Captain~a Mission Giveaway Event

Here we go! Another week a new chance to pay it forward with Mission Giveaway. This group is all about sharing! Every week offering up a new event where the winner not only wins a prize to keep, but also wins a prize to share! Take a look at this week's event below.~Beck

Grand Prize: 2 Prize Packs containing: A signed copy of Captain and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. One to win and one to give.

Can't wait to read it? You can find the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and direct from the ThomasBlockNovels website. Here are two great reviews of Captain from Pittsburgh Frugal Mom and Living at the Whitehead's Zoo.

About Our Sponsor

Thomas Block has written a number of aviation-oriented novels, many which have gone on to acquire best-seller status in numerous countries. His novel writing began with the publication of "Mayday" in 1979. That novel was rewritten with his boyhood friend, novelist Nelson DeMille in 1998 and remains on DeMille's extensive backlist. "Mayday" became a CBS Movie of the Week in October, 2005.

Several of the other novels by Block include "Orbit" (a top bestseller in Germany, among other nations), "Airship Nine", "Forced Landing" (also done as a radio serialization drama in Japan), "Skyfall", "Open Skies" and "Captain".

An airline pilot for US Airways for over 36 years before his retirement in April, 2000, Captain Thomas Block has been a pilot since 1959. Complete information (including direct links to booksellers) is available at and also through the author’s Ranch website at For Facebook users, additional information about Thomas Block Novels can be found at two interlinked Facebook sites:

Here's How You Enter:
The Giveaway will open up on Tuesday 7/31 at 12:01 am EST and Close on Friday 8/3 at 11:59 pm EST.

1) Start at the rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post.

2) Complete the Mandatory entries.

3) Work your way through the links, entering contests at each blog as you go. These contests each have their own rules and end dates.

4) Complete additional entries towards the bottom and come back for additional daily entries!

That's it! You have successfully entered this awesome giveaway! Side note...It's not mandatory that you enter all the giveaways at each blog. However, doing so not only increases your chances of WINNING the other prizes, it increases your chances of WINNING the Grand Prize!

Mission Giveaway started with the $100 Story where with $100 several people received the help they needed. We are on a mission to help people! We have gathered a group of bloggers that want to make a difference. Together we are the Mission Giveaway Group!

To inquire about becoming a sponsor, please contact Amee or Dawn at for details. Take a look at our Media Kit to see what Mission Giveaway has to offer.

Are you a blogger that would like to participate in Mission Giveaway? Find out how you can join us.

The amazing Blogs participating in the event this week are:

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a Rafflecopter giveaway ~ My Review

When contacted me about doing a review of one of their children's t-shirts on my blog, I was excited since I love picking out clothes for the Booper! They had several t-shirts in their Kid's shirts category that were so cute. I selected this Grumposaur design, since well...the Booper can be a one at times! I thought this one was cute and funny, with the funny caption bubble, and the dino with his arms crossed. The Grumposaur jumped out to me for the Booper, probably because I love green. I selected a 3T since he is currently in 2T I thought it might be too large, though he has room to grow this shirt fit him nicely. As you can see from the pictures above, the Booper is an active little boy, and this shirt was roomy, and he seemed to be quite comfortable. I had some trouble getting him to stand still long enough for a picture!

Made of 100% cotton this shirt is a good thickness, and seems to hold up well to normal wear and tear from a 2 year old boy! T-shirts are great for my little guy, I love the ease of pulling it on and off without any fuss. He was excited to wear this one with the grumposaur on the front. He has been really excited about dinosaurs lately since he recently received a toy with dinosaurs. was easy to navigate with clearly labeled categories, I found what I wanted to see right away. I took my time looking through all the t-shirts, and I loved all the super hero shirts for little boys. The Booper doesn't know most of them yet, but I can't wait for him to know who they all are, since I'm a super hero fan myself.

