Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Gear Giveaway Carnival at Thrifty and Chic Mom!

Ellen at Thrifty and Chic Mom is hosting a Best Bay Gear Carnival during the month of September! She has some great gear lined up for the giveaway too! If you have little ones, one on the way, or a bunch of friends having babies, you should definitely check it out!



Some of the great gear included:
■ Bumbleride Indie Twin Stroller
■ Ergo Heart 2 Heart
■ O Yikes!
■ Moon Over Maize
■ HappyBaby Meals
■ Playskool
■ Two Tinas
■ The Sofia Valeria Collection
■ Designs By Dad
■ Smart Mom Jewelry
■ Little Luvee
■ Happy Panda Baby

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Sometimes Monday mornings aren't so bad...

No matter what, I never like going back to work on a Monday morning after a great weekend, but sometimes the funniest things happen that just make the day a little easier!

At 7:45 this morning, I received a text message that read something like this from my mom who watches our boys:

"To Mama.....there's an animal in the farm little people toy bin! "[end of message]

So thinking nothing of it, I assumed that my son just asked my mom to send me a message and instead of saying hi like he normally does, he decided to tell me there was an animal in the farm little people toy bin....ok - there should be animals with the little farm set...guessing my mom took it the same way at the time!

a few minutes later, I received the next message that read something like this:

"Mama....it's alive, it's alive!"[end of message]

I decided I had to call at this point just to find out exactly what this meant! After about five minutes discussing the shear terror on my son's face (he's 3) when he reached to grab what he thought was a toy lizard from the plastic toy bin and was scared when it ran from his reach and ran downstairs screaming "It's alive, it's alive"...now if you have young kids, you can probably draw the mental image of a frightened little boy, standing in his big kid Thomas undies pointing at the toy bin to a tiny little gecko screaming "It's alive"! We have about ten of these living in and around our garage, and I guess one of the little guys decided he needed an adventure so headed to the second floor and managed to get stuck in a plastic toy bin.



(For a little background, we live in Texas, and although it's a standard neighborhood, there are undeveloped lots just across the street so we have a few extra critters around. I guess the house was cooler than outside or in the garage, so the little albino gecko had moved into my son's closet!)

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Winners: Fiber One Prize Packs!


Using random.org, the following were the winners of the Fiber One Prize Packs! (random.org picked one of their entries, I just listed the school supply one for fun)
Judy,
My favorite school supply growing up was my I Love Lucy lunchbox. Sure would be great if I still had that because I still do love Lucy and it would make a great antique collectible. Thank you!

Kristy,
I had 2, getting the big box of 64 crayons was a treat! And, I loved getting folders, because our teachers always gave us scratch n sniff stickers as rewards and I would cover my folders with them! I still love that 64 box of crayons, lol!

& Janelle -
My all-time favorite school supply was my kitten-themed Trapper Keeper that I begged and pleaded for and finally got! In general, though, I loved the little erasers that you could buy that were in different shapes and sometimes even scents. It was fun to see which of your friends had the coolest one! :-)

Congrats! You should be receiving an e-mail shortly, and you'll have 72 hours to write me back or I will have to choose another lucky winner! Thanks to everyone that participated - there are lots of Crayon lovers out there!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Toys 'R Us Deals - Starting early this week!

Buy 1, Get 1 50% off ALL Disney DVDs at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Save 25% on Select Kites at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Free Shipping on select LEGO toys at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Save $100 on HPI North America Hobby Grade RC Vehicles at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

New! Save 25% on Commercial Quality Outdoor Furniture at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Up to 50% Off ALL Clearance Pools & Water items at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Save Up to $30 on Select Battery Operated Ride-Ons at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Buy 2 Get 3rd FREE ALL Totally Me Craft Sets at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

25% Off ALL Power Rangers RPM at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

Save 20%, PLUS Free Shipping on select Outdoor Play at ToysRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.5

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Toys 'R Us & Babies 'R Us - The Great Trade-In Event!

