Thursday, October 25, 2012


My hubby and I went to our local SLEEP NUMBER® bed store to try out the new innovation: the NEW SLEEP NUMBER® m9 memory foam bed.  It's exclusive LuxFit™ foam is supremely soft, breathable, and gently comforting.  We also able to see for ourselves what is our perfect sleep number, and as with most couples, our sleep numbers are different.  This means the only way we can both have a comfortable night sleep would be with a NEW SLEEP NUMBER® bed.   The sales associate was very informative and not pushy (that is just what I wanted).

What I like about SLEEP NUMBER® beds it that every curve of your body is cradled in cushioned comfort as you adjust your SLEEP NUMBER® settings to your perfect firmness.  This will definitely be on my wish list this year.

Click Here for a chance to win a FREE Sleep Number m9 bed.

Disclosure:  I received a free CooFit Pillow as a courtesy of Smiley360.  However all opinions expressed her are my own when sharing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Green Giant Seasoned Steamer review and Giveaway

With a dash of imagination, a pinch of culinary skill, and a heap of flavor, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ are giving you a new reason to enjoy eating your vegetables. Shake up your vegetable routine with these flavorful, chef-inspired options that are seasoned to perfection, without a drop of sauce. Now, more than ever, you can leave your family craving more vegetables with every meal and break through meal monotony with a new palate-pleasing vegetable option for everyone! With new Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™, eating vegetables just got easier and more delicious.

  • Available in six different varieties, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ are one of the first sauce-free seasoned vegetables to bring unique chef-inspired seasonings and premium cut vegetable blends to your dining room table.
  • These tasty Seasoned Steamers are bound to spice up any meal with six varieties including: Mediterranean Blend, Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots and Backyard Grilled Potatoes

Click here for Coupon  to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of one package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™. Take advantage of the savings and try Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ today!

During the month of October, there will be a “Love it, or your Money Back” offer available at Click Here to learn more.

You can also check out Green Giant on Facebook

Here is what My family thought:

As a mom of three kids I am always on the look out for easy dinner solutions  but not at the expense of flavor or nutrition.  I was so excited to add Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ to my dinner menu.  Green Giant has found a way to add delicious veggie to you dinner table.  All you have to do is throw them in the microwave for a few minutes and your side dishes are done. My mouth was watering just by the smell of them steaming in the microwave.  These are not your ordinary veggies either, they a packed with spices and flavor.  My family enjoyed gobbling up their vegetables when they taste fresh and flavorful the way Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ makes them!  

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

The giveaway  is now Closed Kathy is the winner

    Your Prize Pack will contain:

    • (1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™
    • Apron
    • Green Giant Serving Spoon
    • Mixing Bowl
    • Bag of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™

Here is how you enter:  
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RULES: Maximum of 7 entries per person. The giveaway will end on November 1st at midnight.  I will randomly pick a winner at on November 2nd.  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: MyBlogSpark provided a free sample of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ prize pack for me to review. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

How NOT to make a minecraft cake

For my Oldest 14th birthday he wanted me to make a minecraft cake. He had this vision of a minecraft world with grass, a house with the owner in front with his trusty ax, and as the man turns around he sees a creeper.  I am not a cake decorator by any means, but I do try to make fun cake for my kids.  I think this idea was way beyond my skill set. I knew I could not let my son down so I told him I would give it a try.

Remember when your mom would say "I want to tell you these things so you will not make the same mistakes I did"? Well that is what I am doing here.  I want to tell you what I did in hopes that your Minecraft cake will turn out better than mine.  In my defense, I did not have enough time and I did not try out some of the techniques ahead of time.   If I had more time and tried some of the techniques before his party I am sure the results would be better.  The good news is the boys at his party did not care and it all tasted the same to them.

