Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday GG 2011 My Memories Suite Review and Giveaway

My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

My Memories Suite will help you build beautiful pages from scratch or to make a page using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software. A large collection of papers and embellishments are available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely your own. Drop in your in pictures in seconds-then crop, edit, retouch and rotate them right on the page. If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished. But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning.

You can make a beautiful scrapbook an interactive memory experience for anyone who sees it. Use simple one-click options to enhance your scrapbooks, with music, narration, video, and even the Internet. Go beyond pictures by showing off video of the birthday party, or record a narration to capture the memories that pictures alone cannot.

This software is super easy to use and produces great results

Check out the cute Christmas page I created of Shane

You can buy My Memories Suite 2 HERE for only $39.97 Use my coupon code STMMMS25980 for a $10 discount which means you can get the whole thing for only $29.97!

Win a copy in time for the Holidays

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rent your books next semester

Having a Bachelors degree I went through many semesters of purchasing expensive books. In fact in makes me sick to think how much I spent on books in my college career.

I wish there was when I was in college.
offers you the option to rent your books for a savings of 40-90% off of bookstore prices.
Plus you get free shipping both ways, you can highlight in the textbooks and they have flexible renting periods.

Plus you are helping as good cause as donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented. They are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need. How Awesome is that!

Here is how it works

Take a minute to check them out for next semester!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Keep your pictures Safe with Sandisk Giveaway 4 winners

One of the things that is most important to me as a photographer is backing up my pictures. You never know when your computer will crash and all those precious pictures will be gone forever.

I think about what would happen if I ever lost my photos especially the ones of my son and I tear up. So to save myself from that disaster I use the SanDisk Memory Vault. This is one of the first devices designed for long-term data preservation.

The SanDisk Memory Vault is a photo album for the digital age that allows consumers to preserve images in one reliable location. The device connects to a computer's USB port for easy drag-and-drop functionality and features a sleek, ruggedized, metallic design that looks great on any desktop and fits into any drawer.

The SanDisk Memory Vault is available in 8 gigabyte (GB)3 and 16GB capacities and can store thousands of images and hours of HD video4. The device carries MSRPs of $49.99 and $89.99

This is definitely something that would be on my wishlist this Holiday Season if I didn't own one already.

Sandisk has offered 4 of you coupon codes for 20% off the SanDisk Memory Vault NOTE: codes will only be redeemable at the SanDisk online store ( until December 31st

Photographer Must Have LemonDrop Stop Backdrops and floordrops

LemonDrop sells backdrops and floordrops in High quality canvas, vinyl canvas blend and polypaper.

Jessica the Founder, LemonDrop Stop is a photographer who started LemonDrop Stop because she had a hard time finding backdrops and floor drops online.

They offer the cutest designs and there are so many options.

I was super excited to be given the opportunity to review the Trellis Grey polypaper backdrop. This is a high quality backdrop for a very reasonable price. The polypaper drops are $50 plus shipping. It is 60 inches by 5 feet but can be ordered bigger for a small additional fee.

I already have several drops on my wish list for this holiday

Including these 2

Urban door

and Faded Harlequin Rosy

Another great thing LemonDrop stop offers is a Reward program so you can earn free Backdrops/floordrops

LemonDrop Stop™ Rewards

Here's how it works:

You earn Reward points every time you purchase backdrops from LemonDrop Stop™.
Earn reward points on everything you buy from LemonDrop Stop™ *.

For every $10 you spend, you earn one Reward point.

for example (but not limited to these examples),

Earn 50 Reward points and you receive a free 5' Polypaper backdrop on your next order.

Earn 75 Reward points and you receive a free 5' VinylCanvas backdrop on your next order.

Earn 150 Reward points and you receive a free 5' Canvas backdrop on your next order.

(Each Reward point has a $1 cash value on the LemonDrop Stop™ website.

Check out Lemondrop Stop HERE
Check out Their Facebook HERE

Their backdrops and floor drops are the Perfect gift for the photographer in your life this Holiday season

Thursday, November 24, 2011

12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop

Welcome to 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway Hop
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Welcome to the Ethertons

Up for Grabs is a $50 Gift Card to

Problem solvers is a great site that offers toy's and games and other great items for kids. Perfect to find that special gift for the little love of your life for the holidays.

