Pirate’s Booty® Sets Sail with Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land


Ahoy matey!

I have some exciting news to share with you regarding Pirate’s Booty, all-natural snacks.  Pirate’s Booty recently announced its new look for a special limited edition 12-pack of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty, themed to the Disney Junior preschool series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates!

Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a favorite show at our house and Pirates Booty is an all time favorite snack. My kids love the taste and I love that its natural and healthy for them. What more could a mom ask for?

Sea Cliff, N.Y. (February 20, 2013) – Pirate’s Booty®, a leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, is pleased to announce its new look, themed to the Disney Junior preschool series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  A new snack launch for 2013, Pirate’s Booty is offering a special Limited Edition 12-pack of half-ounce Pirate’s Booty.

The Limited Edition Jake and the Never Land Pirates multipack features Pirate’s Booty’s best-selling product – Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar.  The pack also features Jake and the Never Land Pirates characters and games to keep the crew engaged during snack time.  The little treasures half-ounce size of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is just 65-calories and is the perfect portion for the lunchbox or when on-the-go.

Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, cable TV’s #1 series among Boys 2-5 for the past two consecutive years, revolves around a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mister Smee, from the Disney film classic “Peter Pan.”

“We (at Pirate’s Booty) are excited to collaborate with Disney Junior on this special Jake and the Never Land Pirates snack,” stated Eric Berniker, Pirate’s Booty Vice President of Marketing.  “Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Pirate’s Booty both embody the fun-loving, adventurous and optimistic spirit that we all love.  Pirate’s Booty is proud to give consumers a delicious and all-natural snacking option with the release of the Limited Edition half-ounce 12-pack of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar,” he continued.

“The Jake and the Never Land Pirates edition of Pirates Booty is a fun way to extend the Disney Junior brand, as it represents a snack that the whole family can feel good about eating,” said JD Edwards, Senior Vice President of Media Networks Licensing at Disney Consumer Products.

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked, all-natural snack made from puffed rice and corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese.  Pirate’s Booty has all the fun, but half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it’s a snack that kids and moms agree on.  Pirate’s Booty is gluten-free and made in a peanut and tree-nut free facility.  The Limited Edition Jake and the Never Land Pirates half-ounce 12-packs are available at retailers nationwide.

About Pirate Brands

Pirate Brands, a leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, is
located in Sea Cliff, NY and has been creating healthier treasures
since 1987.  The company was founded on the belief that you shouldn’t
have to “snackrifice” taste and fun for health.  Pirate Brands produces
deliciously baked, all-natural, trans fat and gluten free snacks that
include Pirate’s Booty, Smart Puffs and Tings.  Pirate Brands’ snacks
are free from fryers and ingredients you can’t pronounce, Arrr.
Products are sold in the US.  For more information visit:



We love, absolutely love, our Yonanas dessert maker. As you may know, Yonanas is a small appliance that uses its patented technology and high-torque blade to emulsify frozen fruit ONLY into a creamy, tasty dessert that is just like ice cream—only much healthier.  www.yonanas.com

And now Yonanas are getting even better with beautiful colors that will brighten up any kitchen!

Dessert maker gets bold with a daring new line of vivid colors

 CLEVELAND, OH (April 8, 2013) – Yonanas, America’s favorite small appliance for the kitchen that turns frozen bananas and other frozen fruit into a healthy, delicious treat that looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream, is getting colorful this spring.

 Eileen McHale, co-founder and spokesperson of Healthy Foods, LLC, is scheduled to unveil Yonanas’ new colorful machines on QVC® April 10, 2013 (QVC Item #K39252).  A departure from the treat maker’s signature sleek, silver hue, the bright and fun spring colors including cinnamon, blue, purple, hot pink, orange, white, yellow and neon green will brighten up kitchens across the country with delicious and healthy treats and desserts. The traditional shade of will still be available as well.

 ”The new colored machines are a great addition to the Yonanas family and add a fun twist to the Yonanas-making process,” said McHale.  “Just like the frozen treat, the new line is a pleasure you don’t have to feel guilty about.”

 Viewers can follow Yonanas on Twitter before the show for a chance to participate in a giveaway. Followers can also tweet at Yonanas using the hashtag “#ColorMeHealthy.”

The new machines will be available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.  To learn more about the machines and get great recipes visit www.yonanas.com.

 QVC, the Q and the Q ribbon logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Ten Great Gift Ideas For Mothers Day!!

There’s still time to get mom and grandma the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Check out our Top Ten List of must-have products from mom this year.

