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I love things that have a citrus scent. Apparently I need the energy! But I loathe overpowering, chemical scents. My favorite scents include grapefruit, orange, and lemon.

Having nice scents about as you work in the kitchen is important to me. I have a few soaps I enjoy using, and in fact one I already liked was the Seventh Generation dish liquid with lemongrass.

Seventh Generation has just released some more scents in their natural dish liquid line. I really like how well they bubble up and the gentle fragrance in the ones I tried. We actually used some in a Homeschool volcano experiment and got the best fake, bubbly lava ever. (And it smelled so good).

  • Seventh Generation’s new natural dish liquid contains only essential oils and botanical extracts, and delivers real cleaning power.
  • With authentic ingredients like lavender from the fields of Drome in the foothills of the Alps, clementines from sunny Calabria and lemons from the soils of Sicily, Seventh Generation natural dish liquid is free of unnecessary synthetic colors or chemically engineered scents.

Along with the new dishwashing liquids, I received a Le Creuset Baking Dish and some Twist© sponges and scouring pads. Cool!

The Le Creuset dish was included to help me try my hand at baking something special, to enter the Seventh Generation Contest. I enlisted Nick’s help for this, as he’s the true baker around here.

So, here are the rules:

share a recipe that incorporates any of the ingredients in the dish liquid varieties found here, seventhgeneration.com/scents (e.g. orange, mint, ginger, etc.). Include before and after photos and/or videos of the provided baking dish to display your recipe creation and the results of using Seventh Generation natural dish liquid for cleanup, and your post could be featured on the Seventh Generation Facebook page or in the Seventh Generation Nation online newsletter!

Nick came up with an awesome idea: apple pie bars with ginger. The kid is brilliant! You can see his creation above. I actually dumped out his bars and cleaned up and proceeded to make macaroni and cheese in the pan.

You can enter too!

Enter the “Nature Makes Perfect Scents” sweepstakes at seventhgeneration.com/scents and you can have the chance to take a trip for two to visit one of the sourcing sites of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid fragrance ingredients. Visit seventhgeneration.com/scents to learn more about each scent’s origin.

Win a Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid prize pack! Inside, you’ll find:

  • (4) bottles of Seventh Generation natural dish liquid varieties in Free & Clear, Lavender Floral & Mint, Fresh Citrus & Ginger, and Lemongrass & Clementine Zest scents
  • Premium 3 Qt. 12” x 9” Baking Dish from Le Creuset
  • (2) Twist© loofah sponges and (2) Twist© scour pads made from 100% post-recycled materials
  • Set of 3 organic cotton dish towels

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Yes, I did put my feet on the coffee table. But, shhh...it's just to show y'all my boots!

I bought my first pair of really comfortable shoes about six and a half years ago.

That was the day after I fell down the stairs, at six months pregnant and broke my tailbone.

Ouch. I know. I was so worried about the baby! It was awful.

The day after, my husband pointed out that I needed some stable shoes, not just “pretty” shoes. I was worried “stable” meant ugly. But, I agreed and we went shopping.

Turns out, comfy and gorgeous shoes DID exist! Ever since, I really hate wearing any pinchy or unstable shoes. I know I can find beautiful and solidly made shoes.

Sometimes it is hard to find them. But not so much anymore. And it is so worth it to find some!

I have seen some nice Naturalizer shoes in stores, but had not yet tried them. I was curious about the brand as they felt soft and well padded. Then, recently, I got a chance to review the new Fall lineup from Naturalizer. They have some really nice styles and I chose a fantastic pair of boots, called The Arness.

Leather upper in a dress knee-high boot style with a round toe, Buckle detail at the ankle, Smooth lining, cushioning insole features N5 Comfort System

I feel hot in these things! They are very attractive, perfect for our area in Fall and Winter and oh, so comfortable. I think it is neat you can order online and see loads of pictures to choose from. Nice.

I actually wore these when we went on an impromptu hike this week. No Joke! They felt great. I wore them the whole day. That is unusual for me. I may just get some heels from Naturalizer next time!

Guess What? I get to give a reader a coupon for a pair of Naturalizer shoes!!

Read on and think about which kind you would choose!

