Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Baby Legs Coupon


BabyLegs is having it's Winter Clearance sale! They are selling everything on their site for 75% off of $75 or more! This is one Baby legs coupon that you don't want to miss out on. These childrens leg warmers are so versatile and can be worn as arm warmers too!

I have never seen such a deal before and definitely will stock up at these amazing prices. BabyLegs are something that I keep on hand to add to gift baskets, stocking stuffers and even to add to Birthday party favor bags. The organic leg warmers are my favorites!

Here are the details:
What: 75% off $75 or more sale
Sale:  You must have $75 in merchandise BEFORE discount for code to apply. FREE Shipping on orders $30 or more after discount. Need it by Christmas? Order by 12:00pm PST on 12/21 for 2-Day or 12/22 for Overnight.
When: Starts 12/20/11 and ends 12/28/11
Coupon code: JOLLY75
Where: BabyLegs.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

There is Still Time to Order Cards for Christmas!


Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to order cards and actually get them on time!

Tiny Prints offers Two  Shipping Options to Get Cards by Christmas.
On Monday and Tuesday, you can use the code below for Free Express Shipping (three business days, $24.95 value) or $5 off Super Rush Shipping (2 business days, pricing will change after first 5,000 orders).

This is a great way to get those last minute holiday cards. Cards ordered on Monday with Express Shipping will arrive by 12/24.

Code:  FS5GIFT, Exp: 12/20 11:59pm PT

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Clip it Up


Clip it up for only $9.99! I can't believe that scrapbook.com is selling the 36" clip it up ribbon organizer for such a low price. It normally retails for $79.99 so this is a huge discount. The deal is part of their 12 days of Christmas and only will last until the end of the day today.

I already have one of these fabulous ribbon organizers and I absolutely love it. I wish I had purchased it at such a low price, but can't complain because I have already used it for over a year! If you decide to order one, please feel free to comment and let us know how you like it!

Happy shopping!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Straight Talk-Cell Phones that Save you Money

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I love the idea that I can save a lot of money using Straight Talk. It's definitely refreshing to know that I don't have to be locked into a contract and all I have to worry about is what I should spend my extra money on. With nationwide coverage and the option to choose a brand name phone such as LG, Kyocera, Samsung, Nokia or even Motorola, I get everything I need.

Straight talk offers all the apps and games I would need and the The power of Android phones as well. The cost of $45 a month includes unlimited use so you can Feel Richer with Android.
 

Knowing that you can be free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees is a relief in itself. Also, 411 calls are included at no extra charge. Straight talk also has an option for a prepaid international long distance service which would allow for making international calls from home or the office. 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

First Day of School

My little girl started Kindergarten this year and I was really nervous at first. I wasn't to send her to school quite yet! At the beginning of the summer, I thought I would get everything she would need such as extra running shoes for gym, backpack, lunchbag, clothes, and labels for everything! Summer ended up being much busier than expected and when the first day of school came around, I found myself without a lunchbag, labels or lunch containers. Now, I am the wasteful mommy who uses disposable bags for her lunch, but will go out this week to get her the re-usable stuff!

When I dropped her off on her first day of school, she was fine and didn't cry at all. She was pretty excited to be there and was probably looking forward to it. I was happy for her and didn't feel the need to cry, until a little boy in another class started crying and calling for his mommy. That's when I got just a tad teary eyed. His mom had to walk away so that he would hopefully stop screaming and crying, but he just wouldn't stop. I felt so sad for him and especially his mom, since it is so hard to see any child so unhappy. I know he will be happy and start having fun after a few days.

When I picked her up after school, the teacher's assistant mentioned that she was really quiet, but had a really good day. She was all smiles, but didn't feel like telling me much about her day. I'm hoping that eventually she will tell me stories about school and what she spent the day doing!

If you have any first day of school stories, I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Motorcycles!


