Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sesame Street Live is coming to Detroit!


Mark your calendar for a musical event like no other—monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the Fox Theatre stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" for 41 performances from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Monday, Feb. 18.

New this year, families can come one hour early to move and groove with some of Sesame Street's favorite fuzzy monsters. Imagine your child popping up in Oscar's trash can or visiting Elmo's World. Don't miss a single picture-perfect moment because you never know who'll make an appearance! The new interactive pre-show activities are FREE with each Sesame Street Live ticket and opens one hour prior to every performance.
Register here to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the opening night!  http://usfamilyguide.com/Sesame_Street_Live/?blogid=1235

Save $3 on Sesame Street Live! tickets in Detroit with this Promo Code:  http://detroitkidsguide.com/coupon.php?bid=10921&lid=13391&dealid=1015®ionid=402

My daughter is going to be so excited!!!! Hurry and register!

Talkback Thursday with MamaBreak!


Each week, MamaBreak asks the same questions of a mom-preneuer! This week we are talking to the owner of burlap & grace. We reviewed burlap & grace HERE, and they even sponsored a giveaway! 

burlap & grace makes some amazing headbands, hair clips, and hats . . . and all at prices we can afford!


1. What inspired you to create burlap & grace?
--The desire to have my own small business. The problem is I have so many ideas and passions that it is hard to pin one down but for now, at this point in our life this fell into place nicely. Burlap & grace is actually a event planning business and while waiting to fill my calender with events I started making hair accessories!!

2. How do you balance work and family?
--- I can not lie..its difficult. On my really busy days I really try to take breaks often to sit and read a book or have a mini picnic with my kids. I even let them climb up and help me sometimes....the key is not to lose focus on the reason you started your business. Mine was and is to be home with my kids.

3. What advice would you give to other women starting their own company?
--Don't give up!!! There are some lows sometimes but the highs are so worth hanging in there! And stay connected with people that you meet..I have met some amazing people through b&g!

4. Who has inspired you most in creating burlap & grace?
--There are so many people that have supported me and inspired me to follow my dreams...my husband, parents, family, many friends but I have to say I have had a couple of really dear friends of mine that have really..I guess I would say "made" me do this haha! One that helped me start up b&g and gave me so many encouraging talks and a few hard ones that set me straight! (gotta love a good friend like that!!) and one friend that has stood by me through many things in my adult life.

5. Is there any exciting news about burlap & grace you want to share?
 -- There will be lots of exciting things coming up with burlap & grace!!! We offer event planning for all types of events, there will be lots of new hair accessories coming up for the holidays and definitely some great deals..so be sure to stop by and "like" our page to stay up to date on what we have to offer!!

So, head over and like burlap & grace and "like" them on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BurlapGrace

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Build-A-Bear Workshop Review and Giveaway!


I am so very excited to share these super adorable stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear with all of you. Build-A-Bear has truly outdone themselves this Holiday season with all the festive new Limited Edition stuffed animals. I am such a big kid and have always loved Build-A-Bear. Before my daughter was born I went out and made 3 different bears for her, unfortunately she hasn't had the opportunity to experience Build-A-Bear for herself yet. I am still extremely excited to share these new editions to the Build-A-Bear family with her and I'm sure she'll adore them as will you!
The first one we'll talk about is the limited edition Merry Mint Pup which runs around $20. My favorite thing about the Merry Mint Pup is her ears. The insides of her ears are a soft red fabric with little peppermints and white polka dots. How cute is that?! (See picture below) Merry Mint Pup came dressed in a satin red and white ruffled dress covered in stripes and polka dots with matching red and white striped shoes, bows, and bloomers. She also came with a mint scented bone which actually smells pretty minty! Other options for the Merry Mint Pup include a stripes & dots leash and collar and a red and white puppy bed. 
The next bear we received from Build-A-Bear was the Limited Edition Christmas Cookie Bear ($20) that came with a vanilla scented sugar cookie. This adorable Christmas Cookie Bear is a sugar cookie color with red and green sprinkled all over her body. She came fully dressed in a candy cane tulle skirt outfit, a red and white striped bow, and red and white striped shoes. The candy cane tulle outfit has red and green sparkly stars all over the tulle part with a red satin hem. The shirt has the word "Sweet" written on it,candy canes in the shape of a heart, and little red and green heart shaped gems surrounding the candy canes.  
These stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear are a great addition to our family! Merry Mint Pup and Christmas Cookie Bear are both are extremely soft and cuddly with minty green eyes. I fell in love with both as soon as I opened the classic Build-A-Bear boxes and I know my daughter will as well. Build-A-Bear has many other festive animals this season and all can be purchased in stores or online. Clothing and accessories are purchased separately but make sure you sign up for their emails so you don't miss a coupon or deal. You can also sign up for their Stuff for Stuff program which rewards you with points that can be used for free gear. Check out Build-A-Bear's Holiday Catalog HERE and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Beary important news and promotions. 
How cute is Rudolph and Clarice?!
Starting November 1, for a limited time only you can get a free Cookbook & Cookie Cutter Kit with a purchase of $30 or more (while supplies last). This includes three cookie cutters, 10 recipes and customizable recipe pages. Starting December 26, you can get a free 2013 calendar with any purchase while quantities last. This calendar features our very own Huggable Heroes, remarkable kids who are doing their part with heart and making a very big difference in their local and global communities. Right now, Build-A-Bear also has the Holiday Hugs Bear for only $5 with a $30 purchase. Hurry in and pick up gifts your child is sure to love!
Build-A-Bear was nice enough to sponsor a giveaway for all of Squashie-Dipity readers. Enter below for a chance to win the Pink Snowflake Teddy as seen below ($49.50 RV)! Good Luck everyone!

