Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Join Us in Taking the Listerine Oral Care Challenge!

Did you know that pediatric oral disease is the #1 chronic childhood illness? Shocking, isn't it?

For that reason alone, we as a family, will be participating in the Listerine Oral Care Challenge. 

What is the Listerine Oral Care Challenge?

To encourage good dental hygiene for the little ones, the makers of LISTERINE® and REACH® have created an "Oral Care Challenge" for parents and kids (ages 6 and older) to take on this year. To complete the challenge, kids, alongside their parents, have to brush, floss and rinse every day, twice a day for two weeks-a key step in building a strong oral care foundation.

We ALWAYS hear during our regular dental checkups the importance of regular brushing and flossing to maintain a healthy oral care routine. Did you also know that brushing alone misses the germs in 75% of your mouth! {yuck}. Just by adding a therapeutic mouthwash to your daily routine of brushing and flossing is an essential step in keeping your mouth healthy and protected.

Currently, we as a family, do indeed brush two times per day, but unfortunately, we aren't flossing regularly, nor are we using a mouthwash. Yikes. 

So, over the next few weeks, we will be starting and participating in the challenge and I will share our family's progress. We will each follow a routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day for 3 weeks — as a family!

We are thrilled to participate in the challenge (the kids are excited for their new toothbrushes)! Wanna follow along and participate too, visit Listerine to find out more!

Disclosure: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Listerine and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Barilla Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge {Prize Pack Giveaway}

Pasta. A definite staple in our house.

We have been Barilla pasta product devotees for years. As the years have passed, we seen many wonderful additions to their product line, including our favorites... their Plus Pasta and our new favorite Whole Grain Pasta

Over the past year or so, we, as a family have been trying to incorporate more whole grain pasta into our diet. The one major complaint from the kids was that it didn't taste as good as regular noodles. So when we had an opportunity to participate in the Barilla Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge.... we were IN!

So, you may be wondering, how does the Barilla Whole Grain Taste & Share Challenge work? It's super easy... and here's how you can join us.... and the million others who have already tried Whole Grain.

All it takes are these three easy steps:

1. Try Barilla Whole Grain, then look for the code on your box.

You can find the code on the top of the box towards the left.

2. Like Barilla on Facebook and you're ready to share.

Login to Facebook and like Barilla US. Allow their Taste & Share Challenge app. Then select two friends with whom you want to share Barilla Whole Grain.

3. Barilla rewards your love of sharing!

 When you share Barilla Whole Grain with two friends on Facebook, they get a coupon for $1 off their next box and you get a coupon for $1 off when you buy two boxes.

Try it because it's from Barilla. Love it because it's delicious. Share it because it's too good not to.

I will be making this tomorrow....
  • BOX Barilla Whole Grain Linguine
  • 2 CUPS Cauliflower
  • 1 CLOVE Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 TABLESPOON Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 2 Yellow Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 CUP Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • TO TASTE Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
  • 4 TABLESPOONS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • TO TASTE Salt

BROIL peppers for 15-20 minutes or until skins are blackened and blistered, turning occasionally. Place peppers in a tightly closed bag and let stand for 10-15 minutes. Remove skins and seeds. Cut into thin strips and set aside.

BRING a large pot of water to a boil.

HEAT olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until slightly yellow.

COOK pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, ADD cauliflower florets to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes (skip this step if cauliflower is omitted).

ADD roasted bell pepper strips to the skillet and sauté for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of cooking liquid. Toss pasta with the sauce. If needed, add some cooking liquid to the skillet.

TOSS pasta with parsley and mix well. TOP with cheese before serving.

Note: For faster preparation time, jarred roasted peppers may be substituted.

ohhhhh.... it sounds so deeeeelish..... check back to see my personal pictures and tasting result!

Want to learn more about Barilla whole grain pastas and get MORE tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy, visit Barilla's Dinner Kit.

