Celebs Celebrate Easter at The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place store in LA’s Farmer’s Market had an Easter celebration this weekend and it was a family affair where celeb moms Tia Mowry and Melissa Joan Hart and Fox Newscaster Adam Housley brought their little ones to meet the Easter Bunny and shop the spring collection.

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I love that Melissa Joan Hart uses a regular old stroller!  She looks like she got a ton of cute stuff, too. Look at that bag full of goodies from The Children’s Place!!

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How cute is this family?tiamowry childrens place


tia mowry shops childrens placeShe’s got my taste in little boy clothes!


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3 Spring Party Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

With Easter just a few weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about spring and shaking off the winter blahs. You can have a fun get-together without spending a lot of money. Pick up some inexpensive party supplies at the discount store. You can also use any leftover solid-color plates, cups and utensils from previous birthday parties. Use your creativity for a fun theme to celebrate spring. Here are three spring party ideas that won’t break the bank  to get you started.

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1. Spring Fling
This is a great time to plan an outdoor get-together. Create a family-friendly event on your porch or deck. Use your leftover Easter baskets to serve hors d’oeuvres and mini sandwiches. Cover the bottom with brightly colored party napkins. Make cupcakes or a sheet cake and let the kids help decorate. Cut some fresh flowers from your garden or make some from paper cutouts to keep expenses low. If it’s still too chilly outside, stay indoors and decorate for spring. Use balloons, streamers and window clings in keeping with the celebration of spring.

2. Peep Party
Everyone loves peeps. These sugar-coated marshmallow chicks and bunnies are always a fun addition to spring. They make their debut around Easter, but you don’t have to be buddies with the Easter Bunny to have a peep party. As a good chance to shake off the winter doldrums, have your children invite some friends over for a few hours of fun. If you’re on a tight budget, ask your guests to bring a pack of peeps or you can supply them yourself. Provide some inexpensive dips and accompaniments, like chocolate, peanut butter and sliced apples. Serve graham crackers, plain homemade cookies for making peep sandwiches. Decorate the room with some crepe paper streamers in spring colors, like yellow and green, or intertwine them with white.

3. Easter Egg Feast
Decorating Easter eggs is always a fun project. It’s good quality time to spend with the kids and a great way to nurture their artistic talents and creativity. One of the issues afterward is what to do with the hard boiled eggs. An Easter egg feast is one way to make sure that you won’t be eating hard boiled eggs for the rest of the month. Invite some friends over to help you use them up and celebrate spring. Use eggs as a theme for your event. Inexpensive party favors from the discount store might include plastic eggs. Put candy, stickers or pretzels inside. Some games might include an egg rolling contest with a spoon and an egg toss. Consider a mid-afternoon party, serving snacks such as deviled eggs and egg salad sandwiches. Make some egg penguins.

Egg Penguin Recipe
1 hard-boiled egg
3 ripe pitted medium black olives
2 or 3 uncooked spaghetti or linguini sticks
1 small piece of raw carrot

Another way to use up your Easter eggs is by making penguins. They fit in with nearly any springtime party theme.

First, shell the hard boiled egg and rinse it well. Set the egg vertically and add a head, arms, legs and nose.

Use three medium pitted black olives. One is for the head. Slice the others length-wise into halves. These will be your penguin’s arms and feet.

A small triangle of carrot makes a cute nose poked into the front hole of the olive head.

Use uncooked spaghetti noodles broken into small pieces to pierce the olives and hold them in place on the egg.

These make cute garnishes and edible party favors as part of a welcome to springtime.

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Custom banners are a highly effective tool to use when promoting your business. Inexpensive and simple to display, banners provide a strong visual impact without burning a hole in your pocket!  Our MOMS Club uses a vinyl banner to let people know when we have events- it’s far easier than waving our arms and jumping up and down, you know?


From graduation banners to wedding banners, you will easily find a way to add life to any occasion!  Become an instant designer while browsing through professionally-designed templates, or customize your banner with your favorite photos, business logos, personal messages, and more, all for free. If you already have a complete design, simply upload your file and you’re ready to order.  Signazon.com uses high-quality, full-color digital printing, which means your vinyl banners will look stunning, vibrant and eye-catching.  No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, say it with Signazon.com!

