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$25 Paypal GCC #Giveaway {Ends 10/31}


Welcome to the Too Cute To Spook
Giveaway Hop
hosted by On Honeysuckle Hill and MamatheFox! At each stop in this hop you can find a fun prize valued at $10 or more. Be sure to come back for your daily entries to increase you chances of winning! Good Luck

The prize at this stop will be a physical $25 Paypal Gift Card.



MamatheFox, On Honeysuckle Hill and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

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Vegas Sweepstakes competition

Vegas Sweepstakes competition

I am excited to share with you a Vegas Sweepstakes Competition, sponsored by my friends at Caesars, Las Vegas.  Vegas is SUCH a fun and exciting place to visit, with an array of activities to enjoy. I can’t wait to go back, there are so many things on my wish list that I’d like to take advantage of while I’m in town. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a fun competition to watch. Personally, I’m not much of a poker player. It’s challenging for me to keep the rules of each type straight, and I can’t hide my excitement if I think I have a “good” hand, or my disappointment if I think I have a “bad” hand. However, I do find it intriguing to watch the professionals play against one another. I think it would be fun to get to watch the event in person, but how amazing to watch and enjoy with VIP Access!

Competition package includes:


Competition open to Continental US, ages 21 and over.  Entry to the sweeps is daily and refer a friend with your unique referral code to get another entry into the Vegas VIP weekend. To enter, just complete THIS ENTRY FORM. Ends Oct 19, so enter quickly! My partners at Caesars are running this event, and will be handling the drawing, winner notification, and prize fulfillment.

If you enjoy this type of sweepstakes, be sure to leave a comment to thank them for their generosity in providing this prize!

*Terms & Conditions are available at the sponsor website.

What attraction would you want to visit, if you won this amazing Inclusive Trip for 2 to Vegas???

$25 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends 10/28}

Hard to believe Halloween is just a few short weeks away!

Now is the time when the kids start deciding what they will be dressing up as and mom -n- dad start planning the parties and goodies they need.. Anderson’s Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier, are very excited about all the goodies that Halloween brings! We’ve teamed up with over 20 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another great giveaway event! Each blog has gathered a Food Related prize package of $15 or more for The Spooktacular Tasting Giveaway Hop!

The prize at this stop is a physical $25 Amazon GC, shipped to the winner directly from the sponsor.

When hosting or attending a Halloween Party, it’s fun to serve the themed foods on Halloween Dishes! We have one of the Halloween Trick or Treat bowls with a hidden hand, and when the kids reach in to get candy, it raises up. We don’t use it for little kids (we’re not a super scary house), but it is fun to use with older kids. They tend to laugh once they realize what it is!

Which Halloween Dish Piece is your favorite?

 DII Spooky Fun Halloween Decor, Spider Candy Bowl Black Platter with Silver Skull Creative Converting Halloween Frightful Night Deep Dish Square Dinner Plates, 8-Count Beistle Halloween Plates, 9-Inch, Orange Animated Monster Hand in Orange Bowl (Standard) Gotd Halloween Pillow Cushion Cover Home Decor Decorations 45cm45cm18X18′ (A) Boston International Hallowchic Tidbit Plates Circleware Clear Pumpkin Glass Canister Cookie jar with Glass Lid and Handle 74 Ounce Halloween Decorations Preserving Dish Boston International Hallowchic Chip and Dip Set Halloween Witch Legs Dish Towel – 28 X 22 Inches Kole Imports SA408 Halloween Ghost Candy Dish Halloween Black Spider Basket Candy Dish with Gummy Fangs Halloween 9.5x6in Black Witch’s Cauldron Candy Bowl Halloween Skull Man Centerpiece With Gooey Eyeball Candy – Orange Mini Lights – Spiderweb Candy Dish – Bundle Home Essentials Terra Collection Assorted Footed Glass Canisters With Lids (Set of 3) Witch Hazel Collection, Chip and Dip Halloween Collection, Bat Sectioned Serving Dish, Black Whimsical Colorful Tabletop Collection Halloween Decor (witch candy dish) Pyrex Storage Plus 4 Cup Halloween Cats Dish w/ Black Lid Witch Hat & Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shaker Halloween Kitchen Figurine Decorations DC Comics Joker Candy Bowl Holder

Disclosure: Hosts & participating hop bloggers of the Spooktacular Tasting Event are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

$25 Visa GC #Giveaway {Ends 10/14}


Welcome to the Tricks And Treats Giveaway Hop, running October 1-14, 2016. This hop is Hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views.

