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.)

 

Nuna Baby Products {Giveaway}

Natural Child World is hosting a giveaway for a great NUNA baby product. The winner will be able to choose their prize from the three products shown above. The products are (from right to left) a Leaf baby seat (ARV $229), a Sena playyard (ARV $159), and a Zaaz chair (ARV $259).

To enter simply complete the steps on the Rafflecopter form below :) Only the first entry is required but the more you do the better chance you have of winning.

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(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.)

$50 Walgreens Gift Card Giveaway

Last week I shared about my shopping trip to Walgreens for groceries and the yummy sandwiches I made with Flatout Flatbread (find that post here). This week I get to give away a $50 Walgreens gift card to one lucky reader so they can check out the Flatout products themselves.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 gift card to Walgreens

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 Flatout product you want to try first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Leave a comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends February 25, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and live in the U.S.

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

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway brought to you by;

The Frugal Batavian, The Frugal Free Gal, Saving with Diana, Life in a Breakdown, and Money Saving Lisa.

How would you like to win a FREE $100 Amazon eGift Card to use for whatever you want? Well right now, you can enter for your chance to win! Here are more details:

  • Prize: $100 in the form of an Amazon eGift Code that will be e-mailed to the winner.
  • Giveaway ends: March 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
  • This event is open WORLDWIDE.

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

Fuel Rewards Network {Pre-Loaded Gas Card Giveaway- 4 Winners}

Everyone knows that saving money is tough. Excentus, creator of the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program, wants to help make it easier. The Fuel Rewards Network™ program is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. You’ll earn Fuel Rewards® savings for doing things you already do every day, and you can redeem your rewards at the pump to watch your price drop.

It’s a simple three-step process: Join, Spend, Save.

Join: Excentus’ Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program – a loyalty program that allows Members to earn rewards through their purchases, then use those rewards on Shell gas.

Spend: FRN Members  can earn rewards for immediate fuel savings when they make purchases with participating restaurants, online merchants, and grocery stores.

Save: These rewards translate to immediate fuel savings right at the pump as Members see their price per gallon of gas drop instantly before they fuel-up – the average savings for FRN Members is $0.33 per gallon.

You can find out more and get a better idea of how it works on the FRN website. I have to confess that I was really confused about this program at first but the website explains it really well. You can also watch the YouTube video to learn more about it:

GIVEAWAY:

4 Winners! Each will win a pre-loaded card that has a savings of $1.50 per gallon up to 20 gallons

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Share this giveaway on a social network

2) Leave a comment telling me the most you have ever paid for gas

3) Follow @FuelRewards on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends March 6, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be a US resident, ages 18+ to enter.

(Disclosure: I received a FRN pre-loaded card like the winners will receive.)

Box Tops for Education® Pantry Stock Up {Giveaway}

Box Tops for Education®, the nation’s largest school fundraising program, announced that it has earned more than half-a-billion dollars for schools across the country since it started in 1996. The General Mills program includes more than 240 participating brands providing needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools. At the heart of the program is more than 75,000 volunteer Box Tops for Education coordinators who motivate local school communities to collect the 10-cent coupons which are redeemed for cash schools use for whatever they need most.

To celebrate the milestone, this winter, the program is offering a variety of bonus Box Tops on more than 50 million packages at grocery stores and at btfe.com, allowing shoppers to double their earnings with select products.

School budget cuts have made the program more and more important over the years as it provides unrestricted cash to help schools with their basic operating needs and programs that would not be possible otherwise, such as field trips, textbooks, musical instruments, playground equipment, classroom technology and arts and cultural programming. On average, schools in the U.S. earn around $900 annually through the program, but many schools earn more than $20,000 by clipping Box Tops, participating in bonus programs and shopping 300 online eBoxTops® retailers at the Box Tops Marketplace®.

In celebration of reaching more than $500 million to schools, Box Tops for Education® and its popular brand partners are offering one lucky reader a chance to stock their shelves with some of the most trusted household brands. Filled with delicious and nutritious snacks and meal solutions, home organizing and cleaning products and cost- cutting coupons, the Pantry Stock Up gift pack includes:

  • New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch® cereal
  • Nature Valley® Chewy Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry and Protein Salted Caramel
  • Fiber One® Protein Bars
  •  Progresso® Recipe Starters
  • Food Should Taste Good® Chips
  • Green Giant Fresh® Box Tops for Education pencil pouch
  • Hamburger Helper® Sweet & Sour Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  • Betty Crocker® Mac & Cheese and Au Gratin potatoes
  • Kleenex® wallet pack and 184 count box
  • Scott® toilet paper (4 roll) and paper towel roll
  • Avery® dry erase weekly calendar
  • Ziploc® bowls and bags
  • Yoplait® Frozen Yogurt free product coupon

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 this Pantry Stock Up giveaway

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Box Tops For Education on Facebook

5) Comment on another blog post

 Giveaway ends March 5, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US residents 18 and older only.

(Disclosure: Information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and its program partners. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Girls Night Out: Be Bold. Go Red. {Ticket Giveaway}

Be Bold. Go Red and join B96, 104.3 K-HITS and Bath & Body Works to celebrate the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement on Thursday, February 28, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Alhambra Palace Restaurant, located at 1240 West Randolph Street in Chicago.

Treat yourself to a Girls Night Out! Get the red carpet treatment, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beauty services, consultations and more when you Go Red!

Plus, VIP Attendees will receive a beverage ticket and a Girls Night Out Swag Bag packed full of fun goodies including Bath & Body Works Forever Red fragrance mist, Garrett Popcorn, cosmetic and hair care samples, sweets, treats and more!

Top off the night with a high style Spring fashion show, previewing collections from Chicago Fashion Incubator’s top designers.

You can purchase VIP and general tickets on Eventbrite here.

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive 2 VIP tickets to the Be Bold. Go Red. event

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 attend this event

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @SassyMomChicago on Twitter

Giveaway ends February 17, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Winners must be 18 or over. This giveaway only includes tickets to the event. Transportation, parking, and any other fees will not be covered. Since this is a dated event, the winner will have only 24 hours to respond to my email or I will have to choose another winner.

(Disclosure: Be Bold. Go Red and join B96, 104.3 K-HITS and Bath & Body Works for a fun and charitable event on Thursday, February 28th, at the “Girls Night Out Benefiting Go Red for Women” at Alhambra Palace Restaurant. I was selected to host this giveaway by Sassy Moms in the City. This is not a compensated post…just sharing for a great cause!)

AutisMate: iPad App For Children With Autism {$149.99 Value Giveaway}

AutisMate, a new iPad app from SpecialNeedsWare for those with autism, stands among the most respected and innovative options to help children develop communication and behavioral skills despite the challenges of autism. Individuals are given a comprehensive set of tools to navigate life with ease, providing for the lifelong learning, development and changing experiences of those across the spectrum.

While most autism apps on the market focus singularly on promoting one expressive form of communication, AutisMate recognizes the unique nature of every case of autism and works to first build comprehension on a personalized level to unlock a more varied set of expressions and needs. It allows children with autism along with their caretakers and teachers to easily import personal images, video, audio and other information into a visual scene-based platform.

To save time and effort, users also have the option of uploading videos, stories, and schedules geared specifically for autism from a vast content library. A GPS feature allows scenes to change according to the user’s location, making the software even more intuitive and applicable in real-time. This platform grows with the user and caters to his or her unique needs.

The research-supported app has already helped hundreds of users to fully express themselves and improve connections with their families. Many users have expressed their support for AutisMate and shared stories of success and progress. One testimonial that SpecialNeedsWare has received is from a mother of a 7-year-old boy with autism: “I recently used [Autismate to help my son] understand what would be happening at a hospital visit to have tubes put in his ears (a procedure he had done before and had gotten very upset). This last visit he was calmer and cooperated really well! Thank you so much for providing a tool that gives me a way to help my sweet, loving son find understanding by allowing him to ‘think in pictures’.”

