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He thinks his Mashly in Love Mr & Mrs Potato Head are so cute!

Playskool Mr & Mrs Potato Head are Mashly in Love

Playskool-LogoMr. Potato Head, a classic figure for so many years, now has a loveable new look with an awesome wife (like me!).

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, who are madly in love, and after 60 years together our favorite spud buddies are renewing their wedding vows! This happy couple can hold hands and show off their rings as they celebrate the big day. The limited edition 22-piece Playskool Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head 60th Anniversary Mashly in Love set includes Mr. and Mrs. and lots of accessories: Holding hands, He thinks his Mashly in Love Mr & Mrs Potato Head are so cute!Top hat and tux, veil, wedding head band and more!

See my little man smiling with his Mr. and Mrs? He thinks it’s so cute that they’re holding hands.

The Playskool Mr & Mrs Potato Head 60th Anniversary Mashly in Love set is available at most major toy retailers nationwide as well as HasbroToyShop.com and Amazon.com for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Disclosure: Litzky PR, on behalf of Hasbro, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Our New Fave: Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force Toys

My youngest son has two new favorite toys, and they’re both Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force toys. He doesn’t just like his new toys, he loooooves them. As in, he “plays with them all the time” kinda love.

Hasbro graciously sent us two Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force toys:Playskool-Logo

And my little man can seriously not get enough of either of these toys. Each Star Wars Jedi Force toy comes with a vehicle and two action figures from the ever-popular Star Wars series. Each starfighter is an iconic ship from the Star Wars universe, specially designed for young Jedi with easy-hold handles and simple-to-activate features. Two figures are also included with every ship for a complete, galactic play experience! Each vehicle also does a cool little movie with the push of a button or a squeeze of the trigger, and are perfect for littler hands. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the set for my son for Christmas; he just loves them that much!

He's such a ham! Showing off his Star Wars Jedi Force toy Big brother is kindof jealous

Playskool Heroes Star Wars Jedi Force toys are available at most major toy retailers nationwide as well as HasbroToyShop.com and Amazon.com for the suggested retail price of $21.99.

Disclosure: Litzky PR, on behalf of Hasbro, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Show Your Dog Some Love with Cesar Meaty Selects

If you’re one of those people whose dog is like a family member to you, then you’ll understand where I’m coming from here. Our pure-bred Westie, Sugar, is just that.. a family member. She’s kindof the grandma of our bunch. She’s like a nosy old woman. She follows me around wherever I go. She stares and barks at strangers as they walk past outside. She cleans up after us (our floor is spotless). Yeah.. she’s pretty freakin’ awesome. And cute.

You know the Cesar iconic dog… that adorable little white pup you’ve see on the television commercials. Well guess what? That boy has nothin’ on my little Sugar gal. Isn’t she darling?

Sugar, Our Westie Sugar, chewing on a toy Sugar, chewing again (yes, she loves toys)

Okay.. if that wasn’t enough.. then check out this video. She’s somewhat insane and obsessed with bubble wrap and air-filled packing materials:

Our little Sugar had the opportunity to try Cesar Meaty Selects which is the perfect food for small dogs. Mama likes Cesar Meaty Selects because it comes in a resealable 10-ounce can and Sugar likes it because its bursting with tender meaty chunks. Meaty Selects can be served alone or as a delicious compliment to your favorite dry food for dogs, and because Sugar will swallow the can whole, we always have to mix it with her dry food. And don’t forget, when transitioning from one food to another, please remember to introduce the new food gradually so as not to upset your dog?s stomach:

  1. For the first two days or so, your dog?s meals should be about 75% old food and 25% new food. Mix the two foods together, don?t keep them separated.
  2. If the first couple of days of the transition go smoothly, you can mix 50% of your dog?s old food with 50% of the new food on days 3 and 4.
  3. On days 5 and 6, your dog?s meals should be about 75% new food and only 25% of the old food.
  4. On day 7 let your dog enjoy 100% of new Cesar Meaty Selects so your dog can see why it is the best dog food!

To learn more about Cesar Meaty Selects, visit the Cesar website or “like” Cesar on Facebook.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Cesar and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.?

