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$500 Southwest GC #Giveaway {Ends 9/19}

southwestWelcome to the MPM BTS Transportation Sweepstakes

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8 – Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: A Medic’s World, My So Called Balanced Life, Life with 5 monkies, Reviews 411, Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Michigan Saving and More and Plum Crazy About Coupons.

One winner will receive a $500 Southwest Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact if you have any additional questions or comments.

Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack {Ends 8/20}

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Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack 
Something wicked could be coming back to school! Five lucky winners will receive the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack: the limited edition Maleficent Top Down Sneaker, a Disney Maleficent Backpack & Beanie, and a $100 gift card! Bring a little of the dark side to the first day of school! Contest ends 8/20, so get your entry in today!

While you’re back-to-school shopping, don’t forget to check out all of the Disney-themed Reebok shoes to find this year’s new favorite pair for your little ones!

Finding the Best Baby Stroller

Finding the Best Baby StrollerOut For A Stroll — Finding the Best Baby Stroller

Babies aren’t too concerned about the brand names of their strollers . . . and neither should their parents be!

It may seem like just another thing to check off the list when expecting a new baby, but purchasing a stroller, can be quite a personal process. Rather than simply landing on the most well-known model out there, the one you and your family settle on should be a direct reflection of your particular lifestyle: where you live, how many children you currently have or hope to have, even how athletic you’d like walks with your baby to be!

First of all, do some research and determine a budget. Strollers range in price from comfortably affordable amounts to four-figure ones. Think about your other expenses and pick a price range that isn’t overwhelming. Also think about additions to your purchase: Want to add a cupholder for mom’s coffee runs? Extras can add up, so consider the whole package.

When you’ve got a budget in mind, think about you. Are you a mom-on-the-go, likely to be moving from kindergarten drop-offs on to the shops and then over to the athletic fields for after-school soccer games? Consider a convertible stroller, or “travel system,” which lets you detach an infant car seat from the legs of the stroller. Are you yourself the athlete in the family? There are many choices out there for runners who want to bring their babies on their daily jog. Lots of strollers feature wheels that essentially make them all-terrain vehicles, oftentimes with a lead swivel wheel for maximum maneuverability.

But as ever, most critical is your family’s safety. Look for locking wheels to prevent your stroller from veering out of your control, and practice pushing it around the store to ensure there’s space enough to move without bumping or bruising your legs.

Less common, but perhaps invaluable, are strollers that feature an auto-stop brake. Simply let go of the handle and your stroller comes to a halt. It might just be a must-have for families who’ve built their homes in the hills!

These are just a few simple things to keep in mind while choosing a pushchair for your child. Adhere to them and you can make life easier for yourself.

zulily Mountain Buggy – Nano Exclusive Sale and Giveaway {Ends 8/21}

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zulily Mountain Buggy – Nano Exclusive Sale and Giveaway!

This is for all of you new parents out there! zulily has just released the Mountain Buggy – Nano Travel System: a one-of-a-kind Stroller and Protect Infant Car Seat combination system that features the lightest car seat on the market and a stroller that folds ultra compact into a shoulder-strap bag, perfect for a family on the go! The best news — we can both win one! Here’s how… 

HOW TO ENTER: Starting today (8/19) through Thursday (8/21), you can enter the zulily Moutain Buggy – Nano Giveaway by sharing your favorite Nano color in the comments below. Zulily will choose TWO affiliates to win a Buggy, and those two winners will each get to choose a reader who commented on their giveaway post to win one as well. (I don’t have a young child, so if I win, I will giveaway mine as well!) Be sure to use the SHARE buttons on this post to share the giveaway. The more readers that enter, the better chance I have of being chosen as the winning affiliate.

zulily Mountain Buggy – Nano Giveaway!
I’m entering the zulily travel system giveaway contest and if I win one, so can one of you!

A little about the Mountain Buggy – Nano:
• Includes the Protect Infant Car Seat one of the lightest on the market at 8.3 pounds
• Lifts out of its sturdy LATCH base without disturbing Baby and into the Nano easy-push 13.7 lb stroller
• The stroller folds ultra compact into a shoulder-strap bag to simplify travel for a family on the go
• Available for $349.99 with free shipping! 


Top five list of eco-friendly school supplies

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Did you know, that if you switched away from using disposable lunchware such as plastic baggies and paper napkins, that you could save about $435 a year? Yep, our friends at ECOlunchbox did a study in 2009, that calculated the savings for a family that had two kids and one adult packing lunch five times a week. If you want to see the details, I’ve included the graphic below, feel free to use it on your site!

