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Hoppin’ Halloween #Giveaway Hop {Ends 10/31} #HoppinHalloween

Hoppin Halloween 2014

Welcome to the Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop! This event is hosted by MamaNYC and will run from Oct 24-Oct 31. Each participating blog will be offering a prize valued at $25 or more. The prize at this stop is a $25 Target GC.

LEGAL STUFF: The Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US/CAN Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!


Book Review: Fearless Joe Dearborne

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Fearless Joe Dearborne

 

Book Review: Fearless Joe Dearborne

Author: Lisa Mitchell

Genre: YA

Length: 135 Pages

Age Range: 8-12

Grade Level: 2-6

Buy It Now: Amazon

Book Description:

Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.

A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.

My thoughts:

I have a sixth grader, and I thought he’d enjoy this book. I happened to get it on a day that it was FREE on Amazon Kindle, so there was no cost to me. My kids have access to a Kindle E-reader app to read books, so I had it sent directly to their device.

The book began by asking them if they’d rather be fearless or courageous. I asked each child to write down their answer, read the book, and then write down their answer again. We’d then see if their answer changed after reading the book, why or why not, and what they thought of the book. Having three kids, we had a variety of answers both to begin and end; some opinions changed and others did not. As a parent, that’s interesting to see and a great conversation starter to get some insight as to how your children process thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Ultimately, I was pleased to see that my kids saw that Joe was making some poor choices, and that fear can be a good thing in certain instances. They also really grasped that courage is an honorable character trait, and that overcoming your fears to help someone, and choosing to do the “right” thing is the best choice.

We enjoyed the way the story was told, the humor, and it captivated the interest of my 9, 11, and 12 year old boys who were trapped indoors during a Nor’easter.

***On the date of this posting, this book is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle. I don’t know how long that sale will last, so I’ve included a widget below so you can see the price if you are viewing this on a future date***


Huggies Snug & Dry #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies Snug & Dry and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

HuggiesSnug & Dry Diapers and Natural Care WipesWhen you have a baby or young child in diapers, the last thing you want to worry about are leaks! You need the babies skin to stay dry to avoid any rashes, and you want the diaper to also contain ALL of the liquid so it doesn’t get their bedding, clothes, YOUR clothes, etc wet when they go potty. With three kids of my own, there have been times when this has happened, and it wasn’t pleasant. My oldest is almost 13 (how did he grow so fast!) and diapers have come a long way in that time, improving with technology. Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers now have a SureFit design that can hold up to 12 hours of leakage protection! Can you imagine how awesome it would be if your toddler slept that long, and you could sleep with ease, feeling confident their diaper wouldn’t leak and leave a mess for you to clean up!

duct tape diaperNot only does the SureFit design prevent leakage, it also has a flexible waistband, so when your toddler is twisting, turning, and exploring the environment around them, the diaper won’t come loose or dig into their skin. I have had a child whose diaper had to be put on backwards to keep it on when they crawled, and I have heard stories about others who needed to use duct tape to keep their child’s diaper on as they learned to crawl and walk. It’s time to say good-bye to the duct tape!

Huggies OrderTarget and Huggies generously sent me a gift card so I could purchase some Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Wipes, to verify how well they work. I went into my local Target and found these very easily, prominently displayed in the diaper care aisle (they were on sale too!), and I took some pictures as seen above, to show you exactly which box and brand I’m discussing. Ultimately I decided to have these shipped from the Target website. I went online to Target.com, did a search for Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, and found them instantly. It also gave me the recommendation to add the Natural Care Wipes to my order, so I didn’t have to search for those.

Many babies have sensitive skin, and that includes my own kids. Two of my kids have had eczema starting when they were very little, and it was essential that I take care in using products that would not irritate their sensitive skin. Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes were both made with this in mind. While everyone has to try and see what works best for their own family, I can say with assurance that this is a brand whose diapers and wipes have worked well for my own family.

