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Macy’s GO RED FOR WOMEN

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Macy’s continues to show its love for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, by announcing the launch of the INC International Concepts “Little Red Dress.”  Since 2004, Macy’s has raised more than $21 million in the fight against heart disease and this marks the first time in the retailer’s six year relationship with the American Heart Association that a limited edition design has been specially created to inspire and promote awareness of women’s heart disease–just in time to celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 5, 2010.

To get involved in this very worthy cause, here's what you and I can do :

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThe “Little Red Dress” retails for $69 with 10% of the sales price of each dress to be donated to the American Heart Association. A seasonal twist on the iconic “Little Black Dress” in a seductive shade of red, this exclusive design showcases a flirty, fitted silhouette and is available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra-Large.

Additionally, in honor of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, Macy’s customers wearing any item of red—anything from lipstick, to the signature Red Dress pin, to an entire red ensemble—will receive a special 20% discount on a wide assortment of merchandise at all nationwide Macy’s stores, as part of the Wear Red Sale Event on February 3-7. The “Little Red Dress” will be available from January 31-March 21, 2010.

About Go Red for Women: Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, they are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is largely preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premiere source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. They encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). Macy’s is a proud national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women.

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Storybook Sounds: Who Says Baa? - From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's Diary At SoftPlay, they believe that learning can be fun. And that's the perfect way to get children to learn. Which is why I'm a big fan of their products, as you know by know.

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryIn my home, my kids are huge fans of Softplay's entertaining Storybook Sounds books. These books are packed with brightly-colored animals that children are sure to love, each of which makes the appropriate animal sound with a gentle touch of its soft head. Choices include jungle and farm animal books.

These books are meant for ages 2+, but really which kid can resist the lure of an animal that makes sounds? Especially cute ones like these!

SoftPlay has many other books and products for children of various ages. You can check them all out at http://www.softplayforkids.com.

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More Pampers Codes!

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More points that I found for the Pampers Gifts to Grow program that still work, courtesy RetailmeNot.com. Thanks for pointing it out, Carmen!
  • justforourfans1
  • XKCMYXFVD96VXVK
  • GROWWITHVILLAGE
  • welcome2village
  • STARTEARNINGNOW

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My Big Lift 'n' Look Colors Shapes and Numbers - From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiarySoftPlay books and products have received many awards over the years for their excellence in combining learning with fun. Indeed, that's their whole philosophy! I've bought many of their books and never been disappointed by the high quality of the product and my kids love them too.

My little man is growing up fast and he's very enthused about learning his colors, numbers and shapes. Which is just what Softplay's new addition to their evergrowing repertoire, My Big Lift 'n' Look Colors Shapes and Numbers, is all about!

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryThe very size of this big book had my son dancing with delight! And yet, it's very lightweight as it's pages are made out of foam. Thus its easy for a little one to carry (from room to room to room, as my son does). And the chunky foam pages of these big books are just right for little hands to turn over. The colorful, foil-enhanced pictures and interactive approach of these special books keeps children happy and entertained. Foam pieces lift out to reveal more pictures underneath and can be moved to different places inside the book for hands-on learning. My son has yet to realize this is a book that "teaches" as he's too busy happily lifting out the foam pieces to see the secrets revealed beneath (which are colors, shapes and numbers). And that's the real genius behind these great SoftPlay books!

Want to see the entire range of SoftPlay products? Then stop by for a visit at http://www.softplayforkids.com/.

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Child Worship

I found this video clip full of biting humor about Today's child which I personally found to be honest yet funny. But be warned, don't view this in front of your kids as it has bad language.


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Ziploc Twist 'n Loc Containers with Lids

Ziploc Twist `n Loc Containers and Lids 3-pk. - SmallIf, like me, you like to send soup for your kids in school during the winter, then you must try out the new Ziploc Twist `n Loc Containers with lids. These are simply one of the best things I've ever had the joy of trying out.

