Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kool-Aid Fun Fizz Review


OK - I thought, right, another drop in and just mix it up trick. Amber was excited and she jumped on it the moment she saw it. I was pleasantly surprised when she did hers that it worked. It danced and fizzed and was really moving and then when it hit the top it really fizzled and you could hear it. So then came the taste test. Was it going to taste odd, flat or sweet... nope it tasted good! It was really good lol. It had a tingle to it at first cause I think I didn't wait long enough for it to really disolve (which it tells you to do lol).


video
I will definitely recommend trying them, it does stain though, just like real kool-aid. My finger is still red lol.

The real good video (the commercial lol)



Right now at Walgreens - if you purchase them - you will get a print out for a coupon off your next kool-aid purchase of fun fizz

Available Nationwide at grocery stores
Flavors:Partin’ Punch, Gigglin’ Grape, and Laughin Lemonade.
8 drops per bag at a retail of $1.99

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas shopping... I don't think I can stop lol

Please tell me I'm done with shopping lol - I've gotten Amber the following (but I'd still like to get a Wii game since we let her put the Wii in her room now, the latest Shrek, another CD she asked about, I'm dreaming when I say I want the kinnect lol) Stop me while I'm ahead! I can't help myself around Christmas and its hard for me to back off...

My parents and us got her a 22" TV for her room

We got:
New phone and a case
WWE 2011 xbox360
Scribble DS
Phineas Ferb Again DS
Twilight Eclipse DVD
Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD
Kei$ha CD
Rhianna CD

Watch
Digital Camera
Silk Screen maker/extra ink
Foil Maker/extra ink
Jacket she wanted from WallyWorld
Two tops of Kohls
Matching jewelry for the tops
Slippers

Penelope Peapod PaperDolls Review




Penelope Peapod- this one is in the paperdolls pattern, there are several to choose from. I LOVE them. They remind me when I was little had we had a little basket that turned into a purse. I just got my hands on one to review. Very sturdy, soft cloth - the doll is too cute, with a soft squishy bean body. Just large enough for a 3yrs old hand to hold and be able to carry around. I hate when its an overwhelming size and they have to struggle to balance it. Not in this case - the basket is a decent size too - just perfect. I would say up to age 8yrs for this too. The basket itself has two pockets inside and a hood that pops up that goes away when in purse form so it doesn't bother it. They've thought of everything with this, I highly recommend it!


Penelope Peapod is a one-of-a kind, carry along toy that combines fun, fantasy, and fashion. In one quick maneuver even the smallest hands transforms the stylish handbag into a bassinet.

Penelope is ready to play in an outfit made of the same beautiful fabric as her handbag/bassinet.

Each peapod includes the wicker basket with interior side pockets and drawstring closure and a 6" doll.
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Medal Award Winner
  • For ages 3 years and older
 Note: was sent the item to review for free, all opinions are that of my own.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Roman Town Dig-it Games - Contest and Review

I've seen the little trinkets at the museums where we can get the block the kids can dig out the dino bones or the rocks that melt in water and a surprise is inside. But this is the best I've seen yet to get the kids attention AND be educational at the same time. I recommend this for anyone age 7 and up - perfect for those who are inquisitive and anyone who has projects on Rome!


Graphics are a little simplistic but its very accurate, it gives them an idea of what life is like .

 match the pieces together

 tons of cool games

 Dig your heart away and look what you can find!!



Roman Town: the premiere archaeology game!...an amazingly entertaining way to learn and a great way to spend quality time as a family. Bring History to life! Discover Roman Buildings, artifacts and priceless treasures. Immerse yourself in the ancient Roman world with 3D rendered graphics of authentic artifacts, Roman buildings and a realistic excavation site. Learn how to analyze valuable artifacts. Solve mysterious secrets about the lives of Roman kids! Unearth the town of Fossura destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Roman Town gives you what books can't: a first hand, interactive look into Roman life. Walk through Roman buildings; bring artifacts to life in 3 dimensions; discover priceless treasures hidden in the dirt for centuries. Archaeology brings history to life in a way that entices kids to learn and discover. Roman Town is the first product to let you experience archaeology in a hands-on, interactive way. Roman Town takes archaeology out of the museum and brings it directly to you! Explore the 3D rendered town of Fossura, destroyed in 79 AD by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Roman Town is a real archaeological dig, and you get to be the archaeologist! Find artifacts-pottery, bones, coins, paintings-and play games that bring them to life. Solve mysteries from the past and discover the details of daily life centuries ago. Roman Town is portable, easy to use, and educational. And the best part is, it's fun! 
Tillywig Toy Brain Child Award Winner; Winner National Parenting Publications NAPPA Honors; Winner of The National Parenting Center's 2010 Seal of Approval; Creative Child Magazine 2010 Game of The Year; Winner of Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products 2010; Winner 2010 Life Buzz Parent to Parent Award 
(System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista)

20% off with coupon code BLOG20 valid through 1/31/11

Win a free game!

