Monday, April 30, 2012

Being your own boss & achieving financial freedom? Yes please!

So as many of you have read we are desperatly trying to get our finances in order so we can move out of our "starter home". With that being said I needed a little bit more guidence since I had no idea what I was doing....and I am up to my eyeballs in debt. My major problem is that I love to work for myself-I love being the boss and taking charge I just need a little guidance. That is when I found The Barefoot Executive which was exactly the push I needed to get started. The book has been seen on Lifetime, CNN, Forbes, and countless others. I do have a small business that has amazing potential but I realized I lack the drive to get things going. Here is a great youtube video of what the book is all about. My ultimate favorite quote is "It is amazing what you can get done when you work with a sense of urgency". Not only does this play out into my finances but I learned ways to "stage" my home for the market. The book covers everything you need to get motivated and start your own small business. Everything is spelled out in easy to follow chapters that will get you moving in no time-don't delay isn't your satisfaction worth the quick read of Barefoot Executive!

* The book was provided to me for the review-all thoughts and life changing experiences are my own*

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Unique Gift Idea-free hop event

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 Come join with Makobi Scribe in the Unique Gift Ideas Event from July 3 to July 13.

May Buffet Giveaway Event


Welcome to May Buffet coordinated by ShePromotes!
This event will take place from May 1st at 12:01am EST through May 15th at 11:59pm EST.

It's May! And for many of us that means the start of grilling and cookout season. Good food is great all year round, but there is just something about the warm weather that says bring on the steaks! I am sure you like to check out recipes shared by your favorite bloggers, so we thought we'd share some yummy prizes with you! Each blog listed below on the linky has a prize valued at $25+ for each winner - ALL FOOD RELATED! This means goodies to eat and items to help you fix, mix, cook, and serve delicious dishes. So let the May Buffet begin!

Use the rafflecopter form below to win the following prize pack:
1  Magic Bullet &  1Baby Bullet

1 Goodbyn Binto (purple)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thomas Prize Pack

Peep! Peep! “Thomas?! It’s My Birthday” 

It’s little misses birthday and we are celebrating at the Day Out With Thomas event on May 26th. In her honor, we wanted to give you a chance to show the chugging engine how much your child loves him! If your child’s birthday is in the month of May, send in a picture of your little conductor(s) with his/her (their) favorite Thomas the Tank Engine memorabilia between the dates of May 14th and May 18th to enter to win our “Thomas?! It’s My Birthday” gift package (Please enter a link below to your photo)

 Description: thomas bday One lucky child will receive the Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 “Thomas?! It’s My Birthday” gift package. Want to see Thomas the Tank Engine in person? Thomas & Friends will be steaming into the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on May 19-20 & 25-27th. Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting or . Ticket prices are $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

Mother's Day Blog Hop

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Everyone loves their mom and always wants to find the best gift to make her feel loved and appreciated. These are the gifts I have found and would love to share with you. After you enter my giveaway head over to Makobi Scribe to see her mothers day gift ideas worth over $3000. Then stop by Sason & Pobi to enter the grand prize drawing of a Toshiba 32SLV411U - 32" class 720p 60Hz TV/DVD Combo!

Use the rafflecopter from to win one of two amazing prizepacks:

1. Britax Child Passenger Travel Kit (Total Value up to: $515.95):
§  Set of 2 Kick Mats 
§  Head & Body Support Pillow 
§  Set of 2 EZ-Cling Window Shades 
§  Car Seat Travel Cart 
§  Britax Convertible Car seat of your choice (range from $199.99-$379.99)

2. modstraps $30 gift card

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Win your very own Build-A-Bear farmers market friend!

Spring time is here and Build-A-Bear is set to release amazing new farm friends next Friday! The collection will include a horse, cow, pig, and sheep in stores and a llama and billy goat exclusive to online. Smallfrys will also be available in your choice of a pig and cow. Build-A-Bear is one of our must do activities at the daughter just loves picking out a heart and making her own bear. If you have never visited the store it is a great memory making moment with your children. First you pick out your very own friend from a large selection, take your new friend over to the stuffing machine, pick out a heart and make your bear, then my daughter's favorite part picking out your new friends clothes & creating his/her birth certificate. The new collection is sure to please and starting May 4 any guest that makes a purchase of $20 or more will receive a free Farmers' Market reusable tote. Be sure you get your farm friend before they are sold out! Here are other great ways to keep in touch with Build-A-Bear and receive craft ideas, apps, and exclusive offers: facebook, pinterest, iphone app.
 Enter below using rafflecopter to win your very own Farmers Market Friend (sponsors choice) 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Great Mother's Day gift for the on the go mom: Zigo Mango!

