Nat Geo Kids Giveawa

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Need some fun, affordable stocking stuffers that your kids will LOVE?  NationalGeographic Kids Books makes it easy to stuff those stockings with 7 Amazing books!  Nat Geo Kids not only has books but their facebook page has a wealth of fun information about all types of animals.  

I know my kids would love this! They read Nat Geo all the time!
DID YOU KNOW: Hedgehogs usually curl up into a ball and sleep through the day, awaking at night only to hunt for food.
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How about a GIVEAWAY?
Mom Does Reviews and her fun blogging friends are happy to share this giveaway with you!
One lucky reader will win all SEVEN of these books: ($47 arv)
* My Weird But True Fact-A-Day Fun Journal
* Funny Fill-Ins: My Inside Earth Adventure
* Funny Fill-Ins: My Backyard Adventure .
* Funny Fill-Ins: My Ancient Egypt
* Funny Fill-Ins: My Safari Adventure .
* NG Kids Shark Activity Sticker Book
* NG Kids Dinos! Sticker Activity Book

What a GREAT prize pack!

The giveaway is open to US only, 18+

The giveaway ends 12/13 at 1159p est

Be sure to come back daily for more chances to win!

 

 
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Star Wars Force Grab Game giveaway

 

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I know my nephews would love this! They love everything Star Wars! How fun!

Force Grab is edge-of-your-seat fun! You race to spot when objects match the pictures and then you react fast! Grab the correct Lightsabers before the other players! Look out for decoys, bonus scoring twists, and other disturbances in the Force! Read the full review of Star Wars Force Grab on donnahup.com.

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We’re giving a Star Wars Force Grab to one lucky reader! Just enter on the rafflecopter below! Good luck!

*Giveaway is open to the US only and ends 12/9/14 at 11:59pm CST.

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Soniclear Antimicrobial Cleansing system plus 20% off! (Up to 40% off Today only!)


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Recently I went to a spa and got a facial. It was amazing and I asked them what products I could use at home to get my face looking as good as if I’d been to a spa. This is the product they recommended! The Soniclear Antimicrobial cleansing system is like bringing the spa home with you.

The lady at the spa was brutally honest and let me know I had years of build-up of dead skin and makeup I had not washed off from the night before.  She said my skin will look brighter and younger if I get that old dead skin off. No one can afford to go to the spa everyday but this is something you can afford!

I am over 29 now and my skin isn’t getting any younger.  I recently noticed a few wrinkles and smile lines here and there.  My mom has been telling for years, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the younger your skin will stay looking. She must know what she is talking about since people sometimes think she is my sister. 

This cleansing system is seriously something I was going to ask for as a Christmas present. So if you know any ladies in your life who are beauty-minded like me, trust me, they will love this!

Go here to find out more and order one for yourself.

This set comes with:

1 Soniclear Device

1 Facial Brush Head with Cover

1 Body Brush Head with Cover

1 Charging Stand

1 Charging Cord 

It gets better! My readers can score 20% off the Soniclear!

Go here to get 20% off! But if you buy it TODAY ONLY you can score 40% off! So check it out ASAP!

My skin has never been clearer since using the Soniclear. Even Oprah and Lady Gaga love it!

The Soniclear is gentle enough for sensitive skin yet powerful enough to micro massage away dirt and impurities. It removes makeup 6x better than hands alone. If you’re like me, and have a few kids and sometimes don’t even get to wash your makeup off at night, a tool like the Soniclear is a must have!

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Large Royal Sack Review…Great Christmas Present!

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Recently I was sent a Large Royal Sack from the TheBeanBagChairOutlet.com to review. I chose the camo fur cover since I knew my boys would enjoy this one the most. I love it so much that I need to get one of my own! I remember having a bean bag back in middle school…you know the ones with the little beans in it. And after awhile it lost some beans and settled into more of a flat mess!

The Large Royal Sack is so different from what I remember bean bags being and let me tell you, it is an awesome Christmas present! Plus right now they are offering free shipping!

The Large Royal Sack came in a big box and the cover and inside were separated so I was able to see what was inside this big boy! It is filled with shredded foam and one of the most comfortable things I have ever sat in! It holds it shapes like you wouldn’t believe!

You can also get it embroidered for $10 more which would make for a very special Christmas present. These bean bags are so soft and comfortable that my son fell asleep in it the night we got it. It’s so big both of my older boys could probably fit on it to sleep! 

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It comes in tons of colors so you will be able to find the perfect one for your household. We recently moved to the mountains and since it’s pretty cold up here, the camo fur was the perfect choice! When my kids want to watch TV or play their Wii, this is their go-to chair. We absolutely love our Large Royal sack from TheBeanBagChairOutlet.com. This bean bag is made out of such high quality material, I can tell we will be using this for years!

