Celebrating National Coffee Day With Gevalia {Giveaway}

This post is brought to you by Gevalia Coffee from Kraft Foods and The Motherhood. I received a sample of Gevalia Coffee and I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

Tomorrow is one of my favorite made-up holidays..it’s National Coffee Day! To celebrate I used my Keurig to try Gevalia’s new Cafe-Style Beverages.

Keurig owners who enjoy authentic café-style beverages made from real milk can conveniently prepare them in their own homes with an existing Keurig K-Cup brewer; no special espresso machine or coffee shop needed. Gevalia has 3 different flavors: Mocha Latte, Caramel Macchiato, and Cappuccino. Mocha Latte is a creamy blend of cocoa and coffee topped with a velvety layer of froth. Caramel Macchiato is creamy and smooth with the indulgent flavor of caramel, made from real milk. The Cappuccino flavor is smooth, mildly sweet, with subtle roasted notes and made from real milk.

I had a hard time deciding between the mocha and caramel flavors but decided to try the Caramel Macchiato flavor first. The new Gevalia Cafe-Style Beverages come with two parts- a packet for the froth and a k-cup with the espresso.

To make the drinks you first empty the contents of the froth packet into the cup. This is what gives the drinks the froth at the top, just like you’d get on your coffee if you ordered it in a coffee shop.

The next step is to put the k-cup in your Keurig and brew it like you would any cup of coffee. The hot coffee activates the powder at the bottom of your mug and when it’s done you have a delicious coffee treat.

I’m generally an Iced Coffee drinker but this Caramel Macchiato was really good. It tastes just like my drink I’d get at the coffee shop only it’s much cheaper and I can make it from the comfort of my home.

To learn more about Gevalia Cafe-Style Beverages visit FoamAtHome.Gevalia.com.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a box of Mocha Latte 2-Step Beverage Packets/K-Cups

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me which flavor is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Gevalia on Twitter

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

Giveaway ends October 25, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

GeoSafari Jr. Animal Eye Viewers For Kids {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a set of Animal Eye Viewers to review. All thoughts are my own.)

Have a child who is really into animals? Or maybe one who wants to know everything about everything? If so, they will love GeoSafari Jr.’s Animal Eye Viewers from Educational Insights!

These viewers let them see the world through an animal’s eyes. Three viewers come in the box: shark, insect, and a chameleon.

Did you know that sharks can see what’s behind them? Your child can get a 360 degree view with rear-view mirrors, central blind spot, and an ocean-blue tint! They will think they are swimming in the ocean.

Did you know that instects can detect movement faster than we can? Your child will see dozens of mini-images with this pixelated view of the world. For even more fun, have them run around “bzzzz”ing like a bee!

Did you know that chameleons can look in two different directions at once? Your child can look through the viewers that have two independently rotating eyeballs.

The shark was Jacob’s favorite animal eye viewer. He had a lot of fun walking around outside while looking through them and was looking at everything up close. He even wore them to the school bus to show his bus driver because he thought they were so cool!

Want to find more fun ways to use the viewers? Download free play-and-learn activities online.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a set of 3 Animal Eye Viewers courtesy of Educational Insights

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which animal you think your child/grandchild would like the most

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends October 20, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over to enter. Open to US and Canadian residents.

50 Ways To Say You’re Awesome {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book but all thoughts are my own.) 

Recent studies have shown that just saying “thank you” is proven to boost health and happiness —promoting a stronger immune system, lowering blood pressure, even helping you sleep. And besides being good for you, saying thanks just got easier with 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome, a creative and fun way to tell the people in your life that you care.

The book is filled with cheeky mad-libs style notecards you can full in, pull out and give to your loved one, parent, BFF or friendly barista. It also includes 50 ways to put your thanks into action. How about:

·         Tucking a note into your sweetheart’s coat pocket as a romantic surprise?

·         Framing your favorite note and placing it in your workspace for everyday inspiration?

·         Rolling the note into miniature cones and filling them with candy for a favorite friend?

I love this book because it gives people a quick way to show their appreciation by using old-school communication methods: written and face-to-face! Too often those methods are forgotten and messages come via text message, Facebook and email. I found a variety of messages in there for many people in my life and loved how colorful the pages were. I also liked that the book contained pages with writing prompts.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a copy of the book 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome

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 in your life you think is awesome

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends October 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central Time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book but all thoughts are my own.)

New Pampers Diapers Sizes At Jewel-Osco {Giveaway}

As a new parent, you want the very best for your baby. I’m happy to be working with Procter & Gamble to share about Pampers diapers today because that is the brand our boys wore back when they were tiny babies and I remember thinking how very soft their Swaddlers were. The folks over at Pampers have been hard at work making improvements to their trusted diapers to help keep moms happy and their babies dry in the diapers they trust and love.

For those that use Pampers Swaddlers and shop at Jewel-Osco, I have great news for you! Pampers Swaddlers, the #1 choice of hospitals and a trusted favorite of many new moms (including this one), are now available in size 3 & 4 at Jewel. Swaddlers 3 and 4 will include both the wetness indicator and absorb-away mesh liner that moms have come to love in the smaller Swaddlers sizes.  In addition, Pampers wants to provide mom visual cues of comfort and protection so they are adding an umbilical notch on Size 1 & 2. (I would have loved too have that feature with the boys!)

 

If you have little ones who are moving they are probably in Pampers Cruisers. These diapers have the best dryness and fit and Pampers is significantly increasing the absorbent gelling material in them. In addition, Pampers is still focused on offering their BEST FIT with Cruisers so they are introducing a new leg cuff material to offer a better barrier against fluid while keeping the cuff material breathable.

Pampers has also made changes to their Baby Dry line to help moms and their babies have the perfect night’s rest. 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.

That’s lots of great news for parents and babies, too!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Pampers Wipes Baby Fresh 20ct & $25 gift card good at Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Acme, Shaws, Lucky, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Shop’n Save, Hornbacher’s and Shoppers.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which Pampers line of diapers is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Pampers on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends October 4, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for posting this information. Giveaway is courtesy of Procter & Gamble. Thoughts are my own.)

HP Elite Tablet Giveaway

(Disclosure: I was compensated for posting this giveaway.)

For your chance to own and Elite Tablet by HP enter the giveaway below brought to you by Bepoz.

Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas {Giveaway}

A week ago I shared about Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas, the book I received for review that I had been finding great Fall ideas in. You can read my post about it here. I’m excited because now I get to give one away to a reader!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a copy of the book Spooky & Bright

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Comment and tell me what you love most about Halloween

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

Giveaway ends October 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 21 or older to win.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review.)

The Shift By Tory Johnson {Curated Box Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a Shift Kit to review.)

Good Morning America weekly contributor Tory Johnson spent decades failing at every fad diet, convinced she would always be fat. She blamed her childhood…her genes…even junk food.  She was resigned to being plus-sized even though she secretly longed for something different.

A single conversation 18 months ago put an end to that. Tory was told by one of her bosses at ABC that her clothes didn’t do her justice and she wanted to send Tory to a stylist. Even though the words “fat” and “lose weight” were never used — nor was she threatened in any way — Tory took away: lose weight or lose your job.  In a flash, she realized she had to change for good and she was ready to do it. In the course of one year, Tory lost more than 60 pounds and  discovered that what she put in her head matters more than what she put in her mouth, and in the process, she became a happier, healthier person.

With her all-new book published by Hyperion on September 10, The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight & Discovered a Happier Life, Tory is on a mission to help others change, too. The lessons she learned apply to anyone who feels stuck or stalled in tackling a big change in health, career or relationships.  She’s proof that the future can look a whole lot different—and brighter—than the past.  Tory believes the time is now to make it happen.

 GIVEAWAY: 

One reader will win a Shift Kit. The Shift Kit is a carefully-curated box of products (valued at over $100) to inspire women to start their journey to a better life. The box includes products from: ANGIE’S POPCORN, COLONIAL CANDLE, CREST 3D WHITE, eBOOSTEBOOST, EMI-JAY, FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD, GLEE GUM, GO SMiLE, GOSWYPE, HAIL MERRY, HEALTHY COOKING CAMP, KIND HEALTHY SNACKS, LIFETHERAPY, LULU DHARMA, MAY DESIGNS, QUEST NUTRITION, RUME, SOMERSAULT SNACKS, SWEETRIOT and ZIPZICLES.

