Thursday, November 29, 2012

Enjoy Eating Your Vegetables With *NEW* Green Giant Seasoned Steamers {2 DAY ONLY Flash Giveaway}

With a dash of imagination, a pinch of culinary skill, and a heap of flavor, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers are giving you a new reason to enjoy eating your vegetables. Shake up your vegetable routine with these flavorful, chef-inspired options that are seasoned to perfection, without a drop of sauce. Now, more than ever, you can leave your family craving more vegetables with every meal and break through meal monotony with a new palate-pleasing vegetable option for everyone! With new Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™, eating vegetables just got easier and more delicious!

Available in six different varieties, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ are one of the first sauce-free seasoned vegetables to bring unique chef-inspired seasonings and premium cut vegetable blends to your dining room table.

These tasty Seasoned Steamers are bound to spice up any meal with six varieties including: Mediterranean Blend, Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots and Backyard Grilled Potatoes.


Visit HERE to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of one package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™. Be sure to share this coupon with your family, friends and readers so they too can take advantage of the savings and try Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™ today!


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Thanks to MyBlogSpark on behalf of Green Giant, ONE LUCKY *ace and friends* reader will win a "Green Giant" prize pack (see above) which includes: (1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™, Apron, Green Giant, Serving Spoon, Mixing Bowl and Bag of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers™


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Get Webkinz Friends iPad App and Play It For FREE!

My kids love their Webkinz friends and have been enjoying the ability to expand their fun by playing and exploring online with the special code they get with each one. Now, Webkinz expands even further with the introduction of their new Webkinz Friends FREE iPad App.

What is The Webkinz Friends App for iPad?

The loveable pets of Webkinz™ are at your fingertips with Webkinz Friends™, the new iPad® game from the creators of Webkinz World™!

Adopt Webkinz pets and design their homes with furniture and decorations from the KinzMart.

Harvest quirky plants and supply your businesses as you build your own one-of-a-kind Kinzville.

Follow the stories of Ms. Birdy, Arte Fact, and the whole cast of Webkinz characters and raise a happy family in the Kinzville of your dreams in this fun social game!

Special Features:

  • Earn exclusive virtual prizes for Webkinz World that can be sent to any active account on

  • Raise your Town Quality to unlock expansions and achieve bonuses!

  • Plant and harvest Pickleberry, Jumbleberry, Sugarberry and Moonberry Plants, and earn berries to send back to any active account on

  • Play with friends, visit their towns, and get help for your goals!

  • Adopt Webkinz toys on your iPad and

Note for Webkinz Friends on Facebook players: This game does not connect to your Facebook town. You will be building a new town.

Note for players: This game does not connect to your account, but does allow for you to send certain prizes back to any active account.

*** A network connection is required to play. ***

ace and friends thoughts

The Webkinz Friends iPad App is FREE downloadable game that is similar to what is offered through the Webkinz Facebook page. It takes a couple of minutes to set up and then you are ready to go. My kids love playing games on the iPad, so this was right up their alley!
To set up, you must first choose a pet to represent you in Kinzille and give it a name:

As the game begins, you start to place your building around Kinzville creating your own special town. 

Kinzville is the town in which your pets will live and thrive. Essentially, the better your buildings and business do in your town, the happier the pets will be that live there. The happier each pet is, the better the rewards you will receive while playing this game. 

To advance further in this game, you can complete different tasks that are found on the left side of the screen and tracked by each of the various icons. As you complete each task, you can then move up to a new level to have access to more activities, buildings and more. 

The kids really enjoyed adding various decorations throughout Kinzville, but did get a little frustrated when they had to wait for certain things to be built or gain enough items to purchase a particular decoration. This game is highly based on a waiting for things to be built or grow, which could be tough for younger kids to understand.

Overall, Webkinz Friends was enjoyable for all of my kids as well as for me. I really liked the convenience of playing the game easily on the iPad versus having to get to a desktop computer or access the game via Facebook. I know my kids will certainly get future enjoyment playing and building their Webkinz Friends town!

Will you play the FREE Webkinz Friends for the iPad?
What will you build first?

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Webkinz. I received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Kidz Bop Christmas! 2012 - Available NOW! {Review and Giveaway} - THREE Winners!

If you've been an ace and friends' reader for awhile, you probably know how much my kids (as do I) enjoy Kidz Bop CDs. So, when we heard there was a Christmas album, we were more than ready to Rock around the Christmas tree with KIDZ BOP this upcoming holiday season!