I don’t know about your kids but I know with ours, they love getting toys for Christmas, but it seems they only play with them for a small amount of time. Then the toys get thrown in the toy room, only to be played with a few more times. With something like this Royal sack, it’s something they can use for a long time and won’t get tired of it. 

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If your looking for a fun Christmas present, check out TheBeanBagChairOutlet.com!

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Download the Dunkin’ Donuts App and enroll in the DD perks program for a free drink on them!

 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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As a mom of 4 under the age of 7, you could say I run on Dunkin’. I don’t know how I would make it through the day without some yummy Dunkin’ Donuts and their delicious coffee.

Back in January of 2014 Dunkin’ Donuts introduced the DD Rewards Perks program which offers points towards free Dunkin’ beverages, and as of June 2014, it has surpassed 1 million members. So it must be awesome!

To celebrate this milestone Dunkin’ Donuts wanted to reward its loyal guests and deposited 100 points to all existing members and is offering 100 points to all new members for 1 week only! 

With DD perks you earn 5 points for every dollar you spend when you pay using your DD perks card where you can use a plastic card or use the DD perks mobile app. When you hit 200 points you can redeem it for a beverage of your choice. I know I am going to be eating there anyway, so why no rack up some points while I’m at it?!

And with the DD perks program, you can use their mobile app to enroll your card and make eating out at Dunkin’ Donuts an even better experience. In 2012 Dunkin’ Donuts was the first coffee retailer to be able to let people send gift cards in 3 different ways including, Facebook connect, text and email.  And now with the DD perks program there is now another level of ease when shopping with Dunkin’ Donuts.

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I mean have you tasted the Sugar Cookie Latte or the Peppermint Mocha Latte? Those are just some of the holiday flavors out right now and I am obsessed. 

Since the holidays are here and Christmas shopping is in full swing, every year my mom and I get to go shopping together.  And we always need a drink break every now and then. And this year our preferred destination is going to be Dunkin’ Donuts. We need extra fuel to fight the crowd and keep us awake.

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All you have to do to enroll in the DD program is download the app or go to their website and sign up here.

I decided to sign up on the mobile app and it was super easy to do! If you have a card already, just enter in your card info. to link your account. If you do not have a card, you can sign up and get one.

When you get to the “user info” make sure and use the promo code “BLOG”.  You will receive $5 on the app! SWEET!! I immediately got the message about having enough points for a free drink after signing up and it could not have been easier to do.

 

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Hurry and sign up because this only last until December 5th and you don’t want to miss it! 

With Christmas coming in T-minus 24 days, I know I don’t have a lot of time to shop and I often turn to gift cards. Who doesn’t love getting money? And giving money from Dunkin’ Donuts, you will be giving out sweetness on a card to everyone you give them too. With the DD perks program and the mobile app Dunkin’ Donuts has made shopping, fueling up, and eating around the holidays easier than ever.

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Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Tabasco Sauce

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Let me tell you a little story…one day a friend of mine and I, let’s call her Penelope, were comparing cheesecake recipes when she started telling me about her spicy cheesecake. My first thought was, “Uh no thanks!” I am ok with spicy and sweet treats but my cheesecake is OFF LIMITS! Cheesecake is all about sugar and fluffy cream, and if I do say so myself, my grandmother’s recipe is out of this world.

But I am Cajun and we live off Tabasco sauce so I decided to give this recipe a chance. I came home after buying some Tabasco sauce and realized we already had 3 bottles in our refrigerator so my husband was pretty thrilled when he saw I came home with another bottle. He has been using it on everything lately and I told him of my plans for my spicy cheesecake. 

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I figured he would throw up his hands and exclaim I could never change my recipe but he didn’t! He was totally on board and couldn’t wait to try it! I mean he uses the Jalapeño Tabasco sauce and Original Red on everything, why not try it in a cheesecake??! I had to make a dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner so why not bring this as some of our delicious party food

And don’t be intimidated. When I first made this cheesecake I was a little nervous because I had never attempted a cheesecake before but this one is easy as pie.

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I went shopping at my local grocery store and found the Tabasco original Red Sauce, the Green Jalapeño Pepper, and Chipotle flavored sauces and scooped all of them up!

Below is the step by step instructions on how to make this cheesecake…your welcome!

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First grind up half a box of cinnamon graham crackers! The secret to this yummy crust is the cinnamon graham crackers! Once they are finely grinded, put in a bowl and add a stick of melted butter. Stir, then put in a greased springform pan and cook for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees. 

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Then put 3 cream cheese 8 oz. blocks in a mixer and beat until smooth. Gradually add 1 1/4 cup sugar. Add 3 large eggs, one at a time. Stir in 8 ounces of sour cream. Pour in half a bag of white chocolate chips.

