Pucker up for Peace One Day #KissforPeace #giveaway

Join @AXE and Walgreens in partnering with Peace One Day!  AXE® is rewarding shoppers who want to make the world a better place. To help more shoppers join the Peace movement, AXE® Peace Recruiters will be in front of flagship Walgreens stores on September 21st to help enlist shoppers for Peace. They will be handing out special “Peace Offerings” samples and showing off the full AXE® Peace lineup. I’ll pucker up for that. I love the smell of AXE products on my husband!!
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Not sure about puckering up for a stranger? There’s always a quick smooch on the cheek! Check the video- it’s sweet and it’s a little funny.Want to spread the word about the World Peace Day movement? Watch the video of the Axe team hitting the streets and spread the word of Axe® Peace through #KissForPeace. After you watch, you can print a coupon for $1 off two Axe® products at Walgreens. Pucker up and save, friends.

Buy 1, Get 1 50% off participating AXE® products at Walgreens the month of September. As a Peace offering, why not buy one for you, and save on one Axe Peace product for a friend.




Who’s ready to pucker up?


One reader will win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card!


This post is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox. Opinions are my own.

Buy Thomas & Friends to Earn Big Rewards!

There are few certainties in life, but one thing you can count on is if you have a little boy, he will reach a point in his life where he loves trains.  Our 2 ½ year old has just entered that point.  It started with him watching everything Thomas & Friends  related on Netflix a month or so ago and we realized it was bad when a couple of days ago he was pushing his little brother (just over 15 months old) around in a box yelling “ALL ABOARD TRAIN!”.

Disclaimer: Post is sponsored by Lunchbox. Opinions are my own.

Thomas & Friends at Walmart

We decided to surprise him with something a little more cooperative and easy to use than a little brother in a box, so we headed off to Wal-Mart to find some fun toys.  I’ve only paid passing attention to the show as he watches it so I was surprised by how many different trains and sets there were.  Judging by all the spots with out of stock toys, I’m guessing our little guy isn’t the only one who’s crazy about Thomas.  We picked up the Sodor Lumber Take-n-Play set (which included Thomas), along with a Gordon to add to it.

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Thomas & Friends at Walmart

After spending a few minutes thinking about his good fortune, he had to sidetrack little brother with the box the toys came in (maybe we will get off easy with the little brother and just keep a steady supply of boxes on hand for him) while he happily played with his new toys.

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Judging from the look on his face when he saw what we had for him, we decided that it would be worthwhile to sign up for the Journey to Rewards program – a quick way to earn rewards back on the Thomas products we are going to be buying anyway.  Signing up for the program is quick and easy and for being such an awesome #ThomasMom!, start off with 700 bonus points just for signing up using the promo code ThisMamaLoves.   That puts you halfway to the first reward available to redeem! 


Once that was done we took a picture of the receipt with our smart phone and submitted it through the mobile site (using the “snap+” tab) and within a few minutes we had already earned enough points to cash in for our first reward!  Fun stuff for him and free stuff for me is a winning combination.

You can earn rewards on all Thomas & Friends™ toys, tracks, clothing, DVDs, and more at Walmart!

Are you ready to be an awesome #ThomasMom!?



Three Cheese Chicken Florentine Recipe #CookUpCozy

It’s cold, winter’s hanging on as long as it can, we’ve all been sick and I want comfort food.  Period.  This is me pouting and stomping my feet at frigid air from polar vortex and snow, snow snow.  I’m tired of winter meals and ready for some fun new stuff but the weather won’t cooperate.  My friends at Lunchbox asked me if I’d share a Three Cheese Chicken Florentine Recipe with you as part of their Cooking Up Cozy campaign, and who am I to say no to someone else inspiring dinner ideas in this house?
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Three Cheese Chicken Florentine

*as adapted from the Kraft Cooking up Cozy site


1 pkg.  (18 oz.) KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Three Cheese Florentine
3 cups Farfalle pasta
1-1/2 lb.  boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 in cubes (you can do cut pieces, but I did a big batch of chicken cooked and forgot to cube some before I shredded. So we’re shredded)
1 pkg.  (6 oz.) fresh baby spinach leaves (We did a mix of Kale and Baby Spinach Leaves, and added about 10oz.)
1/2cup Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (I shred my own, but you can totally buy the shredded in bags)


HEAT oven to 375°F.  Spray 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook 3 cups pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
MEANWHILE, cook and stir chicken in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray until done.  Stir in Simmer Sauce; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until heated through.
DRAIN pasta; return to pan.  Add spinach and Baking Sauce; mix lightly.  Pour into prepared baking dish.
TOP with chicken mixture and mozzarella.  Bake 10 to 15 min. or until heated through.
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New U By Kotex Products Now at Walmart

This post about the new U By Kotex products available at Walmart is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  I have written several times about the U By Kotex line (check the posts out). I’d much rather carry around something like U By Kotex than what my mom used (and therefore, I had to use for years) I hated having to bring the necessary supplies needed to school or out with me when I had my period.  NOT fun.  You know, because having to deal with your period is so much fun already.

