Join Me for a Splenda #SweetSwaps Twitter Party!

This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
I had so much fun swapping out my usual recipes with Splenda that I am teaming up with The Motherhood again to bring you even more ways to make #SweetSwaps throughout the year! SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to reduce sugar by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to save calories all year long so join me for a fun Twitter Party to learn some sweet tips and spring recipes ideas from the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative!
To make the party even sweeter, this month the initiative is turning your #SweetSwaps tips into a donation to the American Diabetes Association! Join us to exchange ideas to swap full sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. For each post shared with #SweetSwaps, SPLENDA® Brand will make a $3.65 contribution (up to $25,000) supporting efforts to stop diabetes.
When: Thursday, April 24 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #SweetSwaps hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/365sweetswaps
Hashtag: #SweetSwaps
Prizes: 10 prizes will be awarded to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card and a “SPLENDA® SWEET SWAPS™ for Spring” gift basket containing:
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Packets
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, French Vanilla
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, Hazelnut
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, Mocha
SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
Seasonal SPLENDA® Sweeteners Recipe Cards
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Co-Hosts:

Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals {Giveaway}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Neutrogena.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Inspired by Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite natural products.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  Admittedly, my first thought was that natural=less effective.  But I am happy to report that I absolutely love the entire NEUTROGENA® Naturals line.  A bit about the products:

NEUTROGENA® Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals which features bionutrients (highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature). Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The entire line is Earthwards recognized for their sustainability but the great thing is that Neutrogena doesn’t stop at the skin care line.  The brand is committed to supporting sustainable forestry so packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.  Plus, to reduce its footprint and sustainability, NEUTROGENA® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.  From start to finish, this is a product line you can be proud to own (not to mention your face will look fab, too)!

Neutrogena continues to build on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identified a great need for cleansers within the naturals space designed without additives like surfactants, products Neutrogena® Ambassador, Kristen Bell can stand behind. The line includes cleansers and a lip balm which offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Ready for an all natural experience? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the entire Neutrogena Naturals line including lip balm, face and body bar, makeup remover, purifying pore scrub and a facial cleanser! Enter below:

 
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Inspire Innovation with GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank {Giveaway}

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

I am the proud Mama of two beautiful daughters.  They love pink.  They love dancing.  They love princess.  But that doesn’t mean that they can’t love math, Science and engineering.  I, too, was a pink-loving twinkle toes who grew up to achieve a Master of Science in Biology and I will encourage my daughters to chase their dreams as well.

Toys that teach and encourage imagination are tops on my list so I could not have been happier to review GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank.

GoldieBlox is a book and construction set series that aims to get girls building, close the gender gap in STEM fields and inspire the next generation of female engineers.

Each building set comes with a story which sets the scene for the construction.  My 9 year old took the reigns by reading the story first while my 6 year old sorted through the pieces.  Finally, the girls worked together to bring the story to life by actually building the scene.

In GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, Nacho, Goldie’s dog, hates water and loves being dirty. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption – a dunk tank! As the story progresses, kids learn about hinges and levers while creating a dunk tank for Nacho to finally bathe in before they all head to the town carnival.

My daughters were able to assemble the set with no help from me.  It was great to see them working through problems together and conquering the task at hand.  But one of my favorite features is actually the box! What an ingenious idea to have all of the pieces actually snap into place so nothing gets lost. Plus, the pieces of each GoldieBlox set work in conjunction with others so the possibilities are endless.

If you are looking for a last minute addition to your child’s Easter basket, head to Target where you will find GoldieBlox sets for just $19.99.  Or, you can win GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank right here on Experimental Mommy.  Enter below:

 
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Fueling My Morning with Quaker Shakes {Giveaway}

This post was created in partnership with Quaker. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

With two school-aged children, morning is anything but peaceful.  Once the alarm wakes us from our comfy beds, it is a race to get everyone dressed, lunches made, schoolbags packed and to school on time.  While I would love to say that I wake up extra early to cook a lovely breakfast for my girls, it is just not reality.

Because we are so pressed for time, I am always on the lookout for a nutritious, filling and quick breakfast that my family and I will enjoy.  Thankfully, I was recently introduced to Quaker Breakfast Shakes.  Made with Quaker oats, these shakes contain 8g of whole grain, 10g of protein and 6g of fiber not to mention they come in three delicious flavors.