Problem solvers Sent me the Auto-Grind Lighted Salt & Pepper Mills

These stainless steel salt-and-pepper mills are engineered with battery-powered, ceramic grinders and LED food-targeted light to help you season flawlessly in any light. Grind level is adjustable. Acrylic stand catches granules. Uses 4 AAA batteries (not included).

• Salt and pepper grinders
• Lighted salt & pepper mills
• Adjustable grind levels
• Stand included

They retail for 49.95 and are really great. I love to cook and these are great for adding fresh salt and pepper. I love the light so that when we are eating at the table in low light we can still season our food. A must have for anyone who loves to cook. has been kind enough to offer one of my readers a $50 Gift Card

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday GG 2011 Ozeri Maestro Electric Wine Opener Giveaway

I just discovered a new product that I am totally in love with and would make a great holiday gift especially for that person that is hard to shop for because they have everything.

Ozeri Maestro Electric Wine Opener with Infrared Wine Thermometer and Digital LCD Display.

Inspired by the wine cellar tradition of monitoring wine temperature with precision to ensure the best flavors and aromas, the Ozeri Maestro Electric Wine Opener blends an advanced electric wine opener with a new state of the art infrared non contact thermometer.

-opens up to 80 bottles of wine on a single charge
-built-in thermometer displays both wine bottle and room temperature readings on its digital LCD screen.
- a digital battery meter on its LCD screen so that you are never out of charge
- operates without cords via the simple push of a button.
- includes an elegant recharging base with a built in foil cutter to remove wine seals.
- opens both natural and synthetic corks
- an ergonomic grip for easy handling
- Digital battery meter displays on an LCD screen so you never run out of charge

We really love this Wine opener. I love the ease of use and the ability to read the wines temperature. I would definitely recommend this opener as a holiday gift this season. It retails for $79.99 and can be found on Amazon.

Ozeri has been kind enough to offer one of my readers a Maestro Electric Wine Opener.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

HOLIDAY GG 2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Wii Game

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Shane is in love with this game. It is really good for getting him moving and keeping him entertained. He enjoys the dancing and customization of the characters.
His favorite character is Simon and his favorite song so far is La Bamba.

I love that it gets him up and moving and it plays on his love of music. Its so cute to watch him dance with the characters.

How it works:

You Choose any of the six chipmunks--Alvin, Simon, Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor--as playable characters.
The you can perform 50 different dance moves by following the moves on the screen in time to the beat; the closer to the beat you perform the move, the more points you will earn.
Rock out to 30 of the greatest chipmunk tunes as you entertain roaring crowds.
Perform fantastic finishing moves to increase your score by filling up your "Munk Power" meter.
Customize your characters choosing across four categories including shirts, hats, glasses and bling!

Full Music Track List Includes:

All Day and All of the Night
All Star
Beat It
Bring It On
California Dreamin’
Crocodile Rock
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
I Fought The Law
It’s Tricky
Just Like Heaven
Karma Chameleon
Kids In America
La Bamba
Life Is A Highway
Love Shack (w/ The Chipettes)
Oh Pretty Woman
Only Want to Be With You
Play That Funky Music Chipmunk
Shake Your Groove Thing
Stayin’ Alive
Surfin’ Safari
The Chipmunk Song
Turn the Beat Around (w/ The Chipettes)
Video Killed the Radio Star
Walkin’ On The Sun
We’re the Chipmunks (Deetown Remix)
Whip It
Witch Doctor
You Really Got Me
You Spin Me ‘Round

This would make a great stocking stuffer for kids of all ages. It is available for Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii. It is available on amazon right now for $29.99.

Holiday GG 2011 Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck

For the Last 2 months My Son has been talking about one of the hottest toys out this Holiday season -Mattel's Matchbox Smokey The Fire Truck.  So imagine the excitement when I learned I would be given the opportunity to review it.

Smokey the Fire truck is a real working fire truck brought to life.
This interactive buddy talks, tells jokes, eats, exercises and sings.
Smokey is a freewheeling friend is complete with movable hoses that spray water mist
Features expandable ladders and sensors that respond to the child's movements.

Smokey can be pushed around the house like a regular truck but he is so much more than that Smokey takes interactive to a new level. Smokey talks to your child. He says so many neat/funny phrases. His mouth moves as he speaks.
You child can help put out fires by using Smokey's cannon to shoot out blue balls (water cannons) that represent water to help put out fires. Shane loves helping him put out fires. He has a leaver on his side that puts him up and down. Pull him up for singing mode or down for character mode.

