Kick Off The Summer With Chevy And A $300 Spa Gift Card Giveaway

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chevrolet but all thoughts are my own.)

Since Junior High, my dream vehicle has been a minivan. I was one of the few teenagers who loved driving my mom’s van and wasn’t embarrassed that I didn’t have a sports car or sedan. I always thought I preferred minivans to SUVs because of all the space minivans had. I guess I didn’t realize that some SUVs are just as roomy as my beloved minivans! I didn’t learn this until a couple weeks ago when a 2015 Chevy Suburban was dropped off at my house and I got to test drive it.

This thing was huge. It seats as many as my van does but there is even MORE space! I’m in love! I worried that seating would mean limited space for suitcases or sports gear but there is a typical cargo area in the back that is roomy enough for everyday things and for road trips.

There are a ton of other great features but some of my favorite include keyless start, assist steps on the outside and a 3rd row seat that power folds flat!

A nice ride in the Chevy, sunroof open, on a sunny day and a Venti Iced drink from Starbucks is how I relax. The wonderful folks at Chevy want to give one mom a relaxing spa day and a revitalizing experience that will put her back in the driver’s seat feeling refreshed and ready for whatever life throws at her next.

Want to win the $300 Spa Finder gift card? There are two ways to enter:

1) You can share a story about your most memorable day being a mom in the comment section below

OR

2) You can share a picture about your most memorable day being a mom on the social network of your choice. A comment below is mandatory though so I can easily choose a winner, just comment “entered on Social Media”. All tweets, Facebook posts or shares on Instagram must include the hashtag #SuburbanMom and you must tag me so I can see your entry. Here are all my social handles:

Twitter: @aliciamarie112

Facebook: Making Time For Mommy

Instagram: aliciamarie112cb

Entries will be collected through June 26, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter. Good luck! :)

Celebrate Summer With Nickelodeon {Giveaway}

Celebrate the beginning of summer with six new DVD titles from Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon’s animated stars know how to have fun in the sun, so join favorite characters like SpongeBob SquarePantsDora the Explorer, the Bubble Guppies, and the PAW Patrol pups for some summertime adventures.  Each of these DVDs are available at retailers now and one lucky winner will receive a prize pack of all these great titles!

PAW Patrol (ALL-NEW AVAILABLE NOW)
Whenever there’s a problem, just yelp for help! The PAW Patrol pups are ready to save the day at home in their first-ever DVD, filled with 10 exhilarating adventures from the hit animated preschool series. Follow these six heroic rescue pups and a tech-savvy boy who work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that “no job is too big, no pup is too small!”

Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!
From the beach to the circus, to a night under the stars, join the Bubble Guppies as they swim into activities perfect for summer in these six swim-sational episodes!

Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer
Dora and Boots are having a blast at the beach when they hear a call for help. It’s a baby crab stuck in a net! Help Dora and Boots take Baby Crab to his Mami on Crab Island.

Max & Ruby: Summertime for Max & Ruby
Max and Ruby work a lemonade stand, fly kites and put on a backyard magic show in this seasonal DVD favorite.

Nick Jr. Favorites: All Star Sports Day
Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan compete in sports and practice camaraderie in this DVD.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip
Join SpongeBob and Patrick for six hilarious adventures.  Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, a cruise, a trip to the Ocean Mint, a homebound holiday and a trip that’s out of this world.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a prize pack of all of the above DVDs

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any of the following tasks and leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on social media

3) Follow @NickelodeonDVD on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

Giveaway ends June 26, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident and 18 or older to win.

Energizer Night Race For A Brighter World {Giveaway For Chicago Race Registration}

(Disclosure: I am a Blogger Ambassador for the Energizer Night Race but all thoughts are my own.)

Did you know that 1.3 billion people lack access to clean lighting, forcing them to rely on kerosene lamps? It sounds innocent, but kerosene is actually responsible for 1.5 million deaths annually. Without adequate lighting, children in these rural communities can’t study effectively. Physicians can’t provide proper medical attention after daylight hours. And, kerosene is so expensive that it ends up costing these families half of their income.

Energizer has decided to help by donating 14 million hours of light to families around the world through their partner, One Million Lights – a non-profit that provides clean, safe, affordable solar lighting to rural communities globally.

 

Energizer is hosting a series of races this year where participants race at night, with the light of an Energizer® headlight to guide them, letting them unite to raise awareness for the global need for safe, affordable solar light for the 1.3 billion people in the world living without electricity. This year’s Chicago Energizer Night Race is on June 7th.

GIVEAWAY:

Two readers will each win registration for the Chicago 2014 race

HOW TO ENTER:

 Tell me why you want to win

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY:

Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends June 1, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident to enter. Giveaway includes registration only and does not cover any other costs including travel, parking, etc…

Treat Mom To A Luxurious Stay At The Cheshire In St. Louis {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I will be enjoying a complimentary stay at The Cheshire but all thoughts are my own.)

Are you still stumped on what to get mom this Mother’s Day? I know I am! What about taking her on a trip to St. Louis where you can stay at The Cheshire?

The Cheshire is one of St. Louis’ iconic properties. Originally built in the 1920’s, it was completely renovated in 2011 with modern day conveniences.

PROPERTY FEATURES, SERVICES & AMENITIES

  • Heated Outdoor Pool with Fire Element
  • Wellness Center with Matrix Equipment
  • ”Cozy Study” Business Center
  • Complimentary High Speed Internet Access
  • Complimentary Euro-Continental Breakfast
  • Wellness services by The Face & Body available by appointment
  • On-premise dining options, including: two award-winning restaurants – The Restaurant at The Cheshire and Basso, The Market at The Cheshire and the Fox & Hounds Tavern (next to hotel lobby)
  • Complimentary British tea service
  • Pet Friendly (up to 60 pounds)
  • Captain Barnaby’s Traveler’s Den with (108) books for private meetings
  • Complimentary Secure Covered & Self Parking
  • 4 House Bicycles provided by Big Shark Bicycle Company
  • Clayton Courtyard
  • Vintage Art & Décor showcasing elements of British Heritage & literature
  • Complimentary chocolates from St. Louis’ own Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company

All guestrooms feature:

  • Luxurious triple sheeted Presidential Pillow Top Beds, down chamber pillows and comforters
  • Specialty Art highlighting elements literature
  • Spacious Tile entry
  • Original Stained Glass Windows
  • Individual Climate Control
  • Large working desk with built in power outlet
  • Sophisticated Soft Seating
  • 37” LG Flat Screen HDTV
  • Clock radio with MP3/ iPod adapter
  • Cordless Phone for complimentary local and long distance phone calls

In addition to their normal rooms, The Cheshire has 6 Signature Novelty Suites. Each Novelty Suite features uniquely themed décor, specialty artwork and custom furniture. Room themes include: “James Bond”, “Passage to India”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Treasure Island”, “Death on the Nile”, and “Bride’s Head Revisited”. The suite collection includes separate entertainment seating and signature bathroom with a soaking tub for two. Below are artist renditions for to offer an interpretation of the design elements to be used.

The Cheshire has a number of special accommodations and programs like:

  • Extended Stay Guest Accommodations for travelers whose length of stay is 7 nights or more
  • Noble Pet Program sponsored by Nestle Purina
  • Royal Kid’s Program offering Kid Friendly Activities
  • Royal Perks Traveler Rewards Program
  • Royal Rewards Planner Program
  • Various Specialty Travel Packages
  • Live Music
As a parent, the Royal Kid’s Program is something I definitely can’t wait to learn more about. I’m also looking forward to lounging by the pool. Doesn’t this look relaxing!?

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a $100 gift card to The Cheshire in St. Louis

(Please note: Winner is responsible for all other costs associated with their travel to St. Louis and stay.)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do.}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends May 9, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

 

 

 

Patriotic Disney Clothes For Kids {$100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.)

I love shopping at Kohl’s for myself and my family so I was really excited to be chosen as a Kohl’s Disney Jumping Beans Ambassador. Kohl’s has quality clothes at great prices (especially when it’s Kohl’s Cash time!) On top of that, they support their local communities through their Kohl’s Cares program which I love. This month, I received a mailer with two sample outfits from the new Jumping Beans collection at Kohl’s.

Yesterday, I headed to Kohl’s to check out the new collection which pairs Mickey and Minnie Mouse with American red, white, and blue colors. It was easy to find the clothes because of the huge “Magic at Play” ceiling fixture and all of the Mickey and Minnie characters around the shelves.

I secretly was wishing I had a little girl when I saw all the cute girl clothes…

Have a baby? This t-shirt is a must for Disney lovers!

Jacob loved all of the sports shirts and they will be perfect for summer time sports practices.

This “Americana” line is also great for the 4th of July. I’ve already picked out Jake and Luke’s outfits for when we are watching fireworks together!

Want to check out the collection yourself? Enter below to win a $100 Kohl’s Gift Card!

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win a $100 gift card to Kohl’s

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Leave a comment telling me which Disney Jumping Beans “Americana” piece is your favorite

3) Share this giveaway on social media

4) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends May 3, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

Stream Your Favorite TV Shows {Netflix Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I’m on the Netflix Stream Team and enjoy complimentary service.)

