Wanna Win Something? Link up your giveaways!!

$25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Coach Purse and Matching Wristlet ends 5/31

Eden Fantasys $25 Gift Card ends 5/19

Chicken Soup for the New Mom’s soul 3 winners ends 5/19

Flirty Aprons Apron ends 5/16

Sesame Street Naturals Baby Bath Set 5 winners ends 5/14

Barbar Professional Hair Clippers ($110 Value) Ends 5/15

Pentel-Eco Friendly Pens and Pencils! 5 winners ends 5/14

Robbi Wash ball ends 5/13

Win a Set of 4 Kid Friendly & Stylish Dinner Plates

Win a Tassimo Brewbot $129 value

Win a $50 Shopping Spree for kids bedding and decor

Win a Rock N Learn Dvd of choice

“The Naked Mom” by Brooke Burke (author of Dancing With the Stars)

$75 Dream Dinners Gift Certificate

Chicken Soup for New Moms Book (ends 5/15)

$20 Paypal Cash

Pampered Chef Cookbook

Planet Flops Flip Flops

CiCi’s Free Pizza Buffet

$230 MobiCam Video Baby Monitor

8GB iPod Nano

2gb iPod Shuffle (ends 5/11)

Tassimo T20 Brewbot

$50 Cymax GC

CraftArtist Platinum

Bella Mama

Blue Platypus Shirt

Pregnancy Tea

Olive Oil Desserts Cookbook

Kiki’s Maternity Fashions


VeeShee embroidery

Chico Bag

3 Customized Luggage Bag Tags

Dora MegaBloks bathtime set

$30 to The Bowtique custom hair bows and accessories!

Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels

Sprout Pregnancy App (100 winners)

$75 GC to Apothica



Facersize DVD

Grocery List/Menu Kit

Gluten Free Tia Cookies
Closet Organizer $150 value


Nook Color

Vera Bradley Umbrella

FRESCHETTA® By the Slice Pizza Coupon and Containers

Cheryl’s Cookies

Skin MD Natural

Tea Party Basket

iPod Shuffle

Tassimo T20 Brewbot

Pampers $50 Gift Card

T-shirt and more from Mattress Discounters

$100 in Eversave Credits

Check out TextNow (with a $25 iTunes giveaway)

When you text your family, do you ever think about the outrageous costs that add up with each and every OMG and LOL?

Cost of a simple, average “LOL” = $0.20.

“Picking the kids up at 6” + “Will be bringing home dinner, too” = a $0.40 exchange!

Even receiving the occasional “Hey, I have to work late tonight!” will cost the sender AND the receiver at least $0.20 each if they are over their texting limits or they don’t pay for an outrageously priced unlimited texting plan.

I’m going to share with you a FREE mobile messaging app, TextNow, which will eliminate those costly (and pesky) texting fees by providing unlimited FREE texting on your iPod Touch, iPad, iPad 2 and iPhone. Even those with older kids can stop begging you for an iPhone to text their friends and start texting with their iPods, free of charge!

Features include the unlimited texting- and you can use landscape mode if you are sharing images or a longer text.  There’s an option for picture messaging too.  When you download the app you can choose either a free phone number to use for your account or a screenname- again at no charge.  You can also use the voice feature and have calls forwarded, voice dialing or voicemail sent to your device.  Got an iPad at home and one at work?  Not an issue- simply log in using your TextNow account on any compatible device.  That’s kind of cool!

I like that you can customize your TextNow with different color schemes, wallpapers, “ring” tones, signatures and emoticons.  Makes for more fun- but also, if you are a blogger like me, you can include key links you want in your texts as your signature when communicating with those who may not have your link.  Saves some time for you and gets your link more exposure!

TextNow connects countless users of all ages to their friends and family using any iOs device at no cost and with no sign-up plan! The app allows you to connect nationwide through the use of unlimited text messaging and soon to be voice calling features. Making it easier than ever for families everywhere to save on their monthly phone bills!

TextNow is so excited about their app they want to offer one of my readers a $25 gift card to iTunes!

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with your name and a valid email address in the comment form. 

Extra Entries:

Follow my blog via GFC or Facebook +1 entry each

Download the app and share your username  +2 entries

Share this giveaway on any social networking site:  @textnow and @mamatomjr are giving away $25 to spend at #iTunes http://wp.me/p1qA6G-1vJ (can be done 2x/day at least 1 hour apart per share site)

Leave a relevant comment on any nongiveaway post +1 entry/post up to 5 total

Enter any other current giveaway +1 entry per giveaway up to 5

Follow Madame Deals and Mom on Dealz via GFC +1 entry each (+1 additional entry for leaving a comment on a post)

This giveaway will end on May 25, 2011 at midnight, EST.  US only. Winner to be chosen randomly.  Winner has 48 hours from initial contact to respond to this email or a new winner will be chosen. 

