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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Outfit Your Nursery for Less {Crib Giveaway}

One of the most exciting parts about having a baby was designing the perfect nursery.  One of the most difficult parts was figuring out how to pay for it.  Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for price because Target has a great deal for you!
 The Delta Children Bentley crib will be on sale for $185 from $249.99.  Plus, Target is also going to offer a $20 off coupon with any purchase of $100 or more on anything in the department.  About the crib:
Made of solid hardwood, this beautiful crib has a sleigh design with clean lines and simple details. With its 3 mattress height positions, you can choose the right level for your child. Plus, this 4-in-1 convertible crib can grow with your child all the way into their teenage years. The Bentley sleigh crib transforms from a crib into a toddler bed, daybed and full-sized bed.
Another great way to save on nursery decor is to win it right here on Experimental Mommy!  One lucky reader will receive the Delta Children Bentley Crib!  Enter below:

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Take a Time Out with a Popsicle Pop Up Party!

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join the conversation.

Summer is officially over here in New Orleans and the kids have gone back to school.  We are in full swing with homework, projects, dance lessons, Girl Scouts and tumbling.  With only less than a month under our belts, we went from treading water to drowning in our hectic schedule. I feel like we are shuffling from one activity to the next with little time to stop and smell the roses.

So when the girls came home from a long week of school, I surprised them with a little Pop-Up Popsicle Party of our very own.  We donned our new Popsicle shirts and spent much needed time reconnecting while swinging on our porch enjoying their favorite flavor of Popsicle (cherry and grape, of course).

After our treat, my youngest asked if she could “make some art.”  She is much like her Mommy in that coloring and drawing relaxes her.  So, I set her up at the table with paper and markers and let her imagination run wild.   Check out what she drew (with no prompting from Mom, I promise).

If you can’t tell, it’s totally a cherry Popsicle with a bite taken off the top! I had a great time relaxing with my girls and sharing a Popsicle moment.  Do you need to take a break from the hectic back to school routine?  As a Popsicle Mom, I have a great prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader!  Enter below for a chance to win 10 coupons for FREE Popsicle products AND a $25 Target Gift Card!
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Our Favorite Popsicle {Giveaway}

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Popsicle® Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join the conversation.

When I was younger, I had a slight obsession with cinnamon.  I loved cinnamon gum, homemade cinnamon toothpicks and my all time favorite, Cinnamon Fire Jolly Ranchers.  Because the latter is hard to find, I decided to try more varieties of the popular Jolly Ranchers and discovered that I was an overall Jolly Rancher fan.

Now that I have my two daughters, I seem to have passed on my sweet tooth and love of hard candies.  Both of my girls love Jolly Ranchers (particularly the Watermelon and Green Apple varieties).  So when strolling through our local grocery store and spotting Popsicles in Jolly Rancher flavors, I knew they would be an instant hit.

Living in New Orleans, the Popsicle should be one of our major food groups in the Summer.  On a recent play date, I unveiled the Jolly Rancher Popsicles and my youngest went wild.  The single stick treat is layered with some of the most popular Jolly Rancher flavors including Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Green Apple and Grape.  At just 45 calories per pop, it’s not a bad treat for Mom either!

As we make our way through some Popsicle varieties (after all, we need material for our Popsicle Stick Summer Crafts), we will share with you our favorites.  So far, the Jolly Rancher Popsicles were a hit and the girls have requested the Popsicle Sour Patch Kids next.

What’s your favorite Popsicle?  Enter below to win a Popsicle Prize Pack including a $25 Target Gift Card and 10 coupons for FREE Popsicles!
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Get Pampers Swaddlers in Size 4/5 at Target! {Giveaway}

It’s no secret around here that I am a huge advocate for Pampers.  Both of my daughters wore Pampers throughout their diaper wearing years starting with the Newborn size Pampers Swaddlers.  I have always loved the quilted softness of Swaddlers as well as the stretchy overlapping fasteners which provided a perfect fit for both of my babies.

Once my daughters outgrew the Swaddlers, we switched to the Pampers Baby Dry which we loved as well.  But, I will admit that I missed the softness of the Swaddlers which seemed much more comfortable for my girls.  While I no longer have a need for diapers in my home, I am pleased to tell you that Swaddlers are now available in Sizes 4 and 5!  In fact, you can find the entire Swaddlers line (from preemie to Size 5) in Target stores nationwide.  To celebrate, if you buy two Economy packs of either Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers or Baby Dry at Target between January 27th and February 2nd, you will receive a free $20 Target gift card!