Required 1st Entry: Go to Dig-it Games and come back and tell me why you think it would be perfect for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew! Come back and post below (don't forget your email address!)
Optional Additional Entries:(Once you've done the required entry, you may do as many of these additional entries as you'd like!) Leave separate comments for each entry.

1 Entry - Post this Contest on your Blog - leave a link to your blog

1 Entry - Post this Contest on Twitter - leave a link to your twitter

1 Entry - Follow me on here and let me know that you did :)

Contest Ends December 13th

Note: thanks to MommyParties and MomSelect for sending me a free sample of the game and goodies for my guests.

Monday, December 6, 2010

ToyStory3 Action Links Stunt Sets Review!

ToyStory3 Action Links Stunt Sets Review!

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The mega-hit film Toy Story 3 won over the hearts of kids (and adults) everywhere! This fall, you can recapture the magic of the film all over again with Mattel's Toy Story 3 ACTION LINKS Stunt Sets.

Inspired by scenes from the film, the ACTION LINKS Stunt Sets allow kids to re-live their favorite Toy Story 3 moments while piquing their imaginations to create new adventures. Kids can build their very own "Toy Story" universe or recreate iconic scenes from the film. The five distinct stunt sets are a blast on their own or can be linked together for the ultimate interactive action adventure.


Thanks to MommyParties and MomSelect we received:
PLUS each of our guests received Buddy Packs - 2 figurines for each pack.


 I've shown you each one below and a video! There are no cons with this, for me its all pro's - they have to use their imagination, its not hard to set up for kids to do without parents, no batteries required!, very durable, and they can be used alone or connected together. If you want to add more figurines - the buddy packs are available in all kinds of sets to choose from. The kids played with those just as much as the playsets!



Evil Dr Porkchop (I love the piggy!!) - comes with Buzz (retail 14.99)




Jessie to the Rescue - comes with Jessie (retail 14.99)

Buzz Save the Train - comes with Buzz (retail 14.99)



 Sunnyside Breakout Deluxe Playset - comes with Woody and Big Baby (retail 24.99)

Junkyard Escape Stunt Set (retail 39.99)

 - I love flinging the bad bear off! This was also I thought the best value since it came with 3 characters.
 
Create wild adventures from the massive Disney/Pixar hit! Straight from the hit movie's big finish, get a firm grasp on stunts like "The Claw" or get carried away on 'The Conveyer Belt" stunt challenge. Action Links™ are linkable playsets that simply snap together to create an interactive, adventurous Toy Story world. Once connected, a simple push of a button sets off the fun, creating a chain reaction of events where characters fly through the air, zip line to safety and defend against evil villains, too!
  • Set up and conquer five different stunts
  • Combine with other Action Links™ sets for more chain reactions
  • Three Toy Story 3 Buddy figures included
  • Works with most Toy Story 3 Buddy figures



I LOVED the movie and for the toys to duplicate in the best way the stunt parts is fantastic!! I love flinging the bear and buzz chasing the train. The kids will love these toys... now to get you the best deals, see below - straight from Mattel!


 There is a set that include ALL the action link playsets For just 66.46 right now
  • 1 Toy Story 3 Action Links™ Jessie to the Rescue Stunt Set
  • 1 Toy Story 3 Action Links™ Buzz Saves the Train Stunt Set
  • 1 Toy Story 3 Action Links™ Dr. Porkchop Attacks Stunt Set
  • 1 Toy Story 3 Action Links™ Sunnyside Breakout Deluxe Playset

Right now Mattel is having 15% off sitewide + free shipping on orders of $75 or more!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gerber Baby HouseParty!!


We had our Gerber Baby HouseParty Sat and it was soo cool!!
Inside our boxes that arrived were:
 
 
Variety of product coupons
Gerber insulated lunch tote
GERBER bib
Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ Nutrition Guide
  






The cereal treats were tested by all (even the 13yr old lol) and every was surprised that it was good, not too hard or squishy either.

The yogurt blends were fought over - everyone wanted to try and loved them! *The HouseParty Favorite!

