Tuesday, 1 December 2015

PlaSmart Smart Mat Giveaway + Giveaway Hop! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided products to review for this post. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own, honest and unbiased opinions. Your views may differ, thank you! Mom's Gone Bronson is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Welcome to the
'Tis The Season Giveaway Hop

From December 1-15, 2015, you can hop to each of the bloggers listed on the linky below and enter to win fabulous prizes on each blog. Prizes are worth a minimum of $25 each and if you're lucky enough, you could win them all!

Here at Mom's Gone Bronson, we have a...


PlaSmart is one of my favorite toy destinations, with simple and smart toys that are also fun and entertaining for all the family!

We had the chance to play with the PlaSmart Inc. Smart Mat, which is HUGE at 78"x46", is durable and easy to clean, with a bright and colorful selection of scenery for children to be able to use their imagination with their own toys, cars and more on top!

My children took to this mat straight away and being as it is so big, there is plenty of room for them both to set up their toys and play!

My daughter likes to get her doll houses and put them around the mat to make a giant city, while my son likes to drive around the roads with his cars and trucks, while visiting around the houses that my daughter's toys are set up at!

There is a great deal of emphasis on imaginative play in our household and I encourage it whole-heartedly and the fact that the kids are happy to have the T.V off and play with this mat for hours on end is a good testament to how much fun they can make themselves when they have something to bounce their creativity and ideas off of, which is why this Smart Mat is such a great addition to their play!

The mat is made of coated EVA foam, which is easy to wipe clean if there are any accidental messes made, and it is soft enough to roll up for storing away! The only thing I would love to see added to this mat is a small clip to keep it rolled for storage, but other than that it is perfect and I throw on a chip-clip or large elastic band to keep it rolled up when stored!

I am thrilled with the mat, not only because it is durable and easy for me to clean, but because it is bright, colorful and fun for all ages and visiting friends love to play every time they come on over!

The PlaSmart Smart Mat makes our Holiday Gift List with ease and couldn't be a more perfect fit for households who love to play and learn with imagination and a little freestyle! Perfect for all ages, no moving parts but lots of stimulation!

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


The nice folk over at PlaSmart would like to give away a SMART MAT to ONE of our lucky readers and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to reside in the U.S.A, be over 18 or have a parents permission to enter, sign up with your valid email address so we can contact you if you win, and enter via the rafflecopter below! It is THAT easy!

This giveaway will end at midnight on December 15th 2015 and the winner will be notified within 24 hours of giveaway end! Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or else the prize becomes forfeit and we pick a new winner until a winner is confirmed!

That's it! Head on down to the rafflecopter, below and enter to win! When you are done, you can also enter the GIVEAWAY HOP. located under the rafflecopter, which is brought to you by Planet Weidknecht  and LeahSay’s Views, to whom we say THANK YOU! 

Enter for your chance to with the PlaSmart Smart Mat, HERE: 

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Now enter for even more chances to win great prizes, with the 'Tis The Season. Giveaway Hop, BELOW: 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Lambie & Me Blanket and Caterpillar Pacifier Holder Gift Set! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with product to express my honest and open opinions. My views are my own and your views may differ. thank you! 

Here is a cute gift for baby this season, which comes from Lambie & Me in the form of a blanket and pacifier holder, which looks like an adorable little caterpillar.

The blanket is muslin, large and soft and makes for great swaddling and it is actually, I think, big enough to keep and use as a blanket as baby gets bigger and even into toddling - this is a soft and cozy blanket that I wouldn't want to let go if I was a little snug baby with one! 

Babies really do not need much at all at Christmas, but it is always so nice to include something for them and this is perfect - nothing too big, nothing over the top, just a cute and practical gift that baby will actually use and enjoy, which will be appreciated by mom and dad, too! 

This cute little set is gender-neutral, which I love, too! I don't particularly think it matters too much about giving boys or girls specific colors, but when mom and dad don't yet know the gender, it is sometimes easier to buy something to suit either gender and so even a pre-baby gift can be made with this one! 

At 47x47 inches in size, my son thinks this blanket is soft and cuddly, he likes to snuggle up to it on the couch. He is too old for a pacifier, but he still likes to cling on to the caterpillar as a little soft toy in its own right! Definitely a gift that can grow with the child for a good long while! 

Lambie & Me make it into out Gift Guide and you can find all sorts of wonderful baby items to give this season over at their website, which you can find here: http://lambieandme.com/

Lambie & Me love sharing with you and they would love for you, our loyal readers, to pick up a blanket and pacifier holder set at a 25% DISCOUNT, using coupon code: UD5IZLVP at Amazon, HERE (While available!). 

