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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

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<a href=" http://totsandme.blogspot.com/search/label/Tuesday%20Giveaway%20Linky "><img alt="Tots and Me" src="http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt58/kewkewphoto/TuesdayGiveawayLinkup2.jpg" border="0" alt="num2"></a> Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 
Our co-hosts this week are Ashley from Forgetful MommaandMellissa from Something Like Life.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.
Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it he…

Find Tips for Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden Get your garden ready for fall vegetables with planning and preparation
Fall is a great time of year to plant a vegetable garden. The weather is cool, the pests stay away and fall vegetables are nutritious and comforting. Keeping a healthy garden takes planning and the right conditions; fall is no exception. With these simple tips, planting fall vegetables can be enjoyable and your garden will flourish season after season.
Prep the soil for planting fall vegetables The first step in planting a fall vegetable garden is to prep the soil. Survey your garden and make sure you clear away any debris, rocks or fallen vegetables and plants. You will also want to take care in removing weeds from the soil. There are several methods for removing weeds. For fall preparation for a vegetable garden, try to stay away from using chemicals and sprays and seek organic methods for removal.
With the heat of the summer months, your will find most soil has become compacted and…

Newman's Own Organics

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I've brought to you before several great products from Newman's Own Organics, recently I was given the chance to review some new products that I haven't been able to show you before. Newman's Own Organics not only makes great things that many are familiar with but they also make some items perhaps you hadn't yet heard of. Today I am going to share with you those items.
     First I want to share with you two products that I have really enjoyed reviewing, Newman's Own Organics Royal Green and Black teas. Now in our family we go through a lot of tea, like most people in Texas of course we have our sweet tea that goes with lunch and dinner, I also love to enjoy a glass of hot tea in the morning and one before bed. We received a box of tea that could be used for each so I brewed up a pot of each, the black tea we turned into our sweet tea. It was a very deep tea that I really enjoyed much more then the brand that we were currently using. I was able to take one …

LeapReader™ "Ready, Set, Read & Write" Party

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      I get so many amazing opportunities as a blogger to not only try some of the best new products but to share in my experience with friends, family and my readers. Recently I was given the chance to host a fun party from Leap Frog and MomSelect. My LeapReader "Ready, Set, Read & Write" Party was such a blast! We were hoping to be able to have it at school but the the bookfair in town it was just to busy, so we had a couple friends over after school one day so that we could see just how much fun these were.
The kids were super excited to see all the neat things that there was to try, and even with two LeapReaders boy was it hard for everyone to find their good sharing manners! I even giggled a little because my 10 year old found it the hardest to remember that he had to share. Until the kids really got into them I didn't know how much these Leap Readers really did so let me share with you!
      First of course we had to try the option of writing, and if I was think…

Chuggington StackTrack super fans can win big!

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I just learned about a really fun chance to win great prizes and I wanted to share with my fans! Tomy Toys has an exciting contest going on now for Chuggington fans. “Are You a SuperStacker?” invites Chuggington fans to show off their best build (using track they already own) for a chance to be featured in NYC’s Times Square!
We are hoping you can share this amazing opportunity with your readers. The contest is open now through October 6, 2013. Per the official rules, only Chuggington StackTrack purchased prior to 12:01 a.m. CDT on September 24, 2013 can be used in this contest.
Visit: www.facebook.com/tomy.toy and click on the SuperStacker fan page for complete rules and contest entry information.
Good Luck everyone!

Trucker's Friends, a Rugged Outdoor Tool

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If you visit my blog regularly you have probably noticed we are a fairly outdoor family. Whether we are working in the garden, out camping, or even 4-wheeling we just love to be outside. So recently when I was given the chance to review The Trucker's Friend I was beyond excited. The Trucker's Friend is a a multi-use tool that can function as an axe,pry bar, hammer, tire chain hook, ice scraper, nail puller and wire twister. This really is the ultimate tool to fix issues with the car, camp site and more.
     I decided to put this tool to the test, after all I had plenty of thing around the yard that needed done. Now I suppose this review is best done with pictures!
     Since the most obviously use seemed to be as an ax I thought I'd try that first! We don't have a fire place so I don't have much wood around right now, but I did take a couple whacks at this old post that is seemingly stuck in the ground. With a good swing it plunged itself deep into the  wood, …

Arizona Kidz Tea Supporting Smiles of Children Worldwide

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There is nothing I love more then to work with companies that care about others. In 2009 Arizona introduced a line they call Arizona Kidz which come in a variety of flavors from their best selling Lemon Iced Tea to their Half & Half which is a tea that is half lemonade (and my daughters personal favorite). The Arizona company decided that they wanted to do more then just make teas, they wanted to make a difference. Not just in the lives of the people locally but for children all over the world. They took their best selling Lemon Iced Tea and made a pledge, for every 6 pack of Arizona Kidz Lemon Iced Tea that sold they would donate 5% of their Net Sales to  non-profit organization called Operation Smile. Operation smile is a company that has helped children all over the world by treating more then 130,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities in more then 51 countries.
I have been drinking Arizona Teas as long as I can remember. It is somet…

