Sunday, November 20, 2011

$250 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

I have a giveaway for a $250 American Express gift card on my Mommy Blog!! Be sure to check it out!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Junie B. Jones at the Emerald City Theater

Exposure to live theater is such a gift to give to a young child. Unfortunately, many theaters are extremely expensive and don't often cater to the young ones. Nor do they appreciate a shouted "Hi!" from your overly excited 3 year old who is IN LOVE with the character that just dashed across the stage.

The Emerald City Theatre in Chicago is a treasure to families with young ones because they DO cater to the youngest of theater-goers! With upcoming shows like Junie B. Jones and If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, you can rest assured that not only will your kids LIKE the performance, but will be welcomed with open arms. (Plus, they have the best snack bar: Fruit Chews! Kid Treats! And not for a ridiculous price!)
We'll be attending the Junie B. Jones show next week and can't wait to see one of our favorite book characters come to life! I hope you check them out for your own family!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Smilegram Review and Discount Code

Looking for a stocking stuffer for a young writer? Smilegram may just have what you are looking for...Full of fun and beautiful children's stationary, Smilegram Paper's store has something for everyone! I know that Corinne enjoyed her adorable set of "Allie's Ice Cream" stationary. With the smooth surfaces and large, dotted lines, it was perfect for her to help me write out her own birthday party invitations! There are tons of varieties (my favorite being the "Fun Jumpin Froggies") that are sure to make the young writer in your life smile. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Smilegram is offering you a discount of 20% off your purchase if you use the code: HOLIDAY good until December 15, 2011.

No Name Meats Giveaway and Review

You gotta give credit to a company that is so sure of its products' quality and value that they actually choose the name of "No Name" for its company's NAME!

As they say, "Amazing Taste: No Name needed."

I just love clever but simple advertising phrases.

Especially when they're right.

Their food IS good. My family was sent 2 coupons to try out chicken and/or steak for dinner one night. Sadly, our store didn't have the steak varieties, but we brought home 2 varieties of No Name's chicken and popped them in the oven. An hour later, and the house smelled divine! Everyone, including my picky eater, enjoyed the chicken. Moist but not gooey (Gooey=death for our finicky child), they were absolutely delicious!

No Name has offered up a great giveaway for one reader: Coupons for a free package of steak, a free package of chicken and $5 off of any additional product! No Name is available in most Jewel and Meijer stores, but you can check their local availability on their site.

Mandatory Entry:

~ You must follow No Name Premium Meat and Seafood on Facebook and comment on their site that you are there from Just Another Review Blog's giveaway.

Extra Entries:

~ Follow me on Twitter.
~Subscribe to my blog(s).
~ Tweet about this giveaway.
~ Link back about this giveaway on any social media site and leave a link back, please!

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!!!

Good luck! We'll pick the winner on Monday, November 28.

Comments are closed:

Winner is #11, Vicky! Congrats and thank you to everyone for entering!

2 New Xbox 360 controllers by Power A

Like most families with school-aged children, we have a video game system. A couple of systems, actually. Our favorite and most used is the Xbox 360. Why is it the favorite? I don't know for sure. The games are the best? The graphics? The set up of the system? All of the above, and more, actually.

One thing that SUCKED about our Xbox was the expensive wireless remote controls we owned. My children loved them, that's for sure. And so did my husband. After all, they could bounce around the room without worries about cords. Of course, that also led to the frustrated cries of "Where is the remote control?!?" and "Do we have any more rechargeable batteries with juice left?!? I'm in the middle of a game and my batteries died!!!" Oh, the agony. Especially for ME, because they always managed to steal MY rechargeable batteries that I keep juiced up for my camera! Needless to say, my camera was often lacking enough energy to actually TAKE the pictures I wanted to take.

Much swearing occurred.

Remote controls were routinely taken away as punishment for Mom's inability to capture the candles being blown out or the first bike being ridden.

That is alllll over, my friends. I was recently sent 2 remote controls by PowerA for our Xbox 360 to review. They have tons of fabulous features, but for me, the best one is that we are CORDED AGAIN. No batteries have been needed and no remotes have been lost.

I imagine this is what Nirvana would be like. Except I would be alone and there wouldn't be any children or video games. Hmmm...

