Friday, September 28, 2012

Life...supplemented WannaBeWell iPhone App

While I spend the majority of my time taking care of my kids and making sure they are eating healthy, staying active and in good health, I often times neglect myself. No that isn't entirely true - I pretty much always neglect myself. I forgot my supplements, do little to no exercise and don't visit the doctor for check-ups as often as I should. Since my iPhone is pretty much attached to me at all times, an app to remind me might be just the thing I need.

"The WannaBeWell app is a comprehensive wellness resource that educates, activates and motivates those who are looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is based on the three pillars of health at the core of the Life…supplemented program, Healthy Diet + Supplements + Exercise."

What you can do with the WannaBeWell mobile app:

  • Create your own personalized Wellness Coach to deliver daily motivational and educational messages.
  • Receive “Healthy Mission” tasks given by the Wellness Coach and collect trophies for accomplishing the tasks.
  • Take the My Wellness Scorecard, a fun, free and interactive online quiz that assesses your current level of overall health and offers tips and ways to improve your health. Find out if you’re an AlphaWELL, an OhWELL or somewhere in between.
  • Explore the Supplement Resource Center, which offers information about dietary supplements in a simple-and-easy to understand format. 
  • Access the Supplemental, a blog that provides a forum around healthy diet, supplements and exercise. 
  • Set up reminders for you and your family to take your dietary supplements.
You can also visit the Life...supplemented website for access to the My Wellness Scorecard quiz and The Supplemental Blog.

The WannaBeWell app is very easy to set up and get started on. The first thing you will need to do is personalize your Wellness Coach. Your coach will help motivate you every day by giving you tips and challenges. I chose the young man as my coach because truthfully, that will motivate me more than the army drill sergeant. When your coach tells you something you can try, you can indicate that you have done it and then earn yourself a trophy.

The part of this app that I probably like the most is the supplement reminder. I am always forgetting to take my probiotics and in just a few steps I was able to set up a reminder on my iPhone. Now every day at 10:00 am my phone gives a little chirp and the reminder to take them pops up on my screen.

I of course took the My Wellness Scorecard quiz to see where I fell. I ended up scoring a "WannabeWELL" which I imagine is somewhere in the middle. I want to be healthy and fit, but I fall short in my motivation to exercise.

Overall I have been please with this app. I like the concept of the coach to help me get motivated with tips. Personally, I would really love it if he yelled at me through  my phone, because sometimes I really need that extra kick in the rear. And with the ability to schedule my supplements, I am back to taking my probiotics on a regular basis.

Download the WannaBeWell App for free from iTunes!

Giving Back
For each app download, a $1 donation (up to $13,500) will be made to Vitamin Angels. By connecting children under five with vital nutrients like vitamin A, Vitamin Angels are very literally improving the lives of children every day. One vitamin A capsule taken every six months can prevent blindness and reduce the mortality rate of children under five by 23 percent.

I wrote this blog post while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Life…supplemented. As a thank you for participating, I received a $25 promotional item, and a $25 donation was made on my behalf to Vitamin Angels.

Celebrate National Coffee Day with Dunkin' Donuts #Giveaway

Saturday, September 29 is National Coffee Day and what better way to celebrate than with some delicious coffee from Dunkin' Donuts? All weekend long (9/29/12 & 9/30/12) Dunkin' Donuts is offering guests one-pound bags of coffee for $5.99 (limit two per person). Not only is it a good time to pick up some coffee for yourself, but also pick up some holiday gifts. I personally think that DD coffee makes a great gift, especially for co-workers or teachers. I myself usually put at least one bag in my husband's stocking every Christmas.

It is also a great time to download the new Dunkin' Mobile app for iPhone or Android. You can load your gift cards onto the app and use it to quickly pay for your purchase at restaurants throughout the U.S. I tend to play on my iPhone while on line (I am a social media addict) and with this I can quickly switch from my Facebook App to the Dunkin' App, pay, grab my coffee and munchkins for the kids and be on my way. You can also use the app to locate a restaurant near you, send an mGift (mobile gift card) to a friend and even check out the Dunkin' Donuts menu.