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By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/27/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (12/18/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.
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Pandora Blogger Opp!!! Starts Dec. 1st!


Blogger Opportunity

12/1  to  12/20

Come and be part of this awesome giveaway!

I have a Pandora Bracelet but it still needs a little love. I'm obsessed with it though; so obsessed that I went out and bought the women in my life bracelets as well. 


On this giveaway I will be giving one Pandora bracelet size 7.5  (which you can always exchange for a different size).


And

 One Pandora Collectible Cupcake Jewelry Box Ceramic Breast Cancer.  This Collectible Cupcake was giving in 2010 with every purchase of $150 or more it was given free, it's new in original box.

This Giveaway is not sponsored by Pandora or any other company, both prizes are given by me.
 (with permission of my husband lol)

If you decide to buy extra links or to be a host, payment will be use for shipping charges and for futures giveaways. 



Requirements to join

* Free Facebook or Twitter with posting announcement Here or pay the $5 fee.


* Agree to post the giveaway html on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

Please send any Payments:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Thunderstruck Blog App and Giveaway!

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the release of Thunderstruck on DVD and Blu-ray December 4th 2012, along with the Thunderstruck Blog App! Wahoooo!!!!


NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action-packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life! But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season. Are you as excited as I am for this movie? Play the Free-Throw Challenge game below for a chance to win!


Enter below for a chance to win Thunderstruck on DVD & Blu Ray! (All entries will be verified!)
By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/27/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (12/15/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kelly Kits Holiday Flash Sale! Hurry!!!


Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer and are the perfect holiday gift for your creative kiddo!  For 72 hours only Kelly Kits is having a site wide sale where all products are 10% off!  Get your favorite little artist a years worth of art kits or a special gift pack with 5 activities that explore the five discipline of art:  Drawing, Painting, Print Making, Collage & Sculpting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Find the Hottest Holiday Deals With RetailMeNot!


Consumers expect to spend an average of $171 per person on gifts this holiday season, with 25% spending $1 to $25 per person, 28% spending $26 to $75, 21% spending $76 to $150 and 25% spending $151 or more. The biggest online coupon site in the United States, RetailMeNot.com, is your #1 resource for online shopping this holiday season; making sure you, the consumer, stay under budget. RetailMeNot teammates will be working non-stop around the clock to bring everyone the best coupons from their database of 500,000+ coupons from tens of thousands of retailers!

