Hasbro Angry Birds Go Telepods Review and Giveaway

Are you looking for a fun, interactive toy for your kids? We recently received Angry Birds Go Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set for review from Hasbro and the kids have been having a blast!

The game is tons of fun to just set up and play as a raceway set! The kids had a lot of fun just constructing the set, which was easy enough for my 10 and 6 year old to do on their own.

To add to the fun, the game is also interactive with the online app for Angry Birds Go! It includes 2 telepods to add to your app! The kids loved seeing their cars in the real game and added a great element of fun!

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New Pampers Gifts to Grow Points!

Enjoy! These will add 60 points to your account!

60 pampers gifts to grow points:


This week's books and movies

Movie most recently watched:

We just used our free Redbox code and watched Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I am glad I listened to my sister who recommended I not waste my time or money seeing it in the theater. I am a huge fan of the books (although the Clockwork books were far superior), but the movie was kind of a let down. I wish the characters were a little truer to the book, and that the story line was a little more closely related to the book as well.

Book recently finished:
I just finished reading 2 books, both which I enjoyed.

First up is Blue Bloods. I actually ordered this book randomly on PaperBackSwap as a book I added on to an order. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to where the series is going to go. It was a very fast read, and although it was not literary genius material, it was a nice light read during the holidays.

I also just finished Shanna Swendson's Kiss and Spell. I struggle with what to say about this book. The first book, Enchanted, Inc. is just amazing and strongly recommend it. I feel like this was sort of a filler book and did not really ever appeal to me. I made myself finish it, and it took some time as I was distracted by other books. I do love Shanna Swendson's writing style, and hope to see the series continue because I think it is better than 99.9% of the books out there. I am always surprised that more people have not heard of her because she is a really, really good writer.

Wantable Holiday Sepcial Edition Box

We have been considering getting a Wantable box for a while, and so we purchased their Holiday Special Edition Box, and we are really excited to start getting their regular boxes!

This was just one of the boxes they had, and I ordered it mainly for the beautiful earrings! They are stunning in person with dark blue and red gems. They are very high quality, and I got tons of compliments from many people about them.

Also included was a Spa Sister mask, a set of 4 roller eye shadows (I have NEVER tried a rolling ball eye shadow, so I am excited to try them), a lip gloss, a beautiful gold cosmetic bag, and a Color Club nail polish.

Unlike other cosmetic subscription boxes, Wantable ONLY sends full sized items every month, and they are all from high-end cosmetic companies. For only $36 a month you will get 4-5 items each month. You can also skip any month, making it a subscription box YOU control!

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December 2013 Birchbox

I know, Mamas! I am so far behind! I am just catching up on some of my subscription boxes for the month! Phew! I have not even mailed out holiday cards yet! I am putting them together tonight and sending them off in the morning! Things just get so crazy around the holidays.
This is my Birchbox for this month:

I really loved this month's box as it seemed fitting for winter. The samples were small with 4 foil sized samples, but all in all I was pleased. Birchbox is only $10 a month, and this month I had 5 samples, which means I could earn 50 points. Remember, you can cash out with $10 worth of points (100 points), so about every 2 months you get $10 worth of a full sized item(s).
In this month's box:
  • 1 very small Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzel. The packaging is a little deceiving because this was TINY, but the pretzel itself was delicious. Web Value 70 cents
  • Eslor Skincare foil samples. I struggle with giving foil packets a "value" because most can be picked up for free at the department store. There were 4 packets, however, and the web value is around $12.00
  • Number 4 Hairspray. 1 oz. This was convenient because I had JUST ran out of hairspray. At 1 ounce it is perfect for travel too! Amazon value: $3.50
  •  The Honest Company Healing Balm. .75 oz, Amazon value $6.25. This was my favorite item in the box, as my hands have been SUPER dry!!
  • Supergoop! CC Cream, 3 ml. SUPER Small! Amazon value $1.55
Even without adding in the value of the points (which is about $5) and not taking into account the foil samples, the value is STILL $11.30, which is more than the $10 cost. In the end, the box is probably a value of at least $20 which is double the value of what you are paying! I still feel Birchbox is one of the best values out there.
Buy your own at: http://www.birchbox.com

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Bestowed December Box Review

This month's Bestowed box was really amazing! We received one for review, and we LOVE LOVE LOVE everything inside. Last month we felt the box was great, and the items were mostly samples. We love this month's inclusion of some cooking ingredients!