Want to learn more?  Join Mom It Forward and well known blogger Audrey McClelland tonight (January 22nd) from 9-10pmEST for a Twitter Party to learn tips and tricks on how to make your life 4 to 5 time easier!  Get more details and RSVP here.

Because I am super excited about the release of the Swaddlers in Sizes 4 and 5, I wanted to offer you a chance to win a Pampers Prize Pack including a $10 Target gift card, the First Years Deluxe Fold and Go diapering kit, Pampers wipes (64 count) and Swaddlers (size 4/5).  Enter to win below!

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This post is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy.  While product was received from Procter & Gamble for myself and the winner, all opinions remain 100% my own.

Come #CreateSmiles with Ella’s Kitchen on Twitter! {Giveaway}

Even though my youngest daughter is 4 years old, I remember the day we started on her rice cereal like it was yesterday. With the camera in tow, she took her first bite and it was….epic.

I have been blessed with a great eater right from the start. She was always willing to try new tastes and textures but as a Mom who worked outside of the home, I had to find portable options to bring to daycare. At the time, my selection was quite limited.  I recently learned about the products at Ella’s Kitchen and wish I could have benefited from them when my daughters were little!

Ella’s Kitchen was created by a Mom who was looking for healthy and delicious baby food which was easy to pop into a backpack to fit her on-the-go lifestyle.  She created this 100% organic line from a “kid’s view” to make eating fun, tasty and cool.  From color to texture, from taste to product names, Ella’s Kitchen keep what kids AND parents want at the forefront of their mission.  With products such as Smoothie Fruits and Nibbly Fingers, they are creating smiles all across the globe!

To learn more about Ella’s Kitchen, join the #Creating Smiles Twitter Party on October 16th from 7-9pm CST with your hosts  @EllasKitchenUSA @momof3boys3702 and @CrystalandComp.  By participating in the party, not only will you learn some pretty cool stuff, but you can win Ella’s Kitchen products and Target Gift Cards, too!  Make sure you RSVP here in order to be eligible for prizes!

To celebrate, I have Ella’s Kitchen products and a $25 Target Gift Card to giveaway right here on Experimental Mommy.  One winner will receive 10 pouches of Ella’s Kitchen products and another winner will receive a $25 Target gift card to purchase their own Ella’s Kitchen products.  The same winner may not receive both prizes.  Open to US Residents Only.

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Archer Farms Popcorn: Review

When my daughter was very small, one of her preschool teachers asked her what her favorite thing to do with her Mom was.  Her answer:  Go to Target.  My children LOVE Target (and who are we kidding, so do I).  There are many, many reasons to love Target but one of the biggest is Archer Farms.

Archer Farms makes so many delicious snacks and meal staples you’ll wish every time of day was meal time.  We recently had the treat of sampling the popcorn!  We were able to try the Golden and Midnight Blend Kernels and the Buffalo, Kettle Corn, and White Cheddar seasonings during a recent family movie night!

Em had to have a bowl of popcorn all to herself! She loved it!

My children were fascinated to see “real” popcorn as we usually just toss it into the microwave, so that added to the fun.  The directions are easy to follow and we used the stovetop method since we don’t have a popcorn popper.  This method worked great and we were excited to see hot, fluffy popcorn after it finished popping.  After trying all the seasonings, my kids decided their fave was the Kettle Corn seasoning and hubby and I loved the Buffalo, which was a little spicy but gave the popcorn some real kick.

Archer Farms Products are a creative idea for a gift as well!   These popcorn products would be fantastic in a basket along with a DVD or two for family movie night!!  Tasty food at a tasty price is Archer Farms’ guarantee!  Happy popping!

Sneak Peek at the Energizer Inductive Charger {Giveaway}

Before the blog, my nightstand used to be filled with pictures of friends and family.  As my blog grew, so did the need for more technology and I found my nightstand piled with electronic devices.  It became impossible to plus them all in at one time which resulted in spreading everything out around the house.  I am getting frustrated with this process and as usual, am looking for a better way!

Recently, I was introduced to the Energizer Inductive Charger which I think may just solve my problems.  A little about the concept and product from their website:

Inductive charging is what happens when two devices—one designed to send power and the other designed to receive it—touch one another and energy is transferred between them. Until today, these two devices had to be designed specifically for each other. But Qi changes all that.  Established by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), Qi allows you to universally charge your Qi-enabled smartphones, cameras, mp3 players and anything else that uses up to 5W without directly plugging in those devices.

