12/28/2009

General Mills Cereal Health and Wellness


General Mills

Listen up cereal lovers! Recently, General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. They have been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets.

Other cereal benefits:

* Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.
* Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child´s diet today.
* More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

If you would like a free coupon, visit here to print your own $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals.

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My family and I enjoy eating cereal and now we can cut back on calories from sugar without the worry of cutting out vitamins and minerals thanks to General Mills. We often enjoy eating Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. You can find many fun and yummy recipes for regular Cheerios by visiting here. We hope you will take advantage of this special offer and start your day off with a wonderful cereal from General Mills.

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Disclaimer: Thanks to General Mills for providing my family and I with product information and FREE coupons for 4 boxes of cereal through My Blog Spark.

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12/21/2009

Win at Parent Reviewers

Parent Reviewers' Mega Xmas & New Year Giveaway

#1 See Kai Run Ends 12/28/09


Merry Christmas

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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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12/15/2009

Savings: Cotton Cashmere Zipper Neck Sweater


Happy Holiday Savings at Pendleton.

What a great deal on a men's cotton cashmere zipper neck sweater at Pendleton! This swearter comes in four gorgeous colors: Tan, Military Navy, Sky Blue and Cabernet. And, sizes from small to XXL. SRV $88 - Sale for $49.99


My husband would love the Harrison Hat in size Large. When my daughter visited from Oregon, she brought him one but she purchased a size that was too large. He wears it out on occasion but he really needs a smaller size. Giggle. 

Why not, check out the other sales at Pendleton?

~GAhome2mom
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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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12/13/2009

Happy Holidays: Jack's Creek Farm


From Collages

Merry Christmas from the Carter family.

We had a chillin' good time visiting Jack's Creek Tree Farm to pick out our Christmas tree this past Saturday, December 12, 2009. Jack's Creek Tree Farm is located in Bostwick, Georgia. We look forwards to going back to enjoy a tour and the "Tunnel of Lights". If you visit there, do not forget to check out Grandma's Christmas Shoppe. We hope you enjoy our pictures.

Happy Holidays,
~GAhome2mom
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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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Holiday Gift Guide Winners Announced 12/13/09

Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Winners

Thank you all for participating in the HGG at Loving Heart Designs. I would like to especially say thank you to our sponsors. The HGG is now officially over at LHD.

* Wholesale Keychains - 3 Winners:

#81 Julie, #46 Hugette E., and #30 Twanda

* Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics Animal Antics... 7- DVD Set Winner: #20 Sarah @Mom Balance

* The Night Before Christmas 2-DVD Set Winner: Kristie #23

* Gummy Lump: Slice & Bake Cookie Set by Melissa & Doug ~ Winner: JanetFaye #26

Winners must send their information within 48 hrs or another reader will be chosen as our new winner.

Thank you and Merry Christmas. :)

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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment and the reviews are 100% my own opinion. Thank you.

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12/11/2009

Oh Plah! Bracelet


Oh Plah! Bracelet

stylish mom, happy baby


Dr. Toy BEST GREEN Product Winner 

the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2009 



Great as a teether! by roundhouse design collaborative
www.roundhousedc.com
www.ohplah.com



Watch Youtube.com Video of Oh Plah! Bracelets
Oh Plah! Bracelets $19.99 +
Made in USA

As both mother and grandmother, I care about the products that I buy for my children and grandchildren. When I first saw Oh Plah! I was excited to learn that they also care about the health and safety of our children.

Oh Plah! was designed by a team of mothers named Caryn Paradis and Jen Pitman. They met while at a play-date in the park with their girls. The mothers began working on a toy for babies and toddler but were at a loss for what to name it until one day Caryn overheard her French friend use the phrase when handing a toy to a child. Oh Plah! means "Here You Go!" She thought it would make a wonderful name for the new bracelet they were working on.

Oh Plah! is both a chic and stylish bracelet for moms to wear to help entertain or comfort their teething lil' ones. Oh Plah! comes in six bright colorful designs with unique names like Simplicity(pink), Energy(green), Harmony(blue), Serenity(white), and Synchronicity(black or brown). I received the Simplicity(Pink) bracelet for this review. Your child can bend it, twist it, roll it, and bite it without any damage to it's shape and will show no sign of wear.

