Saturday, June 30, 2012

Joovy BicycooBMX Balance Bike Review

Joovy BicycooBMX Balance Bike Review

Now that Wiggle is three (and a half, never forget the half!), she has decided that she is too much of a "big girl" to ride on a trike.  She wanted a big girl bike.  After reading all sorts of articles on the benefits of balance bikes over bikes with training wheels, I started my search for the perfect balance bike for her and it lead me to the Joovy BicycooBMX balance bike.

 I was looking for one that had brakes, my little girl is a dare devil and I need every advantage I can get to slow her down a little.  I also needed one that is light weight and durable (she might be slender but she is tough on toys)and I wanted rubber tires not formed plastic.  The Joovy BicycooBMX had all these features and more.

Joovy BicycooBMX Balance Bike
(description provided from Joovy site)
The Joovy BicycooBMX is a durable, well designed balance bike for kids 3 years and above. The frame is made of aluminum so it is strong and lightweight just like high-end bikes. The lightweight frame makes controlling the bike much easier for kids, unlike the heavy wooden and steel versions. The tires are pneumatic (air) and refillable. Many balance bikes on the market use EVA plastic tires which are cheaper and wear out much quicker than these rubber tires used on the Joovy BicycooBMX. The suspension qualities of pneumatic tires give kids a much smoother ride. There is also a hand brake for the rear tire.

When you combine the high quality of the BicycooBMX with Joovy's great customer service, you can't go wrong with this bike. You'll love the look on your kids face when they finally figure out how to balance and ride with no feet touching the ground! The seat is adjustable for a perfect fit for your child.

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
The Joovy BicycooBMX balance bike was everything that I was looking for and more.  After checking out many balance bike options both online and at brick and mortar stores.  Some were heavy and some were made of wood. Some had plastic tires and some had no brakes.  None of them had all the features that I wanted or felt would be best for my daughter, until I found the BicycooBMX. The Joovy BicycooBMX was lightweight (only 7.25lbs) making it easy for my daughter to maneuver it around.  It has rubber tires like a real bike and they can be refilled with air whenever they are low (unlike formed plastic tires that wear out and have to be replaced). 

It was super easy to assemble, even for me and I can be assembly challenged, taking me only about 5 minutes. My only mistake in picking the BicycooBMX balance bike was that I thought she would love the pink one but her first comment was maybe next time I can can get a blue one.  Silly me, I forgot her favorite color was blue now and not pink.

Having an adjustable seat was important for us because she is tall for her age.  With her being tall, we found that stationary seats were not a good fit for her, the adjustable seat will allow proper fit and it will grow with her. 

The handbrake was also a must for me.  Most balance bikes rely on foot pedal stopping power, the BicycooBMX has a hand brake that is just like those of a full size bike.  It is also a shoe saver!

Over all we love the Joovy BicycooBMX balance bike, it was exactly what we were looking for in a beginner bike (even if it is pink and not blue!) Who knows, next week her favorite color will be green!

Where to Buy
The Joovy BicycooBMX can be purchased at the Joovy online store

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.** 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Win This Bag Week #1: sponsored by HipSwap

Welcome to Week #1 of
Win This Bag
sponsored by HipSwap

“Win This Bag” is a 6-week event that will feature 6 weekly giveaways. There will be one designer handbag given away every week! Each bag will be an authentic, recognizable designer brand such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Coach, or Fendi. Our 6th week will feature a highly coveted designer handbag and you will have the option to claim bonus entries for each of the 5 weekly "Win This Bag" giveaways you entered leading up to this grand finale! So, enter each weekly giveaway to increase your odds of winning!