In the box:

Bestowed is just $19 a month, but you can save $9 with code HELLOYUM40 through December 31st! 

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After Holiday Sale at Layla Grace!

Layla Grayce is sweetening their sale! Starting Dec. 26th through the end of the year, all Layla Grayce discounted items will receive an additional 20% off. Simply use promo code EXTRASALE between 12/26 - 12/31 and save even more on Layla Grayce's stylish delights.

Amazon Hot Deals for 12/26

Didn't get what you want for Christmas? Lots of good sales happening right now! These are some of the Amazon hot deals we found for today!

Doctor Sleep: A Novel (The Shining)
Sequel to the shining only $1.99 on Kindle!!!

Spider-Man 2 (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

 COVERGIRL Queen Collection 1-Kit Eye Shadow Vintage
Clip the coupon and Subscribe and Save to get this eye shadow for 89 cents

COVERGIRL Queen Collection 1-Kit Eye Shadow Peacock
Clip the coupon and Subscribe and Save for only 89 cents!

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush, Classic Pink
Clip the coupon and S&S for $1.75

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1 Kit Shadow, Brown Smolder
 $1.08 with the coupon clipped and S&S

Dockers Men's Packable Bomber Jacket

Keeping Pets Safe for the Holidays

Thanks to Bil-Jac for the fabulous tips on keeping your furry friends safe this holiday season!

How to Keep Your Dog Safe During the Holidays
- By Your Friends at Bil-Jac Dog Food

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle, decorating, and parties, it’s important to be sure we are keeping our pets safe through it all. Here are ten tips to consider to help keep your best friend safe during this special time of year:
1.   Human Food is For Humans: If you don’t normally feed your dog table scraps, don’t start now. Many of the foods we eat around the holidays are high in fat, salt and sugar and can upset your dog’s stomach. Always keep your dog away from the following foods:
    Chocolate – Theobromine, a component of chocolate, is toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases, death.
    Onions – Too much onion, no matter what kind, can cause anemia in dogs.
    Grapes & Raisins – Too many grapes or raisins may negatively affect your dogs' kidneys.
    Cooked Bones – Turkey and ham bones may be sharp and could pose a choking hazard to your best friend.
2.   Light the Tree with Caution: Keep electrical cords tucked away and ornaments out of paw’s reach. If your pup gets curious and decides to chew on a wire, she could get shocked and even electrocuted. Ornaments, as we all know, tend to easily break very easily and can cut a pet's mouth or paws. If you are going out, consider unplugging lights or putting your dog in another room away from the temptation of cords and shiny decorations.
3.   Go for the Faux: If your dog is more curious than most, you may want to use an artificial tree rather than a real one. Tree water may contain fertilizers. If your dogs drink it, they could experience nausea and diarrhea.
4.   Plant It Up High: Certain holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly and poinsettias can cause vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems if ingested. Make sure all of these plants are up high or opt for artificial versions.
5.   Stuff Wisely: We stuff our pet's stocking just like any other member of the family. Choose safe gifts such as dog-safe toys and treats they love to eat.
6.   No Escaping: If you’re hosting a holiday party, consider keeping your dogs away from the front door when guests are coming and going. Especially if your dogs have the tendency to run out the door the first chance they get. Always make sure they're wearing their collar and dog tag just in case they do escape.
7.  Give Them Peace and Quiet: Some dogs enjoy visitors, but others may get nervous and scared around new people. Set up a quiet, safe room with fresh water and a place to relax away from your guests.
8.   Leave The Drinking to The Adults: If your guests are drinking alcohol, remind them to watch where they put their drinks, especially if your dog is curious. Just a few slurps of red wine can make your dog disoriented and potentially ill.
9.   Don’t Be Gone Too Long: If you're like most of us, you attend holiday festivities throughout December. From company holiday parties, to get-togethers with friends and family, there could be times when your best friends are left alone a little longer than normal. A change in schedule like this may cause stress and nervousness. If possible, plan ahead for these types of events. If you have to go straight to a company holiday party after work, for example, see if a friend or neighbor would care for your dog during that time.
10.   Ring in the New Year Responsibly: Noise makers can be very scary to pets and could cause damage to sensitive ears. Remember dogs hear at much different frequencies than humans and high pitched sounds can be uncomfortable and painful for your best friend. Skip the noisemakers and instead enjoy bringing in the New Year with your best friend by your side!
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1SaleaDay.com for your Holiday Needs!

