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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

**Purex 31 Days of Fun**#sponsored post

**Purex is offering an amazing opportunity to its friends and followers!! During the month of August Purex will be offering a mini sweepstakes with the most helpful and useful products, everyday to a lucky winner. Are you a fan of the Facebook page?? NOOO?? Well HURRY <click here and you can be, if you are not a fan you can't win a prize.
     I know as a mom that Back to School Shopping Spree would help my kids out tremendously!! And notice it will be up for grabs a couple days during the month.
     Are you expecting a NEW bundle of JOY?? Look at the Baby Necessities $250, that would help get that shopping going!!
     Are you a weekend movie Buff..there is a package for that, I know my kids would enjoy that.
     A Grocery Giveaway..I know my family could surely eat for a couple weeks on that and imagine all that i could do with my extra money.

     So if you have not noticed there is an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Giveaway going on with Purex for 31 days!! Hurry head over and get ready for tomorrow. Starts August 1st with a back to School Shopping Spree.
**This is a sponsored post in accordance with Purex and the 31 days of fun, all prizes will be provided by participating sponsors**

Sunday, July 28, 2013

LEGO KidsFest**GIVEAWAY 1 pair of Tickets***starts July 29th @midnite :)

LEGO KidsFest

LEGO KidsFest Bay Area

     Well this is a kids LEGO vacation dream(at least to my little ones) and they just cant wait till we make it there for our visit!! I mentioned the trip to them and showed them all the amazing activities that are offered to us and my kids have been eating and sleeping "LEGO" dreams.
     My 6 year old plays with his LEGO sets daily and now his 3 year old sister joins in. They both enjoy putting things together and taking things apart after all that is the fun of LEGO toys. LEGO KidsFest is going to be an amazing adventure and I think it will be overwhelming with all the toys and kids and so many activities to participate in.
The LEGO® KidsFest is filled with interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family! Join us for hands-on educational fun for all ages: LEGO & DUPLO® Construction Zones, dozens of large-scale and miniature LEGO models and displays, LEGO Games, group builds, LEGO Master Builders, and much more!
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Sooooooooo have you wanted to get tickets?? Are your kids LEGO fanatics?? Do you love LEGOs as much as your kids do? Come join me at LEGO KidsFest!! Are you in the BayArea or within driving distance?? If you are not send to your friends and family that are so they can enter!! :) Giveaway to be posted for 7days..The winner will receive a set of tickets sent PDF for the show via the sponsoring company. I am providing a review and giveaway in return for my family to be able to attend as a Media Coverage. I will not receive any monetary incentive or anything else in return for entries.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

**Liquid Chalkers**GIVEAWAY!!**

**I received this product for review with my family..My opinion is my own and I feel the product does as stated. I did not receive any other compensation from the product nor will I for this review**


          These are super cool liquid chalk great for kids of many ages but really have to be supervised with the use of the Liquid Chalkers. Because these are liquid style chalk you do not have the dust, or smearing affect. Unlike with regular chalk that washes out of anything you can use your imagination for such as concrete and clothes the liquid chalk doesn't have the same ability to completely wash out of everything your child could use it on. You must test a small portion of the surface as the Liquid Chalkers don't wash out of porous surfaces too well, in other words you are looking for surfaces that don't absorb because of holes or indentations.

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        If you have a  chalkboard which you want to use this on, you need to absolutely test it on a small area first. Some chalkboards are made by the manufacturer putting chalkboard paint over quite porous wood. Other chalkboards are made by them putting the chalkboard paint on non-porous surfaces such as plastic, ceramic, glass or metal.
      They come in 8 very bright bold colors!!
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 Some great ideas for these nifty Liquid Chalkers is a little "thinking of you" message on a mirror or window.
Can be used on glass tables to add a little creativity to the glass and give it a touch of a child friendly home.
     My kids had a blast using them on all the mirrors in the house. They were so easy to use, so bright and bold and the tip could either be thick or thin writing. These were easy to hold for smaller fingers. These would be perfect for car windows for the next little announcement and they draw like a marker. I have to admit these were very fun to use. They would be perfect for anything that requires a bright bold marker

Well do these interest you?? You can get your own set  > here<

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

**Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park**#sponsored

*This is a sponsored post in conjunction with usfamilyguide and Gilroy gardens Theme Park. I will have the chance to attend the park first hand for an honest review. My opinions will be that of me and my family*
Play, learn and grow at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park! With more than 40 uniquerides, attractions, and stunning gardens geared toward all ages, you'll enjoy every minute. 
Visit our water play area, Splash Gardens, ride the paddle boats in Coyote Lake and even take a simulated ride in a hot-air balloon.
 This looks like a great Northern California getaway for the kids and family equally.