You can learn more about AutisMate at www.autismate.com. To purchase the app on iTunes, click here. Please follow AutisMate on Facebook and Twitter.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a download code for this app (a $149.99 value)

HOW TO ENTER

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

1) Tell me why you need this app

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Share this giveaway directly with another parent of a child who has Autism

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @autisMate on Twitter

6) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

7) Like AutisMate on Facebook

8) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends March 3, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 18 or older to enter. Note: This giveaway is for the app only and does not include the iPad.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and do not have an iPad so I have not used the app. I am posting in hopes that it will help one of my readers. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

 

 

Furniture From The RoomPlace {Giveaway}

For over a year now I’ve been telling Sinisa that I want to get new couches. The ones we have were bought pre-kids when I thought tan would be the perfect color to match any decor. Ten years later I’m realizing it’s also the perfect color to show every single stain and speck of dirt. I’m literally counting down the days until I can get new seating in our living room so I was more than excited when someone from The RoomPlace contacted me to check out their furniture and offer a giveaway to one lucky reader.

As I searched the site for pieces that would work great in our awkwardly designed living room I was pleased to see their prices were pretty good. I was looking at sectionals since a couch/loveseat combo just doesn’t work in our space and found one on clearance that had eco-friendly leather and four reclining seats. Normally leather would not even be an option because with young kids I don’t want to spend a ton on the furniture but this one was about the same price as others I was looking at in other furniture stores that weren’t leather and didn’t have any reclining seats! This sectional compared to similar ones at other stores is probably around $800-$1000 less. I’m just crossing my fingers and toes that it will still be available when I go to purchase it next month. Here’s a picture:

The RoomPlace, a Chicago-based, family-owned furniture store, just celebrated 100 years of business. The RoomPlace will celebrate the anniversary by offering special discounts, steals and deals that only come around every 100 years. The employees of The RoomPlace will also participate in the company’s “100 Acts of Kindness initiative,” which includes 100 hours of community service, donations to local charities, and more.

They are also doing another special something to celebrate 100 years and that’s giving a $100 gift card to one of you! Yes, that means it’s time to get that new piece of furniture you have been wanting!

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 get if you win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like The RoomPlace on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @theroomplace on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends March 8, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US residents 18 and over only.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card for posting about The RoomPlace but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Purex’s Sharp Dressed Baby Sweepstakes {Giveaway}

Newborn, new year, new savings. Who says your baby can’t be well dressed and stay clean & fresh at the same time? Four (4) winners receive $500 to style out their “baby” for 2013, while one (1) grand prize winner walks away with $500 plus a year’s supply of Purex Baby detergent! Enter the sweepstakes here until 2/22.

Happy kids make for happy families, so start using Purex Baby detergent for your baby’s laundry. It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win 3 coupons for FREE Purex Baby Detergent

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3)  “Like” Purex on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @Purex on  Twitter

6) Follow me on Pinterest

7) Share this giveaway on a social network

8) Enter another one of my giveaways (found here)

Giveaway ends February 22, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. U.S. residents 18 and older only.

(Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex Baby Detergent. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Love Locks Getaway Sweepstakes {And A Giveaway}

I love working with brands who make it easy for people to give back so I’m excited to share this special promotion and sweepstakes Master Lock is doing. Don’t miss the fun Valentine’s themed item one lucky reader of this blog is going to win as well!

To raise awareness for American Heart Month, Master Lock is offering people the chance to win a trip to Paris, France through their MasterLoveLock.com website. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Lock Up Love & Getaway Sweepstakes encourages visitors to the site to create, send and have their recipient accept a virtual love lock, and by doing so, become eligible to enter the sweepstakes while simultaneously benefitting a worthy cause.

In 2012, Master Lock donated more than $10,000 to the American Heart Association and is stepping up to the plate once again this year. In addition to another $10,000 base donation, Master Lock will donate a dollar for each completed and shared love lock on the site through the month of February, up to an additional $5,000. Besides being the month of love, February is also American Heart Month, a time dedicated to bringing awareness to heart health and building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease.

Visitors to MasterLoveLock.com can lock up their love virtually and enter to win the Lock Up Love & Getaway Sweepstakes, which includes flights, hotel accommodations and spending money for two guests. While in Paris, the couple will have the opportunity to witness the love locks tradition in person at the Pont de l’Archevêché. For decades, sweethearts have participated in this romantic custom around the world by affixing padlocks to fences, gates and bridges, and then throwing away the key, to symbolize their everlasting love.

Those who participate in the sweepstakes will also have the opportunity to win additional prizes, including a $1,000 Visa® gift card; Valentine’s Day themed gift packs filled with flower arrangements, luxury candles, chocolates, romantic DVDs, the Master Lock 1509DLOV Love Lock and more.

To enter, visitors select a lock and one of seven famous bridges to virtually affix the chosen lock. Next they upload a personal message for their loved one. A customized “love lock invitation” is then sent to the recipient via email. Once the invitation is accepted, the love lock sender will receive confirmation and a link to the sweepstakes entry form.

GIVEAWAY:

One Making Time For Mommy reader will win Master Lock’s heart-studded 1509DLOV lock

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment letting me know why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Master Lock on Facebook

5) Enter the Master Lock sweepstakes

Giveaway ends February 16, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years of age and older.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. This post is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

{Blogger Opp} Amazon GC Giveaway 2/16-3/2

Brought to you by:

The Frugal Batavian, The Frugal Free Gal, and Money Saving Lisa.

Looking to offer an awesome cash value contest for your blog readers? Well, right now we are taking admissions for the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway that will start on February 16th! The prize will be determined by how many blogger participate with the goal of at least $100 to giveaway to one lucky winner. You have the option of one FREE link by either Twitter or Facebook, as well as paid options. There are also paid Host and Co-hosting options.

  • Prize: Anywhere from $100-$250 in the form of an Amazon eGift Code that will be e-mailed to the winner.
  • Event Dates: Starts at 9am EST on Saturday, February 16, and ends on March 2 at 11:59 EST.
  • This event is open WORLDWIDE.
  • Extra links cost $3 each and will be used to cover the cost of the prize. There are no admin fees.

To find out more and sign up to join visit The Frugal Batavian’s post here.

Mom Made Foods {Giveaway}

Mom Made wants to make it easier for you to keep your commitment to feed your family healthy food, and to teach your kids that nutritious can be delicious! GIVEAWAY!!


Mom Made Foods is wanting to spread the love with the Healthy Pledge 2013 and with that comes coupons!!! Mom Made Foods wants to give moms out there a break from the kitchen without a shred of guilt.

Mom Made Foods is an all natural and  USDA organic created because Mom Made Foods believes in convenient meals that do not sacrifice quality or nutrition, and that kids should be able to eat delicious foods without added junk. Inspired by kids and the familiar recipes they love, Mom Made Foods uses only the freshest quality ingredients, such as organic products and meats raised without antibiotics, all sourced in the USA.


Mom Made Foods not only wants to feed healthy but encourage eating healthy! The healthy pledge 2013 will remind moms that teaching kids to eat nutritious foods can be delicious! Mom Made invites you to take their Healthy Pledge, and receive healthy tips, recipes, deals and more from them all year long.

You can learn more about Mom Made Foods on their website.


** Please enter for a chance to win coupons from Mom Made Foods, using the Rafflecopter form below. 5 winners will each win 10 coupons!**

This giveaway ends February 23, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US residents, 18+ only.

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


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News For Parents From Pampers {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

As a parent it is so hard to find a good diaper. I know that we went through multiple brands until we found the one that worked best for us. Pampers fans will be excited to learn that Target now carries their much-loved “Swaddlers” diapers in sizes 4 and 5 so they can stick with what works. This is great news for parents who have children that wear larger sized diapers.

GIVEAWAY:

$10 Target gift card, the First Years Deluxe Fold and Go diapering kit, Pampers wipes

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 me on Pinterest

4) Leave a comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends February 25, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Winners must be residents of the United States and be 18 years of age or older.

(Disclosure: I received items from Pampers but all thoughts are my own.)