I put hot tomato soup in one and tightly screwed on the lid and handed it to the ultimate tester - my toddler. He immediately turned it upside down. Nothing spilled out! I also tried putting water and juice (just to test it) and nothing spilled as long as the lid was tightly on. Loosen the lid and naturally, then there is seepage. My son has even dropped it a couple of times and nothing's happened so far. Conclusion - as long as you screw on the lid tightly, this container is virtually spill-proof.

I also love the screw-on feature of the lids, instead of the usual snap and lock one of my previous containers. My toddler with his nimble fingers still hasn't figured this out yet. That's one of the advantages. The other is that - I always have trouble with the snap and lock kind of containers and much prefer the twist-off lids of these containers that're so easy on my fumbling fingers.

Another great feature is that these containers can go from the freezer, to the microwave, to the dishwasher - making my life so much easier! Best of all, they're BPA-FREE!!! So, me and my family can all eat out of these things without worrying about harmful chemicals.

It's available in 2 sizes - small (2 cups) and medium (4 cups). A set of three (small size) retails for $3.60 at Amazon.

Here are the key features again :
  • Easy to store and transport food items.
  • Wide rim, finger grips, and a ridged lid make handling easy.
  • Made of durable, long-lasting plastic
  • Dishwasher, Freezer and Microwave Safe, Refrigerator Safe
  • BPA-free

So far, I've only used it for food storage and transport and it's worked out great! Here are some other uses and Features from the Ziploc website :
  • Perfect for soups, stews, and gravies—store them in the fridge or take them on the go. 
  • Keep homemade baked goods and after-school snacks fresh and accessible.
  • Store and transport messy foods like flour, pasta, and cereal with ease.
  • Store cookies and crackers when you're on the road to keep them safe and secure.
  • Keep pens, pencils, and other office supplies neat and organized.
  • Organize and store crayons, paintbrushes, and other art supplies.
  • Wide rim, finger grips, and a ridged lid make handling easy.

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Giggle Jiggle Funbook : Funny Pup - From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryI love SoftPlay books and products for not just their educational value, but the wonderful way they provoke a child's imagination and curiosity and help them play and learn in the process. One such is their Giggle Jiggle Funbooks series.

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryFunny Pup, the one we received to try out packaged in a reusable carrying case, is a plush book and a cuddly friend that wiggles, giggles and barks! Kids can learn about daily routines with Funny Pup as he plays, bathes, eats a snack and snuggles down to bed. And the best thing is, long-lasting batteries are included! It teaches little ones about the responsibilities of a caring for a pet and in my opinion, is a good alternative to buy for those kids who're asking Santa to bring them a puppy! It's certainly the kind of pet both my kids and I can be at peace with.

It's a cloth book meant for ages 6 months and up. And as babies do, mine chewed and drooled all over it. Good thing is, it's surface is washable, so I just hand rinsed it all off.

To discover more of SoftPlay's wonderful products, visit http://www.softplayforkids.com.

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New Pampers Code!

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If you're already a member of Pampers Gifts to Grow then hurry, get this code in. It's worth 10 POINTS!! If not, go there and register today. (Thanks for the find, Freebies 4 Mom!)

Welcome2GTG2010
(10 points)

Another good news is that, Pampers seems to have heard the parents complaints. Now the rewards include FREE shipping and handling! I just wish they had a better selection of prizes. Hopefully that will come soon.

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Battery-less Fun with Sprig Toys

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosA constructive toy company with an eco-friendly angle - Sprig Toys has worked to create wonderful toys for children that they not only love to play with, but that are made in a socially responsible manner. Sprig Toys works hard to make high-quality toys, directed in their offerings with a simple mission statement: "Active, inspirational, fun toys made safely and sustainably." Made from recycled materials and powered by that seemingly limitless energy source - KIDS! - Sprig Toys is a new way to look at toys, and fun!