Front Gate Pricing

Child Admission (Ages 3-10)$39.99
Senior Admission (Ages 62+)$39.99
General Admission (Ages 11-61)$49.99

Children 2 & under are ALWAYS FREE!

Friday, July 19, 2013

**Fanny Foozle Book Giveaway **3winners!!

Welcome to the Fanny Foozle Book Giveaway!

~Three Winners!~

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Fanny Foozle

Kids love playing on our phones, tablets and computers, why not bring them a fun and interactive game that is exciting, educational and wholesome? I know, as a mom, I appreciate any educational apps that are available.  Krista over at Savory Savings downloaded the free app, Fanny Foozle for her girls to play and loves how interactive it is!  Be sure to check out her full review to see why they liked Fanny and all her friends in Flamboozle.  Fanny Foozle loves rhymes, alliteration and her Foodle dog.  Her theme song is catchy - be warned, you might sing this at random times of the day!  This fun and silly app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play - download it today!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Moms Meet and O Organics Salad bowls

     These super HOT summer months its always nice to treat yourself to a little salad excitement to top those boring old salads. We all want to look good for bikini season (some more than others) and what better way than to watch your waist while giving the salad some character.

     I really enjoy a good salad but it gets so boring eating the same thing even if your are changing up the dressings. So when MomsMeet teamed up with O Organic salad bowls I knew i was in for a treat. Don't get me wrong, YES, I had tried many of the O Organics product sold at my area Vons(Safeway) but the salad was one that I had not tried but was excited to do so.
     I have to say the variety is amazing, whether you like a salad mix or baby spinach they have you covered. Was a great selection and the choice of meat was good I like chicken so I was happy. If you aren't a "chicken" person it severely limits your choice :/.
    These great salads are organic, contain no pesticides and nothing artificial. The varieties are Southwestern, Cesaer, Cranberry Walnut and Baby spinach.
I chose to use my MomsMeet as a 4th of July/Birthday Party get together.  I had approximately 30 attendees and my moms pack covered it pretty well. We chose a BBQ for the kids with a bounce house for entertainment. It was a moms&dads group and I felt it went very well. I provided salads enough for everyone to sample by breaking them up into 1/3 of the salads
 I decked each one out and left the dressing on the side.Each salad was covered so no one knew what they were getting and i had them blindly pick a salad.  Dressing was optional and extra was provided. After it was sampled I handed out a printed copy of the salad flavors and let everyone take it home so the next time they were shopping they knew what they tried in case it was of interest to them again. 
        I have to admit I liked the idea of cranberry walnut, some liked the dressing but most did not I was not a fan of the particular dressing.  The baby spinach was my top winner(loved the cranberry and almond slices, dressing ok) with most saying they liked the spinach
 for a change over lettuce. The Cesaer(dressing was very good) and Southwestern(loved the corn and chips) both Id say placed 2nd with most enjoying them equally.
And one lucky winner got her very own salad via a Door Prize drawing:) Congrats!!
**Thank you to MomsMeet and O Organic for allowing me to sample these salads with my mom and dads group. The salads were provided for the most part with a GC provided for me, all opinions were provided by my group, receiving the product for free did not sway my opinion  for the products.**

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

**Sanus Tv Mount #sponsored post** Safe Kids WorldWide

     I am a busy mom but my kids are so important to me that I refuse to cut corners. Home entertainment is a highlight to any home and the most important thing is to create a safe nurturing environment for your kids. I think its very important to make all aspects of your home safe and it means televisons and electrical devices included and thats why I am so happy to participate in this campaigns awareness of the dangers of injuries due to televisions. Thank you to Sanus for spreading awareness.
For many Americans, a flat panel TV is a great way to enjoy family time and entertainment.  However, most parents are unaware of the safety risks that flat panel TVs pose for kids.  Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.
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Bringing this risk to the forefront, SANUS, the leading designer and manufacturer of flat panel TV wall mounts, has partnered with Safe Kids Worldwide.  By educating consumers on the risk of unsecured flat panel TV’s, SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide offer safe solutions for families across the nation by reducing TV tip-over related injuries and fatalities.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:
·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV
·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury
·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over
·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs
·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

 Sanus Low-Profile Wall Mount Fits Most Flat-Panel TVs 26"-42" - Black (MML12-B1)
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SANUS encourages you to join their efforts and advocate mounting of flat panel TV’s in your homes. 