My daughters spotted the chocolate variety first (they inherited my love of all things chocolate) and couldn’t wait to give it a try.  I actually split one bottle of Quaker Shakes between the two of them and they were satisfied and full.  Hubby and I tried the strawberry and vanilla, but chocolate was definitely the winner in our home.

Want to give them a try?  Print this $2 off coupon and grab your own bottles of Quaker Shakes to fuel your morning routine.  Even better? Win a $25 Walmart gift card right here at Experimental Mommy so you can create your own little stockpile of Quaker Shakes at home!  Enter below:
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My Mess is No Match for the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS #BringItOn

With two little ballerinas in my home, there is rarely a dull moment.  Their tappin’ feet seem to constantly move and it’s hard to get them to stay still even at meal times.  The result?

Crumbs.

Everywhere.

Sometimes it seems like more food ends up on the floor than in their mouths which means clean up not only involves dishes but sweeping and vacuuming, too.  So when I was approached to review the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS vacuum, I was definitely game especially because this vacuum performed better than the Dyson DC41 based on independent testing.

How Does it Work:

  • Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS’ AirSpeed Technology uses an efficient floor-to-cup air path with limited twists and turns that decreases the distance dust needs to travel and increases airflow, providing maximum suction power.
  • Engineered to clean a multitude of surfaces in your home, the Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS features a brushroll that can be turned on to deep clean carpets, and off to safely remove dirt and debris from bare floors.
  • The vacuum’s suction control valve lets you direct all of the power to the floors or to the tools, so you can deep clean to stairs, furniture and crevices.

The Challenge

We were asked to mimic the mess our kids make and put the vacuum to the ultimate test.  Because my two girls are cereal lovers, I decided to see how easy it would be to clean up spilled cereal crushed by the feet of little dancers into my carpet. Check out our video below:

It’s that easy.  As soon as I turned the power on, the crumbs literally started moving towards the vacuum.  Now that’s some suction!  With one simple pass of the vacuum, not only did the Eureka pick up the whole pieces of cereal, but the ground in dirt, too.  I love that you can turn the brushroll on to deep clean the carpet or turn it off with a push of the button to easy move to your hardwood floors seamlessly.

Intrigued?  You can find the Eureka Airspeed ALL FLOORS is available nationwide at Walmart for just $98! And even better, not one but TWO people will win the vacuum right here at Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:

 
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Disney Apparel By Jumping Beans Capsule Collection at Kohl’s #MagicatPlay

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

Tomorrow morning, I will be heading for an adventure of a lifetime as I will be joining 150 other bloggers at Disney Social Media Moms Conference at Disneyland.  I was fortunate enough to attend the very first conference in Orlando but this time, I am bringing the family.  To say we are excited would be an understatement.

With two daughters ages 6 and 9, you can imagine that they are all about the wardrobe and getting “Minnie-fied” before the big day.  Fortunately, the new Disney Apparel by Jumping Beans Capsule Collection arrived at Kohl’s on April 3rd!  Because there isn’t a Kohl’s near my home, I did some online shopping (I love not having to wait in line!).

Plenty of red, white and blue in this collection which is perfect for Summer month celebrations.  And of course, plenty of pink for the girly girls, too!  My daughter selected a Minnie Mouse top that has red stripes, a peplum, and some bling.  When the tops arrived, we tried a few different looks and found the top went great with leggings and shorts. As a Mom, I love that the tops were just $14 each.

Look for my girls sporting these new looks if you will be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference this year, too!  Does your child’s wardrobe need a little Mickey or Minnie?  One luck Experimental Mommy reader will win a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card to get you started.  Enter below:

Remember to  use the hashtag #MagicAtPlay and tag @DisneyLiving and @Kohls when sharing with your social media community.

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Fill Your Easter Basket with Nestle Seasonal Offerings

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

April is hopping by!  I can’t believe it is almost Easter already!  With all the cold weather, I sure hope the Easter Bunny is watching his calendar and stocking up on treats to stuff those baskets.  Thankfully, Nestle’s seasonal offerings can help with fun and unique items perfect for any basket.

