WINNERS!

Congrats to the recent winners of our giveaways!  The winners are:

CP Toys Doll Clothes: Kylie C.

Baskin Robbins Gift Card: Eleanor

Hasbro Simon Flash: Brittney

Waterpik: Sandra U.

Toyland Express Book: Sheila A.

Build-A-Bear Gift Card: Fancygrlnancy

Ivory Soap: Crissy D.

SONIC: Kristi C.

Icebreaker Apparel: Sandra U.

Trop50: Wanda M.

K-Cup Pamper Pack: Melanie

Alexia Foods: Valerie

Aunt Sassy Sauces: Krystalynn

Lazoo: Sandra

Hershey’s Valentine’s Day: kyzhere

CP Toys Storage Buckets: Janet W.

HairThingz: Claire

Hyland’s: Christina S.

You will all receive an email shortly.  Please respond within 72 hours to claim your prize!

 

Helping Pampers Celebrate One Million Fans!

As a member of Pampers Baby Board, I am fortunate to be one of the first to learn of upcoming promotions, special events and new products.  I have loved passing the news along to you, my readers, and providing lots of fun giveaways, too!  Today, I am happy to report that Pampers just surpassed one MILLION fans on Facebook!

To celebrate the One Million Fan Milestone, Pampers is rewarding their followers by giving away 10,000 Gifts to Grow Reward Points to 100 fans (1,000,000 points total!).  Have you heard of Gifts to Grow Points?  Every time you purchase Pampers diapers or wipes, simply collect the Gifts to Grow codes and enter them online (or via their new app).  Accumulate points until you have enough to “purchase” a reward from brands you love.

Want to win one of the 10,000 Gifts to Grow Points prizes?  Simply log in to the Pampers facebook page every day until March 22, 2012 for another entry!  Good Luck!

GIVEAWAY

One of my lucky readers will win 500 Gifts to Grow Points!

How to enter:

1. Tell me how long you have been collecting Pampers Gift to Grow Rewards!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @Pampers 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 Pampers on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 22nd. 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.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  While I am a member of Pampers Baby Board, I was not compensated for this post.

Fly Away with a $100 Southwest Airlines Gift Card!

With the arrival of beautiful warm weather here in South Louisiana, I am suffering from major Spring Fever!  I am so ready for a vacation (can you say beach?)!  Are you headed on Spring Break this year?  Saving for a family Summer vacation?  You are in luck!  I have teamed up with several other fabulous bloggers to giveaway one $100 Southwest Airlines Gift Card to one lucky reader!

Check out how to enter below and Good Luck!

 

[Read more…]

Color Strawberry Shortcake and Win the Latest DVDs!

At the age of 9, I loved everything Strawberry Shortcake.  I’m not just talking about the dolls and playsets.  That’s for lightweights.  I surrounded myself with all things Strawberry including the comforter, blanket, pillow, curtains and even a strawberry scented watch.  Oh yes.  It’s hard to believe, but 30 something years later, Strawberry Shortcake is still loved by kids…especially my own daughters.

On March 6th, two new animated DVDs were released including Strawberry Shortcake Berry Brick Road and Bloomin Berry Garden by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  About the DVDs:

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Brick Road follows Strawberry and her friends as they retell the classic “Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”  When a cyclone blows Strawberry to the strange land of Oz, she runs into trouble with the Wicked Witch and must journey to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard how to find her way back home.

Strawberry Shortcake: Bloomin’ Berry Garden shows that it’s time for garden growing fun with Strawberry and her friends as they prepare for the Spring Flower Festival!  But when magical sparkles make the Berrykins grow tall and the girls shrink down small, they discover that even when they’re tiny, they can make a big difference.”

Do your kids love Strawberry Shortcake?  Want to win both DVDs? 

It’s time to color!

Simply download this Coloring Sheet and have your kids create a Masterpiece!  Take a picture of their completed artwork and post to @BridgetteLA and @FoxHomeEnt on Twitter using hashtag #StrawberryShortcake.  Five favorites will be chosen and re-tweeted from @FoxHomeEnt and each will win both new Strawberry Shortcake DVDs!

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

Be Unique with Popgrrl Nail Charms {Giveaway}

With two little fashionistas in the house, I am destined to have a house full of sequins, high heels, makeup and nail polish!  Even at seven years old, my daughter wants to stand out from the crowd and have her own style.  As a Mom, I want her to be an individual and develop her creativity so I knew she would flip over Popgrrl Nail Charms.  Have you heard about them?

Move over Crackle and Metallic nail polish, Popgrrl Nails Charms have just POPPED and are here to stay!   Popgrrl, a new line of fashion accessories from The Wish Factory are here to take care of girls’ nail dilemmas. The perfect gift for any little sweet heart, Popgrrl Nail Charms, the first product line in the Popgrrl collection and featuring stick-on nails with 3D nail art effects – the unique designs pop right off the nail!

