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Goodbye Google Friend Connect

Goodbye Google Friend Connect

I was a little shocked hearing the news that Google will be doing away with Google Friend Connect for non Blogger blogs in March 2012. After all we are so close to 4000:( However I cant remember the last time that I read an update from a blog that I follow on GFC and I am not sure what our reach is with our readers that follow us that way either. For the first time I wondered if moving from Blogger was a bad idea? I do not think so, WordPress is far better! I guess we cant be surprised being we are dealing with Google. Although I think the change will be good, I am not to sure if I am hip with the new Google + but we are going to give it a try. Add us here or if you are old school follow us via R.S.S. or by email!

Gift Packaging Set-Greeting Cards($50 AVR) Giveaway

One of my favorite things is wrapping presents and I especially love pretty wrapping paper! Who doesn’t love a great looking wrapped present? With that being said, I am really excited to bring you a giveaway from Kathy Davis Studios. One winner will get the Gift Packaging set pictured as well as 5 greeting cards chosen by Kathy Davis Studios. You can read more about Kathy Davis and and be sure to like her on Facebook!


One of the world’s leading and most admired designers, Chief Executive and Visionary Officer Kathy Davis’ mission to “Scatter Joy” not only defines her work that reaches more than 50 million consumers each year, but the mission of Kathy Davis Designs, Inc., the company that bears her name.

Embracing her lifelong dream for a career with creative freedom, Davis launched her company in 1990 which now operates under four brand names – Kathy Davis®; The Studio at Kathy Davis®; Portfolio – Kathy Davis Studios™; and Fred and Lorraine™. Today, her company continues to grow and flourish, spearheaded by a partnership with American Greetings Corporation where Davis’ creations are exclusively distributed across a broad range of product lines.

Managing an extensive portfolio of more than 15,000 designs, Davis’ imaginative and whimsical style often depicts natural subjects coupled with simple and inspirational messages that feature soft watercolors to bright graphics. Davis earned her master’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. She currently resides in Horsham, Pa., with her family and a menagerie of pets.

To find out more about Kathy, visit her website at www.kathydavis.com or check out the latest company information at www.kathydavisstudios.com!


UNO Roboto ‘House Rules’

UNO Roboto ‘House Rules’

One of my favorite things to do with my family is play games. We always have a great time and is fun for the whole family. We love to play games on Birthdays, Holiday get togethers and love having a family game night once per week. One of my favorite games as a kid was Uno. I remember playing that for hours with my sister. After having my own kids I found that they also love that game.

I was so excited to learn that there was a new game UNO Roboto was coming out. It is just like the same fun game that we all love but with a new twist. The robot records each player’s name and you can create unique “house rules”. This fun little robot will surprise everyone by calling out Random Rules and funny phrases that change the way you play and make it more fun than ever!

My kids and husband were so excited to play this on our game night. We had a total blast and I think this will be our new favorite way to play UNO. From having players switch cards to having to race to touch your nose on certain call outs it was great fun for the kids as well as the adults.

You check out more on the game here. And be sure to visit them on Facebook! Here is a special Mattel promotion with Toys ‘R’ Us for a free Shutterfly photo album with any games purchase between now and the end of the year: www.toysrus.com/photobook

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of UNO Roboto and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Muppet Movie Tickets and Poster Giveaway

Safety is something my family and I try to stay on top of. And with the holidays just around the corner it is an important to “take a minute” for safety around your home.

Here are some statistics and top safety tips you should know to ensure a safe and happy holiday season:

· Consider LEDS – A candle can reach 1,000 degrees so always stay “three feet from the heat”
· Never leave candles unattended- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of unexpected candle/oven flames
· Water Your Tree – Trees that have dried out over several weeks burn faster than fresher, well-watered.
· Ensure lights bare the UL Mark – Lights intended for indoor-only use bear green holographic UL Marks, whereas lights intended for indoor and outdoor use bear red holographic UL Marks
UL, (Underwriters Laboratories), has teamed up with The Muppets to promote the importance of safety this holiday season. In doing so, we’ve developed a PSA featuring Kermit, Beaker and Bunsen.

Kermit, Beaker and Bunsen discovered that the main cause of holiday fires involve decorations (56%) and the first item ignited because of this are Christmas trees (21%).

