Visa Gift Card Giveaway- Easy Entry!

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

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

Change Your Clocks And Your Batteries {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @Energizer on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

 

Raccoon Rumpus Preschool Game {Giveaway}

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a Raccoon Rumpus game

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

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

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

Leave a comment telling me your favorite design

OPTIONAL EXTRA ENTRIES:

1) Pin your favorite card with the #TinyPrintsCheer hashtag

2) Share this giveaway on another social network

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

NCAA Fun At Target {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $20 Target giveaway

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

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

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

Giving The Gift Of Sleep {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Pampers on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

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

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

 

Chicago Toy & Game Fair {Giveaway}

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

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

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

Where:

Navy Pier, Festival Hall A

When:

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

3 people will win Weekend Family Passes to ChiTAG

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Tell me what your favorite game or toy is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

Target Revamps Their Baby Department In Select Stores {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Target gift card

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Target on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Subscribe to this blog via email

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

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

Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh With Glade® {Giveaway}

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which scent you’d try first

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @Glade on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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

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

$25 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @Kohls on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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

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

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

LeapPad2 Power Prize Pack Giveaway {$170 Value}

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

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

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

Here’s a little more about the LeapPad2 Power:

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

4) Comment on another one of my posts

5) Follow LeapFrog on Twitter

6) Follow me on Twitter

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

Brobo TREX Night-Light {Giveaway}

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

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

Image courtesy of Brobo

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Brobo on Facebook

4) Follow me on Twitter

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

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

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

Image via artmobb.com

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

EVENT DETAILS:

Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL

Thursday, October 3

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

GIVEAWAY:

5 winners will win a $50 Microsoft gift card

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me what your favorite Microsoft product is

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow @artmobb on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Follow @FreshPaintTeam on Twitter

6) Comment on another one of my posts

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

(Information and prizes courtesy of Microsoft.)

Quick Dinners With Betty Crocker {Giveaway}

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another post

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

VTech Cordless Phones {Walmart Gift Card Giveaway}

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

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

This phone features:

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

My favorite features:

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

This phone can be purchased at Walmart.

GIVEAWAY:

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

 HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow VTech Phones on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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

Find Fun Near You With SpotOn.it {Chicago Children’s Museum Passes Giveaway}

It’s rare to find “free” time where I’m not working and the boys aren’t in sports, school or other activities. I love taking the kids places when we have that extra time but the hard part is figuring out what we can go do. I was contacted by SpotOn.it and have decided to partner with them because I love the service they offer.

Parents can create wishlists based upon their different interests and discover new things to do in their city. I created two wishlists to start- “fun for the kids” and “time for a date” {a mom can dream, right?}.

One thing that I think sets this site apart from the other “event” type sites I have been on is that you can look for events based on when you are available down to the time of day. Want to see what is going on tomorrow afternoon? You can search the date and time of day along with a category (ie. kids, food & drink, etc…)

There are lots of great locations on SpotOn.it that are sharing their events and activities. One of those places is the Chicago Children’s Museum. I’m thrilled to be able to offer 2 of my readers a family 4 pack of tickets to this fabulous children’s museum located on Navy Pier in Chicago. Giveaway ends at midnight on October 13, 2013.

(Disclosure: I received passes for the Chicago Children’s Museum in exchange for posting. Thoughts are my own.)

Celebrating National Coffee Day With Gevalia {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

GeoSafari Jr. Animal Eye Viewers For Kids {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

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

50 Ways To Say You’re Awesome {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me who in your life you think is awesome

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

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

HP Elite Tablet Giveaway

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

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

Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas {Giveaway}

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

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

The Shift By Tory Johnson {Curated Box Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

 GIVEAWAY: 

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Tory on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

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

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

 

 

Molten Cookies {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

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5) Comment on another of my blog posts

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

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

Fall At The Morton Arboretum {Giveaway}

Morton Arboretum Visit {Fall 2009}

Fall is quickly approaching and The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL is a great place to see amazing fall color, and enjoy the smells, tastes and sounds of fall. We love visiting the Arboretum and the Fall is one of our favorite seasons to go. Here are some fun events coming up in the next couple of months:

Tails on the Trails

For the first time, man’s best friend is taking over The Morton Arboretum. Tails on the Trails will be offered Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy a “paw”fect day out with your pet as you meander down the Arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails. Then, check out canine demonstrations and local vendors by Meadow Lake.

The cost is $5 per dog. A portion of the proceeds will go to a local animal shelter. All dogs must be current with vaccinations, be social with other dogs and be kept on a leash at all times while on the Arboretum property.

Honey Bee Weekend

September is National Honey Month. Celebrate at The Morton Arboretum’s annual Honey Bee Weekend, September 7-8. Explore the Honey Bee Expo, featuring honey and bee-themed products such as honey mead, candles, lotions and beekeeper kits.