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  • 6 boxes of Barilla Whole Grain pasta
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  • Academia Barilla balsamic vinegar
  • Academia Barilla pesto
  • Sicilian cherry tomatoes
  • Sea Salt with black olives
  • Barilla apron
 Academia Barilla products are created with the best of ingredients respecting tradition of the region as well as the local artisans. Their modern approach recognizes the need not only for enjoyable food, but healthy too! 

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Gilt Baby & Kids Top Ten Toys for the Holidays {Giveaway}

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Have I mentioned this before, I love to shop? Well, if you haven't heard it before, you're gonna hear it again. I LOVE TO SHOP! I love discovering new places to shop.

Oh, and save too. LOTS.

For those reasons and many more, I am thrilled to share GILT Baby & Kids with you. It a super cute, super fun and oh yeah... did I mention SUPER CUTE site that offers a variety of great deals on the newest and trendiest kids' stuff!

Gilt Baby & Kids offers hand-selected luxury brands at member-only prices. Yep, you have join to have access to these great products and prices. It's VERY easy... so no worries.

What's even more amazing is they are making holiday shopping for the little ones in your life a lot easier with their  Top 10 Toys for the holiday season.

Take a look... (they are ALL available at www.gilt.com/holiday) 

WallCandy Chalkboard Decals - Ice Cream Cone
Retail $56.00 Gilt Kids Price $30.00

These chalkboard decals give kids the chance to scribble on the walls without ruining the paint job!  Easily removable this adorable ice cream cone comes with the Ice cream cone, cherry, sprinkles and chalk! It’s a favorite for kids and parents!

TEGU The Original Set
Retail Price $140 Gilt Kids Price $91

The Original Set is an awesome way to introduce your children to the world of Tegu blocks! Magnetic connections between the blocks make fornovel play that increases a child's creativity. Recommended for ages 3 and up. They are eco-friendly- made of FSC-Certified Honduran Hardwoods and non toxic paints.

Rockabye Mocha the Monkey
Retail Price$138 Gilt Kids Price $79
Have you seen a cuter monkey? And the best part? Located on the back of Mocha's head, your baby will find 4 buttons that activate original songs that teach ABCs, numbers 1 through 10, colors, shapes and more! The seat is soft and cushioned. This rocker is recommended for children 9 months and up. Weight limit is about 80 lbs. 
KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse 
Retail Price $299 Gilt Kids Price $208

A dollhouse is such a classic gift for a little girl- something to cherish for years to come. This one is certainly top notch with 8 rooms of open space to decorate an elevator and tons of furniture and décor like a grandfather clock and much more!

Retail Price $149 Gilt Price $119
With its innovative flipping mechanism, Wishbone Flip transforms from rocker to ride-on in seconds. Recommended for ages 1 to 5.

Maclaren - By Land, By Air, By Sea Jr. Quest Doll Activity Center
Retail Price $75 Gilt Price $38
Little girls love to imitate their moms and this Maclaren Doll Activity Center gives them the chance to really take care of their dolls. With a stroller, rocker, carrying case and matching travel bag they have all thenecessary items for a mom on the go!

Melissa and Doug Wooden Railway Set
Original Retail $130 Gilt Price $94
This amazing set includes everything needed for railway fun: a spacious roundhouse engine shed, dozens of track pieces in curves and straights, trees, workers and even traffic signs! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Playme Rolling Garden
Original Retail $120 Gilt Kids Price $82

The uniquely designed parts roll in different speeds and some create pleasant clicking sounds. Watching the action as they come down the tracks with swirling colors, children learn to recognize cause and effect. Playing with the set inspires children's curiosity, and enhances their eye hand coordination. Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Schoenut 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Gilt Kids $49.95

Introducing kids to music at a young age is so wonderful it really give them a chance to explore interests and have some fun so we love this Schoenut’s acoustic guitar. This specific guitar is great for lessons and is easily tunable. 

Kickboard The Mini Kick
Gilt Kids $84.99
If you have a little one who is constantly on the go they will love this next toy! The mini kick scooter makes scooting fun for young children as well as helping to develop their balance, coordination and motor skills. Perfect toy to help children develop or spark their imagination!

