Weight Loss Update!!!

Just another little update- as of today, I am down 20 LBS!!!
WHOOO-HOOO!!!!
I took that “New Year, New YOU” to heart  🙂

I will be sharing some more fun weight loss products with you this week- but it has ALL been done with diet and exercise!  No fancy diet plans, either.  Plus, a 3 year old who steals all “fun” food off my plate, LOL.

I’m excited to share some of my new finds with you if you are also trying to slim down or get healthy. 
It’s time for that summer slim down, and I need all the help I can get, LOL.
Peace and love to you, bloggy buddies!
~Samantha

Hershey’s Track and Field Contest!

Hershey’s, while mostly known for it’s delicious chocolate and candies, has another project that they would like you to know about.  Hershey’s Track and Field Games!  Really- from Hershey’s.  I know, I know.  Odd combo.  But, since chocolate is not exactly low fat- I guess Hershey wanted you to know that exercise is also important for you!  I have to tell you- LOVE the water bottle.  It holds a LOT of water, which is great for on-the-go. 


Physical activity is important at any age, but by encouraging your children to be active, you can help them gain an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle at a young age.

Since 1978, The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and hard work. Now in its 34th year, HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games hosts thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in nearly 4,000 North American communities. They will compete this spring and summer in track and field events ranging from the standing long jump and softball throw to a variety of running and relay races – and all at no cost of entry. All you need is a pair of shoes.

To program culminates each year with the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. Held each year in August, the North American Final Meet hosts 450 outstanding young participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. During the weekend, participants tour the world’s largest chocolate factory and visit Hersheypark amusement park, among other exciting activities.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic decathlon legend Rafer Johnson will again return as HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games ambassadors in 2011.

To further encourage physical activity among kids and families, Hershey is teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes to be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Program participants will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to state and provincial meets, which will then be recycled into Nike Grind. A HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind.

So lace up your children’s favorite pair of sneakers and get ready to cheer them on at the finish line! To learn more about HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, and to find a local event in your area, please visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com.
 

One of you can win a HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games prize pack, which includes a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers. 
Here is how to enter!
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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends May 14, 2011.

Disclosure- the prize pack, information and additional prize pack  for the winner were all provided by The Hershey Company through MyBlogSpark.

TheraBreath Review and Contest

I was given the pleasure of trying some new breath cleaning products made by Therabreath and Dr.Harold Katz. Dr Katz is the founder of “The California Breath Clinics”, and he has been on television shows like “The View” and “CBS Early Show” and has helped millions in his quest to vanquish bad breath.
The products I was given to try are Therabreath toothpaste, Therabreath oral rinse and the Therabreath mouth wetting lozenges. The toothpaste. Right off the bat, without even opening it up, take a look at the ingredients- you do want to know what you put in your mouth, don’t you? Well, most of the ingredients in Therabreath toothpaste are natural ingredients. Yay! Also, the packaging itself is “green”, both in the colors (green, orange, and white) but it is also environmentally kind. And it is even Kosher and safe for diabetics. Now, onto the important part- the taste and texture. No problems there! The taste is minty and fresh without any strange aftertastes or chemically enhanced “freshness”, natural mint, very nice. The texture is also good to the point where, when finished brushing, my teeth feel clean and smooth.
The oral rinse is meant to be used after the toothpaste. The rinse has the ingredient: OXYD-8, which is an oxidizer and destroys odor causing bacteria. The longer you swish it around, the better a job the rinse will do at getting all the little buggers before they give you bad breath. Doctor Katz suggests swishing and gargling for 30 seconds then spitting and gargling for another 45 seconds. Something to take note of is the lack of alcohol or chloride in both the toothpaste and the oral rinse. Alcohol gives rinses that familiar burn that usually turns people away, including Little Man. He LOVES the rinse. He is like his mommy, obsessed with teeth!
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Vidazorb Coupon

St Patrick’s Day May Be Over, But the Luck Continues On! 

All week long, enjoy 40% off at the Vidazorb online store. The Luck of the Irish has it that all lucky things come in fours. So, on Monday the 25th one lucky winner who has used coupon code CSP40 will receive 4 free bottles of their choice of product.  
Offer good through March 24th.

Shop Now

Make sure to use coupon code CSP40 for your chance to win!

Dinosaur Train Contest!

IT’S NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH!  DINOSAUR TRAIN CELEBRATES
WITH NUTRITIOUS ACTIVITIES AND A DINOSAUR TRAIN WORLD TOUR DVD GIVEAWAY!


March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “Eat right with Color,” encourages everyone to remember to include a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day.

