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$25 Amazon GC {Ends 9/15} #Ready2Pop

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Welcome to the Ready to POP! [a Labor Day inspired Giveaway Hop] hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

This year we’re celebrating Labor Day in a totally fun way – by offering fabulous giveaways for Mamas and Babies who have done some of the hardest labor out there! Each blogger in this Hop has a fabulous Mama or Baby prize for you to enter to win – so be sure to hop around to them all after you’ve entered to win the fabulous Grand Prize, featuring Buttons Diapers and Beautiful Earth!




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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ready to POP! participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.


VTech Care Line SN6197 Phone #VTechCareLine

VTech Care Line SN6197 PhoneDisclosure: VTech sent me the VTech Care Line SN6197 Phone to review, but they haven’t reviewed or approved what I wrote below.

While this phone is meant to be a product that we can give to our parents and/or grandparents to help them remain safe and secure, yet independent as they age, it’s also a product that we have begun to use in our own home after I tested it out, and I intend to continue to use it. I’ll share with you the features, and why it’s a phone I’d like for my parents and grandparents to have, then share why it’s a good fit for my immediate family as well.

As you can see from the photo above, this phone features BIG buttons that are easy to use, 4 buttons for quick dial that can be replaced with a photo of the person you are trying to call, a corded base phone, and a large display area. What you can’t see in this particular photo is that there is also a wireless handset that can be placed in another room, and a portable pendant that you can wear for easy calling or answering from anywhere in the home. It also has a feature that will voice announce the Caller ID information so you know who is calling, and you can use the voice amplification feature to raise the volume up to 40 decibels, all with no monthly monitoring fees.

Grandparents Month is in September, and this would make an excellent gift for any grandparents in your life. As we age, most of us encounter a variety of medical issues from time to time. My parents are in their early 60’s, so they don’t necessarily need all of these features just yet, but they do spend time around their property tending to things, and I think particularly the portable pendant would be helpful for them to have. Definitely if they had an emergency it would come in handy, but also if they are gardening, etc and just don’t want to carry around an entire handset.

My grandparents though are in their 80’s, and my grandmother has fallen, as have many of her friends. Fortunately she was ok, and had people nearby to assist her and call for help, but when she is home alone, I do worry that she might not be able to call for help if needed. She is supposed to use a walker to aid her walking, but isn’t a fan of the walker, especially because it’s quite hard to carry anything while using it.

As for my personal use, I don’t speak about my medical issues here often, but I do have some, and it’s a nice security blanket to know that I can call for assistance easily, should it be needed. My hearing is diminished and I love that the volume can be increased more than on my former phone so I can actually hear people on the telephone. I also love the large buttons and easy to use quick dial buttons so my kids can quickly and easily call myself or their dad, if needed. They also speak to their grandparents daily, and now, with the push of one button, they can call anytime they want, without assistance.

If you’d like Specific product information, or Overall CareLine system information on how easy this system makes it to communicate with family, friends, and other loved ones, I encourage you to visit those links for additional information. Be sure to follow VTech at:

VTech CareLine Website
VTech Facebook Page
VTech Twitter Account
VTech Google+ Account
VTech YouTube Account


Thomas the Tank Engine Toddler Bed #Giveaway {Ends 9/10}

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Welcome to the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ Giveaway,
hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro and sponsored by Step2!

Is your little one ready to transition to a toddler bed? Have another baby coming and need to free up your crib? Let Thomas the Tank help your child drift off into dreamland!

Details of the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ (obtained from the Step2 website):

All aboard to dreamland in the Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™ by Step2. Little train conductors will love that this bed resembles their favorite tank engine. This train bed promotes imaginative play as kids pretend to go on an adventure with Thomas along the island of Sodor. The Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed is the cutest train bed you’ve ever seen! Made in USA with imported parts.

  • Three dimensional friendly face
  • Realistic train decals
  • Storage compartment behind the smoke stack
  • Fits standard toddler/crib mattress making the transition from crib to bed easy and fun!
  • Adult assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 2 and up
  • Available exclusively at Toys “R” Us for $199.99

Check out this fun bed in action!

One lucky reader will WIN the Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine™ Toddler Bed™!

Open to the Continental US only. Ends 9/10/14 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by the Step2 Company. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any questions about this giveaway.


Little Twig & Sparrow Pajama #Giveaway {Ends 9/8}

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Welcome to the Little Twig & Sparrow Pajama Giveaway

Hosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Little Twig & Sparrow

About Little Twig & Sparrow

“Little Twig & Sparrow stands out through unique style and in keeping with unique values: Cool, Fashion and Comfort. We bring you the most exclusive line of children’s sleepwear without compromising on comfort or style. Enjoy!”

You can discover more about these amazing pajamas in Miss Frugal Mommy’s review!

Now for the exciting part! One lucky fan is going to win their very own set of  Twig & Sparrow pajamas (RV $40.)  This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. Enter to win in the giveaway tools below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor and not the participating bloggers. Good Luck!!!

 

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Top 5 Wedding Dresses Under $200 #LightInTheBoxWedding

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Top 5 Wedding Dresses Under $200Some of my close friends have been  HUGE fans of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo since the show first aired. Every time we talk, one particular friend talks about how much she loves watching the show and following along on Twitter during the broadcast. She finally convinced me to watch and we have a blast watching and texting during the show. On the recent season finale, which aired Aug. 14, Anna Shannon wore a wedding dress she bought from Light in the Box for just $212!

Image Credit: DCL

Image Credit: DCL

You can see the video of it HERE.

