Capezio & Wisharoo Duckle Dance Sweepstakes {And Giveaway!}

If you know a child who loves to dance you will LOVE this sweepstakes and giveaway! Wisharoo Park and Capezio have teamed up to offer the Duckle Dance Sweepstakes that is intended to encourage children to ‘get moving’ and help them build confidence and self-esteem, encourage innovation, and above all have fun.

To participate, parents simply video their preschool kids doing the Duckle Dance and then enter those videos via downloads to their facebook or YouTube accounts for a chance to win one of twenty Capezio and Wisharoo Prize packages or one of five $500 Dance Scholarships!

You can watch a video of the Duckle Dance on Youtube which features favorite Wisharoo Park characters Ranger Rosey and DanDan and Della Duckle dancing along with real life kids. Once familiar with the dance, kids are invited  to follow the steps or create and perform their very own version of all or any part of, the Duckle Dance — either to the ballet or tap music provided at the entry site and have their parents capture their performance on video. Be sure to keep in mind that although the promotional Duckle Dance video teaches specific dance steps, the Duckle Dance Sweepstakes Presented by Capezio and Wisharoo Park is all about fun and dance submissions are completely open to individual interpretation. (In other words: If your child can’t dance it’s ok…it’s all about having fun!)

Once captured on video parents can enter their child’s performance in the Duckle Dance Sweepstakes Presented by Capezio and Wisharoo Park for a chance to win the special prizes and/or dance scholarships provided by Capezio and Wisharoo Park.   To enter parents simply upload the video to their facebook or YouTube account, and then visit www.wisharoopark.com/duckledance where they submit the Facebook or YouTube video link as part of the easy entry process.

Interested in entering? Hurry! Videos must be in by September 1st, 2011!

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a Capezio/Wisharoo prize pack with a retail value worth over $100!

Included in the prize package:

  • One Pair Capezio Daisy ballet Shoes.  (Boy or girl in size of your choice)
  • One Pair Capezio Jr. Tyette Tap Shoes.  (Boy or girl in size of your choice)
  • One Capezio Logo Drawstring Backpack.
  • One Limited Edition Do the Duckle Commemorative T-Shirt.
  • One Wisharoo Park 2-Disc 13 Episode DVD Set.
  • Six Wisharoo Park Wish Star finger puppets.

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) What is your/your child’s favorite type of dance?

2) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

3) Follow @WisharooPark on Twitter

4) Tweet: Enter to win a $100 prize pack from @WisharooPark and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com

5) Share this giveaway on Facebook

6) Enter another one of my giveaways

7) Blog about this giveaway

8) Submit a video in the Duckle Dance Sweepstakes (worth FIVE ENTRIES- leave 5 comments)

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Giveaway ends September 18, 2011 at 11:59 Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a prize pack from Capezio and Wisharoo Park but thoughts are my own.)

Del Monte Promotion and Giveaway (3 Winners)

Del Monte Fresh Produce’s “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms” promotion is back for it’s second year. The goal of this program is to get kids eating healthier.  By supporting teachers, Del Monte Fresh hopes to encourage them to incorporate healthy living and eating messages into classroom lesson plans.

The program awards cash and fresh fruit to kindergarten thru 12th grade school teachers across North America to encourage them to incorporate healthy eating and living messages into classroom activities. Sixty teachers will win a total of $1,000 in cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit for their students. Top winners will also get a Del Monte Fresh Field Day event for their school in which the entire student body will enjoy a day of Del Monte fresh fruit, games and fun activities. Salad bars for schools will also be given away through promotions at supermarkets. For more details (and to nominate a teacher you know) you can go to www.fruits.com.

GIVEAWAY

Two readers will win $25 worth of Del Monte Fresh Produce gift certificates.

One reader will win $25 worth of Del Monte Fresh Produce gift certificates for yourself AND a backpack of school supplies to give to a teacher you know.

HOW TO ENTER

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

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite fruit.

2) Follow @DelMonteFresh on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on Facebook

5) Tweet: Win $25 worth of gift certificates for @DelMonteFresh fruit from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com (3 winners)

6) Blog about this giveaway

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered (I’m giving away a Jeep All Terrain Stroller!)

Giveaway ends September 23, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received Del Monte Fresh gift certificates for my time but all thoughts are my own.)

Dinosaur Train {News And A Giveaway}


If you have a Dinosaur Train fan in your house you don’t want to miss the season premiere on PBS KIDS of Dinosaur Train:  Dinosaur Big City on August 22 and the DVD release on August 23. In addition to the TV premiere and DVD coming out, the Jim Henson Company, Random House Children’s Books and Paramount Home Entertainment have partnered with Amtrak for a nationwide promotion in August.

Now through August 31st, families can embark on their own DINOSAUR TRAIN adventure by entering the Amtrak – Dinosaur Train Sweepstakes.  One lucky family of 4 (2 adults / 2 children) will win an Amtrak Vacations® Rocky Mountain National Park Tour to visit the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado as part of thegrand prize.  In addition, the promotion will feature DINOSAUR TRAIN placemats on Long Distance Trains, while seatbacks, counter cards, activitybook giveaways will be in over 100 stations nationwide to promote the sweepstakes and DVD release.  One million ticket jackets will be used system wide featuring DINOSAUR TRAIN. The “Dinosaur Big City” DVD will also include an Amtrak offer in 50,000 units.  Visit www.henson.com/Dtsweepstakes for promotion details.

The DINOSAUR TRAIN: Dinosaur Big City DVD includes eight fun and engaging learning adventures, as well as interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and information for parents. In “Dinosaur Big City,” join Buddy the T. rex and his Pteranodon family as they gather all their Theropod friends together to travel to the big Theropod Club Convention which is being held in Laramidia, the “Dinosaur Big City!” Among the travelers is King Cryolophosaurus, who’s more than a little nervous about giving a concert in front of his biggest audience ever. Can Buddy and Tiny help him overcome his fear of performing?

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a copy of the DINOSAUR TRAIN: Dinosaur Big City DVD.

HOW TO ENTER:

(You may do any or all of the following. Leave a comment for each.)

1) Answer this question: Have you ever taken your children/grandchildren for a train ride?

2) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

3) Follow @hensonparents on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on Facebook

5) Share this giveaway on Twitter

(sample tweet: Enter to win a Dinosaur Train DVD from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com)

6) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends: September 1, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. US readers only please.)

$250 Cash Giveaway! {Rafflecopter}

To celebrate the end of Summer (almost), we’ve teamed up with our friends to bring you a fun cash giveaway! All you have to do is fill out your name and email address and then subscribe to our newsletters below. It’s a great way to find out more ways to save money, get cooking tips, and learn about some of our everyday lives!

The grand prize is:

$250 in cash

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Enter the giveaway here using our Rafflecopter form.

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You MUST subscribe to ALL of the blogs listed above using the same for your entry to be validated. The giveaway will run through Sunday, August 28th at 12:01 AM EST.

The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email within 48 hours after the close of the contest. Must be 18+ to enter and reside in the United States. The prize will be awarded to the winner via PayPal. If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours of the winning email confirmation being sent, the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

Gorton’s Seafood Promotion and Giveaway

Gorton's Gift Application for Facebook

Gorton’s Seafood is having a great summer giveaway with daily winners and some awesome grand prizes. Here is more information on the giveaway:

You can enter the Gorton’s Seafood giveaway by going to their website or to their Facebook page. Want more chances to win Gorton’s Seafood products? You are in luck!

GIVEAWAY:

Two readers will each win TWO coupons for free Gorton’s Seafood products of your choice!

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment below for each.)

1. Go to the Gorton’s Seafood website and sign up for their fun e-newsletter!
2. Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter
3.  Follow Gorton’s Seafood on Twitter
4. Tweet “Enter to win coupons for FREE Gorton’s Seafood from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”
5. Share this giveaway on Facebook (include the url)
6. Enter another one of my giveaways.
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Giveaway ends on September 6, 2011 at 11:59pm. It is ONLY for US readers since Gorton’s Seafood is not sold elsewhere.
(Disclosure: I received coupons from the company but all thoughts are my own.)

Cool Cuts 4 Kids {Review and Giveaway}

Lucas is one of those kids that constantly seems to be needing a haircut so I was excited to visit Cool Cuts 4 Kids for the first time. As soon as I walked in I knew the place would be a hit with both my children. I loved that there were things to keep the kids busy while they waited to get their hair cut. There was a television playing kids shows and a “game” wall for the older kids to play video games.

We went in the early afternoon. I had scheduled an appointment but we would have been okay that day just walking in without an appointment too since there was no wait. It did get busier right around the time we were leaving so I’d recommend making an appointment if you can.

The person that cut my son’s hair did a great job. She asked me what I wanted done to his hair and didn’t judge me when I said, “I really don’t care. I just don’t want to have to get another haircut in another couple weeks.” I always thought I’d be one of those parents who was really particular about my children’s hairstyles but I’m just not that way. She was very thorough cutting his hair and even asked me if he would be ok with clippers before she used them on him. I think he looked adorable with his new haircut and he enjoyed watching Toy Story 2 and didn’t even seem to care that someone was doing something with his hair.


