Local Readers: Last Chance to Enter the Dinosaur Train A to Z Song Contest

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As I have mentioned in the past, the Dinosaur Train is running at Mt. Hood Railroad. I am looking forward to riding it with my kids soon and telling you all about it, but I wanted to make a quick mention that the “A to Z Dinosaur Song” contest is coming to a close tomorrow, July 24, 2014. The randomly selected Grand Prize winner will get a A goody bag of Dinosaur Train merchandise (worth $100 dollars) and lunch (up to $60) for a family of four in the café with a visit from with Buddy the T.rex with time to take photos alongside him. Also included is a family four pack of coach tickets to the Western Train Robbery aboard the Mt. Hood Railroad (valued at $110). So hurry over here and get the details as to how you can win this fun and amazing prize.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Summer Fun with Hasbro: Nerf Super Soaker and The Amazing Spider-Man Toys Review

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Well, it wouldn’t be summer for the kids without some toys that belong in the out of doors, right? Things that shoot (water or otherwise) should be played with outside, in my opinion. My kids were thrilled as can be when we got an awesome goodie pack of toys from Hasbro so that they could have some summer fun. As you can see these items are all intended to shoot something, so this was their cue to head to the yard to play.

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My daughter was super excited to try out her new Nerf Rebelle Super Soaker Dolphina Bow. She was already a fan of Nerf Rebelle products, so I didn’t have to twist her arm to get her to play with this. I think it’s an adorable squirt gun bow, and it’s easy for her to load. The soaker holds up to 25 fluid ounces of water.

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The Nerf Super Soaker Tri Strike Crossbow Soaker is a champion among squirt guns. It’s shaped like a crossbow and can shoot a single stream or three streams depending on the mode you choose. The large capacity tank can hold up to 40 ounces of water and can fire a single stream of water up to 38 feet.

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Have a “blast” with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Motorized Spider Force Web Blaster. This product was built using Nerf technology. Load up to 5 foam discs into the motorized chamber, aim and pull the trigger to fire. Shooter launches up to 20 feet. This gun does require batteries which are not included. My son loves his Spider-Man blaster.

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So what are you waiting for? Get yourself outside and have some summer fun!

Disclosure: I received free products as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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My Food Storage Review (Emergency Preparedness Supplies)

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When it comes to emergency preparedness, I feel that you can never be over prepared. Food is one of those things that is essential for survival, so it’s always a good idea to have some set aside that will last you and your family for awhile, just in case. My Food Storage is dedicated to preparing people for when disaster strikes.  Whether it be earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado, depending on severity, it can be days or even weeks before outside relief is provided.

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My Food Storage provides peace of mind to it’s customers.  They provide dehydrated meals that are easy to make, just add water and you have a meal that provides the most calories per serving in the industry, so you can be focused on saving yourself and your family.  The meals are individually packaged, with a 25 year shelf life and stored in easy to transport and stackable buckets, so they have a minimal footprint in your home and can be easily transported when you need to move fast.

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I received a sample pack of Chicken ala King to try for this review. While I didn’t have any emergencies, I was really curious how these taste and so I made it for lunch one day. It was super easy to make. All you need is boiling water to cook it in.

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Once it was ready for a taste test, I gathered the kids around. They were a little skeptical, but their reaction was, “Hmmm, that’s not bad!” and they proceeded to eat a small bowl of it. One package makes several servings, so there was a lot of it. I had a bowl myself and it did taste alright. The texture was slightly chewy, but the flavor was really good for survival food. If you were thinking of stocking up on emergency supplies, I’d definitely recommend My Food Storage.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Sedu Wet Goods Line and Rowenta Inspiration Pro Dryer Review

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I am excited to let you know that after a decade of helping create beautiful hair, Sedu is celebrating its 10th anniversary by launching their fabulous wet goods line that includes a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and primer!

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I have been a fan of Sedu flat irons for years, so I was really excited to get to try these new products. As you can see, I received the full set which included the shampoo, conditioner and primer as well as a Rowenta Inspiration Pro Dryer.

The Sedu products are created for every hair type, including my thick, coarse, frizz prone hair. The collection is free of sulfates, phthalates and synthetic color and is made in the USA. All three products help strengthen, repair and enhance shine, smoothness and manageability.

