Brick Loot Monthly Box Review & Giveaway (Ends 11/27)

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If you love LEGO and surprises, you are sure to love Brick Loot! Brick Loot is a monthly subscription box company for LEGO and Brick fanatics. Subscribers will receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month the Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect. How cool is that?

This surprise box can be delivered monthly to customers of all ages and is filled to the brim with the latest and greatest brick compatible products, including the fan favorite, LEGO. The contents will include unique items that cannot be purchased at your average toy store around the corner. Brick Loot’s partners are among some of the biggest names in the toy industry, such as Brick Stix, OYO sports, Nano Blocks and Brick Forge.

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I recently received a Brick Loot Box for the month of October and I want to show you what was in there. The theme of this box was Game of Bricks. It featured The Velvet Throne, a Knight Castle, a Knight Accessory kit, some Liteup Blocks Flame Lights and a Sir DaBlock Custom 100% LEGO Minifigure. This particular kit shows that it’s for ages 6+. This is a super fun kit and I just know that my boys would LOVE to get one of these in the mail every month.

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Subscriptions start as low as $23.00 a month and varies depending on your subscription selection. The longer you subscribe, the bigger the discount you get. Keep in mind that these are bricks that you get to keep, this is not a brick rental service. Brick Loot would make a great gift for the brick fanatic whether they be a child or AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO). If you know of one, consider a subscription. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Buy it: You can order a subscription to Brick Loot online. Sweet Deals 4 Moms readers can get a special 10% discount on a 1 or 3 month subscription with code momdeals

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

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Li'l Woodzeez Schoolhouse Review

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Do your kids love play sets? and animals? If so, you may want to introduce your child to Lil Woodzeez. These adorable woodland creatures work together to take care of each other and their environment. They love to play together too.

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For this review, I was sent an assortment of Lil Woodzeez families, a schoolhouse and a classroom & playroom set. I have to admit, every time I see these sets at the store, I am drawn to them. My inner child just wants to play with them. Lucky for me, I have a 6 year old daughter who I just knew would be thrilled to play with them, so I am able to play with them with her.

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She was really excited when I revealed these to her. It really made her day. And yes, the little animals are as soft as they look. They have movable parts so that they can sit, stand, slide, etc.

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The Honeysuckle Schoolhouse comes complete with Mimi & Benjamin Handydandy mouse and a storybook.

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I really love the little moving swing. It is a favorite feature of the schoolhouse. Who doesn’t love recess?

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The 20-piece Classroom & Playground Set, which is sold separately,  features a broom, a teacher’s gown and hat, a podium, a slide, 2 student desks, an apple, a ball, a dust pan, a blackboard, a see-saw, 2 stools, 1 bell, 2 lunchboxes, 1 open book, 1 abacus, and a stack of books.  It really has everything that a school would need.

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When your child is done playing, the house closes up nicely and can be stored until you’re ready to use it again. The carry handle makes for easy transport. The set and animals are very sturdy and are sure to last for quite some time. We did end up taking it over to a friends house for awhile and it was hit with both the boys and girls.

Buy it: Lil Woodzeez products are geared for kids ages 3 and up. You can buy them at your local Target store or online. Click here to learn more.

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

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Get Ready for Halloween with Oriental Trading Company

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If you’re planning a Halloween Party this year, you just have to check out Oriental Trading Company’s HUGE selection of Halloween items. There are literally hundreds of items to choose from. Whether you are in need of sweet treats, or alternatives for candy, you are going to find what you need at a great price.

Here is an example of just a few of the items that Oriental Trading has to offer for your Halloween get together.

As you may have noticed, there is a large assortment of Peanuts themed items to be had. This Peanuts® Halloween Cupcake Holder is just about my favorite thing! This foam cupcake holder features all your favorite friends from the Peanuts cartoons and is very easy to assemble and take apart for storage.
For more Peanuts fun, you can get the Peanuts® Halloween Tablecloth as well as Peanuts® Halloween Sticker Scenes. The sticker scenes includes 12 backgrounds and 12 sticker sheets to provide a few minutes of crafting fun for all of your young guests.

And what would a Halloween party be without candy? Oriental Trading has lots of it. On the site I found Brach’s® Mini Candy Corn, which is a favorite for my kids. And what do you think of the adorable orange Halloween Candy Buffet Buckets? These are perfect for a candy buffet or other snacks of your choice.

These Halloween Unicorn Pops are sure to be a hit with the kids. You can get a dozen for $4.50.

