HOORAY YOU! THE NUTRISYSTEM “NEW YOU REVOLUTION” BRINGS FRESH FROZEN FOOD TO ALL

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HOORAY YOU! THE NUTRISYSTEM “NEW YOU REVOLUTION” BRINGS FRESH FROZEN FOOD TO ALL





I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas, I know I did!  Now its time to get amped for the New Year and all the fun stuff that goes with it.  Most people, myself included, like to think of the New Year as a fresh start.  Wipe the slate clean and make some much needed changes.  I love starting things with a fresh perspective each year I am eager to make the necessary changes for a better and brighter tomorrow.

This year will be little different for me.  You see I all ready started my journey to a healthier me a few months ago with Nutrisystem.  Then to make things a bit easier for me to stick with the program and avoid temptations my husband Oscar joined me on my weightloss journey with Nutrisystem in November.  We were doing great together until a snow storm hit and our entire schedule when out of control - followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas we just never got back to what we had intact.  We were still eating Nutrisystem but not as many meals as often or in conjunction with the all the fruits and veggies.  Time was short so both of us were only eating a couple of meals a day by themselves and if we were out and about running errands fast food got the better of us.  Both of us will be making the change back to our Nutrisystem lifestyle starting the first week of January.  And we are SO looking forward to it!

In December we started receiving Nutrisystem Select's fresh frozen gourmet meals in addition to some of the shelf food.  Let me tell you, the frozen food is DE. LIC. OUS!  I love it!  Everything can be microwaved, or reheated in the oven which makes for some fast, simple good eatin'!  One thing that I love about the frozen breakfasts for Oscar is that he can now enjoy pancakes and french toast in the breakfast that I pack for him.  Before he was limited to only muffins and bars for breakfast during the week because he didn't have the means or the time to make pancakes at work like I did at home.  I love the variety of the mixing the frozen with the shelf food because it really opened up the options for me for lunch and dinner.

Oh and the desserts!  Ice cream, fudge bars and ice cream sandwiches - that's what I'M talking about.  I like these dessert options SO much better than the shelf.  I mean don't get me wrong chocolate bars, candies and cookies are still good to but we are huge ice cream fans in our house and it is hands down our favorite type of dessert.

GUESS WHAT?  Nutrisystem has lowered their prices and decided to include frozen food in the new Nutrisystem 28-day program. It will now include one-third frozen foods and two-thirds of pantry foods! So you can find out all the great details about what is in store for Nutrisystem in 2011 by reading the press release the below:


Press Release from Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), the number one home delivery weight loss company, announced today that it is revamping its programs by incorporating its highest scoring, best tasting fresh frozen gourmet foods into all of its weight loss plans at the lowest price in the Company’s history. Part of Nutrisystem’s “Hooray You! New You Revolution” initiative is to empower and celebrate the success of its members, and with these significant changes it will make Nutrisystem® weight loss programs more accessible to a wider audience than ever before. The new Nutrisystem 28-day program will now include one-third frozen foods and two-thirds of pantry foods. Additionally, the program previously cost $399 per month and it will now cost $299, including an additional free week of pantry foods, a gourmet money back guarantee and free shipping. The New Nutrisystem® Select® Plan, available only in the Continental U.S., can be purchased by calling the Nutrisystem hotline 1-800-891-3215 or logging onto www.nutrisystem.com.
“The launch of this program is a groundbreaking accomplishment for our team. Nutrisystem has now found a way to do what no other weight loss company had been able to do – and that is to provide home delivery of fresh-frozen foods at the lowest price in the category,” said Joe Redling, Chairman and CEO of Nutrisystem. “We spent the better part of the last year conducting extensive category research and, of course, listening to our own customers. The message we heard was clear and simple – they want great tasting, high quality foods at a low price with no gimmicks and no complicated plans. Through this system wide revamp I’m truly pleased that we’ll now be providing just that.”
Added Redling, “This winter season, many weight loss companies are launching new programs. We applaud those who are working hard in the fight to combat the national obesity epidemic but warn consumers to be wary of the newest fads and magic pill solutions. At Nutrisystem, our program is backed by the science of the low Glycemic Index and at a low price. We believe the solution to a healthier lifestyle can be just that simple.”
The New Nutrisystem Select
“Nutrisystem Select” offers gourmet, fresh frozen cuisine to every customer, delivered right to their doorstep. As part of the revamp of its food programs, Nutrisystem is adding new items to its menu including: Garden Vegetable Omelet, Margherita Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Asian Style Beef, Roasted Turkey Medallions, and Orange Crème Bar.
The New Nutrisystem Select program includes:
·                  Free 24 hour, seven days a week phone access to nutrition support and counseling from the Nutrisystem team of registered dieticians as well as weight loss counselors
·                  Free membership and access to online tools, tips and community support on Nutrisystem.com
·                  Savings of hundreds of dollars compared to other weight loss programs
·                  New – Gourmet Guarantee – money back if not completely satisfied
·                  New – First seven days free
·                  New – Transition plans to help keep you on track after reaching your goal weight
·                  Available for Women, Men, Silver and people with type 2 diabetes who want to lose weight via Nutrisystem D
·                  Nutrisystem is delivered right to the customer’s door, and free shipping is included with Auto Delivery – there’s never any center visits or calorie or carb counting required
“As the nation continues to spiral into an ever-worsening cycle of obesity, we’re taking action now that will make our weight loss programs more accessible to more Americans than ever before. When crafting this new program, we recognized that the barriers to dieting and the reasons why people fail often comes down to a matter of cost, convenience and eating foods that taste good,” said Dr. Bruce Daggy, Vice President of Research and Development of Nutrisystem. “Feedback from our members has always given the highest food ratings to our frozen foods, but cost has been a barrier. One of the most important aspects of our programs that will continue is our adherence to a balanced diet based on the low Glycemic Index. We recognize that weight loss and health is not just about counting calories. Our focus remains to support a sensible and sustainable approach to eating.”
To order the new Nutrisystem, visit www.Nutrisystem.com or call 1-800-891-3215.



