Mommy Katie: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Winners!



Gund  #131   Frugal Tumbleweed Acres
Build-A-Bear Workshop  #334  Priscilla Benavides
Pampers  #279   Jessica B.
Kidorable  #32  Kambrea
Warner Bros #226  Leslie Galloway 
Halo SwaddleChange  #59  The Fantastic Four
2 Winners! $25 Kids Foot Locker Gift Cards  #244  Anonymous  #103  Jamie
Energizer Toy Cash  #21  EliB123
Stainless Steel Grilling Set  #521  Laura Lane 
Set of Fashion Dolls from MGA  #173   Francine
P&G Care Package  #6  Dealsfan32
Shimmer Glitter Tattoos  #160  Jackie
Sena Cases iPad Messenger Bag  #129  Donna George
Sandzini  #29  sharon cowles 
Chuck E Cheese 3 Winners!! #369  Claire  #25    Janet W.  #289   Lexus Girl
Mega Bloks Barbie Luxury Mansion #485  DDHershman
SoftSoap #170   myfolly
Minute Rice Prize Pack #28  Courtney


Congrats to all of the winners!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas To All, From Mommy Katie!!

I want to wish all of my amazing readers a very Merry Christmas!! 






Sunday, December 23, 2012

Minute Rice Steamers #Giveaway (Holiday Guide 2012) CLOSED!

Tomorrow is a big cooking day for a lot of us, then on Tuesday it is the Big Day, Christmas Day, and most of us will be gathering with family and preparing a Christmas dinner. It seems that when I talk to others about  their dinner and what they will be having, everyone has a few dishes that are tradition. I have been into trying others dishes and adding new ones to our meal every year. This year we will be cooking Christmas dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, then we will be having our own dinner with family later this week, so when we go to the Ronald McDonald House to cook, we will be experiencing others traditional dishes. One thing that I know a lot incorporate into their meals, that we will be adding to ours this year is rice. I know that there are tons of rice dishes out there and this year I am going to try Cranberry Pecan Brown Rice Stuffing. I think that if it werent for the fact that I could find a easy recipe on the Minute Rice website, I probably would not attempt such a thing, but I am confident that I can pull it off by following this recipe:
I will need:

2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp dried orange peel
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp margarine
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
2 Tbsps shallots, finely chopped (may substitute onion)
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
Prepare rice according to package directions.
In a medium microwave safe bowl, mix cranberries and orange peel with chicken stock and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Set aside. Heat a large sauce pan over HIGH heat and add margarine.
Stir in celery, shallot and poultry seasoning and sauté 3 minutes. Stir in cranberry mixture, pecans, parsley and rice and cook over medium heat for 3 more minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
To toast pecans: Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Place pecans on a small cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn pecans. Cool.

To make this amazing recipe that I found on the Minute Rice website, I am going to make it with the Minute Rice Steamers that I was given the chance to sample and review. I have already tried the Brown Rice from the Minute Steamers collection and I made the brown rice with a recipe that is just amazing. Since we are in the holiday season, I saw this recipe to be a fit one!

South-of-the-Border Turkey Dinner
Ingredients:                                                                                         
·         1 bag Minute® Steamers Brown Rice
·         1 pound ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
·         1 can (11 ounces) southwestern corn blend
·         1 cup prepared salsa
Directions:
·         Prepare rice according to package directions. 
·         In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine turkey, corn and salsa. 
·         Cook on HIGH 2 minutes. 
·         Stir in rice.
Tips:

·       Add 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese.        
·       Use as filling in tortillas and top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.
·       Roll into burrito-sized tortillas and serve with sour cream

Well, to help get other dinners started off right, the wonderful people from Minute Rice would like to send one of my amazing readers a great gift pack of Minute Rice kitchen products!!
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FPgirl.com (Holiday Guide 2012)

My daughter is a little Diva. Estrella loves fashion and she loves being able to express herself through her fashion. Well recently we were given the chance to review a site that is just that. It is a site that is for girls who love fashion and who love to express themselves through fashion. The site is called FPgirl.com, and girls can go there and design their own clothes. When we got the chance to do this review, Estrella was ecstatic. She found it so easy to go on, first choose the article of clothing she wanted to design, then pick the color and size, then from there she was able to go on and design as she pleased! Estrella had a blast designing clothes and jewelry, and when she was done, she found it even more exciting to be able to order the items that she designed! Below is the first item that Estrella designed, and she loved being able to go to school and tell her friends that she had designed her shirt!
On top of being able to design her clothes and jewelry, Estrella was able to save her items and also try them on her avatar model that she set up in her My FP Studio! I love that when I or anyone else is looking to get Estrella a gift, we can go on and look at her wishlist which has the items she designed in it, or we can get her a gift card so that she can design and shop, which is something she now loves to do when she goes to FPgirl.com! So this year, when you are looking for a great gift to get the fashion diva in your life, then get them a gift card to FPgirl.com or have them go on the site, design some items, then order something from their collection!!