Ok, so what does all this technical stuff mean?  Basically, by placing a Qi accessory on my SmartPhone, I can charge my phone by simply dropping it onto the Inductive Charger.  No more finishing for an available outlet!  The Inductive Charger Pad can charge two things at once which will free up space and eliminate the look of messy cords.

This all sounds great, right?  But does it work?  Check back with me tomorrow to get my thoughts on the Energizer Inductive Charger Pad and the accessory for the BlackBerry Curve.  In the meantime, how about a giveaway?

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Want to try out this new system?  The Energizer Inductive Charger and accessories can be purchased at Target, so I have one $25 Gift Card to a major retailer who carries the charger to giveaway to one lucky reader!

How to enter:

1. Visit the Energizer Inductive Charger website and tell me why you need this system!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Cold and Energizer (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. Subscribe to my Feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on December 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 different experience. Energizer supplied me with a sample for review, but all opinions are 100% mine. I was not compensated for this post.

Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Easy Costumes

Nestlé Family Halloween PartyOne of the best parts of Halloween is choosing your costume! It is the one opportunity a year where you can live out your wildest dreams.  Through the years, I have been a can-can dancer, Wonder Woman,  a baby and even Strawberry Shortcake.  One year, my Mom was brave enough to make me a witch costume and it was probably my favorite!  Sewing is not exactly one of my strong suits, so when looking for a Halloween costume for my daughters, I generally look for something pre-made or something that requires little to no skill.

When my first daughter was only two years old, I decided to make her a bride costume.  I bought her some white tights, a white long tutu, and a white long sleeved shirt (which I bedazzled the word “bride” on the front in case anyone was confused!).  For her veil, I bought a white scrunchy and stitched a white shear scarf on to the back.  It was a very comfortable and warm costume for my little one, and I think it came out pretty darn good!

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My little bride and her future hubby!

If you a looking for easy Halloween costume ideas, check out this no-sew Princess Costume and this no-sew Dracula costume for your little ones!

GIVEAWAY

Is your house ready for Trick-or-Treating?  Win 10 bags of Trick-or-Treat candy from a variety of NESTLÉ brands to make your house the most popular one on the block!

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite Wonka candy!

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 Wonka on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 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. Other may have a different experience with the product. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.

Nestle Family Virtual Halloween Party: Juicy Juice Party Ideas!

Nestlé Family Halloween PartyMy girls are just starting to really get into the Halloween traditions. Dressing up and going trick or treating are our usual holiday highlights. But ever since my husband and I were married, we have made it a tradition to go to the pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin together. Once we had children, we had even more fun by having them help us select the all important family pumpkin.

The pumpkin has become a centerpiece during this holiday in more ways than one! Because our kids are little, they can be quite scared of this holiday as well, so we have sought out non-scary parties for them to attend. Their favorite one has been a pumpkin carving party! Each child brought a pumpkin and the party hosts provided templates, paints, glitter, stickers….everything the kids needed to let their imaginations run wild. The party guests showed up in costume and the carving began!

Are you planning on having a Halloween party this year? If you are looking for fun and unique party ideas, check out this Juicy Juice recipe from Nestle:

Bone Chillin’ Brew

What you need
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 clear plastic gloves
  • 3 rubber bands or twist ties
  • 2 bottles (64 fl. oz. each) of Punch Flavor NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® All Natural 100% Juice, chilled
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) of frozen lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 4 cans (12 fl. oz. each) of lemon-lime soda, chilled
How to do it

FOR FLOATING HANDS:

POUR water into gloves, adding enough water to fill the gloves loosely but not so full that the fingers will not move. Fasten gloves with rubber bands or twist ties. Line baking sheet with paper towels. Place filled gloves on paper towels. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm.

FOR PUNCH:
COMBINE Juicy Juice and lemonade concentrate in large punch bowl. Gradually stir in soda. Carefully cut gloves off hands with scissors. Float hands in punch.

GIVEAWAY

Need a little help creating the perfect Halloween Party?  Nestle Family has generously offered one reader a Juicy Juice prize pack including a $25 Target gift card to purchase party essentials plus two bottles of Juicy Juice® punch.

How to enter:

1. Tell me your favorite Halloween Party memory!

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 Juicy Juice on Facebook.

5. Place my button on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on October 26th. 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. I received a stipend from Nestle Family for my time in generating five posts for this blog tour.