Haircuts are about $18 so since I had a gift card I picked up some hair care products for the kids. They were buy one, get one half off plus I received 20% off my entire purchase because it was my first time in the salon. With the purchase of two hair care items I also got a free Cars 2 set which I’m putting away for the first day of school. The employees had difficulties with the register which was frustrating since I was holding my two year old for 15-20 minutes but they kept apologizing and in the end gave me Luke’s haircut for free to make up for keeping me waiting while they figured out the register issues. I thought that was nice of them and overall I had a positive experience so I would return. (Though I do wish they had a store closer to my home since this salon was about 45 minutes away from my house.)

Get your child’s haircut at Cool Cuts 4 Kids

Get $5 off your child’s haircut (first time visitors)

Giveaway:

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

How To Enter:

(Do any or all of the following)

1. Tell me how you keep your child occupied on haircut day.

2. Follow me on Twitter

2. Tweet: “Enter to win a $25 gift card from @aliciamarie112 to get your child’s haircut! www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3. Share this giveaway on Facebook

4. Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

5. Enter another one of my giveaways.

Giveaway ends August 21, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to Cool Cuts 4 Kids but all thoughts are my own.)

Pear Tree Greetings {July Giveaway}

Pear Tree Greetings has a new line of items- their baby collection! Look how cute these are:

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These almost make me want to have another baby right now!

Baby Contest:

Moms-to-be, tell us how you announced you were expecting to family and friends. Did you do it in a funny, touching or memorable way? You could win $1,000! More details can be found here.

GIVEAWAY:

$25 to spend on anything in the Pear Tree Greetings store!

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook

2) Tweet “Enter to win $25 to @PearTreeGrtngs from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email so you don’t miss future posts and giveaways

4) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered.

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Follow @PearTreeGrtngs on Twitter

Giveaway ends August 9, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but am a Pear Tree Pearista.)

Encouragement {And A DaySpring Giveaway}

I believe that, other than prayer, words of encouragement are the best things you can give someone who is struggling. I know that encouraging words have not only brightened my day but have given me hope when I needed it most.
Products from DaySpring, like the frame above, can also give us reminders of God’s love and encourage us. I received the frame to review and think it’s perfect for my desk. Not only do I get to look at a picture of my family but it reminds me of God’s love for me.

DaySpring wants to bring encouraging words to your life and the lives of those around you by offering one lucky reader a gift card to their online store (please note: this does not cover shipping).

Giveaway:

$50 Gift Card to DaySpring

How To Enter:

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

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like DaySpring on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @DaySpringCards on Twitter

5) Tweet: Enter to win a $50 DaySpring Gift Card from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways

 Giveaway ends August 9, 2011 at 11:59pm.

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

Wisharoo Park Review and Giveaway (5 Winners)

Do you have a preschooler? If so, you need to check out Wisharoo Park. Wisharoo Park is, according to the website, “a multimedia edutainment series designed to help children ages 3-6 recognize and appreciate their own individuality. With its technology-based curriculum, Wisharoo Park helps children discover and understand their own personal strengths and in doing so, develop greater self-esteem and a positive self-image. Unique among hundreds of preschool programs, Wisharoo Park is specifically focused on teaching social skills and building self-esteem.”

Wisharoo Park’s website is full of fun for children and parents to do together. There are games to play, videos to watch, and activities to do offline. Some of my favorite activities are: “Quiet Monkey, Noisy Monkey” in which children learn about where they can be loud and where they need to be quiet and also the “Politeness Party” where children practice saying “please” and “thank you”.

There are also Wisharoo Park DVD’s. Jacob really enjoyed watching the ones we received for review. I like them because they teach social skills. As many of you know, my boys have sensory issues, and they are still learning what appropriate behavior in social settings looks like. I like that these episodes really focus on and model correct social behavior.

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GIVEAWAY:

2 Grand Prize winners will receive: a Wisharoo Park 2-disc DVD and 6 Wish Star finger puppet sets

3 Runner Up Prize winners will receive: 6 Wish Star finger puppets

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Wisharoo Park on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @WisharooPark on Twitter

5) Tweet: Enter to win items for Preschoolers from @WisharooPark and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com (5 winners)

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends August 8, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received items from Wisharoo Park to review. All thoughts are my own.)

Tellurian Baby Skin Care Review and Giveaway

I recently received the line of Tellurian Baby skin care products to review. On first glance I loved them because of their bright colors and fun swirly pumps. Upon use I liked that the lotions weren’t greasy and the body wash made our skin feel soft (yes, moms can use it, too!). The scented products all smelled wonderful. I think best of all though, is the fact that these products are natural so they are safe for children and won’t irritate their delicate skin.

As someone who loves working with charities I was also happy to see that Tellurian Baby donates a portion of every sale to charities helping children around the world.

BUY IT:

Tellurian Baby offers FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more. You can also use the code “NATURAL” at the check out for 20% off your purchase.

WIN IT:

One reader will win the Tellurian Baby 2-in-1 Shampoo/Bodywash and a Lotion

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Tellurian Baby on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @TellurianBaby on Twitter

5) Tweet: Enter to win skin care products from @TellurianBaby and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends August 7, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received items to review but all opinions are my own.)

Kidzikoo Review and Giveaway

We recently had the chance to review the Kidzikoo which is like a Koozie for kids. This product is perfect for keeping juice, milk, and water cool, especially during the hot summer months when we are playing outside. Nobody (including children) want something lukewarm to drink, they want a cool refreshing drink! I loved that the Kidzikoo fit like a glove on our Playtex sippy cups. They soaked up the condensation from the cup and didn’t leave wet spots on the couch or table.

The Kidzikoo currently comes in five patterns (shown above). I love the Lucia print and think the owls are so cute! I also like the zig zag stitching on them. Overall, the Kidzikoos are fun and functional.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win the Kidzikoo of their choice.

HOW TO ENTER

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Tell me which print is your favorite

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Kidzikoo on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow Kidzikoo on Twitter

6) Tweet: “Enter to win a Kidzikoo, the koozie for kids, from @kidzikoo and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Share this giveaway on Facebook

8) Subscribe to my blog via email

9) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends August 5, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a Kidzikoo for review but all opinions are my own.)

Energizer Batteries and Discover Card Giveaway

Between all the gadgets and toys that we own I feel like we buy a pack of batteries weekly. When I heard of Energizer’s new batteries, Energizer Ultimate Lithium and Energizer Advanced Lithium, I was excited because that meant less batteries to purchase because these new batteries last longer!

  • Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries last up to 8x longer** in digital cameras for up to 8X less waste.
  • Energizer® Advanced Lithium batteries last up to 4x longer** in digital cameras, 20 hours longer** in wireless gaming accessories and up to 30% longer** in personal audio devices.

** Vs. Energizer® MAX®. Results vary by device and play and/ or usage patterns.

Energizer is currently running a promotion and rewarding Energizer® Lithium customers by helping their dollars last longer. Consumers simply purchase two packs of specially-marked Energizer® Ultimate Lithium or Energizer® Advanced Lithium batteries and get a $10 Prepaid Discover® card mailed to them.

I recently received my specially marked batteries and went on to Energizer’s Facebook page to redeem them. I entered the codes and my mailing information and a $10 Discover card is on it’s way to my house. It was so simple and I now have batteries that will last for a while in my gadgets.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a specially marked pack of Energizer Ultimate Lithium and Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries in either AA or AAA size. The codes on the packages are redeemable for a $10 Prepaid Discover card (please note: you will be responsible for redeeming the codes for the Prepaid Discover card on the Energizer Facebook page)

HOW TO ENTER

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Energizer on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow Energizer on Twitter

5) Tweet: “Enter to win batteries and a $10 Discover Card from @Energizer and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Subscribe to my blog via email

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends August 5, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received 2 packages of specially marked batteries but all opinions are my own.)

Dinosaur Whirl Review and Giveaway

Dinosaur Whirl is a new game from Pressman. The game is for children ages 3 and up in which each player goes on a hunt for dinosaur eggs.

Jacob and I played the game this past week. It was relatively easy to set up except the playing track pieces took me a few minutes to figure out how they went together. The directions for playing the game are simple to follow. The game doesn’t take long to play which is perfect for Jacob’s short attention span. I was surprised at how quickly he learned how to roll the die and figure out which spot to move his playing piece to.  He liked collecting the eggs and thought it was funny when the dinosaur knocked down the playing pieces with his tail. Overall, we had a great time playing the game together.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win their own Dinosaur Whirl Game.

HOW TO ENTER

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Pressman Toy on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @PressmanToy on Twitter

5) Tweet: “Enter to win a Dinosaur Whirl Game from @PressmanToy and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Subscribe to my blog via email

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends August 4, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of the game to review but all opinions are my own.)

