Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Win a Thomas Edison's Secret Lab "Genius" Prize Pack! From Ovation Brands! Ends 12/3/2015

Thanksgiving is here TOMORROW, so why not stop stressing about the turkey, the friends who cancelled at the last minute, or the way things are going to turn out, and EAT OUT INSTEAD! 

Every year we like to have a family meal that costs a fair price and with decent food and atmosphere, while leaving no clean up or crazy people in your house who won't leave when it starts to get late and then overstay their welcome! 

What am I talking about?! I'm talking about Old Country Buffet, Ryan's and any other Ovation Brands' eatery, where you can sit down to a meal with the folks and have a fun time out this holiday season! 

And you don't even HAVE to go on Thanksgiving day itself, you can take it easy that day, while everyone is running around like a, and head on out at the weekend for some shopping and then a nice meal at Hometown Buffet, CountryBuffet, Ryan's or Old Country Buffet! 

As an incentive to hit the buffet and fab meal deals this year, Ovation Brands' restaurants have just announced that they are boosting their kids meal and Family Nights from November 12th, through December 31st, too, with Thomas Edison's Secret Lab series, which is available on Netflix, PBS Stations and Comcast! 

When?! Well, every THURSDAY, from 5-8pm, but not on holidays, there will be a new science-themed event happening in each of the restaurants, including: 
  •      November 12  “Why Do Things Float”
  •      November 19 “Sweet Dreams/ PJ Party”
  •      November 26 Thanksgiving DVD Sweepstakes (Each restaurant will give away a DVD)
  •      December 3 Cotton Candy Experiment
  •      December 10 Genius Dress Up
  •      December 17 What’s Your Bright Idea
  •      December 24/31 Thomas Edison Secret Lab Activity sheet available

Additionally, select restaurants will be hosting episodes of Thomas Edison's Secret Lab series, so call ahead and check with your local Ovation Brands' restaurant to see if yours is participating!

Ovation Brands is hosting Secret Lab Sweepstakes, too, which can be found HERE, with a grand prize of a trip for a family of four for 5 days/4 nights to Florida!  The sweepstakes prize pack includes air, hotel, admission to Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and even a gift card for ground transportation! The trip is courtesy of Entertainment Marketing Group, Ovation Brands, and (This sweep is not hosted by Mom's Gone Bronson, and you need to visit to enter for the grand prize trip!) 

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And that's not all! Ovation Brand's also want to give ONE of our lucky readers the chance to win a Thomas Edison's Secret Lab "Genius" Prize Pack! The prize includes: Themed, collectible products including a Secret Millionaire’s Club (SMC) “Business in a Box” lemonade stand, a SMC Car Wash and SMC DVD and of course Ovation Brands' very own FREE MEAL COUPONS from any of the more than 300 Ovation Brands restaurants.  The prize packs are valued at well OVER $100 each!!!!

To enter to win, head down to the rafflecopter, BELOW! 

This giveaway will run through to December 3rd, 2015 and the winner will be notified within 24 hours of giveaway end. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize and if no prize is claimed, the prize is forfeit and a new winner chosen until we have a winning confirmation. Please use a valid email address to enter so that we can reach you if you win - we never, use, distribute or sell your information, we only need your email to contact you if you win and nothing more!

Entrants must reside in the U.S and be over 18 or have parents permissions to enter, thank you! 

Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for prize fulfilment - this prize is fulfilled by Ovation Brands' and is separate from their own sweeps! 

What are you waiting for? Enter, below, and GOOD LUCK! 

Disclaimer: Mom's Gone Bronson was provided with product for honest opinions and to host a giveaway, there was no other monetary incentive and all views are her own. Sweeps hosted by Ovation Brands are solely those of Ovation Brands and Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for any prize fulfilment. Mom's Gone Bronson's giveaway prize does not include a trip to Florida. For the Florida trip, please visit the link to the Ovation Brands page in this blog post. Thank you! 

Monday, 23 November 2015

SQUASHED! From PlaSmart Toys, Review AND Giveaway! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this game, for review, in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinions. I was not otherwise in any way compensated. Your views on the products we review may differ. Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for prize fulfilment. Thank you! 


