Monday, May 28, 2012

Honey Bunches of Oats Giveaway.

Have you tried Honey Bunches of Oats?  Then you do not know what you are missing.  Did you know, Honey Bunches of Oats brings together 4 nutritious grains (wheat, oats, corn and rice) into crispy flakes and crunchy granola bunches to give you a nutritious start to your day.
Here are some facts about Honey Bunches of Oats (per serving):
  • 9 essential vitamins and minerals
  • 10 grams Whole Grain
  • 6 grams sugar
  • 0 grams trans fat (per serving)
  • 0 grams saturated far
  • 0 mg cholesterol 

Does this sound like the kind of cereal you would like to try?  There is even more reasons to try Honey Bunches of Oats.  There are so many different delicious flavors for you to choose from.
  • Honey Roasted Almonds
  •  Strawberries
  •  Cinnamon Bunches
  •  Vanilla Bunches
  •  Pecan Bunches
  •  Raisin Medley
  •  New Fruit Blends Banana Berry
  •  New Fruit Blends Peach Raspberry 
You can get a $1 off coupon from their Facebook page HERE

Here is what I think:

As many of you know, my family loves cereal.  We eat cereal for breakfast almost every morning.  We are also picky about our cereals.  We want a cereal to wake us up and fill us up too.  Nothing is worse than eating a bowl of cereal and being hungry an hour later.  Honey Bunches of Oats  is full of delicious granola bunches in every bite.  It kept me full until lunchtime, although all I wanted was another bowl of  Honey Bunches of Oats  (LOL).   

Go ahead and try a box of Honey Bunches of Oats today.  

Now what you been waiting for...
This giveaway will have three winner.

    Your Prize Pack will contain:
    • (1) Coupon for one box of Honey Bunches of Oats.

Closed the winners are...

Here is how you enter:  
  •  Follow me on Google and leave a comment stating you are following me.
  • leave a comment stating which flavor of  Honey Bunches of Oats   your family would like to try.

Additional entrees:
RULES: Maximum of 8 entries per person. The giveaway will end on June 10th at midnight.  I will randomly pick a winner at on May 9th.  I will notify the winner by e-mail and posted winners first name or user name on my blog.  The winner with have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.  You must be 18 years or older and a US resident to enter.  

Disclosure:  The giveaway, prize pack and information were provided by Post through Purexinsider.  I received a sample of a product to review.  All opinions expressed her are my own and were not swayed by receiving products.  Coupon will be sent sending US mail and I am not held responsible of lost mail. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New and Improved Vaseline® Total Moisture®

New and Improved Vaseline® Total Moisture®:

As a member of Smiley360 I was sent a secret sample of a lotion to try. I really liked the lotion. The lotion has a pleasant sent, soaked into my skin with no greasy feeling. The lotion gave my skin the moisture it was craving. 

I just found out the lotion I had been trying was Vaseline total Moisture. Who would have known.  I have never tried Vaseline Brand lotion before.  I was so much better then I had ever thought.  I love rubbing Vaseline Total Moisture over my skin because it soaks into my skin, and adds moisture to my skin all day long.  I can put on the lotion and within seconds it has soaked into my skin and I can go about my day.  It does not have any greasy feeling to it at all, like some lotion do.

 You will have to try this lotion for yourself. Thanks Vaseline Brand for my free Vaseline Total Moisture! 

For a chance to claim yours click here limited supply 

Disclosure I received a free sample of  Vaseline Total Moisture courtesy of Smiley360.

ARM & HAMMER® Sensitive Toothpaste

ARM & HAMMER® Sensitive Toothpaste:

I have thrown out my old toothpaste and tried Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste for the past two weeks.  What a different it makes.  My teeth look whiter, and it has a low abrasion formula that is gentle on my teeth's enamel. The whitening variant also includes baking soda to gently remove plaque and surface stains without causing sensitivity.
I know some of you are not a fan of Baking soda, but it has been used for over 100 years, and it is a brand that can be trusted.

