Monday, April 30, 2012

Peter Pauper Press Review & Giveaway (April Spotlight Sponsor)

***Part of our Disney Trip Feature***

You may be thinking, "Wait, is this a Spotlight Sponsor or a Disney Trip review?" Let me tell you, it is both of them! How exciting that we can work with great companies that can provide us with a variety of products to cover different Features we offer at MBP.

One of our spectacular MBP Spotlight Sponsors is Peter Pauper Press.
Peter Pauper Press was founded in 1928 and is one of America's leading publishers, publishing approximately 100 new books and products each year. They specialize in a variety of books and other fine gifts. Click here to read more about Peter Pauper Press.

I contacted Rasheen, with Peter Pauper Press, about doing our review & giveaway and she quickly responded. She recommended that we choose something that would be of interest to both myself, and our MBP community. As I browsed through the website, where there are an abundance of cool things, I came across the Travel Guide section. I knew we had a special trip coming up that we had been researching and planning for months, and one Travel Guide book really caught my eye--The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World.

Now I don't know how many of you have planned a Disney trip, but it can be confusing, overwhelming, and even frustrating, especially to first timers. We, luckily, have been once before, so planning was a little less work this time around. Rasheen sent The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World out and it arrived in just a few days, giving us almost 3 weeks to read and finalize all our plans.

--Our Little Black Book has arrived--
This is the 2012 Edition, with 7 fold-out maps and 254 pages of all things Disney.

The first section of the book is filled with basic helpful information, such as "Getting to Walt Disney World", "Getting Around Walt Disney World", a brief overview on "Restaurants/Dining Plans", "Hotels", "Tickets", "When to Visit", "Special Information", "Seasonal Events", and "Top Picks". This section is great for first time Disney travelers, you get a bit of insider information and helpful tips on how to start planning. I even learned a few things I did not know, like "parking is free at the parks to those staying at Disney-owned resorts".

The next few chapters are a breakdown of each separate park within Disney World. Each chapter starts with a small fold-out map of the park, clearly labeled with the numbers of all rides, exhibits, restaurants, and shopping, and a key to identify each number.
We placed an arrow next to each number we planned to visit and a few notes about the park.

Here is another look at the page:
Following the maps and keys are many pages filled with information about each park. From size (Magic Kingdom, at 107 acres, is Disney's smallest park), what to do and see in each part of the park (Top Pick at Hollywood Studios-Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular), where to eat and shop (Biergarten Restaurant-Germany in Epcot and Mombasa Marketplace-Animal Kingdom). We give a big thumbs up to both the Indiana Jones show and Biergarten Restaurant!

All 4 chapters are detailed, helpful, and full of information specific to each park. It is very truthful, for example, in Epcot's World Showcase, Canada, while a nice looking pavilion, offers little to do. The book is right on, as we discovered many of the countries in Epcot, while interesting to see the architecture or exhibits, don't always offer much more than that.

The next few sections go in to detail about other things to do around the Disney World area. Downtown Disney offers places to shop, eat, and have a good time. We were fans of Wolfgang Puck Express and ate there on 2 separate occasions, the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World said it would have excellent sandwiches and pizza--they were right! Recreation options available include water parks, golf, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, water sports, fishing, tennis, and much more. We did not do anything other than Downtown Disney, so I can't judge the correctness of the other recreation information.

The next section is dedicated to "where to stay". From Deluxe, Moderate, and Value resorts, cabins and campgrounds, villas, and nearby lodging, this chapter is full of amenities, restaurants, and perks offered by each location.

We already knew that we were staying in a Disney Value Resort, so we just read up on more information about what our hotel would be like.
The Little Black Book described the hotel just about perfectly.

At the end of the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World, you can find an index (helpful if you want to brush up on something specific or need to find info quickly) and a notes section. We had already planned out our restaurant/meal plans, but needed a place to keep our very important confirmation numbers. The "Notes" section made a great place to keep it all in one convenient spot. This was very helpful when we had to call and change a few reservations and needed our numbers.