Don't have any children? That's alright, also carry a great selection of adult shirts. I had to look at all the Vintage designs. There were so many fun retro designs that I would love to wear. Things I had when I was a kid, such as a t-shirt with The Smurfs or TMNT (teenaged mutant ninja turtles) Turtles in a half shell...Turtle Power! Haha..yes, I really do want that one.

With a great selection of adult or children's t-shirts there are so many great choices, even for that one on your list that always hard to buy for! Reasonable pricing, and an easy shopping experience are just a few of the great reasons to shop at Offering online live support, they want to help you in any way possible with your t-shirt shopping needs. Thank You, for reading my review of

I would like to thank for generously sponsoring a giveaway for The Mommy Island readers! Enter to win a Winner's choice of, (1) T-shirt for $30 or less from 
This is open to US addresses only and for those 18 years and older. 
Entry is Easy, just use the rafflecopter form below!
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Cut your way to Savings!

The Booper's before and after shots, you can see he was not too happy in the first after shot! :-)
There are so many fun, and easy ways to save money. Most of the best ways, don't take much effort or courage at all. Today, I'm sharing one way we save a little money in our budget, but this is not for the faint of heart...I cut my son's hair.

 The Booper has been known for his golden locks for a while now, and even when I cut his hair, I've always left it long enough to curl in the back. As you can see from the before picture it had been a while since his last cut. Quite frankly I was too busy, and didn't mind his curly locks, so why cut it?

 Then on Saturday morning he got out of bed, and I was trying to comb his hair. While combing the knots out of his hair, I realized, it was time for a cut. He's always done well if he has toys on his tray, since I cut his hair while he's in his highchair. (a great tip for younger children) I've never been able to use the clippers before since he was scared of the sound they make, and I really didn't mind leaving the length. This time I decided to try to take it shorter than before, and use the clippers. At first the Booper wasn't sure about it, but I said "look out it's going to tickle you! and started giggling myself", so he started laughing, and before he knew it....I had buzzed the back and sides of his head. I used the scissors to cut the top leaving it longer for  more style. I used the longest setting on the clippers, then went back with scissors around his ears to make it look right.
Like I mentioned before, this isn't for everyone, but for those that are brave you can clip your way to savings! 
There may come a time when I take him for a haircut, but for now this is another easy savings for our family. 

Some things to consider when deciding if this is right for you:

  • Time is money, so will this be worth your time, and is the savings worth your time spent?
  • The Mess~ Cutting hair in your home can make a huge mess, and takes time to clean up.
  • Will the person care if you make a mistake? I've cut my husband's hair before, but he isn't too picky. 
  • Will your child sit still long enough to get the cut?
  • Are you brave enough? Some people just don't have the patience for cutting hair. 
I'm in no way advocating cutting hair for pay without a license, but simply cutting your spending by cutting your families hair.
Now I have a question for my readers. Honestly, what do you think of the Booper's new style?  

Bagluxe~ Review and Giveaway~brought to you by Miss Jackie's Views

I'm excited to have a chance to help out my friend, Jackie from Miss Jackie's Views, and share this event with all my readers. All views and opinions contained in this review are Jackie's. The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize shipment. Have a look at Jackie's review, then enter this stylish giveaway!~Beck

I just love handbags and I know that a lot of my followers do too, so I am really pleased to offer a review and giveaway from a recently launched handbag company that offers affordable and chic handbags, Bagluxe. Bagluxe takes its inspiration from Hollywood celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and Hilary Duff and offers celebrity handbags so that every woman can look like a Hollywood fashionista!

KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer Event

Mom Blog Society Presents the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer Giveaway Event!

Prize Sponsored by: American Family

Open to US Residents 18 years of age and over

Mom Blog Society: A Bloggers Network- bringing Brands and Bloggers together from around the world

Event Co-hosted by:

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I've always wanted a Kitchen Aid stand Mixer! These mixers have such rave reviews, I'm thrilled to bring this event to all my readers! ~Beck

About American Family

They are the family with their priorities straight (and that's a direct quote from them). Their #1 priority is rewarding American families for the things you do everyday because they think you deserve it!

