VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Giveaway

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With Christmas around the corner come enter this awesome giveaway. VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Giveaway

VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops Giveaway

Sponsored By:

Vtech

Hosted by

NYSavingSpecials

Co-hosted by:

Simply Sherryl, Barbara’s Beat and The Mixing Bowl

One lucky winner will win

a

Switch & Go Dinos Turbo – Bronco the RC Triceratops

Value $44.99

US residents Only

All entries are optional – The more entries done, more changes to win!!

Good Luck

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Disclaimer: Vtech is responsible for prize.

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Love Monster Children’s Book Review

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Love Monster Children's Book Review I was recently given the opportunity to review the Love Monster and the Perfect Present by Rachel Bright. My son has recently  gotten into the habit of reading books at night and I thought this would be a great story.

So after dinner and bath time, we snuggled on the couch to read our new book. He loved it! He kept pointing at the monsters  and called them babies.

Love Monster and the Perfect Present is beautifully illustrated and offers an underlining life lesson.

This has since become his favorite bedtime story, as well as mine. I love reading books that not only keep the attention of my toddle; but also help shape the person he will become.

Everyone in Cutesville is excited for the most special day of the year. Present Day! Love Monster goes on the hunt for the most  wonderful, shinyful gift for his special someone. But as it turns out, wonderful, shinyful things are very expensive.

Can you guess what happens next? Check out this amazing book to find out!

 

 

About the Arthur

Rachel Bright is a wordsmith, printmaker, and thinker of happy thoughts. The author-illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, she is passionate about time-honored printmaking techniques. She works from her converted caravan studio, on a farm near the sea in the south of England, where she lives with her partner, a dog called Elvis, and a cat called Superman. You can visit her at lookonthebrightside.co.uk.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Available October 14, 2014
Hardcover Picture Book | Ages 2-4 / Grades P-K | 40 pages | $17.99

 

“A winning picture book.” —The Wall Street Journal on Love Monster

 
I received this product from the sponsor for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Amazing Learning Apps for Toddlers

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I recently came across these amazing Learning Apps for toddlers! My son already loves to play with phone, so why not give him a tool to learn while he plays.

 

Amazing Learning Apps for Toddlers - Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games free for toddlerPreschool and Kindergarten learning kids games free for toddler
By Kids Academy Co apps: Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games, Educational Books, Free Songs

I downloaded this app to provide educational learning for my toddler while he plays with my phone. Before giving him the chance, I played a few games to see what it was like. The games are way to play and will definitely help him learn.

Download this app from iTunes for FREE. 

 

Amazing Learning Apps for Toddlers - ABCs alphabet phonics & Montessori
ABCs alphabet phonics & Montessori learn to read app for toddler
By Kids Academy Co apps: Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games, Educational Books, Free Songs

My little man has just turned 2 if I can help him to get ready for Preschool, I will. This app provides colorful and entertaining methods for learning to write. My son was eager to play this game after he heard the songs that played and saw the rhyming maze section.

Download this app from iTunes for FREE

 

Amazing Learning Apps for Toddlers - Bingo ABCs
Bingo ABCs alphabet phonics song with farm animals cards for toddler free
By Kids Academy Co apps: Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games, Educational Books, Free Songs

How fun can learning your ABC’s while singing be? Way too much. This app provide more learning for younger kids along with a fun song a long platform. My son loves puppies so this keeps his attention while teaching him the needed skills for preschool.

Download this app from iTunes FREE.
 

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Home is Where the Heat is Giveaway

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I love summer! That being said I am not a fan of winter. Yes the snow if pretty, but I do not like being cold and I hate cleaning up slushy, dirty messes through out the house. I guess it’s a good thing I no longer in a place where it is winter 6 months out of the year!

5 Tips to SAVE the HEAT in your home

  • Add a piece of weather-stripping around your door frames
  • Caulk your windows and baseboards
  • Insulate the eater heater and ducts, remember to change filters at this time
  • Add a door sweep to rooms that are not used as much
  • Find a “smart” thermostat and replace the old low tech one

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A Lucky Ladybug

and 

Make Our Own Network

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Monica’s Rants, Raves, and ReviewsLogan Portable Infrared Quartz Heater is the perfect heating solution for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchen areas, basements, and craft rooms. Plug this electric heater into your wall outlet and immediately enjoy the warmth. Its heat exchanger combines with the humidity in the room to provide soft, moist, safe heat without reducing oxygen or humidity.

  • Supplemental heating up to 1000 sq. ft.
  • Balanced heat keeps the temperature difference between floor and ceiling within 2 to 3 degrees
  • Fine Furniture Finish with castors
  • Color: Walnut
  • Thermostat controls room temperature
  • Air purifying function through high efficiency lifetime filter
  • LED display – Display’s Ambient Temperature
  • Remote control (2 AAA batteries included)
The Home is Where the Heat is Giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on November 12th, 2014.  Good Luck!!

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Healthy Holiday Treats Giveaway

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As the holiday season approaches, we find ourselves wanting to eat all the cakes, cookies and candies but don’t want the weight gain.
Did you know there are healthy treats that you can eat without the pounds piling on? How does Mascarpone with Raspberry and Pineapple sound as a Healthy Holiday Treat?