Here’s what really separates this event from any other handbag giveaway you may have seen before… some of these handbags will come to you directly from a celebrity’s closet! That’s right –

Thanks to HipSwap, you have the opportunity to win the exact bag that may have been on the arm of a famous celebrity!
About our Sponsor:
HipSwap is a mobile and web marketplace that connects buyers and sellers locally and nationally. It enables people to discover what's inside the most fabulous closets, homes, and shops in neighborhoods and cities across America. HipSwap currently offers delivery service in Los Angeles and New York with its iconic pink delivery van.
This week’s prize:

For all you Dancing with the Stars fans (Fendi fans, or anyone who loves gorgeous handbags!) you get the chance to win Karina's Fendi Spy Bag.  What could be better than that?

How to Enter:

1. Create a HipSwap account. You will be asked to enter your name, email and zip code. If you do not live in the United States, please enter your City and Country in the Zip Code field.

2. Once registered, you can earn additional entries by:
a. Pinning your favorite HipSwap bag on Pinterest
b. “Liking” HipSwap on Facebook
c. Following @HipSwap on Twitter
d. Tweet with the hashtag #winthisbag for daily bonus entries
e. Following the blogs who are bringing you this awesome giveaway

To be credited, all entries must be completed using the Rafflecopter form below. You can complete as many or as few entries as you’d like but remember, the more you do, the better your odds of winning! Plus, once you are following all of your hosts, entering each subsequent weekly Win This Bag Giveaway will be even faster & easier!
Good luck!

This giveaway is open to entrants worldwide 18 years of age or older, except where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and is Facebook-compliant. To qualify to win, you must complete, at minimum, the mandatory entry on the Rafflecopter form. All entries will be forwarded to our sponsor for the purpose of randomly selecting a winner. Winners will be notified by email from a HipSwap representative. Winners will have 72 hours to respond or risk forfeiting their prize. Prize may re-awarded solely by the Sponsor's discretion. Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We reserve the right to publicly publish winners' names and/or likeness. By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Blogger OPP: 8 Weeks of Handbags Giveaway!

Blogger OPP: 8 Weeks of Handbags Giveaway! 

(Purses depicted in photo are not images of purses being given away, they are recent additions to my personal collection)

This is a blogger sign up opportunity!

eight consecutive weekly giveaways of high-end designer bags. sponsored by hipswap

  • Sidetracked Mom will be hosting eight consecutive weekly giveaways.
  •  Each week will feature either a brand new high-end designer handbag or one that comes directly from a celebrity’s closet!
  • The new prize for each week will be a surprise but I can tell you the first week will be feature a Fendi handbag from the closet of a Dancing With The Stars Celebrity!
  • On the 8th week, we will have a grand finale of a prize with bonus entries for readers who have entered the previous giveaways in the 7 weeks leading up to this coveted bag giveaway
  •  This will be a fantastic opportunity to drive traffic to your site for 8 full weeks!
For more information you can find all the details here —> 8 Weeks of Giveaways


PEOPLE LIKE US: FreeTicket Giveaway

Portland, OR
Tuesday, June 26th

Disney uses an electronic ticketing website called SeeItFirst and uses specialized codes for people to download tickets to the advance screening.

For your free pass to the movie, log onto, enter in the code 388761, download and print your free tickets. Very easy and each ticket admits 2!

From DreamWorks Pictures comes “People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
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Opening Date:                  Friday, June 29th
Rating:                                 PG-13
Running Time:                  115 Minutes

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Char Crust® Dry-rub Seasoning

Father's Day Gift Guide 

Char Crust® Dry-rub Seasoning

Father's Day is right around the corner and in our house, that is the unofficial opening to the grilling season.  We are always looking for great ways to season and spicy up our BBQ.

Dad will love using Char Crust® dry-rub seasonings on the grill this summer. Char Crust® consists of premium herb blends, spices and other natural ingredients that, when simply rubbed onto the surface of uncooked meat or fish, or sprinkled over raw vegetables, forms a beautiful crust that “Seals In The Juices®” for restaurant quality BBQ.