You can play games, print recipes, take quizzes, share stuff with friends and earn points while you're doing it! With your points you can enter for prizes like gift cards, electronics and so much more! Even when you enter the sweepstakes you earn more points, yes seriously you earn points for entering for prizes, wow!

It's free to join American Family and if you sign up to join them through this event you will also receive a free e-book filled with yummy Summer Dessert recipes!

The Prize:

This KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5Q stand mixer in white. Like so many have you ever wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer? Well now is your chance to enter to win one of your very own!
  • Locking tilt-head design offers easy access to the bowl and beaters.
  • 10-speed slide control provides a range of mixing options.
  • Metal construction promises long-lasting use.
  • Details:
  • Includes: 4 1/2-qt. stainless steel bowl, metal wire whip, nylon-coated flat beater & nylon-coated dough hook
  • 10 speeds
  • 275-watt motor
  • Accepts additional attachments

Enter now for your chance at this fabulous KitchenAid stand mixer and join American Family, have fun, earn points and prizes what more could you ask for? No entries are mandatory however the more you do the better your chances of winning.

A big thank you to the wonderful group of bloggers who are also helping to promote this giveaway!

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Schylling Toys~ Sprig Dino Adventure Rig~ Our Review

Schylling was nice enough to send 3 toys for the Booper and I to review. This is actually the first toy we opened, though it's the last one to be reviewed. This Sprig Dino Adventure Rig is a fun SUV with Dinosaurs! The Booper was very excited to play with this set made by Sprig.
 This adventure set is made of Sprigwood a durable, child safe, bio-composite material, made from bits of reclaimed wood and recycled plastic.
To me it feels just like plastic, though the appearance is more grainy.
I didn't know until we opened this set, that the Booper could say dinosaur, and very clearly too. I was proud of him, and happy to have learned another thing he can say.

The very simplistic design makes this set great for  imagination play as well. The small little person "Rex Jungle" has no face or arms for that matter, but the Booper has the little character do all kinds of things while playing. He loves the 2 dinosaurs that came with this set. He calls them Mom and Baby. The baby dino has been on lots of adventures with the Booper. We have lost them many times, and have to hunt for his dinosaurs, since he takes them in the car, and all over our two-story home.

I posted some of the fun water play he had with his baby dino, you can read all about that here.

Here is a short video of the Booper playing with his Sprig Dino Adventure Rig. He was camera shy today for some reason. If he wouldn't have known I was recording him, I could have videoed forever.

Not recommended for children under 3 years. If your child is younger than 3 years old, you should make sure to supervise them while playing with this set. There are a few small pieces on the vehicle.

This has been a great toy for our little guy, he talks and uses his imagination while playing with the dinosaurs. It's cute when he tells me to "Shhhhh.." since his dinos are taking a nap, and he has them laying on their side. He even covered them with his blanket one day.

The Sprig Dino Adventure Rig includes:
  • SUV vehicle
  • Rex Jungle ~ with a removable hat and backpack
  • Big Dino~ the Mom according to the Booper.
  • Small Dino~and the baby.
  • Hours of great fun!
Thanks for reading my review of the Sprig Dino Adventure Rig! 
If you would like a chance to win this toy,
 along with 2 other great toys from just go here to enter.

Back 2 School Hop

It's that time of year again! Everyone, is getting ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL. The Mommy Island, along with a great group of bloggers decided to bring our readers this fun Back 2 School hop, for lots of goodies to help get your family ready to go! Just enter my event below, then use the link list to HOP on over the the next event. The more events you enter, the more chances you have to win some great prizes!

I asked myself, What could be better than winning school supplies? Answer: The Cash to go buy exactly what you need! The Mommy Island will be offering up $10 PayPal Cash to one lucky winner. Simply use the rafflecopter form below to enter. This is open to US only, and those 18 years or older. 
Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to hop over to the next blog to enter more events!