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) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Tory on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends September 29, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: I received a Shift Kit in exchange for posting.)

 

 

Molten Cookies {Giveaway}

I love eating dessert. Sometimes at home I get cravings for brownies or chocolate chip cookies. The other day I was looking for something sweet to eat and I remembered that I had some cookie mixes from Krusteaz that I had been sent to try. Krusteazone of the country’s fastest growing baking lines is the perfect partner for baking up something creative and delicious this back to school season. A family-run business for more than 80 years, Krusteaz has a full line of delicious mixes made with premium ingredients and easy-to-bake instructions.

These weren’t just regular cookies….they were cookies with a molten chocolate center. Yum! I enlisted the boys to help me make them. Lucas ran to a drawer and pulled out the Toy Story cupcake wrappers that were left over from their Buzz Lightyear party. They helped me get the eggs and butter out and then helped make them.

They were pretty easy to make. We softened the butter so it was easier for the boys to mix the ingredients. They then enjoyed licking the spoons (don’t worry! I used safe eggs!) as I put the mix into the cupcake wrappers and stuck them in the oven.

These cookies were so delicious! Inside the moist cookie was creamy chocolate. It was like someone had mixed the gooey inside of a chocolate lava cake with a cookie.

Krusteaz makes a variety of other products. I think next I will be trying their Hawaiian Sweet Bread Mix!

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win Krusteaz’s line of Molten Cookie Mixes

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which Krusteaz product you’d want to try first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Krusteaz on Twitter

5) Comment on another of my blog posts

Giveaway ends on October 2, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I received products for review but thoughts are my own.)

New VeggieTales Movie: MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes.)

The worldwide best-selling children’s series VeggieTales just released their latest DVD, MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle. Centrally themed around the lesson of “getting along with others,”  this new escapade from the Veggie gang is the perfect companion for parents looking to get their children back in the groove for back-to-school season, where they will be expected to ‘play nice’ with classmates.

My boys loved this movie and all of the fun songs. They thought the title of the movie was hilarious and giggled every time I said stinky cheese {they are 4 and 5 after all}. I really like VeggieTales as well because of their family friendly messages but especially loved this one because it talked about accepting others. As a mom of kids who have Special Needs this is a message I think is really important for all kids to learn and something we talk about often in our home.

You can find free printable activities to go along with the movie and lessons here.

GIVEAWAY:

Two readers will each win a copy of the VeggieTales DVD

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me why you’d like to win this giveaway

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends September 28, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie but all thoughts are my own.)

UniverSoul Circus Is Coming To Chicago {Giveaway}

UniverSoul Circus, one of the top three circus acts in the country, is returning to Chicago Wednesday, September 18 in Washington Park, as well as expanding to Union Park beginning Oct. 11. The unexpected, one-of-a-kind show features an incredible cast of performers hand-selected from around the world, from Africa and Ethiopia to Trindad and Ivory Coast. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip hop music for a truly modern take on the traditional circus act.Among the awe inspiring performances will include:

  • Caribbean dancers – Decked out head to toe in colorful, festive costume, dancers from the the islands of Trinidad and Tobago perform stimulating, show-stopping routines.
  • Irina Markova’s comedy dogs – The talented dogs take the show to new heights with jumps, leaps and tumbles through hoops.
  • Contortionists – Twisting and contorting in unimaginable ways, the unbelievable Ethiopian performers are known to stun audiences.
  • Teeterboard acrobatics – One or more acrobats jump from one end to launch a flyer from the other, propelling into the air for a must-see display.

Tickets, ranging from $16 to $35, are available now at www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000. Children under 1 are free.

There will also be a free “Circus Camp” on September 17 at Washington Park from 3:30 pm until 7:30 pm. Kids will be able to come after school and learn a thing or two about how to be a circus performer, with everything from mini tightropes to small scale stilts.

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a 4 pack of tickets to UniverSoul Circus in Chicago

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what your favorite part of going to the circus is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends September 18, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to win. Giveaway does not include coverage of any other costs such as parking. This giveaway is for the tickets only.

Shopping At Savers For Fall Clothes {Giveaway}

I think you all know by now that I love to shop so when Savers asked me to be one of their Back To School Ambassadors and buy some clothes for the boys I said I’d love to. Not only does Savers have great deals but each Savers Thrift Store donates a portion of their proceeds to charity. The location near me happens to donate their money to a charity dear to my heart- The Epilepsy Foundation of Chicago. My {step}mom passed away in 2009 during a seizure in the middle of the night after suffering for 10 years with Epilepsy and a handful of other issues. I’m happy to give my money to any company that supports such an important cause.

Once I received my gift certificates I headed to the store. Savers is a HUGE resale store full of quality used items. I have never looked at an item there that I wouldn’t use in my home or dress my family in. I always try to buy clothes for the boys in the next size up so that I never run into the problem of discovering that Jacob grew out of his clothes and then I have to run to the store and pay full price for clothes. I realize that this system won’t work for that much longer because he will have his own thoughts on clothes soon enough but it has really saved me a lot of money for the past five and a half years. The fact that Lucas can then wear the clothes is an even bigger bonus!

Here are some of the items that I found at my local Savers:

Barely worn GAP denim for less than $7

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A comfy hooded sweatshirt for those chilly Fall mornings

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Character t-shirt for the Yoda lover

 Overall this is what I found for about $220 {this wardrobe covers numerous seasons and four sizes}:

15 pairs of jeans

4 pairs of dress pants

3 hooded sweatshirts

1 sweater

2 pairs of jean shorts

1 pair of athletic shorts

3 pairs of bathing suit shorts

1 tank top

7 t-shirts

1 pair of sandals

1 Halloween costume

1 sweater jacket

1 winter coat

5 long sleeve shirts

1 backpack

1 bag of Transformer toys

1 bag of Imaginext toys

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If you were just buying for the Back to School season you could get a full wardrobe for less than $90!

To find out if you have a Savers location near you check out this store finder. For those of you who are in the Chicago area, I have exciting news! A new Savers just opened in Franklin Park last week.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 gift certificate to Savers

 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 you’d shop for at Savers

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Savers/Value Village 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 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 21 or over to enter.

(Disclosure: I received gift certificates to shop at Savers but all thoughts are my own.)

National Childhood Injury Prevention Week {Energizer Giveaway}

This week is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week and I’m working with Energizer to share news about this important safety week. There are many ways that children can get injured and I want to talk about one type of injury that can be avoided if the right precautions are taken. We all know little kids shouldn’t have small pieces around them because they are choking hazards but did you know there is one common household item in particular that could actually burn your child if swallowed? That item is coin lithium batteries.

Image from thebatterycontrolled.com

Read this startling information below taken from thebatterycontrolled.com:

In 2010 alone, more than 3,400 button battery swallowing cases were reported in the U.S., resulting in 19 serious injuries and in some cases, deaths. The number of cases resulting in serious injury or death has more than quadrupled in the past five years. When a coin lithium button battery gets stuck in a child’s throat, the saliva triggers an electrical current. This causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. Symptoms of coin-sized button battery ingestion may be similar to other childhood illnesses, such as coughing, drooling, and discomfort. Once burning begins, damage can continue even after the battery is removed. 

Isn’t that scary?! These little batteries are dangerous and so easily accessible in many homes. The National Safety Council and Energizer have teamed up to share some important tips every parent should know to help prevent injuries from the ingestion of Coin Lithium batteries to help keep kids safe.

The 4 S’s of Coin Lithium Battery Safety

·         STORE devices that use coin lithium batteries out of reach of children

·         SECURE the battery compartments of devices

·         SELECT battery packaging that meets federal guidelines for child resistance, such as Energizer’s coin lithium battery packaging

·         SHARE this information with your friends and family

Energizer led the industry by being the first to voluntarily develop packaging for its 20 millimeter coin lithium batteries that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) strict guidelines for child-resistant packaging. I had the chance to test the Energizer packaging against a competitor’s packaging and there really is a difference. The Energizer package I could not open with my hands. It required scissors. The competitor’s packaging I was able to open in one try and with two rips was able to get to the battery.

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win an Energizer prize package that includes:

  Two (2) packages of Energizer Coin Lithium batteries

One (1) Energizer LED Nightlight (winner’s choice between Sleeping Beauty or Cars)

One (1) Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 LED Light

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me one way you keep your child/grandchild safe from injury

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 September 24, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 21 or over to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a gift pack in exchange for posting about National Childhood Injury Prevention week but all thoughts are my own.)

