Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important (Giveaway)

Fun songs, engaging characters, silly names, themes of friendship and a whole lot of silly make for a GREAT package in Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important Book and CD combo!  This was an instant hit with all three kids- and passed the reading aloud test with Mr. Bargains.  The stars were aligned when this book and cd were created.  The humor speaks to all ages and its really just plain fun to read the story aloud or listen to the music in the car!!  Its hard to not want to find out more about Chicken Joe who is actually  a cat!!

Chicken Joe, the cat who sleeps in the hen house, is happily dreaming about rock and roll. A rooster’s raucous crow wakes him up way too early. Everyone on the farm knows today is a special day, but in his sleepy morning haze, Chicken Joe can’t remember just what it is. Even Joe’s best friend, a city dog named Miss Kitty, won’t tell him. Find out why this is Chicken Joe’s big day in Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important, the latest book-and-CD release from The Secret Mountain (September 6, 2011).   [click to continue…]

Kids Frugal Fun: Hand Print Apple Tree

Each week MomonDealz brings us a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day so this week we are doing a fun apple themed craft. Be sure to read and try the educational activities listed at the bottom. Past Kids Frugal Funs can be found here.
Hand Print Apple Tree
Green Finger Paint
White Paper
Red Paper or Red Finger Paint
Brown Paper
Markers [click to continue…]

Airwear Lenses’ “Breit Eyes” contest (Autographed Mary Englebreit 2012 Calendar Giveaway)

Airwear lenses, Essilor’s lighter, safer and greener brand of polycarbonate lenses,declared Sept. 5-11, 2011,“Four Eyes Pride Week,” to encourage consumers to wear their glasses with pride! To kick off the celebration, Essilor and Airwear  partnered with iconic artist and healthy vision advocate Mary Engelbreit asked fans to change their Facebook profile picture during the week to one of themselves wearing glasses. 

During “Four Eyes Pride Week” and throughout the entire month of September, Airwear and Mary Engelbreit are also asking parents to visit Airwear Lenses to enter the “Breit Eyes” contest. By submitting a photo of their child being “lighter, safer or greener” while wearing glasses, parents have a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes from Mary Engelbreit. One lucky grand prize winner will receive an original sketch by Engelbreit in the likeness of the child in the winning photo, plus a trip to tour Engelbreit’s St. Louis studio. One runner up will receive a collection of children’s books authored and signed by Engelbreit. [click to continue…]

Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday

Each year, thousands of children are tragically injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-13.

The reason? Most parents and caregivers don’t understand how car seats work and are not familiar with the milestones a child must reach before he or she can be safely transitioned to the next car seat type or seat belt. The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration is aiming to increase awareness during Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24) by educating parents and caregivers about this issue and motivate those who thinkthey are securing their child properly to seek help, even if they’re sure their child is correctly restrained.  Child Passenger Safety Week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on September 24, where community events nationwide will have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to provide hands-on car seat inspections and advice — for free[click to continue…]

Jimmy Dean’s “52 Ways to Deliver Great Days” (Giveaway)

Jimmy Dean is currently hosting a sweepstakes on their Facebook page called “52 Ways to Deliver Great Days,” where each week for the next year they are giving away great prizes they change the prize up on Mondays!) to  fans who answer the question of the week about how they help deliver great days to their family and friends.  This week, the prize is $250 to spend at Macy’s!

It’s simple to enter, visit the 52 ways tab on the Jimmy Dean Facbook page (you can access it here: ) and then answer the weekly question via a text entry (worth 1 sweeps entry), photo (worth 5 sweeps entries) or video (worth 10 sweeps entries) for your chance to win. They pick a winner at the end of each week!

So what do you do to help deliver great days to family and friends?  For my family, I try to make sure I’m at least pleasant (even if not fully awake) in the morning and send them off to school and work with a hug, a kiss and a full belly to keep them full until lunch.  Sometimes I stick cute notes in their lunches, sometimes a drawing or a sticker.  (This goes over way better with my kids than my husband of course!!)

One of my readers will win coupons for 3 FREE Jimmy Dean Mini’s! [click to continue…]

Schwan’s to the (dinner) rescue again! (Giveaway)

Schwan’s has saved dinner before at my house, and with the school year in full swing, we’re finding that dinner time can be a really hectic time, especially with the kids adjusting to their new schedules- they come home wiped out from school and sometimes they need mommy to cuddle instead of cooking dinner- which is perfectly ok except that I do still have to manage a dinner on the table at some point!!  So, on days like that, I love having Schwan’s in the freezer to grab and make for a quick and easy to prepare meal that will make everyone happy and allow me to be with the kids giving them the extra attention they may need.

This time around, we tried the Crispy Chicken Breast Strips – boneless and skinless chicken breast tenderloins, coated in savory seasoning and then batter fried to golden crisp.  2.5 lbs come in each resealable bag to serve 10.  This is perfect for my family of 5- that’s 2 meals of chicken for nights we have a lot going on- or 4 lunches for the kids during the week on busy days!!   We have used these in quesadillas, sandwiches, on salads and just cooked with “dipdip” on the side.  [click to continue…]

Inspired Nursery Facebook Giveaway TODAY, September 15th!