Fandango and Cars 2 {Review and Giveaway}

Our family does not go out to the movies very often but when something comes out that one of us really wants to see we will go to the theater to see it. Cars 2 was one of those movies. Every time a commercial for the movie would come on TV, Jacob (my 3 year old) would tell me he wanted to watch it.

I recently downloaded the Fandango application on my mobile phone which makes going to the movies a little easier. From my phone I can search for movie times and theater locations, read reviews of movies, and even order my tickets. Normally I would read the reviews of movies if it’s a movie I want to see but if it’s a children’s movie I don’t read the reviews. I loved the convenience of the application. I looked up movie times for Cars 2 and bought my tickets while sitting in a hospital waiting room. To learn more about how easy it is to use the Fandango mobile application you can view my ThisMoment story.

Right now Fandango is running a fun promotion for Cars fans! When you buy your tickets on Fandango you get a FREE iTunes download of the Tokyo Mater short film from Pixar. That’s a great added bonus for something we were going to purchase anyways :)

This was Jacob’s first time seeing a movie in a movie theater. I was worried that he wouldn’t sit through the whole thing but he sat through all of it until the last ten minutes or so when he wanted to stand and try climbing over the seats in front of us. He said that he liked the movie and as soon as it was over he said he wanted to watch it again. I thought the movie was good but I liked the first one more. I think the first one was geared towards younger children and the new movie is for older children. The storyline was a little too complex for a three year old and some of the material was, in my opinion, a little inappropriate for younger viewers.

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a pair of tickets from Fandango to the movie of their choice.

(Winnie The Pooh is coming out July 15!)

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like Fandango on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @Fandango on Twitter

5) Tweet: “Enter to  win a pair of movie tickets from @Fandango and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Subscribe to my blog via email

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends 8/3 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: This #gocars2 shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All thoughts are my own.)

$250 Sensory Friendly Giveaway

The SPD Blogger Network and Soft Clothing have teamed up to give away over $250 worth of sensory friendly products.

For more details and to enter to win this amazing prize pack please visit the entry page.

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(Disclosure: I am part of the SPD Blogger Network but am not affiliated with this giveaway. I’m sharing because I think it’s a great giveaway and receive an extra entry for posting about it.)

Cars 2 Giveaway

Cars 2 is going to be racing into theaters everywhere on June 24th. I am looking forward to taking Jacob to see the movie (his first time going to the movie theater!) If you have a child who loves Cars as much as mine do, be sure to check out the FREE themed activities they have online including mazes, soap box dragster activities, t-shirt designs, a Radiator Springs play set and much, much more!

About the movie:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.  But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.  Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer).  Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.  The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.

GIVEAWAY:

Disney is providing one lucky winner with a Cars 2 prize pack that includes:

CARS 2 t-shirt (in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL)

CARS 2 set of 3 bumper tickets

CARS 2 temporary tattoo sheet (2 per winner)

CARS 2 puzzle

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1. What is your’s (or your child’s) favorite Cars character

2. Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3. Like Cars 2 on Facebook

4. Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5. Tweet “Enter to win a Cars 2 prize pack from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6. Update your status on Facebook with “Enter to win a Cars 2 prize pack at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7. Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

8. Subscribe to my blog (it’s FREE) so you don’t miss a giveaway

Giveaway ends July 5, 2011 at 11:59pm Central.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own.)

Announcing My Type A Parent Conference Sponsor (And A Giveaway)

I am pleased to announce my ticket sponsor to the Type A Parent Conference is New Blog Hosting. New Blog Hosting offers affordable blog hosting and also blog design. I am excited to be helping represent this company for a number of reasons:

In discussing how we would work together and what his goals were Peter said the following in an email to me: “helping people is more important than making money.” Obviously, everyone wants to make money but he really wants to go to this conference to share his expertise and knowledge with others. That is the kind of business owner he is and those are the kind of people that I like to work with.

Another thing I love about New Blog Hosting is that $15 of every hosting package bought goes to Charity. Peter and his family are saving money to buy a well for people in Africa. I wrote about this cause back in March because it’s important to me, too!

So he likes to help others and money goes to charity…but what about the hosting? you may ask. For $35 per year you get reliable hosting. He will even help with data transfer if you already have a blog and need help moving it. I have never transferred my site but I have heard horror stories about lost data. I couldn’t imagine posts I’ve lovingly written gone because I attempted to do things myself.

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Will you be at the Type A Conference next weekend?

If so, watch for tweets from me to find out where I am throughout the conference. Exchange business cards with me and have the chance to win either a year of hosting from New Blog Hosting or a Starbuck’s gift card! I also may have an extra treat to share with you but you’ll just have to wait to see what it is ;)

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Not going to make the Type A Parent Conference?

That’s ok because I have something for you, too! You can enter to win a year of hosting (and assistance in transferring your site if needed).

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

(You may do any or all of the following)

1. Sign up for the New Blog Hosting e-newsletter

2) Follow @NewBlogHosting on Twitter

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Tweet: “Enter to win a year of hosting from @NewBlogHosting and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends on July 13, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I am attending Type A Conference this weekend thanks to my sponsor, New Blog Hosting. All opinions are my own.)

Three60Gear Review and Giveaway

Have a sports fan in your life? If so, then THREE60GEAR is THE gift for them. Shirts from THREE60GEAR are created by hand and feature high-resolution full action photo images of popular sports figures that completely wrap around the shirt. They have moisture wicking for quick drying and are anti-microbial so the  fabric stays fresh all day for comfort. Each shirt features a collectible patch with a serial number on it. With that serial number one can log onto the website and enter the code to find out more about the image used on the shirt, including when and where the photo was taken.

The shirt I received was great quality and I loved how “real” the picture was. I think it’s the perfect gift for the ultimate sports  fan in your life!

Special Promo Code:

25% off site-wide until 6/19 and free shipping – just use promo code: DADS2011!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a shirt for the sports fan in their life

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Tell me which shirt is your favorite

2) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

3) Follow @Three60Gear on Twitter

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Like Three60Gear on Facebook

6) Tweet: “Enter to win a shirt from @Three60Gear and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered.

Giveaway ends July 13, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received a shirt from the company for review. All opinions are my own.)

Cafepress $50 Giveaway

My boys are having a firefighter themed party on Saturday and I wanted to find them matching shirts to wear. I turned to CafePress, the online store that has many custom products to choose from. I knew if I didn’t see what I wanted I could create my own personalized shirts. I ended up finding two cute shirts for my boys and I am excited to have them wear them for their joint birthday party.

Here are some other items I liked from CafePress:

GIVEAWAY:

CafePress is giving one lucky reader $50 to spend in their store! The $50 CafePress Coupon Code can be used for vintage t-shirts and billions of unique gift ideas!

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Tell me who you would get something for

2) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

3) Follow @cafepress on Twitter

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Like CafePress on Facebook

6) Tweet or update your Facebook status with: “Enter to win $50 to @cafepress from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Subscribe to the blog via email so you don’t miss a post (it’s free!)

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you enter

Giveaway ends on July 12, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I am receiving two shirts from CafePress to review. All opinions are my own.)

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway {June}

I love these little notelettes from Pear Tree Greetings! They are small little cards you can carry in your purse or briefcase to jot down a quick thanks, word of encouragement, or note to someone. What a way to brighten someone’s day!

Here are some of my favorite designs:

Pear Tree Greetings Coupon Code:

Our coupon this month is CONNECT15. It’s 15% off personalized stationery. Best part, there is NO minimum purchase for this coupon!  Expires 6/30.

Giveaway:

Our giveaway this month is 24 free Notelettes!

How To Enter:

(Do any or all of the following)

1. Tell me one thing you would use a Notelette for

2) Tweet “Enter to win 24 Notelettes from @PearTreeGrtngs and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy so you don’t miss future posts and giveaways

4) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered.

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Follow @PearTreeGrtngs on Twitter

7) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

8) Like Pear Tree Greetings on Facebook

Giveaway ends July 11, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I have not reviewed these. I was not compensated for this post but have received free items from the company previously.)

The Best Family Destinations (Book Review and Giveaway)

I was sent a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Best Family Destinations to review. This book covers the top 150 destinations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. I saw my favorites in the book including Chicago, San Francisco, Wisconsin Dells, and Hershey, PA. I also found a few places I’d love to travel with my family like Santa Claus, Indiana and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Each location in this book has information on the area, tourist attractions, and a website and phone number. There are fun facts, vacation planning tips, and notes from fellow travelers sprinkled throughout the book. The book also includes an appendix in the back with a list of the “best of the best” towns. This makes it easy to find a location based on what you are looking for (best beach, best cultural and historical attractions, best amusement park, etc.)

GIVEAWAY:

THREE people will win copies of the book.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Tell me where you’d go on your dream vacation

2) Follow me on Twitter

3) Like my page on Facebook

4) Tweet or update your Facebook status with: “Enter to win 1 of 3 copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destinations from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends July 9, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own.)

