Wednesday, August 31, 2016

JUMP AROUND: The Perfect Birthday Package to Book at Sky Zone!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, working in conjunction with Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park and US Family Guide. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Evidently there are Sky Zone Trampoline Parks all over the world, but I didn't know that until recently when I was looking for a place to book a birthday party for my son.

Gourmet Gift Baskets Sells Such a Good Birthday Cake!

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I may or many not have messed up on ordering my son's birthday cake (*sigh*). He was really looking forward to this birthday, so I opted to get him a very special cake...from Gourmet Gift Baskets. The thing is, I ordered it too soon...not on purpose, but still... and it wouldn't keep. So, what's a family to do? Well, his birthday party was going to be in a different city, too far for friends to go, so we had a neighborhood cake party!! I'm telling you, it was a huge success and nobody ended up minding the cake blooper at all, especially not the kids. ;)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Entenmann's & Back to School Milk Drive $25 Gift Card #Giveaway

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Entenmann's has a history of helping others and now they're at it again. They're partnering with the Great American Milk Drive to help deliver 100,000 servings of milk to children and families in need across the country! Keep reading because there's a giveaway for you to enter on their Facebook page and a different, additional one (with what you see in the picture above) to enter here too.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Spiderman Galore! #JFSHome Giveaway

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My son is a superhero nut. He loves all things superheroes, and most especially Spiderman. Turns out he was in luck with a birthday trio that included a Jay Franco & Sons Spiderman Hooded Beach PonchoSpiderman Plush Pillow Buddy and Spiderman Zippy Sack for a twin-sized bed.


Melvin & Simon Memory Game #giveaway 2 winners!

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"Whatcha' got there in the box?" you might be asking me. :) Well, I'll tell ya! It's an awesome memory game called Melvin & Simon from Funnybone Toys.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Enter to win a Nolah Mattress!


I'm helping promote a great giveaway being offered through Growing up Madison. this is a win we could use in our house too (but I won't enter since I'm hosting). :)  My matress right now is a Queen size on a King frame. It makes for a nice little area to store things and work on the side, that I will miss...but a bigger mattress would be better. :)

Anyway, here's the giveaway. Good luck to all who enter!

Friday, August 26, 2016

#lifeofthelunchbox Entenmanns and Nature's Harvest & $25 Giftcard #giveaway

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I've got two giveaways to tell you about today. One you can enter at the end of this post, and the other I'll direct you to the #lifeofthelunchbox website, so you can try and win there. Both giveaways are awesome!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Vicky whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the OCM giveaway.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Enter to #win a Mythical Creatures Find It Game! #giveaway

It's Game Day today, in my son's classroom!
Photo taken early this morning, on the way to school.

Today is Game Day at my son's school. That means everyone gets to bring in something fun for the class to play with during their break time (recess is what we called it when I went to school). Why so early in the year? Because it's HOT outside and the kids voted for inside recess. I've been out there in the heat of the day, and I can't same I blame 'em. Smart of the teacher to even think of the 'inside game' idea. My son broke the news to me early this morning that he needed a game (insert parents laughing here because this kind of thing always happens). Fortunately he has a new game in the house, that he just loves...the FIND IT Mythical Creatures Game, and that's what he decided to take.

Monday, August 22, 2016

These PlayMobil Carry Cases are FUN! with #Giveaway

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What's baby girl so excited about? PLAYMOBIL Carrying Cases!! She has good reason to be excited too, because these little kits are crazy cool awesome. These came the day before my little one came to visit grandmama for a few days. It was perfect timing.


Winner Announcement





Congratulations to JoAnna whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the I Love You Because book giveaway.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Decorating with Replica Furniture Can Save You a Bundle!


When I'm shopping for furniture I like to find items that are classic in style but still look oh so comfortable. Usually those pieces are too expensive for my current budget, unless I get lucky and find a great piece of replica furniture that I can afford. Items like the French Provincial armchair you see above make me really happy. I can see myself sitting there to read a good book, preferably facing a window with a beautiful nature view. And it is a replica, so it's not too cost-prohibitive to consider. In fact, I'd like to have a few of these to pepper around the lounging areas of my place.


That being said, I do appreciate coming across a more modern look too. I have a good friend who always has the more modern pieces in her home, and they are definitely great conversation starters at family parties! This replica Lem Piston barstool would be right up her alley, and I have to admit it is pretty amazing.

Replica furniture allows you to recreate your favorite kinds of looks, even when you are working on a budget. I say if you can, decorate the way you want to from the get-go. All of the pieces you put in your home are items you're going to look at and use for a long time. Might as well make them selections that you love!

