Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Moana Saves Great Giveaways

Ok,I LOVE giveaway linkys on other blogs so I decided that having a Wednesday giveaway linky would be a GREAT meme for us here at MS. Add your giveaways below,peeps,and we would love for you to leave a comment after adding your giveaways as

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Moana Saves Great Giveaways

Ok,I LOVE giveaway linkys on other blogs so I decided that having a Wednesday giveaway linky would be a GREAT meme for us here at MS. Add your giveaways below,peeps,and we would love for you to leave a comment after adding your giveaways as

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Baby Bedding Zone, A Review




When having a baby, bedding for the wee one always seems to be the last thing on my mind…until I need it!
With my first, my mom called me when I was 7 months pregnant and asked me if I had a crib and bedding set already picked out.
It surprised her to hear me say that I would worry about it when the baby came, because really, the baby needs a place to sleep as soon as you get him home!
(I was naïve.) Anyway, now that I have more kids, I’ve learned the importance of being prepared.
And it appears that Baby Bedding Zone is here to help! I’m impressed with their website which boasts a clean design as well as user friendly categories and pictures to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Baby Bedding Zone has stock of over two-dozen designers including JoJo, Trend Lab, and Cotton Tale Designs.
You can search for bedding by gender, brand, pattern, color, or make of fabric! They have TONS to choose from including solids, modern prints, vintage (woo hoo!), and themed fabrics.
They offer crib sets with anywhere from 4-11 pieces each, as well as separate crib sheets, toddler bedding and blankets, and kids bedding in twin and queen sizes. It’s a pretty impressive collection!

Seeing as I just had a sweet little baby boy, I’m into searching the baby boy bedding collections. These sets of airplane crib bedding are adorable, and would definitely be keepsakes. Other favorites are this one, and this one… there are so many it’s hard to choose!
Baby Bedding Zone was founded by Laura Abro, who is also a full time mom to two kids. (So she knows what she’s talking about!)
And all of the bedding is high quality and slashed in price by quite a bit, so you’re really getting a bargain.
Baby Bedding Zone is a secure site, and they offer free shipping on orders over $99, a 110% price match guarantee, and a 365-day return policy.  
I wish I knew about Baby Bedding Zone when I had my first!







*This is a sponsored post. Any and all opinions here are mine.

Orb Factory SparkleUps Cupcakes: A Review

If you have a little princess at home (or two or three, like me), then I'm sure you know the absolute necessity for all things glitter, shine and SPARKLE. My girls can never (seriously, NEVER) get enough when it comes to sparkly wonders, especially when it involves any kind of craftiness. Orb Factory's new SparkleUps line is the perfect combination of both... and a practically no-mess craft for you moms that are tired of the bits and pieces many sparkly crafts can leave behind. SparkleUps are jewel-by-number stickers that allow your child to place self-adhesive jewels on super cute graphics in one of the following themes: Cupcakes, Unicorns or Butterflies. After the jewels are all in place, your child can peel off the bejeweled sticker and place it anywhere from her boots (like my oldest Princess did) to her mirror (like my 4 year-old did) to her folder, anywhere a sticker will stick.

I love SparkleUps Cupcakes! I'm a pretty crafty mom and love to do crafts with my girls. But, sometimes they are discouraged when their end products don't really measure up to mine (in THEIR eyes). While I try to convince them that their creations are unique and beautiful and that practice makes perfect, they are sometimes still discouraged. But, when we all did SparkleUps together, they were so excited, especially because their end product was exactly like mine... perfect! My 4 year-old was beside herself with the sparkling cupcake that she had created. They really are extremely cute and sparkly. Even my husband was impressed with their cuteness factor. My daughter asked, "We can't eat these, right? Even though they look very delicious, we can't eat them, right?" Yes, they're THAT cool!

The Orb Factory offers other great stick-by-number crafts like Sticky Mosaics and Stick 'n Style Jewelry. They even have a new Sticky Mosaics Butterflies iPad App. Check out all their great products here.

You can buy SparkleUps Cupcakes on the Orb Factory website for just $9.99!


WIN:
You can win a SparkleUps Cupcakes of your very own from The Orb Factory! For your mandatory entry, become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar). This is the mandatory entry for this giveaway and must be done before all of the additional entries.

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Follow
Moana Saves on Twitter.
4. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win SparkleUps Cupcakes from @theorbfactory and @moanasaves ends 6/6 http://bit.ly/jCtwsW
5. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
6. Like the Moana Saves Facebook page.

Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on Monday 6/6 at 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a sparkly product sample to facilitate my review. Any and all opinions here are my own.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I thought we had disappeared . . .

but we're still here!  We are in the process of becoming a self-hosted Word Press blog (WOOT!).  The reason why the moanasaves URL doesn't work is because that domain has been transferred from this blog to the new blog host.  Next, the blog will follow!  But, in the meantime, if you miss your daily dose of us, check us out at this blogspot address.

We will try to finish out our current giveaways and post new reviews and giveaways as possible.  Hopefully, we'll be done with this transition soon and back to normal on Word Press. Yesssss!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Store Brand Formulas Win Case over Enfamil

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of storebrandformula.com for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Yes, this is a sponsored post, but I wouldn’t discuss it, if I didn’t feel passionately about it.

First to be said: You are NOT a bad mom if you use generic brand anything.

Yes, you want to give your child the best of everything, but seeing a name brand doesn’t mean it’s the best, or that there’s not an equivalent that’s more affordable.

We all do what we can to get along, and the more kids you have the tighter the budget gets.

Fair deal.

Here’s the scoop:

Store brand infant formulas won a major victory this week when a U.S. Circuit Court upheld a $13.5 million false advertising claim against Enfamil maker Mead Johnson.

I have nothing bad to say about Enfamil formula itself. Their formula is great. But it’s not the only brand out there, and definitely not as nice to your wallet.

The case was based on the argument by PBM Products, Perrigo’s store brand infant formula business, that Enfamil’s advertisements of superiority to store brand formulas were false and misleading because store brand formulas offer the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil.

PBM Products provides most store brands including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Kroger, Walgreens, and other major retailers.

Unless Enfamil could find serious manufacturing/ ingredient sourcing issues with store brand formulas, I’m not switching from the one I use. And yes, it’s unfair of them to claim that they are better because they are bigger.

All formulas that are sold in the United States are subject to inspection and the exacting standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formula products sold in the United States provide the necessary levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of healthy babies.”

(pbmproducts.com)

"The Court has made it clear that national brand and store brand suppliers are entitled to fairly compete and advertising abuses will not be tolerated," said Perrigo Chairman and CEO Joseph C. Papa in a statement.

Can’t we all just play nicely? I feel like I’m talking to my kids.

more information on this case can be found in Business Week at http://www.businessweek.com/ne…

To learn more about store brand formulas and to find coupons, go to storebrandformula.com.

Which formula do you use? Why? Leave a comment!

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CardiWrap: A Review


My sister-in-law came into the house last week looking thoroughly anxious.
She had a blind date.
Her first blind date.
Ever.
I don’t blame her for being nervous. I hate blind dates, and for good reason.
You don’t know whom your going to end up spending the evening with.
It could be the most stomach-churning event ever,
it could be fairly pleasant,
or it could leave you gushing and swooning over the man of your dreams. 
No matter which, the suspense and anxiety will kill you before you even walk out the door.
She told me she scolded her friend for not giving her time to lose 10 lbs. and find something to wear!
While I couldn’t help her in losing 10 lbs in 24 hours (she doesn’t need to anyway), I did remember that I had a CardiWrap in my closet!
I whipped it out and she looked at it curiously. I gave her the little book and accessories that came with it, and told her to go play with it. She came back very excited, and needless to say, quite a bit less anxious.
The first thing we both noticed was how comfortable, breathable, and light the fabric is (which we appreciate living in a place where it’s hot 24/7). The CardiWrap by Kymaro is made of 100% viscose, which has a silky feel, drapes beautifully, and doesn’t wrinkle. (Yeah!) We also loved the 50+ ways that you can wear it! She was stoked on the hoodie and jacket versions, while I was excited about the scarf and wrap variations. She’s young and fabulous, and I just had my fifth child. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fabulous, there’s just more of my fabulousness than I’m used to...) ;)
Luckily, the CardiWrap can be worn in so many different ways; it complimented both of our body types. It’s incredibly versatile. The CardiWrap comes with 3 bangles, a bow pin, and a flower pin that you can use to create more looks, and accent the wrap.It is truly a classic piece that can be altered to go with any season, fashion trend, or body type.  I received the CardiWrap in Charcoal Grey and it really does goes with anything. You can wear it with your most comfy chillin’ jeans or your favorite dress and high heels.
The CardiWrap comes in seven different colors and has a 30 day money back guarantee.To learn more about the CardiWrap or to purchase it go HERE.
It a wardrobe investment!

