Archives for December 2013

Get Your Eat On at Jeff’s Creole Grille #ReviewCrew

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  As a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, a gift card was received to facilitate this review.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Over the past few months, I have had the honor of being part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew.  Thanks to this opportunity, I have discovered some great eateries in the New Orleans Metro area that I may not have otherwise tried.  In a town full of incredible options, it can be overwhelming!  Fortunately, you can easily do a search with your zip code on Restaurant.com to find new places to try at great prices.

Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide.  The company offers savings at thousands of restaurants nationwide with more than 50,000 gift certificate options.  Restaurant.com brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and served meals at affordable prices.  To date, Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $1 billion through the gift certificate program.

For my last post on the #ReviewCrew, my family and I decided to check out Jeff’s Creole Grille.  We pass the restaurant every single day but have never thought about stopping in for a bite.  The interior is warm and inviting with several televisions playing college football (a plus for my hubby).  I love that the kids were given crayons and coloring sheets to occupy the time which included a typical kids menu. My daughter wanted a Chicken Caesar salad which was not available on the kids menu, but they offered to create a smaller portion of the main dish just for her!

I quickly decided in a Chicken Parmesan Panini (delish!) but my hubby couldn’t decide among all of the delicious options.  The wait staff was very friendly and walked him through the best selections.  He finally opted for a grilled redfish with crabmeat which he inhaled devoured.  The food was excellent and the service was great, too.

Overall, we liked Jeff’s Creole Grille.  Through Restaurant.com, you are able to purchase a $25 gift card for just $10 making this dinner very budget friendly.  We will definitely be back!

Fill Your Home with Sounds of the Holiday with the Jabra Soulmate Mini

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Santa was very good to our kids this year with new toys, electronics and clothes for everyone!  But my hubby must have been a good boy this year, because Santa did not forget about him.  In his stocking Christmas morning was a brand new Jabra Soulmate Mini in blue!

Hubby fell in love with the Jabra Soulmate after seeing it at the social media conference, Reviewer’s Retreat in 2013.  He even purchased one as a birthday gift for his sister a few months later but never made the jump to buy one for himself so he could not have been more excited to see the Jabra Soulmate Mini poking out of his stocking Christmas morning.  About the Mini:

Despite what your eyes might tell you, the Jabra Solemate™ Mini packs two powerful speakers and a battery which gives up to 8 hours of playing time – for music, movies and games. Jabra Solemate Mini takes wireless speaker sound to a new level. Connect it to any device using Bluetooth or NFC, and control the Mini from across the room.  Available in multiple colors, the Jabra Solemate Mini can also be used as a speakerphone. So you can share phone, PC or tablet conversations in glorious technicolor!

We host Christmas dinner at our home with over 25 family joining us.  I love setting the table and creating a festive mood for our guests and the Soulmate Mini definitely helped with that.  By syncing the wireless speaker using Bluetooth to my Hubby’s iPhone, we were able to stream holiday classics during our get-together.  We were both impressed at the big sound for such a small device.

While hubby loves his new toy, I have a feeling my daughter will be stealing it soon due to it’s portability.  She has recently been accepted to a competitive dance team and the Jabra Soulmate Mini will be perfect for dressing room warmups and last minute rehearsals!  The sturdy design makes it easy to throw in her dance bag and take on the road (shhh…don’t tell hubby).

If you have some holiday money you are looking to spend, I found the Jabra SOLEMATE MINI on Amazon for just $83.80!  Don’t miss any of the new Jabra products or news by following them on Facebook and Twitter!

12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Twelve #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

So it appears my scheduled post did not publish on Christmas Eve!  So today is officially Day Twelve of the Neutrogena 12 Days of Giveaways.  It is your LAST chance to gain entries to win our Grand Prize…a Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

Last Chance Entries!

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Gift Ideas for Girls: Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow

This post was written by Beth of the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

With only one shopping day left to the big day, it is decision time. If you are like me you can walk around a store for an hour and have no clue what you are going to get for your spouse, children, parents, etc.

Since I have young children, I always walk through the toy aisle to see what’s new out there. One of the hardest things about buying infant and toddler toys is the fact that they outgrow the toys before they use them.