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

I love Netflix, and binge watching shows. Sometimes I re-watch shows that were favorites when they first aired, such as Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Andy Griffith, etc. Other times, I like to watch shows that I missed when they originally aired. I’ve recently discovered Gilmore Girls, and I have no idea how I missed this the first time. IT’S SO GOOD! I’ve seen some of the merchandise previously, and had no idea why someone would want a mug with “Luke’s” on it, but now I know and I want one too, haha! If you haven’t seen the show, but have Netflix, check it out! If you know someone who loves this show, they’d surely enjoy finding any of these items as a birthday or holiday gift idea.

 Decorative Pillow Case Gilmore Girls Where You Lead Theme Song Cushion Cover 18 Luke’s Diner Mug 11oz Inspired by Gilmore Girls – Printed on Both Sides Gilmore Girls Dragonfly Inn Men’s T-Shirt X-Large Lavender Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) CafePress – Luke’s Diner Stars Hollow Gilmore Girls Stainless – Stainless Steel Travel Mug, Insulated 16 oz. Coffee Tumbler CafePress Gilmore Girls Mug Mug Trevco Men’s Gilmore Girls Lukes Connecticut T-Shirt, Carolina Blue, Small Couch — Gilmore Girls — Fleece Throw Blanket Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls and Coffee Womens Sweatshirt – Heather Grey (X-Large) CafePress – Gilmore Girls Life Lessons Tote Bag – Natural Canvas Tote Bag, Cloth Shopping Bag Gilmore Girls mug. You’re the Lorelai to my Sookie. or You’re the Sookie to my Lorelai. Gilmore Girls Drink Coffe Like a Gilmore Inspired by Gilmore Girls – Printed on Both Sides

$300 Amazon GC #Giveaway {CLOSED}



Prize: $300 Amazon Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenns Blah Blah Blog // Pretty Thrifty // Surviving Mommy // Dorky’s Deals // Coupons and Freebies Mom // The Mommyhood Mentor® // La Joie de Vivre // Splash of Teal // My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life //Bill Hiatt’s Author Website // The Adventures of My Family of 8 // A Wandering Vine // Better on a Budget // Becoming Family // Patty’s Kloset

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 10/21 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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$100 Verizon Wireless GC #Giveaway {CLOSED} TEN WINNERS!!! #DroidVApple

#DroidVApple $1000 Giveaway

We’ve partnered with our friends at Verizon Wireless to give away $1,000 worth of VZW gift cards to 10 lucky winners! This Giveaway will run from Sept 19th through Sept 23, 2016.  Don’t miss your chance to ENTER TO WIN!!!


  • Ten (10) winners will receive a $100.00 gift card to Verizon Wireless.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (9/27) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

iphone7It’s time to upgrade my phone with Verizon, and I visited my local store last Friday to look around and see which one I’d like to get. I currently have an iPhone, so I think I’ll be choosing Apple in the Droid Vs. Apple Battle, and selecting an iPhone 7 🙂 Be sure to visit the Verizon Wireless page at and cast YOUR vote for #TeamDroid or #TeamApple!

Additionally, there is a #DroidVApple Twitter Party on Thursday Sept 22 at 1pm ET/10am PT. You can RSVP HERE for a chance at $750 in prizes!!!

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair 7 Day Trial #RapidSkinConfessionals

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

As I’m entering my fourth decade, I have begun to really notice a change in my skin. During my thirties, it was a gradual change, but in the past year or so, I’ve really started to notice more pronounced changes. Keeping my skin healthy, is a top priority to me. When I saw the opportunity to partner with Neutrogena to test out the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer collections, available at CVS, I knew I had to give it a try. I took pictures each morning (make up free!), to show you the before, during, and after of my trial. I’m pretty impressed with the anti aging regimen, and am happy to share that while everyone’s results may differ, mine have been really positive.