Sara Lee Snack Cakes Giveaway

(Disclosure: I received a Sara Lee gift box.)

Sara Lee has come out with a new line of snack cakes. Sara Lee Snack Cakes are a collection of Individually Wrapped portioned and portable snacks that are baked fresh, to go. The line of Sara Lee Crème Filled Snack Cakes includes:

Devil’s Food Crème Cakes Scrumptious Devil’s Food Cake, topped with a heavenly layer of crème, surrounded by a rich, chocolaty coating.

Golden Fudge Cakes Moist golden cake, topped with mouth-watering fudge, all within a delicious chocolaty shell.

Chocolate Crème Cupcakes Divine chocolate cake, filled with sweet crème, iced with a delectable chocolate top and a white drizzle.

Golden Crème Cakes Simply irresistible golden cake, complimented with just the right touch of crème.

Buttery Sunshine Cakes Light and buttery golden cake baked to perfection.

Crumb Cakes Moist golden cake covered with a sweet crumb topping.

Cheese Topped Crumb Cakes Silky golden cake topped with a ribbon of rich cheese and sprinkled with a sweet crumb topping.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win two boxes of Sara Lee Snack Cakes

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me which one you’d try first

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY:

Share this giveaway on a social network and leave the link in the comments

Giveaway ends September 17, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

Shopping At Gordmans For Clothing, Shoes, Holiday Decor & More {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop at Gordmans but all thoughts are my own.)

This weekend I went shopping at Gordmans, a store that sells name-brand, on-trend fashion, home décor, gifts and more at 60% off department and specialty store prices. As a bargain hunter I was excited to see what deals I could find. I found racks of clearance clothing with signs that all items were an additional 50% off the clearance prices on the tags. I got great deals on kid’s clothes like an Adidas shirt for $2, a Nike outfit for $7, a MLB sports team tshirt for $3.50, Star Wars pajama pants for $2 and a Skylanders shirt for $3. I also found adult gym shoes for only $25 and got Jacob boots for $8. Even the things that weren’t on clearance were still a great price because of the low everyday prices that Gordmans has.

Check out some of the amazing items that can be found at Gordmans:

Halloween Decor

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Shoes for men

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Sports team clothing

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Shoes for her

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Kitchen Accessories

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Baby clothes

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 gift card to Gordmans

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 you’d buy at Gordmans

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

4) Follow Gordmans on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

 Giveaway ends September 22, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident and over the age of 21 to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop at Gordmans but all thoughts are my own.)

Movies On Demand {Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I am a Movies on Demand Elite Blogger and received compensation for my time. Regardless, all thoughts are my own.)

It’s hard for our family to get to the theater. With busy work, school, and sports schedules we rarely have a few hours in a row where we are all home and don’t have anything on the calendar. Having a child with Autism makes it even harder because unless it’s a movie Lucas REALLY wants to see it’s not going to keep his attention and we won’t catch the whole movie.

We normally just prefer to watch movies at home. Redbox is great when I plan ahead for movie night but sometimes we just like to have a “surprise” movie night and that’s when we turn to Movies on Demand. We also love it when we don’t feel like going out in the rain or snow and when the kids are already in bed. MOD tends to be the cheapest option for our family because Redbox movies never get returned on time.

Characters from Epic

This Summer there have been a lot of great movie options on Movies On Demand. We finally watched Epic after missing it in the theaters. It was great to sit as a family in the cool house and relax before bed.

Wondering how Movies on Demand works? Find the directions listed for each cable company here.

Right now I’m trying to decide which movie to watch next. Identity Thief looks funny and I love the actress in it. There’s a movie that has Ryan Gosling in it so I’m sure I would enjoy that :) Then there’s The Big Wedding that looks like it would keep me laughing all evening. Which one would you watch first?

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Visa Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which movie you’d watch first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Movies On Demand on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends on September 13, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all thoughts are my own.)

Santa’s Village Autumn Harvest Fest {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a family pack of tickets to Santa’s Village but all thoughts are my own.)

Santa’s Village is tons of fun in the summer months but did you know that the Chicago area amusement park has special activities just for the Fall season? Starting in September, the park will begin its annual Autumn Harvest Fest days. Open Weekends & Columbus Day, Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, Harvest Fest offers fun for families looking to perk up their weekends with a seasonal celebration. Harvest Fest provides guests with all the summer magic that Santa’s Village Azoosment Park has to offer, but with an exciting fall twist in the air.

In the spirit of the season, the park will be decorated with pumpkins and autumn colors. Enjoy new additions such as a straw maze, magic shows and your favorite fall treats like chili, caramel apples, specialty funnel cakes, pies and beverages. As the season comes to a close, celebrate Halloween at the park on October 26 and 27 with trick-or-treating and a costume contest from 2 p.m. -3 p.m. both days. Regular park admission fees apply.

We were planning to go today but because it’s raining we chose to push our visit to a later date. Here are some pictures from last year’s visit to the park:

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GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a family pack of tickets to Santa’s Village

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) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Santa’s Village on Twitter

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

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

(Disclosure: I received a family pass to the park in exchange for posting. All thoughts are my own.)

Ultimate Life DVD Prize Pack Giveaway

Between the pressure of running a foundation started by his late grandfather, being sued by his greedy extended family, and seeing his beloved Alexia leave on an extended mission trip to Haiti, Jason Stevens’ world is unraveling. But when Jason discovers a journal that his grandfather began as a Depression-era lad, his writings transport Jason on an incredible rags-to-riches ride. With everything he loves hanging in the balance, Jason hopes he can discover THE ULTIMATE LIFE.

Opening in theaters September 6, THE ULTIMATE LIFE (the sequel to The Ultimate Gift) reminds us some things are worth more than money!

With The Ultimate Life Blog App, take the quiz to find out if YOU are Living Life to the Fullest!

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win The Ultimate Life Prize Pack:

• DVD of The Ultimate Gift
• The Ultimate Gift book by Jim Stovall
• The Ultimate Gift charm bracelet
• The Ultimate Life leather-bound journal

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me how you live life to the fullest.

For an extra entry:

Share this giveaway and leave your comment with your link.

Giveaway ends September 5, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for sharing this giveaway.)

Kohl’s Fall Fashions For Girls & Tweens {Gift Card Giveaway}

 

I’ve been sharing all of the fabulous women’s Fall fashions and some teen fashions from Kohl’s but now it’s time to share some of the looks for the younger girls and tweens. Kohl’s sent me their 2013 back-to-school press kit and, as always, I was impressed at the variety of styles and great brands that they offered.

Here are some of the items they have for girls:

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Love the design on this denim!

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Check out the sparkles on these shoes!

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 This gray shirt looks so comfy! The cream one has cute lace detailing on the sides.

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This blue dress is so cute! It comes with a little belt, too.

Want to know what is in this Fall? Here’s Kohl’s Trend Report:

East Meets West – Drawing inspiration from global accents, Kohl’s offers apparel and accessories in a variety of prints and patterns that are sure to stand out this season. Combine prints and textures in unexpected ways, like topping a luxe tee or mix print dress with a faux fur trimmed vest.

Bold Basics – From the great black pant to the smart tailored blazer, Kohl’s has the whole family covered. Mix stripes with fun dots or pop art graphic prints to add a modern twist to classic pieces.

Ivy League – This back-to-school season, all-American style is back with a twist. Must-have oxford shirts are paired with fun intarsia sweaters and patterns that are “borrowed from the boys” like foulards and herringbones. The look can be casually fun or unexpectedly cool.

Back-to-the-Future – The Back-to-the-Future trend is playfully rebellious and Kohl’s has all the pieces to create this look. Mix soft atmospheric prints with studded embellishments and coated denim or top a galactic printed tee and colored skinny jeans with a distressed moto jacket.

Denim – Denim is a top trend this season and Kohl’s offers a wide selection – from chambray shirts and skinny jeans to the must-have denim jacket or vest. To mix the look, try a dark rinse skinny jean with a pretty feminine top and leather biker jacket or go bold and wear denim head to toe by mixing light and dark washes together.

Check out more great fashions at Kohl’s. You can even enter to win a gift card below!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 Kohl’s 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 what you’d go shopping for at Kohl’s

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Kohl’s on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another post here

Giveaway ends September 25, 2013 at 11:59pm central time. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: As stated above, I received a press kit from Kohl’s. All thoughts are my own.)

