Sunday, 14 June 2015

$25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!

Giveaway Sponsored by P&G
This month P&G is working to spread some awareness to the amazing work that they are doing to assist Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! Pampers has joined together with Walmart to donate $200,000 in the month of June! When purchasing products such as Pampers Swaddlers at Walmart, a portion of proceeds is donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to provide comfort and treatment to millions of sick children. Head to Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make a donation!  Enter below for a chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card!


$25 Walmart Gift Card Sponsored by P&G

GOOD LUCK!

Disclaimer: MGB is in no way responsible for this giveaway or prize fulfillment. Thank you!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Gorton's Seafood Smart & Crunchy Review AND Giveaway! #smartandcrunchy @Gortonsseafood


GORTON'S SEAFOOD's NEW
SMART AND CRUNCHY!


Gorton's Seafood has a new Smart & Crunchy addition to their range of goodies and they want you to know all about it!

With less fat, more crunch and never fried, fillets and fish sticks, the word is out that you can enjoy your favorites with less of just about everything, including calories, than items of a similar nature!

The new Smart & Crunchy fish fillets have 200 calories per serving, while the fish sticks have 180 calories per serving! They are both made of wild-caught Alaska Pollock and make your fish tacos even more irresistible! Fish sticks never tasted so good!



The Smart & Crunchy additions are so good that Gorton's would love for you to try them with this $1.00 off coupon, and, even better, would like to give you a chance to win a prize pack, which includes full-value coupons for Gorton's Seafood products! 


GIVEAWAY

Prize consists of:
  • two (2) full-value product coupons
  • branded Mommy/Daddy and Me Aprons
  •  a Smarty Crunchman plush stuffy

What is a Smarty Crunchman plush stuffy, you ask?! Well, this would be the cute little fella, with my daughter...



SO! How do you enter?

To enter the giveaway, you must be 18 or older and live in the U.S.A.

Please enter via the raffecopter, below. Giveaway ends on 19th June and a winner will be selected the same day. The winner will be notified by email, so please use a valid email address. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a prize becomes forfeit and a new winner is chosen until we get our confirmed winner. No bloggers participating in this giveaway are responsible, in any way, for prize fulfilment, this falls to our sponsors. Thank you!


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Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to perform this review and to host this giveaway. All opinions are my own and yours may differ. Thank you!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Summer Smoothie Madness: Magic Bullet Review AND Giveaway! #SmoothiePalooza

MAGIC BULLET!


My household has always been one to buy a lot of fruit and veg, snack healthily and to cook from scratch, yet it is so easy for me to forget that while I have been feeding the kids fruits and nuts and veg and all the things you're supposed to eat throughout the day, I haven't been eating them all the time, myself! 


I always keep a stocked fridge and fruit bowl, each meal comes with some kind of nutritionally beneficial element and snacks usually include fruit or a small cheese and grape plate etc, but I knew that I could do more to keep myself on track and to get my body those key elements needed to make it right through the day without a bump! 


Well, as luck would have it, summer is here, and with it I have acquired a Magic Bullet! The Magic Bullet is just what I needed to kick start myself into better eating habits and since it arrived at my door it has become the most used gadget in my kitchen, to date! 


The Magic Bullet is fast and comes with 2 different blades for various shredding and chopping needs from blending carrots, apples and bananas to grinding nuts and coffee beans! You can make shakes and smoothies with the touch of a button or throw out some salsa or sauces in seconds to suit your mood and desire! 

I have started to experiment with smoothies, mostly, this past week, and have been looking for fruits and veggies that go together and hosting some taste tests with various friends and family members to see what they think and to make a note of the concoctions that hit the right spot! 

I have found that apple, carrot and pineapple with a little orange juice thrown in, makes a delicious tasting treat, and a great way to make a sorbet (with a little more ice). Sweeten or sharpen with added agave or lemon/lime and add a little flax seed to finish it off!


I have also found that anything with ice cream, milk or yogurt in it makes a sweet, tempting treat for kids and because you can choose how much to add in, and see the fruit or veg that you combine it with, you know exactly what your kids are eating, which isn't always so with store-bought treats! 

To sweeten up a juice or a smoothie, I like to add monk fruit or agave and forgo other sugars or sweeteners and most of the time the fruit is sweet enough that there is no need for anything extra at all! 


I have also been able to up my children's vegetable intake by providing them with home-made carrot, apple, pineapple, grape and juice blended Popsicles! They are getting nothing but goodness in the Popsicles and the pineapple makes it a little sweeter and so there isn't even a real need to add agave either, though fine if you have a sweet tooth for that extra kick! 