Willow Creek Studio
Your clothing has so many memories, whether it be your children’s baby clothes, your teenager’s sports jerseys or your race shirts. Don’t pack these memories away in the attic; instead let Willow Creek Studio create a one-of-a-kind memory blanket that you will cherish for a lifetime. All you need to do is collect your favorite items, mail them to Willow Creek Studio and in a few weeks you will have your finished blanket. Also from Willow Creek Studio, one-of-a-kind Owl Pillows—part of their Gift a Hoot Program. Each pillow is hand-crafted with recycled clothing. With the purchase of each Owl Pillow, one will be donated to a child in need. WCS can also create an Owl Pillow with your special items of clothing. www.willowcreekbaby.com

Monkey Mat
Encourage outdoor play, or practice yoga al fresco with Monkey Mat! These adorable portable mats come in four fun colors and are easy to take anywhere. You can use them for playtime, picnics and even yoga in the park! They’re also perfect for travel–allowing your child a safe place to play on a hotel floor. They have an easy zip, clip-n-go system and they aren’t as bulky as a blanket. You won’t want to leave home without your Monkey Mat! www.monkeymat.com
Camera Coats
If mom never leaves home without her camera… give her something functional and stylish to keep her camera safe! Camera Coats is a must-have camera accessory for pro to rookie photographers that fuses fashion with function. Each Camera Coat has a nice, soft, fatty layer of padding to keep your camera (and your memories) safe! Most Camera Coats are water-resistant and they boast sturdy buckles, so you won’t lose your camera while taking pictures. You’ll also love the three handy outside pockets – perfect for that SD card, smartphone or lens cap! There’s a camera coat for everyone – men, women and teens! www.cameracoats.com
Lisa Leonard Designs
Lisa Leonard Designs offers beautiful and inspirational hand-made jewelry. Lisa has several designs that would make any mom happy, but the “Key to My Heart” necklace is our favorite. Wear your children close to your heart. Lisa Leonard’s beautiful sterling silver, hand-stamped “Key to My Heart” necklace is the perfect gift for mom. The vintage, 1” skeleton key is cast in sterling silver and hand-stamped with the word or name of your choice (kids’ name, birthdays). Paired with a hand-cast sterling heart charm, this necklace is full of meaning! Key and heart tags included. Customize with a sterling disc and/or skinny tag for additional kids’ names or special dates. We love how it clinks and moves. Perfect for everyday! http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/sterling-key-to-my-heart-necklace-P186C115.aspx
Towel Tight
Get mom a touch of a spa at home with Towel Tight. Simply wrap and overlap your towel when getting out of the shower, bath, pool, beach or locker room and your hands are free! Squeeze open Towel Tight and attach it to the front and back of the towel, and your towel is tightly in place. Towel Tight secures the most plush fabric to thin and delicate. www.toweltight.com
When Masks
Give mom the gift that provides her with a little R&R (and gorgeous skin) any time she wants!  When Masks are the perfect solution for busy women who need to give their skin the extra TLC it needs in a hassle free face mask that is both time and budget friendly.  When Masks use a bio-cellulose sheet, a soft, gentle material made from coconuts that fits to stay on your face.  There are five different formulas available using this material that is highly effective in delivering nutrients to the skin.  Travelmate is the perfect choice for a mom (ahem, and her daughter) who are on the go! www.whenmask.com

Bed of Nails
Whether she has her chakras aligned or is in search of a way to find her happy place, any mom will appreciate the feeling of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation she’ll feel with the Bed of Nails.  Endorsed by Dr. Oz, the Bed of Nails acupressure pillow and mat work similar to acupuncture. The pressure of the rounded plastic nails or points against the skin may help the body release the happiness drug; endorphins. Endorphins will give Mom back exactly what she needs; focus, happiness, joy and energy. us.bedofnails.org

Allison Lauren Allison Lauren (www.allisonlauren.com) creates beautiful fashion-forward jewelry that is sure to impress and delight. Everyone deserves to indulge and feel their most beautiful. With Allison Lauren’s line of stunning pieces it’s easy to achieve a cutting edge look with an extremely attractive price point. From a full line of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, Allison Lauren’s passion for design comes through in each piece of the collection. Simple sophistication is key with earthy tones and rich colors used throughout. A timeless sense of beauty runs throughout her designs and offers an overall bold trendiness always with style. Because Allison Lauren creates and designs each piece she is on top of quality as well. With gorgeous items that will stand the test of time, anything from the Allison Lauren collection will be sure to enhance your collection and bring out the beauty from within.

