AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait ($50 Amex Gift Card #Giveaway)

Yay, it’s JUNE! School’s almost out, the weather’s nicer, long days of sunshine and outside fun are ahead.  Of course, with all this comes some extra friends who too frequently like to visit…ants.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t deal with ants at least a few times each summer season…and I don’t know anyone who’s ever happy about it!   AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait can help consumers to effectively treat the outside of their home to prevent extra household guests (ants).   I don’t know about you, but the only ants I welcome into my home were stars in an animated film years ago.

AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait kills a wide range of ant species around the perimeter of the home so they do not come inside.
The bait allows foraging (worker) ants to bring the granules back to their mound before taking effect, resulting in the entire colony, including the queen, being destroyed.
AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait is highly attractive to 15 different ant species, killing 50 percent more species of ants than Spectracide® Ant Shield® Home Barrier Granules.*
*Compared to EPA labels published as of May 9, 2012.
AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait offers an easy and effective way to kill carpenter ants, Texas Leafcutting ants, Argentine Ants and other listed ant species.
Following application, AMDRO® Ant Block® Home Perimeter Ant Bait works within two to four weeks, killing the queen and the ants in the colony.
Building on the expertise of AMDRO® in ant killing and control, consumers nationwide can now experience fast-acting and highly effective control through the brand’s complete line of solution-oriented products designed for a diverse range of insect-specific issues, application needs and plant types.

To learn more about AMDRO, visit their website:

 AMDRO would like to send one of my readers a $50 Amex Gift Card towards the purchase of some AMDRO Ant Bait! 

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Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their AMDRO® products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

I’ll just have a salad.

I hate dieting.

I like FOOD.

I do like salads, but I like my salads filled with stuff like…you know- FOOD.  Walnuts, a little crumbled cheese, some egg, grilled chicken, dressing…plus lots of veggies.

I can’t do the “I’ll just have a salad” thing and eat a simple tiny salad with a few bits of veggies.  I’d get real cranky, fast, and someone might lose an arm. I’m not in the school of thought camp that thinks starvation=dieting.  It’s not real, and it won’t work. Plus, I kind of like my family, and hungry Brett=crabby Brett, and they won’t want me around if I’m THAT crabby.

I have to find a “diet” that works for me.  One that involves chocolate and a magic something to keep me from emotional junk food eating.

I’m ready and waiting for you to share the MAGICAL DIET ANSWER!! GO!!  (Please?)

Educational Insights Plankton Net

  Summer has arrived (almost)!!! Around here that means outdoor exploration, bug catching, fort building and muddy feet! That’s why I just HAD to try out the Plankton Net from Educational Insights. They never fail to stock the most fun and educational items for my kids! This fun little net has a handle so it can be “swooshed” through the water. A small bottle with a magnifying glass is screwed onto the bottom to collect the water. When you are done swooshing and collecting water, you unscrew the bottle and inspect your trappings.

GeoSafari® Plankton Net
They say you should never swim alone…
Millions of plankton live in ponds, lakes, and oceans. Take a closer look with the GeoSafari® Plankton Net! Toss the net into any natural body of water and sweep back and forth to collect plankton. Lift the net to examine them in

the transparent bottle underneath or remove the bottle and attach the lid to share your finds with friends! Grades 3+

  • Includes mesh plankton net with removable, transparent, magnified bottle with attached cap and laminated (waterproof) guide with plankton-identification chart
  • Can be used in ANY natural body of water—fresh or salt
  • Interactive activity encourages exploration and discovery
  • Can be held with hands or used with rope for docks and boats

My 6 year old waited by the door for the delivery man every single day until this net arrived. Once it arrived, we needed plankton, STAT! I lugged all three kids, with one on my back, down to the nearest pond. After a couple of hair raising slips, we had access to the water and began sifting for plankton (or fishing for plankton as my son likes to say). We stuck close to the bank and were easily able to fill our vial with pond water. We detached the container from the bottom of the net and voila! MILLIONS, and I mean millions of plankton! Luckily, this set comes with a plankton identification chart. My son carries it with him at all times, even to school. I guess you just never know when you may need to identify plankton! We were able to pick out 2 or 3 different types of plankton from our bottle on the chart. The plankton lived for about 2 days and then we did it again! This activity was so simple and fast, with an immediate pay off. It also fostered a lot of interesting conversations around the differences between fresh water and salt water plankton. We are getting ready for our beach vacation next month and plan on taking this net along with us to explore the differences! Two thumbs up for this toy, we love it!