The organics were a surprising treat - I've never done organic with Amber when she was growing up. It wasn't huge back then as it is now. They weren't bad - the kids seemed to like them. And its a great alternative - I know a lot of moms who have to have organic only foods.

I loved having this HouseParty - Can't wait to have more!! Keep an eye out!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Enter to Win Up to $1,000 on Blogger Challenge Sweepstakes!

Coupons, Recipes, and More on Breakstone’s Sour Cream Holiday Destination for Moms

Breakstone’s, makers of all natural, triple churned sour cream, just launched Better with Breakstone’s for families to make the most of the holiday season! From party-pleasing recipes to organizational tips, Better with Breakstone’s is the ultimate resource for Moms this winter. The holiday destination features a Blogger Challenge where three food bloggers whip up their favorite family recipes with sour cream as the showcased ingredient! We need YOUR HELP voting for the best creations. Each time you vote, you’ll be entered for a chance to win up to $1,000!

Better with Breakstone’s is the brand new destination for all things seasonal. Print free coupons, check out party planning tips, discover new recipes, and watch featured videos to learn how to incorporate sour cream into your favorite holiday classics. Bet you didn’t know it’s perfect for keeping cakes and pastries wonderfully moist and fluffy – your relatives will never believe it!

To get in the spirit of sharing, three bloggers were asked to incorporate sour cream into their families tried-and-true classic holiday recipes. This season, Amanda’s Cookin’, My Baking Addiction, and Iowa Girl Eats took the challenge. Read each blogger’s bio to learn a little bit more about their skills, then check out the menus they’ve come up with and vote for your favorite. When you vote, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win BIG!

Voting starts November 15th and ends December 20th, with prizes awarded each week:
  • November 22nd - $250 gift card awarded to one winner
  • November 29th - $250 gift card awarded to one winner
  • December 6th - $250 gift card awarded to one winner
  • December 13th - $500 gift card awarded to one winner
  • December 20th - $1,000 gift card awarded to one grand prize winner

About Breakstone’s
Breakstone's brand is produced by Kraft Foods Incorporated. Breakstone's products include sour cream and cottage cheese, and are sold in the eastern, southeastern and midwestern United States. In the western United States, the products are sold under the brand name of Knudsen.

Note
The Blogger Challenge Sweepstakes is sponsored by Meredith Corporation, not Breakstone’s.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Learn to Give Back with Primrose Schools & Dr. Z

We all want our children to grow up to be compassionate adults who want to help others. That's why we're always on the lookout for good ways to encourage character and development. Our good friends at Primrose Schools, the leader in educational childcare, recommend that parents make an effort to introduce volunteerism at a young age.

That's why Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education for Primrose, is offering parents the four easy steps outlined below to start their children on a path to meaningful volunteerism.


Here are 4 Steps to getting your family interested in volunteering:

Step 1: Clarify your personal goals and motives for wanting to include your child in volunteer activities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to a share your values with your child. Pick a cause that is meaningful to you and your family rather than one that is simply convenient.

Step 2: Explain the importance of volunteerism and the contribution volunteers can make. A child's favorite question is "why?" Keep your answers simple and concrete. For example, if you are going to volunteer at the food bank, tell your child that "The food bank has lots of food for people who need it, and it will be our job to sort the food so that people are able to find what they need."

Step 3: Choose volunteer activities to do with your children that are age-appropriate. Children as young as three can begin volunteering. At this age they begin to enjoy participation in group activities and are better able to follow directions. Remember that a preschooler's concept of the world is not very large and is usually limited primarily to their home, neighborhood and school; therefore, it is important to keep the activity within the realm of what they can imagine. A few examples:
  • Participate in "clean the park" activities. Be sure to have your child wear gloves.
  • Take recyclables to recycling collection centers.
  • Act as a companion to the elderly in retirement or assisted living homes. Simply listening to their stories and relieving their loneliness provides multiple benefits for the senior citizen and your child.
  • Participate in local races and walks that raise money for a charitable cause that you think is important; most races have a shorter race for children.
  • Sort food at a food bank. Be sure to confirm that children are welcome to volunteer and that it will be a safe environment.
Step 4: Find a child-friendly not-for-profit. Ask the following questions to help you select the volunteer opportunity that is right for your family:
  • Does the organization have experience with and a history of successfully working with children and families? Will the organization provide me with a reference from another family who has volunteered with them?
  • Will the organization staff welcome my child's participation?
  • Is there a specific job that my child can do successfully? Who will show my children what to do?
  • Are there special clothes or supplies needed for my child to volunteer with this organization?
  • Does the organization conduct appropriate background screenings on its staff? Does the organization have insurance if there is an accident while your family is volunteering?
  • Can the organization provide a concrete example that will help your child understand how his or her efforts benefit others?