Pop.N.Go (www.buypopngo.com) is the perfect fashion accessory to have at the ready with unpredictable weather. From rainy days to windy nights and everything in between, the Pop.N.Go scarf should go everywhere you’re going. Always be prepared for the unexpected and of course look good while doing so. Pop.N.Go is the first ever chic water-repellent beauty scarf that protects your hair against rain, wet snow, high winds, and humidity all while providing a classic look for the ultimate fashion-forward female.

Fracture – The New Way to Print and Frame Digital Photos
Who needs a frame when you can have your picture printed directly on to glass? Fracture is a brand new concept that streamlines the photo printing process. With prices starting at just $12—you’ll start taking those photos you love off of your computer or camera and placing the memories on your walls. The simple look and feel of Fracture makes decorating easy. Just upload your photos at www.fractureme.com, choose the size and edits, then hit submit. They make great gifts for everyone.

RoseArt Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk Review!!


RoseArt recently announced the availability of an original outdoor play product: Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk. Now that days are getting longer and warmer, this unique new product is just the item to help usher in spring and the start of the outdoor play season. Each set of adorable, 3D-shaped chalk contains a collectible toy hidden within the center piece. Kids will prolong their play sessions to reach the surprise inside. Collect all five packs for more chances to find all 20 possible figurines.

RoseArt Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk makes a perfect “Top Ten List” item for upcoming segments, articles, posts and galleries on any of the following:

  • Easter baskets
  • Spring break
  • Party favors
  • Block parties
  • End of school celebrations
  • Outdoor games
  • Family crafts
  • Art activities under $5

My Thoughts:

My kids LOVED the RoseArt Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk. They spent hours outside in the warm sunshine trying to get to to the prize in the middle and my sidewalk and front porch were beautifully decorated until our next Spring shower. They were all excited and jumping for joy when they finally reached the hidden surprise. A cute little bat. I loved that not only did it bring out my kids creative juices, it kept them occupied and outside playing for quite  awhile. I also loved that this new art pack is less then $5 and available at several stores. The RoseArt Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk will definitely be a constant addition to our outdoor play this summer.


At about $3 per pack, Surprise Inside! Sidewalk Chalk is available nationwide at Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart.

Olay Fresh Effects Review!! Now At WalMart!


Are you looking for a new way to freshen, clean and moisturize your skin? Look no further then Olay Fresh Effects now available at Walmart.com!

Between deep-down-to-the-pores shine cleansers, exfoliating micro beads, cleansing cloths that remove dirt and makeup, and moisturizers that provide 24-hour hydration, treating yourself to a micro-facial, has never felt so good (or been so easy!).  Your skin will look fresh and rejuvenated with the Olay Fresh Effects newest product line-up.


Everything a lady needs to keep her facial skin clean and bright!

I am not a huge makeup person. In fact, I rarely wear it. I rarely do much of anything with my face to be honest. With six kids who has time?

That has all changed with the Olay Fresh Effects skin care regimen that I was sent for review. With Olay Fresh Effects I can deep clean, hydrate and refresh my skin in just minutes. In the mornings the Powered Contour Cleaning System with the Shine, Shine Go Away cleanser makes cleaning my face super quick and easy and leaves my skin feeling clean and super soft. I follow up with the Satin Finish Lotion and I am ready for my day. If I am headed to town or church I add in the BB Cream! Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer in light to medium and my favorite blush with a little mascara and tinted lip balm and I am ready to go in ten minutes or less. This is so important when I need to spend all that time looking for shoes and socks before running out the door!

My girls love the cute little vanity that came with the review items!

My girls love the cute little vanity that came with the review items!

While getting ready for bed, I use the Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser for a deep clean that feels great. I love going to bed knowing my face is clean from all the days grime. The Swipe Out Makeup Removal Clothes are handy for a quick cleanup when I get home from town. I always like to wash my face and hands after getting home. These wipes make that super simple to do and leave my face feeling fresh and clean.

So, if your looking for a new, easier way to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, head on over to Walmart.com and check out the new Olay Fresh Effects!

You can also find Olay Fresh Effects on Facebook and Twitter!

Disclosure:“The Olay Fresh Effects product, information, and two gift packs have been provided by Olay in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.” 

NOTE: Olay does not represent or warrant the accuracy of any statements or product claims made here, nor does it endorse any opinions expressed within this blogsite.

Live Q & A: Find Out If Your Student Athelete Is At Risk For Sudden Heart Failure!

PartnersHub, who usually brings you the great BluRay DVD giveaways, is working with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes.

Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity)

If defibrillation is administered within one minute of collapse, the survival rate for sudden heart failure goes up 90 percent. “Timing is key to survival. Waiting even 10 minutes to defibrillate drops the chances of survival to 10 percent,” says John Lynn Jefferies, MD.