A couple weeks ago I confessed that I was a TV junkie and shared 5 shows I love watching. I enjoy discovering new shows and thought you all may have some favorite ones that I haven’t even heard of yet. To encourage you all to share, Netflix gave me one 3 month subscription to their service to give one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite television show. One person will be chosen at random to win. The giveaway will close May 2, 2014 at 11:59pm. Good luck!! :)

 

Shake Your {Pirate’s} Booty With Rio 2 {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a case of product but all thoughts are my own.)

Rio 2 came out in theaters last week and I’m excited to take the boys to see it. In the 2nd installment of the Rio movies, we follow Blu, Jewel and their three kids as they go from the city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.

To celebrate the movie, Pirate’s Booty is offering a special Limited Edition 7-ounce package and a national “Shake Your Booty” contest to win a “Bahamas Adventure Cruise.” The Limited Edition Rio 2 7-ounce packages of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar snacks will be available in retailers nationwide now through the end of May. Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked snack made from puffed rice corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese.  Pirate’s Booty has half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it is a snack that kids and parents agree on.  Pirate’s Booty contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and is also trans-fat, gluten, peanut and tree nut free.  We love Pirate’s Booty here at our house!

In addition to the limited edition packages, Pirate’s Booty is offering people a chance to win a “Bahamas Adventure Cruise” for the entire crew through the “Shake Your Booty” contest.  Consumers can enter for a chance to win by capturing their families’ best dance moves and entering the “Shake Your Booty” contest on Pirate’s Booty’s Facebook page.  For more information and a complete listing of official contest rules, terms and conditions, please visit www.facebook.com/piratesbooty.

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a case of Pirate’s Booty (that’s 12 full-size bags!)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Leave a comment on another post here on this site

Giveaway ends May 1, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident and 21 or over to enter.

10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips From Kristi Yamaguchi {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Tips are from Kristi Yamaguchi but other thoughts are my own.)

I was super excited to get a chance to attend a virtual webinar with Kristi Yamaguchi and Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese. I knew Kristi would have a ton of great tips for staying active and balanced. I love that she admitted that when she gets asked how she does it all, her answer is “I don’t”! Here are my favorite tips that Kristi had to share:

1) It’s all about prioritizing what’s important to you. Kristi said, “doing my best is better than doing it all”.

2) Take 30 minutes of “me” time each day to do something that makes you happy

3) Always buy some healthy snacks to eat on the go. Kristi suggests fresh fruit and crackers with cheese.

4) For those that sit for long periods of time (like those who work from home), Kristi says you should get up and stretch for about 5 minutes each hour. She says that is what they do in Japan.

5) Encourage your kids to go outside and play…and play with them! (Get off that bench mommas!)

6) Stay connected to friends. If you are hanging out with your girlfriends, get that next coffee chat or night out on the calendar before you all leave the table.

7) Invite friends to do something active because it will hold you accountable and you’ll have more fun!

8) Keep a daily journal to write your thoughts in

9) Have some healthy go-to dinner ingredients on hand. Kristi’s favorite is stir fry chicken with lots of her kid’s favorite veggies in it.

10) Get kids involved in exercise with you

Get more tips on the Alpine Lace Facebook page!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Julia jacket from Tsu.Ya, Kristi Yamaguchi’s activewear line (black, size large), One Line a Day Journal and a coupon for Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Comment on this post telling me your favorite tip that Kristi shared

2) Share this giveaway on social media

3) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right hand corner)

Giveaway ends April 29, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to win.

New Sweet & Salty Snack {Costco Gift Card Giveaway}

Ever have those times when you are craving something to snack on but can’t decide between something sweet and something salty? If so, I have the perfect snack for you! Fisher Nuts recently sent me their new product to try out and share my thoughts with you all. They just launched a new snack product – Fisher Nut Exactly – exclusively at Costco stores in the Midwest for a limited time only. This sweet yet savory snack contains no artificial ingredients and is created with the perfect combination of crunchy roasted almonds and whole grain popcorn, rolled into a snack-sized bite that’s dipped in rich 66% cacao dark chocolate.

They have been a great snack for me to eat while driving the boys to Spring sports practices because they come in small poppable pieces. The combination of the nut and whole grain are filling enough to tide me over until we get home for dinner. The chocolate on them is just the right amount to give me that sweetness I’m craving.

These are also a nice snack to serve at your March Madness party tomorrow or really any get-together you are having this Spring. The key to any party is easy to eat food and this snack fits perfectly in that category!

Want to try it? Costco stores in the Midwest are having tastings this Thursday, April 10th. Live elsewhere? The giveaway below is open to everyone in the USA!

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a $50 Costco gift card and package of Fisher Nut Exactly

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on the social network of your choice

3) Comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends April 17, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident, 21 or over to enter.

Lunch Combos At Applebee’s {Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Applebee’s. Thoughts are my own.)

What did you have for lunch today? A sandwich? Leftovers? A TV dinner? Did you even eat at all?

I normally skip my mid-day meal or I graze on whatever I can find in my fridge or pantry while I’m working. I try to take lunch breaks every day but since I work from home I often get sidetracked by the laundry, the phone, or my overflowing email inbox. Over the next month I plan to treat myself to a real lunch at least once a week.

Since I don’t have time to cook I’m headed to Applebee’s to enjoy one of their 200 lunch combos. I was checking out their website and the food looks so good. I’m hungry just looking at all the options! Follow me on Instagram this month to check out which combos I pick and stay tuned to the blog for my review of their lunch menu. Make sure to enter the giveaway below so you can enjoy the lunch combos at Applebee’s, too.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 Applebee’s gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do)

1) Tell me why you want to win

2) Tell me which combo you’d pick

3) Share this giveaway on social media

Giveaway ends April 27, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to win.

A Special Family Dinner At Houlihan’s {Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends.)

Going out to eat at a sit down restaurant is normally reserved for special occasions in my family but we decided to break the routine and go out to eat last night. We went to Houlihan’s which I hadn’t been to in years. After a short wait we were seated and I ordered one of the few adult drinks I like called a “Miami Vice”.

The boys checked out the kid’s menu and stuck with their typical corn dog and chicken tenders. I liked that there was a variety of foods for kids and the sides weren’t just the typical ones you’d expect to see. Lucas chose fresh strawberries for his side and Jacob chose tortilla chips and salsa. Along with the entree and side, kids get a drink, dessert (ice cream or flavored apple sauce) and an appetizer of carrot sticks with ranch dip. With all this included I was surprised to find the kid’s meals were only $5.95!

For our appetizer I ordered the Parmesan Frites not realizing that was just a fancy way of saying french fries. They came with three dipping sauces, my favorite of which was the garlic parmesan dipping sauce.

Sinisa chose the salmon dinner with asparagus and mashed potatoes as his sides. I wanted to save plenty of room for dessert so I ordered a pulled pork slider and side salad. I loved that the pulled pork was a chunk of meat and not little pieces. It also came with fried pickles on it which is a delicious combo.

Nobody could decide on dessert so we chose a few! I had to try one of the seasonal specials, the chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries and whipped cream. It was absolutely amazing and was one of their light choices at only 410 calories. We also got a brownie sundae and doughnuts with a caramel apple dip. It was a delicious way to end our family day!

Houlihan’s had a great atmosphere. I like that they do their best to source the highest quality ingredients from partners committed to traditional farming practices and responsible stewardship of the land. Wherever possible, they choose smaller, artisan partners and make every effort to choose ingredients that are free of preservatives, antibiotics, and hormones. I also love their website design along with it is really creative sayings like “if you like it, put a pin on it“.

Giveaway:

One reader will win a $50 gift card to Houlihan’s

How to enter:

Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

Extra entry:

Share this giveaway on a social network and leave a comment below

Giveaway ends March 25, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident to enter.

Showing Love With Baked Goods {Gift Card Giveaways}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of Rich Products #bakerybecause program but all thoughts are my own.)

My boys love their sweets so for Valentine’s Day I wanted to give them some gifts they could enjoy for a special dessert. I’d love to bake but don’t really have much time to do so, so I head to my local grocery store to pickup their favorite cookies and cakes. Instead of just picking up items from the store and giving them in the bakery boxes I decided to get a little creative and figure out some special ways to share them.

I had some chocolate brownies and I decided to make the large brownies into bite sized pieces so they were easier for my kids to eat and not as messy. Once cut I packaged them in a couple different ways.

I used a gift card box and took out the insert inside where the card was supposed to go. I added Valentine’s themed mini muffin wrappers and then put a piece of brownie in each wrapper. Put the lid on, add a couple pieces of tape to the sides, and voila….a little box of yumminess!

For the second half of the brownies I decided to put them in these cute baking wrappers I found. You could even add some mini marshmallows in with them! Once in the wrappers they can be enclosed in clear cellophane.

I found a lot of fun ways to give the cookies. Some I put in little dollar value boxes I found. Some I put into treat bags decorated with curly ribbons at the top. I found a mug with some candies in it and took the candies out and refilled it with cookies which I think would be a great gift paired with a package of coffee beans or a gift card to a coffee shop. I also found little Valentine’s take out boxes with heart cut outs that I thought would be a hit with Sinisa as a special dessert after a Chinese dinner.

I also found a box of mini chocolate cakes adorned with frosting hearts. They were adorable so I wanted to display them. These will be given in a heart shaped tray wrapped in the heart cellophane that the white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are wrapped in.

What is your favorite way to gift baked goods and who would you give a delicious gift to? Check out the giveaway below!