Bookmark the RetailMeNot holiday page so you can easily check back regularly for the best holiday steals and door-buster deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the way through Christmas. Also, make sure you're signed up for the RetailMeNot Newsletter and Deal Alerts for your favorite merchants so you don’t miss out on any awesome coupons or deals.  You won't even have to leave the comfort of your own home or office to score big savings this holiday!
Tips to ensure you have the hottest deals out there:
  • Bookmark the RetailMeNot.com holiday page and check back daily for the lowest prices possible from your favorite retailers.
  • Sign up for the RetailMeNot newsletter and email alerts for your favorite retailers so you don’t miss out on any great steals and deals.
  • According to the survey, 68% of consumers plan to do more or about the same amount of online shopping for gifts this holiday season. If you're one of those people, you'll definitely want to check out the RetailMeNot  tab dedicated to an immense amount of free shipping offers. 
  • If you're a scatter brain like you me then you'll also want to download the RetailMeNot Coupons app for your iPhone or Android to search for in-store coupons.
Get a head start and check out RetailMeNot's Black Friday page and Cyber Monday page; that's where I'll be looking for the best deals this season! In fact, RetailMeNot is the first place I look for awesome coupons and deals all year long! Happy Holiday Shopping!

This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and RetailMeNot.com. All opinions stated are my own.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue


The Abbey Road Sessions by Kylie Minogue is a beautiful rendition of some of her most popular songs from her 25 year recording career. The Abbey Road Sessions takes 15 of her most familiar pop songs and remakes them into beautiful love ballads. Kylie's new album was recorded at London's legendary Abbey Road Studios with her own band and backed by a full orchestra. Flower is the only track on this album that is new and has not been redone. I absolutely love the song Flower because of it's heartfelt lyrics. Kylie wrote the song Flower many years ago during her battle with breast cancer and described it as a love song to the child she may or may not ever have. It's a beautiful song and very touching! 
I honestly fell in love with The Abbey Road Sessions as soon as it started playing. The Abbey Road Sessions has a mix of different sounds including country, jazz, pop, and even some tracks that remind me of music from the 1950's; Kylie's voice especially. You can tell from the second track on the album called, On A Night Like This, that Kylie's voice has matured and blossomed. This is the type of music I like to listen to when I'm all alone relaxing in a bathtub with candles lit all around. 
Kylie has been celebrating her 25th Anniversary in music since early 2012. Throughout her 25 years of being a pop star she has had 60 million global album sales, many hit singles, and global tours. My favorite song of Kylie's was Can't Get You Out Of My Head and I love the newer version of it as well. Check out the music video of her new single Flower below and connect with Kylie Minogue on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news. 
Kylie's new album can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon (deluxe or standard edition) 
The Abbey Road Sessions Track Listing:
1. All The Lovers
2. On A Night Like This
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Hand On Your Heart
5. I Believe In You
6. Come Into My World
7. Finer Feelings
8. Confide In Me
9. Slow
10. The Locomotion
11. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
12. Where The Wild Roses Grow
13. Flower
14. I Should Be So Lucky
15. Love At First Sight
16. Never Too Late

I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.

Spread the Holiday Cheer When You Shop Sears!

I couldn't wait to do this blog post for Sears and Smiley360! I am certainly a Christmas decor nut so this opportunity gave me the perfect chance to get out to Sears and shop for more holiday items. I actually found some inspiration for my Sears project on pinterest (of course) so when I went to Sears to shop, I already had an idea in my head of what I was looking for. 
I asked my parents to come along because they love shopping as much as I do and they both love Sears. I immediately went to the holiday section with my step-mom to look for bows for my project but we both got sidetracked by this amazing smell! We seriously searched all over the holiday section until we found what the smell was coming from. It from was an end cap with paper bags of the best smelling potpourri I've ever smelled! 

Next we headed on over to the section with the holiday bows and found the perfect bows for my Sears project (seen below). Both the bows are the same red glittery bows but they are splendid additions to this project! I had a fun time going through the Sears holiday section and found some pretty neat Christmas collectibles that I will be going back for. My parent's had a fun time shopping as well and we all racked up some nice rewards from the Shop Your Way Rewards program for our purchases.
If you'd like to try this project at home, listen up! It's extremely simple and my family and I had a blast doing it together. All you need is a tension bar or cheap curtain rod, some garland, fabric ribbon, a big bow, and bulb ornaments (and obviously scissors and glue or tape). All we did was measure out the windows so we knew what size bar we needed and taped the center of the bar so it wouldn't slide when we were working on it. We next wrapped the bar with garland and super glued it to both ends leaving about 4 inches bare on each end. Then we tied different lengths of the fabric ribbon to the bar about 4-5 inches apart. Next we slid the little bulbs towards the top of the ribbon, tied them on, then tied the bigger bulbs to the ends. We finished this project off by twisting the big bow on at the center of the bar and voila! The bow I bought from Sears really makes this project an eye-catcher! 
Going to Sears has always been an adventure for me and Sears has honestly given me some great memories. When I was younger, my grandfather used to drag me to Sears every Sunday morning so he could shop for tools. Boring for a child like me but I still enjoyed spending time with my grandfather, although, occasionally I snuck off to play on the escalators. I remember one time, when I was about 4 or 5 years old, my grandparents were doing some holiday shopping and apparently I got bored so I snuck off to the escalators as usual. Only this time, I got stuck. I decided to climb the escalators up the wrong way but couldn't figure out how to get back down so I freaked. My grandfather came to my rescue quickly and we then proceeded to shop some more. Point being, I think there are loads of people out there that have some sort of memory from shopping at Sears when they were children. Sears has been around for a very long time and they will continue to be around so why not start some new memories with your children this Holiday season? Before you head out shopping at Sears this year, sign up for the Shop Your Way Rewards program so you can earn money off towards future purchases.