This is a free, live, on-line Q and A where you can ask questions in real time.  It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors and get answers right on the spot.

The Q and A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD.

We would love for as many people as possible to benefit from this. Please feel free to help spread the word! Share with friends, on facebook, twitter and anywhere else you can think of!

Check out the link below for more information!

RSVP Here! : http://liveevent.cincinnatichildrensblog.org/events/heart-failure-athletes

This post was brought to you by PartnersHub. I shared it because it is great information and was in no way compensated for it.

Carmex Healing Creme and Lotion Review + Giveaway!!

I recently received for review the new Carmex skin care lotions, Healing Creme and Hydrating Lotion. My mom LOVES Carmex so I let her review this one. And this is what she had to say:

I’ve tried a lot of products on my feet, including the jell pads you wear at night. Many different kinds of healing cremes and lotions, from corn huskers, udder balm and then some.

The Carmex Healing Cream on the first application made such a difference I was sold. It’s non greasy smells a bit like Carmex. I love the smell, and the softness is the bomb! It lasted until I showered with our hard water. My feet still felt soft but looked a little dry so I applied another application. A little goes a long way, so there is plenty of value. 

Carmex Healing Cream

We put 75 years of lipcare expertise into our Carmex Healing Cream, much to the joy and relief of customers who have been requesting it for decades. Our rich cream goes through a patent-pending blending process that emulsifies it into a fast-absorbing formula that won’t wipe off on your clothes, immediately going to work helping to heal your most troubled spots—such as feet, elbows and hands.

  • Formulas with increased levels of rich lanolin such as Carmex Healing Cream have the same rehydrating properties as naturally occurring lipids in your skin.
  • Our formula includes petrolatum to soften skin while it aids with moisturization.
  • Our healing cream adds allantoin to soften and aid with moisturization.

The Carmex Hydrating Lotion is just as wonderful. Normally I have to apply lotion 3 to 4 times a day or every time I pass by the bottle sitting on the dresser, just to keep the dry skin from flaking. Once a day application after a shower and my skin feels soft and no flakes. I have found a new friend and feel so much better. I will be replacing all my cremes and lotions. Carmex always worked best for my lips and now the rest of me feels wonderful too on those dry occasions.

Thanks Carmex!

 Carmex Hydrating Lotion

Microemulsification. It’s the technical term for how we are able to make a hydrating lotion that is so moisturizing yet feels so greaseless. It is soothing, long-lasting and perfect for everyday use. We super-blend the high-quality ingredients of our exclusive formula so that deep hydration immediately soaks into damaged skin. You won’t feel a hint of greasiness, even right after you smooth it onto rough trouble spots.

  • Formulas with Vitamin E aid moisturization of dry skin, helping to soften and heal it.
  • Our Hydrating Lotion uses aloe at a concentration of 200 times what you’d find in an aloe plant, helping prevent dryness and promote healing, plus soothing irritated skin.


You can purchase Carmex Skin Creams and any other Carmex product anywhere Carmex products are sold… OR enter below to win a set of Carmex Hydrating Lotion and Healing Cream!

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MyMo Adventures DVD Review + Giveaway!!

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Update: email Matt at info@MyGym.com if you would like to purchase the DVD (the cost of the DVD is $15).

The “Mymo’s Adventures” DVD features the gym’s irresistibly cute mascot, Mymo, as he engages children and leads them on six awesome, interactive adventures. The DVD combines animated fun, live action workouts and a wisecracking puppet named Alphonzo Bartholomew III. “Mymo’s Adventures” is created to educate, entertain and motivate children to be active and helps them to develop their coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and fine/gross motor skills.

This is such a cute DVD! Putters wants to watch it over and over again. She loves the characters and colors. I love that it has her dancing and singing and moving around. She gets lots of exercise while watching MyMos Adventures while learning lots of things about colors, shapes and more. Not only educational, MyMo Adventures gets your child up and moving and burning that energy we all wish we could bottle and sell.

My Gym’s Fit and Healthy Family Contest:

 On April 1, My Gym will be announcing their “My Gym’s Fit and Healthy Family” Contest on their Facebook page! In celebration of My Gym’s 30th anniversary, they are searching for the fittest family in North America.

  In order to enter the contest, participants would need to visit My Gym’s Facebook page and follow the instructions, which will include submitting a photo and essay. Thirty families with the most votes will receive a prize package (that will include a certificate from the President’s Council of Physical Fitness Sports and Nutrition and a gift package from BabyGanics and free MyGym and Chuggington DVDs).