As A mom, I think he is adorable and says lots of cute things. Shane plays with him all day long and he is one of those toys that Shane will not tire of because of how interactive he is. The only complaint I have is he is a little loud but well worth it for the joy and hours of fun he brings Shane.

See him in action

Smokey retails for $60.00 but can be found on sale several places. Amazon currently has him for $40.00. He is a MUST have toy for the Holidays this year.

Monday, November 21, 2011

HOLIDAY GG 2011 Gourmet Gift Basket Giveaway

We love Gift baskets here. They are quality baskets stuffed to the max with amazing gourmet treats.

This Holiday season they have really nice gift baskets. I have had the opportunity several times in the past to sample their baskets and am very impressed each time I receive one.

This year Gourmet gift baskets is donating several care packages to soldiers for the Holiday's. What an outstanding way to give back!

Gourmet Gift baskets has also been kind enough to offer one of my readers a Christmas Gift Basket Classic.

This awesome basket includes

· Almond Pecan-dy Crunch by Morley Candy Makers - 9.25 oz. - This ultra-luxurious candy crunch is made by covering gourmet popcorn and pecans in a rich, smooth caramel glaze.
· Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies by J&M Foods - 6 oz. - Made with only the finest of natural ingredients, these cookies will satisfy even the most discerning chocoholic.
· Dipping Pretzels by East Shore Specialty Foods - 6 oz. - These extraordinary pretzels are the perfect unsalted snack!
· Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip - 7.8 oz. - This gourmet raspberry honey mustard dip adds a flavorful zing to pretzels, and goes especially well with the East Shore Specialty Foods Dipping Pretzels that we have included in our Gift Baskets for Christmas.
· Salted Peanuts in Box by Feridie's - 7 oz. – Only the finest peanuts, flavored with salt, these gourmet snacks are just as Mother Nature intended.
· Signature Dark Chocolate Bar by Lake Champlain - 3 oz. - This decadent and complex dark chocolate bar will satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning chocolate lover.
· Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion Peanut Company - 10 oz. - This flavorful peanut crunch is made with only top of the line gourmet peanuts, brown sugar, and “AA” grade butter. Taste them and you will understand that the best ingredients create the best peanut crunch!
· Metropolitan Trail Mix by - 4 oz. - Our proprietary blend of nuts and dried fruit is a delicious and surprisingly healthy snack.
· Parmesan Artichoke & Garlic Cheese Biscuits by Salem Baking Company - 1.5 oz. - These crumbly biscuits will melt in your mouth leaving a trail of flavor to be savored.
· Chocolate Covered Cherries by Marich - 2.3 oz. - These indulgent gourmet chocolate covered cherries are one of the favorite snacks in our line of Holiday Gift Baskets.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Disney's Prep and Landing DVD

On November 22nd, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases

PREP & LANDING is an adorable holiday story about a high-tech team of elves who ensure homes around the world are properly prepared for their visit from Santa. After working for a tireless 227 years, an elf named Wayne, voiced by Dave Foley (Disney Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars), is upset when he doesn’t receive an expected promotion. Instead he is partnered with an idealistic rookie elf named Lanny, voiced by Derek Richardson (TV’s “Men in Trees”), to execute a special Christmas Eve mission. While on their journey, Wayne and Lanny encounter unexpected challenges that push them to their limits and ultimately threaten Christmas for children around the world. Bonus features include entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop, "Operation Secret Santa" and much more!

Bonus Features:

· Prep & Landing Stocking Stuffer Shorts:

– “Tiny’s Big Adventure“ – The assistant to the North Pole Christmas Eve Command Center is trying to make a pot of coffee and in the process, accidentally ruins the elves' break room

– “Operation Secret Santa” – Lead elves Lanny and Wayne are sent on a special assignment by Mrs. Clause (voice of Betty White) into Santa's office

· Prep & Landing Kringle Academy Training Videos – Entertaining Elf training videos shot in Santa’s workshop

– Fruitcake Factory/Spa Navidad

– Welcome to Kringle Academy

– Kringle Academy Equipment Training

– Academy Do’s and Don’ts

This DVD is a must have for the Holiday season. My son loves the elves especially Lanny the rookie elf. He thinks they are "so funny". He also requests we watch the bonus feature Operation Secret Santa. He really took to the Elf Lanny and this bonus feature has Lanny. This is such a great movie we will be taking it with us to watch again on our 3 hour trip to and from Grandma and Grandpa's house for Thanksgiving.

