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CLOSED – Football Fashion 4Her by Carl Banks T-Shirt and Hoodie Giveaway

EDIT: Congrats to Heather (@notdiyheather) on winning this awesome prize!

Are you ready for some football??!!!

Football opening day is just around the corner and fashion and football are going prime time on HSN (Home Shopping Network)!  On September 5, (a week before the eve of the 2011 football opener), at 1 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM and 8 PM EDT, NFL legend and Hall of Famer Carl Banks will appear on HSN (Home Shopping Network) to introduce the G-III’s Women’s Collection, 4Her, by Carl Banks.

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Left Neglected – A Book Review

There was a time in my life when I obsessively consumed books – usually it was in the summer – I’d scan pages upon pages of books on my hour long commute on the subway to whatever my summer job was that year. That was long before kids. Long before we moved so far out in suburbia that it no longer became feasible for me to take public transportation. I miss that reading time. Parenthood has also made it harder to find the time – little people would grab my book, lose my page and often times commit the biggest offense of all.. MISPLACE MY BOOK! I miss the luxury of turning the crisp pages of a book, the smell of a new book waiting for me to immerse myself into the story and the lives of the characters.

Three weeks ago, thanks to my wonderful blog sponsors Vistaprint, Skincare Botanica, and Appleseed Maternity, I found myself in the financial position to be able to buy myself an indulgent gift, a gift solely for myself: a new iPad 2! (She needs a nickname… Suggestions?). Shortly after making my purchase I discovered the iBooks, Kindle and Kobo apps and therefore resurrecting my love of reading.

I turned to my good friend Twitter for book suggestions and @flowercitymom jumped to the rescue & suggested “Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova. Trusting her judgement, I downloaded it right away.

I instantly was able to relate to the chief character, Sarah, in Left Neglected. She’s a busy mom of three children who are almost exactly the same age as mine (9 mos, 6 and 8). She’s a career-minded mom, trying to find work/life balance between school and daycare drop-offs, a long commute to work and a demanding job until one day she’s involved in a car accident that leaves her a traumatic brain injury. The book shares her emotional and physical struggles in the aftermath of the accident. She’s unable to care for herself or her children but slowly recovers and learns that the little things in life are what matters most.

As a working mom myself (or at least I will be in 3 mos from now when my maternity leave is over), I could relate to her struggles. How do I balance everything *I* want to do? Is what *I* want to do as important or more important than the time with my children? I greatly enjoyed the book because it made me see MY OWN life differently. I love when a book can do that!

DISCLAIMER: I chose and purchased this book on my own and was not asked by anyone to write a review. These are my own thoughts and feelings about this book.

Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin Review

I recently was contacted to review a new kid’s vitamin: Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin by Life Time Fitness.

From the manufacturer’s website:

The Growing Healthy Kids Multivitamin was formulated by Dr. Jim LaValle to be an incredibly nutrient-dense multivitamin unlike anything else in the kids multivitamin market. Unlike sugar-filled, nutrient-poor gummy vitamins and other chewables, there were no corners cut in this multivitamin. It is also all-natural, sweetened with xylitol, lo han and Stevia and comes in a tasty cherry flavor.

I didn’t know how my kids would react to them, though they were very eager to try them. I vlogged their tremendously raw and honest review, and am rather thankful that I did because there is no way I could ever describe this in words:

No worries – I laughed too!

All in all, 5 year old Sierra liked the flavour, but not the texture.  As for 3 year old Brooke… I had a hard time convincing her to try the POPChips I was sent to review after this experience.

I looked over the label, and the % daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet, and in many cases there was well over 100% of the recommended daily value in the vitamins. The bottle suggests two vitamins/day for children over the age of 2. Now I don’t know about your kids, but mine certainly do not consume 2000 calories/day. Heck! I don’t even cosume that many calories in a day!  Basically a child would get WELL over 200% of the required amount of many vitamins and minerals.  I’m not a nutritionist, but I truly believe more is not always better.

My review? Save your money and just feed your children nutrient rich HEALTHY foods.

Disclaimer: I did not pay for this product. It was sent to me and in exchange, I’ve posted an honest review of it. I was not compensated nor was I encouraged by the manufacturer to post a positive review. This review is based solely on my experience with this product.