No Bake Recipe Contest {Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card for posting this but all thoughts are my own.)

I LOVE cookie dough and brownie batter. As a child I was always told that I couldn’t eat it because it had raw eggs and it could make me sick. When I learned about Safest Choice Eggs I was excited because this meant I could safely enjoy my favorite treats from childhood! Safest Choice eggs are all natural, vegetarian and kosher. They take fresh shell eggs and slowly, gently pasteurize them in a warm water bath. This method kills Salmonella bacteria and viruses like Avian Influenza. Safest Choice eggs look, cook and taste like farm-fresh eggs, yet are safe to eat any way you like — even raw!

This summer, Safest Choice Eggs is encouraging cooks from across the nation to beat the kitchen heat with a No Bake Recipe Contest. Hurry though! The contest ends tomorrow, August 30th! Show off your culinary skills and submit your custom recipe for a chance to win a luxury vacation for two to Sarasota, Florida, including an exclusive culinary lesson with world renowned chef and cookbook author Giuliano Hazan.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 Visa gift card and a coupon for FREE Safest Choice Eggs

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 you’d make with the Safest Choice Eggs

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Safest Choice Eggs on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another post here

Giveaway ends September 10, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

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

 

 

The New Kia Soul Commercial {iTunes Giveaway}

(Disclosure: Commercial courtesy of Kia Motors. This is a compensated post.)

The 2014 Kia Soul is coming out later this Fall and Kia announced the redesigned vehicle with a funny commercial featuring  everyone’s favorite hamsters. The hamsters show off their new look to go along with the new sleeker look of the Soul.

Have you seen the new Kia Soul commercial? I saw it the other night and was laughing throughout it. My favorite part was when the one Hamster is getting ready to dive into the pool and is wiggling from side to side.

What part of the commercial is your favorite? ENTER TO WIN a $25 iTunes gift card by watching the Kia Soul commercial above and tweeting your favorite part of the commercial including @Kia and the hashtag #Hamsters. Leave a comment below with your link.

Want to earn an extra entry into the giveaway? Share this post on a social network.

Giveaway ends September 12, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

 

Great Deals At ROSS Dress For Less {Giveaway}

I love scouring the shelves at ROSS Dress for Less to see what kinds of deals I am going to find. Recently, I was given a gift card to go shopping so the boys and I stopped there after Church yesterday. We walked around and looked in all of the different departments.

When we got to the shoe department I remembered that I wanted to look for some Basketball shoes since Jake had been really into basketball lately and he will be starting the league in a couple months. I saw a couple pairs that I liked and could not believe that they were each only $15! I am very picky about my kid’s shoes coordinating with their clothes so I figured I could get both pairs for less than the cost of a single pair. Here was my favorite pair:

ROSS Dress For Less sells more than clothes and shoes! You can get home decor, toys, seasonal items, kitchen accessories, and more. The boys each chose a toy and I found some soccer socks and a back of the door hook for our laundry room.

Live in the Chicago area? Look for four new ROSS Dress for Less locations! The new locations are in Bradley, Chicago (proper), Crestwood, and Hillside.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 ROSS Dress for Less 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 what you’d buy at ROSS Dress For Less

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Leave a comment on another post

Giveaway ends on September 20, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 years old or older and a US resident to enter.

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

“The Dump” Luxury Discount Home Furnishing Store Opening In Chicago Area {Giveaway}

The Dump, America’s fastest-growing furniture outlet which features famous name furniture at dramatic discounts, is coming to the Chicago area! It will officially open its new location in Lombard on August 30th. 

The Dump, which is located at S. Highland Ave and Butterfield Road, in the former Great Indoors space, will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week. Totaling a massive 134,000 square feet, The Dump is the largest high-end furniture outlet in the Chicago marketplace. 

“The secret of our success is based on our unique retail business model, which is focused on delivering the best savings for our customers,” E.J. Strelitz continued.  “For example, at The Dump, we are only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which allows us to keep the cost of doing business down as well as refresh and replenish the entire inventory before the weekend rush. This demonstrates our intuitive understanding of our customer, who prefers to buy furnishings with other family members or friends, making the weekend an ideal time to shop.  Plus, shoppers can expect to find something new every weekend at The Dump, which attracts a high level of increased traffic among our loyal customer base.”

 “At The Dump, we have always been completely transparent with our buying model,” says Randi Strelitz, Executive Vice President, Haynes Furniture/TheDump.  “Our customers know we don’t pay full price, which means they don’t pay full price.  We accomplish this by purchasing overstocks, one-of-a-kinds, factory sell-outs, showroom models, and design prototypes – all brand-new, top-quality merchandise at highly discounted prices.  This creates the ultimate shopping experience for our customers every weekend of the year.”

“The Lombard store will feature the latest furnishings at 30 to 80 percent discounted prices for all areas of your home, including modern living and dining room furniture, chic rugs, and much more,” added Randi Strelitz.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $134 gift card to The Dump

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 piece of furniture you’d like to get for your home

2) Follow The Dump on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Leave a comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends August 30, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older and a US resident to win.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this. I was invited to the Chicago grand opening and can’t attend but I wanted to post because I thought you all would enjoy this.)

Back To School Bash {$350 In Prizes}

Welcome to the Ultimate Back to School Bash! 3BoysandaDog has teamed up with A+ Interactive Math and some fabulous other brands to bring you this giveaway and I am excited to be helping promote it. Check out the amazing prizes below!

Back to School Bash 2013

Prizes:

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  • A+ Interactive Math – 1 year FREE Online Full Curriculum – A+ Interactive Math – 1 winner (choice of: grades K – Algebra I) Value $124.99 . A+ Interactive Math is dedicated to making math enjoyable and learnable for all ages. A+ Interactive is perfect for homeschooling parents or parents that just want to give the child some extra math help. A + Interactive Math offers full curriculum books, workbooks, online education and interactive math CD’s. You can purchase A+ Interactive Math or view their catalog here.

    Door Prize for all participants:

    Multiplication for Elementary & Middle School – download (value $21.99)

    Code: enter 3DOGSMATH upon checkout

  • $100 Visa Card – This fabulous gift card is being brought to you by www.learntobloghangouts.com! This is the perfect way to get a great jump start on your back to school shopping! You can use this $100 Visa gift card at any location that accepts Visa.
  • Back to School Survival Guide – This back to school guide is brought to you by The Confident Mom. In this Back to School Survival Guide you will find everything you need to help you ensure the school year runs seamlessly. This guide is an 80 page printable that will help you keep your child safe while using the internet, help with homework, making packing school lunches easier, become a savvy back to school shopper and much more! You can read more about the Back to School Survival Guide or purchase one here.
  • Office Depot Sackpack of School Supplies –Office Depot is committed to providing affordable school supplies! You will find $25 worth of school supplies in this sack pack. The Office Depot Foundation donates over 30,000 backpacks to school children each and every year!
  • BYOU Magazine Subscription
  • Go Picnic Ready to Eat Meals – Go Picnic makes packing lunches and snacks a breeze. They offer gluten-free, kosher, all-natural and a variety of other snacks that are perfect for back to school lunches and snacks. You can view the large variety of products they offer here.
  • Tummy Calm – Have a little one with an upset stomach? Tummy Calm is a safe option to helping your child feel better. Tummy Calm is made with all-natural FDA regulated ingredients. You can read more about Tummy Calm and place an order here.
  • BIC School Supplies – BIC offers a wide range of back to school items from pens, pencils, markers, highlighters and much more! BIC is your one stop shop for your back to school supplies.
  • Teach My Preschooler – Teach My is your one stop solution for giving babies, toddlers and preschoolers a jump start on education. You will find interactive learning products that promote learning in a fun manner. You can order a Teach My learning program here.
  • Wild Planet Foods – Wild Planet Foods has tuna like you have never tasted before. This tuna is the perfect ingredient for a healthy and delicious school lunch. Wild Planet offers tuna that has 6 times the Omega 3 and 1/2 the mercury other brands have. Order up your own supply of Wild Planet Foods here.
  • GHCretors – GHCretors offers all-natural, non-GMO and gluten-free popcorn in a variety of flavors! You will love that a healthy snack can taste so good. This might just be the best popcorn you have ever tasted. Get your order placed here.
  • ListPlanIt – Are you ready to get your life organized? If so then ListPlanIt is the place to visit! Any kind of list you can imagine you will find on ListPlanIt. The winner is going to receive 2 ePlanners (Student ePlanner and Home Education ePlanner, value $10) + a coupon code for a 3-month trial to ListPlanIt! This is a fantastic prize to get the school year started off. You can also sign up for ListPlanIt here.

