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Blog Giveaway Roundup – April 18, 2014

Blog Giveaway Roundup

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Blog Giveaway Roundup

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Check Out the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Movie Trailer!

Legends of Oz Dorothy's Return

I have always loved the Wizard of Oz.  I remember watching it on TV every year when I was little. (I am probably showing my age there!)  So I was definitely excited to learn there is a new Oz movie coming out.  If you are a fan of the Wizard of Oz, then you will want to check out Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.  It features an all-star cast and will be in theaters on May 9th.

About Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return:

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

Want to learn more about Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return?  Be sure to watch the trailer below.

Connect with LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN online following the hashtag #LegendsofOz.

You can also find out more by visiting these links

Just a heads up:  I will be having a fun Legends of Oz giveaway for you at the end of the month.  So be sure to check back for it in a couple of weeks.

So tell me…  Will you be seeing Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return in the theater?

Blog Giveaway Roundup – April 11, 2014

Blog Giveaway Roundup

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NeoCell Beauty Supplements for Busy Moms

NeoCell #Beauty Supplements
I have to admit, I rarely have time to focus on beauty products.  It’s not that I don’t like to look good, it’s just that as a work at home mom of 4, there are so many other things I have to occupy my day. I would love to have gorgeous skin, but I just don’t have the time for complicated beauty regimens.  So when I was contacted about trying NeoCell beauty supplements, I immediately thought that was something I DO have time for in my day.  I was sent NeoCell Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews and Pomegranate Extract Capsules to try out.

About NeoCell

NeoCell #Beauty Supplements

Before I get to my experience, I want to tell you a little bit about the company.  NeoCell was started in 1998 by Al Quadri.  After Al experienced a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery, he wanted to recover his lost health and vitality.  During his research, he discovered how important collagen is to strengthening and rebuilding lost muscle mass and connective tissue.  After regaining his health, he wanted to help others experience the regenerative power of collagen.  Thus NeoCell was born.  To learn more about the founder and company, visit http://www.neocell.com/outlook.php.

Before I even tried the products, a couple of things really impressed me about NeoCell.  One is their commitment to the environment.  NeoCell uses recycled plastic for their bottles (sterilized post consumer resin).  Not only does their packaging keep bottles out of landfills, but it uses less energy to produce than traditional packaging and reduces CO2 emissions.  I love it when companies are commited to protecting our environment.

The second thing that impressed me about NeoCell is their work with the Vitamin Angels program.  In 2011 alone, they donated over $30,000 to help provide micronutrients to infants and children in need.

NeoCell #Beauty Supplements

Neo Cell Beauty Bursts

The Beauty Bursts are gourmet soft chews containing collagen type 1 and 3 to help rebuild and strengthen skin, hair and nails.  The Beauty Bursts also contain Hyaluronic Acid which helps promote skin hydration, and Vitamin C which helps boost the actions of collagen.

NeoCell recommends that you take 2 of the chews per day.  I was a bit worried about how they might taste, but I was pleased to discover they are actually quite tasty.  The chews have a pleasant chocolate mint flavor.  (They also come in a fruit punch flavor.) If you have food sensitivities, you will be pleased to learn that NeoCell’s Beauty Bursts are free from gluten, lactose,  and soy.

I have always had issues with extremely dry skin – especially on my hands.  I go through lotion like there’s no tomorrow!  So I was hopeful that the Beauty Bursts would help keep my skin hydrated and would reduce the amount of cracking.  After 2 weeks of taking the Beauty Bursts daily, my skin is still dry but I haven’t had any cracking or bleeding.  So I am definitely going to continue taking the chews each day.  I am hopeful that they will continue to help my dry skin.

NeoCell #Beauty Supplements

NeoCell Pomegranate Seed Extract 

NeoCell’s Pomegranate Seed Extract Capsules contain powerful antioxidants which can help slow the aging process.  In fact their Pomegranate capsules contain 3 times the antioxidant power of green tea or red wine!  Pomegranate Seed Extract can also act as an anti-inflammatory.

