Sam´s Club Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies

For the Independence Day holiday this year my husband and I welcomed his family and some friends over for dinner and movies. It was an awesome time hanging out and just relaxing at home.

Well mostly relaxing. We did spend a bit of time preparing the food. My husband was the grill master as always preparing some Bar B Que Chicken, Roasted Corn and of course Hamburgers. I was in the kitchen making some mean mashed potatoes, pork and beans and brownies.

Okay so I admit it, I didn’t actually bake brownies. Curiosity of My Blog Spark and Pillsbury I was provided with a gift pack and a gift card to Sam’s Club and was able to pick up a great holiday dessert for the family. With a taste as delicious and authentic as if you baked them at home, Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies are a blend of 3 types of cocoas with real chocolate syrup and milk chocolate chunks to make a delicious fudge brownie—they’re the perfect solution when you’re pressed for time like I was.

Along with my coupon for the brownie tray I also received a cake decorating kit to add personal flair to my brownies. While that process didn’t turn out as smoothly as I had hoped, it was fun trying.

Well everyone loves brownies but not everyone loves to bake so if you would like to win a brownie pack of your own we will provide you with a Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies gift pack that includes $25 Sam’s Club gift card to use to purchase the brownies, frosting, and a large container for transporting the brownies. Also, when purchasing Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies at Sam’s Club, you have the chance to support your local school with Box Tops for Education. Each package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies has 6 Bonus Box Tops that can be redeemed to earn cash for the K-8 school of your choice.

For a chance to win leave a comment below with the details of your favorite brownie recipe. Don’t like brownies, let me know your favorite holiday dessert. Please be sure to leave a valid email address just in case you are chosen as a winner so I can contact you.

A winner will be chosen on Saturday, July 17 using random.org. Good Luck!!!

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eBook Survey and Free Starbucks

As you may have heard me mention before this year I have been inspired to write my very first eBook for mothers. With much help, love, patients and assistance from my family – I have thankfully been able to start and get a good amount of the book completed. I have been getting most of my writing done during  my much needed Mommy Time at Starbucks the past few weeks.

Well I have reached a point in the book that I now need your help. It would mean so much if each of you could take the next five to ten minutes to help me complete this book by filling out the survey I have prepared. This survey touches on topics that are discussed heavily in my book.

Find Parenting Survey Here

This project can not be completed with your help and to show my appreciation all who complete the full survey and leave a comment on this blog post will be entered to win a fifty dollar ($50.00) gift certificate to Starbucks. Even if you don’t enjoy coffee, they have other beverages, pastries to enjoy along with some pretty cute mugs.

Here are the rules.

1) Enter and complete my Parenting Survey found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HTH7GCQ you must answer all questions, with valid responses. Due to the content of the questions you must have had at least one child to participate. Be sure to include your name and email so I can connect it back to this blog post.
2) Return to this blog post and leave a comment letting me know that have completed the survey and would like to participate. Completing the survey alone does not constitute an entry. Be sure to leave the same name and email addressed used during the survey so I can connect you to the responses.

You can only complete the survey once. Completing multiple surveys will not increase your chances. However for extra entries you can do the following:

  • Tweet about this contest and survey then leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
  • Post this on your facebook page and again leave a comment with the link to the post.

The survey will be closed on August 1 when all responses will be collected and a winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Purex Saves Green $20,000 Giveaway

Purex has a new line of green Natural Elements products geared toward the families who want to do their best to use safe chemical products in their homes. They have a few products included in their line up:

Purex® Natural Elements™ Liquid Detergent

  • Naturally sourced cleaning ingredients
  • 95% natural
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic and free of dyes

Purex® Liquid Fabric Softener

  • Biodegradable softening ingredients
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of dyes

Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets

  • Less packaging than traditional bottles
  • Less weight since no added water
  • No waste due to no spills or messes
  • Hypoallergenic*

I am intrigued an interested to see just how well these products really work. I have to be honest and say I haven’t had the chance to try them yet so I can’t tell you much about it yet. But I can tell you that for the month of April they are giving one lucky family the chance to win $20,000.00 in a Green Home Makeover. I have already entered … so should you.