 

Go to The Ultimate Back to School Bash (<<—-click there) post to enter for your chance to win this HUGE giveaway worth well over $350 dollars!

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated for posting this. For any questions about this giveaway please contact the host blog.)

Bright Smiles For Picture Day {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a “Smile for Picture Day” package but all thoughts are my own.)

Did you know that more than 51 million U.S. school hours are lost each year because of dental related illness? To help children stay healthy and avoid missing school days, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, in partnership with Teach for America, are kicking off the Smile for Picture Day™ campaign that will leverage school picture day as an opportunity to promote healthy habits among children in need.

As you get back to your back to school routine, one important thing to talk to your children about is the importance of a healthy smile. You can visit www.ColgateBSBF.com and click on the “Program Materials” link to download Colgate’s free oral health education materials which include parent tip sheets, video demonstrations for proper brushing and fun coloring sheets.

GIVEAWAY:

 Two people will each win a “Smile for Picture Day” package which includes a tube of Colgate Kids Cavity Protection Toothpaste and a Colgate Fresh n Protect Toothbrush

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me your tip for getting your children to brush their teeth properly

2) Share this giveaway on a social network and leave me a comment with the link

 Giveaway ends August 29, 2o13 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, age 18 or over, to enter.

DACOR Distinctive 30″ Electric or Gas Range Giveaway {$3,100+ Value!}

(Disclosure: I received a book but all thoughts are my own.)

I am so excited to be participating in the Best Lunch Box Ever campaign because I get to take part in offering an amazing giveaway to my readers! Someone is going to win a  DACOR Distinctive 30” Gas Range (ARV $3199) or a DACOR Distinctive 30″ Electric Range (ARV $3399)! The winner can choose between gas or electric and freestanding or slide in models.

Please note: This giveaway is hosted and administered by Best Lunch Box Ever.  They will select and notify the grand prize winner and the prize will be shipped directly from Dacor to that winner. US only. Giveaway ends August 23, 2013. You can find more details on the giveaway here.

Fill out this Rafflecopter form below to enter to win!

 

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Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love {Giveaway}

Last year was the first year that I had to pack a school lunch for one of my children. I struggled to come up with creative foods to pack because I was always in a hurry to get my children dressed, fed, and ready by 7:20am. It was so bad that a few months into school the teacher actually wrote me a note saying she thought Lucas would like to try something new for lunch.

This year the boys are both in afternoon sessions at their schools. Jacob will eat lunch before he leaves but Lucas will leave at 9:30 and won’t get back until around 3:30. Since Lucas is starting school later in the morning, I hope to be able to have time to prepare some more creative lunches for him.

I was sent a review copy of Best Lunch Box Ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love. Thumbing through it, I found some great ideas for Lucas that were much healthier than what I packed last year. Want to win a copy of the book yourself? You can do so here!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win the book and a set of 3 nesting, leak poof stainless steel containers by Kids Konserve {A $47 value}

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what your favorite kid-friendly lunch is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Katie, the author, on Twitter

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

6) Subscribe to Katie’s blog

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

(Disclosure: As stated above, I received a copy of this book.)

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic In Chicago {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to the show in exchange for posting about it. All thoughts are my own.)

Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, and many Disney Princesses.  Experience a skating spectacular you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!

The show will be coming to the Chicago area September 11-15, 2013 at the United Center.

Schedule:

**Spanish Performance on Sunday, Sept. 15th at 7pm

Opening night tickets are only $12! Other shows range from $13-$70 a ticket. Save 40% on all weekday shows and Save 20% on all weekend shows with the discount code “MOM”. Purchase your tickets here.

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a 4 pack of tickets to the Chicago show.

Performance choices are Sept. 11th or Sept. 12th.

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 would take to the show

2) Follow Disney on Ice on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Leave a comment on another post

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

 

CallSnap: Respond To Calls With Photos {Giveaway}

Have you ever had a call come in when you were somewhere you couldn’t talk? It happens to me all the time! Usually it’s my mom and I hate hitting “ignore” but sometimes I just can’t pick up the call. People know when you ignore their call too which makes it worse. If you find yourself in the same situation as me you need to get CallSnap.

CallSnap is a free patent-pending downloadable app that provides call recipients the chance to prove that “a picture’s worth a thousand words” by responding instantly to an incoming call with a photo.The Android app is available to download for free in the Google Play store.

By showing people what they’re doing, CallSnap provides mobile call recipients a fun, new, and innovative way to communicate by sharing an instant photo with a friend. Here’s how it works:

  • In response to an incoming call, the recipient is provided an option to slide an icon to CallSnap.
  • CallSnap declines the incoming call and the call recipient is given the opportunity to take a picture which is sent to the caller with one of multiple sayings overlaid as a frame such as, “I’m busy, here’s what I’m doing.”
  • When the recipient uses CallSnap, the caller instantly receives a text message announcing ‘Busy right now…CallSnap photo on the way!’ Importantly, the caller immediately learns that the recipient has seen their call but can’t talk at the moment.
  • Shortly after placing the call, the caller receives the photo visually explaining why the call recipient can’t answer.

GIVEAWAY:

CallSnap is going to give one Making Time For Mommy reader a $25 Google Play gift card and CallSnap t-shirt

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me who’s calls you ignore the most or when you would use this app the most

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow CallSnap on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Like CallSnap on Facebook

Giveaway ends August 26, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post.)

Protect Your Devices With Trend Micro This School Year {Giveaway}

Internet security is something that should be taken very seriously. I was a brand Ambassador for Trend Micro for a year as a “Digital Jones” family but even now, months after my contract ended, I still rely on them to keep my family safe. When I heard about their back-to-school sale I knew I had to share it with you because 1) it’s a great product 2) who doesn’t love to save money and 3) this is one of the most important back-to-school purchases you will make.

As you know, technology is changing daily, making it challenging for parents to keep up.  Parents are concerned not only with what their kids are sharing online, but also with what they are receiving and viewing online. Trend Micro want to help make parent’s lives easier.

Now through September 2, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security is only $44.95 (usually $89.95).  This software will protect up to 3 devices (laptops, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.), whether they are PC, Mac, or Android for an entire year: http://www.trendmicro.com/us/home/products/titanium/max-security/index.html

Here are just a few awesome features of Trend Micro Max Security:

  • Monitors and protects kids on social network websites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Restricts web content and access to desktop applications, and sets an access schedule for your kids
  • Identifies settings that may leave a family’s personal information vulnerable using the new Privacy Scanner For Facebook feature
  • Indicates dangerous links on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace, Sina Weibo and Mixi

Trend Micro also offers a free 30 day trial so you can see how you like the software before you buy it:  http://www.trendmicro.com/us/security/products/index.html

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security software which will cover up to 3 devices for 1 year

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) Follow Trend Micro on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Leave a comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends September 2, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and a US citizen to win.

(Disclosure: As stated above, I was a Trend Micro Ambassador for a year but that campaign is now over. I was not compensated for this post.)

Chick-fil-A’s New Mocha Cookies & Cream Milkshake {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received coupons to try the milkshakes but thoughts are my own.)

Chick-fil-A's New Mocha Cookies & Cream Milkshake

My favorite place to get a milkshake is Chick-fil-A. I absolutely love their peach flavored shake but I think that flavor might have a run for it’s money after I try their new flavor, Mocha Cookies & Cream. The Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake features Chick-fil-A’s home-style Icedream®, OREO® cookie crumbles, coffee, Hershey’s® chocolate syrup and is topped with light whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. The chain’s first new limited-time flavor since 2011 is available now through mid-October (or while supplies last).

The Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake is a perfect dessert for customers on-the-go or those wanting an afternoon treat. “The new Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake offers coffee and chocolate lovers alike a delicious and ‘craveable’ summer treat,” said David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of product strategy and development. “We hope this new flavor will become a seasonal favorite among our customers and perhaps as popular as our Peach and Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshakes customers have demanded over the past few years.”