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Techy Summer iPad3 #Giveaway

Mom to Bed by 8 is having a Techy Summer over at the  ‘Iowa Mom’ and wants to help you get your sunsational summer started off right by offering you a chance to win an iPad 3 (technical term the Apple iPad 3rd generation). I love, love love my iPad3 and want someone else to have one too!! They are marvelous!  

Special thanks to our lovely co-hosts TechyTribe, Mumblebee Inc, Surf and Sunshine, Giveaway Bandit and Giveaway Scoop for their support in bringing this gadgety giveaway to life!

Giveaway Scoop has gone and jazzed up giveaways by featuring only the best giveaways with big image based tiles and making all the giveaways just one click away. Visit them every day to get your daily dose of awesome giveaways and free stuff!

Pick up the iPad and suddenly, it’s clear. You’re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, they made the fundamental elements of iPad better – the display, the camera, the wireless connection. All of which makes the third-generation iPad capable of so much more than you ever imagined. Everything you do with iPad, you do through its large, beautiful display. And when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better. The Retina display on the iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44-percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1-million pixels – in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. When you can’t see the pixels, you see the whole picture. Or article. Or game. In ways you never could before.

Product Features

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacityes: 1 x Headphones – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking / port replicator – 30-pin dock connector
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

Giveaway ends on June 18th. Open to US and Canadian residents only, ages 18+.

Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win an Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB – 3rd generation sponsored by Mom to Bed by 8. Good luck to all!

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i play Pullover Hoodie Coverup #Giveaway!

Now that school is almost out and the swimming pools will be opening soon I need to stock up on chilren’s swimwear.  One item that I absolutely cannot live without?  A pullover hooded coverup.  These are great for the pool or the beach.  Just slip them over your little one’s head and no need to worry about a towel!  There’s only one problem.  WHERE do I find one?  Sure, you can find girly coverups just about anywhere, but what about little boys?  They are nowhere to be found.  Almost.   After much searching I found the PERFECT item!!  This rainbow stripe Pullover Hoodie Coverup from i play is EXACTLY what I have been looking for.  The design is absolutely adorable and so classic and the soft cotton/poly terry fabric wicks moisture away in seconds.

I am sure many of your are already familiar with the i play and green sprouts brand of baby and children’s items. They offer everything baby and child related:

Whenever I am looking for that unique or hard to find item I always check i play.  They often have what I am looking for and they are ALWAYS reasonably priced.  Their designs are great and they offer quality items.  These hooded coverups are a steal at $29.

This pullover hoodie is offered in both a rainbow stripe and polka dot.  Both designs are adorable!  My little ones look so cute in their coverups.  I can’t wait to try them out at the beach this summer!  Not only are they super functional, but I  think they would look great in a beach family photo.  No more shivering after taking a dip in the pool.  These hoodies keep my kids dry and warm!

Make sure to keep up to date on products and offers by following i play on Facebook!!!!!!



One of our readers will win their own Pullover Hoodie Coverup!! (winner chooses stripes or dots)

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Nature’s Sleep Visco Memory Foam Mattress #Giveaway #nsmemoryfoam

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Nature’s Sleep Visco Memory Foam Mattress

Do you know that Visco memory foam was originally created in the 1970’s by NASA for the astronaut’s space suits?  It was intended to be used to protect from G-force pressure when exiting and reentering the atmosphere.  Memory foam is an open-cell polymer which reacts to ambient temperatures- so it cradles and molds to your body.  No pressure points means better sleep at night.  The mattress conforms to YOUR body temperature and adjusts as the temperature changes. Check out what WE thought of the Nature’s Sleep mattress in our review here!

Why a memory foam mattress? 
  • Alleviate pain associated with many ailments, such as back pain
  • Help your body and mind to revitalize & rejuvenate
  • Memory Foam provides pressure relieving comfort
  • You’ll be cradled & comforted from head to toe
  • Every mattress is covered with a plush velour, removable cover

Not sure you want to wait?  You can  save 50% with code: BEARS50.  You can also win a mattress every month on the Nature’s Sleep Facebook page 
This giveaway starts June 2 at 00:01 EST and ends July 14 at 23:59 EST. Giveaway open to US only.
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Hapari Swimwear $85 Gift Card Giveaway!!!

