Purex & Jockey Review and Giveaway!

I’m thrilled that the people at Jockey sent me this awesome Jockey Tech Terry sports bra to try out, in addition to a bottle of Purex Crystals fabric softener in the new Tropical Splash scent.

I was a fan of Purex Crystals before, but this new Tropical Splash scent is awesome!  It smells so good that I would happily carry it around with me.  It reminds me of warm summer days at the beach and that’s an excellent thing to be thinking about while doing the laundry.  The best part about Purex Crystals though is that the scent lasts such a long time AFTER the laundry is done.  Plus you can add it directly to your laundry right from the beginning so you don’t have to wait for the rinse cycle and remember to go back!

The Jockey Tech Terry sports bra is also pretty fabulous.  I live in sports bras while I’m hanging out around the house but I also have to have good support and that isn’t always easy to find in a sports bra.  The Jockey Tech Terry sports bra has several unique features like the moisture-wicking fabric, the breathable mesh panels, and the hidden key pocket.  The key pocket is also excellent for stashing some cash, right in the place that I put it anyway when I’m without a wallet, but with the pocket you don’t have to worry about the money falling out and getting lost.  My favorite part though is the soft, stretchy and very supportive bottom band.  It’s super comfortable and supportive enough to keep the girls contained without that bottom gap that I get (and hate!) from so many other types of sports bras.

Head over here to get a coupon that will take 20% off your next Jockey order!  You can also find out where to buy the Tropical Splash Purex Crystals near you, and while you’re at it you’ll be automatically entered to win a $2,000 cash prize.

Jockey and Purex would also like to give one lucky reader a Jockey Tech Terry sports bra and Purex Crystals of their very own.  Enter to win by doing any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below.  It may take a few seconds for the widget to load so please be patient, or you can refresh the window if it doesn’t appear shortly.  This giveaway will end at midnight on Tuesday January 17th.

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Savvy Saving Book Review and Giveaway!

My friend Melissa and her blog partner Shelley from Stockpiling Moms have written their first book, Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms” and I’m thrilled to be able to share the news with you!

You’ll find expert coupon strategies, menu planning, and other household management skills, and the Stockpiling Moms’ best-loved tips and tricks in addition to all six of their classes in the book. You can pre-order the “Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms” book now from Amazon for the pre-sale price of only $9.49 (regularly $11.99) and be among the first to get it when the book is released on January 10, 2012.

The authors of the award-winning blog “Stockpiling Moms,” Melissa and Shelley know what it takes to live a savvy lifestyle within a budget and are now sharing their best tips and strategies in their book, Savvy Saving. Their new book describes expert coupon strategies, menu planning, and other household management skills.

My favorite sections are the ones where they talk about shopping with kids, give you tips on how they earn on average an extra $75 a month using rebates, and of course I love their tips and suggestions on organizing coupons.  I also very much enjoyed learning a little more about the story of how the authors met and decided to start a blog together!

“Like saving money? Working to stretch your budget?” Melissa Jennings asks. “Since 2009, Shelly and I have blogged at StockpilingMoms.com, making it our mission to save money for our families and helping others do the same.”

Readers will learn from the collective expertise of Jennings and King as they share tips for frugal living and teach how to build a stockpile and how to live a debt-free life.  “Around the new year, everyone wants to start saving money and eating healthy, but few ever do,” says Jennings. “Our book has tips and tricks that can really help people achieve their goals.”

Whether you are a coupon newbie or a seasoned couponer, you will find great tips on how to save even more in “Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms”! Visit savvysavingthebook.com or StockpilingMoms.com for more information.

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of the “Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms” book just do any or all of the entry methods listed in the form below – the more entry methods you do the better your chance of winning!  Good luck and good stockpiling!  This giveaway will end at midnight on Tuesday, January 10th, the winner will be randomly drawn and announced the next day.