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**Architectural Mailboxes**5in house numbers**review

Architectural Mailboxes

     I had the privilege to review for this Architectural Mailboxes the 5" house numbers
this was my set in the brass in floating numbers. The numbers are fully ready to be added to your house and the directions are very well stated. the floating numbers means you can make it flush with the wall or create a floating effect. I chose flush :)
The installation is explained very thorough even enough for someone like me to put up if it were not for the drill that I did need to bust through the stucco to install I know I could have done it :) I did prepare the numbers for wall and marked the wall myself for the placement in my desired location.
This is the anchor placement as my markers were really hard to picture but this is my helper making sure my anchor was in and the hole was deep enough.
This is the finished product, the number is placed screw into anchor and rubber mallet it into anchor and flush with the wall.
    I found this product very easy to install, even for a beginner, very few tools are needed but a drill is required in most cases. The numbers are very versatile and the placement is up to the owner. The numbers are clean and well made and come in a variety of sizes for many consumers. The color choices are varied and provide a good selection of  brass, copper or nickel. The price is definitely comparable to what you would find in most home improvement stores. The customer service side is very quick and easy to work with.
     If you are interested in contacting them you can find them  on FB, twitter and pinterest
***Disclaimer...I was provided this product to give an honest review, no monetary compensation was exchanged and I was given this product to keep for my review. The receipt of the product did not sway my opinion and my opinion is just that MY OWN. I felt the company lived up to its promise of product and found nothing that was falsified on their site**

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

**Kids Reading Adventure GIVEAWAY**

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Kids Book Prize Pack Giveaway

     I always started early reading to my kids and this is a great pack of books to help your children learn the love of reading. Thats why I, The Life and Times of a Stay at Home MOM :) has teamed up with The Review Wire to bring you this Kids Reading Adventure Giveaway! Each Prize Pack includes 8 different children's titles with a retail value of $123! Prize Pack 1 incudes: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping, In The Tree House, And The Winner Is...Amazing Animal Athletes, Jasper John Dooley Left Behind, My Little Geek, The Beginner's Guide to Running Away from Home and Bluebird. Prize Pack 2 includes: Mo Willems Books: A Big Guy Took My Ball!, It’s A Bus Load of Pigeon Books!, THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE, Oops, VICKS THE POLAR BEAR CUB, BIG AND SMALL, Nat Geo Kids COOL ANIMALS STICKER ACTIVITY BOOK, Nat geo Kids CUTEST ANIMALS STICKER ACTIVITY BOOK, and Nat Geo Kids Little Kids FIRST BIG BOOK OF WHY. 2 Winner’s will each receive one Kids Book Prize Pack. Each prize pack includes 8 books with a retail value of $123 each! See form for Entry Details. Open to U.S. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. Ends 7.26.13
Disclaimer: An email address is required to enter. The winner will be chosen randomly through Giveaway Tools and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. One person entering per household please. U.S. only. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 26, 2013. I was not compensated for this giveaway, and I am not responsible for shipment of prize. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by The Review Wire.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

*AMF's Summer Unplugged*


  This is already one HOT summer and its really hard to keep the kids busy and away from the video games when it is so HOT outside.
     What do your kids do on these intensely HOT days? Sleep in? Watch TV? Read books? I know my kids DON'T play video games but instead they are involved in sports groups and after school programs.
I have one who does ballet and tap and two others who would live at the bowling alley if they could.
     Did you know that AMF Bowling centers offer a cool place to play, meet new friends at a super discounted rate? You read it right, super discounts..Kids 15 and under get 2 free games a day every day (not including shoe rental) when they register with the Summer Unplugged Program.
       I think bowling is an excellent sport for kids and it teaches them hand eye coordination, patience and counting. My youngest that plays is 5

 and yes he is kind of young and his ball isn't all that heavy but he knocks down pins and competes with the other kids we take. At the bowling alley they have the ability to play with or against other kids, they are contained in a cool place and content with doing their best. We take the kids bowling often because it breaks the weekly monotony. I joined the Summer Unplugged what are YOU waiting for??