GIVEAWAY

Three people will win $25 gift cards

HOW TO ENTER

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me who makes your life special

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Leave a comment telling me what special way you’d gift a baked good

4) Subscribe to this blog via email

Giveaway ends February 20, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to win.

Discover DOVE® Dark Chocolate {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DOVE® Chocolate but all thoughts are my own.)

Chocolate lovers, I have an announcement! DOVE® Chocolate has a new flavor out: Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate. I enjoy milk chocolate more than I like dark chocolate but these little pieces of chocolate are so delicious. The sweet caramel goes perfectly with the bitter taste of the dark chocolate. I also love that DOVE has inspirational quotes inside their chocolate wrappers.

To celebrate the new chocolate flavor I’m giving away one prize package on my blog. The giveaway includes:

  • Bag of NEW! DOVE® PROMISES® Silky Smooth Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate
  • Bag of DOVE® PROMISES® Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate
  • Two exclusive NICOLE® by OPI nail lacquer shades inspired by DOVE® Dark Chocolate: “Better After Dark” and “Promises in the Dark”

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me why you want to win

EXTRA OPTIONAL ENTRY:

Gain 1 extra entry by sharing this giveaway on social media

Giveaway ends February 15, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

DIY Terrarium Project

I’m so excited to share this guest post with you all! This kid-friendly garden craft is from master horticulturist and author, Katie Elzer Peters. Her new book, Miniature Gardensis a complete guide to miniature gardens with a hefty dose of good gardening practices. Her mission: to bring basics of gardening back to the trend by building mini gardens that mix creativity with longevity. A DIY Terrarium project is featured below and you can enter to win a copy of her book at the end of this post!

A terrarium filled with tropical plants is the perfect jungle setting in which to keep a dinosaur or two. While you can’t time travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, you can bring a little bit of the Jurassic era to your desk or dining room table. Moisture-loving houseplants grow best in this fully enclosed terrarium.

What you need:

  • Preserved reindeer moss
  • Polished stones
  • Ceramic animal figurines
  • Handmade ceramic sculptures
  • Plastic or resin mushrooms
  • Plastic decorative swirl picks
  • A container that looks large when not filled with plants and soil suddenly has little room for accessories when planted. Look for accessories, including animal figurines that are less than 2 inches long for larger terrariums and ½ to 1 inch long for smaller terrariums. This container is a clear candy jar from the craft store. It is 8 inches tall and 7 inches in diameter.
  • Ideal terrarium plants like high humidity and low light. Table ferns, polka dot plants, Selaginella, Croton, Alternanthera, and Ficus plants all fare well in terrariums. Because terrariums are so small, look for plants in 1-inch pots or plants in larger pots that can be split into smaller pieces.
  • Use a sterilized seedling mix or potting soil in a terrarium to prevent fungal problems. A small bag from the houseplant section of the garden center is enough for this project. It uses a few cups of soil, at most.

Where the dinosaurs Roam Terrarium Step by Step Directions

1. Fill the bottom of the container with ½ to 1 inch of rocks.

2. Pour activated charcoal on top of the rocks until the rocks are barely covered by the charcoal.

3. Add the potting mix on top of the charcoal. Start with 1 inch of potting mix. This doesn’t seem like much, but it is easier to start with a little, than it is to add more potting mix and dig holes.

4. Place the plants. If you’re using accessories, such as the dinosaur, you can set them in among the plants to gauge the effect see if you want to move the plants around prior to planting.

5. Remove plants from pots and plant them. The bottom of the plant rootballs can be touching the rocks. Use a spoon to fill in with soil around the plants.

View the Garden from All Sides

Even in such a small terrarium, you can make separate little scenes. Ideally, you’ll use accessories to make the terrarium interesting and inviting from all sides.

6. Add decorative mulches such as preserved reindeer moss or tumbled stones.

7. Position the accessories.

8. Water the terrarium. This is the trickiest step. It’s easy to overwater and then difficult to get the terrarium to dry out. Start by watering so that the top inch of soil (which might, in this case, be all of the soil) is about as damp as a wrung-out sponge. You can always add water.

9. Place the cover on the terrarium, set it in bright indirect light, and enjoy.

Care and Maintenance Enclosed terrariums have to get some light so that the plants can photosynthesize, grow, and keep the water cycle going. Otherwise the plants will rot. You’ll know if the terrarium is getting enough light when you can see some water droplets (condensation) on the inside of the glass. If the plants start to rot or become mushy, the terrarium is too wet. Open the cover and let it dry out for a week or so. It could take a while to find the right balance of water for the system to reach equilibrium. I have one terrarium that I haven’t watered for two years. It can be done.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win Katie’s book, Miniature Gardens

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me what kind of terrarium you’d make

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY:

Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends February 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post.)

Is It Time To Take A “Well Day”? {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ricola® but all thoughts are my own.)

I’m sitting here writing this after a long day which comes after an exhausting work week. This morning, we had Jacob’s Grand Prix race for Awana and then I spent the afternoon trying to get things done around the house while taking care of two rambunctious kids who have cabin fever. This evening I’ve been trying to empty out my email inbox (which after a couple of dedicated hours of work still has almost 20,000 emails- 2,000+ of which are unread). I love my kids and I love my life but some days (like today) I just really wish I could take a day to relax by myself. I’d even settle for a few kid-free, computer free, hours.

What would I do? I dream that I’d start the day by sleeping in and enjoying breakfast in bed. I’d go for a mani-pedi and then spend the afternoon on the couch catching up on my DVR’d shows. Sounds like the perfect relaxing day to me!

What about you? What would YOU do if you took a day to yourself? Ricola, the leading manufacturer of herb cough drops, wants to know and they have a special promotion going on where you could win money just by telling them!

As the cold and flu season hits its peak this month, Ricola is encouraging consumers to trade in their sick days for well days by inviting them to “Call in Well.” Now through January 31st, consumers can call 1-855-4-WELLDAY or text RICOLA (22122) to share what fun things they’d do if they took a “well day” off. One lucky winner per day will win $500. Visit Ricola’s Facebook page for official rules.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win Ricola products and a $25 Visa gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me how you would spend your “well day”

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @RicolaUSA on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email

Giveaway ends February 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Keep Calm And Sleep On {Gift Card Giveaway}

A couple of years ago, Luke’s doctor was worried that he had sleep apnea. I didn’t know much about it but learned that what basically happens is that people with sleep apnea suddenly stop breathing while they are sleeping. That was really scary to think about but thankfully, after an overnight sleep study, it was determined that he didn’t suffer from it. Even so, I’m happy to be partnering with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine on this sponsored post to share information about oral appliance therapy for adults who have sleep apnea. {Please note: I am not a doctor and the content of this post is not medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor before trying any new products or therapies.}

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes people to suddenly stop breathing during sleep anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute and up to hundreds of times a night. It’s a potentially life-threatening condition affecting 12 to 18 million U.S. adults that can increase the risk for serious health problems, including congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease – just to name a few.

A new therapy called oral appliance therapy (OAT) uses a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. The devices are quiet, portable and easy to care for.

AADSM recommends oral appliance therapy for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with OAT. Consumers with sleep apnea or loud and frequent snoring can go to www.LocalSleepDentist.com to find a local dentist trained in oral appliance therapy.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a $50 Bed Bath and Beyond gift card

HOW TO ENTER

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what you learned about sleep apnea or oral appliance therapy

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right corner)

Giveaway ends February 5, 2014 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Jané Trider Extreme Stroller Giveaway

(Disclosure: I’m being compensated for sharing this giveaway.)

One “must-have” on every new parent’s shopping list is a stroller so I’m really excited to share an amazing giveaway with you all. Jané USA is giving away a Trider Extreme stroller. This stroller sells for $790!

Jané has been around since 1932 and was started by a dad who created the first pram for his son. Love that the company was built from a parent’s invention. The company now carries a line of carseats in addition to strollers.

The co-sponsor of the giveaway is zseek. The website is a marketplace that lets parents compare baby products side by side to help them make decisions on which products would work best for their family. Zseek also runs giveaways frequently so be sure to check them out.

 

 

Language Stars’ Free Trial Weeks and a Giveaway

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

As a teenager I took many years of Spanish class. Most of the learning was taught using flashcards and was memorization of sayings and words. I learned a little but now, years later, I probably only remember about 1% of what I learned. I think this is because, as research has shown, language is picked up easiest when we are young and becomes harder as we grow older.

Language Stars is a play-driven foreign language class for kids between the ages of 1 and 10 years old. They make learning fun instead of using flashcards which I think is great. Utilizing a high-energy, FunImmersion® method of instruction, students learn a foreign language through games, art projects, music and more.

There are 15 locations in the Chicago area and all of the centers are running a great promotion through January 18th. During this time, parents can take their children to one free class — and if they attend, they’ll get a $10 iTunes gift card. Plus, if a new family enrolls during the Free Class Weeks, they’ll get $100 off their tuition.

As if that promotion weren’t awesome enough, I have a great giveaway to share with you all. Enter below to win a free month of Language Stars classes!

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Herbal Essences Hair Care Kit {Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

Moms, if you are like me and don’t always get to wash your hair every day, I have some new products to share with you! Herbal Essences recently contacted me about trying their new collection exclusively available at Walmart.com and they sent me a gift card to purchase it online. This collection features 4 products, including a dry shampoo for in between washes. I will be reviewing it next month and letting you all know what I think about it but here is some information about the new collection from Walmart’s website.