My family does love to play games and this is one, Squashed, is one of those games that fits the entire family and is so much fun that you'll want to play over and over again and it never gets old! 

The point of the game is to be the last man (or woman) standing and to defeat your opponent by squashing their pieces off of the playing field!

Everyone starts with the same amount of pieces, places on colored squares around the sides of the Squashed cube and there is a King piece that sits on the top. Each player takes it in turns to throw the die around and make their moves towards the top center pieces around the Kind and, each time they make it, they get to turn over and smoosh the cube down on the other players pieces and effectively squash them out of the game! 

My kids went NUTS for this game! It is so simple and yet so incredibly effective in the fun and satisfaction that comes from the motion of squashing your opponents pieces! PlaSmart has really hit gold with this one!

Such a fun take on similar, flat board games, this 3D game gets everyone thinking and laughing and makes family time that little bit more fun! 

The game typically takes maybe 10 to 20 minutes max and it is easy to play a couple of rounds without getting repetitive or boring. 

Squashed makes its way into our Holiday Gift Guide easily, and you can follow us on Twitter and other social media outlets with the hashtag #MGBHGG for more! 

Check out PlaSmart on TwitterFacebook and Youtube as well as the PlaSmart Website, for more information and up-to-date news and even more fun adventures!


BUT WAIT! That's not all! PlaSmart ALSO want to give ONE of our lucky readers the chance to win SQUASHED! for themselves this holiday and all you have to do to enter to win is be over 18, live in the U.S.A and enter via the rafflecopter, below! 

That is it! Please make sure you sign up with a valid email address so we can contact you if you win - all winners are notified within 24 hours of giveaway end and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before the prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen! 

Giveaway ends December 7th, 2015!


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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Unilever Has Your Underarms This Holiday Season! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in exchange for my honest opinions. My views are my own and your vuews may differ. Thank you!

I have had the chance, this week, to try out some of the new Dry Spray Antiperspirants from Unilever and I like them all a lot - even the manly ones, which make my household of men smell especially delightful, and will make great stocking stuffers! Who doesn't want to be fresh for the holidays?

These NEW 48 hour dry spray antiperspirant from FIVE top Unilever brands, include: 
  •  DOVE
  • AXE

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant provides all the care of Dove for soft and smoothness and long lasting protection from wetness and odor. The Dove Dry Spray is my favorite pick for women and I love how easy breezy it makes me feel and confident! 

Dove Men+Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant is available with Dove Men+Care’s signature 1⁄4 moisturizing technology and is available in a wide variety of recognizable fragrances!

AXE White Label Dry Spray Antiperspirant is designed to help confidence and provide protection from wetness and odor. Axe White Label Dry Spray Antiperspirant was my son's favorite of all the sprays and was bumped to the top of our list for men! 

With 48 hour odor and wetness protection, Degree Women Dry Spray Antiperspirant includes MOTIONSENSE ® Technology, and is responsive to your body and movements. Available in a selection of fragrances, this is one that will keep you feeling dry for longer!

Also available in various recognizable fragrances, Degree Men Dry Spray Antiperspirant ALSO includes MOTIONSENSE® Technology, which is designed to respond directly to body movement and offers great protections. 

These kind of sprays are the best in our house as we are a household of 2 girls and 4 guys and my teen son and tween step son sure do get stinky and I just love having a house full of choice and deodorant and antiperspirant for them to choose from. 

The Axe has been the most popular choice by far and for no particular reason, but I think the bottle looks fairly appealing and modern and the rest is history! It does also smell GREAT!

These products are noted to be for underarm use only and best sprayed at 6 inches from the underarm, avoiding any sores or broken skin. With a shelf life of about 30 months, you can also stock up when you find them in a great deal and/or with a coupon!

Really, these are from the same brands you already love, but with a dry spray I think you can count on, which does what it claims on the label and doesn't leave a sticky residue or mark, either, which I am particularly happy about! 

You can pick any of these up at your locak stores and in a wide variety of fragrances, and so there is truly something that will suit everyone!

Slip one of these into the stockings this year and have a sweet smelling start to the New Year! 

