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1) The First Place Prize will feature will be $550 Paypal CASH Prize for you splurge on your mom.
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Aside from the marvelous sales oh-so-very-frequently, one of my favorite things about Kohls is their Kohl’s Cares® for Kids program. It isn’t just about getting excellent children’s literature at super low pricing ($5 for a hardcover picture book!!) or the super cute plush that go along with them, although that is awesome in and of itself. The program sells kid-friendly merchandise, 100% of the net profits of which are donated to support kids’ education and health initiatives all across the US. To date, over $180 million has been donated. That’s a lot of money they’ve donated since the program began in 2000 and I applaud companies to have programs like this in place.
Right now, Kohl’s Cares® is partnered with Eric Carle, one of my all time favorite authors for children’s books! As with all of the books and merchandise sold for Kohl’s Cares, each item is just $5. Some of our family favorites are available, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Very Busy Spider, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and a new-to-my-family story, Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? which is just so sweet and I was very glad to add it to our collection. The lamb plush that goes along with The Very Busy Spider is soft, snuggly, and beautifully done to echo Bill Martin’s rendition of a lamb from the story. The note cards are my favorite item in this line- truth be told, I’ve purchased 3 other sets and tucked them away. It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s fault, not mine. I can’t resist.
There’s also a “crazy about cookies” cookbook which will delight your tastebuds and make for a very sweet family afternoon if you want to bake some cookies with your little one and then snuggle up on the couch to read a story or two while they bake.
One of my readers will win a Kohl’s Cares prize pack including each of the books pictured here, the notecards, and one of the plush animals from this line (based on availability).
I may be one of the few people left in America who have never tasted a Shamrock Shake. I’m kind of afraid to, because what if I love it? I don’t need any more things on the “sugary” side of life to tempt me. That said, I don’t know anyone who HAS tasted these who doesn’t love them. In the spirit of that, I’ve decided to do a giveaway for ALL of for 15 of my readers to win a coupon for a FREE McCafe Beverage of your choice- maybe a Shamrock Shake, maybe something else- the coupons are good through 12/31/12 and can be used at any participating McDonald’s in the US!
I filed our taxes today. In my pajamas, in my bedroom, using my laptop, my webcam, my NeatDesk and my iPhone…and I did it all with Elaine Smith, an H&R Block Tax Professional who walked me through every step of our taxes, answered my questions, explained things to me, and had us filed in just over an hour. (I think it would have been less time but my 4 year old was not in the mood to take a nap and I kept having to go remind him it was time to sleep). Our taxes were filed courtesy of Elaine and H&R Block Live.
Ms. Smith was very professional, very knowledgeable and very personable. I was super nervous about the whole idea of video conferencing, especially about such personal, sensitive information, and I was immediately impressed with her professionalism. After a friendly greeting we got right to work. I had to be sure that I had our documents and necessary information uploaded into a file ahead of time, which I did get done, thanks to my beloved NeatDesk (Seriously. I love that machine. Makes organization so much easier for me!) and a few last minute snapshots of 2 other documents with the H&R Block Live app on my iPhone!
The Block Live app is available on iTunes and the Android Marketplace, for those of you interested. I’m still new to having an iPhone so I was very impressed that I could snap an image of a document and have Elaine see it perfectly clearly just seconds later!
The Block Live option for tax filing is worth the fee, in my opinion. You can have the assistance of a tax professional with over 80 hours (minimum) of training live, as you go along, and do it from the comfort of your own home. Since I’m a stay home mom, it isn’t always easy for me to find times to get appointments for things with my kids being so young- my friends who can babysit also have children who nap so that kind of eliminates half of the times I could do appointments. Being able to do this from my own home saved my sanity- and some money- no babysitting rates to pay! This is a win-win for me to file my taxes this way. We’ve always mailed in our taxes the old fashioned way, and it was refreshing when she said “ok! your taxes are filed!” and I knew that was it- they were done. No standing in line for the return receipt, no postage- they are en route to the IRS as we speak.
