Sprouts™ Serve it! My very own dish set #Giveaway

toddler dishes, learning resources My kids love cooking- either with role play or actually helping me to cook.  Either way, this always, always goes better when the dishes, bowls and utensils they are using are the appropriate size for little hands… and little foods.  The new Sprouts™ Serve it! My very own dish set offers a way for kids to actually use and manipulate dishes and play food with plenty of room for the foods.  (Anyone who’s played with pretend foods has probably experienced the frustration of the foods not fitting or coming close to fitting on the dishes!!  It’s frustrating for the kids and the adults!)

As we have before, we sent these dishes in to my son’s preschool classroom.  This is a peer model program and I love being able to support the teacher and staff in the classroom.  Mrs. O has loved everything that Learning Resources has to offer and has been very glad to be able to try some new manipulatives, games and products for the children in class.  Many of the children in the classroom are working on improving fine motor skills  and social skills,

Love them!!!  The colors are great. They are simple and durable. They resemble real dishes that kids use in the real world which I really appreciate. I like the size of the plates and bowls too – the kids can actually fit a “meal” on them whereas with other plates that we have you can only put one piece of play food on at a time.


  • Larger—size dishes to truly fit play food and chunky, easy-to-hold silverware
  • Encourage social interaction and build color identification through dramatic play
  • Perfect for Pretend & Play® and New Sprouts™ play food
  • Set of 4 of each dish item and silverware. Plate measures 7″L x 7″W
  • Super safe: Meets FDA specifications for food use. Dishwasher safe. (The dishwasher safe feature is a FAVORITE feature for me- when kids are sick, they can go in the dishwasher and be clean, and germ free!!)
  • Ages 2+

We are hoping that the folks at Sprouts decide to expand this line a bit and add some more pieces, perhaps some pots and pans or serving dishes!?


One lucky reader will win a set of  Sprouts™ Serve it! My very own dish set

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Bright Star Kids Wall Art #Giveaway

I LOVE wall stickers. I think they are just the greatest thing- especially for kids’ rooms.  They are easy to apply and easy to remove.  You can put them up, move them, take them down, replace them, and not worry about ruining your wall paint.  You can put them on furniture, too- again, without the worry of ruining a finish!!  What I love love LOVE about the wall stickers from Bright Star Kids is that they are fabric, and reusable.  We spend so much time and energy planning our kids’ rooms to look just so, and when we have to move for whatever reason, it’s always so sad to leave our visions behind.  Now we can take them with us!  These are perfect for folks who rent!

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This means a lot in our house- my girls share a room, but they are 4 years apart….and have really different tastes.  We did a purple color for their walls that they both like, but for my older daughter, she has her own wall stickers around her top bunk, and my younger daughter has a set of her own for her bed. It also means that as the kids get older and their tastes change, we can change the feel and look of their room simply by changing the wall stickers and not having to go through the cost and headaches of painting the walls and/or furniture. These butterfly wall stickers pictured above would be darling in the girls’ room- and would be a good fit to meet the needs of a 7 and a 3 year old.

Butterfly Wall Stickers turn any blank wall into a gorgeous girly space in minutes. Simply peel and apply these butterfly wall stickers to any smooth surface for an instant transformation.

Easy to Remove & Reuse
These butterflies will stick to 99% of the most common household walls – even painted brick & cement render. These wall stickers will be easy to remove and reuse. When you want to redecorate, simply peel off and apply to a new area. You can do this lots of times without causing any damage to the wall or the sticker.

Super Resilient – Perfect for Kids
This new fabric wall sticker material is virtually indestructible – perfect for the rough and tumble of life with kids. Read more on thisfabric wall sticker material.

sky high wall stickers, wall art, wall stickers

The Sky High Wall Stickers are so much fun- I love the bright, vibrant colors and the designs are fun enough to work in a baby nursery but not so cute that they won’t work for several years in a kids’ room.

Let your boy dream of flying high into the sky with these cute Sky High Wall Stickers. Simply peel and apply them to any smooth surface for an instant transformation.

Easy to Remove & Reuse
You can stick these gorgeous vintage looking wall stickers to 99% of the most common household walls – even painted brick & cement render.

Being printed on removable material, they’re easy to remove and reuse. When you want to redecorate, simply peel off and apply to a new area. You can do this lots of times without causing any damage to the wall or the sticker.

Super Resilient – Perfect for Boys
This new fabric wall sticker material is virtually indestructible – perfect for the rough and tumble of life with boys. Read more on this fabric wall sticker material.

I think I’d have to paint the ceilings in a room with these to have clouds all over the place- even onto the tops of the walls!! Perhaps something like this:

although I think I’d do MORE clouds.  Wouldn’t it be fun?   (This was the nursery for our kids….it’s now purple!)