 

KIND Nuts & Spices Bars {Giveaway}

Looking for a healthier alternative to candy this Valentine’s Day? Try KIND Nuts & Spices Bars. These Gluten-Free snack bars come in many delicious flavors like Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla Almond. Need more reason to try these snacks out? Here are four:

They’re sweet – but not too sweet (who doesn’t like a bad boy now and then?) Even though Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan are coated in decadent dark chocolate, they contain only 5g of sugar or less per bar.

There’s nothing artificial about them – these guys are genuine – just ingredients you can see and pronounce and no outrageous label claims hiding dirty secrets like sugar alcohols.

They won’t break your heart – far from it! Each bar is packed with whole almonds, pecans, and peanuts – a natural source of omega-3’s that will actually make your heart stronger and fend off hear t disease. Given that just 3% of Americans have optimal heart health, this is one to consider! (American Heart Association, 2013)

They’ll give you that natural glow – ah, the look of a woman in love – and also one who has taken proper care of her skin. Research shows that the antioxidants found in Dark Chocolate can help fight free radicals keeping your skin bright and clear throughout the winter months ahead.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a sampling of KIND bars.

(3) Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan

(3) Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt

(3) Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein

(3) Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew

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 of KIND bar is your favorite (or which one you want to try if you’ve never tried them before.)

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

3) Follow @KINDsnacks on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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

6) Leave a comment on another post

Giveaway ends February 17, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Giveaway open to U.S. residents ages 18 and over only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway. Thoughts are my own.)

 

 

$350 Melissa & Doug Toys Giveaway

$350 Melissa & Doug Toys Giveaway

Sponsored by Melissa & Doug

From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug® is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. We have a number of their items and they have withstood lots of rough play from my two boys. Their chunky puzzles are my favorite and were one of the most played with toys during the toddler years here in our home.

Here’s a little about the company in their own words:

Over 23 years ago we started our company in the garage of the home where Doug grew up — we had to be careful not to disturb Doug’s parents who were still living there! Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to move into a real office down the road, a building that actually has separate ladies and men’s bathrooms! Our philosophy has remained the same over the years–to make each and every customer a happy and permanent member of the Melissa & Doug family, while offering products with tremendous value, quality and design. Our line offers something for everyone with over 1,000 innovative products for children of all ages! We’ve always welcomed customer suggestions, and we continually strive to make improvements to our products. We’re honored by the faith you place in us and view it as our responsibility to continue to earn your trust in the years to come!

Read Coupon Gator Mommy’s Melissa & Doug Toys Review.

 

Three lucky winners!  Grand Prize: $250 in Your Choice of Melissa & Doug Products1st Runner Up: $50 in Melissa & Doug Products2nd Runner Up: $50 in Melissa & Doug Products

This giveaway ends Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Open to US and Canada residents.
Good Luck!

 

 

(Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Making Time For Mommy is not responsible for shipping prize to winner, nor did I accept any compensation for this promotion.)

Skin Resolutions {$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

Did you know that the foods you eat, amount you sleep and level of exercise activity all have an impact on your skin? Here are some tips to get your skin’s metabolism moving in the New Year:

o   Swap your white bread with whole grain options to help support healthy looking skin. Whole grains help make skin firming collagen and elastin!

o   Make sure to add Vitamin C rich foods, like broccoli and citrus fruits, to your shopping list in 2013. Vitamin C can help your skin neutralize free radicals.

o   Exercising can do more than trim your waistline; it’s also good for your skin. Increased blood flow from physical activity helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells

o   Many people vow to eat healthier in the New Year, but doing so can also help impact your skin. What do carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash have in common? All are high in Beta-Carotene, which promotes cell turnover and growth while protecting the collagen in your skin.

o   Rest up!  When you sleep, you allow your skin cells a chance to regenerate.   Do you get 6-8 hours of sleep each night?

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My five 2013 healthy body resolutions:

1) Wear sunscreen whenever I’m outside

2) Get up and walk around during the day

3) Eat more fruits and veggies

4) Be in bed by 11pm at least three days per week

5) Put lotion on my skin every night before bed

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Eucerin has a great app called the “Skindicator” on their Facebook page. You can get a personalized skin care recommendation from their Eucerin Skin First Dermatologists. It’s pretty cool. The app told me I needed the Redness Relief Line, Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion, Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion, and the Skin Calming- Itch Relief Treatment. My skin is not normally very dry but I do have some really dry, eczema like patches that I’ve been trying to provide relief to and haven’t been able to so I’m excited to try these new products.

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a $100 Visa Gift Card and the skin care products that the “Skindicator” app suggests for you.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what your “skin care” resolution would be

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Enter another one of my giveaways (find them in the upper right corner)

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @EucerinUS on Twitter

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

7) Follow me on Pinterest

8) Try the Skindicator app on Facebook and tell me what products are recommended for you

Giveaway ends February 22, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. The giveaway is open to US Residents 18 years and older only.

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


Bianchi Ride-On Car Giveaway {$239 ARV}

I’m joining in with Lori from A Day In Motherhood and some other bloggers to give away a great item for children. I think any young child would love this little metal ride-on car one of you is going to win. Before we get to the giveaway though, here is some information from Lori about Natural Child World and their green items for the whole family.

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Last week I told you guys about a Natural Child World, a magazine that I just love! But the magazine is just one aspect of Natural Child World and what they have to offer modern, eco-conscious, families! With everything from products for your pups to products for your pregnancy, Natural Child World can help green up your home, your kids toys and even your Valentine’s Day!

Natural Child World

“It is the #1 resource for parents who want to make better choices for themselves and the people they love the most, without sacrificing the things they like the most. From design in Copenhagen to fashion in New York, to lifestyle and well-being around the globe, Natural Child World offers a global look at parenting in the modern world.”

The more time I spend on the website, the more I am impressed with not only the stylish and fashionable, modern items, but the care in choosing to sell those that are created with a keen awareness of the impact on the community and the user enjoying them. Most of the products have a “Conscious Story”. These stories share everything from how buying a product prompts the manufacturer to plant a tree to how the community that created a toy benefits from it’s sale.

Shop Natural Child World

Dog toys are created with recycled plastic, rocking horses are specifically designed to not only be visually beneficial to a child, but to be as safe as possible as well. And everything is modern and functional and beautiful!

I am personally hooked on the entire line of toddler gifts and toys! There are so many awesome things that I have never seen on any other site! 3D Carpets for imagination play, wall decals that are aimed at teaching children their letters, colorful dolls and toys and so much more have my wish list growing with every click!

One of my favorite things I have found on the site are the awesome ride on cars! Built to last, these full body metal cars have an old time style with modern safety in mind! These will last through multiple children making them an investment for all of the growing little ones in your family!

Take a moment to check out Natural Child World and all that it has to offer! I bet you’ll find a ton of things that you love just as I did!

To help celebrate the eco-concious website that is soon to be a go-to for you and yours, (1) of our readers will WIN an awesome prize pack that includes:

Natural Child Magazine
Copy-Kids DVD
NOTE that this is a comment mandatory giveaway. So if you are entering then please leave a comment on the blog you are on.
Giveaway open to US Residents ONLY, 18+. The bloggers participating in this giveaway are not responsible for prize delivery. This giveaway is not associated in any way with Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform. Please see complete rules and regulations on the Rafflecopter form.
Enter below and GOOD LUCK!

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(Disclosure: I was not compensated for posting this giveaway and I have not reviewed any of the above items.)

The Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway For New Moms {$960 Value}


Welcome to the Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway sponsored by MobileMom.com, Rakuten.com Shopping, Snugli, and Britax! I am happy to be teaming up with some great bloggers to give away some amazing items that are perfect for new moms!

Before we get to the giveaway I want to introduce to you MobileMom.com! Mobile Mom is a collection of free apps for your smartphone that provide pregnancy info on your mobile device — anytime, anywhere! If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, these apps were designed just for you! The following apps are currently available in the Apple Store and Google Play:

Ovulation Calculator — This app will help you determine your most fertile days to increase your chances of conceiving each month.

Due Date Calculator — This app will calculate your due date and keep track of important pregnancy milestones.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator — Concerned with keeping your weight in check during pregnancy? The Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator will help you stay within your healthy range.