*I was not paid to write this review, but did receive the CardiWrap to test drive! I can feel the wind in my hair. Totally. Mahalo nui to the Family Review Network for providing this opportunity.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Some Winners

I've got some winners to announce so here we go:

The winner for the Your Present: A Half Hour of Peace Meditation CD is lucky #22, ktgonyea!

The winner for the Cover Your Hair $25 Assorted Hair Accessories is lucky #101, Kat. F!
The winner for the Lovable Labels Book Worm labels is lucky #21, lewalk!
Winners, watch your inbox for my email!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Camelbak Bottle: A Review and Giveaway

I love drinking water. My favorite drink is ice cold water and I always bring a bottle of water to work. I have that huge 32 oz Nalgene Brita bottle from when it was advertised on The Biggest Loser. As much as I love that bottle, I think I'm gonna switch loyalties to the Camelbak.

Available at HeartRate Monitors USA, the Camelbak is 500 mL which is equivalent to 16 oz. I like the fact that it's smaller. It's a more manageable and lighter. It's not as bulky as my Nalgene. My absolute favorite thing about this bottle is the built in straw and the bottle bite valve at the top. With my other bottle, I had to get my own straw and put it in the bottle. (I really like drinking with straws!) When I got the bottle to review, I was super excited and thinking about riding my bike and being able to drink my water at the same time because now all I had to do was flip the valve on the top and drink. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to try that out. 

My kids on the other hand LOVE the bottle. They constantly ask for it since it's so much easier for them to drink from it. My three year old can flip it easily and drink. My one year old can drink, leave it on the ground and if it gets knocked over, no worries, the water won't spill since the valve is only opened when you drink from it. AMAZING! 

The one thing that I didn't like was the short straw...I still had some water left and I couldn't get it! I had to take my cap off. But I guess it's a sign that I need to refill! This spill proof, BPA free bottle, makes it easy to stay hydrated on the go.  You can check out all of the great reviews on this bottle HERE.

I think I drink more water with this water bottle! I'm even considering getting my family their own bottles, especially for my kids so they won't keep stealing and drinking from my bottle!

SHOP: You can shop online on at Heart Rate Monitors USA to get the Camelbak bottle as well as other products to help you get and stay healthy. There's also a coupon code for you to use: Use "CLBK" at the checkout for 5% off all Camelbak products. Be sure to check out their blog as well for great lifestyle tips and previews of upcoming products.

WIN:
You can win a Camelbak bottle of your very own from Heart Rate Monitors USA!  For your mandatory entry, become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).  This is the mandatory entry for this giveaway and must be done before all of the additional entries.   

To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Follow
 Moana Saves on Twitter.
 
4. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win a Camelbak water bottle from @HRM_USA and @moanasaves ends 6/1 http://bit.ly/ks9Wrp
5. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar). 
6. Like the Moana Saves Facebook page.

   
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on 6/1 at 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.
 
I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a product sample to facilitate my review.  Any and all opinions here are my own.


The Black & Decker Ultimate Sandwich Contest

If you haven't noticed, I have an affinity for Thai food. 
Ever since baby number five came along, I can't get enough of it. 
When I was given the opportunity to enter Black & Decker's Ultimate Sandwich Contest, my brain went straight to it. I am also from Hawaii and l.o.v.e. Hawaiian sweet bread. Have you had it? You need to.
How do you put Thai food and local Hawaiian fare in a sammy and utilize a fabulous toaster oven? This is definitely a "fusion" recipe where East (Thai curry) meets West (pulled pork) and we get to enjoy the culinary collision.
I was inspired by a number of things. Blog posts, magazine articles, food photography, and here's the result:

Thai Curry Pulled Pork 
(with Fresh Mango and Cilantro Dressing on a Toasted Hawaiian Sweet Roll)


Ingredients:

1 pork rump roast approx. 3 lb.
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1 tablespoon green thai curry paste
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 mango, peeled and sliced in to 1/2" strips
1 small red onion, sliced into thin strips
1 package fresh mixed spring greens 
(I love our local Nalo Spring Greens, from Waimanalo, Hawaii)
1 package Hawaiian sweet roll sandwich buns

Cilantro Dressing:
1 1/3 cups sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed
1 package ranch salad dressing mix
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco 
2 cloves garlic
juice of one small lime

Mix in blender until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix coconut milk, Thai curry paste, red chili flakes, brown sugar, and oyster sauce until well combined. Place pork roast in a crock pot, and pour coconut mixture over it. Turn crock pot on high heat for 6-8 hours or until pork is fork-tender, and pulls apart easily. Shred the pork, making sure to keep it moist. 
In your Black & Decker toaster oven, toast a large Hawaiian sweet roll sandwich bun until golden brown. 