Prep and Landing is a 1-Disc DVD and retails for $19.99 U.S. / $24.99 Canada

Beauty & The Beast: Special Editions on Blu-ray & DVD

My favorite movie as a kid was Beauty & The Beast.

So I was excited to learn of the Beauty & The Beast: Special Editions on Blu-ray & DVD
On November 22nd, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases the following:


BEAUTY & THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION is a delightful tale! Share in the wonder as Mrs. Potts recounts another “tale as old as time” about a Christmas past that almost wasn’t – thanks to the scheming of former court composer Forte, who is determined to keep Belle and Beast apart forever. This enchanting adventure boasts delightful songs, spellbinding visuals and enduring themes of hope, friendship and love. Bonus features include a behind the scenes featurette, , Disney Sing-a-long mode, "As Long As There's Christmas" music video and much more!

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./ $46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./ $35.99 Canada

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD SPECIAL EDITION is a new Special Edition inspired by the original classic, Beauty and the Beast. Join Belle, Disney’s spirited princess, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, plus some charming new friends, as they discover how teamwork and friendship can turn a once-gloomy castle into a dazzling palace fit for a princess! This fun-filled, instant classic with your favorite characters and enchanting songs proves that true beauty shines from within! Bonus features include Disney’s Sing Me a Story with Belle “What’s Inside Counts," Belle’s Delightful Dinner Game, and much more!

1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./ $35.99 Canada
Standard Definition Movie Download = $29.99 U.S./ $35.99 Canada

I love these Special editions. BELLE'S MAGICAL WORLD SPECIAL EDITION is my favorite.
I loved watching the castle turn into a palace and the songs are just beautiful.
Both these would make great stocking stuffers for the Holidays this year.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday GG 2011 Reuseit

Recently I discovered a new site that offers reusable products that are great for every day.

After looking through the wide variety of products they offer I was excited to be given the opportunity to review 2 products from the Food & Beverage Preparation section of their site.

The Orka by Mastrad Popsicle Molds, Set of 4

These are great for Shane and I to make homemade popsicles.

Set of 4 molds - designed to make homemade ice pops
Small serving size is perfect for sensible portions and for kids
Stand allows for easy transport to/from freezer & prevents tipping
Cup-shaped base catches drips as you eat
Silicone tab on ice pop mold for easy removal
Recipe booklet included
Freezer and dishwasher safe
5-year manufacturer warranty

The Takeya 2.0L Airtight Fruit Infusion Jug

I have been drinking a lot of water lately and what a neat way to switch it up by using this jug to infuse fruit flavor in my water.


BPA-free, also free of phthalates
Flavor beverages naturally with fruit
Soft grip handle adds a splash of color
Airtight lid with built-in screen
Stain & odor-resistant
Safe for hot & cold beverages
Locks in freshness, won’t spill or leak
Slim design fits in most refrigerator doors
Dishwasher safe

Check out Reuseit HERE to see all the great products they offer. I am sure you'll find many great items for the people on your Holiday list this year.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cheerios Helping Military Families +GIVEAWAY

When our troops are called to serve, their families must rise to meet the challenges of service as well. To thank them, Cheerios® and the USO have partnered in a postcard campaign that spreads Cheer directly to these honorable military families and supports USO programs.

Here’s how it works:

Now through November, 2011 at your local grocer, specially-marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will feature Cheer postcards on the front of the box. Consumers can simply cut out the postcard from the Cheerios logo, write a message of thanks on the back, add a stamp and mail the pre-addressed card to the USO. The USO will deliver the Cheer card to military families across the country.

For each postcard received through November 2012, Cheerios will make a $1 donation to the USO to help fund programs that support military families.

To kick off the campaign, Cheerios has already donated $150,000 to the USO and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received from specially marked boxes now through November 30th, 2012.

Sending a “Cheer” postcard is a simple way to say thanks and lift the spirits of our country’s military families. So, take a moment out of your day to spread some Cheer and send a message of thanks!

Cheerios has offered one of my readers a prize pack that includes
1 Cheerios cereal bowl
1 Cheerios cereal spoon
1 cereal dispenser
1 “Cheer” box of Cheerios

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday GG 2011 Jiffy Steamer

Want a unique gift option for the person that has everything or the photographer in your life.