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If you would like to join me on my Nutrisystem weight loss journey please remember that you can take advantage of some great sales going on right now by calling 1-888-849-4680 or clicking on the special link for Pretty Pink Momma readers http://www.nutrisystem.com/prettypink.



*Nutrisystem is providing myself and my husband with the program free of charge in exchange for my time and commitment to blog about our experience with the Nutrisystem Nation Program.*







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Commemorate the Holiday Season This Year With a Personalized Ornament From Ornaments With Love

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We love Christmas ornaments in our house!  Each year we buy a special one that signifies something special about that year to us.  My husband has an affinity for the fun personalized ornaments and we also try to get one of those each year too.  They also make great gifts for families and couples!  This year we found tons of great options for personalized ornaments at www.OrnamentsWithLove.com.


About Ornaments With Love - taken from www.OrnamentsWithLove.com

 2000+ Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Perhaps you've struggled to find the perfect gift for someone or run out of ideas of what to get. A personalized Christmas ornament is a relatively small and inexpensive gift, but it leaves a lasting impression, huge smiles and becomes a "priceless" treasured possession to the one that receives it.
Our ornaments can be purchased with the recipients name on it or with a personal message such as "World's Greatest Dad" or "#1 Dad". They also come in a variety of different themes, such as sports, hobbies, weddings, graduations, engagements, expecting mothers, birthdays, birth of baby, and other special occasions.

Every ornament is beautifully personalized with names and dates at no additional cost to you and is meticulously wrapped and shipped with a whole lotta love!

Yes, its true what they say, great things do come in small packages! Order one of these treasured possessions today and find out what people are absolutely raving about.


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My husband browsed Ornaments With Love forever and finally decided on this family ornament.  I love it and I think that it came out extremely well.  Its made of resin and the colors are bright and cheery.  We finally have an ornament with all five of our names on it!

The ornament comes very neatly packaged and padded with care so you don't have to worry about any breakage issues. 

You can find ornaments based on family ties, professions, hobbies - you name it and they probably have it!  So if you are a personalized ornament junkie like me you gotta check out Ornaments With Love!

Merry Christmas!




Kimberly
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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for HER! - Review and Giveaway

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I don't know about you, but around here, I play Santa each Christmas Eve.  I tenderly fill the stockings with care.  I eat the cookies and drink the milk.  I stuff all the stockings with goodies galore and that includes goodies for myself.  Which is kinda the best part!  No one can object to what Santa gives mom - unless THEY want to start playing Santa - if you know what I mean.  Here are a few simple ideas that are great for stuffing any mom's stocking with!



The Softlips limited edition Best of Winter 5 pack contains Sugar & Spice, Winter Mint, Sugar Cookie, Sugar Plum Berry and Mint with a Hint of Vanilla.  What makes it even more perfect is that this set comes packaged in a blue sachet and ready to stuff right into her stocking.  Its adorable, affordable and it offers great lip protection for all that kissing that goes on while cozying up to the fireplace with the one you love.

This cute little sachet would also be great way to accessorize any gift for her for the holiday.  It can be attached to a ribbon and add that special little touch to make it stand out under the tree.

This five pack is available in the Softlips.com online store for $9.99 as well as national retailers including Target, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Dollar General. 




