Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year.

A New Beginning images

Happy New Year Graphics

Friday, December 30, 2011


Join SuperPoints now and start earning.  You can earn points by completing offers, watching videos or by clicking the Super Lucky Button.  When you earn enough points you can trade them in for some great rewards. You can join by invite only.  I will post some invites below but they only work once so if you use one of the invites just leave a comment so the next person will know if they are still available. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mommy Parties sponsored by Oral B Stages I & II

I was so excited when I found out that I had been selected to host this party sponsored by Oral B.  I believe that it is so important that we teach our children early on about the importance of brushing their teeth.  I also think that brushing should be fun and the items included in this kit were a big hit with the little ones.

 When the children first arrived we sat down and watched the Winne the Pooh movie and snacked on some popcorn.  We took a small stretch break and went over the flash cards that came in the kit.  They really enjoyed answering the questions.  

After the movie I handed out the Oral B Stages product fact sheet to all the moms while the children made their way to all the other snacks I had prepared for them.  The moms liked all the useful information that was given on the fact sheet.  One of the facts stated that in a 2001 practiced based study involving 22 pediatric dental offices in the U.S., Europe and Australia, and nearly 800 children, revealed:
* 69% of parents reported that, compared to other brushes used, their child was motivated to  brush longer with the Stages brush.
* 91% of dental professionals surveyed felt that the Stages brushes address the specific dentition and dexterity needs of children.

At the end of the party I gave all the children a goody bag with all the things they need to keep their teeth healthy and clean.
Each bag included:
*Oral B toothbrush 
*Oral B Stages toothpaste
*Disney Lavender Wash

I also added some Winne the Pooh puzzles that I happened to find. I thought it would be a great addition.

Needless to say all the children were so excited about brushing their teeth with their new brushes and toothpaste.  The bubblegum flavored toothpaste was the favorite although my daughter seems to like fruity flavored one just as good.

Thank you Oral B for sponsoring this great party!

* I received this party kit free of charge in order to host this party. All opinions are my own and I received no other form of
monetary compensation.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

V-Tech V. Reader Interactive E-Reading System #Win

Enter to win a V-Tech V. Reader Interactive E-Reading system over at Fun Saving Money.  It's great for children ages 3-7 and features a color touchscreenI know my daughter already loves books and she would definitely love the V.Reader. The giveaway ends on 12/10. You can enter to win by clicking HERE.

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel

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Make your opinions count and earn valuable points, which are redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toys, gift cards, and more.  

This post contains my affiliate link.  It does not influence or change my opinion.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know I did.  I also got a lot of great items from the Black Friday sales. I didn't even go shopping until about 11:00am on Friday and I still found great deals.  I was really surprised that there was so much stuff left at that time because last year there was nothing left.  Now all I need to find is a Leapfrog Leap Pad Explorer for my daughter. They are out of stock everywhere. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Free Chips and Queso from Chili's

Sign up for Chili's email club and get a coupon to print for free chips and queso.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Enter to win a PlasmaCar from Fun Saving Money  I would love to have one for my daughter.  It is made for age 3 years and up.  It can also support up to 220 pounds so adults can have fun too. You can read more about the PlasmaCar  and enter to win one here.

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I was recently given the opportunity to try out Heely's and I had so much fun.  Heely's is a stylish shoe with wheels. You do have the option to remove the wheels and just wear it as a regular shoe. I think that takes the fun out of it though. 

The shoe comes with a tool to easily remove the wheel if you choose to do so.  Also you can use the tool to remove the plastic cover to install the wheel, as seen below.

What I thought of the Heely's.

I was so excited that I (yes me) got to try these fun shoes out.  I have seen children in the mall gliding across the floor with these shoes and I always wondered what it would be like to try them.  Well, I did and it wasn't as easy as it looked.  It took me a little while to get the hang of it but I finally did.  I had a little help from the how to video though.  I had lots of laughs and my husbands had a few laughs too.  My two year old daughter was laughing at me as well.  She said that she wanted a pair too.

These would make a great Christmas gift especially with this special below...

Heelys is throwing a Black Friday special!! Between Nov 25-Nov 28, Buy any pair of Heelys, get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and get free ground shipping on all orders!

*I received these shoes from Heelys to review and all opinions are my own.

Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon When You Take the North "Poll"

Melissa & Doug want you to tell them which of their educational toys you think is the best! 