Do you have a favorite decorating style?

Winner Announcement





Congratulations to Patrycja whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Baby Magic Giveaway.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coco Key Water Resort: Everything You Could Want in a Family Hotel and More! #Orlando

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THIS is a great place to celebrate back-to-school OR
one last hurrah before school starts (depending on where you are located). :)
This is a hotel review for Coco Key Water Resort in Orlando, Florida, but let me tell you right from the get-go, this is not an ordinary hotel!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monkey Mat is Going to Interest You...whether you have kids or not!

 Disclosure: This post was written on behalf of Monkey Mat and US Family Guide. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

On the left: Not happy to sit in the grass and play with his Pokemon cards.
On the right: Ah, that's better. He can sit or rest on his back or tummy, and better look at/play with his cards.
My youngest child likes to play in the yard. He also likes to play Pokemon cards with his friends, often times outside. The trouble is they don't just want to sit in the grass. It's itchy and has  (oh my gosh!) ants and other creepy crawlies in it that might get on them. ;) The solution for this and any other place you need to toss down a lightweight, sturdy, waterproof mat to sit on? Monkey Mat.

What to Know When Considering Laminate Flooring

Previously I did a post about What Type of Flooring Should I Get?, I decided to further help my audience further with flooring that I think is very famous. So let’s get on with it.b Well laminate floors are becoming more and more popular these days. Chances are if you are doing a flooring remodel or an upgrade, it's also one of the materials that you’ve been looking into. Well, before you make any hard and fast decisions, there are a few things you should know about laminate flooring. While it does have a whole slew of benefits, there are also some disadvantages to this wonderful flooring too. If you know anything about purchases, you know that you need to do your homework before you buy, so without further ado, here are some things you should put into consideration before buying.


Monday, August 15, 2016

#KohlsCares Back to School with Kohls and Clifford!

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Koh's is always a favorite destination for back-to-school. I get my son's uniforms there, and I often get his new shoes there too. One thing we never pass up when we're in the store is the $5 Kohl's Cares merchandise. This area always has the best books, toys, practical items and stuffies. Every item costs just $5 and 100% of the net profit goes towards funding children's health initiatives nationwide.

Winner Announcement




Congratulations to Ryan whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Master Lock Make Your Own Combination Directional Lock giveaway.

Yoobi #BacktoSchool Supplies. One Item Donated for EVERY Item Purchased!

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For every Yoobi item you purchase,
another Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need.

You want your children to stand out, in a good way, and Yoobi wants that for them too. That's why they've created this fabulous line of back-to-school items that are covered in uplifting and positive messages, all stressing the importance of being unique...of being yourself, because afterall, there's just one you, and a big hurrah for it too!


Bixbee Dino Camo Backpack for #BacktoSchool

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Ergonomically Designed for comfort no matter how full it gets,
& made with the best quality too! We love Bixbee for Back to School.
Bixbee provides children with high quality products that are stylish, exciting, and very different from other brands. My son likes to have a backpack that is unique. He says it's a challenge when so many people have the same thing in his classroom because it makes it harder for him to identify whose is whose. That is especially true in a class where all lunch boxes go in one stack, and all bookbags go in a stack. 

My 3 Favorite Baby Gift Ideas

When you are looking for baby gifts, it's always nice to have options that are unique and adorable. I know if I'm headed to a baby shower, I want to find one that makes an impact and be something the recipient is going to love. The following three ideas are always on my happy list.



1.  You just can't go wrong with a diaper cake. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be personalized by theme, name, color, gender and more. They always get the ooh's and ahh's at the baby showers, and they're perfect to take to a hospital room too, when you're visiting a wee one for the first time. The best thing about these though, is that they help cut costs for the new parents. Diapers are expensive, and this is a handy way to give them a whole bunch of 'em, in a fun and very cute way.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CollegeSpeak and a Ten Dollar Gift Card from Bed Bath & Beyond! #ad

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Today we headed over to our local Bed, Bath & Beyond store to stock up on Procter & Gamble health, beauty & laundry items for back to college campus time for my son. We chose this specific destination because they have a great in-store deal going on right now where if you purchase $40 worth of the participating P&G items, you will recieve a $10 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card. I always love when you can get a gift card just for purchasing items that you're already going to be buying anyway. :)

#WinVansFoods #Giveaway

Good food and good giveaways, you can't beat that combo, and Vans Foods is bringing you both. Just in time to remind us of the delicious food and snack options availabe for back to school. We had their Gluten Free waffles this morning and they were fabulous!  Nothing starts a morning quite like hot waffles and coffee (well, no coffee for the kiddos...OJ or apple juice would do just fine for them). :)

ToiletTree Cosmetic Organizer with Mirror #backtoschool

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Does anyone else struggle with having a place to put your make-up and other small items that you use often, close at hand but in a place they won't be in the way or look messy? I totally did, for a good long while, and then I saw this 7x Magnified Mirror and Cosmetic Organizer from ToiletTree

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fruit of the Loom Bonus Pack Contest!! Having Fun with #backtoschool !!