There is also candy for passing out such as the Wrigley’s® Grab Bag Candy Assortment which features Skittles, Lifesavers, ,Starburst and more and the Concord Kidz Pix!™ Candy Assortment which contains Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops, Dubble Bubble, Blow Pops and more.

For the little ones who can’t have candy due to dietary restrictions or allergies, you can opt for non-candy treats such as these fun Skeleton Pencils. They are sure to love them.

No matter what kind of theme you need for your Halloween Party, be sure to check out the large selection of products that Oriental Trading has to offer. You are sure to find everything you need and more. Click here to shop.

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

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Protect Your Home with the @Canary Indoor Wireless Security System & @Netgear @BestBuy #BBYConnectedHome

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We all want what’s best for our families and feeling secure in your own home is likely a top priority for us all. Whether you are wanting to check in on kids or caregivers while you’re away from home or just get a complete picture of what’s going on at home when you’re not there, a good home security system can easily help you accomplish this. The Canary Indoor Wireless High-Definition All-In-One Home Security device is great for helping to keep your home safe and sound with motion detection notifications, a 90+ dB siren (which is very loud, by the way) and HomeHealth Technology. It learns the cadence of your home so it can send you accurate notifications with fewer false alarms triggered by pets or other regular activity in your house. Since the March 2015 launch, nearly 75 known burglaries, home invasions, caretaker abuse and other emergency situations have been captured by Canary, resulting in multiple arrests

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I was recently sent the Canary so that I could try it out for myself.  The setup was easy. Just place the Canary in a central location, plug it in and connect to your Wi-Fi.  You can then stream live video from your home anytime using Canary’s free mobile app which lets you see what’s happening from anywhere with your iPhone® or Android smartphone.

Capture everything that goes on in vivid HD 1080p resolution which allows you to see small details on your screen, the 147° field of view which lets see more with minimal blind spots, and infrared night vision lets you see in the dark.  You can keep an eye up to 20′ away when there’s little to no light

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If the device is set to “Arm,” you’ll receive a notification when someone arrives in your home. Use the “Watch Live” feature to check on things. It really gives you a complete picture of what’s going on at home, and it puts you in control of how to react when something goes wrong. Canary is the only solution with a 90+ decibel siren and a localized emergency call feature, which lets you contact authorities close to home from anywhere in the world. It gives movement-detection notifications to your phone that contain recorded footage and give you the options to watch live or sound the 90+ dB siren or make an emergency call.

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Another cool feature that Canary offers is HomeHealth. This lets you know if the temperature and air quality of the home is safe and comfortable – you can monitor the air quality, temperature and humidity in your home from almost anywhere.

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To get the best use out of the Canary, I was also sent the Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad included – new and exclusively from Best Buy. This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices. As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home – the average US household has 7 “connected devices” – from smart phones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the home’s network, especially the router. I can tell you that at our house, we probably have more than 7 devices connected at one time. Everything from the TV to the Playstation uses wifi. I think even my washer and dryer can connect to wifi! With the interest in online gaming and 4k TVs, connected devices such as smart thermostats, plus streaming shows from Netflix or hulu, places even more demands on the network. Many households may experience slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience “dead zones” – which could be improved upon with an “AC” router, Wi-Fi extenders and expert help. This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices – you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming.

If you’re worried about changing routers due to getting it set up, don’t be. Best Buy makes it easy with Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year. The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment.

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We were experiencing the dreaded “dead zone” in the farther regions of the house, towards the bedrooms. This wasn’t a problem, per se, but it is definitely convenient to be able to use my laptop in any room of the house I choose. The AC1900 comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones; place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. Additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones. This has greatly improved our reception in our house. I was very pleased!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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Legacy Premium Food Storage Review

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When it comes to feeding our families, one can never be too 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. Legacy Premium Food Storage is here to prepare you for when disaster strikes. It’s important to realize that whether you are facing an earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado, depending on severity, it can be days or even weeks before outside relief is provided. It’s better to be on the safe side and take matters into your own hands in this case. Prepare in advance!

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Legacy Premium Food Storage offers the best value in food storage in the food storage industry. They offer free shipping on every order with no minimum and their foods store for up to 25 years. They also carry gluten free options for those who have special sensitivities.

I was sent a few sample entrees for this review. I wasn’t sure what to expect from these, but they look pretty simple to use. All you need is a pot and boiling water to make them.

I went with the Pasta Primavera for this review. This particular bag has 4 servings in it. Instructions are given on the back for making either 2 or 4 servings.

