Hoover Windtunnel Air Bagless Upright Review with a Presto 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Giveaway

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Lately I have been getting excited about cleaning products and tools.  I am not sure when this paradigm shift happened because when I was growing up I was know for my messy bedroom.  I always helped my mom with chores and we had a very clean house but the door to my room often remained closed.  Years later  as a wife and a mom, I find joy and serenity in a clean and organized house.  So, YES I get excited to see a brand new Hoover Windtunnel Air Bagless Upright show up at my front door.

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When I think of vacuums the first name that comes to my mind is Hoover.  Hoover has been around for more that 100 years and they know what customers want.  The WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright is lightweight (12.4 pounds) , very effective and has a HEPA filter.  This vacuum is great for my household which consists of two adults, one 7 year old, a cat and a dog. We are constantly tracking in dirt and leaves.  My sweet dog, Beta, sheds more than any dog I have ever seen.  So having a lightweight and easy to use vacuum is important to me.

The WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright was very easy to assemble.  I had to slide the  wand into place and pop the attachments onto the back.  That was it!  No need for tools or a hour spent assembling.  Thank you Hoover!

The first task I put the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright to was the mat by the back door.  This is the door that we use to bring the dog in and out, my sons goes outside through this door and my husband’s office is out back.  I turned the vacuum on and turned on the brushroll.    In under 20 seconds, I was done and there was a noticeable difference.   The brushrool can be turned on and off with a button, for different surfaces.  We have mostly hardwood floors so it is nice to be able to turn it off so crumbs and dust does not fly out the back.

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About the WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright

This vacuum is designed with a telescopic handle with built-in wand that detaches with one simple touch. Simply connect the stair hose to the built-in hose and easily clean stairs without having to lift and carry the vacuum. Other intuitive features include convenient power and brushroll controls, a carry handle on top of the dirt cup, and a clear nozzle with no-scuff bumper. The body reclines all the way to the floor, so you can reach under furniture easily, and the brushroll automatically stops when you put the vacuum back in the upright position.

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The Hoover® WindTunnel® Air™ Bagless Upright has a rinsable filter that can be easily cleaned under running water and a high-quality filter made with HEPAmedia – neither of which will need to be replaced during the warranty period with proper care.


  • Only 12.4 pounds – the lightest Hoover® full-size bagless upright available – easy to use
  • WindTunnel® Technology – removes embedded dirt and minimizes blowback or scatter
  • Quick Fit™ Hose – one-touch releases handle for easy attachment to hose so you can
  • Intuitive Power Controls – conveniently positioned where they should be – right at your
  • Brushroll Shut-Off – automatically turns off when vacuum is put in upright position
  • Fabulous Filtration -multi-cyclonic filtration system, rinsable filter and a high-quality filter made with HEPA media. HEPA media traps 99.97% of dirt, dust and pollens down to 0.3microns.
  • Carry Handle – on top of dirt cup so you can easily lift the lightweight vacuum for moving up or down stairs
  • 30′ Power Cord – vacuum a large room without re-plugging
  • Clear Nozzle with No Scuff Bumper – protects furniture and baseboards from scuffing and allows you to see Hoover® WindTunnel® technology in action
  • Deep Recline Handle – lets machine recline flat to clean under furniture
  • Limited 2-year warranty

On-Board Tools:

  • 3-in-1 Combination Tool
  • 30″ Extension Wand – extends reach of the hose
  • Crevice Tool – helps clean nooks and crannies
  • Upholstery/Dusting Brush – helps get furniture clean
  • 8′ Stair Hose – Attaches to the Quick Fit™ hose for 12 feet of cleaning reach on stairs without carrying your vacuum


So now you know you want one!!  We are offering you an exclusive promo code for 30% off sitewide at Hoover.com and free shipping.  The code is Friends14 . Use it, share it with your friends, family or coworkers.  It is good until November 19th so get shopping!


One lucky mamalovesherbargains.com reader will win their very own Presto 2-in-1 Cordless Stick.

