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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have Breakfast With Santa At IT'Z

My boys and I will be having breakfast with Santa on December 13th. Find out how you can take your kids too! Sign up online at the below link and hurry as it will sell out fast.

Breakfast with Santa at iT'Z Family Food & Fun
Saturday, December 13
8 AM to 10 AM
All iT'Z locations: Euless, Houston, Pasadena, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque

* Breakfast to include items such as pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, skillet potatoes, etc.
* Santa will be visiting with the children while they eat and available for photos. Please don't forget your camera!
* Please note that the Admission is $5.99 per person and is required for all guests who wish to enter for this promotion.

My Salad Is More Crisp When I use Key Largo Traders Salad Spinner

   I love salad and eat it often when I go out to eat. I don't make much salad at home because my lettuce always wilts in the fridge after I wash it. I have found a product that solves that problem. I have no more soggy lettuce with my new salad spinner. My new salad spinner is made by Key Largo Traders and has a large 4 1/2 quart bowl. This salad spinner is so easy to use too. I just wash my lettuce and place in the bowl. I place the lid on the bowl which has a locking handle. Then push the handle down to spin all the water off my lettuce. I love that there is a button that instantly stops the spinning. The inside basket even doubles as a colander and the clear acrylic bowl looks great to serve the salad in. I can even store my lettuce in the fridge in the bowl as the lid locks close. How cool is that.

  I love that I can keep my lettuce crisp with this large 4 1/2 quart salad spinner. It hold twice the amount of lettuce compared to other spinners on the market. I will now start eating more salad now that I can spin the excess water out of my lettuce. The lettuce tastes so much better when the excess water is removed. When I store my lettuce in the fridge, it no longer wilts and lasts so much longer. This works great with spinach too! I made a wonderful spinach salad with my salad spinner.

For more information on this cool salad spinner and to find out where to purchase one, click on the below link.


         Spinach Spelt Salad with Cranberries


       1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
       1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
        1 onion, finely chopped
       1 carrot, finely chopped
       2 garlic cloves, pressed
       1 ½ teaspoons finely mined fresh rosemary
        2 cups cooked spelt
       1 bag fresh spinach leaves

     Heat oil in a large skillet, and sauté onion and carrot for about 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.    Add  garlic and rosemary and sauté for another minute or two. Remove from heat, and add spelt and  cranberries. Stir to combine.
 Line plates with spinach leaves, and portion spelt mixture on top.
 May be eaten warm or at room temperature. You can substitute brown rice or wheat berries for the spelt.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ozeri 3x Tower Fan With Passive Noise Reduction Technology Is An Awesome Fan

  I know it is cold in some parts of the country but here in New Mexico and other hot states we think about fans year round. Here in New Mexico it may not be fan weather but we have a short winter and it will get hot before we know it. I received a fan to review and I am already thinking about which room it will go best it. My 14 year old son saw it and is trying to claim it for his room as he thinks the Ozeri 3x Tower Fan With Passive Noise Reduction  Technology is very awesome! I do too and I am going to tell you about all the features of the fan that make it an awesome fan.

My favorite part of the fan is that it comes with a remote control, how cool is that. I can turn on and off the fan without getting up. I can also control all the different features too with the remote control. I love that when I am all comfy in bed and I get hot, I can turn on the fan at the speed I want. I can also turn it off when I get too chilly in the middle of the night.

The Ozeri 3x Tower Fan has three separate fans that you can use 1, 2, or 3 at a time.  These fans are independently controlled and have 3 fan speeds. so that means 9 levels of cooling and customized airflow. I love how thin the tower fan is at less than 3 inches so it does not take up much space. It comes with a sturdy reinforced glass base stand which looks cool in my family room.

• Features 3 pre-programmed airflow patterns designed to foster 
sleep, relaxation and comfort with 90 degree whisper-quiet 
oscillation for optimal air circulation. 

•Extended range remote control and the touch sensitive LED 
control panel provide easy access to all features, including a 7.5 
hour timer that can be programmed in 30 minute increments.

The fan was easy to assemble and I did not need any tools. All I had to do was attach the base to the fan base with an included large nut that I was able to tighten myself. I love when I don't need my husbands help with electronics.

This fan is going to be great next year when it gets hot here, that happens about March. We have a dry heat here and all we use is fans to keep cool. This fan will keep me cool during the day and at night when I am sleeping. I already tried it out and it puts out a lot of cool air with not much noise. I love the three different speeds that I can use depending how hot I am. I will enjoy being able to set the timer at night before I go to bed. I will set it for 2 hours and then it will go off when I am asleep and my body temperature has gone down. This is also good as the temperature outside cools down too after midnight, no more waking up to a chilly room because the fan will have shut off. We already own two other Ozeri fans and love them. Ozeri makes good quality products that are unique.