UL, (Underwriters Laboratories), has teamed up with The Muppets to promote the importance of safety this holiday season. In doing so, we’ve developed a PSA featuring Kermit, Beaker and Bunsen.

That’s why Dr. Dr. Honeydew Bunsen, his assistant Beaker and Kermit the Frog created a short video at the UL Labs encouraging families to “Commit A Minute” to safety. You can find the video below. Or here!


World of Judaica Hanukkah Giveaway

I wanted to let all Smart and Trendy Moms readers know about a great Hanukkah Giveaway from World of Judaica. World of Judaica for Everything Jewish has a great selection of Menorahs, Dreidels, Hanukkah items and Jewish Jewelry.
WorldofJudaica.com is raffling an exquisite stained glass menorah just 8 days before Hanukkah! Simply log on to their giveaway page to like World of Judaica on Facebook and sign up to their newsletter to win! Only one winner! Raffle to be held on Dec 12!

This giveaway is open Internationally, for 18+, a person can enter only once by liking World of Judaica’s Facebook Page and Signing up to their newsletter. The winner will be notified via a Facebook friend request from World of Judaica + private message to their facebook account, and on the Winners page on World of Judaica.com. Terms and conditions here: http://www.worldofjudaica.com/giveaway/terms

Dreyers Shakes-Smoothies Giveaway

It has been a while coming but Kelly and I finally got our newest venture going. What is it? It is Modern Beautiful. We create DIY Party kits that are not only practical but also provide the basis to help you create the decor for special events that will wow your guests. All of our designs are original and fun. We have everything from Personalized Party Packages to banners, party favors and more. And since we are so new I thought we would have a little giveaway for our STM readers to have the chance to check us out! You can enter below!


Happy Feet Two Wii Game Giveaway

My kids love Happy Feet! Those little penguins are so adorable! Do your kids have happy feet? Right now Pump It Up is having a “Show Us Your Happy Feet Video Contest” where you could win so many prizes including a family home entertainment center. And for checking it out you can enter to win Happy Feet Two Wii Game right here on Smart and Trendy Moms! Read more about the contest below and enter to win the game right here!


Starting November 1, 2011, families are encouraged to visit Pump It Up on Facebook to submit a 30-second video showing how their ‘feet get happy.’ Winners of the online video contest will receive a variety of interactive prizes ranging from a family home entertainment center to copies of the musical adventure game inspired by the whimsical Antarctic world of the upcoming animated film Happy Feet Two.

“We can’t wait to see how our fans get creative and run, jump, dance and have fun together,” said Pump It Up CEO, Lee Knowlton. “The tie in to Happy Feet Two: The Videogame is perfect for our brand because it promotes safe, interactive play for the entire family, something we strive for at each of our locations across the country.”

The contest winners will be selected by popular vote from other Pump It Up Facebook fans, and announced on December 30, 2011. One grand prize winner will receive a family home entertainment center, including a flat panel TV, video game console, Happy Feet Two: The Videogame, a $1,000 value. One second prize winner will receive a video game console and Happy Feet Two: The Videogame, a $400 value. Five third prize winners will receive Happy Feet Two: The Videogame. For more information about the video contest and for official contest rules, visit www.Facebook.com/PumpItUpParty.

Starting November 1 through December 31, Pump It Up locations across the country will also roll out Punch Cards for Pop-In-Play events, play sessions that are open to the public. After four paid visits, each child will receive a complementary, fifth Pop-In-Play visit. A limited number of Happy Feet Two: The Video Game, freezer magnets, will be given out with the free passes. Visit www.PumpItUpParty.com to view Pop-In-Play schedules at specific locations.

About Pump It Up

The leader in the active kid’s party industry, Pump It Up is the nation’s largest franchise of indoor inflatable playgrounds specializing in private parties for birthdays, and programs, such as school outings, field trips, corporate events and more. Trained staff provides guests with supervision, food and beverage set-up, and clean-up services. Pump It Up is headquartered in Tempe, AZ with more than 150 locations across the country. For more information about Pump It Up, please visit www.PumpItUpParty.com.


ThunderCats Prize Pack Giveaway

ThunderCats Prize Pack Giveaway

An epic, all new re imagining of the classic 1980s animated series, ThunderCats tells the story of a hero’s journey to fulfill his ultimate destiny. On Third Earth, the kingdom of Thundera is being threatened by the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra, and Lion-O, the young heir to the throne, embarks on a great quest to take his rightful place as king. The unlikely champion must work with his faithful comrades Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, WilyKit, WilyKat, and his loyal pet, Snarf — who join him on his journey — to save their world from darkness.