Thanks ARM and HAMMER for my free product sample! Get your free sample of Sensitive Toothpaste click here

Disclosure: I received a free sample of  Arm and Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste courtesy of Smiley360 when sharing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fiber One bars and Sport pack review and giveaway

Looking for a snack that combines the taste kids’ love with the nutrients they need? Be one of the first to try new Fiber One® Chewy bars, the perfect wholesome snack that the whole family will enjoy! Available in Chocolate and Strawberry PB&J varieties, these chewy bars are perfect for in-the-house, on-the-go, and everywhere in between. Completewith a peanut butter or chocolate bottom and yummy drizzle in every bite, kids won’t be able to resist the taste and parents won’t be able to resist the nutrition of this enjoyable snack.

  • Fiber One Chewy bars contain 20% of the Daily Value of fiber and 10% of the Daily Value of calcium
  • These 100 or 110 calorie bars contain no high fructose corn syrup, and only 7 or 8 grams of sugar
  • According to the results of a recent taste test*, kids prefer Fiber One Chewy Chocolate bars over Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Fiber One Chewy bars will feature the added bonus of Box Tops for Education on-pack, truly making Fiber One Chewy bars an ideal snack for school-aged children.

*Based upon independent taste tests, with kids aged 8-12, of Fiber One Chewy Chocolate versus Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. Quaker is a registered trademark of the Quaker Oats Company. All trademarks property of their respective owners

Here is what I think...

I was sent two boxes of Fiber One Chewy bars to sample. First we tried the Chewy chocolate bar and they tasted Yummy.  It was like eating a chocolate bar without the guilt. Little Man finished off a bar all by himself, and asked for another bar.  This time I gave him the Fiber One Chewy Strawberry Peanut Butter and Jelly bars, it was a hit too and he ate the whole bar.  The Fiber One Chewy Strawberry Peanut Butter and Jelly bars really do taste like eating a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich (without the bread).  

All three of my kids enjoyed eating the Fiber One Chewy bars.  I put some of the bars in their book bag as a snack to have after school.  Not one of the bar made its way back home, they were all devoured on the way home from school.   

My Little Man is very active and he needs a snack to keep up with his active life style.  He also has a little bit of a sweet tooth, so he needs a snack to taste great too. Fiber One Chewy bars are the best of both world for my Little Man. 

Little Man loves to go outside and play soccer.  He is only 20 months, but he can kick the ball around like a pro. 

 After he plays a hard game of Soccer he needs to hydrate himself with water. He likes the  Fiber One chewy brand water bottle we recieved. 

After he drank some water he looked in his sports bag for some more Fiber One Chewy bars.  

If you have not tried Fiber One Chewy bars, what are you waiting for?  Go to your local grocery store and pick up a box or two.   

Check out Fiber One Online:

Now what you been waiting for...
The giveaway 
Closed the winner is Laurie check out her website:

    Your Prize Pack will contain:
    • (1) Box of Fiber One Chewy Chocolate Bars
    • (1) Box of the Fiber One Chewy Strawberry Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
    • Drawstring Sack Pack
    • Water Bottle
    • Flexi Flyer
    • Soccer Ball
    • Sidewalk Chalk

Here is how you enter:  
  •  Follow me on Google and leave a comment stating you are following me.
  • leave a comment stating which of the new Fiber One Chewy bars would you and your family be most interested to try, and why?

Additional entrees:
  • Additional entrees: 
    • Share this Giveaway on your facebook page and leave a comment.
    • "Like" Nowamomof3's Facebook page and leave comment.   
    • Follow Nowamomof3's Facebook page and leave comment.
    • Follow Nowamomof3 on Twitter and leave a comment
    • Leave a comment on any other story on my blog for one additional entree. 
RULES: Maximum of 8 entries per person. The giveaway will end on May 13th at midnight.  I will randomly pick a winner at on May 14th.  I will notify the winner by e-mail and posted winners first name or user name on my blog.  The winner with have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.  You must be 18 years or older and a US resident to enter.  