Check out the Sears Cheer Headquarters for Holiday decorating tips, inspiration, and great deals. When your done there you can head on over the the Sears Holiday Shop to shop for the perfect additions to your Holiday themes (I spent hours here before I went out shopping and found some great ideas for next year)! Enter the Holiday Home Makeover with Ty Pennington Sweepstakes, as well! 

Enter below to win a $15 Sears Gift Card to Jump start your Holiday Cheer Shopping! 

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By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/14/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (12/03/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.
**I recieved this item for the purpose of a review from Smiley360 and Sears. I was in no way compensated for my opinion as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine.**

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Melissa & Doug Trunki Giveaway!

Enter to win a Trunki from Melissa & Doug!
 Perfect for storage, pretend play, and travel! Kids love to pack away their special toys in the Trunki and roll it around where ever they go! The Trunki is available in many different styles to fit each child's own personality. Purchase the Trunki from Melissa & Doug's Terrific Twenty List for $39.95

Enter to win a Melissa & Doug Trunki below!

By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/11/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (11/21/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Our Family Christmas Tree

I wanted to take time to show you all our family Christmas tree. We wanted to start a new tradition this year by hanging our Christmas Tree upside down from the ceiling. Everyone has been asking me what the deal is with hanging it upside down. To me, it just seems like something unique to do but in all reality there really is true meaning behind this dating as far back as the 12th century. 

Some historians believed that hanging your Christmas tree upside down was really the more traditional and meaningful way to symbolize Christmas. As legend would have it, the Christmas tree was originally used to symbolize religious devotion by Christian missionaries that used the tree to explain the religious tenet of the Trinity; God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christmas trees were originally hung upside down to ensure that anyone who saw the tree would know it was not just a floral decoration. Eventually the original meaning was lost and people started turning the trees right side up which brought on the new tradition of the Christmas tree. 

So, there ya have it! There is real meaning behind the upside down Christmas tree. Pretty neat, huh? We are still working on getting the ornaments on the tree because it really is a job with a little 21 month old girl trying to help. 
FYI, if you're going to try and hang your tree from the ceiling, make sure you use really long, thick screws. You'll also want to use a stud finder so your tree's base screws snugly into the studs. 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Old Soles: Fashion For Little Feet


Old Soles are hand crafted 100% soft leather shoes made just for babies and toddlers. All of Old Sole's shoes are made to allow the natural development of your child's constantly growing feet and the stretchable elastic strap in the back helps with that as well. The stretchable elastic strap also makes it very easy to put the shoes on your child and slip them right off. 

Old soles shoes provide the ultimate protection for your child with the breathable leather lining and the padded leather insole that helps to absorb moisture. Their shoes also have rubber soles and are non slip to help protect your child from slipping and foreign objects piercing through.


I am so smitten by Old Soles shoes. The picture above is the pair of the Old Soles my 21 month old daughter got to try out. When they first arrived I was so excited to see that they matched her Halloween costume; she was a snowflake for Halloween so the sparkly silver was perfect! The only thing I was worried about was the size, they seemed to be a little big for her. The first night we went trick or treating I put her Old Soles on her anyway because I figured she would be in the stroller most of the time. What in the world was I thinking? She wanted to walk up to each house all by herself and converse with everyone.  Once I realized her shoes weren't slipping off her feet at all, I let her run around more (with mom by her side, of course). I thought for sure the shoes would slip off eventually but that good ol' elastic strap at the heel of those Old Soles shoes kept them right in place. I love the elastic strap! It not only kept her shoes right in place but it really helps me when I'm trying to get shoes on my little wiggle worm. 