Just click on the image below to place your vote in the North "Poll!" You'll Get a Melissa & Doug 25% Off Coupon** to use at just for voting!

Sunday, November 6, 2011



                                         Howard B. Wigglebottom book winner: #3 Sherry F 

              *Please respond to your email within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner*

                                                Thanks everyone for entering!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pampers Prize Pack

I am so excited!  I just received my prize pack that I won from the Pampers Cruisers 30 Days of Play & Giveaway.  I won the "C" is for Counting (and Cookies) daily prize.  

The prize included: Hasbro's Count N' Crunch Cookie Monster, Sesame Street Counting Carnival for Wii, A Nintendo Wii Console and one pack of Pampers Cruisers.  

Thanks Pampers!!!

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Pigeon Forge Vacation

We had such a great time on our vacation to Pigeon Forge.  We went to Dollywood, of course, and it was decorated so beautifully for fall.  My daughter really enjoyed the rides this year now that she is a little older. One of her favorites was the Flying Elephant ride.

I really liked the butterfly, it was made out of pumpkins.

We also took Emily, (my daughter) to play putt-putt for the first time. She was so excited and she did really well.  She even helped her daddy out too.  Next we went to the Rainforest Adventures and we saw some exotic animals as well as we got to feed some goats and sheep.

On our last day we went to a few arcades during the day time then that night we went to a show called,Cirque de Chine .  This show featured some great Chinese acrobats. They did many different stunts and they were so graceful in everything that they did.  We really enjoyed it but my daughter fell asleep during the end because it was past her bedtime. 

I can't wait to go back next year to Pigeon Forge. There is just so much to see and do.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Howard B. Wigglebottom book Review/Giveaway

I was recently selected to review a book from the We Do Listen Foundation. The We Do Listen Foundation is a non profit corporation that helps young children learn important life lessons through the power of reading, songs and games. You can download free animated books, songs, games, activities, and more at  If you prefer you can also purchase the books in hardcover. 

The book I chose to review was Howard B. Wigglebottom and the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story. I thought this would be a great book to choose with the holidays coming up. The first thing I must say about this book is that my daughter really liked this book. She wanted me to keep reading it to her over and over again. The colors and the illustrations used really seemed to catch her eye, as well as mine. 

The book is about a rabbit, "Howard B. Wigglebottom". He takes for granted all the important things he has and always seems to want more. Then one day something happens and it makes him realize what is most important in life. I don't want to give to much away about the book so that you can read it for yourself. This is such a cute book that will teach your child a wonder lesson. At the end of the book it has a lessons and reflections section that you can go over with your child.

One lucky reader is going to win their own autographed copy of one of the Howard B. Wigglebottom hardcover books of their choice.

(After you complete the mandatory entry you may fill out the extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each entry along with your email address)

*Mandatory Entry*
-Visit and tell me in a comment which book you would select if you win.

*Extra entries*
-Follow me GFC (1 entry)
-Post about this giveaway on facebook (1 entry)
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Check out the Howard B. Wigglebottom book review/giveaway from and U.S./Canada:

Open to U.S. and Canada ends at 11:59 p.m on November 5, 2011

* I received this book in exchange for my review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.*

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog Updates

I have been getting a little behind on updating my blog lately. My daughter has been sick and I have been trying to get things ready for our trip to Pigeon Forge, T.N.

We are leaving on Monday and will be back on Friday. I will resume posting when I return from our vacation. I am so excited, I can hardly wait. I'm going to take lots of photos to share with you all. I hope everyone has a great week.

*Don't forget to enter to win a trip to Pigeon Forge, T.N.  Check out my post HERE (enter daily)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Las Vegas

I just wanted to share a few photos from my vacation in Las Vegas. 

Effiel Tower

Volcano at the Mirage hotel

 Dancing fountains at the  Bellagio hotel

Sculpture made out of canoes


Caesar's Palace

Beautiful architecture at the Paris hotel

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Zoobies Blanket Pets Giveaway

Check out the review/giveaway over at Unique Baby Gear Ideas for the Zoobies Blanket Pets. They are so cute and neat because they are a stuffed animal, blanket, and a pillow all in one. I would love to have one for my daughter. There are many animals to choose from and you can enter to win your own Zoobies Blanket Pet.  

The giveaway ends 10/19.  

Click here to enter!

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vegas Vacation

 Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted lately. I have been on vacation in Las Vegas the past week and just returned last night. This was my first vacation without my daughter and I missed her so much but it was nice to get away for a while.