While spending the day out at the beach yesterday, I saw a quite a few people arriving on motorcycles. My daughter wasn't impressed, because she doesn't like anything loud, but for me, it was fun to see all the different motorcycle clothing being worn. I especially liked the helmets the women were wearing. One of them was wearing a hot pink and black helmet, while another was wearing a pink and white one. Nice and girly!

I have been on a motorcycle a handful of times, but only once as an adult. When I was a child, we had a small Honda Motorcylce as well as a Yamaha Motorbike. I was hesitant at first to even get on one and always exercised caution when riding. My sister was the one who got really excited and rode them all the time! A few times was plenty for me. I have always thought of motorcycles as a dangerous mode of transportation, but must say that they are a lot of fun at the same time.

I probably won't be riding a motorcycle any time soon, but it's nice to know that there is a lot of pretty motorcycle gear available for women nowadays!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Fab 5 Moving Tips

There are many reasons for moving, whether it is to be closer to family, a new job or just a change.  Moving into a new home is sometimes exciting and fun, but also requires a lot of energy and hard work. We have been preparing to put our house up for sale and it definitely is a challenging task, especially since there is a lot clutter I didn't even know I had! Here are the 5 moving tips I have come up with since preparing for this move.

Moving Tip #1: De-clutter as soon as you consider moving. It is probably a good idea to do this regardless of whether or not you are moving. :) It's really amazing how nice and refreshing it is once your house is clutter free. Have a garage sale or donate any of the things that you no longer want to keep.

Moving Tip #2: Pre-pack, by packing up anything that you definitely want to keep, but don't use. For me, it was mostly little knick knacks that friends and family had given me through the years. Also craft supplies that I knew I wouldn't have time to use before moving.

Moving Tip #3: Stay organized by labelling all of the boxes and bags that you pack up. I put a label on each box and wrote down the contents so that I don't go crazy finding certain things later on.

Moving Tip #4: Don't overpack. By not overpacking, I mean, don't make the boxes too heavy. For instance, pack heavy items such as books into reasonable sized boxes. Packing a large box full of books may cause the box to be too heavy to lift.

Moving Tip #5: Have plenty of moving supplies on hand such as various sized boxes, tape, labels and markers. I was glad to have different sized boxes for all of the items I was pre-packing since everything varied in size, it made it a lot easier.

Once everything was more organized, I felt a lot better and the house was much easier to maintain. Clearing out all of the clutter also makes for a more relaxing home. During this pre-moving stage, I realized that I have a lot of things that I really don't need. This will definitely make me think twice before buying anything the next time I'm at the store.

I'm sure there are many more moving tips, so if you have any, please do share in the comments section. I would love to learn as many as I can!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Straight Talk- Saving Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

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In the past, out of all the bills I was paying each month, my cellular phone bill seemed to be the one that was most wasteful. I didn’t feel as though I was getting much value out of it. With Straight talk, there seems to be more money left over and much better value since their unlimited monthly plans are only $45 per month and include calls, text messaging, picture messaging and web. With that price, you can easily call a friend without worrying about how much it will cost. Compared to the $99 per month that I currently pay for the same services with a contract, that is a huge savings!  Also, there aren’t any activation, reactivation or termination fees. With Straight Talk, you can get everything you need.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UPrinting Giveaway


The winner has been drawn, and it is Comment #10! Congratulations Mel! You will be contacted soon to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who entered. :)

There are many reasons to print flyers, whether they are needed for wedding RSVPs, party flyers or business advertising, it is always nice to know where to get good quality flyers at a reasonable price. UPrinting.com is just the place to get such flyers and with a turnaround time of only 3 business days, you don't have to wait long for your flyers. Shipping is also free and they have nightclub flyer templates and business flyer templates also available for download.

I am happy to announce that UPrinting is sponsoring a giveaway right here, and one winner will receive 250 flyers printed in 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Front Only Printing, with a choice of 4.25" x 5.5" OR 4" x 6" size.

