April 23, 2014

Slimming World's Fast and Filling Family Food Cookbook Giveaway


Slimming World's Fast and Filling Family Food Cookbook features 50 recipes so you can make soups, burgers, main entrees, desserts, and more for the entire family!


Corn and Red Bell Pepper Chowder
Corn and bell pepper are both bursting with fresh flavors and this simple chowder is as easy to make as it is delicious.  Serve it up as a tasty appetizer or when you want a light supper.
Serves 4
Freezer-friendly
Vegetarian
Ready in 35-40 minutes

6-8 scallions, finely sliced, plus extra shredded scallions to serve
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
3 cups (800ml) water or vegetable stock and 1 tbsp concentrated vegetable stock
2 x 14oz (400g) cans corn
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and finely diced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp soy sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place a large, nonstick frying pan over a medium heat.  Add the scallions, garlic, vegetable stock, and concentrated stock and bring to a boil.

Add the corn, bell pepper, cilantro, and soy sauce and return to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from the heat, season well and ladle into warmed bowls to serve.  Garnish with shredded scallions before serving.  



Salsa Burger

Serves 4
Ready in 40 minutes
4 large baking potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch fries
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Low calorie cooking spray
1 3/4lb extra lean ground beef
4 oz very finely chopped onion
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
4 whole-wheat buns
4 lettuce leaves and 4 slices of tomato
Grated carrot and shredded red cabbage, to serve

For the salsa:
3 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
½ small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp artificial sweetener
4 tbsp water
1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 drops Tabasco sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Place the fries in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the water and drain well on paper towels, then leave to dry for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the water from the pan and return the fries to the dry pan, cover with a lid, and shake to roughen up the edges of the fries (this helps them to crisp up when you bake them). Transfer to a nonstick roasting pan, spray with low-calorie cooking spray, and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile place all of the salsa ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. To make the hamburgers, place the ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a bowl and, using your hands, combine thoroughly. Season well, divide into four, and shape into patties. Spray the burgers with low-calorie cooking spray, place under a hot broiler, and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until done to your liking. Remove and keep warm.
  6. To assemble the hamburgers, split the buns in half and place a lettuce leaf and a tomato slice on top of each base. Top with a burger and some of the salsa and serve immediately with the fries and some grated carrot and shredded red cabbage.

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April 22, 2014

Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party DVD Review

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My kids LOVE Peppa Pig (my oldest especially - he talks in a British accent sometimes because of Peppa Pig!), so they couldn't wait to watch the DVD Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party.
 
Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party
Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party DVD welcomes preschoolers to the charm and magic of Peppa’s world with All-New adventures featuring 14 fun-packed “Peppasodes” from the award-winning series, plus two fun educational extras, “Learn the Alphabet” and “Learn to Count.”  In the title episode, “My Birthday Party,” it’s Peppa’s birthday and all of her friends are invited to her party where Daddy Pig gets lots of laughs with his attempt at performing a magic show. Other episodes include an exciting boat race, a school play, a train adventure, a day at the beach, a costume party and more!
 
DVD Episodes:
“My Birthday Party,” “The Playground,” “Fancy Dress Party,” “Ballet Lesson,” “Dens,” “Grandpa Pig’s Boat,”, “Daddy Puts Up a Picture,” “School Play,” “Rebecca Rabbit,” “Tidying Up,” Grandpa’s Little Train,” “At the Beach,” “Frogs, Worms and Butterflies” and “Cleaning the Car.”
 
DVD Extras
“Learn the Alphabet” and “Learn to Count”
 
There were so many episodes on this DVD, and my kids watched them ALL (the epsidoes are all very short, about 5 minutes long), including the DVD extras, in one sitting.

My kids loved watching the special magician who performed at Peppa's birthday party, and they learned how it's not nice to call others names in Grandpa Pig's Boats.  Their favorite episode was Frogs, Worms, and Butterflies.  My kids imitated Grandpa Pig and George as they wriggled around like worms.

The Pig family is very endearing, and it's fun to see how well the entire family gets along. 

My kids learned a lot throughout the episodes, and it's nice to see a show that all my kids can enjoy watching together. 
 

Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything

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Review: Domino's® Pizza Specialty Chicken

In an effort to stay competitive in the pizza industry, Domino's® Pizza has recently rolled out a new item on their menu that they call "Specialty Chicken". Some refer to it as a pizza with a baked chicken crust. I would describe it as a combination of the best of two worlds - baked chicken and pizza.

Specialty Chicken is essentially 12 pieces of bite-sized pieces of white meat baked chicken topped with a sauce and assorted pizza toppings. There are four different flavors: Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Classic Hot Buffalo, Spicy Jalapeno - Pineapple, and Sweet BBQ Bacon.

“Our new Specialty Chicken is one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had,” said Russell Weiner, Domino's® Pizza chief marketing officer. “Our pizza chefs have taken chicken to a whole new level, using our unique ingredients to create these four bold flavors. There’s nothing quite like Domino's Specialty Chicken on the market today.”

“We are proud to be known as a pizza company, but Specialty Chicken shows we are not afraid to step out of our comfort zone and take risks – something that is truly part of our brand fabric,” said Weiner. “Not every risk we have taken has turned out to be successful, but as a brand we have learned that sometimes you have to fail in order to be great.”

Thanks to Domino's® Pizza, I received three orders of their Specialty Chicken delivered right to my door.



Here are the boxes they arrived in.  I don't think this particular location has received their "Specialty Chicken" boxes yet because I've seen pictures of boxes that are specifically labeled for the Specialty Chicken in other reviews on the internet.


Crispy Bacon & Tomato: Tender bites of lightly breaded, 100% whole breast white meat chicken, topped with garlic parmesan white sauce, a blend of cheese made with mozzarella and cheddar, crispy bacon and tomato.

Sweet BBQ Bacon: Tender bites of lightly breaded, 100% whole breast white meat chicken, topped with sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, a blend of cheese made with mozzarella and cheddar, and crispy bacon.



Classic Hot Buffalo: Tender bites of lightly breaded, 100% whole breast white meat chicken, topped with classic hot buffalo sauce, ranch, a blend of cheese made with mozzarella and cheddar, and feta.


The best way to eat Specialty Chicken is with your fingers (ditch the fork).  That way you can lick the sauce off your fingers. Tip: cut the chicken pieces apart first (for the same reason why you cut a pizza before eating it).


Here's a cross section of the all-white meat chicken tender.

I liked the Crispy Bacon & Tomato and Sweet BBQ Bacon.  The Classic Hot Buffalo was too soggy, possibly because it is topped with two sauces - ranch and BBQ.

I give Domino's® Pizza credit for trying to stay ahead of the game by coming out with new menu items that are innovative and creative.  Combining boneless baked chicken pieces with pizza toppings is a great idea since many people like both baked chicken and pizza - why not combine both into one product.

For more information, head to their website at: https://www.dominos.com.  Not only can you read about all of their mouth-watering menu items, you can also place and track your order online!

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April 21, 2014

Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Review and $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card to purchase Secret Clinical Strength for review purposes.




About Secret Clinical Strength:
Whether it’s caused by a work deadline, chaotic day with the kids, or visit from the in-laws, stress stinks… literally! Out of the three causes of sweat—heat, activity, and stress—stress sweat has been proven to smell the worst.

Luckily, Secret® Clinical Strength has got you covered when stress strikes. Moisture activated, and formulated with odor-neutralizing ingredients that release a fresh scent, Secret Clinical Strength is proven to give you 4X* the protection against stress sweat. Visit www.nostresssweat.com for the scoop on stress sweat!

Now available in two new forms, Clear Gel and Invisible Solid, and in scents like Ooh-La-La Lavender, Secret Clinical Strength will help you feel dry, fresh, and fearless all day long!

*vs. wetness protection required of an ordinary antiperspirant

I admit - I stress out A LOT...even over the tiniest little things, so an antiperspirant/deodorant that works as hard as I stress out is a must, and I couldn't wait to try out New Secret Clinical Strength Clear Invisible Solid in Powder Protection.

The directions say to apply the product at bedtime to underarms (the formula was designed to be activated at night, taking advantage of the body's temperature variations), which is what I did. 

