The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Giveaway Results: Flip SlideHD Camera (Valued at $279.99)

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Kathie (Commenter #226) on winning this giveaway. Thank you all for entering and a huge Happy Mother’s Day to each of you!

We are kicking off another exciting Mother’s Day giveaway with a beautiful gift that will make taking video footage of your family and sharing it with your friends just a little bit easier!

I have been a longtime fan of the Flip Video company because they offer great video tools that are easy for moms to use and share video footage with their friends.  When the HD versions of the Flip came out, we could not believe the quality of the video footage that they offered for something so small that could be easily tucked in my purse. Although I have yet to see this new camera that we are giving away, I am sure if it is anything like the past products from their product line, it will be a fantastic new tool for sharing gorgeous videos of your family and friends.

Today we are giving away the newly released Flip SlideHD (valued at $279.99)!  This camera holds up to 12 hours of HD video and photos and has a 3 inch slide-up screen which makes it a virtual “video brag book.”As a simple point-and-shoot video camera with storage capabilities and wide screen that make it a virtual “brag book,” it makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

Best of all, the  SlideHD can also be personalized with any of the designed available at www.theflip.com so you can make the product fit your personality and design style. If it was me, I think I might go for the cheetah print or cherry blossoms as my design style. What mom wouldn’t love that?

I want to spoil you this Mother’s Day and would love for you to share what kind of Flip SlideHD camera you would pick!  I wanted to make this contest fun so there are a few ways that you can enter to win!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a Flip SlideHD, in her design style choice, as a special Mother’s Day gift for herself and her family. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (05/04) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $150 Gift Certificate from Cambria Cove

Thank you all for entering this fantastic Mother’s Day Giveaway from Cambria Cove. We would like to congratulate Anna (Commenter #81) on winning this prize. Please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway!

Cambria Cove reached out to me last week to see if they could send me a Mother’s Day gift. In their words, “We just want to send you a gift with no strings attached or expectations.” I immediately responded that this sounded like the best offer ever…no expectations or strings? I admit that I was intrigued. The truth is,  I had never even heard of the company before, and thought they may send a small trinket in honor of the holiday.  Instead I was delivered a large box filled with samplings from their product lines and every item was absolutely beautiful, vintage-inspired, and like delicious little treasures.

Handmade soaps, beautiful housewares, items to make traveling easier, stationary, and a beautiful necklace were all tucked inside. It was a lovely and unexpected surprise that I just had to share with someone else!

When I asked  if I could share something with my amazing readers, they offered a generous $150 to spend at Cambria Cove in honor of Mother’s Day and how special you are.

If it was my $150 to spend freely, you would find me in this beautiful apron ($38), drinking coffee out of my trophy wife mug set ($35), making fancy sundaes for my children in these sundae cups (sale, $14.99), which would be next to the beautiful cake I made on this cake stand (sale, $29.99), and wiping their little faces with these printed napkins (sale, $22.99). Of course, that is just me and what I would want for Mother’s Day!

I want to spoil you this Mother’s Day and would love for you to share how you would spend your $150!  I wanted to make this contest fun so there are a few ways that you can enter to win!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • Please head over to Cambria Cove and tell me one thing (or more) you would love to use this $150 gift card towards.
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive $150 in gift cards to Cambria Cove for the ultimate in Mother’s Day pampering. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (04/27) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $50 Bonefish Grill Gift Card

Sorry this giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate our two winners-Commenter #45  (Jennifer) & Commenter #247 (Wendy) on winning these great gift cards. A huge thanks to Bonefish for making this giveaway possible! Please check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

One of our favorite spots to visit when we have a date night is Bonefish Grill. A little known fact is that they have some really great drink specials for $5 that often include a delicious sangria, a wine selection, and martinis every night. If we want to keep the evening budget-friendly, we opt for awesome drink specials and a set of appetizers to split. The appetizers are so filling and there is nothing like a little Bang Bang Shrimp to make a girl’s night complete.  Between the appetizers and their yummy bread, we keep our date night under budget and still have a fantastic night out at a beautiful restaurant.

When the waiter encourages you to get another martini though,  just say no. You aren’t in college anymore and one drink is PLENTY…but I digress.

In the spirit of all things great about Bonefish, I wanted to share with you the new series that Bonefish is offering that shares the fascinating history of Rum Running. With a new and exciting series of Webisodes, premiering this month, Bonefish Grill is sharing the Rum Running experience and history with you and would love for you to check out some of their great Webisodes to learn more!