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 Track Listing

1. All I Want For Christmas Is You
2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
3. Up On The Housetop
4. Winter Wonderland
5. Must Be Santa
6. Silver Bells
7. Mistletoe And Holly
8. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
9. Christmas Wrapping
10. I Saw Three Ships
11. The 12 Days Of Christmas
12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
13. Jingle Bell Rock
14. Go Christmas
15. Auld Lang Syne

Kidz Bop Christmas! -  available NOW!

ace and friends thoughts: Kidz Bop Christmas! is a complete and entertaining compilation of familiar holiday songs that my kids are enjoying listening to regularly! This CD contains a great selection of recognizable sing-along songs along with other non-traditional tunes. Although my kids didn't know these songs right away, they did, however begin to easily sing these songs after just a few listens. As always, I appreciate that my kids can listen and enjoy a variety of KIDZ BOP music without having to worry about inappropriate lyrics! If you are looking for music that you can enjoy together with your kids this holiday season, make sure to run out get Kidz Bop Christmas! 2012, you (and your kids) will be Jingle Bell Rock(in) into the New Year!

Make sure to check out Kidz Bop Block Party - A Super Cool Kidz Radio Show.

Kids can hear more of their favorite Kidz Bop music by tuning into Kidz Bop Block Party!, a new two- hour weekly interactive radio show on Sirius Radio's KIDS Place Live Channel 78, every Friday from 6pm - 8pm ET, 3pm - 5pm PT!

Kids can easily participate on the show by visiting

Buy It 
Kidz Bop Christmas! 2012 is available NOW at Kidz Bop. In addition, make sure to check out the current release, Kidz Bop 22 for a great mix of current pop songs.

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THREE LUCKY *ace and friends* reader will win
a copy of Kidz Bop Christmas! of their very own.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Join Me At The #LittleChefs Twitter Party on December 6th... Chance to Win Fun Prizes!

ace and friends was recently featured as part of  an eBook sponsored by Chef Boyardee

Little Chef's eBook has been created with the hard work of other mom bloggers just like me. I was honored to have been asked to be a part of this collaborative project. You can view my portion of the book which is part of Chapter 3 - *Everyday Fun* which begins on page 17.

Join us for a Twitter Party on December 6th!

What: Join us for a Twitter Party to celebrate special holiday moments with family in the kitchen, inspired by The Little Chefs Project, the first-ever crowd sourced e-book on cooking with little chefs! In partnership with Chef Boyardee, The Motherhood and 40 fantastic mom bloggers (including me, yay!) have written a virtual book that will truly make you feel like a kid again. From creating family time in the kitchen to bonding over everyday and holiday fun, we have tips and recipes for creating kitchen magic with your family. 

When: Thursday, December 6, 2-3 p.m. ET

Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #LittleChefs hashtag to track the conversation.  You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite:

Hashtag: #LittleChefs

Prizes: Chef Boyardee will give away five total prizes, each consisting of a Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit, coupons, a Chef hat, apron and cookie cutters.  Winners will be chosen randomly from among participants who respond correctly to trivia questions.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Creating Your Own Personalized Chef Boyardee e-card

You can click here to get to the Facebook app that will take you through the creation of a fun animated e-card - your chance to get in the kitchen with Chef Hector Boiardi himself!

Just follow the instructions to create the card and watch what unfolds in the kitchen. After you see the animation, you'll have the option to share it via Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Check out ace and friends' personalized Chef Boyardee e-card....

Most importantly, HAVE FUN and
looking forward to tweeting with you on December 6th!!!

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: This post was part of a compensated Chef Boyardee program through The Motherhood. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System {Review & Giveaway}

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Shortly after celebrating Thanksgiving, it's scary to say, the holidays are just around the corner. Now, with that said, have you come up with the perfect gift yet for that coffee lover in your life?? If you haven't, please let me make a suggestion for you, please buy him/her the Keurig Vue Brewing System, he/she will love it!

The Keurig Vue Brewing System is not your typical coffee maker! Not only can you make coffee, but you can also make cappuccino, latte, espresso, hot chocolate, tea and iced beverages. Essentially, Keurig beverage choices are limitless. What's great about this brewer is that is uses convenient Vue packs which are available at a variety of retailers. Each Vue pack contains a premeasured amount of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Just insert the Vue pack and brewing simply begins with the push of a button.

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

The Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System gives you total control to brew your way: stronger, bigger, hotter and with more choices than ever before. With an interactive Touchscreen and revolutionary new Custom Brew Technology™ Vue ensures every beverage is brewed to perfection, giving you perfect results – every cup, every time. And your choices are nearly limitless. In addition to coffee, tea, hot cocoa and iced beverages, Vue brews delicious café and specialty beverages as well. Includes a bonus variety of 10 Vue packs. This product is BPA free. 