As Abe’s Market is focused on natural products that benefit the environment and your pocket book, we love working with ECOlunchbox! They have a “soup-to-nuts” lunchware line that includes super cute bentos, sandwich boxes, snack containers, lunchbags and more, all of which are plastic-free and waste-free and that help you and your family avoid health risks associated with vinyl, plastic, lead and aluminum.

Here’s a top five list of eco-friendly school supplies that make it easy to go green this Back-to-School season! Click here to see the whole line of super-durable, easy to clean, plastic-free lunchware.

5. Eco Chic Furoshiki Bento Box Kit 
The original eco lunchbag from Japan sewn from colorful fair trade textiles hand-printed by artisans using wooden blocks and wax batik techniques.
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4. Oval + Cup
This super-classy 2-piece lunch set includes a large oval container plus a smaller cup that’s ideal for sauces, dips or other wet foods.
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3. Three-In-One
With three nesting containers, this lunchbox is ideal for school lunches. Most kids pack a sandwich and two side dishes, this ensures their food won’t get mixed up!
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2. Solo Cube
This is a classic reusable sandwich box, durable and light-weight, but without the plastic!
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1. Blue Water Bento Lunch Kit
This is a fantastic leak-proof lunchbox without plastic! The silicone lid and the quirky screen-printed lunch bag are a crowd favorite.
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Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway #B2SPalooza


Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights


Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

 I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! It’s time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers – and their kids – we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway!

One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students.

Here is what is included:

  • Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet, Wifi, 16 GB  & $100 Target Gift Card from Failing Perfect (Retail Value: $269.00)
  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
  • Hot Dots Laugh It Up! Math Vocabulary Cards for grades 1-3, Hot Dots Reading Informational Text for grades 4-6, Hot Dots Pen, & GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope for ages 3+ from Educational Insights(Retail Value: $79.95)
  • The winner’s choice of one activity kit:  I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace!, I Can Pound!, I Can Build Uppercase! or I Can Build Lowercase! from Fundanoodle (Retail Value: $32.99) 

Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details

  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
  • Open to residents in the continental US, 18 years or older.
  • One entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited by law.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • Winner will have 24 Hours to respond to winner notification email, or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen.
  • Winner will be chosen via
  • The winning entry will be verified.
  • Sponsors will be individually responsible for prize fulfillment.

If you agree to the above terms, then enter using the Giveaway Form below. Good Luck!! 

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Good Luck!

Disclosure:  This blog did not receive compensation and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This post may contain affiliate links. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of Failing Perfect (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Failing Perfect is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, andor any other social media. Please contact with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 
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#2cool4school #Giveaway {Ends 8/24}


Welcome to the Too Cool For School Giveaway Hop, hosted by BloggerPR and will run from AUGUST 18-24, 2014. The prize for this stop will be a collection of stuff based on your child’s preferred theme. I put together a few round ups of themes that I have friends shopping for: Frozen, Minecraft, The LEGO Movie, etc. Zulily and Zazzle also have items in their shops your kids might be interested in! Just let me know in the entry form what theme, boy/girl, and approximate age range, and I’ll put some supplies together and ship them to the winner!

Be sure to visit the other participating bloggers in the hop too!

Disclosure: Winner will be chosen at random using via giveaway tools. Giveaways are hosted with the intent of adding a bit of fun to this site and in no way are meant to be a form of gambling or sweepstakes. Events will start and end on dates listed on each specific contest. Each winner will have 24 hours to claim prize, after being notified via the email they used to enter the contest. After 24 hours, if there is no response, another winner will be chosen. If giveaway is sponsored by an outside entity, then winner will abide by their prize fulfillment periods, which may be as long as 180 days, depending on the company. Please know that I choose the companies I work with very carefully and only choose companies that I think are reputable and honest. That being said, it is an online world, and anything can happen. I cannot be held liable or responsible, should a vendor choose not to fulfill a promised prize. I will do whatever I can to try to get a company to make good on a promise, but there are no guarantees. All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. If your name and email address is gathered for contest entry, that email address will be the one used to notify winners. Any prizes that may result in tax liability for the winner(s) are the winner(s) responsibility. Any and all giveaways may be promoted on Facebook, Twitter, email or other social network sites. This is a means of promotion only, and any promotion on those sites is not to be interpreted as Facebook or Twitter partaking in, or being in any way responsible for that particular contest. Winner(s) assumes all responsibility if further clarification is needed, prior to either entering a giveaway on this site or claiming a prize at the conclusion of a contest. Have fun, good luck & thanks for reading!