Archives for April 2014

Surprise Mom with a Bouquet from PassionRoses {Giveaway}

Head’s up!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  How do you plan to honor your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Godmother or Wife?  I know it seems cliche, but I absolutely love hearing my doorbell ring and receiving a beautiful bouquet of roses.  There is just something about the surprise that makes me feel on top of the World.  Not to mention, once I display them in my home, I smile everytime I look at them.  It’s the gift that makes my whole week!

I want to help you provide that same feeling for that special person in your life this Mother’s Day.  Have you heard of PassionRoses?

Grown in Bogota, Columbia, PassionRoses bouquets can be found in more than 5,000 retail and grocery stores across the US in every color imaginable!  Since 2011, PassionRoses has been the “Official Rose of the Miss America Pageant.” PassionRoses was also selected by the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses to become the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Game,” and the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Stadium.” We can assure you these roses are the best of the best!

PassionRoses is a family-oriented company from Bogota, Colombia dedicated to providing the highest-quality roses, both in beauty and sustainability.  They are committed to supporting the communities where they live through education, donations and community outreach and have been voted one of the best places to work in Columbia.  After checking out their website, I can see why they have received top honors!  I’m actually not a fan of red roses, so I love the fact that you can choose from many different colors such as pink, white, orange, yellow and purple.

As a gift to each one of my readers, PassionRoses has given you all a 10% off  promo code.  Simply use code ROSES4MOM upon check out by using this link or clicking the graphic above.  And as a special treat, I am giving away two dozen roses to EIGHT winners! Enter below:
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“Walk of Shame” Anything But Shameful

My weekly activities generally include going to work, helping kids with homework, bringing my girls to dance class and of course, blogging.  But my average week was given an upgrade when I had the opportunity to cover the red carpet premiere of Walk of Shame, a new movie starring Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden.
The outrageous comedy WALK OF SHAME stars Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) as a resourceful reporter whose one-night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden of Anchorman 2) leaves her stranded the next morning in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID, or money – and only 8 hours before the most important job interview of her career.
I may have been slightly (ok, extremely) intimidated to be standing next to entertainment giants such as EOnline! and US Weekly, but I was elated to have my own little spot on the runway.
I had a great time chatting with Writer/Director Steve Brill and Lead Actress, Elizabeth Banks.  They both expressed such a love for the movie and stressed that we should forget our worries, relax and have fun.  After seeing the movie, I can certainly see why!  I don’t want to reveal too much about the movie, but I can tell you that I was in stitches!

On May 2nd, the movie will be released in select theaters and VOD.  To celebrate, I will be donning my best yellow dress (you will understand why when you see the movie) and hosting a Girls’ Night In to watch the release and spend some time laughing with friends.  To join the party, follow Elizabeth Banks on Twitter while using the hashtag #WalkOfShame and she will be live chatting during the premiere at 8pmEST.
Want a sneak peek?  Check out the trailer below:

Shining a Light on the NEW Rayovac Virtually Indestructible Spotlight

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

As a Rayovac Power Blogger, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  But this one is totally different and one item that my husband could not wait to get his hands on.  The BRAND NEW Rayovac Virtually Indestructible Spotlight is not only powerful but submergible, too.   About the product:

  • 500 Lumen* High Performance LED
  • 3 light modes: High, Medium & Low
  • ANSI IPX7 Waterproof Submersible
  • 15-Foot Drop Tested
  • 10-hour battery runtime on High
  • 360 meter beam distance on High
  • Shatterproof lens & reflector
  • Over-mold rubber head
  • Impact resisting internal engineering and compact design
  • Includes handy wrist strap
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Includes (6) AA alkaline batteries

My husband got to use the spotlight a little sooner than expected as he had to climb into our attic space and fix a problem with our air conditioner.  He loved the wrist strap as it made it easy to climb the stairs into the crawl space and the three light modes were great to shine just the right amount of light for the job.  Check out how we tested the submergible feature:

You can purchase the Virtually Indestructible Spotlight right on the Rayovac site for just $39.99. And as always, free shipping on orders over $25!

Stop Stress Sweat with Secret Clinical Strength {Giveaway}

This post is written by Lena of Experimental Mommy.  Secret® provided me with a Wal-Mart gift card to buy Secret® Clinical Strength. While the product and technical details were provided by Secret®, opinions remain 100% mine.

