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I’m a chocoholic, which is usually my downfall when it comes to weight loss. I have a sweet tooth, and if it’s chocolate based, it’s even worse, I have absolutely no will power at all.
These little packages of chocolaty goodness didn’t last long. I tried one, and immediately the kids tried one too… Out of all of our mouths was “Mmmmmmmmm!” These little treats were REALLY….REALLY good!!!
Once we got to the bottom of the package, we realized, these were Weight Watchers brownies! And they wern’t bad either, being only 80 calories each!! Surprised!!! Normally when it comes to chocolate and ‘diet’ foods, they are chalky, not tasteful at all, but these, these brownies were to die for!
When hubby got home we had him try them without knowing they were weight watchers, and he agreed, very good! The next day, I brought them to school to have my friend try them out,although I did tell her they were Weight Watchers she tried them anyways, and was very surprised at how good they were…
These babies could be trouble if they had all the calories they tasted like they had! What are these new tasty goodies?? I’d like to introduce you to Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss and Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss.
The delicious additions to the Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods lineup offer a one-of-a-kind indulgence with creamy fillings, rich flavors and decadent textures:
Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss™A decadent brownie layered with creamy, real chocolate ganache and a chocolaty coating. Each individually-wrapped brownie is 80 calories and has a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss™An indulgent brownie layered with creamy, real peanut butter and a chocolaty coating. Each individually-wrapped brownie is 90 calories and has a PointsPlus® value of 2.
Both varieties of Brownie Bliss contain zero grams of trans fat. They join other Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Good products including Chocolate, Lemon, Carrot and Red Velvet Creme Cakes, Chocolate Brownie, Coffee Cake, Cookies and Muffins. Consumers can find the new products at select national and local grocery retailers for a suggested retail price beginning at $3.29.
I’m telling you, if you need just a little chocolate in your life, but you’re trying to cut the calories, the Brownie Bliss products will help you with your craving, they are DELICIOUS!
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are my own.
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The kiddos have been back to school for over a month now, which means I’ve been packing lunches five days a week for both of the girls. It’s very rare that I’ll let them buy lunch from school, have you ever seen that stuff? Nasty processed unhealthy food. No matter how many times they try to spin it as being healthy, it’s not! There’s no freshness to it, there’s no real meat, there’s no good fruits or veggies or good carbs!
So, I choose to have both the girls pack their lunch, which also means finding good containers to put them in. Thermos sent me some of their new products to test out, and we’ve been doing that since school started.
Thermos sent us the pink FUNtainer food jar, and a really cute floral insulated lunch bag, which was great, until our dog got a hold of it and tore it to shreds.
So, no photo of the lunch bag, unless you’d like to see the torn up version. My youngest daughter loved the insulated lunch bag, it kept things cold and it was easy to fit the pink FUNtainer inside along with other containers that she would carry with her for lunch, including her drink. This bag had a ton of room in it, I’m going to be purchasing another one, and soon!
The pink FUNtainer is a hit with both of my girls, they’ve been able to store hot and cold lunches in there and have them stay that way until their lunch hour. The FUNtainer has held noodles, soup, fruit, frozen grapes and more… It’s very versitile in what it can hold, and it really does keep things warm or cold!
We found that chilling or warming the jar before you place the food in it works even better to keep your food hot (or cold) until lunch. The pink FUNtainer food jar has Thermos® vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold, it is made with Unbreakable stainless steel and has an extra wide mouth is easy to fill, eat from and clean. The FUNtainer has a 10oz capacity.
My kids have various items for lunch, but the Thermos brand is by far our favorite and best held up product. We’ve had no problems so far (besides the dog tearing up the bag) and the girls just love the products.
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Halloween is almost here, the full month of October is filled with ghosts, goblins and witches!!
Room On the Broom is the perfect book and film to fill up one of your family nights this month. The #1 best-selling children’s picture book in America, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler (the same author and illustrator team that created The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s child) Room on The Broom is filled with humor, adventure all while teaching the importance of family, friends and teamwork!
To accompany a night of reading, why not pop in the Room on the Broom DVD from NCircle Entertainment, and watch the story come to life!!
Room On The Broom includes a witch and her cat, who fly through the sky on their broomstick, until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, then her wand! The happy witch and cat suddenly become unhappy. Luckily, three helpful animals – a dog, parrot, and frog come to their rescue and find the missing items, which they’d like to return and all they want is a ride on the broomstick. But is there room on the broom for so many new friends? The witch, as kind as she is, thinks there is to much frustration of her cat. But when disaster strikes, and the witch is about to be eaten by a fearsome dragon, she is saved by the gang of animals, all working together. The witch’s cat learns the importance of friends and family, and the witch rewards her new friends with a magnificent broom that is big enough for everyone!