These are the products I received to try out:
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70

Skin is the body’s largest organ, which is why it is SO important to keep it healthy, and looking it’s best. Eating right and drinking plenty of water are great places to start, but as we age, we may also need to use anti aging products to help prevent damage. Neutrogena shared that, “many dermatologists agree that using a combination of retinol and a broad-spectrum sunscreen can not only help fight the signs of aging, but also prevent new damage. Pairing Neutrogena Accelerated Retinol SA with Helioplex Technology work together to form the ultimate anti-aging power duo.” With science behind these products, I feel confident going into my trial.

Here is my Journal of makeup free daily selfies, along my 7 Day Journey. Please keep in mind I normally wear glasses, and am almost blind without them. I removed them for the pictures, so you could see my wrinkles in all of their glory as they disappeared 🙂 It’s hard to take a selfie though, when you can’t see the image you’re capturing, haha:

Day 1: I took my earlier morning photograph, where all of my lines, wrinkles, and dark circles under my eyes. I applied the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to my entire face, then applied the Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream around my eyes. Then, I applied my makeup like normal, to proceed with my day. Later that afternoon, my son had sports practice, where we are outside for a couple of hours. I used the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70, and it really protected my skin! As you can see, I have really fair skin, and some medication I take makes me ultra sensitive to the sun, and I burn fast. I didn’t use my umbrella like I normally do, to test out the sunscreen, and I’m happy to say that I did not burn 🙂 Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

Day 2: I followed the same routine from Day 1, except I alternated to use the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum instead of the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, just to try it out. I knew I’d be indoors all day, and so I’d be fine without SPF. It worked just as well as the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I’m really liking that these don’t make my hands or face feel oily or greasy, and I feel like I’m already noticing slight improvement in my skin. Before bed, I stuck with the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer after washing my face.

I’m excited to know that Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is the fastest retinol formula available. The products are encouraging me with the promise of visible results in one week. I already knew that Retinol was the #1 Dermatologist recommended anti-aging ingredient, I just needed to find the right combination of products that contain it, to use on my skin. Retinol is THE most studied anti aging ingredient, because it’s been clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging by helping to enhance surface skin renewal, so it complements the skins natural processes.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 3: We had a minor incident with one of my kids that required a trip to the ER (nothing serious) overnight, so I didn’t get my normal amount of sleep. I was expecting my skin to look rough, but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated 🙂 I washed my face, took my diary photo selfie, and applied the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30. I went through my day as normal, and before bed washed my face again and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 4: Had a great night’s sleep, and woke up feeling refreshed. Washed my face, and took a good morning selfie to show you how I’m progressing. Followed up with the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum to start the day. During this test, I’m continuing to eat my normal diet of food, drinking plenty of water, and getting about 30 minutes of exercise. These are all important to good health and skin care maintenance, and I didn’t want to vary my routine while I’m trying out new products. I want to make sure whatever product I find to stick with long term works well with my normal habits 🙂 Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer.

When I was much younger, I was not kind to my skin. Not only did I “tan” with oils and lotions that contained very little SPF, I also used tanning beds frequently. I was oblivious to what UVA and UVB rays were doing to my skin. It’s no surprise to me that the exposure from those UVA rays can lead to premature fine lines, deep wrinkles and uneven skin tone, and that is contributing to the way my skin is aging. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunscreen line features advanced, dermatologist-tested formulas with Helioplex Technology. I am not a fan of sunscreen that feels thick and heavy, and leaves my hands and face feeling oily. I’m really impressed with the texture of the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70. It feels very light, and not at all oily to me. It left my skin with an even, non shiny finish, so that I felt comfortable when I chose to go without makeup.

Day 5: I slept well again, and woke up right on time. Washing my face each morning and using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is working well as part of my routine. My kids also notice my habit since I’m now taking pictures of my face each morning! It makes our morning go smoother, because they don’t grumble about having to wash their own faces after breakfast, before they head off to school for the day. I’m hoping that by setting an example of good skin care while they’re growing up, it’ll become habit when they are adults. Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer. It was gray and rainy outside, so I had to take this picture in front of the window, without much natural light.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 6: Since I’ve been using the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum every other day, I continued to use that today. Before bed, I washed my face like normal, and used the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer. The rain was gone today, and the sun was bright! I was able to take this selfie under the patio umbrella, and it makes me look my skin has a little color, but really it’s the light reflecting off the umbrella 🙂