You can pick up a Popsicle container for about $1 in many stores and it is always handy to have a couple in the freezer when you want to switch up recipes and to cool the kids down in the summer, while knowing they are getting the nutritional benefits as well! 


The Magic Bullet has really kicked things up a gear, here, and I can't even explain enough how wonderfully simple this product is to use and how versatile it is at the very same time! 

With 4 serving cups, 1 tall mixer, 1 short cup, 1 flat blade, 1 raised blade, shaker and storage lids and the unit itself, you do get a lot for the money you spend. 

You simple gather up your fruits, veggies or other goodies that you'd like to mix and add water, ice, juice, milk or whatever liquid compliments your other selections and screw on the cap with the blade and turn upside down to connect to the unit. The unit won't start until the edges are aligned and you push down on it to pulse it and to start combining your selection. 


The pulse feature is a simple one, and if you don't want to keep pulsing you can lock the top into place and have it blend for you without having to continuously press down. You should watch what you are blending though as you don't want to over-do it and turn your delicious smoothie, drink or side into a mushy, over-processed mess! 

The Magic Bullet unit is easy to pick up and shake if you need to get that stubborn piece of ice and is safe to do so as long as you follow all of the guidelines. The unit is easy to wipe down and the attachments are easy to rinse and clean with hot, soapy water - just, again, follow the instructions to keep your Magic Bullet in the best possible condition for longer! 

The Magic Bullet comes with a recipe book that gives you a great start, with tips and tricks and ideas for the things you can make in minutes with the power it has behind it, and even shows you how to make sauces that go right from the grater to the microwave and then to the table! 

You can make sauces, salsa, mix up cookie, grind beans and whip cream, it is all possible with the Magic Bullet, but my favourite thing is by far the smoothies!


You can make whatever you like, and however you like it, too - you want to make a chunky salsa? Throw in your ingredients, pulse a few times and voila, chunky salsa! Want to make smooth salsa? Blend away, make it a little thinner with more liquid and/or blend longer and boom! Smooth salsa or even soups for the taking in seconds! The Magic Bullet really is that awesome!



GIVEAWAY!

We have ONE (1) Magic Bullet up or grabs, and all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter, below! 

You must be 18 or older, or have parental permission to do so, and you must reside in the U.S.A. All entries are verified so please use a valid email address and enter as many of the entry points as you like, nothing is mandatory! 

This giveaway ends at midnight on June 30th and a winner will be chosen within 24 hours. The winner shall be informed and shall have 48 hours to claim their prize! If no winner claims their prize, then a new winner will be selected until we have confirmation and a prize claimed!

It is that simple! Have fun and GOOD LUCK! 

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Disclaimer: Neither Mom's Gone Bronson, nor any participating bloggers are responsible for this giveaway or prize fulfilment, this falls to our giveaway sponsor. Thank you!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Enter to win a chance at $2,000 for your local community from Huggies and Walmart! #UltraHug






I recently told you about how you can spread the love, with Walmart and Huggies #UltraHug campaign, which was launched to coincide with their new Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers that are available at Walmart. I wanted, also, to tell you a little more and to further encourage you to head on over HERE and to submit an #ultrahug of your very own, in the hopes of supporting a great cause in your local community!

By submitting a photo of you and your little one/s hugging, and tagging it with the hashtag #ultrahug, you will enter for the change to win a $2,000 grant for a local community venture of your choosing. 

I have nominated Red Creek Wildlife Center in PA, as they do a lot of work for reptiles as well as other animals in the area, and has been a place that has helped nurse many animals back to health and freedom for many a number of years. They deserve a grant, in my opinion, for all of the work they do on not-so-fluffy critters and I feel that they really do deserve it for all the work and effort they put into what they do!

You can nominate any community venture, mention them with your #ultrahug, and that's it! You're entered.

I love the wildlife that PA has to offer and I would love to see it around for generations to come and I would love to have some way contributed to it! There are so many people doing so much good in the world but this one, for me personally, was not a hard decision to make at all! 

So, who do you have in mind that could really benefit from an #ultrahug"? Head on over here, now, and let the world know! Shout it from the rooftops! We are waiting to hear!

Why not also try out Huggies new Snug and Dry diapers, only available at walmart! Ready to go when you are and keeps your little one drier than ever before!! 

What are you waiting for! Let us see some of those squishy, #ultrahug and lovey-dovey moments, and jump in for a chance to win your community $2,000!! 

Here is ours, while out to lunch!

Me and my 2 youngest "babies" - awe!



GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Heat Up Your Memorial Party with Cool Treats from Unilever Brands!

Disclaimer: I was provided with coupons for a selection of ice cream products in order to test them out and write this review. All opinions are my own. Thank you!