If you know you will need diapers on an ongoing basis, I encourage you to look into the subscription service at Target. You can set the frequency of delivery, and easily change the size of diaper needed as the baby grows. This will allow you to get FREE SHIPPING to your home, and take advantage of sale prices too! We all know that babies go through A LOT of diapers, and these large boxes can be heavy and hard to maneuver with a child in the shopping cart with other purchases too. Here in New England we get feet of snow each winter, and very low temperatures. I try to have all large, bulky, or heavy items shipped straight to my front door during the winter months so I don’t have to deal with them out in the elements! You can get diapers, wipes, formula, and many other household essentials using the subscription service!

Please be sure to visit and follow the Huggies Website, Facebook page, and Twitter pages. You can subscribe to their diaper service at the Target Subscription Website, and in addition, there is a Huggies Target coupon you can get!


Costumes of the week!

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Each week through Halloween, Buy Costumes is highlighting some of their hottest costumes, and offering them at a temporary reduced price for one week only. Below you will find this week’s costumes, and two coupon codes to help you save even more on any purchase made at their site through Oct 31, 2014.

Need help finding a specific costume or discount code? Let me know, I’m happy to search through all of the affiliate sites and emails I am getting daily to see if I can help you out!


Guardians of the Galaxy – Deluxe Star-Lord Kids Costume
Only $28.99

Skylanders Swap Force – Chop Chop Kids Costume
Only $24.99

Blue Beasty Child Costume
Only $29.99

Robin Hood Adult Costume
Only $44.99

Cleopatra Adult Costume
Only $28.99


Super Mario Bros. – Mario Deluxe Toddler / Child Costume

Wizard Of Oz-Glinda The Good Witch Deluxe Child Costume

Star Wars Stormtrooper Adult Costume

Star Wars – Darth Vader Deluxe Adult Costume

Star Wars Darth Vader (Red) Lightsaber

 

COUPON CODES:

15% off 1 item at BuyCostumes

Coupon Code: AFCBC151
Expiration Date: 10/31/2014

20% off orders of $50+
Coupon Code: 20buyco50
Expiration Date: 10/24/2014


Birthday Express Sale!

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BirthdayExpressSale
I just got an email that Birthday Express is having a sale! While they have many party items for $10 or less, they also offer Complete Birthday Party in a Box supplies to make things easier on you! You can use code: BX15PCT to save 15% (no minimum required) or code: BX20PCT100 to save 20% off a $100 purchase, both expire 10/26/14.

*NOTE* If you are looking for a theme you don’t see listed below, I am happy to help you look for it here, or on other sites I get emails from. Just leave me a comment or email me what you have in mind. Also, if you need a discount code, I can always check the affiliate sites to see if they have any exclusive codes listed that may not be shown on the site. Just let me know :)

Complete Party in a Box
Here are some of the most popular Complete Party in a Box Options, they have many available! You can save up to 40% when you choose the Complete Party in a Box option. It gives you a base selection of supplies you can add to or subtract from:


Nature Made Children’s Vitamins

Nature Made Kids VitaminsI received a sample of Nature Made Children’s Vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

As the mother of three boys, it’s important to me to make sure that they are getting the nutrients they need each and every day. We carefully monitor their diets and aim to get more than the minimum recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, proteins, etc on a daily basis, but sometimes we still don’t hit the mark in each of the important vitamin categories. We have regular visits with the pediatrician, and see a dietitian for one of our children who has special needs. They both recommended a daily vitamin to help hit these goals. One of the kids doesn’t absorb nutrients from certain foods, so a daily vitamin is extra important for his health needs!

Logan VitaminsMy kids really like the flavor of the Nature Made Kids First Gummies. I like that they are made with all natural fruit flavors, NO synthetic dyes, NO preservatives, no yeast, and they are Gluten Free.  They include orange, cherry, and mixed berry flavors, and were created for kids ages 4-18. This product is available in four great tasting varieties:

  • Multivitamin
  • Multivitamin with Omega-3
  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber

If your child isn’t a Gummies fan, perhaps the Nature Made Kids First KidMelts would work better for your family. These are also made with NO artificial flavors, NO preservatives, no yeast, no sugar, and no calories. These are created for kids ages 4-18 and can be taken without water because they simply melt in your mouth!