I took a video show you can see the fan in action. Click on the below link to view it,

For  more information on the Ozeri 3x Tower Fan With Passive Noise Reduction Technology, click on the below links.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned product to review and give my opinion on."

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates Are Great For Holiday Gifts

My favorite gift to buy during the holiday season is chocolate. I love chocolate and know it is a favorite for most people so it makes a great gift. A gift of chocolate can be a great family gift. I have many relatives to buy for and that can get costly to send a lot of gifts as they all live far away from me. I save money and time by buying a pound of chocolate for a gift to be enjoyed by each family. A great place that I discovered to by chocolate from is Mrs. Cavanaugh's.

Mrs. Cavanaugh's  makes great tasting chocolates that the whole family will enjoy. I was sent a a box of Most Famous Milk chocolates so I could try the chocolate. This box contained an assortment of 13 pieces of milk chocolate. The box had pieces with nuts, caramels and fruit creams. My favorite was the raspberry cream. The raspberry flavor was so good, tasting like a fresh raspberry, and the milk chocolate was oh so good. My boys sampled the caramel pieces and said "these are so good." I gave my husband a cherry cordial which he loved as it had a big piece of cherry along with juice and smothered with milk chocolate. I had to hide the box of chocolate so I could enjoy the rest.

You can purchase the chocolates in boxes of 1,2,3, or 5 pounds. You can create your box, choosing your favorites or select from assorted boxes of chocolate. They even sell a box with just one kind of chocolate. For people who can't have sugar, they sell sugar free chocolates.

I was also sent some bars of chocolate to sample. These are not available online but in their local store in Utah. These bars were made with yummy milk chocolate and other fresh ingredients like roasted almonds. My family and I sampled the Mindy Mint truffle one, not pictured as we ate it before pictures, and it was so good. The Mindy Mint Truffle is made with premium peppermint oil and smother with their wonderful milk chocolate. Below is the Roasted almond and White Chocolate Truffle, don't they look yummy?

To order these delicious chocolates for your holiday gifts or for a treat for yourself, click on the below link.

My readers receive Buy 1 lb Get 1 lb FREE of Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates use promo code: usfamily14 at checkout.

"These opinions are my own and I was sent samples of the above mentioned product to write this review."

Kandoo Makes Getting Clean Naturally Fun For Kids And a Giveaway

  Sometimes getting kids to wash and clean themselves van be a struggle. So what is a parent to do? You can buy these cute fun products from Kandoo as Kandoo Makes Getting Clean Naturally Fun For Kids. These fun products come in cute colorful containers and make washing and potty time more enjoyable for your kids.

The Kandoo products features a Clean Team Crew of frogs that are pictured on the products and they make any child smile. I know my boys love using the great smelling foamy soaps for hands, body, and hair. The soaps come in awesome colors like purple, green, and orange. The soaps help my boys get clean while taking their bath as it makes bath time more fun.

The Clean Team Crew wants your kids to Take The Oath
Kandoo is recruiting up to 1,000 new heros each month to join their Clean Crew. Be one of the first to take the oath at! Do  four tasks, and if you are one of the 1,000 chosen each month you will receive a Free Super Powers kit in the mail!.  Kandoo will be giving away 1000 oath kits each month!  Each kit contains fun Kandoo swag including a super power cape!

Kandoo flushable wipes help little ones to get clean up to 30% better than toilet paper. The wipes are perfect for little hands and moistened with lotion. They ensure a thorough fresh cleaning and are flushable & biodegradable. They also are safe for sewer and septic systems. The wipes come in soft packs or a refillable colorful container that allows the wipes to pop up with the push of a button.

Potty Training Tool Kit! Download the free Potty Training Tool Kit – and follow Diddit’s potty training adventure, with tips, tricks and fun activities.  Download it here:

Now for the best part!
I have (1) pack of 42 count Kandoo wipes and (1) Kandoo Hand Soap to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!
Contest open to US and Canadians residents.