A fun and easy thing that I always like to put in my stocking are hair accessories from Scunci.  Its one thing that I never take the time to buy myself but I love having new hair ties and clips it makes a great stocking stuffer.  Scunci has recently come out with some really awesome no slip grip hair bands that work great to keep your ponytail in place.  Perfect for any hair type.  I have really fine hair and the bands stay in without any slippage issues.  This is one of those products that you wonder why no one came up this sooner!

Another cool product by Scunci is the Upzing.  The Upzing has double combs that scoop hair into a pretty up 'do with hardly any effort.  This allows you to have a straight from the hair stylist look at any holiday gathering and its also perfect for everyday wear too.  The only draw back for the Upzing is that you have to have a lot of hair for it to work.  At least with the one I tried anyways.  I have very thin hair and I didn't have enough to keep the Upzing in place.  I will be giving mine to my mother-in-law because she has tons of hair and she is still using a banana clip from the eighties to keep it up and out of her face.  I think that she will love it!  Here is an example of what an up 'do looks like:



These and other Scunci products are available at drugstores and retailers nationwide.  The jelly no slip grip hair bands can be found in varying colors and are priced from $3-5.  The Upzing can also be found in varying colors and styles ranging in price from $5-7.

For more info on Scunci products please visit Scunci.com




Another brand I LOVE is Conair.  I have used their hairbrushes for years, basically since I started brushing my hair.  One new brush that I like to use is the Gel Grips Cushion Brush.  The other new brush that I love using to help straighten out my hair is the Tourmaline Ceramic Small Porcupine Round Brush.  Both help to smooth, style and straighten hair.  The Gel Grips brush conforms to your hand while you are gripping the brush and its very comfortable.  The Tourmaline round brush utilizes finely crushed tourmaline, a gemstone that naturally releases negative ions, infused into the nylon bristles and ceramic barrel of the brush.  The ions help to tighten the cuticle layer and seal in natural oils which in turn reduces static electricity and allowing for shiny and silky feeling hair.

Both of these brushes can be found nationwide at retailers and drugstores.  The Gel Grips brush sells for $5 and the Tourmaline Round Brush sells for $8.

For more information regarding these and other Conair products please visit Conair.com.



Win It!

Just in case Santa doesn't bring any of these fabulous stocking stuffers your way you can win them in one big bundle from Pretty Pink Momma!

One lucky Pretty Pink Momma reader will win a 5 pack of Softlips Best of Winter flavors, Scunci No Slip Grip Hair bands, Scunci Upzing, Conair Gel Grips Brush and a Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Small Porcupine Round Brush!  This stocking stuffer prize pack is valued at $33. 


How to Enter:  Tell me who fills the stockings at your house and let me know which of these stocking stuffers is your favorite.  Giveaway open to US only.



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The Best Gift I Ever Gave - I Gave It Twice! - Plus Swagg App and Sundance Film Festival Sweepstakes!

6:45 PM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma


SWAGG is a free mobile app (download here) that lets you shop smarter using your mobile phone. Buy, send or swap SWAGG GIFTS and organize your old school plastic gift cards.
For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000.
Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to win a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival. Entry deadline is January 3, 2011, 11:59pm, PST.


The Best Gift I Ever Gave
To be honest, it took me awhile to come up with the best gift I ever gave.  Its something that I thought would be easy because I love giving gifts.  I love giving thoughtful, personal, heartmelting gifts.  The one gift that came to mind as the best gift ever, I actually gave it twice. 

When I was young and in love I decided to buy my very first serious boyfriend a nice watch for Christmas.  I had never bought any boy such a nice gift before.  We had only been dating seriously for a few months but I wanted to let him know that he meant a lot to me so it was important that I get him something he needed and wanted but would never ask me for. 

I will never forget the look on his face when he opened his gift.  He couldn't believe that I bought him something so expensive for Christmas.  I knew that he loved it and I loved that it made him so happy.

A few years later he and I were preparing for our wedding day.  I knew that he was getting me some expensive jewelery for my bride's gift and I wanted to do something special for him that he would never expect- or forget.  It took me awhile to come up with something but when I finally did I knew that it would be perfect!

The watch that I had given him years before sat on his dresser most of the time because he only wore it on weekends and special occassions.  One day when he wasn't looking I took his watch and went to visit my favorite engraver. On the back of the watch engraved were the words "I will love you until the end of time".

On our wedding day, right after he saw me for the first time in my wedding dress, just minutes before we were married, I presented him with the watch.  First he was taken by surprise because he was wondering where his watch had been and he didn't want to tell me that he had lost it.  Relieved to see it again, I told him that I had a surprise for him on the back.  His eyes lit up as he read the inscription, I knew that he loved it. 

The fact that I could make someone so happy with the same gift twice is what makes this watch the best gift that I have ever given.  All though my husband has acquired other watches from me over the past ten years, nothing is more special to him than the first one I ever gave him.


What is the best gift that you have ever given?