I’ve heard of Light in the Box before, and have seen photos of celebrities who’ve found dresses there. It inspired me to take a look and see what other wedding dresses I could find for under $200. Weddings can be expensive, so if a bride is able to find the fashionable dress of her dreams at an affordable price, it can help her keep expenses under control, or even allow her to splurge in another area! Don’t forget to check for Light in The Box coupons on Coupons.com to help stretch your budget dollars even further. There are also many other wedding items from Light in the Box available, such as Wedding Party Dresses, Mother of the Bride/Groom Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, Ring Bearer Suits, Wedding Guest Dresses, and items for the Groom and Groomsmen. I am also excited to share with you two exclusive discount codes that expire on 9/5/14!

  • $12 off $100 with code HoneyBoo12

  • $24 off $200 with code HoneyBoo24

I have to tell you, it was REALLY hard to narrow this list down. There are some gorgeous, affordable dresses available. However, after several hours, I narrowed it down, and here are the Top 5 Wedding Dresses Under $200 that I found at Light in the Box:

  • Top 5 Wedding Dresses Under $200

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest, and check out my boards on Wedding/Shower Ideas and Wedding Dresses for ideas you might want to pin for someone in your life or share with a friend who might have someone close to them planning their special day!

You can find Light in the Box on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube; and Coupons.com on Facebook, and Twitter.




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

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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 teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.


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}

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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

*This post contains affiliate links.

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.
$69.99
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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.
$25.99
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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!
$27.99
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2. Solo Cube
This is a classic reusable sandwich box, durable and light-weight, but without the plastic!
$40.00
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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.
$40.00
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Fun House Bouncer #Giveaway {Ends 8/28}

Fun House Bouncer GiveawaySponsored by: LittleTikes.com – Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8

Please take a moment to read Mom to Bed by 8’s Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer review and see how a boring summer day can be changed in less than 5 minutes!

Kids can get their wiggles out with the ultra-fun Little Tikes State Fair Fun House Bouncer. This circus-themed set features lion, clown and dog silhouettes on the outside. A convenient exterior storage pocket offers a place to leave shoes. Three distinct areas, including a slide and ball toss area, provide plenty of room for play. High walls keep children within the unit as they jump, for reliable safety. The weight capacity is appropriate for up to three children. Assembling the Little Tikes Bouncer requires just one person, and the unit is constructed with heavy-duty PVC material. Mesh windows help parents keep a close eye on their jumping children.

Special thank you to our supporting co-host bloggers: Newly Crunchy Mama Of 3, Memoirs of a Clueless Woman and Everything Mommyhood.

One winner will receive a Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer.

Giveaway ends August 28th 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!

Little Tikes Fun House Bouncer Sweepstakes

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 teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.


Success Creations $50 GC #Giveaway {Ends 8/27}

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“Success Creations is a mask company proudly operating in Lakewood, NJ for over 25 years. We are unique in that we are one of the only companies in the entire USA that specializes only in designing some of the most gorgeous handmade masquerade masks ever created. Masquerade masks are all we do, and you will surely see that difference in the quality of our designs.”

 

Enter now for your chance to win your very own!

Dates : 8/13-8/27

1 Winner

Limited to the Continental US

Prize will be a $50 Gift Certificate

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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ELPH + $100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway {Ends 8/28}

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It’s that time of the year again: kids all over the country are headed back to school. While gathering those school supplies, it’s also important to remember your child’s safety. That’s where ELPH comes in! ELPH is a silicone wristband designed specifically for children, adults, the elderly, and individuals with special needs. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification, with clear instructions directly on the band, so you can be reunited with your lost loved one, although none of your child’s sensitive identifying info is directly on the band for strangers to see.

ELPH bands are simple to use. You activate and register the band, and in the event that your child is separated from you, a good samaritan can either call the toll free number or scan the band’s QR code to be directly connected to an emergency contact (you!). Ruth from Viva Veltoro recently had the opportunity to review the ELPH band. Be sure to check out her full review to see how cute and functional these bands are, and why they should be a must-have on your back to school list.

ELPH wants to help one lucky family get prepared for the school season,
so they’re giving away an ELPH and a $100 Target Gift Card to help with back to school shopping!

Connect: You can connect with ELPH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy it: You can purchase your ELPH band on their website for only $19.99. This includes a year of their amazing service.

Win it: One lucky person will win an ELPH band of their choice (size + color) and a $100 Target Gift Card!

Open to the US and Canada, ages 18 and up. Ends 8/28/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway. ELPH is responsible for prize fulfillment. Viva Veltoro, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please note, if the winner is Canadian they can opt for $100 PayPal instead. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any questions about this giveaway.


Accessorize Your Stash in August #Giveaway {CLOSED} #AccessorizeAugust

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Welcome to the 3rd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper 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 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! Don’t miss the Grand Prize which includes 2 Cloth Diaper Stash Must-Haves: a Hanging Wet/Dry Bag and a Diaper Sprayer!

The prized at this stop are coming from Amazon. These are affiliate links. I had planned to offer a wet bag for on the go, because my friends who cloth diaper highly recommend them, along with some cloth diapers. However, when I saw the 2nd item, A) it made me giggle B) as the mother of 3 boys, this would have certainly come in handy when mine were in diapers! So, at this stop, the prizes are Kushies “On the Go” 2 Pack Wet Bag, Green (Patterns and Colors May Vary)
and The Peepee Teepee for the Sprinkling WeeWee: 5 Blue Camo in Cellophane Bag

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People Entered: 400

Total Entries: 17158

Entry Dates: 8/14/14-8/28/14

One winner, open to US ONLY, selected by Random.org

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