A couple of years ago for my daughter’s first Christmas, I really wanted to get her a kitchen set. She loves to make tea in the bathtub. I thought the kitchen would be a great gift for her. The only problem was the fact that she was not tall enough to stand and play or crawl up to any of them. I wish I would have known about the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow!

The Cook ‘n Grow literally grows with your child. With the two stages of this toy, your child will get plenty of use out of it. When your child is around 1 or so, the Cook ‘n grow adjusts so that it is at the right height for them to be able to play independently. In the second stage of the kitchen, your child will be able to play with the same Cook ‘n Grow. Simply follow the directions and change the layout which in turn adjusts the height. There will be no need to waste your money on another kitchen. Your child will be able to us his/her microwave, oven and refrigerator, just like mom and dad do.

You will have an inspiring little chef with this realistic kid’s kitchen playset that grows with your child. When this Little Tikes kitchen is opened it is the perfect height for toddlers. When the kitchen is compacted it is now the perfect size for your preschooler to cook your dinner. Browse our full Play Kitchen collection for more fun toys.

Features:

  • Kitchen has 2 age grade configurations
  •  Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers
  • Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers
  • Electronic cooking sounds
  • Hooks for hanging cups
  • Molded in slots to hold plates
  • Oven, refrigerator and microwave doors all open and close
  • Shape-sorting lid for pot helps develop fine motor skills
  • 26 accessories included

With Cook ‘n Grow, your child will develop new skills and will have fun doing so. Like all of Little Tikes toys, the Cook ‘n Grow is durable and sturdy while remaining light weight for easy portability.

If you are looking for that last minute gift with a serious WOW-factor, check out the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen!

Gift Ideas for Girls: Lalaloopsy Babies

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

It’s official….Christmas is almost here!  Have you finished your shopping?  If you are like me, you may have a few gifts left to purchase (nothing like shopping on Christmas Eve, right?).  Inevitably, I pick up a few extra gifts for my daughters because I just can’t resist and this year was no different.


My youngest daughter who is five years old loves both Lalaloopsy and baby dolls.  So when I heard about Lalaloopsy Babies, I knew this would be an instant hit under the tree on Christmas morning.  The new line of babies allows girls to revisit their favorite original characters and some new friends as soft, loveable babies complete with pacifier and bottle.

We received Pillow Featherbed for review and she is incredibly soft and perfect for my 5 year old to cuddle with at bedtime.  Not only will she have a new lovey, but my daughter can take care of the Lalaloopsy Babies by tending to the cloth diaper, pacifier and lamb shaped bottle.

At just $19.99, the Lalaloopsy Babies series makes a great holiday gift for a classmate or as a surprise under the tree! Or if your child loves to create hairstyles, check out the Lalaloopsy Loopy Hair doll which has extra-long, extra-soft hair that can be styles, braided and brushed.  Each doll even comes with it’s own hair clips and comb so your child can create the next fashion look.

Brave the crowds this Christmas Eve to find one for yourself!  Don’t miss any of the latest Lalaloopsy action by following on Twitter and Facebook.

12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Eleven #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

It’s day ELEVEN which means it is officially Christmas Eve Eve…have you finished shopping yet?  Day eleven is particularly exciting because we are so close to finding out the Grand Prize Winner of the 12 Days of Neutrogena Giveaways!  With the hustle, bustle and excitement of the holidays, don’t forget to take a minute to moisturize your winter skin.

To help make skin care easy, today’s giveaway includes both the Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day and Night Moisturizers (ARV $25).

Neutrogena® Deep Moisture Night Cream is clinically proven to dramatically increase skin’s moisture level in just 1 week.

This fast-absorbing, non-comedogenic formula, with Vitamin D3 and Glycerin, works deep within the skin’s surface and over time helps boost skin’s ability to replenish and hold onto moisture. Vitamin D3 is a superior moisturizer that helps balance skin’s moisture levels. Glycerin moisturizes deeply, instantly improving the look and feel of skin.

Deep Moisture Night Cream instantly relieves dryness, without a heavy, greasy feeling, creating softer, healthier, younger-looking skin that lasts.

Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

A Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

 
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12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Ten #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

Hectic.