Beautiful CGI animation brings the book’s drawings to life under the direction of Max Lang. Gillian Anderson (The X Files) provides the voice of the witch; while Timothy Spall of Harry Potter fame, lends his voice to the dragon. Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) narrates the story which also features the recognizable voices of Martin Clunes, Rob Brydon and David Walliams portraying the helpful animals that comprise the witch’s family. Room on the Broom is produced by Magic Light Pictures (the team behind award-winning animations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child).
This book and DVD are a great family night collection. Great for younger kids but still keeping the interest of my 10 yer old daughter. It’s a great story and fun to watch and read.
Room on the Broom Books and DVDs can be found on Amazon.com as well as various other retailers.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Room on the Broom book as well as the DVD. All you have to do is follow the directions in the giveaway widget below, and make sure that you complete the mandatory entry, otherwise other entries will not be valid.
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When the time comes to get in the car and head to Detroit, it’s usually for one of two reasons, either a concert, or wrestling event. On September 15th it was the latter of the two, WWE was in Detroit for not only an event, but a Pay-Per-View event, Night of Champions.
Being part of the WWEMoms, I was thrilled when WWE allowed me to not only take my entire family to Night of Champions, but also bring 34 of my friends as well! Everyone who accompanied us was so excited to go, and we brought all families with us. Moms, Dads, Kids…. All families, all having an amazing time cheering on their favorite wrestlers! If you don’t believe WWE is family friendly entertainment, you’ve never been in a packed arena with tons of families and kids around you, all enjoying each others company while having a great time.
I won’t bore you with the matches, the outcomes, by now, if you’re a wrestling fan you already know what happened. When we got to the arena we walked around outside for a bit, took photos of the trucks with all of our favorite superstars plastered all over the outside, and waited to get in. Unfortunately my ritual stalking didn’t happen, it was raining, the wrestlers were not coming outside in the rain, and my youngest daughter was bored to tears just waiting in the rain for SOMEONE to come out and say hi… BUT, even waiting in the rain, I was so stoked, I would finally be able to get the t-shirt i’ve been waiting on for MONTHS!! One of my favorite tag teams right now are the Prime Time Players especially Titus O’Neil, and I was so looking forward to taking my Zack Ryder shirt off and putting a brand spanking new Prime Time Players shirt on for the event. However, my dreams were crushed… Merchandise had no Prime Time Players shirts, what?!?! They were wrestling that night, in fact they were wrestling to be the #1 contenders for the Tag Team Championship match, but no t-shirt? My oldest daughter was hoping to get a Kofi Kingston shirt, but there wasn’t one of those either. We were both heartbroken.
So, A little note to WWE, please, carry the merchandise for those wrestlers that are actually wrestling at your event, we would love to cheer on our favorite superstars while they wrestle WITH their t-shirts on!
On that note, I’d also like to recommend that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H have a t-shirt available that says “Best For Business” because I’d sure as heck buy one.
WWE events are such a thrill, such an experience, even if you’re not a ‘hardcore’ WWE wrestling fan, take the step to go to a live event, it is so much fun in person, there’s so much fan interaction that if you were not a huge wrestling fan before you went to a live event, I BET you when you leave one, you will be!
One of the other thrills of the night besides watching the amazing matches from some great seats, was the fact that I was able to take photos with the Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless. Verizon loaned me the camera specifically for the WWE event. I was SO excited to try this camera out, I’ve been wanting to check it out for almost a year now, when I first heard about the camera, I was excited. I’ve always wanted a DSLR but price #1 it’s way too much for me to think about spending on a camera, and #2 I could never take my DSLR into arenas and events, they’re just not allowed.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera from Verizon Wireless allows me to take high quality photos (and videos), zoom in to the ring when I’m at a wrestling event, and all in a smaller sleeker size than a large clunky DSLR. It also comes with 4G LTE data services from Verizon, so when I take photos, I can upload directly to Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram! All of the photos in this post, all taken with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.
Sharing your photos, sharing your life, has never been easier! The Samsung Galaxy Camera is like a phone, or, rather more like a tablet the way it functions because although the screen and size of the camera is like a phone, it cannot make phone calls. So why the camera instead of just using your cell phone to take photos? Here’s the difference…..
The Samsung Galaxy Camera captures images with a 16 MP camera and a very powerful 21x optical zoom. Check out the two photos I took below. #1 is a photo from our seats, without a zoom, #2 is a fully zoomed in photo… Can your cell phone camera do that? I know mine can’t!
The amount of questions and compliments I got on my photos through the event was nuts, even strangers asked me, is that a phone or a camera? What is that? The photos your taking are amazing!! I had to take a break from photos for a few seconds to explain to the onlookers what exactly I had, and how it worked. When I was able to show them how I could instantly get on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to share them right that second, they were in awe! Not only were the photos amazing, but Verizon’s 4G LTE service worked and let me share photos instantly even when fellow fans sitting just across from me had absolutely no service on their cell phones with different carriers.
Features on the Samsung Galaxy Camera include:
- Share photos and video with friends or to social media over 4G LTE.