Add pulled pork to the bun, and spoon some of the drippings from the crock pot onto the pork to keep meat moist and flavorful. (and more chili flakes, if desired). 


Add freshly sliced (chilled) mango, red onion, a handful of fresh Nalo spring greens. 







 Add one tablespoon cilantro dressing to the top inside of the bun. 
(A little goes a long way here, trust me!) And if you have picky eaters, this sammy tastes just as good without the cilantro dressing.


Voila!

The ULTIMATE sandwich!



I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a Black and Decker toaster oven to enable the development of my recipe.  Any and all opinions here (and recipes!) are my own.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, A Prize Pack Giveaway

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theaters May 20th, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D™. Are you excited?  We are!  Carol is going to an advance screening a few days before it opens and will write a review of the movie for you.  Here is a brief synopsis of the fourth Pirates adventure:

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

WATCH: Here's taste of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, argh!



WIN: Disney Pictures is giving away a Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Prize Pack to one lucky Moana Saves reader!


ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY:

1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES T-SHIRT in adult sizes of S, M, L, XL
1 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES bandana in black
2 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES temporary tattoos

For your mandatory entry, become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).  This is the mandatory entry for this giveaway and must be done before all of the additional entries.
   
To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:
1. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
2. Follow
 Moana Saves on Twitter.
 
4. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win a Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides prize pack from @disneypictures and @moanasaves ends 5/24 http://bit.ly/mGVp2Y 
5. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar). 
6. Like the Moana Saves Facebook page.

   
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on 5/24 at 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner.

I was not compensated for this post.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Feeling Campy? (A Review)


Summer! My kids are counting the days until school gets out. Do you have big summer plans? Are your kids going to summer camp? Some of my favorite and least favorite childhood memories are of summer camp. What made camp great for me was the daytime activities, the campfire songs and the cute crafts. On the other hand camp can be lonely and the bugs...the bugs can be miserable!  Bravery in a Bottle has a great solution for both of these camping blues. Their "Feeling Campy" aromatherapy spray with essential oils creates an actual soothing effect and a natural bug repellent. This bug away blend includes the following ingredients:
citronella
eucalyptus
catnip
cedar wood
lemongrass
lavender
litsea cubea
tea tree
patchouli
These essential oils have so many benefits. Antidepressant, fungicidal, insect repellent, heals insect bites & stings, treats headaches, etc. The best part? It's natural! No more spraying harmful chemicals on your kids. Just the thought of my kids spraying Deet on their sensitive skin night after night at camp makes me cringe. (As a side note, I'm so happy to spray this on my toddler because who knows when her little deet covered hands might make it in to her mouth. Yay!) 

My kids use "Feeling Campy" every evening when they venture out to play. An added bonus (besides no bug bites) is that as my children repetitively use this spray they subconsciously associate the spray with home and pleasant feelings. This way I can pack "Feeling Campy" with my kids once they're old enough for over-night school camp-outs and they will have a scented remedy to homesickness that actually has therapeutic benefits to combat fear and anxiety. I was especially curious whether about the smell of this spray and if it would smell too 'woodsy'. The verdict? It does have a fresh outdoorsy smell but it's light and my kids like it.

As Bravery in a Bottle says: "The best way to solve childhood fears is to give children the feeling of control and power over what is frightening to them." I love this idea of a 100% natural essential oil spray that is multi-functional and empowering for my children. I reviewed the Monster Vapor in March but Bravery in a Bottle also sells Courage Concoction (a well-being blend for those days with big fears like tests or competitions) and Storm Squashers (clarity blend for overcoming those nights with thunderous spring showers). Head on over to their site to purchase your own bottle of a perfectly "scent-sational" solution to some of your child's biggest fears.

I was not compensated for this post although I did receive free product to facilitate my review.  Any and all opinions here are mine.