This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Blu-Ray

When I look for movies to share with my family, I like to look for movies that have a great story and I look for ones that we can all enjoy. Well, when we were sent The Odd Life of Timothy Green to review on Blu-Ray, I had a feeling that it would be a good movie to add to our family movie night. This movie was not just good, it was an amazing and heartfelt movie that even had my 8 year old daughter crying. Timothy Green is not your ordinary child, in fact, the Green's are not your ordinary family. Sure they may look it, but they have a secret that puts this movie into play. The parents find themselves in a hearing to determine whether or not they are ready to adopt and be parents, and when asked what makes them fit, they only have one answer, Timothy. I am sure that the case worker in charge of their case was not expecting to get an entire story out of a question that seemed so simple. But the story that she got, was I am sure, unlike anyone she has ever heard. The Odd Life of Timothy Green was a very amazing movie and is one that we all loved and have added to our list of family movie night favorites!! So, when you are out looking for that perfect movie that will be one that everyone will adore, then head out and get The Odd Life of Timothy Green today!!

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Finding Nemo 3D on Blu-Ray

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming! As you can probably guess, we were recently sent a copy of Finding Nemo 3D to review, and with Finding Nemo, it is a movie that we have watched over and over again. I loved Finding Nemo when it first came out and with the 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack, I have fallen even more in love with those adorable fish and their friends. In Finding Nemo, you have Nemo, who is a young fish. He finds himself in a whole heap of trouble to find that the dad he thought to be a fish with no nerve, to be his hero and save the day! First with the Blu-Ray, you get a quality that brings the movie back to life, with a better picture and sound quality than I can remember. Then with the 3D, you can truly bring the movie to life right in the comfort of your home. Now for the 3D feature, you will need a 3D capable player and TV, but if you have these, then the 3D movie is the way to go. You and your kids can watch the heart felt adventure all over again, and fall in love with the daft Dory and the father and son clown fish, who find themselves to be more courageous than either one of them had ever imagined! When we watched Finding Nemo in 3D, I think our favorite scene would have to be when Marlin and Dory ride the EAC or the East Australian Current with Crush and Squirt! In all, I loved sharing one of our families favorite Disney Movies all over again, and Finding Nemo 3D is a movie that I will suggest to anyone looking for a great movie to watch on their next Family Movie Night!!



This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Bright Starts Having A Ball 5 in 1 Sports Zone (Holiday Guide 2012)

I love shopping over the holidays. I love being able to find new and great toys for my kids and for others as well. When it comes to shopping for my kids, I have Estrella who is 8 going on 18, Robert who is a very active little 4 year old boy and Wyatt, who is 4 months old, so when I shop, I try to think of things that I might have liked at their age or something that I could see myself having fun with. My way of shopping tends to be good because my kids do not complain about the gifts I get them each year! Well, even though Wyatt is only a few months old, I know that he will grow fast, just as my other two have. So, when I did my holiday shopping for him, I thought of items that the other kids would have loved in their first year. One thing that I know Robert and Estrella both loved was balls, and once they learned how to say "Ball", that seemed to be all they wanted to play with. With both of my older kids, I got them fun ball toys, so that they could have their highly coveted balls and play with them in the activities that the toys I got them. We all know that with each kid, you find new and exciting toys that you think to yourself would have been great to have before with your other kids. Recently I was sent such a toy from Bright Starts to review. I was sent the Bright Starts Having A Ball 5 in 1 Sports Zone to review.
I know with all of the lights and sounds along with the all around play that Wyatt will be able to have, the 5 in 1 Sports Zone will be a great toy for Wyatt as he gets older. I love the little soccer net, the t-ball set up, hockey stick, golf club, and the basketball set up, which Wyatt will enjoy hours of play with! So if you are looking for that perfect last minute gift to get the little one in your life, then get them the Bright Starts Having A Ball 5 in 1 Sports Zone!!
Features: 

  • 5 sports in 1 toy: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer and Hockey
  • Digital scoreboard features counting and fun animations
  • 360° play featuring multiple ball drops and ball play
  • Action-packed with lights, sounds and music
  • Accessories include: soft plastic bat, golf club, hockey stick, soft plastic basketball, baseball, golf ball, plastic soccer ball and 3 additional balls
  • Promotes motor skill and muscle development, teaches counting and hand-eye coordination



