“Dear Santa, I Was Framed” 2012 Holiday Photo Contest Open For Entries

UPDATE: The Photo Contest has been updated, please see this posting for the most recent information!  Wow, after many long months of coordinating, planning, and scouting the world for amazing prizes (ok, more like just the world wide web), I am proud to present to you the "Dear Santa, I Was Framed" 2012 Holiday Photo Contest!  Before I start with the details, let's take a step back, remember when I told you all about how I wanted to do something a little different this holiday in the posting where I first announced the photo contest?!  Well, I am still Black Friday free this year, WooHoo!  As much as there are a million things I'd love to get, I think it is for the best that I didn't shop and used it to spend time with family and friends, enjoying and being thankful.  I was tempted by many things...does online shopping count as Black Friday shopping if I technically didn't leave the house or my family to do it?! … [Read more...]

iPad for Christmas Giveaway-Ends 12/17

Welcome to the iPad for Christmas giveaway event hosted by Bay Area Mommy!  Special shoutout to co-hosts Mom to Bed By 8, Frugal FilAm and Shopaholic Mommy who also helped make this giveaway possible!   Can you believe it is almost Christmas?!  Would you like to win an iPad before Christmas?! Here is your chance because we're giving away a 16GB iPad with retina display ($499) to one lucky reader!!! If you already have an iPad, don't worry, you can opt for the cash equivalent via Paypal instead!!  Giveaway runs from November 20, 12:01am EST to December 17, 11:59pm EST.  Open worldwide. If winner is outside the US, he/she will get the cash equivalent.  Must be 18 years or older to be eligible. * No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected using Rafflecopter and entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to Bay Area Mommy's winner notification email in order to claim his/her prize. If no response is received, a … [Read more...]

Little Inspiration’s Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway-Ends 12/11

Who doesn't love getting gifts during the holidays?!  I won't lie, I love it!  But I also love winning them and you can even use those winnings to give gifts to others too!   There's an awesome Holiday Gift Guide Event hosted by Angie over at Little Inspiration and you can enter here on my blog! Are you all ready for the Holidays and ready to win some gifts? There are great prizes up for grabs and they are... Silhouette Portrait Valued at $199 Mohawk 5x8 Chevron Rug valued at $199  Leap Frog Leapster GS $75 Pick Your Plum Box Tegu Pocket Pouch - Melissa & Doug Trunki $25 to Poppy Seed Projects Wittlebee Box More prizes & entries may be added daily- so make sure to come by for daily and extra entries!! Make sure to follow Angie over Little Inspiration for reviews & more gift ideas. A big thanks to all the sponsors that made this awesome giveaway possible: Leap Frog, Tegu, Silhouette, Mohawk Home, Pick Your Plum, Melissa … [Read more...]

$85 Target Gift Card Giveaway-Ends 11/7

  Hope you all could use some extra money this holiday season because I know I could!  I've teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you a chance to win an $85 Target Gift Card!  Good Luck!   Contest is open to US and Canada residents.  Ends 12:01 AM on November 8, 2012.  Chance of winning is based on entries.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Kangaroo Mama’s Travelin’ With Baby Giveaway Prize Package: Over $120 Prizes-Ends 10/24

Ever try to travel with kids and wonder how you'll ever survive the plane ride, the road trip, or your hotel stays?!  Welcome to the Travelin’ With Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny! This Event will run from October 10th - 24th with a Twitter Party Grand Finale on October 25th from 9-10 PM EST!  In this Hop, each blogger has a great prize, worth at least $25, to make traveling with your baby easy and fun! Check out all the other bloggers' giveaways in the linky list at the bottom of this posting.  Don’t miss out on the fabulous Grand Prize worth over $500 featuring the best, must-have Baby Travel Products!  What is Kangaroo Mama offering in this giveaway hop?! 1 Winner (US ONLY): Thanks Mama's Freds Swim Academy SwimTrainer in winner's choice of size.  You can read my review here. Bobbleroos Toddler Pillow Insert, Pillow Protector, Pillowcase with embroidery, and Blanket with … [Read more...]