STIKINS labels Review


I love to label all sorts of things, but finding a label that STAYS ON clothes is such a hassle. I've used a few different kinds & they either come off too easy or if they do stay on they leave a yucky residue. I was anxious to try out LabelLightHouse.com's Stikins labels.

Here is The LabelLighthouse.com story
When Lena Grierson’s oldest daughter started school, and returned home one time too many without a glove, it was time to start labeling her daughter's things. Mrs Grierson was surprised to find that there was no fast and easy way of doing that.

“Why not a peel-and-stick label?” she thought.  Why not, indeed! Thus LabelLighthouse.com was born. Mrs Grierson and her company are the exclusive distributors of
Stikins™ self-sticking name labels in North America. The Stikins™ self-sticking ID label is a very easy to apply clothing, shoe and item label. The label sticks on to the wash care label of the garment and is washer and dryer safe. It couldn’t be any easier. And that of course is the idea. 


   
Eager to try these labels out I put them on whatever I could find: water bottles, lunch sacks, hats, clothes. AND they stuck. They stick fabulously! And they are a perfect size. Not too small & not too big, just the right size to see but not be too annoying.  I like that they have tons of colors & sizes, so the label can be perfect for whatever you need.  I think these labels would be a great gift idea for any MOM, Labels are a Mom's Best Friend!




To PURCHASE: 
Visit LabelLighthouse.com

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Three Idiots (A New Bollywood Classic): Review and Giveaway

3 IDIOTS 1-disc DVD (Catalog #2274044 US and Canada)

Street Date: April 26, 2011

Screen Format: Widescreen

Audio: English/Hindi 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, Spanish and French

U.S. Rating: PG-13

Total Run Time: 164 minutes

Closed Captioned: Yes


Own the award winning hit Bollywood film that had Indian audiences raving when 3 IDIOTS arrived on DVD April 26th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Bollywood’s highest grossing film ever stars award winning actors Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sharman Joshi. All-new, exclusive bonus features make this DVD a must for fans.

In the tradition of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold.  Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like "Rancho."  From the moment he arrives at India's most prestigious university, Rancho's outlandish schemes turn the campus upside down—along with the lives of his two newfound best friends. Together, they make life miserable for "Virus," the school’s uptight and heartless dean. But when Rancho catches the eye of the dean's sexy daughter, Virus sets his sights on flunking out the "3 idiots" once and for all.


3 IDIOTS won 6 FilmFare Awards in India including Best Picture and Best director. It also swept the International Indian Film Academy Awards with an impressive 16 wins.

3 IDIOTS SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Idiots in Ladakh
  • Aal Izz Well
  • 100% Idiots
  • Making of Miss Idiot
Have you ever watched a Bollywood movie?  Bollywood (the Bolly is Bombay/Mumbai in India) is a huge global movie industry and I'm excited to see more and more Bollywood movies being released on DVD in the U.S. 3 Idiots is the latest Hindi movie to cross the pond and, whether you've experienced the Bollywood genre before or not, this movie is definitely worth your time!  I sat down with the hub and First Born to watch 3 Idiots.  First Born and I love Bollywood films but between our schedules we rarely have time to watch them. The hub is not as big a fan (as I think he should be).  He ended up watching the whole 164 minute movie and laughing several times throughout!  3 Idiots is about 3 young men who learn the value of friendship and what education really should be.  Then they re-unite, 10 years later, to discover how that time at college shaped their lives.  There are lots of laughs, some surprises, and a few songs along the way.  This movie can be viewed with older kids (the PG-13 does apply here) and communicates a great message about learning and competition.  Don't let subtitles intimidate you!  Check out 3 Idiots! 

SHOP: You can purchase 3 Idiots at any retail outlet carrying Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases.

WIN: Woot!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and ThinkJam are offering two Moana Saves winners their own copies of 3 Idiots.  For your mandatory entry, tell us if you've watched a Bollywood movie before and, if so, which one.  This is the mandatory entry for this giveaway and must be done before all of the additional entries.
   
To earn an additional entry, do one (or all) of the following and leave a separate comment for each thing you do:

1. Become a Google Friends Connect follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).

2. Become a Networked Blogs follower of Moana Saves (in the sidebar).
3. Follow
 Moana Saves on Twitter.

4. Follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter. 
5. Tweet about this giveaway (limit one tweet per day) using the following: #win 3 Idiots a #bollywood film (2 winners) from @foxhomeent and @moanasaves ends 5/30 http://bit.ly/ijaROn
6. Subscribe to the Moana Saves feed via RSS reader and/or email updates (in the sidebar).
 