So, whatcha waitin' for.... head on over to www.gilt.com/holiday and snag some really cool stuff for the coolest little ones in your life!

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: tea collection's HOLIDAY clothing {Review & $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway}

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If you are looking for the perfect holiday children's clothing for your kids this season, look no further than Tea. With their approach to fun and exciting prints, {ace} will be dressed extra fashionable and to the nines this year! 

About Tea

Founded in 2002, Tea, based in San Francisco, designs distinctive Kid's Clothes as well as women's clothing that is inspired by the beauty they discover in their travels around the world.

From the art of traditional Korean patchwork to the graphic boldness of Brazilian street graffiti, Tea designers interpret their discoveries into beautiful, modern and consummately wearable Children's Clothing for ages 0-12. 

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Tea Collection’s amazing holiday lines continue to be inspired by their latest destination: Modern Mexico. Their inspiration travels are shared through a series of photos and stories that translate into their new holiday clothing line. Lots of fun. Lots of Sparkle. Everything necessary for the perfect holiday outfit. The Girl’s collection has a decidedly Modern Mexico accent while the boy’s pieces are outfitted in super stripes and the magical spirit of Mayan jaguars.
On girls: Cecila Crinkle Dress with Sparkle Stripe Mockneck, Frita Flora Dress with Tres Pico Turtleneck;On {c}Pedro Pullover Sweater, Chapultepec Polo and Carrot Fit Cords

Each piece of clothing is always made with exceptionally soft material that I have grown to love from Tea.  In addition to the super soft material, the design and quality are continually apparent in this year's holiday collections.

My little dude looked so grown up in his Pedro Pullover Sweater, Chapultepec Polo and Carrot Fit Cords. He said he felt and looked like {daddy}. In addition to looking extra handsome, he was also warm and cozy. I just love that about Tea's clothing.  {a} and {e} looked so sweet in their adorable outfits including: Cecila Crinkle Dress with Sparkle Stripe Mockneck, Frita Flora Dress with Tres Pico Turtleneck, Jacarandá Wrap Dress with Flores Pequeñas Leggings and Que Bonita Wrap Dress.

on girls: Jacarandá Wrap Dress with Flores Pequeñas Leggings and Que Bonita Wrap Dress.

What I truly love about Tea is their introduction of new styles and gorgeous prints with each new season. Tea's creativity never ceases to amaze! Their attention to every detail is what makes Tea one of my favorite kid's clothing designers.

If you are in the market for the perfect mix and match collection (which, as I've mentioned before, is one of my favorite things about Tea) for everyday wear or to dress up for that holiday extravaganza, look no further than Tea!

Don't you think that these beautiful prints and comfortable styles will make for one adorable holiday photo. Now... the problem is.... which outfit shall I choose for the cards? PLEASE HELP... which would you choose?

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: DXG Luxe Collection 1080p HD Camcorder {Review & Giveaway}

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In my pre-kid days, my parents would say to me, time really flies by, and I really didn't understand it until I had a family of my own. Now that we have three kids, there are have been many instances in which I thought, I wish I had a camcorder to capture this memory because before I know it, they will be all grown up. I've caught myself thinking, boy, time does REALLY fly by fast and I don't want to forget these moments.

This holiday season (and beyond), I will be able to capture these memories thanks to my new DXG Luxe Collection HD Camcorder. This High Definition camcorder is less than one inch thick, with a 3-inch LCD touch screen, light weight and can fit right in my pocket. 

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Upon opening the box, I was delighted to see an impressively packaged product. Inside the useful storage box was not only the DXG Luxe Camcorder, but a Li-ion Battery NP-40, a universal USB Cable, charger and power cord, adorable carrying/storage case and the user's guides/manuals. 

To get started all that is needed, is to charge the battery (about 120 minutes to fully charge), insert an SD card (not included) and you are ready to begin filming or taking photos. 

So, you may be asking was it simple to operate and was the picture quality up to par?