Are you looking for fabulous holiday gifts for reduced prices? As a mom of three children, I am always looking to save, save, save and we were thrilled to receive this super nice laptop to review this HP Sleekbook from 1SaleaDay.com!

The Factory Refurbished HP Pavilion 15.6" Sleekbook w/ Windows 8, Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, & Webcam provides everything you need for work and play in a laptop. 

The Dolby sound in the laptop means you get great sound quality every time! My husband wanted a system to play movies on and watch television, so we knew this was a perfect fit for him. 
The full sized keyboard allows you to work on business related activities with speed.

1SaleaDay.com has a ton of fabulous deals on laptops and more! Check them all at at:


MamaBreak received a laptop to review here on the website. We did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, our experiences and opinions are our own.


Gifts that Give Back: St. Jude's for Holiday Gifts!

We love giving back at MamaBreak, and it is so easy to do so this holiday season! St. Jude's sent us some fabulous gifts to review this holiday season, which are available in their holiday store!

What a unique gift their hand-painted ornaments make!We love how each one is unique. They are colorful and would make a perfect gift this holiday season.

We are also loving these cake pops! They are red velvet! What a treat for anyone this holiday season! We think they would especially make a great gift for teachers!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

MamaBreak receive items to review here on the site. We did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, our experiences and opinions are our own.

Day 6 and 7 Holiday Extravaganza

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Mod Cloth has 50% off!!!!! And Express Shipping!!!!

Procrastinators unite! If you haven't got a little something for everyone on your list yet, don't panic, ModCloth is coming to your rescue.


Starting Friday Dec 20th, they have 100's of items 50% off! And all you have to do is spend $100+ for free EXPRESS shipping and you will receive your package in time for the holidays. In case you were wondering what's on my wish list here are some hints: Diagonal Alley Coat in Red from ModCloth (to keep me warm), Turn of the Sensory Skirt from ModCloth, and Budding Elegance Earrings from ModCloth ('cos a girls gotta have some bling!). Hurry, shop now and save!

TWLOHA for the Holidays!

Are you looking to give back this holiday season? One of OUR favorite non-profit agencies has a fabulous gift shop, and we were able to review just one of their amazing products!

We love this t-shirt! It is perfect for the youth in your life. We love the bicycle on the front, and it super comfortable!

The teal color is really great, and the message that we all need people in our lives is a perfect message for the holidays. 

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, they have donated over $1,000,000 directly into treatment and recovery and have answered over 170,000 emails from over 100 countries.
Find them at: http://twloha.com/

The day Collage.com Blocked me from their Facebook Wall

UPDATE: After an extended conversation with Living Social (the place my voucher originated), Collage.com finally provided me with a tracking number. My package SHOULD be here on Monday. It will be a full 10 days later than when was originally promised, but at least it is actually going to arrive. Will I place an order with Collage.com? Never. 

Mamas-- it is the holiday season. This means I do expect that sometimes things do not go as planned. Sometimes packages arrive a little late, and sometimes they are not what was expected. On November 30th, I placed an order through Living Social with Collage.com. I redeemed my voucher that night because it said it would take 1 week to print and 1 week to deliver. I wanted to make sure it arrived in time! I spent over an hour carefully considering what I would put on my gift, and placed my order. My order receipt clearly says it will arrive on the 13th.

Thanks for placing your order! Your collage(s) should arrive on or before December 13, 2013. You will receive an email when your order ships. 

On the 13th (the day my collage was supposed to arrive), I received an email that my order would arrive by Christmas!!!???!!!

There has been a delay printing your order due to an unexpected issue at one of our production facilities, but your blanket will arrive by Christmas. You will receive another notification as soon as it ships (within the next few days).

So, on the day it is supposed to ARRIVE they sent my an email saying it would arrive weeks later. But I am a patient person, and I was going to get an update in a few days-- right???? On the 20th (today) I received another email (so much for the 13th, so much for a few days). 

Your order was shipped on 12/17/2013. The estimated delivery date is 12/23/2013. There has been a back-up in our tracking information system, so your tracking number is not yet available. You will receive another e-mail as soon as we have your tracking number. 