Live Clean Baby: Baby Care Products Review

I am always on the look out for baby care products, especially ones that are eco-friendly, gentle on the skin, and smell nice!  I was introduced to the Live Clean Baby product line and was sent their shampoo and wash, baby bath, non-petroleum jelly, baby lotion, and bar soap for review.  The Live Clean Baby line is: Vegan, with no animal ingredients used in the formulations Cruelty free-none of the products or their ingredients has been tested on animals 80-99% plant based Petroleum free Paraben and Phthalate free Hypoallergenic Free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a common chemical  surfactant used in most shampoos Free of Diethanolamine (DEA), a common ingredient used for rich lather and viscosity building Free of phosphates, a known contributor to water pollution Live Clean containers are recyclable and made from “virgin” materials, making them far easier to recycle than many plastics Live Clean Baby is a … [Read more...]

Bobbleroos: Toddler Pillow and Blanket Review & Giveaway

Do you notice that as your infant gets older and is now promoted to the toddler title that an empty crib sans pillow for their precious head just seems so uncomfortable?!  Honey and I noticed that Kiggster slept better with a pillow rather than on a crib mattress alone an she seemed to have a liking for Honey's pillow especially.  But she was so tiny looking against those extra fluffy adult pillows!  So we decided to search for a small pillow and little did we know but there are such things as toddler pillows!  Bobbleroos not only carries toddler pillows and blankets but also allows for a personalization option making them extra special for your little one.  My daughter has loved taking them everywhere she goes and using it all the time.  The toddler pillows are 12"x16" and approximately 3" high which is a significant difference from the adult pillows we have.  As you can see, our pillows are not only big for size but really … [Read more...]

Thanks Mama: Freds Swim Academy SwimTrainer “Classic” Review & Giveaway

I'm already missing those "lazy days" of summer filled with warm weather and sandy beaches!  Well, we didn't get too many chances to hit the beach this past summer but we did have to take a couple road trips for some weddings and to visit friends, which also meant hotel pools for us!  Kiggster loves water so I try to get her any water related products I can get my hands on!  I was fortunate enough to be sent the Freds Swim Academy SwimTrainer from the Thanks Mama store for review. What makes the Freds SwimTrainers different than regular flotation devices is that rather than just keeping a child floating in water vertically, the SwimTrainers actually keep the child at an ideal swimming position on their tummy.  It allows the to learn to kick and move their feet and arms properly.  Children are securely and safely strapped in the trainer so there is not a worry that they will fall through while in the trainer.  The swimtrainers … [Read more...]

Just Between Friends: Consignment For The Money Conscious & Busy Individuals

Have you ever thought about having a yard sale or garage sale to get rid of all that excess stuff piling up in the garage...and sometimes throughout the home?!  What if you don’t even have a garage or a yard to host a sale?!  Too busy to set one up?  Well, I came across Just Between Friends, the largest children’s and maternity consignment sales event and they are definitely the solution for our family!   I had seen them in the years past but didn’t want to consign because I was too busy to get my things ready, price all my items, and bring them during the designated hours.  But last year, Just Between Friends in San Mateo (that’s the one closest to my home) did something different, they started a valet tagging program!  That sounds luxurious doesn’t?!  Well, for those of us that have little time to spare but lots of baby and maternity items to rid ourselves of, this was a great option!  Before we delve into … [Read more...]

Kangaroo Mama’s Keeping Kids Creative Giveaway-$580+ 3 Winners Ends 9/30

Any parents or grandparents out there agonize over what activities to give our children that they'll love and we feel good about?  Well, the last week of September has been Nationally designated as "Keep Kids Creative Week". Although this week is usually celebrated at schools with many fun activities to help stimulate kids' creativeness, parents can also take advantage of this week to do some really fun things at home. Many parents, like myself, usually struggle with finding time to fit creativity in but there are lots of products out there to help us with getting those creative juices flowing. Mama-Nibbles and Life With Two Boys created this event to help you find some fun products to keep your family creative not only during "Keep Kids Creative Week" but all year long! Keeping Kids Creative begins on September 17th at 12:01am EST and ends on September 30th at 11:59pm EST.  Along with the awesome prizes that each of the participating blogs are … [Read more...]

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