“The Official Word:
Kick up your heels, and live it up! With Naturalizer shoes on your feet, there’s no need to choose between comfort and style.

  • Since 1927, Naturalizer has proven that wearing the latest footwear fashions can be comfortable, stylish and affordable all in one.
  • With rich leathers, soft suedes, and beautiful, trend right details, Naturalizer shoes provide the ultimate in style + comfort.
  • Exclusive to Naturalizer is N5 Comfort –five distinctive features that provide flexibility, lightness, balance, softness and breathability in every step—so Naturalizer shoes feel as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning.
  • Available in a broad range of sizes and widths from sizes 4.5 to 12 with narrow, medium and wide widths in most styles. Naturalizer boots are also offered in Wide Shaft so women with fuller or athletic calves can find tall boots with a perfect fit.
  • Backed by research from “Style & Trend” experts, the Naturalizer line offers the influence of current fashion, blended with the enduring style women have come to expect from the brand.
  • Naturalizer offers a variety of styles including tall boots, loafers, wedges, pumps, platforms, flats, booties and oxfords. The fall collection from Naturalizer has something for everyone, with feminine details and styles inspired by a range of classic and contemporary trends.

Naturalizer delivers shoes that make you look good and feel good – always, so you can live your life and love your shoes.”

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Now for the giveaway! Click on More, below to enter via Rafflecopter.

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goldmedal_logoLooking for ways to add more whole grain to your diet?

Simple choices can make a difference, like switching to new Gold Medal® White Whole Wheat flour.

  • Unlike most whole wheat flours that are made from hard red spring wheat, Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour is made with hard white spring wheat. So, it’s whole grain, but with a similar taste and texture to all-purpose white flour.
  • Perfect for family favorite recipes like breads, pizza dough, cookies, muffins and brownies, Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour bakes up golden and has a milder flavor than baked goods made with regular whole wheat flour.
  • Start by simply substituting whole wheat white flour for 25 to 50 percent of the recipe’s flour content.
  • You may wish to add an extra tablespoon or two of the liquid used in the recipe when substituting Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour or decrease the amount of flour by one to two tablespoon for recipes that call for all-purpose flour.

Win a Gold Medal White Whole Wheat Flour Prize Pack!

Prize pack includes coupon for a sample of Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour, Instructions for conversion, Cookie Jar and Recipe Cards

Prize pack includes coupon for a sample of Gold Medal White Whole Wheat flour, Instructions for conversion, Cookie Jar and Recipe Cards

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I have a son who loves running track. It is inspiring to see him lacing up those shoes and taking off!

As parents, it is fun to see our kids using their gifts and enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes it is hard to afford some of the extras that our kids need when they choose to do sports. There are registration fees and equipment…all kinds of expenses. Still, we know it is worth it and we do the best we can.

So what brought that on? Well, I just heard about The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games, and I was thinking that I do appreciate it when companies sponsor activities that support fitness for our kids–so I am happy to share this info with you.

I took a look at The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games website and I saw several open track meets just in our area. You can look up events by zip code and contact emails are provided…it looks great to me.

So lace up your children’s favorite pair of sneakers and get ready to cheer them on at the finish line! To learn more about HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games, and to find a local event in your area, please visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com.

And, I received a HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games prize pack, with a drawstring backpack, visor, water bottle and rubber band shoelace stoppers and I get to giveaway another prize pack!

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More info: “Since 1978, The HERSHEY®’S Track & Field Games has helped more than 10 million children get active and learn valuable lessons such as sportsmanship and hard work. Now in its 34th year, HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games hosts thousands of boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, in nearly 4,000 North American communities. They will compete this spring and summer in track and field events ranging from the standing long jump and softball throw to a variety of running and relay races – and all at no cost of entry. All you need is a pair of shoes.

The program culminates each year with the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games North American Final Meet in Hershey, Pa. Held each year in August, the North American Final Meet hosts 450 outstanding young participants in a fun and exciting, all-expenses paid weekend trip to Hershey. During the weekend, participants tour the world’s largest chocolate factory and visit Hersheypark amusement park, among other exciting activities.

Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and Olympic decathlon legend Rafer Johnson will again return as HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games ambassadors in 2011.