ICE CREAM, COVERED! WITH UNILEVER AT YOUR SIDE!


I'm having a cook-out on Monday, for Memorial Day and we will be having the usual burgers and hot dogs as well as corn and sides and other goodies and meat-free options for those who'd prefer them and everyone will eat and be merry!


Of course, no good cook-out is going to be complete without dessert and our guests can look forward to a plethora of ice cream from Good Humor, Klondike, Breyers, Popsicle, Fruttare and Magnum!


There are so many yummy new flavors out there to try right now and so I picked up a few and smiles will be brought to the faces of all with delicious cold treats!

Why not have some fun making Memorial day red, white and blue, too, with RED Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake, WHITE Coconut and Milk Fruttare, and BLUE popsicles! 



You can also pick up Popsicle's Fire Crackers, which are read, white AND blue, all on one stick!!

For Memorial Day we're having:
  • Good Humor - Birthday Cake 
  • Klondike - Cookie Swirl 
  • Breyers - Girl Scout Cookies/Thin Mint
  • Popsicle - Fire Crackers
  • Fruttare - Mango 
  • Magnum Minis - selection of flavors!
I love Magnum bars and these mini versions are a sweet treat that everyone can enjoy and come in boxes of 6! I always want to eat them all, but I will happily share for a party! 


My daughter's favorite is the Birthday Cake bars and, any celebration is a good reason for cake and so these will be on hand for memorial day, too! 


The Fire Crackers are our red, white and blue stand-out popsicles and EVERYBODY loves those - especially when the temperatures are set to be up in the high 80s! 

Don't forget the classic Klondike bars and other timeless goodies from the many brands Unilever wants you to enjoy, and tell me what you think!! 

There is always time to stock up before the party, and every day is perfect for a little sweet treat!

So, what are you waiting for!?

Have a great holiday weekend!! 

Let's all go to Shady Maple!

SHADY MAPLE!


This week a friend and I went out to a place called Shady Maple, which is a very popular farmers' market and smorgasbord, with an all-you-can-eat buffet and grill service to suit all tastes and enthusiastic palates!

Not just ANY smorgasbord, but Lancaster County's largest one, which boasts over 200 feet of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking - and believe me, it is HUGE!

We loaded my two youngest children into the car and set off to be there in time for lunch, paid for our tickets at the door and waited to be seated - the price is around $13.95 per adult, $6.95 per child over 4, with a younger kids eat free deal, senior citizen prices and a FREE meal on your birthday (with an accompanying adult meal purchase). 

We were seated extremely quickly, right on a corner table, close to the food and with a high-chair that was just right for the youngest of our bunch, Bronson. The table was laden with all the cutlery and condiments needed for all and there was nothing to do but to grab ourselves a plate and start selecting from the food. 

And boy, was there ever some food on offer! There were crab cakes, cod, tempura shrimp, beef, pork, seafood croquettes, hot dogs, roasts, many different cheeses, eggs made to order in whichever way you'd like - omelet, benedict, plain, on English muffins, without muffins at all, with soups, salads, rolls, side vegetables, curried vegetables, yams, hams, mashed potatoes, beans, mac and cheese, every kind of vegetable, you name it, the list goes on! 

And then there are desserts! Oh my! The desserts are everyone's favourite part of the meal and they had canoli, lemon meringue, raspberry pie, ice cream cake, cookies, coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie, several kinds of ice cream, tons of ice cream toppings - desserts for days, for sure and enough choice to make your head spin - my favourite was the creamy pina colada! 

If you wanted bread, they had you covered there, too - not just a plain old roll, either, no! They had raspberry, peach, jalapeno, cheese and cinnamon breads, with several others I can't even remember - but they were all so delicious looking and it was hard to choose which ones to try this time around! 

Shady Maple doesn't let you down on the drinks front, either! They have everything from coffee to tea, water and juices, slushies in several flavors and sodas and chocolate milk, regular milk, other milks and beverages to warm you up or cool you down and everything you need for a sweet treat! 


Now, the rules for eating here are very simple - you can eat whatever you like and however much you like but once you are done with a plate you leave it to the side to be cleared and then you go up and get another. You can revisit the food as many times as you like for the time period for which you are eating (lunch is 11am until 3pm) and you must not take any food with you when you leave. When you are done eating, you just turn your receipt over on the table at which you are/were seated and leave! You're all set to go!

We must have sat at lunch for a good 2 hours, with everyone trying a little of whatever they fancied. I had eggs benedict, which was made in front of my eyes and, which tasted delicious. I am a huge fan of eggs and this was by far the best they've ever come to my table! 