You can also keep up to date with Lambie & Me via Pinterest, Twitter AND Facebook for latest and greatest gifts for baby! 

Follow our Holiday Gift Guide on social media with #MGBHGG and add one to your list, today! 

Littlest Prince Couture for Gifting and Wearing This Holiday Season! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I had the chance to try out a shirt and tie from Littlest Prince Couture, this Thanksgiving, in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not otherwise compensated. All views are my own and your views may differ! 

Every holiday I like to dress my children up to look nice and sometimes I go a little over-the-top, but I love it for a special occasion, so why not! 

This year, my daughter had a Frozen themed dress on and so I went in search of a matching shirt for my son, Bronson, which I found Littlest Prince Couture!

Not only did I find a beautifully aqua colored long-sleeved shirt, but they have matching ties, as well, which finishes off the look that I was aiming to achieve when I set out to outfit my son.

I added my own waist-coat and black pants, and the results were stunning, with the popping aqua colored shirt being the talk of the day! Not only is it MY favorite color, but little boys apparently just look adorable in it and I am never going to stop putting him in color!

If you are looking for a cute shirt or tie for Christmas, or any other occasion, then head on over to Littlest Prince Couture and see if there is something that catches your eye, especially with various shirts and tops, which can be hand-dyed in custom colors! 

For dress shirt ideas, you can visit http://www.littlestprince.com/hand-dyed-long-sleeve-dress-shirt-onesie-custom-color/ and find something that suits your needs! 

Find more fun and fabulous smart clothes for your little boys while following Littlest Prince Couture on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the smartest looks of the season, just how you'll like them!

Littlest Prince Couture slips into our Holiday Gift Guide, this year, because not only do these make for a great choice to dress up in for events, but they make fabulous gifts, too! I know my little boys would love to receive a cute shirt or tie in their stocking and these clothes are sure to bring a smile!

I'd love to hear from you, so let me know what you love to dress up in over the holidays, and which color shirt you would pick if you were looking for something for yourself! 


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Vincent Peach Makes Perfect Holiday Gifting or Wearing for ANY Occasion! #MGBHGG

Disclaimer: I was provided with products to review for my own personal and unbiased opinions. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you! 

"Vincent Peach combines casual elegance of leather and the extraordinary beauty of Freshwater & Tahitian Pearls" - VP Instagram

I am not a huge fan of typical jewelry, I like to wear something a tad different or something that makes a statement or which is a little bold and that is exactly what I got in this beautiful necklace and bracelet from Vincent Peach! occasion 

Exquisitely crafted deeply red gemstones with pearl to finish them off, these are the perfect coupling to just about any attire, and for any occasion! 

I am very partial to pearls and love anything red or black and so the colors in these pieces are just the perfect combination for someone like me and I wore them with pride to my in-law's Thanksgiving lunch and got a lot of compliments!

These aren't your average, old string of beads or rack of pearls, a dated style or sub-par anything, these are just greatly thought-out, well-designed matching little pieces of joy to make a person sparkle and to brighten their day!

I hadn't heard of Vincent Peach before doing this review but I sure have heard of him, now and I can't get enough! I absolutely love the way these look and they look so much better in the hand than in photos even, they are just fabulous! They aren't too short, too tight or uncomfortable, either, they're just perfect, as though they were made for me!

Vincent Peach is being worn by stars such as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, to name a few, and I have to think they all have great taste because this is some of the nicest jewelry I think I've ever had the pleasure to wear and I would definitely seek out more!

Vincent Peach jewelry would be a go-to in a heartbeat for an occasion or gift, which is why Vincent Peach has made it effortlessly into this years Holiday Gift Guide! (#MGBHGG).

Check out Vincent Peach across social media for more information with the following sources:

Check out the many fabulous pieces, today, and let me know what you find!!


You can also find even more information and great ideas from the PR company that brought Vincent Peach to my attention! Thank you C.I. Visions! (C.I. Visions Facebook, C.I. Visions Twitter and C.I. Visions Instagram)

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 headless....er....turkey, 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 VISITFLORIDA.com. (This sweep is not hosted by Mom's Gone Bronson, and you need to visit http://www.secretlabsweepstakes.com/ to enter for the grand prize trip!) 

Mom's Gone Bronson GIVEAWAY!

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.

***** This giveaway ends on December 9th at midnight EST! *****

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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Find Cardpool on Facebook and Twitter, respectively and follow Mom's Gone Bronson's Holiday Gift Guide on Twitter with #MGBHGG!

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.com)

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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The “Sweet Holiday Memories Hop Event” is sponsored by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht, to whom we say: Thank you!

Please surf the other giveaways in this hop (below) for more great prizes! 

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!!