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$10 PayPal ~Flash Event

Want to win $10 PayPal Cash? Want to win some toys? These two events are working together to bring you some of both! Enter this fast and furious event for the chance to win $10 PayPal cash by entering the Schylling Toy Giveaway! How cool is that? This event is open to US residents, and to those 18 and older. All entries will be verified, so please only enter those that you complete. Thanks, and Good Luck!

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Balloon Power! ~My Schylling Toy Review

My son has had the best time helping me review the toys for Schylling. We received 3 toys for review, and this Balloon Powered Boat was one of them. At first I thought my son would automatically have the most fun with the largest toy, and he does love the Scuttle Bug, but this simple little boat brought some amazing laughs and giggles. My son has a little water table that we play with outside on our porch, he had some little boats that came with it, but they fell apart super fast. When I told him he had a new boat to play with, he was excited by me just taking it out of the box. Then the fun began, I wish I could have videoed, and blew up the balloon at the same time, but I'm not that talented! He was practically jumping up and down, and he didn't even know what was coming. I love watching him experience a new toy for the first time. He makes me feel young again, because I know I would have loved this toy back then too. I have to admit, I really got into playing with this boat. Watching the Booper get so excited each time I blew up the balloon, kept me huffing and puffing for quite a while!
The top picture is the Booper taking a crack at blowing up the balloon for himself, since I was catching my breath. Just take a look at the bottom picture on the left. Doesn't that face tell it all? Pure Joy!
This simple toy features:
  • Wooden Boat~ The base, stem for flag, tube for balloon, and the smaller tube for air power!
  • Balloon Power~ there were some extra balloons included.
  • Small Red Flag
 ~This toy is not recommended for children under 3 years old due to small parts.~ I feel that if your child is playing with water you should always be supervising no matter what their age.

Here is a very short video of the Booper and I playing with the Balloon Boat. He couldn't keep his hands off, so you don't really get to see it move on it's own. I was slightly nervous having my camera right by the water with the Booper around you never know what will happen.

My son was amazed by the bubbles coming from the air, he loves bubbles, water, and boats!
Thank you for reading my review of the Balloon Powered Boat from Schylling. ~Beck

If you would like a chance to win this toy, 
and 2 other great toys. 
You should enter the Schylling Toy Event.

Wash, Dry, Repeat. ~good cleaning fun.

I love talking about ways to save my family money, and these days that's an important task. Yesterday, we met up with some friends for some fabulous fun in the water. We are lucky that where we live our city has a free splash park for youngsters to go get their splash on during the hot Summer days like today. The Booper along with his friends had a great time splashing and playing in all the different water features. He didn't really want to leave, but he got a snack, so that helped the transition.

Water must have been the theme for the day, because later at home he was playing with one of his new Dinosaurs we received from Schylling, and he asked if the baby could wash his hands. His play set came with 2 dinosaurs one large and one small, obviously this was a mom and baby, right? That is how the Booper sees it, large is the mom or dad, small is the baby. Baby was dirty so he needed to wash his hands, so I held up the Booper to our sink so he could wash his Dino Baby. He took off to go play, and within minutes he was back needing to wash his Baby Dino again. I had a thought, why not give him some water to wash his Baby in? I filled a bowl with water and laid out some towels, and told the Booper his Dino was really dirty and needed a bath. He had a blast washing Baby, and Drying him, then doing it again. This led to about 20 minutes of play time, and for a 2 year old...that's a lot!
Looking for a way to keep your toddler busy without destroying your house?
Try some good cleaning fun.~Beck

The Mouse for Less~ a Mission Giveaway

I love being a Mission Giveaway member. What drew me to this group was the theme of paying it forward, giving brings great rewards for all of us. Not only do I love bringing these fabulous events to my readers, I love that the winner of the event gets the joy of nominating someone to win as well!~Beck

Grand Prize: 2 Disney Gift Cards, one in the amount of $75 for you and one in the amount of $25 to give a friend!