The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World was a huge help to us. It was small enough to throw in our carryon to read while on the plane, and we also carried it with us everyday to look up quick facts or information about what we were doing each day. While you can find websites and other planning books about Disney, the Little Black Book of Walt Disney World by Peter Pauper Press is easy to use, compact, and full of truthful, helpful information, I would highly recommend it.

The Little Black Book is also available in travel guides for a variety of other places, including Las Vegas, London, Rome, and Washington DC.

Want It? Buy It!
You can find something for everyone at Peter Pauper Press. Books & Gifts, Journals, Stationary, Calendars, Organizers, Kids, Holidays, and even a SALE section. They offer FREE shipping for individual orders over $30 with a US shipping address. Click here for some frequently asked questions and Peter Pauper Press answers. You can find Peter Pauper Press on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information and announcements.
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  Planning a Disney Trip of your own, you need The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World! Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win- and be sure to complete all mandatory entry fields. Don't forget to check out all of the extra ways to earn entry points for this giveaway.
Thanks to Rasheen, from Peter Pauper Press for the helpful addition to our Disney trip. We thank you for sharing it with us and offering one to our readers too!
Thanks and Good Luck!
Disclosure: Other than the Little Black Book that I was sent to review directly from this representative, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

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Vintage & Couture Meet “Shabby Apple” on Mother's Day

-Post on behalf of NaturalHairLatina 
-Mommy's Block Party has teamed up with NaturalHairLatina 
to bring you this awesome giveaway for “Shabby Apple”!

About Shabby Apple...

We’re an online dress boutique selling women’s dresses, casual dresses, skirts, and women’s apparel.  We started Shabby Apple because we saw a need in women’s fashion that was not being met. A need to make women feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare. We recognize that finding the perfect dress can sometimes be challenging, which is why we strive to design highly fashionable dresses for all types of women.  We offer flirty, stylish dresses a woman can wear just as comfortably in the office, at a family dinner, or on a date. 

 “Shabby Apple” is a fashion company for women, by women, and of women.

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Kate Spade Handbag Giveaway

What an amazing purse!! 
Are you ready to own this Kate Spade Handbag?
This Navy Kate Spade purse is valued at $425!

One lucky reader will WIN it!
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1K 1.5ct Blue Diamond Earrings Giveaway

 Part of Our Mother's Day Gift Guide and My Jewelry Box are offering an AMAZING giveaway for Mother's Day! 
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This stunning pair of 1/2 carat (ctw) diamond earrings boasts the luster of over five dozen round, brilliant cut blue and white stones and is delicately crafted from 10 karat polished white gold. Fourteen luminous blue diamonds glimmer alluringly among a bed of fifty-two pristine white diamonds.   

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pink Zebra Review/Giveaway

Pink Zebra
W/Summer Crow

Part of our Mothers Day Gift Guide

Moms deserve the word don’t they? If you can’t afford the world, how about you give them a gift that can change as often as the world changes? Pink Zebra is the answer! Pink Zebra is a great company that has developed a way to make your home smell amazing day after day in a ton of different ways!

Pink Zebra sells a really cool product called the Simmer Pot. It is a dish on top of a light, when the light is turned on it warms the upper dish and melts scented wax bits called Sprinkles.

Large Simmer Pot
Simmer Light
When you get a Simmer Pot you have the option to change your scent often, and with the variety of Sprinkles Pink Zebra offers you can change all the time! One of the other great things with the Simmer Pots is how you can control your scent. You can use a little or use a lot so your home will always be smelling just how you like it. Check out all the scents available from Pink Zebra!

Pink Zebra also sells a variety of scented candles.
Independent consultant Summer Crow sent us our own small Simmer Pot and a container of Stone Washed Denim Sprinkles (scented wax droplets). We love it! I got it out right away and plugged it in! Our living room immediately started to smell like freshly washed laundry. Yum!

I LOVE Pink Zebra boxes! No wrapping necessary! 
Our Pink Zebra Small Simmer Pot
Our Simmer Pot and Sprinkles
Pink Zebra has a scent for every mom. Check it out today for a great Mother's Day gift!

Want it? Buy it!
 Independent consultant Summer Crow will be happy to help you find the perfect scent or gift for you or your mom. Check out her website and just try not to order every pack of Sprinkles available!

Want it? Win it!

