Elmer’s Glue Crew: Don’t Toss the Glue Containers! #BagitForward #GlueCrew

A few weeks ago, I was excited to share my Bag it Forward experience with you.  This week, we got to do something additional with the program, although a bit of a different spin- something I’d never heard of, but now that I know, will be encouraging everyone to participate in. 

Elmer’s Glue Crew is a program that recycles glue containers.  Stop and think for a moment, how many containers of glue and glue sticks any school, art program, craft program may use in a given calendar year.  That’s a LOT of containers.  Why not recycle them? 

In fact, why not have some fun and repurpose an otherwise unwanted box into a collection bin and encourage people to bring their glue containers to your school?  This could make for some great lessons on recycling, caring for our earth, and a really fun (rewarding!) class project! [click to continue…]

New AZO PMS Relief & Enter to win!

AZO wants us to share our PreMenstrual Sagas – for a chance to win a $500 SpaFinder gift card!  Someone wants to reward us for sharing “battle” stories?  Sign me UP!
Fans can share their stories of a time when PMS messed with their lives, and in return, we’ll give them a $2 coupon for AZO PMS. Best of all, four finalists will receive $100 SpaFinder gift cards and the grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card, accepted at over 6,000 spas and wellness locations worldwide!

Check out the new AZO PMS, which is the only brand that helps reduce both the physical and emotional symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, and provides relief in a fast and natural way.  I’m actually (oddly) looking forward to trying this- mostly because its made by AZO, a brand I trust, and also because I’m always glad to find herbal and natural remedies for ailments.  [click to continue…]

TOMS Carpe Diem Shoes want you to “Start Something That Matters” (Coupon & Giveaway)

Our first Toms Shoes giveaway was very successful, so we  Money Mavens decided to launch another one and give all of you another chance to win. I love this company because of who they are and what they stand for! They put their feet where their heart is!

Toms Shoes has just launched their newest limited edition pair called TOMS Carpe Diem. This is a vegan friendly shoe that features the motto of TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie: Seize the Day. And together with this shoes is a free complimentary copy of the newest book by Toms founder Blake MyCoskie called “Start Something That Matters”. A great book that will inspire all of us to put up a business and at the same time make a difference in the world. If you want to order this now, click here for a coupon!

To celebrate this launch, Autism United together with MadameDeals, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Living on Love and Cents, Coupons are Great, Mom on Dealz, Stretching Your Budget, Saving Toward a Better Life, We Use Coupons, The Coupon Challenge and Cincinatti Cents are TOMS  giving away

$150 Dollar giftcard
$50 Giftpack
Start Something That Matters Book


Ready? Enter this Contest Now! [click to continue…]

thredUP.com 48 hour sale!! 30% off *HOT*

thredUP.com 48 hour back-to-school flash sale!

thredUP.com is where busy moms swap children’s clothes, toys and books online. This back-to-school season, thousands of moms are saving money and giving back by trading outgrown kids’ clothes for gently used school clothes that fit.

Sale Starts: August 24, 12:01 am EST
Sale Ends: August 25, 11:59 pm PST

Today (Aug. 24th) and tomorrow (Aug. 25th) only, get 30% off boxes of pre-loved kids & baby gear listed by other moms across the country.

Don’t forget, your FIRST box with thredUP.com is free– you simply pay the shipping!

Organic Belle Baby Carrier (Giveaway)

The Organic Belle Baby Carrier is a well constructed, ergonomic, parent-friendly soft strucured carrier that can carry a baby from 5-35 pounds, front or back, rear facing or front facing.  Its also a beautiful carrier to just look at end enjoy- especially with the pretty fabrics they have chosen for the carriers themselves!

 (This is a guest review from my dear friend Kelly, who is awesome beyond awesome and more willing than I to be photographed in a baby carrier….here’s her thoughts)

I love this carrier!! I have used several with my children, and this one is the simplest to use without compromising comfort for baby or me. The first time I used it, it took me less than 1 minute to put it on and strap my baby in without any help from others. It took her less than 5 minutes to fall asleep while facing inward. [click to continue…]

Nalgene for Food & Drink Storage (Prize Pack Giveaway- 3 winners)

With the kids going back to school, in just a few short weeks, I’m gearing up to be packing snacks and lunches daily.  Part of deciding upon and planning those snacks and lunches, of course, includes what they are stored and carried to school in.  I will always choose safe, reusable containers for our family needs, and school snacks and lunches are no exception.  Nalgene is for sure one of the first brands that comes to mind, and one of the first brands I reach for when shopping in stores and online.  (Or “click” for, I guess, online?)  Nalgene offers durable, lasting, safe and affordable storage options for food and beverage storage. 

