Get a BuluBox Free!

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buluboxYou may have read about the Bulu Box Monthly Subscription Box on our Great Gifts Blog.

Now, Bulu Box has given us a special code so you can try it out for free!

All you need to do, Momscapers, is go to the BuluBox site, subscribe to Bulu Box with coupon code box2661 to get your first box free. You can cancel anytime. Shipping is free, and there are no hidden fees.

If you missed reading about Bulu Box, here are the details:

Bulu Box is a cool monthly subscription box catering to health and fitness enthusiasts. BuluBox recipients get a goodie box each month, filled with 4 to 5 premium samples: things like vitamins, weight loss aids, and formulations for sports nutrition, protein, diet, energy, detox, digestion, herbs, natural remedies, endurance and more.

Bulu Box selects only the most recognized and tested brands to include in each box so you can test products and see how well they work before spending lots more on full-sized bottles.

BuluBox.com sent us a sample box for review, and we loved the healthy discoveries we made. It’s a fun and unique monthly subscription. (And it’s affordable, too, with subscriptions at just $10 per month).

So, redeem your code for a free box today!

Note, if Bulu Box has more codes redeemed than they have boxes ready, they will put up a temporary page and collect emails. When they get more boxes available the next month, they will email you to let you know when you can expect your subscription to begin.

Bulu Box sent us a free sample box for us to review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Things We Love – Shred: The Revolutionary Diet

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

From the bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet comes this helpful new diet book promising big results for people who are struggling to lose that last 20 pounds.

Many of us know firsthand how it gets more difficult to lose weight as we get closer to our goal. This book is designed to help you push through the plateaus when your previous weight loss efforts have stopped working.

Dr. Ian K. Smith has created this program, which combines a low Glycemic Index diet with meal spacing and meal replacements. (Dieters on the Shred Diet plan will be eating every three and a half hours, so it helps you keep your blood sugar – and moods – in check). The diet is composed of 6 week cycles, which you can repeat as often as you need to get the results you want. Dr. Ian puts the average weight loss for a cycle between 18 and 25 pounds.

What we love about the Shred diet is its inherent flexibility. Dr. Ian offers solid education about what works to push through frustrating plateaus and he provides specific guidelines to follow, but he emphasizes that, once you get an understanding of the Shred philosophy, you’ll be able to eat anywhere and know that you have the ability to both enjoy yourself (and food) while staying lean.

We also love that the focus is on eating a variety of healthy foods and on paying attention to meal spacing. As Dr. Ian says “the timing of your meals and snacks can be a reason why you are or aren’t losing weight.”

Dr. Ian has launched “Shredder Nation,” which you can get a taste of online. Get free tips by following Dr. Ian on facebook (facebook.com/shreddernation), Twitter (@doctoriansmith) and via his website: doctoriansmith.com. The book is available at amazon for preorder (with a release date of January 10).

Disclosure: An advanced reading copy of Shred: The Revolutionary Diet was provided to Momscape free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed are our own.

New Giveaway: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Amber H., who won our World Almanac Giveaway! Find more giveaways here

Enter to win The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013

An entertaining read, news archive and reference source all-in-one, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts remains a classic compendium of the most notable people, places and events, trusted and enjoyed by everyone from children to adults, presidents to parents, teachers to journalists.

Always timely, yet timeless, this latest edition of America’s bestselling reference book boasts brand-new features including 2012 Election Results, London Olympics coverage and NCAA Football facts.

Meanwhile, popular sections like Offbeat News Stories, Time Capsule, Top News Topics and Year in Pictures make their return.

You can pick up a copy wherever books or sold or on the following sites:

The World Almanac site at www.worldalmanac.com
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

And you can enter to win a paperback copy of The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 here!

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Hairstyle Ideas for Girls: Creative, Cute Hair for Your Little One

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It’s easy to keep your little angel looking cute, coifed and camera ready with simple yet stylish hair looks featured on The Today Show from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair.

The Heart Braid

Cozy’s signature style, this is a must-have look for the holidays – and beyond.

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What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.

 

The Present Bow

This adorable style will make your child’s hair the talk of the town.  It’s an easy style that can be used for everyday wear as well. Note: the hair should be long enough to create a bow.

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What you’ll need: Brush/wide-tooth comb, spray bottle of water, fine-tooth comb, hair spray, spary-on hair glitter, hairpins

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.

Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair to create a long strand.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second strand of hair. Join the two strands together by creating a loose knot. Spray the knot and pin it in place. Then loosely create the perfect bow, tying the two strands together. Pin each bow in place and spray with hairspray to secure the bow. For a finishing touch, cover the bow with spray-on hair glitter; be generous with the glitter if you really want your bow to sparkle!

The French Braid Headband

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Besides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided headband makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail.

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

 

The Braided Bun

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This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up. And the braided bun is extremely versatile – it can be adorned with a fun clip or headband to dress it up, or worn alone as a stylish and effective way to keep hair off the face.