ThunderCats is a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), premiering exclusively on Cartoon Network, and is executive produced by Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), with Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) producing.

The opportunity for ThunderCats fans to prove themselves worthy is here with the newly launched Facebook application! In support of the Cartoon Network series finale, Warner Bros. is rolling out 11 characters and villains over a 3-week period in an app that allows fans to transform their photo(s) into their own ThunderCat, and share their new look with friends and Facebook community.

Try it now at: http://www.facebook.com/thundercats
Fans need to simply go to the ThunderCats Facebook page, select either their current Facebook profile picture, upload a photo, or take a new photo using their webcam, and transform it into the ThunderCats character of their choice. Once edited, their personal ThunderCats photo can be shared with their community and set as their new profile photo. Watch all new episodes Fridays at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network!

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a ThunderCats Prize Pack including, ThunderCats 4 inch Action Figure – Lion-O, ThunderCats Collector 6 inch Action Figure – Lion-O and ThunderCats 4 inch Deluxe Action Figure – Tygra



Myachi Battle Paddle Kickstarter Project

Myachi Battle Paddle Kickstarter Project

A company that we are really looking forward to working with is Myachi. Have you heard of them? They are the makers of Myachi Handsack. A really fun game that keeps kids busy and moving. The handsacks combine a little martial arts with average sports moves. The sacks come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Myachi has announced the release of the Myachi Battle Paddles, the ultimate addition to the company’s successful Handsack, of which over 1 million units have been sold worldwide! We are excited to post our review but wanted to make sure our readers know about Myachi’s rewards project on Kickstarter.com supporting the Battle Paddles’ launch. The Myachi Battle Paddle Kickstarter Project offers a unique way to be a part of the product release, as well as pre-order the Battle Paddles before anyone else.

Here’s how our readers can get in on the action:

Myachi Battle Paddle Kickstarter Project

To “kickstart” the Battle Paddle launch, Myachi is running a special offer and campaign on www.Kickstarter.com, a really cool social network site designed to help companies fund development and launch new products.

To get in on the ground floor and be one of the first to get the all new Battle Paddles, here’s what you should do:

1. Click this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/760241060/myachi-battle-paddle-project

2. Watch our Battle Paddle video, and see the rewards on the right side of the page listing what you will receive for pledging your support. This special introductory offer is only available for the next 30 days and ends on November 2nd, so check it out now before it’s too late!

3. Contribute at least $10 and continue to be a part of Myachi History with your very own “I supported the Myachi Battle Paddle Project” Limited Edition Myachi, as well as the coolest, most amazing new product to hit the market since the Myachi itself: the Myachi Battle Paddles!

Proactiv 365

Proactiv 365

One thing I have always felt self conscious about is my skin. From an early teen I have had problem skin. I always thought I would grow out of it. And when I was in my twenties I thought I would grow out of it. And now I am in my early thirties and still face each day with the challenges of clogged pores, blemishes and breakouts. For many years I tried to just cover it up with makeup hoping one day it would get better. It really never has and even with non pore clogging makeup, soaps and a variety of other things I have noticed very little difference. One product I have always wanted to try is Proactiv. As a busy mom that rarely has extra time for myself I was not really sure if I would have the time for a system like this. But thanks to Mom Central and Proactiv I have the chance to try it! I was so excited to begin the Proactiv regimen.

I found that the 3 step system was easy to keep up with even for a busy mom. And after using for only 3 weeks I am so happy that I started using it. My skin is so much clearer, softer, and all those days of waking up to new breakouts seem to be a thing of the past. And after years of trying to cover my skin up with makeup, I can say I am wearing less makeup then ever before. Another really great thing I love about Proactiv is that if you choose them you get so much more with their Proactiv 365. You get, Expert Skin Care Advisers on Call, Free Online Consultations with Drs. Rodan & Fields, Comprehensive Q&A Information Source. Proactiv was so easy to use that I haven’t had any questions yet but love the fact that they are there if I need them! If you want to find out more information you can do so on their website and be sure to like them on Facebook!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Proactiv and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic

It was only after becoming a mother that my husband and I began to talk about life insurance.  It is kind of uncomfortable to talk about but so very important. If something were to ever happen to one of us we would like the kids to still be able to attend college and all the other things they will need. I think it is so important to be prepared in the event something would happen.