Pregnancy Test — Think you might be pregnant? Determine the likelihood with this intuitive app by answering just a few questions. It’s proven algorithm will provide you with an answers!

Baby Names Finder — Browse through thousands of unique, traditional, and popular names to find the perfect name for your baby! Find out a name’s origin, meaning, popularity and create a list of your favorites to help you narrow it down.

Pregnancy Talk — This app hasn’t been released yet but it’s coming soon! Find friendship and support from other moms during the most important time in your life. Join the Pregnancy Talk community for 24/7 access to moms who are going through or have been through the same things you are! Ask questions, give advice based on your own experiences and more!

If you have any friends that are pregnant or trying to conceive, please pass this info along to them — I’m sure they’d appreciate it!

So, what three things does every mobile mom need? A baby carrier, car seat and a great diaper bag! Read on to find out more about what we are giving away. {I am so jealous!!}


Well made and versatile, the Britax Baby Carrier is a must-have for moms and dads alike. The adjustable waist belt is one size fits all (22 inches to 56 inches) making it easy to switch from one parent to another. It is designed to distribute weight across shoulders, back and hips for comfort and extended wear. A removable infant insert makes the carrier suitable for infants from 8 pounds to toddlers up to 32 pounds. The Britax Baby Carrier features multiple carrying positions, one handed buckles and snaps for ease of use and harness straps that adjust in front for a customized fit. These are just a few of the many features of the baby carrier. Britax really has thought of everything! Also available in an organic version, the Britax Baby Carrier retails for around $129. For more information visit www.britax.com.

Snugli has just introduced a new line of car seats that feature OUTLAST temperature management technology designed to keep children safe and comfortable by maintaining their ideal body temperature. This technology has the ability to absorb and store excess heat to reduce overheating. Similarly, when the child’s temperature drops, the car seat’s stored heat is released always keeping the child comfortable.

The Snugli All-In-One Carseat which accommodates children ranging from 5-110 pounds (internal harness up to 65 lbs) features 3 layers of side impact foam technology to reduce side impact crash forces by 50%. The LATCH system connectors allows quick and easy installation while the TruTether feature gives you peace of mind with it’s green indicator which notifies you when the tether has been properly tightened. This carseat also features 3 position incline. You can find out more about Snugli Carseats by visiting www.snugli.com.


Last but not least, you’ll find just about everything you need for baby at Rakuten.com Shopping, including a number of top of the line diaper bags, such as this Coach Signature Stripe diaper bag, to make sure you’re stylish while on the go. In fact, Rakuten.com Shopping is providing one lucky winner with $500 worth of Rakuten Super Points to shop for all your baby necessities, through the convenience and ease of shopping online, if you win the Ultimate Mobile Mom Giveaway!

To learn more and experience great prices and a convenient shopping experience for yourself, visit www.rakuten.com or @RakutenShopping on Twitter.

Feeling lucky? Enter to win all three of these great prizes by filling out the form below. (Just a note: Rafflecopter occasionally goes down. If you don’t see the form you can refresh or come back later to enter.)

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(Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway. I have not used any the items or sites. Making Time For Mommy is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.)

Free Blogger Event: Melissa & Doug Toys

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Event Dates: 02/01 – 02/26

Temporal Artery Thermometer Review & Giveaway

Lucas at the Doctor today. He has the flu :(

Lucas woke up today fussy, coughing, and warm to the touch. After we got him something to drink I went to take his temperature. This is something that I normally dread doing because he hates sitting there while I hold a little thermometer under his arm. It just makes him even more miserable than he is already feeling.

Luckily I had a new thermometer to test out. The Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer is perfect for kids like Lucas because it only takes a few seconds to get an accurate temperature. I don’t have to lift up his shirt to stick something under his arm with this one which he really liked. This thermometer also makes taking temperatures of sleeping children easy!

The biggest plus for me as a mom was that it took the temperature in just three easy steps. All I had to do was press and hold a button while I moved the thermometer across his forehead. When I got to the end I just released the button and then I could read the temperature in the display window. I liked that the thermometer even beeped to let me know I was using it correctly.

When it comes to accuracy, I felt this thermometer was pretty right on the temperature. I also took it multiple times in a row to see if the temperature would change (like my old thermometer did) but the numbers were pretty consistent. The reading was a degree higher than what it was at the Doctor but he had medicine before we left so I think that was why. Reading more about the thermometer I saw that this thermometer was so accurate because it took 1,000 readings per second.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win an Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Leave a comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends January 25, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only

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

 

12 Days Of Skin Tips {$100 Gift Card Giveaway}

‘Tis the season to moisturize! With a New Year right around the corner, it’s never too late to take charge of your skin. As you reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, commit to putting the health of your skin first. Skin stress that appears during the holidays can be the result of a lack of moisture, especially if you live in a colder climate.

Here are 12 days of skin tips from Eucerin to give your skin the beautiful and healthy-looking holiday glow it deserves:

1)      Cold, dry, winter weather can be tough on your hands, wear gloves to help keep them protected against harsh winter elements.

2)      Keep your showers short and sweet and use lukewarm water. Bathing for long periods in hot water can cause skin to lose natural oils and nutrients.

3)      Winter can wreak havoc on your skin because there is less moisture in the air, low humidity. Give your skin a boost and run a humidifier at night to help add moisture.

4)      Relieve dryness associated with frequent hand washing by washing with lukewarm water, using a gentle soap, and applying moisturizer right after drying your hands.

5)      3 steps to revive dry feet. 1) Remove dry, flaky skin with a pumice stone. 2) Apply a rich moisturizer, like Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment before bed. 3) Throw on a pair of socks to lock in the moisture and go to sleep!

6)      Try Eucerin Calming Crème (with oatmeal) to help dry, itchy skin this season.

7)      Chemicals and allergens in certain makeups, perfumes, soaps, and detergents can cause skin irritation. Avoid products that you know have irritated your skin and use gentle cleansers!

8)      Snow reflects sunlight, making it important to wear an SPF product like Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 30 all year round for protection from UVA and UVB rays.

9)      Coarse fabrics can cause itchiness if you have sensitive skin. Go for something silky!

10)   Getting a full six to eight hours of sleep is important for your overall well-being and helps your skin look its best. Get to bed early to get plenty of shut-eye

11)   Tame chapped lips. For lip hydration, try applying a few drops of olive oil and honey or pick up Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect SPF 30.

12)   Wind can act like sandpaper when constantly hitting exposed skin. Protect skin with a rich moisturizer and bundle up with hats and scarves.

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Make sure to visit the Eucerin US Facebook page to receive a sample of Eucerin lotion when you like the Eucerin Facebook page. There you will also find great tips and personalized recommendations from Eucerin dermatologists!

Featured Eucerin Products Of The Month:

Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion (16.9 fl. oz.) a unique, fast absorbing lotion that combines Ceramide-3, skin’s own moisturizers, and Gluco-Glycerol to improve the condition of skin and help fight dryness at the source.

o   Dermatologist recommended

o   Provides intense moisture for skin that looks and feels immediately hydrated

o   Strengthens the skin’s barrier to lock in moisture

o   Improves moisture reserves to help prevent dryness from recurring for healthy looking skin

o   Fast absorbing, non-greasy

Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion (6.8 fl. oz.) helps alleviate and repair extremely dry skin with a unique concentrated formula that features a groundbreaking technology that combines skin’s own natural moisturizers and Ceramide-3, a component of a healthy skin barrier, with Gluco-Glycerol,  an innovative moisturizer—to improve the condition of skin and fight extreme dryness. The product is highly effective and has been granted the Good Housekeeping Seal. If it doesn’t work as claimed Good Housekeeping will replace or refund the purchase price.

o   Dermatologist recommended

o   Moisture rich formula, yet lightweight and fast absorbing

o   Strengthens the skin’s barrier to lock in moisture

o   Improves moisture reserves to help prevent dryness from recurring for healthy looking skin

o   Fragrance-free, won’t clog pores

 GIVEAWAY:

Healthy Skin Kit Prize pack includes: Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion, Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion, moisturizing gloves, a pumice stone, and a $100 Visa Gift Card!