Download the Dunkin' App for your iPhone or Android phone.

Two (2) lucky winners will each receive a $50 Dunkin' Donuts mobile gift card. Please note that the mobile gift card and may only be used with the Dunkin' Mobile App, Therefor you must install the app to your iOS or Android mobile device in order to use the gift card. Giveaway is open to US residents only and closes on October 13 at 12:01 Am EST. Please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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This giveaway is open to legal residents in US only, 18+ only and will end on October 13, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter and will be announced in the widget. Winner has 24 hours to claim his/her prize otherwise a new winner will be picked. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsoring company. This blog and its author are not responsible for giveaway prizes that are lost in transit or damaged. This blog is also not responsible if a sponsor/company does not send prize(s). Naturally, I will communicate with said company(s) several times, and make every effort to resolve the issue. Good luck!

Green Giveaway Friday 9/28

Please add both your green and non-green giveaways and contests into Mr. Linky below so we can do some giveaway hopping! Be sure to include the expiration date. Thanks!

You can also submit your green giveaways to me during the week for me to feature on Fridays.

Make sure you enter my current giveaways that are listed in the top right sidebar!

Crunchy Beach Mama
$10 to Starbucks 10/4
LifeLock 1 Year Subscription 10/10

Family Focus Blog
$50 Amazon Gift Card 10/1
$100 Whole Foods Gift Card 10/4
$40 Natural Baby GC 10/11

Food Family Finds
$25 PayPal Cash or Amazon GC 9/30

Leslie Loves Veggies
Urban Moonshine Organic Herbal Tonics Trio 10/5
Horizon Organic Lunch Box Prize Package 10/7

Mrs. Mommy Product Blogger
Healthier Indoors Natural Cleaner 10/21

The Rebel Chick
$30 Amazon Gift Card 9/30

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

VTech Switch & Go Dinos Review

If there is one things I have learned as a mom of four boys is that my guys love dinosaurs and vehicles. Basically, anything that goes vroom or roar. They have had their share of toys but nothing that combines two of their favorites. Until now.

VTech Switch & Go Dinos are one of the coolest toys this mom has seen in some time.

"Switch & Go Dinos features an entire line of seven durable, unique and collectable dinosaur toys. Each toy transforms from a dinosaur to a vehicle and back again in a few simple steps, providing two dynamic toys for the price of one. Each Switch & Go Dino comes equipped with a customizable LCD screen and voices vehicle sound effects and educational dinosaur facts. "

From the moment these toys arrived in my house, the boys couldn't wait to rip open the boxes. I endured an entire day of "Can we pleeeeease open them now?!" - mostly from the seven year old. The first thing that I liked was that there was very minimal assembly required. A few pieces to snap on and that was it - they were ready to go!

Span the Spinosaurus™
We started off with Span the Spinosaurus™, which starts as a plane and transforms into a dinosaur and then back again. Span also comes with a crate and a small baby dinosaur then can be attached to a hook on the bottom of the plane. These toys are unique not only in the fact that they transform, but they have electronic features. When you are in plane mode, you can choose from four different animated pilot faces to appear on the LCD screen and as you pretend to fly around the room, the sensors pick up the movement and you hear plane sound effects. Then once in dinosaur mode, you can select one of four faces and Span will share some of his dinosaur facts and jokes with you.

Brok the Brachiosaurus
Brok the Brachiosaurus™
Next up was Brok the Brachiosaurus™, which is the largest of the Switch & Go Dinos. Brok starts off as a big car with a smaller race car that launches a flying dinosaur when sent down his ramp. As with all of the Switch & Go Dinos, the LCD screen let's you choose from pilot faces in vehicle mode and dinosaur faces in dino mode. In seven fairly easy steps, Brok transforms into a Brachiosaurus dinosaur. What makes him really special is that in addition to his LCD screen and voice, Brok also features a moving mechanical neck as well as a light on top of his head.