Product Features
  • Fully programmable color Touchscreen
  • Brews in under one minute
  • Strength & Temperature control
  • Eight brew sizes – from 4oz. up to a full size 18oz. travel mug
  • Energy Savings Mode – Auto On/Off
  • Enjoy beverages hot or over ice
  • Brews frothy café beverages
  • Removable 74oz. water reservoir with easy fill, flip-top lid
  • Removable drip tray with adjustable plate
  • Cord storage
Check out my full review of Keurig's Vue V700 Brewing System HERE.

Fun Additional Accessories 

There are certainly a number of accessories that you can purchase for your Keurig brewer, but one of my new favorites is the {Keurig Stainless Steel Travel Mug}. This mug is perfect for home or on the go. It features Contigo® AUTOSEAL® technology. Leak and spill-proof means you’ll never spill another drop, and convenient one-hand operation makes this the perfect travel mug for busy lifestyles.

  • Fits under all Keurig® K-Cup™ and Vue® reservoir brewers
  • Patented Contigo® AUTOSEAL® lid technology; press button to sip, release to seal
  • Leak and spill-proof; automatically seals between sips
  • Vacuum-insulated technology keeps beverages hot for 4 hours and cold for 12 hours
  • Double wall stainless steel construction
  • Holds up to 14 oz. with the lid on
  • Dimensions: 3.5” wide x 7.8 ” tall x 2.5” base diameter
Why Not Try These Flavors?

Perfect for the Fall and into Winter, why not give Green Mountain Coffee flavors a try, like Pumpkin Spice , one of my all-time favorites!

The sweet, creamy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg make Pumpkin Spice just right for fall’s crisper days and cooler nights. This warm, aromatic flavor is one of several coffees created to reflect the best aspect of each season.

Not a coffee drinker, why not try, Cafe Escapes' Specialty Flavors such as Chai Latte or Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. Both are delicious and adds a nice change to your regular coffee routine, plus, who doesn't LOVE hot cocoa?!!

Buy It

You can purchase the Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System for $229.95 at, at a variety of retailer including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Kohl's as well as other online retailers.

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Thanks to Keurig One LUCKY ace and friends reader will win
a Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System
(pictured above), of their very own!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Sports Illustrated Kids Special Offer!

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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids is THE magazine for boys and girls who love sports. It presents sports the way kids want to read about them: with great action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from the pros, and humor, comics, and activities. SI Kids is a great way to encourage kids to read, and it has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents' Choice Award.

Special Offer

Receive an entire year of SI Kids in print and on tablet for only $19.95! You can subscribe HERE.


Top 5 Reasons to give the gift of SI Kids this season...

Reason #1: It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.

Reason #2: It promotes reading for children who are reluctant readers.

Reason #3: Each issue is full of exciting stories, photos and games that are a perfect distraction while traveling.

Reason #4: No gift wrapping – it’s delivered straight to your door.

Reason #5: It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through.

For more information, visit SI Kids online and *LIKE* SI Kids on Facebook.

And don’t forget – take advantage of this great offer by subscribing HERE.
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Just Dance 4 for the Wii {Review} #CleverJD4 #spon

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

Admittedly, we are Just Dance FANatics.... so we were thrilled to see the new release of Just Dance 4 in the series. As you will read, it's TONS of fun... and great entertainment for the entire family!

About Just Dance 4 for the Wii

The world's #1 dance game* is back and better than ever! The new Just Dance 4 gives a new twist to the already spontaneous and outrageous dance game.

Just Dance 4 is your ticket to the best new music with over 40 tracks from a variety of top artists, popular genres and hot billboard songs like "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida, and "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction. The tracklist also features legendary artists such as Barry White and The B-52’s to get the whole family up and moving.

Just Dance 4 is the perfect catalyst for the best parties, no matter what the occasion, thanks to innovative modes like the all-new Battle mode, an upgraded Just Sweat mode, and even more fun, alternative dances. Everything you know and love about Just Dance gets even better with Just Dance 4—hot new tracks, fun irreverent dances, and more.

Key Features

Top Of The Charts:
 Over 40 all-new tracks, ranging from chart-topping hits to classic dance party tracks! There's something for all tastes so everyone will find their groove. Want more songs? Download from an expanding catalogue of new tracks from the in-game store.

Just Dance-Off! Challenge your friends in 6 rounds of dance battles with the all-new Battle mode! Go head to head to unique choreographies and music to be crowned the dance battle champion!