One thing I have to note- I asked Ms. Smith if she’s finding that more and more folks are bringing their taxes to her with income from blogs. She said that she has indeed noticed an increase and has done several bloggers’ taxes– which really made me feel great because this was really the first time I had anything to “claim” as a blogger on my taxes. I wasn’t sure how all of that would play in to our taxes and had a lot of questions to ask. Ms. Smith was even a guest on “Blog Talk Radio” giving tax advice to bloggers recently!! She was ready and very prepared for all of my questions!
Now we just sit back and wait for that refund to come in the mail….
I have 5 codes to give away to save 5 of my readers $50 off of the H&R Block at Home service (This covers the cost of a federal return with our Basic, Deluxe and Premium editions.) This giveaway will end at midnight on Monday, April 9 (EST) and winners have just 24 hours to respond so I can get your codes to you! GOOD LUCK!
Now that I frequently go running (well, perky walking- but it doesn’t sound as cool, you know?) I have come to appreciate having comfortable feet and that means a good pair of shoes meant for running AND most of the time, wearing a pair of Kendall Gelthotics. The shoes are great in and of themselves but with my inserts? They are happy feet. I’ve tried arch inserts before, but never anything I wore for more than three minutes. They always felt – well, noticeable, and like they weren’t in place.
With the Kendall inserts, I have confidence that the inserts won’t slip. They stay in place no matter how wobbly my ankles are. I don’t “feel” them nonstop. I feel them in that I have arch support and more comfort, less pain, but in a good way. Other similar products have left me mad at myself for wasting money. I’ve actually been using the Kendall gelthotics for a few months now. I was concerned that my feet being wide might mean I couldn’t use these inserts, but the brand says that they stay in place and they DO. It did take me a few tries to get the inserts in “just” the right position, but I think part of that was me not having had experience with a product like this.
Kendall Gelthotic inserts were designed to help those suffering with foot pain. They have been creating these arch supports that help position your foot properly and relieve heel pain, top of foot pain and plantar fasciitis without changing how your shoe fits for over 20 years now! or without changing the fit of the shoe
I love the way these inserts kind of cradle my heels. It wasn’t until I got about halfway through the Couch2 5k program this fall that I realized I was having heel pain- that was a first (probably because I’d never ever run that much previously in my life?!) and oh, man was it ever unpleasant.
If you are looking for a way to enhance your shoes, for running or heels or any shoe in between, I’d definitely give some thought to getting a pair of the Gelthotic inserts. They’ve made my feet feel so much better and as a result, I’m more comfortable when I’m walking around.
One reader will win a pair of Kendall Gelthotics (ARV $59.99) !
Educational Insights is our favorite store for educational games and learning tools. Their products make learning so much fun for our little ones!!
They offer everything from early skill development and imaginative play to flip charts for grade school children. Not only does Educational Insights offer fabulous toys and games for kids, but they offer resources for parents and teachers too. Check our current giveaway for their board game: “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”. This is such a cute and imaginative game that helps teach your children great habits in a fun way!
Want to experience Educational Insights for yourself? They are offering one of our readers a $50 gift card!
Why not surprise your little one this Easter with a Pillow Racer from Little Tikes? I had the opportunity to review the Dino Pillow Racer with Savannah, and this has become an instant favorite toy of hers. Just look at Savannah playing with her Pillow Racer:
This soft-stuffed ride on toy is also a pillow – all in one! How great is that? For parents that don’t like to spend hours trying to figure out how to put together toys, no need to worry here, as I was able to put this toy together in under 10 minutes. And, when you covert the pillow racer to the pillow, I didn’t have any issues. Savannah loves sitting on as she watches television, in addition to scooting around the house with it. This pillow racer is low enough to the ground that I don’t have to worry about Savannah injuring herself if she slips off.
