January 31, 2012

Marvel’s The Avengers Director & Cast Twitter Chat


If your like me your anxiously awaiting the opening of Marvel’s "The Avengers," opening in theaters on May 4, 2012! But until then here's a very cool event fans can join in! Marvel Studios has announced that they're sponsoring a Global Twitter Chat TODAY Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT with cast members and the director!

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The 30-minute live tweeting event features writer/director Joss Whedon and cast members Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson).

Fans around the world will be able to participate in the Q&A on Twitter by using the @Avengers handle and the #Avengers hashtag. Participating fans will have the opportunity to see a 10-second tease of the 30-second Super Bowl spot that will air during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 on NBC. They will also have a chance to answer “Avengers” trivia for a chance to win “Avengers” prize packs.

International fans will be able to submit questions in their native language through a global translation tool provided by Ortsbo.com. The chat will be moderated by Marvel’s @Agent_M.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow.

Starring Robert DowneyJr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, JeremyRenner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd and Samuel L. Jackson, and written and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Movie Plot - When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, NickFury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Like Marvel’s The Avengers on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/MarvelsTheAvengers
Follow Marvel’s The Avengers on Twitter - http://twitter.com/Avengers

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Save the Children & Julianne Moore Limited Edition Valentine’s Cards


This Valentine’s Day, give children living in poverty a lifelong love of reading to help break the lifelong cycle of poverty, one Valentine at a time.

Save the Children Julianne Moore

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and the organization’s artist ambassador Julianne Moore have invited beloved children’s book authors and illustrators Ian Falconer, Kevin Henkes, Leuyen Pham, Brian Selznick and Mo Willems to design limited-edition Valentine’s cards benefiting Save the Children’s U.S. Programs “Love to Read, Read to Live” campaign.

More than 60 percent of low-income households have no books at all in their homes and only about one-third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading. When poverty is added into the mix, a student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her more proficient peers.

For a $25 tax deductible donation, purchasers get a 30-card boxed set of limited-edition Valentines and all proceeds go to Save the Children to support education, health and resiliency programs in the United States.

To give your child Valentines that keep on giving, order your cards by February 6 to ensure delivery on time for Valentine’s Day! Save the Children’s Valentine’s Day cards are available at www.savethechildren.org/valentines or by calling 1-800-728-3843.

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January 26, 2012

Tech Valentine's Day gifts w free extended warranties


Roses and chocolate may be time-honored traditions, but for lovebirds looking for a gift that lasts, some 21st Century gift ideas are in order. FreeWarranty.com, a comparison shopping site offering free extended warranties, has put together a list of this year’s best high-tech Valentine’s Day gifts. ALL come with a free extended warranty through the site.

Tech Valentine's Day gifts

FreeWarranty’s 5 Great V-Day Gifts:
  • Thinking about a weekend getaway with your beloved? A Garmin Auto GPS, starting at $59.99, will make sure you get where you’re going.
  • Is cuddling up for a movie at home more your style? Maybe a Toshiba 19” HD TV, starting at $179, is your perfect Valentine’s gift.
  • The couple that plays together stays together, so pick up an Xbox 360 Console, starting at $199, and game your way to happiness.
Valentine’s Day shoppers who start at FreeWarranty.com can comparison shop for the best deal from online retailers like Buy.com and Target.com. Once they’ve found the perfect gift at the right price, FreeWarranty.com lets them protect their purchases by doubling the manufacturer’s warranty free of charge.

Have fun shopping!

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Life Gift Cards (LGC) recently launched a offering for mammograms


This Valentines Day, instead of diamonds and chocolate, one couple challenges you to give the gift of life! Life Gift Cards (LGC) a groundbreaking health and wellness gift card for medical services has recently launched a product offering for mammograms.

Life Gift Cards

About one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org, and early detection is the key to saving lives. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are uninsured and cannot afford a mammogram. A startling 49.9 million Americans had no health insurance in 2010 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In order to provide hope to millions of these women living without coverage, Colorado couple Joseph Truscelli and Michelle Marte, decided to take action! Now, with the click of a button, Joey and Michelle have made it possible for you to provide your loved ones with the opportunity to take back their health.

Not only have they collaborated with a leading provider of healthcare revenue to power its business model, but LGC is now also connected directly to over 600,000 doctors, 5000 hospitals and over 60,000 dentists nation wide.

If you are interested in learning more about Life Gift Cards, or purchasing a card for a loved one, visit www.LifeGiftCards.com

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Bath & Body Works Valentine’s Day Party, You're invited!


