Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Arts Cow Personalized Hi-speed USB Hub - $3.99/each shipped

With so many gadgets around these days, have you noticed all the wires building up around your computer desk and worktop? If you are anything like us in the office who likes to keep updated with the latest gizmos, then you’re likely to have cables everywhere. Your average Joe will probably have cables for their camera, cell phone, speakers, memory card reader and so much more.

The product on sale today helps you to solve this problem by using a USB hub. This neat personalized computer accessory allows you to use up to 4 USB gadgets from a single port. Available in black or white and single/twin sided customization, the 4-port USB is on sale for $3.99/each including free shipping.

Coupon :

Coupon Code: 4PORTUSB
Expiry Date: 07/22/2010

Make your USB hub now.


Radio Flyer! World's Largest Wagon Mosaic

July 4th weekend is almost upon us, which means one thing- patriotic celebrations all wrapped up in red, white and blue! Families all over our great country will be heading to parks, beaches and backyard barbecues to commemorate the occasion with fireworks, sparklers and other symbols of Independence Day. And many of them will be pulling behind them another American icon in a certain signature color- a Radio Flyer Wagon!
Since 1917, the famous little red wagons by Radio Flyer have been a favorite of families and kids everywhere. Boasting more than a dozen award-winning wagon models and a complete line of tricycles, scooters, and other ride-ons, Radio Flyer is as synonymous with outdoor play as summer itself.
There are endless ways to enjoy your little red wagon, from standing out in the crowd at the Fourth of July parade, to toting all the ingredients for a fun summer picnic. Not only will your red wagon provide hours of outdoor adventures, it will bring a lifetime of memories too. That's why Radio Flyer is celebrating the beginning of summer by launching the World's Largest Wagon Mosaic. Simply capture your families' Radio Flyer moments on camera and go to to add your photo and help the legacy of the little red wagon live on!
  Radio Flyer has 3 fantastic versions of their famous wagons: the Classic Red Wagon, the All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon and the Ultimate Comfort Wagon.

RF classic wagonall terrain wagoncomfort wagon

Don't forget to follow @RadioFlyerSmile on Twitter and visit Radio Flyer on Facebook for great updates and insider information.

Whats Cooking Wednesday 6/30

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
1 – 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).
Peal the sweet potatoes. Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.
Place the sweet potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.
Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, until slightly browned. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

Recipe Courtesy of Sarah's Cucina Bella Blog! 

Let me just say yummy yummy yummy! These were fantastic. My husband who is not a big sweet potato eater loved them. I love sweet potatoes just about any way you can cook them but this is the first time I tried them as fries. I served them for dinner with grilled asparagus and cheese burgers. (Note I ate my burger with no bread, added a little BBQ sauce and a tomato slice) I warmed the left over fries in the microwave for lunch the next day with tuna salad and they were still delicious!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Split for a Cause

Usually when we hear the word "split", we think of news of celebrity break-ups, splashed across the cover of tabloid magazines. Well, leave it to our favorite celebrity/brand team to prove that a split can be a good thing!
Kelly Ripa and Electrolux are joining forces once again to celebrate the launch of Electrolux Appliance's new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer - that's right, the familiar duo has split up. And to sweeten the celebration, they're bringing in the "Emperor of Ice Cream" Stephen Bruce, owner and founder of Serendipity 3, the landmark New York City restaurant and dessert spot, into the mix.
Kelly and Bruce teamed up earlier today to make banana splits for a cause.  And now we want you to dig in, with your virtual spoon! Starting today, at, you can build your ultimate banana split using virtual ingredients from classic whipped cream to caramel sauce to rainbow sprinkles. For each "split", Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its $750,000 commitment to help fight ovarian cancer[1].   
As usual, Electrolux and Kelly find new and fun ways to say thank you to those who support this great cause. Everyone who logs on to the site and builds a split will be automatically entered for a chance to win the daily prize - $50 towards sweet summer treats - and the grand prize:  the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux. 
Ready for the cherry on top? The new Counterparts provide much-needed additional space for busy families, better temperature control and they're eco-friendly, too.
I must say I want this very badly and was just telling my husband that when we build our house this is what I would love! Come on what a sweet deal customize your own set and you might just win!!!
electrolux- banana 

Arts Cow: Large Photo Memopad at $2.99/each with free shipping

Ever looking for some papers to write down messages when you are on the phone? Trying to squeeze your big hand-writing on small papers? Too much work to do and needs to be remind of? is proud to bring to you the latest addition to our stationary line. Large memo pads that everyone has been longing for. For just $2.99/each with free shipping, now is your opportunity to design and purchase a customized memo pad at a even larger size than before.
Don't miss out and order now!

