Tuesday, April 22, 2014

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest Do you have what it takes???

Almost everyone I know has something Pillsbury in their homes, and each year Pillsbury comes out with a Bake-Off cookbook which has 100 winning recipes using Pillsbury. 

This is Pillsbury's 47th year in creating such a book. I have always seen the book in the store but never really thought to look at it until I had the chance to review it and boy am I missing out! This is from the last years winners. 

I am wanting to try and make a dish a week from the book because of how great some of the recipes are even some things I would never think to touch I am interested in, I look at the pictures and my mouth is drooling : )

I will say when I think of Pillsbury my first thought is bread products which can be both sweet or salty which the Bake Off book is full of desserts, snacks, dinners, breakfast and lunch all really good tasty treats. 
The first recipe that stood out to me was the Pumpkin Ravioli with Salted Caramel Whipped Cream, okay tell me the title alone doesn't make your mouth water??? and it seems not to hard to make. I looked at the recipe and thought how can I make it my own which I am gonna try later with replacing the pumpkin with apple. I love that in the Pillsbury Bake Off book it is very detailed you have the picture, word for word instructions on exactly how to make it along with serving size and total time til your able to dig in.   

My oldest son loves pink and loves raspberries, which I have come to notice there is not much out there that use raspberries most recipes that do its like a glaze or something that just takes forever to perpare. Well Brian was looking through the book and he came across the receipe for Hot Pink Raspberry and Cream Cake. The next day we went and bought the ingrediants for the cake. Brian helped me measure out ingrediants to make the cake and we had a great time baking together, he was really into helping cause it was something he really wanted. The cake came out wonderful not as pretty as the pic in book but it worked : )  We used Reynolds parchment paper to share the yummy goodness with family.

I really love my Pillsbury Bake Off book it has so many wonderful recipes that I know you will find at least 10 things that you to will wanna go out and bake! Look for the book in your local grocery or retail store.  You can also find great products from Pillsbury by clicking here

Thank you ladies for sharing such great wonderful recipes with the world!  

Do you think you have what it takes? Enter the your recipe for the 47th Pillsbury Bake Off contest here! Winner will receive 1 Million Dollars! That's a lot of baking supplies! Everything you need to know.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

TMNT Chia Pet Review and Giveaway! Ends May 6th!

 My kids and I are looking forward to the all new TMNT movie coming to theaters this year so now they want all things TMNT. I have always liked the idea of the "Chia Pets". So how neat was it that both me and the kids can get what we want? My sons think it's so fun to watch it grow, and I think its a great way to teach about patience : )

If you're not familiar with Chia Pets. Basically, you get this adorable planter and chia seeds in the box, you soak the planter in water for about an  hour, then soak the seeds in water, and spread the seeds over the planter. Fill the inside of the planter with water..and a few days later you see it start to grow!

Within about 2-3 weeks, the Chia Pet is fully grown.

This video shows a quick demonstration. .

Chia Pets are available in so many styles like
  • Duck Dynasty
  • Hello Kitty
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Shrek
  • and more!
You can purchase Chia Pets in most major retail stores for about $15.99.

Win a TMNT Chia Pet. Contest open to U.S. residents only, contest will end May 6th 2014.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn an extra $10 for your old phone from Gazelle!

The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn an extra $10 for your old phone from Gazelle!
Last Friday, Samsung released the Galaxy S5. It is rumored to be a fan favorite with a faster camera, amazing screen, better battery (not to mention the cool heart rate monitor and finger print scanner) and a clear contender for your pocket in 2014. That said, now that you are looking for a new phone, what are you doing with your old one?
Gazelle offers a fast and easy way for consumers to get cash for their used electronics. More than 600,000 consumers have used Gazelle to sell nearly one million gadgets. And, from now until 4/30 you can earn $10 extra in cash for trading in devices valued at $50 or more. 

Gazelle offers trade ins for everything from smartphones to laptops to tablets.... the list goes on. So go free up some space in your pocket while filling up space in your wallet at Gazelle

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

2 Great deals from Tea! Runs 4/12-4-15

Free 2 Day Shipping on All Special Occasion Wear for Boys and Girls at Tea Collection

Still shopping around for the absolutely adorable yet kid-approved comfortable Easter outfit for your little ones? Great news! Tea Collectionnot only has some of the sweetest outfits you'll ever see on an egg hunter, but they also are offering free 2 day shipping on all of their special occasion wear for boys and girls! Just use the promotion code SENDITSPECIAL at checkout. But you'd better hurry—much like the Easter Bunny, this sale doesn't stick around long and ends on 4/15. 

Win the Grand Prize ($3,000 value) in Tea Collection's Hello Little Citizen Baby Sweepstakes

The Tea Collection Hello LIttle Citizen Baby Sweepstakes is a chance for you to win their grand prize ($3,000 value) filled with incredible products and gift certificates from the best names in baby gear: Tea Collection, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Plum Organics, 4Moms and more! Its as easy as filling out their entry form, but you'd better hurry because the contest ends on 4/20. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ooka Island Giveaway Ends 4/24!

Ooka Island Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Ooka Island

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Ooka Island Giveaway 

 Ooka Island is a fun Pre-K (starting as young as age 3) to 2nd Grade learn-to-read program for PC and Mac. It features a Home Edition, School Edition, and Homeschool Edition. It is a fun way for kids to learn phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Their goal is to teach children to learn to read fluently and well through online instruction that is fun and interesting. Emilee from Pea of Sweetness had a chance to review Ooka Island last summer and was so impressed with how much her kids enjoyed it and how well they were doing with it. She was excited for the chance to review it again and was so excited at the progress their preschooler has been making in particular! Check out their latest Ooka Island Review! Do you have young children in mind that you know would love to learn on Ooka Island? One winner will receive a 6-month subscription to Ooka Island (ARV $59.70). This giveaway begins on 4/10 at 7pm and ends on 4/24 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.
  Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received free product in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Check out the newest product at Target from Fiber One! Hurry its for a limited time!

