Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CSN Review - Emerilware Cast Iron 12" Skillet and Flirty Aprons



What does CSN Stores have in store for you this time?  I am always delighted to review products from the millions of brand name products that CSN Stores offer from their 200+ online stores!  At CSN Stores, you may find products for the entire household - entertainment centers, Corelle dinnerware sets, end tables, upholstered headboards, and much more

No matter where I am, I would always love to look fashionable.  With the Flirty Aprons Women's Apron in Scarlet Blossom, I am able to look great in the kitchen cooking (or at least trying to cook).  The apron is made from 100% cotton with long waist ties to be able to tie a bow in the front or back.  The design is inspired by magnolia and aster flowers in white, black, and red with a solid black inner lining.  It is a one size fits all, where you may adjust using the neck and waist ties.  I especially love the pleated ruffles on the bottom of the apron skirt because it adds an elegant touch.

Hubby loves using the Emerilware Cast Iron 12" Skillet to cook his ribeye steak.  Ever since he learned the "restaurant" technique for a cooking juicy steak, he never turned away from his cast iron skillet.  The surface of the pan is pre-seasoned and is oven safe for up to 600F.  It retains heat well and is great for browning, searing, frying, and sauteing.  The cast iron skillet weights approximately 6 lb.  Remember, do not use cold water and soap to wash the skillet.  Here are instructions on cleaning a cast iron skillet (http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Cast-Iron-Skillet).  

With a Flirty Apron and Emerilware Cast Iron 12" Skillet, I am all set to cook a holiday meal (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The Emerilware Cast Iron 12" Skillet may be purchased for $24.95 (free shipping) and the Flirty Aprons Women's Apron in Scarlet Blossom for $29.95 at CSN Stores.  

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

GIVEAWAY - Kidorable Umbrella of Choice! (CLOSED)


Kidorable, conceived in 1997 from the minds and hearts of Liping and Jonathan Domsky, offers functional and fun children apparel and accessories.  Known especially for their rain wear, Kidorable delights in transforming everyday wear into products that excites the imagination of the children.  Their product line includes umbrellas, rain coats, rain boots, backpacks, knit hats, knit scarves, knit gloves, towels, sun hats, embroidered shirts, hanger sets, and bookends.  A variety of styles offered are Space Hero, Butterfly, Dinosaur, Fairy, Fireman, Frog, Ladybug, Lotus, Lucky Cat, Mermaid, Pirate, Bee, and The English Roses Collection.  Kidorable also carries a My First Collection for babies.


I am excited to review another collection from Kidorable - The Lucky Cat Collection!  This collection would be "purrrfect" for children who loves cats and everything pink.  The Lucky Cat Umbrella is simply adorable because there are designs all around the umbrella.  The front is pictured with not only the cat's face but also with its paws, while flowers, a butterfly, a fish, and a mouse fill the rest of the umbrella.  The Lucky Cat Rain Coat is eye-catching with a unique pink color and cat ears sticking up on the hood.  All of the rain coats are PVS with a polyester lining, which comes with a matching hanger.  The Lucky Cat Rain Boots are made with natural rubber.  The front of the boots are topped with the kitty's face and there is a tail that sticks up on top at the opening to allow kids to grab on to it while sliding their feet into the boots.     

Christmas is coming and Kidorable items make fun and wonderful gifts, especially for the cold and rainy season (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The Lucky Cat Umbrella may be purchased for $13.50, Lucky Cat Rain Coat for $36.00, and Lucky Cat Rain Boots for $29.00 at Kidorable. 

WIN IT!  Kidorable has generously offered an umbrella of your choice to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry (please leave a comment for each entry done and remember to leave your email if it's not already in your profile):

1)  Follow me publicly via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar - comment with name if different from your profile name) and take the Holiday Gift Buying Quiz (takes less than 30 seconds) commenting with your score.  Must complete mandatory entry or will be disqualified (i.e., gfc follower (HSUper Parents) and my score is...).

