Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Get Ready for Summer Camp with Label Daddy ~ Discount

Hard to believe, especially since it SNOWED yesterday, that it is time to start thinking about summer camp. With less then two more months of school left it is time to get enrolled and ready to ship your kids off for fun times at their favorite camp.   I am thinking of enrolling Chris for the first time, (mommy tear).  With camp comes all the stuff you need to pack for your kid.  Change of clothes, swim suit, beach towel, sunblock, backpack, lunchbox, snacks, water bottle etc etc etc.

This is where Label Daddy comes in.  I can not stress how important it is to label EVERYTHING you send with your child.  With a group of kids, especially the younger ones it is hard to keep track of items and the counselor is not going to know who items belong to who either.  You will save yourself a lot of time and hassle if you label it.  I have a fabulous deal for you too from Label Daddy and their Camp Pack is perfect!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day & Live Beautifully with EcoTools ~ Giveaway

Disclosure:  Gift pack will be provided by sponsor but all views are my own.

It is almost Earth Day again and although the Earth should be celebrated every day and steps taken to insure its beauty, Earth Day gives us that reminder to step up and do our part.  Recycling, minimizing how much electricity and water we use, and planting a garden are just a few easy ways to do your part.

EcoTools is stepping up by celebrating Earth Day the entire month of April.  They make earth-friendly products such as hairbrushes, make-up tools and lashes  During the month of April EcoTools is giving YOU the chance to win $10,000 for the charity of your choice.  For every order made during the month of April you will receive a code that could just be the unique winning code.  There will be 10 winners for a total donation of $100,000 from EcoTools.

So go ahead and live beautifully!  Head over to EcoTools and see what catches your eye.  I personally love their hairbrushes.  You might be able to give back to your favorite charity in a big way.

Need a little more encouragement?  Our friends at EcoTools are also offering a prize pack filled with essentials you need to live and look beautiful every day.  Enter the give back giveaway below for a chance to win:

  • Deluxe Fan Brush
  • Bath & Shower Mitt
  • Naturally Beautiful Lash System Everyday Length Lashes
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh ~ Sweepstakes & Giveaway

Disclosure:  The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Purex has come out with a brad new limited edition scent for the Purex Crystals line and I love it!  Fabulously Fresh describes it perfectly.  Smelling the crystals the scent seemed like an exotic flower and reminded of Hawaii until I realized I was still in my basement with a pile of laundry.  I love the vibrant green color these crystals have.  It reminds me of the vibrant greens of spring and instantly makes me happier.

I just love the smell of fresh laundry and Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh just adds to that.  The clothes had a wonderful fresh clean scent that wasn't overwhelming, just pleasant.
      "Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh is the latest Purex Brand laundry                   enhancer bringing a fresh sensation to your laundry experience.  This limited edition             bottle and scent will add a colorful escape to your laundry day."

This is a limited edition scent and won't be around forever so if you want clothes that smell fabulously fresh for weeks instead of days I suggest you get some now to try!  Purex Crystals are safe for all loads of laundry and I especially love to use them on my children's clothes.

Now for the best part!  In honor of Purex Crystals Limited Edition fabulously fresh scent they are hosting a sweepstakes which you can enter here.  One grand prize winner will win a $1,000 shopping spree and a years supply of Purex Crystals.  100 2nd place winners will also win their very own bottle of Purex Crystals.

You can also enter in the rafflecopter below for one more chance to win a Limited Edition bottle of Purex Crystals fabulously fresh!  (In the form of a coupon for a free product sent from me to you.)  So get entering  and promise to take me shopping with you if you win that sweepstakes.  :)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Coobie Seamless Bras ~ Sale

Disclosure: I will be provided with the product to facilitate a review but all thoughts are my own!

I am going to be given the opportunity to try the most comfortable bra EVER!  I am super excited because I am all for comfort.  It will be a true test to see if the Coobie Seamless Bras can give me lasting comfort all day long while chasing my two little boys around.  Feel free to check the out for yourselves as they have a wonderful sale going on right now!

Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!

Promotion: Save 25% on any order of $40 or more at www.shopcoobie.com
Promotion code: USFG25

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The World Needs More Airheads ~ Contest ~ Giveaway ~ Laughs

Everyone has an airhead moment or two or ten that stands out in their life.  It may of been embarrassing, humiliating, or maybe you were the only one that knew about it.  Since I have become a mom I think my airheaded moments have multiplied.  I have pulled out of my garage to my cup of coffee spilling down my windshield.  There have been several times, ok probably more like monthly episodes where I leave my phone on the roof of my car only to realize that nope that wasn't a rock falling out of the sky that was my phone flying into the middle of traffic.  Every time I stop and collect all the pieces to my phone, in traffic.  This is the main reason why I do not have a smart phone.

These are things I am sure everyone has done but there are two really big moments that stand out in my life as OMG airhead moments.  The first was last week.  I got all the way to work, early!  Only to turn around and realize my son was still in the car.  Total fail.  The second was probably about 8 years ago.  I picked out this beautiful dark auburn color and was so excited to dye my hair.  You are supposed to test a section of hair first but come on who really does that.  After ten minutes I rinsed it all out and dried my hair only to realize my hair was not a beautiful auburn color but bright orange.  And when I say orange I am talking prisoner jumpsuit orange.  I quickly put on a hat and headed straight to the salon.