Bare your softest hair with the Herbal Essences Naked Collection Volume kit. The kit includes Naked Volume shampoo and conditioner with 0% heavy residues, dyes and parabens. Then finish your style with Volumizing Souffle to weightlessly boost hair. And to help keep that volume between washes use the volumizing Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo with natural tapioca to instantly absorb excess oil. It’s everything you need for irresistible volume!

About the Shampoo and Conditioner

Restore hair’s natural body with our Volume Shampoo and Conditioner with zero heavy residues, dyes and parabens. Start with Volume shampoo and gently massage into wet hair until it lathers. Then rinse thoroughly, working from root to tip so your hair is left with a weightless clean. Next, work in the Volume conditioner to keep hair detangled, conditioned to nourish, and full of irresistible volume.

About the Dry Shampoo

Refresh your look and experience lightweight clean hair, even on days you don’t wash. The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil, transforming lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair with the crisp essence of citrus and mint. Gently spray on and work into roots, and brush out as desired.

About the Volumizing Souffle

This weightless, volumizing wonder gives you a lift for fullness that lasts, while you delight your senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint. Gently work in this mousse through wet hair for touchable, natural volume you can run your fingers through.

GIVEAWAY:

Want to try this product yourself? Enter to win a $50 Walmart gift card!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following. Leave a separate comment for each you do.}

1) Tell me which product you can’t wait to try

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @herbalessences on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends January 12, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Great Chuggington Giveaway: Stacktrack Set & Chug Patrol App

Do you have a little Chuggington fan? If so, I have some exciting news for you and a great giveaway you are going to love! StoryToys, a leading publisher of interactive books and games for children, recently released “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue,” a 3D interactive storybook for children and it is currently 50% off!

The “Chug Patrol: Ready To Rescue” app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for $4.99 on smartphones and tablets. The “Chug Patrol” app features Wilson as he proves to be a brave new hero of the rails. He’s “in control and ready to roll!” Brewster and Koko also move up to advanced training, taking lessons from new mentors and helping with more important tasks. Children can read or listen to the story, and then turn the page to see a 3D pop-up scene magically unfold. They can then join in the action for themselves, all while earning Chug Patrol badges for their collection. Readers will ride along with Koko as she masters speed control and braking, build new track in the forest with Brewster, make a daring rescue from the mine with Wilson, save Emery when his brakes fail, and much more.

“Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” includes the following features:

  • Amazing 3D book experience – it’s just like a real pop-up book.
  • Nine interactive pop-up scenes with exciting games and puzzles.
  • Fully narrated in multiple languages by original actors from the series.
  • Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Autoplay modes.
  • 21 beautifully presented pages of text.
  • Win a badge when each task is completed, just like a real Chug Patroller!
  • Features a fantastic musical score and lots of amazing sound effects.

Love a good deal? StoryToys has a two week Christmas promotion running through January 3rd and Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue is 50% off! They also have other great sales including: Grimm’s Hansel & Gretel (free!) and all other books in the library will be $1 off (apart from books that are already $0.99).

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Chuggington StackTrack Ready to Race Deluxe Action Playset by TOMY and a free code for the Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue phone app!

Chuggington StackTrack Ready to Race Playset takes kids on a twisting, turning, spiraling adventure that scales four levels of fun. Experience the only die-cast railway that combines train and construction play to deliver the tallest, most action-packed train play ever. This innovative train track system lets kids build tall, spiraling layouts…so tall, in fact, that TOMY set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for World’s Tallest Toy Train Track this spring at Grand Central Terminal in New York City!

The Ready to Race Playset inspires construction creativity with eight different layout options—each designed to encourage imagination and amp up the play value. High Performance engine technology eliminates the frustration of flipping engines or disastrous derailments with engines that stay on track—even when screeching down a two foot tall layout! Plus, the set is compatible with all other Chuggington StackTrack and die-cast sets, delivering endless track layout possibilities.

Ages: 3 and up. MSRP: $89.99

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win this giveaway for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Tweet: Enter to win @Tomy_toy’s @Chuggington StackTrack & Chug Patrol app from @Storytoys via @aliciamarie112 http://wp.me/p2UYm7-5AZ #Traintastic

4) Comment on another one of my blog posts

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Follow @Storytoys on Twitter

Giveaway ends January 5, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to win.

Books For Boys {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a set of books to review but all thoughts are my own.)

If you have a little boy that is fascinated by all things that rumble, crumble and crash, a new series by Capstone Book for Young Readers is a SMASH-ingly great gift for this holiday season! The aptly named DESTRUCTION series features four very sturdy board books where readers can follow along as a building is imploded, a car goes into the crusher, a wrecking ball destroys a wall and tires are shredded to bits. Crush It!Knock It Down!Blow It Up!; and Shred It! all feature big, bright images and movable parts that allow the reader to blow it up, knock it down, crush and shred it — perfect for little ones mesmerized by destruction!

Lucas, who is always on the go, is not a fan of typical books. He doesn’t enjoy looking at picture books but he loved these books because he could do things while he was looking at the pictures. He can move the wrecking ball back and forth, make a building crumble to the ground, crush old cars and more.

I also liked that these books were very sturdy. Having multiple kids, it is great when I know items will last for more than one child. The colors of these books were nice as well and the bright colors grabbed Luke’s attention along with my own.

For more information about the series and purchasing information please visit: http://www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/products/crush-it-/.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win all 4 books in the series and a yellow construction hat

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any 0r all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win this set for

2)  Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends January 5, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Earn Money With Bunny Bucks From Energizer {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card and batteries in exchange for posting but all thoughts are my own.)

The Energizer Bunny is 25 years old and he believes birthdays are about celebrating with those around him so, in stores now, consumers can collect Bunny Bucks to turn into money, via a check or deposit into their PayPal accounts.  And with Christmas just a week away, it’s the perfect time to start stocking up on batteries for all of those holiday gifts you will be giving.

Here’s some more details on how to get the bunny bucks:

To participate in the Energizer Battery, Inc. Bunny Birthday Bucks Rewards offer purchase two specially marked packages of Energizer® batteries now through June 1, 2014, while supplies last. Each specially marked pack will contain one  unique code. Two codes are required to receive either a $4 Bunny Birthday Bucks Reward or an $8 Bunny Birthday Bucks Reward. To read more details and the offer rules please go to the website found here.

The Energizer Bunny will also dole out party favors in the way of coupons throughout the months to come so make sure to follow him on Facebook!

GIVEAWAY:

2 specially marked packages of Energizer Max batteries with Bunny Bucks codes (AA or AAA)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what toy or gadget in your home uses the most batteries

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @Energizer on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

 Giveaway ends January 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

 

Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set {Giveaway}

My boys are really into Angry Birds lately. They love the phone app but they also enjoy playing with the playsets. I shared about the small set we got back in October (find the review here) and this month Hasbro sent us the ANGRY BIRDS GO! TELEPODS PIG ROCK RACEWAY Set.

This set is so much fun! Lucas was home sick from school today and, once I set it up for him, spent over an hour playing with the set (which is great for him considering he doesn’t have much of an attention span).

Two of the birds are in little cars and, with the push of a button, race each other along this long race track. There are extra obstacles you can add to the excitement but for my four year old the basic racing was enough to keep him occupied.

It was so cute listening to Lucas say, “you win! yay!” over and over again when one of the cars would get to the end of the track.

Another way to play with the characters from this set is to use the phone app and teleport your angry bird into the game. The boys think it’s so cool that they can do this.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win an Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win this for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends December 30, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: As stated above, I received a game for review.)

Ferrero Rocher’s 25 Days Wrapped In Gold Giveaways

(Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Ferrero Rocher as part of the 25 Days Wrapped in Gold campaign. I received free chocolates.)

I LOVE chocolate and if you do as well I’m sure you’ve heard of Ferrero Rocher, the melt-in-your-mouth hazelnut and chocolate delights. They are one of my favorite chocolates to find in my Christmas stocking.

Between December 1st and 25th, Ferrero Rocher is giving away hundreds of gold-wrapped gifts to make the holidays sweeter. The gifts include trips, gift cards, and more! Be sure to check out the “25 Days Wrapped in Gold” Sweepstakes at www.facebook.com/FerreroRocherUS. Every day through Christmas is a new chance to win!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of 48 contig.U.S & D.C., 18+ w/ valid email & Facebook acct on date of entry. Starts 12/1/13 at 9:00 am (ET) and ends 12/25/13 at 11:59 pm (ET) w/ 25 daily entry periods beginning at 9:00am (ET) and ending at 11:59 pm (ET) each day. For complete details, including entry & prizing details, see Official Rules at http://bit.ly/1eWIYtv.

 

Gift Ideas For Boys, Sneaky Shopping Tips & A Target Gift Card Giveaway

Target recently gave me a gift card and sent me on a Christmas shopping mission with my kids to one of their stores. My challenge? Be a kids’ gift detective and purchase toys for my boys without them knowing.

Sometimes shopping for kids can be hard. Jacob and Lucas tell me they want everything that they see on television so it’s not always easy to decide which gifts they want the most. With Sinisa working so much it’s also difficult for me to find time to go shopping. While I do a lot of my shopping online, I’ve found that sometimes I just prefer the shopping experience in-real-life instead of online.