As well as the eggs, I tried a little of the shrimp, the beef, pork and vegetables, snuck in a few fries and beans and mac and cheese and the usual, but the great thing about taking along the children is that they usually want whatever is on my plate and so whatever I pick up, I rarely would eat it all, and thus it felt like I was eating more than I was and that works great for me and my insides, while the kids eat more than they realise and do themselves a favour eating a good fill for the day! 

My children actually are so well behaved when we go to eat out, and we do it not-so-often because I prefer to cook at home, and so this is always a real treat for them, wherever we end up, but an extra special lunch when they can pick and choose whatever they desire! 

My daughter, Autumn, had some mac and cheese, chicken, broccoli and fries, chocolate milk and then a slushy. She tried some pizza and some cheeses and breads and was quite impressed that you could fill a bowl with fresh cream with the touch of a button and eat that right up with a spoon on its own if you wished! She tried some raspberry ice cream for dessert and sprinkled it with several different toppings and her face was a picture, I think she tried a fresh apple doughnut as well, and maybe a touch of ice cream cake, but didn't eat through all of what she had in total, but rather took bites of everything and didn't go too crazy, which is fine by me and just her style! As long as she's eating, I'm a happy bunny! 

My youngest, Bronson, is the one no one expects will eat much, but my sweet boy will eat just about anything you put in front of him - he just LOVES food. If you give him a steak I am sure it would be devoured in seconds, but alas, we loaded him up with foods that he could eat with his hands and that weren't too messy and let him have-at-it with anything he wanted to try (on my plate, or his). 


Bronson seemed to love my mac and cheese, and ate through most of what was on his plate, plus some cheeses and bread - the boy loves his cheese, just like his dad and he would probably just have sat and ate broccoli and cheese all day if I'd have let him! I filled up his cup with juice and he was happy just joining in the fun and even tried a canoli for the first time, which he seemed to have the most fun time with! 

My friend recommends trying the beef if you are ever at Shady Maple - and I agree, it really is some GREAT shredded beef to get into and it tastes succulent and juicy and even better with a splash of gravy! 

I just don't have the words to tell you just how wonderful this place is, but when they are seating hundreds of guests per day, and it takes 5 minutes to walk from one end of the buffet to the other and you're surrounded by 5 or 6 grill/cooking stations to make things for you as you'd like, tens of drink stations and hundreds of desserts, then you know you're in the right place and are certainly getting a LOT for your money!  

I absolutely recommend taking a trip out to Shady Maple if you are ever in Pennsylvania - you are going to love it there, and you can walk off all the food downstairs, after, in this gigantic gift shop! The farmers market is a stones-throw away, too and you can take a whole day out down there and really have a fabulous time. 

It also helps that Shady Maple is just 20 minutes, if that, from BB's Grocery Outlet, which is one of my favourite places to shop, but that is a story for another time!

7 Tips for eating at Shady Maple: 

  • Go on an empty stomach, you're going to need a lot of room in there if you want to get the most bang for your buck!
  • Go on your birthday, or a friends birthday and split the check! Birthday guests get a free meal with a paying adult and [instead of you not paying] just split the check for the equivalent of 2 half price meals and you both win!
  • Make sure you walk to both sides of the buffet! They have 2 sections but they are not exactly the same and so one end might have something a little different to the other and it is worth a look! 
  • Remember to check out the grilling/cooking stations for food cooked to your taste and fresh in front of your eyes and they'll make the food however you like (within reason, and with what is available!). 
  • Drink water or juice instead of soda or fizzy water - fizzy anything will fill you up and you will feel fuller and more uncomfortable quicker. Stick to water or juice, or throw in a cup of coffee - maybe save anything fizzy for last! 
  • Why not pick up several different desserts and share around the table? This way you get to try a selection of everything with little going to waste! 
  • Take your time, enjoy the food and the company and take a walk around the gift shop downstairs after your meal to walk off some of said meal, and to pick up a few souvenirs! 

Go hungry, leave stuffed, and smile! Take a trip down to Shady Maple, in East Earl, P.A., today! 

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Shady Maple, I just really love their food and all opinions are my own :)




Friday, 22 May 2015

Win a Magic Castle Bouncer from Blast Zone!

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Rockin' My Life and Blast Zone have teamed up to bring you a giveaway for one Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer so you can have Fun this summer at home with Blast Zone!

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, associated or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other Social Media Networking sites. 

This giveaway is valid in the Continental
United States and entrant must be 18+ years of age to enter.

The bloggers promoting and hosting this giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment. 

Blast Zone will be in charge of that and no participating bloggers are liable for prizes.

Good luck!