Jiffy Steamer

Jiffy Sent me the J-2000 steamer to review. It's a Personal Steamer that is very useful. It helps around the house with all kinds of things including removing wrinkles in clothing, bedding and even can help remove wallpaper.

I can attest to the fact it does all of the things above plus for a photographer like me it also is a life saver in getting wrinkles out of my backgrounds so my pictures look neat and clean.

The Jiffy J-2000 steamer is made for home or light commercial use. It has a unique high-impact plastic housing for durability and wheels that swivel for mobility. The J-2000 heats up in just 2 minutes and will offer a 1.5 hours of steaming per filling with a convenient gallon water caddy that fits securely into the base of the steamer.

This steamer retails for $219.00 and is worth every penny.

Jiffy Steamer also offers many other steamer options including a travel, professional and hat steamers. All steamers are Made in the USA.

Check out all the Steamers they offer HERE

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday GG 2011 Lego review and Giveaway

Legos are favorite of all kids. Shane loves his Legos and is especially interested in Lego city.

I like Legos because the promote creativity, imaginative play and other skills.

Lego's has come a long way since I was a kid. They now make different sets for different age groups.
They have The

-Duplo sets for 18 months and up. These sets come with bigger legos and animals and cars. All bigger pieces to prevent choking and encourage play.

-Bricks and More sets for 4+ years. These are regular sized legos featuring classic lego bricks and elements.

-Creator sets for ages 6+ these sets encourage model creation with step by step building instructions. Most of these sets are 3 in 1.

-Technic sets for ages 8+ years. These sets are for advanced builders with challenging and engaging functional models that mimic the real world counterparts. Some models even have power.

Lego also offers many Themed sets such as Atlantis, Space Police, and Star Wars just to name a few.

The favorite sets in this house are the Lego City. Lego city for ages 5+ are Evergreen themes around everyday, downtown heros and iconic models packed with building and role playing value.

We were very excited to review the Lego CITY Speed Boat and Fishing Boat. These are both great additions to any Lego city set and make great stocking stuffers.

The Lego City Speed Boat has 34 pieces and includes a sailor minifigure with lifejacket.

The Lego City Fishing Boat is 64 pieces and includes a sailor and fisherman minifigures, fishing rod, fish, coffee cup, 2 life vests, binoculars and a
shark figure.

Geared towards all ages No matter what kid you are buying for this year there is a Lego set that will be just perfect.

Lego has been kind enough to offer one of my readers a Lego CITY Speed Boat and Fishing Boat.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dress up your Salad and more with Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing

One of my favorite things to have with dinner is Salad. In fact at least once a week I make salad my entire dinner. It is such a staple in our house. Its simple, healthy and can be made a variety of ways so you don't feel like you are having the same thing over and over.

Sometimes when I have time, I like to make my own homemade salad dressing. With time not on my side most days, I can't do that and so I look to a pre-made dressings to complete my salad.

I don't like just any bottled dressings. I like dressings that are made with natural ingredients that would be closest to homemade. This way I am providing my family with a dressing that is not artificial and unhealthy. I was so excited when I was recently given the opportunity to try Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressings and I fell in love with right away.

Marzetti Simply Salad dressings come in 10 flavors/varieties and are made with a minimal number of all-natural, simple ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil and sea salt.

Simply Dressed® Balsamic
Simply Dressed® Blue Cheese
Simply Dressed® Caesar
Simply Dressed® Champagne
Simply Dressed® Coleslaw
Simply Dressed® Ginger Sesame
Simply Dressed® Greek Feta
Simply Dressed® Pomegranate
Simply Dressed® Ranch
Simply Dressed® Strawberry Poppyseed

every one of these dressings EXCEPT the Ginger Sesame is gluten free.

I am seriously in love. Marzetti Simply Dressed Ranch Salad Dressing is the best Ranch dressing I have tried to date. It smells amazing and is very creamy. Not to thick but not to thin either. It tastes so good on my salad with the perfect blend of seasonings. We love it so much in our house, we also use it as a dip for carrots, cheese sticks, chicken strips and other food items that can be dipped.

My other flavors I have tried so far are the Simply Dressed® Balsamic and the Simply Dressed® Champagne.