When Secret asked me to review the new Secret® Clinical Strength, I was intrigued.  I have tried antiperspirant, deodorant, and antiperspirant/deodorant, but have never had much luck with any of them. It seemed like all of them worked fine until I got stressed.  When I stress, I stink.  *blush*  And none I’ve tried have ever been able to mask it.

Thanks to Secret®, I learned why stress sweat smells worse.  Did you know that sweat caused by physical activity and temperature is produced by eccrine sweat glands and is 99% water and 1% nutrients?  And that sweat caused by stress is produced from the apocrine gland which increases bacteria and Water + Nutrients + Bacteria = Odor.  Knowing THAT tidbit of information is bound to make me popular at trivia night!  Score!

Here’s a little more about Secret® Clinical Strength:

Moisture activated, and formulated with odor neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X the protection against stress sweat. You can feel confident that Secret Clinical Strength will provide stress sweat protection regardless of what the day brings. Visit for the scoop on stress sweat!

Secret Clinical is available in three varieties and four scents including Clear Gel, Invisible Solid and Smooth Solid which come in Completely Clean, Powder Protection, Ooh-La-La Lavender and Sport Fresh scents.

All this information is great, but DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? 

I’m a corporate trainer, so I meet with external customers and teach strangers almost every day.  I’ve been teaching for a long time, but I still get nervous before each class. That nervousness causes my nemesis: stress sweat.

For me, it worked! I hosted a six hour training class and did not sweat.  I also DID NOT STINK!  Honestly, I was shocked.  I have been using Secret® Clinical Strength for over a week now and I absolutely love it!  I feel fresh and smell good all day long.  I’m sold!

Want to try it yourself?  Walmart is a one-stop-shop for all of your personal care needs.  Find Secret® Clinical Strength products at your local Walmart or online at  In fact, one lucky Experimental Mommy reader will win a $25 Walmart Gift Card to try Secret Clinical Strength for yourself! Enter below:

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Get Nostaligic with Netflix {Giveaway}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a complimentary subscription however all opinions remain 100% mine.

Last weekend, my entire family gathered for an Easter celebration including gumbo, sack races, egg hunt and ice cream.  To be honest, this is how I have celebrated Easter for as long as I can remember.  With the popularity of the Throwback Thursday meme on Facebook and Twitter, I started searching for childhood Easter pictures to post and came across some real winners.

While our Easter celebrations are classic, I am thankful the above chicken is not.  Really, I have to wonder why my Mom actually let me sit on it’s lap.  That being said, I have been blessed with a ton a great classic childhood memories.

When I look back on my childhood and teenage years, a few classic movies come to mind (you know, movies that make you remember where you saw it, who you were with, what you ate and how you felt).  Now I can relive those moments by watching my classics on Netflix.

What I’m watching:

1. The Muppets Take Manhattan

2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

3. Say Anything

4. Pretty in Pink

5. Ghostbusters

What movies remind you of your own childhood?  Are you ready to take a trip down Memory Lane?  One of my lucky readers will win a three month subscription to Netflix!  Enter below:
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Got Questions? Get Answers with Shop Your Way Get Advice

This is a sponsored post. I am a Shop Your Way blogger and all opinions are my own.

When I first found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was elated.  But the excitement was soon accompanied by uncertainty, nervousness and questions….lots and lots of questions.  Which stroller is the best?  Which car set is the most popular?  What furniture do I need?

Now, there is a place to find the answers.  Shop Your Way Get Advice taps into the online and mobile shopping channels members already use, to virtually open the doors to Sears stores across the country, and access the knowledge and expertise of thousands of associates.  From advice on the best baby cribs to replacing refrigerator water filters, through Get Advice you can access product and category expertise from thousands of in-store Sears associates while at home or out on-the-go, plus recommendations and insights from the millions-strong Shop Your Way member community.

Here’s how it works:

  • Members can go to and tap “Ask a Question” in the Get Advice section or directly from a product page.
  • Type a question and see if an answer pops up indicating someone has already asked your question.
  • If not, follow the prompts to post your question.
  • Once the question is submitted, the answers start flowing in from store associates across the country.

That’s it! If you have questions, Shop Your Way Get Advice has the answers!  What will you ask?

