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Smartfish Whirl Mini Laser Mouse

My family and I spend a lot of time on our computers and I am all for making our time on the computer easier and more comfortable. I was excited when I heard about the Smartfish Whirl Mini Laser Mouse. It was much different then any mouse I have ever used and love that it reduces your risk of hand and wrist stress injuries by using ErgoMotion pivot system. That and its small design makes it a great option for the kids computer. I also really love that it is wireless and is great for packing around with the laptop.

We're Back! And we're on Word Press

We’re Back! And we’re on Word Press

Hi Everyone.  We’re back.  And we are finally on WordPress.

The move wasn’t easy, but we think we got here with all of the posts, comments, and everything else we need – including our newly designed template.  Yay!

Over the next couple of   days  weeks :-) , we will be getting everything back to normal.  In the meantime, thanks for your patience and please let us know if you notice anything that isn’t working.  Thanks!

Spooky Buddies on Blu-ray & DVD 9-20

My kids love all the Buddies movies and could not be more excited for their newest one to come out. Spooky Buddies will be available on Blu-ray & DVD 9/20!

Disney‘s Irresistible Talking Puppies Are Back!

The Highly Anticipated All-New Movie
Joins Disney‘s Most Popular Live-Action Direct-to-Video Franchise
Fantastic Halloween-Themed Family Adventure
Premieres September 20 Only on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download

{Jake and the Never Land Pirates on DVD September 27}

My kids have always loved the Disney Channel and they each have their favorite show. My son loves Jake and the Never Land Pirates! The show is full of adventures while Jake and his friends solve pirate problems. My son really gets into this show and his favorite character is Skully the Parrot. I even enjoy watching the show with him. On September 27 Jake and the Never Land Pirates will be released on DVD. It has 7 of their episodes as well as a second music CD and a pirate eye patch for your favorite matey!

{Back to School Shopping with T.J.Maxx and Marshalls}

This is the year that my oldest girl is going into 6th grade. It is really an important time in her life and she totally feels like she has to have her own style and most importantly be able to pick out her own clothes that we buy for back to school. At best I thought it would be a total headache to find just what she wanted but on my budget. While I often worry about the price, my daughter is totally at the age where style matters most. While she thought we were heading out to the mall I had a better plan. We were going to go to our local T.J.Maxx and see what we could find.

{Jake and the Never Land Pirates-themed TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY Party}

In celebration of Jake and the Never Land Pirates Yo Ho Mateys Away on DVD for the first time I was lucky enough to be selected for a Jake and the Never Land Pirates-themed TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY Party! Talking like a pirate is so much fun that you cannot help but smile. I will admit that I have never participated in Talk Like a Pirate Day but knew that my kids would enjoy this. We invited a few fellow matey friends over for some food, fun, games and of course pirate talk.

Darn Tough Vermont Review

Darn Tough Vermont socks are awesome.  My son recently got the chance to try out a pair of their hiking socks.  They have quickly become his favorite socks.  They are very soft and comfortable.

Darn Tough Vermont socks are made in Vermont and was founded in 2004 with the purpose of finding a comfortable sock that could stand up to both frigid winters and humid summers.  The hiking socks my son tried are a custom shrink treated Merino wool and Coolmaxx blend.  The are very comfy feeling (I wish they would fit on my feet).  They are the hiking style of sock and they have extra cushioning on the bottom and a reinforce heel and toe.  They also have an invisible seam that my son loves as he is often bothered by seams in socks.

  

Vermont tough has many different styles for men, women, and kids for lots of different activities including skiing, running, biking, hiking, hunting, and more.  And they offer an unconditional lifetime guarantee.  They say: “if our all weather performance socks are not the most comfortable and durable socks you have ever worn return them for another pair or your money back. No strings.  No conditions.  For life.”  How cool is that. I also love the fact that Darn Tough Vermont is a socially conscious company that sponsors outdoor races and events and is involved with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

I’ve got my eye on a pair of hiking socks and maybe a pair of running socks too.

You can check out what Darn Tough Vermont has to offer on their website or you can connect with them on facebook or twitter.

Redakai Cards – Review

My son got the chance to check out the new Redakai cards from SpinMaster. My son has the Redakai Starter Pack which has several Character, Monster and Attack cards and the X-Reader that looks like the X-Reader in the show. The cards have a whole story behind them about some kids that are traveling the world to gather Kairu energy to use it to defeat evil.  There is also a show on Cartoon Network.

The cards are similar to Bakugan gaming/trading cards. You can collect and trade and play a game with them where you attack and defend. While the rules are similar, the cards are much different. They take things to the next level of cool. The cards themselves are really neat. They have SpinMasters Blast3D technology that makes them look 3D and they appear to move when you move the card. But the best part is that instead of having to keep track of the attack and defense the transparent parts of the cards do it for you. As you stack them they track your health and damage points.

You can check out the Redakai cards on their website.