At first, it took Savannah a few attempts to get on this pillow racer, as it slides around on its coasters as you try to get on and get off the pillow pal. I held it in place the first few times, but Savannah, like most toddlers, wanted to be independent and through a few slips on and off, she finally grasped how to get on and off safely. And, with an easy grip handle, she is able to hold on and maintain her balance as she uses this 2-in-1 toy as a ride on.
Even though this toy is for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, Savannah is 20 ½ months old, and had difficulty in the beginning to understand that she need to push herself around the room. She wanted me to push her around, but because this toy is low to the ground, she couldn’t lift her feet up and put on a rest. When she did try to put her feet up, she slipped off the back end. But, in the end, this is a great ride on toy that Savannah and her friends can’t get enough of. When her friends come over, they make a b-line to this ride on, and take turns playing with it. I know that if I had a few of these in the house, the kids will go crazy chasing each other with them. In addition to the Dino Pal, Little Tikes is also offering a turtle and ladybug – so, both boys and girls can enjoy this fun ride on toy. Don’t worry if your little one gets the Pillow Racer dirty, as you can hand wash it. I learned this firsthand the other day, after Savannah got her freeze pop all over it. With a wet rag and dish detergent, her Dino Pillow Racer was good as new.
Children will have fun for years to come with this fun ride on toy from Little Tikes, as it holds children up to 50 lbs. With Savannah only being 20 lbs. now, I know she will be enjoying this toy for the next few years, with her little sister. So, if you are looking for a fun ride on toy to give to your little one this holiday or for an upcoming birthday, why not consider buying a Pillow Racer from Little Tikes today. At only $39.99, this 2-in-1 toy will provide hours of entertainment, and will not be played with once and forgotten about. Since giving to Savannah to play with, this is one of the first toys she plays with in the AM when she gets, and one of the last before she goes to bed. I have always been a Little Tikes fan, and am happy to say that they have done it again with this great toy – that will become quickly become a hit with little ones.
Click here to order a Pillow Racer (Ladybug, Dino or Turtle) directly from the Little Tikes website, for only $39.99, with FREE shipping. Act now, as these ride on toys are selling out fast!
Want to win a Dino Pillow Racer for yourself? Thanks to the folks at Little Tikes, they are offering one lucky Mama Loves Her Bargains readers a chance to win a Pillow Racer for their little one. To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a sample from Little Tikes in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.
Moxie Girlz™ Magic Swim Mermaid™ is an adorable doll who can swim when she’s in the water. No on and off switch, she just swims, as if by magic. She’s a ton of fun in the bathtub but the kids and I are quite anxious to see how she swims in our pool in a month or so!! One of our favorite things about the Moxie Girlz is their positive message- something that I love to see in a toy line.
We also love the hair that each Moxie Girlz doll has. They each have hair that’s brushable and easy to style- something that is done over, and over and then over again in my house. Now we have a Kellan to play with on land and one to play with in the pool! I have a feeling that someone will be asking for Avery’s Mermaid doll for her birthday coming up…
A mermaid doll that swims on her own! Little girls will love the magic and whimsy of this swimming doll. Just place her in water and her arms and tail begin to move! The ribbons, sparkles and beautiful hair add to the charm.
The Moxie Girlz™ are imagining themselves as sparkling, magical mermaids! Product Features: First Moxie Girlz mermaid doll; Only doll that magically swims like a mermaid when placed in water. No on/off switch needed – she automatically swims on her own when she’s in water; Since she swims with her tail, she gracefully swims on her stomach, her back and even sitting down; Sparkling tail; Beautiful hair and fashion; Two characters: Avery and Kellan; Age Grade: 3+ Price: $24.99
The Moxie Girlz Magic Swim Mermaid is a hit- in my house, and my guess is, it will be in your house too. A mermaid doll with colors and sparkles and it swims as if by magic. Plus, you can style her hair!
One reader will win a Moxie Girlz Magic Swim Mermaid! To enter, simply follow the instructions on the rafflecopter form below.