Also, breastfeeding mums can use this product as a nursing reminder by switching from one side to another to remind of which breast is next in an upcoming feeding. Moms will like that is easy to clean with just soap and water. It dries quickly as well. Please, do not put in the dishwasher.

This Eco-friendly product is constructed of medical-grade thermoplastic - non-toxic, bacteria resistant, and free of lead, latex, PVC, BPA and phthalates. It meets or exceeds the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act(CPSIA) regulations. And, it is fully recyclable.

I recommend Oh Plah! to parents, grandparents and caregivers alike.

Visit the link provided, if you would like to learn more about Oh Plah! (Faq's).



~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: I was sent an Oh Plah! bracelet to review from Round House Design Collaborative. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review. Thank you to Chicexecs.com and Round House Design Collaborative.


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Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways

Loving Heart Designs

* Wholesale Keychains - 3 Winners Ends 12/12

* Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics Animal Antics... 7- DVD Set Ends 12/12

* The Night Before Christmas 2-DVD Set Ends 12/12

* Gummy Lump: Slice & Bake Cookie Set by Melissa & Doug Ends 12/12
(See their on going SALE too)


Review from Roundhouse in affiliation with Chicexecs.com coming up...

Also, many book reviews at GAhome2mom blog. ( The One Yer Devotions for Preschoolers 2, Joyce Meyer by Richard Young, Tales of the Heart by Lough, and The Sheriff's Surrender by Davis.)

There will be more reviews of great products coming up in the next week and so on. Several of my sponsors were no shows.  I want to thank each sponsor that has provided great products for our readers to win and super promo code offers too.

Thank you and Merry Christmas. :)
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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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Winner Announced 12/11/09




Sleepyheads Pj's ...

Congratulations to billie the girl #174! I will be contacting you by email shortly. If the winner does not reply within 48 hrs a new reader will be choosen. Thank you all for your participation in the Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways at Loving Heart Designs.

There are more giveaways at LHD. Come on over and sign up for a chance to win.

Merry Christmas,

~GAhome2mom
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com
Disclaimer: Sleepyhead provided a sample pair of PJ's for this review and giveaway. Thank you.
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12/06/2009

Win Nintendo DS Games: Dinosaur or Dragons



Win Nintendo DS games Dragons or Dinosaurs (2 Winners) @simplyandreah http://www.moodymamasays.com/giveaways/battle-of-giants-dragons-dinosaurs/. Ends 12/18/2009.

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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Holiday /Gift Guide: Vera Bradley

Holiday Gift Guide

Check out all the cool Vera Bradley things you can buy for under $25! 

  • Checkbook Covers
  • Hard Eyeglass Case
  • Headbands
  • Lanyards
  • Mini Zip Wallets
  • Wristlets
  • and more...


~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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Announcing the Winners 12/06/09


Holiday Gift Guide

Winners 
 
Congratulations to ALL of our winners! I will recap the past few giveaways and have included the winners for the December 05, 2009 drawing. I used Random.org to make my selections and posted most of the contests at Prizey.com. (gahome2mom)

Please remember to give the sponsors time to ship your prize or to contact you.  Thank you all for participating in the Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaways at Loving Heart Designs.





Winners 12/01/09 (Contacted & Confirmed)


* Fierce Organic $25(#56 Desiree)
* Piggy Paint(#77 Lynn)
* Simple Green Gift Set(#1 cdziuba)
* Love for Christmas CD(Tonya #4)
* Jump Start Virtual 3D Game - 3 months FREE(andrea v)



Winners 12/02(Contacted & Confirmed)


* BooJee Beads Lanyard Dina
* Great Day by Milkshake CD  bebmiqui
* Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck clallen
* Delicious Design Studio Winter Witch & hollowsins (50% off)


Winners 12/06/09 ( I will be contacting you all soon.)



* Child to Cherish: Crayon Apron #20 Terra H.