Target gave me some great ideas on how I could shop with my children without them knowing. Here are the ideas I was given:

  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 1: While shopping at Target for your everyday needs, indulge your kids with a stroll down the toy aisle. As they interact and point out toys they like such as the Air Hogs Atmosphere, you can easily pull out your smartphone and use the Target app to purchase it right there in the toy aisle without them ever knowing it.
  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 2: For an upcoming shopping trip, bring the other parent, friend or grandparent who can bring the kids to a different part of the store for a snack while you make purchases of the gifts. Or, doing your shopping with the kids’ while in plain sight and tell your kids the items are being given to a cousin or friend, so your kids won’t even realize the gift is for them.
  • Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 3: Enlist your kids in the shopping fun. Want a sneaky way to find out exactly what your kids want for the holidays while also shopping for a good cause? Tell your kids you’re shopping for gifts to donate to a local charity, and have them pick out the toys to donate. Your kids will love scanning the aisles for their favorite items, like the Flutterbye Flying Fairy or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles R/C Shellraiser. Little do they know that the items you’re picking out will also be the gifts they’ll find under the tree. To make sure they don’t blow your cover, you can drop off items you bought at your local charity and order the items online that they picked out for their Christmas gifts.
  • Kid’s Gift Detective Tip 4: If you don’t have a partner in crime to help during your covert shopping trip, make sure to disguise or hide the items you put in your cart. When you arrive at the store, line your cart with “undesirables” (like jumbo packs of frozen Brussels sprouts or books about manners) so your kids can’t see the real gems hidden inside. You can also swing by the container aisle to convert your cart into a covert shopping storage machine. Just place one big, closeable bin into the basket and add their wish list items to the bin while you wheel through the aisles.

For my shopping trip, I decided to focus on my 5 year old’s gift ideas. I seem to be full of gift ideas for preschoolers but for some reason that next year up is harder. He’s too big for preschool toys but too young for many elementary toys. I went along the lines of #2 and told him I wanted him to show me 5 toys that he thought his friends wanted most for Christmas. At his age, his “friends” wants are still suspiciously the same as what he wants ;)

Here were his choices:

Skylanders is #1 on Jacob’s list. The newest game out is Skylanders Swap Force which he loves. Really anything Skylanders will do!
Angry Birds Telepods toys go with the phone app and are a big hit in our house as well.
Switch & Go Dinos were mentioned a few months ago and here he shares again that they’d be in his top 5. Vehicles that turn into dinosaurs? Pretty cool!
Jacob got this Hot Wheels Set for his birthday. Cars are always a hit with this age group!

This LeapPad bundle tied with the Nintendo 3DS as a top electronic gift. For the LeapPad Jake thought a 5 year old boy would like a SpongeBob game the most and his top 3DS game was Pokemon. 

Target also shares some of their top gifts for boys in that age range. They are:

  • 4-pk. Disney Planes Die-Cast Gift Set (Target Exclusive)
  • Imaginext Justice League Javelin (Target Exclusive)
  • Angry Birds Go Pirate Ship
  • Kidtrax SRT Viper 6-Volt Ride-On Car
  • MEGA Bloks Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles R/C Shellraiser
  • Zoomer

So many great gift ideas! Need help figuring out how to hide all of the fabulous gifts? Don’t worry because Target has ideas about how to do that as well! Find them all here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Target Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me a sneaky shopping tip you have

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Share a picture of yourself using the Target Kids’ Gift Detective tips on Twitter.

Use the #MyKindofHoliday hashtag to tag your pictures.

4) Subscribe to this blog

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends December 20, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: As stated above, Target gave me a gift card to use. All thoughts are my own.)

Diamond & Amethyst Earrings Deal & A Giveaway {5 Winners!}

(Disclosure: I am receiving earrings in exchange for posting about this giveaway. Thoughts are my own.)

As a woman there is nothing more exciting than receiving a tiny little box on Christmas and finding diamond jewelry inside. I think the reason is because it’s something we normally wouldn’t buy for ourselves because it tends to be expensive. I have a secret to share though….

Today, December 6th, 1Sale has  1/10th ct Diamond and 6.5 Amethyst Earrings, value $199, for only $29.99 today!

At 1Sale every day is Black Friday getting up to 90% off retail prices on products each day ranging from electronics, housewares, jewelry, accessories and more. New daily deals are posted at 12 midnight Eastern time every day. And there is no need for group buying on 1Sale! Anyone can get these daily deals for gifts, personal shopping, etc.

Last Christmas I found an amazing deal that I thought was too good to be true and got a dream light and pillow pet set for only $20. I was so excited for my boys to get them. Make sure to check out the other great deals being offered today!

GIVEAWAY:

5 people will each win an earring set, valued at $199!!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you want to win these earrings for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @1SaleADay on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends December 23, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident, age 18 or older to enter.

Trendy Looks And Soft Lips From Carmex {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received free products from Carmex but all thoughts are my own.)

Every woman has a style of her own. Some are more classic, some are edgier, and some are always showing off the latest trends. I used to be trendier but started to stick with a more classic look as I headed into my mid-twenties and beyond.

Carmex, wanting to help each woman embrace her own unique style, created a Limited Edition collection of lip balms. There are four designs: chic black & white, adventurous leopard print,  trendworthy purple, and a whimsical colorful print. There is a quiz online where you can discover which stick best aligns with your personal style. I took the quiz and got “chic”.

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win the collection of Moisture Plus lip balms

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me which design is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends December 19, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

Take A Mini-Vacation At Chula Vista Resort {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I am a Chula Vista Resort Ambassador and received a free stay at the resort. All thoughts are my own.)

Everyone needs to get away from it all once in a while so I’m really excited to be working with Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells to offer a giveaway for a two-night stay! Their indoor waterpark is the perfect way to escape the cold winter days. We went there this summer and had a great time! Here are some pictures of the resort:

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GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a two-night stay in the tower guest rooms at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

(The winner will be able to upgrade to a suite, villa, or condo for a nominal fee if they’d like to.)

HOW TO ENTER: 

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Check out Chula Vista’s website and tell me what your favorite thing about the resort is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @ChulaVistaWI on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email

6) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends December 10, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident and 21 or older to enter. Giveaway includes resort stay only, no other fees are covered.

Get It Done With Microsoft Office {Giveaway}

(Disclosure:  I participated in the Microsoft Office 365 campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.)

You never know how much you take something for granted until you don’t have it. I never realized how much I used Microsoft Office products until I didn’t have them on my computer. I couldn’t edit Word documents people sent me, I couldn’t easily create invoices, and I had a lot of trouble opening attachments I was sent that were written in Word.

One thing I really wanted to do was create some sort of spreadsheet to track my blog income better. I had been relying on email and a sheet of scrap paper to keep track of things but that was a horrible system. Once I got Microsoft Office back I immediately created a spreadsheet using excel.

Using a spreadsheet has made it a lot easier to see when projects have been completed and when I should expect to be paid. I also created a blog expenses sheet and a sheet to keep track of where I have promoted posts on social media. All of these spreadsheets have made me much more efficient.

One other bonus of using Microsoft Office is that it can be accessed anywhere I go. The 9 to 5 has blurred and today people need modern technology to find balance. From the home to the office, and especially on the go, people all around the world are working differently than the past. I work from home full-time and, though I’m mostly at my computer, I need to be able to get work done even when I’m not home.

Show Microsoft how you #GetItDone and you and a friend could win a trip to some of the most happening events anywhere. Get it done alongside the most accomplished athletes, filmmakers and musicians around—on a trip to NYC, a journey to Park City, Utah, or a musical voyage to Austin, Texas. Visit http://bit.ly/GetItDoneContest to share and enter to win:

  • A February trip to NYC, America’s most get it done city—with enough cash to buy tickets to the big football showdown, or catch your favorite Broadway show.
  • Slap on your skis and head to Utah this January, where you can get it done in between indie flicks in Park City.
  • Fly to Austin in March, where you’ll enjoy a boot-scootin’ week of living history, live music and interactive in the heart of Texas.

Enter to win here at Making Time For Mommy, too! One reader will win a one-year subscription (US $99.99 value) of Office 365 Home Premium.

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me how you’d use Microsoft Office on the go

2) Share this giveaway on a social network.

3) Follow @Office on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter.

Making The Best First Impression With AXE Hair {Walmart GC Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

Since having kids, I stopped spending much time on my morning routine. Working from home means I can wear comfy clothes all day long and my hair usually ends up in a ponytail because my hair takes forever to style. I used to care about making a good first impression but now I’m more worried about how my kids look than how I look. How important is making a good first impression to you? Are you the type that always strives to make the best impression you can or are you the type of person who could care less about what others think?

Regardless of your answer to the above question, I think it’s pretty safe to say that most everyone tries to make the best first impression they can when they go on job interviews. Walmart  and AXE Hair have teamed up for The Greatest Place to Work sweepstakes, inspired by the DVD release of the movie, The Internship.

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Through Oct. 23-Nov.23, just head to your local Walmart and visit bit.ly/axesweeps via your mobile phone, answer a couple fun and easy questions and get entered to win The Greatest Place to Work sweepstakes. You could win the prizes featured below.

 

Isn’t that a fantastic sweepstakes!? While I don’t have all those amazing prizes to give away, I do have a $25 Walmart gift card to give away to one reader. Enter in the comments below!