A healthy diet is important to us all, just as it was to Dinosaurs many years ago.  With the month of March focusing on nutrition, it’s  the perfect  time to look at some great ideas and resources provided by The American Dietetic Association to eat a healthy diet!    And, we invite you to to teach your child how to prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic filled with great food and fun by visiting Dinosaur Train on the PBS parent’s site: http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

To help parents, the American Dietetic Association provides many resources available at www.eatright.org/nnm .  They even have a downloadable PDF (http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=11421 content.aspx?id=11421> ) listing 25 healthy snacks for kids, including these five great ideas:

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy
sandwich.

Next, Buddy can help you and your child prepare a vegetarian (herbivore) picnic. The Have A Brachiosaurus Picnic activity (http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html> ) helps young children to learn what foods fit into an herbivore’s diet (fruits and vegetables); reminds children about the importance of hand washing before eating; and also creates an opportunity to discuss why all animals need to eliminate waste from their bodies (a.k.a. “poop”).

The downloadable PDF file, available at http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf dinosaurtrain/activities/pdfs/picnic.pdf> , provides the ingredients to prepare Brachiosaurus Picnic, with fun food items on the menu, including:

o  Brachiosaurus Super Salad: The kids will have fun tearing up green leafy veggies into bite-size pieces and mixing ranch dressing with green coloring to make a tasty topping.
o  Sauropod Sandwich: With a plastic knife, cut pieces of whole wheat bread in the shape of a favorite dinosaur and spread with cheese spread or peanut butter.
o  Herbivore Herb and Spinach Spread: Mix frozen spinach, dried onion soup mix, sour cream, celery sticks and crackers
o  Green Juice – fill a child’s plastic cup with apple juice and add green food color to make a green beverage fit for an herbivore.

And as we all know, digestion is a very important part of keeping healthy for both humans…and dinosaurs back in the day! Click thttp://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/videos/video-dinosaurpoop-song.htmlto watch the video clip of the song “Every Dinosaur Poops” and talk about why every animal needs to go, and what would happen if the animal didn’t poop out the parts of the food its body didn’t need.

Another fun way to explore “poop” is with Uncle Milton’s new Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit, just one of a range of new science themed toys geared to make science more interesting, engaging and accessible for children. With the Dino Poop kit, kids can discover what the dinosaur had for lunch!  Did he have fish or did he eat a plant?  Once kids find pieces of what he ate, they can put them together to create their own fossil imprint to figure it out!  It’s OK parents, it’s not real poop…it’s soft, pliable dino dough!  Available at Toys”R”Us (SRP: $7.99, ages 4+)

The hit television series Dinosaur Train® airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).

We would appreciate your promoting the following sites in conjunction with this promotion.
Dinosaur Train on PBS: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ dinosaurtrain/>
The Jim Henson Company: www.henson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hensoncompany
Twitter: http://twitter.com/hensonparents hensonparents>
http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/picnic.html>

In addition to the television series, there is also a DINOSAUR TRAIN interactive website at PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain. Buddy, Tiny and Mr. Conductor guide children as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities.  For information on the DINOSAUR TRAIN geocache program—a fast growing adventure game that inspires families to get out and discover treasures together go to www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain dinosaurtrain> dinosaurtrain >  


One of you will win the new DINOSAUR TRAIN: PTERANODON FAMILY WORLD TOUR ADVENTURE  DVD, which will be released on March 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Kids.  

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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!


DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends  April 2,  2011.  

Clean and Healthy Tips for a Germ-Free Nursery- Guest Post

Clean and Healthy Tips for a Germ-Free Nursery
By Germ Expert Dr. Benjamin Tanner

Maintaining a clean and healthy nursery for your little one can seem like a never ending task. A recent Playtex
survey revealed that having a clean and healthy nursery environment is a key priority for 65% of moms,
underscoring the importance of keeping this special room as sanitary as possible. Germ expert Dr. Benjamin
Tanner offers five simple and easy tips to help parents do just that.

Learn the ABCs of disinfectants vs. cleaners: Cleaners remove soils, but may still spread germs around, while
disinfectants kill germs when used correctly. To use a disinfectant correctly in a nursery, remove your baby from
the spray or wipe zone and apply the product liberally. After the label-specified time elapses, wipe off the surface
with a wet cloth to get rid of any residual chemicals so your baby’s delicate skin doesn’t touch these chemicals. It’s
also wise to disinfect hard floors and vacuum carpets routinely to keep germ levels low.

Know the nursery hot spots: Germ “hot spots” in the nursery are the areas that come in contact with waste in
diapers and other body fluids, directly or indirectly. Areas where most bacteria typically gather include the floor,
changing table, toys and toy chest, and laundry hamper – these spots should be disinfected at least once a day to
kill these bacteria. Make sure to focus on these key areas more than others when disinfecting in the nursery, and
use a proper disinfectant, not just a cleaner.