Inspired Nursery  is hosting the last day of its Facebook  giveaway  on Thursday Sept 15th and we are excited to be building our community so we are celebrating!  If we get to 1500 or 2000 fans we giving away incredible prizes.  At 1500, they  are giving away a CoCaLo baby bedding set and Serta Crib Mattress and if they hit 2000, one fan will win a beautiful new baby crib from the Babi Italia collection! 

 I was just fan #1500 so they are at LEAST giving away a CoCaLo baby bedding set with a Serta Crib Mattress– can we get them to 2000?  How cool will it be if one of MY readers wins one of these awesome prizes!!???  (You have to promise to share if you do…)

So here’s my challenge to you- maybe you (like me) don’t have any need for baby bedding.  But perhaps someone you know does.  Or you want to need it.  Maybe we can help someone else win it just by “liking” Inspired Nursery’s page on Facebook- and once you do like them, if you decide to enter, click on the giveaway tab.  Quick and easy! 

CoCaLo baby bedding is one of the top notch brands- very well made, beautiful fabrics and designs and adorable collections to satisfy any design desires.  Pair that with a Serta mattress and your baby will be sleeping in the lap of luxury!! 

What are you waiting for?  Go enter!! Remember, I want to know if you win!!  GOOD LUCK!

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

Fairy Tales Hair Care helps prevent lice- naturally

When I first heard about Fairy Tales Hair Care, a natural hair care line made for kids that uses natural ingredients to repel and remove lice, I knew I had to try it.  This year for the first time I have two of my kids in the elementary school in town.  This means double the risk for head lice exposure.

Created in 1999, Fairy Tales Hair Care is the worldwide leader in lice prevention!  Rosemary Repel products are infused with organic oils of rosemary, citronella, tea tree, lavender, anise, cinnamon, peppermint and geranium to create a barrier of protection on the hair to keep styles in and lice out.  Vitamins A, E, jojoba, aloe and panthenol are added to make hair silky soft, manageable and protected from head lice and other insects.  Perfect for everyday use.  SLS and paraben free, too.

Directions:  Shampoo and Crème Condition every few days, remember, lice like clean hair, not dirty!  Use the Rosemary Repel Leave-in Conditioning Spray EACH morning before school, camp or daycare.  Spray the back of the neck, behind ears and tops of shoulders.  Then, use the Spray & Shield just like a finishing hair spray and put the final “seal” on the hair shaft – creating a perfect barrier of protection. Keeps hair in place all day long.

I HAD lice as a child, and I remember, not fondly, the process of washing with nasty smelling shampoo, the combing, combing, combing process, and my mom doing I don’t know what to my beloved stuffed animals and bedding.  I felt dirty and gross, even though it wasn’t my fault.

The Fairy Tales products do smell more earthly than other children’s hair care products, but its a pleasant smell.  One thing I immediately noticed when I opened the bottles to smell it was that it isn’t GIRLIE- which as much as I love girlie scents, I do have a 4 year old son who would like to NOT smell like a fruit whatever when he gets out of the bath or shower.  He in particular is overjoyed at the Fairy Tales line because the packaging isn’t girlie and the scent is more neutral.  [click to continue…]

Brightbin: The New Generation of Lunchboxes (Giveaway)

Be friendly to the earth with a reusable, BPA free Brightbin lunchbox and keep your little ones happy at lunchtime!  If your kid doesn’t want their foods to touch (like me- I am the one who doesn’t want food to touch!) or simply prefers things to be in their own place, Brightbin offers a great solution to keep all of the lunch parts and pieces in one place, and one of my favorite parts is that it tucks into just about any standard sized lunchbox with room for a drink!

We have many, many reusable containers in our home- different sizes, shapes, colors, purposes- and while they are wonderful and get used regularly, they also haven’t been to school with a first grader who maybe gets a little bit distracted like her mama and might throw them out by accident.  I was glad to try the Brightbin out- it has all of the components and functions of our containers we have, along with being BPA, phalate free, etc, but there is a big difference: the Brightbin is one piece.  One unit.  She can’t really toss this one out by accident unless she’s having a particularly spacy day (as my dad used to say “Having a Brett day” haha).  One side has a large, square shaped compartment for something larger- like an entree or a sandwich- and the other side, which obviously opens separately, has some different sized compartments for the rest of the lunch items.  The compartment sizes are compatible, in my opinion, with serving size recommendations.  [click to continue…]

Fashion Playtes: Let your girl make her own statement! offers design your own clothing for girls, ages 5-12. Girls can create their own designs online and have them shipped right to their door. Custom girls clothing options include dresses, tops and t-shirts, doll clothing, matching doll clothing and more. It’s affordable design your own fashion starting at under $20. gift certificates also make the most unique and personal gift for girls.

I discovered Fashion Playtes about 2 years ago, and was hooked.  The first time I was introduced to their site, I created an outfit for my oldest daughter on my own, to surprise her with.  As time has gone by, she’s been more and more…vocal, shall we say, about her apparel and accessory requests and has been putting more and more input into fashion decisions.  Recently, I let HER take the reins, and while I did have to keep her budget in check, she did a pretty awesome job designing herself 2 fabulous outfits!  She decided she wanted (yet another) dress to match with her beloved baby doll(s) and also a long skirt and shirt outfit.  I think she did just great- although she’d have spent at least $50 more had I let her adding more and more embellishments… [click to continue…]