Nalgene sent the Grip-n-Gulp for my ‘little’ ones.  Far more grown up looking than a regular old sippy cup, and far more durable (and leakproof, in my experience), these fun colors and smaller sized water bottles are a great way to get your little ones wanting to drink more water!  My kids are pretty good about asking for water but I don’t think there’s such a thing as “too much” water and if a fun water bottle makes them want more water, I’ll gladly comply with their requests.  As a mom I love that they want water to drink, but I’m also happy that the container they are drinking from isn’t going to leak and make a mess, and also that it is BPA free and safe for the kids to drink from. [click to continue…]

Pocket Purifier: Kill germs without chemicals (Giveaway)

As a mom I am always looking for a quick and simple way to make sure my son is not exposed to too many germs. The Pocket Purifier is a compact germicidal light that uses the same UV-C light that is often used to sterilize surgical instruments.
This hand-held sterilizer is powered by 4 AA batteries and it also has a handy flashlight option. The Pocket Purifier can be used on baby changing stations, grocery carts, cutting boards and so much more!
I used it on my keyboard, counters and pillow. Items like pillows and stuffed animals are hard to wash so I thought the Pocket Purifier would be a great way to eliminate germs on them. It is hard to see the results but after a bit of research I found that UV-C is a proven way to safely sterilize items. [click to continue…]

Pur Minerals Review & $100 Gift Card Giveaway (2 winners) #ShoutMedia

I am always happy to find natural or organic products that work as well as non natural and non organic products, especially when it comes to things I put on my skin.   Recently I was given the chance to try out Pur Minerals’ 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation, which is 100% perfect for me- anything that combines steps to save me time in the morning is great for me- and anything that’s natural and not chemical laden just makes me sing with happiness.  While I’m not wearing powder as much in the summer- I am in and out of the pool or the lake with 3 kids at least 3-4 times per day right now, when I do wear this, I’m loving it.  Easy application, nice amount of coverage and makes my skin look nice and glowy and all around “even” – without a lot of muss or fuss.  I also don’t feel like I’m wearing 4 products on my face, not even really 1, so that makes me happy, too.  I like my makeup simple and easy to go- this fits that order 110%!!  [click to continue…]

No More Bugz! Organic Insect Repelling Bug Balm

Its mid July in CT and we live near woods.  That makes for many, many bugs especially at dusk, when we’re trying to play outside after dinner, swim, do yard chores, etc.  I’m always on the lookout for bug repellants that don’t contain DEET or harmful to your skin ingredients, so I jumped at the chance to try the No More Bugz! balm from Green Girls Market.  The first thing I liked about this product was the cute label, but I find it hard to resist anything that’s pink in color!!  I do really like the product being in a balm form instead of a spray.  (There is a spray available, but we got to try the balm, and I’m not sure I want to go back to sprays now. I lOVE the balm).  It feels like I can get more coverage on the kids instead of wasting some with each spritz.   My 6 year old likes it because she can apply it herself, without struggle or frustration.  The scent is very, very mild and offers a hint of citronella but not an overbearing one.  [click to continue…]

Original Sprout Baby Hair & Skin Care ($50 Gift Card Giveaway)

With summer and nice weather comes dirty kids.  Its inevitable- they play outside, they get messy.  I like bathing my kids and using products on their hair and skin that are safe for them and without harmful ingredients, whenever possible.  Original Sprout is a family-owned company that offers products that are gentle to the kids’ hair and skin and (not surprisingly) created by a mom.

First off, the packaging is great.  Simplistic and clean, just like the product- although don’t let the look deceive you because these products perform very very well.  I actually used the detangler on my own hair a few times after the kids played “do mommys hair” and I was very happy with how it worked even on my thick hair!!

Next- the ingredients- or rather, the lack of…you won’t find formaldehyde in Original Sprout products.  Nor will you find lye.

I love this brand. I love that its a mom- started product line, and that they are so cautious with their ingredients, but also equally as conscious of the performance of the product.  Definitely a hit in mybook.  Or tub, as the case may be. [click to continue…]