>U Mom Knows Best: April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Magazines.com and A Giveaway

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I love magazines and so does my mom. I love to read a magazine after the boys are in bed,as it helps me to relax and I get great ideas from the magazine. My favorite magazines are cooking ones as I get great ideas for cooking and baking. I received a gift card to purchase a magazine from Magazines.com and was excited to choose my magazine. I was surprised at the great prices offered from Magazines.com and thought my mom would love a magazine subscription for mothers day. A magazine subscription will last all year unlike flowers. So treat your mom this Mothers day to a magazine subscription. 

About Magazines.com offers people a fun, easy way to discover new reads and helps them track their magazine subscriptions. 
Shop the great magazine subscription deals at Magazines.com for Mother’s Day 2013! You’ll find incredible savings on Mom’s favorite cooking, celebrity, crafting magazine subscriptions and more. Don’t forget about all the moms in your life—your aunt, sister and your grandmother! Give her a gift that keeps on giving!

Magazines.com is giving one of my readers a $10.00 gift card to buy a magazine. There is plenty of magazines to choose from and most are under $10.00  Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!
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Fun At The Mall

While the guys went to see a movie while we were in Iowa,the boys and I played at the mall.

She Will Be Missed

Michael's mom Carol went home to Jesus on April 18th after suffering with alzheimers. The service for her was touching and spoke well of her. People sent many beautiful flowers for her and I know she was enjoying them from heaven.

A Great Soda! Zevia Soda and A Giveway

I am all about being healthy and I try to feed my family healthy food. I was happy when I discovered Zevia zero calorie soda. The bright colorful cans is what attracted me to Zevia. The fact that it was sweetened naturally with Stevia and had zero calories made me happy. As a mom I also love that Zevia is clear soda with no artificial colors added to it(no stains when your little one spills.)  Only the colas, Dr. Zevia, and Ginger root beer have natural caramel color. Zevia is wonderful tasting and I feel good about allowing my little ones to consume a Zevia soda. My boys get excited when they get a Zevia soda for a treat.

Zevia soda came to the rescue last winter when my boys had the stomach bug. I was able to get the boys to drink more fluids with Zevia and because it was clear I did not have to worry about stains on the carpet if they got sick.

Here is my recent stash of Zevia that I bought from Sprouts two weeks ago when it was on sale.

Zevia zero calorie soda comes in 15 wonderful flavors and each can is a unique color. See flavors Here

I love all the flavors of Zevia but my favorite ones are Grapefruit Citrus Lime Cola Grape Strawberry

Zevia has a wonderful Facebook page that fans love to visit to enter contests and chat with others about Zevia.
 Zevia also is on Pinterest and their Website even has recipes to use Zevia in.

You can purchase Zevia on Amazon or at most health food stores like Wholefoods and Sprouts. Go to Zevia for a coupon before you buy.

Zevia is also giving five of my readers a free six pack of their wonderful soda in the form of a coupon so you can choose your flavor. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

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"These opinions are my own and I was sent a six pack of Zevia in exchange for my review."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover and a Giveaway

As a Purex insider I get to try new products before they hit the store shelf. I was sent a bottle of Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover to clean my bathroom with. I love that Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover has no harsh fumes and is tough on stains but gentle on surfaces.  This product sprays out a thick gel that clings to bathroom surfaces to penetrate and remove tough stains.

Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover is perfect for cleaning tile, grout, tubs, and showers, along with other surfaces in your bathroom. Whether  you are doing are doing a quick spot cleaning or a top-to-bottom cleaning session, this is the product for you.

Soft Scrub knows that you take pride in a job well done. Make Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover part of your solution to attain an uncompromised clean.

For more information on this wonderful product go to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SoftScrub

Soft Scrub is also hosting a sweepstakes along with the release of new Soft Scrub Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. The grand prize is $1,000.00 and a years supply of Soft Scrub coupons, while 250 additional winners will receive one Soft Scrub coupon for a free product. Enter here:

I am also having a contest were one reader will win 2 coupons for free Soft Scrub. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

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“These opinions are my own and I received the product to do my blog post.”

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ring The Bell and a Giveaway

I received a DVD of Ring The Bell to review on my blog in exchange for my opinion.  My opinions are my own and I only recommend products that I believe are good for my readers.