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Which skin tip above is your favorite?

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Enter another one of my giveaways (find them in the upper right corner)

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @EucerinUS on Twitter

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

7) Follow me on Pinterest

Giveaway ends January 15, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a prize pack from Eucerin for posting this giveaway.}

Happy’s Christmas Gift {Bilingual Children’s Book Review & Giveaway}

 

“Happy’s Christmas Gift” is a beautifully written and illustrated storybook of an adorable and brave little Yorkie who, having gone out to post a letter to Santa, suddenly finds himself on an unexpected journey to magical lands where dreams really do come true.

Can Happy save the day? Will he get home in time for Christmas? Well you have to read the book to find out!

Available in Hardcover English or in the Soft Cover bilingual version of English/Spanish. This bilingual version appears to be unique as the two languages are next to each other and highlighted words help the reader to learn words of the second language. The book is landscape 8″x 10″ and 40 pages of good life lessons, goodwill, hope and fun. Just what is needed at Christmas time.

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I love that the softcover version has both English and Spanish stories because I think it’s great for bilingual families. Sinisa is bilingual and I wish we had something like this for our children so they could have some stories in both English and Croatian. I like that some words are bold in both English and Spanish so that children can learn new vocabulary words. The story is kind of long for my 3 and 4 year old since their attention spans are pretty short but if your child will sit for a longer story I think they will love this book and be so into the adventure that it won’t seem so long.

Illustration-wise I think this book was done nicely. The pictures are cute and very detailed, down to the little girls freckles. The characters are easy to love, especially the little puppy, Happy, who is based on a real Yorkie.

This softcover bilingual book also comes with a free poster which is a nice bonus. The book is one in a series. The next book is ‘Happy As A Fox’. The books can be found here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a copy of the softcover bilingual book, Happy’s Christmas Gift

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

Giveaway ends December 30, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

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

 

The Original Christmas Classics Blu-ray Box Set {Giveaway}

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa! I love snuggling up on the couch under blankets with the boys and watching some of our favorite holiday movies so I’m really excited to share this great giveaway with you all!

The Original Christmas Classics collection features four TV specials:  the Rankin/Bass classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Frosty Returns.”

The Original Christmas Classics collection will be available wherever Blu-rays are sold. The set retails for about $45. If you are an Amazon Prime member the set is currently being sold for $28.85 and with 2 day shipping you’ll get it before Christmas!

GIVEAWAY:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me which one of the specials is your favorite

2) Like The Original Christmas Classics on Facebook

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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

Giveaway ends December 27, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this gift set. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

‘I Can Sign’ DVD {Giveaway}

Learn how to use sign language to converse with your baby even before she can speak actual words! With I Can Sign, you will give your baby the precious gift of self-expression.

I Can Sign offers a simple and engaging way to teach parent and baby how to sign key words. This is a great way to open the lines of communication, even before baby learns to speak!

The DVD can be purchased from the BabyFirstTV website but you can enter to win one here at Making Time For Mommy!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win BabyFirstTV’s ‘I Can Sign’ DVD

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what word you’d like to teach your child/grandchild first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like BabyFirstTV on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @BabyFirstTV on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

Giveaway ends January 3, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Open to US and Canada residents.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway. I have not watched this DVD.)

Cooking With Nuts {Fisher Nuts/Food Network Prize Pack Giveaway}

The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the roasting pans and make an extra trip (or two) to the baking aisle. Fisher Nuts is teaming up with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular judge on Chopped, to make your holiday cooking a bit easier and offer some simple twists for cooking with nuts during the holidays.

Here are some of my favorite ideas she offers:

No Regret Vinaigrette: Need a new vinaigrette? Roast a handful of nuts and blend them with 3 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice.

Upgraded Spice Rub: Next time you’re cooking meat, add some ground nuts to your spice rub. The nuts can mellow some of the heat from the spice and add needed richness to the mix.

Fresh Twist on Rice: Nuts are delicious in a classic rice pilaf. Stir some roasted nuts into the rice just before serving. You can also mix nuts with wild rice.

MY RECIPE

One of Sinisa’s favorite things to make for breakfast are crepes. We normally fill them with Nutella but we decided to try making a filling for them with Walnuts instead. Here’s the recipe:

Crepes Ingredients:

2 eggs

TBS sugar

2 TBS salt

3 cups flour

3 cups milk

Crepes Directions:

Beat the eggs, salt and sugar. Add flour and milk and stir to a soupy consistency. Ensure that the batter is smooth and has no chunks.
Let the batter sit for a bit. Ladle the batter on a hot oiled up pan and flip crepes one at a time.

Filling Ingredients:

20 oz. Walnuts

1 cup milk

4 TBS sugar

Walnut

Powdered sugar (optional)

Filling Directions:

For the walnut filling use a food processor or a chopper to grind up 20 oz of whole walnuts into a fine consistency. Once that is ready, heat milk with sugar on a stovetop, stirring occasionally. Once it is boiling add the ground walnuts and stir quickly for about a minute until it turns into a paste like consistency.

To Serve: Use about a spoonful of mix and spread on the crepes and fold. Before serving you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a prize pack valued at $70. It will include: Fisher Chef’s Naturals Slivered Almonds, Fisher Chef’s Naturals Pecan Halves, Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces, Food Network 5-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, Food Network Silicone Spatula, OXO Whisk and a Wood Cutting Board.

HOW TO ENTER

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

1) Tell me how you include nuts in your cooking

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Like Fisher Nuts on Facebook

6) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Giveaway ends December 26, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes and create my own original recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.)

Air Wick’s Color Changing Candles {Giveaway}

I love candlelight. There’s something about lighting a candle and turning off all the lights in the room that I just find so relaxing. Scented candles are even better because many scents bring back happy memories for me.

When I was introduced to Air Wick’s new color changing candles I was intrigued. These candles are scented but they also bathe the room in a colorful glow while they are burning. I sat down the other night with some coffee to work online and lit my new apple cinnamon scented color changing candle. I watched as the base of the candle turned from white to blue, then green, then yellow, then red, then purple, and back to blue again. Over and over again it went through this color changing cycle. It was seriously the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen a candle do and I still can’t figure out how it changed colors like it did. If you go to Air Wick’s website you can see an example of the colors changing while the candle is burning.

I loved the apple cinnamon scent and thought it wasn’t too overpowering for a small space but still filled the room with just the right amount of scent. They have other scents available as well like Crackling Fire & Log Cabin , Fresh Snow & Sleigh Bells , Lavender & Chamomile , Vanilla Indulgence , Vanilla & Sugar Cookies , and Warm Apple Pie. I have never used a product that smelled like a crackling fire but I think that scent would be perfect for a cold night like tonight.

I used this candle while I was working and relaxing on my couch but I think it would be a great conversation started at a holiday get-together or party. Want to try Air Wick’s color changing candles for yourself? Read on…

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a color changing candle from Air Wick.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what occasion you think this candle would be perfect for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Air Wick on Facebook

Giveaway ends January 2, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a candle and gift card to compensate me for my time but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

 

Energizer Toy Cash {Giveaway}

Christmas morning will be here before we know it and with that comes battery operated toys and gadgets in many households. Just a reminder to not forget to have extra batteries on hand because the last thing you want is an excited child with a new toy who can’t play with it because there are no batteries to be found. This year, Energizer has new batteries called Energizer MAX batteries. With Energizer MAX batteries with Power Seal Technology you can have the confidence in knowing you will have power when you need it most throughout the holidays and beyond. These new batteries hold their power for up to 10 years on shelf!

To make things even better, when you purchase specially marked packages of Energizer MAX batteries with Power Seal Technology, you can get up to $8 in Toy Cash™ (via prepaid MasterCard® or PayPal™). More money for Christmas gifts? Yes, please! (Find more details about the Toy Cash here.)

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win two specially marked 4-packs of Energizer MAX batteries with Power Seal Technology containing the special Toy Cash codes.  The winner can choose from AA and AAA Energizer MAX batteries.