The next day, I went through my normal routine, which includes lots of daily stressors - getting the kids ready for school on time, picking the kids up in the rain, making sure the kids do their homework, getting dinner ready on time, etc. 

I noticed my underarms remained dry and I could still smell the light powder scent.

Even more impressive was that after I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes in the evening, my underarms were still dry, and although noticeably fainter, the light powder scent was still evident.

I was very pleased with how well the New Secret Clinical Strength Clear Invisible Solid worked, and it definitely kept me dry. 

Secret Clinical Strength also comes in a clear gel and a smooth solid.

You can purchase New Secret Clinical Strength on Walmart.com.

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Giveaway on Hi Tea Style: Light in the Box 2-Piece Floral Print Asymmetrical Hem Dress

My fashionable friends (and Sage and Savvy contributors) at Hi Tea Style are giving away a lovely dress (below is a description and photo) from Light in the Box!  Be sure to visit their blog for your chance to enter!

Just in time for Spring!  Hi Tea Style received this lovely 2-Piece Floral Print Asymmetrical Hem Dress from Light in the Box and will be giving it away to one lucky winner! 


The selection and style of dresses that Light in the Box offers is amazing! You can easily find a dress for under under $50!  Casual, work, vintage, beach...they have it all!  I am also always impressed with the quality of the Light in the Box clothing!  

I really love the asymmetrical hem of this dress.  The floral print and the cool, flowy material make it perfect for the spring weather!
Visit Hi Tea Style for your chance to win! Click here to enter.
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April 18, 2014

Disneynature's Bears Review

Synopsis:
In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” arrives in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day.

Bears was a movie that was both educational and entertaining at the same time.

We followed the adventures of Sky, a mother bear, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, as they set out to find food to fill their bellies and keep them full to last throughout winter's 6-month hibernation.

During their journey they encounter numerous obstacles and predators, and it becomes very evident why, as noted in the beginning of the movie, that 50% of bear cubs do not make it pass their first year of life.

Despite such an alarming statistic, we watched as Sky does everything she can to protect her little ones and find them, and herself, the food they need to survive.

The movie was filmed in Alaska, and the scenes were simply breathtaking - the mountains, the flowers, the fields of bears...

There were many humorous moments throughout the movie, as well as some tense ones as Sky and her cubs became face to face with other predators, but overall the movie was very intriguing and informative.

My kids learned a lot about bears, and so did I.

I do wish they touched upon Scout and Amber's father, as I'm sure there were some curious kids and adults who would have wanted to learn what could have happened to the father bear.

Ultimately, Bears gave us a fascinating peek into their lives, and we left the theater with a greater understanding and appreciation of Bears.
 
Thank you to the sponsor for providing complimentary tickets to the screening for review purposes.

April 17, 2014

Tell Me of Brave Women Book Giveaway



Tell Me Of Brave Women (May 2014, HB Stowe Press) Written by retired clinical psychologist, Laura Riley, this exciting contemporary novel shares the story of three dynamic women who stand up to old traditions and fight abuse in new ways. Samara, a famous storyteller, creates Secret Sisters, an underground society that shelters battered women in the Middle East. She’s hunted for her beliefs and stalked for her beauty. Thelma, a tough waitress in Appalachia, witnesses a beating, gets a gun, and changes Samara’s destiny forever. Evangelina, a South American teen, is forced to be a drug lord’s sex-slave until she’s emboldened to flee to Secret Sisters. To escape, she must use a killers own tactics against him. Through escalating dangers, the three heroic women battle abuse and wage their lives for liberty.

For more information about Laura and her work, please take a look at her blog: tellmeofbravewomen.com.

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April 16, 2014

Insight Kids' Books Review

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Insight Kids, an imprint of Insight Editions, offers a great selections of titles for eager young readers, and my kids were lucky to get some really cool books from the Spring 2014 catalog.

Launched last year, Insight Kids brings the quality and values exemplified by our parent imprint to children's publishing. Designed to inspire and delight children of all ages and adults alike, our books are packed with stunning visuals and innovative interactive features by high-caliber authors and illustrators.