Actually, looking at this photo, this design would have worked for both the Sky High AND the Butterfly designs, don’t you agree?

Now I’m seriously contemplating these butterfly stickers for the girls room.  Never mind that they have stickers on the walls already.  These are better.  Prettier.  Nicer.  Less character-y.  They are priced at $39.95 per set which I think is a really reasonable price especially given that they are reusable and being fabric, super durable!

Bright Star Kids has a great array of products for home decor- including name label stickers (a must for kids who are in school or daycare or camp!) and their fundraising section caught my eye as well- I’d love to support my school when I buy name label stickers (and I far prefer that to buying overpriced wrapping paper…)

Bright Star Kids is going to send one reader the Butterfly Wall Stickers and send another reader the Sky High Wall Stickers!  This giveaway is open worldwide so everyone can enter!

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Get ready for Memorial Day parties at BJ’s

Memorial Day traditionally means picnics, barbecues, and parades.  We’re no exception in our house- we’ve got picnics planned, and I’ll be marching with my Daisy Scouts come Monday morning.  The first place I head for when I have to grab supplies for cookouts is BJ’s- I can get some great deals for my money and have enough to feed everyone!

watermelon at bjs

We love the produce at BJ’s.  I’m so happy to see watermelons coming in, because it means summer is finally HERE!!  We also eat a ton of fruit in my house, so having the chance to buy in bulk helps me save myself multiple trips to the store per week.

These strawberries were purchased Monday morning by me.  It’s Thursday morning- they are gone.  The kids and Mr. Bargains devoured them.  Guess I’m heading back to the store for one more package of these before the weekend!

Sunscreen and bug repelling products are a MUST in our yard!! I’m thinking we may try the clip on products this year.

This party cooler is great! I’d love to have it for my patio (and someday, my pool deck…)

These gazebos are so pretty. I’d love one, to offer some shade, and I feel like you could make a romantic table setting under one of these, with candles lit and some pretty glasses?!








Tons of choices for your BBQ grill cooking- burger meat, hot dogs, ribs, pork chops- and a family favorite, the bacon cheddar chicken burgers (they are delicious!)

I didn’t realize before Monday that there was charcoal available at BJ’s as well. My brother Tony prefers to use a charcoal grill so he’d be glad to see that for sure!








You really can find everything you may need for your cookout- cookbooks, charcoal, propane tanks, even the grill itself!!

Don’t forget about AFTER dinner when you’re at BJ’s! What’s more fun than some S’Mores after the sun goes down- and maybe some glow sticks?  My kids could use glow sticks every single day of the year if we let them.











BJ’s would like to send one of my readers a $25 BJ’s Gift Card to get some supplies for YOUR cookout this holiday weekend!

To enter, simply leave a comment below with your name.  That’s it.  This giveaway will end at 5pm EST TODAY May 24, 2012.  I’ll draw a winner and they’ll have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.  Winner to be chosen randomly.

I received a gift card to purchase some groceries at BJ’s to check out their Memorial Day offerings. Opinions are my own.

Sweet Pea Maternity Clothes

Last pregnancy, I borrowed a lot of clothes from friends. Friends who were pregnant several years earlier, not exactly my same size, and not always my same style. It worked out – I had clothes to wear. But I didn’t always feel fashion-forward. This time I was determined to have my own sense of style while pregnant!

So I was happy to discover Sweet Pea Maternity, affordable, trendy maternity clothes for modern mamas!

For summer, I’ll be refreshingly cool in this aqua maxi dress with spaghetti straps – it’s flowy and lightweight, and with a flash of metallic silver in the flower motif at the bottom! You can wear this as a dressy item with little heels or as a beach cover-up – it really works both ways! Maxi dresses are my go-to items this pregnancy, having a summer baby, and Sweet Pea Maternity has a large selection of fun summer dresses!

T-shirts and tanks abound at Sweet Pea, and I’ve been sporting this teal blue-green t-shirt a lot lately. It has tiny black dashes of detail throughout, keeping it from being just your basic tee. And it’s stretchy and comfortable, which all prego mamas love!

For a lot of splash, I have this lace-topped tank. A silky fabric, it pairs well with so many items because it’s full of color. I’m wearing it here as a very colorful pairing with yellow and green, but I can tone it down with jeans and a black cardigan too!

The variety of styles and colors that makes Sweet Pea Maternity a great place to shop! Sweet Pea Maternity doesn’t just offer four or five choices in each category of maternity clothes – there are literally pages to look through (I think having lots of choices makes shopping more fun!). Every piece has a modern cut and color, and while they carry some basic items, their specialty seems to be keeping you current with fashions! But act fast because they sell out quickly! With the most expensive item is about $34, and most prices are under $20, it’s easy to stock up on cheap maternity clothes, at Sweet Pea Maternity!