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Review: Moon Dough Ocean Pals

My kids absolutely love Moon Dough and I do too because it never dries out – I cannot tell you how many cans of other kinds of dough I’ve had to throw out because the lids weren’t put back on properly.  Because we love it so much already I wasn’t too excited when I heard that they have a new improved formula, but I’m happy to say that it really is better!  It sticks together better and is less crumbly so the kids play with it longer and I don’t have to worry about digging it out of the carpet.

The Ocean Pals set comes with three push and pop tools (turtle, octopus & coral), one whale half mold, a bag of green Moon Dough, a bag of purple Moon Dough, and a play mat.  The push and pop tools are really neat – you just flatten out some Moon Dough, push the tool into the dough, then out pops your turtle or whatever else you’re making. 

It’s very cool how the coral pieces fit together so you can make lots of pieces of coral and line them up next to each other to make a much larger reef on the themed play mat.  The kids really dig the vivid colors of the Moon Dough and they’ve enjoyed creating sea scenes on top of the matching play mat.  The best part though is that my little artists can build and destroy their creations over and over again – I think they enjoy destroying them almost as much as creating them! 

Moon Dough is recommended for children ages 3 and up, but even my seven year old loves to play with it and insists on bringing it out quite often to play.  Of course my six year old quadruplets refuse to be left out so I also like to keep additional colors on hand and I’m very glad that those are also available for purchase separately. 

Disclosure – I was provided with the Moon Dough Ocean Pals for the purpose of facilitating this review, however I received no other compensation and all thoughts and comments are my own.

Check Out the New Great Tasting Slim-Fast Shakes

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Slim-Fast Shake

From time to time over the years whenever I feel like I have a few extra pounds that I need to get rid of, I’ve tried the Slim-Fast shakes and snacks and they’re generally pretty good so I wasn’t too excited when I heard that they came out with their “best tasting shakes ever” since I already like them just fine.  Well now I’ve had a chance to actually try them and I’ve gotta say – wow!  They’re not kidding, they really are better than before!

I’m a choc-o-holic so I always like to try the chocolate flavors of everything, but most diet products seem to have a ‘fake’ chocolate taste to them that really turns me off.  That is SO not the case with the Slim-Fast shakes!  I tried the new Rich Chocolate Royale flavor and it was fabulous, tasted like a milkshake – nice and cold right out of the fridge.

The new bottle design is pretty neat also, super easy to hold or to pack for the road.  But of course the best thing is how they can help you control your weight!  It’s the same simple 3-2-1 plan as always, have three snacks during the day, two meal replacement Slim-Fast Shakes or Meal Bars, and one balanced 500 calorie meal.  I’ll be losing those extra Thanksgiving pounds in no time!

There are lots of different Slim-Fast snack and meal bars available, and the new shakes come in Creamy Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, Rich Chocolate Royale, Cappuccino Delight, and Strawberries ‘N Cream flavors.  Check out the Slim-Fast website to see all of the available products or head over to Facebook and ‘like’ the Slim-Fast page to grab a $1.50 off coupon for the shakes.  I’ve already printed mine!

You can find Slim-Fast products in the pharmacy section of most retailers and grocery stores including WalMart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens, and you get them online from Amazon or the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 store on Facebook.

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Lovable Labels Gift Seals & Address Labels Giveaway

This was so much fun the last time that we decided to do it again!  Lovable Labels recently sent me a set of their Holiday Return Address Labels with matching Gift Seals to check out and I absolutely love them. There are six different gorgeous styles to choose, including the three shown above, and I selected the gold ones with the adorable reindeer. They are premium quality, durable labels and I’m very impressed with the weight and glossy look of the ones I received. I can’t wait to use these when we send out our Christmas cards, and I’m excited to also have matching gift seals!

Lovable Labels specializes in extra tough, colorful and fun labels ranging from all kinds of peel and stick labels, to clothing labels, even shoe labels and allergy labels. They help to ensure that your kids stuff doesn’t end up in the lost and found bin! The coolest thing is that their labels are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, sun safe, bleach safe, sunscreen safe and temperature safe.

My kids are sticker and label addicts so I’m definitely hiding my address labels from them, but I’ve got my eye on these great holiday sticker packs that I know they’d be thrilled to find in their stockings!