Entering is very simple! Please leave comment below telling me that you want to win the flyers. Please also leave an email address or a blog link so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

For extra entries, please feel free to:

Like the UPrinting Facebook page (leave a comment letting me know for one extra entry) 
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Please remember to leave one separate comment for each entry letting me know what you did.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 and the winner will be chosen from the comments using random.org. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

This giveaway is Limited to *US residents 18 years old and older only, and to those who have not won a giveaway sponsored by UPrinting in the past 6 months.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive party flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit UPrinting.com Prize will be sent directly from UPrinting to the winner.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Photos in a Book

Save up to 50% on photo books

Organizing photos into a book is something that is always on my list of things to do. However, since I have discovered how to make Photo Books online, I have been a little more diligent with getting photos organized. I usually get the photos ready and wait for a photo book deal. This way, I can easily put a photos book together and not have to miss out on a good deal.

Right now, Mixbook is having a sale where anyone can save up to 50% on all Photo Books!
The code to use is: BK50MX and the deal runs from August 11th, 2011 - August 18th, 2011

Feel free to visit Mixbook.com to create your fabulous photo book.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Save Time and Money Using CouponChief

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When I was a child, I remember sitting at the kitchen table clipping coupons with my mom before going out to the grocery store. Times have changed significantly, but the importance of saving money remains much the same. Nowadays, it is so much easier to find ways to save money, not only at the grocery store, but practically everywhere you shop.

My mom and I still like to find coupons while sitting at the kitchen table, but I now have a little girl of my own and we all search for them online instead of from local flyers. Since I love the convenience of shopping online and I never complete my purchase without looking for a coupon code first, CouponChief.com has become my go to website for all things coupon related. It is so easy to navigate through, and there are over 50000 coupons for over 15000 stores. That's a lot of coupons!

From food to clothing, electronics and even postage, the savings are virtually endless. They even have a video to show you how it all works. CouponChief: How it Works.  You can also EARN money by joining their Pays-2-Share Program.

If you love to save money and time, then head over to CouponChief.com to start saving. The site also has a section for free items!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Car Shopping and Car Repair Costs


I have been thinking about buying  a new car, but will need to do a lot research before actually buying one. My main concerns are, the cost of car insurance and the repair costs which always come up at some point when you own a car. I always think that repair costs and maintenance concerns would not be an issue with a brand new car. However, my sister's car is less than a year old and already needs a brand new windshield. She happened to get a rock chip on it and then the chip spread quickly into a crack, which means she will need a brand new windshield very soon. Instead of driving from shop to shop to get a quote, we looked at a website called RepairPal so that she would have a better idea of how much the repair should actually cost. That way, she'll know if the quote she gets from a car repair shop or dealership is reasonable.

Before going out to actually shop for cars, I will make a list of my top five cars and compare different repair costs that may come up using RepairPal. I have always been told that certain cars cost a lot more to fix than others. Researching the costs in advance will prepare me for what kind of costs may be associated with common repairs for each car. The RepairPal website has different sections including different car types, a list of common car repairs, an area to get a car repair quote and a directory for auto repair shops and dealerships.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saving Money Using Walgreens Health and Wellness Products

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I usually cringe when I need products that are health related, because it means I have to spend a significant amount of money. When someone in our home catches a cold or flu, everyone else ends up catching it within the week. In that case we end up needing vapor rub, cough and cold medicine, cough drops and extra vitamins among other things. I try to save wherever I can and in most cases end up purchasing Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products. I compare each Walgreens brand product with popular name brand products by thoroughly reading the ingredient lists. The ingredients are almost always the same, but the Walgreens brand products cost a lot less, which definitely works well for my budget!

The last time I had to make a trip to Walgreens, I needed to buy vapor rub and noticed that they had a Walgreens brand called Walgreens Medicated Vaporizing Chest Rub. It cost nearly half the price of the brand I usually purchase and was nearly identical when it came to the ingredients. Of course, I had to try it and was pleased that it worked just as well as the brand I have always purchased in the past. Even if it did not work well for me, I wouldn't be worried since the product comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are Walgreens pharmacist recommended. Walgreens also helps local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™, which is something I think is much needed.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

FREE Personalized Father's Day Card!