How convenient that they cannot provide a tracking number. I get both Fed Ex and UPS delivery notifications, and nothing has come through either of them. The ESTIMATED delivery date is the 23rd, which means it could arrive . . . well at any time, and will most likely NOT arrive before Christmas. I sent another email asking how it was shipped . . . but like all other emails, it received a canned response that orders are backed up and when it has shipped I would receive an email with tracking. 

All blanket orders that have started printing will arrive by Christmas. You can check on your order status at http://www.collage.com/orderinfo. You will receive an e-mail with a tracking number as soon as it ships. We do not have any further shipping information at this time, and delivery cannot be changed or expedited once production has begun.  

Mamas-- DO NOT order from this company! Not only have they not answered my email inquires directly, but their phone brings you straight to a voice mail that asks you to email (because THAT is working so well), AND THEY HAVE BLOCKED ME FROM FACEBOOK. What did I say on Facebook that was so awful? I simply stated that I placed my order on the 30th, was promised a 13th delivery date, and have still not received tracking. If they are blocking me from Facebook, I am certain that almost anyone who has posted anything about their orders have been blocked as well. BUYER BEWARE!!!!!! Do NOT order from this company that has questionable business practices!!!! 

Nuby No Spill Grip n Sip cups!

As a Nuby blogger, we recieve free Nuby products to review. All opinions are our own.

We love the Nuby No Spill Grip n Sip cups! They are clear so we can see how much liquid is left, the top is soft for my baby who is transitioning and they have cute handles for little hands to clutch!

The great thing about Nuby products we've found is that the colors are CUTE for boys and girls. Many products don't have such bold, beautiful colors. We love that it's easy to spot the bright colors (perfect for my boys!) and easy to clean too!

Holiday Extravaganza Day 5!!!

This is a FLASH giveaway, meaning each giveaway will only last 24 hours. You will be able to choose 1 item from our Pinterest board set up HERE. As always, you must respond within 48 hours!!! Enter below and HAVE FUN!!! A new Rafflecopter EACH DAY!!!

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Holiday Extravaganza Day 4!!!

This is a FLASH giveaway, meaning each giveaway will only last 24 hours. You will be able to choose 1 item from our Pinterest board set up HERE. As always, you must respond within 48 hours!!! Enter below and HAVE FUN!!! A new Rafflecopter EACH DAY!!!

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Van's Gluten-free Waffles Review

Are you looking for a delicious waffle that is also gluten-free? We love waffles, so I was happy to receive Van's Waffles for review.

The waffles were delicious! They were really filling and the taste was incredible.

I am extremely picky about texture of my food, and the Van's Waffles were even better than the regular brand we buy! With natural ingredient and whole grains, they were both delicious AND nutritious!

You can check out Van's full line of Healthy Foods at: http://www.vansfoods.com/

MamaBreak received item(s) to review here on the website. We did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, our opinions and experiences are our own. 

Holiday Extravaganza Day 3

This is a FLASH giveaway, meaning each giveaway will only last 24 hours. You will be able to choose 1 item from our Pinterest board set up HERE. As always, you must respond within 48 hours!!! Enter below and HAVE FUN!!! A new Rafflecopter EACH DAY!!!

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New Samples Site!

We love free samples, and have a new website for you Mamas!
PinchMe is the newest sample site to join many others, and we are loving it! They will send you an email when the samples are updated, but the go FAST!!! (We will try to give everyone a heads up on the MamaBreak facebook page!)
You just need to complete a brief survey for each sample you receive!
Sign up at: http://www.pinchme.com

ModCloth's Revel in Rewards Sale Starts Today!

The ModCloth Revel in Rewards Sale begins today and there are THREE fabulous ways to save while you shop and treat yourself!

1. Enjoy FREE US shipping on orders $50+
2. Spend $100+ for free EXPRESS shipping
3. Spend $125+ & get $25 back to spend on yourself in January!

Check out all of ModCloth's adorable dresses, fun graphic tees, shoes, cardigans and even apartment and home accessories. And, don't forget to check out the ModCloth Gift Guide, you can shop for Him, for Her and there is a even a fun selection of gifts under $20, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Holiday Extravaganza Day 2

This is a FLASH giveaway, meaning each giveaway will only last 24 hours. You will be able to choose 1 item from our Pinterest board set up HERE. As always, you must respond within 48 hours!!! Enter below and HAVE FUN!!! A new rafflecopter EACH DAY!!!