Follow our gift guide at #MGBHGG!

Happy Holidays! 

SunRidge Farms Snacks Look-See! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with samples to review in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views might change! Thank you! 

SunRidge Farms recently sent me a selection of yummy snacks to try out, which are perfect for holiday get-togethers and those snack trays and treats you want to leave out on the table for family and friends as they swing by with holiday cheer and seasons greetings!

I tried out some:
  • Chocolate Covered Cranberries 
  • Green Tea Vanilla Chai 
  • Almonds Pecan Halves 
  • Caramel Toffee Nut Mix
The Milk Chocolate Cranberries were right up my husband's alley, so to speak! He loves cranberries and so do my children who are cranberry fiends! Who wouldn't love chocolate covered cranberries, really? Even I loved them and I am not a huge cranberry fan when they're on their own, though add a little chocolate and everyone is a winner!

My personal second favorite was the Chai Vanilla Almonds! They were smooth and tasted with a moorish, munchy, give-me-the-whole-packet-now kind of vibe! Very good on their own, as a side snack or on the go, just be careful because everyone will want you to share! They're great!

The Pecans are my number 1 top dog of all the snacks! I can't get enough of them and will truly eat them with just a nibble or a handful or in cakes, on cakes, in oatmeal, on pies, you name it I want to eat them all day, so this was he perfect bag for me and I would go back for more any time!

The Caramel Toffee Nut Mix was gobbled up by the entire family pretty quickly, too, so it is easy to say that these were delightful and extremely well received! They are sweet and crunchy, chewy and nutty, just the right amount of mix and tastes to keep your taste buds ticking over with pecans, cashews, caramel, chocolate AND peanut butter! 

I would certainly leave any of the above out for a Santa gift this year, or pop some in your stockings as gifts in their own right! 

By buying SunRidge Farms you are buying a product that has respect for its environment and provide organic and natural foods, which you can rely on and which taste great! 

Check SunRidge Farms out on Facebook and at their website for more snack inspirations and yummy treats! 

Also keep an eye on our Holiday Gift Guide on Twitter with hashtag #MGBHGG! 


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Cardpool for Gift Cards in ALL Your Stockings This Christmas! + GIVEAWAY! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card in exchange for my honest and open opinion of the service at Card Pool. All opinions are my own and your views may vary, thank you! 


If you are looking for a way to give everyone a gift this year, even those who are notoriously hard to buy for, then GIFT CARDS are the way to go!

You already knew that, right?! Well, did you know that you can buy gift cards at a reduced price at Cardpool!? Neither did I, until recently!

Cardpool is a website where you can sell all of your unwanted gift cards with balances left on them, or buy gift cards that other people have sold with random balances left on them, too - but for less than the dollar amount on the card!

You can save varying amounts depending on the card, and at a wide variety of merchants, with different gift cards coming in every day! There is free USPS shipping and a 100 day guarantee on whatever you buy and you get good, friendly service from the website staff!

I managed to pick up a $48 Walmart gift card for $46 and change, which might not sound like much of a savings but a couple of dollars here and there sure adds up over time! It was delivered to my email address because it was an egift card (though you can buy physical ones) and I was able to print it out the same day and use it in-store, it was that simple!

You can sign up through my refer a friend link: HERE!

That kind of ease and saving is why Cardpool want to let YOU try out their website and see for yourself! Cardpool has generously donated a $50 gift code to give away to one lucky reader so that you can pick up any gift card of your choice (where available) and to see for yourself how convenient it is to buy other people's old, unwanted gift cards, online at a discounted price and save on places you were already about to shop!!

All you have to do in order to be in with a chance to win a $50 gift code for Cardpool is to reside in the U.S.A and enter via the rafflecopter, below!

This giveaway will run for 3 weeks and the winner will be chosen at random within 24 hours of the giveaway ending! The winner must claim their prize within 48 hours of winning notification or else the prize if forfeit and we choose another winner until one is confirmed!

PLEASE enter with a valid email address. This is how we contact you if you win! We do not use your email addresses or details of any kind for any other purpose then to contact you should you win a prize on our blog, that is all! We do not keep, sell or otherwise distribute any of your personal information.