I received a gift card to thank me for my time writing this post.  All opinions expressed within are my own. [ad#glam between posts]

Dollar General this week

Here are a few highlights for this weeks Dollar General ad. There is not a new ad this week, but I have listed a few items that are on sale this week. To get the complete list of match-ups, check out Just Trying To Save Money.
Charmin 12pk $5 each
-$0.25/1 Charmin Product, exp. 5-31-11 (P&G 05/01/11)
=$4.75 each after coupon

So we’re moving the kids’ bedrooms around ($50 Cymax Stores giveaway)

When Baby B was on the way, we weren’t sure what to do about our kids’ sleeping arrangements.  We have a three bedroom house and won’t be moving anytime soon- nor is an addition in the budget (ever?!) so one way or another, someone will be sharing a bedroom.  My kids, if you don’t know, are pretty close together in age- 25 months apart from Busy to Buddy and then 23 months later, Baby B came along.  What we decided when Baby B was born was to move the 2 older kids in together even though they are boy/girl and keep the baby in her own room.  It’s worked for 21 months but I think its time to change things up. 

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Free Cottonelle Fresh Wipes

If you didn’t do this last time I posted- head on over to Get Fresh With a Friend and enter all of your mailing information and answer a few questions about how much you know about Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes. Add a friend’s email address for them to get a FREE tub of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Moist Wipes as well as yourself. Please allow 3-4 weeks for your FREE Coupon to arrive in the mail! One request per person per mailing address!

Thanks Just Trying To Save Money! 

Sprout Pregnancy Essentials App Review and Giveaway Ends 5/23/11

Wow! Have you every come across an App that you just can’t live without (other than Angry Birds of course)? I am absolutely in LOVE with the Sprout Pregnancy Essentials App for iphone. Oh, were to begin. It has it all. The 3D models that you can rotate, weekly color image that are anatomically accurate, weekly weigh in (ughh), weekly advice, pregnancy timeline, preparations for doctor’s visits, pregnancy checklists, kick counter and contraction timer. Phew, did I get it all? Trust me, if you have thought about, this app has it.

Weight Tracker
Pregnancy Timeline
 3D graphics

Let me just say that the images are fantastic. I love being able to rotate this images 360 degrees. You can even set up the app to be gender specific if you so wish. Aside from the wonderful graphics, the information is great. I have owned my share of pregnancy books. They are completely obsolete now. This app has all the information I need. I love the weekly updates, and the checklists for preparing for doctor’s visits. How handy would it be to pull out your phone and have a checklist of symptoms and questions ready for your doctor? I also love the pregnancy checklist. It seem like I always forget something in my labor bag. This would also be a handy little app for hubby to have as well. I know that my husband would never sit down and read a pregnancy book with me, but he would glance at an app to get weekly updates.
Believe me, you are going to love this app just as much as I do, and guess what?
The first 100 readers to post a comment on your favorite Sprout feature will get this app for FREE!
Sprout would sure love some reviews on this app once you’ve tried it for yourself on itunes!!  Good Luck and enjoy!
Follow Sprout on Facebook.

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Blue Platypus Giveaway- What a Mom Wants

I want to look good, feel good, and be comfortable.  I don’t like “fussy” clothes and I like comfort.  Cotton is one of my very best friends.  Blue Platypus sent me their International Harmoney 2 shirt in Ruby and I love it.  I do need to drop about 15 more pounds before it looks good on me but its so comfortable, and has a good length to it- not a short t shirt by any means, which for me is a good thing.  I don’t want my midsection hanging out at 36 years of age, no matter what my weight, so I’m always glad to find longer top options!

What do you get when you mix nesting dolls (matryoshkas) with Swedish Dala horses and some decorative folk art accents?  This marvelous wonder of a shirt!  This festive cotton shirt features a one-color discharge print on a long, flattering cotton tee.  So kitschy, so cute, you’ll want to wear it every day!

These shirts – and some totes- are so fun, sweet, and whimsical.  Definitely not what you find in every store you shop in.  The fabric is comfortable, the designs eye catching, and the more I look at the tops the more I can see there are fun surprises on almost all of the designs the closer you look!  The inspiration seems to be heavy on vintage and folk-art styles.

I am so happy I found this company, because I think they offer a great combination of comfort, quality and offer a little something different in their designs!! 

The Brilliant Daisy shirt on the right —>

and the Who Can It Be Now on the left <— are my other 2 top favorite tops from Blue Platypus.  I think I may order a few for myself- it IS my birthday week and all!! 

One of my readers will win a shirt from Blue Platypus of their own!

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with your name and be sure to (please) leave a valid email so I can reach you if you are the winner!!