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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned products to give my honest opinion on. "

Did You Know Dreft Makes More Than Just Amazing Laundry Detergent And A Giveaway

  Did you know Dreft makes more than just amazing laundry detergent?  They have a whole line of laundry and cleaning products specially formulated to be gentle on your little one but tough on stains.  You can check out the full line of products here:

     Dreft sent me their line of stain remover products to put to the test on my boys clothes. I love that Dreft Laundry Stain Remover is specially formulated for tough stains on infants and children’s clothing, bedding and blankets. Its advanced cleaning system can safely remove stains and odors caused by formula, spit-up, food, diarrhea and more. Dreft does not harm the flame resistance of children’s sleepwear. Kids make messes and Dreft is there to help. That is good news for me as my boys get plenty of messes on their clothes.

Here’s ‘What’s Up’ at Dreft Home:

Printable Coupon: Visit to download and print a coupon good for .50 off any Dreft Home products (Excludes Dreft Detergent).

Sign up for more coupons!: Sign up for the Dreft Newsletter and receive a coupon good for $2.00 off any Dreft product:

Capture the Joys of Babyhood: Post a picture of your sweet bundle of joy to our Social Media pages and share the joys of Babyhood!

Amazing Baby Days App!: Capture every amazing moment from pregnancy to baby’s first year and more with this useful app. You can find more information and download the app here:

Now for the best part! I have  (1) 3 oz. bottle of Dreft Stain Remover spray and (1) To-Go Instant Stain Remover Pen to giveaway to one of my readers. Coupons and samples of the Dreft family of products will also be included. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck.

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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mentioned products to give my honest opinion."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘What’s Up’ At Boogie Wipes And A Giveaway

Cold and flu season is here whether we like it or not. That means our kids will come down with colds. A cold always brings a runny nose in kids. Most little kids hate getting their nose wiped and that leads to a messy face which then makes wiping the nose with tissue even worse A tissue tends to hurt the nose that is suffering from a cold. So what is a mom to do? 

Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist are here to help! These products are a mom's best weapon for dealing with kids colds. Kids will even love the great scents that they come in. So what are Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist?

 Boogie Wipes are a soft cloth made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft and scented in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol (for extra stuffy noses), Simply Unscented and Boogieberry, Boogie Wipes are recommended by Pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

Boogie Wipes also go beyond the nose too. I love Boogie Wipes for wiping messy faces. They are also great for cleaning little hands. I love to use the wipes for cleaning my face after I workout and also at night time before bed. My favorite is the Great Grape scent. Boogie Wipes come in canisters and soft packs. The soft packs are great to keep in the car or your bag. Boogie Wipes are sold online and at stores like Walgreens, Target, and Walmart.

Boogie Mist is a gentle saline mist that you spray in the nose to help remove all that gunk in your child's nose so they can breath better. This saline mist comes in wonderful scents like grape, fresh and unscented. The scent will appeal to your child and allow you to spray the mist in their nose to give them relief.

How about some interesting booger facts that I found on the Boogie Wipe website:

Fun Fact #1: Your nose is the ultimate lean, green, booger producing machine. Your nose makes mucus to prevent dust and pollen from traveling to your lungs. Some mucus is swallowed (about a quart a day) and some stays nestled in your nose. When you breathe dry air into your nose, that mucus is dried and becomes a booger.

Fun Fact #2: The proper term for picking your nose is Rhinotillexomania.Say what? Rhino means “nose,” tillexis means “habit of picking,” and mania means “excessive enthusiasm.” Put them together and you get one enthusiastic nose picker! And just in case you don’t think you’re one of them, one out of four people admit to picking their nose at least once a day.

Click here to see the other 10 facts.

I just love the new purse size packs that Boogie Wipes come it. They are easy to toss in your purse or diaper bag.

Here’s ‘What’s Up’ at Boogie:

 Motherhood’s Snot Easy Contest: Being a mom’s ‘snot easy, but we love it anyway!  And here at Boogie Wipes, we want to reward mom’s for taking on all of those ‘snot so fun moments.  Find out more and enter our contest here:

Monthly Giveaways: Looking for extra posts for your blog each month? Need a little something fun to give your readers?  We will be running monthly giveaways that you’re welcome to share with your readers, if you like.  Check back with me each month for the next month’s giveaway.  You can enter to win them also!

Take The Pledge! Take the pledge to save your sleeve at  We will be giving away 1000 pledge kits each month!  Each kit contains fun Boogie Wipes swag and a backpack badge!

                                    For more information on Boogie Wipes, click on the below links. Also you can print a                                              coupon to save on Boogie wipes.



    I have a some Boogie Wipe goodies to give away to one of my readers. I am giving away (1) 3 oz can of Boogie Mist and (2) packs of 10-count wipes (fresh and grape) so you can have these for cold and flu season. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!
Contest open to US and Canadians residents.
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"These opinions are my own and I was sent the above mention products to write my review."