Piggy Island Heroes (Rovio Entertainment, $10.95)
What happens when the wacky King Pig decides he wants the new weathervane on Professor Pig's roof for himself? Or when Chef Pig desperately needs to find something that looks like an egg for the King's birthday? And exactly what goes on in the mines of the city when the sun sets and darkness creeps in?

Starring the porky antagonists of the Angry Birds, this delightful collection of exciting stories invites readers to enter through the gates of the Bad Piggies' city and learn all there is to know about its dastardly residents.

Stella and the Hunt for the Jade Egg (Rovio Entertainment, $14.95)
In this entertaining adventure, Stella, the spunkiest of the Angry Birds flock, takes center stage. When the jade egg from Matilda's powerful necklace goes missing, it's up to Stella and Bubbles to rescue it from the Bad Piggies' grasp! Red thinks the colorful duo is too young to handle the responsibility, but they are determined to prove him wrong. Disguised as pigs, they sneak into Pig City to retrieve the special egg. But soon the whole city is on high alert, and Stella and Bubbles must figure out a way to find the egg, steal it back, and escape the clutches of the pigs! Fun, colorful illustrations accompany this clever story about not letting grumpy naysayers like Red bring you down. Young readers will love this daring tale of bravery and wit!


All Kinds of Beliefs (Sheri Safran, $12.99)
As a child's experience becomes ever more international, so will their exposure to the world's religions. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism-all these and more are celebrated and explored in this hands-on book. Through pop-ups, flaps, and fold-outs, a child learns things like that a Sikh boy may wear a romala, or a Muslim girl a hijab over her hair. All Kinds of Beliefs demystifies what goes on inside a church, gudwara, wat, mandir, and mosque in terms that children can understand-and with colorful illustrations that will delight their parents too! Along with an extra-large religious festivals poster, this book is as useful as it is fun to read.

All Kinds of Fears (Sheri Safran, $12.99)
Everyone fears something at some time. Different children find the scary in different things, and this book covers the entire range-from fears of things to places and experiences. Whether your kid squeals at spiders and bugs, or shivers in the dark; or hates trying new things or staying overnight somewhere other than home, All Kinds of Fears addresses the concerns with a lighthearted approach. Fears of being criticized, being different, or being bullied are also covered in this book, which teaches children that it's okay to be afraid sometimes. What's most important is to talk about the fears and try to understand them. In addition to colorful drawings and flaps, removable "Fear Tickets" offer helpful suggestions for confronting and overcoming whatever fear is at hand.


My oldest son LOVES Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, so he was very eager to read Piggy Island Heroes and Stella and the Hunt for the Jade Egg.  He really enjoyed these books, and I think these are must-have books for any Angry Bird fan!

 
My youngest two sons really enjoyed All Kinds of Beliefs and All Kinds of Fears.  Not only were these books very informative, but they were very interactive as well.  Not only did parts of the book pop-up, but the kids could also lift flaps, spin a wheel, and more.
I also enjoyed how the books were conversation starters to discuss with my sons their own beliefs and fears.


There are other books in the All Kinds of... series that I think my kids would love!

Insight Kids offers a variety of books that young readers would enjoy.

You can check out the Spring 2014 catalog here.

Blurb's My Favorite Person Contest

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Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don't enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

Not sure what to write about? Take a look at what some of the people at Blurb say about their favorite people.
 

April 15, 2014

Little Passports: Passover Begins + Facebook Giveaway

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Did you know the Jewish holiday of Passover began last night, April 14th, at sunset and continues until the night of April 22nd? This important holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people in Ancient Egypt. If you have a minute, check out the post on the Little Passports Blog where a Little Passports employee details one of her favorite childhood memories of the Seder during the first night of Passover. Do you have any fun family traditions you'd like to share with us?

Little Passports is also hosting their own Facebook giveaway this week! Use this link below to sign up to win a 1 year Little Passports subscription and a 1 year NatureBox subscription. (That is almost $400 worth of goodies!) The deadline to sign up to win this prize is April 18th. If you miss out on this weeks opportunity, don't fret...There are 2 more weeks of giveaways to enter.
Visit here for the giveaway: www.facebook.com/littlepassports?sk=app_139312346250626&app_data=Little-Passports-Birthday-Giveaway

April 14, 2014

French for Kids: Dedans et Dehors DVD Giveaway



Parlez-vous français?" Now your child may answer “Oui” as Whistlefritz, the award-winning producer of the Spanish for Kids language immersion media, announces the launch of French for Kids, where kids are introduced to one of the world’s most spoken languages. Available May 13, 2014 the initial titles in the launch are Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD (SRP $19.99) and Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD (SRP $14.99).