Bath & Body Works invites you to be our valentine this year at a chic celebration of the latest must-have Signature Collection scent: Pink Chiffon. An ultra-feminine fragrance with girly grace, this romantic scent will sweep you off your feet. Put on your preferred pink outfit Saturday February 11th and join Bath & Body Works to fall in love with the new scent just in time for Valentine’s Day.
 Bath & Body Works Valentine’s Day Party

WHO: Bath & Body Works
WHAT: Valentine’s Day Party
WHEN: Saturday, February 11th, 10am - 4pm
WHERE: Bath & Body Works stores nationwide

At the event, guests can also:
  • Cast a vote for your favorite new Signature Collection Fine Fragrance Mist, showing love for your signature scent.
  • Complete your date night prep with a stop at our Pucker Up station, your destination for the ultimate kissable pout.
  • Find the perfect gift for the man in your life in the Bath & Body Works Men’s Collection.
  • Enter to the ultimate Valentine’s Day prize – a dreamy bedroom makeover or romantic trip for two to Hawaii!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with Bath & Body Works for fine fragrance, free gifts, and much more!

RSVP on Bath & Body Works facebook page - www.facebook.com/bathandbodyworks

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Lester’s Superbowl Football Items for Little Fans


Here are a few fun Superbowl-perfect items for the little football fans, available now at Lester’s!

Lester’s Football items

Giants Pillow Pet by Pillow Pets $34
NFL Lounge by Outerstuff $18
Slingback by Concept One $24
Thermal Crewneck by Rockcandy $34

For more football themed ideas visit - http://www.lestersnyc.com

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Vicks Starry Night Mist Humidifier Review #vlog


So far this winter my son and I have had to deal with super dry winter air and all sorts of congestion from various colds. It hasn't been easy trying to "breathe" easily but thankfully we had the Vicks Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier.

Vick's Starry Night Humidifier

Did you know that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cool mist humidifier throughout the winter months to help relieve congestion and coughs for youngster as well as help counteract the effects of harsh, dry air.

I didn't know that! But after a few nights of using the Vick's Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier, I can see why. The cool mist really helped sooth our dry and soar noses so we can breathe and sleep better. While I appreciated that feature VERY much, it was the "starry night" projection that my son loved.
Vick's Starry Night Humidifier






To help you see how the independently controlled "starry night" projection works I made a short video. Excuse my raspy voice, I was recovering from one of those colds we've been battling over the holiday.

Vick's Starry Night Humidifier

While for the most part I liked the Vick's Starry Night Humidifier, I have to mention a fussy point to the unit for me. Putting it all together and maintenance! The humidifier has a few different parts that needs to be upkeep so it works at peak performance. While it's simple maintenance like turning over the filter it is something extra they you need to do and be aware off.

Best used in medium-sized rooms, the Vick's Starry Night Humidifier operates for 18-24 hours on a 1 gallon tank. For added comfort, its built-in scent pad heater works with Vicks Soothing Vapors VapoPads.

The Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier (V3700) has an SRP of $54.99 and is available at Toys-R-Us, Kmart, Walgreens, and on Amazon.com.

For more information visit: www.vicks.com

For tips on humidification and other information about caring for children with cold and flu visit: www.coldandflucentral.com

Please Note: I received product sample for review. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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January 25, 2012

Snow Sledding - Wordless Wednesday



snow sledding

This past weekend we had the first winter snow storm.
It was perfect for sledding in Central Park with friends

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Tropicana #Trop50 True Resolutions & $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway CLOSED


Like many of you, at the beginning of the New Year I vowed to do things this year I didn't last year. Since I had no problem making a few professional blogging resolutions, now it's time to start making some personal resolutions.
My 2012 resolution

One of my personal resolutions is to spend more time with my friends. I'm not talking about my online social media friends. Honestly, I spend most of my time with them already. LOL. No I'm talking about my real life real time friends. Last year I missed out on births, new business start-ups, marriages and sadly deaths. I felt so left out of their lives.

Being online is great but sometimes I feel like my life is stuck in that one dimension. This year I vow to live in a multi-dimensional way, so I wont miss out on the joys and pains in my offline friends lives! I confess it's a partly selfish resolution because I just like to know what my friends are doing. LOL.

But aren't most resolutions personal and partly selfish? For example, we vow to lose weight but it's more then just being healthy isn't it? Perhaps the true reason is to fit into that outfit we've been eying for months?!
Trop50 True Resolutions

Well Trop50, a fruit juice beverage with 50 % less sugar, calories, and no artificial sweeteners, understands we have secret motivations and their current promotion True Resolutions celebrates the real reasons behind New Year’s resolutions.

If you visit the Trop50 facebook page and share your secret motivation, you’ll earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself and 50¢ off coupons for up to 50 of your friends. Don't want to let everyone know your secrets? Then you can even submit incognito with a fierce disguise. LOL

But whether you submit a resolution or not, you can also enter a sweepstakes to win a $1000 gift card. No purchase necessary but hurry since this sweepstakes ends Jan. 31, 2012.

Because I know how hard it was to admit the true secret behind your "True Resolutions" I have a treat for you. (1) Winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card thanks to Tropicana OJ and Trop50.

WIN The Mommy Factor giveaway!

WAYS TO ENTER:

(1) Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me, which flavor of Trop50 do you want to try? Comment must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. February 8, 2012.

After you have completed the required entry, get extra entries if you:

(2) Like The Mommy Factor Facebook page (1 entry)
(3) Like The Trop50 Facebook page (1 entry)
(4) Subscribe to The Mommy Factor via feedburner AND confirm. (1 entry)
(5) Follow @TropicanaOJ on twitter (1 entry)
(6) Follow @mommyfactor on twitter (1 entry)
(7) Member from The Black Moms Club? Leave a comment letting me know then (leave 2 extra comments to earn 3 entries)
(8) Tweet about this giveaway using the link below and leave a comment with the link here. Can be done up to 3x a day (1 entry each time) Tweet link must be included in each comment.

RT @mommyfactor Enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card #Giveaway #Trop50 #TropicanaOJ ~ http://bit.ly/wfZFYa ~ RT to enter

NOW THE RULES

Winner will be selected by random.org on or shortly after February 8, 2012. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.

Please Note: As part of the Tropicana "TropiMomma" Ambassador program, I wrote this post for informational purposes. No compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Godiva Coffee Valentine's Day Gift Set Review & Giveaway CLOSED


I truly believe one of the best ways to say I love you is with Chocolate! So when I received an offer to review Godiva Chocolatier Coffee two new flavors of course I said YES! Did I mention I love Chocolate?!
Godiva Chocolatier Coffee

If like me your a chocolate lover or your looking for a Valentine's Day gift idea for the chocolate lover in your life then you HAVE to try one of the Godiva Chocolatier Coffee limited-edition coffees, whose deep, rich flavors are inspired by Godiva chocolates so you know their good.

I received a sample each of Godiva Coffee Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Roasted Almond and their SO good. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry is perfect for someone wants to add a stronger deep flavor to their coffee, while the Roasted Almond gives a nice smooth flavor.

These 2 new flavors join the other Godiva Coffee year-round favorites like Chocolate Truffle, French Vanilla, Hazelnut Creme and Breakfast Blend. All Godiva coffees are made from 100% premium medium-roasted Arabica beans, making these premium coffee luxurious AND delicious.
Godiva Coffee and Gems gift set
Want to add a little bit more chocolate with you coffee gift? Then the new Godiva Coffee and Gems gift set is prefect. Available exclusively at Target, this gift set features the rich taste of Chocolate Truffle coffee and delicious Milk Chocolate Gems.

For more information about Godiva's family of premium coffees, recipe ideas and to learn how you can enter to win a $500 American Express gift card visit http://www.godivacoffee.com/

Would you like to try one of the new Godiva Chocolatier Coffee limited-edition coffees? (1) winner will receive the Dark Chocolate Raspberry to enjoy.

WIN The Mommy Factor giveaway!

WAYS TO ENTER:

(1) Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me, whats your favorite Godiva Chocolate? Comment must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. February 8, 2012.

After you have completed the required entry, get extra entries if you:

(2) Like The Mommy Factor Facebook page (1 entry)
(3) Like The Godiva Coffee Facebook page (1 entry)
(4) Subscribe to The Mommy Factor via feedburner AND confirm. (1 entry)
(5) Follow @mommyfactor on twitter (1 entry)
(7) Member from The Black Moms Club? Leave a comment letting me know then (leave 2 extra comments to earn 3 entries)
(8) Tweet about this giveaway using the link below and leave a comment with the link here. Can be done up to 3x a day (1 entry each time) Tweet link must be included in each comment.

RT @mommyfactor Enter to win a Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Pack #Giveaway ~ http://bit.ly/xtUY15 ~ RT to enter

NOW THE RULES

Winner will be selected by random.org on or shortly after February 8, 2012. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.

Please Note: I received product sample for review. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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NBC "The Voice" Special Tour with Iconic Coach's Chair


NBC celebrates the Season 2 of its hit show THE VOICE by creating an exact replica of the iconic coach’s chair from the show and sending it across the country making special location appearances. At each appearance, fans can sit in the chair and just like a show's coach, hit the button to spin the chair around and light up “I Want You”!
NBC The Voice

NYC LOCATION TOUR INFO:
  • Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
  • Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 87 E. 42nd Street, Manhattan
  • Time: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Make sure to get there and get a recording! Each fan’s experience in the coach’s chair will be recorded then emailed to them. Fans can then share their video with friends via their social media pages.

Additionally, special song download cards and other giveaways will be distributed at each event.

TUNE-IN: “The Voice” returns on NBC February 5th after Super Bowl XLVI then moves to its regular Monday night on February 6, at 8pm. ET on NBC.

Official website – www.nbc.com/thevoice
Facebook - www.facebook.com/nbcthevoice
Twitter - www.twitter.com/NBCTheVoice

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January 21, 2012

Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials pack has $190 in coupons


With the New Year start many are looking for the perfect way to keep their families looking great and staying healthy. Johnson & Johnson wants to help your family stay healthy, without putting to much pressure on your wallets, so every Sunday look for Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials saving packs in your local newspaper.

Johnson Healthy Essentials

The Johnson and Johnson Healthy Essentials savings pack includes $190 in coupons and rebates on your family’s favorite brands including: AVEENO®, NEUTROGENA®, LISTERINE®, Johnson’s®, Splenda®, BAND-AID®, OneTouch®, VIACTIV®, RoC®, REMBRANDT®, VISINE®, DESITIN®, NEOSPORIN®, LUBRIDERM®, BENGAY®, STAYFREE®, CAREFREE®, CORTAID®, and REACH®.

Coupons can also be downloaded at www.healthyessentials.com

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Campus Book Rentals Text Book Rentals Helps Operation Smile


With many students returning to college this month, the hunt for college text books for next semester will start very soon. I remember my college days and how expensive my text books could be, not to mention heavy! I wish I knew about the site Campus Book Rentals.

Campus Book Rentals

CampusBookRentals.com, one of the world's largest textbook rental web sites, serves over 3,500 college campuses by renting textbooks at half the price a college bookstore sells them for. college students can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices PLUS there's free shipping both ways.

Besides having college text books at a great price, the site also offers.
  • Nearly every book available for rent
  • Prepaid return envelope to send the books
  • 30 day worry free rental guarantee and a 15 day grace period
I also learned that Campus Book Rentals pays students for referring friends, awards scholarships every semester, and contribute a portion of the rental proceeds to a worthy humanitarian project each year.

I really like the idea that by renting a college text book (something the benefits a college student) you can help make a powerful difference in someone else life. Currently Campus Book Rentals has partnered with Operation Smile and are donating over 1,000 life saving cleft lip surgeries this year to children in need.

So this year check out CampusBookRentals.com, not only to save money by renting text books but to also help a child have a reason to smile.

Please Note: I received a gift basket as a thank you for sharing about the website. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits for perfect boobs, tummy & butt


This New Year, make an exercise resolution you can keep with Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits. By setting aside just four minutes a day, these exercises work with Mama Mio’s best products to give you the perfect boobs, tummy and butt for the New Year.

Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits

Bootcamp for Boobs ($85): Boost your chest, lift your boobs and define your cleavage while keeping your skin firm, youthful and fit. This support system is perfect for holding your boobs up so sagging will no longer be a concern in the New Year. This kit includes a bust-perking work out along with two of Mama Mio’s most popular products, Skin Tight and Boob Tube.

Bootcamp for Tummies ($99): This amazing way to tackle tummy flab will deliver results in just 30 days! Your tummy will be tighter, flatter, and smoother while giving you a more defined waist. These effective exercises and products will rid you of that stubborn tummy bulge you couldn’t lose in 2011. This kit contains a tummy-tucking exercise along with Mama Mio’s Skin Tight and Get Waisted.

Bootcamp for Butts ($125): This combination of product and exercise will smooth, soften, tone, tighten, increase circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite giving you a higher butt and thighs with less wobble. Who doesn’t want a more impressive silhouette for the New Year? This kit consists of a butt-perking routine along with three of Mama Mio’s best products, OMega Body Buff, Skin Tight and Shrink to Fit.

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Getting the Most From Your Gift Cards


Gift cards have topped the list of most requested presents for five years running, but some recipients inevitably end up disappointed. Whether you have a collection of unwanted cards you're looking to unload or just haven't decided what you want to buy, use these tips from Andrea Woroch, a consumer and money-saving expert, to get the most from your holiday gift cards.
using gift cards

1. Review Details

Despite new federal regulations for gift cards resulting from the Credit CARD Act, retailers are finding their way around the rules. A recent article in Canadian Business points out bank-issued gift cards from MasterCard and VISA often include additional purchase fees on top of the balance of the card. Other cards included as a bonus with your purchase are actually treated more like coupons, with short expiration dates or product restrictions. Before you stick these away in your wallet, read up on the rules and regulations.

2. Follow the News

With the economy still struggling, businesses come just as quickly as they go. If you have a gift card for a store that's struggling to stay afloat, it's smart to use it up as quickly as possible. Once they go under, you'll lose out on the entire balance.

3. Sell or Exchange Unwanted Cards

There's no mystery when it comes to gift cards; you either like them or you don't. If your plastic haul falls on the "don't" side, there's still hope for getting something out of them. Gift Card Exchange Day -- a one day event created to raise consumer awareness about exchanging gift cards for cash -- is set to take place on Dec. 26. Just enter the store name and gift card amount to receive instant bids from resellers wanting to purchase your card.

4. Consider Regifting

Do you have family or friends with a post-Christmas birthday or perhaps an upcoming wedding or baby shower? Unwanted gift cards make quality presents at no cost. Just make sure such holiday gift cards don't feature a season-specific design when gifting for another celebration.

5. Get Registered

Once you've decided you're going to use your gift card, get it registered. Call the issuers' customer service department and provide your name and address with the card's unique account number and PIN. If the card is lost or stolen you're able to get the balance credited back on a new card.

6. Keep It Close

Though gift cards work like cash, they certainly don't get the same treatment. Cash is closely guarded and meticulously monitored while gift cards get tossed into the sock drawer. If you'd tuck a $20 bill into your wallet as soon as you got it, why wouldn't you do the same with a gift card? To ensure they're around whenever you need them, put them in a secure place such as your purse, wallet or car. That way you have your gift card ready for unexpected purchases and you don't have to use cash or credit.

7. Shop Smarter

In a surprising find, Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney discovered gift card recipients typically spend 140 percent of the card's face value during their redemption trip. This indicates shoppers don't spend as carefully as they would when using cash or a credit card. If you spend just to spend, take more time to weigh your gift card purchases. Also, use gift cards for stores like Walmart or Target on household items and boost your budget for a few months.

8. Make a Donation

Unwanted cards can be donated. Many organizations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation accept donations of gift cards that are used toward granting wishes. If smaller, local charities don't accept them, use your card to buy items like food and clothing you know they'll take. It's best to donate directly instead of through a third-party site so you know the money got there and you're guaranteed a tax deduction.

9. Keep Up with Balances

To avoid leaving partial balances unredeemed, keep notes about how much you've used and store balance receipts along with the card. You can also check your balance on such sites as GiftCardGranny.com if it's been a while since you last used the card. In some states you can even request a cash refund when the balance falls under a certain amount. Currently the minimum is $10 in California and $5 in a handful of other states.

10. Start a Portfolio

This year the investment site, GoalMine, is taking a unique approach to gift cards. From Dec. 19 through the end of January they'll sell your cards and deposit the value into a FDIC-insured savings account or one of their mutual funds. Instead of filling your cart up with candy bars to spend the last of your store credit, get a college fund going for the kids.

11. Recycle

Several companies such as Target, REI and Walmart began using bioplastic gift cards made with a corn-based material that will biodegrade in a regular compost bin. Though some gift cards aren't biodegradable, you can mail them to Earthworks System, a PVC recycling company that began accepting gift cards for recycling last January.

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HP’s Project Getaway contest for a $6,000 family vacation


The HP’s Project Getaway contest offers one lucky winner the chance to win a $6,000 family vacation to anywhere in the United States!

HP’s Project Getaway Contest

The contest runs until January 31st and to enter all you have to do is post a photo of your HP Photo Creation to the HP Photo Creations Facebook tab. Once posted, the next step will be to get your family members and friends to vote for your creation as the winning project! The voting will occur on the Facebook page between February 1 and February 20, and will offer additional opportunities to win fun prizes just for voting!

In case you’re not familiar with HP Photo Creations, it is a free download that allows you to take pictures and turn them into photo memories such as:
  • calendars
  • scrapbooks
  • coffee mugs.
HP Photo Creations allows you to combine graphics and text with your photos which enables you to bring out their inner stories. It can help to make your memories even more special and can be a great craft project for the family.

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January 20, 2012

Red Tails NYC Junket : Inspiring Young Black America


I recently attended a press junket for George Lucas' latest film "Red Tails", a movie inspired by the first all-African American aerial combat unit, the Tuskegee Airmen.

Red Tails Movie

During the junket I meet with and interviewed the actors including Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard. I was also able to interview Dr. Roscoe Brown, one of the original Tuskegee Airman, Director Anthony Hemingway and Producers Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson.

During the interviews the panel shared that the original movie idea changed from non fiction to fiction to show the depth of the movie. Scene of the pilots flying to Africa, their home coming, etc all were refocused to show the combat of the airmen since that's how they earned their name and reputation.

While the movie does highlights the civil rights issue, it's the heroism of the men that everyone hopes will appeal to the global audiences. The Tuskegee Airmen broke through color barriers by what they DID not just who they were. The focus of the movie is to educate a new generation.

When asked how Red Tails compares to other historic time period movie featuring a black cast like The Help, the panel all agreed that while The Help was a good movie in it's own rights, it's different then Red Tails, which is a movie about men who saved the world and changed history. It's the history changing element that gives this movie a great importance for the African American community

Dr. Roscoe Brown

Dr. Roscoe Brown shared what it was like making history.
"We're always asked if we knew we were doing things to making history. YES! We knew we were changing things. We were excited. But back then many of the white press didn't talk about us, while the black press treated us like stars. We came home to parades and everything from the black community"
While the movie does touch on the racial divide, it's not a race focused movie. The director Anthony Hemingway explained that having George Lucas be a part of the movie help gave it a light and fresh feeling. They didn't want the movie to be serious and controversial. They wanted the real story of the airmen and what they did to come thought above the underline racial tensions of the time.

Red Tails offers a chance to see black men being strong, brave warriors breaking down stereotypes. It's a chance to celebrate black male masculinity. Young black men need a different point of reference beyond slaves, rappers, athletics, etc

I couldn't agree more with that statement! I was honored to attend the press screening of Red Tails (to be posted about later) as well as interview the cast members, directors and producers.

Red Tails Interviews

But this is just the 1st half of the interview. In the 2nd half of my interviews I'll share what the young black actors, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Tristan Wilds with Cuba Gooding Jr had to shared about preparing for the movie. I'll also share why Cuba Gooding Jr nearly kicked me out the interview room. LOL

Red Tails opens in theaters this Friday and I encourage all to go see the movie!

To learn more about Red Tails movie visit - http://www.redtails2012.com/
Like Red Tails Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/RedTails
Follow Red Tails on Twitter - https://twitter.com/RedTailsMovie

Please Note: I was invited as media to attend the press junket and movie screening. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Save on Toys at Hasbro's Annual Fun & Game Event


If you’re looking for great savings and amazing daily deals on some of your favorite Hasbro toys and games, then check out Hasbro's Annual Fun and Game Event going on now!

Hasbro's Fun & Game Event

You and your friends and family can register at www.hasbro.com/fun to print over $125 in coupons (quantities are limited) and get access to incredible daily deals. All daily deals include free shipping!

Kids, ages 6 – 13, can also get in on the action by playing games for a chance to win hourly prizes from their favorite brands, such as My Little Pony, FurReal Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Beyblade, Nerf, Transformers, Connect 4, Bop It! and Simon Flash.

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Get prepared for an eye exam with ZEISS


Recently I received an offer from MomSelect to check out the ZEISS website. The website has a section with ZEISS' educational tools (created to enable eyeglass wearers to better understand their vision correction needs, ensure they get the most out of their next eye exam, etc) Like many of you, I vowed this year to take better care of my health, which includes my eyes.

black woman eye exam

Usually I only wear my glasses at home but as I'm getting *ahem* older I notice I need to wear my glasses more often outside the home. Of course this means I need to plan to have an eye examine. Not exactly a fun thought.

I know it seems like finding an eye doctor isn't the hardest thing to do but you'd be surprised how many things we don't think about asking when selecting an eye doctor that we should! For example, I learned from the website under "Tips for Selecting an Eye Doctor"
  • When inquiring about services, ask what types of lenses the practice offers as all lenses are not created equal. The lens choice can make a big difference in the quality of your visual experience.
That's helpful info to know right? I mean how many of us know anything about eye glass "lenses"?

Speaking of lenses the site explained that "ZEISS spent years developing cutting edge technology to improve the experience of eyeglass wearers with Zeiss Individual® -- the first progressive lens to integrate how your frames, face and prescription work together to create a one-of-a-kind lens personalized for the wearer."

I like that idea of personalized lenses that suit me! You can bet I'll ask about these lenses during my next eye exam. Wondering what other questions to ask? On the website there's a section for "Questions to Ask at Your Next Eye Appointment". Some of the question that caught my attention included
  • Will one pair of glasses meet all of my vision needs?
  • Are there different methods to perform an eye exam? What method do you use and why?
  • What are “computer lenses”?
That last question is especially important for me since I not only work in a office where I use the computer all day but I'm a blogger and social media rock star so I'm on the computer ALL the time! Clearly I need to get the correct type of lenses so I can have the best vision.

Wow, there's a lot that goes into planning my next eye exam but thankfully I learned tons from the ZEISS Better Vision website and feel more confident and prepared for my next eye exam.

Please Note: I was compensated for this post as part of a promotional program with Zeiss through MomSelect. But I do wear glasses and need to schedule an eye exam! No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Kids Valentine's Day Outfits at The Children's Place


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Want to dress your little one up in something sweet on February 14th? The Children’s Place has everything you need for your little Valentine, from sweetheart graphic tees to heart-shaped accessories!

The Children's Place Valentine's Day Looks

Is your little man feeling left out? Pick up sweet duds for him too, like the Valentine Bib and Body Suit set—an adorable matching bib and bodysuit for your lil’ monster! Even better, prices start at $5.95 and there’s nothing over $20!

To see more visit The Children’s Place - www.childrensplace.com

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Atari Freddi Fish & the Stolen Shell App Review


After playing Freddi Fish: ABC’s Under the Sea video game, my son and I became fans of the adorable yellow fish. So when I received an offer to review the new app Freddi Fish and the Stolen Shell, I quickly downloaded it and started the "review" process

Freddi Fish & the Stolen Shell App


About

Freddi Fish and the Stolen Shell sets children on an engaging, underwater adventure with Freddi to catch the thief who stole the Great Conch Shell from Uncle Blenny. Throughout the journey, children will overcome various challenges by using important, fundamental skills that are a hallmark of Humongous branded titles: critical thinking, problem solving and memory.

Game Features
  • Integrated with Apple’s GameCenter with exclusive in-game achievements.
  • Interactive touchscreen reveal hundreds of hidden surprises.
  • Create a song on the organ or play with the Crook Book for added fun!
Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $2.99

Freddi Fish & the Stolen Shell App


My Review

I really liked that the game had many sections where you can find clues and objects needed in the game. Better then that, the game changes with new clues, locations and "bad guys" each time you play the game. Good way to encourage memory skills and creative thinking in children

I also like that Freddi Fish had some witty discussion with his friend Luther and the other characters in the game. When I wished to skip the dialogue, I just clicked on skip and continue playing the game.

Because the game has so many area and so much to do, I wish there was a kinda map so you knew where you are in the game. I also wish there was a hint option so you knew what objects you needed for each section. Oddly not all objects are needed to finish the game.

The game also has click-able areas filled with lots of animation and fun graphics for child to enjoy. Freddi Fish & Stolen Shell is a great app game child will enjoy exploring for hours.

Go ahead and download now!

Please Note: I received a code to down the app for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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January 19, 2012

Getting Craft Supplies at @DuaneReade #DReade #cbias


With Valentine's Day coming, I thought it would be nice to do some arts and crafts around that theme. I wanted to keep the crafting ideas simple but fun so I checked online for some ideas, made a list and then headed to my local Duane Reade for the supplies.

Duane Reade Craft Supplies

I'm sure you're wondering why go to Duane Reade for craft supplies. Mostly because I wanted to get supplies within a budget. Crafting is nice but I don't want to spend on a ton on money on paper and glue. Some craft supply stores can be a bit pricey but I knew my local Duane Reade would have items at a good price. Maybe even on sale!

Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies

So after printing out my craft idea list idea...a truck delivering hearts of love!... I headed to the Harlem Duane Reade store on 125ftf Street. First we stopped in the stationary area and found lots of items to be crafty with. We checked our list and picked up glue and construction paper.

Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies


Then we headed over to the candy isle to get the next items on our list. We scored by finding Wonka candy hearts and peppermint candies. More items checked off our list!

Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies


Of course I always find something interesting and fun when I shop at Duane Reade. This time it was the Valentine's days cards. I guess Superheroes, Star Wars characters and Dr. Seuss celebrate Valentine's day also. Who knew! LOL

Of course I took more photo of items we saw while shopping and I've added them in my Google + photo album: Craft Supplies at Duane Reade

Duane Reade Craft Supplies


Once we had our items we headed home to start being creative. My son was so excited. While he made sure the candy was ready for our crafting project, I did the hard work of cutting out the shaped we needed. No way do I let my son have scissors. Yes I know he's old enough but still....

Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies

Soon everything was ready to be put together. For some reason my son felt the need to taste test the wheels for our project. After enjoying his treat, it was time to get down and crafty. We quickly put together the truck, background fame and then glued on the wheels.

Duane Reade Craft Supplies
Duane Reade Craft Supplies

Then it was time for the hearts of love to fall out of the truck. For that my son needed his mommies help. Of course I was happy to help. We soon finished our project and my son was so proud. He's such an artist!

To learn more about Duane Reade visit - http://www.duanereade.com/
Like Duane Reade Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/duanereade
Follow Duane Reade on Twitter - https://twitter.com/duanereade

Please Note: This Duane Reade #DReade shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

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Madame Tussauds New Entertainment Reporter Audition for Kids 13-19


Madame Tussauds New York is hosting an open casting call in search of a new entertainment reporter for the award-winning TV news show Teen/Kids News. Kids aged 13 to 19 are invited to audition on Sunday, February 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the attraction in the newly installed B&H television studio in the heart of Times Square.

Teen/Kids News Audition

Seated at a news desk amid wax figures of famous journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters, each applicant will be given the chance to read on-camera a pre-written 15-second story for a panel of judges. The producers of Teen/Kids News and Madame Tussauds will choose the teen to become the show’s next entertainment reporter.

All teens auditioning are encouraged to register in advance on Madame Tussauds’ website at: http://bit.ly/MTNYRegister and if younger than 18, teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Because Teen/Kids News will be shooting a report on the casting call, which will air, everyone auditioning who is under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian sign a release form. The selected teen reporter will be given the opportunity to work with a professional news crew and cover a story for a future program. The teen will not receive any compensation for appearing on Teen/Kids News

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January 18, 2012

Frito-Lay Super Bowl Giveaway & Tuscan White Bean Dip Recipe CLOSED


It's that time of year again. Time for football and the Super Bowl. Planning on having football parties on the weekends? No party would be complete without game-time snacks, especially chips and dip.

Fritos Scoops! corn chips are not only perfect for dipping, but they’re made with just three simple ingredients: Corn, healthier oils (such as corn oil), and less salt than a slice of bread. These chips are the perfect vehicles to help you “scoop” a little more nutrition into your diet – especially when you pair them with an easy-to-make recipes like this Tuscan White Bean Dip.

Tuscan White Bean Dip

1 can white kidney beans, drained
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, peeled
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Combine all ingredients, except basil and grated lemon peel, in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh basil and grated lemon peel. Serve immediately with Fritos® Scoops!® Corn Chips

Here are a few additional healthier dips you can check out on the Frito-Lay website:

* Simple Mango Salsa: http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/simple-mango-salsa
* Avocado Hummus: http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe/avocado-hummus

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Now that you have your dip recipe, Frito-Lay wants to help you prep for the upcoming games with a great giveaway. (1) Lucky winner will receive a set of (3) Touchdown Football Serving Bowls and a bag of Fritos® Scoops! Corn Chips.

WIN The Mommy Factor giveaway!

WAYS TO ENTER:

(1) Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me, what's your favorite healthy Super Bowl pre-game snack? Comment must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. February 1, 2012.

After you have completed the required entry, get extra entries if you:

(2) Like The FritoLay Facebook page (1 entry)
(3) Like The Mommy Factor Facebook page (1 entry)
(4) Subscribe to The Mommy Factor via feedburner AND confirm. (1 entry)
(5) Follow @Fritolay on twitter (1 entry)
(6) Follow @mommyfactor on twitter (1 entry)
(7) Member from The Black Moms Club? Leave a comment letting me know then (leave 2 extra comments to earn 3 entries)
(8) Tweet about this giveaway using the link below and leave a comment with the link here. Can be done up to 3x a day (1 entry each time) Tweet link must be included in each comment.

RT @mommyfactor Enter to win a Frito-Lay Super Bowl Prize Pk #Giveaway ~ http://bit.ly/xUgHJo ~ RT to enter

NOW THE RULES

Winner will be selected by random.org on or shortly after February 1, 2011. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.

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Maclaren 2012 Collection & "I Believe" Quest Stroller for Charley’s Fund


Recently Maclaren introduced their 2012 collection with an exclusive media and blogger preview of their premium strollers and accessories, baby essentials, soft goods, nursery, well-being beginning products and toys.
Maclaren I Believe for Charley’s Fund

One of the items highlighted during the preview was the "I Believe" Quest which benefits Charley’s Fund and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Maclaren wants to help bring awareness of this disorder and raise money to find a cure.

The stroller is available exclusively online at Maclaren site and retails for $195, includes a special “I Believe” Universal Organizer and raincover, and all proceeds from it's sale will be donated directly to support research and help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Additionally, Maclaren is enhancing its existing safety features. The company is moving to one global safety standard so that all Maclaren buggies will meet or exceed the highest safety standards mandated anywhere in the world. This includes
  • a permanent universal 5-point safety harness,
  • a tether strap,
  • foot operated linked brakes,
  • and a protective head and foot barrier on all from birth models.
Other new features in Maclaren’s 2012 Stroller Collection included
  • The NEW Globetrotter, which is Maclaren’s lightest ever reclining buggy. Suitable for babies from six months with multi-position reclining seat and weighs just 10.6 lb. Available in five colors - black, crown blue, scarlet, festival fuscia and prince blue.
  • Maclaren’s best-selling Quest is now appropriate for babies from birth. Weighing 13.4 lb, it's NEW feature is the simple, single-handed recline making it easy to adjust the seat from a full recline to an upright position. The Quest is available in 3 new color combinations - black/silver, medieval blue/scarlet and charcoal/mocha bisque.
  • The Techno XLR is Maclaren’s roomiest, full-featured buggy. The perfect option for parents looking for a rear facing travel system that converts back to a practical, lightweight and durable buggy for a growing child. Features include the new one-hand recline, plus a coordinating seat liner and a cozy boot. Weighing 16.5 lb, the classic black/champagne model is joined by fresh new color options - medieval blue/lemon drop, medieval blue/blush pink and medieval blue/soft blue.
Maclaren also debuted an array of accessories to its buggy collections.
  • NEW universal reversible seat liners add a fresh look for every season. Soft, durable and washable.
  • NEW universal expandable footmuffs are designed to grow with baby and provide luxurious padding.
  • NEW totes, bags, organizers, and storage bags tailored to coordinate with all Maclaren Buggys.
Maclaren beginning...everyday

NEW for 2012! beginning….everyday products includes six new organic products providing everyday personal care for the ENTIRE FAMILY (mothers, fathers, babies and children). The collection includes body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip and cheek balm, body butter and face and body wipes.

This year make sure to visit Maclaren’s retail and online stores to see what new items your family can enjoy. For more information, visit www.maclarenbaby.com

Please Note: I received a gift bag after the event. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

Written by Christina Chin, a hip and fashionable 30 something old located in New York City.

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