We Are A Soccer Family

This post is sponsored by Target. I’m a Target Brand Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.

It’s summertime which means we are in the middle of the U.S. soccer season. Growing up in Croatia, soccer (or “football” as it’s known in Europe) has always been an important part of my life. When I was younger we played it on the playground every day and I played club soccer also. Soccer has always been my favorite sport and while I don’t play it any more, I still love to watch it. I’m not alone in my love for the sport. Soccer is the biggest multicultural sport in the world. I am very happy that it has grown in popularity here in the States.

Since I have called Chicago my home for almost 2 decades one of my favorite soccer teams is the Chicago Fire. This summer is extra exciting for Chicago as the MLS All-Star Game is going to be played in Chicago at Soldier Field on August 2nd and four members of the Chicago Fire have been named to the MLS All-Star roster. For those who do not follow soccer this is an event where some of the biggest stars of MLS will face off against Real Madrid from Spain. This will be an epic event and I can’t wait to watch it!

Target recently announced their major investment in U.S. soccer and are the Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 MLS All-Star game. They also became an Official Partner of Major League Soccer, the jersey sponsor for Minnesota United FC and the Official Retailer of US Youth Soccer. Additionally they provided a grant to the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Target’s move into soccer makes sense because they are the retailer where many families, including mine, gets all of our soccer essentials from. My oldest has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old and now he plays league soccer during the spring and indoor soccer in the winter. Target is our one stop shop for all our needs from shin guards to game day snacks to soccer goals that help kids practice at home.

Target is also where we get our soccer balls. As kids grow they use different size soccer balls depending on regulations of the leagues they are in and Target has all the different sizes in stock. My boy’s love the selection, especially the soccer balls that are neon colored. Can you believe that Target sold one million soccer balls in 2016!? That’s a lot of families playing soccer!

With the MLS All-Star game quickly approaching we are excited and getting ready to celebrate this big event in the soccer world. We found all our party essentials like snacks and decorations at Target. I even bought a shirt for myself and shirts for the boys to show our soccer pride.

I hope you’ll follow along and chat with me Wednesday night as I share our homegating party fun on social media while we watch the big game. If you live in the Chicago area or will be in town for the game, be on the lookout for all sorts of Target sponsored events across the city throughout the week along with awesome in-stadium experiences.

How are you getting ready for the MLS All-Star game?

15 Activities To Keep Kids Busy When They Are Sick

Nobody likes to be sick so I wanted to share some ways to make a sick day fun for kids. All of these can be done from the couch! A big thank you to Pfizer for sponsoring today’s post and providing a product bundle as a giveaway. I’m not a doctor and this post should not be taken as medical advice. I’m just a mom sharing what works for our family :)

SICK DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Have a movie marathon
  • Eat treats like popsicles that make a sore throat feel better
  • Play some board games together
  • Cut out paper strips and make a paper chain to decorate the house
  • Let your child play with special toys from the rainy day box
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Let your child help plan your next family vacation
  • Read books from the library
  • Make playdough creations
  • Make thank you cards for members of the military (here’s where to send them)
  • Make sock puppets and put on a puppet show for the family
  • Paint nails
  • Play a game on a tablet
  • Look through photo albums together
  • Put together a puzzle

Make sure to head to Target and stock up on over the counter medicines that will make your little one feel better when they are sick! Our must-have list includes Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Advil® and Children’s Dimetapp®.

  • Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief, and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers (for ages 6 months -11 years)
  • Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
  • Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms (for ages 6+)

GIVEAWAY

One reader will win a Pfizer product gift bundle

HOW TO ENTER

1) Leave a comment telling me one fun thing your child does on a sick day

2) Share this post on social media

 Giveaway ends April 15, 2016 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or older and a US resident to enter.

My Festive Kitchen {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

Target is my favorite store so I’m excited to be working with them on this sponsored holiday post and giveaway.

I can never seem to get out of Target without a cart full of goodies, so when I saw the holiday kitchen and entertaining aisles I knew I was in trouble. This is our first Christmas in our new home so it was the perfect time to add some seasonal items to our kitchen. Everything was so adorable and many of the things would be perfect for making my home festive while entertaining family and friends this month.