In honor of their Rum Running series, they wanted to offer a special night out for two of our readers. They are offering two lucky readers $50 in Bonefish gift cards that can be used on your next night out! I can think of no better Mother’s Day gift for you then for you to have a delicious night out, free of dishes and free of the bill, then this!

For more information and sample menus from Bonefish Grill, visit www.bonefishgrill.com. You can also find them on Facebook and become a fan! (http://www.facebook.com/bonefishgrill)

To enter this giveaway please share one way you keep your date night under budget when heading to a restaurant.  For an extra entry, check out the Webisode below and share one thing you learned through this series!  Two winners, chosen at random, will receive $50 in gift cards to accomplish the ultimate in a frugal date night out- how about FREE? Tuesday 04/13) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone! Entries will be taken through

Giveaway Results: Dinner for Six from Schwan’s Home Service

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed!! We would like to congratulate Lee Ann (Commenter #97) on winning this incredible giveaway. Please check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

As a busy mom, I know that preparing dinner every night can be a real challenge. Although I do love to cook, I welcome any help that I can get and definitely would not object to anyone who wanted to offer me a night off from cooking. Thanks to Schawn’s, I get to share an amazing dinner with one lucky reader, and their family,  which will include Chicken Pot Pie, a side dish, and a dessert of their choice for a fun night off from cooking.

Schwan’s Home Service, America’s largest direct-to-home food delivery business, offers approximately 400 great tasting dishes like ice cream, pizza, fruits and vegetables, choice meats, seafood, breakfast items, desserts and more.  Since 1952, the company has delivered frozen food orders door-to-door to households across the country and now ships nationwide, too.  From the freezer to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, Schwan’s meals provide a quick, convenient and pocketbook-friendly way for busy moms to serve their families delicious meals – and eliminate time spent at the grocery store.  Ordering is simple at www.schwans.com or by calling 1-888-SCHWANS.

To enter this giveaway please browse www.schwans.com to pick a side dish and dessert you feel would go best with Schwan’s Chicken Pot Pie. Leave a comment here to let me know what you would pick for your night off from cooking.  One winner, chosen at random, will receive a full family dinner (serving up to six members) featuring Chicken Pot Pie and their preferred dishes courtesy of Schwan’s Home Service, shipped right to their door! Entries will be taken through Tuesday 03/30) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Glory of Heracles for Nintendo DS

A new game based on the character Heracles from Greek mythology will be released this week and we were given a copy to put through the paces. If you long for the classic RPGs of your childhood or want your kids to have the same experience on an updated platform, this is your ticket.

Based around the plot that you’re an immortal hero who has lost his memory but is apparently Heracles, you met up with fellow immortals and make your way towards Mt. Olympus. There’s all the typical RPG elements that have been seen hundreds of times before. You lay the smack down on killer bugs, trees, and an endless supply of angry creatures. You get money to buy better equipment, experience and new skills to bring new levels of hurt upon those who stand in your way, and are thrown into a variety of mini-quests to keep the storyline moving.

There are two things that make this game really likable however. First of is the sense of humor. Right from the gun, there are layers of sarcastic and genuine comedy in the writing that will grab your attention and keep it. Even during the tutorials, which are oftentimes painful necessities of a game, the smart wit keeps things entertaining. There’s running jokes about hair, a gender-confused character, and even about the RPG genre itself. I’ve not seen this level of writing in this kind of game before, which is a good thing because you’ll spend a lot of time reading.

The second thing that struck me was the animation. I’ve come to expect the same generic kind of movement from characters in these classic RPGs. When you fall asleep, your character is merely rotated horizontal. When he attacks, a little stick moves up and down a few times and maybe the monster shakes. Not so in Heracles.

The anime-like movie intro is an impressive start, but it’s the detail of the in-game animation that really blows you away. The characters move fluidly. If they get up after a fall, it’s a complete and convincing movement. In battles, they wind up before bashing a crazy-eyed tree monster over the head. As the fights are the central point of the game, having monsters with unique and interesting animations keeps it fresh. As an added bonus, the humorous dialog appears even here with taunts from your characters and exclamations like “not my hair!”