Available in nine different and bold flavors, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Original Hickory Grilled
  • Roasted Garlic Peppercorn
  • All American BBQ
  • Ginger Teriyaki
  • Smoky Spicy Southwest
  • Amazin' Cajun
  • Sun-Dried Tomato & Garlic
  • Hickory Molasses
  • Roto Roast
 Char Crust® dry-rub seasonings can be used on any meat or fish, even vegetables.

About Char Crust®
Created in 1957 at our family’s legendary Chicago steakhouse. They have added new flavors over the years, but they still make their dry rubs themselves, in small batches with only the best herbs and spices.  Char Crust® dry rub is one of very few certified kosher rubs on the market. 

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
We tried a few different rubs and they all turned out great.  I am not the grill master in our house but I was even able to cook the chicken without it turning into being as dry as the Sahara.  It was amazing how the Char Crust® dry-rub seasonings sealed in the juices.  It was like an force field around my chicken protecting it from my lack of grilling skills!

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: Gym-Free and Ripped

Father's Day Gift Guide

Gym-Free and Ripped

Mom's aren't the only ones that find it difficult to keep in shape after having children.  Getting away to the gym is a luxury that dad's do not always have while juggling work and chasing around after their little ones.

Make it easy for Dad to stay ripped without spending time at the gym with Gym-Free and Ripped: Weight-Free Workouts that Build and Sculpt. The book includes cardio exercises for revving up his heart rate, easy-to-follow workouts that target all muscle groups, and recipes for energy-boosting snacks and meals.

Gym-Free and Ripped is an all around package.  It starts with preparing your mind and body for the change, moves on to teaching you to eat right, and then on to the professionally designed workouts for each individual part of the body. 

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
While I have not had a chance to read through the entire book, I have perused the various sections.  I like that the author demonstrates how to properly complete each move.  I have never been good at following a diet so the section on Eating right was a bit much for me but it did have some good pointers that I think will stick (even if I can't give up all my junk food).  I did like the sample recipes in the back.

Overall, I think the book is a great tool for busy parents everywhere.  The exercises and workouts can be customized to fit the time you have available and you do not waste time driving to the gym!

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**

Dorfman Pacific Wearable Sun Protection

Dorfman Pacific Summer Sun Hats



Summer is almost here! I am so excited and can not wait for the sun to arrive.  When I was younger, I was not too concerned with sun protection (Sunscreen was a four letter word in my house).  I spent countless hours in the sun with little to no sunscreen usage, I didn't cover up with SPF clothing and I didn't protect my scalp from sun damage with a hat.  I did wear sunglasses but mostly for fashion reasons.

Now that I am a responsible parent (to all my family members who are fake coughing and choking right now, ZIP IT!) I am very concerned with sun protection.  Sunscreen is a must for both my daughter and myself, we wear more protective clothing and have a collection of hats for head/face protection.

About Dorfman Pacific and the Scala Collezione Style LC 511 Hat
Dorfman Pacific has been expanding the sun protection portion of its line season after season. Their 2012 collection features many striking styles and colors and brims that range up to SEVEN INCHES! Solids, Stripes, Patterns in a choice of silhouettes and materials means that their is the perfect hat for every face and budget!
Style LC511 from the SCALA COLLEZIONE BRAND is a very popular styles because it is feminine, chic and functional which is as perfect as a sunhat can be! It features a 4 inch brim- and an external bow trim that actually is a functional sizing tie--so that the hat is truly one size fits all.

Another great benefit is its pack ability and recovery. It is light weight and bounces back into shape 1-2-3, therefore it can be easily stored in a beach bag or taken away on vacation.  This hat is also ideal to wear at home for a walk and other activities like gardening. The styling can be paired with casual wear, beach wear and looks glamorous with a sundress. It is one size fits all and comes in classic and pop color ways including  turquoise, lime, fuchsia, white, natural, tan and black.

This Ribbon Crusher style (also known as The Tres Jolie on the website) can be purchased at for the affordable price of $30. Amazing--to have all that quality, style and protection at that price! 