Eliminate germs and messes during change time: The changing table is one of the key hot spots, and the place
where diaper messes and germs are transferred from the diaper to baby’s skin. Establish a quick, mess-free diaper
changing routine to help keep these germs at bay, keeping supplies handy and close by in a dedicated changing
area. Get rid of diapers in a hygienic fashion that keeps germs sealed away – the Diaper Genie II Elite® Pail seals
odor into the pail and out of your nursery unlike an ordinary trash can. Diapers only touch the disposable film, not
the pail, so there is one less thing to clean. It also offers a convenient foot pedal, allowing you to hold your child
and dispose of a diaper at the same time, and has Antimicrobial Protection built into the plastic to inhibit odor-
causing bacteria.

Keep it clean after a change: Keep soap and warm water, or where not available, antibacterial hand wipes nearby
to use after changing your baby. This will help stop the spread of germs within the nursery. And place a special,
separate hamper inside the nursery to use specifically for heavily soiled baby laundry, which will help prevent
bacteria on this laundry from spreading. Studies have shown that laundry, especially if it has come in contact with
bodily fluids, can harbor great quantities of bacteria and even spread them to clean clothes through normal
washing cycles.

Be mindful of germs when sickness creeps in: Take special precautions within the nursery when you or the baby is
sick to prevent spread of illness to other children and throughout the rest of the nursery. Disinfect nursery hot
spots even more frequently than normal, including the floor, changing table and laundry hamper, and cover all
coughs and sneezes and wash hands before contact with baby and when entering the nursery.

Skin MD Review and Contest!

Skin MD Natural is a light and non-greasy lotion that works to prevent and heal dry skin. It does not have any heavy scents, so it is great for men, women, kids, anyone to use!
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15 from Skin MD Natural is really fabulous. We all know we need to use sunblock daily- both for heath and for beauty. Sunblock keeps us looking youthful for longer, keeping the sun from damaging our skin and making us appear older. It also prevents harmful damage that can cause cancer and other unhealthy signs of skin damage, like skin spots. And moisturizing is so important to a fresh face and healthy skin. (Especially in this weather- YUCK!)
I never wear lotion on my face, except a few brands especially made just for faces with sunblock in them to moisturize. I get breakouts, rashes, or blackheads. Or, if I’m really “lucky”, all of them at once! I tried some Skin MD on a small patch of skin on my cheek to see what would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing bad! And it felt smooth. So I tried it all over, and it was great. No breakouts, no oily-ness, no extra blackheads. Yay!
It has no heavy smell, so my husband and Little Man liked it as well. Little Man has that awful skin, so anything that may help is a good thing in my book!

A bit about why Skin MD is “Natural”

“Currently the FDA has no regulations concerning the labeling of beauty or skin care products as natural. Products containing toxic, even potentially carcinogenic, ingredients can label and market themselves as natural. Skin MD Natural is over 93% “natural” and the ingredients that are not “natural” are of food or medical grade quality and on the FDA’s most safe list.
Our lotions are made to be free of parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and other irritating ingredients. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and eco-friendly. We don’t participate in animal testing or use any animal products in our lotions and Skin MD Natural is formulated in the United States in a facility that uses 100% solar power
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Giant Microbes- Review and Contest

 Very recently, I opened my mailbox, and it was just FULL of diseases and ailments!   All sorts of germy, sickly, cute contagions were just all over the place.  Wait…what?  Yes, I said cute, LOL.

Of course, I’m talking about Giant Microbes!  And they didn’t make me sick, they made me laugh.  I have to confess right up front- I’m a SUPER fan of this company.  They make all sorts of viruses, spores, diseases, etc in GIANT size, with eyes and in plush, vinyl, and all sorts of assorted merchandise.
And I mean really- what’s better then giving someone Flesh Eating Disease for their birthday?  LOL…it would be the most original gift they got, for sure! 
Confession #2- I gave these out as wedding favors when we got married.  I really, really did.  I figured my aunt was giving me an ulcer– why not give her one back?  HA!  It was so much fun- everyone loved them, and still talks about them years later.  Yeah yeah, no plastic swans here!  I got a bunch of various Giant Microbes, and left them on the tables next to the place cards.   OK, maybe a little odd (I admit it!) but also a lot of fun.  Best. Gifts. Ever.

(We did these, and the fundraiser stuffed animals for charity- every “even” person got a Giant Microbe, every “odd” one got one that helped raise money for charity when we purchased it.)  

This time- we got to review The Common Cold Plush Doll, Bed Bug Vinyl Doll, and the Amoeba Petri Dish.  Fun, fun!

I love these guys.  And they are so much fun- they come with all these facts about them printed on their tags, so you get to learn all about your disease!  🙂 

Want a chance to win from Giant Microbes?
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OOO, so many ways to win! Good luck!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.  Open to US shipping addresses only.  Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above.  Sponsor is responsible for providing and mailing prize. Ends  March 28,  2011.