Celebrate Birthdays with Harry and David

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

I absolutely love celebrating birthdays.  Surprising the ones you love with decorations, cards, balloons and presents on their special day is so much fun!  But what do you get the person who has everything?  Or will never hand over that elusive wish list?

I was so happy with the product from Harry and David I received on Valentine’s Day that I decided to check out what they offer for birthday celebrations.  As luck would have it, the selection of birthday offerings is sure to make even the pickiest person feel loved!

Harry and David sent me their “Signature Tower of Treats” to try out (sometimes my job is so hard). About the gift:

In 1945, David dreamed up the Signature Tower of Treats® Gift and it was a hit. It became so popular that people were asking for it all year long. That’s when the brothers decided to make a version of their most popular gift that could be sent to anyone, any time of the year. There’s nothing better than boxes upon boxes full of delicious gourmet treats, wrapped in pretty paper, stacked and tied up with a hand tied bow.

When I opened the shipping box, the presentation of the Tower of Treats was just beautiful.  The Happy Birthday ribbon made it feel truly unique and I couldn’t wait to see what was in each one of the five boxes.  Box One contained beautiful Riviera Pears that were delicious and juicy.  Box Two was my favorite and held Milk Chocolate Moose Munch Popcorn! Next, a bag of mixed nuts followed by chocolate cherries.  Finally, the tower was topped off with signature chocolate truffles.

If you are looking for a memorable birthday gift for family or friends, check out the selection at Harry and David.  Caution: You may drool uncontrollably.

Join Me for a Splenda #SweetSwaps Twitter Party!

This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
I had so much fun swapping out my usual recipes with Splenda that I am teaming up with The Motherhood again to bring you even more ways to make #SweetSwaps throughout the year! SPLENDA® Brand is dishing out 365 ways to reduce sugar by using SPLENDA® Sweetener Products to save calories all year long so join me for a fun Twitter Party to learn some sweet tips and spring recipes ideas from the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative!
To make the party even sweeter, this month the initiative is turning your #SweetSwaps tips into a donation to the American Diabetes Association! Join us to exchange ideas to swap full sugar for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. For each post shared with #SweetSwaps, SPLENDA® Brand will make a $3.65 contribution (up to $25,000) supporting efforts to stop diabetes.
When: Thursday, April 24 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #SweetSwaps hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:
Hashtag: #SweetSwaps
Prizes: 10 prizes will be awarded to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card and a “SPLENDA® SWEET SWAPS™ for Spring” gift basket containing:
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Packets
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, French Vanilla
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, Hazelnut
SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Flavors for Coffee, Mocha
SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
Seasonal SPLENDA® Sweeteners Recipe Cards
Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TheMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Earth Day with Neutrogena Naturals {Giveaway}

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy and brought to you by Neutrogena.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Inspired by Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite natural products.  As a Neutrogena Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to try many of their products.  Admittedly, my first thought was that natural=less effective.  But I am happy to report that I absolutely love the entire NEUTROGENA® Naturals line.  A bit about the products:

NEUTROGENA® Naturals is the brand’s first fully natural line.  It’s free of harsh chemical sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals which features bionutrients (highly concentrated chemical compounds found in nature). Bionutrients are proven to support healthy skin, and to promote replenishment and detoxification.

The entire line is Earthwards recognized for their sustainability but the great thing is that Neutrogena doesn’t stop at the skin care line.  The brand is committed to supporting sustainable forestry so packaging is made up of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paperboard.  Plus, to reduce its footprint and sustainability, NEUTROGENA® Naturals’ website is powered by 100 percent clean energy that includes 12 solar panels and a 50-foot windmill.  From start to finish, this is a product line you can be proud to own (not to mention your face will look fab, too)!

Neutrogena continues to build on the brand’s gentle and effective cleansing expertise, and identified a great need for cleansers within the naturals space designed without additives like surfactants, products Neutrogena® Ambassador, Kristen Bell can stand behind. The line includes cleansers and a lip balm which offers true clinical skin benefits, wonderful aesthetics and a sensory experience.

Ready for an all natural experience? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the entire Neutrogena Naturals line including lip balm, face and body bar, makeup remover, purifying pore scrub and a facial cleanser! Enter below:
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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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