About Our Sponsor makes vacation planning easy and affordable. We help our readers get the most value for their Disney vacation dollars. Readers have access to many benefits including exclusive discounts, money saving techniques, rate reducing codes, and random drawings for prizes. is particularly proud of our Download Section. Here you will find Desktop calendars, wallpapers, and lots of useful items to print and take along on your Disney trips.

Here's How You Enter:
The Giveaway will open up on Tuesday 7/24 at 12:01 am EST and Close on Friday 7/27 at 11:59 pm EST.

1) Start at the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. Please be patient it might take a few seconds to fully load.

2) Complete the Mandatory entries.

3) Work your way through the links, entering contests at each blog as you go. These contests each have their own rules and end dates.

4) Complete additional entries towards the bottom and come back for additional daily entries!

That's it! You have successfully entered this awesome giveaway! Side note...It's not mandatory that you enter all the giveaways at each blog. However, doing so not only increases your chances of WINNING the other prizes, it increases your chances of WINNING the Grand Prize!

Mission Giveaway started with the $100 Story where with $100 several people received the help they needed. We are on a mission to help people! We have gathered a group of bloggers that want to make a difference. Together we are the Mission Giveaway Group!

To inquire about becoming a sponsor, please contact Amee or Dawn at for details. Take a look at our Media Kit to see what Mission Giveaway has to offer.

Are you a blogger that would like to participate in Mission Giveaway? Find out how you can join us.

The amazing Blogs participating in the event this week are:

Pixie Dusted Homeschool| Mommy Needs Her Coffee| Madame Deals| FurKid Fosters| My UnEntitled Life| Insights by April| Super Frugal Stephanie| Donna's Deals and More| The Socialite's Closet| This Flourishing Life| More 4 Mom's Buck| Raising My 5 Sons| The Mommy Island| Organic Mommy Today| Whirlwind of Surprises| A Savings WOW!| Coupon Queen that Saves the Green| Frugal Fanatic| Sweepstakes Mama| Couponing to be Debt Free| A Thrifty Diva Surviving Mommy Hood | Mama Bee Does| CEO of Me| The Coupon Sweeper| Coupon Savings In The South| Living At The Whitehead's Zoo| Stretching Your Budget| Begin To Craft| Meg's Moxie| Pink Ninja Blogger| Blogging is a Trip| Slop Swap|

Check out how entrants would pay it forward this week and enter your own comment:


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Win Glasses for your Family!

Thanks to our sponsor ,
 and to all the bloggers helping make this event happen!

When it comes to eye wear, the bill can add up fast! With this event, one winner will be able to get their family all set with new glasses for free up to $500!!! My husband is the only one in our family that needs glasses, but it can sure add up. I can tell you we've always paid more than $39! I will be checking out the sponsor's site myself!

Entry is simple, just use the rafflecopter form below! Good Luck!

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Lunch Box Giveaway


Welcome to the 
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July 22nd at 12:00am to August 5th at 11:59pm 

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You will only be eligible to win on ONE of our blog giveaways, but enter as many as you would like. 
Make sure to enter all the blogs on the linky.... 
The MORE giveaways you enter! 
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Hidden Treasure Candle ~ Flash Event

I'm so excited to bring this fun flash event to all The Mommy Island readers!~ Beck
Welcome to the 7 hour Hidden Treasures soy candle giveaway hosted by Acadiana's Thrifty Mom! I am excited to bring you this fast and furious giveaway for an awesome candle that could have a certificate for a FREE iPad in it! You can read more about Hidden Treasures Candles HERE. All you have to do is enter the super simple Rafflecopter below and check your email tomorrow to see if you won! Good luck!

Zoobies Blanket Pet Event

Bonkers4coupons just recently had a honor to do a review of Uriel Unicorn Blanket Pet. You may click here for the full review. Now thanks to Zoobies one lucky fan will get a chance to win one of their choice.