I’m impressed to know that Neutrogena was the first brand to launch pure, stabilized retinol in the U.S. in 1996. That was the year I was married twenty years ago! It’s no surprise to me that Neutrogena has their own scientists who spend many hours researching the right ingredients to use, and the combinations to use them with, so they can boost and improve their own line of products to deliver results quickly. Their new research shows that by using retinol on a regular basis, you’ll notice improvements. I’d rarely thought about the skin “inside” the wrinkle, but Neutrogena shares that it’s often compromised by photo damage. If we leave that untreated, the wrinkles might continue to get deeper, and then your skin will lose its volume and fullness. I’ve found that to be very true with my own skin, which is why I like a rapid product to help get it on the right path quickly, then I’ll continue to use it on a regular basis, to maintain it.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
Day 7: Can you see the difference? I am very happy to say that I feel like my skin looks a bit younger, and it definitely FEELS younger. I think it’s improved my wrinkles, dark eye circles, fine lines, the texture, and even the tone of my skin. It’s also really gentle on my skin, so it doesn’t feel like it’s endured any harsh chemicals. I tried to match the lighting to the Day 1 picture as much as possible, so you could get a true before/after comparison of my results. The angle was harder to capture, but hopefully you can see the improvements that I see 🙂

Even though my “test” is over, I do plan to continue with the routine I’ve established this week using the products I’ve mentioned. I love the way they are making my skin look and feel!

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
If you’d like to test these products out and see how well the superior combination of Retinol and SPF works long term to help your skin fight the anti-aging effects, you can pick some up today at your local CVS drugstore or online at!

I’m excited to share that Neutrogena has generously offered to give away THIRTY Prize Packs (approximate retail value of $122 each)!!! Don’t miss your chance to enter to win a pack of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair & Ultra Sheer goodies! Giveaway will include: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Neutrogena.

$25 Paypal #Giveaway {Ends 9/22}

Say Goodbye to Summer Blogger Sign Up

The kids are back in school and summer has come to an end. The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to say goodbye to summer and welcome all things pumpkin spice.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, hop around the linky below for a chance to win even more great prizes. Good luck!

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

I love Fall, it is truly one of my favorite times of the year. The cooler temperatures, FOOTBALL, and the changing of the leaves. Once the kids start back to school, the temperatures start to fall, and I enjoy some Fall Cleaning before I decorate for the upcoming Holiday Season! Here are some ideas that may inspire you to decorate your home for fall this season!

 Happy Fall Y’all Burlap Garden Flag Autumn Leaves Briarwood Lane 12.5 Pumpkin Spice Fall Halloween Decor Pillow Cover Sofa Decorative Throw Pillow Case Standard Size Pillow Sham Embroidered Autumn Leaves Table Linens, Runner Createforlife New Home Decorative Cotton Linen Square Happy Fall Vintage Letters Printed Pillow Case Cushion Cover 18 Pumpkin Autumn Welcome Primitive Fall Garden Flag Fall SCARECROW PUMPKIN Poke In Head and Legs CUTE Your Hearts Delight Harvest Fall Fun Word Sign, 10-1/2 by 2-3/4 by 4-1/4-Inch Darice Autumn Fall Decor – Bag of Small Faux Acorns 4oz/120g Your Hearts Delight Fall Blessings Burlap Banner Decor, 75-Inch Fall Jeweled Shelf Table Top Sitter Thanksgiving Autumn Home Accent Decoration (Owls) 3 Pc. Friendly Witch Figurine Set Table Top Accent Fall Autumn Halloween Decoration


DISCLOSURE: The Anti-June Cleaver, Our Piece of Earth, and the rest of the bloggers participating in the Say Goodbye to Summer giveaway hop are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations

Applebee’s Best Date Ever #Sweepstakes

Applebee's Best Date Ever

I’m excited to partner with Applebee’s to share with you their new Best Date Ever Sweepstakes. Now through September 9th, Applebee’s will be rewarding 20 lucky fans with date packages and gift cards to come on back and enjoy the Best Date Ever. Just snap a photo of you and your date and share on social media using the hashtag #BestDateEver and #Sweepstakes, fans are automatically eligible to win this prize! For more details, just visit the Best Date Ever Website!