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*All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  I was compensated with a stipend as well as gift card for SWAGG in exchange for my post.  Please refer to my disclosure policy or email me if you have any questions.*
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SWAGG has partnered with non-profit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to SU2C up to $125,000. Awesome, right?! Visit the SU2C site for more info http://www.standup2cancer.org/



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Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a lucky pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! The sweepstakes is offered exclusively through the Clever 1000, and it has a pretty kick butt prize, including:


  • 2 night/3 day stay at Yarrow Hotel in Park City Utah (Jan 21 - Jan 23, 2011)
  • Ground transportation to and from hotel to airport in Park City, Utah
  • Dinner for two at Tao Lounge, including 2 nightclub passes
  • All access to The House of SWAGG Gifting Suite
  • 2 tickets to a movie premiere on Saturday, January 22nd -- movie tbd
  • $4,000 value
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Find a Whole Lot More Than Silverware at Oneida.com

5:54 PM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma



A few years back my mother bought me some Oneida fine flatware as a gift and I have to say, it is the best silverware that I have ever owned.  The style, the weight, the durability and the way the knives cut are all factors that place this silverware as a top find in my opinion.  Since receiving my Oneida silverware I use it every single day, and truth be told, I can't ever imagine having anything other than Oneida flatware in my kitchen.

All though I am a huge fan of my Oneida flatware I had no idea that they sold cookware too.  And not just cookware but bakeware, cutlery, tableware, drinkware, tools and gadgets - you name it.  If its something that goes on the table or helps to serve something to the table, chances are they have what you need at Oneida.com.  When I was given the opportunity to review something by Oneida I jumped at the chance.  If their silverware is any indication of how well their other products would work I knew I was in for a treat.  There were tons of options to choose from in making my selection.  Finally I settled on an item from their cookware category, the Oneida Pro Series Hard Anodized Cookware 3 Piece Sauté Pan Set.


The Review



Oneida Pro Series Hard Anodized Cookware 3 Piece Sauté Pan Set

This 3 Piece Sauté Pan Set is professional-quality cookware for your home, expertly made for longevity and durability. Three convenient sizes offer versatility in the kitchen from sautéing and pan-frying to grilling sandwiches and preparing meats. The hard anodized non-stick surface is easy to clean and the base of each piece is designed to provide uniform heating while cooking. The stainless cast handles are riveted, providing hardwearing stability and adding to the professional construction of the series.

*  Set Includes 1 Each: 8", 10", 12" Sauté Pan
*  Made of durable, 3.2-3.6mm gauge hard anodized aluminum
*  Hand washing recommended
*  10 Year Limited Warranty


I have to say that after using this set for a month now that it is without a doubt the BEST set of saute pans that I have ever used.  Period.  For example, I made my son some scrambled eggs one day and normally the eggs get a touch of brown and if I don't watch them like a hawk they stick and burn to the teflon pan I normally use.  My teflon pans aren't cheap either, they are good quality cookware.  Or so I thought until I used the Oneida set.  The eggs I made didn't stick to the pan at all.  They were the best eggs my son and I had ever tasted!

What makes the difference in my opinion is the hard anodized non-stick surface.  The food I make doesn't get stuck and it cooks evenly throughout.  I had no idea how much professional quality cookware would improve the taste and presentation of my cooking.  I would highly recommend getting this set if you cook with saute pans on a regular basis like I do.  It is well worth the cost and your family will appreciate all the great meals you will make them using the set.

The saute pans couldn't be easier to clean.  The nonstick surface allows for any left over food to slide right off.  Hand washing is recommended but my husband has thrown ours in the dishwasher a time or two and they have come out just fine.  I usually hand wash them because it literally takes no time at all to wash and dry them.  Coming from someone who hates hand washing that is big kudos to this product. 



Buy It!

You can buy this set at Oneida.com for only $59.99 right now.  They are regularly $165 so this is a steal!  It would make a perfect gift for anyone that loves to cook.  Plus they will see the Oneida name and know that you bought them great quality cookware.  

Oneida offers free shipping for all orders over $99 and you can upgrade to 2 day air to get your items delivered in time for Christmas for only $9.95!





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One of THE BEST Personalized Gifts EVER - You gotta check out VoiceQuilt - Review and Giveaway

12:08 AM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma





I have showcased a ton of personalized gifts these past couple of months but trust me when I say that they do not hold a candle to this awesome gift idea.  I'm talking about VoiceQuilt, personalized way to deliver messages that the recipient will remember forever.  Check it out!



See what I mean?  This is a gift that any woman is sure to love - and love you for putting it all together for her!  What better way to celebrate a special occasion, friendship or just give one because you love her.  I am so thrilled to be able to tell you about the VoiceQuilt because I just know that it would be an amazing gift to not only give but to receive.


