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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Get Ready for Awards Season with Movies On Demand {Giveaway}

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Movies on Demand.

With two kids, the majority of the movies we go to see at the theater are geared for children.  To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I saw a non-animated movie.  With Awards Season less than one month away, it is safe to say that I have not seen most of the nominated films.  I have a lot of catching up to do!

Fortunately, with Movies On Demand, I can get ready for the big night with just the click of a button from the comfort of my own home.  Right now, many of the Awards Season favorites are being featured on Movies On Demand including:

  • Blue Jasmine – Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay
  • Captain Phillips – Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
  • Despicable Me 2 – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Original Song

Hubby and I have planned a date night next weekend complete with cozy blanket and fresh popped popcorn in order to check out some of these films.  The award shows are much more fun when you have a favorite movie to root for, right?!  If you want to have your own movie night, get more info about Movies On Demand and enter my giveaway below to win a prize pack including:

  • $20 Cable Cash to order movies
  • $25 VISA gift card to buy snacks
  • MOD blanket and cups

 

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Play MG Gaming Device Ends the Cell Phone War in My Home {Giveaway}

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

My sons are ages 14 and 8. Like most teenagers, my 14 year old has a phone but there’s no way I’m paying for phone service for an 8 year old that only wants to play games. So, whenever we’re out I often hear, “Mom, can I play on your phone?” I’m okay with him playing on my phone, but he tends to run the battery down. Plus, I need my phone! It’s embarrassing to admit, but I use the phone a lot. Enter my new best friend…the Play MG.

The Play MG is the first of its kind – an Android gaming system designed just for young people. Now get more than 60,000 app games; a 4-inch touch screen; cool and slim pocketable design; and a super easy way to responsibly make app purchases without bothering or surprising your parents. It’s designed for you, designed for games, designed for some serious, and not-so-serious play.

The PlayMG has all the cool gaming and networking features of a smart phone without the monthly fee. It comes pre-loaded with several premium games from companies like EA and Com2us. And, of course, there are tons of free and inexpensive games available at Google Play. So far, my kids’ favorite game has been Inotia4. (Yes, my older son had to get in on the fun!) Both kids absolutely love this system!

But there’s also something cool in here for us parents…it has parental controls! Yes, you read that right, PARENTAL CONTROLS. There’s a Family Collaboration System app that has some really cool features:

  • Digital Wallet – lets parents create “game allowances” with a prepaid MasterCard®.
  • Activity Tracking – it tracks what apps are used and for how long. This ends the, “…but I’ve only been playing for 15 minutes” argument.
  • Weekly Report Emails – parents are sent a weekly summary of the app usage. But, you can log onto the system any time to review the summary.
  • The best part, the Family Collaboration System is password protected, so the kids can’t turn it off.

The PlayMG is available in stores like Target, Amazon, and ToysRUs, or you can buy it directly from www.playmg.com. MSRP is $159.99 – $166.99 (a LOT cheaper than a smartphone).  Want to learn more?  Check out the video on how the Play MG works.  Ready to play?  One lucky winner will get their very own Play MG system right here on Experimental Mommy!  Enter below:
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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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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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