What day is Father's Day? Father's Day 2011 is coming up next Sunday, June 19 and I am happy to be sharing this amazing offer with everyone. Tinyprints is offering FREE Father's Day cards starting today, June 9 until June 13, 2011. By using the code "FREEFD" you can get one free Father's Day card. Choose from funny Father's Day cards, sentimental Father's Day cards and more.

Tiny Prints cards are great, because they can be personalized and even sent directly to the recipient. All the work is done for you. The card I chose enabled me to add a picture to it too!

Feel free to click HERE to choose your FREE Father's Day card. personalize it, then use the code "FREEFD" at checkout.

Have fun Creating!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Aquadoodle Review


After seeing how much fun the kids were having with the Aquadoodle Mat (by Spinmaster) at their friend's birthday party, I thought I would get one for them to play with at home.  I went to the toy store, purchased the Aquadoodle Classic Mat and brought it home.


It only came with one pen so I also had to purchase an Aquadoodle Brush and Pen set. The girls were excited as they love to draw and I was excited because they would have something to keep them busy for a bit, but wouldn't create much of a mess. After all, the "paint" in this case is only water. :)


I thought that this was a fun play item that they would actually enjoy using for a long time considering most other toys are usually played with for a mere week before they move onto a different toy. I was right, and the children did want to draw and paint with the Aquadoodle after the first week.


However, after only a week, the mat was no longer as functional as it once was. There would be a delay before drawing would show up and sometimes the markings would not show up were faint. I checked to see if it was the pen or paint brush that was not working correctly, but they seemed to be fine, so I concluded that the mat was the issue.

I looked at the Aquadoodle (Spinmaster) website to see if I could get some further information on the product and there was a customer service phone number readily available so I gave them a call. Unfortunately, the person who answered the call couldn't really help me. She suggested that the mat was perhaps folded up and stored away while it was still wet and this may have been the cause for the mat to be performing this way. This didn't really solve the issue since our Aquadoodle Mat was always stored flat on the table in the playroom, and never folded up.

I'm not sure if the Aquadoodle Classic Mat was just not meant to last or if we just happened to get one that was defective, but I certainly will not take the chance of finding out by purchasing another one. I think I will stick with the traditional paper and pencil crayons or markers from now on. They are always reliable and cost a lot less. Lol.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Scrapbooking Deals!


I love shopping at scrapbook.com especially since my local scrapbooking store doesn't have such a huge selection. In honor of scrapbook.com's 10th anniversary, they are giving away a FREE Diamond Stickles bottle in each order this month. One of these will be sent out in each of the first 10,000 orders this month. Just place an order for anything in the store and they'll include a free bottle with your order. It's that easy :)

Also, save 15% on brand new Websters Pages Vintage Inspired Netting and Push Pins Variety. Simply add the Vintage Inspired Netting and/or the Push Pins Variety to your cart and enter coupon code "websters15" in the coupon field at checkout and 15% will be automatically deducted from each qualifying item in your shopping cart. Hurry, this offer expires Sunday, May 29, 2011 at midnight PST or when supplies run out.

Lastly, save $2 instantly on the brand new House of Three-Pink Paislee Reusable Chalkboard Stickers! No coupon code required. Limit ONE per customer. This offer is only valid while supplies last.
Just add the House of Three-Pink Paislee Reusable Chalkboard Stickers to you cart and $2 will be automatically deducted from your cart total, instantly. These repositionable black vinyl stickers from House of Three and Pink Paislee can be used for home decor projects and will work perfectly on your cards and layouts. Each package includes six stickers and a white chalk pencil.


Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Baby Girl Gift Basket


Above is a baby gift basket I put together for a friend who just had a baby girl. It includes neccesseties for both baby and mommy...... diaper shirts, socks, blankets, a hat, a pink teddy bear, chocolate, tea, and a scented oil burner. She had already received many gifts so I included items that you can never have enough of when you are at home with a new baby.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Top 10 Gifts For a Mom

So many of my friends are having babies, so I thought I would put together a list of top ten gifts for a mom. It seems when you have a new baby, it's all about the bany so I thought I would put together a nice list of things that a new mom (or any mom) would enjoy. Items that would just be for her and nothing baby or child related. For instance, I personally love pre-made meals and other things that would save me time, but a gift like that is something for the whole family and not quite "just for mom".

Here is my list of Top 10 Gifts For a Mom:

1. Fresh and fun, some new make up

2. Books - Maybe one of her favorite hobbies is reading books. This would be a good gift to help her relax

3. Movies - Watching movies is always fun and maybe there are some new releases she could catch up on. I know I am way behind when it comes to new movies!

4. A nice piece of clothing just for her

5. A Spa Gift Card


6. A nice gift basket with her Favorite tea, coffee and treats

7. Jewelry -Something such as a pretty necklace or bracelet would be nice. It doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, but should make her feel special.

8. Flowers- You may think I'm strange when I say that I don't particularly care for flowers as a gift, but I know many of my friends absolutely love receiving flowers. I don't usually give flowers when I visit the new baby for the first time, but will bring some after a few visits so that it is more of a surprise.

9. A Gift Card to her favorite store

10. Hobby Supplies - Sometimes moms are just too busy doing mom duties, so if she has a hobby (such as scrapbooking, sewing, knitting or something else that's crafty), getting her a few fresh supplies might remind her to take some time out to spend on it.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 gift ideas for a mom. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments section. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Home Bakery Bundle Giveaway from Divine.ca

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dr. Oetker for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family and I love frozen pizza for so many reasons. For instance, it saves so much time especially on those busy nights when we have so many activities on the go. Also. having a few frozen pizzas ready to bake is much more economical than ordering pizza for delivery when we are having a get together with friends or a family movie night.

We often keep Dr. Oetker  frozen pizzas on hand, because I find it tastes fresh and has amazing topping combinations. I'm excited to learn that they have a new type of pizza available now. It's called Dr. Oetker Panebello Bakery Crust Pizza  an   and is made with a variety of high quality ingredients. The crust is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, making it taste and feel like fresh artisan bread you would get from a bakery. 

If you love pizza as much as I do, and would like the chance to win 1 of 5 $500 Home Bakery Bundles, then visit Divine.ca Home Bakery Bundle Giveaway and enter online between May 4, 2011 to June 13, 2011.

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- 8 Coupons for 2 of each of the new Dr. Oetker Panebello Pizza Varieties including Vegetables and GoatsCheese, CountryPepperoni, ClassicCanadian, and Bruschetta

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- 1 Pair of Dr. Oetker Oven Mitts

- 1 Dr. Oetker Pizza Cutter

- 1 Williams-Sonoma Pizza Peel

The contest is open to Canadian Residents Only. If you reside in Canada, feel free to visit the Divine.ca Home Bakery Bundle Giveaway and enter for your chance to win!

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Diaper Cake Gift


Diaper cakes make such wonderful baby shower gifts. It is so easy to make a diaper cake and is especially useful for most new parents. My sister's co-worker is going to have a baby so she asked me to make a diaper cake for her. I made this simple springtime themed diaper cake since she didn't know whether or not the baby is a boy or a girl. Of course it is also springtime now and the colorsI used work well, because they are neutral colors.


I happened to have yellow ribbon with lime green butterflies on it which match the diaper cake perfectly! I used some tulle to wrap up the diaper cake and completed it by tying the butterfly ribbon to close it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Comparison Shopping with Become to Save Time and Money


With the high price of gas these days, shopping online has become even more appealing. You can shop within the comfort of your own home and at any hour you please.  It won't cost you a dime in gas money and you can't beat the convenience of avoiding the traffic and parking.