The new Hoover® Presto™ 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vac features the convenience of two machines in one with a powerful cordless hand and stick vac combo. Keep hard floors and carpet clean with the quick and easy stick vac; release the powerful hand vac with one touch for daily spot cleaning. The 3-in-1 detachable tool makes it easy to clean hard-to-reach areas. This 2-in-1 Stick Vac features 14.4V of cordless power and true cyclonic technology for great cleaning performance. The vacuum includes a rinsable filter made with HEPA media. The Presto™ Cordless 2-in-1 Stick Vac offers the ultimate in convenience with a folding handle and charging base for easy and convenient storage in tight spaces.

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The Hoover Windtunnel Air Bagless Upright was provided for the review.  All opinions are my own.

ShoppingPal.com is going to help me this holiday season! (Giveaway)

It's November 3.  I'm running out of shopping time.  I know, I know. It's early November, why stress about holiday shopping?  Well, I like to.  That's part of it. But my mom also taught me from day one that you have to shop early so you can shop smart for any occasion.  Of course, she didn't live long enough to benefit as much as I can from the internet, and modern technology.  I recently joined ShoppingPal.com and I have to tell you, it's really fun…you can totally window shop if you want…but you can also add items to your lists and get alerted when they go on sale.

shoppingpal.com signup

Signing up is really quite simple. You can opt to sign up using your Facebook account, or you can simply sign up with your email and give a password.  Voila. You are now signed up for ShoppingPal.com.  BFF's, if you will.  Plus you can share your lists with your other BFF's and find out if yes! that is the toy she wants, or no! That price is too high!

shoppingpal.com signup options

Certain purchasing decisions require a little extra thought and advice..  Shoppingpal makes it easy for online shoppers to organize product lists, compare and monitor prices, and discuss with friends and family the stuff that can't be decided alone..

We noticed that the process of making decisions for many products bought online is not that straightforward. A person might be on gap.com looking at a shirt for their child, but they are not quite sure if there are better alternatives somewhere else on the Web or if they are paying the right price. Until now, people would email back and forth website links to friend or family to get advice, have to search lots of sites to make sure they are paying a fair price, and have to remember to go back to the products they liked to keep tabs on the price.

Shoppingpal was built to be your, well, shopping pal to help any online shopper more easily make good shopping decisions.

shoppingpal.com new user screen

Upon signing up, you'll be prompted to either install an add-on or a bookmarklet.  This makes your life simple.  You can start creating a list or a dozen, and that's it.  Now you can peruse the internet to your heart's content, and when you see something that strikes your fancy, simply click that little bookmarklet, and follow the prompts.  In about 4 seconds, your item will be added to the list of your choice in your account, and you can save it, save and share, or continue shopping.  One thing I noticed (for almost everything- some items apparently either don't go on sale ever in this world) was that you can check off a little box to be notified when the item goes on sale for 10% off or even 20% off.  So you don't have to watch the fliers.  ShoppingPal.com can watch for you (me).

shoppingpal.com suggestions

As you are adding items. more often than not, a list of similar or related items will pop up on your screen- this is a really nice feature, say, for someone who has a budget in mind but not a specific item- because they can make a gift basket, themed gift, etc.  Maybe you know a girl who likes Tinkerbell but you aren't sure exactly what else she has for toys.  Now you have other ideas for toys like that- which you can also pop on to one of your lists.

I'm liking ShoppingPal.com so far. I have far fewer toys than normal to purchase this holiday season, as we have a family trip planned shortly after the holiday season and that's going to be the “big gift” for the family, but there are still items I have to purchase and others who may want ideas.  Having my lists here means I can share things easily, and also keep track of ideas I have as I find them- and not have to remember to go digging through my bookmarks to find whatever it was I'd thought “oh that would be a great idea for so and so!” (Please tell me I am NOT the only one who does this?!)  Price watching is never a bad thing in my book, either!

Even if you don't check out the suggested items when you add items to your list, once you are viewing your list(s) on ShoppingPal.com, there's a little ShoppingPal found a few suggestions worth checking out. Review them! That gives you suggested items relating to almost anything on your list.  Even the suggested items can be marked as “keep suggestion” or deleted.  I love buying my kids pajamas for Christmas and I actually had added some Spidey ones to my list, only to find a WAY cooler set in the suggested items.  I'm quite pleased with that turn of events!

