Thursday, February 17, 2011

Progresso "Souper You Debut" Giveaway

    Whether you made it your New Year resolution or not, most of us want to be healthier.  The first step is making healthy choices an important part of our lives on a daily basis.  Progresso is here to help us reach our healthier goals! With their new Souper You Debut!! WTG Progresso!
    Available in 40 delicious flavors with 100 calories or less, Progresso Soup can help curb your hunger, making it easier for you to stick to your weight management plan all year long. With hearty ingredients like pasta, beans, corn and rice, and flavor-packed vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, and peppers, Progresso Soup varieties with 100 calories or less offer a good source of fiber and a full serving of vegetables.
    To help kick off a new outlook on the New Year, Progresso is excited to announce the return of the "Souper You Debut" contest! From January 3rd through March 16th, you can visit Progresso on Facebook to enter for the chance to win a full makeover in New York City. Three grand prize winners will be awarded a trip for two to New York City from May 20th-22nd. The prize includes round trip airfare, a two-night stay in an NYC hotel, a full makeover, a guided wardrobe shopping spree with a personal consultation at a New York City department store, and $1,000 in spending money.
    To enter, you will need to do the following:
    • Go to Progresso on Facebook to learn more and enter the contest
    • Submit your essay (200 characters or less) telling Progresso why you love their soups that contain 100 calories or less, and why you deserve a chance to win a trip to NYC for a full fashion overhaul
    • In addition, please submit a photo of yourself that visually reinforces the theme of your essay
        • Once the 10 finalists are announced, you can visit Progresso on Facebook from March 30th through April 13th to vote for your favorite.
          Visit the Facebook page to download a coupon for $1.00 off four (4) cans of Progresso Soup and to check out makeover videos provided by and the Style Network. Be sure to also "Follow" Progresso on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Progresso.
          That’s not all! My Blog Spark and Progresso is giving away this prize pack below!
          WIN IT:
          One (1) lucky Family Treasures reader is going to receive a gift pack that contains a VIP coupon for a free can of Progresso soup, as well as a yoga mat, water bottle, set of aerobic bands, sport headband and two sport wristbands.
          Mandatory Entry:
          Visit Progresso and tell me which soup you are most excited to try
          This must be completed before other entries will count.
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      Sunday, February 13, 2011




      I love vinyl wall art! I think it's a quick, easy, & inexpensive way to change a room's appearance. So I was pleasured to work with on this fab review & giveaway. Regardless of your design style, carries a variety of wall decals. Looking for something playful & fun? What about more of a modern flair? Something for everyone! All decals can be ordered in colors to suit your decor.


      Alternatively, you can visit for additional sticker items! I reviewed a beautiful set. FREE SHIPPING-Africa Animals- Removalbe Vinyl Wall Decals to your kids



      Africa Animals -

      Several animals, monkey, graffie and elephant are looking for their food on the Afica Grassland. So cute !!!
      Size of Tree: 13"(33cm)W * 13"(33cm)H
      Size of Biggest animal: 12"(30.5cm)H

      You can pick up this decal HERE for $26.00.FREE SHIPPING-Africa Animals- Removalbe Vinyl Wall Decals to your kids





      I applied these decals in the play room. The end result was gorgeous and exactly what I wanted to brighten up the design in the room! I will admit, application was a bit tricky. You can see how to apply the deal in this step by step guide.



      I have my eye on this decal and I want it for over my couch or even the master bed. Its so simple yet stunning.


      Go to and get yours today!

      Valentine winners!

      So sorry about the delay in posting winners. I swear one day (SOON!) I will get back into the swing of things and then this blog will run smoothly again. Anyway on to the winners of the Gourmet gift baskets and Big – G giveaways!



      The Gormet gift baskets winner is #6  Jake!

      Jacob Zellmer said...

      i "liked" em


      Wow, I just noticed that Jake is my fist male winner. Congrats!!



      and the Big – G cereal winner is #17 Kate.

      Anonymous said...

      I follow your blog daily



      Way to go Winners please contact me within 24 hours to claim your prize.

      Wednesday, February 9, 2011


      The great people at Yoplait and My Blog Spark sent me this wonderful kids prize pack to try out the New Yoplait kids yogurt and have fun. I didn’t need to be encouraged. My children LOVE yogurt, and eat it like it is going out of style.  I buy it, bring it home, and it is gone. Although P-Bean favors apple flavors, he and Lila will eat any yogurt!
      Yoplait Kids has an excellent source of both calcium and vitamin D, a good source of protein and the delicious taste kids demand. It also contains 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt, and has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Yoplait Kids yogurt is a snack you can feel confident about serving to your kids!