Only one person per email/household/IPaddress can enter this giveaway. He/she must be 18+ years old and reside in the U.S. This giveaway ends on 5/30 at 11:59 PM HST (Hawaii Standard Time). One winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. I will notify the winner via email and he/she must respond to claim the prize within 48 hours or I will draw another winner. 

I was not compensated for this post although I did receive free product to facilitate my review.  Any and all opinions here are mine.

Problem: Boring Bedroom; Solution: Cymax Bedroom Furniture!

I have to admit that I've always been more concerned with furnishing the more 'public' areas of my home rather than our bedroom.  But when you think of it, with all of the multi-tasking and care you give to your family, you deserve to have a relaxing bedroom, complete with functional bedroom furniture.  However, functional doesn't necessarily mean pricey.  In fact, when you shop at Cymax, you can get cheap bedroom furniture that is functional and attractive!

Cymax has everything you need to create a calming yet efficient oasis in your bedroom.  You can shop bedroom sets if you don't want to think through each piece, or mix and match beds, nightstands, dressers, chests, mattresses, headboards, bunk beds, and bedding.  I like the idea of making different pieces work together in a room.  Because Cymax's bedroom furniture is so affordable, you don't have to wait 20 years to re-style your bedroom!  I would love to outfit our space with a shabby look.  To that, Cymax offers this 5 drawer chest along with this fabric-covered blanket chest.  Add a great fabric-covered headboard and a fresh coat of seafoam paint and we've created a new bedroom complete with storage.  Cymax makes it all possible at a wonderful price! (pssst, Cymax is offering free shipping on almost everything through May16th--it's worth a look!)


This post was brought to you by Cymax.  Any and all opinions here are my own.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Peter Pauper Press Review and Giveaway

Let's just get one thing straight: I think paper is magical.  I love the freshness of a white, lined (or unlined) page, the smell of a new book, the moment before I set pen to paper in a new journal or planner.  My generation transitioned into computer technology (instead of being born with it) so while typing on a keyboard is faster than writing in longhand, the act of writing, of putting a piece of yourself down on paper, is still amazing to me.

And that's why I was a bit giddy when I got to review paper products from Peter Pauper Press.  I was sent several things (a few I'm saving for our Spoiling Dad gift guide for Father's Day) and all of the ones I'm featuring here make wonderful Mother's Day, birthday and graduation presents for the special people in your life.

First some info about Peter Pauper Press from the website


PETER PAUPER PRESS, founded in 1928, is one of America’s leading publishers of fine gift books, humor books, compact references, travel guides, unique journals, quality stationery, holiday cards, and innovative children’s activity books. We publish approximately 100 books and ancillary products per year.
Our product lines include:
  • Little Black Books. Hip little reference books on popular topics, from Barbecue and Beer to Casino Games, Cocktails, and Coffee to Sex, Sushi, and Wine.
  • Little Black Travel Books. Compact guides to top destinations with insider tips and foldout neighborhood maps. Available now: London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Coming soon: Boston and Walt Disney World.
  • Our Little Pink Books are sophisticated guides to Elegance, Entertaining, Weddings, and more.
  • Charming Petites,™ our famous line of mini gift books with ribbon markers and 24K gold-plated charms.
  • Gift Kits, lively little Petites Plus and Holiday Petites Plus books combined with bonus gifts. New Petites Plush titles combine some of our most popular books with endearing toy animals.
  • BookNotes™ with Music CDs. Attractive gift books combined with set-the-mood music. For holidays and everyday.
  • Illustrated Keepsakes gift books, whether heartwarming or humorous, are perfect to treasure or share.
  • Pocket Gift Editions offer wisdom and wit on a variety of topics.
  • Stationery, including our new Letter-Perfect boxed stationery and our bestselling thank you and blank note cards, feature contemporary designs and inviting prices.
  • Personal Organizers. Perfect for brides, moms-to-be, new parents, new homeowners, creative cooks, and busy families.
  • Our popular Scratch & Sketch™ and other Kids' Activity Books entertain (and educate) kids at home or on the go!
  • Our Journals offer a variety of formats for inspired writing, including Artisan, Leather, Pocket, Locking, and Foldover.
  • Engagement Calendars include a variety of appealing design options and formats, featuring the practical weekly planner our customers prefer.
  • Holiday Cards. We’ve got lots of fresh, festive ways to say “Season’s Greetings!”
I looked at the opportunity to review some paper products from Peter Pauper as a badly-needed "organize me" opportunity just before the kids get out for summer break.  And so just like a new piece of paper represents the potential of a new beginning for me, the products I reviewed from Peter Pauper Press provide me with spaces for reminders, quick notes, to-do lists, even feelings.  For each product I received, I will include the basic info about it from the site as well as my take and evaluation of it. Ready?

