My Favorite Things Day 7: Winter Skin Rx from Neutrogena

Welcome to Day 7 of My Favorite Things Giveaway! Neutrogena has been so generous providing all of these gifts for my readers and now they have offered to provide one winner with a Winter Skin Rx gift basket.  I recently had the opportunity to try the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Kit and I am completely hooked.  I have never used a product like this before and I cannot believe how smooth my skin was after using it for just one day.  You are going to love it, too!

The basket includes:

  • Microdermabrasion Kit
  • Rapid Tone Repair Night
  • Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
  • Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
  • UGC
  • All-in-1 Acne Treatment
  • $25.00 American Express Gift Card

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Fisher-Price Moments of Joy Sweepstakes {$100 AMEX Giveaway}

As a Mom, I don’t leave home without my camera.  Whether it’s the camera on my phone or my DSLR, I am armed and ready to capture those precious spontaneous moments that I want to remember forever.  Because my kids are young, they love to be the star of pictures and even take pictures with me.  I know they will turn into unwilling subjects as the teenage years approach, so I am soaking up the fun and snapping away now.

Social media has made sharing these special moments with our family and friends so much easier.  From my phone, I can take a picture and instantly show it to my Mom by uploading to Twitter or Facebook.  And now, Fisher-Price has added another way to share your photos through a new site called “Moments of Joy.”

Simply upload your favorite moments to showcase your children experiencing true joy!  During your upload, you can place your pictures in categories such as Celebrations, Sweet Dreams of Fabulous Firsts to name a few.  You can even upload videos or type a favorite story.  And the best part?  You can win fabulous prizes just for uploading your pictures, videos or stories in the Fisher-Price Moments of Joy Sweepstakes.

From now through December 20th, you can share your Moment of Joy to be automatically entered to win!  The Fisher-Price Moments of Joy Sweepstakes will include five weekly winners selected at random to receive a $100 gift card each, and one grand prize winner selected at random to win up to $1,000 of Fisher-Price toys!  You can upload your pictures on their Facebook Page or via the Moment of Joy site.

I had a chance to test drive the site before it was open to the public and upload some of my own favorite Moments of Joy.  Uploading was incredibly easy and browsing the other pictures made me say “Awwwww….” on more than a few occasions.  So head over to Fisher-Price and start sharing to win!  To be eligible for prizes, you must be the age of majority in your state of residence and a legal resident of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.  Check out the official rules here.

Want more ways to win?  I have a $100 AMEX gift card to give away to one of my own readers, too!  Enter below!

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This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While I was compensated for my time from Fisher-Price, all opinions remain 100% my own.

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.

 

 

My Outstandwich: New Orleans French Fry Po-Boy ( and $100 AMEX Giveaway)

If you are looking for a healthy, low calorie sandwich idea….you are in the wrong place. In fact, avert your eyes and shut your browser because you may just become tempted to make this New Orleans staple.  For those of you here looking for a satisfying, scrumptious and inexpensive meal….look no further!

Recently, I was contacted by KRAFT foods to participate in a virtual sandwich road trip to share my favorite regional sandwich with my readers.  The recipe will be featured on their new site, Outstandwich, and will launch on July 18th.  Now, if you’re a NOLA native like myself, you know that Sandwich=Po-Boy here in New Orleans.  And one Po-Boy on every menu is the “French Fry Po-Boy” which I will share with you today.

Before I begin, what’s a New Orleans recipe without a little history, y’all?  I found this great explanation on FrenchQuarter.com:

As with most elements of New Orleans history, the origin of the po-boy has competing versions flavored over the years by creative storytellers and self-appointed authorities of dubious veracity. But the most widely accepted story holds that the sandwich was invented by Clovis and Benjamin Martin, brothers and former streetcar drivers who opened a restaurant on St. Claude Avenue in the 1920s. When streetcar drivers went on strike in 1929, the brothers took up their cause and created an inexpensive sandwich of gravy and spare bits of roast beef on French bread they would serve the unemployed workers out of the rear of their restaurant. When a worker came to get one, the cry would go up in the kitchen that “here comes another poor boy!,” and the name was transferred to the sandwich, eventually becoming “po-boy” in common usage.”

The Po-Boy is a tradition and the French Fry version is no exception!  It is generally the most inexpensive po-boy on local menus, but don’t be deceived, it is excellent in taste!

What you Need to Make It:

One loaf of French Bread

Miracle Whip

Frozen French Fried Potatoes

1/4 cup beef drippings

3/4 cup water

Brown Gravy Mix

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (KRAFT Triple Cheddar Shredded Cheese)

How to Make It:

If you have the talent, feel free to steak cut potatoes and bake or fry them to your liking.  Or, if you are short on time, frying some frozen french fried potatoes (shoestring is my favorite) will work just fine.  While the potatoes are baking/frying, make the brown gravy according to the packaged directions.  For a beef flavoring add 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of beef pan drippings from a previous meal.  Cut a 12″ piece of French Bread from the loaf and cut horizontally to open the bread.  Slather the bread with Miracle Whip, add french fries and pour on a hearty amount of the prepared brown gravy.  Add cheese.

If you are in New Orleans, you may have the option of ordering your sandwich “dressed.”  No, this doesn’t mean that your sandwich will arrive with a shirt and pants!  If you order your po-boy dressed, it will arrive at your table with mayo, lettuce and tomato.

Finally, press your sandwich closed, slice in half, and enjoy the yummy-ness!  HEAVEN!

Now, it’s your turn!!

