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Entries in review (43)

Monday
Mar292010

Review: The Real Food Project via Hellmann's and Bobby Flay

Do you find it difficult to get your family to eat real, homemade, good-for-you food?

For many families mealtime is a break in a very busy day filled with work, school, and activities. Processed foods are readily available and affordable. But real food really is no more expensive or difficult to make!

This is where The Real Food Project comes in.

Bobby Flay has teamed up with Hellmann's to offer a variety of recipes that make it easier for families to create real food they will love. You can find the recipes and watch the videos, and join in the discussion on Facebook.

How about this recipe for roasted mushrooms and shaved celery with creamy lemon vinaigrette?

Or this one for catfish and black-eyed pea salsa?

As someone who has always loved Hellmann's I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Which ones will you try?

Janine

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann's® prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.

Monday
Mar222010

Review & Giveaway: Win FREE YoCrunch 100 Calorie pack with Truvia

A while back I reviewed Truvia as an alternative to Spenda and regular sugar...specificaly, in my coffee.

It never occured to me that someone would be smart enough to add Truvia (an all natural sweetener made from the best parts of the stevia plant) to things like yogurt.

I have all but stopped eating yogurt because the non-fat versions all use artificial sweetners that leave a bad taste in my mouth. But Truvia, to me, tastes good.

I was sent samples of the YoCrunch 100 Calorie pack vanilla yogurt with Truvia and with little bits of Oreo cookie crumbles.

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And besides the little pill I take with it (Yes, I'm old. Please don't tell the 18 year old Janine what's in store for her. She'll just roll her eyes anyway.) ...I tasted only the yogurt, not the sweetener!

Plus, it was easy to know that it's a good snack because the folks at Breyers have already weighed and measured it and know it's 100 Calories. Easy!

YoCrunch 100 calorie packs come in these flavors:

  • Cheesecake Yogurt with Graham Cookie Pieces
  • Strawberry Yogurt with 100% Natural Low Fat Granola
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Crème Cookie Pieces
  • Vanilla Yogurt with Nestle® Buncha CrunchTM Candy Pieces

Now it's YOUR turn to try YoCrunch 100 calorie yogurt for FREE!

I'm giving away 10 coupons (to 10 people) to try a YoCrunch 100 calorie pack for FREE!

And everyone gets 4 entries to win.

1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite yogurt and if you have ever tried Truvia

2. Subscribe to TwoferMom.com via email

3. Tweet a link to this giveaway (leave the URL for the tweet in a comment)

4. Click on the Like It, Share It button below and post it to your wall or email 3 friends (cc scarytwins {at} Yahoo {dot} com)

Be sure to leave your email in the comment form (no one else sees it) so I can contact you if you win. Giveaway open to US residents 18 and over and ends Friday, April 9th at 11:00 pm ET. Winners will be chosen using Random.org and notified via email.

Thanks and good luck!

Janine

Disclosure: I received a YoCrunch 100 calorie pack to review at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Yoplait prior to posting.


Monday
Mar082010

Review: GoGo SqueeZ - making school lunches got a little easier.

 

I dread the start of school and being a slave to school lunches. I resist buying the 'snack' size foods because they usually have too much sugar, salt, or preservatives and things that I can't pronounce

Recently I had the opportuniyt to try GoGo squeeZ squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit & applesauce snack.

Here's what I like about the GoGo SqueeZ snacks:

no spoon needed

I resist using plastic utensils for school lunches as much as possible because I'm a greenie in some ways and so for applesauce I give the Twofer real spoons that sometimes come home but always leave the inside of their lunchbox sticky. I mean, can't they lick it off?

 healthy and all-natural

Here's the list of ingredients for the apple-strawberry flavor: apple, strawberry, banana, apple juice concentrate, blackcurrant

No added sugar, or malthedexah;adjf;ksdhjf or hiuoieruwnfsd <-- stuff I can't pronounce.

neat, portable, non-perishable

That means it can sit on my pantry and I can grab one whenever i need it! No need for cooler thingies taking up room in the lunch box, and a perfect snack for the 'snack time' they have in their classroom (yes, our school does this for the younger kids and grades that eat later).

For more information on GoGo Sqeez products including where to buy you can visit their website, their blog, follow them on Twitter, and find them on Facebook.

What products help you make better school lunches?

Janine

Disclosure: I received GoGo SqueeZ samples to review at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by GoGoSqueeZ prior to posting.

Monday
Feb222010

Review and Giveaway: Ecostore's green cleaners have No Nasty Chemicals

3/11/10 UPDATE: Winner is...Luke Swantek! Congrats Luke and thank you everyone for entering.

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I got rid of my cleaning lady almost 3 years ago. I miss her terribly but I just couldn't justify the cost anymore. And, while part of me LOVED the fresh chemical smell and neat, orderly home I had once every two weeks...the feeling only lasted about 5 minutes until the Twofer started trashing the place again.

So, I started cleaning myself.

There are tons of products out there that make cleaning easier but...

The one area I dreaded the most was the bathroom.

Ew.