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what thing helps you make a great first impression…is it your smile, your power suit, a fierce lipstick, or your fabulous personality?

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 26, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident, 18 or older to enter.

Sleepy’s: Making Mattress Shopping Easier {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card and products but all thoughts are my own.)

Mattress shopping is definitely not on my list of favorite things to do. Normally, people go into stores and “try out” mattresses to see if they like the firmness of them. That, along with the price, are typically key factors in deciding which mattress to buy. Sleepy’s offers a completely different experience that makes it just a little more enjoyable and easier.

Sleepy’s offers a free comfort analysis to all their customers to help them determine which mattress will offer them the optimal support and comfort they need. When choosing a mattress at Sleepy’s they focus on which mattress allows for proper spinal alignment. They also offer suggestions for pillows as well.

I thought the poster was interesting to look at, especially the bottom half about choosing the right pillow. Up until recently I had always used thick pillows and woken up feeling like I didn’t get that great of a night’s sleep. Just a couple weeks ago I started using a thinner Soiree Latex pillow that Sleepy’s had sent me and I wake up feeling a lot more rested without any body aches and pains. It’s a great feeling!

Shopping at Sleepy’s was a nice experience. They separate the store into four different areas based on mattress type: pillow top, plush, firm and specialty. Once you choose which firmness is your favorite you head to that quarter of the store. With all the mattresses in the stores it can be overwhelming but being able to cut 3/4 of the store samples out of the decision making process really makes finding the perfect bed much easier.

Sleepy’s also has pillows, mattress covers and a number of accessories as well. I loved the pillows on display in the picture above. They have side vents but are also specially made for the type of sleeper people are.

To celebrate the new Sleepy’s location in Chicago I’m excited to share this great Sleepy’s giveaway. The “grand prize” winner will receive a gift card in their prize package which can only be used at Chicago stores. You can still win if you don’t live in Chicago but you just wouldn’t be able to use the gift card.

GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize Winner: 1 Sleepy’s $100 Gift Card (only redeemable in Chicago area Sleepy’s stores), 2 Soiree Latex Pillow, 2 Cooling Pillow Pad, and 1 Sleepy’s Neck Pillow

Second Place Winner: 2 Soiree Latex Pillow, 2 Cooling Pillow Pad and 1 Sleepy’s Neck Pillow

HOW TO ENTER

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what item you would buy at Sleepy’s

2) Follow Sleepys on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Comment on another one of my blog posts

5) Share this giveaway on a social media network

Giveaway ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older and a US citizen to enter.

Visa Gift Card Giveaway- Easy Entry!

I’m excited to share that on the cbSocially Facebook page we are giving away a $25 Visa gift card! It’s easy to enter to win. Just comment on this status on Facebook with your favorite store to shop at. The giveaway ends tomorrow, Saturday 11/9 at noon EST, so hurry up and go enter :)

(Disclosure: This giveaway is being held on my work’s Facebook page but I am not receiving any compensation for posting this on my personal blog. Just thought you all would be interested. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Change Your Clocks And Your Batteries {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a home safety kit but all thoughts are my own.)

Don’t forget that tonight you have to change your clocks back! While you are doing that you should also make sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Did you know, thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes with no smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, frequently due to dead or missing batteries? It is so important to change the batteries because a working smoke alarm can make the difference in whether you and your family have the critical extra seconds to safely escape or not.

With the extra hour “gained” from the end of daylight saving time it might be a good time to review your home fire safety plans also. Energizer’s Facebook page has coloring pages, escape plan grids, and fire safety tips you can go over with your family.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Family Safety Kit complete with a reusable grocery tote containing: one 16-pack Energizer® MAX® AA Batteries years, one 1-pack of Energizer® MAX® 9 volt batteries, one Energizer® Weatheready® LED Safety Light flashlight, and one Kidde Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm. {$70 value}

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me how often you change the batteries in your smoke detectors

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @Energizer on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

 Giveaway ends November 23, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 18 or older to enter.

 

Give With Purpose This Holiday Season {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a bracelet and earring set but all thoughts are my own.)

There is nothing better than a gift that gives back. I’m happy to be working with World Vision again this year to help promote their Gift Catalog. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in US and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ Handcrafted Gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.

I received a Colors of Africa Bracelet & Earring Set to review. This gorgeous Zakale bracelet and earring set from Nairobi are made from recycled materials by Kenyan artisans. The people received a loan from World Vision to grow their business and lift themselves out of poverty. With a $100 donation people can get this set for free.

This colorful set would make the perfect gift for any woman or girl. I love how the beads really capture the light. Knowing the story behind the bracelet makes me even prouder to wear it.

Want to donate without receiving a gift? The Gift Catalog lets you choose how your donation is sent. Love playing soccer or have kids who do? Donate soccer balls to kids who would normally play with “soccer balls” made of banana leaves or rolled-up trash. Passionate about education? Give kids books and tools they need to be successful in school and help them fulfill their potential and even lift themselves out of poverty. Or maybe you just simply want to give a child food, water, or clothing to protect them from the freezing temperatures.

Want to go beyond yourself? I love these ideas that World Vision shared:

  • Organize a family giving night and have kids select charitable gifts from an organization such as the World Vision Gift Catalog. Talk with your children about how giving back changes lives of children and families living in poverty and that their efforts truly make a difference.
  • Host a house party for friends and family and ask your guests to contribute to a share of a group gift such as a farm animal, winter clothing or school supplies to families in need, or even a water well. Make the selection of the item, how to raise funds for that gift, and the collection of the money a collaborative, group effort.
  • After Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping, consider celebrating Giving Tuesday (12/3) and make meaningful, life-changing gift purchases such as medicine, mosquito nets or a fish pond.
  • Be active in your giving — volunteer at your local homeless shelter or senior living center; cook a meal or bake cookies for an elderly family member or neighbor.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a bracelet and earring set like the one mentioned above

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

 1) Leave a comment telling me what gift you’d give a child in need

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends November 24, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must a a US resident and 18 or older to enter.

Raccoon Rumpus Preschool Game {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received this game for review but all thoughts are my own.)

At our Halloween get-together this past Saturday my boys and their cousins played Raccoon Rumpus and had so much fun. This game is perfect for the Halloween season because in this game the raccoons wear costumes, too! The kids roll dice and then have to put costumes on their raccoons based on what article of clothing and color they see.

This game is for 2-4 players, ages Pre-K and up. Our group was between the ages of 4 and 6 and all of them were able to play on their own. The boys have been playing this game daily and even play some games solo. This game is sure to be a hit and keep the kids busy throughout the winter!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Raccoon Rumpus game

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who in your life would love playing this game

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends November 16, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and age 18 or over to enter.

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I’m receiving free Christmas cards from Tiny Prints but all thoughts are my own.)

I love Christmas. I have been known to decorate on November 1st because I love the holiday so much. Holiday cards though? I never get them out on time! It’s such a long process and I always need to make sure I find the perfect card. This year I decided to start early in hopes that my Christmas cards would actually go out before the holiday :)

I checked out the Tiny Prints website to see this year’s Christmas Cards collection and here were some of my favorites:

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There were so many other cards that I loved. This is going to be a hard decision! I love the Christmas ones that share the good news of Christ being born but these “year in review” cards are calling me so hoping I can incorporate both into one card somehow.

Tiny Prints is offering new trim options this year- Square, rounded, bracket, ticket & scallop trim options. They also have new design styles for 2013 – Contemporary, Classic, Vintage, Full bleed photos, All That Glitters, Bold Expressions, Simply Chic, Woodland Wonder & The New Tradition. I like that they have all these options so you can really customize your card. Another thing you can do to make your cards stand out is to add matching address labels and envelope liners.

Tiny Prints also has great photo gifts! Want to make your own Christmas, holiday, or New Years cards? Enter to win below!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win $50 off total order (plus free shipping) code at Tiny Prints

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me your favorite design

OPTIONAL EXTRA ENTRIES:

1) Pin your favorite card with the #TinyPrintsCheer hashtag

2) Share this giveaway on another social network

Giveaway ends October 25, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, age 18 or older to win.

NCAA Fun At Target {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a compensated post but thoughts are my own.)

I talk about the Chicago Bears all the time but did you all know that I enjoy college ball, too? I live in Illinois but when I watch NCAA football or basketball the team I’m cheering for is from Ohio. Why? I went to college in Ohio! My school didn’t have a team in the NCAA since it was a small liberal arts school so the college team I adopted as “my” college team was Ohio State University {OSU}.

To make this sports season even more exciting, Target has teamed up with Dove Men+Care™, AXE®, Degree™ Men and the NCAA to create the “Save Your Season” QB Challenge. Enter the contest for your chance to win an Xbox One. Think your team is going to reign supreme? Recruit your friends to play against you!

Don’t forget to grab your favorite Dove Men+Care™, AXE® and Degree™ Men products, too. From now until November 9th, you’ll receive a $5 Target gift card when you buy any three participating Dove Men+Care™, AXE® or Degree™ Men products. Now, even if your team may stink this season, it doesn’t mean you have to.

Like Twitter parties? Join the Twitter party with @ResourcefulMom taking place on 11/4 at 8 PM ET by following the hashtag #NCAATarget.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $20 Target giveaway

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what NCAA team you (or someone in your family) cheers for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends November 9, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.

