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Entries in review (43)

Wednesday
Oct062010

Disney's 'Secretariat' is a Movie Where Mothers Stay Strong, and Grown Men Cry

Why Mothers will love Secretariat

A few weeks ago I was invited to see a special preview screening of the new Disney film, 'Secretariat' staring Diane Lane (LOVE) and John Malkovich whom I also love, especially in this role! But this is not a horse movie. It's a film about a woman, a mother making really tough choices, and taking risks...risks her family may have never recovered from had things not worked out for her.

'Secretariat' is the TRUE story of Penny Chenery Tweedy, a Denver housewife who takes over her family horse breeding farm after the death of her mother. We watch her struggle with being away from her children and missing some major milestones. We cheer when she confronts industry bullies including other (male) trainers, and owners. And we cringe when her decision to risk the family fortune is challenged by not only her brother, but her husband as well. 

Yet we know the ending of the story. We KNOW she was fighting for the RIGHT decision. But back then, even she had no real idea what was going to happen.

And that is what we mothers face every single day. We have this gut feeling about raising our children, and we also have our own doubts, and fears that we'll screw it all up for them.

Secretariat is Moving But in a Spiritual Way

What I Loved most about the movie was the soundtrack. The gospel song, "Oh Happy Day" kept me warm the whole drive home. It brought grown men to tears in the theater.  I saw it with my own, womanly eyes.

Because this is a story of faith. Faith that this very special horse knew what to do all on his own, and faith that everything would somehow work out for Penny. The story, the incredible beauty of the horses, and the amazing journey of this one horse, and this one woman is truly moving. It makes you feel like whatever you are doubting in your own life, if you just have faith, it will somehow work out.

"Secretariat' is in theaters starting this weekend.

Go, and bring your mom.

Janine

Disclosure: I was invited to attend a special screening of the movie at no charge. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. Also, I loved this movie. I loved Diane Lane's entire wardrobe. And the acting was incredible. And now I want to go out and buy a horse.

Wednesday
Sep292010

Aquaphor Swag Giveaway is Perfect for Dry, Sensitive Skin (winner announced)

So many uses for Aquaphor

Aquaphor is yet another brand that is loved and trusted in my home. We keep tubs and tubes of the he Aquaphor Healing Ointment in the car, in the bathroom, on my nightstand, even in the kitchen. It's the BEST thing for dry and cracked hands in winter. Em bring a small tube to school for when her lips are dry or when this little dry patch of skin comes around. When they were babies we used it for diaper rash. The Twofer use it to help get their earrings in smoothly when they decide to change them.

Quick List

  • Lips
  • Hands
  • Cuticles
  • Ears (for earrings)
  • Dry and Cracked Heels

 

Win an Aquaphor Prize Pack worth $33.00 from TwoferMom!

I'm giving away an Aquaphor Wonder Set that includes the following:

2 tubes of Aquaphor's NEW Lip Repair product (awesome!!)

samples of the original Aquaphor Healing Ointment

1 bottle of Aquaphor Gentle Wash Shampoo (for baby or you!)

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me how you use Aquaphor

2. Subscribe to TwoferMom's RSS feed (click on the coffee mug)

3. Post a link to this giveaway on Twitter (include @Twincident in the tweet) or Facebook

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each so I know you have multiple entries and thus, more changes to win!

Contest ends Thursday 10/14 11:00pm ET. Winner will be chosen from valid entries using Random.org. Contest open to all residents of the US and Canada. Must be 10 and over to enter.

Good luck and I can't wait to hear your Aquaphor suggestions!

Janine

Disclosure: I received free samples of the above mentioned Aquaphor products for review. All opinions are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. I welcome you to come look in my medicine cabinets, car, and kitchen and you'll find at least 4 tubes of Aquaphor I bought on my own.

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10/14/10 11:44pm UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner...

'Liz @ Frugally Blonde'

Friday
Aug272010

Twofer Thumbs Up for Avocados!

Avocado is for Babies

The Twofer have always loved avocados. It was a great first-food for many reasons:

it's portable and doesn't need to be warmed

It's got lots of 'good' fat for brain development plus other healthy vitamins and minerals

I don't mind eating the leftovers (only 50 calories per ounce plus sodium and cholesterol free!)