I stayed at the Paris hotel and it was so beautiful. I also got to go up in the Effiel Tower, the view was amazing. I did do a lot of walking though because the hotels are so large and I wanted to go inside of most all of them. They were all so wonderfully built.

What I though was neat was that some of the hotels were connected so I would be walking through one hotel and then I would end up in a different oneThe bad thing was that it was easy to get lost that way too.

There is just so much to see and do in Las Vegas. You really want to try and plan out what you really would like to do the most and do that first, if you ever plan to visit. It is easy to lose track of time, I know I did, so I didn't get to do some of the things I had planned on. I still had a great time but I would have to say that I don't think it is a place to bring your children to. That is just my opinion. 

I am going to catch up on my postings this week and thank you to all my new followers. I hope everyone has a great week.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Free Crest Complete Toothpaste sample

Are you a member of Vocal Point? If so hurry over and request your sample of Crest Complete Multi-Benefit Whitening + Deep Clean toothpaste. If your not a member sign up so you will be able to take advantage of offers like this.

  • Fights Cavities
  • Whitens Teeth
  • Deep Clean Feeling lasts up to 4 hours
Get your sample here  

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Giveaway List

I have decided to make a list of different sites that offer some of the same giveaways. Enter on each of the sites for a better chance of winning the giveaway you choose.

-$75 Halloween Express giveaway offered at the following links.

Mommy Wants Freebies (ends 10/10)
Mommy Katie (ends 10/11)
All Aboard (giveaway train) (ends 10/11)
Fun Saving Money (ends 10/11)
This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 10/10)
Two Of A Kind Working On A Full House (ends 10/10)
Mommy and Me Giveaways  (ends 9/28)

-Betty Crocker: Fun-Da Middles Prize Pack giveaway offered here:

Fun Saving Money  (ends 10/1)
Shop With Me Mama (ends 10/3)
Pickles & Lollipops (ends 10/2)
My Four Monkeys (ends 10/3)
Upstate Ramblings (ends (9/30)

**I will be adding more to the list as I get them all together**

* I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Potty Training

I am so happy to say that it is going on 2 months since my daughter has been potty trained.  The key to potty training is be persistent.  You have to keep asking your child if they need to go and make them try even if they say they don't have to.  When children start playing they tend to forget that they need to go. Another thing to remember is to have patience, know that there will be accidents. 

Try rewarding your child with a treat after the go potty or give them lots of praise, (We did both).  Every child is different so do what works best for you and your little one.  When we first started potty training we used training pants.  It worked for a little while then my daughter realized that she could go to the potty in those just as she could a diaper. 

Finally I decided to go ahead and buy her some big girl panties and just hope for the best.  I was so surprised just how well she did.  I think I was just scared to switch to regular panties because I was afraid she would have an accident while we were out.  She did have a couple of accidents at first but now she is fully potty trained.  

I am so proud of her.  It is also great to cut out the expense of buying diapers.  If you are in the process of potty training or are getting ready to start just remember to be persistent, have patience and don't give up.

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Express Giveaway

Mommy Katie has a great giveaway going on right now. You can enter to win a $75 gift code for Halloween ExpressIf you are planning a Halloween party you could use this to buy decorations or maybe a new costumeI know I have a few things in mind that I would love to get. This giveaway ends on 10/11. 

Click here to enter! 

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bounce Coupons

Right now you can request a coupon book from BounceIt has $10.00 worth of saving in it. Fill out a short form and it will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks. Go here to request yours.

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Giveaway

My daughter absolutely loves Thomas & Friends that is why I am so excited about the giveaway at Fun Saving Money. Right now you can enter to win Thomas and Belle to the Rescue Train Set

It is such a cute set and I know my daughter would be so happy to receive it.  The holidays are just around the corner and it would make a great Christmas present.  Why not try to win your Christmas presents this year? This giveaway ends on 10/10 so get your entries in. 

Enter Here

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Linksys Wireless Router Giveaway

Enter to win a Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N' Router from Fun Saving Money This wireless router is the first building block that can handle gaming consoles, HDTV streaming video, Roku boxes, eReaders, smartphones, and anything other wireless device that needs screaming connectivity. The ARV is $179.99. This giveaway ends on 9/25. 
Enter Here!

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hot Razor Coupons

Most of the Walmart stores have Schick Disposable Razor Packs for $1.97. Use the $6.00 off 2 coupon found here to get two packs for better than free. It will give you $2.06 over that you can apply to buy something else.