I already have talked about a few things from Fiber One like their cereal and more, but now for a limited time only at Target you can try Fiber One 90 Calorie Soft Baked Bars!

Let's face it most things fiber are just plain nasty, but thanks to Fiber One you can get your fiber without the horrible taste. The Soft Baked Bars are like a combination of cookie mixed with a granola bar. Its a really great treat for in between meals, it has 20% of the daily recommended fiber.

My kids school is very annoying about snacks brought to school, they have to be healthy and well I am sorry but "healthy" snacks cost money and my kids don't care for much of the healthy foods especially when its a snack! Thanks to Fiber One I am aloud to pack this as a snack and my kids really enjoy the taste. The new Fiber One 90 Calorie Soft Baked Bars in Caramel Sea Salt were a great surprise for my kids, they came home wanting more.

I like to carry snacks on me when I am out because I like to go go go and I often forget to stop and get something to eat, I like how the new Fiber One 90 Calorie Soft Baked Bars are compact so they fit nicely in my purse and worst case pocket.

Go get yourself a box before its to late, you can find the Caramel Sea Salt only at Target. Check for your local Target here, and see all the great products Fiber One carries here.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Balance Bars and J.R. Watkins Cleaners To Start off your Spring Clean

So Spring is here and that means what??? Well for most of us the term Spring Cleaning comes up. So why not start the cleaning off with a stash of Balance Bars to keep you going along with using J.R. Watkins cleaners.

The Balance Bar Dark comes in 3 flavors all which are great!

Dark Chocolate Peanut:
Dark Chocolate in and out crispy chocolate granola with a fudge like topping and peanuts throughout and on top, finished with a chocolate drizzle.

Dark Chocolate Coconut:
These is my favorite of the 3 which it has a dark chocolate bottom with chocolate cover granola brownie almost texture topped with baked coconut its extremely good.

Dark Chocolate Crunch:
This is a crispy total chocolate covered bar pure chocolate throughout with covered rice crispy.

Each bar will fill you and boost your energy level to help you get through the day ahead. Each Balance Bar is Gluten Free and contains 13 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 180 calories.

The Balance Bar Dark is not the only great thing from Balance Bar they have many varieties of Balance Bars something to please everyone there are 19 bars to choose from including the ones I talked about.
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J.R. Watkins Cleaners

J.R. Watkins Cleaners come in all types, I received a bottle of All Purpose Cleaner and Hand Soap, both must haves while doing a Spring Clean.

The J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner works well on everything since its "all purpose" I use this baby in the kitchen where most germs are probably at since raw meat being cooked and more. After every meal I do the dishes and then clean up the kitchen which I spray the All Purpose cleaner on all my counter tops and table leaving a clean service for the next day. The J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner has a great smell its so simple of a light lemon smell. I love that it has such a simple smell I always shy from major cleaning because you need to open up the house so all the chemicals are aired out but with the J.R. Watkins All Purpose Cleaner there is no need to open anything just sit back and smile at a job well done. I also love that the cap is on so you don't have to worry about grabbing it and the cap falling off which has happened to me that while I was grabbing I was also loosening and next thing I know half my bottle is all over the floor and myself, not with J.D. Watkins its tight and in place.

J.D. Watkins motto is  Free Yourself.................... which you really are freeing yourself, none of J.D. Watkins products have ammonia, bleach or dye, in fact they are non-toxic! I know because of having such a big family I am always watching what my kids are in and around and when I use other cleaners I keep my kids away for about a hour to make sure things are dry but knowing that the products are non toxic my kids can move about freely. The scent which I reviewed is White Tea and Bamboo.

The J.R. Watkins Hand Soap is amazing, not only does it smell good, it lathers really nice.  I know with other hand soaps it just rubs around it doesn't really bubble, after I think I have washed it all off I discover more left on my hands with the J.R. Watkins Hand Soap you get it washed off the first time and your hands feel great afterword.

I would highly recommend J.R. Watkins products you can see their whole line by clicking here. J,D. Watkins has been around since 1868 and has many outstanding products to show for it, along with prices you can afford!

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Spring Cleaning tips from Registered Dietician Sharon Richter:

·         Step 1: Empty everything from your food pantry. It’s okay to start with a mess and you’ll be surprised what’s hiding in there!
·         Step 2: Throw away anything that has expired, has been open for more than a couple weeks or you know you’re just not going to use.
·         Step 3: Check the labels. Here are a couple ingredients you simply shouldn't have in any foods: Hydrogenated oil, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). These three ingredients have no nutritional value and may lead to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. They’re commonly found in baked beans, soda, flavored noodles, soup, salad dressings, desserts and other packaged foods.
·         Step 3: Now that you have tossed out all of the expired and unhealthy foods lurking in your pantry, it’s time to categorize everything. I break my pantry down into: Breakfast (cereals and oatmeal), Soups, Canned Protein such as tuna, salmon and beans, Dressings and Marinades, Spices, Oils and Vinegars, Raw Nuts and Seeds and Whole Grains including quinoa, faro and spelt flour. Now that you see what ingredients you have, make a list of those that you don’t often use and try to incorporate them into new recipes.
·         Step 5: Make sure you have plenty of portion controlled snacks readily available and at the front of the pantry. You tend to eat more of what is eye-level or easily accessible. I always stock up on Balance Dark Bars for a quick and healthy snack on the go. I also recommend Justin’s squeeze packs of nut butter or unsweetened apple sauce single serving containers.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.