Now one lucky reader is also going to receive a package of 90 Holiday Return Address Labels with 60 matching Gift Seals! It’s super easy to enter – there are no mandatory entries, just do any or all of the other things on the list that you would like and get additional entries. The giveaway ends at midnight on December 9th, the winner will be randomly selected and announced the next day.

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Lovable Labels Review & Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays, I’m excited to bring you this review and giveaway from Lovable Labels!  They recently sent me a set of their Holiday Return Address Labels with matching Gift Seals to check out and I absolutely love them.  There are six different gorgeous styles to choose, including the three shown above, and I selected the gold ones with the adorable reindeer.  They are premium quality, durable labels and I’m very impressed with the weight and glossy look of the ones I received.  I can’t wait to use these when we send out our Christmas cards, and I’m excited to also have matching gift seals!

Lovable Labels specializes in extra tough, colorful and fun labels ranging from all kinds of peel and stick labels, to clothing labels, even shoe labels and allergy labels.  They help to ensure that your kids stuff doesn’t end up in the lost and found bin!  The coolest thing is that their labels are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, sun safe, bleach safe, sunscreen safe and temperature safe.

My kids are sticker and label addicts so I’m definitely hiding my address labels from them, but I’ve got my eye on these great holiday sticker packs that I know they’d be thrilled to find in their stockings!

Now one lucky reader is also going to receive a package of 90 Holiday Return Address Labels with 60 matching Gift Seals!  Simply leave a comment on this post telling us something you’re looking forward to this holiday season (food? fun? family? gifts? something else?) then click “I did this” in the form below.  Do any or all of the other things on the list that you would like for additional entries.  The giveaway ends at midnight on November 12th, the winner will be randomly selected and announced the next day.

Click ‘more’ below to view the entry form.

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Before You Buy Check Out MyReviewsNow.net

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I’m a huge fan of online shopping because the Internet makes it easy to compare prices and find coupons for the items I’m buying, but it can be difficult to find independent reviews from people who’ve bought the items I’m looking for.  That’s why I’m excited to have found out about myreviewsnow.net - you can check out their site to find out what other people think about the things that you’re looking to buy online, and you can leave your own reviews.  That’s a great tool, especially when you can’t touch and feel things before you buy them!  Plus, if you’re happy (or unhappy) with something you’ve bought, it’s a great way to let others know about it!

The really cool thing is that right now you can enter to win a $350 Kohl’s gift card simply by liking myreviewsnow.net on Facebook and tweeting the message “I love to #shopathome online!”  That would go a long way toward taking care of everyone on my holiday gift list!  How about you?  Click here for the official rules then head on over to look up the reviews on your upcoming holiday purchases!

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Review: Hootch Owl from Red Envelope

This “Hootch Owl” corkscrew is modeled after a famous design from the 1930s and I love the vintage look so much that I’m keeping mine on the counter for display.  In addition to being a powerful corkscrew, its wings double as bottle openers.  The Hootch Owl is heavy duty metal and stands about 8 1/2″ tall.

Available from Red Envelope, the Hootch Owl would be a perfect gift for any wine loving friends on your gift list!  You’ll also find lots of other unique gift ideas at Red Envelope like personalized jewelry, cashmere scarves, home decor, and kids toys.

My son recently got this plush robot from Red Envelope and he absolutely loves it, so I figured it was about time that momma got something too!  If you’d like a little help finding great gifts for the people on your list, then head over and check out the Red Envelope website where they’ve just added nearly 400 new items for the fall season.  You should also check back here tomorrow morning because I’ll be kicking off a great giveaway for a $100 gift certificate for Red Envelope!

Disclosure – Red Envelope provided me with the Hootch Owl described above for the purpose of facilitating this review.  I received no compensation for this post and all thoughts and comments are my own.

