Mars’ Candies “Who Will You BOO” #DontBeTheDarkHouse #CBias #MMsGetCorny

I found out about “Boo-ing” friends and neighbors during the Halloween season before I had kids.  We weren’t included because we didn’t yet have children, but I knew this was something I wanted to do eventually, and once my oldest was 3 we started Boo-ing friends and neighbors.  Its not about the money spent or how much, but the act in and of itself is sweet, fun and really just kind of silly- but in a nice way.  Who doesn’t like free candy?

For this post, I was set to shop at Walmart for Mars Candies– Harvest Mini  Snickers, to be exact, but unfortunately, the three times I headed to our local Walmart they didn’t have them, although as you can see from photos they had about 200 options for candy purchasing.  [click to continue…]

Napa Valley Culinary Event to Serve Up Great Music and Superfoods for a Worthy Cause

There’s an upcoming event in Napa Valley – Live in the Vineyard presented by Aloft Hotels – that combines food, wine and a once-in-a-lifetime music experience with artists like Daughtry, Michelle Branch, O.A.R., Christina Perri and many more.

Tickets to Live in the Vineyard cannot be purchased. There are only three ways to get VIP access – either by winning tickets from various radio promotions happening across the country, Aloft Hotels’ online media outlets, or by bidding on an exclusive auction package with all proceeds benefiting cancer research and treatment programs at City of Hope. Great music, great food and wine, all for a great cause! (Airfare’s included!)

We really want to get the word out about the auction because all proceeds benefit the cancer research and treatment programs at City of Hope.

The auction package includes:

·         All access passes for the winner and guest to ALL acoustic concerts

·         Cooking demos and wine tastings during the 3-day period (November 5-7)

·         Accommodations at either the Westin Verasa Napa or the Napa River Inn

·         Transportation from your hotel to any of the offsite Live in the Vineyard shows/events

·         Southwest Airlines (2) green passes travel vouchers

·         Gift bag with wine and special promotion items


For more information and to download City of Hope superfoods recipes, please visit: or

Jamie’s Run- Building a Cure for Childhood Cancer One Block at a Time

Its time to change gears a little bit here.  I will be running  my first 5k  on November 6th…(yes, RUNNING – well, truth be told, its really more a “perky walk” but I will be running Jamie’s Run, aka the JK5K-(want to sponsor?  Head to and find me), this year, not walking, and my 2 older kids will be running again.  Why?   

You see, our lives, as so many others, have been forever touched and changed by a sweet little angel named Jamie Lynn Knotts.  Jamie was born just 2 weeks before my youngest, and lost her battle with a very rare cancer at just 5.5 months.  Jamie should be here, playing with her brother, having friends, being a 2 year old and loving her life, but unfortunately, her fight wasn’t a fair one, and she didn’t win.  I remember at her funeral, the priest spoke of Jamie as a Love Magnet– and she was, still is, in fact.  Her story went out to so many- her parents’ family and friends, our MOMS club, her parents’ coworkers, their friends, their families- my friends, my family, their friends and family…and word spread.  There were people all over the world praying for a miracle for this sweet, beautiful girl.  That’s a lot of love poured out for a tiny little girl- but it brought so many together when so much tears us all apart these days.  It even inspired a wonderful children’s musician, Frances England,  to write a song for Jamie. 

Its a very sad story, that for many might have just ended on a sad note, but with parents like Kurt and Kelly Knotts, the story doesn’t end- it goes on a different path, one of help, of hope, of love and of light.   Kurt and Kelly turned their pain and grief and channelled that energy into helping others- last year, to help raise money for a treatment center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, this year, for clinical trials.   I don’t need to go into all of this- you can find it all out at 

I would love if you want to sponsor me for Jamie’s Run, but even more importantly, it would make me so, so happy if you would read the story, and share about the race with your friends and family.  Like Jamie’s Run on Facebook- share the website or event on your Facebook wall- make a donation- bring a meal to a family who is living through the same experience the Knotts did- just share, or pray, or, if you are local, come JOIN us.  Please.  The realities of cancer are cruel and ugly and its because of events like this that maybe one more child or family gets some support or help- or one more child can be part of a clinical trial.