The Simply Dressed® Balsamic is great for cooking. I used it this week to marinade some chicken and it turned out excellent. Even my son who is a picky eater ate his whole piece of chicken. The whole piece!

I love the Simply Dressed® Champagne on my salad and I think it would make a great dressing option for a salad for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year. In fact I am bringing a bottle to my Mother In law and father In law to try when we go on our annual trip to visit them this Thanksgiving.

For more information on Marzetti Simply Dressed Salad Dressing check out their website.

You can also look on the website to see stores in your area where you can purchase the dressings. I found mine at Kroger.

I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company and Clever Girls Collective to host a Marzetti Simply Dressed review. They provided me with product to test myself and compensation for my time. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Holiday Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the Holiday cash Giveaway

Thursday, November 10, 2011

General Mills and Kroger Giveaway

Kroger Big Event

From November 13th through November 26th, with the purchase of any four participating General Mills products, you will either receive free milk (up to $3; limit of 2) or to receive $3 off your shopping order.

Promotion varies in different locations. Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for specific deals and offers which include Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy.

I love when Kroger does these kinds of events. I am planning on stocking up on Cheerios and Nature Valley Bars. We go through a gallon of Milk in 3 days here so the bonus milk will be so nice :) Plus we are huge fans of General Mills.

To learn more about this event you can visit Kroger's Facebook and Twitter.

Win a $25 Kroger Gift Card to help you stock up during this event

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HOLIDAY GG 2011 MobiCam® Digital DL baby Monitors GIVEAWAY

Now a days the standard sound baby monitors are not enough. With the release of Video monitors at affordable prices they are becoming the new must have baby item.

The problem is there are so many different video monitors its may be hard to decide which ones are best.

As you know we are planning on getting pregnant asap and I wanted to tell you about the best baby monitors I have, use and will use on my next baby.

The MobiCam® Digital DL monitors

These monitors are an Award-winning Wireless Audio/Video Monitoring System.

Features Include:

View crystal clear images on the DL's 2.4 inch high-resolution LCD screen
Connect to a TV or DVR for viewing or recording with the DL's A/V output
Enjoy private, secure and noise-free wireless performance
Carry easily from room-to-room - compact portable design
Connect to computer, smart device for Internet viewing via USB (optional software required)
Plug & Play - no installation needed
View the cameras from up to 300 ft. away
See 20 feet into total darkness with Automatic Night Vision
See large areas with the DL's extra wide angle lens
Expand to multi-area viewing by adding up to 3 more cameras
Set the DL for voice-activated operation
Select audio-only mode
Use as wireless webcam, compatible with Skype, Windows Messenger & Google
Power the system by AC, AA batteries or optional rechargeable battery set (not included)

The set up was very easy. The picture quality both day and night is very good. Day is a little better than night but that is to be expected with most monitors. The sound works very well. we have no problem hearing what is going on. I love that has the option to power by AC or batteries. My only wish is that they offered the smart device viewing without the extra charge.

This would be the perfect holiday gift for the new parents or new parents to be. The MobiCam® Digital DL baby Monitors retail for $149.95.

MobiCam® has been kind enough to offer one of my readers the Digital DL Baby Monitors.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jake and the Neverland Pirates + Disney Junior Announcement

We were thrilled to learn that soon there will be a brand new 24-hour Disney Junior channel. A brand new standalone 24-hour Disney Junior channel will launch in early 2012. Perfect for watching later afternoon/early evening hours while us moms and dads are cooking dinner.

One of Shane's favorite shows on Disney Junior is Jake and the Never Land Pirates. It has become a huge hit with kids and is one of Disney Juniors most watched shows.

Since its launch this past February, Disney Junior continues to grow and break all previous records for Disney Channel's preschool programming! Anchored by hit series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, cable's #1 series for Boys 2-5 since its launch and on track to be Disney Channel's #1 preschool series ever, Disney Junior continues to soar. The show currently is among one of the most co-viewed preschool series, with 45% of moms watching with their preschooler.

A music-filled interactive treasure hunt, Jake and the Never Land Pirates introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney's classic "Peter Pan." Along the way, they model teamwork, problem-solving and physical activity, earning gold doubloons as they conquer a variety of tasks. The series features original "pirate rock" music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.

This show is so much fun to watch. I will admit, I even like it. It is filled with songs and cool characters that go on some neat adventures.