Toys"R"Us, Inc. unveiled a national program that provides customers the opportunity to trade-in used cribs, car seats and other baby products in exchange for savings on a new item. The "Great Trade-In" event is designed to call attention to the fact that, due to safety concerns, certain used baby products, such as car seats and cribs, are not the best candidates to be handed down or resold.

During the "Great Trade-In" event, which begins Friday, August 28 and continues through Sunday, September 20, all Babies"R"Us and Toys"R"Us locations nationwide will accept returns of any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.

Manufacturers participating in the "Great Trade-In" event include Baby Cache, Babi Italia, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Nature's Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st and Sorelle. Customers can save 20% on a new purchase, from any of the specified product categories and from any of the aforementioned manufacturers, in Babies"R"Us and Toys"R"Us stores nationwide on the day they trade in their used item.

Please note: Day care centers or other organizations who wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies"R"Us or Toys"R"Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

To read more about the program, visit this website!

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Great deals on just about everything at iPrint!

We have been using iPrint for just about everything for many years! I think you will be impressed with the quality of merchandise you order and there are some great offers going on now!



20% off Business Cards, Rubber Stamps & more!


The BEST QUALITY for the BEST PRICE: 30% off Business Cards at iPrint.com


$14.99 Photo Calendars plus 25% off all Photo Gifts at iPrint.com - Mugs, T-shirts, Puzzles & more


25% off Photo Gifts at iPrint.com plus $9.99 2-Day Air Shipping!


25% off Personalized Post-it® Notes!


Save $35 on orders of $150+ and get Free Shipping at iPrint.com


Save 25% on Photo Mugs at iPrint.com - starting at $11.99

Business Cards, Rubber Stamps, Letterhead

25% off all Custom Rubber Stamps


20% off Everything at iPrint.com! Business Cards, Rubber Stamps, and more.


Save $5 on orders $25+ at iPrint.com


Get $15 off orders $75+ at iPrint.com


25% off all Custom Labels and Address Labels at iPrint.com


25% off Invitations and Announcements at iPrint.com!


25% off all Custom Signage & Banners at iPrint.com

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Baby Food now part of Subscribe & Save at Amazon!

Before, baby food was only available for individual orders, and didn't qualify for the 15% subscribe and save + free shipping discount. But thankfully, Baby Food is now part of Subscribe & Save at Amazon It looks like Earth's Best and HAPPYBABY are the main brands included in the Subscribe & Save promotion! Don't forget that you can cancel your subscription at any time, so if you try them out and don't like them, you can cancel and keep the savings on your first purchase!

My kid's love the HAPPYBABY Organics puffs, and even at the regular price of $18.36 for a six pack, it's a great deal, but when you subscribe & save, you will get an additional 15% off making it only $15.16 for a 6-pack or $2.52 each! Yeah! Our family favorites are the greens and the bananas! Haven't tried them yet? You should - they actually taste pretty good and our kids devour them when given the opportunity!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Great savings at SitStay.com!



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Use Promotion Code DOGLOVER and save 10% on your next order.

SitStay.com has a 40% off on clearance doggy goggles! - Too cute!

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Save up to 25% on Aquarium supplies at Drs. Foster & Smith!

We are in desperate need of filter supplies for our aquarium...so I thought I would share some of the deals I found at Drs. Foster and Smith. This is the only online dealer we could find the filter pads for our filter system which is nearly 6-years old, and they were on sale! Just in case you need supplies for your aquarium, you can save on Aquarium Supplies at Drs. Foster & Smithor if you are interested in setting up an aquarium you can get great prices on Fish Aquariums!

Check out the Drs' Specials at Drs. Foster and Smith. Save up to 25% on fish and supplies. Shop Now!

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.


Need something for any other pet you have, shop the Drs Foster and Smith Online Clearance Outlet!


Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

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UPromise: Win $10,000 for college!



Upromise.com College Dream Sweepstakes

UPromise - Win $10k in our College Dream Sweepstakes

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Drugstore.com's Penny Sale is Back - products for only 1cent!

drugstore.com

(Let me know what great items you get!)

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Great handbag, backpack & sunglass deals at Endless too!

