Sunday, September 30, 2012

Up Coming Giveaways!!!







Keep checking back, these giveaways are not far away!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Guilty Pleasures Week ~Day 1

Musical Guilty Pleasures

we all have them...the songs you love, but might be afraid to admit......

Well, here's my confession---

My top five Musical Guilty Pleasures:

  1. Justin Beiber - As Long As You Love Me

  2. Hanson - Every song, even MMMBOP

  3. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

  4. Ace of Base - All That She Wants 

  5. Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

What Music Are You Embarrassed To Love?


FREE Kitchen Giveaway Event




I am participating in the FREE LifeStyle Legacy Kitchen giveaway event hosted by Real Mom Reviews

 One super lucky reader will win a Step2 LifeStyle Legacy Kitchen

 Cost: Free with announcement post or $3.00 with out. Giveaway 
Open to: US only.  

The event dates: October 8th-October 30th.
 Free Link Option: Facebook Optional Paid Link Options: $2.00 for Twitter or Pinterest To sign up for this event click here.

Bunzi Balance Trainer: Free Blogger opp!

Sign up's are now open for the Kate n' Kaboodle Bunzi Giveaway. This is a free event to join! Prize: Bunzi Balance Trainer Dates: October 8-22 Sign up here.

 

Let's Tackle Breast Cancer--Blogger Sign up

Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer Giveaway Blogger and/or Business sign up opportunity that is sponsored by Living through Motherhood and Save More Spend Less with Heidi. 
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Living Through Motherhood along with Save More Spend Less with Heidi want to celebrate Breast Cancer Survivors!! But in order to make this giveaway a success we would love your help. 

Get two free links for helping to promote the giveaway daily!!!!
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

3 Full Size Fall Yankee Candles Giveaway!

 
Welcome to the Yankee Candle Fall Festival Giveaway! 

Real Mom Reviews has teamed with an awesome group of bloggers to bring one super lucky reader three large Yankee Candle Jars in fall scents. 

The traditional design of Yankee Candle signature jar candles reflect a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, the large House-warmer Jar Candles provides 110 to 150 hours of true fragrance enjoyment! 

The Fall scents include:
Apple Cider  - a welcoming aroma of hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg! 

Spiced Pumpkin - fresh pumpkins baked in simmering spices of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and sweetened with brown sugar. 

Autumn Leaves - a vibrant scent medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom that will leave your whole house smelling like fall! 

One lucky reader will win them all! 

Giveaway is open to US and Canada. Entering is simple, simply read over the giveaway rules and then enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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Disclaimer: Party of Three, but Room for More was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize shipment.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 Back when we were just a "Party of Two"
The day I married my best friend

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

GO GREEN Review & Giveaway!

Who doesn't like being green?!  Which is why I am super excited to have the opportunity to review some Eco-Friendly Food Containers from Go-Green Packaging experts!  All of their products are made using a new an innovative proprietary thermoforming process that uses less energy; reducing  Carbon dioxideemissions. The Go Green site is designed for small or large business owners but they also have a ton of great products you can use right in your home!  They would also be great in Schools and hospitals!

I received three-compartment polypropylene food storage trays with lids for review. These particular trays can be used for snacks, salads, lunches (for work), and are perfect for storing leftovers!  All but the lids can be used in the microwave and washed on the top rack of the dishwasher!   These are super durable and 100% recyclable.   And these containers are better than anything that can be found in the "GladWare" aisle.
Two pieces of Chicken, a whole can of creamed corn, and a ton of mashed potatoes

Here are some great things they have to offer:
  •  GO-GREEN offers a complete sealing system, including manual heat sealers,film and trays perfect for Meals on Wheels programs.
  •  GO-GREEN has:Printed trays that eliminate secondary packaging.
  • Fresh Produce Over-Wrap - excellent for fresh produce and fresh seafood where breathable trays and "lidding" film is critical.

  •  Case Ready packaging for fresh meat, poultry and seafood



Now if you're like me, my reusable containers are always getting lost (my husband usually leaves them at work and they disappear), so these are so going to come in handy.  And Just in time for those holiday leftovers, Go-Green Packaging is giving away 50 of their three-compartment polypropylene food storage trays with lids to one lucky reader! These trays are valued at $50!