What You’ll Need: Ponytail holder, bobby pins, beaded/decorative pins, decorative hair band.

Step 1: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Make a braid with the ponytail, tying it off with a ponytail holder.

Step 2: Twist the braided ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 3: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides.  Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.

 

The Quadruple Twist

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A quick flick of the wrist creates this cute coif that only looks complicated. You can fancy it up with pretty beads or barrettes to go with your child’s special outfit.

What You’ll Need: Spray bottle, fine-tooth comb, hair clip to section hair, small ponytail holders, mini- clips, hair gel or light styling cream

Step 1: Mist the hair with the spray bottle to make it damp but not wet. Part in the middle with a fine-tooth comb, and gather a section of the hair on one side of the part, from the part to the outer eyebrow.

Step 2: Divide this section in half, with one half near the part and on half away from it. Clip the half closest to the part out of the way.

Step 3: Hold the remaining half and begin twisting it on a diagonal path toward the part. Twist firmly, gathering additional hair as you twist, but not so tightly that it hurts. Twist till you reach the part, then secure the end with a ponytail holder, letting the excess hair hand down.

Step 4: Unclip the half-section closest to the part and mist again. Using the same method, twist this section firmly in the direction of the part. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side of the part to create tow more twists, for a total of four.

Step 6: Attach pretty clips to the ponytail holder on each twist, be creative with these as it’s a holiday style. Rub a pea-sized amount of gel or light styling cream between your palms and scrunch the curls to finish.

To see Cozy talk about these fabulous styles on The Today Show please visit: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49917555
For more information on Cozy Friedman, So Cozy products and more, please visit www.cozyscutsforkids.com

Or check out the book!

 Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair (Spiral)
Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair (Spiral)
$15.95, Target.com (Get Target Coupons here.)
Presents a comprehensive guide to maintaining and styling hair for girls, including guidelines for identifying hair type, instructions on hair maintenance and products, and tips for hair styles and cuts.

Things We Love: Weight Watchers 360

You might have read our Weight Watchers review here. Now, WeightWatchers.com has introduced a brand new program called Weight Watchers 360.

Here are the details:

Weight Watchers 360° gives you the power to lose weight like never before!

Nobody’s perfect, and neither is the world we live in. Temptation is everywhere, and science shows us that our brains are hardwired to give in to it. That’s why Weight Watchers has created a new program, built on their proven PointsPlus® plan and backed up with 50 years of helping real people in the real world lose weight. And it’s changing the face of weight loss.

With Weight Watchers 360° you will:

* Eat real food. Really. Learn to make the smart choices that let you eat the foods you love, when you want to. Nothing is forbidden.
* Learn new routines and great habits. Pretty soon you can find yourself making healthy choices without even thinking about it.
* Learn how to take control of temptation. At home, at the office, out on the town. Anywhere and everywhere.

You will learn all about the Weight Watchers 360° Program after joining a Meeting or signing up for Weight Watchers Online. Learn more about Weight Watchers 360° and get Get Weight Watchers Coupons here.

Things We Love: Holiday Cards that Help End Childhood Hunger

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Just in time for the holiday season, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign is offering a holiday card that embodies the true spirit of giving.

Purchase just one, and you can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals.

The No Kid Hungry Campaign is helping to end childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. Visit the No Kid Hungry website to take the pledge to end childhood hunger, donate or become a community advocate. Every little bit counts. In fact, just a $10 donation can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals!

New Giveaway: Momscape’s Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Lle. S. who won our Sweet “Bee Raw Honey” Giveaway. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

 

Enter to win a package of 3 jars of artisanal, fair trade honey from Bee Raw Honey...

The essence of BeeRaw Honey’s products is in their simplicity, skipping processing to feature honey as nature created it: raw, real and so pleasing to the palate that you’ll stash away that old honey bear for good.

To celebrate and support America’s rich beekeeping heritage, Bee Raw partners with family-owned apiaries around the country and derives each varietal from a single local floral source to achieve a distinct flavor, color and aroma.

Each Bee Raw varietal honey is “fairly traded,” meaning the local beekeepers that produce them receive a premium price for their premium product. Bee Raw also strives to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing local manual laborers and using postconsumer paper and glass packaging.

The company’s assortment of innovative honey flights, classic honey jars, and honey gift assortments can be purchased at www.beeraw.com, along with a brand new line of estate-grown loose teas.

We love Bee Raw Honey so much, we’re giving away a selection of 3 10.5 ounce jars from The Bee Raw single varietal honey collection:

Our winner will receive a 10.5 ounce jar in each of the following flavors:

Wild Raspberry Honey, Maine—Light yellow in color and floral with a unique raspberry finish intertwined with the aroma of warm cocoa butter. Try it with raspberries, peaches, pears or sour cream.

Wild Black Sage Honey, California—Sage gets its name from the Latin salvia (meaning “to heal”). This honey is mild with a mouth-warming hint of pepper and a smooth, clean finish. Pair with Parmigiano Reggiano, wine-poached pears or goat cheese ice cream.