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As you can see my  crust is not very level. It comes with the territory of not being a perfectionist. Feel free to make yours prettier than mine ;-) Pour the filling on top of the pie crust and cook at 350 degrees for 1 hour 5 minutes. Turn oven off and partially open the oven door. Let stand in oven for 15 minutes. Let cool on countertop. Cover and chill for 8 hours in refrigerator.

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Next is the fun part..sauce making! To make the spicy sauce for the top of the cheesecake, pour half a jar of strawberry fruit spread. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and let heat up until the sugar is melted. 

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I added 1/2 teaspoon of Jalapeño Tabasco sauce. This is where you can take creative liberties because if you like spicy you can add more. I kept tasting mine until I got the right level of spicy. It was a mild spicy taste since the Jalapeño is a milder spicy flavor so it wasn’t too hot. And just to kick it up a notch, I also added a little bit of the Tabasco original Red sauce. It depends on your taste but I added 1/4 teaspoon and it made it the perfect amount of spicy to balance out the tremendous amount of sweet in the cheesecake.I served this at our Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit!

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Once the cheesecake is cooled, add the topping and let it chill in the fridge for 8 hours. 

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Happy Holidays from our family to yours! I served this delicious cheesecake at our Thanksgiving dinner at my sister-in-law’s house. And with Christmas coming up, this is a recipe you will want to try out at your family dinner! Life is too short not to have a little spice in your life.

4.6 from 7 reviews

Spicy White Chocolate Cheesecake with Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups or half a box of cinnamon graham crackers
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3-8 oz cream cheese blocks
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • half a bag of white chocolate chips
  • half a jar of strawberry fruit spread
  • ½ t Jalapeño Tabasco Sauce
  • ¼ t of Original Red Tabasco sauce or to taste
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 350 and combined crushes graham crackers and ½ cup butter. Firmly press into a greased springform pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Beat Cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add sugar.
  3. Add one egg at a time.
  4. Stir in sour cream then fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into crust.
  6. Bake at 325* for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Turn oven off.
  7. Partially open oven door and let stand in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from over and let cool.
  9. Add fruit spread and remaining ½ cup sugar to sauce pan and let melt.
  10. Add hot sauces to taste.
  11. Let cool then add to top of cheesecake.
  12. Cool in fridge for 8 hours.

 

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Make it a NESTLÉ® Thanksgiving with 3 ingredient Mini Pumpkin Pie’s and a Digiorno Rising Crust Pizza

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This Thanksgiving is special because #1. We are having Thanksgiving dinner at our house and #2. We are moving. Now you wouldn’t normally think those 2 things go together but this year they do! Most of my friends think I am crazy and while that is true, I can’t pass up having a meal around our table. So while I still plan to spend a whole day making my grandmother’s crescent rolls and probable whipping up our family favorite Banana Caramel Pie, we are letting Nestle help us have a fuss free, easy as pie Thanksgiving.

Every year we have a pumpkin pie but this year I decided to use Nestle Pumpkin Spice refrigerated cookie dough to make mini pumpkin pies. It’s a 3 ingredient, 5 minute pie idea and I could not believe how much it tasted like our original pumpkin pie! The Pumpkin Pie Spice cookie dough is made with 100% Libby’s pure pumpkin with a blend of spices and Nestle’s White chocolate chips. It’s only available for a limited amount of time so grab some while you can.

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I never knew Nestle made this flavor but I found some at Walmart!

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All you need to do is heat your oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a muffin pan. If you do not grease it good enough the cookie dough will stick.

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Press the cookie dough into the bottom of each muffin pan like you would a pie crust since the cookie dough is acting as your pie crust.

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Spoon a spoonful of Libby’s pumpkin puree into each “pie crust”. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is cooked. It is very important you do not undercook these since the cookie dough needs to be stiff, otherwise it will fall apart.   

Take out of the oven and let cool. Run a knife around the cookie dough to try and loosen the edges. Once they are cooled about 20 minutes, try to get them out of the pan. 

Top with whip cream and enjoy. The Nestle Pumpkin Pie spice cookie dough has so much flavor, it makes the dish!

To top off our dinner, we bought a Dignorio Rising Crust Supreme Pizza from Walmart.

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As a family, instead of turkey we normally do something different like steak or shrimp.  This year we are doing pizza! You can imagine since we are moving everything is in boxes and I can’t find anything so we don’t have access to all of our cooking supplies. So picking up a Dignorio Rising Crust pizza not only saves time but our sanity! This pizza is a crowd pleaser and I love they have gone back to using their original sauce! With cheese from Wisconsin and tomatoes from California, you can’t go wrong with this pizza.

What are some food traditions or ideas you are baking up this year for Thanksgiving? 

Check out the Nestle Website for more Flavorful Moments. 

If your a Pinterest junkie like myself, check out the Nestle Thanksgiving board for lots of yummy recipes below!

 

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LG OLED is now at Best Buy!