One thing my family likes to do is get together to decorate cookies. We bake sugar cookies and then let the kids decorate them however they’d like to with frosting, candies and sprinkles. Normally the toppings are in plain bowls but I love these Threshold stoneware bowls. Though they are red and white I can use them year round since they aren’t too Christmasy.

We also like to make peanut butter kiss cookies. The kids unwrap the hershey kisses for me. It’s their favorite job because they get to sneak a few candies while mommy isn’t looking. Target has lots of cookie plates. I picked up a couple along with a cookie jar since we always have dozens of Christmas cookies during the holidays.

Another thing I made for holiday guests this year is a mini hot cocoa bar. I put hot cocoa mix in a big glass jar, marshmallows in a mason jar, and then set mugs out. I used a large gift tag and red ribbon to add a little holiday cheer to the setup.

I love how much more festive my kitchen looks now! I think it is so welcoming and I can’t wait for family to come on Christmas day to celebrate with presents, cookies and mugs of hot cocoa!

How can Target help you celebrate the holidays? Tell me what you pick up from my favorite store to make your Christmas, Chanukah or New Years celebrations brighter for a chance to win a gift card!

One reader who comments with their answer below will win a $75 Target gift card. You can earn an extra entry for sharing this post on social media (just leave a second comment with the link).

This giveaway ends December 31, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Must be a US resident and 21 or older to win.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here were his choices:

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

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

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

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

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

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $25 Target Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER:

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

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

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

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

Use the #MyKindofHoliday hashtag to tag your pictures.

4) Subscribe to this blog

5) Comment on another one of my posts

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

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

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.

 

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.)

10 Easy Breakfasts Kids Will Love

Cold cereal again? If you are in a breakfast rut like we are, check out these 10 easy breakfast ideas courtesy of Target that your kids will eat up (literally!)

Omelette on the go

  • Omelette on the go. Fried, scrambled and boiled may be more traditional egg preparations, but did you know you can bake eggs? Whisk together your favorite omelette mixture (eggs, tomato and cheese is ours), pour into silicon muffin cups, bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. They’ll keep for a few days in the fridge.
  • Cream of wheat with rainbow sprinkles. Your kids will find a way to sneak sugar into their breakfast cereal. Why not let them have fun while they’re at it?
  • Breakfast burrito with turkey sausage.  A whole wheat wrap stuffed with scrambled eggs with turkey sausage, low-fat cheese and a little mild salsa is a crowd-pleasing breakfast that also happens to travel well.
  • Apples with brown sugar yogurt. Dip sliced apples into a mixture of Greek yogurt and brown sugar (about a tablespoon per cup of yogurt). Let’s call it breakfast fondue!
  • English muffin pizza: Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Top an English muffin with leftover spaghetti sauce and mozzarella (or any cheese, for that matter). Bake in the toaster oven until the cheese has melted.

Breakfast banana split

  • Breakfast banana split. Just like it sounds—swap Greek yogurt for ice cream and honey for chocolate syrup. Top with crunchy granola or fresh berries.
  • Griddled corn muffin. Corn bread is one of life’s simple pleasures. It should be served accordingly—toasted with butter and honey.
  • The Elvis (for beginners). Elvis loved his peanut butter-bacon-banana sandwiches and for a good reason—they’re delicious. For a healthier twist, cut back on the bacon, substitute almond butter and use whole wheat bread. Bonus points for grilling on a panini pan.
  • Eggy pita pocket. The self-contained breakfast sandwich: Stuff scrambled eggs and any additional toppings (grated cheese, bell pepper, diced tomato) into a toasted pita pocket.
  • Strawberry coconut Bircher muesli. Mix plain yogurt, rolled oats, coconut flakes and strawberries with any nuts or sweeteners (like maple syrup or honey) your kids like. Pour into small single-serving jars or plastic containers, and leave overnight in the fridge.
Want even more ideas? Check out the rest of them on Target’s blog here.
(Disclosure: Images and ideas courtesy of Target.)

 

Justice League Super S’mores {DIY Recipe}

If you have a Justice League fan in your house you MUST make these super cute s’mores. A big thanks to Target for sharing with me :)

Ingredients:

And the final product:

Want to learn how to make them and see the other designs? Head on over to Target’s blog!