Disclosure:  The giveaway, prize pack and information were provided by General Mill through myblogspark.  I received a sample of product to review.  All opinions expressed her are my own and were not swayed by receiving products.   I am not held liable for failure to deliver prize pack.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Marebear and Woody Pet therapy

At the beginning of May our Little Mare Bear was in the hospital again with uncontrolled seizures.  She has a seizure that lasted a little over 30 minutes, and was rushed to Dell Children's Hospital of Central Texas. This is the 5th time this year she has been in the hospital due to seizures.  Each time we are in the hospital we ended up staying 3 to 6 day.  

Having a child in the hospital can be extremely overwhelming for families.  Since my parents have are no longer living,and my Hubby's parents live in Nevada, we have no family to turn to for help.  

When a child is in the hospital for an extended time period, they began to miss their home and if they have pets, they miss seeing and petting their pet too.

We have a big husky/ Alaskan Malamute mix dog.  She is beautiful, sweet tempered, and about 120lbs.  Her name is Shasta.  Shasta forgets how big she is and sometimes thinks she is a lap dog.  

While Mare Bear was in the hospital, she was able to participate in their Pet Therapy program. 

The Woody Pet Therapy Program at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas has brought smiles and comfort to countless patients since it began in 1988. Pets must be registered as a Complex team by the Delta Society and a DCMCCT Volunteer.  there is also a training program Dell Children's hospital has set up before the pet and guardians can see patients. 

This dog is named "Z"  he is a Great Pyrenees.  He has a great temperament (you can see that from the photo).

He wasn't sure about coming up on the hospital bed, but when I assured him we have a big dog too and Mare Bear would love to have him sit close to her, he jumped up. 

In this photo Mare Bear is still a little foggy from the anti-seizure meds, but she was so happy to see and pet Z.

To learn more about  the Woody program at Dell Children's medical center:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms: Book review and giveaway.

The scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall is a novel.  The main character  Annie Martin is an young women coming of age in her Old Order Mennonite community.  Annie relationship with her mother is strained and she is sent to live with her grandfather, Moses for a while.  Moses is also Old Order Mennonite, but has gone into business with the Zooks, an Old Order Amish family, to operate the Zook diner.   Annie and  Aden Zook  used to work together in the diner when she would come and visit her grandfather.  It has been a long time since Annie has sees Aden but her attraction to him is a strong as ever.  Aden is a shy, artistic young man with a stutter, but Annie can see the words of his heart.  Aden’s brother was outgoing and the dominate twin, but a freak accident has left him paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair, and total dependent on Aden.

Aden is torn between his feeling towards Annie, and his devotion to God as an Old Order Amish.   Aden and Annie know there two worlds are not allowed cross(at least not romantically) and Moses would  close the restaurant if they ever acted on those feelings.  Annie and Aden must  soon decide if their feeling toward each other are worth the trouble and torment it would cause their family and communities.  

This is the second book of Woodsmall I have read (to see my review on When the Soul Mends, click here).  I really enjoy reading her books about romance in Amish Country.  I have a hard time putting them down and I stay up late reading them.  Not only do her books it give me a gimps of what it would be like to live the Plain life, but it reminds me of what is was like to fall in love with someone.

 The scent of Cherry Blossoms is a true classic romance novel.  It is written with dignity and grace.  It allows the reader to journey along with two young people as they decided what to do about their felling towards each other.  It reminds us, we do not get to choose whom we fall in love with, and that love is not always enough to keep two people together.   

Click here to buy the book and read excerpt.

Click here to find out more about the author,Cindy Woodsmall 

Now for what you have been waiting for....

The giveaway is 

    Your Prize Pack will contain:

    • (1)  FREE book
      The scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

CLOSED: the winner is Maura

Here is how you enter:  
  •  Follow me on Google and leave a comment stating you are following me.

Additional entrees:
  • Additional entrees: 
    • Rate my review of the book (above) and leave a comment. (2 entries)
    • Share this Giveaway on your facebook page and leave a comment.
    • "Like" Nowamomof3's Facebook page and leave comment.   
    • Follow Nowamomof3's Facebook page and leave comment.
    • Follow Nowamomof3 on Twitter and leave a comment
    • Leave a comment on any other story on my blog for one additional entree. 
RULES: Maximum of 8 entries per person. The giveaway will end on May 30th at midnight.  I will randomly pick a winner at on May 31th.  I will notify the winner by e-mail and posted winners first name or user name on my blog.  The winner with have 48 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.  You must be 18 years or older and a US resident to enter.  

