Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta review and giveaway!

It’s hard to prepare delicious recipes with veggies that the whole family will eat.  I get tired of the same ol’ stuff like broccoli with cheese on top or green beans.  But Green Giant is working for us moms!  They have a lot of great products to choose from, like their Steamers products.  You can pop the back in the microwave and cook for less than ten minutes and it’s done!  All it takes is opening the bag and serving.  Easy and delicious and a great way to serve veggies!
after 7 minutes….it’s done and ready to serve!

Our family tried the Broccoli, Cauliflower, & Carrots in Cheese Sauce and it was delicious!  It was the perfect addition to our meal.  Next time, I’m definitely getting the macaroni & cheese sauce with broccoli.
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta come in two varieties, as of right now:  Macaroni and Cheese Sauce with Broccoli or Pasta and Vegetables with Alfredo Sauce.  Both are guaranteed to be yummy!
Green Giant and MyBlogSpark are giving one of my readers the opportunity to win this awesome prize package.  Enter to win in the Rafflecopter widget below!
Giveaway ends at 11:01 PM, Central Time on December 12, 2011

Disclosure: Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers with Pasta, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Baggu reusable bag from – review

I was sent the Baggu reusable bag from to review!  This bag is pretty awesome, I must say.  It can hold 25 lbs of … whatever it is that you’re needing to carry.  I used it to carry food, bottles, toys, coats, blankets, and more over Thanksgiving and was very impressed with its durability and reliability!  It can hold 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff.  It also comes with a cute mini bag for storage, so you can fold it up, put it in the mini bag, and toss it in your car.  This bag is very comfortable to carry, as well.
There are a lot of cute bags to choose from.  You could get one of each and use Baggu to take care of your grocery shopping!  They come in different sizes, too!
This bag is guaranteed for 1 year and is made ethically in China with 100% Ripstop nylon.  You can buy the Baggu brand bag at the Reuseit website for $11.95.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Gorton’s seafood – Any Way You Want It! – review & giveaway

Gorton’s Any Way You Want It sweepstakes is going on right now, but it ends THIS FRIDAY, Dec. 2nd, so head over there now (yes, before reading the review!) and enter!  There are over 800 prizes up for grabs and you could win the grand prize of $5,000!  It’s simple to enter!
Now, why is Gorton’s running this awesome promotion?  They want you to know that it’s so easy to get your recommended 2 servings of seafood a week (according to the dietary guidelines and  And if you think that Gorton’s only offers fish sticks, you need to check out all of the awesome seafood they offer!
I was given the opportunity to pick some Gorton’s seafood items and try them.  I chose the Crunchy Breaded fish fillets and the butterfly shrimp.  Yum!  I serve them with green beans and mac & cheese (not pictured.)

Daddy, Captain Fussybuckets, and I all really liked the fish fillets and butterfly shrimp!  The Captain prefered the shrimp more, which I wouldn’t have guessed.  I think he was intrigued by the fact that you don’t eat the tails!
Gorton’s is giving THREE Life With Captain Fussybuckets readers a chance to win two awesome coupons and a custom dinner plate!  Enter the Rafflecopter widget below!
Giveaway ends 11:01 Central time on December 7, 2011.

*Disclosure: The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my very own and are not influenced by monetary compensation!

The Week In Pictures: November 20-26

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and scored some great Black Friday deals!  We had a great time with family.  Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving Day:
It was all about this toy grill this year.
Cooking hot dogs on the grill…while Baby D looks for trouble…
Yup, that’s a yawn.  Nope, I’m not gonna nap!
Father/Son football time!
back to the grilling….
hello, Woody!
While the hot dogs are grilling, I think I’ll sit in this large pot.
My kids are silly, but fun.  Thank you, Lord, for my sweet boys and precious family.  Love to all!

Cyber Giveaway Monday on Melissa & Doug’s Facebook Page! plus coupon codes!

Cyber Monday is one of my favorite days of the year!  You can shop from home and know exactly what you want.  But this year, Melissa & Doug are making it more exciting!  They are declaring it “Giveaway Monday” and offering some awesome prizes if you are a Facebook fan!

At 8 AM ET, you can enter to win a train table!  And every hour on the hour, they’re going to be giving away another prize, right up until midnight ET!

ALSO….all shoppers can save 15% at with promo code – NSAVE15.  OR if you’d prefer free shipping, (you can’t combine codes) use promo code FREESHIPZERO.  No minimum purchase required!

So check out the site, pick out what you’re going to order and then get ready to enter to win some these prizes and more:

Howard B. Wigglebottom SALE! @hbwigglebottom

HUGE sale alert!  All Howard B. Wigglebottom books are on sale for $6 at!  There is also a new book called “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship.”  You can buy all TEN books for only $50!  The regular price for all ten books is $150, so hurry over and buy these fabulous books today, because I don’t know how long this sale will last!  (Check out my review of “Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns Too Much of a Good Thing is Bad.”)  These are FABULOUS children’s books and would make a great Christmas gift!

Wild Planet giveaway!

Wild Planet features some of the hottest toys, such as Spy Gear, Aquapets, Active Learning Games for the family, Skeleflex building sets, and Crayon Town activity sets to name a few.  Wild Planet toys have received many accolades ranging from numerous Toy of the Year titles to recognition from toy experts and top media outlets, including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Good Morning America and the TODAY show.  They take great pride in their work and in bringing joy to children through play. 

Here are some pretty awesome toys I found at Wild Planet:
Crayon Town!  This zoo is a super cute activity for kids!  Kids can color the scene, build the playset, and play in the world they’ve created!  There is also a construction site, neighborhood, and airport!

