wordless Wednesday (not really wordless)

Best x-mas present EVER according to my 3-year old! HOURS of fun!
As soon as it's colored in I'll show you the AFTER version.

Monopoly Streets for the Wii review

I'm sure you've played Monopoly at a certain time as a kid or teenager or adult. Isn't this game so much fun?
We love this game and have it as a board game and now thanks to Santa, we have the Wii version of this game.
Lisa and myself actually went out yesterday afternoon to get 2 more Wii remotes so we could play this with the whole family. (Lisa and Abby shared the new pink controller, I know, they have them in pink now too)

  • this game has so many possibilities: you can choose from different tabletop boards like Ice board, Jungle board to 3D City boards like Monopoly City and Landmark City. These ones are amazing as it's like you're driving through the city.
  • every player gets to choose a token: there's several choices and the more times you play you get to buy more options in the Monopoly store. We've played with the dog, battleship, car, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat and iron so far, and some of the characters associated with these tokens are funny. The kids had so much fun! You can also get your own Mii to play in this game, you just have to unlock the person in the Monopoly store.
  • there's different game options to choose from, the classic Monopoly game, short game, speed die...it just depends on how much time you have to play the game. You can play long, short, with different rules,...
  • what I thought was really fun to do was instead of buying a property you can auction a property...my kids got really excited at an auction and ended up paying way more than if they had just bought it,...but the bidding is fun to do. This auction feature adds competitions within the game.
  • Then after you've bought all the properties, the same as with the classic board game, you can buy houses, hotels. In the City version, real houses appear!
We've played this Monopoly game a lot in the last 2 days and I beat my hubby every time! Guess what we'll be playing again after dinner (as he thinks he can beat me with a different token and character, yeah right)? My hubby is a little bit of a sore loser so I can't wait to beat him again!

Monopoly Streets for Wii can be bought at EA and Hasbro for $39.99. It's rated E for everyone.
Have a look at below trailer and see how much fun this game is!
See more Game Videos at EA.com.

"Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Monopoly Streets for the Wii to use for my review. All opinions in this review are mine (and my family's) and they might differ from others. I was in no other way compensated for this review."

Merry Christmas!
See you all back next Monday, time to spend some time with the family! Time for baking cookies, cooking a lovely dinner, lots of games and Champagne!

CPSC recall

CPSC recalls

For more info and pictures on the recalls, please click on the recall links.

giveaways to enter

Hi all,

Here are the links to some giveaways still open to enter, some of them have very few entries.
Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas!!!!
Last week, Family Dollar gave the gift that keeps on giving, awarding the Family Dollar Holiday Dream Dash Contest grand prize winners with a free holiday shopping spree.

The Hayes family of Nashville, Tennessee grabbed as many $5 toys and gifts and other holiday items as their shopping cart could handle, in just ninety seconds, filling up on items that will be donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission. Chondrika Hayes was initially selected as one of twenty-five contest semi-finalists from more than 6,000 total contest entries by consumers nationwide. As a reason for why she deserved to win the grand prize, Hayes highlighted that she wanted to fulfill her nine year-old daughter’s holiday wish to create a winter donation drive that would benefit the homeless...and Family Dollar gave them a festive dash around the store to do just that!

Merry Christmas!

Candy anyone? Candy Land review/giveaway CONTEST CLOSED

And the winner is Misty! I've sent you an email to confirm.

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I'm sure you've heard from the game Candy Land before, but did you know it was redesigned for an even sweeter experience?
About Candy Land:
Travel down the rainbow path on a journey of discovery through enchanted lands filled with sweet surprises around every corner. Create delicious treats at the Cupcake Commons to deliver along the way, participate in a thrilling snowboard race down the Ice Cream Slopes with the Duke of Swirl, take a relaxing train ride through Gummy Hills and climb to the top of Chocolate Mountain. Be sure to make friends with Gramma Gooey, Lord Licorice, Princess Frostine and Princess Lollipop Woods throughout your adventure, as you race to meet King Kandy at the great entrance to the Candy Castle.
Thanks to Hasbro through MyBlogSpark, I was sent a "Party in a Box" Candy Land prize pack. I haven't had time yet (just too many things going on in the weekends to throw a Candy Land party) and with the holidays around the corner this super sweet party will have to wait till the New Year.
Now mind you I almost already have all the things I need for this amazing party.
There will be kids of all different ages at this party and some of Lisa's (my oldest) friends will help with the younger kids.
Hasbro also sent me a Flip camera to post some videos and I can't wait to show you what we have planned for this amazing party!