Well it is time to stop hiding your airhead moments and flaunt them!  Head over to airheadscandy.tumblr.com and upload your airhead moment for a chance to be featured in an airheads commercial.  It can be a video you have had in secret or something new you have tried.  This requires no thinking at all just doing!  Totally rock that cool new cat eye look only to see in pictures later you looked like a clown?  Did you get a perm later realizing you looked like a frizzy lion and yeah its permanent?  From beauty trends gone wrong to plain old I really shouldn't of done thats, show off your moments.  Your airheadedness might just make you a star!

For stopping by the wonderful folks at Airheads Candy have offered a candy filled prize pack.  Just share with me a moment where you have laughed, cried or maybe a little bit of both because it happens to the best of us.

P.S. I heard that raw eggs and mayonnaise are great for your hair!  I am off to give myself an ombre  :)

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

No More Crib!

This past week my boys room has gone through drastic changes. We gave our crib to a friend and Nick transitioned to the toddler bed as though nothing had changed. I had planned on keeping Nick in the crib as long as possible and I knew that time was up when climbing out became more of a game instead of going to sleep. Getting rid of the crib got rid of the games and bedtime was easier!

The next step was getting Chris in a bed.  Being my first I coddled him a lot.  He cried I would run and snuggle and that evolved to him coming downstairs and eventually led to him just sleeping on the couch for over two years now.  It has always been my goal to get him to sleep in his room and since we got rid of the crib I figured this was the time.  I let him pick out the bed and the bedding.  He was SO excited.  I couldn't believe how excited he was about the new blue race car bed and the new monster truck bedding.  I was hopeful but still doubtful it would work.

His bed was finally ready we got new mattresses and I had Chris help me rearrange the room and then bedtime came and I got a flat out no and the tears started coming.  I couldn't force it so I let him sleep on the couch.  Again.  The next day I asked him why he didn't want to sleep in his cool new bed and he told me there were ghosts up there and they stare at him when he lays in the bed.  Um, yeah I'm scared lol.  I dropped the subject and then bedtime came again.  I asked him if he wanted to sleep upstairs and he said NO.  I then asked him if he wanted to take his Thomas flashlight with him and I got an enthusiast YES!  I couldn't believe it.  He grabbed his blankets and marched upstairs.  I told him to just push the button if the light went out and he said O.K. I love you mommy, good night. BITTERSWEET.

As I write this I miss seeing my baby sleeping next to me.  It is something I want but miss all at once.  It is his first night and I am hopeful he will still be up there in the morning.  I want him to enjoy sharing a room with his brother.  This is truly your first night in a big boy bed.  Love you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Perrigo Nutritionals Toddler Food & Formula ~ Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  “The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.”

Having two toddler boys we go through tons of food.  Sometimes it seems like I go grocery shopping and within a day tons of items are already gone.  Toddler snacks are one of those items..mainly crunchies, puffs, and yogurt bites.  They will eat their entire dinner and then want a snack and the entire package will be gone.  Going through so many toddler snacks I see myself turning to store brands because they are normally the cheaper option.  It is actually one of the categories where I regularly buy store brands.  You save a great deal of money no coupons required!

You have probably seen many of these store brands in stores already.  Here are the brands I received:

  • Up and Up at Target
  • Parent's Choice at Walmart
  • Cottontails at Giant
  • Comforts for Baby at Kroger
  • Meijer Baby at Meijer

I was actually surprised to learn that they are all made by the same company, Perrigo Nutrionals. Here is some fun information about them:

 About Perrigo Nutritionals
·         Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand
·         Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year
·         Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States
·         Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods
·         Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition

Even though I am already a fan of store brands it makes me feel more confident purchasing store brands knowing they are all made by the same company.  When I went to the grocery store this week I compared what I would have spent on toddler food and snacks had I bought national brands instead of store brands and my savings was around $16 for a weeks worth of toddler snacks.  In a year that is over $800 in savings for me.  So what do my boys think of the brands we tried?

No complaints at all as these boys chowed down!  I actually had to hide everything from them so I could take a pic before they ate it all.  My older son Chris reached for the Comforts Baby strawberry flavored puffs.  My younger one, Nick, grabbed the Comforts Baby berry flavored yogurt bites.  

While the boys were chowing down I glanced through this awesome book I received with everything.  If you know me I don't read anything aside from children's books but I was hooked!  The book is called, "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode," by Crystal Paine.  If you are reading my blog then you just might of heard of her as she hosts the popular blog MoneySavingMom.com.  I pretty much can't stop reading it.  I love all of her ideas a lot of which I already do.  I try to keep life simple so there is less stress and her book focuses on a lot of ways to do just that.  Here are just a few of her money saving tips!

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families
Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!

Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com.  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 

I also have the wonderful opportunity to awesome a package filled with all the goodies I received above to one of my readers.  Just enter in the Rafflecopter below!  And remember don't forget the store brands :)

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