Celebrate Father’s Day Dino-Style (And A Giveaway For The Kids)

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th, and the clan from Dinosaur Train would love to help you celebrate!

Why not kick off Father’s Day starting with a special Dino Breakfast, made especially for Dad! Then, Buddy recommends that everyone have some Dino Fun and play The Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game.

So to start the day, here are some healthy, easy-to-make menu ideas to prepare with your child! Explain that he/she is going to help to prepare a special breakfast for Dad that could be served Aboooooooooard – the Dinosaur Train!

·       T.rex Footprint Pancakes – with adult help, children shape the batter into the large three-toed feet of a Tyrannosaurus.

·       Paleontologist Pancakes – make small pancakes, then stack them up 5 or 6 high (maybe putting apple sauce or sour cream between them), and hiding “fossils” between the layers – the fossils being pieces of strawberry, banana slices, chocolate chips, and so on.

·       Stegosaurus Smoothie – a colorful, healthy fruit smoothie made with a blend of yogurt, a frozen banana, and any other fruit you wish. Serve it on a dish with a rim. In the middle of the dish, place a line of triangular fruit pieces – such as pineapple, apples, or cantaloupe. These little fruity triangles will look like the plates on a stegosaurus’ back.

·       Triceratops Eggs – scrambled eggs that have “horns” sticking out of them – made of breadsticks.

Your child can write and design the menu to announce all the tasty food they will be serving (You can help your younger ones to do the writing, of course!) And before preparing any food, have a discussion about safety in the kitchen. What are some jobs that are good for kids to do? What jobs should be handled by an adult?

You can also show your child a clip from Gilbert the Junior Conductor in which the Pteranadon Family enjoys eating breakfast on the Dinosaur Train.

Then, everyone can gather round to play The Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game! In this game, players will choose a character – Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don, Cory, Tank or Mr. Conductor – and try to move the fastest along the tracks.  Speed through the three dinosaur eras: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous along the beautiful scenery.  Special Stopwatch spaces will help you get closer to the nest, while Dinosaur Crossing spaces will send you back.  The first player to reach the nest area in the center of the board wins. The game is for 2 to 6 players ages4+. 

 

To finish off your fun Father’s Day, you might want to go on a nature hike. You’ll need a high-energy snack for the road! Explain that paleontologists sometimes have to explore remote areas, so ask kids to create a mix of healthy nuts, dried fruit, and maybe dried cereal to make Dad’s Favorite Trail Mix!

 GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win The Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game! See my review of the game here.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Tell me who your child’s favorite character is on Dinosaur Train

2) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow @hensoncompany on Twitter

5)  “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

6) “Like” Henson Company on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

8) Tweet or update your FB Status with: “I just entered to win The Dinosaur Train All Aboard Game from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends July 8, 2011 at 11:59pm Central.

(Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post but have previously reviewed the game which I received from the company last year. All thoughts are my own.)

Little Lasso Review and Giveaway

We recently had the chance to review The Little Lasso on our trip to the zoo. I loved that it has an adjustable fit and fits snuggly around any sippy cup that we put it on. The fabric choices are fun and hip and they are machine washable which is fantastic. The Little Lasso is long enough for the child to comfortably drink out of while it’s hooked on to the stroller, cart, or highchair. Overall it kept the sippy cup off the floor which was the main purpose of the product.

Lucas holding his cup with the Little Lasso attached

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a Little Lasso in their choice of pattern

HOW TO ENTER:

(You may do any or all of the following. Leave a comment for each)

1) Tell me what your favorite pattern is?

2) “Like” The Little Lasso on Facebook

3) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow The Little Lasso on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

6)Tweet: “Enter to win a @TheLittleLasso from @aliciamarie112 at http://www.makingtimeformommy.com and stop playing fetch!”

7) Subscribe to this blog

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends July 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a review item from the company but all thoughts are my own.)

Dinosaur Train May Giveaway

May 7th  was National Train Day and to celebrate Dinosaur Train is having a month long celebration with special programming and activities all during the month of May.

In addition to the television series, there is also a “Dinosaur Train” interactive website. Children can join Buddy, Tiny and all their friends as they discover natural history and the science of paleontology through fun games and activities. During the month of May, the website will celebrate trains with a special themed homepage and new fun printable activities. Kids can also play the online game “All Aboard!” to become a Jr. Conductor on the Dinosaur Train! These activities are perfect for a rainy day {which we’ve had a lot of recently here in Chicago}.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Dinosaur Train Collectible Car with Buddy.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment below)

1) Tell me your Dinosaur Train fan’s favorite character

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Henson Company on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 (me) on Twitter

5) Follow @hensonparents on Twitter

6) Tweet “Enter to win a Dinosaur Train Collectible Car from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Share this giveaway on Facebook

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

Giveaway ends on May 31, 2011  at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a Dinosaur Train screener and toy but all opinions are my own.)

 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES Giveaway

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES sails into theatres May 20, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penélope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

Sinisa and I saw the movie at a press screening and we think it is a must see! I think this movie is the best Pirates movie yet. Sinisa said, “it was awesome. Great  new beginning and an enticing invitation to more adventures.”

One lucky Making Time For Mommy reader will win a prize pack from Disney including:

-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES t-shirt (adult sizes)

-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES bandanna

-PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES temporary tattoos (2)

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment for each.)

1. Like PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN on Facebook

2. Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3. Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

4. Tweet: “Enter to win a PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES prize pack from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

This giveaway ends on June 1, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a set of tickets to the Chicago pre-screening of this movie. All thoughts are my own.)


Mommy Jingles Review and Giveaway

Research shows that music stimulates a baby’s brain and helps them learn. Mommy Jingles is an online music class that teaches busy moms how to introduce music to their children (ages 0-3) throughout the day. Mommy Jingles turns every day tasks, like changing diapers, into quality moments with your child. Upon signing up parents receive weekly “lessons” for 8 weeks. Each week includes MP3’s of the jingles, reminder cards with lyrics written down, and Amy demonstrating the songs and movements. Here is a list of what you will get each week:

What the website says:

Benefits for the child

  • Clear, consistent communications from parents
  • Intimate interactions with parent or caregiver
  • Improved listening skills
  • Improved vocabulary
  • Foundations of literacy, music, math and linquistic skills.

Benefits for the parent

  • Solutions to common problems
  • Increased confidence
  • Less anxiety and stress
  • Better behaved child

What this mommy thinks:

Wow! There is so much information to take in. We are still going through all of it but I wanted to share what I have found so far:

As a previous preschool teacher I didn’t know how much I would get out of this class but I am learning a lot from Amy’s ideas. Jacob has a very hard time transitioning and I have been using some of the things that I learned during week 2 with him and it seems to be helping him. I love that there are lyrics that can be printed out for those days when we, as moms, can barely remember our child’s name. I am also so grateful that they added videos for those of us with “slower” computers :)

BUY IT:

Mommy Jingles offers a year’s subscription for $197 but Amy is extending a $100 discount to Making Time For Mommy readers so a year’s subscription is only $97! (leave a comment below if you’d like the discount code) She also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

WIN IT:

One lucky reader will win a year’s subscription to Mommy Jingles!

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any of the following and leave a comment for each one completed.)

1) Tell me which of the 8 week lessons you are looking forward to the most

2) Follow @arobbinswilson on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Tweet “Enter to win a year’s subscription to MommyJingles.com ($197 value) from @arobbinswilson and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com” and leave the link below

5) Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave the link below

6) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

Giveaway ends June 2, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a subscription to MommyJingles.com to review. All opinions are my own.)

ProFlowers Review and Giveaway

It’s a well known fact that most women love flowers. Personally, seeing flowers in a vase brightens my day so I was excited to be able to do a review for ProFlowers and then gift a bouquet of 30 purple tulips to my Grandma for Easter.

I received the flowers in a box on Friday morning and all day long they sat in the unopened box because I thought I was going to make it to my Grandma’s house that day to drop them off. Late that evening before I went to bed I took the flowers out of the box and stuck them in a vase full of tap water. To be honest I was a bit worried because they were looking kind of droopy since I hadn’t put them in water right away. The next day I noticed the flowers had perked up and by Sunday afternoon I had a beautiful bouquet of vibrant purple flowers to bring to Easter dinner.

ProFlowers ships their tulips in bud form, which means that they haven’t fully developed.  I was told the flowers would stay fresh for at least a week which gives my Grandma lots of time to enjoy the tulips!

If you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift you can find a great variety of Mother’s Day flowers on the ProFlowers website. Since I know a lot of you love coupons be sure to check out their coupon page where you can save up to 20% off your order and find out how to get a free vase and weekday delivery among other deals.