{Giveaway Reminder Ending Soon with Low Entries!! }

We have 8 really awesome giveaways up for grabs! They are all ending really soon and have low entries!
{Pep Boys $50 Gift Card 9/8}
{*Lovemode $25 Gift Certificate 9/8}
{Organically Cute Baby Bib Pack 9/9}
{Gazillion Bubble Hurricane 9/9}
{Aurora Softy Soakers 9/9}
{ Hanes ComfortBlend EcoSmart® T-shirts Pack9/9}
{Coffee-mate Natural Bliss 9/9}
{Lite Sprites Giveaway 9/9}

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{Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamer Giveaway}

With so many things going on in the mornings one thing I enjoy for just me is my coffee. I have always loved coffee and try to enjoy it as much as possible. But a bad cup of coffee to me means no creamer.I can not drink my coffee without creamer and have always loved Coffee-mate creamers. My favorite has always been the French Vanilla. It makes my coffee taste so yummy! I was very excited to learn that Coffee-mate is adding some new ones to their collection. The Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamers are all natural and made with no artificial ingredients. They are made with milk, cream, sugar and natural flavors. I never really gave much thought to what was in my creamer, but the idea of all natural sounds great and is a great reason to switch. Right now there are three flavors available. Sweet Cream, Vanilla and Caramel.

I knew that the Vanilla would be one of my favorites as I already love their French Vanilla so much. I thought that it tasted really smooth and sweet with a really great vanilla flavor that made my ordinary black coffee so much better. My husband is more of a Caramel guy and he says he loves it. We both enjoyed the Sweet Cream but are in love with the Vanilla and Caramel. I personally have always thought that all natural products may not taste as good as good, but these creamers really are very yummy and now I am enjoying my coffee even more. Right now on their Facebook page they are giving away 50,000 coupons for my fellow coffee lovers to try the new Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamer! Head on over and claim yours now.

Giveaway

Leave a comment on which Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamer you would like to try! One winner will be chosen to receive a coupon for a free bottle of Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Creamer!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Coffee-mate and received coupons and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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{Hanes ComfortBlend EcoSmart® T-shirts Family Pack Giveaway}5 Winners

We wanted to let our readers know about a new program where they can earn cash for schools—such an important subject right now. As back to school also means Back to Box Tops, anyone with children in grades K-8 likely participates in Box Tops for Education® and has probably clipped their share of Box Tops. Now, they can put down those scissors, and learn about Hanes4Education – a whole new way to earn Box Tops every time your school orders printed shirts.

Hanes® is partnering with Box Tops for Education so that K-8 schools can earn valuable Box Tops for every T-shirt, polo shirt or sweatshirt they order for class shirts, clubs, teams, school events and other programs. The new Hanes4Education partnership represents an easy way for schools to earn hundreds of Box Tops with each order—with no clipping involved!

Note: Hanes4Education does not apply to Hanes products purchased at retail (underwear, socks, outerwear T-shirts, casualwear, etc). For additional details on Hanes4Education, go to www.Hanes4Education.com.

Plus, to kick off the new school year, Hanes4Education is giving away 1,000 Bonus Box Tops every day between August 24 and September 30 with every winner also receiving a family pack of Hanes ComfortBlend EcoSmart® T-shirts. To enter, go to http://bit.ly/HanesBTFESweeps. You can enter daily.

This year Hanes introduced Hanes® ComfortBlend EcoSmart® T-shirts and fleece made with polyester from recycled plastics. Hanes estimates that this product will reuse the equivalent of more than 10 million 20-ounce plastic water bottles each year. This gift basket is filled with a selection of EcoSmart T-shirts from Hanes.



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Pep Boys $50 Gift Card Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zimmerman Advertising for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
As a mom of three kids we spend a lot of time in the car. From sport practices, to errands, play dates and more. I swear I spend more time in my car then I do anywhere else. Our family car is an essential part of our lives and it is what keeps us on the move. And now with two of my kids in two different schools I am running around more then ever. When my car is down or in the shop , everyone in our family suffers. That got me thinking about how reliable my car is.

I have always tried to make maintaining my cars condition a top priority. For me it comes down to convenience. Being so busy I like to have a place that I can trust keep our car in its best condition that is also convenient. If you are like me then you will love Pep Boys. They make it easy for you you to keep your car in its best condition. You can schedule appointments online, get Maintenance Advice and even tips on things you can do yourself.

For the busy mom I think  Pep Boys is the perfect choice. You can learn more about their services here and find a location near you! Oh yea they are also holding  weekly e-serve giveaway where you could win a $250 gift card good for your next service appointment. Enter to win here: http://bitly.com/PB-eS-Swps

One lucky Smart and Trendy Moms reader will win a $50 Gift Card! Here is how to enter.