We have an Applebee’s restaurant near us, and we love to stop in for date night, or order take out, where you can order online and they’ll bring the food right out to your car when you get there. If you haven’t been there recently, I’m happy to share with you our favorite dishes, and we’ll be visiting this weekend to check out some new menu options too 🙂 There really are so many delicious items that it can be hard to choose!

Applebees Lunch MenuA couple of weeks ago, we were out on a Saturday running errands, and everyone was hungry. We saw an Applebee’s in a neighboring town, so we stopped in for lunch. The waiter there recommended the 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese. All four of my guys tried it and fell in love. We’ve had take out twice since then, and they keep ordering it. It’s an item you won’t want to miss, and it’s on the lunch menu with honey pepper chicken tenders 🙂

Fiesta Lime Chicken ApplebeesNick’s other favorites are the Fiesta Lime Chicken and the Loaded Brisket Enchiladas.

Loaded Brisket EnchiladasI love the Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken, Triple Bacon Burger, and the Clubhouse Grille.

What is your favorite item on the menu at Applebee’s?


Enter the Staples For Students Sweepstakes! Plus a $50 Staples GC & $75 Donors Choose GC #Giveaway {Ends 9/10} #StaplesForStudents

Staples for StudentsStaples For Students is one of my favorite programs, and I’m happy to be partnering with them, to help promote their Staples for Students sweepstakes opportunity which ends on Sept. 10, 2016, and to offer you a giveaway here as well!

Driven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples and Katy Perry have teamed up to inspire the public to help classrooms in need by making a donation in Staples stores or online.

When I first went to college straight out of high school, I was an elementary education major. I made many great friends in my Education College, who have now been teachers for almost 20 years! Over that time, I have seen just how much time, money, and effort they all put into their classrooms, to help their students be the best that they can be. I’ve also donated money and supplies to several of them, as they’ve had projects, or simply asked for people to help them. Many of you may remember a few years ago, I asked here for help for a teacher who taught in a very poor, rural school that did not have a library on campus or in town. When they did a book report, she had to read the book aloud to the students, because each teacher had just one copy of the book to use. Y’all helped donate enough books for not just her class, but the ENTIRE 3rd Grade to have one copy for each student. I love that Staples does so much to help, helping teachers help their students!

The Grand Prize in the Staples for Students Sweepstakes is a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip for 2 to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry!

Additionally, four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.

How to get a code: Staples will print out a separate receipt with an entry code for every in-store purchase of $25 or more. The code can be entered at, and entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit for official rules.

The best part, you can enter once per day using a new code!

My own kids have just started school, but for the first week or so, they’ll come home with lists from each of their various teachers of supplies they’ll need throughout the year. With three kids, we’re sure to spend more than $25, on multiple trips. Luckily, we have a Staples a couple of miles from our home! Luckily, we have a Staples a couple of miles from our home, because I was just there this morning buying 1 1/2 inch binders for their STEM classes. I easily found an entry code with my receipts, and the cashier reminded me to use it as soon as I got home.

Staples for StudentsIf you don’t have kids, or have already purchased supplies for your kids for the year, here are some suggestions of some standard school supplies you could purchase to donate to a local school, for under $26:

  • BB8 Backpack $14.99
  • 1in Binder: $5.99
  • Pencils: $0.75 for 12
  • Paper: $0.75
  • Glue $0.50
  • Scissors $2.00
  • Ruler: $0.25
  • Notebook: $0.50 each
  • 2 Pocket Folders: $0.50 each

Total $25.98

You can help a child in need, who might otherwise have to go without supplies to call their own, and gain an entry code to enter to Staples for Students Main Prize Giveaway!!! I donate backpacks of supplies to a local school every year. It’s priceless to see the joy of a child’s face when they have their own personal backpack and supplies. Learn more about this great cause, and how Staples donated $1 MILLION DOLLARS to from here.

The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

Staples has also generously offered to sponsor a giveaway for a $50 Staples Gift Card AND a $75 Gift Card to one lucky reader. I LOVE donating via Many of my teacher friends have had projects on the site that have been fully funded, and truly made a huge difference in their classrooms.