To further encourage physical activity among kids and families, Hershey is teaming up with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect old, worn-out athletic shoes to be recycled into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces, as well as select Nike products. Program participants will be invited to bring used athletic shoes to state and provincial meets, which will then be recycled into Nike Grind. A HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games playground will be awarded to a participating local community as part of the program’s work with Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program has recycled more than 25 million pairs of athletic shoes into Nike Grind.”

Want to win a HERSHEY’s Track & Field Games prize pack?

Mandatory Entry: Tell me what sports your family participates in. Or, Visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com and find a meet close to your family and tell me that you did!

For additional entries, you can:

Leave separate comments for each entry method.

I will choose a random winner on 4/20/11. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments!

I was provided with one prize pack to keep and one to give away from The Hershey Company, as part of the MyBlogSpark program.

cart_busterHave you heard about the Kroger Cart Buster Event?

From 2/27 to 3/12, shop Kroger’s biggest-ever promotion and find the hottest prices around on more than 35 brands, across more than 60 categories from General Mills, P & G, Nestle, Pepsi and Kroger Banner Brands!*

Find these brands participating: Multigrain Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Hamburger Helper, Yoplait, Progresso, Totino’s, Green Giant, Cascadian Farm, Tide, Charmin, Bounty, Pampers, Pantene, Crest, Iams, Febreze, Old Spice, Bounce, DiGiorno’s, Nestle Toll House, Juicy Juice, Coffee-Mate, Edy’s, Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, Hot Pockets, Nestle Candy, Purina and many more! I am really excited to find some deals on Cascadian Farms Cereals!

Visit Kroger.com/CartBuster to participate in their “Deal of the Day” promotion. During each day of Kroger’s Cart Buster Savings Event, be one of the first 1000 people to click on the deal link and receive a free load-to-card coupon for the featured daily item.

You can also also channel your inner superstar and break out the video camera to “Show Us Your Deals!” Post an original video on YouTube letting the YouTube universe know about your saving tips and which “Deal of the Day” you loved

Want to win a $25 Kroger Gift Card to help you enjoy the sale?

For the mandatory entry, Share how you plan to save big on the brands you love at the Cart Buster Savings Event at Kroger

For additional entries, you can:

Leave separate comments for each entry method.

This is a quick turnaround! I will choose a winner on 2/28/11. Giveaway is for US only. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you in your comments!

kroger_3dThanks to Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills/Nestle/P&G who provided me with a gift card, information, and giveaway through MyBlogSpark

*Kroger Family of Stores includes Kroger, Ralph’s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy.

My youngest called the sport bands that came with my selection of Progresso Soups...shortly after, my son called the Roast Beef Progresso Soup.

My youngest "called" the sport bands that came with my selection of Progresso Soups...shortly after, my son "called" the Beef Pot Roast Progresso Soup.

Overall, both kids were pretty happy. I waited a bit, then “called” my soup! I need the low calories. My plans to incorporate more nutritious and wholesome foods into my diet can go out the window during winter when I am cold and just tired.

Progresso has 40 flavors with 100 calories or less—seriously, some of these soups have as little as 60 calories a serving and they taste good. I love to make my own, but sometimes I need some help!

souperyou_tmTo celebrate the New Year, Progresso is announcing the return of the “Souper You™ Debut” contest! From January 3rd through March 16th, you can visit Progresso on Facebook to enter for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City.

This looks like fun! (I entered last year and I plan to again) To enter, you’ll need to do the following:

And, Frugal Savings lovers–Visit the Facebook page to download a coupon for $1.00 off four (4) cans of Progresso Soup.

On the Facebook page, you can even check out makeover videos provided by MyStyle.com and the Style Network. Be sure to also “Follow” Progresso on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Progresso.

On top of all this, I get to giveaway a Progresso Souper You Debut Gift Pack!

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(The pack contains a VIP coupon for a free can of Progresso soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands)

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me which flavor of Progresso soup you’d like to try.

For additional entries, you can:

I’ll choose a random winner on Jan. 26th!

Progresso provided me with free product, information, and this giveaway through MyBlogSpark

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Looking for a cool addition to the baby’s nursery? A way to help your whole family breathe a bit easier and healthier during the long days of winter?