(Disclosure: This post is not sponsored but this information was shared with me and I was asked to share if I wanted. How could I resist the cuteness!?)

Blueberry Applesauce {Recipe}

I like applesauce so when Target sent me this recipe to share with you all I thought it sounded delicious. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon, if desired
1 pkg. (12 oz.) Market Pantry Frozen Blueberries

Directions:
1.      Combine all ingredients in large saucepan.  Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat.
2.      Simmer uncovered about 5 minutes until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm or cool.

(Disclosure: This was not a compensated post. Recipe and blueberry image courtesy of Target. To find other recipes from Target’s kitchen you can visit their online magazine.)

News For Parents From Pampers {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

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

GIVEAWAY:

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

HOW TO ENTER:

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

1) Tell me why you want to win

2) Share this giveaway on a social network

3) Follow me on Pinterest

4) Leave a comment on another one of my posts

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

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

 

Target’s Gift Bag For Earth Day *FREEBIE*

I shopped at Target today and on my way out got handed a goodie bag for Earth Day. I asked the employee who gave me the bag if all Targets were participating and she said yes. I wanted to share what I got in mine so you could decide if you wanted to run out and get one of your own :)

What was in my reusable bag:

Annie’s Organic Chocolate Chipper Granola Bar

yesTO On-the-Go Facial Towelette

Garnier Fructis  Pure Clean Shampoo/Conditioner Samples

Tom’s Natural Toothpaste

Meyer’s Liquid Dish Soap

Coupon Booklet {$53 Savings Inside}

*Please note: Though I was told this was at all Targets, I cannot guarantee your Target will have any gift bags and/or that the items in yours’ will be the same as what was in mine. I am not sure the exact details for this promotion but I assume you have to make a purchase and it’s only one per person.

(Disclosure: I am not being compensated for this post. I just wanted to share because I was excited about this promotion.)

Embelle Bibs Available At Target {Coupon}

I remember when my boys were infants I always had to match their bibs to the outfits they were wearing each day. Mine are no longer in the bib stage but I know many of you have little ones so I thought this new baby product and coupon may interest some of you.

Embelle bibs are now available in select Target locations. These bibs are made of pre-washed 100% cotton and come in a variety of fun novelty prints. You can see all the designs they have on their website or visit them on Facebook.

There’s a Target exclusive coupon available for $1 off a purchase of 2 Embelle bibs. You can print the coupon from here until 4/5 or until supplies last. It’s only available in select regions so make sure to enter your zip code to see if it’s available in your area.

If any of you buy Embelle bibs I’d love for you to share a picture of your little cutie in the comments below :)

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

Splendid Littles For Target Review and a Target Giveaway

Target is my favorite store so when I had the chance to do a review of their new line, Splendid Littles, and give away a Target giftcard to one of my readers I jumped at it. I was sent a whole box of goodies from Target and BabyCenter and am excited to share the line with you. Here are a few of my favorite items from the line:

My first thoughts on these clothes when I saw them were that they were fun and modern. I loved the bright colors and how soft they were, too. Jacob, my two year old, is starting to get pickier with his clothing and pulls and chews on it when something is uncomfortable and he wore one of the Splendid Littles hoodies without a problem.

 

Lucas and Jacob in their matching hoodies by Splendid Littles

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a $50 Target gift card.

HOW TO ENTER:

1)Visit Target.com and tell me which Splendid Littles item is your favorite

2) “Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

3) “Like” Splendid on Facebook

4) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

5) Follow @Target on Twitter

6) Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email or RSS (links in upper right corner of sidebar)

7) Tweet “Enter to win a $50 @Target giftcard from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

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

 

Giveaway ends January 29, 2011 and is open to US readers only.

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network that I am a part of. BabyCenter will be sending out the giftcard to the winner.)

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop


Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

December is here which means Christmas is right around the corner! :) To celebrate I am participating in the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop! I am part of a group of over 300 bloggers who are joining in and all offering gift certificates and codes as prizes. I have two wonderful prizes for one lucky reader.

$25 Jasmere gift credit

Jasmere seeks out lesser-known specialty retailers that deserve national attention and then use their negotiating power to offer you an exclusive discount.