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Enter, now, and put a gift card in your stocking this year for someone you love, or treat yourselves, you deserve it!

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Happy shopping!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Kleenex and Sam's Club Have Your Back This Holiday Season! #SpreadKleenexCare

I headed down to Sam's Club, today, to check out the deals on Kleenex, which are bountiful and ready to be picked up by everyone this holiday season! 

The Kleenex Perfect Fit Winter Pack, with 3 perfect fit canisters and 8 lotion boxes, is especially fabulous because it fits in many spaces and with any decor in any room and makes those Kleenex moments even easier!

You can dare to care by offering a hand to someone with allergies, or to wipe away tears of joy over the festive season, with gifts exchanging hands and loved ones coming to town with all those fabulous emotions!

Right now you can get an instant $3 savings at Sam's Club until November 20th, which is more than a few extra tissues in your pocket and nothing to sneeze at and so caring AND sharing come at an even better price than ever before!

If you don't yet have a Sam's Club membership, then there are so many reasons you might want to get one - great prices, store pick ups and lots of fabulous deals throughout all the seasons, including these Kleenex goodies available (exclusively at Sam's Club) NOW! 

Don't forget that you can also find other Kleenex favourites at Sam's Club, including Anti-Viral AND Ultra-Soft in big packs to save those pennies, too!  

Show me how you care, with Kleenex! I'd love to hear from you! 

Try Maple Leaf Farms' DUCK This Thanksgiving! #discoverduck

Disclaimer: I was provided with duck in order to write this honest and unbiased review. I was not otherwise compensated for my opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you!


Yesterday, we had a Thanksgiving meal at home, with our children, which is the only time across thanksgiving that we will be cooking for ourselves as we go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and to friends houses and so one family meal before that is nice and necessary.

This year, I wanted to go in a different direction and choose DUCK instead of a traditional turkey as I find turkey gets boring and bland far too quickly, yet duck is far more flavorful and presents similarly to the dark meat on a turkey and so the whole family were happy to try it, too!

I stuffed the duck, which I received from Maple Leaf Farms, with a selection of carrots, nectarines, sweet potatoes and mango, along with some salt, pepper and mixed herbs on the top, for flavor.

I sealed the opening of the duck and placed it on a roasting pan and placed straight in the oven. I like to put it flush to the pan but some people suggest to put it on a wire rack or on rolled up balls of tin-foil (aluminum foil) and keep the duck off the bottom of the pan, but I like to let the oil sit around the duck, which can also be useful when roasting up potatoes if you'd like to make those to go with the meal.

For our meal, on Sunday, I made mashed potatoes instead of my usual roasted ones, sweet potatoes, corn and used the stuffing from the duck as a sauce along with cranberry sauce to the side if anybody fancied that, which they did!

I roasted the stuffed duck for a couple of hours and it came out golden brown with a deliciously sweet smell, which taunted us all while it sat and rested once out of the oven!

I served up food for 6 people and there was still enough leftover duck for an all-in-one crock pot leftover meal consisting of duck, potatoes, corn, a carton of cheesy herb sauce and extra veg and stock. I love to throw all the leftovers in a crock this way to make a nice chowder style meal, which you can eat with toasted bread or a side of rice or on its own!

But I digress!

I absolutely adore duck and I think it is one of the more under-utilised foods, which can bring flavor and diversity to any meal! I have used it in the past in stir fry, casserole, sandwiches and more and it makes perfect sense to use it for Thanksgiving! No sitting around for 7 hours cooking a giant turkey that you'll have to suffer for a week! No slip-sliding around the kitchen trying to fit a giant turkey in the oven and no fuss. The meat tastes great and the skin can be crisp just in the way you would find on a well roasted chicken or turkey. The meat isn't dry when cooked correctly and you can pair it with just about anything, which is why your guests at Thanksgiving are going to LOVE it!

You can also incorporate some art into Thanksgiving with duck fingers, similar to the way you might draw turkey with your hands. My daughter, who is 4, came up with these ducks!