Star Wars School Supplies


Welcome to The Last Hurrah Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers! Hosted by: Mama Smith’s & Women and Their Pretties. A group of bloggers have gotten together to give you some amazing giveaways, all with a minimum prize value of $15 – but some are much more! Be sure to enter them all because there is no limit to how many you can win. Good luck!

The prize at this stop will be: a $25 Walmart GC.

Don’t miss out on some of these awesome Star Wars School Supplies!

 Disney Star Wars Star Wars 11 Piece Stationery School Supplies Set Disney STAR WARS Star Wars – The Force Awakens – Set of 2 Portfolio 2 Pocket School Folders ~ Kylo Ren and BB-8 Star Wars The Force Awakens 3-Ring Pencil Pouch – Style May Vary Star Wars Pencils and Pens Value Pack (12 Pcs) — 8 Star Wars Pencils with Erasers and 4 Pens (School Supplies, Party Favors) Star Wars Episode VII (The Force Awakens) Light Up Lightsaber Pen – 2 pack (Red and Blue) Star Wars R2-D2 Pencil Case Zak! Designs Aluminum Water Bottle with Molded Plastic Cap in Shape of Captain Phasma Helmet from Star Wars The Force Awakens, BPA-free, 21.5 oz. Star Wars Force Awakens Trapper Keeper 5 Tabbed Dividers by Mead, Assorted Designs, Colored Tabs Disney Star Wars Star Wars School Supplies Bundle Featuring BB-8, C-3PO, R2-D2 – 3 Items: 1 Laminated Folder, 1 Spiral-Bound Notebook, 1 Set of 6 Pencils Star Wars 7 Piece Fun Calculator Set (7 Pieces) Star Wars 7 Portfolio The Force Awakens – Set of 3 Portfolio 2 Pocket School Folders Back to School 17 Piece Bundle of Essential School Supplies Star Wars Notebooks, Folders, Pencils Back to School Supply Bundle (The Dark Side) Star Wars Trapper Keeper 1.5 Inch Binder by Mead, 3 Ring Binder, Darth Vader (73487) Star Wars VII Episode 7 The Force Awakens Backpack, Lunch Box and School Supplies Disney Star Wars Stationery Supply Kit Starwars 16 Star Wars 3 Piece Stationery School Supplies Set Featuring Kylo Ren: 1 Laminated Folder, 1 Spiral-Bound Notebook, 1 Set of 6 Pencils Star Wars Classic Characters Kids School Backpack with Insulated Lunch Bag Star Wars The Force Awakens Novelty School Supplies 8 Pack Erasers Set of 2 Star Wars Episode 7 BB-8 Backpack with Front Pencil Pocket Thermos Funtainer 12 Ounce Bottle, R2D2 Star Wars Lightsaber Pens 2 Pen Set Random

Groovy Girls Gift Ideas


Welcome to the Groovy Giveaways Blog Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island. This hop will run from August 17 through Sept 7.

The prize at this stop will be a $25 Amazon GC. This is a physical card my sponsor will ship to the winner.

Since the theme of the hop is Groovy Giveaways, I thought it would be a great time to share with you a round up of Groovy Girls Gift Ideas, so you can start some early preparations for your holiday shopping!

 Bundle – 3pc Groovy Girls Bailey Fashion Doll Bodacious Bed Bubbles Bathtub Manhattan Toy Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Becca Butterfly from Manhattan Toy Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Maddie Mermaid Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Fantasy Themed Doll Seraphina Groovy Girl Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Reagan Fashion Doll Groovy Girls Groovy Girls Brooklyn Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Coolicious Closet Fashion Doll Accessory Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Style Snazzy Sleeper Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Julia Fashion Doll (New for 2016!) Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Bailey Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Princess Ariana Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Jaunty Jeans Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls dolls, Lakinzie Groovy Girls Sleepover Club #4:: Rock and Roll: Divas Supreme Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Blissful Bubbles Bathtub Fashion Doll Accessory Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Ever After Princess Gown Groovy Girls Fuchsia Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Myla Fashion Doll Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Be Relaxed Butterfly Chair Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Wheelin’ in Style Doll Vehicle Manhattan Toy Groovy Style Bodacious Bed from Manhattan Toy Manhattan Toy Groovy Boys Logan Doll (New for 2016!) Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Shadow Horse Doll Accessory (New for 2016!) Manhattan Toy Groovy Girls Brenna Fashion Doll Groovy Girls Royally Ritzy Bed

Baby Shower Gift Idea: Cloth Diaper Accessories


Welcome to the 5th Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro!