Over Thirty Mommy readers can get an exclusive 20% discount through Hartford York from 5/10/12 through 6/30/12 – making the hat only $24.  Use promo Code: SunHatSave20 (Not valid with other offers)

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
We have not had much sun yet but with a pending beach trip on the horizon, I already have my new hat in the packing pile.  I do have to keep chasing it down since my daughter keeps swiping is as hers and wearing it with her dress up clothes.  The hat fit comfortably and the wide brim is a great for full protection coverage for my face, ears and of course my scalp.  

 The Tres Jolie hat is lightweight and I love that it can be packed into a tiny space and will pop back into shape when unpacked.  Making it a perfect hat for traveling.

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**

Monday, June 11, 2012

75 years with 750,000 Carmex Fans Giveaway!

75 years with 750,000 Carmex Fans Giveaway!

 Carmex is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year.  As a way to thank their customers and fans for supporting them through nearly a century, Carmex is hosting a promotion on Facebook: 75 years with 750,000 Carmex Fans . The main objective is to reach 750,000 Carmex Fans to celebrate their monumental anniversary. Once Carmex unlocks certain fan milestones they plan on giving away great Carmex prizes as well as CASH.

They have not released the specific details of the exact prizes to be given away yet, but being that I’m part of the Carmex Blog Squad community I was given a hint (which I am sharing with you my loyal readers!). In the last giveaway when Carmex unlocked the first milestone of 250,000 fans they awarded the grand prize winner $2,500. The next milestone they hope to reach is 500,000 fans, so I can only guess the prize will be double or greater than the $2,500. The final fan milestone the company wants to unlock will be 750,000 fans. See where this might be going?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide: I Love Daddy Because

Father's Day Gift Guide

I Love Daddy Because
by Barb-A-Mel Books

This year my husband was going to be gone for a business trip over Father's Day so I wanted to do something a little special for him.  When I saw the Babr-A-Mel book I Love Daddy Because, I knew if would be perfect, I could fill it full of cute photos of the two of them together and sneak it into his suitcase for a cute Father's Day surprise.

About Barb-A-Mel Books
Born out of a desire to show her daughter how much her dad loved her even when he couldn't be there in person, Barb developed her first book I Love Daddy Because.  When she was unsuccessful in getting it published with large publishers, she formed her own publishing company Barbamel Books and published her first books "I Love Daddy Because…" and "I Love Mommy Because..."

In 2002, Barb-A-Mel Books experienced a huge set back when the publishing company they were using for distribution went under (taking all her profits with them), Barb took some time off to raise her children.

Over the next 5-6 years she continued to receive request after request for her two original books as well as the two follow up books "I Love Grandma Because…" and "I Love Grandpa Because...".  So Barb began her business again and took over the distribution herself (taking deliver of 20,000 books at her home!) and distributing to children's stores until a large children's company picked up her books and took over distribution.

As she heads into her eleventh year, she is working on "I Love My Brother Because..." and "I Love My Sister Because...".

Where to Purchase
Barbamel Books are available online and at children's stores worldwide - Click here for store locations

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
While I didn't get to see my husband open his gift, he did call and say that is was really special and that he really appreciated it.  This trip is the longest that he has been away from our daughter and it was made even longer by it being over Father's day.  In the 13 years that we have been married, I have only known him to have teared up once and that was when our daughter was delivered while she was perfectly healthy, things went down hill for me for a few hours. 

I knew that this gift was a huge hit the minute he told me that it made him tear up a little (no actual tears but that is OK).

**Disclaimer: I received free product in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Voluntary Recall Of Pasta Mix Products

Voluntary Recall Of Pasta Mix Products

Based on information received from Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, Bay Valley Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 74,000 cases of boxed pasta mix products manufactured by its subsidiary ST Specialty Foods, Inc.