Happy holidays to you and your family!

To find these and other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn's blog at DrZandme.com. For more information on Primrose Schools, visit www.primroseschools.com.  You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!
 
"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Karo - Cookie Exchange Application on Facebook!

The holidays are a time for whipping up treasured recipes to share with our friends and family and indulging in all of our favorite confections. One treat is so synonymous with the happiest time of the year that it's even on Santa's wishlist! Whether you bond with your family over a batch of gingerbread men or gift all of your goodies, cookies are the sweetest way to ring in the season.

Our friends at Karo® know how much effort we put into our cookies. That's why they're giving baking enthusiasts everywhere the chance to share their best cookie and cookie bar recipes with their new Cookie Exchange Application on Facebook. The app allows you to submit your own recipe, let your friends know you've entered and vote and comment on your favorites. By participating, you create a "living cookbook" to encourage baking and cookie exchanging all year long. Plus, you could win amazing prizes from Cadco, KitchenAid®, Williams-Sonoma, Vollrath® and CookieCutter.com!

cookie exchange


MY favorite cookie recipe isn't a cookie! Chocolate Peanutbutter Balls - my husband hates it when I make them cause I make a million at a time and freeze them (they are best frozen) and he finds himself in the freezer all winter LOL

Ingredients:

3 sticks butter (isn't anything with 3 sticks of butter good? I melt this)
2 lbs confectioner sugar (whole bag)
28 oz peanut butter (whole container Skippy Creamy)
1/4 cup Karo® Light or Dark or with Real Brown Sugar Corn Syrup
24 oz semi sweet chocolate (I use Hershey milk chocolate chips)
1 square paraffin wax (I use chocolate flavored bark squares)

Steps:
Mix butter and peanut butter together.  Add Karo Syrup.  Mix sugar with peanut butter mixture.  Shape in balls.  Refrigerate 2-3 hours (I stick it in the big outdoor freezer for 30 minutes...lol)

Melt wax/bark and chocolate on med heat until smooth with a double boiler.  Dip balls in chocolate.  Cool on wax paper. 

HINT! I have done both…. Use toothpick to tip balls into chocolate mix. OR I use a skewer and another skewer to get it off lol. Then at the end I put just a little bit of chocolate on the top to cover the hole that was made. 

The batch makes 200 good size ones or 400 small ones.




karo

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win an ACH  prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place."

Holiday Showcase!

I just received my holiday showcase and I wanted to share it with you before all the moms come over and peek themselves!

MomSelect sent us Play-Doh Shape and Spin Elmo, Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory, Sneaky 3D Puzzle from Patch Products, The NEW Smallfrys from BuildaBear, Playmobils Child's First Day at School Kit - take a look below for ideas for the holidays season!


Play-Doh Shape and Spin Elmo

Who doesn't love Play-Doh!! Amber still gets it out every so often to play with it and make huge designs lol. This is cute, they get to learn their shapes, colors and more. Definitely worth it! Retails for $19.99



Discovering is fun with PLAY-DOH compound and Sesame Street! Elmo has two fun play modes. In mode 1, Elmo helps your child identify shapes and then counts them as your child makes them. In mode 2, Elmo prompts your child to make various shapes. Together, they'll have lots of fun creating PLAY-DOH triangles, circles and more.

This talking playset comes with a playmat, 3 stampers, instructions, and 3 three-ounce cans of PLAY-DOH Brand Modeling Compound. NOTICE PARENTS: Contains wheat. Nontoxic. Includes 2 "AAA" batteries. Ages 3 and Up





Play-Doh Mega Fun Factory

This one is soooo up Ambers alley!! She won't give it back! lol Retails for $29.99




Keep it moving and keep the fun coming with this awesome moving MEGA FUN FACTORY conveyor belt set! Load your PLAY-DOH compound in one end and turn on your conveyor belt to stamp out pretend toys or food from one of the two gear molds. Keep your conveyor belt running and you can stamp out tons and tons of fun creations -- it's non-stop imaginative action! Plus, when you're ready to "shut down" the "factory" for the day, you can even store up to six cans of PLAY-DOH modeling compound right in the set so they're all ready for the next time you turn it on.

MEGA FUN FACTORY conveyor belt set comes with two gears with 15+ molds, playmat and four three-ounce cans of PLAY-DOH modeling compound.Requires 2 "C" batteries (not included). Ages 3 and up.