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Disclaimer:  Party of Three, but Room for More was given the above mentioned product for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Expecting Mother's Giveaway {AVR $184.85}


Baby Costcutters is sponsoring a great giveaway for all expected mothers. If you are not expecting enter for someone you know :)
One winner will receive in the color of their choice a Carseat Canopy Whole Caboodle & an Udder Covers' Nursing Cover Gift Set arv$184.85

Tina from Baby Costcutters received both sets in exchange for this review and giveaway. This is what she had to say about the items:
"Since my youngest is now two I received these knowing they would be for a great baby gift. My husband has a friend at work having a little boy so I though these would be perfect for them. All the materials are 100% cotton and 100% polyester making them super easy to machine wash. I did open the packages to check them out {our friend will understand why I opened them lol} the stitches in the sewing all look very nice and the material is very soft. The Udder Cover is 100% breathable cotton, so the little one will not be hot under there :) The car seat cover will work wonderfully with the winter months approaching fast. "
The Whole Caboodle:
Nursing Sets includes a 3 piece kit includes a nursing cover, nursing bracelet and 2 pairs of Udder Covers™ 5 ply washable breast pads!
Also as a special bonus for all of you!! Use promo code COSTCUTTERS to get a FREE canopy – only pay for shipping! The promo code is also valid for a $50 discount on the Whole Caboodle.
Open to US Only, must be 18+ years of age to enter. Ends Oct 10th at 11:59pm est. Good Luck!
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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Party of Three, but Room for More is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

IPAD FREE BLOGGER OPP

iPad3 Holiday Event is hosted by Mom Blog Society.

Prize: iPad3
The event dates: 10/4 - 11/1
Free Event ~ Sign-Up Here

Yankee Candle Free Blogger Opp

I am participating in the FREE Yankee Candle giveaway event hosted by Real Mom Reviews.

 One super lucky reader will win three large jar fall fragrance Yankee Candles!  

Cost: Free with announcement post or 3.00 with out.  

Giveaway Open to: US and Canada. The event dates: September 28th-October 19th.

Free Link Option: Facebook Optional Paid Link Options: $2.00 for Twitter or Pinterest To sign up for this event click here!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

FREE BLOGGER OPP- $200 AMAZON GC

$200 Amazon Gift Card Courtesy of Crazy Stepford Wives!

The Crazy Stepford Wives have been so busy saving money while doing their Grocery Shopping that they decided to give away a $200 Amazon Gift Card!!!! Blogger help is NEEDED! You get a free Face Book Fan page Link with Announcement post and you can get many other links. The Giveaway will run Oct 1st through Oct 31st 2012 meaning the winner gets their cash just in time for Christmas! Sign up here 

Living with Brain Cancer

When my dad was first diagnosed with cancer it was devastating.  He first started showing signs in September of 2006 and was officially diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme or GBM in March 2007.  GBM is the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor.

Since then he has had multiple seizures and has suffered a stroke.  Not to mention the paralysis of his right side and Aphasia.  My dad can't even have a conversation with me.  He used to be a college history professor and a damn good one at that.  And taking away his ability to teach and speak is like cutting off a professional piano players fingers.  Its total crap and totally unfair.  My dad is the kindest, most thoughtful, and brilliant man that I know and he did not deserve this; no one does.

After numerous hospital stays, Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery after surgery, hospice, a feeding tube, paralysis, aphasia, and therapy, its sometimes hard to remember the man he used to be.   I forget what his voice sounded like, I can't remember his scent.  And I have to look at old photos just to remember what he used to look like.

He now requires around-the-clock care and assistance walking and doing other everyday things.  Luckily my mom is one of the strongest and most courageous woman on this earth.  She is the best wife/caregiver that my dad could ever ask for.  

The day Dad met M.  He had to wait almost 2 weeks after she was born to meet her.