My girls aren’t allowed to wear nail polish to school, so we rarely paint them as it is such a pain to get off quickly.  But, they LOVE to play dress up on the weekend and the Popgrrl Nail Charms are perfect for a quick makeover! They come in a variety of basic designs including the Sweet Tooth collection, the Animal Instincts collection and the Bow So Cute collection.  We had a chance to try out the Sweet Tooth collection featuring the most adorable cupcakes, ice cream and donuts (with glitter, of course).

The nails were very easy to stick on top of the girls’ real nails, although the nails are a bit big for my seven year old.  The size didn’t hinder her fun as she wore them all day long!  After playtime, the nails easily came off with warm water.  You can see more by watching this video!

Recently, the line introduced scented nails, too, in Blow Pop, Tootsie Roll and Gummy Bears…fun!  The entire line from The Wish Factory was released in February of 2012 and is currently being sold at Toys R’ Us for $7.99.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will receive one set of Popgrrl Nail Charms!

How to enter:

1. Tell me which set of Popgrrl Nail Charms you would love to win!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @WishFactory 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 The Wish Factory on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 30th. 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.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions are 100% mine.

New Pampers Soft Care Baby Wipes {Year’s Supply Giveaway}

While my little ones are out of diapers (I secretly miss those tiny Pampers Swaddlers), you will find baby wipes in my grocery cart each and every week.  Gone are the days of messy diapers, but wipes definitely come in handy during spaghetti dinners or while creating an art masterpiece.  Not only do I use them on the girls, wipes are fabulous for cleaning creative spaces or the dinner table!

I have long been a fan of the Pampers Sensitive Wipes as we used them on my babies in the early days.  Since then, we have used the Soft Care wipes and I was thrilled to learn that they are now available in a new, pretty patterned container.

How cute are they?  I love that the container is soft which makes it very easy to throw in my purse or store in the car for those on-the-go messes.  Simply pop the top, grab a wipe and go!  The new Pampers Soft Care wipes in the new portable packaging is available now at your local stores.

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a YEAR’S supply of Pampers Soft Care Baby Wipes!

How to enter:

1. Visit Pampers and tell me how you use Soft Care wipes!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @Pampers 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 Pampers on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

6. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 21st. 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 who is a member of the Pampers Baby Board. Others may have a different experience.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Get Beautiful with Freeman Beauty Products {Giveaway}

As a busy mom, I often find that I don’t do enough for myself.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to make more time for ME.  As I get older I am very conscious of my skin and its condition.  Recently, I was introduced to a great all-natural line of skincare from Freeman and found that this gave me exactly what I was looking for!  I can spend a little time taking care of myself while enjoying their products, which are also very budget-friendly!

Never used Freeman Products before?  They aren’t new to the market.  From the website:  At Freeman, we live and breathe beauty. We are constantly researching the latest fresh ingredients and we’ve been doing it for over 30 years, meaning we have all the know-how to create products that are honestly good and are honestly good for you. We know that looking like a million bucks shouldn’t cost a million bucks and we are proud to offer affordable products that make premium beauty care within reach to all.”

Freeman sent me a terrific package which included a sample of two of their clay masks and one peel-off mask, along with a great tote perfect for travel.  The first one I tried was the Detoxifying Chocolate-Strawberry mask and I’m in love!   It’s nice and thick in texture, but dries relatively quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.  It may, however, be detrimental to your diet because it smells INCREDIBLE.  The entire time I had it on my face all I could think about was diving into the Valentine’s candy.  🙂

A few days later, I tried the cucumber peel-off mask and found it to have great benefits too.  It smells clean and fresh and rids your skin of yucky stuff that makes it less than perfect.   Freeman Beauty offers lots of other skincare products too, such as their incredible Avocado-Oatmeal mask, Creamy Apricot Scrub, and a Mint-Lemon clay mask.  You can find something to suit every skin type at Freeman Beauty!

Freeman also offers wonderful products for hair, body, hands, and feet.  The Freeman line is available at most local retailers and also online.   At some of the most reasonable prices around, you can enjoy many of Freeman’s products for the same price as just one bottle of some other products.  It’s definitely worth it!

GIVEAWAY

We are happy to have an identical Freeman Beauty kit to give away to one of our lucky readers!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me which Freeman Beauty product you are most excited to try!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @FreemanBeauty on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (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 Freeman Beauty on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 15th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of Jennifer of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Heart Minnie {Giveaway}

Download Printable Activities! With all of the violence and crime around each of us everyday it is nice to have something for your child to watch that shows friendship and fun. The new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Heart Minnie includes five classic episodes which include:

Minnie’s Birthday where the gang gets together to surprise Minnie on her Birthday by making a cake and putting up decorations.

Daisy’s Dance which is my favorite episode on the new DVD.  After a mishap everyone gets together to help Daisy Dance including your little one!