Extra Entries:
Like Blue Platypus on Facebook

Tell me which shirt you’ll choose if you win (can be any product on the site up to $32.00 value)

Follow me via GFC or Facebook +1 entry each

Share this giveaway on any social networking site: #Win a #vintage inspired fun&funky shirt from @Blue_Platypus and @mamatomjr http://wp.me/p1qA6G-1nd (can be done 2x/day per share site, at least 1 hour apart)

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Follow Mom on Dealz via GFC

Enter any other giveaway on this site (+1 entry/giveaway up to 5 )

This giveaway will end on May 24 2011 at midnight, EST.  US only.  Winner to be chosen randomly.  Winner has 48 hours to respond to initial contact or a new winner will be chosen.

I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed within are my own.

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Health & Beauty Products I’m LOVING right now

Hah! Here’s a post topic you won’t see from me very often- at least not in the “Makeup” area.  Although I am trying, really trying, to make an effort to get something on my face.  I’m turning 37 this week and recently realized, I look like I’m turning 37.  Being a mom has aged me. But I digress.

T.Taio exfoliating ergo-body scrubber- oh, I love this.  Exfoliating and cleansing all in one, I don’t have to even GET soap out, because it is, as I say, presoaped.   Plus I can exfoliate and cleanse in one step!  Also SUPER affordable at just a few dollars each.

Judith August’s Everything Pencil (I can’t say enough about this pencil.  I love it.  I have eleventy-million moles and this is the ONLY thing I’ve had that really and truly minimizes their appearance.  I love it.  Or rather, I’ve loved it to pieces (or one piece).  Its gone. I’m going to order another soon- probably 2 in a darker shade for summer and my pale shade for winter.  This thing is AWESOME and worth every cent.  Maybe more.

The Everything Pencil™: Camouflage Makeup Concealer for Face & Body that Covers Up Everything… For Everybody… Every Day

  • Quick & Easy Coverage for Your Life on the Go!
    • Under Eye Circle Concealer
    • Cover Up Makeup for Age Spots
    • Scar Cover Up Makeup
    • Broken Capillary Cover Makeup
    • Bruises & Birthmarks Concealer
    • Spider Vein Cover Makeup
    • Coverage Makeup for Scars and Acne
  • It’s also an Eye Shadow Base, Lipstick Lock & Highlighter
  • Six Corrective Colors Can be Used Alone or Mixed to Create Your Perfect Shade
  • Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Formula
  • Fragrance Free & Doctor Approved
  • Best Pencil Concealer, Scar Cover Up Makeup, and Age Spot Concealer

It comes in 6 different colors and each pencil comes with a free sharpener (which is great for me since I lose things like that almost instantly).  I feel like this is dummy proof- I cover my moles and any blemishes I have with the Everything Pencil, and then do my foundation (tinted moisturizer from Mary Kay with SPF in it) and a bit of powder to finish off.  I feel great and not like I’m wearing gobs of makeup!

I’m loving the new bareMinerals Skincare line- Naturally Luminous Skincare Trio has been pretty good to my skin for the past 30 days.  I can’t say I’ve seen much in the way of results although I do like the feel of my skin during and after use of the products- but I don’t think 30 days is long enough to really experience a skincare product.

This 30-day cleanser, moisturizer and eye treatment trio is the perfect introduction to bareMinerals Skincare. Our Purifying Facial Cleanser removes makeup and impurities while also hydrating and renewing skin. Our Purely Nourishing Moisturizer keeps your skin moisturized and protected so you can have younger-looking skin day after day. Our Skincare Firming Eye Treatment, completes your routine, restoring firmness and reducing puffiness around the eye area. All 3 formulas are powered by our 100% pure RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex clinically proven to deliver incredible skin-renewing benefits, including faster cell turnover, smaller-looking pores, increased luminosity and antioxidant protection.

Collection includes:

  • Purifying Facial Cleanser (60 mL / 2 Fl. Oz.)
  • Purely Nourishing Moisturizer: Combination Skin (30 mL / 1 Fl. Oz.)
  • Skincare Firming Eye Treatment (5 mL)

I am still smitten with my Tweezerman tweezers.  Seriously.  I don’t know how people live without a good pair of tweezers.  I used to, but I’ve seen the light, and won’t go back without a fight!  We have a pair up and downstairs- one for splinters and the like, and one for me, just me, in the bathroom upstairs.  I’m not likely to share it anytime soon, either.  Worth every single penny paid, in my opinion.

What health and beauty aids are YOU loving right now?

(Please note some samples provided for review- opinions as always are my own).

Family Dollar Matchups

Here are a few highlights for this weeks Family Dollar ad. There is not a new ad this week but here are a few items that are on sale. Thanks to Just Trying To Save Money for this weeks match-ups!

***Special Note for Family Dollar***
Family Dollar accepts manufacturer coupons, Internet printable coupons and Family Dollar store coupons. You can also combine a manufacturer coupon with a Family Dollar coupon as long as they are used for the items listed on the coupons and that neither coupon states that it can not be combined with other offers. Check out more about Family Dollar here.

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