I have to tell you that my hair has never felt as soft as when I use these products. I also noticed much less frizz than normal and I am able to straighten it better and easier as well. I was able to tell the difference from day one and the results have been consistent. I was concerned about the size of the bottles at first, but they are lasting me much longer than I expected them to, which is a happy surprise.

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The Rowenta Beauty Professional Ionic Ceramic blow dryer is amazing! While this dryer looks a little big at the offset, it’s actually very lightweight and easy to hold. It features auto sensor technology which is great for those of us that sometimes set down the hair dryer in a hurry to check on our kids. Once your hand is off the handle, it shuts off automatically while in auto sensor mode. Pick it up again and it resumes blowing. Awesome.

The powerful 1875 watt dryer is fast drying and it features ionic ceramic tourmaline technology which reduces static electricity in your hair, which is a fancy way of saying it helps eliminate frizz. Honestly, I can use all the help I can get in the frizz area so I’m game.

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There are a number of speed and temp settings on the Rowenta dryer as well as a cold shot of air. It also includes an ultra thin concentrator as well as a diffuser for volume and frizz control.

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One of the features of this dryer that I thought was just great is the removable grid on the back. You know where your past hair dryer collected dust in the back? Well, Rowenta thought of that and you can easily remove this one for cleaning. As you can see, those are magnets that hold it together. Genius.

I just LOVE all of these products! I am a believer in all of them. The shampoo, conditioner and primer make my hair super soft and it smells great too. The dryer helps eliminate frizz and dries my thick hair super fast. I would definitely recommend these products to those of you who are in the market to try some new hair products.

Buy it: The Sedu Moisturizing hair products are available for purchase exclusively on Folica.com. The Rowenta Inspiration Pro Dryer is also available on Folica.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Home Right SteamMachine Plus Review & Giveaway (Ends 7/20)

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Say hello to my little friend, the SteamMachine Plus from HomeRight. This gadget is my ultimate household helper as of late. It steams, it mops, it sanitizes, it even does windows. What’s not to love?  I have always been a big fan of using steam to clean mostly because of the fact that it just uses plain ol’ water to clean instead of using chemicals. It also saves me money because I’m not running to the store spending money on cleaners with chemicals. See the trend?

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As you can see, this is a nice looking mop as far as mops are concerned. It can stand up on it’s own, which is something none of my other mops could do. The floor mop and pad features a swivel triangular mop head for added maneuverability. It heats up lightning fast and has a control for how much steam is released. With the push of a button it starts heating up. A red indicator light comes on first then changes to blue when the steam is ready to use. The 205 degree temperature steam kills 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria including e-coli, salmonella, and staph. If you like to know your house and floors are sanitized, this is a great way to go about it.

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The water container is a really generous size and I like how it is removable. It makes it so easy to fill. This piece does not get as hot as other steamers I have owned. I can refill it right away as soon as it runs out instead of having to wait a few minutes to let it cool first.

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If you’re short on space, the SteamMachine Plus also has a handle that folds down for storage purposes.

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My favorite thing is that this mop also doubles as a handheld steamer. With just the push of a button, you’ve got a full on steamer system complete with attachments to clean any other places that may need cleaning such as furniture, windows, counters, bathrooms, etc. I use it all the time and find that it’s not too heavy or bulky.

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Here are all of the attachments that are included. Two of the washable mop pads are included as well as the window cleaner/squeegie piece. The other included 6 attachments are ideal for cleaning and disinfecting stovetops, ovens, grills, countertops and bathrooms.

 

Overall I think this is a great mop. I really appreciate that it has dual function as a mop and a steamer. This means I don’t have to buy two separate items. You’re getting two in one and it works great! My kids even love to help me mop now and I love to let them. Total win!

Buy it: The SteamMachine Plus is available for purchase from HomeRight as well as your other favorite stores. Go here to order one for yourself.

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Mrs Renfro’s Salsas Review & Giveaway (ends 7/13)

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If you are a fan of salsas and condiments in general, you probably already know about Mrs Renfro’s Salsa. They have been making gourmet salsas for 74 years! From barbecue sauce, to relish to salsas of all sorts, Mrs. Renfro’s does it all and they do it well.

Those of you on special diets will be happy to know that Mrs. Renfro’s salsas are Gluten-free and fat-free. They are made only with natural ingredients. Their specialty flavors include: Peach, Raspberry Chipotle, Black Bean, Mango Habanero, Pomegranate, Roasted, Garlic and award-winning Pineapple and Ghost Pepper, among other flavors.

