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Cuties Clementines & Mandarins Now Available From Coast to Coast

We’re huge fans of Clementines in our house. They’re easy to eat and to transport – I’ve kept a basket of them up at work before to snack on. I had no clue they weren’t available nationwide, until getting apress release today that announced this: Beginning this month, CutiesCalifornia Clementines and Mandarins are available coast-to-coast for the first time ever.

“We know how much parents love sharing Cuties Clementines with their kids on the West Coast and we are excited to now offer this popular fruit to families across the country,” said Marc Seguin, senior marketing director for Paramount Farms North America.

In conjunction with the national launch, Cutieshas also introduced a new, interactive website created especially for kids and proud parents to celebrate the cute things kids do. The site will showcase parent-uploaded videos and pictures, featuring kids doing what they do best: having fun, acting silly and of course, being oh-so adorably cute. Bragging rights aren’t the only prizes parents can win by uploading images of their kids: Cuties is giving away a college scholarship worth $150,000 to the star of the cutest kid video.

Cutiesis teaming up with DonorsChoose.org, a not-for-profit organization that lets contributors across the country fund classroom projects posted by public school teachers on the DonorsChoose.org website. For every video uploaded, users will receive a $10 DonorsChoose.org gift card to use towards any classroom project of their choice. Weekly winners will receive a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card and the winner of the grand prize will receive a $5,000 card. Cuties is committed to kids and educationand will continue the charity gift card giveaway up to $100,000 in addition to the individual college scholarship prize.

“The CutiesKids.com site is another way for us to reward parents for something they already love to do – show off their kids,” said Seguin. “What better way to do that than winning a free college education for your little cutie.”

In addition to school contributions, Cuties® will award daily and weekly prizes for the first 18 weeks, leading up to one grand prize winner. Participants will be able to share their videos using their social network platforms, and the winners will be determined by the number of online votes.

  •  Daily Prizing: Forty-one video contestants per day will each have a chance to win a Cuties T-shirt, beanie, lunch box, tumbler or plush toy.
  • Weekly Prizing: One video contestant per week will win a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card to use to fund a project of their choice in addition to an active game console.
  •  Grand Prize: One grand prize winner will be awarded a college scholarship worth $150,000, a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card to use to fund a project of their choice and a season’s supply of Cuties.

To submit a video of your child, or to watch some seriously cute videos, log on to CutiesKids.com.

Make Holiday Food Special for the Smallest Members of Your Family with the Baby Bullet!


This holiday season 2011 add something to your holiday plans – from the creators of the world’s most popular personal blender – The Original Magic Bullet – The Original Baby Bullet! This safe, non-toxic and BPA-free countertop magician is the perfect gift for new moms, on-the-go moms and even Dads too! With The Original Baby Bullet, parents can prepare, blend and store an entire week’s worth of nutrient-rich, preservative-free, organic baby food – in less than five minutes.

If you are introducing new foods to your baby this holiday season try these simple recipes! They are delicious, nutritious and sure to be a hit with even the most finicky eater. Now creating delicious festive holiday inspired dishes for your little one will save you money and take no time at all! Also, check out other great recipes and parenting tips at the Baby Bullet Blog.

Apple Walnut PureeA delicious holiday treat

  • 2 Apples, cored & peeled (Pink Lady, Fuji or Gala are all good choices)
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts, shelled & halved
  • 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Place apples and walnuts in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Cook until apples are fork tender.
  3. Place apples, walnuts, cinnamon and 3 tbsp of the water to The Baby Bullet and puree until smooth.
  4. Cool and serve.

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One Pot Christmas Dinner- Feast for your little king or queen (8 months+)

  • 1 cup of cubed Turkey – uncooked (using cooked is fine as well)
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed winter squash
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed white potato
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup peas or green beans
  • 1 small handful of fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan
  2. Add 2 cups of water
  3. Bring to a gentle boil and then turn heat to low
  4. Simmer on low for 20 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink and veggies may be easily pierced with a fork.
  5. Transfer the cooked One Pot Christmas Dinner to the Baby Bullet and puree until you achieve the desired consistency.
  6. Voila!