Additional Entries (1 entry each):

2)  Like Kidorable on Facebook
3)  Follow @Kidorable on Twitter
4)  Like HSUper Parents on Facebook
5)  Follow @hsuperparents on Twitter
6)  Follow me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
7)  Subscribe to my blog via email (right sidebar)
8)  Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed (right sidebar)
9)  Grab my blog button (right sidebar)
10) Post this giveaway on your blog to link back (comment with link to your post)
11) Post on your Facebook with the following:  I just entered Kidorable Umbrella of Choice Giveaway on HSUper Parents' blog! (12/13) http://bit.ly/fzoHUV
12) Tweet this giveaway (one entry only).  Use the following:  RT @hsuperparents #Giveaway #Win Kidorable Umbrella of Choice! (12/13) http://bit.ly/fzoHUV @kidorable #rain Pls RT!

(MAXIMUM 12 ENTRIES TOTAL)

Giveaway open to residents of US only and ends on 12/13/2010 at 11:59pm PST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck! 

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 11/26

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky.

$5 GC Amazon  (12/6)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Shutterfly Christmas Card 2010 #clevercards

Royal Elegance Christmas Card
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Friday, November 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY - $5 GC Amazon.com Sponsored by Bestcovery (CLOSED)





Bestcovery is a one-stop site to find the best of everything.  They research the best products and services, providing concise and easy to understand recommendations for a variety of needs, uses and budgets.  Based on unbiased selections not influenced by advertisers, gifts, freebies, or payments of any kind, the products and services listed are determined by two different methods - experts or crowdsourcing and technology. 
Before I purchase an item, especially a big ticket item, I would research for the best brand and value for a specific product.  For example, I just purchased a Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS Point and Shoot Digital Camera.  Upon making my decision to purchase that particular camera, I researched online and compared the specs and price between several compact digital cameras.  It was pretty time consuming to visit the numerous sites to do the comparison, when I can just visit Bestcovery.com and they already have the comparison done for you.  Bestcovery reviews and ranks a number of products, ranging from the Best Dishwashers to the Best Jogging Stroller.   

WIN IT!  Bestcovery has generously offered a $5 gift card to Amazon.com to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry (please leave a comment for each entry done and remember to leave your email if it's not already in your profile):

1)  Follow me publicly via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar - comment with name if different from your profile name) and visit Bestcovery commenting on your favorite product from a Best List.  MUST complete mandatory entry or will be disqualified (i.e., GFC follower (HSUper Parents) and my favorite is the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Stroller Frame).

Additional Entries (1 entry each):

2)  Like Bestcovery.com on Facebook
3)  Follow @Bestcovery on Twitter
4)  Like HSUper Parents on Facebook
5)  Follow @hsuperparents on Twitter
6)  Follow me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
7)  Subscribe to my blog via email (right sidebar)
8)  Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed (right sidebar)
9)  Grab my blog button (right sidebar)
10) Post this giveaway on your blog to link back (comment with link to your post)
11) Post on your Facebook wall the following:  I just entered $5 GC Amazon.com Giveaway on HSUper Parents' blog! (12/6) http://bit.ly/brjXra
12) Tweet this giveaway (one entry only).  Use the following:  RT @hsuperparents #Giveaway #Win $5 GC Amazon.com! (12/6) http://bit.ly/brjXra Pls RT!

(MAXIMUM 12 ENTRIES TOTAL)

Giveaway open to residents of US only and ends on 12/06/2010 at 11:59pm PST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck! 

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post by Bestcovery.

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 11/19

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Guest Post by Emily Jones - 9 Ways In Which You Can Show Your Love To Your Children

Guest post by Emily Jones
 
It is very important to build a healthy parent child relationship.  For that you need to show your love as a parent to your children.  Actually, it is essential for you to let your child know that you love him and her.  There are effective ways to show your love and care to your child.  Parental love is the world’s greatest feeling and is precious. 
 
Ways to show your love
The different ways in which you can show your love as a parent are:
1. Directly let your child know how you exactly feel about him or her and how much you love him/her.

2. Spend time with your child. It is important that you find time from your everyday work so that you can give time and attention to your child. 

3. Take steps to make your child feel safe. You should try to comfort your child when he/she feels scared. 

4. You should also try to provide your child with the things that he/she needs. Through this your child will be able to realize that you really love him/her. 

5. Attend the activities your child is taking part in, and the other school days like parent-teacher events, functions, fests, and other performances. It is essential to show your child that you are there for him/her. 

6. It is also essential for you as a parent to provide your child with wholesome food. It helps in better growth of your child. It is way to show that you are giving attention to your child. 