Old Soles shoes seem to be real comfortable for her, safer than most shoes, and much more flexible. I love when I find shoes out there that my daughter likes to wear and are good for her growing feet. Old Soles has many other styles to choose from for boys and girls. They also have a great selection of shoes for those super cute holiday outfits!  I would definitely recommend checking out their website. You may even find the perfect pair of Holiday shoes for your little one! 

Connect with Old Soles on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for latest styles! Looking for a place to purchase Old Soles? Check the store finder HERE.

**I received this item for the purpose of a review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion as they are my own. Your opinion may vary from mine.**

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway!!!


Celebrate the Holidays with Melissa and Doug's “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on Facebook! Every day, from November 6-26, Melissa and Doug will be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their fabulous Facebook fans!

Check out the Terrific Twenty Holiday Gift List now and make sure to enter for your chance to win on Facebook!
Stay tuned for a chance to win an item from the Terrific Twenty list right here on Squashie-Dipity!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Skylander Giants: an Ultimate Blast!

I usually suck at video games but I think it's mostly because a lot of them can't hold my attention for long; Skylander's Giants was a totally different story. I recently had the opportunity to review Skylander's Giants through Best Buy and I literally had the time of my life. I could have honestly stayed all day at Best Buy playing this game but I had an impatient fiance' and sleeping baby in the car. Bummer!

When I first walked up to the game display, I was greeted by an employee who was just as interested in the game as I was. He told me that he has heard amazing things about Skylander's Giants and has seen tons of people having a blast while playing it. Just while standing there talking to the sales associate I noticed the fantastic graphics but I was also very curious about the little special edition action figures and portal of power that came with the game. At first, I thought the action figures were just little extra toys that came with the purchase (kind of like a bundle) but I soon found out that they actually had a special purpose. 

To play Skylander's Giants, you first have to choose your character and place his action figure on the Portal of Power to activate him (so freaking cool!). I chose the Skylander, Jet-Vac, to start out with and quickly killed him off (oops). Jet-Vac is a Sky Baron who sacrificed his wings to a young mother so she could fly her young children to safety. Later Jet-Vac's noble deed earned him some recognition from Master Eon who in return gave him the powerful gift of a vacuum device that allowed him to soar the skies again. Anyway, I killed Jet-Vac in a matter of minutes but one of the coolest things about this game is that I can quickly switch from one character to the next by removing Jet-Pac and placing someone else on the Portal of Power. 

The next character I used was a giant by the name of Tree Rex and he rocked! I breezed right through with this tough guy and kicked some major butt in the process! I love how strong Tree Rex was and how easy it was to crush all his enemies with just a quick swing of his ginormous arms. Tree Rex isn't very fast but he definitely makes up for it in strength and defense. Tree Rex used to be a beautiful majestic tree who lived peacefully in the ancient forests. The Arkeyans later built a factory nearby that manufactured war machines and after many years of Tree Rex's soil being poisoned, he turned into a powerful giant who crushed anything that threatened the natural order of things. 
Tree Rex
There are many other Skylanders and Giants to play with and I tried a couple of them out but Tree Rex was my ultimate favorite. I had a stinking blast playing Skylander's Giants and I know many children AND adults that would love to find this under their Christmas tree this year. Between the amazing graphics and the hilarious tall tales, you honestly can't go wrong with this one. I will be putting Skylander's Giants on my own Christmas list this year so I have something fun to do with all the nieces and nephews when they come to visit, plus it was just too much fun!


    To purchase Skylander's Giants, just visit www.bestbuy.com/giants. You can purchase either the starter pack for $74.99 which comes with the game, Portal of Power, and three action figures or the Portal Owner's Pack for $59.99 which comes with the game and one action figure but also requires Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure to play. Skylander's Giants is available for Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, XBox 360, and Nintendo 3DS and is rated E for everyone aged 10 and up. 

**Squashie-Dipity has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free but the opinions are all my own.**

Get Cook'n With the Cook'n Recipe Organizer!