One out of every three bites we eat depends on pollination by bees. But recent headlines have been full of warnings about the health of our bee populations – should we be concerned? Over a honey-themed buffet lunch, entomologist and author May Berenbaum of the University of Illinois will update us on the health of our honey bee populations during Honey Lunch & Learn: Healthy Bees, Healthy Food, Saturday, September 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn their biology, find out just what honey bees eat, hear the latest on Colony Collapse Disorder and more! Cost is $22 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.

An opportunity to have May Berenbaum’s books signed by the author will follow at 2 p.m. at the Honey Bee Weekend booths in Arbor Court.

Learn all about honeybees, their favorite flowers and how honey is made on a Family Honeybee Hike. Hike includes a viewing of Arboretum beehives and sampling of our Arboretum honey! 45 minute hikes are available Saturday, September 7 or Sunday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost per person is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers. Designed for families with children ages 2 and up. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.

Take a Bee Hive Tour on Friday, September 6 or Sunday, September 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. with Greg Fischer, the Arboretum’s beekeeper. Bee netting will be provided. Enjoy a sample of honey for a sweet finish to the tour. Cost is $22 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling 630-719-2468.

Submit your own honey in our second annual Honey Competition on September 6. A certified judge will award best in class and best in show ribbons in a variety of categories. A complimentary workshop on how to prepare honey for competition will take place on Sunday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sycamore Room. No registration required.

Enjoy honey inspired food paired with mead, a honey wine at the Arboretum’s second annual Honey Mead Dinner on September 5. Arboretum beekeeper, Greg Fischer will be present explaining the pairings and how mead is made.

Wish the Children’s Garden a Happy Bee-day! Celebrate the garden’s 8th birthday by making bee masks, meeting a real beekeeper and checking out the hives we have in the Children’s Garden! The party is happening September 7-8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with admission. Cook DuPage will be present with their Observation Bee Hive.

Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join Greg Fischer of Wild Blossom Meadery and beekeeper for the Arboretum, for Beginning Beekeeping. Explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting and managing a colony, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey and more. All participants will receive their own hive tool to take home. This four week class will be held September 10-October 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $80 for members, $94 for nonmembers. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or call 630-719-2468.

Theatre-Hikes®

Follow the action – literally – of some time-honored stage productions during the unique Theatre-Hikes® program at The Morton Arboretum. Performances are each Saturday and Sunday, through October. Shows in September begin at 1 p.m. Shows in October start at 3 p.m.

The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). Each performance lasts approximately three hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. All performances begin at the Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21).

Tickets are on sale now and include Arboretum admission. For members, tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. For nonmembers, tickets cost $19 for adults and $13 for children. Season tickets are available and cost $40 for member adults, $25 for member children, $60 for nonmember adults and $45 for nonmember children. To purchase tickets, call 630-725-2066, visit mortonarb.org, or stop by The Morton Arboretum Visitor Center.

A Walk with Mark Twain

Weekends in September Meet Mark Twain as he shares two of his famous stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and The Diaries of Adam and Eve. In our first story, Jim Smiley, a man with all the luck in the world, finds his luck has run out when he gambles everything on a giant frog that he figures can’t lose. Then, Twain retells the creation story, with a reclusive Adam who finds himself unprepared for the arrival of Eve, a talkative, emotional female. Will they find a way to get along? Appropriate for all ages.

Fall Color Festival & 5K

Fall Color Festival kicks off with The Morton Arboretum’s 10th annual Fall Color 5K Run & Walk and Kid’s Dash on Sunday, October 6 at 8 a.m. The 5K follows a challenging USATF-certified course along the East Side Main Route through rolling terrain. ChronoTrack B-Tag timing system, a technical t-shirt, awards and recovery food and water are included. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers, or $35 on race day including admission.

The Kid’s Dash begins at 9 a.m. for ages 2-10 and includes a cotton t-shirt and participation ribbon. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers and $15 on race day. Register at mortonarb.org or in the Visitor Center.

Scarecrow Trail will be back around Meadow Lake, with nature-based scarecrows created by local Girl and Boy Scout Troops. Open daily in October, 7 a.m. to sunset.

Plus, fulfill your fall food cravings at the Fall Color Festival. Enjoy juicy brats, build-your-own taffy apples and other mouth watering bites available for purchase in Arbor Court. Plus, sample complimentary wine tastings. The festival will be open weekends in October and Columbus Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Glass Pumpkin Patch and Workshops

This fall, The Morton Arboretum announces the return of the Glass Pumpkin Patch, a cornucopia of unique blown-glass artwork set against a backdrop of the Arboretum’s colorful trees. From Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20, the event will feature 3,000 glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs such as apples, gourds, acorns, and more. The Glass Pumpkin Patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is free with Arboretum admission.