Customers who re”treat” to Chick-fil-A during the month of August to try the new Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake are encouraged to share their photos and experiences via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, using the hashtag #MochaRetreat.

Want to try one yourself? I’m giving away cards for free milkshakes!

GIVEAWAY

8 readers will win a card for a FREE milkshake

HOW TO ENTER

Tell me your favorite milkshake flavor

{For an extra entry, share this post and leave a second comment}

Giveaway ends August 26, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to win. Winners will be chosen at random.

Calling All Chicago Cubs Fans! {Giveaway}

Calling all Chicago Cubs fans!! I am so excited to be working with the Chicago Cubs to offer a giveaway of their Kid’s Club membership. I loved being on the field and I know the little one in your life will love the chance to tour Wrigley Field and run the bases themselves.

The Cubs Kid’s Club, presented by ComEd, is a great way to get kids involved in the game and Wrigley Field by providing club membership benefits. These benefits include:

  • Official Cubs Kids Club membership card
  • Cubs Kids Club lanyard
  • Cubs thermal lunch tote
  • Cubs mesh drawstring bag
  • Cubs baseball cap
  • Coupon for one free Wrigley Field Tour ticket (A $25 value!)
  • Front-of-the-line privileges for Kids-Run-the-Bases (All Sunday home games)

A Kid’s Club membership is valued at $20 with a $2 convenience fee and a $6 shipping per membership. More information can be found here.

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a Kid’s Club Membership

HOW TO ENTER:

We want to hear or see why your little one should win!

You can leave a comment below telling us, tweet us, or share a picture of them in their Cubs gear on instagram or pinterest!

Make sure to include the hashtag #CubsKidsClub and tag the applicable profiles so we see it:

Pinterest: cubsbaseball and aliciamarie112

Instagram: cubs and Alicia

Twitter: @Cubs and @aliciamarie112

 For an extra entry, share the giveaway on a social network!

Giveaway ends August 10, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident ages 18 and older to enter. Winner will be chosen at random. Winner is responsible for all additional costs including travel to the game and parking.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway.)

Phone, Keys, Gum {Trident Gum Giveaway}

What’s worse than leaving your cell phone or keys at home? According to a recent survey by Trident (details below), the only things worse than leaving these essentials behind are waiting in line at the DMV or having jury duty. This recent national consumer survey found that 89% of Americans check for their phone or keys before leaving. Additionally, the majority of Americans (69%) wish they had gum during everyday occasions but only 23 percent regularly carry it with them. “Phone, Keys, Gum’ brings this daily pocket-slapping ritual to life through song and dance, ensuring that people never leave their essentials behind.

After watching the below video I don’t think you will ever forget your phone, keys or gum again!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a month worth of Original Trident Gum (12 packs)

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what you can’t leave the house without

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Trident Gum on Twitter

4) Follow Alicia on Twitter

Giveaway ends August 2, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 18 years old or older to enter.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Details about survey mentioned above: the Trident survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative U.S adults ages 18 and older, between May 22 and May 30, 2013.)

Easy Cakes With The Holstein Pound Cake Maker {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received the pound cake maker to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Cake w/ strawberry topping

It gets so hot in the summer that turning the oven on is the last thing I want to do. Thankfully, I discovered the Holstein Pound Cake Maker which is a handy little portable machine that makes baking cakes quick and easy.

The maker comes with a booklet of recipes which I didn’t have much luck with but I learned that I could use box mixes which was easier to do and tasted better. I used a fun confetti mix left over from the 4th of July. The mix took only a few minutes to put together and just about 7 minutes in the pound cake maker. There is no timer on the maker so I used my microwave timer to time it. The boxed mix made 5 pound cake “loaves”.

Pound cake cooling off

Sinisa made a topping for the pound cake instead of using frosting. He mixed cool whip and strawberry syrup together to make it. We then added strawberries and blueberries for a fun summer treat.

Pound cake dessert

Overall I enjoyed using the pound cake maker and liked how easy it was to make cake. When not in use it can be tucked away in the cabinet which saves precious counter space in my kitchen. You can make any flavor cake you’d like. I think next time I am going to try carrot cake.

Giveaway:

One reader will win a Holstein Pound Cake Maker

Image courtesy of http://holsteinhousewares.com

How To Enter:

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

1)  Tell me what kind of cake you’d make

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @holsteinkitchen on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends August 5, 2013 at 11:59pm central time. Must be a US resident, 21 and older to enter.

#MCBuickTour Twitter Party 7/17 8pm {$100 Visa Gift Card Prize}

(Disclosure: I received a Buick to drive for a week in exchange for co-hosting this party but thoughts are my own.)

Like Twitter parties? Join the Momma Cuisine Twitter party sponsored by Buick this Wednesday night, July 17th, at 8pm Central time to talk about Buick, food and family travel. If you join in on the conversation during the Twitter party you have a chance to win some great prizes as well!

Prizes to be given out during the party:

$100 Visa gift card
Buick cheese board/knife set
2 copies of “The Woodford Reserve Culinary Cocktail Tour: A Journey with Bourbon”
1 copy of “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals”
1 copy of “How to Roast a Lamb”

To enter to win them just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below and then join in on the conversation the 17th using the hashtag #MCBuickTour.

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Love, Sleep & Play With Pampers {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a set of coupons for posting this but all thoughts are my own.)

Pampers’ new Love, Sleep & Play campaign pays tribute to the millions of ways babies uniquely experience love, sleep and play.  Starting today through August 6, parents across North America can visit the Pampers Facebook page to submit photos of their babies experiencing love, sleep or play for the opportunity to be part of a massive celebration event this August.

Here is the picture I’d submit of the boys:

This picture is full of brotherly love. Big brother is playing while little brother is trying to sleep which is funny because that is still the situation today at the ages of 5 and 4.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win 2 coupons. One good for a pack of Pampers diapers and the other good for a container of Pampers wipes ($18 value)

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 special moment you’d submit to Pampers

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

4) Follow Pampers on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends August 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, 18 years of age or older to enter.

Vera Bradley Beach Giveaway

(Disclosure: I received a beach set from Vera Bradley but all thoughts are my own.)

I had never heard of Vera Bradley until a few years ago when I went on a mom’s retreat weekend. The other moms were so excited to go check out this store that had a large selection of Vera Bradley products so I tagged along.

What I discovered were brightly colored bags, scarfs, and other items in fun patterns. I didn’t buy anything that day but I remembered wishing that I could. I ended up buying a used Vera Bradley bag from a friend and using it is a diaper bag. That started my Vera Bradley collection.

When I was approached about offering a Vera Bradley beach themed giveaway to my readers I was so excited because that meant I could introduce all of you to this great brand. Along with having bright, beautiful patterns, the products are all high quality and made to last.

Right now the summer patterns are all on sale since the Fall patterns come out next week. It’s a great time to get a cute beach bag, pair of flip flops, or a beach towel.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Vera Bradley Beach towel, sarong and mesh beach tote.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me where you’d rather use these items at, the beach or the pool?

2) Tell me what your favorite pattern is

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

4) Comment on another one of my posts

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Follow Vera Bradley on Twitter

Giveaway ends July 28, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Entrants must be a US resident, 18 years or older. 

Pump It Up’s “Save Childhood, Support Imagination” Campaign {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received passes from Pump It Up but all thoughts are my own.)

I believe children learn best through play so I’m excited to share about Pump It Up’s “Save Childhood, Support Imagination” campaign. With all of the tv watching and video games, our children are spending less time than ever playing and using their imaginations. Pump It Up’s campaign urges moms to commit to increased imaginative playtime and provides tools to help them accomplish this goal. 

To kick off the national initiative, Pump It Up is encouraging Moms to sign an “Imagination Declaration,” in which they commit to 1 hour each day engaging in imaginative playtime with their children in an effort to result in lifestyle changes for families across the country. To pump up parents for the challenge, the company has also created a fun “Imagination Evaluation”, a quiz to help Moms and their kids measure their imaginations.

As an added resource, Moms who sign the pledge can opt-in to receive a monthly email with helpful tips to keep their pledge to Support Imagination at home. Moms are also encouraged to visit the Support Imagination blog for additional creative ideas.

Pump It Up has also made some changes in its private parties to encourage imaginative play. Children who choose to have their birthday parties at Pump It Up can now have “Adventure Parties,” which take children through imaginary journeys as Pirates and Superheroes with new experiences added each year .

