Keurig Platinum Coffee Maker – Winner

The Keurig Coffee Maker is the most in demand product around, everyone wants one! That was obvious when the first giveaway from Mommas March Mania came to a close. We had 823 entries! Well the number has been picked and the winner has been notified.


Congratulations to Judy Brittle who responded to winning with:

Thank you so much! … I have wanted one of these for so long and if not for your fantastic giveaway and the generosity of Keurig that wouldn’t have been possible. This is the best news and I am still in total shock! I again want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! 

No, Thank YOU Judy for entering our giveaway. I wish I had 800 more I could give away to everyone else who entered! Be sure you enter our other giveaways for chances to win some great prizes.


Get Breakfast Perfection with Calphalon’s No Peek Waffle Maker

Apparently, there are waffle makers and then there are waffle makers. And I have just met the waffle maker of my dreams. To be honest, I never knew that my old waffle maker had any problems. It was cheap, tiny and made waffles with little complaint. A small light told me they were done and was usually right. It stored easily apart from that pesky cord. Calphalon’s No Peek Waffle Maker blows my old waffle maker out of the water.

First off, in a sleek stainless steel with a high performance non-stick interior, I’m not exaggerating when I say this waffle maker… it’s kind of sexy. If you’ve always imagined the stainless steel sleek kitchen of your gourmet dreams, this waffle maker will fit right in. It’s a bit heavier than your average waffle maker, but sturdy in a way you didn’t realize a waffle maker would be. Everything feels like it was made to perfection. And when they say non-stick? Basically they mean – you will never have to worry about cooking sprays again – it simply doesn’t need them. Trust me – I’ve made sure. Each batch will come out without complaint, no sticks guaranteed.

To use this baby, you’ll want to plug it in, then move the little knob to the heat setting of your preference – so if you like your waffles just perfectly browned, your husband likes them ‘Cajun style’ and your kid doesn’t want to see any brown whatsoever but still wants it cooked? No problem – with their OPTI-HEAT system you can tailor your waffles to your taste. When you turn the knob, you’ll know you are doing it right because the illuminated dial will light up to where you turn it, then it will go back and light to show you how hot the waffle maker currently is. This actually confused my husband at first because of the waffle makers auto off feature (which helps you conserve electricity) he turned the knob backwards for some reason which turned the waffle maker off instead of to medium. It wasn’t until I glanced at it and said, “Honey I think you did it wrong,” that he figured it out. Personally I love this feature and knowing the dial lights up makes it easy to be sure you’ve done it right. Once you’ve lined up that dial, it’s preheating, so you get exactly the right temperature for the perfect waffle. This is where you go mix your batter, wash some dishes, feed the dog – whatever that other thing you could have been doing if you weren’t in charge of watching to see when the waffle maker is warm enough – the waffle maker will make a dinging sound to tell you it’s preheated and sure enough, the light will be back to lined up with your heat setting. It’s time to cook.

I’ve tried both Bisquick standard waffles and the waffle recipe included in the Calphalon manual (the manual also offers some syrup recipes, too!). Each batch will yield two “waffles” but, with Calphalon’s whole wheat flour / all purpose flour / rolled oats blend recipe in particular, one waffle might feed a family of 2-4 people. The waffle maker’s “waffle” is divided into four sections (my old waffle maker only had two sections) creating four extra-large deep pocket Belgian waffles – which means you spend less time cooking and more time eating. And again, once you’ve poured in your batter you can go attend to your other responsibilities – it will ding again when your waffle is done.

* Word of warning * The Bisquick waffle mix is exceptionally runny compared to Calphalon’s recipe – I’m thinking you want to not put in quite as much batter as you would with the Calphalon recipe. Ours ran down out the edges and all over the waffle maker, making quite the mess to catch. While inconvenient, after we’d caught all those drips we still got perfectly cooked waffles and the mess cleaned up very easily. I think we just used too much batter, but my husband has declared that he’s madly in love with Calphalon’s recipe and has demanded them each time since, so I haven’t had a chance to test that theory.

Remember that pain in the butt cord that I mentioned my old waffle maker was aflicted with? Calphalon’s waffle maker is so easy to store – the bottom of the waffle maker has a notched storage space that you can tuck the cord around, essentially making that pain in the butt disappear. The waffle maker will also lock the top of the iron to the bottom, so you can store it on its side without it falling open – giving you two great storage options. We’re storing it in our lazy susan, laying flat, but only because the waffle maker is rather tall on it’s side and we have midget cupboards that offered no other options – not the first time I’ve wished for new cupboards!

The Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker retails for $99 which is, I’ll admit, very expensive. But in my now ‘spoiled by waffle perfection stuper’ semi-professional opinion, it just might be worth every penny. I’d consider this an excellent gift for the chef or breakfast fanatic who has it all – this will be a fantastic contribution to their Dream Kitchen for sure! For a list of retailers that carry the Calphalon No Peek Waffle Maker you can click here.

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Jen is a Stay at Home Mom and Loving Wife. She spends her time online reading RSS feeds and posting in her blog. If you haven’t heard from her in awhile, she’s likely lost in a good book, sleeping or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

V-Motion Review and Giveaway


VTech makes educational learning products for children that allow them to interact, have fun, and learn all at the same time. Recently we received the V-Motion electronic gaming system and my children begged me the moment they saw the box to try this out. As soon as it was set up my seven year old jumped in to play. She chose the motion play that allows her to use her movements to move the on-screen player.

The game comes with the Action Mania sampler, so I did not have to immediately rush out and buy games for her. It included fun games such as car racing and tennis, which are some of her favorites on our Wii.

The new V-Motion also includes a USB adapter called the V.Link. V-Motion’s V.Link allows you to:

  1. Get plugged in! Use your V.Link to track your progress
  2. Connect the V.Link to your PC and you can play web games
  3. Compare where you rank against other V-Motion players
  4. Take advantage of bonus online gaming

The graphics are certainly not the clarity you would get on other gaming systems, such as the Wii, but this gaming system, for only $59.99 on Amazon, allows the children to move and play while playing video games.

We are giving away a V-Motion Active Learning System to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go to Vtech Kids and tell us what other product you would love to have for your family. This is mandatory, if not done all other entries will be null and void.
  2. For an extra entry, you can follow uson Twitter. Post a comment here with your Twitter username.
  3. For a third entry you can tweetthe following on twitter: “ @mommasreview Win a VTech V-Motion Active Learning System ($59.99) from Mommas Review. More great giveaways @” – be sure to post a comment here telling us you’ve done so.
  4. For a fourth entry you post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with the URL of your post.
  5. For a fifth entry subscribe to our RSS feed, leaving a link here to tell us you’ve done so. We’ll be posting more giveaways on Momma’s Review soon so subscribing will be a great way for you to stay informed about all the great things you can win in the days and weeks to come.
  6. As a final entry donate $1.00 (or more if you’d like) to the I Heart Tuckerfund. This can be done through PayPal and your donation would be greatly appreciated. Just visit I Heart Tucker and click on the donate button on the right sidebar, you can also enter raffles on the I Heart Tucker site with donations you have made!  Make sure to come back and tell us you donated.

This giveaway ends at 12:00 EST (Noon) on April 13th, 2009.

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