Coming up next for Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a December holiday episode

Then in January the debut of the first-ever 45-minute series special and season two of the series.

In the holiday episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, titled It's A Winter Never Land! / Hook On Ice, Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew some presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day, and Captain Hook invites Jake and the crew on a winter treasure hunt.

The episode premieres FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:30-9:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

For more information on Disney Junior and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, visit

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This mornings Breakfast with recipe Fried Apple Pancake Rings yummy

We had a very yummy Breakfast this morning!

Fried Apple Pancake Rings


1 Cup Bisquick Baking Mix
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
2 Medium Apples
pared and cored
Lemon juice and zest (for apple cider syrup)
Apple cider

Instructions To make hot apple cider syrup: Add apple cider, lemon juice and zest, and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the liquid to a syrup consistency, by half.

-Beat baking mix, egg and milk with rotary beater until smooth. Add pumpkin pie spice and lemon zest to batter and mix until incorporated.
-Grease griddle.
-Core and cut apples crosswise in 1/8-inch slices.
-Using a toothpick dip slices into batter. Cook on hot griddle until golden brown, turning once. Serve hot with apple cider syrup.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure

November 8, 2011
Out on 2-Disc (DVD + Digital Copy) Combo Pack
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure

Parents and their preschoolers are invited to blast
off with Mickey and pals on a rocketship full of fun in Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s newest release of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Space Adventure, a new, full-length intergalactic adventure that takes the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy – into outer space on a search for the ultimate space treasure. Packaged with a surprise, never-before-seen “Goofy’s
Thinking Cap” episode and fun, glow-in-the-dark space-themed stickers.

It’s Adventure Day and Professor Von Drake is sending Mickey and pals into the far reaches of outer space. The team blasts off in their Clubhouse Rocket in search of Treasure Stars that will point the way to the Out-of-this-World Treasure, their ultimate goal. The interplanetary trip takes preschool viewers first to
the Moon, Mars and the Rings of Saturn. Along the way, the gang gets help from friendly space aliens Moon Men Chip and Dale, Martian Mickey and Pluto from Pluto but they also encounter sneaky Space Pirate Pete, who wants the Treasure all for himself. Eventually the Clubhouse Rocket’s crew and Space Pirate Pete manage to become friends, and they all follow the trail of the Treasure Stars to the mysterious
Planet Mickey where they discover the location of the Out-of-this-World Treasure. It turns out to be a futuristic, space age version of the Clubhouse -- the perfect meeting place for all pals across the universe!

What preschooler doesn't like Mickey Mouse. My son was so excited about this DVD. He keeps talking about how there is treasure in outer space. I love that it teaches problem solving skills in a fun way. This is a great DVD stocking stuffer for the Holiday's this year for the preschooler in your life.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide SanDisk Clip Zip Mp3 Player Review and Giveaway 5 winners

New out this holiday season is the SanDisk Clip Zip which is my new best friend.

I always like to listen to music when I work out and when I edit photos and its nice to have something that has the ability to hold all my music and not be bulky. With the SanDisk Clip Zip I can manage my music easily and it clips on my clothing staying out of my way.

The SanDisk Clip Zip is Perfect!
It had everything I was looking for in a music player and it performs Great. It is easy to set up and add music to and the screen allows me to view what I am listening to and flip through my music finding the songs I want easily. I also love the added bonus of being able to access my local FM radio stations. This little device offers everything and at a fantastic price of $49.99.

SanDisk Clip Zip features

- 4GB internal memory with the ability to add up to 4 GB's microSDHC card ( That's 120 hours of music with up to 2,000 Mp3 songs)
- A 1.1" full color screen with new graphical user interface and album art display
- Voice recording with built-in microphone
- the ability to Play or record FM radio stations

In the box
Sansa Clip Zip ™ MP3 Player
USB 2.0 transfer cable
Quick Start guide

The SanDisk Clip Zip is so popular in our house My Husband and son have added it to their Holiday wish lists.

SanDisk Clip Zip has offered on of my readers a 100% off Clip Zip (includes free shipping) coupon code

and 4 additional readers a coupon code for 20% off (does not include free shipping)

MUST BE redeemed at the SanDisk online store ( Good only until November 25th.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Win your gifts Holiday Gift Hop

Holiday Giveaway

Welcome to the Etherton's Blog

Up for Grabs is a $50 Gift Card to Hearthsong.