Recommended by parents, teachers and critics, Whistlefritz language immersion DVDs blend live-action with lively animation and amusing characters that catch the eye and engage the imagination. CDs feature catchy original tunes and native speakers for an authentic flair! Whistlefritz’s programs continue to win honors from some of the most trusted names in children’s media, including Parents’ Choice Foundation, Dove Foundation, KIDS FIRST! and Dr. Toy, as well as top reviews in such prestigious publications as Booklist, School Library Journal and Video Librarian.                                                                                    

Fritzi’s in the house! But où est Fritzi? Finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi is just part of the fun in Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD, the first release in a series of lively language learning programs, which is “highly recommended”(Video Librarian). 

Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out) DVD welcomes les enfants (children) to Fritzi’s house, where up or down, inside or out, there is lots to learn and plenty to do. Explore every area of Fritzi’s house, from la chambre (the bedroom) and la salle de bain (the bathroom) to le salon (the living room) and la cuisine (the kitchen). An engaging interactive format teaches children greetings, parts of the house, positional words, food, daily activities, numbers, and more. And that’s not all! Nous allons chanter et danser! (We’re going to sing and dance!) This DVD will have children on their feet dancing along to upbeat rhythms. 

Designed for children ages 2-7, Dedans et Dehors DVD has French subtitles and includes an easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers, who are first time learners of French. Dedans et Dehors has won a Parents’ Choice Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Dove Foundation’s Family-Approved Seal and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. Booklist praises, “Catchy music, cute kids and clever animation make this a great choice.” 

Get in the language-learning groove with Allons Danser! (Let’s Dance!) musical CD, a delightful collection of catchy original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally acclaimed vocalists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir,” kids and adults will be happily immersed in irresistible rhythms and catchy songs that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête), Les Épaules”/Head, Shoulders) and children’s favorite topics “Quand Je Serai Grand”/When I’m Big.” A rollicking rendition of “La Vieux MacDonald” (Old MacDonald) puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Recommended for ages 2-7.
 
 
 
All Whistlefritz programs including French for Kids are available at www.whistlefritz.com.
 
Win: One lucky winner will receive a copy of French for kids: Dedans et Dehors (Inside and Out)

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April 12, 2014

C!RCA Review

C!RCA
Brisbane Company Circa is one of Australia’s greatest contemporary circus exports. The cast combines dance with physical theater to produce a combination of acrobatic and tumbling sequences which make up a show that’s extraordinarily energetic, powerful and sexy. Circa has been re-inventing circus as an art form since their creation by renowned director Yaron Lifshitz. Since 2006 Circa has toured to 24 countries across 5 continents, leaving audiences exhilarated at just what the human form can do. 

I was fortunate to attend C!RCA at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall last night, and it was quite an amazing show!

For approximately 75 minutes, 7 individuals performed spectacular feats of strength, agility, and flexibility that were awe-inspiring.

There were no elaborate sets, no colorful costumes, and no words spoken. 

With just the use of a few props and sometimes aided by music, the performers simply relied on their own physical strengths and that of their fellow performers to tell stories that were poetic and sometimes humorous. 

There were some segments that I thought were a lot more intriguing than others, specifically the more energetic ones, but even during the slower segments it was pretty incredible what the performers could do with their bodies.

There were bits of humor sprinkled throughout the show, but for the most part
C!RCA relied entirely on the physical and mental abilities of the performers to engage the audience.  There were moments I cringed (it seriously looked as if one performer was going to break while being swung like a jump rope), there were moments I laughed (what one performer does with a long piece of elastic was unexpected and very funny), and there were many, many moments I was simply in awe (the hula hoops performance was my fave!).

The 75 minutes went rather quickly, and once the finale ended, I thought about how these 7 performers jumped, twirled, flipped, danced, balanced, and more for over an hour.