Right now LIFE has created the Insure Your Love Picture Mosaic in support of Life Insurance Awareness Month . It is designed to recognize and celebrate those who have made the responsible decision to protect their loved ones by owning life insurance. And for each photo uploaded $1 will be donated to the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to students who have lost a parent and are struggling to achieve their dream of a college education. It is super east to begin uploading pictures on their Facebook page . Be proud to  protect the ones you love and head over to start uploading your pictures.

By participating in this program, I am expected to receive a gift card as part of a promotional program with the LIFE Foundation and MomSelect.

Coppin’s Hallmark Giveaway

I love giving gifts and as a super busy mom I find I do most of my gift shopping online. I found that I save time and the selection is better. Recently I had the chance to review a gift for myself from Coppin’s Hallmark. A great bracelet with DaVinci Beads. The DaVinci Beads are European Style beads to help you express your moods. I chose 3 charms that have special meaning to me.

My daughter is my first born and when she was born I wanted something that I could pass to her eventually to let her know how much joy and excitement she has brought to my life. So I chose the letter “A” for Anna out of the DaVinci bead Letters section. Out of the family section I chose the silver baby girl shoe (this can also be found in the “dangles” section). And for my last bead out of the birthstone section I chose the January girl birthstone. This one worked great cause both my daughter and I were born in January. I think that the bracelet and beads are beautiful and I love wearing it.


Coppin’s Hallmark has a great selection that is affordable.  They carry top brands like Precious Moments, Boyd’s Bears, Willow Tree, Ty, Webkinz and more. You can see all their gifts and collectables on their site and be sure to like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

How to Enter the Giveaway One winner will get a Toggle Bracelet and 3 Beads of choice !

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This Giveaway is open to U.S. and ends 10-19-2011

My Baby Clothes Boutique Giveaway

Summer time is my favorite part of the year – all the warm sunny days and all the cute clothes.  I’m not ready for it to end.  Being the mommy to a little girl one of things I like to do is shop for her. I am always on the look out for the next adorable thing I can get for her. One of her newest and most adorable dresses is the “Zilly Bean Personalized White and Lavender Play Dress” from My Baby Clothes Boutique.  I have to say the sundress looks adorable on my daughter, and we’ve gotten tons of compliments.

My Baby Clothes Boutique has designer clothes and accessories for girls and boys newborn to toddler.  While I chose a sundress, they have lots of great outfits for every season.  For us mothers that don’t have very much time but know exactly what we are looking for there is the search section on the site or you can shop by style, gender, accessories, organic, age and they even have a featured section with their top picks and sellers.  They have some of the most adorable gift sets available for both boys and girls – one even includes a personalized rocking horse.  They also offer free shipping on everything.  How awesome is that?!

My Baby Clothes Boutique has great brands such as Nicole Miller, O’Neill, and Mud Pie, and shoes from  Laura Ashley, Wee Squeak, and Best of Chums.  And I especially love Baby Bella Maya.   As a first time mother to a new baby, this website is by far one of my top picks for adorable baby clothes and accessories. You can see some of their Tutus, Baby Clothes, Baby Headbands, Baby Hats and more on their site! And connect with them on facebook  or twitter.
How to Enter the Giveaway One winner will get a $25 Gift Certifcate!

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National Geographic Kids Halloween Giveaway

National Geographic Kids Halloween Giveaway

Thanks to National Geographic Kids we have a great Halloween Giveaway for you! This giveaway includes a copy of National Geographic Kids Halloween Book of Fun!, two spooktacular pens to complete the activities in the book and two essentials for October 31st — a bucket to take trick-or-treating and a flashlight to light the way!

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This Giveaway is open to U.S. and ends 10-14-2011

General Mills-Pink Together Prize Pack Giveaway

General Mills-Pink Together Prize Pack Giveaway

I love it when companies join in on a good cause and that is why I am so excited to share this giveaway with you. Breast Cancer has touched so many lives and right now you can read stories or share your own personal stories on Pink Together. And if that is not great enough for every message of hope they get, General Mills will donate $1 to the Komen organization. You can read all the details below and Like them on Facebook. Do visit their site to leave messages of hope or share your story!

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