The Process - Step by Step (info taken from VoiceQuilt.com)

1.  Choose a toll-free phone package so that everyone can call in toasts and tributes. Then record the greeting your callers will hear. It's easy – just like setting up the outgoing message for an answering machine or voicemail system.

2.  Invite everyone to phone in toasts, tributes and favorite memories.VoiceQuilt's email tools provide simple dialing instructions for callers plus draft invitation text that you can customize.You can also invite people in person, give them a call or even include dialing instructions with party invitations. Choose what works best for you.It's easy to upload a favorite song (or other audio) to your VoiceQuilt, too.

3.  As messages arrive, visit the VoiceQuilt Message Center to listen online. No special software is needed – just your web browser.  Choose which messages to include in the VoiceQuilt playlist, give them descriptive labels, and arrange them in the order you like.  We help keep you on track with email alerts that tell you when new messages arrive and provide tips for completing your gift on time.

4.  Select from a variety of heirloom-quality keepsakes that play and preserve your VoiceQuilt.  A VoiceQuilt Keepsake Box operates like a music box – messages play automatically when you open the lid. Inside are easy-to-use control buttons.   VoiceQuilt CD Keepsakes can be played in the car, at home or during your special celebration.

5.  We ship fast. Order before noon Eastern on a business day and your gift ships that same day. All other orders ship the next business day. UPS guarantees ground delivery within one to six business days depending on the destination.


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I was sent a 4x6 Photo Rosewood Keepsake for review.  It was all ready set to go as if I was the gift recipient which was a really great experience from a reviewer's perspective.  The messages were for a grandma from the whole family.  It was so awesome and my kids thought that it was really cool too.  Plus it made it a bit easier to explain to them why I wanted them to call in and leave messages for me.  My kids are 7, 5 and 2 so having a visual example to show them exactly what I am trying to get them to do was perfect.  

I gave my husband the call in number plus the pin to get the boys started on leaving messages for the VoiceQuilt.  For us it was a little harder than anticipated simply because of their ages.  Once he would pass the phone to them they would get stage fright and just clam up.  The system automatically hangs up if its not receiving any sounds because they think no one is there.  This also happens with speakerphone sometimes which I know that is how my husband was calling in to make it easier for the boys.  Finally he got it all working smoothly and the messages were flowing in, they were super short, but the boys were finally getting the idea of what I wanted them to do.

I was able to log in to my profile on VoiceQuilt.com and from my message center I could play back all of the messages that the boys had left.  Some were total disasters and some just plain old melted my heart.  I had short window of time to get the messages together and because of their ages it was really tough to get them to talk without sounding rehearsed.  I just wanted a song or something but it turned out like a bunch of prank phone calls, which is kind of funny in it of itself!  And SO my kids so I love it!

The process is easy to follow and for editing and organizing your play list too.  I will delete the hang ups where no one said anything and keep the rest once I figure out the best order.  One thing that was a little disappointing for me was with the editor.  I would have liked to have the freedom to choose the start and stop points of the recording - that way I could eliminate the part of my husband coaching them a bit in the beginning and the end.  I think that people with small children like myself would be the only ones with this issue though so I'm not sure if it really merits a change in the editing system, but it would be a nice feature to add in my opinion.

Overall I am completely impressed with my experience creating a VoiceQuilt and its presentation.  I know that my mom would LOVE this so I am planning to create one for her hopefully in time for Mother's Day.  I know that I plan on having my boys create a new MP3 each year so that I can hear them change and grow.  I think that it will be really special to look back on and listen to their cute little voices when they are teenagers and beyond. 



Another great option besides a Keepsake Box is a CD.  For this Christmas wouldn't it be great to get everyone to record a special message to remember the day?  To set up and try the VoiceQuilt it's FREE!    You can get one day of messages, why not make it Christmas when everyone is all together?  Or right after the little ones open their favorite toys, you can get their reaction to the gifts in the message.  Then you can have these special messages and your favorite picture all encased in a VoiceQuilt Audio Christmas CD Folio!  This would make a great keepsake to pull out each year for the holidays, or to send to relatives that couldn't make it to your family Christmas celebration. That would be a great way to let them share in the Christmas Joy and receive special messages from the whole family too.


Buy It!

You can purchase the 4x6 Photo Rosewood Keepsake Box for only $79.95.  There are nine other keepsake boxes to choose from that range in price from $59.95 to $179.95.  The VoiceQuilt Audio Christmas CD Folio is only $29.95 and comes complete with Christmas wrapping paper.  Other Folios and Audio CD's are also available and range in price from $19.95 to $71.85.  


Right now many gifts are offered at a very discounted price and only take 6 business days to ship so you can still get yours in time for Christmas!