Here are some of our planned activities so far: there will be a couple of different stations (weather permitting)
  • Rainbow Taste Test: kids will be blindfolded and then they will taste white sugar, lemon juice, orange carrots, green broccoli,... something from all colors of the rainbow
  • Jelly Bean Drop Pass: we'll have a big jar of jelly beans and kids need to guess how many are in. At the end of the party, the kid who guesses the closest gets to take the jar home.
  • Mr. Mint station (if good weather, this will be outside): relay race using spoon and a peppermint. Divide the group in 2 teams and see who will win the race.
  • Licorice Castle: kids can make licorice bracelets, red and black licorice and Cheerios for the beads.
Now I've been thinking of making a cake decorated as the game board itself or make lots of cupcakes that the kids can then decorate with candies, sprinkles, etc...
I was thinking of having the kids decorate gingerbread houses but I'm not sure if there will still be kits out there in January?
The houses will be decorated with lots of candy, balloons in bright bold colors!

And you know what? Abby will be the mini hostess. We found a Candy Land dress for her in Kmart and she can't wait to wear it.

My kids have played this game together and they range from ages 12, 9 to 3-years old and they had fun (my 12-year old would probably preferred to play the older version but she was the referee while playing this game so she had a good time).

One of my readers will have a chance to win a Candy Land board game!
For a chance you do any or all of the below entries.
  • share a memory you have from playing Candy Land
  • share an idea you would have for another station at my party
  • board game cake or cupcakes? Tell me what you would make?
  • follow me on Twitter (leave username)
  • Tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post and have the hash tag#myblogspark in the tweet (once per day, leave tweet link)
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back to this post (10 entries, leave URL)
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The deadline for this giveaway is 1/4/11 midnight PST. The winner will be selected with Random Integer, emailed and announced at this post on the 5th. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 or over.

"Disclosure: I received a Candy Land game from Hasbro, through MyBlogSpark, to use for this review. In addition to the game I received games to give to my party guests, a Flip Camera to tape the party and a gift card for my supplies needed for the party. I was in no other way compensated for this review and there will be another post after we've had our super sweet Candy Land party! All opinions in this review are my own and might differ from others."

Collections Etc. review

Are you still looking for some affordable gifts and/or decorations? Have a look at the following site:
About Collections Etc.:
Collections Etc. is an e-commerce and catalog company that has been selling affordable, home décor and unique gift items for over 40 years now. With the upcoming holiday season and the current economic state, we believe it’s as crucial as ever to offer customers high quality, inexpensive items; most are priced under $19.99 and over 1,500 items are $14.99 or less!

Some Christmas decorations they have with very affordable prices:
These are only a few of their Holidays collection, check it out for more items!

I got the chance to review one of Collections Etc.'s Items. I received the Nonstick Pancake Pan with Holiday Mold.
With this pan, your pancakes come imprinted with fun Christmas motifs. The nonstick pan makes seven silver-dollar-sized pancakes at a time.
Don't they look amazing?
I tried these last Sunday morning and this is one of those pans that you need to try a couple of times to find the best way to use it. I think I had the pan too hot as my pancakes were slightly burned on the outside and we only had 1 pancake where we could see the motif. I wanted to make the pancakes too fast so had the heat on too hot. We will try these pancakes again tomorrow with some hot chocolate in our Santa cups. I'll let you know how they turn out.

Not only does Collections Etc. have lots of seasonal Items, they have things for the home, garden, clothing, toys and even jewelry. There's items for everybody.
You want to stay up-to-date with Collections Etc.?
Follow them on Twitter, Facebook.

"Disclosure: I received the Pancake Pan to sue for this review. I was in no other way compensated to write this post and all opinions are mine alone and might differ from others"

Any New Year's resolutions?

11 days to go and then we're in the New Year! Have you already thought about your New Year's resolutions? I bet you, a lot of you are thinking about losing those last couple of pounds. It sure is on my list as I want to lose my last couple of pounds before I go home to Belgium and England next Summer.
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I've been using Sensa to lose weight and I've lost 53 pounds in total of which 43 with Sensa. There's isn't anything out there that's so easy and really works than Sensa. I'm a true believer and can't help but share the following discount Sensa has going on.

Time saving tips from Bank of America + $50 giveaway! CONTEST CLOSED

Congratulations to the winner of this giveaway!
And the winner is.....

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Timestamp: 2010-12-28 21:03:30 UTC

And the winner is Tamara B. I've sent you an email to confirm.