 

Save Money With The 2014 ENTERTAINMENT® Coupon Book {Giveaway}

Everyone likes to save money. Many do this in a variety of ways, one of them being coupons. If you love to coupon you have probably heard about the ENTERTAINMENT® coupon books that are filled with great deals. I was excited to get one to review because I remember my parents having them when I was younger and getting to try out new places because we had coupons for them.

Featuring more than 250,000 locations to save across the United States and Canada, the 2014 edition of the iconic ENTERTAINMENT® book includes hundreds of 50% off and two-for-one discounts. Members have access to thousands of dollars of savings from local, regional and national brands all while supporting local schools and fundraising efforts. Savings are available for restaurants, groceries, shopping, services, movie tickets, travel, car care, local sports attractions and much more. The savings from using just a few of the coupons pays for the cost of the book!

Prefer mobile coupons? Anyone who purchases the 2014 edition also gets access to online and mobile savings through the website and mobile app, allowing you to save even more. I love this option because I sometimes forget my coupons at home but I always have my phone on me.

Available in 120 different city editions, the 2014 ENTERTAINMENT® Book Memberships can be purchased at www.entertainment.com, through a local fundraiser or retail partner, or by calling 888-231-SAVE (7283).  All of the coupons available in the 2014 edition are valid through Dec. 30, 2014.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a 2014 ENTERTAINMENT® Coupon Book for the Chicago South & West Areas

(This book includes coupons for: Buca di Beppo, Food4Less, Howl At The Moon, Papa Johns, Pump It Up, Hollywood Palms, Target, American Airlines and 100s of other brick-and-mortar & online locations)

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me which place you hope there is a coupon for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends November 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a coupon book for free. All thoughts are my own.)

Giving The Gift Of Sleep {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.)

By interviewing over 9,000 moms about what was important for their baby, Pampers found the number one unmet need is a diaper that provides superior overnight dryness.  Pampers incorporated this firsthand insight, as well as the brand’s deep understanding of baby and baby’s needs, to design a diaper that both mom and baby can count on for up to 12 hours of overnight protection. Pampers Baby Dry now features a longer, blue tinted absorbent area, more absorbent materials making it 15% more absorbent and new and updated Sesame Street designs that moms love.

Pampers sent me on a mission to give the “Gift of Sleep” to a family or baby in my community. I thought of a friend at Church who is pregnant with her second child. She welcomed my family with open arms when we first came to the Church and coordinated the Special Needs Ministry ensuring that my children would be well cared for in a safe, loving environment while I attended service. I had been wanting to do something special for her and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so!

I created a little gift basket for her and the baby including Pampers Swaddlers and Baby Dry diapers along with Pampers wipes. For the baby I got a fleece pair of pajamas and blanket to keep him nice and warm, a rattle to play with, and a rubber ducky for bath time. I chose some lavender scented baby wash and lotion and a snooze wrap to ensure he would drift off to sleep easily.

I didn’t forget about the mommy-to-be either! I am giving her a copy of Dayspring’s Inspirational Daily Calendar with words from Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite bloggers/authors. I also added a teething bracelet for when the little one starts teething. I can’t wait to give her the basket of goodies on Sunday!

GIVEAWAY:

 Sleep Sheep Sound Machine, cozy blankets for Mom/Baby and a $50 Visa gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me who you’d give the gift of sleep to

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Pampers on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right column)

Giveaway ends October 28, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and 18 or older to win.

 

Chicago Toy & Game Fair {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I am receiving free tickets and attending their complimentary media breakfast but thoughts are my own.)

Kick off your holiday fun! Go to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, the largest toy and game fair in the US that’s open to the public. Come out to preview, play with the hottest new TOYS and GAMES from around the world, and meet the inventors who created them. Other fun includes: tournaments, contests, meet costumed characters, see Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew, live stage entertainment, contests, and much much more!

I went two years ago and found lots of great new toys and games for my family.

Where:

Navy Pier, Festival Hall A

When:

Saturday, November 23, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2012 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Click here for ticket info and a $2 off coupon.

GIVEAWAY:

3 people will win Weekend Family Passes to ChiTAG

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me what your favorite game or toy is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends November 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and 18 or older to win. This giveaway includes tickets only. All other fees including parking/travel are the responsibility of the winner.

Target Revamps Their Baby Department In Select Stores {Giveaway}

I love Target. They have everything I need under one roof and the best part is they have a great selection, great clearance prices and unique designs. When I was asked to check out the revamped baby department at a local store and given a gift card to do some shopping I was so excited. I get a majority of my kid’s clothes there and have since they were infants.

Building off its “Expect More. Pay Less.” brand promise, Target has launched an enhanced baby experience program in 10 existing Chicago-area stores. The test program aims to create a more compelling shopping experience – with an emphasis on in-store service – through a redesigned layout, knowledgeable Baby Advisors and interactive digital content and expert advice in partnership with leading parenting resource BabyCenter.

I love Target’s new baby section. The past section tended to be crowded but I found everything was displayed nicely and easy to find in the new, larger layout. I also noticed that certain areas of the department were expanded to offer better choices to parents.

When it comes to clothes their selection is just as cute as it’s always been. Guests can find exclusive brands such as Circo and Just One You by Carter’s and all their national brand favorites.

Clothes are displayed at eye-level and coordinating pieces are presented together which makes creating outfits extremely easy (which is extra nice when you are sleep-deprived).

Having an expert to help new parents is also great. I remember when I was pregnant and shopping for “necessities”. I put everything on my list because I didn’t know what I needed, what I didn’t need (or at least didn’t need right away) and what items were best. I love that Target has partnered with Baby Center because it’s a website I trust.

The full list of Chicagoland stores that offer enhanced baby experience includes Bolingbrook, Lombard, Rosemont, Oswego, Homewood, Romeoville, Willowbrook, Chicago-Peterson Ave, Chicago McKinley Park and Highland in Indiana.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Target gift card

{You don’t need to live in the Chicago area to win!}

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Which part about Target’s new baby department is your favorite?

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Target on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email

Giveaway ends November 4, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Winner must be a US resident, 18 or older.

(Disclosure: As stated above I received a gift card for my time. All thoughts are my own.)

Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh With Glade® {Giveaway}

With a child still in pullups it’s hard to keep my house smelling as fresh as I’d like it to. I often rely on air fresheners to keep the air smelling nice. I received a newly designed Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener to try in my home and after a few days of using it I know that this is one product that is going on my must-have list.

I love that Glade’s new modern styles fit in with my home decor. With a 360 degree sensor they are perfect for every room in my home. The scent canister is hidden inside so nobody would guess it was an air freshener.

For those who like to explore different scents there are many to try with this new air freshener. I have Clean Linen in mine which smells like freshly washed laundry. Lavender & Vanilla, Pure Vanilla Joy, and Hawaiian Breeze sound delightful as well.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a new Glade® Sense & Spray® Automatic Freshener and refill

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me which scent you’d try first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @Glade on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

Giveaway ends October 27, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 18 or older to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a free sample but thoughts are my own.)

$25 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

Last week I shared that I was working with Kohl’s to promote their new #CookWithKohls Sweepstakes. To enter this sweepstakes, log onto Twitter or Instagram and show/tell @Kohls what you’re baking for a chance to win a $500 Kohl’s Gift Card. One grand prize winner will even win a $5,000 Kohl’s Gift Card! Follow @Kohls and include the hashtag #CookWithKohls. (See complete rules here.)

Tonight I’m happy to share that one of you will get to win a $25 Kohl’s gift card right here on my blog! Which amazing Food Network products would you buy with your gift card? Check out my last post to see what items I bought.

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me which kitchen item you’d want to buy at Kohl’s

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @Kohls on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right corner)

Giveaway ends November 2, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card from Kohl’s but all thoughts are my own.)

Count Me Healthy Bracelets {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a bracelet to review and compensation. Thoughts are my own.)

I love items that do double duty and the beautiful Count Me Healthy bracelet by Chelsea Charles is no exception. This bracelet acts as a functional health tool that helps women track daily goals because the bangles feature movable beads that can be used as counting tools.

There are different designs but I received the Galaxy Tri-Color Bracelet. The bracelet has 14k gold, 18k rose gold and 925 sterling all in one gorgeous bangle with new wave patterned beads and retails for $98.

 

Women use the bracelets to count daily glasses of water, fruit and vegetable servings, pounds lost, whole foods, number of workouts, etc. I chose to use my bracelet to count how much water I am drinking since I’ve been drinking way too much caffeine. I like that I’m able to have the reminder on my wrist so that every time I look down I remember to drink more water.

The bracelet is easy to use. You start with all of the beads to the one side of the bracelet. The bracelet is adjustable so once you have it on you can tighten or loosen it. After you choose a health goal you just move the beads to the other side of the bracelet, one at a time, throughout the day as you work towards the goal. At the end of the day you have a visual of how you are progressing towards your goal.

I think this bracelet would make a great gift for someone. If you want to purchase one you can go to the Chelsea Charles Jewelry website and use the code ‘COUNTHEALTHY30’ at check out to receive 30% off.

Want to win one? Participating blogs are giving away one Count Me Healthy Galaxy Tri-Color bracelet with a silver cuff. You can enter in the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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(Giveaway disclosure: This giveaway is not hosted or sponsored by me, I am simply sharing the entry form. There will be one winner between all of the blogs, not one per site. Making Time For Mommy is not responsible for prize fulfillment.)