This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Star Wars Toys + Angry Birds Star Wars (Holiday Guide 2012)

The time for that last minute shopping is now, and if you are looking for that perfect gift to get the Star Wars fan in your life, then you are going to want to check out the line of Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars toys from Hasbro! I have a huge Star Wars fan in my house! My Robert loves Star Wars and he loves collecting any and all things Star Wars we might come across, so you can imagine that when I was sent some great Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars toys to review from Hasbro, I knew that they would make for a great set of gifts to give my Robert this Christmas! With the Star Wars Fighter Pods that we were sent, I know that Robert will love battling his good guys against bad guys with the pods and the micro Star Wars characters! And with the set that I was sent, Robert will get to battle all of his favorite Star Wars characters!!
To make the collection of Star Wars toys even more complete this year, Robert was also sent some of the Angry Birds Star Wars Mystery Bags, which are going to make for some great stocking stuffers this year! Robert loves playing his Angry Birds video games and with his love for Star Wars, these two combined into some great toys are sure to be a hit! So today and tomorrow, while you are getting all of those last minute gift ideas together for the big day, check out the great collection of Star Wars toys from Hasbro and also stock up on some of the Angry Birds Star Wars Mystery Bags to put in the stockings this year!!


Micro heroes, mega battles! Iconic Star Wars characters get a collectible new gaming twist with this awesome FIGHTER PODS pack! Use your pods to knock down as many figures as possible. Spin, launch or roll your pods into battle! When you need extra "power" to prevail, connect your pods together, or place your figures on top or inside of them! The Snowspeeder vs. AT-AT 16-figure pack includes a AT-AT vehicle, a Snowspeeder vehicle and 6 pods for your Star Wars battles. The 16 figures in this incredible pack include 3 mystery figures – you won’t know which ones they are until you open the pack! Four of the figures are exclusive: Darth Vader, Snowtrooper, Han Solo and Yoda. THE REST OF THE FIGURES IN THE PACK WILL VARY. Get your "intergalactic" battle game on with the Snowspeeder vs. AT-AT 16-Figure Pack! Spin, launch and roll your way to endless intergalactic excitement. Get a whole force of Star Wars figures and the pods and vehicles to send them on adventures all over! You get 4 exclusive figures and 3 hidden figures in this FIGHTER PODS pack. 
Pack includes 16 figures, 2 vehicles and 6 pods.



This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Stocking Stuffers: Tooth Tunes (Holiday Guide 2012)


Tomorrow night is the big night, it is the night before Christmas, and even though we will not be doing our Christmas until the end of the week, many out there will be getting everything ready for the big day tomorrow! I know that on the night before we do Christmas, we get all of our stockings out and hang them up for Santa to fill up on Christmas morning. I now know how hard it was for my mom to come up with great stocking stuffers every year. We have our basics like the candy, nuts, and maybe some lip gloss for my daughter and some mini cars for my son, but we always like to have a gift hanging out on the top for them as well. Well this year I got some help, I was sent a couple of awesome tooth brushes for my kids from Tooth Tunes! I know that with the Tooth Tunes, both of my older kids will enjoy brushing their teeth while jamming out to their favorite music that only they can hear! The Tooth Tunes line up has some of the hit songs that the kids love, and I love that not only will they be brushing their teeth but that the music they hear will only be heard by them! So while you are getting those last minute gifts together and you are looking for a great stocking stuffer, check out the Tooth Tunes, and find some of your kids favorite songs as well as a great toothbrush for them!!





This was not a paid post and honest/original opinions were used and they are my own. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the product for review.

Softsoap #Giveaway (Holiday Guide 2012) CLOSED!

The holidays are upon us, and just as much as I love having holiday scents around the house, I also love to bathe in delicious holiday scented soaps. A brand that I adore and use regularly in my house for soap is Softsoap, and throughout the year, I love getting their limited edition scents for myself and my family to use. Recently I was sent the Enchanting Sugar Plum and the Wintermint Wonderland Limited Edition body washes to review. First of all, I love how soft the Softsoap body wash leaves my skin, and second, on top of it leaving my skin feeling soft and clean, I love how yummy it leaves my skin smelling after a refreshing shower! With the Wintermint Wonderland, it reminds me of Christmas and the smell of peppermint candy canes! Then with the Enchanting Sugar Plum, you get that holiday feeling come over you when you wash with it. I find both of these scents to be ones that I love to have in my home not only over the holidays, but throughout the winter season! To help spread the holiday love, the wonderful people from Softsoap are going to send one of my readers the same two bottles of body wash that I was sent!!
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