These are PERFECT for Christmas.
The first is the Air Flo Controller for the Xbox 360 which has a built-in 2-speed cooling fan. Yep. You heard me right. It has AIR CONDITIONING FOR YOUR HANDS. No sweaty controllers!! (I think that this feature needs to be installed on exercise equipment at all fitness centers!) It also sports a softer grip and ergonomics but really, for my middle child and husband (who like this new one the best), it's all about the cool hands. It retails for about $39.99.
The second is the Mini Pro EX Controller. It's less expensive at $29.99 and features a smaller, tighter design. It's great for smaller hands (like my 6 year old daughter's) and is just a slightly different shape than the traditional controllers we owned (making this one my 12 year old's favorite controller). Also? It GLOWS if you turn on a special button. A glowing remote = Awesome for the under 18 crowd.

Pump It Up Giveaway!

My kids all love the movie Happy Feet and are starting to get pumped up over the release of the new movie, Happy Feet 2. So it was with a huge smile that I happily agreed to review the freshly released video game, "Happy Feet Two" for our Wii. The makers of Happy Feet have teamed up with the indoor play areas known as Pump It Up to bring an AWESOME contest to all of you!

Simply by posting a video on their Facebook page (about 30 seconds to 3 minutes) of your rendition of what having "happy feet" means to you, you will be entered to win an entertainment center/flat screen tv/video game console/video games, etc. There will be 8 winners of varying prizes!

Visit Pump It Up Party on Facebook to enter today. Hurry! The Contest ends on December 18!

*Certain rules and restrictions apply. Be sure to read all of the official rules for FULL details.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Eden Loves Bloggers

Eden Cafe

Have you heard about the program offered by Eden Fantasys for bloggers? You can work with Eden Fantasys in many ways to earn money and products. Choose to advertise on your sidebar, review products on a monthly basis, or on an affiliate basis.

Their qualifications are simple: update regularly on a blog that is at least 3 months old and they want to talk to you. Very few companies are so open about their requirements.

Hope you check their site out and give it a thought!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Legoland Discovery Center - Holly Jolly Holidays and Advent Giveaway!

Ever since Justin was old enough to hold a Duplo block in each hand, my family has been building with Legos. We currently contain 95% of them in the boys' room in buckets, on shelves and under dirty laundry, but there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not stepping on a random dot or rescuing a mini figure from underneath the kitchen table. So it stands to reason that my children all truly enjoy the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL.

As Christmas approaches, Legoland is decking their halls with a life-sized Lego Santa, various holiday games and wintry lego creations to build in the Lego Workshops. I can't wait to see how the venue gets decorated!

WHEN: December 9 to January 1

Doors open at 12 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 10 a.m. Sat. – Sun.

Holiday hours begin Dec. 17 with doors opening at 10 a.m. Mon. – Sun.

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Streets of Woodfield

601 N. Martingale Rd.

Schaumburg, Ill.

Legoland Discovery Center has generously offered a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar set for one lucky reader! Follow the directions below and good luck. We'll pick the winner on Monday, November 21.

Mandatory Entry: Like Legoland Discovery Center on Facebook

Extra entries:

~ Comment! Tell me what your favorite Lego memory is!

~ Follow me on Twitter

~ Subscribe to any of my blogs

~ Tweet about this giveaway and link back (once a day, please)

Good luck!!

Comments are closed:

Winner is #14.... Sabrina! Congrats and thanks to all for entering!

*disclaimer: I was given the Advent product and also tickets to Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for a review but all opinions remain my own.

Tenzi Review and Giveaway

As many of you know, I homeschool my 3 children. During the days, we do varied activities to encourage different thinking skills. One new game we've been playing is a dice game called Tenzi that I received as a review. Tenzi is one of those games that is fun because of its simplicity in instructions and game play. The entire family can play it (even the 6 year old) and the entire family has fun while doing so.

With several ways to play, the basis of the game revolves around each player rolling ten dice to achieve a goal. The goals can be to roll the same number on all of your dice before everyone else or to roll collections of certain numbers. It encourages my kids to think quickly, recognize the numbers in dot form and to manipulate their fingers and hands on something other than a video game remote... We've even gone so far as to design our own games that include quick adding and patterns within the different dice colors.

At $14.95, Tenzi may be that extra present you need for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.

Want to win your own Tenzi game in time for Christmas? Then follow the directions below and Good luck! We'll draw the lucky winner on Monday, Nov 21!

To Enter:

MANDATORY: Like Tenzi on Facebook.

Extra entries:

~ Follow me on Twitter

~ Subscribe to my blog(s)

~ Tweet about this giveaway and link back (once a day)

Good luck!

*I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.