Mom's Weekly Planner is an inspired 18-month planner that makes managing your family's activities and appointments a snap! (Well, almost.) View your weekly master plan on each two-page spread; there's a column for each family member. Monthly tabs, an elastic band place holder, address pages, and tear-out "To-Do" lists round out the package. It's indispensable! Concealed wire-o binding; 7" wide x 9" high.

I really love this organizer.  It comes in two solid colors and two designs.  I have the one pictured on the right and I love it.  Because of the binding, it lays flat when you're using it and there is plenty of room to keep track of everyone's schedule.  The one I have starts in July 2011 so for now I'm adding lots of info to the pre-schedule pages which keep track of importat contact info, etc.  It will be our Master Book for the hub and I as well as the kids.  I can leave it out and open to the current date to keep myself and everyone else up-to-date and on task (I love that!).

Compact Engagement Calendars: These tote-, backpack-, and purse-sized Compact Engagement Calendars come in a variety of appealing design options; all feature the practical weekly planner our customers tell us they prefer. Each engagement calendar covers 16 months (from September 2011 to December 2012) and provides space for notes and addresses. A handy elastic band marks your place, and binding lies flat for ease of use. Measures 5" wide x 7" high.

This compact calendar comes in several awesome designs (I received one that starts in January 2011).  I kind of wanted more than one even though I didn't need them because they're gorgeous.  I use this smaller calendar at work and take it to my classes I teach.  Yes, I have a smartphone and I add appts, meetings, etc to it to keep up with my life but it's hard to jam appts or notes into my phone when I have 6 students waiting for me after class (I am so not a txtr).  This is my teaching calendar.  In it, I put in student appts, handouts I have to Xerox for the next class, notes about student behavior or about something I need to teach, etc.  All the stuff that's easy to scribble down in a minute and that I'll forget if I don't write it all down. This small book helps me keep my head on at work and the design is beautifully calming.  It is a visual oasis in my work day and my veritable collection of Post-its on the go.

Oversized Journals: Take pen in hand and spin your tales with bold ingenuity in our handsome bookbound Oversized Journals! Each journal features a beautiful design and its own special features, such as foil accents, a ribbon marker, classic corner and spine treatments, or gilded page edges. Each has 192 lined pages of acid-free, archival-quality paper that takes ink or pencil beautifully. 7-1/4" wide x 9" high.

This is the kind of journal that makes me want to write!  First off, I love this design.  To me it acknowledges the colorful potential of women who join hands to work together.  I should be keeping a personal journal but I don't.  I'm crazy busy (isn't every woman?).  What I regret most about not keeping a journal is missing those moments with my family that are amazing and deserve to be retold over and over again but often fade with time.  Or those moments when I want to tell my daughter how proud I am of her or my hub that I appreciated that thing he did but I get so busy putting out the next fire in our lives that I never follow through and the opportunity is lost.  I'm making the unity journal my family slam book.  I have already started recording those moments when I'm having fond thoughts about my family members and I'm going to try to pose a question every Sunday that each of us can answer.  Maybe this is more of a family journal.  I love the idea of my kids having something like this when I'm not around any more and, for me, it will be easier to build over time in the unity journal.

My overall verdict is that Peter Pauper Press makes beautiful tools to help you put pen to paper as well as wonderful gifts for all sorts of occasions.  If I had a recommendation to make, it would be that Peter Pauper start a "green" line (if they don't already have one in development) where they offer journals and/or other gifts made from recycled materials.  I would love that!

SHOP: You can shop online for Peter Pauper Press products here where orders of $30 or more ship free.  Every day.  No exceptions.  No black-out dates.


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I was not compensated for this post although I did receive free products to facilitate my review.  Any and all opinions here are mine.
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