* Natural Bath & Body Shop #3 sito50

* the Slanket #108 Roswello

* the Studio #2 Whitney

* VAPUR 3 Won: Anonymous #2, Angela #72 and Jamie #19

* Sweet Arts Design #4 bloomerbear

* tinytongs #4 The Dreamer



Happy Holidays,

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Sponsors provide products for these review and giveaways  for free at Loving Heart Designs. Thank you.
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12/02/2009

Wordless Wednesday: Thanksgiving 2009

From Thanksgiving

This is the first time everyone from my husbands family came to our home for Thanksgiving. This is my mother-in-law, father-in-law, along with my sister-in-law and her family. We are missing my two oldest daughters and their families.

~GAhome2mom
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Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gummy Lump

Gummy Lump
Wooden Toys & Building Blocks
www.gummylump.com
1-800-907-8821

Toys That Make Sweet Memories


Slice & Bake Cookie Set by Melissa & Doug




For over twenty years, Melissa & Doug have been creating educational toys for children. (http://www.melissaanddoug.com/) Recently, I received the Slice and Bake Cookie Set by Melissa & Doug to review from Gummy Lump. My daughter did not want to eat her supper because she wanted to hurry back to play with it. The Slice and Back Cookie Set allows for hours of imaginative  and creative playtime. This set comes with 12 cookies, 12 cookie toppings, oven mitt, spatula, knife, cookie tray and cookie tube. It is recommended for ages 3 and up.


Slice & Bake Cookie Set by Melissa & Doug 

I enjoyed browsing the Melissa & Doug catalog sent  from Gummy Lump. They have wooden puzzles, games, mazes, cars and trucks, a deluxe kitchen play center, grocery store/lemonade stand, and many fun accessories for hours of playtime fun.

Be sure to drop by Gummy Lump for more educational, wooden toys and building blocks.
You can shop by age, brand name and much more. You can add gift wrapping and a note to your purchase.


Gummy Lump Special Offers:

PLAY FOOD OFFER: BUY 3 Melissa & Doug Play Food Sets Get 4th FREE!

Thanks to Gummy Lump, one of our readers can win the same product as I reviewed. To enter, please visit Gummy Lump and tell us another Melissa & Doug toy that you like. Remember to leave your email in the main comment.

Congratulations to JanetFaye #26! janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com
This contest is open to the US & Canada only! The contest ends December 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner has 48 hrs. to reply with their name, address and phone number. If the winner does not reply within that time period another reader will be chosen for the new winner.  The prize will be shipped by Gummy Lump. Thank you.

Thanks to ChicExecs.com, an extraordinary PR firm that works with kind small businesses like Gummy Lump.

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Thanks to Gummy Lump for providing a FREE sample of the Melissa & Doug Slice and Back Cookie Set for review.
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The Night Before Christmas...and more classic holiday tales



The Night Before Christmas … and more classic holiday tale
 

MAKE THE COMING SEASON SPARKLE WITH A FANCIFUL NEW HOLIDAY-THEMED DVD COLLECTION FROM SCHOLASTIC STORYBOOK TREASURES!

Just in time for the holiday season, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ presents more than two magical holiday hours of story time fun with THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: SPECIAL EDITION, a value-priced 2-disc set featuring a dozen favorite heartwarming holiday chestnuts!  The 12 colorfully animated tales included celebrate the winter holiday season, with stories about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other family celebrations.  
Narrated by Anthony Edwards, the title story of The Night Before Christmas is based on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem; Santa’s visit on a snowy Christmas Eve is beautifully brought to life with animated versions of Jan Brett’s exquisite illustrations and festive music. Brett’s original book sold more than one million copies.  The DVD includes six more holiday stories, including In the Month of Kislev (adapted from a story by Nina Jaffe and narrated by Theodore Bikel), Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (adapted from a story by Andrea Davis Pinckney and Brian Pinckney, narrated by Alfre Woodard), Too Many Tamales (presented both in English and Spanish, and adapted from a story by Gary Soto), The Little Drummer Boy (with animated illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats) and two Rosemary Wells classics, Max’s Christmas (narrated by Jenny Agutter and Rex Robbins) and Morris’ Disappearing Bag.
The second DVD, The Twelve Days of Christmas… and More Holiday Stories  is new to the Scholastic Storybook Treasures collection. It begins with a rousing sing-along version of the Twelve Days, adapted from the picture book version by Robert Bloomfield. The DVD includes four more tales: Great Joy, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo and narrated by Jane Curtin; The Clown of God, based on the book by renowned author Tommy dePaola; James Marshall’s zany story, Merry Christmas, Space Case, narrated by Christopher Lloyd; and a Chinese New Year story, Sam and the Lucky Money, based on the book by Karen Chinn.