We have had our Switch & Go Dinosaurs for well over a week now and the boys are enthralled with them. It has created sum fun imaginative playtime between brothers as they have the dinosaurs interact with each other. Personally, I love how easy it is for them to transform the toys all by themselves. We have had a few other transforming toys in our house, all of which require myself or my husband to do it for the kids. After making a toy go from robot to car and back again 15 times a day, it makes we want to throw the toy against the wall. That is far from the case with the Switch & Go Dinos. I showed the boys the first time how to switch them and they were able to do it all on their own after that. Which also makes them quite proud of themselves.

With the holiday season on its way (ack!), VTech Switch & Go Dinos are a fun, interactive toy that would make a great gift.

Show & Tell with Switch & Go Video Contest
  • From August 22 through October 1, visit to enter and upload a 30 second video of your child's home-made Dino creation. They can show their new Dino by drawing, building or customizing their existing Switch & Go Dino.
  • View and share your favorite video entries with your friends and family.
  • From October 8 through October 19 check out the top 10 to cast your vote for the coolest, most creative and fiercest video! Everyone who votes may be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 25 sets of Sliver, T-Don, Horns and Tonn.
  • One grand prize winner will get a kid's lifetime supply of VTech toys, plus a chance to see your video air in a VTech commercial on Nickelodeon, which you can watch at your very own viewing party with friends and family. VTech will also transform your living room into the ultimate Dino den!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received VTech Switch & Go Dinos product samples to facilitate my review.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Winnie the Pooh

Sadly, I have no new personal photos to share this week as I have been neglecting my camera. But then this popped up on my Facebook feed and it made me giggle, so I knew I had to share it.

You are totally doing it too, aren't you?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Amazing World Virtual Game Review & Giveaway

Now that our oldest son is seven, he is becoming more interested in the computer. He has played a few basic games on some children’s websites before, but nothing more than that. To be honest, I have a hard time sharing my computer time! But I do want him to be able to enjoy the computer and online games while also keeping it all safe. The Amazing World online virtual game from Ganz intrigued me since kids can play for free in a controlled environment. This is important for me because it means he can’t accidentally delete my programs and files or click on a non-kid website. Needless to say he and were both very eager to give it a try!

The great thing about Amazing World is that the game is free-to-play and kids can register with a generic “Zing” at You do not even have to purchase a toy. However, integrating the virtual play with an actual toy makes it all the more special. When you purchase your own Zing figure, it comes with a special code that you use to register your Zing online. This code unlocks your virtual Zing, which looks identical to your toy, and it comes with one special item to place in your virtual house or yard.

Once you download and install the free software, which took me about 25 minutes on DSL, then you can register your Zing and start having some fun. In order to progress through the levels, your Zing will have to complete special quests. Some of these quests might be planting seeds or meeting other characters within the game. One quest my son really enjoyed was exploring and jumping around a building to catch butterflies. By completing quests, you earn experience points, relationship points and coins and sometimes even a special item to place in your home. The coins can be used to purchase items in the virtual store likes clothing and furniture.

My son not only loves the fun of working on the missions but he is also proud of himself when he completes one. It gives him quite a sense of accomplishment. And as the parent, I like that the quests are just challenging enough for him to enjoy and have to work a little at, but not too difficult that he becomes frustrated with the game. He also really enjoys decorating his space. As your Zing continues to move up the levels, you can even build rooms onto your house to make it bigger. Kids can spend hours having fun decorating and customizing everything in their own Amazing World.

Your free-to-play account on Amazing World will cap off on level 20. If you want full access to all 50 levels, access to all items in the store, unique quest prizes and more than you can become an Amazing World subscriber. Subscriptions may be purchased on a three month, six month or one year basis. Whether you choose to play for free or purchase a subscription one thing can be sure – your child will have a lot of fun!

Twitter Giveaway!
Now here is your chance to “Tell The World About Amazing World”! You will be entered to Win Two Amazing World toys. Here is how you enter:
  1. Copy and paste the phrase below into a tweet or use this tweet button:
  2. Come discover & explore #AmazingWorldGame, a free‐to‐play 3D virtual world full of challenges & fun! @GreenMamasPad
  3. Tweet anytime between 9/11 and 9/23 at 11:59 pm EST. 
  4. Each tweet will earn you one entry into the contest! 
  5. Winner will be notified via Twitter.