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I was recently sent a 4 pack of flavors to try for this review. I chose the Barbecue Sauce, Nacho Cheese Sauce, Garlic Salsa and Pineapple Salsa. All of these were delicious. Notice how I’m using past tense here? It’s because they are gone now. The pineapple salsa was my favorite. While it wasn’t particularly spicy, the flavor was really good. It’s one of those salsa’s you could serve to anyone without it being too hot, especially for the kids. The barbecue sauce was my favorite non-salsa item that I tried. I grilled some chicken with it and it was amazing. The kids loved the Nacho Cheese sauce the most. My kids attacked it like crazy. It was good cold or warm. The Garlic Salsa was the spiciest of all I tried although it was a medium hot. I didn’t feel it was on the hot side, just had a nice garlicy heat to it. I love garlic, so this one was great.

Buy it: Mrs. Renfro’s salsas, relishes and sauces make a great addition to any of your summer gatherings. Did you know that a jar of Mrs. Renfro’s won’t break the bank? A 16-oz jar retails between $3.49 and $3.79 and is readily found in most leading grocery stores and chains as well as online. Click here to shop.

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Beauty Box 5 June Review

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My June Beauty Box 5 package arrived recently and I wanted to share with you what was inside. June’s theme was “Summer Chic”. It’s all about hot weather basics. If you are not familiar with Beauty Box 5, they offer a monthly subscription service where you receive 5 new beauty products every month. Some of the items values, exceed the cost of the box, making it a great deal for beauty enthusiasts.

So here is what was in the box:

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Nicka K New York Nail Color, Retail $4.99 for 0.5 oz
: This lovely polish goes on smooth and offers even, long wear coverage that doesn’t chip. It’s also formaldehyde free.

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Organix Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner, Retail $7.99 for 13 oz
: Ultra light and weightless, this duo is charged with electrolytes and coconut oil to give your hair a silky, healthy shine. Sulfate free.

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Glam Natural Mascara, Retail $28 for 0.25 oz
: This mascara is perfect for the girl who has sensitive eyes. Gluten free, paraben free and hypoallergenic, this vegan formula lifts lashes and won’t irritate your eyes.

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Eslor Introductory Collection Calming Kit, Retail $28 for 2 fl oz
: This paraben free kit includes some of Eslor’s all star products, including a soothing refiner and cleanser, replenishing scrub, comforting mask and soothing cream that will hydrate and protect your skin.

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Vita Bath Body Wash, Retail $7.95 for 12 fl oz
: Free of propylene glycol, mineral oils and silicone, this antioxidant rich body wash smells good enough to eat. It creates a luxurious lather that will leave you feeling fabulous.

Buy it: Interested in getting beauty products in the mail each month from Beauty Box 5? Plans start at $12 per month or get 3 months for $30. Shipping is free. Click here to get started.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Pirate’s Booty Cheesiest Joke Review & Giveaway (Ends 7/13)

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Ahoy there! I have some good news for you landlubbers. Pirate’s Booty, the baked cheesy snack, be launchin’ four varieties o’ Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese Dinners. All be made with organic pasta, have no artificial colorin’s or preservatives, be a good source o’ calcium and protein, and have zero grams o’ trans fats.

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I was one of the lucky few to be able to try it out before it hits the stores and I’ve got to tell you, it’s good! It’s really rich and creamy and the varieties I have tried have had excellent flavor. My kids have been asking for it daily since they tried it. As soon as it is available in the stores, I will be getting some more.

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Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese is all about bringing pirate-y, cheesy fun to the table. Since almost everyone loves a corny joke, the folks at Pirate’s Booty have created a National Cheesy Joke Contest for participants to win prizes and to generate lots of laughs. No purchase is necessary to enter the Pirate’s Booty Mac & Cheese Cheesiest Joke contest. The first prize winner will get a family vacation for four to Wisconsin Dells (includes round-trip coach flights, ground transport, hotel (4 days, 3 nights), and four amusement park tickets.

Here is a short video of my daughter telling a Cheesy Joke.

Enter the contest: Would you like to enter to win the Cheesy Joke Contest? Head over here to enter.

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Win it: You don’t have to leave this page to win something good. One lucky winner will receive Pirate’s Booty coupons valued at $50. (One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again. Winners must have a U.S.-based address to receive their prize. ) Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Disclaimer: I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Pirate’s Booty. I received Pirate’s Booty products to facilitate my review.

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