Nature Made Children's VitaminsThis product is available in two great tasting varieties:

  • Multivitamin – provides 12 essential nutrients for daily nutritional support.
  • Calcium + Vitamin D3

Nature Made generously sent me the following products to try. These will be available exclusively at Target stores nationwide, beginning in late October:
• KIDS FIRST Multivitamin Gummies

• KIDS FIRST Multivitamin with Omega-3 Gummies

• KIDS FIRST Vitamin C Gummies

• KIDS FIRST Fiber Gummies

• KIDS FIRST Multivitamin KidMelts

• Kids First Calcium + Vitamin D3 KidMelts

I received a sample of Nature Made Children’s Vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.


Treat Yourself #Giveaway Hop {Ends 10/31} #TreatYourself

Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats! Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep your entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own, so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveawayfrom Step2!

The prize at this stop is a $25 Kohl’s Gift Card.



LEGAL STUFF: So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!


All Treats, No Tricks #Giveaway Hop {Ends 10/31}

October Hop

Welcome to the first annual “All Treats, No Tricks” Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops – so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Frozen CostumesThe prize at this stop will be for one costume of your choice, up to $40, that is currently in stock. Now, this giveaway doesn’t end until Oct 31, so you won’t get the prize in time for this Halloween. However, if your children are anything like mine, they love to dress up year round! So, you can choose something for next year and order it larger than the size they wear now, or order it in the current size and they can enjoy it all winter :) If you see a costume on there that they REALLY want, I encourage you to use one of the discount codes below and order it before it sells out of stock.

 


Black Cat Embroidered Plush Treat Pail

Pumpkin Embroidered Plush Treat Pail 


Skull Embroidered Plush Treat Pail

Buy Costumes has Personalized Treat Pails on sale for $9.99. Use Coupon Code: AFCBC151 to take an additional 15% off, making them just $8.49!

20% off orders of $75 or more

Receive $10 Costume Cash when you spend $50

15% off 1 item at BuyCostumes



LEGAL STUFF: The All Treats No Tricks Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!


Holiday Gift Guide: Little Passports Explorer Kit

Holiday Gift Guide: Little Passports

Holiday Gift Guide: Little Passports

Give Them the World with Little Passports

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  • Great gift idea for: Boys or Girls
  • Age Range: World Edition 5-10 years old; USA Edition 7-12 years old. Other countries available.
  • Cost: Plans starts at $10.95/month, vary between 1 month plans up to 12 month plans.

The excitement of holiday gift giving doesn’t have to end with the last unwrapped package! Why not treat your little ones to a trip around the USA or around the world this holiday season. Beginning with a box full of expedition materials, Little Passports will take your children on a learning adventure to two new states (USA edition) or a new country (World edition) every month, in which they travel along with Sam and Sofia, exploring cultures and gathering important geographic knowledge along the way. Whether you sign up for a month-to-month plan or a year subscription, your kids will love to run to the mailbox to see where Little Passports will take them on this month’s journey! Simply sign up for a monthly plan ($11.95/month) or a one year subscription ($10.95/month) and let the adventure begin!

Here’s just a peek at what the Little Passports World edition can bring to your door:

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Little PassportsExplore the Little Passports World Edition

  • Travel suitcase and letter from globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia
  • World wall map
  • Fun stickers, an activity sheet, and access to online games…and so much more!

My kids think it is so much fun to receive a gift monthly in the mail. They know about when to expect packages each month, and watch diligently for the postman so they can run and get their box. I love that this item encourages them to use their imaginations, and it makes learning fun.


Fight Like a Girl #Giveaway Hop {Ends 10/29 – NOON CST}

FightlikeagirlAUANB
Welcome to the first annual “Fight Like a Girl” Blog hop
Brought to you by

Blogging, Freebies & Giveaways
&
Up All Night Blogging

We are a community of bloggers that love throwing giveaways and bringing you amazing prizes! Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $10 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!

Thank you for stopping by and Good luck!





The prize at this stop is a $25 Target Gift Card. What is your FAVORITE thing to buy at Target?

LEGAL STUFF: The Fight Like a Girl Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!