with the system, I took out the catalog and started looking at my options.  I could not believe how many styles, colors and scents are available.  From mid size to plug-ins, Milano to Doodlebug, there is a warmer for everyone and every style!

The only downside to the Scentsy warmer is that it must be placed near a plug which limits your flexibility.  But, I’m willing to work with that!

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I am a new fan of Scentsy!  I definitely want to try out the plug-in system next.  The full size warmers would make a great Mother’s Day gift at only $30!

The generous people at Scentsy have given me one Full Size Classic Collection warmer (in cream) to give away to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit Scentsy and tell me which warmer would match your home decor!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Scentsy (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

7. Click on this link to Fresh Express and let me know that you did! (I’m in a contest to win an iPad and I would love your help!)

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 5th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This product review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I was not compensated for this review other than a product sample provided by Scentsy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Trendy Brandy Kids: Giveaway

With the birth of my second daughter, I knew my pocketbook was in big trouble!  Now I not only had one daughter to outfit in adorable, frilly and trendy clothes, but now I had TWO!  That’s double the dresses and double the bows!  Fortunately, I have found some great online boutiques such as Trendy Brandy Kids where I can find some great outfits for my girls!

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Trouble finding handsome boys clothes?  Trendy Brandy Kids has some stylish options for your little men!  I love the Bermuda Shorts!  This boutique carries popular brands like Catimini, Me Too, and Diesel.

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Trendy Brandy Kids has generously donated your choice of any TWO Italian Tatiri items to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit Trendy Brandy Kids website and tell me which Tatiri items you would choose!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @TrendyBrandy on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Petcentric on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

6.  Subscribe to Trendy Brandy Kids Newsletter.

7.  Follow the Trendy Brandy Kids Blog.

8.  Place the Trendy Brandy Kids button on your sidebar (found on their blog).

9. Click on this link to Fresh Express and let me know that you did! (I’m in a contest to win an iPad and I would love your help!)

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 7th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review was sponsored by Trendy Brandy Kids, but all opinions remain 100% mine.