One reader will win a $25 Gift Card from Sweet Pea Maternity!  


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This is a guest review from my friend Julie.  All opinions are her own, of course.  (Doesn’t she look adorable?)


Charm It! Fashion Bracelets #Giveaway & Free Shipping Code

Charm bracelets are all the rage right now.  Kids are not immune to trends, especially not when it comes to jewelry and accessories.  When I discovered CHARM IT! fashion bracelets, I knew I wanted to check them out for myself.  Or rather, for my girls.

Strong, durable materials make up these delightful bracelets for your little girl. The bracelets are small enough to feel dainty, but substantial enough that they won’t break easily, which we all know has to be taken into consideration for kids’ jewelry.  Kids aren’t delicate.  They are rough and tumble.  They live.  They play.  CHARM IT! bracelets will stand up to the play and then some.

kids charm bracelet

“Under the Sea” gift set with additional Ariel Charm

CHARM IT! isn’t just bracelets- they have necklaces and they come in all kinds of colors, styles and designs.  You can get rainbow chains, cookies, safety pins…and more so that your little girl can express herself and her style any way she chooses.  The charms range from beloved character friends to funky nail polishes…and everything in between.

There are dozens of styles of charms, and one of my favorite parts about products like this is that you can continue adding to them.  That makes for a really nice gift – and one that is so personal!!  I know that my kids love to buy special gifts for one another, and  these are a really inexpensive way for them to buy something special for their big sister…my son chose a little cupcake charm for his big sister because it’s for her birthday.  She’ll have it to love and remember for years!

We’re actually ordering a bracelet and a few charms for my daughter’s friend for her birthday in a few weeks, and I’ve already ordered a necklace with a few charms for my oldest for her birthday in July.

kids charm bracelet, pandora bracelet

“Whoopsy Daisy” Gift Set with Hello Kitty Charm

The boxes are even adorable, don’t you think? I love them.  I want to be a kid and have my own CHARM IT! accessories!  They are fun, fashionable and affordable- bracelets are about $8-10 and charms are $6 each.

You can get FREE Shipping from 5/22 to 6/4 with the code MLBFREE

One reader will win a CHARM IT! Gift Set of their choice! 


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Enter HERE to win a $3000 Disney Cruise Giveaway!

Here’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom has teamed up with American Family and an awesome group of bloggers to bring you our BIGGEST giveaway yet! One lucky fan will win a Disney Cruise for a family of 4 valued at $3000! That’s right, a Disney Cruise ♥ This awesome giveaway is brought to you by American Family and Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom, and hosted by Frugality For Less, and Debbie Does Coupons. GOOD LUCK!

*This giveaway is opened to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years of age to enter to win. The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the port of departure. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Google, Pinterest, or Twitter in any way. Please read HERE for complete rules.
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Hoodiepet™ Review and Giveaway

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has a new way for kids to express their style. They are fleece sweatshirts, hooded jackets and stuffed animal friends all in one.  They fit well, with room for layers, they are snuggly soft, and cute as can be.

Thumb holes keep hands warmer.  This is a new trend I’m seeing with a lot of children’s outerwear and sweatshirts and I LOVE it.  Kids who won’t keep gloves or mittens on can at least be a little bit warmer when their coats go down a bit more over their hands.

Super soft fleece.  Snuggly soft.  Cozy warm.  Kids won’t resist wearing their Hoodiepet™ because it’s so comfortable to wear!

Changeable Hoodie Pet friends.  This is the fun part of the product line.  Little puppet friends who attach with velcro, are machine washable (look, my kids are busy.  They explore.  They are always getting dirty.  They get everything dirty. I like to know things are machine washable) and offer a great way to keep your kids entertained no matter where they are!! They are little animal friends who can help put on a show or just keep you company.











I like that there are just a handful of color options for Hoodiepet™ — 7 total, with 2 prints.  For the littlest kids, there’s just 2 colors to choose from. I find sometimes that too many choices can be worse than no choice.  The fun of this product is with the animal friends, so I like that they’ve stuck to the basics with the colors and I think it helps the animal friends to stick out and grab people’s attention anyway.  (That’s what people have noticed about our Hoodiepet™ so far, anyway!)

Generous cut- room for layers.  Great fall or spring coat, or playing outside on a cool summer night.

The HoodiePets can be bought as a “kit” for $29.99 or separately at $24.99 for the hoodie and $7.00 for each pet.   Buying more pets means more savings- you can get 2 for $12 or 3 for $15.   Your child can make a wishlist on the website for more pals for their hoodiepet if they want, too!