I am still recovering from back surgery earlier this year, so I have to admit my main reason for choosing to try the pomegranate extract capsules was for their anti-inflammatory properties.  I have been taking Aleve daily to help reduce inflammation around my injury and would love to be able to stop taking it.  After several weeks of taking the Pomegranate Extract, I have been able to reduce the Aleve I take to one per day instead of two.  I don’t know if that is solely due to the Pomegranate Capsules, but it certainly hasn’t hurt.

So far I have been impressed with NeoCell Supplements and will continue taking them.  To learn more about their other products or to purchase, be sure to visit NeoCell.com.

Disclosure:  I received NeoCell supplements to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation.  All opinions stated are my own.    As with any dietary supplement, these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  These are my experiences with the NeoCell products.  Your experience with their products may vary.

 

Exclusive Justice League Comic Books in Cheerios – Only at Target! #CheeriosComic

Exclusive Justice League Comic Books in Cheerios - Only at Target! #platefullcoop
When I was a little kid, I always loved being the one to discover the prize in the cereal box.  It was always so exciting to pour a bowl of cereal in the morning and have the prize fall into your bowl.  Much to my mom’s dismay, my brother and I sometimes even dug through the cereal box to get the prize! Remember those days?

Well these days, the prize isn’t usually found in the cereal itself.  Instead it is usually found stuck to the inside of the box.  No matter though, it is still just as exciting for my kids to discover that cereal prize nowadays as it was when I was a kid.  If your kids love cereal surprises and are a fan of comic books, then you might want to be on the lookout for special Justice League packaging for Cheerios Cereal at Target.

These specially-marked Cheerios boxes contain an exclusive DC Comics Justice League comic book.  These collectible comic books feature Bat Man, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Green Lantern, and the rest of the Justice League gang.  There are 9 different comics available, so you will want to collect them all!

 

Exclusive Justice League Comic Books in Cheerios - Only at Target! #platefullcoop

These specially-marked Cheerios also have a fun activity for kids on the back of the box.  Be sure to let your kids cut out the Batman mask and Green Lantern badge so they can pretend to be their favorite superheroes for awhile.  Also don’t miss the coupon on the inside of the box for $3 off a Justice League DVD.

For more information on this product and other General Mills Cereals, be sure to visit  http://www.generalmills.com/

If you want to liven up your breakfast with the adventures of the Justice League, be sure to hurry over to Target and pick up your specially-marked box of Cheerios soon so you don’t miss out.  So tell me… Have you seen these in Target yet?

Blog Giveaway Roundup – April 4, 2014

Blog Giveaway Roundup

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Rio 2 Is Flying into Theaters Soon {and a Fun Giveaway!}

#Rio2 is going to be flying into theaters on April 11th.  Jewel and Blu are back for an all-new adventure - this time in the Amazon!
Rio 2 is going to be flying into theaters on April 11th.  Jewel and Blu are back for an all-new adventure – this time in the Amazon!  My kids are so excited to see this as they loved the first one.  Will you be seeing it in theaters?  In case you didn’t see my first post, here is more information about this fun sequel…

#Rio2 is going to be flying into theaters on April 11th.  Jewel and Blu are back for an all-new adventure - this time in the Amazon!

About Rio 2

The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Rio 2 features the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.

Here is a cute music video with one of the songs from Rio 2.  Be sure to show it to your kids!

Be sure to connect with Rio 2 online following the hashtag #Rio2

Visit the Official Website

Like on Facebook

Follow on TwitterYouTube, and Google+

Now for a fun giveaway!

Enter to win a #Rio2 Prize Pack including a $25 Gift Card so you can see the movie in theaters!  The blog #giveaway is open to US residents only and ends April 9, 2014.