That is pretty darn remarkable.

C!RCA continues tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm.

Tickets are available from the Blaisdell Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, from Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

C!RCA is presented by Tim Bostock Productions, and is supported by KSSK Radio and Aqua Hotels and Resorts.

Complimentary tickets were provided for review purposes.

April 11, 2014

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Review

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), a facility that serves over a million visitors a year, engages the minds of both the young and young at heart through numerous hands-on exhibits and labs through which visitors learn all about the wonders of science.

Highlights of Our Hosted Visit
The first exhibit we visited was the Tony Hawk / Rad Science exhibit (continues through May 4).

Tony Hawk / Rad Science
With more than 25 interactive experiences, visitors could test their balance on skateboards, learn all about skateboards and gear, and even play some video games.

One of my kids' favorite experiences was Friction Hill, where on one side of the hill kids could race up different surfaces to see which surface was easiest to climb, and on another side of the hill kids could slide different materials down various surfaces to see which combination would be the fastest.

In the Earth Hall, we learned about energy, weather, the environment, geology, and more.  There was a fun recycling game, a cool pinball machine with eco-friendly tips, and a human power display complete with a mini treadmill to emphasize the benefits of walking when it comes to the environment.

Earth Hall Exhibit
In Life Hall, we learned all about our bodies, our development, our growth, and how to live a longer, healthier life. My oldest son enjoyed What Can We Do About Aging?, which allowed him to take a peek at various stations to see what can be done to live healthier lives, such as floss your teeth and protect yourself from the sun.  My younger sons really enjoyed the puppet theater and the exhibits that involved food, such as the Eat a Rainbow puzzle.
Life Hall Exhibit
Turbine Hall, which focuses on technology, was one of my kids' favorite places.  They had a lot of fun shaking around in the Earthquake House, building an Arch Bridge, and transporting blocks in the Port of Portland. 
Building an Arch Bridge
Transporting Cargo in the Port of Portland

The biggest draw was the Inventor's Ball Room, where kids could get creative with materials to send balls flying in the air.

Inventor's Ball Room
By far their favorite exhibit at OMSI was the Science Playground (the area is specifically for kids 6 and under, but those older than 6 may enter if a sibling 6 or under and an adult accompanies him/her).

In the Science Playground is a Water Area, Sandland, a Kids Market, and so much more!
Water play
Building blocks
My kids repeatedly asked to go back to this area so they could build, play, and pretend.

Throughout OMSI there are also many Science Labs where kids can learn about chemistry, get a closer look at fossils, or even build things.

My husband's favorite exhibits were the brain teaser stations. He wished he had more time at each station, but my kids kept wanting to explore other areas.

There really is something for everyone at OMSI!

Dining
On site is Galileo's Snack Bar and Theory.  We ended up dining at Theory for lunch.
Side Penne and Cheese



Grilled Cheese - Provolone, Swiss, American, and Havarti on Brioche

Cubano - Roasted Carlton Farms pork loin, shaved ham, pickled zucchini, provolone cheese with Dijon aioli on ciabatta
The food was reasonably-priced, delicious, and satisfying.

I thought the ambience was very fresh and inviting, and I also thought the booth benches were really neat (they slide out, which is great if the person on the inside needs to get up for whatever reason, and the other diners can simply stay seated).

There was also a cool science experiment going on at the eatery where kids could learn about the acidity of different foods.

Our Experience Visiting with a Special-Needs Child
My oldest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and although I know kids on the spectrum all behave and react differently in various environments, I always try to share our personal experience when visiting attractions.

Upon arrival we asked for a map since my son loves maps and looking at one gives him a sense of calm so he can familiarize himself with a new place.

However, it was evident that my son felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the exhibits.  Initially he did not want to participate in any experiments, but after a while he started to get comfortable, and he started to interact with more and more exhibits.

It wasn't until we went into the Science Playground, where he saw the water play stations, did he really feel at ease.  He stayed in the water play area for a very long time, and he did the same at the water play area in Turbine Hall.

