Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide & Giveaways - Magimix Colored Vision Toaster - Review and Giveaway ends on 12/12/2012...

Gift idea and Give-a-way #14 is sponsored by Magimix with their Colored Vision Toaster Give-a-way!!

Magimix is a French company that was born over 40 years ago in Burgundy.  Their products consist of small appliances that will help easily prepare daily dishes.  Some of the greatest restaurants in the world also use Magimix products in their professional version's.

We were so excited when Magimix recently sent us one of their Colored Vision Toaster's to review. (Toaster is available for purchase at William and Sonoma HERE!)

We received the Colored Vision Toaster in black (also available in Cream, Red and Polished/Brushed) and couldn't be more excited to tell you about it.

This toaster is awesome.  I would have never thought that I would say that about a toaster, but honestly it's modern, hi-tech and as my husband says it makes the "perfect toast".

It's the world's first see-through toaster.  Yes you can visually see your toast toasting so that you can ensure it's just the way you like it, every time!

It has easy 1 button control's (toast, defrost, bagel and reheat) life-long quartz elements for consistent browning with setting's 1-8 and double insulated glass windows.   

  - Review -

My family LOVES this new toasterIt's a bit pricy at $199.95 but well worth it for many reasons in our opinion.
We love the look of this toaster.  It's not a cheap plastic toaster that you are embarassed to leave out.  No, this is so modern and streamlined and matches our other appliances perfectly --you will want to keep it out all of the time.

With being able to keep it out now, we have made toast almost daily.  The boys not only love having toast for breakfast, but they think it's so cool to be able to watch it brown.

We have made toast, waffles and bagels in it and they have all been to perfection. It's simple to use and easy to clean with a pull out crumb tray.  

We would recommend this to any of you and what a neat, practical Christmas gift this would make this year!!


To view all of the Magimix products available, please visit:


or visit William and Sonoma to purchase the Colored Vision Toaster HERE!


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One lucky reader is going to win their very own Magimix Colored Vision Toaster valued at $199.95!!  

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 Disclaimer:  Magimix provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review and giveaway.  However, our opinions of the product(s) are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or their products!        

Keep Your Kids Safe Online!!

 Do your kids get online?  Do they stay connected with their friends through social network's? 

Just last night I was reading through my Facebook feed and another parent posted that her young daughter was getting inappropriate messages from someone claiming to be from our town and other parent's said that the same "person" was writing to their children too.  She took screen shots and sent them to our local police department and reported this to Facebook.

 She has no idea who the person really is because the page was obviously made up by someone sending these messages.  She is worried that this person could be from our town and attack her daughter in real life, how scary. 

Do you monitor your kids online?  It's really something every parent should do!

I received this Internet Safety Sheet today with tips for kids and teens who get online and I hope you will read through the information and share it with your children as it does contain many useful tips and facts to keep them safe.

Illustration source: Lexero Internet Law Firm
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All information has been provided to me to share with you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide & Giveaways - Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Stereo Headset - Review and Giveaway ends on 12/11/2012...


Gift idea and give-a-way #13 is sponsored by Jabra   ...

Jabra is one of the world's leading and fastest growing suppliers of hands-free and corded communication solutions.
Jabra recently sent me of their Jabra CLIPPER Bluetooth Stereo Headset's to review.

The Jabra CLIPPER is a Bluetooth stereo headset that offers wireless freedom and simultaneous pairing with up to 2 devices.

It can be easily attached to bags, clothing, and belts to combine style and function with easy-to-use controls.  It features noise-cancelling ear buds that blackout external sounds so you can hear your favorite songs clearly and take calls without being disturbed by surrounding noises. It's compatible with any device that has Bluetooth technology.

Additional Features Include:
  • Great Wireless Stereo Sounds
  • Automatically switch between music and calls
  • Compatible with most headphones (3.5 mm jack)
  • Simple Remote Control --play, pause, stop, skip track
  • Incoming Caller Alerts
  • Advanced Mobile Away Alert (within 32 feet)
  • Up to 6 Hours Talk Time and Up To 8 Days Standby Time


   You will love that it is available in so many trendy colors --Black, White, Pink, Turquoise and Tangerine.