In honor of the release of this fun sequel, one lucky A Heart Full of Love reader is going to win a Rio 2 Prize Pack containing

  • a $25 Gift Card so you can see the movie in the theater
  • a Rio 2 Plush and Beach Ball

Entry is easy using the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway ends April 9th at 11:59 pm EST and is open to US residents age 18 and older.  Entries will be verified so please follow the rules :)

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Disclosure:  I will be receiving a Rio 2 prize pack as a thank you for posting this information.  No other compensation was received and all opinions stated are my own.

Pesto Chicken Melt With Brownberry Sandwich Thins {and a Giveaway}

Make a Quick and Healthy Lunch with Sandwich Thins from Brownberry
Since I work from home, I am always searching for healthy lunch ideas that are quick to make.  I recently discovered Brownberry Sandwich Thins and have been really enjoying making sandwich melts with them by topping with some meat, a thin slice of cheese, and assorted veggies and sticking it in the oven until the cheese is melted.  Yum!

Today I thought I would share a recipe for my favorite Pesto Chicken Melt Sandwich.  I can’t wait until summertime when I will have fresh basil growing like a weed in my garden.  I make a ton of fresh pesto in the summer.  When that time comes, I will probably be eating these yummy sandwich melts everyday!

Pesto Chicken Melt #recipe featuring Brownberry Sandwich Thins

Pesto Chicken Melt Recipe

  • 1 Brownberry Sandwich Thin Roll (I used 100% Whole Wheat)
  • 2 Tbs Pesto (when basil is in season, I make my fresh pesto recipe)
  • 1/4 cup sauteed red pepper and red onions
  • 1 thin slice of muenster cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  On the bottom of the Sandwich Thin roll, spread the pesto.  Top with the sauteed onions and peppers and then the chicken.  Cover with the slice of Muenster Cheese then add the roll top.  Bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I usually make a bunch of these up in advance and stick them in the fridge.  Then at lunch time, all I have to do is stick it in the oven for a few minutes.  Add a piece of fruit and I have a nice healthy lunch that just took minutes to make.

My kids have also been using these Brownberry® Sandwich Thins for a quick after school snack.  They love to spread them with peanut butter and top them with sliced bananas.  Yummy!

Want even more recipe ideas?  Be sure to check out

Although I used Brownberrry® Sandwich Thins in my recipe, you could also substitute Arnold®, Brownberry®, and Oroweat® Pocket Thins® or  Thomas’® Bagel Thins® bagels.  Any of these breads would be a great way to fix a quick and healthy lunch without sidetracking your health and wellness goals.  Bread is definitely my downfall.  I love that I can eat these products without feeling guilty!

Arnold®, Brownberry®, and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® & Pocket Thins® , and Thomas’® Bagel Thins® bagels products contain no cholesterol or trans fats.  In addition each serving is just 110 calories or less.   Sandwich Thins, Pocket Thins, and Bagel Thins are all endorsed by Weight Watchers® and contain just 3 Weight Watchers Points per serving.

More Information about these Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Products

All Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls are cholesterol-free foods, containing zero grams of Trans Fat and no high fructose corn syrup.

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls

Weight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®

Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain, Honey Wheat, Flax & Fiber

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Pocket Thins® Flatbread

Weight Watchers : 3 PointsPlus Value®

Flavors: 100% Whole Wheat, Healthy Multi-grain

To learn more about these products, visit The Official Sandwich Thins® pageThe Official Pocket Thins® page, and Sandwich Thins® on Weight Watchers®.  Also be sure to like Sandwich Thins® on Facebook,

More Information about Thomas’® Bagel Thins® Bagels

All Bagel Thins® are 110 calories, cholesterol-free, low in fat and contain zero grams of Trans Fat

Weight Watchers®: 3 PointsPlus Value®

Flavors: Plain, 100% Whole Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin and Everything

To learn more about Thomas’® Bagel Thins® Bagels , be sure to visit The Official Thomas’® page and Bagel Thins ® on Weight Watchers®.  Also be sure to like Bagel Thins ® on Facebook.