Get into the holiday spirit with THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE SPECIAL EDITION!

Run Time : 124 mins.
Format: DVD/2 Discs
Price: $19.95 srp

My Thoughts

My family and I enjoy watching the classic tales of Christmas and the other special holiday's featured for the month of December, such as "In the Month of Kislev" and "Seven Candles for Kwanzaa". Do not forget that each DVD has bonus stories! The Little Drummer Boy is an old classic too. I so enjoy the stories and illustrations about Max and Morris written by Rosemary Wells. Have fun singing along with "The Twelve Days of Christmas". I still have trouble getting all those straight. Giggles.


Win it!

Just in time for the holidays, thanks to Scholastic for offering one of our readers this 2-DVD set of THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: SPECIAL EDITION To enter, visit Scholastic and tell us which story from the box collections is your favorite. (Both email  and submission request are mandatory to enter.)


Congratulations to #23 Kristie khmorgan_00(at)yahoo.com




This contest is open to US & Canada only! This contest ends December 12, 2009. The winner will be chosen at Random and contacted by email. The winner must reply with name, address and phone number within 48 hrs. or another reader will be picked for this wonderful giveaway. 

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: A special thanks to Scholastic for providing a FREE DVD set of "The Night Before Christmas ...and more classic holiday tales" to review.
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Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics: Animal Antics ... and more!


Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics ANIMAL ANTICS … and more!
SRP $49.95
A Read-Along DVD


 Product Synopsis

Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics - Animal Antics and more!

Treasury of 50 Storybook Classics - Animal Antics and more!
Retail Value: $49.95 *Approx. 8 hrs. total
Age Group: 2 - 8



Storybook Classics has won over 80 awards that include Caldecott Medal and NAPPA Gold Awards. This wonderful collection of stories is packed into 7_DVD’s. You will find classics such as Make Way for Ducklings, Chicken Little, to more recent releases, such as I Stink! And Click Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, with celebrity narrations by Randy Travis, Meryle Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Lithgow.


And  they have Spanish Versions of The Caterpillar and the Poliwog, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Harry the Dirty Dog, Make Way For Ducklings and Owen.


My Thoughts

I enjoyed watching these storybook classics and new releases with my children. My four year old daughter said she likes them all. I am fond of the "Ugly Duckling", "Chicken Little", and "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type".

I like that we can take the DVD's along with us in our car for short or long trips. I am sure you will enjoy watching these right along with your child or grandchild. I think these DVD's would make a wonderful gift for any occasion like a birthday or for Christmas.

Guess what? One of our readers can win this special DVD collection. To enter, visit Scholastic and tell me another box set that you would like. Please, remember to leave your email in the comment.

Congratulations to #20 Sarah @Mom Balance mombalance(at)gmail(dot)com

This contest is open to the US and Canada. This contest ends December 12, 2009. The winner will be notified by email and must reply within 48 hrs or another reader will be chosen as the winner. Please supply your name, address and phone number when emailed. The sponsor will supply the prize. Thanks you.

Happy Holidays,

~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: A special thanks to Scholastic for supplying a FREE set of DVD's for my review.
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12/01/2009

Winners Announced 12/01/09

Congratulations to the following winners at  
Loving Heart Designs...

#56 Desiree won the Fierce Organics Gift Certificate
#4 Tanya904 won the Love For Christmas  CD by Sylvia Fleming
#77 Lynn won the Piggy Paint $25 GC
#1 cdziuba won the Simple Green Gift Set

Each winner has 48 hrs to reply to the email that I send with their name, address and phone number. Thank you all for participating in these contests. And a special thanks to the sponsors.

Happy Holidays,
~GAhome2mom
http://www.lovingheartdesigns.com
Disclaimer: Products reviewed at Loving Heart Designs are provided without payment. Thank you.

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