My kids just loved the Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat Play set and Dino Adventure Play set which they tried out (and are still playing with as I write this) to their heart's delight over this holiday weekend. Here are some details :

Sprig Toys - Reviewed at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryWith the Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat Play Set, kids can pretend to explore the rampaging river using their own, limitless supply of energy and imagination!

The set includes :
  • 2 boats - Explorer Boat and Rescue Boat
  • 1 Life Preserver
  • 2 Dolphins - Mother and Baby
  • 1 Adventure Guide - Captain Owen
  • 1 Adventure Hat - Interchangeable!
  • 1 Backpack Accessory
A set made from re-purposed plastic and wood known as "Sprigwood," the Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat and its perfect accessories are just made for an imaginary wild, watery expedition. With plenty of room for holding Owen and his dolphins, or lots of cargo for a long adventure, the exciting boat of the Sprig Dolphin Explorer Boat Play Set from Sprig Toys not only promotes active play and imagination, but teaches children the importance of living responsibly. 

So far, my kids have played with these on dry land (aka floor) only, so I'm not sure how they'll hold up to actually being the water itself. That will come soon, I'm sure. The set sure looks rugged enough to last a wetting, but I don't know if they're intended to be in the water or not.

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With the Sprig Toys Adventures Dino Rescue Playset, kids can pretend to explore the prehistoric wild using their own, limitless supply of energy and imagination!

It features :
  • 1 Adventure Truck
  • 2 Dinosaurs - Mother and Baby
  • 1 Adventure Guide - Rex Jungle
  • 1 Adventure Hat - Interchangeable!
  • 1 Backpack Accessory
My son especially had great fun with the dinosaurs, roaring and stomping and what not. It's supposed to be a rescue mission, but trust me, kids have way more fun stomping the hapless guide with the dinosaurs, no matter how benign they look. Jurassic park has nothing to it!

These battery-less toys offer something much more - a chance for a growing child to explore and unleash his imagination to the full. And learn something in the enjoyable process!

For more information and to check out their other great products, including the eco-friendly toys, visit http://www.sprigtoys.com.

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Spice up your Kitchen with Rosarita Salsa

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosIn the cold winter weather, I like nothing better than to make, eat and serve hot dishes. (actually any excuse will do, lol!). And the easiest way to do it is to use hot and spicy Salsa which can add zest and give new life to the least spicy of dishes, even leftovers!

Since the 1940's, Rosarita has offered authentic Mexican-style refried beans and become the number one selling brand in the United States. Now, with the addition of a salsa line, families can enjoy three authentic flavors that range from mild to hot-
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  • Mild Salsa Mexicana - a mild, Mexican salsa
  • Medium Salsa Verde - a zesy, green salsa
  • Hot Salsa Taquera - a hot, spicy Mexican taco salsa
Made in Mexico using the best ingredients, Rosarita comes in three distinct and flavorful varieties and not only makes a great addition to authentic Mexican favorites, but also adds pizzazz to the standard hamburger and hotdog. It also proves a great snack with tortilla chips to tide hungry kids over until dinner.

How many times have you pulled together the same ho-hum dish for dinner at the last minute?  I know I have been guilty of that! One of our family favorites is a vermicelli (very thin pasta) dish that I make and it's generally for dessert. I experimented a bit and instead of milk and sugar, I added lightly sauteed veggies (carrots, bell peppers, olives and pink onions that I stir-fried in some sesame oil) to the vermicelli and then topped it off with some hot Rosarita salsa! Oh my, it was a spicy dish to say the least! And a new family favorite was born :) Also on my list to try out are Taco Soup, Chili, Mexican Lasagna, and many more, using these wonderfully fresh-tasting, authentic salsas from Rosarita!

Try it for yourself. Follow these easy directions and use Rosarita Salsa to create flavorful, authentic dishes for your friends and family.