Good Luck! Now head to Amazing World and register your Zing now! It is free-to-play! I will see you there!

Green Giveaway Friday 9/21

Please add both your green and non-green giveaways and contests into Mr. Linky below so we can do some giveaway hopping! Be sure to include the expiration date. Thanks!

You can also submit your green giveaways to me during the week for me to feature on Fridays.

Make sure you enter my current giveaways that are listed in the top right sidebar!

Crunchy Beach Mama
Eco-Friendly Canvas 16x20 Bamboo Frame 9/21
34 Degrees Natural Sweet Crisps  9/24
2 Free Kashi Products & Lunch Tote 9/25
Bare Fruit Snacks ~ Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips 9/26

Family Focus Blog
Zuvo Water Filter 9/24
Green Lunch Box 9/25
Vitacost $50 Gift Card 9/26
Green Cleaning 9/27
$50 Amazon Gift Card 10/1
$100 Whole Foods Gift Card 10/4

Food Family Finds
$25 PayPal Cash or Amazon GC 9/30

Leslie Loves Veggies
Urban Moonshine Organic Herbal Tonics Trio 10/5
Horizon Organic Lunch Box Prize Package 10/7

The Rebel Chick
$30 Amazon Gift Card 9/30

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My Christmas Wishlist

I've already put together my list of what I want for Christmas this year and it consists of just one thing: the iPhone 5. My contract is up in December so I am due for an upgrade from my iPhone 4 just in time for the holiday.

Anyone else planning on getting an iPhone 5?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VTech InnoTab 2 Tablet for Kids Review

With the start of September also came the start of soccer for my boys. Saturday mornings have gone from laid back to absolutely crazy. To give a quick rundown, we leave the house around 8:15am to drop the 2.5 year old off at Grammy's house; head on over to the school soccer fields for 9:00am; spend over two hours on the field; drive back to pick up toddler; and then finally head home for noon. With all of the driving back and forth and the downtime out on the field, I need to keep the kids busy. The VTech InnoTab 2 tablet for kids has been a great help for us.

"This sleek and durable toy comes equipped with tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more all for the price of $79.99. You also receive built-in value with your InnoTab 2 purchase including one tilt sensor game, one augmented reality game, one e-book, art studio app, notes app, friends list, calendar and calculator to get started."

When we received our InnoTab 2 I immediately became jealous of my children because they have their own tablet now while mommy does not. And I have to say, this kids' tablet is pretty cool.

Setup of the InnoTab 2 was fairly easy, which is a huge plus for any busy parent. It comes with a USB cable and an installation CD which takes less than five minutes to setup. Once the Learning Lodge Navigator software is installed, you hook up the tablet, register and then you can start downloading apps and ebooks. You also will get two free downloads just for registering your product.

The InnoTab 2 has an easy to use touch screen and comes with two stylus pens, just in case the kids lose one. When your child is ready to get started, they set up their own profile with an avatar. You can store up to four profiles on here which is awesome, and works perfectly for my four boys. I really love this feature as it removes any fighting of whose name gets to be on the device, which is something we experienced with the VTech MobiGo 2. I hope that VTech adds this feature to that in the future.

I have to say the boys immediately fell in love with this tablet. One of their favorite features has been the video recorder and they have spent quite a bit of time recording conversation between each other and playing them back. the swivel camera is also great and makes it easy to take a photo or video of pretty much anything. The seven year old also loved the MP3 Player since I put his current favorite son (Fun.'s We Are Young) on there for him to listen to. Of course there are also games, an art studio app and the e-reader app which they are enjoying as well.

The portability of the VTech InnoTab 2 makes this product a real winner for us. When on the soccer field on Saturday mornings, the seven year old plays with it while he waits the hour for his younger brothers' game to end and his to begin. And once the twins are resting from their game with an hour to kill, they love playing with it as well. Of course they tend to fight over whose turn it is. The InnoTab 2 has been a life saver for mommy during those two very long hours at soccer and I definitely recommend it as something to add to yuor gift lists this holiday season!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received product samples to facilitate my review.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My First Pepper!