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Yummy Sweet Potato Pie- Delicious and nutritious

  • 2 ounces of sweet potato cubed.
  • 4 tbsp oat meal or rice cereal
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Yogurt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Steam sweet potato in the Turbo Steamer.
  2. Combine oat meal or rice cereal and water in the Baby Bullet and Puree until you achieve your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in yogurt for babies over 8 months.
  4. Enjoy!

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The Original Baby Bullet, which boasts a warm, cheerful design aesthetic, is much more than a blender – it’s a 22-piece comprehensive baby food making system designed to make mom’s life easier while ensuring baby begins life eating the healthiest, most nutrient-rich all-natural foods. Jarred baby food is much more expensive than homemade food and typically contains unhealthy sugars, preservatives and fillers (even when it’s labeled organic). With The Original Baby Bullet™, moms are in full control of every ingredient that goes into their baby’s food. Fresh is always best!

Purchase The Original Baby Bullet™ 22-piece system for $59.97 at Bed Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Babies R Us and other fine realtors.

Quick & Delicious Holiday Party Snack – From Pillsbury

Need a party snack idea for the holidays? Introducing Pillsbury’s Crescent-Wrapped Brie: Just unroll, wrap the Brie, and bake. The end result is an oven-warmed treat that will surely be a winner – a great idea to share with your family and friends at holiday parties!

Car Buying

Do Americans like buying cars?

We’ve had our Mazda 5 for a year now, and although we love owning it, we didn’t enjoy the negotiating process. I did my research, finding out trade in value for our old car and a reasonable price for the Mazda, and that helped. How do you feel about buying a new car?

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VTech InnoTab

If you haven’t heard about VTech’s InnoTab, you probably will soon. This learning app tablet brings interactive and animated reading, educational gaming, creative activities, and a rich collection of applications to children ages 4-9. And it’s now available for pre-order!

Out of the box, InnoTab comes with a full suite of pre-loaded applications including an interactive, animated e-book, motion games, creative activities, MP3 music player, photo viewer, video player, alarm clock, calculator, calendar and an address book.

InnoTab is supported by a cartridge library that features kids’ favorite characters, including Cars, Toy Story, Dora the Explorer and Disney Princesses. Best of all, you can download more interactive e-books, learning games and other content from VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator and more than 100 downloads will be available by year end.

InnoTab features a 5” color touch screen LCD, a tilt-sensor for motion game control, USB interface, SD card slot for memory expansion, along with a stylus and a headphone jack. All of these are housed in a sleek, durable and compact design for easy portability.

Check out these videos to find out even more about the InnoTab:

·         Behind the Scenes with VTech’s InnoTab

·         Behind the Scenes: InnoTab’s Creative Activities

·         Behind the Scenes: InnoTab’s E.Reader & More

·         Behind the Scenes: InnoTab’s Touch Screen & Motion Games

Facercise DVD

If you’re looking for a way to firm up your face and make it look younger, Facercise just might be the solution for you.

According to their site, Facercise is a series of synergistic facial exercises which has been successfully implemented by hundreds of thousands of clients worldwide.  Through proper facial exercise, one can strengthen and develop the facial muscles to achieve an improved, toned, younger looking face.

Clients see a visible difference in their faces in as little as 5 days, if the techniques are applied correctly. Facercise is internationally recognized as the alternative to costly botox injections and face lifts. Facercise has been voted “one of the top 100 beauty products in the world” by Harpers & Queen magazine. The New York Times described Facercise as “bending time’s arrow the other way.”

If you’d like to try Facercise for yourself, you can buy it online here!

Note: I received a product sample for writing this post. I was not compensated monetarily.

LovingEco & Environmental Media Association


LovingEco is a members-only, social commerce platform, that offers unsurpassed and innovative eco-friendly products at exclusive price points (up to 70% off retail), without compromising style.

