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Madame Deals Event: Coach Purse and wallet event June 14 – June 30

Yay! I am so excited to help spread the word about this amazing giveaway. Just look at that purse and wallet. I am totally in love. You can enter for your chance to win below!

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Colleen’s Book Nook
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Saving More Than Me
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This giveaway will run from 6/14 12:01 am EST thru 6/30 11:59 pm EST

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There is 1 mandatory entry of a blog comment plus Facebook likes for bonus entries.

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Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector

I’ve always spent a ton of time outside.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t always wear sunscreen.  Now, as I start to get a bit older, I’m noticing some dark spots beginning to show up on my face.
Recently, I got the chance to try Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector and am noticing a difference.  I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and the spots are less noticeable.  One of the other nice things is that it is supposed to keep new spots from forming and help create even skin tone.

According to Dr. Julie K. Karen, a board certified dermatologist from New York, here’s how it works:

Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector utilizes NeoGlucosamine™ Retinol and a stable form of Vitamin C to reduce the intensity of existing dark spots by promoting cell turnover to lightly exfoliate and break up pigment clusters. Proven botanical ingredients such as Turmeric and Alpine Plants help block the enzyme that triggers new melanin production, preventing new spots from forming.

It doesn’t have a strong smell to it at all.  I also really like the container that it’s in.   It’s a tube, but have a pump dispenser that helps you get just the right amount.

You can find out more on the NeoStrata website here

Princess Diaries 2-Movie Combo Pack

Princess Diaries 2-Movie Combo Pack

My daughter was too young to watch Princess Diaries when it first came out.  But now, with it’s recent 10th anniversary re-release, we got to watch it together.  And it was re-released as a box set with Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, we watched both together to turn in into a mom/daughter movie marathon.  The first movie was as cute as I remember it being when I saw it the first time, and my daughter loved it.

This was the first time that I had seen Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.  Both movies have some positive messages which I really like.  I was a big Sound of Music Fan as a child and in the second movie, it was great to see Julie Andrews singing again!  There are also some great outtakes and a cute Find Your Inner Princess Personality Quiz.  Definitely time to break out the popcorn and settle in for a mom/daughter movie marathon.   You can read more about it below!

To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

The Princess Diaries – Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with theexception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is thrown into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both thenewspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement – Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The PrincessDiaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of.  But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

If you have seen The Princess Diaries or The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the movies.



Step2 My Clubhouse Giveaway

One brand that I have always loved is Step2. My kids love their products and I love how busy it keeps them. Right now you can enter to win your very own Step2 Clubhouse.

My Clubhouse – Hours of Pretend Play

Mom to Bed by 8 and Mom Does Reviews are happy to bring you this fun My Clubhouse giveaway!

Do your children love to play make-believe? Do they need a fun, durable and safe toy for ages 2 and up? My Clubhouse is the cutest playhouse on the block!

  • Play make believe in this unique backyard edition perfect for multi-child play
  • Features a peephole, chalkboard, picnic table, and secret hiding compartment
  • Fabric roof is durable and weather resistant
  • Personalize the clubhouse by writing your child’s name on the doorway
  • Opening side wall for hide and seek fun
  • Dining accessories not included
  • Adult assembly required
  • Clubhouse can be used all year long. Bring it inside in the winter so the fun can continue.

Giveaway is open to US residents only ages 18 and over. Giveaway starts June 4th and ends June 25th.

Enter on the easy rafflecopter below. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. YOUR BLOG NAME HERE is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

Madame Deals Events: Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway

Madame Deals Free Events

This is a great opportunity for bloggers to join from Madame Deals. The giveaway will be for a Coach Purse and Wallet!Would you like to be one of the bloggers participating and promoting this event on your site? If so you can head on over to this post and read about the details. I am excited to participate. If you do sign up, make sure you say Smart and Trendy Moms referred you.

Westlake Dermatology & iderma

Westlake Dermatology & iderma

Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery is a provider of skin care in Austin and Central Texas, with a full range of medical treatments, plastic surgery, lasers, and injectables, as well as allergy and immunology treatments. At  westlakedermatology.com  you can also get great anti aging and skin care products from iderma. STM has worked with iderma in the past and reviewed some items from their makeup line. I loved their makeup products. You can read my review here.

As I get older one of the things that most concerns me is my skin. I have always had dry skin and now that I am getting older that is not my only concern. I have noticed more dark spots, wrinkles and darkening around my eyes. I am not normally the type of person that worries about it to much but as I get older it has become more of a concern.

If you have not heard of iderma before they offer a great selection of anti-aging treatment products, skin care, hair care and and makeup products. Their products are made up of tons of great brands and shopping on their website is made easy. You can search for products based on skin type, brand or section.  You can also find out the answers to your questions on their website. I found their website to be really helpful and full of great information on their products. Visit their website for more company and product information.


Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters Premier

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters Premier

We are super excited to be chosen to host a Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters party.
The new show premieres on Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm ET/PT on The Hub TV network
It sounds like an awesome show and all the kids are super excited for the premier.