Coupon :
Coupon Code: MEMO299
Expiry Date: 07/28/2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Giveaway Monday Roundup 6/27

I will no longer be posting the giveaways I enter here. Instead I will be updating my new blog, It's All about Entering Giveaway's, as I enter.

Want me to enter some of your giveaways or reach my readers here. Then enter your link in this linky. Please be sure to link to your giveaway page not to your homepage. If this is not followed I will remove your link; thank you!

Link up your giveaway's here but please leave a comment when you link up :) Following me would be nice but not mandatory :)


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Winner Redraw


H2Organics Kids Review & Giveaway

Momma on the Run

The winners has been emailed and have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you to all who entered. If you did not win please keep trying!



Mamavation Week Fourteen

Watch Lives Change

I have been busy busy busy this week! The boys and I have walked 4 out of six days. I will be posting my Mamavation posts on Sunday from now on so my progress with always be from Monday to Sunday! Yesterday the boys and I went and walked around the swap meet and then after dinner we went to the park. I was so estatic when I looked at my steps from yesterday! My total was whopping 14536!!! I also consumed more than 100 ounces of water! I am going to start posting my water consumption and my steps in a weekly update starting next week (I need a week to update) 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Snapfish Summer Clearance Sale - save up to 60%

Shop Now for these hot Deals. Make great for gifts for any occassion!


HOT Arts Cow Photo Handbag Summer Sale – from $7.99 shipped

Spoil yourself and friends with fully customizable photo handbags from ArtsCow. Design your own bag with images and personal messages. Never do you have to worry about having a clash of bags with another girlfriend with these personalized accessories.

The Summer Handbag Sale includes this classic version retailing at $7.99* with free shipping. Design a bag that compliments your outfit and allows you use it on different occasions whether it’s for work, play or nights out.

Coupon :
Coupon Code: SUMMERBAG
Expiry Date: 07/18/2010

Look around, get inspired and start your design now.

Due to reproduction restrictions, offer will be limited to the first 1,000 order per day.

*for first item and $11.99/each thereafterJess

Friday, June 25, 2010

Personalized Finger Print Bug Flower Pots: Great Gifts

So this year was Aaron's first year in school. He went full time to Headstart and will be going again this year. I wanted to do something really great for the 3 office staff and his two teachers. That being said I did not want to waste my money on the same old things all teachers get. It was time to put on my thinking cap: This is what resulted:
Each one of the five ladies received a hand painted pot, a pack of flower seeds, a gallon bag of potting soil, and a bookmark that had a picture of them with Aaron. This was a very affordable option: Pots were $1.00 =$5.00, Seeds were $0.50 = $2.50, Soil was $3.00, Spray paint was 2 cans and totaled $4.00, and the bookmarks I did on Microsoft publisher and had lamented at Staples = $1.00. So my total cost was $15.50 for 5 teachers. Please note I used latex paint I already had a home; but this would add about $10 if you had to purchase several paints.

Winners Announced 6/25

H2Organics Kids Review & Giveaway 







Once Upon A Baby Brother Brother Review & Giveaway


Father's Day Alert: Every Man Jack Review & Giveaway

Mom and Wife

Fathers Day Alert: Tiny Tokens Review & Giveaway

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The winners has been emailed and have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be chosen. Thank you to all who entered. If you did not win please keep trying!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Update on Giveaway Winners

I have not forgotten about picking winners. This week has been busy due to working on canning my summer Peach Jam. (recipe to come) I have decided to stream line things I will start posting all winners for the week on Friday's. So check back tomorrow for the Winners and don't forget to enter the Silk Pure Almond Giveaway!

Inspired Gifts Savings Offer

So I ran across this company a couple months back. I love personalized gifts and photo gifts are some of the best things to give and receive. Inspired Gifts is a mom run company~ Create meaningful photo gifts for those you love. We provide high quality photo books & products to personalize with words of inspiration, love and timeless expressions. Inspired Gifts will help you create a cherished gift for family and friends. Capture all of life’s moments, from times of celebration to times of healing, in one of our treasured photo books. For the little ones in your life, Inspired Gifts offers original Baby & Children Stories. Compose Magical Fairy tales & Adventure books with your child’s name and pictures. Give your child the gift of being the lead character in a magical story created just for them.

Summer Time = "I'm Bored"

School is out and children are so excited that summer is here, but it won't be long until you hear the infamous, "I'm bored" from your little ones.