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment telling me what battery operated item in your house uses the most batteries

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Energizer on Facebook

5) Enter another one of my giveaways or comment on another post

Giveaway ends January 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+  only. Winner will need to have access to internet connection to redeem the Toy Cash codes.

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

Making A Difference With World Vision {Giveaway}

Looking for ways to make a difference this season? Here are three good ways to do so, courtesy of World Vision:

•Volunteer Virtually: Not everyone is able to physically volunteer, but you can volunteer virtually by donating food kits online through World Vision. Each ‘kit’ contains enough food to feed a family of five for one day ($16 per kit).

• Give a Meaningful Gift: World Vision’s Gift Catalog has hundreds of gifts such as goats, fresh water wells, and life- saving medicines that can be given in the name of a family member, teacher, co-worker or child and help one of more than 825,000 people around the world who benefit from gift catalog items. Gifts range in price from $16 to $39,000, and there are more than 250 items online to choose from. After purchasing a Gift Catalog item, the person whose name the gift was given in, can receive a special card describing the gift and its impact.

•Teach Generosity: Help children understand the importance of generosity and giving to others. World Vision’s Gift Catalog can be a helpful educational tool. The Pendleton family, of Colorado, adopted their son from Kazakhstan. When he saw the Mongolian Ger in the catalog, he immediately wanted to buy one for people in his homeland. “I didn’t know how to explain to a 10-year-old that $1,862 is a lot of money, so I didn’t,” said mom Amy. “And sure enough, he raised it all!”

I shared how my four year old created a “giving list” from the World Vision catalog. You can read that post here.

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 GIVEAWAY:

One of my readers will win an Artisan Beaded Necklace from World Vision

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me how you give back to others

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS {look in the upper right hand corner}

4) Comment on another blog post

Giveaway ends December 23, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a scarf from World Vision but this is a cause that’s important to me and all thoughts are my own.)

ROSS Dress For Less {Giveaway}

I headed to ROSS Dress For Less yesterday because I wanted to check out their selection of toys, men’s coats, and kitchen items. ROSS is great because they have everything I need for my home and family at prices that are 20-60% off of retail. They’ve just opened up new stores in the Chicago area including Darien, DeKalb, Geneva, Gurnee, and Niles.

I ended up finding some brand name train toys that are normally around $50 for just $20 each, super hero toys at over 50% off, a good quality laptop case for $8, and a cute brand name purse that was less than $50 and normally sells for $130 {my Christmas gift to myself}! After seeing the prices at ROSS Dress For Less I think I will be going there first every time I need a gift or something for my home.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 gift card to ROSS Dress For Less

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 ROSS Dress For Less

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Subscribe to this blog via email or RSS {look in the upper right corner}

4) Comment on another post and leave a comment below letting me know you did

Giveaway ends December 27, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop at ROSS Dress For Less but all thoughts are my own.)

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? If not, I’m sure this Amazon.com gift card will come in handy! I have recently discovered Amazon Prime and it’s made it so easy to cross off items on my list as I buy them one at a time and get free two day shipping on any size purchase. Good luck!!

Amazon $50 Gift Card
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway brought to you by Lightbulb Wholesaler halogen bulbs. Visit the giveaway page here.

(Disclosure: I am being compensated for posting this giveaway.)

Kalahari Resorts {Giveaway!}

I am super excited to share about Kalahari Resorts, a wonderful family destination that I will be working with for the month of December. I’m extra excited because this will be the first vacation that our family has ever taken together!

It might be chilly inside but it’s hot at the Kalahari Resort so pull out that bathing suit and get ready to escape for a little fun! Check this place out:

The Waterpark Slides

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A fantastic place for the little ones to play

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Lazy River

Kalahari Resorts in the Dells has Wisconsin’s Largest Waterpark and includes fun and exciting rides and features for both your tiny tots and older kids.

· Their indoor waterpark recently installed a state-of-the-art Kids Play Zone named Tiko’s Watering Hole. Catered specifically for your tiny tots, this 5,000-square-foot, interactive play area features activities, slides and a 200-foot-long lazy river made just for them.

· The indoor waterpark also features America’s first indoor super loop slides. All three slides present a near 60 foot drop, and the Super Loop Sahara Sidewinder slides takes guests on a 250-plus foot journey from high above the roof of the waterpark to the water below.

· Our Indoor Theme Park has over 100,000 square feet of family fun with a ton of indoor attractions and activities.

· Other popular indoor attractions include:

-The Tanzanian Twister, a 40 mph exciting pipe-style ride
-Victoria Falls, a 84-foot family raft ride for the whole family
-Rippling Rhino, Kalahari’s longest tube slide at 400 feet long

TWITTER PARTY:

Come join us on Twitter tomorrow for a Kalahari Resorts Twitter Party!

December 1, 2012 12:30-1:30pm Central time

Follow @aliciamarie112 and #Kalahari

DISCOUNT:

Want to stay at Kalahari Resorts?

Click here for a great discount code!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a fantastic prize package from Kalahari Resorts!!!

Package includes:

* 1-night stay in Hut or Desert Style Room

* Complimentary Indoor Theme Park Passes

Please note the terms of the voucher:

Wisconsin Dells location only. NOT VALID: Friday and Saturdays. Blackout dates include November 21-22, 2012, December 21-January 5, 2013, January 20, 2013, February 17, 2013, March 17-31, 2013, April 1-4, 2013, May 26, 2013, June 23 – August 18, 2013, September 1, 2013, and October 13, 2013. Please call (877) 525-2427 for availability. No cash value expires 1 year from date of issue.

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) Like Kalahari Resorts on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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

Giveaway ends December 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. This giveaway is only for the items stated and does not cover any travel, fees, etc. associated with the package.

(Disclosure: I am receiving a package from Kalahari Resorts in exchange for my posts.)

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee {Giveaway}

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee, one of the trusted partners of Healthy Child Healthy World, provides completely safe and natural body care solutions for newborns – from head-to-toe. Burt’s Bees has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural personal care products for over 25 years.

Know a new mom? Here’s a great gift idea for her! With this Keepsake box, she can cherish her little one’s natural “firsts” with a supply of beloved Burt’s Bees Baby Bee best-sellers made with soothing ingredients to pamper baby’s delicate skin. When the keepsake box is empty, she can fill it with photos and mementos of her baby’s first sweet moments and cherish them for years to come.  

The Burt’s Bees Sweet Memories Keepsake Photo Box contains: Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash, Baby Bee Nourishing Original Lotion, Baby Bee Diaper Ointment, Baby Bee Nourishing Body Oil and Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap.

GIVEAWAY:

THREE readers will each win Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash

HOW TO ENTER:

{Do any 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) Subscribe to this blog via email (look in upper right hand corner)

Giveaway ends December 19, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.)

$50 Gift Card To Shabby Apple {Giveaway}

I’ve seen posts about Shabby Apple all over the internet for years and was so excited when they contacted me about hosting a giveaway because they have some seriously cute things! I figured I’d show you some of the adorable clothes and accessories that they have on their website….

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They have items for the little princesses, too!

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DISCOUNT CODE:

Get 10% off at Shabby Apple with the discount code “makingtimeformommy10off”. This coupon expires 12/26/2012.

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple.

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Like Shabby Apple on Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know you did.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

{After you do the mandatory entry you can gain extra entries by doing any of the following and leaving a separate comment for each one that you do.}

1) Share this giveaway on a social network

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Tell me which item you’d purchase from Shabby Apple if you win

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

Giveaway ends December 19, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Ubooly: Interactive Toy For Children {Giveaway}

We recently had a new little friend join our family named Ubooly. Ubooly becomes an interactive stuffed animal when an iPhone or iPod is placed inside of it. Before we gave it to the boys Sinisa and I tried it out ourselves and quickly found ourselves laughing at it’s goofy jokes and fun facts. Once we gave it to the boys they didn’t know what to think at first. They wondered how this stuffed animal was talking to them. They quickly fell in love with her and she quickly became part of the family.