*You can register up to six children in the program. If you would like to add more children, you will need to create a new account using an alternate email address.

Summer Pass- Adults won't be left melting in the heat! An AMF Summer Pass is just $34.95 and includes two games per day for the pass owner and up to three guests ages 16 and up. (Shoe rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.) Sign-up here for AMF's Summer Pass!

New for 2013:
  • One simple sign-up, no coupons to be emailed or printed! Simply present your membership card or your name at your local AMF center and you're all set to go!
  • Also new this year for Summer Unplugged members is the "Stay and Play" option. Additional games can be added for just $1.49! So if the competition is hot and the weather is hotter, you can keep the strikes coming and stay cool for less!

The Summer Unplugged and Summer Pass programs run May 13, 2013 through September 2, 2013. Members can redeem their bowling games every day from open until 8pm using their membership pass, member ID, first name or other unique identifier.

With over 250 locations, AMF is where America goes bowling! Find an AMF Bowling Center near you-

** I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in this post are my own.**

**Bean Bag Chair Outlet GIVEAWAY**

**I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine.**
Recently my family and I got the opportunity to try out the the Giant XLarge Royal Sack from the Bean Bag Outlet and let me just say that it was a hit, especially for the children. Every child that has walked through our doors has loved the Giant XLarge Royal Sack, including my fiancĂ©. Two nights ago, I came home from work to find him sleeping and sprawled out in the bean bag chair. It's very hard to get him to nap or sit up on the couch now that the Giant XLarge Royal Sack is here. My daughter enjoys the bean bag chair, as well. Every once in awhile I'll catch her cuddled up on it watching Dora or hopping on it.

The Giant XLarge Royal Sack comes in a ton of different colors and fabrics, sure to match any room of your house. Shredded foam filling makes them perfect for molding to fit the shape and comfort level of anyone.
My favorite thing about the Giant XLarge Royal Sack is the safety patch system. The safety patch system is a small patch that covers the zipper making it hard for small children to open the bean bag chair and pull filling out. My daughter is 2 and into EVERYTHING, so this safety patch puts my mind at ease. 

Each Giant XLarge Royal Sack comes with a ten year warranty, can be embroidered for $10.00 more, and can be shipped from the warehouse and delivered to your doorstep within 4 days. Ours was here so fast it was unreal! 
The quality of the Giant XLarge Royal Sack is unreal. Our dogs have played on it, our daughter hops all over it, and the kids that visit are always jumping on it. You can hardly tell the Royal Sack has been used like that. I'm pretty sure the Giant XLarge Royal Sack can withstand just about anyone jumping on it. 

Check out all the sizes, colors, and fabrics available from the Bean Bag Chair Outlet. Be sure to come back and tell me which chair would be your favorite for a chance to win a Royal Sack of your choice (a $199 value). 

By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 10:00pm EST (07/10/2013) and end at 11:00pm EST (07/31/2013). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.

**I recieved this item for the purpose of a review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine.**The Life and Times of a Stay at Home MOM :)  is not responsible for fulfillment of prize.

Monday, July 8, 2013

**Family Stickers*Fancy figures for your RIDE!!**Giveaway**

Family Stickers, Family Car Stickers, Family Decals, Family Car Decals
     Have you seen those cute family decals everyone sports on their vehicle now a days?? I, like most ,have had a set on my vehicle as well but the family dynamic has changed since my previous one (add a kid as well as 2 cats). I found this site FamilyStickers, while browsing and stumbled across many things that caught my eye. They have everything form colored decals to chrome, for tinted or non, for cars or trucks..the possibilities are endless. Plus they do more than car decals apparel, stationary and housewares included.. take a look here.
     I chose the custom design family stickers, the designing was super easy and the choices were amazing. Because we are not a "zombie" family we stuck with regular people(stick figures with personality) but if you are a zombie family they have decals for that:).
     I'm a special ed sub teacher aide so I chose the education decal for me, my kids all have sports they enjoy so I created their personality on each sticker(bowling, all sports &ballet) and my animals , well who couldn't leave them out they are family too.
     They have pretty much any animal you can imagine form a flying squirrel to a
giraffe (who am I to judge) :)
     Its 7am in sunny California and as most know in the summer we do reach in the 110 degree area, so I decided to clean my windows last night so I was ready in the morning when the glass was not on fire. The company sends your decals on one long coated paper and I did have 9 characters on mine