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets phyllo dough (or 12 store bought phyllo cups)
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pineapple, canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup raspberry yogurt
  • Small block chocolate, for garnish
  • Special equipment: 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter, mini muffin tin

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds and press them into the mini muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, combine the mascarpone, pineapple, and raspberry yogurt in a small bowl and stir to combine. Spoon the mascarpone mixture into the phyllo cups. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some chocolate onto the top of the mascarpone mixture and serve.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

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Fresh juice from the Platino Plus is an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that the body needs. Fresh sorbet from the Platino Plus contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

  • The Platino Plus uses a 2-step process in which juice is extracted twice before it enters your glass
  • The same 2-step process is used to grind frozen fruits twice into a creamy sorbet
  • The Platino Plus precisely squeezes the fruit without shredding or chopping it, giving you more juice in your glass
The Healthy Holiday Treats Giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on November 11th, 2014.  Good Luck!!

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5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

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My 9 year old is very active in after school sports, student council and playing with his friends; sometimes a chore list is last thing on his mind. Not that I don’t blame him, I have a full time job and 2 other children so I can honestly say that even my chores are skipped on occasion. These 5 tips are great and I will surely be putting them in motion. Giving reward points for completing chores is also a great idea, reminds me of a vacation destination loyalty program.

5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores 5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

By: Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com

  1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to deliver results when it comes to chores? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see jobs that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow and positive notes from mom and dad.
  2. Let Kids Work To Support A Special Charity They Select … Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing their chores, part of the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
  3. Parents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation … Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
  4. Connect Chores with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time … Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
  5. Allow Overtime … Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could do beyond regular chores, if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.

 

About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com

Gregg’s bio:

As the Chief Executive Officer of My Job Chart, Murset has committed the last four years to building the largest online community and fastest growing website teaching kids about work ethic and making smart money decisions.

MJC was born from real life experience. Murset is a father of six children (ages 6 to 16) and needed a way to teach them about earning, saving and spending money. With no system available for a family with a large range in ages, Murset came up with the idea to combine modern technology with the traditional allowance system to teach responsibility, accountability and the fundamentals of financial literacy.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

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This fall, enjoy a taste of the Hamptons with the below recipe from South Fork & Spoon food concierge service. South Fork & Spoon and ANGO farm-to-fork catering have teamed up to create an incredible, vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe using healthy & delicious ingredients like Grapeseed oil, wild rice, kale and more!

And if you’re out East in the Hamptons, South Fork & Spoon has partnered with ANGO to make this Thanksgiving as seamless as ever – providing a meal that’s local, organic, and delivered right to your front door (in casserole dishes, never aluminum!). South Fork & Spoon will set the table, place flowers around the home, select the wine & alcohol, and drop off an incredible farm-to–fork menu created by Ango. Lexi Stolz, founder of South Fork & Spoon,  takes all of the stress and planning out of Thanksgiving, so families and friends can enjoy each other without any distractions.

You can read more about the amazing Thanksgiving delivery options here: http://www.southforkandspoon.com/#!the-aristocrat/c1h05

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe from South Fork & Spoon + Ango 

Yields:  8 servings

Ingredients Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

4 Acorn Squash, ideally 1-2 lbs each, halved lengthwise and seeds removed

5 teaspoons or more to taste, Salt

2 teaspoons, Ground Black Pepper

2 cups wild rice

3 oz Grapeseed oil

1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

1 Tablespoons minced garlic

2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)

4 cups cleaned and rough chopped kale

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons chiffonade ( cut like ribbons) mint leaves

Equipment

  • Medium sized pot
  • Fine meshed strainer
  • Baking sheet
  • Pepper mill
  • Sauté pan
  • Spatula
  • Large Bowl

Directions

1)     Pre heat the oven to 475

2)      In fine meshed strainer, place rice and run under cold water until clean.

3)     In medium sized pot, add rice + 2 t of salt + 4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil on high heat.  Once boiling, reduce heat until rice is simmering.  Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked.  (Note: rice can be cooked up to two days in advance)

4)     On baking sheet, place squash flesh side up and rub with 1 oz  grapeseed oil + 2 t of salt + fresh ground pepper.   Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tender.  Use a fork to test for tenderness.

5)     In a separate sauté pan heat 1 oz grapeseed oil on medium-high heat.  Add shiitake mushrooms + garlic + 1Ž2 t of salt and sauté until mushrooms are cooked but not browned.  Remove from heat and place in large bowl.

6)     In the same sauté pan used for the mushrooms, heat 1 oz of grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add kale + 1Ž2 t of salt and cook quickly using tongs or a spatula.  Keep the kale moving so it doesn’t brown.  Once wilted, remove and place in bowl with shiitake mushrooms.

7)     In bowl, add cooked wild rice + sesame seeds and mix together.

8)     Taste rice mixture and season accordingly

9)     Fill the cooked squash halves with the rice mixture. Garnish with mint

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