It is officially June, which means it’s time to start shopping for your bathing suit!!!! I am constantly on the lookout for fabulous swimwear and a great value. Have you heard about Hapari’s Fashionable Swimwear yet? They offer the best of both worlds!!!! They have fantastic bathing suits for women, men and juniors that are SOOO reasonably priced. Bikini tops are priced around $32 and bottoms around $28!! I love how these pieces are sold separately so you can get creative and mix and match pieces.   Here’s a little more information about Hapari:   Hapari Swimwear enhances the curves you love and hides the curves you don’t. We make modest swimwear and tankinis that are stylish and comfortable for all body types. With Hapari’s new line of tankini swimwear we’ve improved upon the things women have traditionally disliked about modest swimsuits. Using our special style tabs, most tankini’s can be worn 3 different ways; halter, tank and criss cross. Women’s swimwear is our specialty. Shop figure flattering tankinis, one piece swimsuits, bikinis, and bottoms. We have the perfect swimwear for you!   I am particularly in love with this ruffled white bikini! I love how the ruffles are subtle, but yet provide a little extra coverage. This pasty white girl has been dying to try out a white bikini and this is the year I go for it! Tankinis By Hapari are also come in some fabulous designs and offer a little more coverage. They also offer super cute cover ups and men’s board shorts. I can shop for swimwear for my entire family in one stop without breaking my budget!!!!! My entire family is going on a beach vacation next month and I just can’t wait to try out these styles! I am so excited to offer an $85 gift card to one of our readers. This will really go far!!   One of our very lucky readers will win an $85 gift card to Hapari!!!!!!

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The Ultimate 4th of July Grilling Party Giveaway

MumbleBeeInc and Frugality For LESS

have teamed up with a bunch of great bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway! We’re giving you the opportunity for one person to win a Char Broil K6B 6-Burner 65,000 BTU Gas Grill, with Sideburner and a $75 Omaha Steaks Gift Card just in time for the 4th of July!! What better way to start off the celebration of our Independence Day by grilling up something spectacular for family and friends! Sit back and relax and enjoy the the good times!

This giveaway will open one June 1st at 12:01 am EST to June 22nd 11:59 EST and is only available to US residents and must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winner will be chosen on June 23rd.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Google or any other Social Media site in any way.

No purchase necessary to win.

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Thank you and Good Luck :)

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Shrimp and Grits Kids

I am sure that you have heard me mention my recent obessesion with smocking. For girls AND boys. Yes boy moms, it IS possible. Cute little rompers with smocking. BUBBLE rompers!

How can you resist? I am on a mission to introduce more smocking and bubble jon jon’s to New England. There just aren’t enough out there!!           I am OBSESSED with Shrimp and Grits Kids Clothing. They offer the most adorable smocked clothing for babies and children. They were generous enough to send me their Orange Snapper smocked bubble jon jon for my little guy. I have been drooling over this little outfit ever since I saw it. I have visions of a family beach photo for the summer and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Look at the adorable detail of the smocking. This jon jon is really boutique quality. The detailing is so fine and the light cotton material is nice and cool for the summer. The jon jon has snaps at the bottom and 3 buttons in the back. The collar adds just the right touch. I love the light blue and white stripes also. I think these light baby colors look great on any skintone and are perfect for babies. Shrimp and Grits Kids offers the following items for babies and children:

  • GIRLS (smocked and appliqued bishop dresses, bubbles, and bathing suits)
  • BOYS (smocked and appliqued jon jons, longalls, and shortalls)
  • MATCHING OUTFITS (brother and sister, siblings)

A sample of this item was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Marvel Super Heroes Magazine from Disney (Giveaway)

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What has most of the favorite Marvel charactersoutside , pull-out posters for your wall, great articles and lots of  fun games inside?!  Disney Worldwide Publishing‘s new Marvel Super Heroes Magazine! The first issue came out recently, including a Thor comic that you won’t want to miss and plenty of puzzles and brain games for comic lovers. There’s also clip & collect pages with details on some of your favorite Marvel characters so you can learn all about them!  You can grab your own subscription for $29.92 )$39.92 in Canada) online or pick up an individual copy in most retail stores where magazines are sold.











My son love, loves loves this magazine.  He’s all about The Avengers right now, and since he’s not yet old enough to see the film, he’s very happy when he’s able to have “cool stuff” in the mail that’s Avengers related.  Obviously the puzzles and written content are a bit above his reading level right now but he’s loved reading the stories with us and we’ve made up our own letter hunts with the game.  This magazine is recommended for ages 8+.

One reader will win a year’s subscription to Marvel Super Heroes Magazine!


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