Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

14.5.16

Gift for the Grad!!! VERSUS @LootCrate

Do you know anyone that is graduating this year?  If you do, I have a pretty great gift idea for you to get them.  I know when I left for college, it was so cool to get actual MAIL and lucky for me, my mom made it a point to drop a note in the mail for me weekly... but now you can step it up a notch! Send them a gift box subscription!   Have you thought about a Loot Crate subscription?  I am telling you, it is hard to imagine but they just keep being awesome.  No disappointments here at all.  We have been lucky enough to work with them in reviewing their boxes for a few months now and I have yet to get one that left me feeling like it wasn't totally worth the money like other subscription boxes seem to be.

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Each month, Loot Crate picks a new theme to unveil.  Then, they make the neatest boxes (black on the outside for shipping, but once it arrives, you just turn it inside out for a pretty cool storage box) that fit that theme and fill it full of goodies sure to put a smile on your face! Oh yeah, remember that each box includes a tshirt!   I think I have decided that the top three things I like most about Loot Crate are the following:
1 - The shipping box I mentioned above
2 - The fact that each box is guaranteed to have a t-shirt in it.
3 - They design a special pin each month that goes with the theme.  (Perfect for collectors!) 

For this post, I am sharing with you the "VERSUS" theme.  So, who do you like?  
Broxton already claimed the hat for himself...  It is reversible with Daredevil on one side and Punisher on the other.  I think he might be in for a fight once the older brothers see it!  
We also found additional fun things, like the Star Trek shirt, a figurine and even a comic book!  

Now, remember that Loot Crate offers a variety of different subscriptions.  You can order the Loot Crate, like I showed you above.  They also have a "Level Up" subscription.  This is another great one.. It is filled with wearable items.  The one I am sharing with you today just might be my absolute favorite one!  
As you see above, we received a "you sank my battleship" t-shirt, a long sleeve Captain America Civil War shirt, 2 different pairs of socks, the coolest ponytail holders (WONDER WOMAN was one of them... AWESOME!) and even a best friend necklace with Superman / Batman logos!  

I am telling you, when I think they can't "one up" themselves, they seem to find a way to prove me wrong.  So, if you are looking for something cool to get the grad in your life, send them a little pop culture swag.  Its a win win, they get new items to add to the wardrobe, they get mail and you get to always be on their mind when the box arrives!  You can choose from a number of different subscription options and lengths, so it is perfect for all types of budget!   

13.5.16

Mouthwatering Treats at @IHOP

Most people that know me know just how much I love  LOVE RED VELVET.  I love it as a cake, cupcakes, muffin, milkshake, pancakes...  You name the sweet treat and you best believe that I will try it and hopefully enjoy it.  When I saw that Ihop was bringing limited time "bakery favorites" and that Red Velvet Crepes were on the menu, I knew I wanted to try it out.  
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I was sent a gift card and we headed to IHOP to try it out.  Mouthwatering options like the red velvet crepes, cinnamon swirl brioche french toast and even frosting laced cupcake pancakes sent me there knowing I was going to have a hard time deciding what to try.  Lucky for me, Marc went and got the French Toast so I could try it as well as my red velvet.   I will say that I was a bit disappointed in the crepes.  They were just basically flat.  I did ask my server if that was normal and she explained they had the more "delicate" crepes like my red velvet that were smaller and then they had heartier ones as well.  Don't get me wrong, it was very good... but it did leave me wanting more.  I will either order it as a treat next time, or just stick to the Red Velvet Pancakes.  

My Red Velvet Crepe.

As I mentioned, Marc got the Cinnamon Swirl Brioche French Toast.  Now that was a fill you up menu item!!!!   I thought it was great, but he said he wished it was more crunchy.  I laughed and told him he should have tried the Double Dipped French Toast!!!  I thought these were perfect and I really enjoyed them!  We were not able to try the cupcake pancakes, because I wanted to bring Broxton to try them and with the school year coming to an end, its been chaos!  


Sign up for the IHOP Pancake Revolution to stay in the know of what all is going on.  Not only that, but you will also get a free birthday meal!  Remember the bakery favorites are limited time (they are still being advertised on the website, so I am not sure... just know that you can follow IHOP on social media to stay up to date on all the yummy goodness that they offer!)  

Do you ever go out for breakfast? If so, what do you normally order?

12.5.16

Play with your food and you can win at @EinsteinBros #TwistNDip

 Have you ever eaten something and it was really good so you talk about it for a few days?  Some time back I was able to go and try a bagel from Einstein Bros Bagels and it was so good.  So good that when I set up a meeting with a friend of mine, I suggested Einstein Bros Bagels again, just so I could get that same bagel.
I was recently given the chance to work with Einstein Bros Bagels in a review of a limited time menu option, keep reading, I will tell you about it in a second...  First, I want to show you a picture of THE bagel that keeps bringing me back.

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Nova Lox.  YUM!!!  Bagel with cream cheese, onion, tomato and SALMON on it.  If you know me, you know I love Salmon.. I even had to have it at our wedding reception!  So anyways, I got my "usual" because it is that good, but then I wanted to try the purpose for me going there that day. The limited time "twist n dip" bagel.  *** Price is for this location. I am sure it varies depending upon where you are located.  
I really enjoyed the bagel, especially because it gave me an opportunity to try out a couple of their Shmear flavors.  I had never tried them before, but oh wow.  So good.  I love how they make the bagel with the ease of pulling it apart to dip it in. I just wish I would have had Broxton with me that day, as I know he would have really enjoyed it. 
Want to know what flavor Shmears they offer?
Double Whipped: Plain, Onion & Chive, Salmon, 
Reduced Fat: Plain, Garden Veggie, Garlic & Herb, Jalepeno Salsa, Blueberry, Honey Almond, Maple, Strawberry

They have additional flavors (16 to be exact!)  I just can't remember them all.
While I really enjoyed the Twist N Dip option, the greedy bagel fan in me wishes that they would offer all of the different bagel flavors as a twist n dip.  I know that would not be possible, but still. Sounds good, doesn't it?