I’ve actually thought about getting some signage about This Mama Loves to put on my van when I drive around. I’m not sure how my family would feel about it…but maybe something small…we’ll see.  Would YOU?  ‘Fess up!  I want to know!


PrintPlace Online Printing Company for Printing Needs! (Giveaway- 2 winners)

If you haven’t noticed, things have been changing around here. This Mama Loves Her Bargains has evolved from when I began this journey (three years already, you guys! Can you even believe it?) and I’m officially going to change over to This Mama Loves now.  The header’s changing, the logo’s changing, but it’s still me, just with a shorter name. Of course, I have business cards, labels, and other products so I can promote my business- with my old URL and logo.  That’s got to change, right now!   For stay-at-home moms (like me!)  marketing their business, PrintPlace.com has you covered with professional quality business cards, postcards, flyers and more at prices you can afford.

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PrintPlace is an online printing company that strives to provide the highest quality, four color printing service with plenty of printing choices as well as custom options to suit all business needs. They also offer the fastest turnaround times on the web, so don’t worry if you need your business cards for that networking event you are attending in a few days. Best of all, PrintPlace.com has an all-encompassing guarantee that they firmly stand behind – a guarantee that covers price matching, turnaround time, satisfaction, and more.

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Two (2) readers are eligible to win their choice of a) 500 PrintPlace business cards, printed on 14pt cover stock, full color front and back OR b) 250 PrintPlace postcards printed on 14pt cover stock, full color front and back. PrintPlace is also offering free design services to the winners who need assistance in getting their artwork ready.

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Amazon Facebook Blast $100 Amazon Giveaway!

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Fabulous & Fashionable DSLR Prize Pack Giveaway

Fabulous & Fashionable DSLR GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to the Fabulous & Fashionable DSLR Giveaway hosted by Brett from This Mama Loves and Heather from OurKidsMom.

 We’ve joined forces with a great group of bloggers to bring you this beyond fabulous prize package. We’ve gathered just about everything you need to get started creating great looking photographs.



ONE lucky reader is going to win:

1) Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR camera bundle with lens

1) Nikon or Canon 50mm lens

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Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

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Check out M&M’s brand NEW White Chocolate Carrot Cake flavor (Giveaway 2 winners)

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Happy end of February!  This year, Easter’s coming early- as in, end of March.  With Easter comes fun holiday themed candy…including M&M’s brand NEW White Chocolate Carrot Cake flavor that will be exclusively available at select Walmart stores for a limited time! Starting March 1, you can save $1.50 on one 18oz or larger egg hunt bags!
I always love the holiday flavors for candies- so much fun for crafts, recipes, and, truth be told…snacking…
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The coupon is NOT available until 3/1 so be sure you bookmark this post or their site so you can print it! I know I’ll be taking advantage of it- purchasing candies for holidays is not cheap! (Or should I say…cheep?!)
For me, while I’m waiting for March 1 for the coupon, I’m going to be thinking up a fun recipe to use with these delicious sounding candies.  I love M&M’s recipes!
TWO readers will win a $50 Walmart Gift Card – buy some of the new M&M’s if you want!

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Try Your Luck iPad 2 Giveaway

Welcome to the iPad 2 Giveaway! I’ve teamed up with some fabulous blogs to give our awesome readers the chance to win a brand new iPad 2 Wi-fi($399 ARV)!

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The iPad 2 is 0.34 inch thin and weighs as little as 1.33 pounds, so you can take it with you anywhere and surf the web, flip through photos, and read books. iPad comes with incredible apps. And there are hundreds of thousands more at the App Store. So play a game, discover a new recipe, catch up on scores, and more.


Special thanks to our co-hosts: This Lil Piglet, Whatsername Jewelry, Shopaholic MommyFreebie SpotMommy Bear Media, Geek Chic Mama, GeminiRed Creations and This Mama Loves Her Bargains!


This giveaway ends on March 19th at 11:59 PM EST. There are also daily entries available so be sure to come back every day to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!

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