February 28, 2009

Smart Shopper Review and Giveaway

One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to make a list of needed items, and stick to the list. But frequently when I am ready to go to the store, I forget to write down some of my needed items. I really needed something to record my items as I think of them or see that I need them.

I was excited that I got to review a smart shopper as seen on Rachael Ray. SmartShopper is a convenient way to keep track of your errands and groceries. You can add items to your shopping list by simply speaking into SmartShopper’s microphone. Using the easy-to-read LED display, you can edit list entries and customize your SmartShopper. As you enter items into your grocery shopping list organizer, they will be sorted based on categories such as “Fresh Produce”, “Dairy” or “Errands” so when you’re ready to hit the print button, SmartShopper will have already simplified your shopping trip for you.

Smart Shopper features:

State-of-the-art voice recognition
2500 Pre-loaded items
Built-in printer requires no ink cartridges
Intuitive interface
Uses four standard AA batteries
Built-in magnets for attaching to refrigerator
Includes 3 paper rolls, wall mounting kit, item booklet, and instructions

I found it easy to use. I just put in the batteries, and it was ready to go. It had most things in the pre-loaded item list. I had to change the name on some things such as "Mountain Dew" to "soft drinks". But they included a master list of pre-loaded items, so it was easy.

I also like the feature of errands such as "bank", "car repair", "beauty shop", and "pay bills". I like to do my errands all in one trip if possible, and this will really help.

"Say it, print it, go get it."

You can puchase one online at Smart Shopper USA.

The people at Smart Shopper USA sent another smart shopper to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter go to the smart shopper site and watch the demo then come back here and tell me you did. This is on the honor system. If for some reason you can't see the demo on your computer, then tell me something else about the smart shopper. This must be done before the other entries will count. Please, make sure your email is in your profile or leave it in your comment.

Bonus entries:

1. follow my blog

2. subscribe to my blog

3. tweet about the contest and leave a link or your twitter ID.

4. fave me on technorati
The buttons for those are on the top right. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM 3/11/09.

Kernal Seasons Review

We are trying to eat more healthy foods. Snack foods are some of the biggest challenges to healthy eating. Popcorn, a whole grain food that's low in calories, is a great snack food that's economical and also fun to eat. Popcorn is one of the best snack foods around. It's low in calories and high in fiber.

We had been eating microwave popcorn, but unfortunately it is loaded with fat. I recently found a great company called Kernel Season's. They sent me a very generous selection of their products for review. They sell a variety of popcorn products including a large variety of popcorn seasonings, popcorn, and popcorn spritzer. Their slogan is "No More Naked Popcorn!"

The available flavors are:

The popcorn and seasonings are delish! My favorite flavor is apple cinnamon. Mmmm. The butter flavored Spritzer tasted good and helped the seasonings to stick. Their popcorn is advertised as "nearly hull-less", and I would agree. I loved their products, and my kids loved them too.

They are having a special for Donna's World readers. You can receive a 1lb popcorn pouch and 1 can of Spritzer free with any order. Use the following online coupon code:


They are available online at http://www.kernelseasons.com/ and at a variety of stores such as Target, Walmart, Kmart, and Schnucks.

February 27, 2009

Time to Play Family Game Night

Did you have a favorite game when you were a child? Do your children have a favorite game? I like Monopoly and Yahtzee. Do you have a family game night with your children? I haven't done that routinely, but I think it is a good idea. It is a good way to connect with your children.

"Time to Play Mag, found at http://TimeToPlayMag.com, provides parents and gift givers with all of the information and resources they need to find high-quality, age appropriate toys and entertainment for their families. With toy reviews and recommendations, hot toy lists, product finders, and great blog posts from experts, Time to Play Mag is one of the most frequently visited, family friendly websites on the web.
Their new feature, Family Game Night, highlights the importance of finding affordable yet meaningful ways to spend time with your family.

Join us this Friday, Feb. 27th as we officially kick off the return of Family Game Night with a SiteWarming Party for Time to Play." It is from 8-9 pm CST. If you can attend the online party tonight on twitter, click here for more information. I really enjoy the online twitter parties. If you can, come and join us.