As a side note, one thing I really love about Pump It Up is their support of Autism awareness. As a parent of a child who has Autism I was happy to see a special jump night where some of the proceeds are donated to a cause I am passionate about :)

 GIVEAWAY

Pump It Up is offering 4 Pop-in-Playtime passes to one Making Time For Mommy reader. The passes are redeemable at any of the 150 locations across the country.

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 on a social network and leave the link below

3) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends July 20, 2013 at 11:59pm central time. Must be a US resident aged 18 and older to enter.

Language Stars Programs {$500 Giveaway}

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

When I was in Junior High and High School I took Spanish classes. It was required to take either Spanish or French and so I sat through 6 years of it. I learned some vocabulary words and phrases but found that learning this second language was hard for me.

Looking back, I now know that the reason it was probably so difficult was because once a person hits puberty the brain changes and makes learning another language harder. If I would have learned it when I was younger I would have probably picked it up a lot quicker. I love that Language Stars has classes for young children to learn another language because kid’s brains are like sponges and they are at the right ages to learn a new language.

Language Stars currently has Summer programs going on that provide an opportunity for increased language exposure through a variety of fun outdoor and indoor activities to reinforce the language. I think that’s what I love most about these classes. They make learning another language fun! Children won’t be sitting there going over vocab flashcards the way I learned in school. They also have different options to work for your family’s schedule. They offer 5 day camps, half day options, and one day classes.

Learning doesn’t end after Summer. Language Stars offers programs during the school year like Parent and Tot classes, Kids only classes, and Foreign Language Blasts. The “blasts” are one time immersion classes with a fun theme that will get the kids excited about learning another language.

Language Stars offers a free trial class so you can check out the program before committing to a full class or program. I’m also excited to offer a great giveaway for $500 worth of Language Stars classes {and extremely jealous that I can’t enter myself}! Enter the giveaway by completing the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Has your child ever taken a 2nd language class? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comment section below.

Comfort Foods {Recipe & Giveaway}

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

If it were up to me I’d probably eat pasta every day. It’s one of the foods that brings back the most food related memories from childhood. I loved when my mom made lasagna (cheese only, no meat!) and Beef Stroganoff. My dad used egg noodles to make his homemade chicken noodle soup in winter. My favorite food using Creamette® Pasta though is homemade mac & cheese. I remember my grandma making it when I went to visit her years ago and thought it was odd that she added tomatoes to this cheesy pasta dish. It’s my favorite way to eat macaroni & cheese now and I can’t imagine it without tomatoes.

Since having a family of my own, quick pasta dishes have become my new comfort food. I still have the memories of pasta without the time consuming task of making the dishes. One of our favorite ways to have noodles now is to add a red spaghetti sauce to them. I make mine with just veggies but Sinisa likes his with a meat sauce. Here is one of his favorite sauces to make called a Bolognese Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork or ground beef
  • 1 can of mushrooms (pieces)
  • 1 white onion (diced)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasonings

Directions:

  • Saute the ground meat and use a spatula to break it in tiny pieces
  • In a separate pan use a small amount of oil and saute your onion and mushrooms.
  • Add meat to the onions and mushrooms
  • Simmer for a few minutes over low heat
  • Add a can of diced tomatoes (don’t drain them)
  • Add seasonings to taste (Sinisa uses garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper)
  • Simmer for a few minutes over low heat
  • Put a generous spoonful over noodles
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese (optional)

When it comes to sharing good food and good times with family and friends, nothing makes us feel more at home than comfort food. Creamette® Pasta is proud to have been a part of creating comforting family meals for 100 years and – to honor ten decades of warm memories and mealtime moments – the brand is launching its Comfort Food Recipe and Essay contest.

Through May 30th, Creamette Pasta invites families from the Midwest region to share their favorite comfort food recipe made with Creamette Pasta along with an original essay of 100 words or less explaining their family mealtime memory as it relates to the recipe and what makes it so comforting for a chance to win $10,000. In June 2013, ten semifinalists will be chosen to participate in a nationwide online vote.

You can submit your recipe here: Creamette.NewWorldPasta.Com/100thAnniversary

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a delicious prize pack including two boxes of Creamette® Pasta, two Creamette® Pasta recipe cards, one colander and one casserole baking dish.

HOW TO ENTER:

Tell me what your favorite comfort dish made with Creamette Pasta is

Additional Entry:

Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends June 3, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a United States resident 18 years of age or older to enter.

Autism Awareness Bracelet Giveaway

I love featuring products that raise awareness for Autism and even more so when the company that makes them donates to the cause. The bracelet above is from Angela Moore and 15% of the proceeds go back to the Autism Society of America. The Autism Awareness collection also includes little girl bracelets, pendants, earrings, necklaces and ties.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win the bracelet pictured 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 who you want to win the bracelet for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

4) Subscribe to this blog {look in upper right corner}

Giveaway ends April 28, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Giveaway open to US residents ages 18 and over only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway.)


Dessert Designer Book & Baking Giveaway

(Disclosure: I received a copy of the book and a baking set but all thoughts are my own.)

One thing the boys and I love to do together is bake delicious treats {and then eat them of course}. A book came out in February called Dessert Designer that is perfect for families like ours. The Author, Dana Meachen Rau, shows children and parents how to go beyond just baking and focus on the really fun part- the decorating! I loved flipping through the book and seeing all of the creative designs and the best part is that most of them looked fairly easy to put together.

Look at this cute design from the book:

 Aren’t those so creative? I am so in love with how many cute ideas are in this book and I think the boys are going to love decorating cupcakes to actually look like something {as opposed to just dumping half a bottle of sprinkles on a frosted cupcake}!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a copy of the book, a set of nesting bowls, and a spatula.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what animal you’d like to decorate on a cupcake

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Capstone Young Readers on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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

Giveaway ends April 14, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents ages 18 and older only. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.

Bakers Square Pies {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received free pie but all thoughts are my own.)

When it comes to pie I don’t think there’s any place that makes it better than Bakers Square. My favorite is French Silk. Each bite is like a mouthful of fluffy chocolatey goodness! Other favorite flavors of mine include pumpkin and apple.

Pie is a great dessert to have at Easter {my mom already pre-ordered two for our Easter celebration}. Bakers Square says their best Spring sellers are coconut cream, strawberry and fruit favorites, meringue, and chocolate. They shared some great tips about fun ways to serve the pie that I wanted to pass on:

  • Platescaping: Decorating the plate adding colorful and/or flavored whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle jelly beans atop a lemon meringue to get both the kids’ and adults’ taste buds excited.
  • Add chocolate shavings or chips to a strawberry pie to create that perfect combination of chocolate and fruit. Dark, milk, white or even a combination add color, texture and taste.
  • Serve your pie from an Easter basket! Makes a great gift and is a fun take on the tradition.

Picking up already made pies is an easy way to cross one thing off your list in minutes. Bakers Square makes pie pick-up easy and convenient with their online pie reservation system. Visit www.bakersquare.com/easterpies for the full list of pies and to pre-order.

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away 6 Bakers Square Free Pie Coupons

3 winners, each winner gets 2 pie coupons

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which pie flavor is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

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

Giveaway ends April 10, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Winners must be U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older.

Spring Fashions From The Children’s Place {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop at The Children’s Place but all thoughts are my own. I featured pictures of my boys in clothes from The Children’s Place long before I started working with them as a blogger and TCP Ambassador.)

The boys are all set for Spring after my recent shopping trip to The Children’s Place! I try to get a couple pieces each Spring that are green because that color, to me, is such a bright, fun color that’s perfect for the season. I had bought some dress shirts around Christmas time that the boys will wear to Church on Easter Sunday but I bought the plaid shirts above for our Easter celebration and egg hunt at my mom’s house. I figured that would be more comfortable while they are running around and playing. I bought some matching plaid shorts for them and they each got a pair of sunglasses since the sun is finally starting to come out around here!

Overall I got 15 items for a little over a hundred dollars and got 2 ‘Place Cash’ certificates to spend next month which will get me $40 off my purchase. At that time I will probably get some more Summer clothes.

Have you gone shopping for clothes yet this season? What are staples in your child’s wardrobe during the Spring?

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 gift card to The Children’s Place

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me who you’d shop for at The Children’s Place

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS

Giveaway ends April 14, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US residents, ages 18+ only.