Pink Zebra Independent consultant Summer Crow is offering a great giveaway for our MPB readers. Just visit our Mother’s Day entry page for your chance to win your own small Simmer Pot and 2 jars of Sprinkles, or one of our other wonderful Mother’s Day prizes!

Special thanks to Pink Zebra and Summer Crow for offering this awesome giveaway. Good luck to all who enter!


Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned item, which I received directly from this sponsor, for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Year's Eve DVD (Giveaway)

 Remember Those Resolutions?
Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of the hit romantic comedy New Year’s Eve on DVD and Blu Ray May 1st!  
This all-star comedy stars Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Jon Bon Jovi, and Josh Duhamel!
I didn't make very many resolutions for 2012, but trying to be more patient was at the top of my list for the resolutions I DID make. In a fast-paced society, it's often hard to wait for the things you want! And of course, what mom or dad couldn't use a little more patience with their spouse, partner, children, co-workers, etc?

April is a perfect time to think about all those resolutions you made that may have been placed on the back burner. With the New Year’s Eve Resolution Reset Blog App you can double check and make sure you are on the right path to making your resolutions come true! Go ahead and take this fun quiz to find out your Resolution Rest Personality Type! You can also watch the New Year's Eve trailer, get some great tips and more!

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Okay- one lucky reader will win their very own copy of New Year's Eve on DVD! Just use our handy Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win!

Be sure to have lots of fun with this, and good luck to all who enter to win!

Disclosure: I was not compensated, nor did I receive a product for facilitating this post/sharing this giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Origami Owl (Review & Giveaway)

Part of Our Mother's Day Gift Guide

Can a piece of jewelry tell a story? I love stories of people who have jewelry that was passed onto them from a family member, or they somehow acquired a piece of jewelry with an amazing back story. Sadly, I own no such jewelry. I have a beautiful onyx ring, which my grandmother gave to me, many years ago, and I never even asked if it had a story behind it. I'm going to ask her about it the next time I call her! I think it would be really cool to possess a piece of jewelry like that- but what about owning a unique piece of jewelry that tells your story?

 Presented by Maureen Frear

Maureen Frear, an Independent Designer with a fairly new company in social sales, Origami Owl, offered me the chance to experience a brand new way to express my individuality, my loves and my life- all through a beautiful piece of jewelry. Now, I had seen a few posts here and there around Facebook about Origami Owl, but had never had the opportunity to really look into it to see what it was all about.

Get ready to be blown away by an amazing story- Origami Owl was started by 14-year-old Isabella, in the fall of 2010. She was trying to figure out a way to make enough money to buy her first car by the time she turned sixteen. So, with $350 worth of babysitting bucks, she began to make and sell her original jewelry at home parties, gatherings and events, and before she knew it- Origami Owl took off like a runaway train! Now, Origami Owl's beautiful jewelry is available online and through home parties, which are lead by trained Independent Designers- like Maureen! The phrase 'If you can dream it, you can do it,' is absolutely true! What an inspiration Isabella is- an excellent role model for young women, and seasoned women, alike!

I was thrilled when Maureen offered to create a Living Locket for me, and to send it to me to review. Knowing so little about Origami Owl at the get-go, I was absolutely intrigued by the process. Maureen asked me to tell her a little about myself- i.e., my interests, my family, hobbies, etc. I probably gave her way too much information, but I remember telling her that I'm a wife and mom, a Christian, a writer, a gardener, and a worship leader. She sweetly informed me that she had all she needed from me to create my special Living Locket, and she went right to work on it. Within just a couple of days, I had a very special delivery- straight from Maureen!

Check out all of my sweet little goodies from Maureen!

As I opened my package, I truly couldn't wait to see the Living Locket that had been lovingly created for me. When I opened the box from Maureen, I was greeted by an absolutely unique, and adorable display! The main package contained a handwritten card from Maureen, a take-out box, an Origami Owl 'take out menu', and a fortune cookie! The note from Maureen was very sweet, and I was just blown away by the clever presentation set before me! What a wonderful way to make an excellent first impression on a customer or potential hostess!

 Take out box- filled with treasures for me. Let's see what's in it!