GIVEAWAY:

$50 gift code to ProFlowers

 HOW TO ENTER:

(You can do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each)

1) Leave a comment below telling me which bouquet on the ProFlowers website is your favorite

2) Like ProFlowers on Facebook

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Tweet: “Enter to win $50 to ProFlowers.com from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

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Giveaway ends May 25, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

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

Dinosaur Train Hatchers Review and Cake Decorating Giveaway

Still working on putting your Easter baskets together? Dinosaur Train has come out with Hatchers which can be found at ToysRUs. Young fans can watch the characters from Dinosaur Train hatch from their eggs and grow 4x their size. Jacob loved this! Each time he went downstairs he had to check his egg to see if Buddy had hatched yet.

If you still have Easter eggs to color make sure to check out Dinosaur Train’s free printable egg holder.

Want to have even more sweet fun with Dinosaur Train? How about making cakes or cupcakes and decorating them with your favorite Dinosaur Train characters? DecoPac has come out with a Dinosaur Train Cake Decorating set and Dinosaur Train cupcake rings featuring Buddy and Tiny. These would be perfect for a Dinosaur Train themed birthday.

GIVEAWAY:

Dinosaur Train Cake Decorating set and Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings from DecoPac

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment below)

1) Tell me your Dinosaur Train fan’s favorite character

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Henson Company on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 (me) on Twitter

5) Follow @hensonparents on Twitter

6) Tweet “Enter to win a Dinosaur Train cake and cupcake decorating set from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Share this giveaway on Facebook

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

Giveaway ends May 5, 2011 at 11:59pm central time.

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



Bottle Cap Necklace Giveaway

Once Upon A Sugar Tree offers a variety of cute, customizable gifts for women and girls. They make bottle cap necklaces and key chains. With Mother’s Day coming up I wanted to spotlight a few of my favorite items for grandmas and moms.

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Celebrating a graduate soon?

Love these Diabetes pendants, too. $3 of each sale of these go to Life For A Child:

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky winner will receive their choice of customized bottle cap necklace

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following and leave a comment for each)

1) Leave a comment telling me which necklace from the shop you’d choose

2) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy (link in upper right corner)

3) “Like” Once Upon A Sugar Tree on Facebook

4) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Follow @OUaSugarTree on Twitter

6) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

7) Tweet: “Enter to win a bottle cap necklace from @OUaSugarTree and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

8) Share this giveaway on Facebook

Giveaway ends May 19, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and have not reviewed any items from this shop.)

Spring Celebration Announcement (And A Giveaway)

This Spring I am celebrating a lot of things but the biggest one is that my little sister, Amber, is coming into town! She lives in New York and we (my family, my brother’s family, and our mom) live in Illinois so we don’t get to see her that often. We saw her two years ago but before that it had been probably over 10 years since I had seen her. To add to the celebration she is coming into town as my nephew turns 4!

What are you celebrating this Spring? Shutterfly has announcements for all of life’s celebrations including birth announcements and graduation announcements. They also have ways to capture your memories with photo books.

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader will win a Shutterfly 8” x 8” photo book

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what you want to make a photo book about

2) Like me on Facebook

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Subscribe to my blog (button is in the upper right corner of the page)

5) Tweet: “Enter to win a @shutterfly photo book from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

Giveaway ends May 17, 2011 at 11:59pm central time.

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Disclosure: This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Of The Earth Jewelry Review and Giveaway

With Mother’s Day coming up I’ve been checking out different “mom” jewelry. I loved Of the Earth‘s unique jewelry. They have beautiful nest necklaces and rings that can be customized by wire color, pearl color, and amount of pearls. Randee also makes initial jewelry and Verdigris Bird jewelry.

I chose to review a nest necklace with a “mother” bird and three pearls- two blue ones to represent my boys, Jacob and Lucas, and a cream colored pearl to represent Avery, Jacob’s twin I lost while pregnant. The necklace is beautiful in person…my picture of it really doesn’t do it justice!

I am excited that not only did I get to review a piece of jewelry from Of The Earth but I get to give a piece away here on my blog! One lucky winner will receive a nest ring. It would make a great sentimental piece for yourself or as a gift to a mom you know.

HOW TO ENTER

(Do any of the following, leave a comment for each one you complete):

1) Visit Of The Earth Jewelry and tell me which piece is your favorite.

2) Like Of The Earth Jewelry on Facebook and say I sent you

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow Of The Earth’s blog through Google Friend Connect

5) Subscribe to this blog (button in upper right hand corner)

6) Tweet: Enter to win a beautiful ring for mom from Of The Earth and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends May 16, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

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

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway {April}

This month’s Pear Tree Greetings giveaway is $20 off anything in their online store. Before we get to that though check out these cute kid’s birthday party invites….

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Aren’t those fun?

This month’s coupon code: Use “EASTER11” for 10% off a $25 order on anything Easter.

GIVEAWAY:

$20 to spend on anything in the store.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any of the following and leave a comment for each)

1. Tell me what you would spend your $20 on.

2) Tweet “Enter to win $20 to @PearTreeGrtngs from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy so you don’t miss future posts and giveaways

4) Enter another giveaway and let me know which one you entered.

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Follow @PearTreeGrtngs on Twitter

7) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

8) Like Pear Tree Greetings on Facebook

Giveaway ends April 30, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but do occasionally receive free products from the company.)

Living My MoMent’s HUGE Giveaway!

As many of you know, I am the Social Media Manager for Living My MoMent. This year to celebrate our 2 year anniversary we are doing something HUGE….

*We are giving away 64 prizes valued at over $4,000!*

These prizes are all donated by fabulous MoM and DaD owned businesses! Some of my favorite companies participating include: Lizzie Lou Shoes, Las Vegas HCG, and The Busy Mom Boutique.

See a full list of all the prizes and enter to win here!

(Disclosure: As stated above, I work for Living My MoMent, but my choice to post about the giveaway here on my personal blog and all thoughts are my own.)

Purex Complete with Zout Review and Giveaway

From the website: Purex® Complete with Zout® combines the proven performance of Purex detergent with the triple-enzyme stain-fighting power of Zout® pretreater. This powerful combination works to get stains out the first time, even tough stains like grass, chocolate, and tomato sauce.

My thoughts: I reviewed the Fresh Morning Burst scent detergent and thought it smelled good without being too overpowering. I put a load of laundry in the washer which included bed linens and pajamas. My toddler had decided that instead of telling me he had a dirty diaper he would just take it off… by himself… in bed. I’m sure you get my drift and can figure out the stains that covered these items. The verdict- the linens came out smelling fresh and were stain free without any pre-soaking.

I normally just buy the cheapest detergent on the shelf so I love that this detergent with stain fighter is a great price, too! ($3.49-$7.99 depending on size and retailer)

GET YOUR FREE SAMPLE

Want to try the detergent out yourself? Click here for a free sample.

GIVEAWAY

One person will win TWO coupons for FREE bottles of Purex Complete with Zout detergent.

HOW TO ENTER

1) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2)  “Like” Purex on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @Purex on  Twitter

5) Share this giveaway with your Facebook friends via a note (make it public and leave link)

6) Tweet “Enter to win 2 free bottles of @Purex Complete with Zout from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email or RSS

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends April 21, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex Complete with Zout from the company to review. All thoughts are my own.)

Love Giveaways? March Madness Event!

If you love giveaways you will love this March Madness Event put on by Retail Therapy Lounge.

Here are my giveaways you can enter:


*Pretty Neat (Organizing Book)

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*Pear Tree Greetings Thank You cards

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*EZ Sox

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*Yoplait Prize Pack

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*Organize It Mom!

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Check out the list of other blogs participating in the March Madness Giveaway Hop.


Pretty Neat Book Review and Giveaway

I love reading books about organization but often end up feeling worse about my organizational skills when I’m done reading them than I did when I started.  Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way To Get Organized and Let Go Of Perfection by the creators of Buttoned Up is not that kind of book. Within the first 10 pages of Pretty Neat I was given the go ahead to create “good enough” goals. I loved that the authors also shared that I should not apologize to anyone for the shortcuts that I take and the chores that might not get done. This was so freeing. I no longer feel like a failure that every room in my house doesn’t look like it came from the pages of a magazine.

I read this book cover to cover in just a few days and recommend keeping a paper and pen handy for jotting down ideas from the book you’d like to implement and their page numbers in case you’d like to go back and read it over. I liked the real life “tips” from moms on how they keep organized and where they take short cuts. I thought I would share some of my organizing short cuts, too.

*Pictures- I had a box full of professional pictures from Jake and Luke’s first years of life. I had planned on putting them into scrapbooks but as my boys are close to turning two and three I recently realized I just needed to get them organized. I used clear plastic sheets to put the pictures  into a binder by month. Now if I never get around to scrapbooking the pictures at least I have done something with them and they are in some sort of chronological order.

*Papers to be filed- Filing papers is probably one of my least favorite activities. Since most of what I file is “just in case” papers (ie. warranties, bank statements, tax papers)  I stick the papers I know I won’t need in the next month in a big bin and then I spend an afternoon filing papers every 6 months or so. My desk stays clutter free and my time-sensitive papers (which I keep in a basket) don’t get lost amongst the other ones.