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VitaMints: An Easier Way to Take Your Vitamins

If you are like me, you probably forget to take your vitamins on a . . . well, DAILY basis. I have them sitting out even, and I always forget to take them, even though I know I should!
I was excited to try the newest breakthrough in vitamins for review, VitaMints!

Imagine taking a vitamin that also serves a function for something you probably DO take every day-- a mint! I chew on a mint after almost every meal, and I love this new idea. There are many choices with different benefits.
Benefits & Uses
Active Ingredients
Defense against colds*
Vitamints Immune may help serve as a defense against colds by:
·         Maintaining a healthy immune system
·         Tackling cold symptoms
Active ingredients may play a role in*:
·         Vitamin C: maintaining a healthy immune system, acting as an antioxidant and assisting in wound healing
·         Zinc: shortening colds and supporting a healthy immune system helps
Sustain your Get up and Go*
Vitamints Energy may help:
·         Aid energy production
·         Speed post-exercise recovery
Active ingredients may play a role in*:
·         Co-Enzyme Q10: assisting the body’s energy production mechanisms
·         B Vitamins: stimulating energy production and assisting proper metabolism
·         Vitamin C: providing antioxidants to help hasten recovery after exercise
For concentration & memory*
Vitamints Focus may help:
·         Maintain normal mental function when fatigued or low in energy
·         Support cognitive functions, such as memory and concentration
Active ingredients may play a role in*:
·         Siberian Ginseng: supporting cognitive functions and maintaining normal mental performance**
·         B Vitamins: regulating mental processes
·         Vitamin C: maintaining mental health
·         Folic Acid: protecting against depressed mood
De-stress your day*
Vitamints Calm may help:
·         Improve mood
·         Support the body’s stress-coping mechanisms
Active ingredients may play a role in*:
·         Siberian Ginseng: helping the body adapt to challenges, support cognitive functions and maintain normal mental processes
·         B Vitamins: regulating mental processes and, possibly, mood
Multi for Women:
Feel better everyday*
Vitamints Multi for Women may help:
  • Relieve symptoms of tiredness and stress
  • Enhance vitality and wellbeing
  • Support cardiovascular health
·         Maintain a healthy immune system
Active ingredients may play a role in*:
·         B Vitamins: stimulating energy production, assisting proper metabolism, and supporting the immune system
·         Vitamin C: acting as an antioxidant and helping maintain a healthy immune system
·         Vitamin D3: assisting normal calcium absorption to improve bone strength
·         Vitamin K1: improving bone strength
·         Chromium: helping the body maintain normal blood sugar levels and break down protein and fat
·         Folic Acid: helping protect against heart disease
·         Selenium: providing antioxidants to help protect against diseases

I placed the VitaMints in my purse, and never forgot to take them! They were so simple, convenient, AND tasty! No horse pills to swallow AND my breath was fresher! There are many varieties, as seen above, but my favorite was the multi-vitamin!

Think about putting VitaMints in gifts this year to make your loved ones healthier AND have better breath (a win/win!). AND at about $4.99 each, they are super affordable! They can be found at many stores, including your local Walgreen's.

You can check out VitaMints at: http://www.vitamints.com/

Duraflame Sweepstakes!

Duraflame Sweeps

Loving this new Sweeps!!!!!  Click HERE to enter!

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Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza

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Activition Family Game Summit Review

We were so fortunate this year to be a part of the Activision Family Game Summit! We received several games for review!

First, we have Skylanders SWAP Force - Xbox 360 . In case you missed it, this is THE game this holiday season. It is all my two oldest children talk about, to they were THRILLED when it arrived. They had a blast playing with all of the characters, and we have purchased many more to go with the game! It is a very interactive game, and I would encourage you to purchase additional characters for the game!

We also were able to play the SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge - Nintendo Wii U! This has been a game the entire family has enjoyed. Even my 3 year old can easily play! It incorporated the game pad well, and is good for all ages.

If you like the original Wipeout, you are going to love Wipeout: Create & Crash. You get to create your own obstacle courses and everyone had a blast playing. This is definitely a family focused game, and you have company, this is one everyone will have fun playing!

Finally, we received Transformers Ultimate Autobots Edition - Nintendo DS. This actually comes with TWO games, which my son really loved. He is really into playing DS right now, and at the age of 8, these games were PERFECT! The graphics are really great on the game and it entertained him for over an hour!

Check out all of the fantastic things Activision is doing at: http://www.activision.com/

MamaBreak received games to review. We did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, our experiences and opinions are our own.