      With tasty flavor options, as well as calcium, vitamin D and protein to help build strong bones, Yoplait Kids yogurt is sure to be popular with parents and kids alike. A great value at just $2.00 for a pack of four, this yogurt comes in three delicious flavors, including Strawberry, Strawberry Banana and Vanilla. Kids will love finding their favorite friends, like Dora the Explorer, Lightning McQueen from the hit movie “Cars” and the Disney Princesses, on every cup.
      Yoplait Kids has also partnered with well-known mom-blogger, Christine Coppa, Mama's Boy blogger at and author of Rattled! (Broadway Books, 2009), who has developed helpful snacking tips for moms with young children including:
      • Tips about healthy snack ideas
      • Tips about portable snacks
      • Tips about making snack time fun

      Yoplait is giving one lucky A Few Short Cuts reader the prize pack seen above!
      Yoplait Kids prize pack includes a coupon for Yoplait Kids yogurt, a foldable travel cooler (to take your yogurt on-the-go), a cool four-piece spoon set, a power magnet picture frame, trendy alphabet-shaped “Kiddie Bands”, a great big bounce ball and a “My First Scavenger Hunt” card game for some after-snack fun.

      I highly suggest getting Yoplait Kids and introducing your kiddos to them, they are a very nutritious snack or breakfast for them.

      Visit Yoplait on Facebook to “Like” the brand. Also, be sure to “Follow” Yoplait on Twitter to keep up with the latest news from Yoplait.

      In addition, you can visit HERE to download a printable coupon* for $0.50 off the purchase of one (1) four-pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt today!

      *This coupon offer for a free four pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee.

      Tell me which Yoplait Kids is the favorite in your house…Dora, Cars, or Princesses.
      Leave a comment below for each bonus entry
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      Make sure to leave an email and a separate post for  each entry without it I cannot notify you if you are in fact chosen as a  potential winner.

      This giveaway is open to all US Residents.  All entries will be verified.   All entries without valid contact information with be considered  invalid and will be deleted.  All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m.  EST on February 23, 2011.  One (1) winner will be chosen and  notified  by  email.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will   be chosen.

      I disclose that the coupon, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark

      Snapware Review and Giveaway

           I wasn’t much of a baker before now, but being stuck indoors all winter has made me brush off skills I didn’t know I had.   And with all of the yummy treats being made I was very glad to have had the opportunity to review a few products from Snapware. They have awesome products that are made with great quality! Snapware, I believe has the best products that store food, household items and they help you transfer food to your parties.

      A LITTLE ABOUT SNAPWARE: (from their website)

      Snapware was established in 1994, beginning with just one product line—the Airtight Canister. Made from PET plastic, the blow molded food storage containers featured an easy-to-open flip-top lid and silicone gasket which created the airtight closure.

      Committed to providing its customers with high quality and innovative designs, Snapware specializes in storage and organization solutions for the home and kitchen (dry and wet foods, crafts, seasonal storage, industrial, pet, garage, closet, and more). The company's storage brands include Snap 'N Stack®, Smart Store®, Airtight, GlassLock® and Airtight Canisters.

      Snap n' Stack

      2 Layer Cookie, and Cupcake Carrier

      Price: $27.99


           I absolutely love the Snap n' Stack! This is an amazing product that I wish that I had before now! We use it everyday - Currently its holding 2 loaves of homemade bread on the bottom stack and the top is holding a sheet cake.   The Snap n' Stack has circular cupcake holders that you put the cupcakes in, that help secure your cupcakes! And Trust me it really works! You can have 24 cupcakes all together in the Snap n' Stack! You can also have 12 cupcakes on the top or bottom layer and have cookies or other goodies on the top or bottom layer.

           This is a great product that would make a great gift for anyone.  The baker in your life would love it!!


      14 Piece Food Storage Container Set

      Price: $24.99


           Now although I was not given these to review I couldn’t pass up a chance to recommend these. In our home we use nothing but these snap and lock containers. They are virtually leak proof and just wonderful! These are by far the best containers that we have owned! I love the fact that we can freeze stuff in these containers. We can also microwave food in these containers and wash them in the dishwasher.



      BUY IT!

      Visit Snapware to see where you can purchase their products locally!



      Thanks to Snapware, one of my lucky readers will win the products that I reviewed which include the Airtight 14 Piece Food Storage Container Set and the Snap n' Stack Cupcake Carrier. ($53 ARV)

      MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Snapware and become a part of the Snapware Family by adding your name and address. It's fast and easy to do! (1 entry)

      **You must do the first entry first to qualify for bonus entry. Please leave a comment for each entry! If it says 3 entries then leave 3 entries! You must be 18 years old! No PO Box addresses will be accepted! Please make sure you leave an e-mail address or have it in your profile in order for you to win! If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!**

      - Like Snapware on Facebook (2 entries)
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      - Follow @krussell82 on Twitter and tweet this giveaway

      Giveaway will end on 2/24/10 at 10 PM EST

      Winner will be chosen by and will be e-mailed. The winner has 48 hrs. to respond to my e-mail or another winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner on my blog.

      Open to Continental US Residents

      I received a review product in order to write a honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this post. Many thanks to Snapware for letting me review and giveaway their products.

      Techie Tuesday - fitness video games

      Hello everyone. Welcome to February’s edition of Techie Tuesday. We’ll start with some exciting news. Starting this month, Techie Tuesday will be a bi-weekly thing. That’s right folks. Every month, look forward to two Techie Tuesdays.

      Now, as I said last month, today’s segment will focus on fitness video games. With all the different systems that are out there, now with their own movement detection devices, companies are starting to market video games that can help keep you fit. You can do yoga, play sports, and do all kinds of things with these new games. But which ones give you the most bang for your buck?