It took 2 months but I finally got my first pepper out of my pepper plant! Isn't it beautiful? Luckily, I see a few more starting. hopefully they can grow before the colder weather sets in.

Swagbucks Amazon MP3 Reward

I have been using Swagbucks for two years now and there is no doubt that I love the program. I earn enough credits to get at least one to two $5 Amazon gift cards each month, which of course feeds my eBook addiction. I recently discovered another Amazon addiction: their MP3 store. They often have great deals and popular albums on sale and I quickly grew to like it for my music purchases more than iTunes. And right now Swagbucks has a pretty sweet Amazon MP3 deal going on.

When you snag an Gift Card during the month of September, you will be rewarded with a $1 promotional credit for Amazon MP3. With over 20 million songs, they're sure to have that new song you're dying to hear again or an oldie you don't already have in your collection. Start earning reward points with today to snag your Gift Card and $1 Amazon MP3 promotional credit before Sept. 30th.

I am anxious to take advantage of this myself so I will be working extra hard towards my Swag Bucks this month. 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Giveaway Friday 9/7

Please add both your green and non-green giveaways and contests into Mr. Linky below so we can do some giveaway hopping! Be sure to include the expiration date. Thanks!

You can also submit your green giveaways to me during the week for me to feature on Fridays.

Make sure you enter my current giveaways that are listed in the top right sidebar!

Crunchy Beach Mama
$50 Novica ~ worldwide artisans 9/12
Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Jellies for Kids 9/17
Primal Pit Paste Organic Deodorant 9/18 US

Family Focus Blog
Organic Yoga Clothing 9/10
Eco Friendly Jewelry 9/20
Zuvo Water Filter 9/24
$100 Whole Foods GC 10/4

Food Family Finds
$25 PayPal Cash or Amazon GC 9/30

Resourceful Blogger
Nature Box 9/12

Unique Baby Gear Ideas
$100 Gift Card for Zenoobi Natural Baby Products 9/14

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Family Movie Night

Every Friday we get pizza for dinner, my break from cooking. After dinner, we pop some popcorn and lay blankets on the floor for the boys so we can watch a movie together. I have been trying to make the best of Netflix Streaming, so this past week we watched Jumanji. Not something we will watch again.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jewelry Candle Giveaway

Now that the kids are back in school, or will be soon, are you ready to enjoy a little quiet time to yourself to relax? Lighting some scented candles and soaking in the tub with a good book sounds pretty awesome right about now. I actually don't keep many candles in my house, four little ones and fire just doesn't mix, however a candle with some jewelry hidden inside is something I would definitely enjoy! With Fall just a few weeks away, the Pumpkin Spice candle from Jewelery Candles would be the perfect scent for me right now.

Jewelry Candles is a candle company which produces the highest grade soy-wax candles (which burn for up to 150 hours), with an added bonus. Buried inside the candle, a piece of jewelry is hiding, just for you!

Inspired by the American Classic, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory! Instead of a golden ticket in a chocolate bar, you get Premium Soy Wax Candles with jewelry hidden inside worth anywhere from $10 to $7500! You may get a ring, bracelet, necklace, pendant, anklets or beautiful pair of earrings in your candle! You just never know what you are going to get!

With over 30 different scents, Jewelry Candle is sure to have something you'll love. These candles make a great gift for a sister, mom, or friend. Jewelry Candles are currently priced at $24.95 per candle, or $120 for a five pack. Plus, if you love what you get, you can sign up for their brand new Candle Club. Whether it's costume jewelry or the real deal, fans are delighted to find their little foil package, and unwrap their surprise. You can learn more at Become a fan on Jewelry Candles on Facebook to enter their giveaways and stay up to date on new and exciting scents.

Because we love our readers, these blogs have joined together with Jewelry Candles to host a giveaway for a Mango Papaya Jewelry Candle! Visit these great blogs to read fun articles, enter more great giveaways, and get great tips on everything from eating Gluten Free, Green Living, Recipes, Coupons, and more!

One (1) winner will receive a Mango Papaya Jewelry Candle. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on September 15, 20120. Please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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