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Anything Goes #Giveaway Hop {Ends 11/11}

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 Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop

Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop event


Welcome to the Anything Goes Fall Giveaway hop Event! 
Hosted By: The Simply Me Blog
The Event goes from October 30 – November 11th
 Several bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing giveaways!  The complete list of bloggers can be found below.  
Each prize is valued at $25 or more! Have fun and good luck :) 


The grand prize is being sponsored by Winning Moves Games and ECBC!
The grand prize can be found here Grand Prize

The prize at this stop is a $25 Target GC.


LEGAL STUFF: The {NAME OF BLOG HOP} 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!



The Monster Sale — 30% off site-wide sale at Bonobos

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Don’t be afraid! Bonobos is offering a Monster Sale that features up to 30% off site-wide. This is a great chance for you to stock up on your favorite looks but hurry– this sale only lasts 24 hours! Plus, the more you buy the bigger the discount. Run for the deals!


Gymboree, Crazy 8 or Janie and Jack SALES!!!

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There are some great Gymboree, Crazy 8 or Janie and Jack SALES going on right now!!!


40% off everything, including markdowns, for savings up to 80% at Gymboree

8.88 jeans + free shipping on orders over $50 at Crazy 8!
40% off regular priced products at Crazy 8

New dresses to treasure with faux fur trim and metallic print at Janie and Jack


Holiday Gift Guide: Mabel’s Labels

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Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
From now until 12/30, Mabel’s Labels is offering their limited edition Stocking Stuffer Combos and Holiday Return Address Labels! The Stocking Stuffer Combos make the perfect stocking stuffer, party favor, and personalized add-on to other gifts. Best of all, you only pay $30 for 6 sets! The Holiday Return Address Labels are adorable and come in a variety of exclusive limited-edition Holiday designs. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers! Happy Holidays!


For Holiday Gift Cards: Order early so you have return address labels for your holiday gift cards!

For Kids: Kids LOVE personalized items! Order some name labels for their stockings that they can use on books, toys, etc!

For new parents: They will need labels for daycare, church nursery’s, etc. to place on items in the diaper bag!

For Allergy Sufferers: Order some Allergy Alert Stickers to keep them safe!

For the cook: Wash Away Labels dissolve in water, but are excellent for bottles, canning, dishes you take to potluck or stick in the refrigerator at work!

For the Traveler: Use Personalized Bag Tags to instantly recognize your luggage at the airport!

For parents and grandparents: 411 Wristbands are water, sunscreen, chlorine, and perspiration resistant. Personalize with child’s name, parents name, and emergency cell phone number in case your child is lost or separated from you! You can also include Allergy Alert Information!

For Senior Adults: Nursing Home Labels!


Holiday Gift Guide: Artollo.com $100 GC #Giveaway {Ends 11/11}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored Holiday Gift Guide post for Artollo.com and includes a $100 Artollo.com Gift Certificate Giveaway. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.

Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift GuideHoliday Gift Guide: Artollo.com

Artollo.com offers some really nice art work at affordable prices, and Free Shipping on All Orders Over $100. I’ve included my favorite items from each category on their website, so you can get an idea of what they have to offer.

Art Prints

Artollo Art PrintI’d love to have this hanging in my entryway!

Watercolor Prints

Artollo Watercolor Memphis

Artollo Watercolor Boston

This one was the hardest for me to choose – there are so many great choices! I’d love Memphis because that’s where I’m from, but we live in Metro Boston now, so that would be cool too!

Wall Decals

Artollo Wall Decals

Mini Decals

Artollo Mini Decals

Some of these really made me giggle, especially the chickens, and I have no idea why I found it so funny – but I did! However, once I saw there were several Star Wars Mini Decals (only a few grouped together are pictured above), I knew that some of these will be added to gift ideas for some family members.

T-Shirts

Artollo Tshirts

They have T-shirts for Men, Women, and Children!

Mugs

Artollo Mugs

So full of cuteness!

Decorating for a new baby or perhaps you need a gift idea for a baby shower or new mom? Check out the Artollo Best Sellers: Leni Somnia Art Prints and Nursery Wall Decals!

Artollo Nursery Wall DecalsBe sure to follow Artollo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

Giveaway: One winner will win a $100 Artollo.com Gift Certificate. I’d love for you to take advantage of the entry to visit the Artollo.com website, and leave a comment with which piece is your favorite! Please choose an item not featured above. Additionally, subscribing to their newsletter will allow you to get a discount code for 30% off many products, and get advance notice of sales and special offers.

LEGAL STUFF: Practical Frugality is not responsible for sponsors 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 or compensation for this post. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event. 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!


Suave Family Perks $50 Walmart GC #Giveaway {Ends 10/30}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign for Suave Family Perks through Global Influence. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.
suave perks 3We are a Suave family.

Kids buying deodorantMy kids LOVE the 3 in 1 body wash/shampoo/conditioner and deodorant. They tried the Suave for Men because “We’re growing up MOM!” but it didn’t have the fruity smell they like, so back to the kids products they went :) They get really dry skin, especially on the tops of their hands during the harsh New England winters, so I keep Suave lotion in all the bathrooms for them to apply after they wash their hands. My boys are all approaching their teenage years, and very involved in a variety of sports. Washing their faces and regularly applying deodorant are VERY important. I regularly remind them that no one wants to be the stinky kid, and “Just say NO to B-O!” They giggle, embarrassed, but they are remembering to put it on more :)

I use Suave Professionals Shampoo, Conditioner, Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream, Hairspray, Body Wash, Lotion, and Powder Deodorant.

What is your favorite Suave product?

Suave Family Perks PointsOnce I am done shopping, I love that I can snap a photo of my Walmart Receipt to Suave Family Perks and Get Rewards for my purchases! Once I hit 100 Suave Family Perks Points, I can redeem them for a $5 Walmart eGift Card. With the current point structure, a $4.99 Suave purchase nets you 50 points, so for a $9.98 purchase, you can earn 100 points, netting you a $5 Walmart eGiftCard!!! You have 30 Days to submit receipts from in store transactions, and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of rewards.

Giveaway: Enter to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card through the Suave Family Perks Campaign, hosted by Resourceful Mommy.
Suave Family Perks – Resourceful Mommy

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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!