I love shopping online for the reasons mentioned above, but sometimes find it tedious to hop from website to website just figure out whether or not I am getting the best deal. Also, sometimes I like to see the item in person, but don't like to drive from store to store for the purpose of comparison shopping so comparing everything online first is always useful. A website called Become is a great way to compare many different products and prices offered at various stores both online and off.

For instance, I am in need of a few new vinyl tablecloths for my kitchen table and with summer coming up, I will also need a couple for the patio table outside. There aren't many for me to choose from at the local store I usually shop at for my kitchen items so I'm glad I can look at Become.com and figure out where to order what I need.

As for the kitchen pantry cabinet, I will likely go and pick this up in person since it is a larger item. However, I checked them out on Become.com to compare styles and prices so I will only have to go to one or two stores before making the purchase rather than having to visit several stores in person to see all of my options. The children have made a mess of my kitchen chair cushions so I can compare those online as well and order them or drop into a store to pick them up, depending on which stores they are offered at.

If you are looking to save both time and money, check out Become and feel free to leave a comment below to let me know how it worked for you.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Cute Bunny Hat and Shoes


I wanted to share these cute Easter finds since Easter is coming up this weekend. My friend bought the hat for my little girl quite a while ago and I happened to spot the adorable bunny shoes at Gymboree. They are going to look great with a cute pink shirt and a simple white tutu.

Have a Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mother's Day Discount Code for WallCandy Arts



I thought I would share this Mother's Day Deal with everyone. The discount code is "mom10" and is good for 10% off of a Rococo chalkboard wall sticker and would make a great Mother's Day gift or a gift for yourself! It is my favorite wall art sticker and is great for helping to keep track of things. The coupon code ends April 28th if you would like to take advantage of the discount.
Happy Decorating!



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Friday, April 8, 2011

Fabulous Party Planning Made Simple!

Planning a fun birthday party can sometimes be overwhelming so I try to keep it simple and get as many party items as I can from as few places as possible.

When planning a party, I usually follow these basic steps:

1. Come up with a theme
2. Order invitations
3. Find decorations
4. Plan out the food

An amazing website called Big Dot of Happiness is great for one stop party planning. They have so many themes to choose from and you can get customized invitations and decorations all in one place. It saves me a lot of time, because I can finish steps 1 to 3 of my party planning in one place. The last step, (which is the food) is usually quite easy if I go to my local grocery store.


The themes are all so adorable that it is hard to decide, but I usually like to go with a theme that all the children, including my own will love. Above is the Funfari Squiggle invitation, and I love the theme because it includes many different popular baby animals that most kids like and can identify. It is customizable and with the fill in prompts, you won't miss a single detail about the party!


Another fun theme is the Under the Sea Critters theme. It's great for both boys and girls and has adorable little sea creatures that kids will love. The squiggle invitation is of course, customizable and all you have to do is fill in all the details of the party from your child's name to the date, time and place to be.

If you want every detail of steps 1 to 3 of your party planning stages practically done for you, check out their Birthday Party Packs. The invitations, party decorations, tableware and thank you notes are all included!!

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See how easy it is to be a hostess extraordinaire in just a few easy steps?

Happy party planning!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Get Ready For Mother's Day With FREE Cards From Tiny Prints


Tiny Prints is one one of my favorite online go to shops, because I don't always have time to make my cards by hand as I used to.  For Mother's Day, their Tiny Prints Greeting Card Collection, will let you create individual personalized cards with photos starting at only $1.99. They have cards for everyone and every occasion. In a matter of seconds, you can create personalized Mother’s Day Cards and have them mailed directly to you or the recipient. It's so simple and convenient especially for me, who sometimes wants to avoid the hassle of searching through the racks at my local card store.