If you are the kind of family who really doesn't like a big meal over the holidays, then Maple Leaf Farms has you covered there, too! They have plenty of duck appetizers for you to choose from, with delicious offerings like duck quesadillas with cheese, duck wing drummettes and more, which you can buy online without having to leave the house, visit a store or do any back-breaking antics!!

I urge you to check out Maple Leaf Farms for your Thanksgiving or Holiday meal get-togethers this season - heck, turn up with some duck for a pot luck and you'll be the talk of the meal! You just can't go wrong and it tastes GREAT!

You can find Maple Leaf Farms on their Website, Facebook and Twitter for more information and to pick some up, today!!

Let me know what you think of duck, if you've had it before, and give it some thought serving it up more often! I know I will be!


La Résolution - Unibroue - Review! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided a sample for my honest, unbiased review. I was not otherwise in any way compensated for this post. My opinions are my own an your views may differ. 

My mother used to own a pub, which I lived in for a while and thus got to try out some weird and wonderful beers, ales, bitters and everything in between. Over everything else, my favorite kind of ale has always been a nice, deep and dark ale without too much fluff and fancy and without the bitter kick at the end or a crazy aftertaste.

What I found in La Résolution (Unibroue), was a strong, dark ale out of a corked bottle, which for me makes the ale feel cleaner and fresher and was nothing short of a perfect match to my pallet. 

With a nutty, toffee-caramel taste and a smooth, yet spicy finish I felt like La Résolution (Unibroue) tasted best a little cold and in a tall glass, and actually paired really well duck!

With a 10% ABV, you can't go far wrong with this one - in fact, I really think that this one is going to be one of my constant new favorites, I can't find a single thing negative to say about it, at all. 

The color is great, the taste is better than I could even anticipate and there is no unruly aftertaste that I have found in some similar ales. It works all around for me and I would buy it in a heartbeat for any occasion!

As a bonus, I also have a cook-book from Unibroue, with some delicious recipes in it, which I am going to have to share with you, too - you won't want to miss it!

You can check out more information on La Résolution (Unibroue) HERE and you can follow on Twitter and Facebook respectively, to keep up to date with all the new and wonderful offerings!

Have you had a chance to try it, yet? I'd love to know what you think! 

Add Unibroue's La Résolution to your holiday gifting lists today, because anyone who loves ale is going to love this in their stocking or at your family event and gathering!

Follow Mom's Gone Bronson's Holiday Gift Guide with hashtag #mgbhgg on Twitter, and across social media, all the way through January 1st, 2016!

Please enjoy responsibly!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

NEW! Shushybye CD and Plush Toy GIVEAWAY + HOP! Ends December 1st, 2015! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with Shushybye toys and CD's in order to give my honest and unbiased opinions. Your views on the items we review may differ. Thank you!

"SHUSHYBYE is the land way above the clouds – and the land where the resident Shushies live and make dreams for children. Led by Snoozles, Dozie and Zeez, the Shushies place their completed dreams in Dream Boxes that are sent to children via the Shushybye Train driven by Conductor McCloud as they fall asleep. Nothing brings the Shushies more joy than to make the most wondrous dreams for little ones." - (

Shushybye Baby is a wonderful, part-live and part animated, part costumed T.V. show that is an amalgamation of all the things little babies and kids love and are ultimately entertained by, but Shushybye is so much more than a show alone. 

With a positive message that encourages children to enjoy bed time and to put a good spin on going to sleep, Shushybye is a land of dreams and songs by creator and songwriter Steve Syat and a world of books, learning, creativity and adventure both on paper and online! 

With colorful, bright characters like Zeez, Snoozles and Dozie, this is an instant hit with my younger children and they remain engaged with songs from the Shushybye Dream Band and by situations that encourage their creativity and positive thought! 

The age range for Shushybye is from babies to preschoolers but older children may still enjoy the fun and relaxed approach of the show that encourages a good experience of which is currently available to stream on Netflix!

Right now, there are THREE new CDs available, which you can play in your car, on your travels, and at home or in the classroom when you want to get interactive with the kids without screen time, and still have fun, dance and learn!