There is also     $5.00 off any one Schick Hydro razor
                                     $5.00 off one Women's Schick Quattro razor or refill
                                     $5.00 off one Schick Intuition refill 6 ct.

You should be able to get some great deals with these coupons as well.

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pigeon Forge, TN (Enter to Win)

My family and I love visiting Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  We always try to go at least twice a year. There are so many things to see and do.  One of my favorites would be the Dollywood theme park. They have different events throughout the year at the park such as the Harvest Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival.

During the Harvest festival the park is decorated with beautiful fall decor and they offer special dishes to showcase some of the harvest season’s most celebrated recipes.  You can also enjoy some Southern Gospel music concerts as well as the fall foliage.  The Harvest Celebration runs from September 28 through October 29.  

During the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival you will see one of the best light displays. The entire park is lit up with 4 million lights and different Christmas themed decor. There is also a Santa's Workshop with larger-than-life toys and you can get the chance to get a picture with Santa. They also have many different Christmas themed shows and a parade to enjoy as well.  We also really love riding on the authentic 110-ton coal-fired steam engine train.  It takes you on a breathtaking five-mile journey through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The park also offers a lot of rides for smaller children which we really like because we have a two year old.  It is really something to see if you haven't visited Dollywood during Christmas time, it is so beautiful.  Smoky Mountain Christmas starts November 5 through December 30.  

Pigeon Forge also offers a variety of dining experiences, shopping, shows, miniature golf, arcades and attractions. Some of the attractions include Wonder Works and the new Titanic Exhibit. The shows that Pigeon Forge offers are really something to see. They have dinner theaters, comedy shows, and magic shows. Right now you can enter to win a trip to Pigeon Forge. The contest started on September 12 and ends October 28. You can enter once per household per day. Here is what you will win if selected.

-Four one day passes to Dollywood
-Four Lumberjack Feud Tickets
-Four Tickets to WonderWorks
-Four Tickets to Titanic Museum Attraction
-Two night hotel accommodations at Comfort Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane

Enter to win here! 

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thank you!

In the up coming weeks I am going to start doing some reviews of my favorite products and restaurants. I know I haven't been posting much but I have been spending most of my time reading other blogs and trying to learn how to run a successful blog. Thank you to those whom are following me now and I hope to get many more followers to my blog in the next few weeks. I can't wait and I hope you all enjoy my blog...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Random Acts Of Chocolate

Sometime tomorrow 9/8 the first 50,000 Mars Chocolate Fans to sign up get a free Twix bar. They haven't posted the time this will go live but go ahead and like the Twix facebook page and keep an eye out for the post. You will also have the opportunity to share one with a friend as well. They are calling this Random Acts Of Chocolate. I love Twix and I can't wait.

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

I'Coo Turbo Stroller Giveaway

Mommy Katie has a great giveaway going on right now. You can enter to win a new stylish, compact stroller from I'Coo. This giveaway ends on 9/10 and it is for the I'Coo Turbo Stroller. Go check this giveaway out at Mommy Katie.
Enter Here 

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Anytime Costumes Giveaway

It's time to get ready for Halloween. What better way to prepare than to enter to win a costume of your choice from Anytime Costumes (up to $50) at Fun Saving Money . They have so many to choose from. This giveaway ends 9/10 so hurry and Enter

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own..

Journey Gym Giveaway

Fun Saving Money  has another great giveaway going on. You can enter to win a Journey Gym worth $245. It is a complete, lightweight, compact, and durable universal gym. We could all use this with the holiday's coming soon. This giveaway ends on 9/20.   
Enter Here 

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Nextbook Premium 7 Tablet giveaway

There is a great giveaway over at Fun Saving Money. You can enter to win a Nextbook Premium 7 Tablet worth $280. It has so many great features. This giveaway ends on 9/10.  Enter Here

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rockboard scooter giveaway

Fun Saving Money has a great giveaway going on right now. She is giving one of her readers a chance to win a Rockboard scooter. It retails for $199.99. It is so neat and it is not like any other scooter that I have seen. To find out more about it and to enter this great giveaway, ENTER HERE

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Great Public Park Rehab Project