As an extra bonus, from April 6th to April 12th, all Mother’s Day Greeting Cards will be only $.99 cents and you can also sign up for a Free Greeting Card Membership, giving you three FREE cards to use right away, as well as discounts on future cards.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lilac Diaper Cake with Flowers

I made this lilac themed diaper cake for a friend of mine. Her baby shower was simple with just a lilac floral theme. I kept the design simple by just rolling up plain white size one Pampers Swaddlers and then wrapped thick lilac colored ribbon around each tier. I stuck co-ordinating orchids onto the ribbon using glue dots, making sure not to put any glue dots on the diapers! :)


I attached a matching mini note card to top it off.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week Long Blog Hop

I am really excited to be co-hosting  Danielle's Blog Hop! Danielle of The Mommy Chronicles was trying to search out a blog hop each and everyday and began to get so frustrated because she seemed to always be a day late. She then created a blog hop that lasts all week long. Now no one has to miss out on the hop because they were a day late. You have an entire week to hop around and check out all of the other blogs on the hop.
All Week Blog Hop
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The Guidelines for participating in the Weekly blog hop are as follows:
1. Please grab the blog hop button to spread the word.
2. Please follow the host and co-host: The Mommy Chronicles and The Adventures of My Family of 8 and I Heart Maternity via Google Friend Connect and/or Networked Blogs
3. Please do not link up your giveaways, blog hops, etc. (Feel free to list your giveaway HERE)
4. Please link up you Blog, Twitter, Facebook Fan Page
Link up your blog, visit and follow the blogs that interest you and have fun! If you follow our blogs and leave a comment on this post, we will always follow you back!
We hope to see you hoppin'!
You only need to add your link to one linky for it to show up on all participating blogs. The linkys will open every Sunday at 8:00pm PST and closes on Saturday at 11:59pm PST

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Children's Playroom Furniture Favorites

Children's playroom furniture can be so cute and versatile these days.  Land of Nod is having a FREE SHIPPING promotion on playroom orders of $175 or more so I thought I would take a look and get ideas on what to add to the playroom. They have tables, chairs, toy boxes, storage and so much more. It's hard to decide what to get.

 I love to let the kids draw so this chalkboard table from Land of Nod is ideal to keep them busy for a while. They can erase it and start all over again with minimal mess. Now I just have to find some Dustless Chalk
 These adorable chairs are amazing because they have a little storage area right beneath them which helps to keep things tidy.
This classic table is nice, because it also has storage directly underneath it. :)
How cute are these storage bins? They even stack on top of each other to save space.

To receive FREE SHIPPING on playroom orders of $175 or more, just enter the promo code PLAY.

Happy shopping!
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pretty Flamingos at the Zoo

I am so excited because the weather will be warm soon and we will get to visit some fun outdoor places again.  This is a picture of the amazing flamingos we saw last summer when we went to the zoo. It's definitely a nice place to visit and see all the interesting animals while taking a leisurely walk.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to Ease the Anxiety When You Need a Car Repair

I usually get really nervous when bringing my car into the shop for any kind of repair. Being a woman, the cliche is that you will always end up paying much more than you should for each service. (I'm sure it is a common problem even for some of you men out there) Sometimes you even end up paying for repairs and extras that you didn't even need. I usually check with a few friends just to get their advice and sometimes go to an official dealership just to avoid any unwarranted issues that sometimes come along with going to some random shop. I have noticed that going to a dealership usually costs quite a bit more, but to be honest, I have no idea how much anything should cost.

There is a website called RepairPal and it is a great reference for those who want to have an idea of how much a repair should cost, before going to get their car fixed. I love this because I like to have an idea and some sort of knowledge about what I should be paying for car repair and maintenance services. From something simple such as an oil change to major auto repairs, RepairPal makes getting an estimate really easy.

The RepairPal website has different sections including different car types, a list of common car repairs, an area to get a car repair quote and a directory for auto repair shops and dealerships in your area.
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