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3:30 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

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Skin MD Natural

3:14 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

Since becoming a Mommy I have had more trouble than ever with dry skin on my hands, feet and knees so I am always on the lookout for an effective everyday skin lotion. When we received an offer to test out the new Skin MD Natural™Lotion, I was really happy to give it a shot. Skin MD Natural™ Lotion is like healing water that quenched my moisture-thirsty skin! The excessive skin dryness in my hands, feet and knees is now so much better. Skin MD Natural™ Lotion has a light, natural scent.

Skin MD Natural™ Lotion is not your typical conventional moisturizing lotion- it is a "shielding" lotion made with natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Arnica, Comfrey, and Yarrow. Using the latest advances in dry skin care technology to hydrate and protect the skin, Skin MD Natural™ Lotion keeps moisture-robbing irritants away from the skin while the proprietary "super" humectants hydrate the skin throughout the day.

Leading doctors who specialize in skin care and skin treatment even recommend Skin MD Natural Lotion for treating common and more serious skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Dr. Lisa Benest, a board certified dermatologist of Burbank, CA stated, "The secret to resolving dry skin is not only having enough moisture, but also having that moisture located where it can actually resolve a dry skin condition. The use of artificial moisturizers (conventional lotions) only mask dry skin symptoms, which can result in more dry skin, while a shielding lotion protects your skin, allowing your own natural moisture to heal the skin".

Order a bottle of the Skin MD Natural™Lotion now, $18 at http://www.skinmdnatural.com/

Guitar Hero On Tour - Nintendo DS

1:45 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit


Through Mom Central, I got to try out Guitar Hero: On Tour, Modern Hits for the Nintendo DS. I have always wondered how Guitar Hero would be possible to play on a DS, without a guitar. You basically attach an extension to the DS, strap it onto your hand, and bush the buttons just like on the GH Guitar.


Here is what the company, Activision PublishingInc./RedOctane, says about the product:


Handheld guitar gods can now choose how they raise-up their band from the underground music scene to worldwide rock stardom in Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits. Featuring a set list comprised of 28 master tracks from influential artists including Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, The Strokes and Weezer, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits expands on the innovative Guitar Hero® gameplay on the Nintendo DS by introducing an all-new Fan Request system that challenges players to jam like never before. Fret board fanatics can once again unleash their inner rock stars anytime, anywhere as they hone their shredding skills and jam to face-melting modern rock tracks from the last five years in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits.
KEY FEATURES:
* Rock out to today’s hottest tracks – Shred along to 28 master tracks, all modern rock hits from some of the hottest bands including Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Tenacious D, Weezer, The Strokes and more. Players will tour through five all-new venues that are as extreme as the tunes played in them.
* Choose your path to stardom – For the first time ever, players can choose how they take their band from the underground music scene to worldwide rock stardom with the exciting non-linear gameplay progression in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits.
* Do it for the fans – Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits delivers an all-new gameplay experience with Fan Requests. By completing Fan Requests players build their fan base and open up new challenges to rock-out like never before including jamming to an entire song in Hyperspeed, battling it out in a Guitar Duel with active Bomb Notes or whammying every single hold note in a song.
* Rock out anytime, anywhere – Fans can take the Guitar Hero experience wherever they go with Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits. The Guitar Hero™ Guitar Grip™ mimics a guitar fret board and fits seamlessly in people’s hands to deliver the same core gameplay that defines Guitar Hero.
* The party never stops – Song streaming features allow players of Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and its predecessors, Guitar Hero: On Tour and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades, to share songs via local wireless connectivity. Players can rock out together in multiplayer modes, jamming to tracks from all three versions of the game.

Caramel Ice Cream Bars

8:33 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit



½ cup flour
1 cup oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped nuts
1 cup melted butter


Combine ingredients well and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes @ 350 degrees.
Cool and crumble ½ of mixture in 9x13 dish.


1 Jar Kraft Caramel Sauce
2 quarts Vanilla Ice Cream


Take jar of caramel and drizzle over mixture. Spread 2 quarts of softened vanilla ice cream over caramel and put the remaining crumble mix on top. Freeze well. Cut into squares to serve.

Peanut Blossoms

8:31 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit


Quick, yummy and beautiful.


1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar -- cream these all together


Add 1 egg and 2 T milk and 1 tsp. Vanilla --- cream again


1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 salt


Shape into balls and roll in a bowl of white sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes and remove from the oven and place the chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie, pressing gently down. Return to oven for 2-5 more minutes.


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Summer Tips from Mom Central

8:02 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit


Mom Central got together with the MommyDocs and came up with a list of Five Tips for Summer Staycations to keep your family safe and your house cleaner during the summer months this year.

Staying Safe at BBQs.
According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don't forget to check that your child's hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean.
If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don't forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated.
Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours. Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds.
Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts. As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills.
Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don't have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink. Don't forget to rinse and dry when done. A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Bella Sara

2:56 PM Posted by Bits from a Brit

About Bella Sara:

Welcome to the wonderful world of Bella Sara, a trading card game that's complemented by the magical online land of North of North -- home to the beautiful horses pictured on Bella Sara trading cards. Bella Sara has captured the hearts of young girls across the country, offering positive, inspirational messages and selling more than 83 million cards to date. This June, Bella Sara is expanding its line of trading cards for girls with Royalty, the ninth series in the popular brand. For the first time ever, Sara, herself, is introduced and the series feature even more horses and more fun than ever before -- all with just one code!


Team Mom sent me two packs of Bella Sara Royalty cards to review - they are so cute. These trading cards are geared towards little girls ages 5 and up, I think little girls are going to love Bella Sara.


Each pack of Royalty cards include 5 cards, 1 ticket card, 1 tattoo card, and 1 sticker card. Each card has a beautiful picture of a horse along with some information about the character. There is also a ticket card with a code which allows to to get horses, horseshoes and more at bellasara.com. And the tattoo and stickers cards are just adorable too!