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K’NEX Fun with Mario Kart and Angry Birds (Product Review)

KNEX-logoK’NEX offers exceptional play value through high quality educational toys and is the next generation of construction sets. K’NEX inspires creativity, builds self-confidence and encourages interaction among children and parents. The possibilities are endless! And as a Mom of two boys, I appreciate the creativity and learning that K’NEX instills in my children.

K’NEX offers building sets for pre-schoolers and big kids alike offering sets like:

  • Nascar Sets
  • Monster Truck Sets
  • Amusement Park Sets
  • Sesame Street Sets
  • Mario Brothers Sets
  • ..and many more!

K’NEX sent my boys three amazingly awesome sets to review: K’NEX Angry Birds Mission May’ham Building Set and two K’NEX Mario Kart Wii Standard Karts.

The K’NEX Angry Birds Mission May’ham Building Set merges K’NEX with Angry Birds. With the Mission May’Ham set you can actually build and destroy a level from the original Angry Birds game! Launch Red Bird and White Bird to destroy Moustache Pig, Small Minion Pig, and Medium Minion Pig. Includes a working launcher just like the game, enough parts to build and knock down, and a Golden KNEX Angry Birds Mission Mayham Building SetEgg. Everything included works with other K’NEX Angry Birds sets. Perfect for builders ages 5+.

My Thoughts: Both my husband and my son tried to put this together and could not do it. My son is an avid K’NEX and Lego builder so it’s not from lack of experience. He was extremely frustrated with this set and I even asked him to try building it again, which he did, and still couldn’t do it. I think it had to do with the fact that the pieces are supposed to fall apart (just like the Angry Birds game) but it was simply too tough and actually made him mad.. well.. Angry. We really wanted to like this set and were very excited but unfortunately we cannot recommend this one.

KNEX-Mario-Kart-Wii-Standard-KartThe K’NEX Mario Kart Wii Standard Kart sets allow you to build Mario, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and Toad in their Standard Karts from Mario Kart Wii! Each set includes a buildable figure, an item from the game, plus a pull-back motor and K’NEX pieces to build a standard kart. Collect them all and race your friends! The package can be re-used as a ramp for even more after-building fun. For ages 6+.

My Thoughts: Both of my boys absolutely love these sets. My oldest son built them as they are too hard for my 4 year old, but they both enjoy playing with them. Their favorite part is to pull them back and then let them go to race! Check out the photo to the right for two of the karts as built by my oldest son.

If you haven’t checked out K’NEX before, I highly recommend buying a set for your child’s next birthday or as a Christmas gift. It will be a HUGE hit! K’NEX sets are full of imagination and educational experiences. To learn more about K’NEX, you can visit their website or like them on Facebook.

Disclosure: K’NEX provided me with three free products in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners *Ends 10/13*

Soft-Scrub-TotalIntroducing an amazing new line of household cleaning supplies built to clean your entire home: Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners! All three products in the Soft Scrub Total family have their patented trigger that allows you to clean with either a fine mist or a thick foam. The trigger even sprays upside down so you can get into those hard to reach places. With all that power and versatility, now you only need one product to clean your entire home! Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners:

  • work upside down
  • offer foam or spray options
  • are tough on stains, gentle on surfaces
  • clean and deodorize

Thanks to Soft Scrub, I received Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach and Soft Scrub Total Bath & Bowl Cleaner to use in my home. Both of these products worked wonderfully, just as I expected. I mean, after all, they’re made by Soft Scrub! My favorite feature though is that they spray upside down. Nothing irritates me more then when you hold a spray bottle at an angle and it won’t spray. That doesn’t happen with Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners!

soft-scrub-tough-and-gentle-sweepstakesEnter the Soft Scrub Tough and Gentle Sweepstakes to Win $1000!

Soft Scrub has announced an amazing new sweepstakes where one person will win $1000 and 50 additional people will win $40 in gift cards. For your chance to win, enter the Soft Scrub Tough and Gentle Sweepstakes. The entry form is short and easy, plus you could walk away with $1000! You must enter by October 5th.

