Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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).
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
Posted by Amy Serpe at 7:29 PM
Thursday, December 9, 2010
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
New phone and a case
WWE 2011 xbox360
Phineas Ferb Again DS
Twilight Eclipse DVD
Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD
Silk Screen maker/extra ink
Foil Maker/extra ink
Jacket she wanted from WallyWorld
Two tops of Kohls
Matching jewelry for the tops
Posted by Amy Serpe at 3:38 PM
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
Posted by Amy Serpe at 12:13 PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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!
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!
Win a free game!
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Contest Ends December 13th
Note: thanks to MommyParties and MomSelect for sending me a free sample of the game and goodies for my guests.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 5:56 AM
Monday, December 6, 2010
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:
- 5 Action Link Stunt Sets, 1 of each variety. Each set comes with at least one buddy figure. The five stunt sets include: Evil Dr. Porkchop Attacks, Jessie to the Rescue, Buzz Saves the Train, Sunnyside Breakout Deluxe Playset, Junkyard Escape Stunt Set
- 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
Posted by Amy Serpe at 8:52 AM
Friday, December 3, 2010
Posted by Amy Serpe at 8:15 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
GERBER® GRADUATES® FOR PRESCHOOLERS CEREAL TWISTS
Gerber insulated lunch tote
Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ Nutrition Guide
Posted by Amy Serpe at 10:51 AM
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Coupons, Recipes, and More on Breakstone’s Sour Cream Holiday Destination for Moms
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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
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.
The Blogger Challenge Sweepstakes is sponsored by Meredith Corporation, not Breakstone’s.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 2:27 PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
- 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.
- 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?
Posted by Amy Serpe at 4:29 PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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
Posted by Amy Serpe at 3:36 PM
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
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!
*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.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 6:13 AM
Monday, November 15, 2010
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.
Watch the video below for yourself to see how cool Clic-It is :)
Posted by Amy Serpe at 8:21 AM
Friday, October 29, 2010
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.
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)
- Twitter - follow @MySuperCuts, tweet (click here)
- Facebook - check out the lineup at www.facebook.com/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.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 1:30 AM
Thursday, October 28, 2010
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 :)
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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 6:48 PM
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 :)
Posted by Amy Serpe at 8:54 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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.
*Note - I was entered into a contest for posting.
Posted by Amy Serpe at 10:00 AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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!
Posted by Amy Serpe at 5:28 PM