Sneaky 3D Puzzle from Patch Products

Ok Amber wasn't into this, but the neighbor boys were! They loved it.  Retails for $14.99


This 46-piece puzzle is full of surprises! Put together the colorful safari scene and then slip on the included 3D glasses for a magical experience! It looks like the animals are so big and lively. Then, notice that all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 0-9 hidden in the picture...sneaky, huh? Find them all! Finished floor puzzle is 2 x 3 feet - that's humongous! Ages 3 & Up 



The NEW Smallfrys from BuildaBear

Right now these guys are 2 for $20 with the code 95510 (can't use more than one code per order)
There's also a $5 off $10 code too right now 95428


I LOVE THEM!! They are the cutest, softest things, BAB has come out with. And the fact that they are in a little fry box is adorable. Perfect for the little ones or a STOCKING STUFFER!! My favorite is the doggie in the ducky outfit lol


The limited edition collection includes eight pre-stuffed animals which are smaller versions of past and present Build-A-Bear Workshop favorite furry friends. They come packaged complete with their very own “nutritional friendship information” on back. Although they are small, each build-a-bear smallfrys furry friend has big personality.

Some accessoires for the little frys are: Plaid Shirt and Tie Jean set, Hoodie and Jean set, Fuchsia Ruffle Leggings set, Pink Dot Dress, Peace Pajamas, Blue Fairy outfit and more.

* Sassy Kitty
* Read Teddy ®
* Marble Monkey
* Endless Hugs Teddy
* Shaggy Pup
* Peace Bear
* Fabulous Frog
* Cinnamon Swirl Bunny

Big build-a-bear smallfrys fun is also available at buildabearville.com ®, the company’s virtual world. Each of these furry friends comes with a code to receive free gifts at buildabearville.com. When Guests redeem their code online, they receive a virtual accessory bag themed to carry their build-a-bear smallfrys friend and a doll house style furniture item. When Guests click on the item, it opens up to a new smaller room, the perfect size for a build-a-bear smallfrys virtual furry friend. 



And lastly Playmobils Child's First Day at School Kit - do you remember the cones our moms made for us, for our first day of school, with tons of goodies inside (ok I might be dating myself here lol) but it was a tradition when I was VERY young that the parents did this for our First Day of School - Retails for $3.29 Cute stocking stuffer!

I hoped you loved looking at the showcase and came up with some new ideas for christmas! One more thing to leave you with - if you having a holiday party - MomSelect gave me a great recipe for the kids and adults too!


Snowball Treats
*1 12 ounce bag of white chocolate chips
*4 cups of prepared popcorn
*2 cups of fruit flavored cerea, like fruit loops


Mix the popcorn and cereal together in a large bowl
Gently melt the chocolate chips by placing in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (do it in increments of 30 secs and stir each time)
Pour the chocolate over the cereal/popcorn mix and gently stir to combine
Pour the mixture (more like spoon it lol) into 12 cupcake liners and let it sit for 30 mins.

LOVED these!! I think you will too :)


Note: all opinions are my own, all products were given free to review.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Clic-It Review and “Gearing Up for Baby” Contest

I was excited to review this new daiper bag! As soon as I heard that you could 'clic-it' and add accessories. I remember having a bulky bag, with a nursery theme on it (they didn't have 'cool' bags back then) and you dug for years to find the wipes, daiper, nippy... anything!

I was given the diaper bag, the organizer pouch and the bottle holder - And who wants this thing?? My daughter and my husband - he thought it was just a cool bag. So its definitely dad approved and he can use it without being caught out with a 'mom bag'.

What I loved is the long strap. What I was suprised to find is the the bags top zips off if you want it too, so that you could hang it over a stroller and not be having to flip the top bag, its just open and ready for you. See all the clip areas inside and outside the bag and you can see the colorful top has its own zipper.


Tons of room inside, tons of 'clic-its' to add on things and find them easily.

Watch the video below for yourself to see how cool Clic-It is :)




Now you can go to the Clic-It website and see more items they carry. This is a mom, dad and kid approved bag!! 

DON'T FORGET!! Clic-It is kicking off the “Gearing Up for Baby” contest from November 15 – December 24. Log onto www.clicitbag.com for details on how to enter for a chance to win a prize pack including a new Clic-It diaper bag and accessory assortment (retail value: $117.00).

Join them online - “like” Clic-It on Facebook as well !!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jump-start your career w/ a rewarding biz ownership opportunity-Open a Supercuts!