Bring Your Crew: With songs that feature 4 concurrent dance routines, it’s your time to shine! Each player can get his own moment of fame with unique choreographies and moves for each member of your dance crew.
Just Sweat It Out: The popular Just Sweat mode gets a major upgrade with brand new workout sessions, personalized programs, and a real calorie counter. Stay fit, and have fun playing Just Dance!

Alternative Choreographies: Unlock alternative choreographies for your favorite tracks including ultra-challenging and outlandish routines.

Dance Quests: Discover and win up to 6 challenges per song and unlock more rewards.

Dancer Card: Create and personalize your own dancer card to check out all your awesome dance stats (e.g., favorite tracks, best scores, and challenges).

Just Can’t Get Enough: Just Dance 4 still has everyone’s favorite modes like Duet Mode, Dance Mash-up Mode with 45+ mash-up choreographies, and more!

ace and friends thoughts

We've been Just Dance loyal fans since it's inception. Our household was anxiously awaiting the release of Just Dance 4. Since it's arrival to our home, we've been playing it non-stop. It's truly addictive! The game play itself is a lot of fun and quite entertaining. As the dance moves require you get up and move... you will definitely break a sweat.

There are many current hits that if you are a Top 40 fan like me, you will recognize and enjoy. Although some of the dance moves were a little advanced for our kids, all of us had a great time laughing and dancing along.

The noticeable new feature to this series is the addition of a Battle Mode, allowing players to compete in a six-round dance off. In addition there is the ability to unlock alternate choreography for some of the songs. My kids loved to challenge each other in the Battle Mode. 

The Sweat Mode has also been improved with the expansion of the mode itself. It allows players to get a pretty tough workout based on the choice of music selected. This mode also features an on-screen calorie counter to monitor if you are working hard enough (or just moving your remote fast or slow). Workout can be as short as 10 minutes to an intense 45 minutes session. This mode is fun and my favorite of all the different options. 

The only issue that I noticed with this {Wii} game in particular was that some of the arm movements aren't recognized as well with the Wii remote. The dance moves are pretty easy and are typically repeated throughout the entire song which makes it easy to dance and pick up.

Final Thoughts: Overall, Just Dance 4 surpassed my expectations. The game is certainly entertaining and fun for the whole family. Now go out and get it.... you will not be disappointed! Lots of dancing FUN!


Check out the dancing fun:


Buy It

Just Dance 4 is available for the Wii, Playstation 3 and XBox Kinect on Amazon.


[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

ace and friends 2012 Holiday Gift Guide beginning November 16th... stay tuned!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Online and Offline Fun With Webkinz Plus Toys

My kids have been fans of Webkinz for years.... so when they discover new Webkinz friends, I immediately hear all about them. They truly enjoy finding the *special code* and then having the ability to explore even further online with a new Webkinz friend.

Webkinz Butterscotch Retriever puppy dog from Ganz has soft tan fabric. This full size Webkinz measures 8.5 inches tall. As with all other Webkinz, this adorable dog comes with it's own special code to access it's virtual world.

Webkinz Rockerz (including this Poodle) are sassy rock & roll pets that unlock the magic of Webkinz World! Each pet includes a unique Secret Code. Enter the code at and bring your pet to life. With a Webkinz Rockerz pet, you'll receive a unique rock & roll outfit and access to an exclusive Rockerz challenge with awsome Stadium Rock prizes for your pets room.

Each and every Webkinz friend has a special eight digit code that can be used online to *adopt* them in the virtual Webkinz World. Upon being adopted online, kids have the ability to care for their Webkinz friend by feeding it, providing playtime and more. 

For even more fun and exciting adventures, Webkinz also offers the ability to play a game through Webkinz Facebook page. This Facebook App is similar to various other and popular city building games.  Webkinz codes are not a requirement or necessary to use on the Webkinz Facebook game page. You can build houses and businesses to improve the community's *happiness* level. When it came to playing the two different style games, my kids actually preferred Webkinz World... they felt there was more to do that was more appealing to them.

Also... Webkinz will be introducing a new iPad App and I know that will certainly be a BIG hit in our home. Webkinz + iPad = Giddy Kids.

As excited as my kids were to get these new Webkinz, I know that they will be adding other Webkinz friends to their holiday lists. There is such a wide variety to choose, ranging from the everyday *normal* pet to the more exotic, wild animals to various sea creatures and more. Definitely something for everyone and I have a feeling a Webkinz friend would delight a child this holiday season. Make sure to check out Webkinz Holiday Guide for gift ideas. 

Buy It

Find Webkinz at a store near you – prices may vary

Stay Connected

Follow Webkinz on Twitter and Facebook.


Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Webkinz. I received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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