Each CD contains 14 original songs in a plethora of genres from rock and pop to swing, jazz and much more, which gives children a great way to interact with different sounds compared to typically expected children's musical outlets. 

Titled: Shushybye: My Newest Best Friend, Shushybye: Moon-FM and Shushybye: Time To Tuck You In, these make great additions to any Christmas stocking, this year and are available to buy for just $11.99 each! 

My children are very receptive to the music and love to dance around without the T.V. on, which means that these are perfect for our household who does like to limit screen time, and also great for us when we would like to share Shushybye baby for short spells on Netflix as we like, too! 

Shushybye is a little world waiting for your children to explore and you can find out more about them at their website: HERE! You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook, respectively and with hashtag #MGBHGG as they effortlessly make it into this years Holiday Gift Guide!


But that isn't all! The good folk at Shushybye, would like to give our readers the chance to win a Shushybye prize pack, with an estimated retail value of around $90, with Shushybye toys and the new CD's to share with your own children - the prize pack will contain the same as the items featured in this blog post!

RULES: All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning the prize pack, is to enter the rafflecopter, below! Entrants must be 18 yrs or older (or have parents permission to enter) and must reside in the U.S.A. The winner will be drawn within 24 hours after the giveaway end and must confirm their win within a 48 hour period. If no claim has been made after that period, then prize is forfeit and a new winner is selected, so please do sign up with a valid email address! We do not use your email address for anything at all other than notifications of a win. We never keep or distribute your information. 

Note: Neither Mom's Gone Bronson, nor any other participating blogger is responsible for prize fulfillment. This responsibility falls to the company providing the giveaway items, thank you! 

That's it! Enter via the form, below, and then consider visiting the links in the giveaway hop, underneath the rafflecopter, for more great prizes!!

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Sashka Co. Bracelets, for Your Christmas Stockings! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with bracelets in return for my honest and unbiased opinions. 
Your views may differ thank you! 

Handmade in Nepal, with love, are Sashka Co. glass beaded bracelets!

They are $13 a piece and come in many, many colors and fit over most hands and look great with just about anything! 

Sold and bought via fair trading, there are colors and patterns to suit everyone and each purchase provides strength and empowerment amidst their makers, who are women in Nepal in the Kathmandu valley!

I found it incredibly hard to pick my 3 bracelets from such a wide choice, but I did and they turned up in a cute little bag and well presented and VERY quickly!

They are bright and bold and as pretty as they appeared on the website and I am exceedingly happy with them, which is why they are making it into our Holiday Gift Guide for 2015! 

Check out Sashka Co. on their website, Facebook and Twitter for more information and to pick up a unique gift or three for stockings! 

Follow our gift guide on Twitter with the hashtag #MGBHGG!

Let me know which ones are your favourites!!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Walking Dead, Season 6: Episode 5!

I can't actually fathom how we are on to episode 5, already, but here we are!

What a dull and boring episode this one was, with a rubbish teenage angsty girl-fight between "Coorall" and his arch nemesis, who now seems to be up to something, which probably means he's going to get himself into a lot of trouble in the process!

Rick magically made his way back to Alexandria and we have no idea how, so we just have to assume he ran all the way after simply avoiding the walkers back at the van.

Then there's no sign of anyone we care about, Maggie seems to have gone nuts and can't even speak in her own accent anymore (I know the actress has an English accent in real life, but still...) and then we find out she's not just nuts, but that she's pregnant, too, which is a whole other level of crazy!

Then there's Shrodinger's Glenn, still out in the wilderness being eaten or saved, who knows but he is both alive and dead and there isn't a darn thing we can do about it!

That kiss. Saw it coming a mile away, and I'm not convinced it will become anything more, but we all know that if you love someone on TV then one of the two has to go eventually!

Half of Alexandria is gone now, Deanna is completely crazy and her boy is a good old step to the bottle away from eating all the cookies.

Speaking of cookies, Jesse's cookies must be a whole lot worse than Carol's if no one even wants to walk down 10 steps for them!

Rick doesn't care about Jesse's cooking, either, but that's another story!

Next week, on the Dead and the Restless....'

Let us hope for some action and a resolution  to some of the bits and pieces currently still up in the air!