ShoppingPal.com would love to send one of my readers a $50 Visa Gift Card (or Amex Gift Card)

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This giveaway is open to US only.  No purchase necessary to win.  One entry per household.  Giveaway will end on November 17th, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  Winner to be chosen randomly.

Skylander’s Giants Starter Kit

One of THE hottest games and gifts this season is the brand new Skylanders Giants! The original Skylanders Spyro's Adventure was released last year around this time, and it was a big hit among many. Right now Spyro’s Skylanders Adventure is the number 1 selling game and highest selling action figure in the country – beating out brands like Star Wars and Batman. It has been quite the game, and I believe Skylanders Giants will do the same. It has become my boys' absolute favorite video game. On October 21, 2012, Skylanders released a second game: Skylanders Giants. It is kind of like a sequel if you will.

Check out a trailer of the new Skylanders Giants, below:

That's not all! I have teamed up with 4 AMAZING bloggers: Couponers United, Adventures of a Couponista, Enza's Bargains and This Mama Loves Her Bargains, to bring you a giveaway of the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit. You do not need to own any previous versions of the game, to play this one. We are giving you the whole kit! The winner will get to choose their choice of gaming console! Giveaway is open to the US only and will end at 12:01am ET on 11/14. To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below.

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Happy 50th Birthday to Clifford the Big Red Dog! (Giveaway 5 winners, US & Canada)

Books have always been one of my favorite things.  I have spent so many wonderful hours completely wrapped up in the world of the book I was reading at the moment.  One thing I firmly believe helped to instill my love of reading was my mom spending hour after hour reading books with me when I was a little girl, even before I could read a word on my own.  Clifford the Big Red Dog has always been a beloved character and his stories are simple, sweet, silly and fun- clifford birthday prize packClifford The Big Red Dog is celebrating a BIG birthday and Scholastic is throwing him the BIGGEST birthday EVER!

Clifford The Big Red Dog has been entertaining children, parents and teachers for 50 years with his BIG adventures, using humor to teach important social-emotional and essential literacy skills.  Now YOU can be a part of the BIG celebration too!  Join the celebration and send Clifford a birthday card at www.scholastic.com/clifford.

FIVE readers will EACH win a Clifford Prize Pack including: 

  • ·         A Clifford DVD
  • ·         A set of 3 Clifford 8×8 books
  • ·         A plush Clifford book buddy
  • ·         A Clifford card game
  • ·         A set of Clifford party goods
  • ·         A code to download Clifford’s Big Birthday app for free
  • ·         A coupon for Clifford-branded juice boxes
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 A sample of this product was received for this post.  Opinions are my own.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state and local regulations apply. Entries must be received by November 31, 2012. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by email. One prize per person per household. 5 prizes available. ARV of prize is $84.91/each. Employees of all promotional partners, their agencies and those who have received a prize within the last 90 days are not eligible. Mama Loves Her Bargains, Allied-THA and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. A recipient of prizes assumes any and all risks related to use of prize and accepts any restrictions required by prize provider. Prizes cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part.

Teach your daughter to keep track of her periods

u by kotex tween products

It's almost inevitable that your daughter will at some point start getting her period.  We as adults have a few ways to approach this, with facts and information and open dialogue, or an as-you-go approach.  If you hadn't noticed, I'm in the educate and and talk about things camp.  My daughter, at 7, is aware that women get their period, and that there are special products she'll need when the time comes for her to have her period.  I give her as much information as I feel she can handle as a 7 year old.  As she gets older, and especially as her body starts to show signs of starting to have monthly cycles, I'll give her more information.


One thing that I will do is to teach her how to start keeping track of her cycles- mood changes, bloating, bleeding, spotting, etc.  One simple way is by making notes on a calendar, although in this day and age of technology, she may very well keep track on the calendar on her phone, her iPod, or even with an app designed for exactly this purpose.  Keeping track on a calendar gives visual cues and reminders for both your daughter and for you.   Did you know that you can visit Kotex for more tips and ideas- and be sure to visit U by Kotex for tips and ideas specifically tailored for Tweens!  U by Kotex would be a great site to introduce your daughter to- even if she's not fully open to chatting with you about her period, she can look around and find that there are so many others experiencing the exact same things she is- it may end up helping her to feel more comfortable in opening up to you!