Craftsman Public Park Rehab ProjectI just received some great news from Vocalpoint. Craftsman® C3® wants to donate $10,000 to make over a public space. If there's a neighborhood park that could use a little fixing up, enter it into The Great Public Park Rehab Project!
Not only will your community win, but you could win a set of 12 Craftsman C3 power tools for yourself.
Submit a neighborhood park any time from July 5th, 2011 to July 29th, 2011.
Get your community to vote every day between August 1, 2011 and August 26th, 2011.
Submit your entry here

 *I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Please vote for my daughter

My daughter has made the top ten in the Carolina Family Travel photo contest and now there is a vote for the final winner who will win the grand prize. The voting is open until July 15 and you can vote daily. Just by voting you will also be entered to win a prize package as well. To vote go to this link and enter your info. Then on the question that asks what is your favorite photo, scroll down to Fun in the Sun. That is the title of my daughter's photo. We would greatly appreciate your vote and thank you so much in advance.Vote for Emily!

Happy Fourth of July

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July. We are going to hang out by the pool and have a cookout with our family. I will be making some Fourth of July themed snacks. I can't wait to try the chocolate dipped, blue sugar covered strawberries. I got the idea from the Disney Family Fun magazine. I will post some pictures when I have finished making them. Here is the link for the recipe.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Super Double Coupons

Just found out about this great deal. Super double coupons today through Tuesday, June 28 at Harris Teeter. They will double manufacturers' coupons up to $1.98 face value. Time to rack up on some great savings. Heading there in the morning. I heard that it is better to go early in the morning because they restock everything at night.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


If you haven't signed up for Swag Bucks now is the time to do so. You earn 30 Swag Bucks just for signing up. You can earn Swag Bucks by searching the web, doing surveys, watching videos, playing games and there are several other ways to earn them as well. You can also earn Swag Bucks by referring your friends. Just send them your unique link to your account and you will earn the same amount of Swag Bucks every time they win by searching the web. You then can save up your bucks and trade them in for various prizes ranging from magazines, games, gift cards, to clothes, beauty products, movies and much more. Click the link to sign up today.   

*This post contains my refer link.  It does not influence or change my opinion.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Carolina Family Travel Photo Contest

I have entered my daughter's photo in to the Carolina Family Travel Photo Contest. To enter you just submit a travel photo and get your friends and family to vote. Voting runs through  June 30 then they pick the top 10 based on the votes. Then the readers of,, and will decide the final winner of the grand prize. Please vote for my daughter, you can vote daily. Thanks! Click the link below her photo. To vote you must leave a comment under her picture at the link below.                                                                                   

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, March 25, 2011


I am a so much of a sushi lover.  I could eat it everyday but it can get very expensive. I decided that I would try and make some myself at home. My sister had bought me a sushi kit for Christmas that had a how to book with it as well as a bamboo mat that you use to roll the sushi. I was very surprised as to how simple it was to make the rolls. You have to prepare the rice first using sushi rice. After you cook the rice you add rice vinegar and sugar then let it cool before you start making the sushi.  You then take some seaweed wraps lay flat on the bamboo mat, cover with the sticky rice, and then add what ever you want inside. I used crab meat, cream cheese, and cucumbers (cut into small strips). After you add your ingredients then you start rolling the bamboo mat until you form a log. Take the sushi and place it on your platter then take a wet knife and cut the log in half then cut the halves into fours. You then have eight rolls. Serve immediately or refrigerate. I think it was good for my first time making it. I think I could do better next time, now that I have an idea of how to do it.

*I received no compensation for writing this post.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Coffee-mate game night party

I was recently selected to be a Coffee-Mate party host. The party was a great success and so much fun. They sent me a great host kit which included:
                                                                 - Taster's Choice coffee samples
                                                                 - Coffee-Mate powdered creamer samples
                                                                 - 2 coupons for Coffee-Mate creamer
                                                                 - Coffee-Mate themed cups and napkins
                                                                 - Poker set and Cranium game
                                                                 - Coffee-Mate creamer coupons for all my guests

Everyone enjoyed playing the games and tasting the different flavors of the Coffee-Mate creamer. My favorite was the Italian Sweet Cream, so yummy. I love having the opportunity to share products I love with friends and family. Thanks Coffee-Mate!

I received free product samples to host my party.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter. She is now a "BIG" girl. We have started potty training and she is doing well so far. She doesn't like to keep her diaper on anymore so we bought her some panties. We have to keep following her around to make sure she doesn't have any accidents. Every time she goes potty we reward her with a sticker. She seems to like that. Hopefully in a few months she will be diaper free. I can't wait!