$20 Target.com gift code

Swagbucks.com is an awesome site where you get points for surfing the web. I redeemed some of my points for a $20 Target.com gift code. Need to finish your Christmas shopping? Target has something for everyone on your list!

MAIN ENTRY:

Follow me on twitter (@aliciamarie112)

OPTIONAL ENTRIES:

Tweet “Enter to win gift certificates to Target and Jasmere from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com”

Subscribe to Making Time For Mommy via email or RSS

“Like” Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

Enter another giveaway on my site

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Giveaway ends on December 5, 2010 at 11:59pm.

Rules: Winner must live in the United States. One winner will be chosen by random.org and will win BOTH the Jasmere and the Target gift codes.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Jasmere has provided the Jasmere.com gift code and I have provided the Target.com gift code.)

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Giveaway Winners (6/28-7/4)

Pear Tree Greetings Winner (Ended 6/30)

The winner of the Pear Tree Greetings address labels is: Jillian from Prenda Le Stelle

Target Gift Card Winner (Ended 7/1)

The winner of the $25 Target gift card is: Melissa from O My Darling

Congratulations ladies! You may email me or I will email you sometime this next week :)

June Is Going To Be Awesome (Giveaway)

I am so happy that it is finally June! Here are ten reasons why:

1) My firstborn turns TWO on the 4th!

2) My “baby” turns ONE on the 25th!

3) June brings the official “start” of my favorite season (though it feels like summer has been here in Chicago for a few weeks now).

4) Lots of fresh fruits and veggies and grilling out means I’m eating healthier.

5) Spending most of our day outside means that the boys sleep well at night which means I get more sleep, too.

6) We will go on our first picnic of the year.

7) The boys get to wear their matching “My Dad Is Rad” t-shirts on Father’s Day.

8) Garage Sales, Farmer’s Markets, and Festivals will make our weekends fun!

9) We get to spend a lot of time with our friends and family this month.

10) THE “BIRTHDAY BASH” EVENT IS HERE!!!!!!!! To celebrate Jake and Luke’s birthdays I am throwing a blog party and you are all invited! There are going to be giveaways every weekday for the whole month of June and just for fun I may even add a few in on the weekends.

Let’s start things off right now!

The first giveaway this month will be a $25 gift card to my favorite store…. TARGET! There is only one way you can win this and that is by becoming a subscriber (RSS or email) and leaving a comment here on this post to let me know that you subscribe. The winner will be chosen on July 1st.

Subscribing is FREE and easy to do… On the right hand side, in the sidebar toward the top of this page there are two sections. One says “Don’t miss a post!” and one says “Receive new posts by email”. Choosing either of those helps ensure you won’t miss a giveaway this month. Please make sure to confirm your subscription when you get a confirmation email.

Disclosure: Target did not provide me with the gift card.

Make sure to check back tomorrow and the rest of this month for new giveaways! :)

Think Outside The (Easter) Basket

Every Easter I buy baskets to put goodies in. I don’t just pick any old basket. I take my time. I choose the cutest baskets I can find. I then search multiple stores for yummy candies and fun toys. I buy the colorful Easter grass so that I can nestle the goodies in the basket. I organize the items in the basket so each one can be seen. Get my drift here? This Easter basket takes a few hours to prepare. Here is Jacob’s Easter basket last year (it was his first Easter basket):

Easter 2009

Wasn’t it cute? Jacob was young so not a lot of goodies but a decent amount. He loves the fridge DJ and the Thomas book. His dad and I enjoyed the candy. And the basket… well, I’m not sure where the basket is. It may be in a box in storage. It may have been given to Goodwill when we moved…. I just don’t know!

So this year we aren’t doing baskets. I just can’t stand the thought of spending $5-10 on something that we will not be keeping. And now that I have two children the cost goes up! So this year we are skipping the baskets and instead we are giving each of the children their “goodies” in these rolling toy bins that I found at Target.

Aren’t they wonderful?! They were more expensive to buy than baskets but I know that they will be used after Easter, too. We could always use more toy storage and these are sturdy, mobile, and have handles for easy lifting. I love them! :)

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