As you can see, this product is non-gmo, vegetarian, no trans fat and low cholesterol. The calories and health information is included for those of you who like to read labels.

When you open the bag, you have to remove the oxygen absorber before cooking. Once it’s out, you can shake up the contents of the bag as per the directions. Mine needed to cook for 12-15 minutes.

Here is the finished product. I thought it looked pretty appetizing for survival food. It even had peas and carrots in it. I give it 2 thumbs up.

Whether you’re looking for long term food storage, survival kits, or water storage, Prepare Wise is going to have what you need. You can shop their products here.

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

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Introducing Del Taco’s New Handcrafted Ensaladas & Giveaway (Ends 10/11) #SaladAtDel #UnFreshingBelievable

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Introducing the new Handcrafted Ensaladas from Del Taco. Priced at $5.49, these new Handcrafted Ensaladas are salads you’ll crave for under 600 calories (with cilantro pepita ranch dressing)! Each salad is made to order for you with a fresh lettuce blend, sliced Hass avocado, handmade pico de gallo, and fresh house-made tortilla chips. Choose from Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad, Mexican Chopped Chicken Salad and Signature Taco Salad. Prefer ground turkey over beef? Just ask for it to be substituted! Going veggie? No problem, just ask for your salad without meat.

I was excited to head over to Del Taco with my family over the weekend to try this new menu item. I went with the Signature Taco Salad which was super filling and delicious. Every time I go to Del Taco, I am always so impressed with the quality and amount of food we get for the price. For my family of 5, we are always able to eat for just around $25 which is nothing to sneeze at these days. Del Taco ranks #1 on my list of fast food options.

Buy it: Head over to your local Del Taco and try one of the Handcrafted Ensaladas for yourself. For a limited time, you can download a coupon for a free small drink with the purchase of a salad here

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Original New York Seltzer is Back!

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Call me nostalgic, but there are certain memories from my childhood that give me the warm fuzzies. For whatever reason, most of these memories involve food and drink products. At the very top of my list of good childhood memories is the Original New York Seltzer. Do you remember these? I remember getting to have one as a special treat every now and again and I especially remember putting them in my lunch box to bring on a field trip. I would wrap it in tin foil to keep it cold. My favorite flavors were root beer and black cherry.

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Well, if the thought of New York Seltzer makes you happy, I have some great news for you. It’s back and it tastes just like it used to! Imagine my glee when I was sent this awesome variety pack sampler from the kind folks at ONYS. They included all the flavors for me and my family to try. The flavors included in the variety pack are Black Cherry, Peach, Raspberry, Lemon & Lime, Vanilla Cream, and Root Beer. I am excited though, because it looks like they will be releasing a new flavor soon: Blueberry.

What I love about Original New York Seltzer now is that they use no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or corn syrup and that it tastes good without being overly sweet. While I had been partial to the Root Beer and Black Cherry before, I have to say that Vanilla Cream is now a strong contender for most delicious in my opinion. My kids are also hooked now. I am glad that my childhood memory can now also be theirs.

Buy it: Original New York Seltzer can be purchased online and at select retailers. Click here to shop.

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

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Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair Review

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If you love camping, hiking, tailgating or any other kind of outdoor activity, you have probably ended up in a situation where you didn’t have a place to sit except for the ground a time or two. While this may be fine for the younger folks, it might not be ideal for some of us who, (to put it politely) just aren’t spring chickens anymore. If this sounds like you, you might want to check out the Treo Chair from Therm-a-Rest.  

You might not believe it, but there is a chair in this little plastic pod. In fact, it is a part of the chair. As you can see, it has an integrated elastic band which secures the chair closed and a carry handle for easy transport. It’s small enough to pack in a bag or backpack too if you’d prefer.

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When you open the pod, you will find these pieces inside. Obviously, these are the parts you need to complete the chair. This can be accomplished in just a minute or two. It’s very similar to putting together a small tent.

This is the finished product. I really love the style. It’s got a nice overall look to it. It’s also very comfy and sturdy. The chair sits at 13″ high so that you can get into it easily and believe it or not, this chair supports up to 250 lbs.

As you can imagine, this chair is a huge hit at our house. The kids have been “taking turns” using it, but I will get it packed up soon and most likely will keep it in the car to have on hand for a spontaneous adventure. Yes, my spontaneous adventures do involve sitting at times (ie: trip to the beach).

Buy it: If you have alot of outdoor adventures, you might like to have a Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair on hand. You can get one as well as other outdoor products from Therm-a-Rest.

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


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