 Jacob napped with Ubooly.

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She played a game with us.

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She balanced on heads {and flew up in the air}.

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She cuddled  up on the couch and watched television with daddy.

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She even enjoyed some time swinging in the therapy swing with Jacob.

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What a busy day for our friend Ubooly!!

We really loved playing with her. Jacob’s favorite thing to do with her was put her to sleep and wake her up and put her to sleep and wake her up….over and over again. Lucas liked making her tell stories and sing. I really loved that Ubooly wasn’t just another stuffed animal that would end up at the bottom of the toy box because there was so much to do with the Ubooly. I also liked that the Ubooly updates monthly with new activities so the children don’t get bored with the same jokes, stories, and songs.

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Moms are some of the most savvy mobile users and so are their kids. Ubooly is a toy designed for this new high-tech generation. While learning and sharing new content every week, Ubooly is the only toy that grows with your child. It encourages listening skills, and a break from high-energy / high-stimulation play. Through stories & interactive games, Ubooly’s curiosity is sure to awaken the creativity within your child’s imagination.

Ubooly is the hot toy of the season, it’s new to the scene and is on track to sell out this winter! Free updates through Wi-Fi creates ongoing entertainment for kids.

Click here to adopt your own Ubooly and get FREE SHIPPING now!

GIVEAWAY:

The giveaway prize includes one Ubooly toy & the Ubooly iOS app, which updates every month with new activities, automatically over WiFi.

Entrants must have an iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, or an iPod touch 4th and 5th gen. (or be giving it to someone that has one of these iPhones or iPods as Ubooly can only become interactive with one of these devices.)

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 think would love the Ubooly.

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

Giveaway ends November 30, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only. The giveaway does not include the iPhone or iPod touch.

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ubooly. The opinions and text are all mine.)

Cool Cuts 4 Kids Gift Card Giveaway

Cool Cuts 4 Kids, the nation’s largest salon chain for kids, knows how important it is for little ones to look their best as the holidays approach. With seasonal parties and festive family portraits right around the corner, Cool Cuts 4 Kids is offering moms a coupon to save $5 off any service $11.95 or higher. It’s the perfect deal to give little ones a fresh look to last throughout the holidays and into the New Year!

Professionals at Cool Cuts 4 Kids are specially-trained to work with each child’s temperament, special needs or sensory difficulties, with a gentle approach and kid-friendly finesse. If little ones need additional coaxing into the salon chair, Cool Cuts 4 Kids salons also feature entertainment zones that offer a wide selection of movies, video games, and more. Cool Cuts 4 Kids is dedicated to creating a safe, trusting, and fun environment for kids and parents alike!

Find a salon near you at CoolCuts4Kids.com, and stop by to take advantage of the $5 off deal just in time for the holidays. In need of a fresh cut and style (“Cool Cut Deluxe”) to get little ones camera-ready, or due for a simple trim (“Cool Cut”) to freshen up before holiday parties? Cool Cuts 4 Kids salons provide a variety of services to help kids look and feel their best. Moms will leave happy too by saving as they snip with the Cool Rewards Club. There’s something for everyone at Cool Cuts 4 Kids!

 $5 OFF COUPON FOR NEW CUSTOMERS

Start saving with $5 off any service $11.95 or higher! Click here to print your copy of the coupon and redeem at a participating salon near you.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 gift card to Cool Cuts 4 Kids

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 hope to win

2) Follow Cool Cuts 4 Kids on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Enter another one of my giveaways

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

Giveaway ends December 16, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a gift bag from Cool Cuts 4 Kids in exchange for this post however I have taken my children to get their hair cut here before and recommend this service.)

 

 

 

 

Babo Botanicals Gift Basket Giveaway

When the boys were infants I carefully considered every product that I put on their sensitive skin and I wish that I would have known about Babo Botanicals back then. Babo Botanicals are made on an Organic Farm with all natural ingredients. They are free of parabens, formaldehydes and phthalates so they will not irritate skin. Babo Botanicals products were developed at the professional salon level so they work for mom and dad’s hair too.

Babo Botanicals’ Oatmilk Calendula line is in the running to be Red Tricycle’s ‘Sparklingest Soap and Shampoo.’ The trusted line of all natural “parent-quality” personal products in “kid-friendly” packaging has made it to the finals and would love your vote. You can do so here.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a gift basket of the Oatmilk Calendula soaps. The gentlest blend of nourishing botanicals soothe and protect sensitive or dry skin. Collodial Oatmeal is well known to comfort itchy, dry, chafed skin associated with eczema.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what your favorite feature of these skin care products is

2) Like Babo Botanicals on Facebook

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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

Giveaway ends December 14, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+only.

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post but Babo Botanicals is sponsoring the giveaway. This giveaway isn’t associated with Facebook in any way.)

 

Hickory Farms Gift Set Giveaway

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. They also make great gifts for those hard to shop for friends and family members. Hickory Farms products can be purchased online at HickoryFarms.com, in 700 holiday stores and kiosks across North America, and in select retailers.

My family was sent a Hickory Farms Pack & Go Picnic Tote. A week later and we only have some of the Peanut Brittle left. Sinisa loved the summer sausage and cheese that came in the box. I loved the Peppermint cookies and the mini melt away mints. The boys enjoyed the Holiday pretzels and loved the festive sprinkles that covered them.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Hickory Farms Pack & Go Picnic Tote that includes the following:

-Signature Beef Summer Sausage
-Turkey Summer Sausage
-Farmhouse Cheddar
-Holiday Pretzels
-Peanut Brittle
-Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
-White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
-Mini Melt Away Mints
-Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which Hickory Farms product is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

4) Leave a comment on another one of my blog posts

Giveaway ends December 2, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.)

iPad Mini {Giveaway}

I’m back with a new site design and an amazing giveaway to start your Holiday season! I’ve told you all about Evzdrop before but if you missed the post I’ll give you a refresher… Evzdrop is a location-based interest network that lets people stay connected to what’s happening at places in real time. Sinisa and I tried it earlier in the month and we loved being able to get suggestions about places we were at or were going to.

Evzdrop is currently hosting a Holiday contest on their blog. Between November 23rd and December 21st, they are asking users to “drop” at all their shopping, dining and holiday preparation locations. Using the Holiday Drop Quest list (found on their blog) users will need to mention one of the items in their Drop and then they will be entered to win a number of great prizes. Each Drop, every uploaded picture, and every Drop shared on Facebook and Twitter will earn people another entry. You can find all of the details on their blog.

In addition to the great prizes available from their Holiday contest they are offering an iPad Mini as a special prize for my readers and the readers of a few other local Chicago blogs. You can enter that giveaway on the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends on December 29, 2012 and is open to US readers only. Good luck!

 

 

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Nokia Lumia 822 Smartphone & Verizon Gift Card {Giveaway}

I hinted at this giveaway on my Facebook page and found a lot of you were excited about the opportunity to win a brand new phone from Verizon! I’m pleased to announce a giveaway for the Nokia Lumia 822. This smartphone runs on Windows Phone 8 and is packed with great features like Nokia Drive+ and Nokia City Lens. It includes Nokia Music with subscription-free streaming from a collection of millions of tracks. Plus, with Data Sense, a Verizon Wireless exclusive, you can get the most out of your data plan while enjoying the benefits of the lightning fast 4GLTE network.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Nokia Lumia 822 and a $100 Verizon Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me what Lumia feature you are most excited for.

EXTRA ENTRY:

You can earn an extra entry by sharing this giveaway on a social media network and leaving a comment telling me that you have done so.

Giveaway ends on November 30, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US only. Please note: Multiple blogs will be running a similar giveaway and Verizon has asked that, to be fair, only one phone/gift card set is won per person.

(Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.)

$75 Whole Foods Gift Card & Eucerin Lotion Giveaway

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to think about the holidays. To start the season off we are having a Holiday Turkey Hunt blog hop where over 50 blogs are each offering prizes valued at over $25 and there’s also a grand prize giveaway hosted at The WIC Project for a $135 Amazon Gift Card.