More water play
Other exhibits he really enjoyed were the Inventor's Ball Room (he enjoys exhibits that involve balls), as well as the building blocks area in the Science Playground and the Port of Portland area in the Turbine Hall because of the huge maps on the floor.

There were times he did seem to get overstimulated, especially because of the number of people at the museum, or because of interacting with an exhibit that was out of his comfort zone, and during those times we'd tell him he could go back to one of his favorite areas, or we could take a break somewhere.

There are several places to sit within OMSI for rest breaks, and even some areas that were quieter than others (e.g. the Discovery Lab in the Science Playground or upstairs in the Turbine Hall).  We also went outside a couple of times for a break - there's a beautiful view of the Willamette River and a couple of bridges (he loves bridges).

Overall he really enjoyed himself at OMSI, and it was great to see him interact with so many exhibits.

Final Thoughts
OMSI is definitely a must-see for any visitor to the Porland, Oregon area, and I'm quite envious of those who have annual memberships.  I could see our family going to OSMI very often, learning something new each time.  We were there for about 5 hours, and there was still so much more we could've done and learned.

I was very impressed with the clever and fun ways that the various exhibits taught us about science, and the OMSI staff and volunteers were very friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic.

It's no wonder that OMSI serves over a million visitors a year.  It's an amazing facility that keeps visitors engaged with exhibits showcasing the wonders of science.
  
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 797-4000


Click here for admission prices, hours, and parking information.

Thank you to OMSI for hosting our visit.  Meals were paid on our own.

April 10, 2014

Review: SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap Purse

Disclosure: The below Clutch Wrap purse was provided free of charge from SHOLDIT for review purposes.

FASHION and FUNCTION don't always go together, but when they do... it's sure exciting!  That's why SHOLDIT 's clutch wrap purse is such a fabulous product! It's a product which allows us to be fashionable while still being very functional!  The fashionable part: it can be worn as an infinity neck wrap, shoulder wrap, head wrap, or even folded into a clutch...very versatile, depending on your mood!  The functional part: you can carry a cell phone, wallet, passport, or keys...all while keeping your hands-free!

 
The pocket is very discreet & items are tucked away in a secure spot!  Visit SHOLDIT's website
 for an insight on the variety of colors that they offer!  It's a sure way to add a fun & fashionable accessory to your outfit!
 

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About SHOLDIT
 
SHOLDIT products give you the freedom to enjoy a hands free lifestyle so you can do more of the things you love. 
Growing up rural, she began with a one-room, eight-student school and a grandfather saying marry rich to be successful, Angela Lee took this foundation to fight for her dream in fashion. With a twenty dollar sewing machine and no industry connections, SHOLDIT, in one year, has been featured nationally including The TODAY Show, GMA, Forbes, and sold by top retailers. Now the mission is to inspire freedom beyond products: to encourage others to accomplish their own impossible dreams. 
In creating the idea for the SHOLDIT brand and its product line, many things came to heart. Being a fast paced woman, always on the go, I grew tired of carrying a traditional bag. I soon realized I wasn’t the only one. I kept hearing about the same frustrations from others of lugging a heavy purse, the strap cutting into the shoulder causing neck and back strain, having to dig around forever trying to find something, the constant worry of leaving it behind or fear of it hanging on a chair back for someone to swipe or dig in while not paying attention. Also, every woman will cringe at the thought of setting it on the floor only to get dirty, wet, or sticky and whatever else stuck to it. The idea for a new style of purse struck me after two particularly frustrating events: almost losing my passport in the airport and then actually losing my cell phone at a sporting event because I didn’t want to carry a bag all day. I thought, “There has got to be a better, more fashionable way!” Then I thought, “I love the look and feel of a scarf, the security of across the body bags, and the simplicity of a clutch. Why not incorporate everything to create an entirely new and different style of purse!” It may be worn in a variety of ways and has the added value of converting back into a clutch when desired. The SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap purse prevents so many problems and frustrations including: making one limited to carrying only the necessities, giving hands free movement with out the strain, keeping valuables secure, and it’s a fashion piece! So from the center of my heart, I wish for SHOLDIT accessories to bring true love and freedom to those it touches.  

Thank you to SHOLDIT for the information and Clutch Wrap purse free of charge.

 
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