The recalled products include a seasoning blend manufactured by Kerry Ingredients & Flavours. The seasoning blend was manufactured by Kerry using lactic acid which may potentially contain small metal fragments. The affected product is sold under the following brands and codes:

 Retailer Consumer Product Description Consumer Product UPC MFG Lot Code
ALDI  Reggano Linguine and Parmesan Pasta Entree  4149813345  77A04262
ALDI  Reggano Linguine and Parmesan Pasta Entree   4149813345  77A05242
ALDI  Reggano Pasta Salad Classic Italian  4149812863  77A05112
ALDI  Reggano Pasta Salad Classic Italian  4149812863  77A05232
ALDI  Reggano Pasta Salad Classic Italian  4149812863  77A05292
ALDI  Reggano Pasta Salad Classic Italian  4149812863  77A05302
ALDI  Reggano Pasta Skillet Classic Stroganoff  4149812433  77B05152
COBORNS  Food Club Pasta Salad Classics Ranch & Bacon 3680034311  77A05222
H-E-B  HEB Pasta Salad Ranch & Bacon  4122089106  77A05072
H-E-B  HEB Pasta Salad Ranch & Bacon  4122089106  77A05222
KING SOOPERS  Macaroni & Cheese Rich n Creamy  1111090154  77C05102
KING SOOPERS  Macaroni & Cheese Rich n Creamy  1111090154  77C05292
KING SOOPERS  Macaroni & Cheese Three Cheese  1111085146  77C05112
KROGER  Macaroni & Cheese Rich n Creamy  1111090154  77C05102
KROGER   Macaroni & Cheese Rich n Creamy  1111090154  77C05292
KROGER   Macaroni & Cheese Three Cheese  1111085146  77C05112
MEIJER  Meijer Macaroni and Cheese Dinner Thick & Cheesy  4125096335  77H05212
MID-MOUNTAIN FOODS  Food Club Pasta Salad Classics Ranch & Bacon  3680034311  77A05222
MITCHELL GROCERY  Food Club Pasta Salad Classics Ranch & Bacon  3680034311  77A05222
WAL-MART  Thick and Creamy Macaroni and Cheese  7874223061  76A05042
WAL-MART   Thick and Creamy Macaroni and Cheese  7874223061  76A05082
WAL-MART   Thick and Creamy Macaroni and Cheese  7874223061  76A05312
Example Listed Below:
  • Reggano®
  • Pasta Salads Classic (UPC4149812863)
  • Manufacturer's Lot Code: 77A05302

There have been no reports of any injury or illness associated with these products.
Only those products bearing the brands and codes listed above contain the potentially affected ingredient. No other brands or codes are affected by this recall.

Consumers are advised to destroy any of the above-listed products, or return them to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Bay Valley Foods Consumer Response Department at 1-800-756-5781.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

$5 for $10 to spend at your local Oroweat Outlet Store

$5 for $10 to spend at your local Oroweat Outlet Store - 7 locations: May purchase up to 5 Deals

Oroweat is the trusted brand name in fresh baked foods. Steadfast commitment to quality, freshness and service are the values behind the success of Oroweat's Outlet Stores. Their bakeries produce a full line of the finest bakery products under a variety of popular brands that you can pick up at your nearest outlet store today. Visit them at one of seven convenient locations: Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Albany, Gresham, Salem or Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.

With today's deal, you can spend $5 to get $10 worth of bakery products at Oroweat's Outlet Stores! Oroweat Bread is "Bread Perfected"! You may purchase up to five deals per person.

Fine Print:

May purchase up to 5 per person. May Purchase additional as gifts. Limit one voucher per 24 hour period. May redeem beginning 6/8/12. Good for bread purchases only including Oroweat, Entenmanns, Thomas, Boboli, Marinela and Tia Rosa. In store purchases only. Please choose your location at check out. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. No change given. No cash value. Entire voucher must be used in one visit. Print voucher or display on smartphone or tablet. Expires 12/8/12, subject to state laws and regulations.

This purchase will benefit:

Angels in the Outfield - Portland

The Angels in the Outfield is a non profit organization seeking to brighten the lives of children who have been impacted by crime or child abuse.  Learn More
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