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One lucky Freebie Spot reader will win 3 Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Cleaners free product coupons. Yay! Just use the Giveaway Tools entry form below to enter to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Soft Scrub provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue DVD *Ends 10/13*

Dora the Explorer Dora's Royal Rescue DVDLady Knight Dora is joined by the legendary Don Quixote in the brand-new DVD, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue. The DVD includes a double-length, never-before-aired episode, “Dora’s Royal Rescue,” which features the voices of Andy Garcia as Don Quixote and Placido Domingo as Malambruno. Also included, is the new-to-DVD episode, “Dora’s Knighthood Adventure,” which features the voice of Garcia as Don Quixote. In addition, for a limited time only, kids can enjoy a free Dora coloring and activity book!

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue includes the following episodes:

Dora’s Royal Rescue (Double Length Episode): Join Lady Knight Dora in a double-length adventure, as she and her faithful squire Boots embark on a noble quest to help Rocinante the Horse save his knight, Don Quixote (voiced by Andy Garcia), who has been locked in Story Castle by the mean Malambruno (voiced by Placido Domingo)! They must dance past a giant spider and overcome windmills to rescue Don Quixote.

Dora’s Knighthood Adventure!: Dora, Boots, Rocinante the horse, and Dapple the donkey go on a heroic adventure to rescue a princess so they can become knights just like Don Quixote (voiced by Andy Garcia).

Thanks to Nickelodeon and Paramount, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to review another great Dora the Explorer DVD! My little guy is a huge Dora fan and watches her almost daily so it is no surprise that he nick-jr-logoabsolutely loved Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue. Of the two, he liked “Dora’s Royal Rescue” best but not by much (he loved the dancing!).

Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue will be released on DVD on October 2, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $14.99 at retail stores nationwide as well as online at Amazon.com.

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One lucky Freebie Spot reader will win Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Royal Rescue on DVD. How fun! Just use the Giveaway Tools entry form below to enter to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: The Karpel Group, on behalf of Nickelodeon and Paramount, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Tom and Jerry: Tricks & Treats DVD (Product Review)

Tom and Jerry Trick and Treats DVDI love old-school cartoon characters like Tom and Jerry. And why wouldn’t I? They are hil-ar-i-ous! That is why I love sharing cartoons like Tom and Jerry with my children, to let them experience a little bit of my childhood in today’s technology-driven world.

In Tom and Jerry: Tricks & Treats, Tom and Jerry are in for spooks galore in this monster collection. With 20 eerie episodes plus two bonus episodes, your goodie-bag will be overflowing with fun! Tricks and treats are at every turn, from ancient Egypt to Transylvania, from creepy houses to haunted forests, the hair-raising hilarity is non-stop! Our favorite cat and mouse mingle with ghosts, mummies, werewolves and witches in these terrific tales. Of course Tom and Jerry have a bounty of tricks up their own sleeves as well! Fear not, the chase is on! It’s a scare-iffic good time for the whole family!

My children absolute love Tom and Jerry. They will watch it over any of the new cartoons on television. If you haven’t watched Tom and Jerry with your kids, you should give it a try. You might be surprised as much as I was. :)

Tom and Jerry: Tricks & Treats is available at retail stores nationwide as well as online at retailers such as Amazon.com. Get yours today and share the spooky fun with your kids!

Disclosure: Warner Bros. provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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Giveaway: Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies *Ends 9/25*

Fiber_One_Brownies_logoFiber One has come out with a delicious new snack! Are you dreaming of a brownie that will satisfy your sweet tooth craving to help you stay on track? New Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies, combine your favorite dessert flavors: chocolate chip cookie AND brownie! When you’ve got brownies on the brain, but don’t want to over-indulge, this moist and chewy chocolate chip cookie brownie is the perfectly portioned 90-calorie snack.

New Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies: Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor features semisweet chocolate chips in a cookie-batter brownie topped with a dark chocolaty flavored drizzle. They make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, satisfying your chocolate cravings at work or at home.