 Fortune cookie pocket, business card, and an Origami Owl charm...

I carefully opened up the cute little take out box, and inside, I found my Living Locket, which was carefully placed inside a cute little blue, silky fabric-covered fortune cookie pocket, along with an additional charm. All of this, along with a couple of business cards were tucked gently into the take out box, with protective blue paper shreds, acting as a nice little pillow, and topper. My Living Locket, created by Maureen, was tucked inside the little blue fortune cookie pocket. I opened it up, and found an absolutely beautiful necklace, which I couldn't wait to examine.

Full view of my new Living Locket from Origami Owl, and Maureen...

I first noticed the chain of the necklace. It's a lightweight, silver ball station chain, embellished with tiny little silver ball beads, throughout. I love that the simple addition of the tiny beads sort of converts the chain from standard to delicate and elegant. The length is also wonderful- it's an 18" chain. Next, I noticed the actual locket. Maureen chose a medium silver-plated, rimmed locket for me. This locket is stainless steel, which is really wonderful, because it's hypo-allergenic, and it won't rust or tarnish! So, anyone who has issues with they types of jewelry they wear, will love Origami Owl for this! The face of the the locket is clear, so you can show off your charms!

Here are the charms Maureen selected for me, inside of my Living Locket...

What truly makes a Living Locket from Origami Owl unique to the person wearing it, is that it tells their story through the charms that they select and place inside of the locket. Maureen chose a sweet flower, a cross, a 'family' heart, music notes and a jeweled heart to place inside of my Living Locket. She also included an extra charm- a little typewriter, so I can change out my charms, if and when I feel like it! If someone who didn't know me very well met me, and looked at the charms through my Living Locket, they would be able to figure out a few of my loves and interests, right off the bat.

So- how do you build a Living Locket from Origami Owl?

#1 Call Maureen or go to her website to get started!
#2- Select your Living Locket (there are silver and gold options- with or without crystal embellishments)
#3- Select your Origami Owl Charms (15 categories of charms to choose from)
#4- Add some optional dangles to embellish the necklace
#5- Place your order

Want one for FREE? Ask Maureen about Hosting an Origami Owl Party!

 I love this beautiful necklace and have been wearing it- a lot!

 My Living Locket goes with everything!

I have been wearing my Living Locket from Origami Owl almost every day, since I got it. I felt incredibly special wearing this Living Locket on Easter Sunday, because the charms inside the locket absolutely represented resurrection themes- faith, love, new life, etc. I was even on television the next morning, because our Easter service was filmed by a local news station- so the locket got to be on TV, too!  I've been telling everyone about my Living Locket, also, because it's such a unique piece of jewelry, and it's absolutely unique. I don't own a charm bracelet, and now, I sort of don't need one. I can purchase additional charms for my Living Locket (at an absolutely fantastic price per charm), and change them out, according to what's happening in my life. There are so many charms to choose from, too! I think I'd love to add a birthstone charm for my son, and have that to wear for Mother's Day, or for his birthday. There are initials charms, celebration charms, sorority charms, hobbies charms, and many more! I'd love to expand my collection of charms to express all of the wonderful things we experience throughout our family life.

 Medium Living Locket- $20.00

The Perfect Gift

I am convinced that a Living Locket from Origami Owl would be the ultimate gift for a number of occasions. Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's not too late to create a beautiful Living Locket for your mom, grandmother, wife, sister, etc. The birthstone charms, initials charms, etc, would be perfect to place inside for Mother's Day. Expecting or new mom in your life? There are adorable little baby carriages and baby feet charms in the Celebrations category of charms! I'm thinking this would be a really special graduation gift, as well! We were invited to a friend's graduation from college, and I am definitely thinking about building her a Living Locket.

October Birthstone Charm- $4.50

Want It? Buy It!

I just know that once you see the gorgeous Living Lockets from Origami Owl, you'll fall in love with them, as I have with mine! It's so wonderfully special to me! You can create your own Living Locket online, buy visiting Maureen's Origami Owl website. Make sure you really take a look at all of the beautiful charms- you might have to make a list of your favorites and then narrow it down! Maureen is such a sweet person, and a beautiful designer, when it comes to Origami Owl, and she is standing by to help you by answering your questions, offering you guidance and support, and sharing the Origami Owl story. Ready to create the ultimate gift that tells a very special story? Build your Living Locket today!