I am a sucker for a great deal on handbags, so I hope you find some you like too! If you see a style you like, click on the bag...some colors are higher priced, and for some reason it is showing the higher price instead of the clearance one below (depending on when I look at this post)?









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Endless - Save $20 on back-to-school shoe orders of $100

Endless is offering so great saving for Back-to-School. Save $20 on your $100 purchase of children's shoes or $20 on your $100 purchase of men's or women's running shoes! Also, you can save up to 45% on men's, women's, and children's sandals too! No coupon code is needed, so check it out now and let me know what great deals you find!

Free overnight shipping, free return shipping (for 365 days from the date of purchase), and 100% satisifaction guaranteed!

If you're nervous about shopping at a new online store, don't worry, Endless is associated with Amazon.com!

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Bath & Body Works: Free Home Fragrance or Signature Item with $15 purchase!

Go here to print your coupon for a free Home Fragrance or Signature Body Care Item (up to $12.50) with a $15 purchase! Start shopping early for the holidays while the deals are good, or stash away for a Birthday gift! Signature Body Care Items are Buy 2, Get 1 Free, so with this coupon, you would be getting Buy 2, Get 2 Free (up to $12.50 for the 2nd free item)! Coupon is good through September 13, 2009!

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Somedays I just hate coupons!....and Target!

Sorry, I have to spend a little time venting! I attempted the Target deals on Johnson & Johnson and Aveeno Baby that Marcy talks about on her Stretching a Buck Blog but unfortunately the cash register didn't recognize that the coupon matched the products I had purchased (or so it said, "Item not recognized").

I finished shopping tonight at 7:10PM and started the checkout process at 7:15PM. I didn't leave the store until after 8:10PM after trying to figure out what coupons were accepted, which were denied, and what products I was no longer buying since their registers are crap! So why do I have to vent? Well, I printed the coupons tonight - one of each, not even using the back button to grab a second coupon (eventhough I could have) and the manager had the gall to tell me that I was using fraudulent coupons! I'm sorry, your Target store coupons weren't even recognized by your system, so please tell me that those are fraudulent too! The manager was willing to override the Target coupons, or so they said. I began to review my receipt, and noted that after removing all the items that "were not recognized by the system" and the associated Target coupons, that they hadn't scanned the coupons for the other items I had purchased.

To top it off, Target wanted to keep the "fraudulent" coupons. I took them back and said, I will just go and spend my $75 bucks at Wal-mart or Kroger instead! After over an hour trying to deal with the stupid coupons, I returned $75 worth of merchandise (had coupons totaling about $40 for that merchandise - so I would have been well stocked on all baby bath items for the year for $35 - oh well), received $10 in cash for the coupons that hadn't been entered in the first place after the poor customer service girl had to go and pull all the coupons from the cash register and count up all the coupons on my receipt, verify the total amounts, and check for each and every item! (Not to mention that other's coupons were mixed in with mine) - ugh!

Despite the recent deals at Target, I think I am done shopping there for awhile! I am glad we are stocked up on wipes from Walgreens, and deodorant and toothpaste from CVS. I feel like I wasted over an hour of my life just trying to prove to them that I actually purchased the items, then removing all the items, and making sure all the coupons were accounted for...I think I am still out about $3, but I gave up at that point and headed home!

I missed putting my baby to sleep all because Target's computer system is messed up! Think twice before attempting to use Target coupons, and for some reason, they think all Internet printable coupons are fraudulent! What have your experiences been with Internet printables lately? It seems like stores are swaying back to the point that they are no longer accepting the Internet coupons...I thought we were past that point! I wish that those that are dishonest would stop, so that the rest of us could make an honest deal on items we need or are planning to donate to others!

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Save up to 80% at the Land of Nod!



Get Up to 80% Off at The Nods & Ends Outlet


Up to 80% Off at the Nods & End Outlet


I have always thought they had some of the cutest things for kid's rooms! Check them out and let me know if you find any great deals!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Payless Shoes: BOGO 1/2off sale! & Free in-store delivery!




Payless: Buy One Get One 1/2 Off Everything

Payless ShoeSource - FREE In-Store Delivery!

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