Howard B. Wigglebottom on Trust

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If you have young children you may have hear of Howard Wigglebottom before. What you may not know is he has a new adventure to share with you. Recently I was given the chance to review his new book, Howard B. Wigglebottom on Trust. Howard B Wigglebottom is a bunny that has to know how every little thing worked. In this book he sees that a friend Buzz  is having a hard time lately. He sees he friend doing things that he sees are wrong and dangerous. When Buzz almost takes a ride from a stranger Howard finds him self speaking up and asking WHY! After talking he finds out that Buzz just doesn't know when it is ok to say no :( he wants everyone to like him and is afraid that if he says no they will no longer be his friend. They decide it is best to ask the adults when is a good time to say no. Howard B. Wigglebottom and Buzz find out what is best and with excitement go about playing and happy that they are making the right choices.
       I really enjoyed sharing this book with m…

Total Nutrition by Immortalherbs

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Hoping on the fitness train means looking to things to help fill the gaps in my diet as I try to discover the perfect balance. Recently I was given the chance to review a product that could possibly help do just that. Total Nutrition is a product which is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and phyto-nutrients. All of these are required to take your body from what they call "surviving" to "vibrant".  Total Nutrition contains a diverse blend of premium quality superfood ingredients that come from across the globe.  This cutting-edge global blend of superfoods makes Total Nutrition extremely dense in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  In fact, just one tablespoon is enough to provide the average American with an entire day's worth of nutrients!  
Now unfortunately I only received enough for a one time sample so I can not tell you the long term effects like I normally would, but what I can tell you is the taste, mix-ability, and h…

Gardening in West Texas-Our New Garden Friend

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Not really a lot to report this week as the seasons change and our temps start to drop over night all I have remaining is tomatoes. I did make Ketchup this weekend so stay tune for that recipe :). Driving home today I did find a new friend to add to our garden. He doesn't have a name yet so if you have any ideas please share with me in the comments :)

Tropical Traditions-Coconut Oil Giveaway

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I have an amazing opportunity for my fans today from Tropical Traditions. The makers of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil have given me the privilege of offering one of my great fans the chance to win a 32 ounce jar of their Coconut Oil. If you aren't familiar with coconut oil it is a neat product that over the year personally I have used for many things, from cooking to a skin moisturizer whenever my skin is feeling really dry during the winter months. If you want to learn more about all the uses for coconut oil make sure to check out this video or you can check out the information on their website about how to use coconut oil.
I haven't yet gotten to review this product but I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my product sample :) I have found many recipes that sound really good on their YouTube channel. If you would like to look at some of recipes they have you can check them out HERE. Please make sure to enter on the Rafflecopter below for your chance to w…

Your Bladder Matters to Cystex....Are You Kegeling??

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I've discussed many times in the past the stage of my unhappy bladder. If I don't treat it just right it certainly will let me know about it. In the past I have brought you a review from a brand I have grown to trust and love, Cystex. For those of you not familiar with my story and beginnings with Cystex you can read it HERE. Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex can help promote better bladder health.  It is a sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free daily supplement that not only tastes great and boosts urinary tract health.  The unique Proantinox® cranberry formula can help to end the cycle of infection for those who are prone to recurrent urinary tract infections. Or like me are just faced with constant pain.
Recently Cystex has started a campaign to help promote all over bladder health. It’s easy to get a stronger, better bladder with daily Kegel exercises that can be done while you’re doing just about anything else and no one knows you’re doing them– so there’s no …

Keep UP With Your Fitness Goals With the Jawbone UP and Best Buy!

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It is no secret by now that my family has focused quite a bit on our health this year. With huge genetic illnesses on both sides of the family we decided it was time to take hold of our health and hopefully change the hands we have been dealt. Recently through the Best Buy Wolf Bloggers program I was given a chance to add something into my lifestyle that has not only helped me track my fitness progress but it has given me the knowledge of my own body and what I was putting into it that I didn't before know. The Jawbone UP Band is a band that you wear on your wrist. This band tracks your steps throughout the day and when you wear it at night it can also record you sleep, from the time you are actually in bed to the time that you are in a deep sleep and a light sleep. The best way to describe this fitness device is through pictures :)
       When you order yours there is a size chart, you simply measure your wrist and then find the size you need. The guide was very accurate an…

Bodylogix Protein Powders

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I may have mentioned before that as part of my day I like to enjoy a protein drink. I usually have a chocolate shake right before bed to help not only my cravings, but it help my muscles get the nutrition they need from my days workout. Recently I was given a chance to review a line of protein powders from Bodylogix. I received samples of their Vegan Protein, a large container of their Natural Whey Protein, an awesome aluminum water bottle, a bag as well as samples for their Chocolate Natural Protein Powder.
       Before this review I hadn't heard of Bodylogix before, so when it came in the mail I was really interested in learning more. The first thing that really struck me was the packaging that was clearly labelled for recycling, not only with numbers but with clear directions on how to do it!
       I know to many people this is something that is relatively unimportant, but as a family that is working on reducing our negative impact on the Earth I thought it was really neat…

Wordless Wednesday

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Sometimes You Just Have to Dust 'n Go

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I really thought this year when the kids went back to school I would have so much time not working. HAHAHA yeah that was a joke, I guess I didn't realize just how much I really had to do. Like most people I like to find little ways to save time when it comes to cleaning, because after all most people don't enjoy cleaning right!?! Recently I was given the chance to review a product that not only saves time, but it also saves from having to spray and aerosol in my house or having to pour oil that gets all over my hands. Dust 'N Go from Scott's Liquid Gold is an easy and convenient, these pre-moistened cloths are perfect for quick touch-ups between deep cleaning!
       I really loved that there was no skill required to use this product. Simply pull out a wipe and get to dusting. The scent was great, I'm not sure what the scent was but I really enjoyed it. When I wiped what I thought was a "clean" surface Dust 'n Go proved me wrong.  As you can see…