So I loaded up on long-handled brushes and scrubbers and potent cleaners that promised "no scrubbing" so that I wouldn't have to work as hard or get as close to the germy germs. Yet, even with that distance the chemicals were burning my nose.

It's not until YOU do the cleaning YOURSELF that you really start to think about what you are using!

Here's how my neurotic brain works....I would wash the Twofer's bathtub and rinse and rinse and rinse and not really want them to sit in the tub because I just wasn't sure I had rinsed all the chemicals out. And I didn't want them sitting in a tub full of harsh chemical with their private parts all exposed becase who knows what that stuff will do to a girl's reproductive organs and I would like them to have kids one day so I can have grandkids thankyouverymuch (deep breath in) so just how long do you think I need to rinse this tub before I can safely fill it with bath water for them and know they aren't taking a chemical bath that will one day leave them barren????

That was when I started looking into green cleaners.

Ecostore products have No Nasty Chemicals

I tried the cream cleanser on my stainless steel fridge, kitchen sink, and the Twofer's bathtub. I also used the toilet cleaner on two of our toilets. I have to say both cleaners have a nice fresh but definitely not harsh smell. The cream cleanser got rid of the tub scum with little scrubbing effort from me and rinsed off nicely. Plus, I'm not worried about rinsing it 1000 times because it's made of chalk, plant based products, xanthum gum, and lemon verbena oil...natural goodness.

The toilet cleaner was thicker than the other chemical brand I buy. I let it sit for a few minutes in the bowl and it worked really well with a few strokes of the toilet brush. Plus, it's clear, not blue and contains NO phosphates, bleach, nitrates, ammonia, chlorine, etc. Who knew a mixture of glucocides, citric acid, pine oil, and other natural elements could clean a toilet bowl so well!

And check out the note that comes with the product shipment:

twofermom,green cleaners

You can win $25 in Ecostore products

You have up to FIVE ways to enter...each item is an entry and leave a separate comment with links when applicable for each!

1. Visit Ecostore and tell me which 2 products you would most likely buy with the $25.00 gift card

2. Follow Eco Store on twitter and tweet: I'd like to win $25 in @ecostore cleaners with No Nasty Chemicals from @Twincident http://bit.ly/ecocleaner

3. Sign up for the Ecostore "No Nasty Chemicals" newsletter in the right column on the blog

4. Sign up for the Ecostore free monthly newsletter

5. Email 3 friends with a link to this giveaway and cc scarytwins{at}yahoo{dot}com (feel free to explain in your own words why you are sending them the link, or recommending they enter as well, etc. - whatever you want to say)

Givewaway open to US residents 18 and over who have not won an Ecostore giveaway in the last 6 months (Limit one win per 6 months per person). Contest ends Friday March 5, 2010 at 11:00 PM ET. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries, will be notified via email and has 48 hours to reply to email to claim prize before a new winner is chosen. 

For more information be sure to visit www.ecostoreuse.com and become a Fan of ecostore on Facebook!

Janine

Disclosure: I received $25.00 gift card to purchase Ecostore products for the purpose of this review. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Ecostore prior to posting.

Sunday
Feb142010

Review: The other Martha Goes to Washington for President's Day

Do you ever wish your pet could talk?

Tell you all about where they explored that day when you weren't with them? Maybe they could even help you get things done around the house (I'm all about a pet who could be useful)?

image of Martha Speaks via Amazon

This was on our minds when we came across the book Martha Speaks at the library last summer. This is the story of a dog who learned to speak after eating a bowl of alphabet soup and the Twofer fell in love with Martha right away (closest thing they'll have to a dog in a loooooong time).

Then one day last fall we saw Martha Speaks on TV! I love the fact that it's on PBS (no annoying commercials) and they love that it's fills them up with big words.

Martha Speaks big words around Washington

A 2-part episode of Martha Speaks airs tomorrow (February 15, 2010) to honor President's Day. Martha is called on by the president to help him find a dog fit for the White House. Martha will introduce words like "neighborhood", "debating", and "volunteer" which don't seem like very big words until you have to explain them to a 6-year old. Then, they are VERY difficult. Don't believe me? Go ahead, try it.

Yes, right now. In the comments leave me an explanation of what those words mean without using other, similarly 'big' words. It's not easy.

More new episodes of Martha Speaks plus books and an iPhone app!

You can bet I'll be recording all the new episodes of Martha Speaks that will air next week (Feb. 15-19) on PBS (check your local station listing for times) for the Twofer.

Also, a new series of Martha Speaks books is now available including picture books, early readers and chapter books. In addition to vocabulary, the books cover topics important to Martha including pet adoption and animal advocacy.

Need vocab on-the-go? Check out the Martha Speaks iPhone app that has 4 games to introuduct vocabulary words on the go.

Enjoy!

Janine

Want to buy Martha Speaks books? I recommend these:

Disclosure: I received a package of Martha Speaks goodies (plush toy, screener copy, book, stickers) at no cost. My family was already familiar and a fan of Martha Speaks prior to being contacted for this review. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by PBS or prior to posting.

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