  The thirty families will then have an opportunity to submit a homemade fitness video – and one lucky family will win the grand prize! The package includes top items from Little Tikes, one free year at My Gym, including classes and a birthday party!

More About My Gym Children’s Fitness Center:

Established in 1983, My Gym is a leading fitness center destination for children with more than 260 locations worldwide, including international locations in China, France, Canada and Brazil among others. More than 30 additional locations are planned to open worldwide in the next 12 months. My Gym combines innovative, early physical education/pre-gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art facilities to empower children – ages 6 weeks to 13 years – by helping them acquire the skills, confidence and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults. My Gym’s award winning, structured, noncompetitive, and age-appropriate classes and birthday parties enhance children’s overall development through games, music, exercise, sports, gymnastics, puppets, special rides, and fun. The children gain strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor proficiency, agility, flexibility and social skills.

Want your own copy of MyMos Adventures? Enter To Win One Below or head to www.MyGym.com to purchase a copy for your little one!

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Master Lock Eases Tax Season with Digital Tools, Advice and Refund Rewards

Did you know that 80 percent of Americans who filed taxes last year did so electronically (according to the IRS)? With the popularity of filing taxes online continuing to rise, Master Lock is providing consumers with the digital tools and top five tips to simplify the filing process and keep private income information safe.

One of these tools is the Master Lock Vault, a safe and secure online storage and organization system. As an added bonus for taxpayers this year, consumers across the U.S. will have a chance to win one of five, $1,000 prizes when they register for a Vault account as part of the Master Lock “Tax Relief Rewards” Sweepstakes!

1.       Request electronic copies of your tax forms. Many employers offer employees the option to receive their W-2 forms electronically, instead of by mail. By eliminating the risk of postal delays or missed deliveries, this ensures that your W-2 will be delivered securely as soon as it is available. Plus, faster W-2s can mean faster tax returns.

2.       Securely store documents online. Avoid the mess of a mound of paperwork by storing — and organizing — all of your tax-related documents online. By utilizing a free, secure service such as the Master Lock Vault (www.masterlockvault.com) you’ll have easy access to all of your files wherever you are and help ensure that none of your paper documents will ever be lost, misplaced, stolen or damaged. Not only can you upload PDF forms, but you can upload photos from your phone of important receipts and expenses for your records. All data is instantly synchronized between the website and the App. Bonus: securely store log-in information for your bank accounts and tax filing site in the Vault so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your username or password.

3.       Think taxes year-round. Don’t wait until you’re ready to file your taxes to start collecting and organizing the supporting documents you’ll need to complete your return. Avoid the scramble by capturing and uploading a digital image of your receipt each time you pay the babysitter or have a tax deductible transaction, fill a prescription at the pharmacy, or make a charitable contribution such as dropping off a clothing donation to your local thrift store.

4.       Opt for direct deposit. If you’ve done everything else online, why request a hard-copy check when it comes time to claim your refund? When combined with electronic filing, direct deposit is the fastest way to get your refund. If you’re on the other side of the spectrum and find that you owe taxes, opt to pay online and you can avoid the long tax-season lines at the post office.

5.       Call for help. Sometimes, outside advice is necessary, and you can now get the help you need without leaving home. Based on the complexity of your question, there are a variety of resources to turn to. For example, the IRS offers a toll-free hotline for tax questions during weekdays. Several tax-prep software providers also offer guidance via online forums or on their social media feeds.

This is an unpaid ad for  Master Lock. I shared it because I found their tips helpful this tax season!

Kosher Casual Review!

It’s very hard in this day and age to find modest clothing for girls. Shorts are too short, skirts need to be layered with leggings. So I was pretty excited when I came across Kosher Casual. All of their clothing is modest, affordable and adorable. Like this skirt they sent my daughter, Little Mama.


The skirt is very well made, a perfect length for a girl that likes to wear dresses and still ride her bike, climb trees and slide down the slide. It goes well with just about any top and she can wear it with her boots, tennis or dress shoes.

Kosher Casual is over 3 years old. We manufacture our own goods here in Israel and welcome ideas for products you would like to see available in the modest clothing market. As you can see on our site, we have developed some unusual products like our trademarked Sleevies® and TeeNecks® as well as our running skirt with leggings. 

Kosher Casual has layering tops, dresses, workout clothing, modest skirts and more for girls size 6 up to women’s plus size. They also carry a few mens and boys shirts and some Israel gift clothing. I will definitely be shopping Kosher Casual for my girls and I in the future!

I was contacted by Kosher Casual and sent an item in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. For more information click here.