Its hard not to think about the Papa he could have been.  He is only 55 and can't get down on the floor to play with his grand-babies or take them for ice cream or read them stories.   I can't even image what he must feel inside.  The pain of missing out and not being able to live life like he wants.  I miss him.  I miss my dad! I miss the man he used to be, the man I wish he was today.  I really hate cancer!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Fall Decorating

Football has started, the weather has gotten colder, and the leaves have already  started to fall.  I guess this means we have to say good-bye to Summer.
 Now that fall has officially begun, M and I thought it was a good idea to start our fall decorating.  We had so much fun.  We pulled out some pumpkins, leaves, & scarecrows.  And we placed our fall window clings.  We even went for a walk to pick up some leaves for a fall collage.  I can't believe its almost October!



Apple Crisp



Ingredients:
13 cup dry quick oats
14 cup whole-wheat flour
14 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
2 tbsp Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
5 apples, peeled, thinly sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
34 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, 12 tsp cinnamon, and Smart Balance spread. Mix with a fork to make a crumble mixture. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, cornstarch, and remaining
12 tsp cinnamon. Mix well.

Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the apple mixture in the dish. Top with crumble mixture. Lightly press down. Bake 35 minutes.


To serve, top with whipped topping.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Potty Time DVD Review & Giveaway!




Potty learning can be difficult some times, but when children have fun and are engaged they respond in very positive ways.  That is why I was so excited to have the opportunity to review the Potty Time -You Can Do It Pack by Two Little Hands Productions, LLC.  
Included in the "You Can Do It Pack" was a Hopkins plush, a potty reminder watch, and of course the DVD/CD combo. The potty reminder watch is so neat.  You can set to go off every 30, 60, or 90 minutes to remind your child to try and use the potty.  It also has a "play" mode so you can just hit the button and dance to the music.  This watch is a great addition to ANY potty learning method.

I was very impressed with the overall presentation of the DVD.  The music was encouraging and exciting and it made going to the bathroom look like so much fun.   My daughter was singing, dancing, celebrating, and learning all at the same time.  I even found myself singing along to some of the songs. With this DVD potty learning is a positive and enjoyable experience for both the child and parent.
 
After watching the show just one time my two year old could do almost all of the signs.  And what impressed me most was how discrete they were with the words “poop” and “pee”.  They left those signs out of the songs but included them in the bonus features so you can teach your children whatever term you want for those signs.



The DVD is made up of segments using both real people and animated characters to demonstrate the signs.  My favorites segments are:
  • Potty Dance (Potty, Wipe, Flush, Wash)
  • Stop What You're Doing (and Go)
  • Uh-oh Accident

Some of the ASL signs taught on this DVD include: Grow, Love, I Love You (ILY), Help, Amazing, Body, Eat, Drink, Sleep, Wake Up, Diaper, Potty, Wipe/Clean, Flush, Wash Hands, All Done/Finished, Water, Soap, Stop, Go, Underwear, Accident, Try, Careful, and Celebrate.  However if you watch closely you can learn a few other signs as well.
 
Even the bonus features of this DVD are great!  They include a silent review of signs and some other helpful potty learning words like "wet", "dry", and "privacy".  Plus it comes with its very own Potty Time CD, which features 9 original songs, with a sing-along track for each one!
  
Two Little Hands productions has also created a whole website dedicated to helping you during your potty adventure.  You’ll find downloadable potty charts, tips, and even an app for your phone!

I feel that children learn best with music, movement and fun, which is why Potty Time is the perfect tool for any potty training method you choose. 

So sing, sign and dance your way through potty learning with host Rachel Coleman and her animated pals Leah, Alex, & Hopkins. 

Buy it!
You can purchase Potty Time DVD + Music CD at SigningTime.com for $24.95.
Win It!
Our fabulous sponsors at Signing Time are giving one lucky reader their very own Potty Time DVD+Music CD!
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The winner will be notified via email and will have 36 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: I received Potty Time You Can Do It Pack for the purpose of a review. I was in no way compensated for my opinions as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine. Party of Three, but Room for More is not responsible for prize shipment.

Review: IndieBambino (Guest Post) +Discount Code

Hey, all! 
I’m Shannon, Kelly’s sister, and I’m here to tell you all about a wonderful little Etsy shop I found!  In our house, we are big fans of wooden toys so I was ecstatic when I found IndieBambino.  IndieBambino is a shop where a wonderful WAHM, Mindy, sells all natural wooden toys for all different ages. I could spend all day looking in her shop that is filled with wooden teething rings, waldorf toys, matching and sorting sets, and more!