That about sums up my December.

I don’t know about you, but the holiday season has gone by incredibly fast for me.  There is so much to and less time to do it in.  While I am shopping for gifts, preparing for a family party or volunteering at my daughters’ school, it is very easy to forget to take care of ME.  Fortunately, I have a few very easy and inexpensive ways to pamper myself such as the Neutrogena Pore Refining Daily Cleanser and Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser.

Pore Refining Daily Cleanser starts working on contact to shrink the look of pores and refine skin’s tone and texture. Week after week, it continually reduces the appearance of pores for skin that’s clear and smooth.

This dermatologist-tested alpha and beta hydroxyl formula delivers visible results by sweeping away dead surface skin and smoothing over rough, uneven patches. It penetrates deep into pores so they appear smaller and less visible. Skin is instantly smoother and more even toned. With continued daily use, pores look visibly smaller week after week.

On this tenth day of Neutrogena giveaways, one winner will receive the Pore Refining Daily Cleanser and Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser (ARV $15).  Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

A Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

 
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12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Nine #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

Your tree is trimmed, your house decor is sparkling, and the gifts are glittering with the holidays only a few days away.  But don’t let the holiday outshine you!  Add a spark to your makeup routine with the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow!

Neutrogena® Crease Proof Eye Shadow instantly revives and brightens eyes with sheer, silky color and light reflecting pearls. Built-in primer prevents creasing, fading and smudging, while the anti-oxidant rich formula nourishes the delicate eye area.

I will admit that I shy away from eyeshadow because I just don’t have the skill to make it look amazing.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try the Crease Proof Eye Shadow and I absolutely love it.  I feel like I have more control with the cream shadow and more of an ability to blend the colors to get the perfect look.  I will never go back to powder shadow!

Want to get the look?  One winner will receive five of the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow (ARV $42)!  Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

A Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

 
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12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena: Day Eight #NTGHoliday

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

Now that you “WOWed” the crowd with your holiday makeover, make sure that you keep your fresh face by removing all traces of makeup before hitting the sack.  Day Eight of the 12 Days of Neutrogena Giveaways will be on the right track with Neutogena Makeup Remover Wipes, Makeup Remover Wipes Refill Pack + Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (ARV $22).

 

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup–even waterproof mascara–for clean, fresh skin in one easy step.

These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. And it’s gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers.

Don’t forget to enter all of the Neutrogena giveaways in order to have a better chance at winning the Grand Prize!

New to the 12 Days of Giveaways with Neutrogena? Here’s how to play:

1. Each day, a new Neutrogena giveaway will be posted right here on Experimental Mommy.

2. Enter the daily giveaways to win the posted prize pack.

3. On Day 12, ALL entries from the previous 11 giveaways will be pooled and one lucky winner will receive….wait for it…..wait for it…..

A Gucci Miss GG Top-Handle Leather Bag Valued at $1580!!!

So, the more entries you have in all 11 of the previous Neutrogena giveaways, the better chance you have at winning the bag! Ready, Set, GO! Enter below:

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Gift Ideas for Girls: One Direction What Makes You Beautiful Doll Collection

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

My eight year old daughter is obsessed with a few things right now: the Rainbow Loom, nail art, Justice and One Direction.  Few things in life are more important or can get her attention quite like these.  Needless to say, all have made an appearance on her Christmas wish list.

While it might be tough for Santa to fit the guys of One Direction down our chimney, the One Direction What Makes You Beautiful Doll Collection fits perfectly in a stocking!  About the collection:

Together, Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn make up the hit singing group known as 1D, and now all five members of the band can be yours when you collect these true-to-life 12″ figures. (Each sold separately.) Each figure comes with a stylish outfit true to each band member’s signature look. For the ultimate 1D fan, this is the premiere collection of Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn figures. Collect them all.

My daughter is a Liam fan, so this makes the perfect stocking stuffer for her!  While the doll does not sing, the clothes are well made and she will love displaying him on her bookcases (I have a feeling the other four band members will make an appearance soon).

The One Direction What Makes You Beautiful Doll Collection (Liam) is available on Amazon Prime right now for just $22.98 so you can still get Liam in your daughter’s stocking, too!