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Colgate Enamel Health

by Pennie on September 16, 2014



New Colgate® Enamel Health™ Transforms Enamel from Rough and Weakened to Smooth and Strong



  • Replenishes natural calcium and phosphate back into weakened enamel to fill in rough spots
  • Gently polishes the tooth surface so it’s smoother and bacteria are less likely to stick
  • Builds increasing protection against sensitivity


  • Utilizes a unique, active fluoride formula that transforms enamel from rough and weakened to smooth and strong

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Take a look at this video to see the demo in action:

Nicole’s take: I am always looking for toothpastes that will keep my mouth healthy for years to come and I know tooth enamel is important to protect. The Colgate Enamel Health Demo was a fun project and I was so excited to see how smooth the Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste made the surface! The taste is pleasant as well!

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Three New Kid Favorites from Yoplait

by Pennie on September 15, 2014


Make breakfast, lunch and snack time awesome with new Hello Kitty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Minion yogurt from Yoplait!

Here’s a recipe to make a delicious and nutritious treat for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan in your house:


Mutagen Ooze Sippers

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Start to Finish: 15 Minutes

1 package Yoplait Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle strawberry and cotton candy yogurt

1/2 – 1 cup club soda

Blue and green gel food coloring

Multi-colored straws, for serving

  1. Remove foil covers from yogurt cups. Add a few drops of gel food coloring to each yogurt cup, making some green and some blue. Mix until desired colors are reached.
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons club soda to each cup and stir carefully to combine.
  3. Place a straw in each cup and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

With no high fructose corn syrup and natural colors and flavors, both you and your little ones will love these new Yoplait yogurts!

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Nicole’s take: I know that moms are always looking for easy, quick and nutritious breakfast options for kids and these new yogurts from Yoplait fit the bill! You can get creative with the options and not just serve yogurt from the cup!

General Mills through Platefull Co-Op provided Nicole with free product and information to facilitate this post.  All opinions remain are own.

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Sesame Street: M is for Mystery and Giveaway

by Pennie on September 15, 2014


Grab Your Detective Hat And Join The Furry Monsters From sesame Street as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment And Sesame Workshop Solve Puzzling mysteries in Sesame Street: M is for Mystery!


Elementary, my dear Elmo! There are mysteries afoot on Sesame Street, so put on your thinking cap and join your favorite furry friends to solve these whodunits, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, release Sesame Street: M is for Mystery.  Celebrity appearances include Colin Farrell and Adam Rodriguez, who help teach children to how to unravel exciting mysteries.  This special release features two full episodes—over two hours of fun with your favorite Sesame Street monsters.

Learning to solve mysteries by piecing together clues is a very important for children to learn. In Sesame Street: M is for Mystery, everyone’s favorite characters help children develop these essential life skills.  First, objects beginning with the letter “R” start vanishing on Sesame Street.  Detective Alfie Betts is on the case, with a little help from Elmo and Abby, to track down the culprit. Who could it be?  Next, Elmo and Telly investigate what is making things disappear by following clues and testing their hypotheses. Did the wind do it? Dun dun dun!

Nicole’s take: We are HUGE Sesame Street fans! I loved it as a child and am so happy to share it with my babies. I know as they get older it will become even more of a learning experience for them. For now, they love the music, the colors, the voices, etc. I always sing the songs to them! M is for Mystery is so creative and cute and just as much fun for adults!

Enter the Giveaway!

1 reader will win a Sesame Street: M is for Mystery DVD! Please enter the giveaway on the widget below.  Email and feed subscribers will need to click over to my actual site to enter.

Nicole received a sample to facilitate this review.  All opinions remain our own.


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What do Scotties Tissues and kittens have in common? They are both super soft! In celebration of their new mascot (white kittens) and box design, Scotties has sponsored adoption fees (up to $15,000) with the Animal Rescue League for select cats and kittens in Boston, MA, Raleigh, NC, and Tampa, FL!

A $15,000 Donation Will Cover Adoptions Fees For Approximately 150 Felines!


“At Scotties our focus is softness – so this partnership made perfect sense,” said John Robertson, Director of Marketing for Scotties Facial Tissues. “We hope that our donation will act as an incentive for caring people to come forward and open up their homes.” All adoptable cats will have been spayed and neutered and are up to date on all shots and vaccinations.

Scotties-Adopt-Me-CampaignAbout Scotties:

Considered one of the top facial tissue manufacturers in the United States, Scotties Facial Tissues is a family owned company committed to managing its operations in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. For more information about Scotties Facial Tissues please visit and Facebook.


Look for the Scotties kittens the next time you shop for facial tissue, there’s softness packed in every sheet! Scotties also has a brand new suite of stylish designs for you to choose from.

Nicole’s take:  I love companies that give back and this initiative from Scotties Facial Tissues is both innovative and fun! Sponsoring adoption fees in conjunction with their new super soft looking white kitty mascot is brilliant! The mascot is adorable and the tissues are so soft also! I hate that we are almost in cold season but love that we will have these soft Scotties with the adorable kittens on the box to use!