I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012 – Playmobil Advent Calendar Giveaway and Review

Christmas is quickly approaching and it's time to start thinking about holiday traditions and gifts for the kids!  I just love celebrating the holidays with my kids.  It's just so special to see the excitement and delight in their eyes.  This is why I try to incorporate a lot of family traditions into our holiday season.  One of my favorite traditions is the Advent Calendar.   I always buy one of those cheapo numbers at the store that has a piece of chocolate in it for every day.  This is fun, but I was looking for something a little more substantial and interactive.  Luckily, I ran across  the Playmobil F orest Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar.  This cute little calendar comes complete with a cardboard background and a box numbered with each day.  Upon opening the numbered day your child will discover a cute playmobil character to add to their woodland themed set.  So adorable.

I know that my kids will be so excited to reveal their daily surprise.  It's so fun to build your scene as you go.  The characters in this set are winter woodland themed, so they will be played with long after the holidays are over.  This advent calendar is cute, reasonably priced and a great additional to your family traditions.  You could easily recylce this set year after year by saving the pieces in numbered bags.

The Playmobil Advent Calendars are available in the following themes:

Pirate Treasure Cove, Princess Wedding, Forest Winter Wonderland, Christmas Post Office and Dinosaur Expedition.

I love that I can use this set to teach my children about the season, as well as incorporate counting/learning and tradition into our day!   This set is so cute and whimsical.  Did I mention that there is even a day that has a hedgehog and her baby hedgehog!  Adorable.  I kind of have a thing about hedgehogs.  I love them!

I highly recommend checking out this advent calendar if you have a little one in your house.  It's great for boys and girls.  It retails for $19..99 and can be found wherever Playmobil is sold.

I was also lucky enough to try out the VERY cool Pirate Adventure Island:

Pirate Adventure Island

with fire-code-puzzle to open the treasure cave. The fire-code indicates the place  to look for the magic coins with the RFID-Chips. An adjustable bamboo-maze, dangerous barriers and many secret hiding-places make the hunt more difficult. When placing the  coins in the right order  on the relief with the RFID-detection in front of the treasure cave, the cave will open and you can grab the treasure   Size: 70 x 55 x 28 cm (LxWxH)  Retails $129.99″
I got this set for my almost 4 year old son who is very in to pirates.  I wanted to get him a pirate set that wasn't too scary and this one is perfect.  I always love the look of the playmobil characters.  So cute and kind of nostalgic.  I also like how poseable they are.  This Pirate Adventure Island set is ENORMOUS!  Truly a great value for $129.99.  The box is huge and once opened there are a LOT of components.  This means a lot of fun for your little one, but also a lot of assembly.  I would warn those of you with babies that there are a lot of little pieces in this set, so beware.  That being said, we were able to set this up in a baby free area of our home.  My little guy went to town!  Hours upon hours of entertaintment.  He enjoyed not only the setup, but the play afterwards is immensely entertaining.  Because there are so many components, your little guys imagination can run wild. There are pirates, boats, secret coins, light up components, secret caves and codes to solve.  I personally love the palm trees and parrots.  I will definitely be keeping this set to pass along to my other kids.  Right now, both my 6 and 3 year play together with this toy quite nicely.  A GREAT investment for any child that likes pirates and definitely a holiday recommendation from me!
One of our readers will win their own Playmobil Advent Calendar!!! ($19.99 value)
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Closetmaid saved the day (in the closet)


You can see here behind my daughter’s clothes where the space was taken- not a huge amount but enough that we had to make big changes. We used to have an entire dresser in the closet for them, and that is gone!

In doing our  bathroom makeover, we had to rob the girls’ closet of some space, in order to install some built in shelving for much-needed bathroom storage.  While their closet is a fairly good sized one for a child’s bedroom, it also has to house all of the clothing for both of my girls, and all of their “stuff” including extra bedding.  We turned to Closetmaid for some help with organization, and we are so thrilled with the results!

closetmaid organizer

We chose a few items to get the girls gear all situated and organized.  First, an organizer.  The Up to 5ft Closet Organizer was the only option we could use, because it was the only option that might fit. It’s been great.  My husband did a bit of a different configuration for the girls’ room (he’s pretty comfortable and confident with tools and carpentry) to get the most out of the space, but we’re really pleased with this organizer.  It retails for about $45 so it’s not going to break the bank, and helps keep things organized. The wire shelving also means that air is circulating and things won’t have that musty odor.  The shelving also means if we have something odd-sized or shaped to hang, there are many options and ways to do so.