Hot Wheels & Barbies {Giveaway}

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

 

I grew up playing with Barbies and my brothers played with hot wheels so I’m really excited to be working with Mattel this Easter season. Candy is great but let’s save the chocolate bunny and put some toys in our children’s Easter baskets!

Every year the boys have received more toys than candy in their baskets and they love seeing what special toys the Easter bunny brought them to play with. This also makes their time off during Spring break go quickly because they have fun, new toys to play with.

Want to win a Barbie Doll and Matchbox Cars for your children? Enter the giveaway below!

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Contest For Non-Profits {And A $50 Tiny Prints Giveaway}

Wanted to share about this for those of you that are on boards of non-profits or active on the Parent-Teacher Association of your child’s school. This is a great contest from Tiny Prints!

Facebook Contest details:  

Tiny Prints is offering nonprofits (including nonprofit schools and PTAs) the chance to win one of ten $1,000 weekly prizes by entering the Tiny Prints Storefront Contest from February 22 – March 22, 2013. To enter you must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (including nonprofit schools and PTAs). US only.

Contest Steps:

1. In order to apply for a Tiny Prints Storefront, nonprofits must first apply to become a Tiny Prints affiliate through Shareasale’s simple signup process here. Shareasale will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection generally within two business days via email.

2. If nonprofits are accepted into the Tiny Prints affiliate program, they must apply for a Tiny Prints Storefront here. Successful applicants will receive a Tiny Prints Storefront URL.

3. After they have completed these two steps and agree to the Official Rules below, they will need to fill out the registration form here to enter the contest. This is where they will enter their Tiny Prints Storefront URL. Entrants must have a valid Tiny Prints Storefront created during the Entry Period.

GIVEAWAY:

$50 promo code to TinyPrints.com

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 your favorite product from Tiny Prints is

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Tiny Prints on Facebook

4) Comment on another one of my blog posts

5) Subscribe to my blog via email {look in upper right corner}

6) Share this giveaway on a social network

Giveaway ends April 3, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I am receiving a gift code for posting about this contest but am giving my code to a reader to enjoy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Cody Simpson Greeting Cards From Hallmark {Giveaway}

Bringing a piece of “paradise” to a mailbox near you, Hallmark has released new Cody Simpson greeting cards. The collection includes more than 40 greetings of the 15-year-old singer and songwriter and provides millions of fans everywhere a fun, new way to share messages with fellow “angels” and “gentlemen”.

To celebrate the launch, Hallmark and teen publication J-14 are partnering to send one lucky fan to Los Angeles for a guitar lesson with Cody Simpson. Fans can check out the Cody Simpson Card Craze at J-14.com to play a digital card matching game, enter the sweepstakes for their chances to win and also get 10 helpful tips from Cody on “how to spot a gentleman,” a nod to the song “Gentleman” on his hit album, “Paradise.” The sweepstakes runs through the end of April.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Cody Simpson Greeting Card Pack from Hallmark

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me who you know that would love these cards from Cody Simpson

2) Enter the sweepstakes from Hallmark and J-14 mentioned above

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends March 28, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. U.S. residents, ages 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Mattel’s Easter Toy Basket Giveaway

Mattel’s “Save the Chocolate Bunny” campaign is promoting “toys instead of chocolate” to encourage creative, healthy, sugar-free play for kids! Visit Mattel’s Save the Bunny website where you’ll find more giveaways and coupons.

Enter below to win a Mattel Easter Basket with Hot Wheels, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Fisher Price, Monster High and more! PLUS there are 10 second place prizes of either a Hot Wheels multi-pack or Barbie Madison! (And keep an eye on this site because I’ll be having another Mattel giveaway in the next week that’s just for Making Time For Mommy readers!)

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(Disclosure: This is a compensated post.)

 

Birthday Party Inspiration {Giveaway}

Though it’s only March I’m already thinking about the boys birthday parties. Both have birthdays in June so we normally do a joint party. Thankfully both of them like similar things since they are only a year apart in age and a joint party works for us still. I don’t see it happening for many more years as even this year, at ages 3 and 4, they are starting to grow apart. Jacob says he wants an “Avengers” party and Lucas wants a “pink cake” (though I know he would be happy with an Avengers party as well). I don’t see a pink cake fitting in with the Avengers theme.

So of course there are the themes that the boys want and then there are the themes that this mom would choose if she had her choice. I was browsing Minted.com which is a site that has everything from birthday card invites to wedding invitations to birth announcements to Holiday cards and has inspiration boards with themed party ideas. Here are some of my favorites birthday party ones:

 

Robot Party by Gina, see more Minted

Robot Party board by Gina. See more Minted

Rainbow Theme by Gina, see more Minted.com

Rainbow Theme board by Gina. See more Minted.com

And just because I couldn’t resist posting this adorable little theme for girls (though Lucas would LOVE this as well….)

Tea Party by Gina, see more www.minted.com

Tea Party board by Gina. See more www.minted.com

Aren’t these fabulous party ideas!? I love that the inspiration boards cover everything from the invites to decorations to snacks. Any reason you can think to throw a party, Minted is there to provide the cards and inspiration you need!

Are you planning a party soon? One lucky reader is going to win $50 to Minted.com!

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what special occasion you need invites or announcements for

2) Tell me which birthday party invite is your favorite

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Minted on Facebook

5) Comment on another post

6) Subscribe to this blog via email

Giveaway ends 3/26 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a credit to Minted.com for posting but all thoughts are my own. This post is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Love Your Skin With Eucerin {$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

Maintaining a healthy daily routine is crucial for your skin’s overall well-being.  Here are some tips from Eucerin to keep your skin luminous and lovely:

  • Hit the gym!  Exercising can help you de-stress.  The increased blood flow from physical activity also helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells.
  • Moisturize! In cold winter months, remember to use rich creams and lip balm to give your skin additional moisture and to soothe cracked skin.
  • Catch up on some Zzzz’s!   When you sleep, you allow your skin cells a chance to regenerate. Experts recommend 6-8 hours each night.
  • Cut down on the sugar!  No one’s telling you to abandon chocolate altogether, but processed sugar can contribute to the breakdown of collagen, making your skin dull and less taut.
  • Exfoliate! Exfoliating a couple times each week helps to remove dead skin cells and expose fresh new cells.
  • Get enough Vitamin C!  Vitamin C is known to help prevent cell damage, keeping your skin less prone to wrinkles. So make sure to stock up on C-rich foods, like guava, kiwi and tomatoes.

A couple more tips I would add:

  • Wear sunscreen every day (even in winter)
  • Slather your feet with lotion and then put socks on before bed. You’ll wake with much smoother skin!
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Use the right skin care products for your skin. Eucerin has a great app on their Facebook page which will suggest the right products for you!

GIVEAWAY:

$100 Visa Gift Card, Eucerin Products, Nivea Lip Balm, and Bag of Chocolates

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me your tip for keeping your skin luminous

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Use Eucerin’s Skindicator app on Facebook and tell me what skin care products Eucerin suggests for you

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @eucerinUS on Twitter

6) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends March 20, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US residents 18 and over only.

(Disclosure: I received a prize pack from Eucerin but all thoughts are my own.)

Red Carpet Ready With Daily’s Cocktails & Wholly Guacamole {Giveaway}

It’s Oscar Sunday! Do you watch to see if your favorite movies and actors win awards or do you watch to check out the fashions on the red carpet? Daily’s Cocktails and Wholly Guacamole can make anyone feel Red Carpet Ready. We recently enjoyed some delicious snacks and slushie cocktail drinks during our movie day to prepare for tonight.

 

We had a variety of products from Wholly Guacamole sent but my favorite was the Red Pepper Mango one. Sinisa like the Spicy Pico with Guacamole one. We received a gift card to get some Daily’s Ready To Drink pouches. I loved the Strawberry Daiquiri one and the Pina Colada one.

Want to try out some Daily’s and Wholly Guacamole products yourself. Enter the giveaway below!

GIVEAWAY:

$20 Walmart Gift Card, Wholly Guacamole products, promotional items

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me what your favorite movie is

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Daily’s Cocktails on Facebook

4) Like Wholly Guacamole on Facebook

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

Giveaway ends on March 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. To enter you must be a U.S. resident who is 21 years of age or older.

(Disclosure: I received a sample package from Wholly Guacamole and Daily’s Cocktails. All thoughts are my own. Please drink responsibly. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)