Disclosure: The book, The scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah's blogging for books program.  I also received a free copy of the book to review. However, all opinions expressed are my own.  The Free book will be mailed by me using United State postal media mail.  I cannot be held liable for books lost in the mail.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Old Navy Style Council: Summer Shorts

  As a Member of Crowdtap I am so excited to be able to answer questions about what I think of upcoming styles.  

Recently I was asked by Crowdtap to be part of the stylish and influential Old Navy Style council.  I could not help but say "YES!".  

Since I love shopping at Old Navy for the hottest summer trends, I was selected to participate in Old Navy’s SHORTS event! As a member of Old Navy Style Council I was able to redeem a coupon in-store for a free pair of shorts of my choice.  I was also allowed to choose one of my friends to come with me and get a pair of shorts as well

Old Navy’s selection of shorts is mega stylish this season! There are so many styles to choose from.  First, I took a look at the shorts at Old Navy's website to see what shorts I thought might fit my style. 

Then it was off to Old Navy with my friends Lola to try on some outfits and check out the styles.  

The photo above is me, on the left, with my friend Lola, on the right. We are wearing Old Navy's Women's printed 5" shorts.  The shorts come in many different styles.  I am wearing the khaki floral print while Lola is wearing the warm multitude.   Our matching tangerine tank tops are also available at Old Navy.

Here are another pair of cute shorts.  I am wearing the Women's Relaxed Chino Shorts.  These shorts are so comfortable and roomy.  I like the way my legs look in the Women's Relaxed Chino Shorts.  Lola is wearing the Women's Linen Drawstring shorts (5").  She like these shorts so much, she decided these short would be the ones she choose as her "free" pair.  

  Here is me accessorizing from head to toe with Old Navy.  I have on Old Navy's Women's printed 5" shorts in patchwork blue bottom.  The canvas bag, and sandals really bring the outfit together.    We are both wearing matching tangerine tank tops (not really a good look for us). Lola is wearing the Women's Relaxed Chino Shorts .

I am wearing the women's denim short "the flirt".  These denim short are the perfect fit and length for me.  Lola is wearing Old Navy's Women's printed Canvas 5" shorts.  I am also wearing a Women's floral gauze drawstring-hem tank.    

Lola and I has so much fun at Old Navy trying on there new Summer shorts.  They have a great selection and styles to choose from!  Why don't you grab your best gal pal and head over to Old Navy for your own fashion show.

Disclosure:  My friends and I received a free pair of shorts courteous of Old Navy through crowdtap.  However the opinions expressed here are my own

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Woolite® COMPLETE:

As a member of Smiley360, I received a complementary bottle of Woolite Complete. Woolite Complete is perfect for all your clothes. It will keep your color vibrant and your whites bright.

Woolite® COMPLETE treats your clothes properly. It does more than just clean; it also protects your clothes so that they look like new for longer. Keep your whites white and your colors bright with Woolite®.

Receive 20% off at *

Disclosure: I received a free sample of Woolite Complete courtesy of Smiley360.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Stanley Steemer make our carpet cleaner.

A few days ago  Stanley Steemer  came to my house to clean my carpets.  They were running a special and I was able to get three rooms cleaned for around $100.  I choose the living room and two of the kids bedrooms.

You can also add Protectant to help resist dirt, spills or every day traffic and you can add deodorizer to neutralizes orders and eliminate them at their source.

I was surprised when they told me they do more than just carpet cleaning.  They clean upholstery, hardwood and Tile and grout.  They even can clean you air ducks.

Want to see Stanley Steemer in action?  I guess my cleaning specialist were a little shy and did not want to appear on camera, however I was able to take before and after photos of my carpet.   

 This is a wide shot of my living room before Stanley Steemer cleaned the carpet.  If you look at the right side of the photo you can see all the stains.