*Mail- I wait to check the mail until a time of the day that I know I will have a minute to go through it. I look at everything right then and there and don’t save anything to look at “later” (because, for me, later never comes). Junk and ads go directly into the trash. Bills get removed from their envelopes and put into my household binder with the rest of the bills. Anything that needs attention is written as a “to-do” on my daily list and put into a pocket of my household binder. I don’t leave anything on the counter because I’ve learned it piles up fast!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will receive a copy of the book, Pretty Neat.

HOW TO ENTER:

(Do any or all of the following)

1) Share an organizing tip in the comments below.

2) Share an area of your life that needs to be organized.

3) Tweet: “Enter to win Pretty Neat (an organizing book) from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

4) Update your Facebook status to tell your friends about the giveaway (include the url to this post)

5) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy by email so you don’t miss another awesome giveaway

Giveaway ends on March 21, 2011.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to  review. All opinions are my own.)

Organize It Mom! Review and Giveaway

Organize It Mom! has great motivational tools for both moms and kids. As someone who likes organization and lists I’ve fallen in love with these products. In looking at the site to figure out which one I wanted to review I had a hard time deciding. There were potty training charts which would be great since we are currently potty training Jacob. Toy labels would be great for bins of toys to  help the boys see what toys go in each bin when cleaning up. There is even a grocery/menu list which would have been perfect in helping me organize my menu planning. It was a hard decision but I decided I wanted to review the Today’s Fun chart.

I love this chart because it helps Jacob (who is 2 and a half) see what is coming up next. I’ve found it especially helpful for showing Jacob when his dad will be home. I can show him the chart and say “after we finish eating snack we will play and then daddy will come home”. He likes helping move the pieces over on the chart from the “do it” to the “did it” column. Each chart comes with a few extra pieces that are blank so we could write what we need on them which was a nice addition to the product.

BUY IT:

All products can be found on the Organize It Mom! website. Everything is really affordable, too.

WIN IT:

Organize It Mom! is giving one Making Time For Mommy reader a $10 gift certificate to choose a product they would like.

HOW TO ENTER:

(you may do any of the following)

1) Leave a comment telling me what your favorite Organize It Mom! product is

2) “Like” Organize It Mom! on Facebook

3) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Subscribe to the Organize It Mom! blog

6) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

7) Tweet: “Enter to win an Organize It Mom! product from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com “

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

Giveaway ends on April 11, 2011.

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

 

 

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway {March}

March is here which means it’s time to share the new Pear Tree Greetings giveaway with you all! Before we get to the giveaway though I’d like to share some of my favorite graduation party invites with you {anyone have a soon-to-be-graduate?} Personally, I can’t even imagine my boys graduating Kindergarten, let alone high school or college! Eek!

 

Love how these have the baby pictures on them along with the graduation pictures!

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Ok, and if that first one wasn't cute enough... look at this year by year collage card! Oh the memories it would bring back :)

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For more Graduation ideas you can visit Pear Tree Greeting’s blog. Also, don’t forget to use coupon code “GRAD10” for 10% off orders of $65 or more  if you are going to buy graduation invites.

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Now on to the giveaway….

GIVEAWAY

16 Free Thank You Notes

HOW TO ENTER

Leave a comment below telling me who you want to thank!

(Bonus entry for sharing this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter)

Giveaway ends on March 31, 2011.

(Disclosure: I receive products from Pear Tree Greetings but all opinions are my own!)

Yoplait Freebie and Giveaway

Yoplait is my favorite brand of yogurt so I love that they have reformulated Yoplait Original Style yogurt to have 50 percent of the daily calcium I need in one 6-ounce cup. Yoplait Original Style yogurt is available in 4-cup packs and easy-to-store 8-cup fridge packs in 23 delicious flavors including Strawberry (my favorite), French Vanilla, Harvest Peach, and Blackberry Pomegranate.

They are currently offering a free cup of yogurt to their Facebook fans as part of their “one million cup giveaway” so be sure to visit Yoplait on Facebook and “like” them if you haven’t already.

GIVEAWAY:

Prize pack includes: a coupon for a free sample of Yoplait Original yogurt, a duffel bag, speed rope, water bottle and sport towel.

(Please note: This coupon offer for Yoplait yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Tennessee.)

HOW TO ENTER (Leave a comment for each one you do):

1) Have you tried Yoplait Original Yogurt yet? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Yoplait on Facebook

4) Tweet ” Enter to win a @yoplaityogurt prize pack from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com “

5) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered.

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Giveaway ends April 5, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received a prize pack from Yoplait through MyBlogSpark but all opinions are my own.)

EZ Sox Review and Giveaway

We are working with Jacob on putting his clothes on. He can do pants and shirts with help but has a very hard time with socks. We had a chance to try out EZ Sox, the “I can do it” sock.

EZ Sox are created with little kids in mind. The socks have little loops on the top so children can easily pull the sock up over their foot. The socks come in plain colors and some have animal faces. The animal faces show children which side is up. They also feature non-skid bottoms.

Jacob putting on his socks.

Jacob is only two years old so to help  him I put the  sock on his toes and he pulled them on. A huge plus of these socks for us is that they are seamless. Jake was recently diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder which causes him to be picky about what he wears so he normally takes his socks off within a short time of having them on. This time though? He left his socks on all day long! I was very impressed by these socks and will be purchasing more for him.

BUY THEM:

EZ Sox are available for sale on their website. They also offer free shipping on orders of $40 or more!

WIN THEM:

One reader will win a pair of their choice of EZ Sox.

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like EZSox on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @ezsox on Twitter

5) Tweet: “Enter to win @ezsox from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

6) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered

7) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

Giveaway ends on April 4, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received products to review but all opinions are my own.)

Social Deal Map Review and Restaurants.com GC Giveaway

There are hundreds of “deal” sites all over the internet. Wouldn’t it be great if all the daily deals were in one spot?

Well… now they are!

Social Deal Map aggregates deals from numerous group buy websites and displays them on a map. New deals are added frequently. The map pinpoints all local deals available and you can easily check out what is available nearby. Here is the map of the Chicago area. You can see the colored dots where deals are located and if you hover your mouse cursor over them the deal pops up on your screen.

There is also a list of local deals in the left sidebar. Here is a sampling of the options that are currently around me:

I love that there is a RSS subscription option so instead of getting emails from all the different deal sites I would get emails from only one website.

It is also useful for people who commute or travel often. Just by browsing the map, you can find out what is available on your way to your destination or at your destination.

GIVEAWAY:

SocialDealMap.com is giving away a $25 Restaurants.com gift card to one lucky reader.

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Visit SocialDealMap.com and tell me your favorite local deal that you find.

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Social Deal Map on Facebook and leave a comment on your favorite deal

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @socialdealmap on Twitter

6) Retweet a deal from @socialdealmap (cc: @aliciamarie112)

7) Tweet “Enter to win a $25 Restaurants.com gift card from @socialdealmap and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

8) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered.

9) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

Giveaway ends March 19, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post.)

Zippies: “Pals That Hang Around” Review and Giveaway

I’ll be honest… when I first heard of Zippies I had no idea what they were. I looked them up online and thought they would be fun to review but had no idea how much Jacob would love them (he can’t pronounce his z’s so he calls them his “bippies”). Zippies are hanging character tags that can be used for identification purposes. The boys loved to just sort through all of the characters. They have space on the back to write on so they can be used for many things. We will use them for identifying whose bag is whose when they go to Grandma’s and will hang them from water bottles so we can easily tell which ones belong to us. Here are some suggested uses for Zippies:

Zippies can be purchased online or in specialty retailers (http://shop.zippiesfun.com/). You can also enter here on Making Time For Mommy to win some!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a set of 5 Zippies!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me which one is your favorite (see them all here)

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Zippies on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @zippiesfun on Twitter

6) Tweet: “Enter to win @zippiesfun from @aliciamarie112 on www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another giveaway and let me know which one you entered

8) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

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Giveaway ends March 18, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

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

 

Giveaway Raffle For Coupon Mommy Of 3

Charity Raffle

(PLEASE NOTE: I AM A PARTICIPATING BLOGGER BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA AT FABULOUSFAMILYREVIEWS@GMAIL.COM. WHAT FOLLOWS BELOW IS FROM HER.)

This giveaway is going to be different from my other giveaways.  If you follow me on Facebook you know that I have been putting together a huge raffle for a fellow blogger.  Shannon’s (Coupon Mommy of 3) three year old daughter, Emily, was recently diagnosed with stage IV cancer.  Although I do not know Shannon personally I have seen her constantly helping businesses and other bloggers by promoting them and asking nothing in return.  I wanted to put this together for her in her time of need.