Cook'n is the #1 best-selling recipe organizer on the market and I am so stoked that I got the chance to review this software. I always have tons of saved recipes on my computer, printed out, or even hand written and it's always such a hassle to find the recipe I'm looking for. From now on, I won't have that problem. With the Cook'n recipe organizer, you can easily enter in your own recipes into the library or upload them straight from a website. I'm still learning about Cook'n because there's so many things this program can do, but I'll give you the basics. 
One thing you can easily do is plan menus. All you have to do is drag and drop the recipes right into the days of the week to create your menu. You can easily plan the right meals for any day, week, month, or year. Cook'n can also help you build your shopping lists by combining the food on your menus and organizing the items by aisles so you aren't running around like a chicken with it's head cut off (I am a nut at the grocery store especially if I have coupons). The Cook'n Recipe Organizer also calculates the approximate cost of your shopping list and converts the cups or tablespoons needed for your recipe into how many cans or packages needed. 
Shopping List

My favorite thing about the Cook'n Recipe Organizer is that you can type in all the ingredients that you already have in your home and Cook'n will search the web for recipes that match. How awesome is that?! I love this idea because sometimes I am just way too tired, lazy, or cold to go to the store just for one meal. Another one of my favorite things about cook'n is that you can easily calculate the nutritional value of your recipes so that you can ensure that your family is getting a healthy balanced meal. Cook'n has over 10,000 food facts in the database so even finding the healthiest brand is a breeze. 

Nutritional Values

With the Cook'n Recipe Quick Fill option you can efficiently organize your own recipes. Cook'n's recipe window looks just like a recipe card and when you start to enter in ingredients, the program uses Quick-Fill editing to type most of the recipe in for you. You can even add your own photos and videos to the recipe! After you have entered all your recipes into the system, you can print out a family cookbook that even has the nutritional values, a title page, and a table of contents! If you'd like to share a recipe instead then Cook'n makes it super easy to send a recipe to a friend or family member with just a couple clicks of the mouse.

Family Cookbook

I am absolutely smitten by the Cook'n Recipe Organizer and I really think it is the most helpful program out there, especially for a mother. For just $80 you can download Cook'n straight to your computer for instant access. Once you have your software installed, be sure to check out their huge database of cookbooks that can easily be purchased and downloaded right to your recipe organizer (one cookbook comes free with your Cook'n Recipe Organizer purchase).

Menu Planning
Connect with Cook'n on Facebook for recipe exchanges and awesome giveaways of things like Kindle Fires, Diamond Candles, Cook'n Recipe Books, and much much more!
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Want a chance to win a Cook'n Recipe Organizer for yourself? Cook'n has kindly agreed to supply one lucky reader with their very own Recipe Organizer download, an $80 value, so hurry and enter below! Good Luck! 

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By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at sponsors discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:01am EST (11/06/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (11/20/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.
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Wholly Guacamole Stocking Stuffers!



Wholly Guacamole® brand tshirts for saleGreat Stocking Stuffers!

$10 plus shipping and receive a FREE Wholly Guacamole coupon with each order!
- 100% cotton preshrunk white tshirt 
- Available in both child and adult sizes
- White tshirt
(front) Wholly Guacamole Logo
(back) Friends Don't Let Friends Double Dip

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friends Prize Pack Giveaway!

Celebrate the release of Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set which will be available on November 13th 2012! Want to win a Friends prize pack? Just play the 30 Days of Friends: Trivia Challenge and the Mashup Clip Countdown! For the Trivia Challenge, come back everyday to earn a different Friends character badge, unlock hidden badges, and earn awesome Friends content along the way.  
With the Mashup Clip Countdown, you'll relive all your favorite Friends moments in these fun clips.  Each week a new clip will be unlocked. 

The Friends prize pack includes two oversized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one on Monica’s door (seen below).

To Play: 
1) Enter each week by posting in the comments section your favorite moments from the Mashup Clip Countdown as the new videos get unlocked!

2) Take the Which Friend Are You Most Like quiz and post your results in the comments section.

3) Tweet with the hashtag #FRIENDS and tell the world how excited you are for the upcoming release! Leave a link to your tweet in the comments section.

4) Like Squashie-Dipity on Facebook for an extra entry. Leave a comment while you're there! 

5) Follow Squashie-Dipity on Twitter and post in the comments section that you are following for an extra entry. 

Good Luck and Have Fun!!!



By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your name publicized if you are a potential winner. Winner will be contacted via email upon ending of this giveaway within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. All prizes will be awarded at Warner Bros. discretion. Giveaway will start at 12:00am EST (11/02/2012) and end at 11:59pm EST (11/30/2012). Number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY and VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of the US.