We do our back-to-school shopping in segments. My son doesn't like to shop (unless it's for toys) so to avoid frustration and help keep him from getting irritable (one of the very few times he ever gets irritable) I have split the shopping into two. So far we have his uniform shirts, socks and school supplies. This weekend we'll get his shorts/pants, shoes, and undies. You can bet we'll be going with the high quality of Fruit of the Loom for the undies. ;) Even better? FOL has a contest going on, to help make back to school shopping fun, so if you're doing your shopping still too, be sure to look for the FOL Bonus Bonus Packs, and then head on over and enter the contest too!

#ShareTheLuv Ibotta Savings and High Value Luvs Coupon

Disclosure: This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.


I know parents appreciate savings, especially on items they use consistently/often. Diapers definitely fall into that category, and if you have a little one at home (in diapers), I have double good news for you! One is a coupon, the other...an Ibotta rebate.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

OCM Best Shop for College Students and PHENOMENAL #giveaway #backtoschool

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The Value Packs at OCM are chock full of useful items for your college student!
I'm seeing a lot of moms and dads being nostalgic, proud, and a bit weepy-eyed because their babies are headed off to college. I too can somewhat relate. With one in his last year, and one on her way next year, I know how it feels to have that stark realization that your child is literally, no longer a child. Fortunately, there are ways to help ease the bittersweet heartache. One (and this never fails, right?) is retail therapy! Our College Market has amazing value packs that allow you to send your child off to school prepared, and with a feeling of being loved (which they already knew they were, I'm sure, but everyone likes going-away gifts).

I Love You Just Because book #giveaway

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This newly released book by Donna Keith is so cute. It's really well done too. I said an audible, 'wow' when I finished. I like a lot of books but this one was special. Written in rhyme,  it's easy on the tongue, and with a Bible verse on every other page, it's a great study or learning tool too, for the kids. The story centers around a family who are not all the same 'kind' of bear, but they all fit in, because...well, because they're family. :) I thought the story was adorable, and the illustrations by Alison Edgson are precious too.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Win $15,000 in cash and prizes by becoming the next Pacifica Muse!


You've still got time to enter but you have to hurry!
Entry period ends TOMORROW!

Office Depot has been Donating SackPacks for 16 years! #backtoschool

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Office Depot is donating 200,000 sackpacks to children in need.
This is their 16th year to donate!

For 16 years straight, Office Depot has been donating sack packs with school supplies in them for the National Backpack Program. By the end of this year, the total number donated will exceed 4,000,000 (200,000 this year alone). That's a lot of zeroes. Kudos to them for taking the steps to make such a big, positive difference for the kids who really need one. The designs are colorful and fun, and sure to make any child who receives one a very happy back-to-schooler.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pop-UP New York, London and Paris Too!

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My son likes to come across books that depict places he has been or would like to go, and if it's a pop-up book, well...even better. This trio of books was appealing to him (you can purchase them singularly at Lonely Planet), but they are also a tad bit too young for him, so we gave Pop-Up London! to my granddaughter (her other grandmother whom she knows very well is a dual citizen both there and in the USA). Pop-Up New York! I will give to my niece. The Pop-Up Paris! book we're keeping, simply because my son says he wants to keep it in his book collection.

Get Ready for Back to School Savings with Label Daddy!



Get ready for school and save 25% on Label Daddy peel and stick custom name labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! No ironing or sewing . . . just peel and stick. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for school! 


Friday, August 5, 2016

15% off Photo Books at AdormaPix


Your memories deserve more than a lifeless screen! Breathe life into your photos and turn them into beautiful keepsake photo books that will last for generations. Adoramapix's custom books are high quality and display your images in rich detail. Choose from gorgeous linen, hardcover and leather covers as well as 6 stunning paper finishes. Stop swiping and start printing your family memories with AdoramaPix photo books!