I absolutely LOVE my new Tangerine Jabra CLIPPER.  I love that it is so lightweight and so tiny.  I am able to clip it onto my jacket with the headphones in and go.  No need to have any cords hooked up to my iPhone which is so nice! 

I love being able to switch between calls and music so easily. The sound quality is great and I love the modern look of it too. 

Another thing that I like is how easy it is to charge.  You simply unplug your headphones and plug the AC Charger into the little clip.

The Jabra CLIPPER would make a wonderful gift this Christmas!  I love using it and my husband and children do too



To learn more about Jabra and all of the hand-free and corded communication solutions they have to offer please visit:


One lucky reader is going to win a pair of Jabra CLIPPER Headphones in the color Pink valued at $64!!


 Disclaimer:  Jabra provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary product sample to conduct this reader review and giveaway.  However, our opinions of the product(s) are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or their products!        

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Decorate it forward with Kmart ...

Decorate it forward with Kmart!

Holiday decorating begins for different people at different times - the day after Thanksgiving, December 1st, even December 24th for some last-minute decorators! No matter when you start decorating for the holidays, it's never too early to be prepared. 

We recently had the opportunity to check out Kmart's large selection of holiday decor and accessories and we were plesently surprised at what they had to offer.  

I fell in love with these Sandra by Sandra Lee Goblets.  If you can believe it they are plastic which is great for a house with kids (ours!!) but at the same time they look so fancy.  I can't wait to decorate the table for Christmas and have these sitting around.  

Whether you are looking for a fun wreath, the perfect tree or brightly colored ornaments, you can find it all at Kmart this year!

You can also help make the season brighter for children with life-threatening illnesses by purchasing this "Trim a Home 3.25" St. Jude Holiday Bear Ornament 2012" that retails for only $5...

For every holiday bear ornament purchased between November 1st and December 25th, $1 goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 To check out all of Kmart's Christmas Decor and Accessories please visit a Kmart store near you or shop online at:


You can also enter the Decorate it Forward Sweeps!  

One lucky winner and a guest will be flown to NYC or LA to go on a shopping spree with Sandra Lee or Jaclyn Smith --It's a trip of a lifetime!


 Disclaimer:  Smiley360 provided The Jackson Five Family Blog with a complimentary gift card to conduct this reader review.  However, our opinions of the product(s) are entirely our own and we have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the company or their products! 

Nutrisystem Week 12 Jenna / Week 8 Craig

Jenna's Nutrisystem Journey Week 12
Wow it's been 3 whole months since I started on the Nutrisystem Success plan!  I am so excited to tell you about some of the new foods they sent this month. 
First breakfast --who knew you could eat such great things on this program.  I am loving the Cinnamon Roll they sent.  It's a diet friendly ooey-gooey cinnamon roll! You'll never feel like you are missing out with this piping hot pastry swirled with cinnamon and topped with a thick cream cheese frosting.  

Then for lunch I really love their Margherita Pizza --the whole grain crust is generously topped with a combination of creamy ricotta cheese and herb mozzerella cheese, a zesty marinara sauce, basil and fire-roasted tomatoes.

For Dinner I love the Nutrisystem Chef's Table Entrees --You are able to enjoy gourmet, fresh-frozen dinners created by the award winning celebrity chef's on the Nutrisystem Culinary Council.  These new meals feature an innovative steaming technique that seals in nutrients and savory flavor for a delicious upscale dining experience. 

Last, but not least the best indulgence that I have had on this plan so far is the new Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. It is so good!  This pie tastes as sinful as it sounds with its sweet, cream cheese filled center bursting from between two magnificently moist layers of red velvet cake, YUM!!

Here are my current stat's --

1st Week - Starting Weight 131.4
2nd Week - 127.8
3rd Week - 125.8
4th Week - 123.8
5th Week 125.2
6th Week 124 
7th Week 122.8 
8th Week 122.1 
9th Week 122.1 
10th Week 121.8
11th Week 121.7

I am so excited about my progress and can't wait to share next week's journey with you guys!  Thanks again for following me :-)


Craig's Nutrisystem Journey Week 8
Thanksgiving is almost here already and I might struggle with this holiday.  My parent's make the best food.  Nutrisystem recently sent us a list of things to help us stay on track so I thought I would share them with you this week...