This is all for little Emily

You can read about Emily’s story here.
Shannon’s blog
Shannon’s Facebook page
Shannon’s Twitter

Here are some important details:

  • To enter this giveaway a mandatory $5.00 ($5 = 1 entry) donation is required.  All money is going directly into Shannon’s paypal account.  Click here to donate.
  • For every $1.00 over the $5.00 mandatory entry you receive another entry.  Ex. donate $10.00 and receive 1 entry for the first $5.00 and 5 more entries for the other $5.00, total would be 6 entries.
  • Must be 18 or older to win.
  • This giveaway is open to US and Canada. However some sponsors are not able to ship to Canada.  In that case I (Melissa from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways) will be the go between and have the items shipped to me and then I will ship to Canada.
  • Sponsors and bloggers ARE allowed to enter. Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways will be the only one with access to the entries therefore they will not be eligible to win.  Everybody else is fair game.
  • You MAY win up to TWO packages. If random.org picks you twice I will allow it but if you are lucky enough to be picked a third time then it is somebody else’s turn to win.
  • If you are a sponsor or blogger and you win the item you have donated it will be separated from the prize package and be raffled off via random.org as a single prize to all other entrants.
  • If you have any questions at all please email Melissa from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways at fabulousfamilyreviews@gmail.com
  • Feel free to comment on this post but it will not count as an entry unless you fill out the giveaway form posted below.
  • If you have not entered a giveaway from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways before it’s really simple.  Just fill out the form and add up your entries at the end. ALL entries will be verified.
  • Here is a Link to all Sponsor’s websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, and blogs.
  • You also get an extra entry for following all participating blogs on Google friend connect, twitter, and ‘Liking’ them on Facebook.  So be sure to hop around all blogs below for up to 3 extra entries for each participating blog.
  • To learn more about each prize you can view them all here: http://www.facebook.com/FabulousFamilyReviews?v=photos#!/album.php?aid=48511&id=126257537393106

Click on the ChipIn Widget below to donate.  After you donate Click HERE to fill out the entry form.  If you have any questions at all please email Melissa at fabulousfamilyreviews@gmail.com

Thanks!!!!



Now on to the fun stuff!!  The prizes you can win!

Cloth Diapering Package #1
FuzziBunz one-size diaper from Wee Little Changes
Small wetbag in either cars print or vines print (winners choice) from Green Bumkin
1 gender neutral diaper from Mud Butt Cloth Diapers
Bag of Rockin’ Green from Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent
Fitted diaper, winner’s choice of in stock diaper or a custom one from Wee Expressions
$25 Gift Certificate from Sew Crafty Baby
Limited Edition diaper (only two of a kind!) from Knickernappies
Wool Longies (boy or girl colors) from Babee Greens
Diaper kit including The Champ diaper, wipes, wet/dry bag, and pail liner from GoGreen Pocket Diapers
$15.00 Gift Card to the The Fruit of Her Hands
2 Little Bundles from AppleCheeks
$5 gift card from HootHootBaby 


Cloth Diapering Package #2

Limited Edition diaper (only two of a kind!) from Knickernappies
$5 gift card from HootHootBaby
bumGenius 4.0 onesize pocket diaper from Jennifer’s Cloth Diaper Boutique
Go, Baby, Go! 14″ X 12″ Hot Pink wet bag with orange and lime stripes from Gina Turella Garcia- Go, Baby, Go! Independent Consultant
2 size Medium gPants, a bag of gRefills and a package of gCloth from gDiapers
$10.00 gift certificate to The Ginger Kid
Happy Heinys OS Snaps Puppy Print from Cute N Fluffy Cloth Diapers
$15.00 Gift Card to the ali AND swan

6 pack of organic prefolds with 2 covers and a roll of biosoft flushable liners from Bummis
Wetbag from Prairie Tales, LLC
LolliDoo Diaper Anonymously donated
Bag of Rockin’ Green from Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent
Fluff’s Enough donated a set of Tree Huggin Momma’s fleece liners. (*Not pictured)
1 size Medium BabyKicks Hemparoo Joey-Bunz PREMIUM donated by Life With My Littles (*Not pictured)

Cloth Diapering Package #3

Pack of 6 Charlie Banana 2-in-1 eco-diapering system from Charlie Banana
24 oz bag of detergent from Eco Sprout


Cloth Diapering Package #4

Good to Go package from SoftBums

Comfy Rumps Package

For donating $5.00 you can win 2 diapers from Comfy Rumps. If you donate $10.00 or more you can win 5 diapers!  7 total diapers being given away.  If you have entered for any of the cloth diaper packages you will automatically be entered to win the Comfy Rumps packages as this was added after the start of the giveaway.

Baby Package

Pacific Moby Wrap from Moby Wrap
Key Fob from BabyBug Creations
Carnival bloom bib & burp cloth set from Designer Bub
Aden & Anais Diwali – Bamboo Muslin Swaddles 3 pack from Kelly’s Closet (DiaperShops.com)
Winner’s choice of hat from SweetPeas An Bumpkins
Custom shoes, size and print from Clothbaby.org
Fabric covered wipes case from BabyBug Creations
(1) pair of Rock-a-thigh baby socks in winners choice of color from All American Baby Boutique

Custom diaper/wipe case from BabyBug Creations
Gift Basket – Items will include some crinkles, loopies, soakers, reusable lunch sacks, cloth wipes and some baby balm from Hen House Creations (*Not pictured)


Toddler Package

Musical Gear Center toy from Playskool
Toddler Pillow from BobbleRoos
Custom appliqued shirt/onesie from Tiny Toe Creations
Winner’s choice of ERGObaby carrier and color choice from ERGObaby
$25.00 Gift Card to The Head said
10 Handmade Birthday invitations of any Disney Character from Moms Saving Money
1 green children’s edition of the i like book
$15 gift certificate to EcoMom
Denim apron from Five Talents Boutique
imagiPLAY Counting Octopi toy from The Cloth Experiment (*Not pictured)
Planet Wise Bag Your Snack Stuff gift pack from Nicki’s Diapers (*Not pictured) 

Girls Package

Custom tutu and matching flower clip from Little Miss Posh
Two girl style pair of BabyLegs from Mom 4 Life
Size 3T dress (pictured) from Cute Factor
Pink & white korker from Lily’s Bowtique
$25.00 Gift Card to The Head said

Mom’s Package #1

1 BEADtastic book bling from Bouncing Woolies
Pair of FUNKtastic dryer balls (design will vary) from Bouncing Woolies
Wool car freshener (colors will differ, without beads) from Bouncing Woolies
A batch of french pressed soap for the winner from Beck, The Crazy Housewife
$20.00 Gift Card to Homestead Emporium
Necklace from Avon anonymously donated
Wrap-a-Nap winner’s color choice from Wrap-a-Nap
2 – $5 Amazon gift cards anonymously donated
Corn/therapy pillows, facial-sized with flannel cover from Delaynie Cooper Designs (*Not pictured)
Sewing Instructions/PATTERNS/ Tutorials from 2 Teens and a Toddler Boutique

Sewing Instructions/PATTERNS/ Tutorials included:

  • -Shopping Cart Cover (Single)
  • -Rag Quilt Blanket
  • -Boppy Nursing Pillow COVER
  • -Crayon Roll
  • -Ring Sling
  • -I Spy Bag Toy
  • *Theseare  for a sewing pattern only, the items pictured are NOT included.

Mom’s Package #1

5 – 8×10 original photographs by Samantha Shuman (Fresh Samantha)

Scentsy Warmer and bar of Scentsy from Independent Scentsy Consultant ~ Lisa Marie
You Go, Girl! Scentsy Bar from Adventures in Abby Land
Pin from Avon anonymously donated
A basket full of bath goodies made by a 7 year old little girl (with help from her Mommy.)  Wash Away Cancer (Beck, The Crazy Housewife)
Wrap-a-Nap winner’s color choice from Wrap-a-Nap
4 EasyLunchbox containers and 1 EasyLunchbox cooler bag, winner’s choice of color from Easylunchboxes
Corn/therapy pillows, regular sized and one facial-sized with flannel cover from Delaynie Cooper Designs *This is just an example, fabric will differ*
1 couples edition of the i like book
Flat wallet from The Accessory Barn (*Not pictured)


Boba Carrier

Boba Classic 2G, winner’s choice of color from Boba Baby Carrier


BabyLegs

$50.00 in BabyLegs products


Sleepy Wrap

Classic Sleepy Wrap, winner’s choice of color from Sleepy Wrap

Advertising Package

Enter to win ad space on multiple blogs (more blogs are participating in this than pictured – complete links to come soon!) ** I just wanted to note the winner for this package will be drawn last.  So if you win this you will not be taken out of the running for other prizes.  I know many individuals will enter the giveaways and might not be so interested in this package.  However it would be super cool if you are an individual that wins it and you donate all the ad space to your favorite shop(s)!  It would be a great way to pay it forward! **


Disclosure:  I nor participating bloggers received any monetary donations or item donations for this posting.  This is a charity event and all money goes directly to Shannon Hubbel of Coupon Mommy of 3 for her families unexpected medical expenses, travel expenses, and time off from work.  This is being done out of the goodness of our hearts.   ♥

Pocoyo Celebrates Hollywood’s Big Night {DVD Box Set Giveaway}

Hollywood’s big night for celebration is right around the corner– The 83rd Annual Academy Awards® on February 27, 2011! Everyone is excited to watch the movie stars walk the red carpet and receive their awards for great performances! And, Pocoyo, who has himself won many awards around the globe, has a special surprise to share to celebrate the event!

