May 7, 2013

Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

I'm probably like most everyone in the world when I say that I love pizza!  Over the past couple of years my husband and I have made some changes to our diet including eliminating most animal products so pizza looks a lot different today than it did a few years ago.  We love to load our pizza with fresh pizza sauce, lots of veggies and, if I'm feeling decadent, a soy-based mozzarella.  Some of our favorite toppings include artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms and the new Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain fits right in with those toppings.  The toasted wheat flavor of the crust adds a little sweetness to all of those veggies.  The perfect combination, in my opinion!  There are some great ideas at the Pillsbury website for some great Farmers Market pizzas!  Also, be sure to get your $1.50 off coupon so you can try this new pizza crust, too!

I was thrilled to receive a great prize pack to make my pizza baking experience a little easier.
The pan really made the crust crispy on the bottom which is a very important aspect of pizza in my house.  We don't like soggy crust so I made sure to cook the crust for a few minutes at a high temperature before I loaded on the toppings just like the instructions suggested.  Here is the result!  It was a delicious dinner and I will definitely be purchasing the Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust with Whole Grain for future pizza making nights!
I'm excited to say that General Mills and My Blog Spark is offering one of my lucky readers the opportunity to win the exact same prize pack I received including a free coupon to try a Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust!  Good luck!

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Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills and Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark in exchange for my opinion of the product.  All opinions are my own.

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April 3, 2013

Carmex Healing Lotion & Healing Cream {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Living in the Pacific Northwest is really hard during the winter months.  Not only is it cold, wet and dreary but all that cold and wet weather makes for some very dry skin.  As a teenager, I used to use lots of Carmex lip conditioner in the winter to keep my lips from getting too chapped.  I am thrilled to review the Carmex Healing Lotion and Healing Cream during these dry months to make sure that Carmex is still the best when it comes to healing dry skin.
As soon as I received the products, I immediately slathered some of the healing cream on my hands.  They have been so dry for the past couple of months that I was really hoping for some relief.  I was very happy because after just the first application, I felt my skin softening and absorbing some of the moisture from the Healing Cream.  I then decided to try some of the lotion on the soles of my feet which have also been fairly dry for the past few months.  I applied some of the lotion, put some socks on and went to bed.  When I woke up, my heels were much softer than the night before.  The trick of putting socks on has been something I've done for a long time to retain the moisture.  If you haven't tried it, you're missing out on an easy deep moisturizing treatment without any of the expensive salon products.  It works great and Carmex once again showed me that they are the expert when it comes to healing dry skin.  I will recommend Carmex products to all of my friends and family who suffer from dry skin.

One of my lucky readers will win the two products shown above thanks to Carmex!  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I received a free product to review in exchange for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are my own. 
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March 29, 2013

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep {REVIEW}

As I mentioned in a previous post, we are having a little trouble on the sleeping front with our cute little guy.  At almost nine months, he still wakes up multiple times throughout the night and has a tough time taking naps that last longer than 30 minutes.  I am so sleep deprived that I'm functioning on fumes right now and can't remember the last time I had longer than 3 hours of sleep.  This opportunity to review Dr. Harvey Karp's book, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep came at just the right time for me!

I have heard many good things about Dr. Karp and his philosophies so I was excited to get his take on how to help babies and toddlers sleep better, more specifically my baby.  My favorite thing about this book is the tone that Dr. Karp uses in his writing.  He doesn't place any blame and, in fact, states that babies cannot be held too much or spoiled.  Since my baby was not only my first child but born 7 weeks premature, he has been held and rocked and nursed to sleep since we brought him home from the hospital and I felt somewhat responsible for some of his sleep issues.  It's nice to hear from a pediatrician that not only are these things natural but necessary for good development.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was so thrilled but terrified at the same time!  I've spent time around babies and even have a sister who is 8 years younger than I am but having my own baby was scary!  As Dr. Karp says, kids can come with instructions.  Playing the correct white noise, using a consistent bedtime routine, waking a sleeping baby (who knew?) and the correct way to swaddle are all points that this book covers in detail.  I also love that it is written in multiple parts; birth to three months, three to twelve months and one to five years.  The best part of the book for me, though, is the part where Dr. Karp discusses easy no-cry tips for better sleep.  My little guy is so spirited that sometimes he starts crying the minute we walk into the bedroom.  Dr. Karp has some easy solutions to help lessen the crying.

I haven't had a chance to try out all of the techniques but they make perfect sense to me.  I'm hoping for a good result and some better sleep out of my kiddo.  Not only do I need some more sleep, but my baby is chronically overtired.  Dr. Karp talks about the results of sleep deprivation which include obesity, cancer and other health woes none of which do I want my child to experience.  We are getting ready to move and are planning on getting started with some of these techniques as soon as we are in our new living quarters.  Wish me luck that we can finally get some much needed sleep in our household!  With this book on my nightstand, I feel ready to take on this daunting task and recommend it to any parent who is suffering from the same sleep troubles.

Disclosure: I am participating in a book review campaign with One2One Network. I received this book from Harper Collins for the purposes of reviewing it. I have not received compensation. My participation in the campaign enters me into a drawing for a gift card. All opinions stated are my own.
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I'm back!

It's been a long time since I posted anything and I've certainly missed it!  Being a stay at home mom is not easy at all and having an 8 month old who doesn't sleep longer than 30 minutes makes it even harder.  I can barely get my laundry done so this blog has been put on the shelf.  It's tough to be too mad at a face like this, though!

We are seeing a little progress on the sleep front and I have a couple of reviews and a giveaway to post so, hopefully, this will bring me back to the blog world.  Wish me luck and thanks for sticking with me through my hibernation!
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