For years moms have jumped on Homeparty businesses, like Avon, Tupperware, Uppercase Living... Moms all over are trying to come up with a way to help subsidize their families income. Supercuts wants to share with you why they would be ideal company to start up with and how you can still be a mom at home at the same time.

Opening a recession-proof business: a Supercuts salon! Most people don’t consider the hair care industry when looking to start a business, but hair care makes a lot of sense when you stop to think about it, especially when compared to long hours associated with food service and retail franchises.



The Supercuts business model is time-honored and built to maximize your income while giving you plenty of time to play with little ones! In fact, Supercuts knows how to instruct new franchisees on running a sound operation so well, that a potential franchisee can open a salon and keep their current occupation until the new business can support them full time.


Supercuts, one of the largest and most iconic salon brands in the country, has been ranked the number one hair-care franchise in the U.S. and the fifth best franchise opportunity overall in Entrepreneur magazine's annual "Franchise 500" issue. The Regis Corporation, parent company of Supercuts, is the authority on franchise business ownership in the hair care industry and offers a time-tested business model for anyone looking to start building a business of their own - no prior business or hair-care experience necessary. Supercuts will train you to run the business, and how to hire the right professional stylists to perform the actual services. If you are a professional considering business ownership, inquire about opening a hair care franchise with Supercuts!




Why Choose the Hair Care Industry?
The success of any franchise is dependent on the nature of the business. Unlike food service franchises with perishable inventory, round the clock hours, and unskilled labor, hair care is an industry worthy of consideration because it:

  • Is fundamental service in any community and any economic climate.
  • Most people choose not to ‘do it themselves’
  • Resists technological obsolescence
  • Is staffed by professionals – employees are educated, certified and trained
  • Has low, non-perishable inventory requirements.
  • Cannot be outsourced
  • Is about making people look and feel good about themselves.
Hair care is a high-demand, high-repeat cash business that serves a fragmented and local market. Supercuts can take the guess work out of setting up a successful operation of your own; one where successful national advertising creates brand recognition and value for each salon.

Why Supercuts?
A strong relationship between franchiser and franchisee is imperative to the success of any franchise, as well as the capability of your franchisor -- their financial health and their ability to keep products, services, and marketing current and relevant. Supercuts is owned by Regis Corporation. Regis is the global leader in hair care service. They are a Fortune 1000 company with almost 13,000 salon locations among 60 brands in hair care services, products, and education. Supercuts is Regis Corporation’s flagship franchise brand. Since 1922, Regis’s success has stemmed from their continued ability to innovate according to demand. Even in 2009’s economic uncertainty, Supercuts provided franchisees with the knowledge and confidence to open eighty new Supercuts across the country, bringing the franchise to over 2,100 locations throughout North America.

To foster a symbiotic relationship with franchisees, Regis uses total transparency to provide learning opportunities and offer access to the latest information and best practices on financial performance, incremental revenue opportunities, operational improvements, marketing, hiring, retention and business growth strategies. Regis is equally as invested in the success of franchised salons as their franchisees are.

Gary Grace, president of the Supercuts Franchise Association and a multi-unit franchisee himself, attributes the salon brand's success to the excellent working relationship that franchisees have with Regis Corporation. "This franchise has a tremendous, built-in support system that is hard to create on your own," Grace said. "We have strong leadership, attend conferences, share best practices and even have an online community bulletin board where we post questions, help each other out, and offer advice. Overall, this recognition reflects how well we all work together – from each Supercuts stylist to our franchisee network to Regis Corporation and their support."


How Can I Franchise a Supercuts?
Just like any other business, a franchise business will take sufficient capital to run while you’re getting to profitability as well as a willingness to be part of team, tenacity, making sound decisions, leadership and execution.

A potential franchisee must have the following qualifications:

  • $150K net worth minimum
  • Some business experience
  • Willing to open multiple units (Minimum of 3)
Have questions about opening a Supercuts franchise or want to learn tips from current business owners? Visit http://www.RegisFranchise.com or contact Melissa Aquino at melissa@stjacques.com for more info about becoming a franchisee, Regis Corporation, and blogging opportunities.

Stay Connected

About Supercuts
Supercuts is part of the Regis Franchise family of brands. With over 2,100 locations across North America, Supercuts provides hair-care services to men, women and children at convenient locations with reasonable prices and no appointments necessary. Supercuts offers a broad selection of professional hair care products including Paul Mitchell, American Crew, Nioxin, Tigi, Redken, Biolage and more.

About Regis Corporation
For more information about Regis Corporation, visit www.regiscorp.com.