1. Have a plan.  Think things through before you get to the actual holiday meals and parties. Maybe your strategy is to take tiny portions of different dishes; that’s okay. If you’re cooking, you might want to have your bottle of water with you in the kitchen, so you’re less tempted to snack. Do what you can to stay away from the appetizer table. Plan to avoid anything that’s not homemade. The point is that if you go in with a plan, you’ll be less likely to get caught off-guard.
  • - Utilize “The Low GI Cookbook – Nutrisystem Edition,” for cooking up some delicious holiday meals such as the Roasted Pumpkin and Mushroom Lasagna or Pork With Honey Glazed Apples, while staying on track and not depriving yourself of the holiday festivities. The cookbook is available for purchase over the phone or on 

2. Stay on track. Holidays are not the time to skip meals in an attempt to “bank” calories. That’s a strategy that can backfire miserably. Instead, eat everything on your meal plan leading up to the holiday event, and make sure you’re drinking all your water. You’ll be less likely to overindulge at the big event.

3. Set a goal. There’s something about holidays that makes people forget what they do the rest of the year. Do you already have weight loss goals set up for November, December and January? If not you can start today. Once you’ve set a short-term goal, decide on a way to reward yourself once the goal has been reached.

4. Drink smart. Face it, overindulging during holiday events—whether it’s an office party, a family gathering or a neighborhood open house—can add a lot of extra calories to your day. In addition, when you’ve had too much to drink, it tends to weaken your previous resolve and derail any strategies and plans you might have had. Besides, you don’t want to end up as that karaoke-singing family member or neighbor everyone will be talking about for the next month. 

5. Trim the calories.  This tip is especially useful if you happen to be the primary cook for an event. In baked items, replace the fat with an equal amount of applesauce and the sugar with a sugar substitute; substitute a quarter cup of egg substitute for every egg called for in the recipe; replace butter with low fat margarine; replace whole milk with 1% milk and sour cream with yogurt; reduce the amount of nuts called for by half. And don’t forget both veggies and salad.

6. Enlist support. Trying to maintain your Nutrisystem program can be hard at the holidays, but there’s no reason you have to go it alone. Ask for your family’s understanding or even their help, so nobody’s trying to foist “seconds” on you. Nutrisystem counselors can help you strategize, based on your individual circumstances. Or you can go to the Nutrisystem Discussion Boards, where you’ll find people who definitely understand what you’re trying to do. Discuss your concerns; share tips of your own, or join one of the many weight loss challenges. Some of them are specifically geared to the holidays. Introduce yourself well before the event, so you have that support already in place. 

7. Keep moving. Instead of just sitting around after dinner, suggest a family walk, or organize a touch-football game. Most people will be grateful for the chance to move around, and it can keep you on-track with your exercise plan.

8. Quality not Quantity. If you do plan to indulge in some of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, use these portions as a guideline:
  • Turkey—3 oz. white meat, no skin (about the size of a deck of cards)
  • Mashed potatoes—1/3 cup (about the size of half of a baseball)
  • Gravy—1 Tbsp. (just drizzle it)
  • Relish made with sugar—1 Tbsp.
  • Stuffing—2 Tbsp.
  • Dinner Roll—if not homemade, skip it
  • Pie—1/12 of a 9” pie

 9. Eat Before You Go. Whether you are hosting or just attending a holiday function, be sure to eat your Nutrisystem entrĂ©e before the festivities begin — that way you won’t be tempted to overeat during the meal and will be able to stay on track.

10. Embrace the holiday spirit.  This last tip may just be the most important: You can get so caught up in all the planning and hoopla that you lose the whole meaning of the holiday season—coming together with friends and loved ones. It’s the time that’s really valuable, not the food and drink.

Here are my current results...

Starting Weight - 226

1st Week - 220
2nd Week -220 
3rd Week - 218
4th Week - 216.5
5th Week - 215
6th Week -215
7th Week -213
8th Week 212.5

If you want to join us on this journey in losing weight and getting healthy on Nutrisystem, you can join today by calling


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