      The pioneer in this department was the Nintendo Wii, which I happen to own. With the packaged game Wii Sports, you are given 5 games to play: baseball, bowling, golf, tennis, and boxing. Now, of these games, the most fun (and most rewarding) are bowling and golf. After going 10 frames in bowling, you feel as if you had just bowled a real game. Same thing with golf. I played a round of golf with my father-in-law and, afterward, he had to sit down because “I feel like I was just on the links”. Now, with the improved Wii Sports Resort, you have access to bowling, golf, plus a ton of new games. For Wii Sports Resort, check out Swordplay and Frisbee for some good exercise.

      Now, also with the Wii comes Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. Obviously, the Wii Fit Plus is better. These games come with the unique Wii Balance Board, which picks up you shifting your body weight and reacts accordingly. Wii Fit Plus allows you to either jump right into some exercises that it selects based on what you want to work on (weight loss, cardio, etc.), or you can personally select exercises and tailor-fit you fitness routine to do what you want to do. It also gives you ways to track your progress, and includes an assortment of fitness-related games (like skateboarding) that gives you some work out while letting you have fun.

      Also from Nintendo on their DS system is a game called Personal Trainer Walking. This game is interesting because, for the $49.99 you spend, you get, not one, but two pedometers that track your walking pretty accurately. The thing with this is it tracks walking, so you need to keep it on you at all times for great results. Just stick it in your pocket when you wake up in the morning and you’re good to go. It sets you up with a daily step goal, which you can change if you have a hard time reaching it. At the end of each day, you just transfer the data from your pedometer to your game via infrared and you’re good to go. This is a great way to keep track of your walking and, with two pedometers, you can do this with your husband/child/anyone. You can even purchase extra pedometers, as this game can collect the data for up to 4 people.

      For the PlayStation 3, you have the PlayStation Move accessory. This comes with a PlayStation Eye camera, a PlayStation Move controller, and a game for around $99. The advantage of the PlayStation Move is that the controls are much more accurate than the Wii. Now, I won’t lie. I don’t have one of these and I barely ever played it. But I did try it and it can give a good workout if used for awhile, like the Wii.

      With the Xbox 360, you have the Kinect accessory. This big thing with this is there is no controller. Your body’s movements are picked up via camera and inputted into the game. This creates a unique experience that promises a great workout. Unfortunately, I personally do not own an Xbox 360 nor have any interest in getting one for my own personal reasons, so the best advice I can give is either go to a friend who has both and try it or go to your nearest Best Buy store and they should have a Kinect set up for you.

      So, based on my own personal experience, I think the Wii provides the most diverse and fulfilling workout experience at this time. It is also more economical than the Xbox or PlayStation 3, coming in at $199.99 in black or white. This gets you the console, a controller (with WiiMotion Plus included), a nunchuck accessory, and both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort games. So, for $199.99, you get the system, controllers, and 2 games, all ready to go right out of the box. Add in Wii Fit Plus for $99.99, and you’ll have a great exercise system for around $300. For PlayStation 3, you can get a 320GB with PlayStation Move bundle for $399.99. This comes with the system, a controller, and the PlayStation Move starter bundle. The Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle comes in also at $399.99, and that comes with a 250GB console, Kinect sensor, controller, headset, game, and one month of an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership. So, as you can see, for around $100 less, you can get a great workout and have fun doing so.

      Again, your experiences may be different. My best advice, as it always is, is to try out everything and see what fits you the best.

      Later this month, since I don’t have a 3DS yet, I will be talking about computers and giving you an A-Z guide on how to find the best computer for you.

      Saturday, February 5, 2011

      Who Is My Shelter?–Book Review

      Who Is My Shelter? By Neta Jackson _240_360_Book_326_cover
      Published by Thomas Nelson
      Every woman needs a safe shelter.
      The tables have turned and Gabby's estranged husband--who threw her out when she didn't live up to his image of a "corporate wife"--needs her in a way neither ever expected. He's begging for reconciliation,
      but Gabby has moved on, finding purpose and a future in the House of Hope. Not only has she found shelter for herself and her sons there,
      but she's able to help provide shelter for homeless moms and their kids.
      And yet . . . there's a hole in her life. Is God leading Gabby down a new path and giving her something--and someone--new? Or is He redeeming what she thought was gone forever?
      My Thoughts: This is a heartwarming story about forgiveness and Gods grace. This is the fourth installment in a series that melts your heart and makes you think about what you hold dear to your heart.  I really enjoyed it and will be looking for the previous three books in the series. The author really pulls you into Gabby’s struggle as she tries to figure out what god wants for her. Does she trust her husband again and go back, or does she stick with the new life she has created for her and her children? I really like the cover art as well as the story itself and am glad to have it as an addition to my shelf.

      Other Books in the Yada Yada House of Hope Series are.
      • Where Do I Go?, Yada Yada House of Hope Series #1
      • Who Do I Talk To? Yada Yada House of Hope Series #2
      • Who Do I Lean On?, Yada Yada House of Hope Series #3