LeapPad2 Power Prize Pack Giveaway {$170 Value}

(Disclosure: I received products from LeapFrog and this giveaway is sponsored by them but all thoughts are my own.)

Yesterday I posted a video with some great tips on choosing educational toys. I learned a lot of valuable information, including more about how toys are developed at LeapFrog. You can find the video here.

I’m so excited that LeapFrog is letting me host a giveaway for you all! We have an old LeapPad and the kids love it! One of you will win a LeapPad2 Power, 2 games and $20 app card. The total value of this giveaway prize is $170. Wouldn’t this make a perfect Christmas gift!?

Here’s a little more about the LeapPad2 Power:

Create, learn and explore with the #1 kids’ learning tablet*—now with an easy, one-step recharger built just for the LeapPad2- a $40 value! You’ll never have to buy batteries again!

The LeapPad2™ Power learning tablet includes 9 apps, 4GB memory and loads of exciting features in a kid-tough tablet designed just for kids! Take pictures and videos with front-and-back cameras/video recorders. Play, draw and write on the 5″ touch screen with the included stylus. Tilt and shake for motion-based play, customize and care for a lovable pet, and create masterpieces in the Art Studio.

LeapPad2 Power works with LeapFrog’s library of 800+ educator-approved apps, games, eBooks, videos, music and more.** Learning games draw from 2,600 skills and select games auto-level, adapting to your child’s pace in subjects like reading, writing and mathematics. With 4GB of storage and an included rechargeable battery pack, the learning fun never ends!

Features
• Charge and go with a long-lasting rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter included. Get up to 9 hours of play time with each full charge!
• Create, learn and explore with the #1 kids’ learning tablet. Now with an included one-step recharger pack—you’ll never have to buy batteries again!
• Features front-and-back cameras/video recorders, eReader, music player, motion sensor, 5″ touch screen and 4GB memory.
• LeapPad2™ Power includes 9 apps (onboard and downloadable):  Photo Lab, Art Studio, Pet Pad, LeapFrog Learning Songs and more.
• Works with LeapFrog’s educator-approved library of over 800+ games, eBooks, videos and more.
• Compatible with LeapFrog Explorer™ cartridges and apps (sold separately) and LeapFrog LeapPad2™ accessories (sold separately).
• Ages 3-9 years
• Includes 1 year limited warranty

You can also connect to the LeapFrog Learning Path to see the details of your child’s play and learning, including levels achieved, skills practiced and recently played games. Celebrate accomplishments with online rewards, and gather ideas to support and expand the learning.

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me who you’d love to win this for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right corner)

4) Comment on another one of my posts

5) Follow LeapFrog on Twitter

6) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends November 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter.

Brobo TREX Night-Light {Giveaway}

About a couple years ago, I attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and fell in love with these cute stuffed animals that I found there called Brobo. I got to take one home to review and my kids loved the little orange dinosaur named TREX. When Brobo contacted me and asked me if I wanted to host a giveaway for one of their new stuffed animals I was excited that one of my lucky readers was going to get a Brobo of their own, just in time for gift giving season!

When I first discovered Brobo they were just on the market but I saw a prototype for what they hoped to turn them into. Each animal would have a light in it’s tummy to make the perfect night light. I’m happy to say that two years later I see that prototype has turned into a reality. Check out the new, improved TREX:

Image courtesy of Brobo

GIVEAWAY:

1 reader will win a Brobo Night-Light “TREX”

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Leave a comment telling me who you want to win this for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Brobo on Facebook

4) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends October 21, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.

Easy Meals With Flatout Flatbread & StarKist Tuna {$50 Target Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card and products but all thoughts are my own.)

You all know how much I love easy meals and there’s nothimg much easier than a sandwich. Even better is a sandwich I can make with items I got on sale so that’s why I’m really happy to share about a great deal at Super Target. From now through October 14th, when you buy Flatout Flatbread at Super Target, you get a free pouch of StarKist tuna! It’s like hitting the mealtime bullseye—great ingredients, great taste, and great value!

I’ve had Flatout before and love it so much more than bread. Bread gets soggy {ick!} but Flatout doesn’t seem to which is great. Flatout is also low in fat and a good source of fiber. I’ve used it to make Southwestern Chicken Paninis, Crispy Onion Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches, and a Cucumber Turkey Club.

This is the first time that I have had tuna from a pouch instead of a can. I’d seen it sitting on the shelf at the store but never purchased it. I like how it makes the tuna portable and they are all less than 110 calories, too. The flavor options were great as well- so much flavor in one pouch!

This week we threw dinner together in less than 5 minutes after we got home from soccer practice. Sinisa mixed a pouch of tuna with relish, mayo, and diced onions and then put it on some flatout, sprinkled it with shredded cheese, and dinner was done. Easy peasy! Find more Flatout/StarKist recipes here.

GIVEAWAY: 

One reader will win a $50 Target Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what you’d make with Flatout Flatbread

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Flatout Flatbread on Twitter

4) Follow StarKist Tuna on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Comment on another one of my posts

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Giveaway ends October 30, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

Microsoft’s Creative Workshop in Schaumburg, IL 10/3 {Microsoft Gift Card Giveaways}

Tomorrow, LA artist ArtMobb is going to be in the Chicago area for a Microsoft Store “Creative Workshop” event at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Mike Farhat and Chris Hoyle of Art Mobb have established themselves as two of Los Angeles’s most innovative artists by creating sought after mixed-media artwork for the NBA elite and other top athletes. ArtMobb will be demoing different things you can do with the “Fresh Paint” function on Microsoft’s Surface tablets.

Image via artmobb.com

ArtMobb’s is also going to be debuting a cool, brand-new unique Bears painting while in town. As a huge Bears fan I’m so jealous of everyone who will be there and can’t wait to see it!

EVENT DETAILS:

Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL

Thursday, October 3

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

GIVEAWAY:

5 winners will win a $50 Microsoft gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

 {Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what your favorite Microsoft product is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @artmobb on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Follow @FreshPaintTeam on Twitter

6) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends October 16, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to win.

(Information and prizes courtesy of Microsoft.)

Quick Dinners With Betty Crocker {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received products from Betty Crocker but all thoughts are my own.)

One of life’s simple pleasures is relaxing with my family after a long day. The last thing I want to do in the evenings is stand over a stove and cook so I try to stick with meals that I can get on the table quickly. With all-new Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes and Ultimate Helper mixes, I can feed my family delicious dinners that don’t take long to make. Each box comes with seasoning and a rich, creamy sauce and they come in a variety of flavors like Ultimate Chicken Helper Cheddar Broccoli and Betty Crocker Ultimate Au Gratin Potatoes.

We recently had the chance to try the Three Cheese Marinara Hamburger Helper. I loved how easy it was to make and that my whole family ate it, even my sometimes picky kids. I also liked that it was made with real tomatoes and the seasoning was naturally flavored.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Betty Crocker Prize Package which contains
1 box of Ultimate Hamburger Helper, 1 box of Betty Crocker Ultimate Potatoes,
3-piece bamboo serving bowls, Serving spoon & 4 plates
Retail Value: $55

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me your favorite quick-to-prepare meal

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another post

Giveaway ends October 14, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 21 or older to win.

VTech Cordless Phones {Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a phone and gift card but all thoughts are my own.)

VTech is well known for their innovative products and their newest cordless phone, model  CS6829, is no exception. With Quiet Mode, ECO Mode and DECT 6.0 for the best audio quality, this product offers consumers a dependable phone with loads of functionality at an economical price.

This phone features:

  • DECT 6.0 Digital technology
  • Digital answering system
  • Caller ID/Call Waiting
  • Full Duplex handset and base speakerphone
  • Backlit cordless handset keypad and display
  • Large backlit base display
  • Expandable system up to 5 handsets (uses CS6709 accessory handset)
  • ECO Mode power-conserving technology
  • Quiet Mode silences the ringers
  • 50 name and number phonebook directory
  • 50 name and number Caller ID history
  • Intercom between handset and base unit
  • Conference between an outside line and up to 2 cordless handsets
  • Voicemail Waiting Indicator
  • English/Spanish/French setup menu
  • Table- and wall-mountable
  • Up to 14 minutes of digital recording time
  • Call screening
  • Call intercept
  • Remote access
  • Message retrieval from handset
  • Message time and date stamp
  • Flash
  • Last 10 number redial
  • Mute
  • Volume control
  • Any key answer
  • Battery Type: 2.4V 300mAh Ni-MH

My favorite features:

  • It’s thin! This phone is smaller than my cable remote and really thin (check out the picture above).
  • It can store 50 names/numbers in the phone book. I love being able to see who is calling so I can decide if I want to pick it up or not.
  • The phone has an Energy Star label so I know that it is an energy efficient phone.
  • I can talk on the phone without having to worry that I will hear interference on the line.
  • There is a quiet mode so if I want to turn the ringer off it’s easy to do.
  • The Digital Answering System is a nice feature and I love how high-tech this phone is.

This phone can be purchased at Walmart.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a VTech cordless phone and a $100 Walmart gift card.

 HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any or all of the following, leave a separate comment for each you do}

1) Tell me what your favorite feature of this phone is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow VTech Phones on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

6) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right corner)

Giveaway ends October 25, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 21 years or older to enter.