Or if you think that you know someone that would love this type of keepsake as a gift but would prefer to put it together themselves you can get them a gift certificate.  

Right now VoiceQuilt is offering an $85 gift certificate for only $75!



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VoiceQuilt is offering one lucky Pretty Pink Momma reader a VoiceQuilt Audio Christmas CD Folio to help them capture their Christmas memories!  ARV $29.95


How to Enter:  Giveaway is now closed.  Visit VoiceQuilt.com and comment on this post telling me what your favorite VoiceQuilt gift idea is - be specific.  Giveaway open to US only.

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Create a Beautiful Photo Book with Mixbook - Review and Giveaway and a discount too!

1:48 AM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma


I love giving and receiving personalized gifts. and gifts with photos are the best!  I love the look of scrapbooks but I have to admit I am not a big scrapper.  I just don't like putting forth all the effort it takes to put a scrapbook together.  So here I am, mother of three, with no photos to show for it.  Don't get me wrong, I have tons of pictures - they are just on my computer.  I have dealt with this mommy guilt long enough so I created a Mixbook that chronicled the first years of my three sons'.

Mixbook allows its users to create beautiful photobooks online by easily uploading pictures and then staging them in books that are created to look like scrapbooks.  Or if you don't like that look you can simply just add pictures in whatever way you like.  Each book is completely customizable.  If you need the help to get the creative juices flowing they have templates to guide you or if you are scrapbook savvy and have a good idea of what you want you can make it whatever you want it to be.

Personally I don't have a lot of scrapping experience so it was really nice to have the templates as a guideline to get my creative juices flowing.  When creating your book you can choose the picture layout and then customize each photo size and location within the layout.  Then you can change the backgrounds and add flair.  Put text anywhere you like and change the fonts and colors to what you like best.  I had such a great time creating my Mixbook - check out some of the pages that I created:






Photobooks are free to create and share - no download is required.  You and your friends can upload photos from Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, Yahoo Search, Photobucket and Smug Mug.  Once the photos are uploaded to your project its super easy to just drag and drop your pics in the correct places and then continue to edit them from there if you wish.  I also love that once your photos are uploaded you can use them for any project you create.  Its so cool that friends can create a Mixbook together too!  In this day and age of photo sharing its nice to be able to have your friends and their photos to collaborate with.  Its super easy to get started, watch this quick demo to see just how cool it is!




The idea center is full of great examples of what you can do with your Mixbook.  From weddings to birthdays, memory books and more, these ideas will help you to create the perfect book to display your precious memories. 

I really loved my finished product.  My boys loved me for making it too!  They love to look at baby pictures of themselves and their brothers, which has been hard for them to do considering I keep them locked away in a file in my flash drive.  I am so proud of the book I created and I definitely feel like a much better mom now that I have a book showcasing my babies and their growth.  It slightly eases the guilt I have for never filling out their baby books.  Check out the finished product!  I created a landscape 8.5x11 photobook:



Buy It!

Mixbook photobooks range in price from $6.99 - $49.99, depending upon the size book that you wish to create.  Mixbook also has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.  Which means if you are unhappy with your finished product they will replace it for you free of charge! 


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Simply enter PINKMIX20 at check out and you will receive a 20% discount off of your order!  How awesome is that?


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Mixbook is offering one lucky Pretty Pink Momma reader a code for a free 20 page, 11x8.5 hardcover landscape photo books with free US ground shipping. Expiration date: 01/31/11 at 11:59 pm PST. ARV $29.99


How to Enter:  Visit the gallery on Mixbook.com and comment back on this post telling me which theme you like the best.  Giveaway open to all - but free shipping only applies to US Ground.

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Enjoy Your Favorite Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa and More With Just the Touch of a Button With the Tassimo Brewbot - Review and Giveaway

3:34 AM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma



Whether you love coffee, tea or hot cocoa it would be great to have it made in about one minute.  And not an entire pot either, just a single cup, at your fingertips whenever you please.  Instant gratification.  Well that is exactly what the Tassimo Brewbot T20 by Bosch does. This is the only home brewing system that will give everyone the drink that they want.  This multi-use machine is a definite crowd pleaser - because it can please every person in the crowd.  You can imagine my excitement when I found out that Gevalia was sending me a machine to review!



(Images and quote taken from TassimoDirect.com)

The Review



I have to say that I really like the Tassimo Brewbot T20.  It is functional, easy to use and fun!  I received a white Tassimo Brewbot and it fit really nicely on my counter.  I don't have a lot of space so having a machine that is this multi-functional as well as compact is really important to me.  I have had a blast using it the past couple of days and I can't wait for my friends to try it out when they come to visit next.



There are over 40 different types of T Discs available to choose from, including several favorite brands.  Gevalia is one brand of course, along with Starbucks, SBC, Maxwell House, Tazo Tea, and Suchard just to name a few. 