First, I will address the ease of use. As soon as the battery was fully charged, I was able to immediately capture video and take photos. The touch screen is a nice feature and makes operation of this camcorder super simple. The DXG Luxe Camcorder records HD videos and also includes a light for evening photo shots as well as video recordings. The tilt LCD screen makes viewing your recording easy to see.

As far as quality, take a look for yourself. Here are a couple of photos that I took indoors without using the included light.

I was really impressed at how well these pictures turned out. Although not as clear as my SLR camera, it serves it purpose and would capture a moment if I were without my other camera.

Capturing a video was just as easy. I took this video indoors, check out the clarity.

Additional Product Details
(source: dxgusa.com)

The DXG Luxe 1080p Slim HD Camcorder (shown in Monaco Pink) combines HD technology and style in one device that's hip, hot and haute. It features a classic design that is inspired by the latest trends in fashion and will complement anyone's taste and personal style. This camcorder records real 1080p high definition video and captures still pictures up to 12 megapixels. It also boasts a 3" touchscreen display and an HDMI interface so it can easily be connected to your HDTV. This camcorder comes with everything you need to start recording your precious memories right away.

-HD video: 1080p, 720p at 30 fps
-Connect to your PC via USB 2.0 interface
-Upload videos to the Internet
-SDHC compatible

If you have a special person on your gift giving list that loves to capture every moment on video, then look no further than the DXG Luxe Collection. They offer a variety of different styles and colors that I know that he/she will appreciate and enjoy!


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Get your own DXG Luxe Collection Camcorder (MSRP $199.99)
 on their site HERE. 

COUPON (just for ace and friends readers): Use ACEDXG,
at checkout to receive 20% off of your purchase!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Wind & Weather {Review & Giveaway}

As the holiday shopping season continues, I have a hard time finding unique and useful gifts for everyone on my list. Luckily, my friends at Wind & Weather offer a wide selection of products that are affordable and fitting for my hard to shop for family and friends!

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About little more about Wind & Weather

Wind & Weather loves to study clouds, gauge winds, count raindrops, predict storms, and track every single life-affecting detail. This boundless enthusiasm for all things meteorological began brewing in 1976 when Wind & Weather opened its doors on the beautiful north coast of California. Over three decades later, they are drenched in industry knowledge and experience, and recognized as a world-trusted supplier of weather instruments.

As there is a variety of weather demands for all walks of life, Wind & Weather specializes in satisfying each degree of curiosity with a multi-level collection of weather instruments that includes top brands like Maximum, Davis, Rainwise, Oregon Scientific, and Lacrosse. They also offer a fine selection of field-approved supplies like binoculars, watches, radios, and emergency-support tools.

In addition to their wide selection of weather instrument, they also offer a Distinctive collection of garden décor and artful objects.

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The generous folks at Wind & Weather sent over the Battery-Powered Stainless Steel Auto-Grind Salt and Pepper Mills. What an amazing gift for the cook or chef in your life. These salt and pepper mills were even more attractive in person. They are very easy to fill and operate. What I really liked about these two shakers was the ability to adjust the grind level from fine to course. In addition to adjusting the grind level, they also have a light that turns on when it is in use (see video above). It makes it easy to see what you are seasoning. A definite unique feature that I have not seen on competitive products.

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Battery-Powered Stainless Steel Auto-Grind Salt and Pepper Mills Product Details 

Make seasoning food at dimly lit tables and grills more efficient and more fun! These stainless steel auto-grind salt-and-pepper shakers are engineered with battery-powered, ceramic grinders and LED, food-targeted light. Grind level is adjustable. Acrylic stand catches granules. Uses 6 AAA batteries (not incl.)

• Auto-grind salt and pepper shakers
• Stainless Steel
• Uses 6 AAA batteries
• LED food-targeted light
• Adjustable grind level

Size: 8-1/4"H x 2" Dia.