Pocoyo will be starring in his very own advertisements starting this week throughout the month of February on the premiere entertainment channel, E! Entertainment Television!  And, if you watch E!’s Pre-Awards Show on the night of February 27th, you will no doubt see Pocoyo doing what he does best, playing and having fun with his friends!

Celebrate the awards with Pocoyo and download the awards ballot for the big night to share with family and friends. Don’t forget to tune-in to E! Entertainment Television to see your favorite little boy enjoy the spotlight.

Additionally, one reader at Making Time For Mommy will win a DVD box set which includes 3 Pocoyo Titles. In “Meet Pocoyo!,” Pocoyo and friends explore the world around them.  In seven hilarious stories, Pocoyo enjoys making music, blowing bubbles, solving puzzles and even watching an egg hatch. In “Super Pocoyo,” Pocoyo explores, discovers, encounters, laughs, questions and celebrates. Join Pocoyo and his friends Duck, Elly, Loula and Sleepy Bird as they play hide and seek, fly an airplane and go on a camping adventure! In “Fun & Dance,” whether he is playing with a beach ball or thumping on the drums, the charming Pocoyo loves to have fu with his pals, Pato, Loul and Sleepy Bird.  From skipping rope to building textiles, adorable Pocoyo spends his days discovering new things in seven engaging stories.

GIVEAWAY:

Pocoyo Box DVD Set

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below telling me who your favorite Pocoyo character is.

2) Like Making time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Pocoyo on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @pocoyo_us

6)  Tweet “Enter to win a @pocoyo_us DVD box set from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

Giveaway ends February 28, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post.)

Remembering Super Bowl XLV‏ Giveaway

Whether you’re a “Cheese Head” or hail the “Steel city,” Super Bowl XLV was an event to remember for sports fans across the nation.  The Popcorn Factory has a way to help sports fans and collectors alike remember the big game forever with the Commemorative Super Bowl XLV popcorn tin.

You can use code WINNER for $10 off $50 at ThePopcornfactory.com (expires March 31, 2011) or you can win a Commemorative Super Bowl XLV popcorn tin here at Making Time For Mommy!!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below telling me your favorite NFL team

2) Subscribe to this blog (see top right sidebar)

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Tweet “Remember Super Bowl XLV and the #Packers win w/ a special giveaway from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Giveaway ends THIS SUNDAY, February 13, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post.)

Pear Tree Greetings February Giveaway

(Edited 3/9: This giveaway is now closed. I just can’t close the comments for some reason.)

This month’s giveaway is $20 to spend on anything in their store!

What do you need this month?

 

"Save The Date" cards for an upcoming wedding

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"Save the Date" magnets

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Kid's Birthday Invitations

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Also, Pear Tree Greetings is offering some great specials right now including:

FREE SHIPPING on any order of $50 or more using the coupon code FREESHIP (expires 2/28/11)

$10 off “Save The Date” cards and Wedding collection purchases of $75 or more using the coupon code WED10 (expires 7/31/11)

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY FOR $20 TO PEAR TREE GREETINGS:

1) Leave a comment telling me what you would spend the money on.

2) Tweet “Enter to win $20 to @PearTreeGrtngs from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

3) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy so you don’t miss future posts and giveaways

4) Enter another giveaway and let me know which one you entered.

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Follow @PearTreeGrtngs on Twitter

7) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

8) Like Pear Tree Greetings on Facebook

Giveaway ends on March 8, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. All thoughts are my own.)

RedEnvelope.com Giveaway

Still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one? Check out RedEnvelope.com! Here are five of my favorite items in their online store:

 

Nickname Coffee Cups

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Sculpted Jewelry Organizer

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Monogrammable Locket Cuff Links

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Picnic Backpack

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10 Reasons I Love You Truffle Box

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Find all these items and more at RedEnvelope.com. Want to shop for free? Enter to win a gift certificate!

GIVEAWAY:

Enter to win a $50 gift code to RedEnvelope.com!

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below telling me who you would buy a gift for (it’s ok to say yourself!)

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) “Like” RedEnvelope on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @redenvelope on Twitter

5) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email

6) Tweet: “Enter to win a @redenvelope gift certificate from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which one you entered.

Giveaway ends 2/10/11 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was given a gift certificate to RedEnvelope.com as compensation for this post but all opinions are my own.)

Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game Giveaway

With Valentine’s Day coming up I am excited to share some Dinosaur Train Valentines that you can download FREE and share with friends and family. Click on the image below to get yours:

Now to the giveaway…

Game Description:

In the Dinosaur Train Make A Match game, buddy and his friends sharpen children’s memory skills  in this special matching game that features a Buddy figure! To begin play, 48 game cards featuring favorite dinosaurs from Dinosaur Train are shuffled and laid face down in 6 rows of 8 cards each. Players take  turns turning over any two cards–so all players can see them–to find a matching pair. The game features “Take Buddy” cards, “Wild Cards” and “Lose a Pair” cards to add to the excitement. Players count their matching card sets  at the end and add extra points for the player holding Buddy to determine who wins. The Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game is for 2 to 4 players, ages 3 to 6, and is available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide for just $9.99.

One person will win a Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game!

How to enter:

1) Tell me who you are trying to win the game for.

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Henson Company on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 (me) on Twitter

5) Follow @hensonparents on Twitter

6) Tweet “Enter to win a Dinosaur Train Make A Match Game from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which you entered

Giveaway ends on February 25, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.)

 


Handmade With Love Winter Giveaway

Hundreds of blogs are participating in the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway Hop!  Each one is offering a themed giveaway – all the prizes are handmade treasures or gift certificates to shops that sell handmade items. There is a linky at the end of this post.  After you’ve entered here, hop on over to the next blog on the list and keep going as long as you’d like!  The more you enter, the more likely you are to win.  Good luck!

My Sponsor:

Froggy Girl Designs

Welcome to the home of fun, affordable boutique style children’s clothing & home of the Original Froggy Fix-It Slipcovered Hot/Cold Rice Bag!

Froggy Girl Designs was born out of a desire to provide affordable boutique style clothing and accessories to my customers. My products are designed to last through the years, able to be handed down among generations. I pride myself in quality workmanship for a price that the average family can afford. I love to do custom work, and will work with you to create that perfect item for your special little ones!

All products are made by The Froggy Girl herself, a work at home mama of 5 little tadpoles.

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Check out some of my favorite items in her store:

Handmade Custom Girls On A Whim Owls Wrap Dress

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Trimsies Blue Minky Dot Fitted Cloth Diaper Size Medium

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Handmade Boys Custom Retro Cars and Trucks Outfit

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a $15 shop credit to Froggy Girl Designs.

HOW TO ENTER

(Do any of the below, leaving a comment for each)

1) Visit her Artfire shop and let me know which item is your favorite

2) Leave a comment on her blog

3) Enter another giveaway on my blog

4) Follow @froggygirletsy on Twitter

5) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

6) Fan Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

7) Tweet: “Handmade with Love event at  www.makingtimeformommy.com featuring @froggygirletsy cc: @aliciamarie112 #handmade #giveaway”

Giveaway ends on February 6, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. US entries only.

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

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Purex Complete Crystals Softener Review and Giveaway

As a Purex Insider, I had the chance to review the Purex Complete Crystals Softener. I normally don’t use fabric softener because I always forget to add it during the wash but my favorite part about these crystals is that they can be added at the beginning of the wash! Going in at the beginning of the wash means the crystals spend more time with your clothes so your clothes smell fresher for longer.

The crystals come in three scents: Fresh Spring Waters , Lavender Blossom , and  Tropical Splash. I tried the Fresh Spring Waters scent and loved the smell and a few days after washing my towels they still smell fresh.

Some more benefits of the Purex Complete Crystals Softener according to the site are that it has 92% natural ingredients and is free of oil-based softening ingredients. It also preserves the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes and keeps your white clothing from yellowing and graying.

Want to try it for yourself? You can buy it at Walmart or other local retailers or you could enter to win some here!

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win THREE coupons for free bottles of Purex Complete Crystals Softener.

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Leave a comment below letting me know if you like doing laundry or not.

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3)  “Like” Purex on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @Purex on  Twitter

6) Tweet “Enter to win 3 free bottles of @Purex Complete Crystals Softener from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

7) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email or RSS

8) Enter another one of my giveaways

Giveaway ends 2/27/11 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex Complete Crystals Softener to try in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.)