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{VeggieTales® Princess and the Pop Star on DVD}

My kids have always loved the VeggieTales®. They have so much fun with each and every movie. I really love them because of how family friendly each movie is. They have many funny and heart warming stories that are perfect for even the youngest of kids. The newest VeggieTales® Movie to hit the shelves will be VeggieTales®: Princess and the Pop Star, available on DVD at Christian retailers August 13th and everywhere August 16th. My kids really loved this movie but my girls did especially! They had so much fun listening to the music and watching the movie. Princess Poppyseed secretly switches lives with her favorite pop singer Vanna Banana. Eventually both girls discover they were unique and special just the way they were. It definitely sends a great message to girls of all ages!

Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands, announced today they will release an all-new princess-themed DVD title, VeggieTales®: Princess and the Pop Star, on August 13 and August 16, 2011 in Christian and general market stores respectively.

VeggieTales: Princess and the Pop Star will feature plenty of high-energy, family-friendly music, including the new song, “You Never Are,” written and performed by this year’s Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli. Other fun content includes silly song sing-alongs, behind the music interviews and “Princess Poppyseed’s Points for Being Uniquely You.” The DVD helps young girls understand that each of us are created unique and special, and the title’s launch is supported by a comprehensive marketing and advertising campaign. Licensing and promotional partners include Chick-fil-A with a summer kids meal program. In addition, Big Idea Entertainment will host live events nationwide at select retailers and churches to coincide with the DVD release.

“We’re couldn’t be more excited to give our fans the ‘royal treatment’ with the release of Princess and the Pop Star,” said Greg Fritz, SVP Sales and Marketing of Big Idea Entertainment. “While the title was created specifically with girls in mind, everyone will enjoy the catchy tunes and important lesson the DVD helps teach.”

DVD Synopsis

Princess Poppyseed’s life on her family’s farm is far from the glamorous but lonely world of her favorite pop singer Vanna Banana. On a chance meeting at a playground, Vanna and Princess cross paths and realize that they look almost exactly alike—which leads to the crazy secret plan where they decide to switch lives! As each girl realizes that the life they longed for doesn’t fulfill all of their dreams, they learn that the life God gave them is the one for which they were uniquely and lovingly designed.

Bonus Features:

Audio Commentary
“Astonishing Wigs” Silly Songs Sing-Along
“Right Where You Belong” Sing-Along
Behind the music with Francesca Battistelli and Friends
Princess Poppyseed’s Points For Being Uniquely You

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{Civiballs on Cool Math}

Have you ever been looking for something for the kids to do to occupy them for a few minutes, without just letting them sit down in front of the TV?  Cool Math has lots of neat learning games on it. It’s one of the sites that the kids have been allowed to play in their classrooms during free time – so I guess you could call it teacher approved.

One of our favorite games on the site is called Civiballs.  It’s a game with balls that are hanging from chains.  The kids are supposed to make the balls fall into the correct colored baskets by cutting the ropes to make the balls fall, roll, or bump into each other.  You have to get the correct order and when cutting the chains you even have to time it right.

It teaches planning and problem solving (and patience, lol)  and really cements the “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” lesson. (The space bar resets a level and lets you try again – you’ll see how necessary that is, lol) A lot of times it isn’t apparent at first how to solve a level, but then as you try things, you can start to see how to make it work.  And it can work on cooperation and teamwork too.  It’s also one of the few games that the kids will sit down together and make suggestions to each other and work together to figure it out. 

All that while being fun and kind of addictive.  I’ve even sat down without the kids to try to solve a level that they were trying to figure out.
If you’d like to give it a try, you can find it at: http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-civiballs/index.html
Have fun.


 
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{Family Movie Night movie, Who Is Simon Miller? August 6th at 8/7c on NBC}

From P&G comes another great Family Night Movie that your family will love. My family was able to view a pre-screening of Who is Simon Miller? and we really loved it. It is about an average family who’s dad has not a so average secret. He is secretly working as a spy. After disappearing the whole family sets out to find him. The family is determined to find just the right clues to where their dad might be. This movie is action packed with twists and turns along the way. My family really liked this movie and my husband was glued watching it. You can read more about it below and watch the trailer. Be sure to watch Who Is Simon Miller? August 6th at 8/7c on NBC!


When unassuming geologist Simon Miller mysteriously disappears one night, the Miller family is thrown into a desperate search to find him. Simon’s wife Meredith and their two kids, Sarah, 18, and Kevin, 15, frantically search Simon’s office for information. When they find a stash of passports, all with Simon’s picture but each with a different alias, they realize that their father has been keeping more than a few secrets. Who is Simon Miller? And what has he gotten himself – and now his family – into? Not sure they can even trust the Dad they thought they knew, the Millers embark on an international mission to get him back. It’s a heart-pounding adventure that tests the limits to which families will fight for each other. (The movie stars Robyn Lively, Loren Dean, Skyler Day, Drew Koles, and Christine Baranski.)

Official Family Movie Night website: http://familymovienight.com/who-is-simon-miller/ and
Family Movie Night Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/familymovienight

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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