The salt & pepper mills we received did differ a little than the one pictured online (see above), but that wasn't a deal breaker for us. They worked really well and they will certainly get a ton of use during mealtime! If you are looking to find distinctive and unique gadgets for the gift giving season, make sure to head on over to Wind & Weather.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Don't Forget Your Energizer Batteries this Holiday Season {Giveaway}

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The holiday are coming, the holidays are coming... and I'm looking forward to the time with our kids and lots of holiday celebrations.

As it gets closer, I have started shopping and picking up some pretty cool gifts. With cool gifts comes the necessity of lots of batteries and thankfully this year, I've remembered to pick up some Energizer batteries.
This holiday season, Energizer has just the solution to help you get a jump start -- batteries for the gifts and a free online movie on demand rental to help with the relaxation.  Simply purchase a package of specially-marked Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, Energizer® Advanced Lithium or Energizer® Recharge AA batteries and you will receive a free online movie on demand rental reward that can be redeemed at Blockbuster.com, Amazon.com, iTunes.com, or the YouTube store.

Here's all you need to do:

1. Visit www.energizer.com/movies

2. Follow the instructions to input your battery pack codes.  ***Please note: this promotion is limited to one (1) REWARD CERTIFICATE PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD/E-MAIL ADDRESS. 

3. The last day to redeem codes is 4/30/12 at 11:59 p.m. ET

4. Your Reward Certificate does expire and must be redeemed for your online movie rental within 2 months from the date of issuance. Redemption of the Reward Certificate is subject to all terms and conditions and policies imposed by Hollywood Movie Money On-Demand Rewards.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Torani Flavored Syrup {Review & Giveaway}

Sometimes I like to think of myself as a coffee connoisseur. I love everything about coffee, especially when it's made at a coffeehouse! The smell, the taste and flavors are always so amazing. What I don't like about coffeehouse coffee is the high cost of a daily beverage. Recently, I was introduced to Torani, a company that has some delicious flavored syrups that helps you whip up delightful coffee creations from the comfort of your home. Ummm, hello... brew me up!

About Torani

In 1925, Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre, with handwritten recipes from their hometown of Lucca, Italy, introduced Torani syrups to the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Mixing their syrup recipes with sparkling water, the Torres introduced the classic Italian soda to local cafes, and soon began mixing, blending and selling Torani Syrups from their Italian wholesale grocery.

Fast forward to today, and the Torani family legacy continues. They produce an extensive portfolio of flavorful products, and continue to innovate for success. The popularity of specialty beverages and the support of cafés, restaurants and retailers have helped grow their brand for the last 80 years. Flavor seekers around the globe enjoy Torani in their favorite beverages everyday. And Torani continues to stay on the creative edge with new product lines and ideas. 

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I was thrilled to have an opportunity to taste test Torani's Peppermint and Sugar-Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavored syrups. Both flavors were intriguing, but admittedly I was a bit leary about the Sugar-Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon for two reasons {1} wasn't sure the flavor combination and {2} would the flavor taste funny because it was 'sugar-free'. In lieu of trying that, I opted to try the Peppermint flavored syrup first. You can't go wrong with a Peppermint Latte, right? Well, RIGHT, of course! 

Creating this coffee masterpiece was quite simple. I went directly to Torani's website and searched their recipe collection. Immediately I found several different beverages I could make using Peppermint Syrup. Once I selected the Peppermint Latte recipe, the website displayed the ingredients and instructions. A few minutes later I was enjoying a warm, delightful and festive coffee beverage. Perfect for the season.

Because I love coffee so much, I was now desperate to try the Sugar-Free Brown Sugar Cinnamon. Doubts and concerns be gone... onward to my next recipe search. I opted to just add the syrup directly to a black cup of coffee. To my surprise, it was extremely flavorful and delicious. No funny taste. Hurray... and this syrup has ZERO calories. Um, bonus!

So, if you are looking for a way to jazz up your morning java, make sure to get yourself some Torani... they offer so many flavors... I'm quite certain you will find one you will LOVE! Now, I'm off... to whip up another tasty cup o' joe!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Check out StyleFind.com - a *FUN* new shopping site!