Daisy’s Pet Project where Daisy would love to get a pet that she can love but can’t make up here mind on what kind of pet to get.  Will it be an elephant, a giraffe or a bunny that Daisy chooses for her own?

Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower which is a brand new release. Working together Minnie and Daisy are able to get the clouds to sprinkle rain so that their flowers can bloom.

Minnie’s Rainbow, when a bright rainbow appears Minnie is determined to find the pot of gold at the end, but has an interesting adventure along the way.

The thing that we love about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is that it is fun for the entire family while still being educational for your little ones.  You never know what the next adventure is going to bring.  The two disc combo pack includes the feature five episode DVD, bonus “You’re Invited To Minnie’s Birthday Party,” the never before seen Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Show and a digital copy of the DVD so that your little ones can take it any place they go PLUS two “Best Friend” necklaces to share!  The gang demonstrates how friends can work together and do anything they put their minds to.

I heart Minnie would make a wonderful addition to any Easter Basket!

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Heart Minnie DVD Combo Pack!

How to Enter:

1. Tell me which episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I Heart Minnie episode your child would love best!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (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 button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on March 14th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This post is the opinion of Beth of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

Navigate the Nutrients {Win a $25 AMEX Gift Card}

I admit it. I am a carboholic. I love bread, pasta, chocolate, and more bread. You know what I don’t like? Vegetables. All of them. Well, maybe not corn and lettuce but the rest can take a hike.  I am not proud of my eating habits and realize that taking vitamins is an essential part of my day to maintain my health.  But which ones?

On a recent trip to my local drug store, I stood in front of an intimidating aisle of vitamins and supplements for every possible ailment or deficiency.  How do I know which one to choose?  Fortunately, you can take a quick, easy and FREE quiz at NutritionPossible.com to help you tame the vitamin aisle!  After taking the quiz (which takes about 5-10 minutes), you get personalized recommendations on what you may be lacking and suggestions on how to navigate the supplements available.  I learned that I may be lacking in iron and calcium (totally not surprised since I don’t eat a ton of red meat).  Not only can you take the quiz at Nutrition Possible, but you can get information on:

  • Supplements: The key to nutrition is making sure you are getting the right nutrients. NutritionPossible.com has the information you need to make more informed choices about how to enhance your diet with supplements.
  • Food & Diet: Sorting through all the different information about what to eat and how much can be overwhelming. The goal is to help you identify the right nutrient–packed foods to include in your diet.
  • Exercise & Lifestyle: Taking the right supplements and eating right, while a great start, is never enough. That’s why the site provides a mix of practical and creative suggestions for things everyone can do to improve their health and well-being.

So you’ve taken the quiz and found out which supplements are right for you.  Now what?  Download the high value coupon for Centrum available at the completion of the quiz and head to your local drug store!

GIVEAWAY

In order to make sure you get the supplements you need, one winner will receive a $25 AMEX gift card!

How to enter:

1. Take the Personal Assessment at Nutrition Possible and share one thing you didn’t know you were lacking!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and use hashtag #NutritionPossible 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 and Centrum on Facebook.

5. Place my blog banner on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on February 27th. Prizes not claimed in 24 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by One2One Network. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about NutritionPossible.com as a product or its effectiveness.  See the giveaway rules here.

 

 

HairThingz Hair Accessories {Giveaway}

As the Mom of two girls, you can only imagine what my bathroom looks like.  We have everything from brushes to detangler and ponytail holders to ribbons.  But despite the options, my girls will always struggle to decide what hairstyle they wish to wear to school….and will change their minds often.  This is quickly becoming my least favorite part of the day.

Recently, I was asked to try HairThingz with my daughters, a hair product like no other I have seen.  The “thingz” which look like spirals are made right here in the United States with recyclable, non-toxic polyethylene.  They come in packs of twelve in tons of fun colors like pink, purple, silver, red, orange and yellow (plus, I hear they are making glow in the dark ones, too!).

Each pack of HairThingz includes an instruction pamphlet to help you learn the proper way to use them and suggested hairstyles.  I tried them on my youngest daughter first who has very thick and curly hair that can be difficult to tame.  Since the Hairthingz for thick hair is not quite out yet, I decided to try two ponytails in her hair first.  After some practice, I was able to create a pretty cute ‘do.  In fact, I used two Hairthingz to create a candycane look which she loved.

I will admit that it takes a few tries to get used to placing them correctly in the hair, but once I got the hang of it, the process was simple.  My daughter wore her new hairstyle all day and they did not slip out at all….which says a LOT for an almost 4 year old!  I am looking forward to the HairThingz for thick hair and the new fun colors.

Take a look at all the fun options and try them for yourself for just $5.99 a pack!

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive two packs of HairThingz

How to Enter:

1. Tell me which pack of HairThingz your child would love!

Additional entries:

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @HairThingz on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (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 HairThingz on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

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

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. Others may have a differing opinion of the product. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.