If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, or even build a starter stash, you’ve come to the perfect Event! A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper and Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways! If you love cloth diapering, then you’ll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash! So be sure to hop around to all the blogs participating and be sure to check out the Grand Prize from our hosts!

The prize at this stop will be a $25 Babies R Us Gift Card.

Now that my kids are older, and will soon all be teenagers, I’ve learned many things about parenting. Primarily, other people will judge your decisions, regardless of what they are. Two big topics that seem to cause controversy are feeding and diapering. Personally, I’ve done many combinations of things, depending on the need of each child. I try to be supportive of my friends who are becoming new parents, regardless of what option they’re choosing, and only offer advice when asked. My advice tends to lean towards telling people to trust their instincts, and don’t be afraid to make changes if something doesn’t seem to be working out for you. When I’m invited to a baby shower, I’ll usually check the registry, and ask if how they plan to feed or diaper, so I can purchase accordingly. When someone says they plan to use cloth diapers, and has them on their registry, I still hesitate to buy them. Not because I disagree, but because if they haven’t used them before, they may not know how they’ll work out for their situation, or if the brand they select is the one that will best meet their needs. No judgment, I just know that my own reality was different than what I planned. Here are a few items that tend to show up in baby shower gift baskets that I put together.

 Spray Pal – Cloth Diaper Sprayer Splatter Shield Aquaphor Baby Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar Beba Bean Pee-pee Teepee Airplane – Blue – Laundry Bag The Laundress Baby Detergent, Baby 33.3 ounces Alva Baby 2pcs Pack Wet and Dry Cloth Diaper Bags L0910 OsoCozy Flushable Diaper Liners – Make Cloth Diapering Convenient With Easy, Quick, Cloth Diaper Liners – Super Soft and Gentle on Baby’s Skin


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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Accessorize Your Stash participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Enter to win one of 10 $50 Aeropostale GC {Ends 8/22}

30% Off Everything at Aeropostale

Don’t miss this great deal at Aeropostale. My kids are all in Middle School this year, and it seems that Aeropostale is the “cool” store to buy clothes at. When you’re buying for 3 kids, 30% off REALLY helps 🙂

  • 30% Off Sitewide at Aeropostale
  • Promo Code: BTS30
  • Exclusions apply
  • Expires Monday, August 22nd

$500 Aeropostale Giveaway

Additionally, Aeropostale is generously offering a giveaway for 10 winners to each win a $50 Gift Card. TO enter, just click HERE.

  • Wednesday, August 17th at 12:00AM ET to Monday, August 22nd at 11:59PM ET.
  • Ten (10) winners will receive a $50.00 gift card to Aeropostale.
  • Users can enter the giveaway by heading to the Aeropostale page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (8/24) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.


Housewarming Gift Idea: Baking Supplies


Welcome to the You Bake Me Happy Giveaway Hop hosted by On Honeysuckle Hill and MamatheFox! At each stop in this hop you can find a fun prize valued at $10 or more. Be sure to come back for your daily entries to increase you chances of winning!

Amazon Basics 6 piece Bakeware Set
The prize at this stop is an AmazonBasics 6-Piece Bakeware Set. When you have a child leaving home for college, a new job, or just out on their own, there are a few baking essentials that are great for someone just starting out on their own. They’ll quickly learn that cooking at home is MUCH more affordable than eating out, and need some supplies to cook with. Here are a few ideas that would make great housewarming gift ideas:

 AmazonBasics 6-Piece Bakeware Set AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2 Pack OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow Chef Essential Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls Set with Handles and Pour Spouts, Set of 3, Black OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons with Magnetic Snaps Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups, 6-Piece, Black Wilton 2103-1112 Scoop-It Batter Spoons, Set of 3 OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set Farberware Classic 17-Piece Tool and Gadget Set KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red OXO Good Grips Cake Tester

Disclaimer: On Honeysuckle Hill, MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.


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