StyleFind.com is the new shopping site from the publishers of InStyle magazine. At StyleFind, you can search 500,000+ shoes, handbags, clothes, accessories and more from over 2,000 brands to find the latest in fashion and beauty. You can quickly browse by Editors' picks, the hottest trends, and find out what's on sale. Plus, get access to exclusive members-only deals
Whether you know exactly what you're looking for, just browsing, or just need a little guidance finding the next big thing, StyleFind.com is your place to discover the most popular items in fashion and beauty and we offer amazing discounts up to 50% off. But the best part? Members get access to exclusive offers and deals, so you can search, shop, love and save.  

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download December 6th

Mr. Popper's Penguins Debuts on Blu-ray, DVD
and Digital Download - December 6th

Summary: Just in time for the holidays, enjoy Jim Carrey (A Christmas Carol) in MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  The whole family will be full of laughs watching Mr. Popper, a driven businessman who is clueless when it comes to the important things in life until he inherits six, “adorable” and mischievous penguins. 

As Mr. Popper quickly gets acquainted with – and increasingly attached to – his winged roommates, his  life quickly unravels: the deal he’s long been working on with a formidable socialiate, Mrs. Van Gundy, played by the acclaimed Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast),  is derailed and Popper almost lands in jail.  While Popper’s penguins turn his swank New York apartment into a snowy winter wonderland - they teach him valuable lessons about family- human and otherwise!

Get a sneak peak of movie below:

Printable Fun: 

Just for families and moms... feel free to print these two fun activity sheets for you and your kids to enjoy!

 Upcoming Giveaway: Make sure to check back often for your chance to win your very own copy of Mr. Popper's Penguins on DVD!

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: GiftZip.com {Review & Giveaway}

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Do you sometimes struggle to find a gift for that person that just has EVERYTHING or says, "you don't have to get me anything"? I know I do because I am left without any ideas on what to get that person. Frustration can now be a thing of the past because I recently came across a website GiftZip.com that offers online gift cards, that is going to make my gift giving SUPER easy this holiday season!

About GiftZip.com

First, GiftZip.com enhances the gift card giving experience by providing their customers with quick and immediate access to over hundreds of  retailers' virtual, electronic, and online gift cards and gift certificates. GiftZip.com's goal is to offer it's users "kiosk-like" usability with unparalleled selection and speed.

Next, GiftZip.com strives to save their users time, energy and resources without sacrificing any part of the shopping experience. GiftZip.com's services ensure that users will never be forced to wait in a line, drive to a store, or pay additional fees for purchasing a gift card. I certainly can appreciate those important benefits! 

Sounds great, but is it easy to use? Let me answer that for you... DEFINITELY! 

GiftZip.com is FREE to use and the aren't any hidden fees. You can also easily store you online gift cards right in your inbox for immediate access (and can reprint them at any time).

Here's How It Works:

1. Browse the various categories, locate a retailer of interest and click on that retailer's logo.

2. A box will appear providing a brief description of the product or services that the retailer offers, as well as information regarding denominations available and locations where the eGift card is redeemable.

3. Click GiftZip it! And you will be automatically directed to the retailer's secure eGift card page.

4. From there, follow the instructions on the retailer's website to complete your order.

5. Your eGift card will be sent by email and arrive in your recipient's inbox. You also can have the eGift card sent to yourself to print. 

Easy enough, right? So, go ahead and try it... you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home to do it... BONUS!

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Amazing Groupon Deal: $50 *American Apparel* For just $25 Today!

I love American Apparel... so I was was excited to see that Groupon is offering a  $25 for $50 (or $50 for $100) Worth of Clothing and Accessories at American Apparel, either online or in-store! 

It's SUPER easy to score this DEAL:
  • Login or register with Groupon.
  • This offer is nationwide.  Choose $25 for $50 (or $50 for $100) Voucher.
  • Complete your order, and your Groupon should be available almost immediately!
Limited quantities are available, so get your's now!