Onwards, and upwards!!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Ice Chips Candy for Your Holiday Gifting!! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was given some Ice Chips to review and to give my honest opinions. All thoughts are my own and your views might differ! Thank you!

I discovered these a while back when my friend had a boat load of them in her car, asked if I'd like one, and got me instantly hooked! Looking into the brand thereafter, I came to find out that they were invented by two "grannies" who were out to make a better-for-you candy that they wouldn't feel guilty about feeding to their grandchildren or anyone else! 

Bev Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary have been friends since 1986 and they are such an infectious combination, so driven to make their business successful that they went ahead and made a hard Xylitol candy (previously thought to be an impossible task) and wouldn't you know it - Ice Chips were born!

These little tins of delightfulness are small enough to carry around with you in your bag or pocket and the chips are of various sizes so you can pick and choose as your mood sees fit! I love that about them, so much so that I can spend forever digging in the tin trying to choose which piece to eat, instead of mindlessly just eating one. I don't know quite why it is so much fun, but everyone else seems to react the same way! 

Ice Chips, having been made with Xylitol, are better for diabetics, who want a sweet treat and are better for teeth than regular candy, with Xylitol promoting saliva and strengthening teeth, preventing some new decay and more useful benefits that can be discovered HERE!

There are currently 7 different variety packs of Ice Chips to choose from on the website, which range from the Holiday Pack to the Variety Pack: SHARK TANK Special

The flavors run from liquorice to candy cane, pumpkin spice and even egg nog! There are even Ice Chips with ginger or eucalyptus! The choice is yours, and you can check out the full range of those choices over at the Ice Chips website! 

They are great for sharing, super on a date night for a quick fresh breath solution and they make excellent conversation starters, as well as gifts!! 

This year I know a lot of kids who will be getting these in their stockings instead of the regular candy that some others might get, and I know I won't feel as bad about it, while they'll still very much enjoy it, and maybe even more! 

These have gone down well with ALL the household members, young and old, and so they get a big 10 out of 10 from us all and I can never get enough! They're just such a great idea, and they work, too! I am honoured to include them in this years Holiday Gift Guide, which you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #MGBHGG. 

Find Ice Chips on Twitter and Facebook for more information and let me know if you've tried them before, and which are your favourite! I personally ADORE the ROOT BEER FLOAT!! 

Happy crunching!!

Dancing Moon Coffee Company Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with product in order to give my honest, unbiased opinions. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you! 


We have a lot of coffee lovers in our reader-base and I know you will all appreciate Dancing Moon Coffee Company coffee as a gift for the holiday season and should consider gifting it to others, too!

The Dancing Moon Coffee Company website has described the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe whole bean coffee as: "hugely fragrant and spicy with occasional hints of citrus and blueberries. And that’s just the beginning. Sweeter caramel and chocolate flavors start to develop as the cup cools down. Here’s a coffee that’s definitely fit for a king." - and I certainly agree! 

There is something incredibly gratifying when you grind your own coffee beans, I am not even sure why, but I much prefer whole beans over powder or grinds in a bag. I like the process of making and measuring out the coffee and then the smell, wafting through the house as the coffee brews in the pot - I don't drink caffeine so much now and so I do usually stick to decaf now, but I like a regular cup once in a while, and so getting a taste of the Dancing Moon coffee was a little treat for me, and a lot of a treat for everyone else in my household, who love their coffee even more than I ever could! 

I found the aroma to be soft and lightly fragrant and the dark roast really makes the coffee appetising to me before even taking a sip. I don't drink caffeine often, I usually drink decaf, but I tried this coffee to see what it was all about and it is such a wonderfully smooth and not-too-bitter tasting coffee, which is how I like it. I enjoyed the softness of it and the flavor was bountiful and I can say that I think this particular taste is up there in my top 3!

My oldest son thought that the coffee was "delicious" and wanted the whole pot to himself, which would be a little extreme for anyone, even though he is an adult! We shared a cup of coffee each over a chat and talked it over and we both liked it enough to give it a 2-thumbs up!