..sooo I read the directions super easy to understand. Each decal has its own area none are overlapping or close and I was afraid I would not be able to handle the long paper so I pulled a pair of scissors and cut each figure out. (trust me its easier this way and you can align your people better). I eyeballed the bottom of my window space, removed backing and started placing the people on the left side of my Expedition window
     (staying away from the wiper blades, of course). The animals I placed on the right side

 because there is 4 of them and we would have been all over the blades. Once placed, I went to the first one smoothed it out with my finger then took the top corner and slowly pulled down
 just to be sure that the sticker had adhered to the window. *PERFECT*!!
 And that was it soo easy! If you happen to have a bubble that you cant smooth out take a safety pin,pop it, and smooth out decal. I've done enough of these in my past that this was pretty simple.
     So are you looking to give your car or truck family style personality? I did!! This Family Stickers company is right on, the ordering is easy, simple step by step instructions. After you order you get confirmation and have a small window for changes and delivery is fast and easy. And they provide a very nice return policy .
**I was given the opportunity to review the product in exchange for my opinion based on my experience**  I was very impressed with the quality of product and how well they turned out.The company was easy to work with and I feel they do as stated for their business..My opinion is my own and may differ from someone elses**

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**PBcrave**Giveaway **

Made with only the finest, natural peanut butter, honey and mouth-watering flavor favorites, PB Crave spreads excitement with every bite.
We use high-quality ingredients, proven processes and cutting-edge innovation to craft dizzying blends of unique flavors that transform everyday taste into a tantalizing, healthy treat.
     I had the opportunity to sample this phenomenal peanut butter and I can say I am very impressed not only with the variety but they are smooth, chocolate-y  and full of peanut butter goodness. Each flavor has its own identity and uniqueness that can quench any person in need of a change from the everyday PB&J sandwich.
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     I have a 6yr old who could eat peanut butter everyday and the ability to review this product was right up his alley. When he saw me unpack the box he said "yay peanut butter, I want one." I let told him the difference between each one and let him choose the flavor he wanted. He chose:
PBcrave Coco Banana: CoCo Bananas: A tropical blend of yummy bananas, cocoa and wild honey made with only the finest peanuts raised at family farms.
He was very excited on the taste and texture. The flavor was sweet, had a nice banana flavoring and the chocolate reminded me of a chocolate covered banana. When the lid was removed it was a soft mix as to not disturb the flavor of product. 
This was my choice, as i do enjoy some good ol' cookie dough and chocolate yumm but to add peanut butter on a whole new level!! I did soft mix the jar because i wanted to have the complete taste...and this was really good.
Razzle Dazzle: A twisted blend of red raspberry, wild honey, cool white chocolate and rich dreamy darkness — this peanut butter offers a magical mix of deliciousness. I didnt really think I wanted a sandwich so I did choose to try it on a cracker. The flavor was sweet and the mix of chocolate and raspberries really has a unique taste and flavor and I have to say this is my favorite. The peanut butter really brings out the flavor of the fruit flavor kid as if you are using a jelly.(but i didnt).
and Finally....
Choco Choco: A delicious double dose of semi-sweet and rich dark chocolate with premium peanut butter and wild honey — it's decadence and delight in every bite.  This was my oldest sons favorite it is super chocolate-y and sweet kind of like eating a piece of candy.(I didnt get to have a picture as he ran out the door.) He takes a sack lunch for an afterschool program and the one item that is a staple is a sandwich and the only thing that can make it through the California heat is PB. So who better to sample this.. He appreciated the other flavors but this extra chocolate was his "thumbs up".
Check them out on FB or twitter.We are now available at Walmart Supercenters and Cost Plus World Market stores across the US and to have them find a store near them with our store locator at the bottom of our homepage on

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**I was lucky enough to be able to review for PBcrave the products that they offer. The product is as stated each is distinct. The product was packed well, was fresh and is easy to acquire(online or instore). The opinions in this review are my own some reviews may differ. I was not offered any compensation from the product besides having the ability to test in my home.**winner will be notified by email only**