The Fine Print: Expires Jan 21, 2012; Limit 1/person, may buy 1 more as gift. Valid only for option purchased. No sale items, Multibrand/Vintage products, gift cards. Must buy $75 over Groupon discount for free shipping. Returns only for store credit with valid receipt within 45 days of purchase; only to venue of original purchase. No returns/exchanges: swimwear, bodysuits, unitards, intimates. Not valid in Canada.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: American Girl Dolls {Review & Giveaway}

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For as long as I can remember {a} has had a HUGE obsession with American Girl dolls. Years ago, when we lived near Chicago, we would go into the store and spend a lot of time looking at all the beautiful dolls and their accessories. She would always get so giddy to look around! This year, we asked her what she wanted for Christmas... and once again, she mentioned, she would LOVE to have an American Girl Doll of her very own. Since little {e} was nearby, she too, chimed in... me too, me too. Thanks to my WONDERFUL friends at American Girl... I can't wait to see the surprise on their faces when they open something super special this Christmas, their very own, Marie-Grace and Cécile dolls.

About American Girl 

If you haven't heard of American Girl, I would be SUPER surprised... but in case you don't know much about this amazing company, let me tell you a little about them.

American Girl is "Helping girls become their very best!" At American Girl, they celebrate girls and all that they can be. That's why they develop products and experiences that help girls grow up in a wholesome way, while encouraging them to enjoy girlhood through fun and enchanting play. {These are a few reasons why I LOVE American Girl.}

American Girl offers a wide variety of different products that are suitable for just about everyone. The American Girl character feature historical characters that highlight important past dates of America's past. My American Girl™ dolls are dolls that are created especially for every girl. Bitty Baby® are adorable baby dolls that promote nurturing play among girls and are perfect for ages 3 and up. In addition to dolls, American Girl also offers American Girl magazine and Books that are written to help girls every step of the way. 

ace and friends thoughts

I was thrilled that I was fortunate enough to review not only one, but two of American Girls' newest additions, Marie-Grace and Cécile. These two dolls follow an unforgettable journey where they must overcome times of trouble in their hometown of New Orleans using courage, compassion, and friendship. American Girl has created a story where these two girls cross paths and each of their stories compliment each other. The story takes place in 1853 where there was a definitive line between cultures as well as classes. Their story takes place throughout a six book series and alternate between each character, making each book quite unique. I have always been a HUGE fan of American Girl books and this series doesn't disappoint!
Each doll is absolutely stunning. Cécile is dressed in an authentic 1850's teal satin dress with soft black velvet accents and little rosettes. Complimenting her teal dress are white pantalettes, knee-length stocking and black boots. Her beautiful dark brown hair has super cute ringlets and is tied back with a gorgeous ribbon. 
Marie-Grace is also dressed in time-period appropriate clothing. She has a cute pink/tangerine plaid taffeta dress along with white pantalettes, knee-length stockings, and two-tone boots. Her long brown hair has curly-Q's on both sides of her face that are adorned with pink ribbons as well as a perfect braid across the back.

Included with each doll is the first book in their series which introduces each character to it's owner. These dolls are really and truly amazing. Their bodies are made of a soft cloth and the head and limbs are made of smooth vinyl. These dolls are extremely well made and will give the little girl in your life many years of enjoyment. You can pose each doll in many different ways and I can't say how much I love that these dolls encourage reading and teaching about important historical times.

Finally, I cannot wait to see the {a} and {e}'s faces on Christmas morning. They are going to be over the moon excited. I will definitely post their reactions shortly after the holidays! Now... how many days until Christmas???? {le sigh.}

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Cécile and Marie-Grace along with many other American Girl products
can be purchased HERE.

FREE SHIPPING: Now through November 2nd, American Girl is offering FREE SHIPPING with the following code: EMFREE1122

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Thanks to American Girl, one LUCKY ace and friends reader will win
 a Cécile and Marie-Grace 6 Book Boxed Set! (MSRP $39.95)


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