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Wednesday
Feb022011

Hefty Basics Disposable Plates Are a Greener Alternative

How often do you use disposable plates?

I really try to limit it to just a few times a year because I can't help but feel guilty at how quickly my trash fills up when I do use them. And if my trash is filling up faster, I know that the landfill is too.

Hefty Basics Disposable plates are better for the environment.

Recently I had the opportunity to try Hefty Basics disposable plates that are free of inks, dyes and coatings and are biodegradable in home composting! These plates are strong and can hold whatever you are having for dinner. 

"Like" Hefty Basics and Help Plant Trees

image via Arbor Day Foundation

Hefty Basics has partnered with The Arbor Day Foundation to help plant 10,000 trees. For every 10 new "Likes' for the Hefty Basics Facebook page, a tree will be planted! Plus, Hefty Basics have the Box Tops for Education coupon so you can earn for your school too.

Try Hefty Basics for your next gathering and let me know what you think!

Janine

Disclosure: I received packages of Hefty Basics free of charge for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Monday
Jan312011

Enter to win 'Alpha and Omega' for Movie Night and a $50 credit for Great Wolf Lodge!

Movie night is a great winter activity, even during the day

Actually, movie night has slowly turned into movie day as the weather has turned ugly, schools have closed, and the power has gone out. I was excited to have the new movie, "Alpha and Omega " for the Twofer to see this past weekend.

Both girls love animals and have seen commercials for this movie. They were really excited to watch it.

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Twofer Thumbs Up for "Alpha and Omega"

"Alpha and Omega " is one part animal adventure, one part love story, with some "from the wrong side of the tracks" thrown in.

Alpha refers to the head wolf pack, and Omega is, well, not the head. In terms of kids you could say Alpha are the popular rich kids and the Omegas are everyone else. Two Alphas are committed to each other to bring their packs together so they wll be safe (from each other) and able to maintain their territory.

Problems arise when the she-Alpha who is about to get 'married', and a he-Omega are taken away by humans. Feelings are hurt, honor must be protected, yet Alphas and Omegas are falling in love all over the place! Will they be allowed to stay together? Will the lost couple ever get home?

I have no idea if the girls picked up on everything but I did hear LOTS of laughing and giggling so I know they enjoyed it.

Get "Alpha and Omega" and Get $50 off Great Wolf Lodge!

For a limited time, certain packages of the "Alpha and Omega " DVD are specially marked with coupons right on them worth $50 toward your next Great Wolf Lodge stay!

ENTER HERE to win one!

I'm giving away an "Alpha and Omega" DVD with the $50 coupon to Great Wolf Lodge to one of my lucky readers! You have up to 4 chances to win!

1. Leave a comment telling me who you want to watch the movie with

2. Tweet a link to this giveaway (leave another comment with link to that tweet - click on the time to get the unique URL)

3. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email (one more comment)

4. Add the TwoferMom button to your blog or website (again, another comment with link)

Contest open to residents of US & Canada who are 18 and over and ends Friday 2/11/11 at 11:59 pm ET. Winner will be chosen using Random.org, notified via email, and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

 

I recently had the chance to stay at a Great Wolf Lodge when I went to Texas to learn more about Cooking Matters. I did not get to play in the water park but I was blown away by what I saw from the lobby.

 

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We are about to get hit again and I can definitely say the warm water playground of Great Wolf Lodge is sounding a lot better than our dark, cold family room!

Enjoy the movie and enjoy the coupon!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a copy of the "Alpha and Omega" DVD with coupon at no charge as a thank you for sharing this information. All opinions of the movie in this case are my kids' (and my own) and this post was neither revewied nor approved prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links. My stay at Great Wolf Lodge was part of a the ConAgra Food Foundation Cooking Matters campaign.

Friday
Jan282011

Knock Knock Pads for Kids Get Conversations Going

In this age of digital notes, journaling, and letter writing, knock knock has paper products that even your techiest friend can't resist.

I first fell in love with knock knock's slang flashcards. As a parent we need to stay current with the latest slang phrases so that we can have a conversation with the babysitter (via text of course).

Then I fell in love with knock knock's humorous note pads, sticky note, and journals.

Now knock knock has developed playtime note pads for kids

These are a great way to get kids to think and write about how they feel.  You might learn about something that is bothering your child. Or use one of these pads as a way to start a discussion with them about something important.

We have been testing out the Good Night pad from knock knock

Bedtime can sometimes be difficult for whatever reason. Sometimes one of the girls is worried about something. Sometimes they simply haven't wound down. Using the Good Night pad has helped in both areas.

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I can't think of a better way to end the day than to think about all the good things that have happened. Writing down what they want to dream about can help scurry away worry and bad dreams. It is calming, and sets the tone for a good night sleep.

I think I'm going to have to steal a few sheets!

Knock Knock pads are available at Amazon

And retail for $8 - $15.

Check out more Knock Knock products on Amazon and

Which one would you get?

Janine

Disclosure: I received a good night pad from knock knock for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Wednesday
Jan262011

Disney on Ice Coupon Code for Princess Wishes in DC and Baltimore

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We are big fans of Disney on Ice around here.

We've been to the Celebrations show and Toy Story 3 and loved them both.

We won't be able to make Princess Wishes but YOU can...

and you can see it for just $11 per ticket!

Here's how to save on the Disney on Ice Princess Wishes shows in DC or Baltimore

visit TicketMaster.com

choose a show

use code: MOM

DISCOUNT - for select weekday shows you'll get $11 tickets and for weekend shows you can save $4 per ticket!

Here are the show dates and times for Verizon Center in DC:

Verizon Center, Washington D.C. Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 16th – 21st

 

Show times:

Wednesday 16th – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 17th – 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday 18th – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 19th – 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 20th – 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Monday 21st – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the code, share it with friends, and send me photos if you go!

Janine

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to attend Disney on Ice Princess Wishes with my family at no cost. Due to schedule conflict I could not attend but I have really enjoyed the other shows and wanted to pass this savings onto my readers. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Wednesday
Jan192011

Final Reveal with Next Day Blinds!

First I met with the Next Day Blinds in-home design consultant.

Next she took me through their selection of window covering options that are safe for kids.

Now I get to show you the final product!

We chose fabric roman shades with a looped cord from Next Day Blinds

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The looped cord means there is no loose-hanging cord that might be dangerous to young kids. It's a single, continuous cord tightly wound around an anchor that is attached to the edge of the window sill or wall.

The shades I chose are a thick fabric that are also light-blocking...to help The Twofer sleep in longer. And let me tell you, it's working! Because my windows aren't able to have the shades mounted inside the sill, designer Leslie made it a point to measuer a little wider than my windows to cut back on some of the light that spills out from the sides. Brilliant!

Roman shades are perfect for a girl's room

As my twins get older, they are going to want to redecorate their room with a more sophisticated look. Now they don't have to worry about their windows. The roman shades I chose fold up nicely and create their own unique valance when raised.

 

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 There were so many options I was thrilled to have the personal assistance of Leslie, a true professional and terrific designer, walk me through all the options. If you are looking for new window coverings and you are in the DC area be sure to use Next Day Blinds free designer service.

Enter to win $200 to use at Next Day Blinds!

If you haven't entered yet, I'm giving away $200 to one lucky reader to use at Next Day Blinds HERE.

What do you think of the new roman shades?

Janine