The initial set up was very easy.  The machine comes with Service T Disc, that has its own bar code so that the machine knows that its just running hot water through.  The water tank is located in the back of the machine and is easy to remove, fill and clean.  Before the machine can be used for the first time the water tank needs to be washed out and the Service T Disc needs to be run through 5 cycles of hot water.  It is important to remember to place the barcode of this or any T Disc face down so that the Tassimo Brewbot can read it and know just how much water to add, or not add.  There is also a small spot in the back of the machine to keep the T Disc between uses as well as the instructions for descaling the machine.

Using the Service T Disc - Video Demonstration



I love that the Tassimo Brewbot can be run with the Service T Disc to make a cup of hot water.  It makes it really convenient for making instant hot cereals and soups.  No need to boil water on the stove or in the microwave when you can have it with the push of a button.

Depending on what type of drinks you like you will follow different directions for using the T Discs.  For single T Disc drinks you simply put in the T Disc, barcode side down, and push the start button.  Within a minute your drink will be ready.  For drinks with creamers its a two step process.  First the creamer T Disc goes in and when that is finished brewing then remove the empty T Disc and replace it with the coffee, tea or cocoa T Disc and press start.  Within two minutes your drink will be ready. 

Two Step Process T Disc - Video Demonstration



The two step process is just as simple as the one step.  I did find that it with some drinks its necessary to mix it with a spoon when its finished brewing.  Sometimes the contents of the T Disc can sit on the bottom and not fully mix in the drink. 

One great thing about the Tassimo Brewbot is that if you want to personalize it to fit in with your existing kitchen decor there are four other color kits to choose from that are easily interchangeable.  The other colors available are aqua, lime green, brown and red.  I received a lime green color kit which is great because it goes great with my blue and lime green kitchen accents.  Another plus is that these pieces are dishwasher safe, which makes clean up a breeze.

Changing Out the Color Kit is Easy - Video Demonstration 



 I am so happy with this machine!  I love how easy it is to use and that my family and friends can have their favorite drink at the touch of a button.  I would most definitely recommend it as a must have household appliance.  It would make a great gift this holiday season!


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You can purchase a Tassimo Brewbot T20 from Tassimo.com for $129.99.  Color Kits are available for $19.99 each.  Varieties of T Discs are available from $4.49-$10.99.  These products can also be found at several retailers nationwide including Target, Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.  


Click this link to receive a $25 discount on a Tassimo Brewbot plus get two free T Disc packages!


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One lucky Pretty Pink Momma reader will receive a Tassimo Brewbot T20 and some T Discs to get started!  Prize Pack ARV is $140.


How to Enter:  Visit Tassimo.com and comment back on this post telling me what your favorite T Disc flavor would be if you were to win the Tassimo Brewbot T20.  Giveaway open to US only.

Congratulations DEBIJOT!



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Rice Krispies Treat Holiday Challenge Recipe Entry - Plus a $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!

1:37 PM Posted by Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma

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During the holidays we have tons of parties and get togethers to attend if not host as well.  Whether we are hosting an event ourselves, or we just want to bring a special showstopping dessert to the party, one thing is certain, its all about the presentation.  Not only does the dessert need to look good but taste good too!  After all, who cares what it looks like if once someone takes a bite they instantly want to spit it out right?  One treat that is always a crowd pleaser, that you simply can't to wrong with, are Rice Krispies Treats.

During the Fourth of July I was involved in a Rice Krispies Treat challenge with 9 other Rice Krispies Treats Ambassadors.  Unfortunately I lost that challenge, but making Rice Krispies Treats and spending time with the family could never be considered a loss in my book!  This holiday all 30 Rice Krispies Treats Ambassadors from previous challenges are competing with a new challenge.  I am really excited about this one because this challenge is all about the presentation.  We are all competing to create a stunning holiday showstopping Rice Krispies Treat dessert display.  One that will make our guests stop in their tracks and admire it as they walk in the door.  THIS is gonna be FUN.

My first idea was to create and mold a Rice Krispies Treat tree and decorate it, in addition to that I was think some nice squares of Rice Krispies Treats decorated as presents below would be make the look complete.  Here is how that idea turned out:


Basically I followed the directions for making Rice Krispies Treats only for the first batch I added green food coloring.  Then I just rolled out half of the mixture and once it was flat I cut it in a triangular shape then rolled it up and pressed the seams together.  Then I ripped off bits from the mixture that was left over and made different sized leaves for the tree.  Then I decorated the tree with sugar sprinkles, candies and frosting.  I placed it on a festive red platter before moving on to my next step.