Primrose Schools, the leader in educational child care, recommends encouraging imaginative play and having a plan in place to keep children's minds engaged during the summer months. Studies show that without stimulation, children can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned during the school year.

That's why Dr. Mary Zurn, Vice President of Education for Primrose, has come up with the list of ideas below as a starting point for summer activities that offer a balance between the freedom of child-initiated play time and more structured activities.

Be Safe this Summer!

The summer picnic season is upon us, and one of the biggest weekends of the summer is almost here!  With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's time to plan now for a safe and sober way home.
While many of us focus on fireworks safety each Fourth of July, we also need to keep our roads safe for the drive home after the festivities. 
Whether at a family picnic or viewing the local fireworks display, many of us will be on the road this Independence Day.  It's time to spread the word about the dangers of buzzed driving and to remind people that Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving, and the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ArtsCow Supersize Blanket - $34.99 with Free Shipping

We have received many compliments since the promotion of our medium sized blanket from last month and as promised, larger versions will be made available soon. So here it is; 60% bigger than the medium blanket, this extra large size scales at 60” x 80”.

Large enough as sofa throws or bed covers, this mega size blanket allows you print life size images whilst ensuring you are kept warm on blustery nights. Snuggle up on the sofa and watch your favorite movies with your own customized fleece blanket.

For the first time ever on ArtsCow, we are putting this colossally sized blanket on sale for an offer price of $34.99 including free shipping.

Coupon :
Coupon Code: 6080BLKT
Expiry Date: 07/22/2010

TIP: use multiple pictures/collages to customize your blanket for best effects due to the large scale. If using single images, you are recommended to use images of at least 6 megapixels.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Silk Pure Almond Milk Review & Giveaway

I am not a huge milk drinker unless it is chocolate milk; and well it just does not agree with me and my waist. I mean the added calories and sugar is not a plus on my weight loss journey. Did you know that whole milk has 150 calories per serving where Silk's Almond Milk only has 60 calories per serving? Furthermore you can get the sweetened vanilla flavor and it only has 90 calories per serving! I also learned that almond milk has as much calcium and vitamin d as regular milk, but is naturally fat and cholesterol free.Wait it gets better Almond Milk is Soy, Lactose Free, and is great for a Vegan diet!

ArtsCow All Customized Watches $4.99/each includes shipping

It’s been a while since the last promotion on photo watches and such was the success previously, we thought we’d go all out with a blast. So back by popular demand, we have the complete range of watches, including Italian charms, leather and steel straps and key chain versions.

Always a favorite of ours, these photo watches are on offer for a jaw-dropping price of just $4.99 each with free international shipping. So for less than five bucks, put your favorite photos on watches to remind yourself of those happy pastimes.

Coupon :
Coupon code: WATCHSALE
Expires on: 06/30/2010

Choose your style of watch and start your design now.


Giveaway Monday Roundup 6/21

I will no longer be posting the giveaways I enter here. Instead I will be updating my new blog, It's All about Entering Giveaway's, as I enter.

Want me to enter some of your giveaways or reach my readers here. Then enter your link in this linky. Please be sure to link to your giveaway page not to your homepage. If this is not followed I will remove your link; thank you!


Mamavation Week Thirteen

Watch Lives Change

Wow I have been involved with Mamavation for thirteen weeks! The past two weeks I have made excuses, not worked out very much, ate poorly at times, and overall let myself down. This morning was a new day and when I woke up and read over my posts since joining Mamavation I was inspired! Yes inspired by myself and I don't mean that to sound conseated.  I mean in thirteen weeks I have made some serious changes:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Coming Soon~ Interview with Jared from Subway

Remember me telling you I won an interview with Jared from Subway during a twitter party a few weeks ago. Well I will be talking to him in the next week or so and need to come up with some questions to ask him. I am looking for my readers to get involved and tell me what you would like me to ask. What would you like to know about Jared?

I decided the best way to do this is offer a great gift to you my readers! As long as I get 10 different readers to comment with a question you want me to ask I can offer this gift! So okay on to this: comment with the one question you would love me to ask Jared for you. I will pick the winning comment/question on Monday and post it in my Mamavation post. Then when I get to speak with Jared I will ask your question and it will appear in the published interview. I will award that person with a $10 giftcard to subway. Here is the twist:
To win you MUST check in on my Mamavation Monday Post to see if you are the winner. You must also post a comment with your email by Wednesday in order to receive your gift card. If you don't understand then please email me at with your questions. Please note this giveaway is NOT sponsored by Subway. I am providing the gift card!
WIN IT: One winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Subway. (Must have 10 comments to hold giveaway)

MANDATORY ENTRY: You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter! Post ONE question you would like me to ask Jared.