With Arnold®, Brownberry®, and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® & Pocket Thins® , and Thomas’® Bagel Thins® bagels, healthy lunch options are endless.

And now for a fun giveaway!

Enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card and Sandwich Thins, Pocket Thins, and Bagel Thins Free Product Coupons.  The blog #giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 4/09/14

One lucky A Heart Full of Love reader is going to win a $25 Visa Gift Card and free Sandwich Thins®, Pocket Thins® and Bagel Thins ® product coupons.

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Entry is easy using the Rafflecopter form above.  The giveaway ends April 9th at 11:59 pm EST and is open to US residents age 18 and older.  Entries will be verified so please follow the rules :)

Have a HoneyBaked Easter and Spend More Time With Your Family

Let HoneyBaked Ham handle the cooking this Easter so you can spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen.
I love big family holiday meals, but I do not love being stuck in the kitchen, preparing the food, while the rest of my family gets to spend time together.  I am always a teensy bit jealous as I hear them all laughing and having a great time while I am busy cooking up a storm.  This year that’s not going to be a problem – thanks to HoneyBaked Ham!

Did you know that HoneyBaked Ham offers everything you need for your Easter meal?  With their slow roasted meats, heat and serve side dishes, and even desserts, HoneyBaked Ham has you covered!  An Easter meal where I don’t have to spend all morning in the kitchen?  Yes please!

This past weekend, I visited my local HoneyBaked Ham store in Centerville, Ohio and picked up everything I needed for a wonderful family meal.  I got a boneless Honey Baked Half Ham, Sweet Potato Souffle, Green Bean Casserole, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls, and a Cheesecake Sampler.

I love that everything is heat and serve, which means I can pick it up in advance and then freeze it until the big meal.  It couldn’t be simpler to prepare.  About an hour before the meal, I popped everything in the oven.  The ham should be defrosted ahead of time, but the sides can all go straight from freezer to oven.

Let HoneyBaked Ham handle the cooking this Easter so you can spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen.

Did you know that each HoneyBaked Ham is smoked for 20 hours?  That is what makes it unbelievably tender.  Their delicious HoneyBaked Ham is fully cooked, so you can enjoy it hot or cold.  We like it both ways, but for an Easter meal, I highly recommend heating it.  When you pick up your ham, they will give you a sheet of instructions for warming it up, which is so helpful.

One thing to note if you want a ham for your Easter dinner…   I called ahead to make sure I didn’t need to order the ham a couple of days ahead of time.  I was told that during most times of the year, you can walk right in and they will have a ham ready for you.  However, if you want a ham for Easter, you will definitely need to place an order in advance.

Let HoneyBaked Ham handle the cooking this Easter so you can spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen.

Now let’s talk about sides…  I wasn’t quite sure what to think about heat and serve sides.  Would they be as good as homemade?   Our favorite was the Sweet Potato Souffle – with just the perfect balance of sweet and streusel topping.  The Garlic Mashed Potatoes were so flavorful and wonderfully seasoned.  And of course, what would a holiday meal be without green bean casserole?  With its creamy sauce and crunchy fried onion topping, the green bean casserole was also a hit.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the heat and serve sides from HoneyBaked Ham were just as good as what I make myself.

Let HoneyBaked Ham handle the cooking this Easter so you can spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen.

We picked up King’s Hawaiian Rolls because the kids love them, but my local HoneyBaked Ham store also had a great selection of artisan bread.  Of course, we had to get some dessert too!  We picked up their cheesecake sampler. With 4 different varieties of cheesecake, there is a little something there for everyone.  I personally am partial to the chocolate cheesecake.  Yum!

So how long does it take to get your HoneyBaked Easter meal on the table?  All the dishes took about an hour until they were piping hot.  The ham requires a lower temperature so we put that in our roaster oven.  The rest of the sides went into the regular oven.