Now I have to admit I have not worked with fondant more than 3 times in my life, so I was doomed to fail from the start.  To make the Creeper and Steve I baked a cake and cut out the pieces   Then I took the pieces and froze them.  Once the cake was frozen I rolled out the fondant and covered the cake with it.  I did not realize I barely had enough fondant to cover the cake (look at the creepers feet).  I pierced the cake with dowels so that when I put them on the cake they would stand up.  I added some finishing touches to the creeper by cutting out red squares for his body and face and   I also added eye and a mouth to Steve.  I used frosting to get them to stick to the body, but did not like the way it looked.

 For the minecraft scenery part of the cake I baked a 9x13 cake for the ground, and used a loaf pan for the house. I used the leftover pieces of the loaf cake to make a hill. Then I just frosted the cakes.

As you can see I have a little problem with depth perception.  Because I made the creeper and Steve first I did not think about how big they would look compared to the house or each other.  I think Steve is the main problem here. He should have been much smaller.  Buy the time I realized the flaw in my design, it was to late, I was out of fondant and I did not have time to do it over before the party started.

As you can see my boys did were fine with the cake and they just appropriated the time and energy that when in to making the cake.  All the boys at the party just wanted a delicious piece of cake to eat, and that is what they received!

Maybe I will get the courage to try to make another Minecraft cake, only this time I will plan it out better.

Last year I made a creeper cake for my son's birthday Click Here to see the post

Thursday, October 11, 2012

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is Almost here...

National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is coming up on October 17,

On October 17, parents across the country will be sitting down with their child to eat lunch together in 
their school's cafeteria--and starting the conversation about healthy school lunch with staff and administrators.

Join me on Wednesday October 17, during School Lunch week, to celebrate what’s great about school lunch. 

Parents: Join your child at school, line up with a lunch tray, and learn about what’s being served in the school cafeteria. Click Here to find out about National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.

Disclaimer: thank you to Momsmeet for providing this information. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

How to have a monster of a party.

As a member of Crowdtap I was asked to spread the word about the new movie Hotel Transylvania.

In Honor of Hotel Transylvania and the main character Mavis who is celebration her 118th birthday I wanted to invite some friends over to help me celebrate.  Because of her dad’s Dracula's strict no-human policy, Mavis isn't allowed off Hotel Translyvania’s property and could not attend our party, but that did not deter us from celebrated her birthday by inviting our friends over for a day of activities, games, and snacks! 

As you know a party is not a party without the food.  So for this Monster party I made all kinds of goodies.  We had monster rice krispies treat shaped like Frankenstein and vampires.  I made homemade bat cookies.  we had chips, dip and fruit.  A birthday party would not be complete with out the cake, so I made a Jack-o-lantern cake. 

I also set out some games for the kids to play.  We had monster bingo and Truth or Scare.

Just like Dracula in the movie Hotel Transylvania I had not problem entertaining these monsters.To keep the party going we had all kinds of games for the kids to play.  We played pin the nose on the pumpkin.  Here is a photo of some of the kids that gave this game a try.  They were all really close to getting the nose on the pumpkin.

 To get all the kids in the spirit of the movie Hotel Transylvania we colored pictures of Mavis and her dad, Dracula.  Each monster picked a coloring page, to color or to take home and color.

Make-A-Monster cupcake:
My kids favorite party of the party was decorating cupcakes to look like monsters. I made some cupcake and frosting.  Then I took all kinds of candy and placed them in a divider tray.  Each kids frosted their own cupcake and came up with their monster creation.  Look at all these scary monster cupcake it is enough to scare you silly. 

 We made monster mask like the ones in the movie Hotel Transylvania.  We had to make ourselves look like Monster so we could sneak into Hotel Transylvania. 

As guest we leaving the party we made goody bags for them to take home with them.  They had pencils  and other little monster items.  I was hoping the kids could use the bags to take their cupcake home with them, but they all eat their cupcakes at the party.

My house was full of monsters and fun just like Hotel Transylvania.  

If you have not had a chance to see the movie Hotel Transylvania, mark you calendar  take the kids and go scare yourself silly. 

Discloser: The idea for the Hotel Transylvnia Party was given to me from Crowdtap.  I receive a email with ideas and printouts for the party, but did not receive any good or monetary compensation for having the party.