Free Cookie Alert!

I just love sharing free stuff with you. This time it is a sweet treat!

Nabisco has great savings and offers for free cookies each Monday in March. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/nabiscocookies and become a fan of Nabisco cookies. Starting March 1, there will be a new savings offer posted every week for a free package of Nabisco Cookies (when you purchase a package of Nabisco cookies and a gallon of milk).

This information is brought to you free and clear from our friends at TwitterMoms.com.

Who Needs A Purse Organizer? Giveaway

I can not remember the last time I have used a real women’s purse. Right now … and I bet for the next couple of years my diaper bag will have to double as a purse. But even my diaper bag is a hot mess some times. With all the needed diaper bag essentials plus my daily purse items the bag is always a jumbled mess. Until this week. @modernmami has felt sympathy for my disorganized purse dilemma and has gifted me with a Joey Junior Purse Organizer.

It is a fast easy way to organize your purse/diaper bag/hand bag/laptop bag whatever you are currently using for your everyday needs.

Here are some stats on the organizer.

  • Visible, Removable and Transferable! Organize any standard or over-size handbag. (Measures 5″ x 26″)
  • Keep everything visible and accessible.
  • Velcro keeps the Organizer upright, making changing handbags easier!
  • Slip items easily in and out of pockets.
  • 6 pockets will hold your cell, PDA, cosmetics, and other items. Joey Junior provides a special pocket for business cards!
  • Secure your keys with the handy key clip & tether.
  • Soft fabrics protect eye-wear against scratches.
  • Choose a favorite color/pattern in Classic Fabric or Luxury Ultra Suede.

You likey?

I will send one lucky reader their own purse organizer so they can get a grip on their personal bag of choice. Here is how you can win one.

  1. (Mandatory Entry) Check out http://www.joeyjunior.com/ and look around at their different purse organizers. Let me know which one you like by leaving a comment here.
  2. For one (1) extra entry follow me on twitter (@pchanner) and tweet about this contest. Leave me another comment with you tweet link.

Contest will end at midnight on Friday, February 26 and a winner will be chosen using Random.org on Saturday, February 27. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if chosen. Good Luck and get organized!

disclosure: I received the Joey Junior Purse Organizer from www.modernmami.com to use, review and give away.

BeNice Prenatal Drink

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a healthy and delicious beverage specially made for moms-to-be?

Something that wasn’t loaded with sugar or caffeine or artificial sweeteners?

Something that tasted good AND was good for you?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then Be Nice has what you need. Be Nice is a vitamin drink mix with DHA and is an excellent hydration choice for pregnant and/or nursing women. Cynthia Lin (@beniceprenatal) Director of Marketing and Proud Mom of Matthew and Kara of Be Nice was kind enough to provide an opportunity for me to try out 4 sample packets of their On the Go Packets of prenatal vitamin mix.

Be Nice is made from natural, good for you products, with DHA which supports brain development in babies, and is plant-based and sustainable. There are no artificial sweeteners; instead they use natural, plant-based Stevia. So it’s better for moms-to-be and their babies.

The Benefits of Be Nice

HYDRATION REALLY MATTERS. Hydration is especially important for pregnant women, as dehydration is linked to uterine contractions that can trigger preterm labor. It’s also essential for nursing moms who want to maintain their milk supply. Be Nice is a fantastic way to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

THE ESSENTIALS. Be Nice is formulated with vitamins that are essential for moms-to-be and their growing babies, including folic acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects, and calcium and iron, which can become depleted during pregnancy.

WHAT A BRAIN. Another essential for babies is DHA, a building block of the brain. Research has found that DHA plays a crucial role in supporting neurological and visual development in infants. Be Nice uses life’s DHA, which is plant-based and free from mercury, ocean-borne contaminants and hexane. (It’s also free of fishy aftertaste-yuck!)

IT’S ALL GOOD. Be Nice is made with the highest quality all-natural ingredients and contains no artificial flavorings, sweeteners or preservatives. It’s sweetened with Stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the stevia plant.