Recipe for Chicken Tostadas
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of canned Rosarita refried beans
  • Rosarita Salsa
  • 2 packages tostadas (6-inch diameter)
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup Queso Fresco (fresh Mexican cheese)
  • 1 large, firm ripe avocado, pared, pitted, sliced
  • ½ cup sour cream
Directions
  • Heat refried beans
  • Spread onto tostadas
  • Apply thin layer of shredded chicken
  • Top with thin layer of lettuce
  • Top with salsa
  • Sprinkle cheese/garnish with cream and avocadoes
The new salsa will only be available in four cities — LA, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver — at select Walmart and grocery stores. If you used it, I'd love to know your thoughts!

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Rosarita and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Connect-A-Book Alphabet Set - From SoftPlay

SoftPlay Books - Featured at A Bookworm Mom's DiaryAs you know by now, I'm a fan of SoftPlay and their award-winning line of early language development interactive books and felt playsets for infants and toddlers.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosOne such product is their Connect-A-Books (for ages 3+) that puts children on the path to reading, writing and learning early concepts through image and word association. Inside each book are colorful illustrations and new words to learn beginning with a particular letter. That's not all! Connect-A-Books link together to form beginning words, so children can have fun building new words using the “magical” magnetic feature!

For more learning activities and helpful hints, caregivers can download their printable Parent Guide.

SoftPlay products can be found at a variety of mass market and specialty retailers or ordered direct via www.softplayforkids.com. New titles and formats are created each year, complementing an active backlist of evergreen titles.

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New Huggies Enjoy The Ride Rewards Codes

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosVisited Huggies Enjoy The Ride Rewards/ recently? If not, then do so now! There are new opportunities to add more points to your account.

Watch the video for 2 points and take the poll for 1 point.

And enter the codes below (Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!) to get more points :
  • BXZWTNJFSLHCPGB (5 pts.) 
  • BGCJJZSTLNNSPGB (1 pt)
  • BGCSZMBLDWWDPGB (1 pt)
  • BGDZBQLXKNNCPGB (1 pt)
Some oldies but still goodis -
  • BCSTDHJZXTKPPGB (5 pts, expires 3/31/10)
  • WHTZHNBDQFXKPGB (5 pts, expires 8/31/10)
  • BDGTWXSQBJTXPGB (5 pts, expires 8/31/10)
  • BCWPPSDLLFSFPGB (5 pts)
  • TPJNG DZCQB HGPGB (5 pts)
  • PBWSM QGKCL BKPGB (5 pts)
  • QWBZL JFJLP MDPGB (5 pts)
  • BDHDN FBJGH CMPGB (5 pts)
  • PLWGF ZRJNX FWPGB (5 pts)
  • MLXRC CNRWK KWPGB (5 pts)
  • ZXLRK BTBBM NNPGB (5 pts)
  • HKNZJ ZGMDN KBPGB (5 pts)
  • XZRSS FHSQG FLTMN (5 pts)
 If you know of any others, let me know in the comments!

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Contest Submissions

Happy New Year to all those who sent in their contest listings over the past few years. Unfortunately, I won't be continuing this feature in 2010. Sorry for any inconvenience!

There are many others who provide these services and a simple Google search will help you find them. All the best!

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New Episodes at The Style Network

Tune in to The Style Network this Saturday, January 2nd for the premiere of How Do I Look? at 8pm, followed by the series premiere of What I Hate About Me at 9pm!

In the premiere episode of How Do I Look, ‘Perplexingly Purple,’ Alisa’s love of purple is so intense that she wears it head to toe, and must learn to choose flattering, non-purple outfits to stop embarrassing her friend and her son.



On What I Hate About Me, each unpredictable and candid episode centers on one woman who – sometimes reluctantly – reveals the top 10 things she "can't stand" about herself. From how she flirts, argues or dresses, to the way she deals with her family, roommate or boss, each woman will face hard truths and no topic will be off-limits. Along the way, viewers will connect with the universally shared dilemmas and be shocked by some of the unusual and often humorous admissions. The series is hosted by actress and "Clean House" regular Lisa Arch who joins a variety of notable experts to help tackle these issues one by one.



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