Member’s Mark 4X Probiotics Review – Part 1

All my life I’ve had an issue with milk and dairy products, but I didn’t realize that I was lactose intolerant until college.  Pizza, ice cream and cheese are some of my favorite things in the world but within an hour or two of eating them I’d start to feel really sick and I’d get bloated and crampy.  That made dating a little nerve wracking because I never wanted to eat out anywhere and chance getting sick.  Luckily once I’d figured out the problem I found that I could take lactase enzyme pills with a meal to keep from getting bloated and feeling icky.

Fast forward a couple of decades (I’ve had a couple anniversaries of my 39th birthday) and in between babies I’ve had some problems with endometriosis.  I’ve had a couple of surgeries and they’ve removed most of the adhesions, but they couldn’t get everything out of the bowel area.  That doesn’t bother me normally, but if I ever have dairy products and forget to take a pill then the pain comes on suddenly and is so intense that I’ve literally spent hours huddled up on the couch waiting for the pain to pass.

Given my history I’m a firm believer that probiotics are essential for good digestive health.  There are several different brands of yogurt out with probiotics added and I like them, but I just can’t eat yogurt every day and I’m not really a fan of eating more dairy products just to get my probiotics.

I was recently offered the opportunity to do a review of the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement available at Sam’s Club and I jumped at the chance to see how it works for me.  I’ve only taken it for a couple of days and although I’m liking it so far I’m going to wait until I’ve been taking it for a couple of weeks to give you my final verdict.  In the meanwhile I wanted to share about my shopping trip and some other information that I learned.

At first I was a little annoyed that I had to buy a twinpack in order to test the supplement, but then I started comparing prices and the differences between the Member’s Mark brand and the competing Align brand.  The Member’s Mark brand was $28.88 for a twinpack or 84 pills, enough to last for three months, which equates to 34 cents per pill.  The Align supplement on the other hand was $39.48 for one box of 49 pills, enough for seven weeks at 81 cents per pill.  That makes the Sam’s Club brand less than half price which made me very happy!

But how do the two brands compare in other ways?  It turns out that not only can the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement compete with Align, it actually beats it hands down by including four different strains of probiotics while Align only has one, and it contains 2 1/2 times the amount of the one strain that you do get with Align.

I’m so excited to be trying out the Member’s Mark 4X Probiotic supplement for my digestive health that my husband has swiped the other box from me and he’s trying it out too!  I can’t wait to get back with you guys on the results in a couple weeks.  If any of you have stories or info you’d like to share I’d love to hear from you!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however all thoughts and comments are completely my own.

Have You Tried The New T.G.I.Friday’s Entrees?

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We’re big fans of T.G.I.Friday’s restaurants because they have great food (and awesome coupons), and we tend to go there a lot on our ‘date night’ for dinner out, so we’ve really been looking forward to trying their new T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One”

One evening earlier this week I took all the kids back to school for Kindergarten Reading Night where they gave us tips on helping the quads with segmenting and “bubble gumming” their words and they also passed out free books to everyone who attended.  The kids all acted like it was Christmas and I’m pretty sure hubby thought so also because he had the evening off and the house all to himself.

Entrées For One

They fed us pizza at the school so hubby had to fend for himself and he made this Prime Rib Stroganoff for dinner which he tells me was just fabulous.  The only thing missing he said was the waitress to refill his drinks, but I’m sure he’ll get over that. 

Entrées For One

There are lots of other great entree choices like Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo, Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo, Loaded Chicken and Cheese, Sesame Orange Chicken, Creamy Chicken Pasta Carbonara, Sizzling Chicken Fajitas and Grilled Chicken Mac & Cheese.  They’re all “man-sized” portions and super easy to make so he’s ready for us to give him another evening off, but I’d really like to try this Sesame Orange Chicken myself so I’m trying to figure out an excuse for him to go off with the kids and let me have the T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” experience as well! 

Which of these entrees would you most like to try?  To celebrate the end of frozen food boredom, T.G.I.Friday’s is holding a Fun Freezer contest on Facebook and you’re invited to head over to vote for your favorite finalist.  Some of the freezer makeovers are just hilarious and I had a good time picking my favorite!

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