Let HoneyBaked Ham handle the cooking this Easter so you can spend more time with your family and less in the kitchen.

Our HoneyBaked Ham meal was so delicious and so easy to get on the table.  I loved that I could just stick everything in the oven and spend time with my family while it was heating.  Thanks to HoneyBaked Ham, this Easter I will be out making memories with the rest of my family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

Want to order your Easter meal from HoneyBaked Ham this year?

Visit  www.honeybakedforyou.com to find a store near you.

Even better, save some money on your holiday meal!

Be sure to sign up for the HoneyBaked Ham email list to receive exclusive coupons.  I was able to save over $10 just by signing up for their email list.  In addition here are even more printable coupons to help you save on your Easter Meal

  • $5 off Any Size Half/Whole Ham

  • $3 off Any Size Quarter Ham

  • $2 off Sliced and Glazed Whole Turkey

  • $1 off Any 2 Frozen Sides

  • $3 off 3 Frozen Sides

Click here to print the coupons.

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Participating Retail Locations: Forestville, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fields Ertel, Beechmont, Kenwood, Colerain, Florence, Salem, Centerville, Sawmill Road, McNaughten, Louisville, Lexington, Fern Creek, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Superstition, Tolleson, Chandler, Tucson East, Tucson North, Overland Park, Independence, Barry Road, Norristown, Parma, Willoughby, Rocky River, Strongsville, Maple Heights, Canton, Fairlawn, Chapel Hill and Boardman.

 Now for a fun giveaway!

Enter to win a $50 HoneyBaked Ham Gift Card (20 Winners). The blog giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 4/13/14.

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Disclosure:  I received compensation for participating in the Honeybaked Easter blogger campaign.  However, all opinions stated are my own.

Keep That Fresh Laundry Smell Even Longer With Purex Crystals!

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh helps keep your laundry keep its just washed smell for weeks! #laundrytip
I love the smell of fresh out of the dryer laundry.  Unfortunately that smell doesn’t usually stick around for long.  However, I recently got to try a new laundry booster that can help keep your laundry smelling great – even a week later.  Purex Crystals are a fragrance booster that you add right to the wash.

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh helps keep your laundry keep its just washed smell for weeks! #laundrytips

I received a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh to try and have been using it for the past week whenever I do laundry.  These little crystals may not look like much but they pack an amazing fragrance punch that keep your clothes smelling like they were just washed.  I just love the light floral scent.  The fragrance reminds me of sunny days spent outside reading near my flower garden.  After the winter we’ve had, I can definitely use a reminder that warmer weather will eventually get here :)

Here’s some more information about this wonderful laundry booster:

  • Purex Crystals are easy to use – just fill to the line on the cap and then add to your wash water.
  • Purex Crystals help keep clothes smelling freshly washed for weeks, not days.
  • Purex Crystals do not reduce the absorbency of towels.
  • Purex Crystals are safe to use on all types of laundry, including children’s sleepwear and athletic wear.

For more information about Purex Crystals and other Purex products, be sure to visit Purex.com.

 Enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree & a year’s supply of Limited Edition Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh.  Ends 4/28/14 #giveaway

To help celebrate the release of the limited edition Fabulously Fresh Purex Crystals, Purex is holding a fun sweepstakes.  One lucky winner is going to receive a $1,000 shopping spree plus a year’s supply of Limited Edition Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh.  How awesome is that?!!

Want to throw your name in the hat?  Be sure to submit your entry by 4/28/14.

Click Here to Enter to Win

Want to try Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh for yourself? This limited edition variety should available in stores now.  I haven’t been able to find it in my area yet, but I will keep looking as I love how my laundry smells when I use it.  So tell me….  What do you use in your laundry to keep your clothes smelling fresh?

Disclosure:  The Purex brand sent me a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh to facilitate this review.  I received no additional compensation and all opinions stated are my own.