Hearthsong is a great site that offers toy's and games and other great items for kids. Perfect to find that special gift for the little love of your life for the holidays.

Hearthsong Sent Shane the Hohner 30" Beautiful Hardwood Student's Guitar with Sturdy Polyester Bag. He is a huge music/artsy kid and I know he is going to love learning to play guitar.

Making music is easy with these beautiful hardwood guitars from Hohner, carefully crafted and precision-tuned just like fine adult-sized instruments.

• The Child's Guitar is half-sized, perfectly scaled to a child's small hands, and comes with instruction booklet and colorful easy-learn stickers. Naturally finished woods; nylon strings.
• Exclusive Child's Guitar Bag, sized to fit the Child's Guitar, has sturdy polyester construction, nylon webbed handle, shoulder strap and zippered pocket.
• The Student Guitar, for older children and preteens, is resonant, nylon-strung and fits perfectly in our exclusive Student Guitar Bag. The three-quarter-sized guitar comes with pitch pipe and tuning instructions.
• The Smart Start Guitar Book (includes CD and capo) and Smart Start Song Book (43 songs plus CD)will help you learn basic guitar techniques.
• We highly recommend the Electronic Guitar Tuner. It's easy to use, and battery operated (includes 2 AAA batteries) so you can always start out in the right key no matter where you plan to play.

This guitar is amazing. The picture doesn't even do it justice. It is solid and you can tell it is a quality piece that I know he will have for years. Who knows maybe some day he will pass it down to his kids r at least his younger sibling(s) :).

Hearthsong has been kind enough to offer one of my readers a $50 Gift Card

o.b. Share It Forward

 Every month most of us girls get our period. We go out to the store and buy sanitary protection and repeat the process the following month not thinking anything of it.  Sanitary protection is an everyday always available item for us.

Did you know For millions of girls all over the world sanitary protection is a luxury item?
I didn't until I learned about Huru International where I realized what a big problem it really is.

Huru International was established in 2008 and has developed a cost-effective solution to this crisis. They have created Huru Kits which will help provide the resources, including sanitary protection, and knowledge the girls need. This will not only safeguard their health but also enable them to complete their education.

Huru® Kits are provided to at-risk girls at no cost. Each Huru® Kit comes packaged in a drawstring bag that doubles as a backpack, and includes:
-Eight reusable sanitary pads
-Three pairs of underwear
-Detergent-grade soap to wash the sanitary pads
-A re-sealable, waterproof bag to safely store used sanitary pads
-Educational insert focused on proper Huru® pad care and usage, and
-Life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information

The o.b.® Share It Forward program is a Facebook application through which women can help raise money for Huru® International simply by sharing a message with their network of friends about Huru® International’s mission, and helping shed light on an issue that impacts many woman globally.

Visit the o.b. Outreach tab HERE and click on the “share” button to re-post a message about Huru® International’s mission. Posts can be shared, on your Wall, a friend’s Wall, within a Group, or as a Message.

If you are not already a fan of the page...
Step 1: Like the mighty.small.movement: (Facebook Page. If not on he tab already, click the o.b. Outreach Tab.
Step 2: Select your state from the drop down box (under the green box)
Step 3: Put a check mark next to the box that says you've read the Terms & Conditions
Step 4: Click the pink "Click to Share" button to post the message on your Wall
Step 5: Spread the word!

If you are already a fan of the page...
Step 1: Go to the o.b. Outreach Tab on the mighty.small.movement Facebook Page, or click this link: HYPERLINK ""
Step 2: Select your state from the drop down box (under the green box)
Step 3: Put a check mark next to the box that says you've read the Terms & Conditions
Step 4: Click the pink "Click to Share" button to post the message on your Wall
Step 5: Spread the word!

What is the o.b.® Brand’s goal with the Share It Forward program?
The o.b.® Brand hopes that o.b.® Users, and like-minded women, will help raise $25,000 for Huru® International, which translates into 1,000 Huru® Kits (or 8,000 reusable sanitary pads), valued at $25 each. For every user who shares the message about Huru® International’s mission with their network of friends, the o.b.® brand will donate $1 to Huru®.

It is so nice to see o.b. giving back. I couldn't imagine not having sanitary items available every month or the education needed to keep me healthy. 

You can make a difference! Take a minute of your time  and Share the Message about Huru International's Mission. 

"I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of o.b. and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate."