Thursday, May 21, 2015

DCKids and WBKids Presents Fun Playlists and a Gift Basket Giveaway!

Have a little fan on your hands? Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new Youtube channels - included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! You can also enter to win some supper cool goody baskets!

Batman Unlimited



DC Super Friends



Scooby-Doo!




If you enjoyed those you'll want to keep up with their YouTube channels. By subscribing to the DCKids channel and WBKids channel you'll always have access to updates and new content! And don't forget to enter below for a chance to win of five mystery toys baskets containing at least $50 worth of fun gifts and goodies chosen by the WBKids and DCKids staff! 


Why Is Your Dog Having Convulsions?


When the family’s dog begins to experience a seizure, it is only natural to feel like panicking. However, the best help for your dog is to stay calm. Next, create an area of safety around the dog. Finally, once the seizure has passed, visit the veterinarian. There are several causes behind dog seizures:

1. Ingestion of Poison or Toxins
Check your yard for chemicals around trash cans, cars, and other areas that might store hazardous substances. There may be sources of trouble in the home as well, including: chocolate, lead paint, and certain plants. If your dog does not have a medical condition that would explain seizing, this could be the cause.


2. Vaccinations or Lack of Vaccinations
If your dog has not been vaccinated against distemper, this may be the cause of seizures. Vaccines are a necessary part of keeping your dog healthy and happy, but for a few the medications can lead to convulsions. If this is the case, your veterinarian will discuss options with you.


3. Abnormal Metabolic Conditions
These conditions include hypothyroidism and low blood sugar. Either way, your vet can make a diagnosis leading to management of the condition and seizures. 

4. Tumors
Some breeds are more prone to brain tumors than others, but if your dog is older than five years and another cause can’t be identified, it may be worthwhile to run tests checking for tumors.

Working closely with your veterinarian, you’ll often be able to resolve the underlying cause of seizures. Don’t ignore convulsions; there is almost always a treatment method that will prevent your family friend from the discomfort and anxiety associated with seizing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beech-Nut Organics: Real Food for Babies #IC #RealFoodForBabies #ad (Giveaway)

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”




My baby and my oldest are 12 years apart. There is a lot that has changed in that time, but one thing that has been a constant is my trust in Beech-Nut brand baby food. Of the things that have changed one is that I have become more aware of what my children are consuming, and have been trying to incorporate healthier foods into their diets; more organic foods and less of the processed stuff. Beech-Nut knows that moms don’t want to feed their babies anything they wouldn’t eat themselves. And I can always trust that Beech-Nut is not just another baby food. Its real food for babies™.


The Beech-Nut Organic line has quickly grown into a favorite of mine (and my little guys). With that perfect texture and pure natural colors that baby loves, it is inspired by homemade goodness. You’ll find nothing else in the jar beyond real, whole fruits and vegetables (and sometimes ancient grains and beans) and it is made just like you or I would make homemade baby food.




The Beech-Nut Organic line uses a unique just gentle cooking™ process that doesn’t add any excess water or artificial preservatives and won’t cook the nutrients away. Today we tried organic banana, cinnamon & granola and it was of course, a hit!



I love that Beech-Nuts new organic line recognizes my busy side. With 5 kids it's not always possible for me to make my own baby food, some days I don't even have a spare 5 minutes to myself. But now along with the convenience of jarred baby food comes homemade wholesomeness in a see-through honeypot jar with the USDA-certified organic seal. This means NO GMO's! 


Beech-Nut is an award winner for its 100% natural and organic lines, as selected by more than 40,000 consumers in a national; representative survey by Taylor Nelson Sofres. And it gets this moms vote. When time just doesn't allow there is no where else I would rather turn for my babies nutritional needs, where he is getting real fruit, real vegetables and none of the added junk, than Beech-Nut.

Buy It: Find the Beech-Nut at your favorite retailers/grocers such as Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern, Walmart.com, Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market, Diapers.com, Harris Teeter, Shaw's, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods.

Win It: One lucky reader will win a coupon for free Beech-Nut product. To win simply leave the name (or variety) of Beech-Nut baby food your little one likes best.

"Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States. Contest ends at 12 am EST May 22, 2015"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Great Summer Grill #Recipes including Pasta Salad ( Paypal Giveaway) #SuddenlySalad



Summer is my favorite season not only because of the beautiful weather and warm temperatures, but because of all the yummy foods associated with the season – especially grill and salads. With summer almost off officially upon us, next weekend we will be hosting our first barbeque of the summer and I will be making all our favorites!


Southwest Burgers, Chipotle Corn & Ranch Pasta Salad


A staple in my pantry, Suddenly Salad lets you prepare a delicious side this summer in no time! Suddenly Salad, is available in many varieties and are easily customizable. My family loves when I add a little flare to their favorite Ranch & Bacon salad. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 boxes Suddenly Salad Ranch Bacon (coupon available)
  • Mayo
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ chopped green onion
  • ½ cup cooked chopped chicken
  • Your favorite shredded cheese (optional)
Directions:

Prepare Suddenly Salad according to box; chill. 