Overall, the game is an entertaining one that moves along quick enough that your kids won’t become bored with monotony but challenging enough to keep them busy for a long time. The in-game tutorials are numerous, but short and spread out on a need-to-know basis which helps. Beginners can make use of the auto-mode where the game decides the next move in a fight. Advanced players however can take over the reins where they perform a variety of skill tests to make their attacks more effective. The animation makes it a joy on the eyes and the dialog, though many times over the kids’ heads, surely has enough to give them a good chuckle.

Suggested Retail Price: $27.99

Website for More Details: Glory of Heracles

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: The Versatile Sears Gift Card

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Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenters #284 & #156 on winning these gift cards. Happy Holidays, everyone!

When I was asked if I would like to go on a shopping spree with a $200 Sears Gift Card for the holidays, I could not agree fast enough. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to shop for for free? Lucky for me, this card can not only be used at Sears, but I could take it over to Kmart to get even more holiday shopping done. Our stores just happen to be on the same road so I hit the main drag to get the rest of my holiday shopping done.

At Kmart I was able to purchase three beautiful scarves for only $6.49 each (for my fashionista sister-in-law), beautiful dishtowels from the Country Living line for hostess gifts, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game for my nephew, and two Thomas movies with wooden trains for my other nephew (for only $5 each!)

On my stop to Sears, I swung by the clearance section and found two beautiful digital frames to send to the grandparents for only $69.99. They held 3,000 pictures and could store even more with an additional memory card. I ran right home and loaded them both with oodles of pictures of their grandchildren as a special holiday gift that will be remembered for years to come. My out-of- pocket expenses after all of this shopping… a mere $5.50. I am so proud of the gifts that I chose and was blown away with the variety of items I was able to choose from with this gift card.

There were so many budget-friendly choices and the versatility of being able to shop with at so many different stores is what makes this gift card so unique. I was able to pick out gifts in every price range and saw so many more gifts that I could get next year. Beautiful chunky sweaters on clearance, perfumes and cologne, jewelry, cashmere throws, fashion accessories, and tons of toys & games all could be purchased with just one card. Unbelievable!

Holiday Gift CardThe Sears & Kmart gift card is redeemable at Sears,on Sears.com , Kmart, on Kmart.com, Lands End, and LandsEnd.com! All of these combined offer such a wide variety of brands for you to choose from, which most single-retailer gift cards don’t provide.

I wouldn’t just tell you about my amazing shopping experience though, I just had to share this great shopping experience with you. Today we are giving away TWO $50 Sears/Kmart gift cards that you can use towards your holiday shopping. To enter, please share with us one way you would maximize this gift card to tackle the remainder of your holiday shopping. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/22) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Webkinz Jr.

webkinz jrSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Janet (Commenter #46) on winning this holiday giveaway! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Do you have a child between the ages of three to six that would love to join the world of Webkinz? We have some great news for these parents because Webkinz now makes a line of Webkinz Jr products with just these children in mind.

Discover the most huggable plush pets you’ll ever love and a friendly world of imaginative interactive play—just for kids ages 3 to 6.

There’s so much to do at webkinzjr.com:

Age-appropriate play and activities

Fun new characters to guide your child as they explore

You can set the level at which your child plays

Parent Area to register pets and review your child’s progress

So many places to visit in our neighborhood:

Home, with cozy rooms and lots to do

School, our Acorn Academy, is full of interactive activities

Park, with Ranger Kenny helping you play hide–and-seek, tag and more

Caring Center, Playhouse and W Shop, too

That is just a taste of what one of these lovely little Webkinz Jr plush toys offers! Who wouldn’t want one of these wrapped up beneath their Christmas tree this year?

Today we are giving away a Webkinz Jr to one lucky reader! To enter to win, read our review of this fun product and then come back here and tell us why your child (or you) would love one of these. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/15) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Webkinz Jr

webkinz jrI will admit that our family is a late bloomer when it comes to the Webkinz products. My son received a Webkinz Zebra and we have been saving his activation code for the last six months as something for him to do for one of those snow days… or a day when I have completely lost my mind. Despite not having activated his pet, he loved and slept with it every single night and only recently has learned of its online virtual zebra world. Yes, the holidays can make a mom lose her mind!

When Webkinz asked if they could send us a sample of their new Webkinz Jr products, I jumped on it…mainly, to activate their codes at the same time so I could tackle some of those holiday chores.  Just imagine sweet silence while getting the chores done and knowing that your kids were getting something educational out of it to boot. You gotta love that! We received the Plush Tan Puppy from the line which includes everything from puppies to monkeys!