Note: I was given a free gift bag for posting about Supercuts, all opinions are of my own. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BACKYARD SAFARI™ OUTFITTERS

Thanks to TeamMom and BACKYARD SAFARI™ OUTFITTERS - I was sent their Cargo Vest, Suction Bug Vacuum and their Land and Water Mega View Periscope to review... OMG The kids who tried this, including a 3, 6 and 13 yr old, LOVE it, so did I!

I had the best fun with the Bug Vacuum. How many times have you been cleaning your house and ooops there's a bug and you suck that bugger up in the vacuum. Well same concept but this time they get to see it full on... we did it with lightening bugs and it didn't splatter them inside :)

The vest is neat, makes them feel like they are really ready for an adventure. It's loose fitting, has a bunch of great slots to add your tools.

The periscope is neat!! It is heavy and large - see the video to really get the size of this thing. It arrives small (slid into each other) but then the kids just pull it out and start using it. Definitely older than 5 to hold it up, for the younger ones, mom/dad might need to help out. But in all it works and its cool to look out. The kids used it in their 'tent' to spy on each other and see what all the adults were doing.

These oh-so-cool products are fun for fall outdoor play or holiday gifts (stocking stuffers and more). Take a peek at all the videos below... there's more to Gear Up with too!  They can be purchased online or in stores, including Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, and Target. Amber's asking for the Field Binocs :)

ARE YOU GEARED UP?
BACKYARD SAFARI™ OUTFITTERS is the outfitter for all your year-round outdoor adventures!
Our year-round ESSENTIAL FIELD GEAR is rugged, fully functional, and made for the field. Perfect for backyards, parks, campgrounds, beaches and lakes.
So, gear up and get in the field! Chase a storm or wrangle a bug. Track an animal or comb the beach. Dig up the past or gaze at the stars. The world is your backyard. Join us on safari!

THE ESSENTIAL FIELD GEAR CARGO VEST

It’s your most essential piece of field gear. It’s rugged, and tough enough for all your outdoor adventures. Plenty of cargo pockets means lots of space to load up. Six D-Rings and two shoulder epaulets let you clip and hang more essential gear. A large zipper pocket stores your trusty binocs and a clear-view chest pocket stores your Pop-Up Field Guides™. The back of the vest features a one-size-fits-all adjustable strap and two extra mesh pockets for storing extra gear. It’s the must-have for every BACKYARD SAFARI™ kid.

FEATURES:

* RUGGED POLY-TWILL FABRIC WITH REINFORCED DETAIL
* 4 CARGO POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURES
* 1 TWO INCH DEEP ZIPPER POCKET WITH MESH-NET OUTER POCKET
* 6 D-RINGS
* CUSTOM ZIPPER PULLS
* CARGO SHOULDER EPAULETS WITH SNAP CLOSURES
* ADJUSTABLE REAR STRAP
* 2 OVER-SIZED MESH-NET CARGO POCKETS IN REAR
* PLUS CLEAR-VU FRONT POCKET CONTAINING ESSENTIAL FIELD POP-GUIDE

AGE: 5 & UP




THE BUG WRANGLER'S EXTREME SUCTION BUG VACUUM

SNEAK UP ON BUGS AND SUCK ‘EM UP!

There are THOUSANDS of crawling, flying, buzzing bugs in your backyard – catch them LIVE with your Bug Vac! Look at bugs UP-CLOSE with built-in magnifying Glass! CAPTURE CORE attaches to the Bug Habitat (sold separately) for easy transfer of your insects.

FEATURES:

* 2 CATCH & RELEASE CAPTURE CORES WITH BUILT IN MAGNIFYING GLASS
* PLUS: EXTRA NOSE CONE FOR THE REALLY BIG BUGS

AGE: 5 & Up


LAND AND WATER MEGA VIEW PERISCOPE

A VIEW TO A THRILL!

This full-view periscope allows stealth viewing over boulders, high bushes, backyard fences, and around corners. Three rugged, light-weight sections telescope for a reach over 4 feet high to let you see all those out-of-reach views.

EXCLUSIVE WATER FEATURE! Flip the Mega View Periscope upside down and a full 16 inches is submersible for underwater viewing—on docks, poolside, lakes or beaches. A fish eye view...but without all that water in your ears.

FEATURES:

* THREE NESTED SECTIONS EXTEND OVER 4 FEET
* WIDE-VIEW FACE PLATE FOR BINOCULAR VIEWING
* ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED HAND GRIPS FOR STEADY, VERTICAL HOLDING POSITION
* 16 INCH WATER-TIGHT SUBMERSIBLE SECTION FOR UNDERWATER VIEWING

AGE: 5 & Up






Note: I received all these items free from TeamMom and all opinions are that of my own.