Aquapets come to life when kids (or other Aquapets) interact with them!   There are 14 Aquapets to choose from and each has its own look, sounds, and songs!  
Spy Gear!  There are some pretty cool things in the Spy Gear collection, like this awesome evidence kit!  Wild Planet also has a body wire, lazer tripwire, and lie detector kit!
Wild Planet is giving one Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader a $30 gift certificate to use at!  You can choose from any of these items or the many other items at their site!  Just enter the Rafflecopter widget below!  Good luck!
Giveaway ends at 11:01 PM, central time on December 6, 2011

Introducing HappiTaps by Infantino!

If your children are like mine, they are drawn to technology.  Captain Fussybuckets loves to play with Daddy’s iPhone and our iPad.  Apps for kids are everywhere but nothing I’ve found is cuter than Beary Happi.  It’s an app AND an iPhone case/cover!!!  Look at this adorable little guy:

How it works:

First, you download the Beary Happi app from the App store.  Just search for “Beary Happi”

Then, you insert your iPhone or iPod touch
(Compatible with iPhone® 4S, iPhone® 4, iPhone® 3GS and 3rd & 4th generation iPod® Touch.)

Select the app, and let your child discover everything about Beary Happi!

Beary Happi is guaranteed to keep your little one engaged and learning with his stories, jokes, facts, songs, and more!  Captain Fussybuckets loves to “feed” him and put him to sleep.  

This product is designed for kids ages 18 months and up, but Baby D, at 11 months, loves Beary Happi, too!

Oh, and the best part about Beary Happi is that it features a lock for the home button to ensure that kids stay on the app and not go meandering around your iPhone like the Captain tends to do!

HappiTaps Beary Happi is brand new and quantities are limited, so order yours at the website today! The app is free and the Beary Happi case is only $19.99 with free shipping.  This would make a great stocking stuffer!

Need more convincing?  Take a look at the HappiTaps commercial:

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Infantino HappiTaps and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Bloggers: Come join the Rockin’ 30th Birthday Bash giveaway blog hop!

365 Changes Of Me

My 30th birthday is quickly approaching.  *sigh*  In a way, I’m sad to see my 20’s go, but I’m looking forward to my 30’s, too!  I just can’t believe it’s almost here!  My birthday is not until June, but my blogging friend, Erin, over at 365 Changes of Me is turning 30 in April and to celebrate, we are having a huge giveaway hop!  I am co-hosting and this is my first event…… and what a way to start…with a 30th birthday bash!  The other wonderful co-hosts are:  Two Hearts One Soul, Going Crazy!! Wanna Go?!!, Have Kids…Will Coupon!, and Mom with a dot com!

If you’re a blogger and looking for an event in April, this is it!  There is no fee to join, you are just in charge of finding sponsors for your giveaway!  There is a minimum prize amount of $30.  This event will start at 12:00 AM EST on April 1st and run through 11:59 PM EST on April 9th.  And the best part is….there will be a giveaway open to the participating bloggers!  Yay!

Some tidbits from Erin:

  •  Please have a prize of at least $30.00.  You are more than welcome to self sponsor (please disclose that in the giveaway post)
  • Please join our Facebook group after linking up HERE

  • Please look for emails from dcheartgirl (at) yahoo (dot) com with the button information, and post the button no later than Feb. 15th
  • I would like you to do a pre-post about this giveaway no later than March 25th!
  • I would prefer the Giveaway Hop to be a “Sticky” Post!!
  • Send your email to the winners on April 11th (My Birthday) so that everyone can celebrate with me 

If you have any questions or would like to sponsor this event, please email me at!

If you want to participate, just add your URL and blog name to the linky below!  We’d love to have as many participants as possible!  After you’ve added your URL, grab the button and add it to your sidebar.

Protect your computer with AVG Internet Security 2012

If you spend any time online, you need to protect your computer.  AVG Internet Security 2012 is a good option for the optimal protection against hackers, identity thieves, spam, worms, scams, and viruses.
I love the new AVG Internet Security for 2012.  It is so easy to use and it’s effective.  I barely even know it’s there, unless there is a problem.  Since installing AVG Internet Security 2012, I have run two whole computer scans and thankfully, there were no threats found, but I feel better knowing AVG is taking care of my computer.  Had there been a threat, AVG would’ve alerted me and taken care of it!
 My favorite feature of AVG Internet Security is that you can adjust the speed and amount of resources used while scanning.  If you’re going to be away from your computer, you can set the scan to run on “High Priority” so it will scan quickly.  There are also three other options you can choose, depending on what you’re doing on your computer and how fast you want it to scan.  In the picture below, I have it set to “User Sensitive” (see bottom left) because well, I’m typing this blog as AVG scans!  It’s not interrupting what I’m doing and I’m not interrupting the scan!
AVG Internet Security 2012 actually SPEEDS UP your computer by accelerating the download of content-rich files.  This means that you can watch online video like YouTube faster than ever!  AVG also silently alerts you to turn off unneeded applications that automatically run at start-up.
There are just so many awesome functions of AVG IS2012!  The Identity Protection secures personal content that you enter online.  (hello, Black Friday shopping!)  AVG has thought of everything and keeps your computer safe.  AVG is also constantly working to prevent any of the new viruses from hurting your computer.  And another added bonus?  You can get expert service 24/7!
Go to the AVG website and start protecting your computer today!
*Disclosure:  The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my very own and are not influenced by monetary compensation!