U By Kotex offers seriously great protection for any occasion. Period. Pun absolutely intended. Now, exclusively at Walmart, are 2 new styles of U By Kotex.


U by Kotex® Extra MAXI Pads

  • Fast absorbency for a dry, clean feel
  • Channels for reliable protection
  • Tru-fit® wings help keep this baby in place
  • Bold, edgy aesthetics on Pad
  • Heavy Duty Protection
  • Folded and wrapped – easy open wrapper in fun, bold colors
  • More absorbent that our U by Kotex® CleanWear Pads
  • Soft covers keeps you clean and fresh or Soft film cover for a clean and fresh feeling

U by Kotex® Thong Liners (exclusive to Walmart)

  • Specifically designed for thong style underwear

  • Individually folded and wrapped for on-the-go convenience

  • So comfortable you’ll barely know it’s there

  • Totally thin

  • Totally fresh

  • Barely there

The secret to a successful adventure is feeling great. And feeling good starts with making sure you’re ready for anything—from pimples, to sun burn, to a period that shows up unfashionably early.

Visit Walmart.com and to check out the U By Kotex® Survival Kits! From Girls Night Out to Bridesmaid Duty, these survival kits will help to stop any beauty mishaps that may come your way!


**Coming soon***When you pin your favorite survival kit to Pinterest, you will immediately receive a $1 coupon for U by Kotex® products! I’ll pin for 2 reasons.  #1, I’m almost never prepared. I mean, I try to be. But I always find (too late) that my tampons or pads are in the van, and I’m in a store, or I changed bags and my supplies are in the bag I changed from, or I have hubby’s truck and not my van). So maybe a cute survival kit will keep me prepared, because I’ll want to make sure I have it on me at all times!? #2 I hate spending money on feminine products.  A lot.  It annoys me that I am dealing with my period and then I have to buy all the things that go along with it. 29 years and counting I’ve dealt with this annoyance and it’s not lessened at all.


SO.  Here’s my question: What’s in YOUR ultimate period survival kit? Which U By Kotex Kit is your fave?

I believe that all period survival and emergency kits should include chocolate.

Simplify your skincare with Simple Skincare

This is a sponsored post about Simple Skincare products. is I don’t know about you but I don’t like a lot of fuss with my skincare products. I want something that works and doesn’t have a lot of “extra” ingredients including alcohol, perfume or dyes. Take today, for instance. I spent the better part of 8 hours in airports and airplanes, landed in Austin, Texas in 98+ degree heat. I felt GROSS. A shower or bath then a nap would have been quite dreamy but my reality was that I checked in, ran upstairs, changed into a skirt and headed to my cosmetic case for my Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes. Per-fect way to wipe the airport and airplane ick from my face and neck and feel refreshed without drying my skin or making me smell fruity or flowery. I didn’t want to take away from the sweaty smell I’d be developing as I hurried around Austin party hopping (I am at a blogging conference, my friends!). The cleansing wipes were just what I needed to feel a bit cleaner and definitely more refreshed.
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One of my favorite things about the Simple Skincare line is that it’s an easily accessible brand- you can find it at the grocery store, chain pharmacy and big box stores at affordable pricing. So we can ALL use it without breaking the bank. And lucky you, my Safeway shopping friends, because when you buy 2 Simple Skincare products (and I’m going to just say that since it’s summer or close to it, these wipes are marvelous and great to keep in the car or your bag) you get $2 off!! That’s not a bad deal. But hurry, because you only get this deal until June 11, 2013.
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Safeway is also known as
Tom Thumb and…

Just in case you aren’t sure what stores are Safeway. I want to be sure you know where to go.
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Complete Your Skincare Routine at Safeway (or any grocery store)

While you’re at your local Safeway, make sure to pick stock up other items that will help complete your skincare regimen. It’s not just about the products you use, but also the food you eat!

Avocados- Soothes irritated skin; they’re abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins, also contains Niacin which is an anti-inflammatory.