This Giveaway will run from July 21st 12a - July 30th.

Isn't that blanket pet adorable!

You must be a resident of the US to be qualified to win.
 Now all you need to do is enter on the  easy rafflecopter below.

 Legal Disclaimer:

The Mommy Island, and Bonkers4coupons will not be held responsible for shipment of this prize. 
This prize will be sent directly from Zoobies.

Thank you for entering and Good Luck!

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Schylling Toy Giveaway

along with several other great bloggers are excited to bring this Fun Giveaway to our readers!

With special thanks to our sponsor Schylling for offering up
 3 awesome toys for one lucky winner!

I'm so happy to be bringing this fun event to all my readers, Schylling has been wonderful to work with, and I believe the person who wins this event will make one child or more very happy!
 The Booper has absolutely fell in love with these toys!~Beck
 Check out my review of the Scuttle Bug to see one of the toys in action!
Prize details, one winner will receive:
  1. Scuttlebug
  2.  Sprig Dino Adventure Rig
  3. BalloonPowered Boat
Simply Enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below!
There are no mandatory entries, but remember the more tasks you complete the better your odds, and if you complete ALL the tasks there is a Bonus! Remember all entries will be verified, so only enter on the tasks you complete.  Good Luck!

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Schylling Toys~ My review of the Scuttle Bug!

I couldn't wait to receive the toys for review from Schylling. Schylling is a toy manufacturer and distributor with a wonderful online shop. I was drawn to them, because of their fun vintage line of toys. After receiving the toys for review, I now know they have so much more than just vintage inspired toys. 

 The people behind the name: "Schylling was founded in 1975 by Jack Schylling, a recent Harvard grad who felt he wasn’t cut out for office work. He began selling toys as a street vendor at Quincy Market, and grew Schylling into a 60-person company that includes two of his brothers, David (the chief executive) and Tom (the chief financial officer)." Information thanks to
 Jack Schylling sounds like someone I could relate to. Starting with a dream, and turning it into a reality. What a fun dream, selling TOYS!  

The Booper was my faithful helper in doing this review, and he didn't complain! Let me say, for a two year old..that's rare.

 Let me introduce you to the Scuttle Bug made by Quicksmart TM. This fun ride-on toy has my son scuttling all over the place. I pulled this toy out of the box, and the Booper's mouth dropped open, it was like Christmas in July. The Scuttle Bug comes fully assembled which is always great. The time between pulling it out of the box, to him riding it, was short. Right away the Booper noticed the cute Bug face on the front, and kept pointing out the eyes to me. He couldn't wait to ride the Bug. We were inside, and he rode it all around our living room. With no peddles the rider simply scoots with their feet to scuttle around. He easily got on and off, turning the handle bar and scooting to where he wanted to go.

With the small wheels and compact design, it folds and unfolds with ease. I think the Booper was just as impressed by how it would fold up as I was. He kept asking for me to fold it, and then would immediately want it unfolded so he could hop on again.(we don't have a helmet, but the instructions do recommend that your child wear safety protection)
Want to see how easily this folds and unfolds? Take a look at my video below.

Here is the Scuttle Bug in action thanks to the Booper. 
I had to laugh, he hears a train while I'm filming and asks me if it's a diesel. This kid loves trains!

Scuttle Bug Features:
  • Light weight~ weighing in at only 4.2 lbs this toy is easy to carry for you or your child. 
  • Easy Folds ~ for storage or travel
  • Non Marking Wheels~ great for indoor or outdoor play
  • Comes in Red or Blue
  • Ages 2-4 holds up to 44 lbs max. 
 The Booper gives this toy his mark of approval, and I have to agree. Cute Toy, Great Features, Reasonable Price, Hours of Fun.
Thank you for reading my review of the Scuttle Bug. Just one of many amazing toys that can be found on 
Stay tuned for a way to win the Scuttle Bug along with 2 other fun Toys from Schylling!