"Hello My Name is Hope" campaign

 "Hello My Name is Hope" campaign! To raise even more funding for breast cancer research, Quill.com is doubling the donation amount for every Hope sticker created. From now until 10/31, Quill.com will give $2 for every sticker made on our Facebook page to City of Hope, up to $20,000.

October is a huge month for my family - we have weddings, doctors/dentist appts, choir concert, halloween dance, halloween parties, and of course halloween... but in between it all October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - having several woman in my family SURVIVE breast cancer and still taking each day as it comes, it hits home hard. I've even started going in early for mammograms at the age of 34 to make sure I catch it early, if its there. It helps when your husband works on the mammo machines and is eager to go with to see the machine 'operate' for the first time LMAO... gotta laugh or each day isn't worth living :)

So I'd love to share with you the "Hello My Name is Hope" campaign  ...
As most of us know all too well, there are lots of fun things to do on Facebook! From Farmville to catching up with old friends, it's easy to get caught up in a virtual frenzy. However, whenever we learn of a Facebook app that lets us inspire others and contribute to a worthy cause, we can't help but spread the word far and wide!

That's why we're so excited to tell you about the "Hello My Name is Hope" campaign, presented by Quill.com, a leading business-to-business online and direct marketer of office products. To boost breast cancer awareness, Quill.com is inviting all Facebook users to post and personalize virtual "Hello My Name is Hope" stickers on their profiles to honor both survivors and victims of the disease. The familiar "Hello My Name Is" stickers take on new meaning with personalized messages of hope and support shared across the Facebook community.

quill hope sticker
Throughout October, every sticker created will be displayed in a community gallery on the Quill.com Facebook page, creating a virtual wall of breast cancer messages and images.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Treasure Your Chest

From myself and MomSelect:


October is a month full of color, from the leaves on the trees to the orange pumpkins popping up everywhere. In addition to the warm autumn hues, there's another color that's synonymous with this month- pink! Yes, it's awesome to see this rosy shade take over everything from football fields to The White House as our country unites in the fight against breast cancer.

There are no shortage of breast cancer charities, campaigns and promotions to participate in this month, and all do their part to provide hope to countless women and support the research necessary to find a cure. Every little bit helps and we try to participate in all the pink that we can! However, when we came across this particular program that provides education, we knew we had to share it.

Moms, it's time to bond with your breasts! And the good news is, you can do so alongside other great women who are dedicated to spreading this proactive message.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, E! News host Giuliana Rancic and Lindsay Avner, founder of the national breast and ovarian cancer non-profit Bright Pink, "felt themselves up" during 'Treasure Your Chest' a live webcast to fight breast cancer hosted by Orbit White Bubblemint gum.  

The 'Treasure Your Chest' video is available online through October at www.Livestream.com/TreasureYourChest, where women can watch as Giuliana and Lindsay share (and show) tips for how young women can be proactive about their breast health, including bonding with their breasts regularly. 


We think this video is a must-watch for every female! As we all know, early detection is the best prevention!
Just for fun, we're throwing one more color into the mix- White! As a proud sponsor of this campaign, Orbit White is donating 10 percent of every pack of Orbit White Bubblemint gum sold in September and October, up to $75,000, to Bright Pink.  And they're also giving back to those that help them get the word out. 

 *Note - I was entered into a contest for posting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Longaber Contest! Our new Fall Snow Platter...

I'm offering our new Fall Snow Platter to the winner... This awesome Our new Falling Snow Platter is a beautiful way to display or serve your homemade treats to friends and family at holiday gatherings. Your homemade treats added to the Falling Snow Platter makes a lovely and heartfelt gift. The platter works with the 2010 Holiday Hostess™ Large Falling Snow Basket. The snowflakes are embossed into the glaze creating a raised effect and is made from high quality stoneware safe for use in microwave and dishwasher. 11 3/4"d x 1 1/2"h, a $40 value!






Gorgeous isn't it!! Now how do you win it?? Just purchase the Wednesday October 20th Special (our low bowl basket) and you will be entered into the drawing*!! I ordered the Chocolate Large Low Bowl and it will fit perfectly in the Low Bowl Basket!
In all the colors inside and out!
 

Ideas for the baskets...






*contest is open til November 30th - on our our Wed Specials.


Blog Credit:
Graphics used on page are from digital scrapbooking kit Sugar Rush by Flergs and Ziska. Blog arranged by Designs by Sarah using her Blog Design Service.