Up To 5 Ft. Closet Organizer

The economical way to organize your closets. Ventilated shelving allows for air circulation and room for clothes to breathe. Stacked sweaters become neatly stored and easily accessible. Wasted space is fully utilized. Get it together today, with a Fixed Mount storage system from ClosetMaid®

  • Everything you need to install a shelving system in a closet up to 5ft. wide
  • Up to 7 ft. of hanging space and up to 7 ft. of shelf space
  • All hardware and installation template included
  • Material: Vinyl coated steel
  • All shelving SCS® Certified for minimum of 85% recycled content


The Cubeicals 6 Cube Storage  ($47.0o) has been my favorite thing we added to the closet.  It can house fabric bins, and keep things like off-season pajamas, toys, etc, neat and tidy, but out of sight…but it can also be used to display and store hair accessories, toys that aren’t “out” all of the time, special shoes, etc.

6 Cube Organizer

ClosetMaid® Cubeicals® Storage Organizers are a convenient way to hold hobbies, toys, media and office supplies. Designed to work perfectly with ClosetMaid Cubeicals Fabric Drawers.

  • Stackable 6-cube design great for quick organization
  • Suggest use with Cubeicals Fabric Drawers
  • Available in a variety of finishes/colors
  • Easy to assemble
  • Material: Laminated wood
  • CARB 93120 Compliant
  • Inside Dimensions of 1 Cube: 11.25 in.H x 11.25 in. W x 11.75 in. D

Cubeicals Fabric Drawers fit perfectly into the storage cubes- and look great besides.  They come in a ton of colors to complement your decor and run about $7.50 each.  I have these all over my house- I love that I can find very muted, neutral drawers to have in the main living areas, but get fun and brighter colors for the kids’ bedrooms.

5 drawer wire kit

Wire 5 Drawer Kit

5 Drawer Kit

ClosetMaid® ventilated wire drawer systems provide convenient, drawer storage for closets and other areas in the home. The drawer kit includes five 7 in. deep baskets, 10-runner frame set and crossbars. Locking caster set is sold separately.

  • Smooth gliding action
  • All hardware included
  • Material: Epoxy coated steel
  • Tops, casters, and other accessories sold separately

The wire drawer kit was intended for the girls’ closet but with the changes in our plans, it’s become the best storage EVER for our wooden trains, tracks, destinations and accessories.  The drawers are so easy to slide on and off, and are nice and deep, so you can hold a good amount of whatever you store.  These would be great for craft supplies (paper, fabrics, etc) or for clothing, as well.  The drawer kit was just too deep for their closet once we had it in there and we knew immediately it would have more use elsewhere.

Closetmaid has a really comprehensive site that allows you to not only browse and purchase, but also allows you to plan and design a project and helps you with tips/suggestions based on your skill level.  You can do the design process as a beginner and not feel overwhelmed- and a pro can really get into doing exactly what they would like to do.  The saving feature means you can design something say, at home, and view it again from another location.

Choosing things wasn’t very hard for us because we quite frankly didn’t have a lot of space to work with, and were very limited.  We just know we have to maximize our space everywhere possible in our home.  Given that I shop sales and clearance racks for upcoming seasons, we do need to have some storage available in their closet- doubly so because there are 2 girls, and their extra bedding.  There aren’t many places in our house that are single purpose I guess!