- 21x optical-zoom lens performs better than your average smartphone camera.
- 15 smart modes to capture the perfect photo, whether it is a person, landscape, panorama, waterfall, sunset or fireworks.
- Preserve your favorite moments in vivid detail with 16-megapixel images and 1080p HD video.
- Optical-image stabilization keeps the action in focus.
- The 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD touch screen and built-in editing tools help you put the finishing touches on your media.
Included In The Box
- Samsung Galaxy Camera™
- Wall/USB Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Standard Lithium Ion Battery
- Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
- Quick Reference Guide
- Wrist Strap
Although the camera can be a bit overwhelming at first, which I’ll admit, only having the camera for a few days I didn’t even begin to discover all the things I could do with it, Verizon Wireless helps you out with step by step directions and helps you get to know your device. With the different modes, and settings I couldn’t get around to checking them all out just in a few days. The mode I really wanted to play with was the Food mode to help me take those new recipes pics for my blog, but I didn’t get to get that far with it.
Not only are the photos this camera takes amazing, but so are the videos as well. You can take a look at Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan short video clip HERE.
I fell in love hard for the Samsung Galaxy Camera! So much so, that hubby has agreed to purchase one for me!
The camera itself retails for $549.99 and can be connected to WIFI, or added to your current Verizon Share Everything plan for just $5 a month, this way you always have access to the instant sharing and backup photo capabilities. Well worth it!!
If you have never checked out the Samsung Galaxy Camera, I suggest that you head to your nearest Verizon Wireless store and give it a look, the price is right for all of the camera you get!
If you’d like to see more of the videos and photos I ended up taking with the Samsung Galaxy Camera, feel free to view the over 600 photos I took – Night Of Champions Album.
I have been compensated for this post and participating in the WWEmoms campaign by The Online Mom – additionally I was provided with no compensation for the Galaxy Camera from Verizon – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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Don’t be fooled by the girlyish things that go on in our home, even though I have two girls, doesn’t mean they don’t love a cool thing when they see it! They were so excited when the VTech Switch & Go Dinos came to the house, I wasn’t sure they would be, and figured maybe I’d do this review with my younger nephews, but they were THRILLED to play with them themselves.
VTech Switch & Go Dinos transform between a dinosaur and a vehicle. Now, I won’t say it’s easy, because the larger yo, Jagger the T-Rex wasn’t so easy as first to transform, but one the girls got the hang of it, it became easier and easier as they went. Both the larger Jagger and the smaller dinos give kids imaginative play experiences, and each transform uniquely into different dinos and vehicles.
Jagger the T-Rex transforms from a Construction Crane into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. He also features voice recognition technology so when you say a specific command (comes with a card to tell you which commands he responds to) like “Go Forward” he will start moving forward on command. Jagger when transformed into the construction crane has a different set of commands that he will respond to as well.
The VTech Switch & Go Dinos provided my girls with a ton of imaginative play time, and kids today really need that time instead of being put in front of the TV.
The girls love watching the dino move, but their favorite, is the drill launcher!
The evolving line, now featuring more than 15 Switch & Go Dinos, includes:
· Jagger the T-Rex™ o Jagger the T-Rex transforms from a construction crane to a Tyrannosaurus Rex in just a few simple steps. Combined with voice recognition technology, Jagger is one of the coolest Switch & Go Dinos yet! Jagger even recognizes and responds to specific voice commands. Say “Roar with me,” and hear him roar with his voice-activated motorized jaw.
· Blister the Velociraptor™ o Blister the Velociraptor transforms from a helicopter to a Velociraptor!
· SkySlicer the Allosaurus™ o SkySlicer the Allosaurus transforms from a jet plane into an Allosaurus!
· MC Roar the Giganotosaurus™ o MC Roar the Giganotosaurus transforms from a vehicle to a Giganotosaurus!
· Stompsalot the Amargasaurus™ o Sir Stompsalot transforms from a classic hot rod to an Amargasaurus!
· Quiver the Stygimoloch™ o Blink and you just might miss him! Quiver transforms from a super speedy race car to a Stygimoloch!
· Torr the Therizinosaurus™ o Transform from a rugged, off-road vehicle into a Therizinosaurus™!
· Akuna the Velociraptor o Akuna the Velociraptor™ transforms from a super-fast motorcycle to a Velociraptor!
I think the VTech Switch & Go Dinos and Jagger the T-Rex will be one of the must have toys for the upcoming holiday season, playing with them, I’d say they’d be a hit for multiple ages, as well as boys AND girls!
Want to win some Switch & Go Dinos for your little ones? VTech is giving my readers a chance to win a gift pack of 3 smaller Dinos which switch from dino to vehicle, they feature lights and sounds, very cute! Enter the giveaway via the Giveaway Tools widget below, and don’t forget for entries to be valid you must complete the mandatory first step.
**Disclosure: The VTech product, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.**
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