Add tomatoes, onion, chicken and toss. Serve cold with your favorite shredded cheese on top.


This isn't only an easy and delicious dish, but convenient, as you can prepare it the night before and pop it in the fridge. Check out additional ways to add a twist to your Suddenly Salad this summer

Save on this dish by downloading THIS 0.50 off two boxes of Suddenly Salad coupon from Publix.

For your main course try my absolute favorite Southwest Burgers!



Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 can (about 4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Colby cheese
  • 8 slices Colby and Monterrey Jack blend cheese.
  • 8 hamburger buns, split, toasted
Directions:

In a medium sized bowl combine shredded cheeses; divide in half.

In large bowl combine ground beef and first five ingredients; mix well. Add ½ of the cheese mixture and combine.

Shape into eight thin patties. Sprinkle remaining cheese over four patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.


Grill over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side or until juices run clear; top with Colby and Monterrey Jack slices; let melt. Serve on toasted bun with your choice of topping and condiments.


And finally, to complete our meal we have Grilled Corn with Chipotle Butter.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 large ears of corn, husked
  • feta cheese
Directions:

Pull all the husks off of the corn and discard. Remove silk and discard. Place the cobs in a pot of cold water for approximately 20 minutes. Be sure the ears are completely covered with water.

While the corn is soaking you can prepare your butter. Combine butter, peppers and salt in food processor; mix well.

Preheat the Barbecue to a medium temperature (350 degrees F). 


Remove the corn from the water and shake off any excess water. Place ears of corn diagonally in the center of a square of aluminum foil. Add soften chipotle butter mix; brush onto corn. Roll the aluminum foil around each ear of corn and close it up by twisting the ends.

Place the prepare ears of corn grill, rotating the corn every so often. Allow the corn to slowly continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t overcook the cor Remove the corn from the grill. Be careful it’s hot!! 


Serve sprinkled with Feta cheese and an extra dollop of chipotle butter for kick.



Save and Win

There you have three perfect dishes to make your summer even better. Save now on Suddenly Salad at Publix with this downloadable coupon and make sure you enter  to win $15 in Paypal cash to grab your favorite variety of Suddenly Salad and your favorite summer ingredients!


Enter to win $15 in Paypal cash by visiting the Suddenly Salad website, then come back and tell me via blog post comment, your favorite variety and which recipe listed on the Suddenly Salad site you would like to try at your next cookout. Complete your entry in the Rafflecopter widget below.



Monday, May 11, 2015

Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with SwimWays ( Baby Spring Float Giveaway) #SP

"I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”"


With Memorial Day around the corner, many will be ridding their pools of their covers and diving in for the first swim of the season. Since we live in Florida we typically take our first dip a bit earlier, but ran into a snag uncovering our pool only to find a tear in the liner – boo! So, we’ll be joining many others this Memorial Day taking our first dive in.



This Memorial Day will mark another first, out son’s first experience in the pool. Pool safety and getting an early start familiarizing our children with water and swimming has always been a great priority to us. My youngest was born last April and was premature with a few complications, therefore we chose to keep him indoors most of the season and out of the water. This summer we have a lot of catching up to do and want to make sure our baby's experience entering the pool for the first time is  memorable and easy, creating a life-long love of swimming. And when looking for teaching aids to help us along the way, I always know I don’t have to look any further than SwimWays.



SwimWays has been teaching children to swim for over 40 years, lending confidence to children and parents with their products and making it easy to choose the right product for your child’s water experience levels with SwimWays swim step. In fact, it wasn’t long ago SwimWays took my daughter from amateur to swimmer, with a variety of confidence building swim helpers and even fun toys!

Since my son is just starting off we are look to first familiarize him with the water. The Baby Spring Float, a step 1 swim product from SwimWays, is the perfect product to introduce baby to the water for the first time.



Easy to fold and store, coming equipped with a carrying case, the Baby Spring Float has a patented inner spring helping ensure stability and a lower center of gravity with safety values and dual air chambers to ensure security. They also have an adjustable/removable canopy for extra sun protection, which is a must for my fair skinned little man. I can’t wait to get him in the water!




If you have children in your home, whether you have a pool or not, I personally believe they should be taught respect of water and how to swim. SwimWays also believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim, and there is even a day dedicate to water education. 



This year, the fourth annual National Learn to Swim Day is May 16th. It is designed to be a day that serves as a reminder to parents and guardians to kick off summer safely by engaging children in water safety and swim instruction. 

For additional SwimWays information, education and fun, check out the SwimWays Twitter party on Friday May 15th from 1-2pm EST. Don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #SwimWays

Buy It: The Baby Spring Float is available online at SwimWays.com or at toysrus.com

Win It: In honor of National Learn to Swim Day one lucky reader will win a Baby Spring Float (ages 9 - 24 months) to help them get there little one familiarized with the water. Please note the following * Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.