Mangoes- Maintains and Repairs skin cells; contains 80% of your daily Vitamin A which helps to repair skin cells as well as fight free radical damage that can prematurely age skin.

Almonds- Moisturizes dry skin; contains Vitamin E, Vitamin E’s rich oils moisturize dry skin and its antioxidants protect against skin damage and premature aging.

Mushrooms- Improves blemishes and rosacea; rich in riboflavin which is involved in tissue maintenance and repair.

Blueberries- Protects from premature aging because they are full of antioxidants.

What are your favorite skincare tips?

Support literacy initiatives at Dollar General with MARS Petcare Products!

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

It wasn’t until quite recently that I learned that Dollar General sells all the big brands you love at a great value! This is especially true for many pet care brands, including Pedigree® and Temptations® from MARS® Petcare Products.  It’s always nice to be able to save money on household costs, and being able to give back to others in the community is a huge bonus.  Dollar General is currently having a promotion where if you buy $10 worth of MARS® Petcare products at Dollar General  you will receive a coupon for a FREE book! *Participating Bendon Publishing books only, must be redeemed at Dollar General

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When a shopper redeems their coupon for the FREE book, MARS® Petcare will donate $1 to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support Dollar General’s literacy initiatives.  So you buy petcare products that are at a savings from other stores, YOU get a free book, and  you’ll be able to give back to support literacy initiatives.  That’s a win for everyone.  Plus, at Dollar General, you are about to use manufacturer’s coupons to get an even bigger bang for your buck.

If you don’t have a pet in your home that eats eats Pedigree® or Temptations®, there are always animals in shelters or foster homes that could use some more food.  I know there is a trend (that I LOVE) with my daughter’s 2nd grade classmates to ask for donations for food banks and animal shelters in lieu of gifts- this means we can make that money stretch further with the lower price at Dollar General plus a manufacturer coupon…and then we also can get that free book and ensure that those literacy initiatives are supported.  That’s a win for many groups and many reasons- and you can do for others!

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Double Cash Back at Ebates in time for Mother’s Day!

Happy May!  It’s almost Mother’s Day– and it’s time for many (including myself) to get those gifts, flowers, cards, plants, etc purchased in time for Sunday.  It’s also my birthday week…and since I’m a mom…so sometimes maybe it’s time for me to surprise myself?!  One of my FAVORITE ways to shop is online but my most favorite way is using Ebates.com because I earn cash back on my purchases and it helps me to save money.  I may or may not have gotten an email from Ebates congratulating me on a certain transaction number in my lifetime with them a year or so ago.  Given my love for Ebates, and getting cash back, when they said “Hey Brett, can you help spread the word about our Mother’s Day DOUBLE cash back promotion?” I of course had to say yes.

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Want to just do flowers? FTD has 25% cash back  and Teleflora is at 20% cash back.  Send pretty flowers, she’s happy, get cash back, your wallet is happy.  Win, win!  Not a member of Ebates.com? Signing up is free and new members get a $10 gift card just for signing up!

Not a flower person?  There’s tons of great deals to be had, from flowers to clothes to accessories to makeup to house stuff to jewelry.  I mean, that covers just about any list?!  And my favorite (see below) deal…

Mother’s Day Stores and Cash Back Amounts

Blue Nile – 5.0% Cash Back

JCrew – 6.0% Cash Back

Lands’ End – 6.0% Cash Back

FTD – 20.0% Cash Back

QVC – 3.0% Cash Back

Coach – 3.0% Cash Back

jcpenney – 8.0% Cash Back

Teleflora – 20.0% Cash Back%

Avon – 7.0% Cash Back

Kohl’s – 6.0% Cash Back

Nordstrom – 5.0% Cash Back

Macy’s – 6.0% Cash Back

LivingSocial – 4.0% Cash Back

Magazines.com – 40.0% Cash Back

Sephora – 8.0% Cash Back

eBags – 12.0% Cash Back

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Here’s the super fun thing.  Does mom like magazines?  Head to Ebates, click on Magazines.com, and get her a renewal or a new subscription to People Magazine (or maybe just me. I mean, we all have guilty pleasures???) and then YOU will get 52% cash back on the subscription price.  PLUS when you click through, a $5 off coupon is on the home page.  Let’s do that math.  Can someone send this to my husband please? 

1 year People Magazine is $116.07 for 53 issues.  (The $5 coupon won’t work for People, so maybe get a subscription for yourself with People, and then surprise someone else with another magazine that does work with the coupon). But still… Then you get $60.36 back from Ebates.  Um, hello?  Sign me up, please and thank you.  I mean, you know.  Sign yourself up.  (I would feel guilty buying for myself but I’d love to have this! What a fun gift that lasts all year!)