Be sure to like Maureen's Origami Owl Facebook Page to stay up to date on the latest and greatest from Origami Owl! Questions or comments? Don't hesitate to contact Maureen! She can't wait to hear from you!

Want It? Win It!

Maureen is graciously offering you a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Origami Owl! This giveaway is part of our Mother's Day Giveaway Extravaganza, so click here to go to the entry form. Want a few extra chances to win? Here's how! You'll earn 10 extra entries for leaving a comment on this post containing a question about the Origami Owl opportunity, 10 extra entries for booking a party with Maureen, and 25 extra entries for making an Origami Owl purchase with Maureen. You MUST leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address, telling us which of these tasks you have done. These will be verified by Maureen, and we will then add your extra entries to the Rafflecopter for the giveaway.

Special thanks to Maureen Frear of Origami Owl for allowing me to experience my very own, gorgeous Living Locket, and for offering this amazing giveaway for our readers!

Good luck to those who enter to win!


Paparazzi Accessories review and giveaway

Paparazzi Accessories
W/Tammy Duran

Part of our Mothers Day Gift Guide

My mom is absolutely gorgeous, and so is your mom. You know she is. I don’t care what they say about themselves, moms sparkle! Period. Their husbands and partners think so and so do their children. Sadly, I know plenty of moms who don’t think they are always beautiful. They just don’t see the sparkle we do.

Paparazzi Accessories can help your mom bring out the sparkle we already see. Paparazzi Accessories is a company that is designed to sell great accessories at a great price. All of their items are just $5! Paparazzi Accessories carries necklaces, earrings, rings, headbands, and special accessories for little girls. All of Paparazzi Accessories rings are stretchy and their necklaces even come with a matching set of earrings.

Independent consultant Tammy Duran sent me two of my own sets of necklaces and earrings. Both of these sets have really jazzed my wardrobe. They are gorgeous and totally in style! Any mom would be lucky to have either set!

I LOVE these earrings!!

With all the different kinds of accessories that Paparazzi Accessories has to offer, you will easily find a few accessories to finish off your mom’s favorite outfit. And for only $5 an accessory you can find something to finish off your favorite outfit too!

Want it? Buy it!
Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away. If you are looking for the perfect gift for your mom try Paparazzi Accessories. Independent consultant Tammy Duran will be happy to help you find that special gift to help your mom see the sparkle that makes them so beautiful.

Want it? Win it!
Independent consultant Tammy Duran is working with MBP to sponsor a great Mother’s Day giveaway! Just visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide Giveaway page for your chance to win some jewelry from Paparazzi Accessories or one of our other awesome giveaways!

Special thanks to Tammy Duran and Paparazzi Accessories for working with MBP and sponsoring this awesome giveaway! Good luck to all who enter!


Disclosure: Other than the above mentioned item, which I received directly from this sponsor, for review purposes, I was not compensated for facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own. Your experience may differ.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS Prize Pack (Giveaway)

 Image courtesy of MARVEL

Is anyone else as excited as I am to see MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS, in theaters May 4th? It's definitely going to be a fun way for my hubby and I to spend a night out! To celebrate the upcoming release of the awesome summer 2012 blockbuster, we're offering a special MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS Prize Pack to one lucky winner! 

Even though Father's Day is still weeks away, this would be a pretty cool Father's Day gift for dear old dad! This super cool prize pack will include 1 Adult sized MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS t-shirt (in S, M, L or XL), a set of 6 MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS buttons, and one pair (winner's choice of character) of limited edition MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS 3D glasses!

Check out the PRIZES... and it all goes to ONE WINNER!

Want It? Win It!

To enter to win the MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS Prize Pack, just use the handy rafflecopter entry form below! And hey- we'd love it if you left us a comment!
Don't forget- MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS hits theaters May 4th!

Special thanks to our friends at Disney and Marvel for offering this fun giveaway for our readers!

Good luck to all who enter!

Disclosure: No member of the MBP Team received any form of compensation for sharing this giveaway.