I would definitely recommend picking up this blend, and checking out the other coffees offered at the Dancing Moon website. The coffee is Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic and boasts a 3 times more antioxidants than those in green tea! As a wonderful extra bonus, 5% of every purchase is donated to the Semper Fi fund, to aid wounded and critically ill members of all of the U.S. Armed Forces, which means your purchase keeps on giving. 

You can find Dancing Moon Coffee Company on Facebook to catch up on what they have to offer, and to take a leap on a great cup of coffee! 


Firefly Light-Up Toothbrushes for Every Stocking This Christmas?! #MGBHGG

FIREFLY toothbrushes are next on our list for the Holiday Gift Guide as they make for great stocking stuffers and extras, which are both necessary and, in this case, fun!

No more boring old toothbrushes! FIREFLY has different character designs and the ones we have are Star Wars and a Hello Kitty brushes to suit everyones personality and taste.

The Star Wars toothbrushes (for ages 8 and up) make lightsaber noises for 2 minutes and flash either blue (for the light side) or red (for the dark!) and turn off when time is up to let the children know when to stop brushing!

The Hello Kitty brush has a "traffic light" style light system that flashes green to start, amber when time is almost over and then red, to stop and finish, 2 minutes later.

There are so many different kids of brushes and I we are very excited about the Peanuts character toothbrushes and in general, no more boring toothbrushes, at all! Heck, these are even the funnest toothbrushes in an electrical outage - light's out, light's on and GO! Sparkly clean teeth.

It is recommended to brush your teeth after eating sweet treats (and twice a day) so you can never have too many toothbrushes, which my household knows well. We always have spare toothbrushes on hand to make sure little fingers haven't lost, broken or attempted to chew up their brush when learning, and the character brushes from FIREFLY actually make them rush to get in the bathroom and brush for those 2 minutes or more!

I like that they come in a range of characters, with lights, without lights, with matching mouth washes (on some characters) and everything from manual to electric brushes for all kids with a sense of fun and adventure. My kids love to play with the lightsaber brushes and also like a little mini disco in the bathroom with the lights out - their routines have been made that little bit more fun, even though I have always pushed for good oral hygiene as you just can never prevent too much!

Head on over to the FIREFLY website, today and see which brush is right for you, then pop them in those Christmas stockings for a practical, fun gift that keeps on giving with the return on clean teeth!

You can also find FIREFLY on Twitter and Facebook, respectively and follow Mom's Gone Bronson's Holiday Gift Guide on Twitter with hashtag #MGBHGG and via the tab at the top of this blog!

Have fun, shopping for the holidays, and happy gifting!

Disclaimer: I was given some Firefly toothbrushes to review and to give my honest opinions. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Your views may differ, thank you! 

Surviv-ALL Knife for Your Practical and Outdoorsy Loved-one! #MGBHGG

The Surviv-ALL knife, from StatGear is something you might want to give the hunter, outdoorsy, get into nature or get things done type of guys (and girls) and would be a fine piece of equipment for holiday gifting!

At $44.99 you get a great, sharp and smooth looking knife, which is full-tang, weighted well, with a nice grip, drop-point blade and a snug holster.

The holster has an attached, quality knife sharpening stone, chord-cutter AND fire-starter rod plus a patent-pending, para-secure paracord handle strap to hold the knife in place!

As far as knives go, you can't beat this one for the price and it impressed my husband who is not easily impressed by anything!

The only thing I would ever change about the knife is that I wish the fire starter rod felt a little more secure, or was holstered upside down to where it is now as it feels a little like I would lose that piece because I am prone to breaking things/losing bits of things and so for people like me, personally I'd love that to be secured the opposite way up, but other than that, this is one great knife I think anyone would be happy to receive - especially if you're going camping, fishing or what-not and have a little help by your side without carrying a truck load of accessories!

You may not survive the holidays, but you will survive a lot of everything else, which is why the Surviv-ALL knife makes it into our Holiday Gift Guide, which you can find on Twitter with the hash tag #MGBHGG, or by clicking the tab at the top of this blog!

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Happy camping!

Disclaimer: I was provided a Surviv-ALL knife to review and to share my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine, thank you!