My family watched Ring The Bell together and really enjoyed it. This movie is faith based and will inspired the whole family. The movie features music from Casting Crowns and Steven Curtis Champman.

About Ring The Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life and the faith of the people stand in stark contrast to his fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Watch the trailer: http://ringthebellthemovie.com

I have a copy of the DVD Ring The Bell to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck.

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Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up! and A Giveaway

I love story time with my younger boys, as it is a great connection time. It also is a great teaching moment to learn more about God. My boys were excited to read Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! Even my 13 year old listened in. The words throw up get most boys attention right away.

Hey God, I’ve  Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I  Think I’m Gonna Throw Up! Imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.

The “Parent Connection” feature ( inside the book) will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened. Brought to you by B&H Kids, Available May 1, 2013. This book is just $9.99 and will entertain you and your kids!

The Series: This is just the first in the series. Other books available include Hey God, Can You Stop The Rain So I Can Get Off Noah's Smelly Ark? and Hey God, I'm Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!

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I am having a contest on my blog for one of my readers to win a copy of the book. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck.
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“Discloser of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book to review on my blog. All opinions are my own.”

Monday, April 22, 2013

Crayola's Big Colorful Birthday Adventure

To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!

How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!

Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens.

The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget - and neither will you!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

This Is Our Time Movie Review And A Giveaway

I love when films come out that are faith based. I was sent this wonderful movie This Is Our Time from Flyby Promotions to watch and review. This movie helps us to realize it is about God's plans in our lives and how we need to be faithful to Him even when times are tough.  When we follow God,he will help us through the hard times.

About This Is Our Time
The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and AlĂ© (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

I have a copy of this DVD to giveaway to one of my readers. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form bellow.

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"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Birthday With Edible Arangements

My wonderful husband got me this for my birthday and it is so yummy! This fruit arrangement is called


 The cupcakes are chocolate dipped pineapples and they are so yummy. I love http://www.ediblearrangements.com/ as they make wonderful gifts that are healthy and yummy. There is also kale in the arrangement and being that I love kale I will cook it up after the fruit is gone. The base is a cupcake pot that I can use for something also. My husband loves me.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Melissa and Doug

I entered a contest that Melissa and Doug hosted and won. Melissa and Doug has cool products for kids like this cute tent. Their products which are educational make great gifts. My boys had so much fun choosing products like paints,markers,stampers,and other bright colorful products. Melissa and Doug have so much fun things that it was hard for my boys to choose. When the boxes of goodies arrived,it was like Christmas for them.

Thanks Melissa and Doug for the great contest! For more information go to melissaanddoug.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Fast Metabolism Diet

I received a cool box of goodies to share with my local friends. In the box was 10 The Fast Metabolism Diet books. I have 9 to give away. This is a cool book by Haylie Pomroy and it helps you to lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. I also received some tea from Celestial Seasoning,recipe cards and coupons.

I can't wait to share and need some ideas on how to have my party. Tell me if you want a book. I will also have some other goodies related to weight loss for you. This is only for friends in New Mexico as I will be having a party.

Making a Frugal Dinner From Old Bread

 I have a great recipe to up stale old bread. This dish is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand, You need some stale bread, tomatoes,cheese, and eggs.
                                         Pizza casserole
                     enough bread cubes to fill a large baking dish( I used 5 sandwich rolls)
                     2-4 fresh tomatoes diced or a can of diced tomatoes drained
                    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
                      12 eggs beaten
                    salt and pepper to taste
                    2 teaspoons pizza seasoning
1. Cube the bread into a large baking dish to fill it. Then put bread into a bowl and add diced tomatoes,cheese and seasonings. Mix ingredients together and put into a well grease large baking dish. Pour beaten eggs over bread,tomatoes and cheese. Then using a spatula press into dish.
2. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until eggs are set.

Here is the finish product. My picky husband even liked it.

You can also make other types of this dish:
                         mexican- use cheddar cheese,green chile,and chili powder
                        breakfast- use cheddar cheese, bacon and omit the pizza seasoning

Edible Arrangements Sweepstakes

Head over HERE to enter in the Edible Arrangements sweepstakes.
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Green & Black Sweepstakes


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