Star Thistle Honey, Colorado—Thick and creamy with soft notes of cinnamon and a long, sweet finish. Perfect for oven-roasted apples, hot apple cider or in a recipe for pan-seared prawns. 10.5 ounce jar

Enter to win!

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5 Fun New Apps for Kids

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Traveling for the holidays?  This year brings a new crop of fun apps that help keep your kids occupied while you travel to see family and friends. Here are five fun apps for kids:


1.       Spellwood

Spellwood is set in a charming magical world where wizards use words to cast their spells in fun word battles.  Friends and family can play together through Game Center or Facebook Connect with as many as 50 like-minded spelling wizards. Each new tower provides a new challenge, with magical spells to change letters, restore health, and change the size of the board playing area. With several difficulty levels and a variety of game-play modes, Spellwood is perfect for all ages.  Available for $1.99 on the App Store and Google Play.
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2.       Angrybirds

Angry Birds has started a bit of a franchise. Now you can even play AngryBirds Star Wars. No matter which Angry Birds game you play, the survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs. Use the unique powers of each bird to destroy the pigs’ defenses. Angry Birds features challenging physics-based gameplay and hours of replay value. Each level requires logic, skill and force to solve.  Available for $4.99/0.99/free on the App Store and Google Play.

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3.       Fruit Ninja

Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.  Swipe up across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior. With three games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.  Available for $2.99/$0.99/$1.26 on the App Store and Google Play.

 

SpinArt

4.       SpinArt        

SpinArt is based on one of our favorite childhood crafts! It’s fun & creative.  Whether it’s waiting in line at the bank, at the dentist, or on a really boring date, you can always take a spin.  Available for $1.99/$0.99/$0.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

5.        Bookworm

Link letters left, right, up and down to build words to keep Lex the Bookworm sated and smiling. Bigger words return better bonuses. But watch out for burning letters — they could spell disaster!  Available for $2.99 on the App Store.

Things We Love – Healthier Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

There are certain foods we just crave. For me, it generally has something to do with chocolate. For others, it’s something salty. Usually, these types of things come in a slick, brightly colored bag with lots of ingredients we can’t pronounce.

The folks at Sasquatch Books recently sent me this delightful new book that can help us “take back our snacks,” in the words of the author. Real Snacks, by Lara Ferroni brings you recipes for your favorite childhood treats without all the junk.

The “Real Sweet” section includes recipes for snack cakes, cookies, frozen treats and confections. While the “Real Salty” section includes chips, dips, crackers and snacks like Corn Nuts and Hot Pockets. There’s even an appendix with 22 simple recipes for pantry items you can make in your own kitchen, such as evaporated milk and chocolate syrup. (Enter to win a copy of Real Snacks here.)

Here’s more information on Lara’s new book, as well as some other titles and resources to help you serve healthier snacks for your family.

Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk
Imagine Twinkies, Doritos, and Cheez-Its without the artificial colors and preservatives, full of wonderful flavors and nutrients from whole grains and natural sugars, and easily made in your own kitchen. Lara Ferroni shows you how with this collection of 50 nostalgic childhood treats that satisfy your junk food cravings, but without all the junk. Gluten free and vegan options are included for every recipe.

Combine this with Lara’s first book, also available online from amazon.com:

Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home
A chocolate-glazed doughnut and cup of coffee is a match made in heaven for many North Americans, but wait! Something new is happening in the doughnut world: boutique bakeries are popping up everywhere, and “designer doughnuts” are all the rage. The best news of all is that they’re actually easy to make at home. And really, is there anything more scrumptious than a fresh doughnut? In Doughnuts, prepare to be tempted by more than fifty recipes, including Chai, Huckleberry Cheesecake, and Red Velvet. Of course, the cookbook is also full of traditional recipes for favorites like Old-Fashioned Sour Cream and Chocolate Raised doughnuts, as well as vegan and gluten-free recipes. The mouthwatering photography and tasty recipes will leave readers and home cooks drooling and dreaming about doughnuts.

And then there’s Unreal Candy – healthier versions of such popular candies as M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. These, you can buy in one of those slick, brightly colored bags. But you’ll be able to pronounce the ingredients. There’s no artificial ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no preservatives, and no GMOs.

Each of the Unreal Candy varieties below is available online from Quill.com (Get the latest Quill online coupons here, before you buy.)

Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts
Unreal(tm) 54 Candy Coated Chocolate w/Peanuts

Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy
Unreal(tm) 5 Chocolate Caramel Nougat Candy

Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy
Unreal 8 Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Candy

Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate
Unreal(tm) 41 Candy Coated Chocolate

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Things We Love: ‘Life is Good’ Thanksgiving Tees

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We love Life is Good, and we especially love their collection of Special Limited Edition Thanksgiving Tees.

For Women:

And for Men:

Now here’s an ongoing offer from Life is Good to help you save on your order:
Enjoy 15% off your next purchase with us, just for signing up for the Life is Good newsletter.