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!

Showing Our #DisneySide, Princess Tiana Style!

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy.  While I received a package filled with Disney themed party supplies to facilitate this post, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Recently, I was selected to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration.  My daughters and I were so excited when the hostess package arrived and we started brainstorming for ideas.  Here in New Orleans, we are just finishing up Carnival season.  The fun begins on King’s Day and rolls through Mardi Gras which happened to land on my daughter’s 6th birthday this year.  Being the ultimate princess, she wanted to show her Disney Side on Mardi Gras Day!  I thought it was a perfect venue to show thousands of people our Disney Side.

Living in New Orleans, it is very easy to identify with Tiana from Princess and the Frog.  How lucky are we to have our very own Disney Princess?!  When the movie came out, it was really fun to see our hometown on the big screen so we have been a little Tiana obsessed since.

Mardi Gras Day is a very busy one for my family and I because we ride on a float in a parade filled with our closest friends and family.  To show our Disney Side, we began the day with our float-mates just like Tiana would…with beignets!  It was unseasonably cold, so cafe au lait hit the spot.  Does it get any better?

Once we boarded our float, we celebrated my daughter’s birthday with Tiana themed cupcakes!  She got a big kick out of people on the parade route singing her Happy Birthday.  As a reward, anyone who sang her happy birthday as we rolled down the street got a “Princess and the Frog” themed bead and a bracelet that came in our DisneySide package.  (We were so cold, so we are wrapped up and taking pictures was very hard!)

After our ride, we arrived home with our family and friends to continue our DisneySide Celebration with a traditional Mardi Gras treat, gumbo and King Cake!  My daughter (the birthday girl) got the baby (which symbolizes Baby Jesus) in the cake so she was super excited.

We had a great time enjoying Tiana’s city and showing off our DisneySide to the revelers on the streets of New Orleans.  Between the beignets, King Cake, cafe au lait, gumbo and beads, my birthday girl certainly felt like a Mardi Gras princess!  Show your own Disney side by visiting www.DisneySide.com or following @DisneyParks on Twitter.

Fight Wrinkles with RoC Skincare Products #RoCAcademy

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.

Come closer. I have a secret. But you have to promise not to tell anyone…..and I mean ANYONE. I will be turning 40 in just 4 months. What? I only look 21 you say? You are too kind. In fact, I love you. But alas, the truth is that 40 will be reality this July.

My Mom has really great skin, so I am hoping to follow in her footsteps.  But, rather than relying on genetics alone, I am taking this anti-aging thing seriously.  Fortunately, I have been asked to participate in the RoC Academy with some of my favorite bloggers which is an exclusive online resource that provides a behind-the-scenes look into skincare.  Over the next several weeks, I will be checking out the NEW RoC Retinol Correxion Line which focuses on anti-aging products.  Watch the video below for a quick introduction to what is available (and what you can win!):

Learn more about the products at a #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.

Need help with pesky wrinkles?  The RoC Skincare line is available at Walgreens but one lucky reader will win all of the products discussed in my video by simply asking one skin care question in the widget below.  In my next RoC post, some of your questions may be answered!

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How to Make Monkey Bread with Splenda

This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

In my first Splenda Sweet Swaps post, I put it out into the Universe that I was going to give up sweet tea (my guilty pleasure) for Lent.  I am happy to report, that with the help of Splenda, I have now gone more than a week without my sweet tea.  I feel like I should give an acceptance speech because surely there is an award for this kind of self-sacrifice.

Because I am going strong, I thought it would be a great idea to continue my #SweetSwaps journey and figure out a way to cut more sugar from my diet.  One of our favorite breakfast recipes is Monkey Bread which admittedly has more sugar than I would like.  I decided to swap 1 cup of brown sugar for 1/2 cup of  Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (there is an easy to use conversion chart on the package).

What you Need:

  • 2 cans of canned biscuits
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

How to Make It:

1.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in a gallon size ziploc bag.

2.  Cut biscuit dough into 4 pieces and roll into little balls.  Place dough in bag and shake to completely cover.

3.  Stack dough into a bundt pan.

4.  Mix brown sugar into melted butter and pour on top of dough.

5.  Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm!

So, how did our #SweetSwaps go?  I decided not to tell the kids about my little experiment to see if they could tell the difference.  After breakfast, both of their plates were clean with absolutely no leftovers….that’s a good sign!  The Splenda Brown Sugar Blend is a delicious and easy way to reduce the added sugar in our normal recipe without sacrificing texture or taste.

Looking for more ways to reduce added sugar in your favorite recipes?  Splenda has 365 ways to swap sugar for Splenda Sweetener Products as well as conversion charts and baking tips!  How will you reduce your sugar intake?