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my post with some helpful information about this limited time deal. If you don't follow me, what are you waiting on?  Also, here is the information again for you:
1 - Head over to Einstein Bros Bagels website now and sign up for the Shmear Society.  When you do this you get a FREE bagel and shmear with purchase!
2 - For every Twist N Dip bagel purchased, Einstein Bros Bagels will donate a bagel to someone in need!
3 -  Ready to win something?????

Between now and July 31, bagel lovers everywhere have permission to play (with their food) to show off their best Twist ‘N Dip moves.
Fans are invited to post a photo or video that captures how they Twist N’ Dip on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TwistNDip. 
Einstein Bros. will select weekly winners to receive cool prizes such as Six Flags prize packs, summer swag and even FREE bagels for a year. 

Ready to eat and tasty too! @GoPicnic

Do things slow down a bit for you once school lets out, or are things still crazy?  I used to think that summer break meant BREAK for everyone, but I have quickly learned that is not the case.  Yes school may be out, but it takes a good while for my son to get the sleep schedule changed.  Honestly, I would prefer he keeps it, as it makes back to school a bit easier but hey... I remember loving to sleep in when I was younger.  Just hope he gets to do it some, as his "sleeping in" has him waking up around 8 am.
Anyways, with summer break, we seem to stay busy and I like it, as I don't have to hear "I'm bored" all the time.  What are summer breaks like?  You could have family come visit, you could be planning vacations, maybe you do plenty of summer camps? At the end of the day, the bottom line is this.. we stay busy and it is good to know that there are "ready to eat meals" like the ones from Go Picnic.



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I previously had the chance to work with Go Picnic, but did not really get a chance to try out many flavors. I was so excited when I was sent an assortment this time to give it a go!  I love how they are packaged in individual boxes with clear pictures on the front. Perfect when deciding what you are in the mood for (and great for those learning to read, they can just look at the photos to help them out!)



All of the items inside the box come individually wrapped.  This is a great thing in my opinion in case you don't want to eat all of it at one time, or if you are like me and want to save some of it to pack in the hubby's lunch!  I knew he would enjoy the fruit and nut mix more than me, so that was saved for a later date!



I absolutely loved the chocolate wafer cookies in this ... and the cheese spread and crackers, but I knew that Salami was not a meat that I enjoy.  Again, I was able to share this with the husband and we were both able to enjoy treats from this one meal.



Not to be outdone with great tasting meals for a cute and fun picnic, they even include entertainment printed inside the box.  To be honest with you, this was one of the first things that I noticed, since I saw it before I started eating and it has always stuck out with me that they not only care about the food they are feeding us, but also care about us having a great time too!

I have yet to try a meal from Go Picnic that I did not enjoy.  Each one has something different and tasty.  While I don't see this as a "fill you up" meal for dinner, I do think it is great to throw in the diaper bag or lunch bag for a day out.  It is so much more tasty than a PB&J and I love how it is all put together with complimentary flavors!   I have noticed when we go on our different outings (the zoo, aquarium and so forth) I have been throwing a box in the bag / stroller in case we get hungry.

*** With end of the year coming up, you could totally make a picnic basket gift for your teacher.  Grab a cute basket, fun plates and cups and then add a few different products from the Go Picnic product line to go in there.  Boom.  Cute gift and not another " teacher" coffee mug!

Have you tried Go Picnic before?

11.5.16

Let's Learn S.T.E.M. Volume 2

Having a child in elementary school, we are always hearing about STEM.  We even have STEM night at our school once a year!  I do wish they would do it once every quarter or something, but hey... we can make the most out of it and enjoy it when it is offered and find ways to work on STEM activities through the year outside of school.
Unsure of STEM?
Science - Technology - Engineering - Math
If you want a little help at home (without the kids realizing they are learning things) check out the latest DVD from Nickelodeon. It is from their LET'S LEARN line and we love them all.  Not only do you get fun and educational programming, it is filled with the characters that our kids love!   


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There's no shortage of science and math fun in Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2, Nickelodeon's second DVD dedicated to the world of numbers. A hot topic for educators everywhere, S.T.E.M. education (science, technology, engineering and math) has proven to be the perfect tool in jump-starting children's interest in problem solving and technology. Nick's Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 contains more than 140 minutes of S.T.E.M. - themed adventures with Blaze and the Monster Machines, the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of S.T.E.M. in every episode, as well as fan-favorites Dora and Friends: Into the City!PAW Patrol and Team Umizoomi. In addition to expanding imaginations and developing inquisitive minds, the Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 DVD also comes with a S.T.E.M.-themed worksheet to reinforce some of the lessons learned throughout the collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 will be available on DVD May 3, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.
 

Let's Learn: S.T.E.M. Vol 2 includes the following episodes:
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines: Cake-tastrophe
  • Blaze and the Monster Machines: Runaway Rocket
  • PAW Patrol: Pups Save Walinda/ Pups Save a Big Bone
  • Dora and Friends: Into the City!: Kite Day
  • Team Umizoomi: Job Well Done
  • Team Umizoomi: Race to the Top of Shape Mountain
 
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