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About 20 years ago I went on a cruise to the Caribbean.  I LOVED it.  It was the best vacation ever which is saying quite a bit because I suffer dreadfully from motion sickness (but that’s a story for another time).  One of the things that made it great was the excellent food-which was available from what I could tell, almost around the clock.  

Every morning a breakfast buffet was presented on deck and it always had the most amazing fresh pineapple.  I’m fairly certain rickets will never be a problem for me due to amount of pineapple I consumed on that trip.  So much that the inside of my mouth became raw!  Now you know what caught my eye in Amanda’s weekly recipe from A Few Shortcuts.

Teriyaki Chicken in Pineapple Boats looks fabulous, fresh and enticing with big chunks of fresh pineapple.  Toss together the grilled Teriyaki Chicken, rice and broccoli with the pineapple chunks and serve in a scooped out pineapple!  The only change I might suggest is to grill the pineapple boats (even the chunks) which I think heightens the taste of the pineapple.  I’m buying a pineapple immediately!

Teriyaki-Chicken-Pineapple-Boats-400x600Each week I will highlight one of Amanda’s fabulous recipes. If you don’t have the ingredients, you could easily print and save the recipes for later use!


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Krispy Kreme

Experience the joy of Krispy Kreme® coffee with just the touch of a button.  Krispy Kreme Coffee in Smooth and Decaf blends are now available in K-Cup® packs at participating grocers, Krispy Kreme locations, and online at

Each Krispy Kreme Coffee blend is available in 12-count boxes of K-Cup® packs at participating US grocery stores and Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops.  Krispy Kreme Coffee fans can also purchase 24-count boxes of K-Cup® packs at and

kk-kcupKrispy Kreme Smooth: A balanced, easy-to-love blend that boasts bright fruit notes and a clean, sweet finish.  Krispy Kreme Smooth is an easy to love Latin American blend with flavor and personality, balanced from start to finish.

kk-decafkcupKrispy Kreme Decaf: Full of personality, this classic decaf is richly roasted with a satisfying flavor.  Krispy Kreme Decaf is a caffeine-free and flavorful blend of Latin American and Sumatran decaf coffees with lots of character.

057969e9-a3b8-4cb1-998f-2a430ffe4c73Enter for a chance to win a year’s supply of Krispy Kreme coffee in K-Cup® packs. Stop in to any participating Krispy Kreme location, September 1 – September 29, 2014, and complete an entry form for a chance to win free coffee for a year. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner receives twelve 24-count boxes of Krispy Kreme Smooth K-Cup® packs. Limited to one entry per person. Additional rules apply. See the complete rules at

Get connected to Krispy Kreme and stay up to date on the latest offerings and promotions at,,  foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Nicole’s take:  With 3 babies in the house you better believe we drink a lot of coffee! I only use my Keurig since it’s so much easier and was so excited to hear about KrispyKreme Coffee in K-Cup Packs! I loved my trip to the Krispy Kreme HQ a few years back and always support such a great company.  Plus their coffee is just delicious! It’s so easy to brew a K-Cup and the Krispy Kreme coffee is smooth and rich!

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Top 10 Giveaways, 9/13/14

by Pennie on September 13, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Hillshire Farm Naturals™ and Giveaway  (Ends 9/15)
  2. Kids Relief Earache Oral Solution and Giveaway  (Ends 9/15)
  3. LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting On Lemonade and Giveaway  (Ends 9/15)
  4. Colgate Total Lasting White Mouthwash and Giveaway  (Ends 9/15)

Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules. Good luck!

  1. Sweet Peas and Saffron  - Amazon $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 9/14)
  2. The Tween & Me – Coffee 4 College Giveaway [ARV:$358] (Ends 9/15)
  3. The Divine Miss Mommy – Barnes & Noble $100 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 9/16)
  4. The Consumer Adviser - Paypal $500 Giveaway  (Ends 9/16)
  5. Sweet Tiny Blessings – Sage Spoonfuls Homemade (baby food) Essentials Package Giveaway (Ends 9/16)
  6. Busy at Home – We-Mo (app) enabled Crock Pot Giveaway (Ends 9/16)
  7. West Coast Mama - Starbucks $50 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 9/17)
  8. Mom of 4 Boys - Nexus 7 Giveaway (Ends 9/19)
  9. Ron and Lisa – Coyuchi Organic Linens Giveaway [ARV:$530] (Ends 9/19)
  10. Moms of Faith – Disney $500 G.C. Giveaway (Ends 9/20)


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Harvest Snaps!

by Pennie on September 12, 2014


Good-for-you and great taste can be hard to come by these days, but for us they’re like two peas in a pod. Inside every bag of Harvest Snaps we combine taste, quality and simplicity. Sprinkle that with the passion we have for fresh, natural ingredients, and you get one “snaptastic” snack.

snapeaproduct-bagHarvest Snaps starts with the clean flavors and essential nutrients Mother Nature intended. Snapea Crisps are made with all-natural peas – and the Lentil Snaps come packed with authentic lentils and their powerful combination of nutrients.

lentilproduct-bagEach handful contains Vitamin B, calcium, iron, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. You will also get lots of protein and fiber which will leave you full and satisfied. They are also gluten-free!

