Monday, April 27, 2015

Backyard BBQ Event

I'm SO ready for summer!  I want to swim, go on vacation (Disney World!), and just enjoy some warm weather.

Welcome to the Backyard BBQ Event! This event has been in the works since the end of last summer, so we've been working hard bring this to you! This event it hosted by Dixieland Reviews and Co-Hosted by: Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Southern Mom Loves Deliciously Savvy, Joyful Gifts by Julie, Susie's Reviews & Giveaways, Amy & Arons Real Life Reviews, Michigan Savings & More, Finger Click Saver, Keeping Your Cents, Life of a Southern Mom, Imperfect Women, Babs Projects, The Savings Opportunity, Heartbeats ~Soulstains, and My Starlight Blessings. Please be sure to visit our awesome Co-Hosts, these are some amazing bloggers! Our Sponsors are We Love Travel Deals and Skinny Ideas.

Prizes: (See photos above!)

Prize 1- Weber BBQ Grill -arv:$499
Prize 2- Smoker - arv:$248
Prize 3- Patio Set-arv:$599
Prize 4-Very decorative Cooler: arv:$99
Prize 5- Stainless Steel BBQ Set- arv:$62
Prize 6- Portable Gazebo- arv:$249
Prize 7- Gorgeous Patio Firepit- arv:$119
Prize 8- Croquet Set- arv:$40
Prize 9- Dart Set- arv: $37
Prize 10- 132" Movie Screen AND Projector! arv:$235 & $270 respectively.

There will be 10 winners total, one winner for each prize!


Must be 18+ and a resident of the US to enter. Void where prohibited by law. All entries from all tools will be combined and they ran to ensure a fair drawing. All winning entries will be verified, if task on winning entry was not completed and the entry was taken anyway, that entry will be disqualified. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Winning email will be sent from so please add it to your safe list. We do not spam, nor will we ever sell your email address. We hate spam as much as you do! Prizes are shipped by sponsor. Participating bloggers not responsible for shipment of prizes. Not associated with Facebook or any other social media outlet.

By Facebook terms and conditions, we cannot require you to 'like' any Facebook page, we can only ask you to visit them. But it's because of the participating bloggers and sponsors that we are able to bring you such great prizes, and we do appreciate it when you like our pages, plus then you'll know when we have another awesome giveaway! But it is still up to your discretion as to whether you like the page or not, and you will not be penalized.

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Once winners have responded with their mailing information, they will be listed on the WINNERS PAGE. We list first name and last initial to protect privacy. These names are ONLY listed once we receive the mailing info from the winner.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Put Together A FREE Kid-Friendly Trip in Kansas City!


I grew up in Kansas City, but my husband is from Illinois, so now that we live in KC, he sees it through the eyes of a tourist. It's been great for me as we discover new places, and revisit some that I loved growing up. Plus now I'm a mom, and I'm always on the lookout for fun (inexpensive!) stuff to do with my kids.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is in KC, on the Missouri side (right by the Country Club Plaza shopping district), and it's FREE (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). The museum currently maintains collections of more than 35,000 works of art. If you think your kids are too young to enjoy it, you might be surprised. My 4-year-old LOVES the paintings by Claude Monet and the Mummy of Ka-i-nefer, not too mention the museum's beautiful 15th-century Italian courtyard restaurant where you can grab some amazing desserts. And on your way back to the car, let your kids get lost in the Glass Labyrinth outside!

Next you can head over to the Kansas side, in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, to the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Monday through Thursday, it's FREE (only $2 per person the other days and holidays)! The Farmstead has everything from pony rides to a fishing pond and a one-room country schoolhouse. There are beautiful flower gardens (great for taking pictures of the kids), nearly 200 animals and birds of prey, and your kids will LOVE bottle feeding the baby goats.