Thanks to Ebates for sponsoring this conversation today, and for giving me cash back since 2008.  Three cheers for smart spending!

New Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch™(Target GC Giveaway)

If there’s one place you don’t ever want to doubt a product, it’s the bathroom.  I mean, we all use the bathroom, we all need bath tissue at some point.  You do NOT want to doubt your bath tissue- not today, not tomorrow.  I just heard about the new Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch™ and agreed to write up a post to tell you all about it- and to tell you how to get a money saving coupon for your first package.  The new Ultra Soft & Strong has the strength and softness you love plus something new-it flexes, and it really holds up. That means it’s easy for your while family to get clean every time. You can find the new Soft & Strong at Target stores.

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Lest you think I’m going to be all serious in a post about toilet tissue, I want you to be sure to check out the Up & Go game, brought to you by the makes of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong…because it’s a game, and it’s a game about toilet tissue.  When you play, you can get your coupon for $1 off a pack of Quilted Northern Ultra Soft and Strong®. Jump between rolls of bath tissue while dodging bathroom obstacles as you climb toward the top. Once there, you’ll be rewarded with a coupon for $1 off a pack of Quilted Northern® bath tissue. Share your score on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends know that you’ve reached bath tissue bliss with new Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong®.

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Two readers will win a $50 Target Gift Card to use so you can try the new Quilted Northern!


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

I love S’mores. A lot. Every Day. (Enter to win up to $500 in Walmart Gift Cards) #smoresmiles

My family loves s’mores too.  It’s actually one of our favorite treats.  We eat them year round.  We’ve been known to have them toasted on the grill, as a dip, roasted on a campfire/firepit, in the microwave, the oven….and sometimes, we have them just because.  We’ve even made s’mores with waffles!  Given our family love for s’mores (ok really, MY love) I readily agreed to share the More s’mores, more smiles promotion where entrants can win up to $500 in Walmart Gift Cards!

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Entrants can now share photos of any favorite everyday moment to enter the contest! It can be any moment in your day that you find special! It’s as easy as snapping a picture of the kids doing something silly on your phone and uploading it to the site for a chance to win up to $500 in Walmart cards! Not too bad!
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Visit the Walmart S’mores website to print a $1.25 coupon to save on all your S’mores ingredients! Shop for your S’mores ingredients at Walmart for everyday low prices!

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What are YOUR favorite S’mores memories?  



This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own.

Become an official Huggies Wipes Tester!

 Huggies wipes have new Triple Clean Technology.  Triple clean layers that are gentle as always, but thick enough to handle the toughest mess.  I have been a cloth wipes user and a disposable wipes user. One thing I always want- that I think every diaper changer wants- is a wipe that’s gentle and won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin, but tough enough to do the *ahem* task at hand.  I think most of us who have changed diapers have had at least one experience with wipes that didn’t hold up to to the job at hand.  It’s not something you want to relive.

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I’m looking forward  to trying the Huggies wipes with the triple clean layers next time I head to Walmart.  I have a feeling I’ll be much like my sister C who kept wipes in her van long after her kids were done with diapers. There’s just so many uses for them!

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Everybody is a HUGGIES Tester- Be a HUGGIES Tester every day by putting HUGGIES to the ultimate test- real life!  Want to BE a tester?  Fill out a quick form, submit your info, and if you are confirmed as an official tester, you’ll receive a pack of HUGGIES TRIPLE CLEAN Wipes to test out….test..and share with friends and family Submissions to become a tester are open through April 9th, 2013. You could even be featured on the Walmart.com page!

Want to get a money saving coupon so you can try the new Triple Clean Layers for less? Call **BABY and your link will be on its way almost instantly via text message (it was for me before I hung up!)!  Hurry, though, the coupon offer expires in April.

“Official Tester” Contest Messaging

Be your own HUGGIES Tester every day by putting HUGGIES to the ultimate test- real life. Get your pack of HUGGIES wipes with new TRIPLE CLEAN LAYERS at Walmart and see the superior difference for yourself. Once you’ve put TRIPLE CLEAN LAYERS to the test, share your experience as a Official Tester with your friends!

The search is on to find HUGGIES Testers who will be featured on the HUGGIES page on Walmart.com! All throughout this month Huggies will be looking for HUGGIES Testers to be featured on Walmart.com. Submit yourself as a HUGGIES Tester and you could be chosen to be featured on the page. Get your entry in today!




This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.