My Thoughts

Fiber-One-90-Calorie-BrowniesFiber One graciously sent me a gift pack which included 1 box of Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor, Brain Stress Ball, Water Bottle, Ear Tube Buds, Office Turf, and Mini tote bag. My oldest son stole the ear buds, dang him, but I kept the brownies all to myself! The Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies taste pretty good. Sure, they aren’t as good as a batch of homemade chocolate brownies, but when you’re eating a treat that’s built to be low in calories, you expect that (or at least I do!). My favorite time to eat one of these is when I’ve been up to late and I’m getting a little hungry. Having too many calories before bed is a no-no and the Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies are perfect for that!

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FIber-One-Brownies-gift-packOne lucky Freebie Spot reader will win a Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies prize pack (see photo) which includes:

  • 1 box of Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor
  • Brain Stress Ball
  • Water Bottle
  • Ear Tube Buds
  • Office Turf
  • Mini tote bag

How fun! Just use the Giveaway Tools entry form below to enter to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: MyBlogSpark, on behalf of General Mills, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner Jet

Giveaway: Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner Jet *Ends 9/29*

Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner JetTomy’s line of train sets, cars, and towns has engaged children in Japan since 1959. Now the popular Tomica line has arrived in the US with action packed adventures for all. The newest vehicle — the Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner Jet — has been engaged in a rescue mission! This rescue jet transforms into three different vehicles: a jet, a submarine, and a race car. Cool!

The Storm Runner transports the hero engine and has mobile action bases connected to the wings of the jet to launch cars! The set includes a jet, a non-motorized hero engine, a TomiHero figure and two missiles. This toy is for ages 4 and up and is available for the retail price of $29.99.

And I gotta say.. my little man totally digs this toy, and so does his older brother! He has played with the Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner Jet every single day since it arrived. And he loves the fact that he can put his Bumblebee (or any other matchbox car) inside, fly around, and then drop him off for a rescue mission! Check out the pictures below  of my son and his favorite new toy (click to view larger photo):

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For more information on the Tomica line of toys, please visit tomica-usa.com. Don’t forget to like Tomy on Facebook and follow Tomy on Twitter too!

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One lucky Freebie Spot reader will win a Tomica Hypercity Rescue Storm Runner Jet. How fun! Just use the Giveaway Tools entry form below to enter to win. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Salmon Borre, on behalf of Tomy, provided me with the information for this post and free product(s) as a thank you for this post. They are also offering free product(s) to give away to a reader. I was not required to write a positive review. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.

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My Curves & Me: Products that Fit and Flatter Real Women

When it comes to bras, ladies know they have to be just right; women throughout the world will tell you there is nothing more uncomfortable than a bra which simply doesn’t fit properly. There are a number of elements that go in to getting the right fitting bra, but it is important to follow them in order to get a bra which is comfortable to wear all day long and doesn’t put any strain on your back, chest or neck muscles. To get the right fitting bra you not only bridal-brasneed to make sure you have been measured correctly to get the right sized bra, but also get the right style of bra in the right bra material for you.

For each woman the right bra style for them will differ greatly; many prefer the underwired bras whereas others prefer to go for non-wired bras, and the styles they feel most comfortable in differ greatly as well. Some like the feeling of being supported by the full cup bras whereas others like the lift that half cup bras can give. T-shirt bras are ideal for those who want to be supported while showing a bit of cleavage or for giving a sleek line under a tight top or dress.

The materials used in the bras are also something individual to women, what one will love another will find irritating. Bras like any other item of clothing go through phases in fashion and at the moment the big trend in bras is lace. This addition of lace to bras has the ability to make them not only comfortable items of clothing but also to add an element of elegance and sass to them.

my-curves-and-meOne company who knows how to design a supporting but sexy bra is Panache; these bras are often quoted as allowing women to let out their wild sides with the support they need. This season their bras include details of lace, ribbons and satins. They also sell swimwear that are comfortable but still very fashionable. You can find anything from luxurious swimsuits to cheap tankinis at My Curves & Me. Check them out and find your new favorite bra!

Disclosure: This post brought to you by My Curves & Me. I received compensation for this post. Any expressed opinion is completely my own. View my official disclosure policy.