One reader will win a HoodiePet and a Pet of their choice (based on availability)!


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Cygnett iPad Case Review and Giveaway!

This was the MOTHER of all Mother’s Days. My fantastic hubby surprised me with the New iPad! Of course, I was petrified that one of my children was going to immediately scratch, crack or dent my precious new “best friend”. I immediately thought of Cygnett for a new case. You may have seen our recent review and giveaway of their fantastic iPhone cases. The fabulous folks at Cygnett generously sent us the Glam and Alumni case for both myself and Mama Bargains to review and compare. I tried out the Glam case in Red. Mama tried out the Alumni in Pink: Glam for The Newe iPad ($59.99)

The travel-friendly high-gloss Glam folio case protects your iPad from drops and scratches with eye-catching style. Opening or closing the case automatically activates the sleep/wake function, while concealed magnets keep the case securely closed when your iPad is not in use.

  • High-Gloss Finish
  • Magnetic closure
  • Multi view stand
  • Sleep/wake function

My Experience with the Glam case:

I slipped my shiny new iPad into this case and immediately breathed a sigh of relief! I felt like my device was extremely well protected (and looked shiny and cute!) The iPad slips into the front cover and a velcro flap keeps it securely in place. I can still see the white edge around the front of my iPad, which I like. The front cover works as a stand and has 3 different viewing positions. This function works great and is perfect for watching videos or doing Face Time. When I want to hold my iPad I just fold the cover behind and Voila I’m ready to go! My favorite feature is the magnetic closure with sleep/wake feature. Before I received my case I was constantly turning my iPad on and off. Now I simply open the cover and my iPad automatically wakes up. How cool is that! The outside of the Glam case is a beautiful bright Red that is gorgeous and shiny. Even my husband approves! This is a GREAT case, and far superior to other cases I have seen. The Cygnett Glam is rated as one of the top cases for the iPad by cnet.com and for good reason! I’m loving the Glam iPad case!

Alumni for The New iPad and iPad 2 ($49.99)

The Alumni is covered with classic hard-wearing canvas fabric that protects the new iPad from wear and tear. Opening or closing the case automatically activates the sleep/wake function, while concealed magnets keep the case securely closed when the new iPad is not in use.

  • Folio style
  • Magnetic closure
  • Sleep/wake function


  • Created with fashionable and practical canvas fabric to protect your new iPad from drops & scratches
  • Opening or closing the case automatically activates the wake/sleep function of the new iPad
  • Concealed magnets keep the case securely closed when your new ipad is not in use

My Experience with the Alumni case for iPad: This case is different than the Glam but I feel that it provides the same amount of protection. Unfortunately my iPad has taken a couple of tumbles already, but has survived the falls unscathed in this case!! The iPad inserts into the front cover and is fastened with the same velcro closure as the Glam case. I haven’t had any problems with my iPad slipping. Once inserted into this case it is very secure. I love the canvas fabric on this cover. It is very durable and withstands scratches and drop without showing any marks at all! As with the Glam case, the Alumni has a magnetic closure that activates the sleep/wake cycle. This feature works flawlessly! The Alumni has a folio pocket in the front cover instead of a stand. This is great, especially for those of us who are constantly making lists and hoarding little scraps of paper! The Alumni is a great case, at a great price point!     One of our Lucky Readers will win their own Alumni case in Blue for the New iPad/iPad 2!!!!!!!


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Introducing Handmade Peaces ($150 Amazon Giveaway)

Have you heard about the latest craze in the home party industry? Handmade Peaces  has a fresh and truly unique business model in the home party
industry, fundraisers & SHOPPING online. They offer handcrafted & eco-friendly products made by artisans in the USA,
no imports! Everything from artisan jewelry, home décor, clothing, children items,
garden, gift items and so much more!

They “pay it forward” and promote the little guy, charities AND “going green”. They also make it easy for you to host your online home party through email and social media including Facebook, and Twitter. Plus, your free products or hostess rewards add up fast by going NATIONWIDE through your friends,  family, co-workers & followers.

USE PROMO CODE DFD0010 to redeem a $10.00 coupon on $65 or more on top of your home party, OR online purchase when you LIKE or SHARE on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flckr. Offer expires June 6, 2012. This offer can be forwarded to others as well so pass it on AND PROMOTE MADE IN THE USA!

Handmade Peaces is going to send one lucky person a $150 Amazon Gift Card!

How to Enter to Win

  1. Make sure each of the Facebook Page buttons say you already like them :)
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Must be over 18 to enter. Giveaway ends June 1, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Winner will be chosen and notified by email within 72 hours of giveaway close. Winner must respond to winning email notification within 48 hours or another random winner will be chosen.

Thank you to Handmade Peaces for sponsoring this giveaway.