It was also the very first 3-syllable word the girls could say at nearly 1 year of age. (I swear, ask Grandma! She was there!) They pronounced it: ah-bo-ba-doh

Avocado for Bigger Kids

As the girls have grown they continue to enjoy avocado in guacamole, in salad, and on sandwiches.

One of our family favorites is chicken salad with Old Bay Seasoning (very Maryland) and served with slices of tomato and avocado. The saltiness of Old Bay pairs beautifully with a creamy avocado and a juicy tomato.

image via jronaldlee on Flickr because this is better than any photo I can capture

Old Bay Seasoning isn't just for crabs you know. You can use it with steamed shrimp, on french fries, and in tuna salad too. Here's our recipe for chicken salad with Old Bay to be served with tomato and avocado:

1-2 cups of cooked chicken (boiled, leftover from the grill, rotisserie, or canned)

1/4 cup of chopped celery

1/4 cup of mayo (or to taste)

1 tsp of Old Bay

1/4 tsp pepper

1 hard boiled egg chopped (optional)

Check out the 'Big Hit' Avocado Contest

Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association (MHAIA) held a contest to find great game day recipes and award prizes! You can see the 'hometown' players, the MVP winner (who won $5,000) and get recipes for your next party at the Big Hit contest site.

For more blog posts about The Twofer and food visit:

Let's cut to the crust, shall we?

Caviar vs. Fish Sticks

The Mister's review of Ragu

Janine

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Monday
May312010

Thank a Teacher, Help a Teacher with Donors Choose and Bing

Did you know...

Microsoft's search tool, Bing is one of the most popular tools for educational searches?

Bing knows that most teachers don't see or hear the appreciation they deserve, and yet this is what they most want. So, Bing has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to give kids a little incentive to show that appreciation.

Kids can go to Bing Education and leave a comment, give thanks, or tell a story about one of their teachers. When they do, they will have $5.00 of Bing's money and the power to decide how it should be donated at DonorsChoose. They can sort through various classroom projects that are in need and decide who they want to help most!

Don't be surprised if they decide they want to kick in a little something from their allowance money either as some of the projects are for very basic classroom needs in high poverty areas and their stories are touching. Good think Bing has said you can leave up to 5 comments...that's a $25 donation!

Check out Bing, and DonorsChoose.org for more inspiration.

Janine

Disclosure: I received a $100 DonorsChoose credit and $20 Amazon Gift Card for participating in this blog tour with Mom Central. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to publishing.

Friday
Apr022010

Review & Giveaway: Yoplait Greek yogurt with extra protein

WINNER: Congratulations to....Jessie C.!

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If you haven't tried Greek yogurt yet you should know that traditionally it's much thicker than regular yogurt.

For some people that takes some getting used to. I think Yoplait has the perfect balance with their new Greek yogurt.

Recently I received samples of Yoplait Greek yogurt with 2x the protein from My Blog Spark to review. It was not as thick as traditionl Greek yogurt but not as thin and runny as regular yogurt. I loved it and with twice the protein I almost need to eat it!

Next I had the Twofer sample it and they gave it a big Twofer Thumbs Up too. They like it so much, I used it on waffles the next day because I was really low on syrup and they ate it right up!

Yoplait Greek yogurt comes in four flavors:

Strawberry

Blueberry

Honey vanilla

Plain

And you can download a coupon for $.30 off HERE or..

Or...enter to win a Yoplait Greek prize pack and free!

Enter to win $20 Giant gift card and 4-pack of Yoplait Greek yogurt

1. Leave a comment telling me if you have ever tried Greek yogurt and which Yoplait Greek flavor you want to try most

2. Send a tweet like this: "I just entered to win a $20 Giant gift card and Yoplait Greek yogurt at TwoferMom.com!" and include the tweet url in another comment.

3. Subscribe to twofermom.com via email

4. Click on the Like it Share it button and share this giveaway on Facebook

Contest open to all US residents, 18 years or older and ends Friday April 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email.

Good luck!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a sample of Yoplait Greek yogurt and a $20 gift card from Giant and Yoplait as part of  My Blog Spark to review at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Yoplait prior to posting.

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