Staying on the Kansas side, head up the road a bit from Overland Park to the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. They have a hands-on exhibit developed for kids ages 3-9. It's designed to look like a suburban streetscape. Your kids can make their own plays in the theater (mine love to flash the stage lights), play doctor in the hospital, and even deliver mail from the post office. Did I mention admission is FREE?? They're closed Sundays and major holidays. I've noticed it clears out during the lunch hour, so eat early and then head over when it's not too busy.

If you have any energy left at the end of the day, take in a relaxing baseball game. The Kansas City T-Bones (professional team that's a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball) have a fantastic ballpark in Kansas City, KS. It's within walking distance of tons of hotels, restaurants, and shopping. Parking at CommunityAmerica Ballpark is always FREE. Children 2 and under are FREE (unless they require a seat). They also offer discounts to senior citizens and retired/active military personnel on certain days. And if you have a Price Chopper Rewards Card, show it on Wednesday T-Bones home games to score a GA/berm ticket for just $4.50! If you live in the Kansas City area, check with your kids' school because your child may be able to score FREE T-Bones tickets through the Kansas City T-Bones Reading Program. Look at their promotion schedule and try to go to a game when they hand out FREE shirts, magnets, hats or even bobbleheads! They also do great fireworks on Saturdays. There's a kids' play area if your little ones are too antsy to sit through nine innings. We've been to several games, and I can assure you, this place is super kid-friendly. Visit to check out their schedule.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ultimate Baby Shower Giveaway

I just went to a baby shower, and the mom-to-be got tons of great gifts (everything from a baby Aerosmith shirt to hand painted onesies), but check out all the amazing baby shower gifts you could win in THIS giveaway!

Welcome to our 3rd Annual Baby Shower Event! This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and co-hosted by Golden State Mom, Joyful Gifts by Julie, Southern Mom Loves, A Little Bit of Everything, A Man's Take on Things, Michigan Savings & More, Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Mommy on the Money, What U Talking Bout Willis, Goody Bag Mall, Diaper Wrecker, Mama Smith's Review Blog, Imperfect Women, Susie's Reviews & Giveaways, Swanky Point of View and Heartbeats ~Soulstains. Sponsors as noted.

This event will have 12 (TWELVE!) Prizes with one winner per prize, open to the US and Canada only. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Prizes will be shipped directly from the sponsor(s). All entries from all tools will be combined then ran through to ensure a fair drawing. There is only one (1) mandatory entry, all others on all tools are optional, however, for each one you complete, you will get extra entries. Not associated with Facebook or any other social media pages. Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If no response is received within 24 hours, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Not responsible for late or misdirected emails. All winning entries WILL be VERIFIED.

Here are the prizes up for grabs:

Larkin Four in One Convertible Crib arv: $899 from We Love Travel Deals

A gorgeous, solid wood, Changing Table from We Love Travel Deals Arv: $799

Beautiful solid wood dresser from We Love Travel Deals ARV: $399

 Infant Car Seat from Britax arv: $179


Large Baby Shower Diaper Cake in your choice of style/color! Arv $100

A $500 Visa Gift Card to help furnish your nursery- We Love Travel Deals. Arv: $500

Pink Lace Bow Dress from Sass N Frass by Tina Gowans Sz 6-9 month- arv: $25 (Isn't this adorable??)

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Feeding Baby- Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby & Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating- by Clancy Cash Harrison- arv: $15.69 (Click on the link to purchase this book if you don't want to wait! :) )

You'll fall in love with this complete Bedding Set in your choice of colors! arv: $182 We Love Travel Deals

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag- from Petunia Pickle Bottom. arv: $165


You are a wish come true- Wall decor for babies room arv: $69 We Love Travel Deals


Boba Air Baby Carrier from Over the Moon Diapers arv: $65

**Please direct any questions to All winners will be announced on our winners page as they respond to the notification email. By entering this contest, you agree to the terms and conditions. **

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LifebankUSA Peace of Mind Contest

When I got pregnant with my first baby, I was thinking of cute pink onesies and strollers.  Then I started reading and researching and learning that there's SO much more to consider when you're having a child.  