One of my favorite finds in my childhood Easter basket was NERDS.  Just about any flavor would do, but the Strawberry Lemonade were my favorite.  Now, my kids love the NERDS Bumpy Jelly Beans!  And don’t settle for any old chocolate bunny when you can give the Nestle Crunch Bunny surrounded by Butterfinger or Crunch NestEggs.  

Every year, the kids look forward to our traditional Easter Egg Hunt.  But as the kids get older, the hunt becomes easier.  But they are in for a surprise this year because we will be using the Hard2Find Egg Hunt™ Indoor Kit and Hard2Find Egg Hunt™ Outdoor Kit. Even the best egg hunter will be surprised to find the nature inspired camouflaged eggs to look like nature, while the indoor kit comes with fun and unique hiding spots!

How to Draw Beaker from Muppet Labs {Printable}

I have some wonderful childhood memories of watching The Muppet Show with my family.  It was a show that made us smile, laugh, and chuckle…together.  By looking at the design on my blog, it should come as no surprise that Beaker from Muppet Labs is my all-time favorite Muppet and I am so happy to see that he makes another appearance in the soon-to-be release Muppets Most Wanted movie.

To build excitement about the movie, check out this great tutorial on how to draw your own Beaker!

Download the PDF Printable Here.

 

Who’s your favorite Muppet?  Don’t forget to head to the movie theater on March 21st to support your favorite character!

I Love Max.

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

Lines.  I hate them.  I have absolutely no patience for navigating crowded stores and waiting in long lines making online shopping very attractive.  I try to get the majority (if not all) of my holiday shopping done online but shipping fees can really do a number on the budget.

Fortunately, there’s a new guy in town and his name is Max.  There are millions of reasons to love Max.  Max opens doors and carries your bags. He brings gifts (delivered in two-days or less!). Max is the real deal. And at just $39/year, he’s a steal. The other guy is just past his PRIME.

Meet Shop Your Way MAX, which offers free two-day shipping on Sears and Kmart merchandise for just $39/year. Shop Your Way MAX is available to members of Shop Your Way, a free online social shopping program that offers perks and points whenever you shop at Sears or Kmart.


At just $39/year, less money on shipping means more money to spend on gifts.  Members get free two-day shipping on tons of items, from tools and clothing to footwear and more.  Not convinced?  Try Shop Your Way MAX free for 90 days! Sign up and activate free two-day shipping for just $39/year.

Learning About Skincare at the RoC Academy

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and RoC.  While I am being compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

For the last two weeks since my first post about the RoC Academy, I have immersed myself in learning about how my skin ages and how I can effectively fight back….and you can fight back.  I didn’t want to keep all this great info to myself, so I invited  few friends to take the RoC Academy courses as well.

While your skin starts aging at birth, normal signs of aging start to appear in your 20s.  What I love about the RoC Academy, is that you can personalize the experience by choosing your age and topics you are most interested in learning more about.  Here are a few fun facts we learned:

  • Retinoids are a type of Vitamin A that occurs in many foods such as milk, eggs and colorful vegetables.
  • All retinoids are not equal.  Retinoic Acid is most effective but requires a prescription.
  • Retinol is the number one dermatologist-recommended cosmetic anti-aging ingredient. It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles to improve the look of collagen-depleted skin while complementing the skin’s natural processes….and it’s over-the-counter.
  • The RoC® Brand launched the first pure, stabilized form of retinol in 1995.

The RoC Academy answered some of our most pressing questions, but my readers also submitted a few questions, too.

Sadie asks, “There are so many issues from dullness, to dark spots, but my top concern is how to get rid of the deep lines in my forehead.”

The RoC Deep Wrinkle Filler is specifically formulated to show results immediately and after four weeks.  This breakthrough dual-action formula, with an exclusive fusion of hyaluronic acid and pure RoC®RETINOL, is clinically proven to fill creases and diminish the look of deep wrinkles. It’s noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores) and dermatologist tested.

Karen asks, “What can I do about the dark circles under my eyes?

The skin around your eyes is very delicate and deserves special treatment After just four weeks of use, the RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream will even out the look of dark eye circles and reduce puffiness.  In 12 weeks, you will see wrinkles vanish, too!

Want to learn more?  Make plans to attend the #RoCAcademy Twitter Party this Thursday, April 3rd at 1pm EST.  A dermatologist will be on hand to answer your pressing skin care questions so make sure to RSVP here.