Here is the carpet after Stanley Steemer cleaned the carpets.  You can really see the difference.  The carpet looks lighter and there are no stains.  I was so impressed with the outcome!

 This is Little Man's room.  To the right and up of Little Man is a stain from petroleum jelly (he got into it when I was not looking and smeared it on the carpet.  We have never be able to get the stain out).  Well Stanley Stemmer was able to get that stain out and the carpet looks brand new.

Now you have seen my stained filled carpets so it is time for Stanley Steemer to come a do what they do best, make my carpet cleaner.

To enter the Stanley Steemer giveaway for $100 gift card click here.

Disclosure:  The gift certificate, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Stanley Steemer through MyBlogSpark.  The opinions express are my own and were not swayed by receiving products.  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mighty Fine Movie Review

Mighty fine Movie Review:    
Mighty Fine movie is a new powerful family drama, about a father's misguided attempts to find acceptance by his wife and daughters.  The movie is set sometime in the 1970s, Joe Fine, the father, is played by Chazz Palminteri, and the mother, Stella Fine is played by Andie MacDowell. 

Mighty Fine Joe relocates with Stella and their daughters Natalie and Maddie from brooklyn to New Orleans.  Joe is very controlling of his wife and daughter, and losses his temper quickly.  Natalie is 17, a senior in high school and is extremely upset at her parents decision to move to a new city and become increasingly defiant .  Maddie is 14, and unsure about the move, but is easily won over when she see their huge house.  The Fine family hopes this move is a new start for them, but quickly realize distance changes nothing.

The move puts strain on the Fine family when Joe's job is threaten.  Joe's love for his family is sincere, but his anger from his own abusive past causes him to repeat the cycle.  Joe is not seen as a monster, but as a loving father trying to provide for his family the best way he knows.

Stella is in denial of how much her husband's unpredictable and explosive rages are effecting their daughter's self-esteem.  Stella is submissive and tries her best to calm her husband when he becomes angry. 

 Joe tries to win his family affection by purchasing lavish gifts for them, but it only puts more pressure on him to provide financially. When Joe's job and his family lively hood are threaten, he is unable to cope with his feeling of failure and he moves from verbal abuse to physical abuse.   Joe is unaware and in denial how his action and mental health effect his family happiness.

In the end, Stella and her daughter will have to decide what each of them will do to end the abuse. (I don't want to giveaway the ending)

What I thought of the movie:
The movie, Mighty Fine movie, itself was a good depiction of violence in the home.  The relationship between Joe and Stella depict the emotional abuse women suffer during domestic violence.  The relationship between Joe and his daughter was a realistic account of an abusive father.  However, there was not as much physical abuse as I was expecting in the movie.   

I was surprised at how little I was effected by the physical abuse in the movie.  Since I grew up in an abusive home, I could not help but think, this is nothing compared to what I went through.  I guess it disturber me that I wasn't more disturbed by the abuse in the movie.  

I am impress how Mighty Fine movie dealt with the difficult topic of emotional abuse.  Domestic violence is becoming an epidemic in America.  When you are being abused by a spouse, whether it is emotional or physical, it can be hard to leave.  It is more than just packing up and leaving.  There is so much control,  by the abuser, that the abused doesn't feel as if they have any choices.  When kids are dealing with an abusive parent they can feel trapped by both parents; the abuser, they are scared of and the abused, they do no understand why he or she make excuses and stay. I think Mighty Fine movie was a sort of calmer version of what most survivors of abuse go though. 

Mighty Fine movie is emotional raw, straight forward and a honest depiction of emotional abuse.  My only critique is there is more profanity, and racial slurs then I am used to hearing.  I know for the movie to be an honest portrayal, maybe some language was necessarily, but I am just not used to (nor do I want to) hear those types of words any more. 

I would NOT recommend this movie for children.

 Mighty Fine is only showing in select theaters when it premieres on May 25th. to see if there is a theater near you Click Here  

You can also check out the Mighty Fine movie website:

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mighty Fine and the distributor. I received access to an online showing of the film and a promotional item to thank me for participating”.