7. Praise your child on any of his/her achievements. Encouragement helps in the proper development of the mind. Thus, you should praise and encourage your child. 

8. Help your child with his/her studies. This makes him/her feel special. Your child will also realize that you are giving him/her the required attention. 

9. Talk to your child and solve his/her problem. You should try to take care of the problem from the very first. 

In addition to the above ways to show your love, you should also listen carefully to whatever your child wants to share with you.  This will show that you are interested in what your child has to say. 
 
Description: Learn the ways in which you can show your love to your children.  It is important that you convey your love to your children.   It helps in the better mental growth of your child and he/she also grows up to be a loving and caring individual.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 11/12

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Whole Foods Market - Holiday Tasting

As frantic home cooks prepare to dazzle their guests on Thanksgiving Day, Whole Foods Market has the tools you need to be a star in the kitchen this holiday season.  

For tips on how to avoid a turkey-mishap on the big day, check out our online turkey tips at wholefoodsmarket.com including:
      • A Bird for Every Budget – Organic? Kosher? Heritage? Brined? Fresh or frozen? Learn the differences and how to choose the best bird for your buck.
      •  Cooking the Perfect Turkey – Discover tips on foolproof preparations, brining, stuffing and how long you really need to cook the bird.
      • It’s All Gravy Master homemade gravy once and for all.
      • Carving: Man vs. Turkey – Carving the Thanksgiving turkey can be a daunting endeavor; watch step-by-step instructions and learn tricks of the trade.
      • Making Magic with Leftovers – Turkey tetrazzini, turkey noodle soup, turkey pot pie, turkey and roasted vegetable quiche are just a few of the recipes we’re sharing.
As you search for wines to pair with your meal, Whole Foods Market unwraps is hosting their first ever Twitter Tasting on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. ET.  Their national co-wine buyers will taste and tweet about six holiday wines and offer suggested pairings for your meal.  For more information about the Twitter Tastings, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wine, or follow them on Twitter @wfmwine.

Want to do some tasting of your own?  Your local Whole Foods Market is hosting a Holiday tasting of meats, sides and desserts that it will be offering this season on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.  Enjoy the feast and find inspiration for your own at your local Whole Foods Market.

Whole Foods Market - Medium-Sized, Tail-On Cooked Shrimp for $5.99/lb (11/12 Only)

Whole Foods Market has a holiday deal in the seafood department that is sure to make you the host with the most.   This Friday, Nov. 12, all of their stores will be offering medium-sized (31/40), tail-on cooked shrimp for $5.99/pound – that’s half off the everyday price!  This one-day-only sale has a limit of 10 pounds per shopper and is available in the fresh case or in 2-pound bags of individually-frozen shrimp.

Not only are their shrimp raised to the highest standards in the industry—theirs--but they are a great solution for everyday meals and easy entertaining.  Tail-on shrimp make great cocktail dippers, can be easily blended into a shrimp dip and served with crudit├ęs, or steal the show atop a creamy risotto, garlicky pasta or hearty jambalaya

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

GIVEAWAY - $25 GC Organic Baby Gift Boutique! (CLOSED)



Organic Baby Gift Boutique is a destination shop that offers a full range of eco-friendly and organic baby products.  You can never go wrong with giving a baby gift made from certified organic materials.  Parents really appreciate organic items for their children.  The boutique also offers an easy to use gift registry where you may add all the organic products that are safe for your baby.  If you can't decide on what to give, you may purchase gift certificates for $25, $50, $75, or $100 and may be mailed to the recipient.  At Organic Baby Gift Boutique, there are plenty of quality organic gifts to choose from.


The Soy Organic Buddha Onesie and Pant Set - Four Square Blue is a unique and trendy outfit being that it features an exclusive printed design.  It is made from 100% soy organic cotton and is free from formaldehyde and AZO.  The snaps on the pant that run on the inside of the legs allow for easy access for diaper changes.  I love how the kimono style onesie is outlined with a blue trim, which brings out the design.  The onesie and pant set is available in sizes 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, or 18-24 months.

Baby Hsu is definitely styling with another fashionable outfit added to his wardrobe.  Organic Baby Gift Boutique is a wonderful place to shop at for adorable eco-friendly baby products for your children and for others (HSUper Parents-Approved)! 