  • THATS IT NO EXTRA ENTRIES THIS TIME! Oh you can check facebook for another chance!
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This giveaway will run from 6.18.10 until 6.20.10, I will choose the winner based off of comments. Make sure you check back on my Mamavation post for winner. Please see my disclosure policy for details about reviews and giveaways! U.S. residents only please.


ArtsCow Playing Cards only $4.99 + free shipping

ArtsCow not only strive to give the best prices around town but we never want to leave our customers dissatisfied with the quality of our photo gifts. Following months of research and testing, we have developed a new type of playing cards completed with a premium quality card giving it the A-grade feel.

With school out and holidays approaching, these playing cards will play a key role in keeping the kids entertained while on your summer travels. Prices start from $4.99* with free international delivery, so a bargain is just a few mouse clicks away.

Coupon :
Coupon code: PLCARDS499
Expires on: 07/05/2010

Start making your playing cards now.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Walgreens HOT Deal

Listerine Whitening Rinse - $5.99
$2/1 Listerine Whitening Rinse printable
$3/1 Listerine Walgreens in-ad coupon (give this last)
Final Price = $.99 after coupons

Then, submit for the MIR and it's a $5 money-maker!

There is a no form needed $10 Mail In Rebate found in People Style Watch June/July issue, on page 104 for the Listerine Whitening and here's the information:

“Purchase ANY Listerine Whitening or Rembrandt product and receive a free $10 prepaid debit card to put toward your favorite white must have item for summer. Mail your original receipt, dated between 5/21 – 6/17/10 with the Listerine Whitening or Rembrandt product and proof of purchase circled along with your name and address to: Dare to Wear Gift / PO Box 4938 / NY NY 10185. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping. Offer good while supplies last. Limit one per household.” Must be received by 7/1/10.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Mamavation Week Twelve

Help!!! I don't know what is wrong with me but I just can not seem to get my self motivated any longer. I did not work out even once this week and I think I walked one day where my steps reached 10,000. I hate to admit it but there is even a day I only hit 1,500! I am ashamed and to be honest confused on how to fix this! I need motivation and drive! I have decided I WILL be applying this month to be the new Mamavation mom! I really need Leah to come here and kick my behind! I would love for her to pull a Jillian!

Now to explain I am not making excuses per say. I have only seen my husband twice for a total of 5 days since Mother's Day. It is taking a toll on me in every way. I feel like a single mom and I am exhausted, depressed, and well over worked. We are trying to remedy this situation but right now there are just so many things up in the air. I am also preparing to move.... yet again. My mil wants to get away from the apartment and rent a house in the country. Needless to say..... more stress!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lunar Antics Book Review

My husband and mother in law are comic fanatics. They truly have a sense of humor unlike anyone I know. As a matter of fact my mother in law often refers to herself as the 'MotherShip'.... long story as to how that got started and it was long before I came along. So when I had the chance to review Robert Walters book 'Boy, I'd Hate to be Made out of that Stuff!' I knew I had to take the opportunity.

Fathers Day Alert: Tiny Tokens Review & Giveaway

During Mother's Day I kept seeing a trend of hand stamped jewelry being the hit thing. So as Father's Day is now approaching I want to show you how dad could enjoy a piece as well. Tiny Tokens is a Personalized Hand Stamped Jewelry store on Etsy. Here is some information on Sandi's shop:
Looking for custom personalized hand stamped jewelry? Check out my full line of custom personalized jewelry all hand crafted with quality materials. Tiny Tokens Designs offers an assortment of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that can be custom made to your specifications. I also offer gifts for the men in your life including cuff links, key rings, and golf markers. If you don't see exactly what you are looking for please convo me and I would be more than happy to work with you creating a truly special piece of jewelry. If you do find an item in my shop and you need something added or changed let me know and I will set up a listing for you. Thank you for taking the time to browse through my Etsy Shop.

Sandi has so many items in her shop so selecting something to review was almost impossible. I will admit I finally settled on something for myself as well as purchasing something for my dear husband. I received for review the Three Disc Necklace (pictured left is from Sandi's shop not my personal one). I have both my boys engraved on the necklace and can not wait to wear it proudly. This piece is dainty and feminine and can be customized how ever you would like! I also love that every piece is hand crafted so no two are alike. I can feel like Sandi made me very important while making my pieces especially for me.
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