Monday, June 29, 2009

Funky Monkey giveaway!

The winner is... LuvnLife00! Congrats! I'll email you today!

I'm always looking for snacks for my kids. New things that they will actually EAT and that, hopefully, aren't completely filled with sugar or garbage. Also, to put it delicately, one of my children (who shall remain nameless but is old enough to be past this stage) is extremely, um, finicky.


So, for him to actually try this snack and even like it? Pretty darn cool.

Funky Monkey sent us 4 different types of freeze dried, organic fruit. No sugar, no extra stuff. Just FRUIT! My picky kids liked 3 out of those 4! Jive-a-Lime, Purple Funk, Bananamon and Carnaval Mix. (I have to agree with them. The Carnaval Mix was not so yummy... But I may have hoarded the second bag of Jive-a-Lime for myself, and eaten it after they were asleep... Shhh.)
Well, except for her. She likes everything. Such a joy to feed!
Holy cow! I actually like it!

The folks at Funky Monkey are hoping you'll like their healthy snacks, too. Enter your name below for a chance to sample their 4 different treats. (Of course, if you don't win, you can find Funky Monkey at several stores found across the U.S.)

Extra entries for:

~ tweeting this giveaway
~ posting on your site
~ subscribing to my sites

I'll draw the winner on Friday, July 10

Good luck!

*Disclaimer: Of COURSE I am writing this because the company gave me the products to review. But I will always post my own personal, honest opinion about everything I review. And, if they pay me moola in addition? I'll let ya know. Carry on...


The Winner is Laanykidsmom! Congrats!

Day camp was fun.

Nothing like writing that cuts to the chase, right?
The weather was actually tolerable, in comparison to this week! (currently, at 8:30 am, it is 82 F which is cool and easy breezy compared to the 102 craziness of yesterday.) We had a couple of rainy days and a couple of hot days. None of them were so hot or so rainy that camp was cancelled, which, in my opinion, means "good weather." (this is what my blog has become? A lengthy discussion of the weather? shakes head in defeat...)

However, it WAS still June, and we did get some really warm days. There were water stations at every new activity for the boys to refill their water bottles, and thank God, because not all of them were actually drinking their water. As the day warmed up, so did the water bottles. Who wants to drink warm water?

Ha HA! I was drinking COLD water, THANK YOU! I was testing out some stainless steel water bottles from New Wave Enviro. Now, I know that "keeping the water colder" isn't a trait that the company posts or claims on their website. But, from personal experience? It DID.

We got to try the 40 oz, 12 oz and .6 liter bottles in the stainless steel collection. My only gripe? That the .6 couldn't use the mouthpiece for drinking out of the bottle. The 12 oz was just too tiny for one person for an entire day, and the 40 oz was way too big for Justin to carry around (but we shared it on our days we walked together). And giving a kid a bottle to drink water from that they take the lid OFF of? Not a good choice. However, they do have a 1 liter stainless steel that adapts to the pop-up sports caps. I think that would have been the best choice for a single person on a hot day.

My husband has even taken to bringing the 40 oz one to work on the hot dock. Anything that keeps him cooler and hydrated is my kind of product.

I hate using plastic bottles and try not to purchase any (though they still find their way into my house. I'm still scratching my head over that one). For those of you who "know" your environmental stuff, these stainless steel bottles don't have the lining that you're supposed to watch out for. Which, well, I'm glad! Because I didn't know I was "supposed" to watch for anything!

New Wave Enviro has offered the same water bottles for one lucky reader to win! Simply enter in the comments, and I'll pick the winner on Friday, July 10.

Extra entries for:

~ tweeting about this giveaway
~ posting on your site
~ subscribing to any of my sites.

*Disclaimer: Of COURSE I am writing this because the company gave me the products to review. But I will always post my own personal, honest opinion about everything I review. And, if they pay me moola in addition? I'll let ya know. Carry on...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Whole New Show...

Winner is, well, TONYA of course! Geesh! I don't have a very large Chicago following, do I ?

If you're a fan of all things Disney (as we are) you won't want to miss this opportunity!

1 lucky family will win 4 tickets to the opening week (July 1-11) of the live musical rendition of Aladdin! (if your family is bigger than 4, enter anyway. We'll work it out. I promise!).

From July 1 to August 30, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier will be performing one of my favorite Disney shows. I know my youngest will particularly love this show. This year, her favorite toy? Jasmine. I kid you not! How perfect to be offered the chance to attend!

All you have to do to win?

Comment below!

Extra entries?

1. post about this giveaway on your own blog.
2. tweet about this giveaway.
3. subscribe to this blog.

And for those of you who are interested, but don't win the tickets, the theater has offered a promotional discount code for any readers of Just Another Mommy Blog/Review Blog.

Simply go to and enter the promo code of MOMMY for $5 off your tickets!

I'll pick the winner on Thursday, June 25!

Scrunchbump winner!

Having some technical difficulties with Blogger. Sorry that the giveaway is ending a day late, but that's just how it rolls sometimes!

I'll try to upload the cute video again, but for now, suffice it to say that Evan drew the winner of the Scrunchbump giveaway and the winner is...


Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it. I can't get in touch with you via your blog as it's private and you didn't leave an email! Please contact me by Friday the 26, or I'll have to pick another winner...

Thanks for playing!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Scrunchbump giveaway!

I was contacted by Priscilla from Scrunchbump (see the ad over in my sidebar!) to do a review and giveaway of her uniquely designed shirt/dress. Since I wasn't pregnant, I directed her to fellow blogger, Dana, who is expecting baby boy #6! Scrunchbump's signature pieces are maternity tops that double as a dress both during and after pregnancy. I had no idea it would look so fabulous on a person AFTER having a baby, but as you can see on Dana's post, it looks beautiful on both her and her non-pregnant sister. Check them out...

This is not just for those who are expecting, obviously! Anyone who wants to win a Scrunchbump top can by commenting below.

3 entries:

~ comment
~ tweet or post on your blog
~ subscribe to my blog

I'll pick the winner on Friday, June 19.

Good luck!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Just Another First Post...

Ok, folks. The time has come to have a blog dedicated to reviews and giveaways ONLY! I love to do them, but can't post about only reviews and free stuff!! I NEED to talk about me. That's what the title of my original blog means, after all!

So, expect to see lots of good stuff here, linked from my other sites, Just Another Mommy Blog and Just Another Homeschool Blog (It's nice to have a theme, isn't it?).