Birthday Wishes.

Today, I turn 31 years old. I believe every cliche in the book has been going through my mind today. Time flies. You're only as old as you feel. I'm not getting any younger.Older and Wiser (not so sure about this one)
 My husband took today off work to celebrate with me. My wish was to spend time with my two favorite guys.We are going to eat a family lunch then take the Booper to grandma's house. I'm a bit of a girly-girl, I love pretty and sometime gaudy things. When it comes to movies, I love action, mystery, and suspense...mostly guy shows.

For my birthday, since the timing was right. I asked for tickets to go see BATMAN! Oh yes, I can't wait. We are going to watch "The Dark Knight Rises" in the early afternoon. (hopefully escaping some of larger crowds) I'm a huge Christian Bale fan, I've been in love with him every since he was Jack Kelly aka Frances Sullivan in Newsies. I'm a bit of a dork about the movie Newsies, I've watched it about a million times. So you caught me, I do love the occasional musical! Batman coming out right before my birthday works perfect for me. I'm off to enjoy being a year older, with my family. Happy Birthday to me~Beck

Newman's Own~flash event

Newman's Own Organics Flash Giveaway 

We are at it again, some blogging friends and I are working together to bring our readers these fun flash giveaways this week! I hope you all enjoy so many fun chances to win great prizes!~Beck
Welcome to the Newman's Own Organics Flash Giveaway!!

If you haven't read Living Frugal with Erika's review of Newman's Own Organics, you can read it here

Ready for a chance to win your own? 

Use the rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win! 

(Please only enter the entries you actually complete, to keep it fair for everyone, Thank You)


Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email or another winner will be selected! 


The Mommy Island is not responsible for prize shipment.

Ozeri~Pro II Digital Kitchen Scale~ My Review

Ozeri has once again given me the opportunity to review one of their products. The Pro II Digital Kitchen Scale, with a built-in timer and alarm. I was thrilled to get to work with Ozeri again, when you are reviewing products for a company you are actually reviewing all aspects of working with that company as well. Working with Ozeri, has been a pleasure on all levels. I love when people do what they say, and say what they do. When it comes to companies, that feeling still holds true. This being my fourth review for Ozeri, I feel that I can honestly say, they are great! Not just because I have loved every product so far. In dealing with so many different companies in the short time while blogging, you really get a feel for who you are working with by your contact with that company. Ozeri's PR department, gets five shining stars from me.

Now, on with the product review.

When pulling the scale out of the box, the first thing I realized how light it was. One of my first jobs out of high school was working in a cafe. I used a scale on a daily basis there. At home I've never used a scale, basically because we didn't own one, until now.To turn the scale on simply press the On/Off button, to turn the scale off, simply hold the button down for about 4-5 seconds.(explaining that seems silly, but I thought I would) The scale features are great, one of my favorites being the TARE feature. This is handy because you don't want to know how much your bowl weighs, you want to know the weight of what's in the bowl. You simply set the bowl/cup whatever you are using on the scale then press the TARE button, which zeros off the digital screen. Then you can pour in what you want to weigh, and that's it. Easy, right?

The unit button works for easy conversion. You can choose, oz, g, lbs, or kg, without any trouble at all, just press unit to switch to what you need. This was a simple and easy to use feature, big button, no hassle.

If I'm 100% honest I  will tell you, I can be bad about not reading instructions.(not that I'm recommending this behavior) I found all the features to be easy to understand and figure out on my own. There is a built-in timer, which I think is a great for lots of different uses. If you've read any of my past reviews, then you know how much I HATE searching for batteries for any product. Which brings up another great feature to this scale, not only did it come with the batteries needed, it also has a 3 minute automatic power-off. Nice. We seem to always be looking for batteries because something was left on accidentally(usually my son's toys) no worries with the Ozeri scale.