It was so hard to choose what I wanted but the first thing I decided to get was a personalized teething ring. Some of my favorite things about the teething rings are you can choose to personalize them to say any name you like and you can choose the finish she uses (organic flax, organic coconut, or beeswax and olive oil). My 8 month old has such a unique name that we can never find anything with her name on it in the store so I love that the teething ring has her name on it! It is absolutely perfect for her when she’s teething and she seeks it for comfort quite often. I highly recommend these for teething babies and they would make great baby shower gifts! 


I also got baby Z a Rainbow Hand Kite. It is absolutely beautiful and I put it away for Christmas (she’s going to love it!), I cant wait to see her running around the house with it. The Rainbow Kite is just darling, it is made from a teething ring and rainbow of colored ribbon. You can also personalize the Rainbow Kites to say any name you want! I think once my niece sees Baby Z’s, she’s going to beg me for one as well. Such a beautiful little toy that girls and boys both would love!

Some other items from her shop that I love are the Wooden Sorting Acorns and the Wooden Bowling Game in Rainbow.  All of her prices are very reasonable and she is so friendly and welcoming! She shipped my order as soon as she could and I got it within a week! I cant wait to order more from her!

Love what you see? Follow her on Facebook because she is always having sales and giving away promo codes and coupons! Or go check out her Etsy shop IndieBambinos (you wont regret it, I promise!).

The wonderful people at IndieBambinos are offering Party of Three readers an exclusive code for 10% off your purchase.  Enter PARTYOFTHREE10 at checkout to receive the discount.  Hurry the code is only good until 9/27!   

Disclaimer: This is guest post written by Shannon.  Neither of us were compensated for this review in any way, all opinions are her own.


Have It Your Way Giveaway {up to $200}

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The Have It Your Way Blog Giveaway is Finally Here!

This event is being hosted by,
Jenn's Blah Blah Blog, Dishin' With Rebelle, and Contest 4 That,who will proudly be launching Pink Ninja Media in the next few weeks.
Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts Zoes Printable Coupons, PrewChatterly Everything Girly, Capri's Coupons,

For this HAVE IT YOUR WAY BLOG GIVEAWAY the winner gets to choose any prize up to $200!! The possibilities are endless...A KINDLE, OR A GAS CARD, AMAZON GIFT CARD...ANYTHING!  Shipping is included!
Details:
  • Giveaway is open Worldwide.
  • Giveaway will start on September 20, 2012 at 12:01am EST and end on October 20, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
  • One Lucky Person Will Win ANYTHING THEY WANT, valued up to $200 with shipping.
  • Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
  • We realize there's a lot of bloggers, so we added extra entries! Earn an additional 25 entries for completing certain tasks on the Rafflecopter. Remember you only have to complete mandatory entries to enter the giveaway, the rest are extra entries. Giveaway runs an entire month so you don't have to finish it in one sitting. You'll also be introduced to some AMAZING Bloggers, each blogger in this event is awesome and brings something special and unique.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 9/19/12

Summer ended way too soon!



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Be Patient, Petunia" Childrens Book Review & Giveaway! ~CLOSED~


I first came across Be Patient, Petunia by Erin Butler on Kit Lit Reviews.  After reading the review I just had to have it...so I bought it.  And our family loved it so much that I just had share it with you.  M calls it "Be-tuna has to wait".

Cute little pigtailed Petunia has a big problem with waiting.   Her impatience causes disappointment from constantly missing out.  It all starts with her taking a bite of an unfinished cake, gross!  And by the end of this delightfully written story Petunia gets to experience the benefits of being patient; being able to watch the most beautiful sunset she has ever seen.
 
Trying to explain to a toddler that they need to wait is hard enough, but in this fast-paced generation where people need instant gratification it is nearly impossible.  Which is why I think stories with evident principles are perfect for younger children, especially ones with extraordinary illustrations that bring the story to life.  This rhyming story is a great way the teach the significance of patience and what it means to wait.

Be Patient, Petunia is enjoyable for both the child and parent! It is fun to read, with an engaging storyline as well as situations that children can relate to and understand.
 