Aldi Deals

Here are the best deals at Aldi this week:

Priano Ricotta Cheese, $1.69

Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Pizza, $1.99
Includes: Pepperoni, 4 Meat, Cheese, Deluxe, Sausage, or Combo

Burman’s Tartar Sauce, $1.19

Fit & Active Soup, $0.69
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Free Weekend Activities

AC Moore: Sunday Saturday October 15th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Wilton Cake Decorating Competiton

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store: Saturday October 15th
11:00 am until 1:00 pm Martha Stewart Crafts
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Xyron Machines Demo
3:00 pm until 5:00 pm Crafting with Peeps CandyDemo

Kidtoons Films: Various times throughout the weekend
Watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin – a family friendly movie with a family friendly price! [click to continue…]

Retail Coupon Roundup

Each week, I bring you the best retail coupons available. So, if you’re heading out for some retail therapy this weekend, be sure to print some of these awesome coupons to take with you!

Aeropostale – $10 off a $30 purchase or more (exp. 10/31)

Aldo – 15% off your entire purchase (exp. 12/10)

Ann Taylor – 40% off 1 regular priced item (exp. 10/16)

Banana Republic Factory Store – 15% off any $100 purchase (exp. 2/29/12)

Banana Republic – 15% off your entire purchase (email sign-up)

Best Buy – 10% off 1 regular priced item (exp. 10/31) [click to continue…]

Share it and Wear it Contest

The Mavens are at it again! We have a great new giveaway contest for you that is fun and will get your creative juices flowing!

Share It & Wear It! We want to hear what you have to say!

Got a funny, cute, original, crazy, but family friendly slogan you would love to see on a T-shirt? Need some jewerly to go with that T-shirt? Well this is the contest for you!

Entering is simple and can be done as quickly as your brain can operate! Simply make up a slogan to go on a T-shirt, write it in the google document below and that’s it! We will narrow the list down to the top 4 and then our wonderful readers will pick the number 1 winner. That winner will receive jewerly to go with their T-shirt, and the other 3 finalists will get their T-shirts!
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I Skyped with Queen Latifah and she’s awesome. #parksunleashed

I did. I skyped with Queen Latifah.  I really wanted to head down to NYC with the other Zyrtec Parks Unleashed  bloggers but the timing was bad and I wasn’t able to get away for an entire day, and thankfully, Ms. Latifah was kind enough to agree to Skype with me.  I love her muchly.  She’s marvelous.   Kind, warm, down to earth, and stunning.  We chatted about Zyrtec, allergies, her gorgeous new clothing line and maybe more…

 She also answers the question friends and fans have been asking me: ” What on earth got you to say Queen Latifah and Zyrtec in the same sentence?” but you’ll need to watch (feel free to laugh but just lie and tell me I didn’t look like too much of a dork, ok?  Please?)  for yourself to see why. I can’t spoil!! 

After you check out the video, don’t forget to enter to win the Zyrtec Parks Unleashed Giveaway– it’s ending on 10/15 at 12:01 am!  There’s a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 up for grabs, along with 2 autographed copies of Queen Latifah’s book Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom,  plus 3 winners will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

The biggest question remains:  Will Queen Latifah read this?  (haha.  if she has the time…she’s one busy lady! stranger things have happened) and Will she indeed be intrigued enough to share a coupon with her mommy blogger friends? 

Time will tell!
“As part of my agreement to participate in the ZYRTEC® Parks Unleashed™ blogger program, I have received information and product giveaways from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of ZYRTEC®, including coupons, Amazon digital gift codes, books and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. The makers of ZYRTEC® also sponsored my trip to New York to meet Queen Latifah. No other financial compensation was given and the opinions are my own.”

Winners. Lots of them.

Winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or I’ll have to pick a new winner.    Please check your spam if you don’t see an email from me in your inbox!!

Brightbin Lunchbox Set:

Claudia N


Allison D


Marsha [click to continue…]

Target this week

As always the dollar value or availability of a coupon may vary depending on where you live. Target allows for one Target Store Coupon and one manufacturer coupon per item. When the coupon exceeds the value of the item the cashier should price adjust the coupon to match the price of the item. Please remember that Target Web Coupons may or may not still be available depending on if they were reset or were taken down by Target. If you still have these coupons available either online or you previously printed the coupons you will be able to use them on the following deals. Please read Target’s Coupon Policy for more information on other guidelines and restrictions.

Just Dance 3 (Kinect & Wii) – $39.99
– $5 coupon code
= $34.99

Wii Fit Plus Bundle – $69

Just Dance Summer Party or Just Dance Kids – $19.99

Wii Bundle with Mario Kart – $134
– $20 Target Gift Card
= $114

Amazon Kindle 3G – $189
– $30 Target Gift Card
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