Do you have a special “Outstandwich” that represents your Region or City?  Share it with me in the comments!  Make sure you leave the entire recipe so we can try it.  A panel of judges (namely, my two contributing editors Jennifer and Beth) will each select two of their favorite recipes giving us a top four recipe sandwich-off.  My husband and I will make each of the four sandwiches and select a final winner!

What do you win (besides bragging rights of course)?

The winning recipe will be featured on Experimental Mommy as well as the KRAFT Outstandwich website when it launches on July 18th!  And…..a $100 American Express Gift Card!!  If you are the chosen winner, I will need a picture of your homemade sandwich for display in a post on Experimental Mommy.

How to Enter:

1.  Submit your own regional/local recipe for your favorite “Outstandwich” in the comments below. It is not a requirement to use KRAFT products in your sandwich.

Additional Entries:

1.  Because this is not a random drawing, there are no additional entry options.  But, I would love it you would help me spread the word about the contest on Twitter and Facebook!

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy. While I did receive the same prize pack offered here, all opinions remain 100% mine.  Entries must be submitted by June 18, 2011.  The winner will be announced on June 19 and will be notified by email.  A picture of the winning sandwich will be required no later than June 20, 2011.

Prilosec OTC $25 Rebate and $100 AMEX Giveaway!

Living in New Orleans, it is hard to find food that isn’t spicy!  Unfortunately, my husband suffers from heartburn quite frequently and spicy foods are a definite trigger but apparently he isn’t alone.  Forty percent of Americans suffer from heartburn as well.  What do you do to combat heartburn?

Prilosec OTC helps alleviate heartburn and works with just one pill a day.  In fact, it is the #1 doctor and pharmacist recommended OTC heartburn medicine.  Think this may help?  Want to give it a try?  From now until February 15th, buy two 42-count packs of Prilosec OTC in the same transaction and receive a $25 gift card by mail!

GIVEAWAY

Prilosec OTC helps you enjoy the foods you love without the consequences!  To celebrate, one reader will win a $100 AMEX gift card and a Prilosec OTC gift pack!

How to Enter (mandatory entry):

1.  Tell me about your favorite guilty-pleasure food!

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! 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.  Comment on a non-giveaway post here at Experimental Mommy.

Want more chances to win?  Visit my bloggy friends (who all have another $100 AMEX to give away)!

Empowering Mommy , Babes and Kids Review, Southern Bella’s Ways to Save, Being Alison, My Silly Monkeys, Kiddies Corner Deals, Blessings Abound, Moddy Mama Says, The Divine Miss Mommy, I Could Use a Deal,

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 27th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Preserve your Halloween Memories with Kodak Gallery {$50 AMEX Giveaway}

Can you guess which day of the year is the busiest for photo uploading?  Christmas?  Nope.  Mother’s Day?  Wrong again.  It’s the day after Halloween!  Who doesn’t want to share the adorable photos of their little monsters and princesses?

As soon as we arrived home, I began uploading my pictures to Facebook in order to share with family and friends, but my biggest problem is actually printing the pictures to enjoy for a lifetime!  When my first daughter arrived in 2005, I was ambitious and began scrapbooking.  While I love the process, it is just that…a process.  When my second daughter arrived, I had little to no time (or energy) to create more books.  So, I am thrilled to learn that the KODAK Gallery with it’s SMARTFIT Technology practically creates the book for you!

From now through November 11, KODAK Gallery is offering some very cute Halloween templates to create your very own photo book compiling memories of tricks and treats.  And with SMARTFIT technology you can literally create a professional photo book in a few short minutes!  About SMARTFIT:

SMARTFIT Technology, our newest method automatically creates your Photo Book in seconds—it’s that fast! SMARTFIT Technology perceptively performs all the photo organizing and placement in chronological order. Of course, if you’d prefer to make any changes, you can customize your book, your way. It’s an expedited way to create your Photo Book.

I have begun to upload my photos from all of the past Halloweens.  I thought it would be a fun way to see how the girls have changed over the years.  Uploading my pictures has been extremely easy and I can’t wait to see how my photo book turns out!

GIVEAWAY

Could you use some help organizing your photos?  KODAK Gallery has generously offered a $50 AMEX Gift Card to TWO readers to create their own photo book!

How to enter:

1. What would the title of your KODAK Gallery Halloween Photo Book be?  My Little Monsters?  Spooktacular Halloween?  Get Creative!

Additional entries

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

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @GalleryExposure 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 button on your sidebar.

6.  Upload your favorite Halloween photo to Twitter and tweet this message:

Show your fave Halloween pic to win a $50 AMEX card from @BridgetteLA & @GalleryExposure! #hocusfocus http://www.thenotsoblog.com/?p=7038

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on November 12th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. and Canadian Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a gift card from Kodak Gallery to facilitate this review but all opinions remain 100% mine.

HALLS Refresh: $100 AMEX Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to do a product review for the new HALLS Refresh.  With the holiday party season upon us, and catching up with old friends and family is a priority, I keep some of these Mouth Moistening products in my purse.

Refresh LogoHALLS Refresh is a great tasting, sugar-free drop that has been specially formulated to help moisten your mouth. It is available in three, mouth-watering flavors: Juicy Strawberry (my personal favorite), Tropical Wave and Refreshing Mint.  The drops can be found in the same stores you find HALLS today and should be used anytime you are looking for mouth-moistening refreshment!

HALLS_RefreshrobeHALLS would like to not only refresh you, but pamper you with a fabulous holiday giveaway!  One lucky reader  will receive this lovely Robe and Slipper set, along with a $100 AMEX gift card to spend as you wish!

How to enter:

1. Visit  Halls and tell me another product your family could use this cold and flu season!

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! 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 Halls on Facebook.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 4th. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product.