Check this out–Purely Products has released a Healthy Night Light. This is an air purifier inside a night light…basically an LED light with a built in ionizer. The light has an energy efficient long life LED 35,000 hours and cleans the air even when the light is off–it is an automatic on-off light (so you don’t have to do a thing!) Also, the light is cool to the touch an important aspect to me with my young child.

puvhnl1pp_400So, how does it work? The built in ionizer releases negative ions that clean the air, removing dust mites, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, smoke and other airborne allergens. Each one is effective in a room up to 12’x12′.

Health Benefits
  • Built-in ionizer emits refreshing negative ions
  • Cleans the air, controlling pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mold spores, smoke & other allergens
  • Negative ions have been shown to increase levels of serotonin, delivering more oxygen to the brain
  • Great for people with asthma, allergies & pet dander issues

My husband commented that he thinks we have been sleeping a bit easier since we got this in December…with our cat and dog and the fact that I cannot keep up with the dust around here, I figure using this healthy night light in our bedroom is a simple, beneficial little addition. I have it placed near my youngest daughter’s bed and my only complaint is that I didn’t get it in pink! I have a few other Purely Products and I find their items really fascinating–I especially like my handy-dandy germ killing pocket purifier.

The Healthy Night Light comes in cream, pink and blue and can be used anywhere you’d want some low-level light at night: nurseries, children’s bedrooms, seniors living spaces…

There is also a two year warranty. The Healthy Night Light single pack is $19.95, or purchase 2 for $29.95–you can even mix and match your colors.

You can visit the website at Purely Products and interact with Purely Products on Facebook and Twitter.

AND…I get to give one away to a lucky winner!

I want to make this a quick turn around contest as I am late posting this already (I know, I’m usually so perfect. No laughing!) Seriously, I think this is an ingenious product and I would love to have one of my readers win it. So, lets make this simple.

To enter, go “like” Purely Products on Facebook. Come back here and tell me that you did for your entry. If you feel chatty, also tell me what color you’d get:)

I will draw a winner on 1/10/11 (my son’s birthday!!) Good luck.

“This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by Purely Products for this review.”

Happy Holiday Baking!

Heather —  December 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. It is the Season for baking and cookie making and treating!! I hope you are having fun as you plan and prepare all your Holiday treats. I, personally, really enjoy trying out new recipes and surprising my family with unexpected treats. The cake above was our Absolutely fabulous Thanksgiving Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cake…and it was even more special because I did not make it!  My son’s girlfriend brought this for us and it was an unexpected and delicious dessert. (Thank you again, A!)

I think it is wonderful that she is such a good baker–at such a young age. I was very impressed. Anyway, what brought this up was that Blogspark sent me a Bake Your Holidays Merry gift pack, along with info about a new baking site with some great ideas for figuring out your favorite traditions for baking…and sharing!  I am enjoying their ideas–especially the little coconut snowmen!

So, here’s the details:

BakeYourHolidayMerry“This year, why not start a new tradition? With a little help from Betty Crocker, GladWare® and the Safeway Family of Stores, you can keep your loved ones’ hearts and homes filled with holiday spirit and homemade goodness of Betty Crocker. Whip up a plate full of cookies using a recipe from BakeSweetMemories.com and host a cookie exchange. What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season than inviting your friends and family over for a night of swapping cookies, recipes, and memories?

Once you’ve finished baking, share it in GladWare! Glad® food storage products are the perfect solution for preparing, storing and transporting holiday goods. They’re also great for gift giving too, so count on Glad® products to help keep your holiday foods fresh and festive and ready to serve.

For great holiday recipe ideas, how-to videos, and tips for hosting your very own cookie exchange, visit BakeSweetMemories.com. While you’re there, be sure to play the new Sweet Memories game that gives you the chance to instantly win free Betty Crocker products!”

So go check out the baking site & win something! And…

I have a giveaway for a “Happy Holiday Treats” prize pack!!

Your pack will include a package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, a GladWare sample pack and a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s).

To enter, visit BakeSweetMemories.com and then comment here, telling me what you won. Or, tell me your favorite holiday cookie!

That’s it. One easy entry method–I know how busy we all are! Go make some cookies! I will choose a winner Dec. 26, 2010.

Safeway, Betty Crocker, and Glad provided me with the gift card, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark for this review and giveaway.