Do I Recommend? …uh, yeah!

Buy It:
Although Be Patient, Petunia is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, it is cheaper if you purchase if from the author's website Erin's Book & More.  An added bonus from purchasing there is that all royalties received  will be given to Project Rescue, whose mission is to rescue and redeem victims of overseas sexual slavery.  So not only is it cheaper but the proceeds go to a good cause!

Win It:
Erin has generously offered to give one lucky reader a copy of Be Patient, Petunia!!!
 

To enter fill out the Rafflecopter below.  Sorry this giveaway is open to US residents only.  Winner will be notified via email and will have 36 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.

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 Disclaimer:  No compensation was given for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Bisquick Taco Squares

Ingredients:
1 lb. hamburger, cooked and drained
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
2 cups Bisquik
1/2 cup cold water
paprika
2 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
1 cup chopped bell pepper
Salsa, if desired

Directions:
Heat oven to 375°.
Grease a 13x9 pan or a 8x8 pan (for thicker pieces).
Cook & Stir hamburger until done, drain.
Mix sour cream, mayonnaise,cheese & onion. Set aside.
Mix Bisquick until soft dough forms. Pat in pan, pressing dough 1/2 inch up sides. (Wet hands so dough does not stick)
Layer hamburger, tomatoes & pepper in pan; spoon sour cream mixture over top. Sprinkle with paprika.
Bake until edges of dough are browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve with Salsa or taco sauce.

**If I am just cooking for my husband, I leave the recipe as is because that's the way his mom used to make it and because he prefers it that way.  But if I am planning on eating it too, I add taco seasoning to the meat to give them more flavor.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Card from Cardstore!!!

Now through 9/23 Cardstore is offering another FREE Birthday Card + FREE shipping. Just customized your card of choice and use the code CCL2673 at checkout. 
NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED!



And The Winner is...

Congratulations Andrea L.

Thank you so much to all who entered my Bookadoo Personalized Children's Book giveaway.  Please stop by again soon for more great giveaways!

My next giveaway will be sponsored by signingtime.com!

Welcome Back, Jillian!

Being out of shape sucks.  I'm tired of being overweight and I'm tired of not being able to wear the clothes I want.   Its been over 2 years since my daughter was born and its time to stop blaming it on the "baby weight".  So I decided to start working out to Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (AGAIN).  I am no stranger to this video but and I forgot that it kicks your butt. This video is definitely no walk in the park.  It does have a segment for beginners but it's still not easy.  I powered through today and I'm ready for my second workout tomorrow.  Unfortunately, I have to wake up extra early so I can workout uninterrupted because it impossible to get a good workout with a toddler at your feet.  I guess this means I need to invest in a scale, maybe seeing the numbers will help motivate me to stay with it.  I am hoping to lose at least 35 pounds.  

Not only have I started this workout, but I have also changed my diet a little bit.  Nothing too extreme though.  I eat a healthy breakfast and lunch and then have whatever I want for dinner (I eat smaller portions and don't go overboard).  I have also cut out junk food and replace those cravings with fruit (at it actually works).

What are some of your workout routines?  How do you try to stay healthy?  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ginsu Kife Set Giveaway!

This Ginsu giveaway is sponsored by Ginsu, Kate n' Kaboodle and My Vegan Gluten Free Life!
Prize: Ginsu Soft Grip Knife set in choice of Coral, Wasabi or Lotus Product Description: (from the Amazon.com website) The Sofuto series is a beautiful knife series with colored, slip-resistant handles that serve a dual purpose: bringing bright colors into your kitchen prep environment and assisting in preventing accidental grippage by being easily visible. The handles are expertly designed to be used by either right or left handed users and to fit smoothly into your hand. Included is a richly grained, hardwood storage block designed to protect your fine cutlery when not in use. The blades are all Japanese 420J2 stainless steel, a material well known for stain and rust resistant. Limited lifetime warranty.
Read Kate n' Kaboodle's review here!
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You can purchase the Ginsu Soft Grip 10 Piece Knife Set at Ginsu, Amazon and Home Depot.
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One lucky reader is going to win the Ginsu Soft Grip Knife set in choice of Coral, Wasabi or Lotus!
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  Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Party of Three is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.