OK. So these all look great, work well, but here’s the thing.  They take some patience to assemble, and patience to install.  You aren’t going to buy them and have them up ready to be used in half an hour.  I think I’ve assembled about 10 of the cubeicals in the past few years, at our house and others’, and I can assemble a 6 cube unit in about 30 minutes.  With kids helping? 45, easily.  Don’t set yourself up for failure.  Plan on it taking a long time.  I usually get a glass of wine and a favorite show on the DVR while I assemble.  I leave the wire shelving to my husband, because we have plaster walls and I don’t have the desire nor the inclination to try to hang something on those walls.  Just plan on having to redo a few pieces and screws a few times, and know it’ll take a bit longer than you anticipate, and you’ll be good to go.

closetmaid 6 cube organizer

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My Photo Creations – Anza Flush Mount Album Review and Giveaway!! Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Department stores are putting up their holiday decorations which means that it is time start thinking about your holiday gift list! Long ago before kids, I used to have all my Christmas shopping done by Halloween. I always loved hand picking a personal item that would be significant to the recipient. I no longer have the luxury of perusing the shopping aisles for that one perfect gift (impossible with 3 little ones to tote along), but I do have the ability to shop online! I really wanted to get something nice for my mother in law this year. She recently mentioned that she never ordered an album from my wedding 11 years ago. Back in those days digital photography was not all that popular and purchasing a photo photo album through a photographer could be really expensive. I knew that I wanted to get my mother in law a nice flush mount album, and through my search online I discovered My Photo Creations. They offer a variety of items: professional quality prints, photo calendars, photo books, cards and canvas prints as well as flush mount albums. The Anza album is professional quality, with a leather cover, embossing and thick, lay-flat durable pages. The price starts at $269, which is a fraction of the price you would pay if purchased through a photographer.

Anza Flush Mount Photo Album

Think you can only get a top quality album from a professional photographer? Not anymore. With the Anza, you will have a professional-looking flush mount album you create, for any occasion.

  • Anza 20 Choose between two sizes: 8×8 or 10×10 and the Anza 30 comes in 10×10 only
  • The Anza has 20 sides (10 pages) or Anza 30 sides (15 pages)
  • Sleek black leather cover with one-piece construction and square-cut corners
  • The most popular, advanced and easy to use, photo design software is free when you print through MyPhotoCreations.
  • Anybody can create a flush mount photographic album in minutes using our free software
  • Create a photo book in just a few clicks using your album design. Make an album for you and a photo book for friends and family. Makes a great gift!
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  • 3-5 business day turn-around for your album (not including shipping)

My Experience with My Photo Creations The first step in creating my flush mount album was to download the site’s free software. This was a simple and quick process. After taking a few minutes to orient myself to the software I found that it was very easy to use. Simply choose your album (I chose the 30 page Anza album), load your pictures and let the software do the work by using one of their many templates, or be original and come up with your own design. The design possibilities are really endless. I actually designed all of my own pages and it took very little time. I had recently had all of my wedding photos scanned and simply loaded them onto the computer, chose the images I wanted and placed them on the pages. Easy! In a matter of an hour I had a personally designed album. I went with a simple and clean look, with a pure black background and white frames around my images, but you can choose endless colors and designs to adorn your book. Once I was finished designing my album, I uploaded to the My Photo Creations site to make my purchase. Once uploaded you can choose to emboss the cover of your album with gold or silver. This is a really nice finishing touch. My album arrived less than a week later securely packed and in a professional black box and inside a fabric sleeve. I love the extra touches that My Photo Creations included to ensure that my album is protected. Upon opening the album I was so impressed with the thick luxurious cover and professional binding. I think that I was most impressed with the sturdy pages that the images are printed on. This special paper will not rip or tear, and represented my images beautifully with great color and photographic quality. I know that my mother in law will be thrilled with her new album. I can’t wait to give it to her this Christmas! These albums would make a fabulous holiday gift for a loved one. You could design an album with your families most cherished images for a grandparent or spouse. These make great coffee table books and are great conversation starters! One of our VERY lucky readers will win their own 30 page Anza Flush Mount Photo Album!!!

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Come Join Me for The Little Chefs Project Cook-Along 10/24

One of my family's favorite things to do together is cook…bake…even make playdoh together. My kids love to make things “from scrap” and have all loved taking part, even as little one year olds barely able to stand on a chair to hold a spoon.  It's not always perfect, and it's definitely always messy, and I probably won't ever win an award for most attractive food produced, but you know what? It doesn't matter.  Cooking with kids, creating the memories, giving my kids these experiences- that's what matters.  Plus, we'd never refer to cooking from scratch ingredients as making stuff “from scrap” if we hadn't started this journey, and that's way more fun to say than the conventional expression, right?