February 26, 2009

Skin MD Review

I received a sample of Skin MD shielding lotion recently. According to Dr. Brian Zoggboard, certified dermatologist, in Albert Lea, Minnesota this is how it works:

"Shielding Lotions are a new type of skin care product based on years of research into how skin heals. They form a protective shield with the outer layer of skin and help keep out irritants. They allow the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better and they're light in texture so they go on without a greasy mess. Your skin needs help to keep out these moisture-robbing irritants.A fundamental difference between Shielding Lotions and traditional skin care lotions is that Shielding Lotions enhance the skin's own natural protective abilities by turning the outer layer of skin into what could be described as a hydrating invisible shield making them many times more effective than mere protective lotions and moisturizing creams."

  • No animal products or testing
  • Fragrance and colorant free
  • Dermatology tested
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben free

I frequently wash my hands at work, so they get very dry especially in the winter. With one application of Skin MD shielding lotion, my hands were soft and well moisturized. The moisture lasted even after washing my hands, and they were not greasy. I would highly recommend this product for anyone with dry skin.

On their website is search feature to see where you can buy it locally. In my area it is available at several Walgreens and CVS stores. To learn more click here.

February 22, 2009

Do You Have a Shedder?

Do you own a cat or a dog that sheds? We have a black lab named Chance. He is a great dog, but he sheds everywhere!

There is a contest to show off your shedder. It is sponsored by SC Johnson and The Parent Bloggers Network. SC johnson has a new product called Pledge™ Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair that I really need.

Big Bang Mini Review

We were selected to review a new game for Nintendo DS called big Bang Mini produced by SouthPeak Games. My kids really love it.

In Big Bang Mini the objective is to destroy wave upon wave of enemies which in turn lights up the night sky with bursts of colorful fireworks. Dodge enemy fire and debris while collecting stars using the stylus.

There is a tutorial where you can learn the basics of the game. Arcade is the main mode in Big Bang Mini, and features over 90 levels across 9 different worlds. In Challenge Mode you have one life to begin with, the player has to stay alive long enough to complete the Challenge Mode and attain the highest score possible. In Verses two players can face off using just one game cartridge and you can choose between three arenas. You can pick your favorite song for your alarm clock.

I want to thank SouthPeak Games for the opportunity to review this fun game. For more info click here. It is avaiable in many stores or you can get it online.

February 21, 2009

Are you a mom of the Revolution?

Getting kids to eat healthy, nutritious foods can be a struggle. I know that I frequently have to encourage my children to eat good foods and less "junk".

KIWI Magazine and Revolution Foods are having a contest to encourage better eating at school.

"5 Moms will be selected to be featured in KIWI Magazine, receive a free KIWI subscription, and a one year supply of healthy lunchbox snacks for their family. One of the 5 Moms will win the GRAND PRIZE of $3,000 in cash to help fund their own healthy School Lunch Revolution."

Are You (or someone you know) a Mom of the Revolution? Click one of the links to learn more and enter.

Entries must be received by May 30, 2009.

Birthday Bash Giveaway

Vanessa at I Never Grew Up is haveing a great group of giveaways worth $1200! It looks like they expire February 28th at 7pm (MST). Click here to check them out.

February 20, 2009

Back to Blogging

Hello everyone.
I haven't been blogging much lately, but I am back. I have alot of giveaways coming up, so stay tuned! I love to visit other blogs, and I usually collect their blog button. But I had too many, so I moved them to a new blog called Great Blogs. You can check out all of the great blog buttons over there. Don't forget to visit several of the blogs. Have fun!

February 16, 2009

Mamalicious Monday

Heather at The Gift Closet started a new idea about posting anything mom related on Mondays. She calls it "Mamalicious Monday". You can click here to learn all about it.

My post is about cooking healthy meals. I recently purchased a book called Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month.
I am just getting started reading it, but I think it is a great idea. If I cook several healthy meals for my family and freeze them, then they will be available to be quickly heated and served. That would really help on those busy days and when I have to work. Also by cooking my own meals, I can be assured that there are not alot of added preservatives, so it will be alot healthier. If you are interested, check it out.

February 15, 2009

My Lily Eden 7 Days of Giveaways

My Lily Eden is having 7 days of giveaways. There are some nice things to be won. See the links to enter.
Day 1 Ends 2/19.
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4 Ends 2/19.
Day 5
Day 6 Ends 2/19
Day 7
I think they all end 2/19, but some don't have end dates listed.