15% off photo books. Use code: PhotoBook15. Sale ends 11/05/2016 11:59 PM EST

#CreateTheNext Digital Media Camp for August


Summer isn't over yet! Register for Digital Media Academy August Summer Camps and continue to #CreateTheNext fun project while learning something new! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Amwell is Transforming Medical Care! Try the Online Service for ONE DOLLAR with the Code HEALTHY27

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Try Amwell for just $1.00!
Amwell is amazing! Why? Because it saves you TONS of time, it's effective, it's user-friendly, and it's affordable. What is it? It's an online service for medical care. Who can use it? Anyone! Come read about my experience, and you'll see why I'm singing Amwell's praises.

#BacktoSchool with #SentrySafe and #MasterLock w/Giveaway!

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Sentry Safe and Master Lock are two brands that go hand-in-hand with back-to-school.You'll find something useful for every grade level, and a lot of innovative, ground-breaking ways to help keep your school items safe. Take the college student, for instance...

The interior of the Large Portable Laptop Safe holds all standard sized-laptops
(hp computer and charging cable not included!)


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Healthy Beauty & Wellness: Savings Galore #Groupon! #ad

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I've talked to you before about using the Groupon website to find great deals on places to go. My son and his girlfriend use the site for savings all of the time (and now because of that, the rest of the family does too). Groupon is about so much more than just travel though. In fact, most anything you can think of, you can find on Groupon, with big savings to boot! Take for instance, Healthy, Beauty & Wellness Groupons. Within those areas you find most everything you need to help you strive towards optimum health, and do so while feeling beautiful too. Not too shabby sounding, right? 

Groupon is Serious About Savings!
Seriously, you can find deals on waxing, massaging, tooth whitening, wraps, facial treatments, and more. We're talking significant savings, not just pennies! For example, the first three posts I came to under a Groupon search within those parameters (healthy, wellness, and beauty) brought me to what you see above. I'd like to try any one of those deals out, definitely (and hardy har to the name of that last buinsess!). :) I've never had my eyebrows waxed. I think it might be fun and I'm curious to see what kind of difference it would make from my normal tweezing. I'm supposing since it is so popular, it probably does make life so much easier (I hate tweezing).


There are other things I'd like to try too. At 47-years-old, I dare say there should have been hot massage stones in my life, right? But no... I'm thinking a Groupon discount on a hot stone massage, resting my life away somewhere glorious like Hawaii (and this could happen because you can get Groupon discounts all over the USA!) would be ideal. Hey, a girl can dream, right? I think I'd like this type of massage better than a traditional rub down. any day!


You can even get a discount on tattoo removal. As you can see, the diversity in the types of savings offered in every category within the Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons, is all-encompassing. I doubt there are many categories you can think of that won't show up on their website. That's an awesome statement, and one that is very true.

So, the next time you're looking to buy anything, go anywhere, or do anything, run it by the Groupon website first. I think you'll be surprised to see what kind of relevant savings you can find, in just a matter of seconds. It's free to do so, and the money you save can make it very worthwhile.

Learn more by visiting Groupon's website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Aftershokz has Technology You're Going to Want to HEAR About with #Giveaway

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I love every single thing about this new technology!
So a lot of you, I know, have said you don't like earbuds in your ears, but you still try and use them because you like the convenience. Others of you I know like to run, hike or bike, but earbuds can pose a hazard because they block out other sounds you need to hear. Now there's a solution for both, and an innovative invention for everyone else: Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

3 Things: Including Chance to Win $100 Applebees Giftcard #NationalWatermelonDay

Disclosure: I received a gift card from Applebee's. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Here's the call to action. Usually this at the end of a post, but there's a lot going on here, so I'll put them up right away:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ozeri Has Created a Tower Fan with 360 Degree Oscillation!


When it's 90-degrees in your house, and the a/c fritzed it's time to get some air circulating stat. That was the situation we encountered in our home last week.You can see the temperature reading on the front of the Ozeri 360 Oscillation Tower Fan (I love that it displays temperature, by the way). This is the fan to have in your home if you want to get air around the whole room fast because it osciallates 60, 90, 120 or 360 degrees, all at the touch of a button.

Sky Zone Fort Lauderdale! Discount for Readers! My Teen Loved This Place!



My teen recently went to his place and she loved it. Sky Zone Fort Lauderdale is the ideal combination of Fun and Fitness, appropriate for almost any age or ability level. Soar high on the main court the sky is the limit, try your best trick into the foam pit and Sky Slam basketball, or challenge your friends in a thrilling trampoline-based game of Ultimate Dodgeball!