During glass blowing demonstrations, visitors can watch top glass-blowing artisans, called gaffers, from around the country turn molten glass turn into works of art. Meet the artists and see how they work the molten glass, adding colors and creating different patterns and shapes. The glassblowers use an outdoor furnace, assembled on site just for the Patch, which reaches temperatures higher than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

After watching a demonstration, visitors can walk through the Glass Pumpkin Patch to see finished pieces in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors. The Glass Pumpkin Patch will be open for viewing and glass blowing demonstrations on Wednesday and Thursday as well as on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The pieces will be available for sale starting at 1 p.m. Friday, October 18. The pumpkins and autumnal designs range from $35 to $300 per item based on the artist’s experience level, techniques used, color, size and style of the pumpkin, and are only available for sale at the annual Patch.

The event is co-produced with Shannon Jane Morgan, of Girl Glass Studio in Sacramento, CA and features many local glass artists.

Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden {Fall 2009}

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a family four pack of tickets to The Morton Arboretum

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which event you think your family would love attending

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Morton Arboretum on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

Giveaway ends September 19, 2013 at 11:59pm Central time. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

(Disclosure: Information provided by the Morton Arboretum. I was not compensated for posting this event info and giveaway.)

Sara Lee Snack Cakes Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win two boxes of Sara Lee Snack Cakes

HOW TO ENTER:

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

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Decor

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Shoes for men

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Sports team clothing

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Shoes for her

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Kitchen Accessories

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Baby clothes

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 gift card to Gordmans

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what you’d buy at Gordmans

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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4) Follow Gordmans on Twitter

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

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

Santa’s Village Autumn Harvest Fest {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Here are some of the items they have for girls:

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Love the design on this denim!

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Check out the sparkles on these shoes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what you’d go shopping for at Kohl’s

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Kohl’s on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another post here

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

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

No Bake Recipe Contest {Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what you’d make with the Safest Choice Eggs

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Safest Choice Eggs on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Comment on another post here

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what piece of furniture you’d like to get for your home

2) Follow The Dump on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Leave a comment on another blog post

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

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

Back To School Bash {$350 In Prizes}

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

Back to School Bash 2013

Prizes:

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

    Door Prize for all participants:

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

    Code: enter 3DOGSMATH upon checkout

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fill out this Rafflecopter form below to enter to win!

 

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Follow Katie, the author, on Twitter

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

6) Subscribe to Katie’s blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule:

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me who you would take to the show

2) Follow Disney on Ice on Twitter

3) Follow me on Twitter

4) Share this giveaway on a social network

5) Leave a comment on another post

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

 

Calling All Chicago Cubs Fans! {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One winner will win a Kid’s Club Membership

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

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

Pinterest: cubsbaseball and aliciamarie112

Instagram: cubs and Alicia

Twitter: @Cubs and @aliciamarie112

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

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

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

Phone, Keys, Gum {Trident Gum Giveaway}

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow Trident Gum on Twitter

4) Follow Alicia on Twitter

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

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

Love, Sleep & Play With Pampers {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what special moment you’d submit to Pampers

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Comment on another one of my posts

4) Follow Pampers on Twitter

5) Follow me on Twitter

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

Vera Bradley Beach Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Tell me what your favorite pattern is

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

4) Comment on another one of my posts

5) Follow me on Twitter

6) Follow Vera Bradley on Twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 GIVEAWAY

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

HOW TO ENTER

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

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

2) Share on a social network and leave the link below

3) Comment on another one of my posts

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

Dessert Designer Book & Baking Giveaway

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

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

Look at this cute design from the book:

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Capstone Young Readers on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

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

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

Bakers Square Pies {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away 6 Bakers Square Free Pie Coupons

3 winners, each winner gets 2 pie coupons

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me which pie flavor is your favorite

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Twitter

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

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

Hot Wheels & Barbies {Giveaway}

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook Contest details:  

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

Contest Steps:

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

$50 promo code to TinyPrints.com

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Leave a comment telling me what your favorite product from Tiny Prints is

2) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) Like Tiny Prints on Facebook

4) Comment on another one of my blog posts

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

6) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

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

Cody Simpson Greeting Cards From Hallmark {Giveaway}

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

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

3) Share this giveaway on a social network

4) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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

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

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

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

A couple more tips I would add:

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me your tip for keeping your skin luminous

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @eucerinUS on Twitter

6) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway brought to you by;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

3) Follow @FuelRewards on Twitter

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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

Box Tops for Education® Pantry Stock Up {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me why you want to win this Pantry Stock Up giveaway

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

4) Like Box Tops For Education on Facebook

5) Comment on another blog post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY

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

HOW TO ENTER

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

1) Tell me why you need this app

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @autisMate on Twitter

6) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

7) Like AutisMate on Facebook

8) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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