February 14, 2009

Custom Blog Designs Giveaway

Diana of Custom Blog Designs is having a great giveaway of a blog makeover. I really want this! Her designs are so cute! Click here to check them out. You can enter to win also. Ends 2/21.

Also Southern Girl Blog Designs is giveing a blog makeover at The Down's Gang. Click here to enter. Ends 2/16.

February 13, 2009

Free Year of Maid Service

The people at bidmycleaning.com are having at giveaway of free maid service for a year. Click here to enter. Ends 2/13. Wish me luck. :)

February 12, 2009

More Giveaways

Pajama Mommy is giving away one tube of Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, and Cetaphil DailyAdvance. Click here to enter. Ends 2/13.

Aunt Pam's Closet is having a Sydney Andrews jewelry giveaway. They look cute . Click here to enter. Ends 2/13.

Mom's Most Wanted is having a great Chicbuds giveaway. Click here to enter.
Ends 2/19.

Enter to win a classic Baby Moses Basket from Hoohobbers. Just visit our friend and mommy blogger Cat at 3 Kids and Us to win with more great giveaways all February long. Ends 2/24.

Heathens Hearth is having a "Everything But the Bathtub" Giveaway! They have a variety of bath products. Click here to enter. Ends 2/23.

Sunglass Warehouse is giving away free vacations. Click here to enter. Ends 2/16.
Check these out!

February 11, 2009

Baskin-Robbins Valentine’s Day cakes

I just found out that Baskin-Robbins has Valentines Day cakes. "Sweep them off their feet with our delicious Valentine's Day Cakes. Our adorable "Be Mine" Mini Valentine Cake and Sweetheart Cake are a classic way to delight your Valentine. Or, serve our decadent Chocolate Indulgence Cake, the romantic and indulgently sinful chocolate delight that's sure to please. No matter what you choose, they're beautifully decorated and a tasty way to dish up a fun and scrumptious Valentine's Day."

Sweetheart Cake
Share the love this Valentine's Day with our Sweetheart Cake decorated with adorable mini red icing hearts, a large red chocolate piece and a single rose. 1/4 Round serves up to 4.

"Be Mine" Mini Valentine Cake
Make any dinner more romantic with this tasty treat. This charming cake is adorned with hearts creating a beautiful and touching dessert. 1/6 Sheet serves up to 4.

Chocolate Indulgence Cake
You're sure to capture their heart with our chocolate frosted cake with a chocolate fudge border, topped with creamy rosettes and chocolate triangle pieces. So, go on, indulge them.
9" Round serves up to 16.

I really want one. Thanks to twitter moms I have a chance to win one. They look delish! Click here to check themout.

February 8, 2009

isABelt and Let's Get Ready book winners

Thank you for all of the entries. Welcome to my new subscribers and followers.

Bakersdozen won the isABelt Giveaway.
TXsunlover won the Lets Get Ready Books Giveaway.
The winners were chosen on random.org.

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I could purchase this at Rebel in Newport Beach. I would want a medium.

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I subscribe to your feed!

February 7, 2009

Adam A. Palmer Photography

Adam A. Palmer has some wonderful photgraphic prints available on his site. I love the Waimea Crashing Wave at Sunset photo. The colors are very pretty. Click here to check them out.

February 5, 2009

More Giveaways on Other Blogs

Enter to win funky and fresh reversible receiving blanket from Little Miss Matched. Just visit our friend and mommy blogger Cat at 3 Kids and Us to win with more great giveaways all February long. Click here to enter. Expires 2/24 9am.

Enter to win a set of luxury baby wipe cloths from Bummas. Just visit our friend and mommy blogger Cat at 3 Kids and Us to win with more great giveaways all February long. Click here to enter. Expires 2/24 9am.

Little People Wealth is having a giveaway from Lil' Outlaws. You could win:
1) A package of soap (2 bars)
2) Pail pardner/Rump solution (custom scented)
3) Diaper safe detergent (custom scented)
Click here to enter. Ends 2/10 evening.

MarieLynn Boutique is having a giveaway of your favorite MLB product. Click here to enter. Ends 2/13.