Only LifebankUSA offers expectant parents the unique opportunity to bank stem cells from cord blood and placenta blood. Banking placenta blood stem cells makes your cord blood collection even more powerful for the near-term and for the future. It gives you the ability to bank more stem cells which has been shown to increase transplant success and survival rates. And placenta blood contains other types of progenitor stem cells which are expected to play a key role in regenerative medicine.

Along with peace of mind, LifebankUSA wants to give parents the chance to win one of THREE Graco 4everTM 4-in-1 Car Seats (valued at $330 each) in a random drawing from entrants in this Facebook contest. Enter HERE for your chance to win the baby item that is on EVERY expectant Mom’s baby shower registry! This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Graco or Facebook.

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Disclosure--I was provided with a gift card in exchange for this blog post.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Our family is preparing to embark on a serious road trip to Disney World.  I say serious because of the distance-Kansas to Florida.  I want to pack as much food as I can to eliminate stops, and to make sure we're eating healthy so we have energy to run all day long through Disney World.  (People say you walk an average of 10-15 miles a day there!)

So far my snack plans include lots of water, bags of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, oranges, crackers, and the kids' favorite-yogurt.  Chobani now has greek yogurt pouches that are perfect for taking in the car and throwing in the backpack because they're freezable, have easy twist-off lids, and are resealable.

I LOVE greek yogurt, and the more good, nutritious snacks we have ready to go in the car means I'm less likely to stop at a convenience store and grab some high calorie junk.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Mother's Day Giveaway

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have one a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 5/10/15. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Blogger Opp--The Gifts for Mom Giveaway

Blogger Opp ~ The Gifts For Mom Giveaway! Sign Ups Close 4/15 (Free & Paid Options Available)

Deliciously Savvy is hosting another fabulous giveaway for all things Mom! 1 LUCKY Winner Will Receive Everything Listed Below! Check it out and Sign Up Today to Help Me Promote! I cannot do it without you! As always,Thank You!

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1 LUCKY WINNER will get each item listed below!

* Emmi’s Essentials Aromatherapy Diffuser ($69.99 ARV)   

* Pedi.Cure NOW in PINK ($35.99ARV) 

* Azure Naturals ULTIMATE RETINOL Anti Wrinkle Serum ($24.95 ARV)

* Era Organics Relief ($24.99ARV)
* Apparel Boxes – Set of 10 boxes ($22.99ARV)
* Fruit Infusion Water Bottle ($26.99ARV)
* Healthy Vegetable Spiralizer ($24.99ARV)
* Supreme Silicone Baking Mat Set ($20 ARV)

*Happy Fingers Gloves ($22.95ARV).
* MIU COLOR® Packable Handy Lightweight Nylon Backpack Daypack ($30.99ARV)
* Perfect Sandwich Storage Container ($12.99ARV)

TOTAL VALUE OF $345 In Prizes For 1 LUCKY Winner!!!

Sign Up Today To Help Promote!

Sign Ups Close 4/15
Giveaway starts 4/18 12AM EST until 5/04 12AM EST
Entrants must be 18 years old to enter and giveaway is open to US residents only..

All bloggers will receive 2 free links for posting and promoting giveaway (Or pay $3 to via Paypal for 2 links without Announcement)

***If you have an issue with announcement post…. email me at and I will send you the HTML directly***
Please share this on your social media!


Co-hosts are $8 for the free links plus 5 more links of choice (and I mean ANY!), Co host page on their site and at minimum 1 to 2 Extra Follow Pages.

Of course no google+ and no required facebook like.

Other sign up options available on sign up form too!

Blogger With The Most Referrals Will Earn a FREE Co-Host Spot! If already signed up to Co-Host, you will be refunded or if promoting with 2 FREE links you will receive a FREE Co-Host spot! Make Sure They Mention You In The Sign Ups!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BOGO Free Starbucks


With the Purchase of Every Teavana® Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte, April 9-11 from 2-5 p.m., Customers Receive a Second One for Free to Share with a Friend!    

Starbucks will donate twenty-five cents for both beverages to support youth education.