For the presents I made regular Rice Krispies Treats squares and then decorated them frosting, candy and sprinkles.  I put shredded coconut on the platter and placed the presents on top.  I also had set aside one square and rolled it out and free hand cut out a star that covered in yellow and gold sprinkles on both sides.  I placed the star atop the tree for the finishing touch.

While this display looked great in my opinion it did have a couple of problems.  The tree looked great but essentially it was like one big treat so it wasn't feasibly edible for one person.  The branches for the tree ripped off okay but they were more bite size than treat size.  I made one mistake with the presents, I placed them on shredded coconut.  I liked that the coconut looked more like snow but I am the only person in my family that likes coconut and it stuck to the bottom of the treats so I heard nothing but complaints about that from them.  My husband wouldn't even try one of the presents because of that fact.  So for me, even though I think that it looked great, this display was still a bust and not one that I wanted to enter in the challenge.

I knew that I needed to come up with something else, something that was delicious, fun and beautiful.  Maybe even customizable depending upon the person that was going to be eating it....  So without further ado here is my actual recipe that I will be submitting as my entry to the challenge.  I would love to hear what you think about it!

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Fudge Surprise Holiday Ornaments



Preparation Time:  20-40 minutes (depending upon what fudge recipe you use or if you buy store bought fudge)
Total Time:  40-60 minutes 
Servings:  Four large or eight small to medium sized

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 10 oz of mini-marshmellows
  • 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 lb of your favorite homemade fudge or use store bought fudge
  • 1 package of mini candy canes
  • silver or gold sprinkles
  • assorted sprinkles in various colors
  • assorted frostings and gel icings in various colors
Other Useful Materials
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Decorative platter
Directions

If you are using homemade fudge, prepare this ahead of time.  I used this fudge recipe for my Fudge Surprise Holiday Ornaments
  1. In a large saucepan over low to medium heat melt butter and marshmellows.
  2. When mixture is completely melted stir in the 6 cups of Rice Krispies.
  3. After its mixed keep the mixture on low heat to keep it maleable.
  4. Take out a large scoop, a little bigger than palm sized .
  5. Place it on some parchment paper and place another piece of parchment paper on top.
  6. Use your rolling pin to flatten it out to about 3/4" thick then   mold it into a circle with your hands.
  7. Get your ice cream scoop and scoop out a rounded ball of fudge from its container, then gently shape it into a ball like form and place inside the center of the molded circle.
  8. Fold up the Rice Krispies mixture around the fudge and mold it into a ball. If you hands get too sticky during this process use some parchment paper and mold the ball inside of it.
  9. When the ball is shaped get a small bit of Rice Krispies mixture and mold it into a topper for the ornament, a separate piece that the "hook" would attach to.  
  10. Pile up some gold or silver sugar sprinkles and press the top of the small mold into them to create the gold or silver crown of the ornament.  Then place it atop the molded fudge ball ornament and press to create a seal.  
  11. Get out a mini candy cane and place it through the center of the added top crown piece creating the "hook" look.
  12. Repeat steps 4-11 with the remaining Rice Krispies mixture.  In total you should have about 4 good sized Fudge Surprise Holiday Ornaments.
  13. Place your four ornaments on a decorative platter and decorate them with assorted icings, frostings and sprinkles of your choosing. 
  14. For some decorative flair surround the ornaments with mini marshmellows or shredded coconut for the appearance of "snow".
 


     Here is what the inside of the Fudge Surprise Holiday Ornaments should look like:



    For a fun party activity you could prepare the ornaments up until step 12 and then let your party guests decorate their ornaments to their liking.  You could even have a contest and vote for the best and worst ornaments and give out small gifts to your guests.  This would also be a fun activity for kids to partake in as well if you had a party that was mixed with adults and children.

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    So, what do you think?  Do I have a shot at winning?  I hope so! If I win I will get my recipe featured on RiceKrispies.com and the Kellogg's Rice Krispies Facebook page.  That would be so cool!  I have some stiff competition though.  To check out what my competitors are making visit the Rice Krispies Treats Circle at TheMotherhood.com.  I am up against some very dessert savvy ladies so if you need some great ideas for displaying some fun Rice Krispies Treats definitely check out the circle, I swear, you will be AMAZED.

    Rice Krispies wants you to make your very own showstopping Rice Krispies display this season and they are going to give one lucky Pretty Pink Momma reader a $100 VISA gift card to use towards all of the ingredients!

    How to Enter:  Giveaway is now closed. Comment on this post telling me your favorite Rice Krispies Treat creation that you have ever made, ever tasted OR ever seen!  

    Congratulations to JanetandMaya!


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      Kimberly  

      *I received a $100 VISA gift card to cover the expenses for the ingredients as well as Rice Krispies Cereal and a stipend for my participation in this challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Please refer to my disclosure policy or email me if you have any questions.*
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