SO MUCH EASIER. Since the vitamins in Be Nice are portioned to be taken throughout the day, they are easier to swallow and digest, and your body is better able to absorb and utilize the nutrients. Be Nice is a great alternative for women who suffer from severe morning sickness and have difficulty taking bulky prenatal multi-vitamins.

BONUS HEALTH POINTS. Be Nice is wheat and gluten-free. Hooray!

I wan to give my honest first impression of the drink. When I mixed it I used my re-usable water bottle that I have with me all the time for water. I just added this mix to it and had it on the go. At first I thought it was very strong. Strong with flavor, and a vitaminy taste. And then I couldn’t get the taste out of the bottle for like a week, even after washing it every day.

How did I solve my problems:

I used half of the mixture for recommended serving instead of the whole mixture. I have been drinking water so much lately that I end up diluting everything so this could just be a problem with me. But it really worked out nice because then I got to have 2 drinks worth out of one serving. Also, although I am not a fan of purchasing bottled water, I got a 6 pack of bottled water and used those instead of my own water bottle so the taste didn’t linger longer then I desired.

Overall I recommend it for anyone who is pregnant or nursing and does not like to take pills and/or looking for good motivation to help you stay hydrated.

Are you pregnant or nursing and want to try out the Be Nice On the Go drink for yourself? Two lucky readers will have the chance to get a full box worth. They come in two different flavors, lemon and berry. All you have to do is …

1. Leave a comment below us know what your experience you have had with prenatal vitamins, drinks, shakes, teas etc. Good, bad, indifferent???

For extra entries you can …

2. Tweet about the contest including my tweeter name (@pchanner) and leave a comment with your tweet link.

3. Follow myself (@pchanner) and Cynthia Lin (@beniceprenatal) on twitter.

The contest will end on Friday, February 19 at Midnight. A winner will be chosen using random.org on Saturday, February -20. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so winners can be contacted.

Baby-Everywhere: Keeping You Organized and Baby Safe

You just spent nine to ten months worrying about the little life that was being formed inside your body. Constantly checking for little movements, always anticipating hearing the little heart beat, double checking that everything that you eat is safe for both you and more importantly the baby. Now the baby is here and you can relax … HA Yeah Right!

Now you worry even 10 times more then you did before. Is the baby breathing? What happens if there is a fire? Is the car seat set up correctly? Is my home baby proofed enough? Is she breathing right? Did I leave all the information that the babysitter needed? Really … this is the 8th time checking if he was still breathing and he’s only been asleep for 30 minutes.

It is amazing sometimes that new moms ever leave their homes with all the dangers, and what if’s roaming around in this big scary world. What would really help is if we had something that could help us be organized, inform us some safety precautions and help us be more baby safe.

Baby-Everywhere has just the right products to help us out. Baby-Everywhere is an easy-to-understand and instantly ready-to-use line of products. It is based on advice from pediatricians, emergency medicine physicians and nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, child safety seat installers, and other experts. It is recommended by the America an Academy of Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Planet.com. The information in all Baby-Everywhere products is translated into Spanish. They are the first of their kind to be offered by Target.com and Amazon.com

I was fortunate enough to  have  received a few of the Baby-Everywhere products to review and give away to my faithful readers. There are two items available.

Safe Baby Organizer: http://babyeverywhere.com/safe-baby-organizer.php

Safe Baby Kit: http://babyeverywhere.com/safe-baby-kit.php

In order to be entered to win please

1. Go to the Baby-Everywhere website and check out their products. Come back and leave a comment letting me know which item is your favorite and in what ways it would help your family. (*be sure to leave which one out of the two products you prefer so I know which one to reserve if you win).

For extra entries you can.

2. Tweet about the contest and leave another comment with your tweet link.

3. Follow both myself (@pchanner) and (@babyeverwhere) Florence Weiner – Owner of Baby Everywhere on twitter.

This contest will end on Friday, January 22 and two winners will be chosen using random.org on Saturday, January 23. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if you are a winner.