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I am embarrassed…embarrassed to say that we have been hanging on to the past. We have an ANCIENT TV in our bedroom. It’s one of those larger than life, and I don’t mean like a flat screen, like one of those tvs who has a massive back to it?? My parents gave it to us when we moved 4 years ago. It has a VCR if that tells you how old it is. 

My husband is hard to surprise and normally doesn’t get too excited about gifts but this Christmas I want to get him a LG OLED that is now at Best Buy! The design of LG OLED TV is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point, it has amazing picture quality . The LG OLED has Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color that delivers a greater sense of realism and depth, enhanced color range and accuracy, super thin design and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster.

LG’s 4 Color Pixel technology adds a white sub-pixel to the conventional three colors (red, green and blue) that enhances both color range and accuracy. It seriously looks like you are viewing real life when looking at this TV! I need to get to my local Best Buy ASAP and check this out in person!

I also like that the screen is curved! They made it that way so that your eyes are equally distant from all parts of the screen when sitting in front of the TV, providing a natural and immersive viewing experience. 

You can learn more about the LG OLED at Best Buy.com.

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I know this year since we are moving to a new house and will need some new things for the house, Best Buy is going to be our Holiday shopping destination!

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RSV Prevention/MedImmune information

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My sister has twins who were born 5 weeks early, in the middle of RSV season and right during hurricane Katrina. Talk about stressful!

I had not had any of my babies yet but I remember her being worried about the babies getting RSV since they were premature. RSV is a virus most kids get by the time they are 2 years old and only causes cold- like symptoms in healthy full-term kids.  But it is the leading cause of hospitalization in babies under 1 year of age and can be serious in premature infants. 

It causes approximately 125,000 hospitalizations each year and is responsible for around 200 infant deaths yearly. 

The problem is it is a common virus but 1/3 of parents have never even heard of this sickness. Everyone is at risk to contract RSV but premature babies are at a higher risk at developing severe symptoms.  

If your you notice your baby with any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately:

-Persistent coughing or wheezing

-Blue color around the mouth or fingernails

-Difficulty breathing

-Fever in infants under 3 months of age

How can you protect your baby from getting RSV?

RSV can be transferred from person to person from touching, sneezing or coughing. The virus itself can live on the skin or surfaces for hours so washing hands and wiping down tabletops is important to stop the spread of RSV. Try to keep your hands, baby toys, blanket and sheets clean. And additionally do not let your baby around people who smoke or have been sick recently.  

To learn more about RSV, go the to RSV protection website. 

World Premature Day is Nov. 17th and even if you did not have a premature baby I am sure you know someone who has. I remember people giving my sister a hard time for not wanting to get her twins around people for awhile but what they didn’t understand was she was trying her best to keep them from getting RSV. It is important to not only protect your kids and family but also help not to spread sickness to other people. 

I know when my kids are sick and people are coming over to my house, I always call them ahead of time and let them know how sick my kids are. My friends do the same so we as moms can make the call whether or not we get our kids around other sick kids. If you have ever had 4 sicks kids at once, you don’t know how hard it is to care for that many kids at once who need you 24/7. I appreciate it so much when people are that considerate to let me know. I think we should all try to do the same thing!

We can all work together to keep our families well and if you need more info about RSV, go here!

 

 

 

 

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Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door Review

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We have a screen door problem in our house. I love keeping the sliding glass door open on nice days but our screen door has finally bit the dust. I never liked it anyway because it would always get jammed but we needed to use it or else tons of bugs would get in the house.

 I love the Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door because I was able to chunk my old screen door! The Mega Mesh Magentic door was easy to attach to my sliding glass door and I had it up in minutes. We have been using it for months now and it hasn’t succumb to my 4 kids yet so I am impressed! 

My kids and I go in and out of our sliding doors hundreds of times a day whether it’s going to out play or just taking out the trash. I knew if this was going to be a good product, it needed to hold up to our wear and tear. The sides the door are put up with a double-sided velcro and tacks. I wasn’t 100% positive that would withstand all of our comings and goings but it has not come down 1 time! There is also invisible magnets that keep the door closed and those have not failed once either. As soon as anyone passes out of the door, it immediately closes.

Mega Quality

- Strong magnets sewn in, to provide seamless automatic closure

- Reinforced edges for strength

- High performance Velcro and tacks included to keep the mesh up

- Micro mesh keeps the smallest bugs out

- Easy install bug screens have been developed to stay up and withstand heavy traffic

Mega Benefits

- Magnetic hands free entry

- Pet friendly access

- The low-cost way to economically cool your home

- Protection for your family from invading insects

- Easy installation with install video tutorial 

I give this product 2 thumbs up! And everyone that comes over always comment on how much they like it! Sometimes our other door was to heavy for the little ones to open but this Mega Mesh door opens with ease, even with the smallest of kids! 

Go here to order one on Amazon.com.

 

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