The Webkinz Jr line is targeted specifically at children who are between the ages of three to six. The games are age-appropriate for this age and a fun way to keep your child entertained. How do I know that they are age-appropriate? Unlike other online sites where there have been tears of frustration over not being able to understand the games, there is simply sweet silence as she plays with her virtual puppy online.

To top it off, the Webkinz Jr line is extremely plush and cozy. Our new puppy feels like a soft Gund toy that is perfect for your little one to snuggle up with at night and enjoy IRL (You know, In Real Life.)

Parents can monitor their child’s activity online with their own login, but further information does require a special paid membership. I prefer to monitor my child for free though and have her play her games next to me. Too bad that the Webkinz virtual world expires after one year and requires another purchase with a fresh activation code to start playing again. Regardless, a year of playtime and a plush toy that will last until she is tired of it for $24.95 still seems like a great deal to me!

Overall, I am really pleased and my daughter is loving her, “Daisy the Dog,” as she promptly named her… and then petted her both virtually and in real life. Ah, the power of technology!

Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

Website for More Details: Webkinz Jr Plush Tan Stuffed Dog

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Another $100 Visa Gift Card from Scott Common Sense

Scott Common SenseSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Amy (Commenter #46) on winning this gift card. Thanks for your entries & happy holidays!

Today we have another $100 Visa Gift Card to giveaway to put towards your holiday shopping this year! If you missed entering the last giveaway or you did not win this giveaway before, we are excited to offer you another chance to win!

I have had the great honor of writing for the Scott Common Sense Blog these past few months and it has been such a blast. The site is full of great information on how to save money, keep your house tidy, manage the everyday routines, and stay organized. Their missions align perfectly with our missions here at MomAdvice and that is why it has been such a natural fit for both of us. If you are interested in reading my special guest blog column, you can find my entries here! I am very proud to have worked for the company and am excited to offer a giveaway to our readers in conjunction with this partnership!

Scott Common Sense Community is an online destination where users can exchange tips and advice on life’s everyday challenges.  In the month of November, Scott Common Sense Community is all about Holiday Festivities with tips on getting organized for every occasion, decorating on a dime, and Thanksgiving dishes you can make ahead of time.

Share your best tip for staying on budget this holiday season and you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card to put towards your Christmas shopping…which should really help you to keep that budget on track!  And don’t forget you can leave your tips at www.scottcsc.com too! Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/08) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Adorable Kinders Rag Doll

Alise DollSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Corin (Commenter #51) on winning this doll! Happy Holidays!

We have another fantastic giveaway for our readers today. We are giving away a beautiful Adorable Kinders Rag Doll. We had the opportunity to review these dolls and you can read our review over here. This doll would be the perfect gift to give that special little girl in your life for the holiday season.

Adorable Kinders® are high-quality rag dolls based on a diverse group of kindergarten friends. There are 26 Adorable Kinders Rag Dolls, one doll for each letter of the alphabet– from Alise to Zachary. Together, the 26 rag dolls represent a wide variety of physical appearances and personalities.

The dolls were designed for durability, but safety and comfort were also huge factors. They’re made of 100% soft cloth, with no hard or plastic parts, making them a perfectly comfortable nap or nighttime pal. Each doll weighs less than 2 lbs., so they’ve got enough heft to feel substantial without weighing a child down.

Adorable Kinders’ classic look and attention to detail and safety has not gone unnoticed. The Adorable Kinders have already won seven of the top toy industry awards in 2009, including being named to Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Toys of 2009 List, and earning a NAPPA Gold Award.

Each 18” Adorable Kinders Rag Doll is made in the USA, and stuffed with non-allergenic 100% polyester. Dolls come in a colorful, removable outfit with separate underwear, socks and shoes with super-soft yarn hair. All Adorable Kinders Rag Dolls and their outfits are washable. Dolls come with an internet key-code that can be used to register for the Adorable Kinders eSchool. Choose from 26 different styles, one doll for each letter of the alphabet. Ages 2+.

Today we are giving away of one of the 26 dolls (winner’s choice) to one lucky reader. To enter to win, visit the Adorable Kinders site and come back to tell us which doll you would choose. For an additional entry, you can become a fan of Adorable Kinders on Facebook for one extra entry. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/01) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!