Here’s the scoop about the show from the website:
“Ray, a 14-year-old who lives with his mom and granddad, has been recruited by the Duel Masters to study Kaijudo: The Way of the Creature. They chose Ray for his natural talent as a creature tamer and duelist. Along with pals Allie and Gabe, Ray learns to work with the magical creatures … in their world. Each duel he fights yields new experience and allies in both worlds. The Veil, which has divided the two worlds for a thousand years, is crumbling. Hope lies with those who can master the art of Kaijudo.”

If your kids are too excited to wait for the premier or if you just want to find out more before then, you can see about the heros, villains, and all about the show here: http://www.hubworld.com/kaijudo/shows/rise-of-the-duel-masters



New to Instagram :)

New to Instagram :)

For quiet a while I have seen some of the most beautiful photos show up in all my social networking feeds. I knew they were from Instagram and quickly researched it and found that is was not available for Android:( I was totally sad until one day I found that it had become available for my phone. I was through the roof. I am not an expert by any means but am enjoying getting to know all the features and using it like crazy. I will try and start posting a weekly post and share my photos for the week. Feel free to leave links in the comments if you have some photos to share. Also if any of you have any tips on using Instagram please leave a comment!


Kushyfoot - Flats To Go Slate Sandals

Kushyfoot – Flats To Go Slate Sandals

You have probably seen us mention Kushyfoot on our blog before.  They have great socks, foot covers, toe covers, tights and men’s socks that use the principles of reflexology to massage your feet with every step. The padded/wavy design cushions your feet in your shoes. (I especially love their tights.)

Another great item that Kushyfoot offers are Flats To Go. They are soft flexible shoes that fold up into a little carry pouch so that you always have a pair of “emergency” flats available whenever you need them – no more blisters or scrunched up toes.  They have some new styles available.

I recently received a pair of Slate Sandals from their “flats to go” line.  They are very cute.  While they are stylish enough for “normal” wear, they aren’t an “everyday-wear” type shoes with their thin soles.  However, the thin soles make them very light weight and compact and perfect to keep in a purse, desk drawer, or glove compartment to have available when you need to get out of a pair of uncomfortable shoes.

If you would like to see more of Kushyfoot’s socks, tights, foot covers, or their Flats To Go line, you can visit their website.

To facilitate this review, I received a complimentary review sample from Lipton Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.

VeggieTales: Robin Good DVD 3-6

VeggieTales: Robin Good DVD 3-6

My kids have always loved the VeggieTales Movies. As a mom I love how family friendly each of their movies are. We are always excited to see what movie will be out next. My kids newest Veggie Tales DVD is Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men. They loved this movie and us grown ups even had a great time watching it with the kids.

Veggie-version of the classic tale, Larry the Cucumber stars as Robin Good, a fearless man who roves the town of Bethlingham with his band of merry men to help people by fundraising from the rich and giving to the poor! But when a greedy Prince starts stealing the townspeople’s hams, donations are down and Robin’s friends take off and decide to give robbing from the rich a try.

Feeling rejected, Robin thinks things can’t get any worse, until he finds out that the ham-hoarding Prince has also captured his friends. Can Robin overcome his own hurt, rescue his friends and restore the townspeople’s hope?

A story of faith, strength, and friendship, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

K'NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster

K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster

We absolutely love K’NEX.  You may have seen them on our blog before, but just in case you aren’t familiar with them, K’NEX makes awesome building sets. The sets have a bunch of rods and different connecting pieces that you can put together to make about anything you can imagine.  Some of the sets also come with wheels, gears, and building bricks. The pieces are color coded which makes it easy to find exactly the piece you are looking for and easier to follow the building guides.

We recently got the chance to review the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster and it is very cool.  It comes with over 600 K’NEX pieces and over 19 feet of track and is 3 1/2 feet tall. Quite a project!  It also has a motor that attaches to the chain to lift the car up and sends it on its way down the track. It is recommended for kids 9+.  I think my ten year old could have built it on his own, but we made it a mom/son project.

With the number of pieces, I’d say its for more advanced builders. The instructions lead you through step by step and have photos that show exactly where the pieces go, but it definitely takes some time to put together.  This is one of the things that I love about KNEX’s more advanced sets.  They teach organization (it’s easier to assemble if you sort the pieces by size and color) and they teach a process.  It’s great to have toys that take some work and time to assemble so kids can learn to stick with a project and get that feeling of accomplishment with the finally finish and see the result.   And the result of the K’NEX Cosmic Twist Coaster is definitely worth it!

The other thing that I love about K’NEX is how the small pieces don’t take up much room storage-wise, but you can build huge structures with them.

Overall, this is a fun project with the usual great quality of K’NEX toys.

Chef Boyardee Make it Boyardeelicious Recipe Contest

More often then not I am running behind at the end of the day when it is time for dinner. I love having a few go to easy favorites that I know my kids will eat on hand. It makes it so much nicer on those crazy busy days. One of my kids favorites is Chef Boyardee. My kids love the ravioli and spaghetti and are always excited to eat it.