Here at Making Time For Mommy I’m happy to introduce Eucerin, the skin care company that is sponsoring my giveaway. I’ve worked with them for the past 6 months or so and have learned so much about skin care and their products. Each month that I’ve worked with them there has been a theme of the month and for the month of November the theme is “Healthy Foods For Healthy Skin”. I have never put that much thought into how what I eat affects my skin but I’ve learned this month that it does. The skin experts over at Eucerin recommend eating foods with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Omega-3s whenever you can.  That’s something I’m definitely going to make sure that I think about when choosing my weekly menu plan.

To help keep skin healthy, Eucerin is offering one of my readers a great prize package!

GIVEAWAY:

One person will win a prize package from Eucerin that includes:

$75 Whole Foods Gift Card

Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion

Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Share how you nurture your skin from the inside out

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Enter another one of my giveaways (find them in the upper right corner)

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @EucerinUS on Twitter

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

7) Follow me on Pinterest

Giveaway ends December 7, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern time. The giveaway is open to US Residents 18 years and over only.

(Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for Eucerin and received a prize pack like the one I am giving away.)

 

Holiday Outfits From The Children’s Place {Giveaway!}

I love buying my boys matching outfits from The Children’s Place for seasonal and holiday pictures. About a week ago I placed my order online at The Children’s Place for their Holiday picture outfits, their Thanksgiving shirts, and their outfits for Christmas along with a couple other items that were on sale and at an even greater discount with a coupon I had received via email. A couple days after I placed my order someone from TCP contacted me about sharing their Holiday fashions for kids with my readers and I jumped at it because they have some adorable styles for holiday get-togethers and pictures. These are some of the fun looks you can put together with pieces from The Children’s Place:

Here’s what my boys will be wearing:

They have cute dresses for girls, too! I love this red one:

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader is going to 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) Like The Children’s Place on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow me on Pinterest

Giveaway ends December 5, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but I have received a gift card from them in the past. All thoughts are my own. Please note: This gift card is not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas shopping.)

Marvel’s The Avengers Hero Mask Review & Giveaway

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Do you have a little Super Hero in your life? Hasbro’s Hero Masks would make the perfect gift! We received the Captain America Hero Mask to review. The mask itself is made of a hard plastic like material so it’s sturdy and not going to get easily broken by the little guys. The inside part of the mask has a rubbery goggle like eyepiece so it’s comfortable to wear. The adjustable straps that go around the back of the head are made with quality velcro and make the mask one size fits all for children of all ages. The boys love wearing their mask as they play and it’s funny to go watch them check themselves out in the mirror when they are wearing it to see what they look like as Captain America.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Hero Mask from Hasbro

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which Super Hero is your child/grandchild’s favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Hasbro Game Night on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Giveaway ends November 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: We received a mask to review but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Autographed ‘The Boxcar Children’ Holiday Gift Set {Giveaway}

There are few presents that will bring a youngster a lifetime full of pleasure than giving the gift reading. With over 100 titles and 50 million copies in print,  The Boxcar Children®  series by Gertrude Chandler has raised generations of readers — many of whom credit their love for reading to this modern classic.  Perfect to read out loud or for the independent reader, the adventures of 4 siblings surviving brilliantly on their wits and skills has proven to be timeless.

The first book in the series, originally published in 1942, introduces the reader to four children who have lost their parents at a young age and, rather than going to live with their unsavory grandfather, decide to strike out on their own.  In their travels they come across an abandoned boxcar and decide to make this their home.  Short, simple chapters and illustrated throughout, The Boxcar Children encounter adventures and unravel mysteries — all the while demonstrating practical wisdom, resourcefulness and an enduring commitment to one another.  Charming, exciting and heartwarming, this is a series that stands the test of time.  In fact, this Fall marks the 70th anniversary of The Boxcar Children and the publisher is celebrating in a big way by publishing a PREQUEL to the series by Newbery award-winning author Patricia MacLaughlan!  
GIVEAWAY:
One reader will win a gift box set of the first four books in the Boxcar Children’s series including The Boxcar Children, Surprise Island ,The Yellow House Mystery and Mystery Ranch AND a hardcover copy of the series prequel The Boxcar Children® Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm SIGNED by the author, Newbery award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The ARV for this giveaway is $48.98.  
HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like the Boxcar Children on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow the Boxcar Children on Twitter

6) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends December 1, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US and Canada only.


(Disclosure:  I am receiving a set of these books for my family but no other compensation was received.)

Trunki Kid’s Suitcase From Melissa & Doug {Giveaway}

I told you all about Melissa & Doug’s Top Twenty List the other day and promised a giveaway of one of the great gift items on there. It was hard to make up my mind as to which one to giveaway but I really love the one I chose and I hope you will too!

GIVEAWAY:

Blue Trunki Suitcase from Melissa & Doug

This is a great suitcase for traveling on long trips or just weekends at Grandma’s. It has wheels so children can ride it while the parent pulls them around. There are also additional stickers that can be purchased so children can personalize it themselves.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me who you want to win the Trunki for

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow me on Pinterest

5) Comment on another one of my posts

Giveaway ends November 25, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a product for posting about Melissa & Doug’s toy list. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

Little Learning Lovies Printables {$50 Giveaway}

I used to teach preschool and the “writing center” was actually a favorite center in the classroom and my preschoolers loved “writing” letters and “sending” them, making Christmas lists, and cutting out shapes along with a variety of other activities. That was one of my favorite areas in the classroom as well and I was constantly adding activities to it. When I was pregnant I told myself that I would do the same for my children to help them practice pre-writing skills but now that my children are preschool age and I’m working full-time I find that I just don’t have the time to create all those fun activities that I used to.

Thankfully there are people like Sandra from Little Learning Lovies who creates and sells fun printable sets for young children to practice their fine motor skills! We recently received a preschool pre-writing set from her and I was so excited to open the package and discover lots of quality worksheets! The worksheets practiced tracing, counting, coloring, hand-eye coordination, letters, and more! Here is Jacob doing some of our favorite worksheets:

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I thought the printables had really cute images and liked the variety I found in the pages. Even though there were multiple pages for each “skill”, they were all different from each other. Take tracing for example. There are over 50 pages that have children practice tracing. They trace letters and shapes and draw lines helping butterflies get to flowers and squirrels to acorns.

I got this set free in order to complete this review but the prices in the Little Learning Lovies store are very reasonable. She also creates items for older children. Some of the items she has in her store include file folder games, workbox tags, and math cards.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win a $50 credit to the Little Learning Lovies store!

You can use the credit to purchase the printables of your choice!

HOW TO ENTER

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

1) Tell me what your favorite printable in her store is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Little Learning Lovies on Facebook

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Giveaway ends November 24, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received printables to review but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)

$100 Visa Gift Card & Autumn Care Prize Package Giveaway

October is almost gone and Autumn is in full swing, and what does that mean?  It means colorful leaves, football, caramel apples – and colder temperatures.  Among other things, the season is often characterized as a time of frequent temperature changes between indoors and outdoors, and harsh winds. This results in more sensitive skin that can become dry, tight, itchy and irritated. So, before getting that Pumpkin Latte tomorrow, grab some Eucerin Smoothing Repair lotion to keep your skin glowing all season long!

I’ve been using Eucerin for months and my skin is still as soft now as it was during the warmer months. I’ve also been trying to take showers that use water that’s a bit cooler than what I like because I’ve heard that really hot water during showers dries skin. How do you protect your skin during the colder weather? I’d love to hear and if you share below you have a chance to win a fabulous prize!

GIVEAWAY

Eucerin would like to send one of my readers an Autumn prize package! The package includes a $100 Visa gift card, Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion, Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion, and a Large, Spiced Pumpkin Yankee Candle.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Share how you care for your skin during the changing seasons

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Eucerin on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @EucerinUS on Twitter

6) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

8) Comment on another one of my posts (find them here)

9) Follow me on Pinterest

Giveaway ends on November 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time. US 18+ only.

(Disclosure: I received a prize pack and am posting this giveaway as a Eucerin blog ambassador but all thoughts are my own.)