LunchspirationVisit the Lunchspiration site to put together a great lunch combo with your favorite Snapea or Lentil Crisps!  It was fun to play with and gave me some wonderful lunch ideas!

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Nicole’s take:  I saw Harvest Snaps in my local grocery store but wasn’t quite sure of them so was very excited to try them as part of this program.  YUM! What a great snack! They are crunchy and a little salty and just full of flavor without any of the fat of more traditional snacks.  My favorite flavor was the original – I thought the flavor of the peas shone through and loved them!

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Friday Top FREEBIES and Great Deals, Week of 9/12/14

September 12, 2014

Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals: FREE  Lays Stax Chips on Thursdays - every Thursday night until December 18 they will be giving away Free Lay’s STAX Chips coupons during the Thursday night football game.  Each game will have a different trigger event for when the free coupon will go live: Read more FREE  Subscription to […]

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Hillshire Farm Naturals™ and Giveaway

September 11, 2014

Hillshire Farm® (, a brand known for making lunchtime offerings with farm-inspired craftsmanship, is taking natural goodness to a new level with the launch of its new Hillshire Farm Naturals™ line of lunchmeat. The new line of premium quality lunchmeat is slow roasted and perfectly seasoned, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and offers the […]

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Find the Deepest Discounts on My Amazon Deals Page!

September 11, 2014

Check out my Amazon Deals page to find the deepest discounts on your favorite merchandise! You can search by minimum discount percentage, top sellers or even hot new releases. When you’re on the Amazon page you can refine your search further with the choices in the left sidebar.   Kitchen & Dining Health & Personal Care Home & Kitchen Magazines Sports & Outdoors […]

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New NUK Products for You and Your Baby!

September 10, 2014

The NUK® family of brands design and develop superior products that enhance your child’s overall development. By combining years of expertise and trust, we are committed to nurturing your children’s healthy transitions from birth to toddler. We have worked for over 50 years to design the highest quality products that are innovative and scientifically-proven to support […]

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Kids Relief Earache Oral Solution and Giveaway

September 9, 2014

As a parent, it can be tough watching your child suffer from any pain associated with earaches. Not only do earachescause discomfort for your child, but they also contribute to many sleepless nights in your household. Luckily, Kids Relief Earache Oral Solution is the perfect solution for any child trying to conquer ear pain, ear pressure, inflammation, fever, and sinus […]

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Giveaway Winners

September 9, 2014

I’ve picked winners – they are posted on the Giveaway Tools widget of each of the following giveaways (just click the link of the giveaway title to be taken to the post where each widget is).  You will also receive an email from us congratulating you on your win: Jill Schultz on Growing up with […]

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9/9 Pinterest Pin(s) of the Week: School Lunches

September 9, 2014

My grandson is 2 1/2 weeks into kindergarten and for some unknown reason, his lunch eating habits have skewed dramatically.  My little man is a creature of habit and lunch isn’t lunch without a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, until now.  Now a PB&J is the last thing he wants.  He still downs his blueberries […]

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The Makeup Academy at CVS

September 8, 2014

Developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts to bring premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories to makeup lovers everywhere, the Makeup Academy line has more than 145 products within three categories – lip,in fashion-forward colors and luxurious textures, expertly-crafted brushes, and a wide range of false eyelashes – now available in-store and online at for $4.00-$24.99. Lip – With more than 100 lip […]

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LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting On Lemonade and Giveaway

September 8, 2014

Turn lemons into learning fun when the latest installment from the number one education-based franchise, LeapFrog LetterFactory Adventures: Counting On Lemonade, arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View September 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and leader in educational entertainment, LeapFrog Enterprises. The exciting all-new CGI animated story stars the next generation of lovable frog characters made famous in the highly-acclaimed […]

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Disney Presents 5 Classic Animated Adventures For the First Time on Blu-ray™

September 7, 2014

Five classics, TARZAN, HERCULES, BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS,  THE ADVENTURES OF ICHABOD AND MR. TOAD and the 10th anniversary of MICKEY, DONALD, GOOFY: THE THREE MUSKETEERS released for the first time ever on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Copy August 12th. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Disney’s swashbuckling adventure, “Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers,” presented for the first time ever in a dazzling new Blu-ray […]

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A Few Shortcuts Weekly Recipe: Pumpkin Doughnuts

September 7, 2014

While I think it’s entirely too early to be discussing fall foods, Amanda @ A Few Shortcuts threw out this recipe that really caught my eye.  First, they are Pumpkin Doughnuts.  Second, they are baked!  I couldn’t imagine how she could get this lovely looking doughnut without deep frying.  There is a catch – they require you […]

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Colgate Total Lasting White Mouthwash and Giveaway

September 6, 2014

Did you know that what goes on in your mouth can affect the rest of your body, and what happens in your body can have an effect on your mouth? It’s true. Many diseases and conditions can affect your oral health, but Colgate Total® can help. That’s because Colgate Total® does more than protect. When you use […]

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