We have been playing around with a few recipes from their website and love them! We were also able to share a few of the recipes from the site as well as some with our own recipes with friends and family for a Chef Boyardeelicious In-Home Party. I made a few different dishes to share. Taco-roni and Chili-roni. I made them per their website but also added a few of my own items in as well. The Chili-roni I made also using corn chips and sour cream. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I did the same with the Taco-roni adding sour cream and shredded lettuce. It all came out really wonderful and we had a blast exchanging ideas or recipes. We are excited to try a few different variations soon. For recipe ideas please go here.

Do you also love Chef Boyardee? Have a great recipe that you would love to share? Then you have to enter the Boyardeelicious Recipe Contest!

You can enter the Make it Boyardeelicious Recipe Contest on the Chef Boyardee Facebook page for a chance to win a grand prize of free groceries for a year.

  • Now through March 11, 2012, you can submit an original recipe that uses Chef Boyardee as an ingredient. Then simply have to upload a photo of the recipe, and share why their family loves it.
  • Each week, a winner will be chosen based on creativity, all-family appeal, ease of preparation, and palatable appeal by an expert panel of judges.
  • The weekly winner receives a $500 prize as well as $75 in Chef coupons. If you don’t win in one week, you can re-enter again the next week!
  • Each of the top ten finalists from all the accumulated weeks will have the chance to win the grand prize of free groceries for a year. The winner will be chosen based on a combined score of taste points and voting.
  • The voting period lasts March 26-April 8, 2012. Voters get entered into a daily sweepstakes for the chance to win $100. Share it on Facebook and get an extra sweepstakes entry.

“I wrote this review while participating in a In Home Party campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Chef Boyardee and received product samples to facilitate my party and review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter

We love having cats as pets in our home, but there are a few less desirable things about taking care of them. Like changing the cat litter. That is my job in our house and it seems never ending. We have 3 cats and two kitty boxes that require cleaning twice a day to keep our house fresh from odors. All of my cats are indoor cats so they do all their business in their boxes. It sure adds up. When I find a great cat litter I usually stay with it but am always looking out for one that keeps the odors out.

We were selected to try out Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter. Arm & Hammer has always been my go to cat litter but we have never tried this particular kind before. First thing I did was clean both boxes of the brand we had in there and we used our new Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter. Right away I could smell how fresh it was and it has a pleasant smell to it. I love the clumping action and after the cats use it I can only smell the litter not their mess. My home smells fresher and I don’t feel the need to change the box every time they use it. This litter will work great for multi cat homes and I will be using this from now on.

You can find Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter at all national Target and Walmart stores.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf Arm & Hammer and received a product coupon to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse I Heart Minnie DVD

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse I Heart Minnie DVD

My kids have always loved Mickey Mouse and they love watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. My sons favorite has always been Mickey and my girls love Minnie. My girls were so excited to get a copy of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse I Heart Minnie on DVD. They have watched it over and over and still have yet to get tired of it. This was a really fun treat for them on Valentines Day. It comes with five fun-filled episodes as well as an all new bonus feature “You’re Invited to Minnie’s Birthday Party!” Two Best Friend necklaces are also included with this DVD. You can read more about it below and watch a clip!

The five classic episodes include:

· Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower (All-New, Never-Before-Seen) – The botanical highlight of the year is in trouble, unless Minnie and Daisy can get their flowers to bloom! Together, they board the glove balloon to help coax the clouds to sprinkle much needed rain.

· Daisy’s Dance -Clap your hands and tap your feet! Join Daisy, as she gets ready for one of the most important events of her life––performing in the big talent show!

· Daisy’s Pet Project – The Pet Parade is almost here and Daisy needs to find the perfect animal for which she can love and care. But it’s not as easy as she thinks and soon she has three new friends: an elephant named Bubbles, a giraffe called Longfellow and a bunny called Captain Jumps-a-lot!

· Minnie’s Rainbow – After a brightly colored rainbow appears over the clubhouse, Minnie searches for the pot of gold that’s supposed to be at its end. Along the way, she meets a leprechaun and discovers that not all treasure turns out to be as she expected!

· Minnie’s Birthday – Today is Minnie’s birthday, but the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends need to set up her birthday party.

Minted Classroom Valentines Day Cards

My daughter is in kindergarten this year and one thing she has been really excited about is exchanging Valentine’s in the classroom for the first time. This year she will be handing out classroom Valentine’s Day cards from Minted.They have a great selection that can be personalized with name and photo. We had a hard time decided between all the cute designs but we chose to go with the Monarch Flutter Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards. She just loved the purple with the butterflies. They were easy to customize and were so much fun picking out. They are way cuter then store bought Valentine’s and are sure to be a hit!

Head on over to Minted and check out their wonderful selection and if you order before February 7 you will get them in time for your kids. Be sure to also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter!

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