Five more days to go and then it's Christmas! The only thing still left to do is wrapping our presents. I know, I know, I was going to do it yesterday but the washing took way longer yesterday and today I still haven't done the wrapping. I'll get there, I always do.

Although I think I've got most of the things done in advance I know I'll still have last-minute stress but that's part of the holiday madness, isn't it?

Did you know Bank of America can save you some time during the holidays?
We use the online banking with Bank of America and we love it! There's not really a need anymore to go into the bank, only once in a while I'll go in.
Transferring money, checking your balance can easily be done at home from behind your computer, no need to drive to the bank and do those things there.
Bank of America has lots of tips to save you some time during the holidays and to be honest also during the rest of the year!

Do you have a twitter account? Recently Bank of America set up a Twitter Handle (@BofA_Tips) where they will send out information to help you get the most from your money with tips on shopping, travel and personal finance solutions. Here's an example of a tweet that was send out today:
- shop online @ - you can earn 20% cash back w/ Add It Up®.

Do you want to save some time over the holidays? Here's a couple of them that saved me some time:
  • Make quick and easy deposits: Holiday means a lot of extra work, so eliminate the labor of depositing checks. With Bank of America's Deposit Image ATMs, you simply feed checks or cash into the ATM with no envelopes or deposit slips required. You get images of you checks and a list of cash deposited on your receipt as proof.
  • Save a trip to the bank: Don't worry about making an extra stop to the bank during all of your holiday shopping. Keep track of your spending by using Bank of America's online banking: set up alerts, check balances, and transfer money.
Now the following one is new to me and I'm not sure I'm ready for this (and the fact that my phone doesn't support the apps), I want to share this with you iPhone and iPad users out there.
  • Bank on the go: It's easy to set up mobile banking and secure access to your money wherever you are. Download the mobile banking app and you can check balances, transfer money, pay bills, and locate local ATMs. Sign up for text banking and you'll be able to send a text message to get your balance instantly in a reply.
For more time saving tips and other useful info, check out the Bank of America site.

Are you ready for this? I'm offering a $50 pre-loaded Bank of America gift-card to one of my readers!
To enter for this giveaway you can do any and/or all of the following entry options:
  • What are some ways you get back time during the busy holiday season?
  • follow @BofA_tips on twitter (3 entries, leave username)
  • follow me on twitter (leave username)
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  • follow me on google friends connect (I'm aiming for a 1000 and am not far of)
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The deadline for this giveaway is 12/27/10 midnight PST. The winner will be selected by Random Integer, emailed and announced at this post on the 28th.
This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18+.

"Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bank of America and received a bank of America preloaded gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate. This contest is hosted and fulfilled solely by A latte in the morning"

Gaddy Nipper Crayons Giveaway CONTEST CLOSED

Sponsored by Tomoson.com

And the winner is: Pixie13, I've sent you an email to confirm.

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Timestamp: 2011-01-07 06:34:13 UTC

Are you still looking for some fantastic and fun stocking fillers? Have a look at Gaddy Nipper Crayons!
Gaddy Nipper Crayons recycles crayons and makes them into the most fun new designs!

We received the Cute Lil Lady Bugs for this review.
Each lady bug measures approx. 1.5" by 1.25" and they are honestly so cute.
Not only are they really cute, they are a lot of fun to color and as Abby told me, perfect for stacking!!!

There are crayons for boys, girls, birthday parties, seasonal and lots more...
There's lots and lots to choose from. I can't help myself but to show you lots of pictures. It's hard to choose which one. Have a look around, you're going to love the choices!

Gaddy Nipper Crayons can even make names in crayons!
Sometimes I wonder why I don't come up with these things, how original are these???
Gaddy Nipper Crayons, thanks for letting Abby review these, she loves them!

Have a look at their Etsy store or website for a HUGE selection of their crayons!
They are also on Facebook!

Ok, I can't help but leave you with one more picture!
You want to win the same set of Cute Little Ladybugs as we received?
You can do any or all of the below entries for a chance to win these:
  • head on over to the Gaddy Nipper etsy store and let me know your favorite crayons (2 entries, add the link to the crayon in the comments)
  • follow Gaddy Nipper Crayons on Twitter (leave username)
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The deadline for this giveaway is 1/3/11 midnight PST. The winner will then be selected by Random Integer, emailed and announced at this post on the 4th. The giveaway is open to US residents only. Make sure to leave your email in the comments or have it available in your profile so I can contact you when you're the winner.

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