My little one happened to be the only kid here with me the other day.  Big sister and big brother were both at playdates and she was feeling a little left out that she couldn't have a playdate too, so we decided we'd take a little mommy-little girl time and make pizza together for lunch.  Of the three kids, they all really love helping, but my youngest seems to be a lot more interested in learning about things, and trying to do more than the others have….so it's a real treat for her to do cooking activities just mommy and her.  We decided we'd make the Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit together- we could make it together, and do whatever WE wanted, and no one else could voice an opinion about toppings or shapes or anything.

So, we took the ingredients out…and got the dough mix into the bowl (note the mess starting)

chef boyardee making pizza dough

You have to expect messes when you cook with kids.  Without that expectation, you'll get frustrated.  Just trust me.  Messes can be cleaned.

chef boyardee pizza dough

Let them do it! Look at her face- she LOVES doing it by herself!

chef boyardee pizza dough 3 year old style

Flattening the pizza dough is oh so much fun…

chef boyardee pizza dough flattening

Spreading sauce  is fun too!

chef boyardee pizza sauce

We love to sprinkle cheese- and other fun toppings.

chef boyardee pizza toppings

I totally forgot to take an after photo.  And wouldn't you know it, we ate almost ALL of the pizza for lunch!

Do you and your family love to cook together?  It can be such a great bonding experience, and a learning experience- and really, just plain fun.

What: A virtual Cook-Along called Everyday Fun, part of The Little Chefs Project series on The Motherhood. 

The Little Chefs Project series consists of live chats called Cook-Alongs taking place every Thursday at 2 p.m. ET until November 15, and each Cook-Along covers a different topic around cooking with kids. Everyday Fun addresses how you and your kids can create fun, lasting memories in the kitchen around events like sleepovers or holidays, or around everyday events like family dinners.

When: Thursday, October 25, at 2 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.

Where: The Motherhood – here is the link to the page where the class will be held: http://bit.ly/Q9cFLL

About the class: 
From weekend breakfast rituals to holidays like Halloween, you can find any occasion to cook up some everyday fun with your kids. Grab a can of Chef Boyardee and join in for further inspiration and ideas for getting started.

To participate, just click the link above, log into The Motherhood using your member ID (if you don’t have one, it’s easy and free to sign up), and chat away in the text-based comments. We’ll also have a video feed running during the half-hour Cook-Along, so you’re welcome to show up simply to watch if you’d like!  (Note: *I* will be LIVE on the video feed.  That's right.  Come watch how nervous I can really be!)

The Cook-Along is sponsored by Chef Boyardee, and it is hosted by The Motherhood.  You can visit Chef Boyardee online athttp://www.chefboyardee.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chefboyardee.

I’ll be there with several other bloggers to co-host the class, and I hope you’ll join us!  The fabulous people who will be co-hosting with me are:

Brett, This Mama Loves Her Bargains http://mamalovesherbargains.com/
Carrie, Making Lemonade http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com
Christi, Frugal Novice http://frugalnovice.com
Corine, Complicated Mama http://www.complicatedmama.com
Kim, Shop With Me Mama http://shopwithmemama.com
Michelle, Ace and Friends Co. http://www.aceandfriendsco.com
Roxanne, Children Teaching Mama http://www.childrenteachingmama.com

Chef giveaway

One reader will win a Chef Boyardee Prize Pack so you can have fun in the kitchen too!

  • Kids’ kitchen measure and prep kit
  • Kids’ recipe box
  • Scrapbook album
  • 2 Chef Boyardee chef hats
  • Chef Boyardee adult apron
  • Chef Boyardee child apron
  • Chef Boyardee pizza kit
  • Time capsule
  • 2 coupons for free Chef Boyardee Beefaroni
  • 5 Chef Boyardee recipe cards

TO ENTER: Leave a comment and tell me your favorite activity to do with your kids!

Want extra entries?
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*Share this giveaway on any social network (just leave one comment with the link to your share once per share site per day)  

*Share one of your favorite tips in the Little Chef's e-Book

Winner will be chosen randomly on November 6st 2012 at 11:59pm EST.  Open to US.  One entry per household.   (edit)

This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood. Opinions are my own.

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