LovingEco is an advocate of ‘style for change’; an opportunity for people to make wiser choices about the products they purchase so that together, we can create a more environmentally and socially conscious planet.

This week LovingEco is working with Los Angeles designer, Alexx Jae, Bari Milken Berstein, Milk clothing store owner, and their favorite charity, The Environmental Media Association. Shop celebrity loved brand, Alexx Jae and Milk and 3% of net proceeds go to The Environmental Media Association.

 

More on LovingEco:
Through a series of limited-time and brand-specific sale events, subscribing consumers are given the opportunity to access and shop for eco-friendly, fair trade and natural products at a discount in fashion and accessories, beauty and products for moms, babies and kids. Each sale features the best ‘natural’ brands, which are hand-selected and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, 3% of net proceeds from each purchase is donated to the current ‘tastemaker charity’ to help support a social or environmental cause.

More on Alexx Jae and Milk:
All fabrics from the line come from a closeout factory an are finished with a canvas label and water base ink logo. All without leaving downtown LA- making their carbon foot-print very small!

Customers include eco conscious celebs such as Emmanuelle Chrique, Amy Smart and Perry Reeves.

More on The Environmental Media Association:
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) launched an ongoing partnership with LAUSD to support gardens and greenery in urban schools across Los Angeles. In addition, Kellogg Garden Products has generously pledged to donate soil, fertilizer and compost to each of the partner gardens. EMA will directly support a number of school gardens through funding and celebrity mentoring via EMA’s Young Hollywood Board.

  

Hero of the Rails App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading providers of high-quality children’s entertainment, and Callaway Digital Arts (www.callaway.com), interactive developer of premium children’s and lifestyle applications for touch-screen tablets and mobile devices, are pleased to announce the launch of Thomas & Friends™: Hero of the Rails, the newest app that brings Thomas and his engine friends to life. Now available for download in Apple’s App Store, this visually stimulating app is already a hit with consumers, reaching the #1 spot in the iTunes Store in the Books Category.

The launch of Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails continues the award-winning collaboration between HIT and Callaway. In December 2010, the companies launched Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue to great acclaim. The app was the winner of Children’s Technology Review’s Editor’s Choice Award as well as one of ten apps selected as “Best in Show” at Kidscreen’s first iKids App Showdown.

Based on the animated feature-length movie Hero of the Rails, this innovative, interactive app offers children and families a unique Thomas experience. Children can read, watch, and play with Thomas, Hiro and all their favorite engines in this action-packed adventure. With multi-touch animation, CGI video, painting, puzzles, and games, Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails provides an immersive experience the whole family will enjoy.

“Hero is another successful collaboration between HIT and Callaway. The app takes all of the fun and functionality that kids enjoy in the Misty Island Rescue app to a whole new level,” said Natasha Fishman, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management and Digital Media, HIT Entertainment. “It’s truly a beautiful brand experience and one that we are thrilled to extend to Thomas fans and young readers.”

“We are reinventing the reading experience for the iPad generation by combining HIT’s universally appealing characters with Callaway’s design and technical expertise,” says Callaway Digital Arts Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Callaway. “CDA is delighted to go full steam ahead with HIT on many future interactive apps.”

Features of this app include:

  • Vibrant CGI animation
  • Interactive multimedia surprises
  • Dynamic narration
  • Engine games
  • Animated puzzles
  • Painting activities

With the first Thomas app launched in early 2010, there are now 13 Thomas & Friends apps available in the Apple iTunes App store. Embraced by families and children around the world, recommended by the Parents’ Choice Foundation, and acclaimed by industry experts, the Thomas apps portfolio has already made a significant impact in the kids’ digital landscape.

“We are committed to deliver Thomas experiences through emerging technologies and are excited to continue engaging with audiences in new and innovative ways,“ says Fishman.

Hero of the Rails is available for a limited time for $0.99 in the iTunes app Store at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Note: The above is a press release I received and wanted to share because we love Thomas products so much in our house!