So here is a break down of the great features:
  • Able to weight up to 12 lbs. 
  • Built-in Countdown kitchen timer.
  • Precision Tare Button caculates the net weight of the ingredients. Great feature if you ask me.
  • Unit Button instantly converts between oz, g, lbs, and kg. 
  • Bright LCD with a wide viewing angle for the on-the-go cook....haha!
  • Large weighing platform finished in elegant chrome.~ see the nice shiny reflection in my photo?
  • 3 -minute automatic power-off preserves battery life. YES!
  • Compact design stores easily and is easy to clean. The smooth design is easy to clean.
  • The Scale Runs on 2 AAA batteries~ that come included....Thank you, Ozeri!

So that's my review for the Ozeri Pro II Digital Kitchen Scale.~Weigh Away!

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Dawgs Footwear~Flash Event

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OASAP~ My Stylish Review

I have been honored to work with OASAP a Women's Clothing Store. I was given $60 to spend on their site for this review. I chose something I can Never have too many of. Purses! The first one I selected was the Long Lovely Girl Printing Purse as pictured above. This is what I would call a wallet, but whatever they want to call it, it is Lovely! The girly, fun, whimsical design for whatever reason reminds me of something I had as a teenager. Although, my wallet never had much money back then. I guess some things never change! The material is thin, and very flexible. I had a hard time unsnapping the coin section closure the first few times, but it seems to have loosened up now that some of the newness has wore off. (if that makes sense)
The price was $30 which seems slightly high for me, but it has a very unique design, and I have to say I love it! The simple fold over latch closure has a magnetic snap, that opened and closed with ease. Plenty of spots for all your cards and ID, you could easily slide your check book in on one side if needed. Very cute "purse" I'm very happy with this choice! Don't like the choice I made? That's alright, OASAP gains 100 new items every day, so I'm sure you could find one for you!

My next fashion find was this Studded Folding Zipped Shoulder Bag
Yes, this one called my name! With it's retro flair design offering up a casual every day style that's so me. This shoulder bag has room, but doesn't give off the I'm carrying everything but the kitchen sink vibe. With one interior pouch, and one zippered pocket the inside has a great amount of space for all your necessities. A great feature of this bag is the outside zippered pocket, perfect for your cellphone, keys or whatever you need to keep handy. There is a removable shoulder strap or easy built-in handles. I can see myself using both carry features.
I'm very much in love with this bag!
This bag is priced at $27, and in my opinion worth every penny!

With free shipping World Wide, and 20% off your first order, you could score a great deal!
That's two fun fashion finds at $30 + $27= for a pre-tax total of $57!!! Not too shabby! ~Happy Shopping! ~Beck

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Simple Salad~ How do you dress up your greens?

Do you ever get into a food rut? My family tends to eat a lot of the same things all the time. We have been trying to lose weight(my husband and I), so we are eating lots of salads. This is the salad we are having with our supper tonight. A simple salad, one that I fix a lot. Iceburg, Romain, and Baby Spinach, along with some sliced sweet peppers and shaved carrots. Here are some of the toppings I could think of. I don't have every topping on my salad at the same time, so just some different variations to mix things up.
Add some variety to your salad by trying some of these toppings that you might not have tried before!
  • Carrots
  • Snap peas
  •  Peppers~banana peppers, sweet peppers, bell peppers, or hots
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions~ there are lots of different types to choose from.
  • Boiled egg
  • Grilled corn
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Water chestnuts
  • Nuts~pecans are my favorite!
  • Fresh fruit or dried fruit~ I love dried cranberries on my salad!
  • Seeds~sesame, sunflower, pumpkin just to name a few
  • Croutons
  • Bacon pieces
  • Tuna~ my husband eats this on his salads a lot...I just don't care for it that way. 
  • Meats~ chicken, turkey, steak
  • No Meat~ add beans, tofu or other protein substitutes.
  • Dressing~ if you need it!
 I'm sure I'm missing some great ones...
Leave a comment, and let me know how do you dress up your greens? ~ Beck

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