BUY IT!  The Soy Organic Buddha Onesie and Pant Set - Four Square Blue may be purchased for $36.00 at Organic Baby Gift Boutique.

WIN IT!  Organic Baby Gift Boutique has generously offered $25 gift certificate to their store to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry (please leave a comment for each entry done and remember to leave your email if it's not already in your profile):

1)  Follow me publicly via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar - comment with name if different from your profile name) and visit Organic Baby Gift Boutique commenting on your favorite item.  MUST complete mandatory entry or will be disqualified (i.e., GFC follower (HSUper Parents) and my favorite is the Soy Organic Buddha Onesie and Pant Set - Four Square Blue).

Additional Entries (1 entry each):

2)  Like Organic Baby Gift Boutique on Facebook
3)  Follow @OrganicBabyGift on Twitter
4)  Subscribe to Organic Baby Gift Boutique's newsletter
5)  Follow Organic Baby Gift Boutique's blog publicly via Google Friend Connect
6)  Like HSUper Parents on Facebook
7)  Follow @hsuperparents on Twitter
8)  Follow me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
9)  Subscribe to my blog via email (right sidebar)
10) Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed (right sidebar)
11) Grab my blog button (right sidebar)
12) Post this giveaway on your blog to link back (comment with link to your post)
13) Post on your Facebook wall the following:  I just entered $25 GC Organic Baby Gift Boutique Giveaway on HSUper Parents' blog! (11/30) http://bit.ly/9h4apw
14) Tweet this giveaway (one entry only - no daily tweet).  Use the following:  RT @hsuperparents #Giveaway #Win $25 GC Organic Baby Gift Boutique! (11/30) http://bit.ly/9h4apw @OrganicBabyGift #apparel #toys Pls RT!

(MAXIMUM 14 ENTRIES TOTAL)

Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada and ends on 11/30/2010 at 11:59pm PST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck! 

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 11/5

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky.


 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tommee Tippee Fall Blog Tour - Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set Review


Tommee Tippee is recognized as the #1 infant and toddler feeding brand in Great Britain.  Since 1965, Tommee Tippee has earned a reputation for its innovative products that promote natural development at every age, stage, and feeding need.  Tommee Tippee is known for their two lines - Closer to Nature and Explora.  Closer to Nature baby bottles and accessories focus on the infant feeding market.  Explora toddler feeding cups and mealtime accessories is designed to help children learn how to wean.

Tommee Tippee's Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set, from their Closer to Nature line, is a handy item to have when traveling with tots.  The set, BPA- and phthalate-free, comes with a thermal flask that conveniently fits in the matching carafe.  It's great for on the go feeding because no electricity is needed.  The thermal flask keeps the water warm, which may be poured into the warming carafe to heat up bottles or jars.

Tommee Tippee products are available exclusively at Babies R' Us and Toys R' Us in stores nationwide and online at BabiesRUs.com.  The Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set may be purchased for $19.99. Follow Tommee Tippee North America on Facebook and @TommeeTippee_NA on Twitter for current promotions and updates.

Baby Hsu will definitely appreciate the warm milk and food when Mommy totes along the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set (HSUper Parents-Approved)!  

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I received products free from Tommee Tippee and I am a reviewer for the Mom Bloggers Club.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Upholstered Headboards from CSN Stores

When Hubby and I were shopping for our first bed after purchasing our first house, we were debating between wooden headboards versus upholstered headboards.  Since we have purchased a wooden headboard for the bed in the guest room, we decided we wanted something different for our master bedroom.  Thus, we purchased a simple earth-toned upholstered headboard and frame for our king size bed.  The great thing about upholstered headboards is that you can match almost any color piece of furniture (night stands, dresser, etc.) with it.  We ended up matching espresso colored night stands and dresser with our bed.  


CSN Stores 200+ online stores carry a wide selection of upholstered headboards, from traditional to contemporary styles.  For our next upholstered headboard, I would consider the headboards from CSN Stores pictured above.  Well, I don't think Hubby would appreciate the floral upholstered headboards, but I'm sure he'll agree with the others.  My favorite would be the Global Views Quilted King Size Bed with Ivory Leather Headboard because it's very chic and modern. 

Disclaimer:  This post was written in anticipation of an upcoming review for CSN Stores.