Spring time has arrived and this year I am determined to actually get outside and work out. My daughter is now old enough to go on bike rides and be in a jogging stroller so I want to incorporate both in our spring/summer routine. The only problem with your traditional bike trailers & jogging strollers is that you have to buy two very expensive pieces of bulky baby gear. So what is the solution? Zigo Mango has made a great stroller for active parents that can be used as a jogging stroller and as a kids bike trailer. You never need to buy any add-on kits and the the stroller can accommodate 1 or 2 children. Even if you are not into jogging or biking the stroller is an amazing buy with tons of premium luxury features including padded seats, a 5 point safety harness, reflective stripping, 4 point shock absorbers, multi-position adjustable push bar, and many, many more! I am very excited that my husband & I will both get a chance to work out and do what we love with my daughter without buying a ton of equipment. One stroller does it all and I can even use it at the zoo on the bumpy path up to the lion since my traditional stroller always seems to get stuck in the dirt/hay/rock combination of the path. The Zigo Mango is sure to be my go to stroller for the summer-just look at the trendy design! 

As a jogging stroller:

As a bike trailer:

Yester Year Soap-Great Mother's Day gift idea!

It is that time of year when everyone scrambles to find the perfect Mother's Day gift! This year I think I am going to do a relaxation basket for my mother in law which will include various yoga items, soaps, lotions, and maybe a spa gift card? I am all set with the soap and will be using my go to YesterYear Soap company. Not only do they make high quality soaps for every occasion in fantastic scents but they also have a YesterYear Soap giving charity. The company gives a bar of soap for women who face domestic violence. We often take so many things for granted on a day to day basis and it is hard to imagine a bar of soap being a luxury but with help from YesterYear soap products the women in the shelter have a little bit more they can call their own. I always am excited when I can purchase a product and help give back at the same time! Now that I have started the gift basket time to find my other products to fill the gaps-what will you be purchasing this mother's day?

Sponsor Highlight:

Mother's Day and Father's Day is quickly approaching and I am very excited to have as one of my Mother's Day sponsors. I recently purchased a Nikon 5100 and although I love the camera I have the camera bag! I mean it is not trendy or practical in any situation. So of course when I found Modstraps I was beyond thrilled. I now have an amazing little carry pouch that both protects my camera and easily fits into my bags. Just look!

Already have a bag you love? Well how about a matching neck pad and cap savor? There are so many great patterns that can make your camera truely your own! dslr camera not your thing? Well they have amazing pouches for you camera with the stap-so easy to take anywhere!

Don't forget to enter our Mother's Day giveaway hop to win your very own $30 gift card to modstraps!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Father's Day event looking for participants

Sign up now or mark your calendar for this great event! 

It is a perfect time to find what gifts you would like to give to your father. Makobi Scribe is proud to present Father’s Day Gift Ideas Giveaway Event from June 10 12:01 PM EST to June 18  at midnight EST and is accepting signups now.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Summer is right around the corner-a must have swimsuit for kids!

As you know my daughter loves to swim! We take classes all year round so we are constantly at the pool and looking for quality swimwear. Well the past few months have been very stressful at the pool because my daughter is out of swim diapers and in a big girl swimsuit! The only problem is when we are in the middle of class and she has to go potty. We race to the bathroom and everything is great getting the suit off but then it comes time to put the suit back on for class. It is a complete nightmare! The wet suit doesn't stretch right and she screams because it hurts to get the wet suit that is now clinging to her leg over her equally rubber sticky body. Last fall while I attended an expo I can across the perfect solution-Snap Me Swimwear. Since we were using swim diapers at the time I did not realize what an amazing, life changing product the Snap Me Swimwear suit would be in my life. We have now used the suit for two classes and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in my daughter's attitude and the speed at which potty breaks can now happen. The amazing suit has snaps in the crotch area that have two levels for adjusting. When you have to take teh suit off you just unsnap and resnap-literally the most life changing product I have used to date! I also love the cut of the suits-we have gone through so many that are so high cut that my daughters little tush hangs out which is no acceptable. If you plan on going to the beach and have to change swim diapers or have a little one that needs to use the potty every five minutes the suit will be an ulimate life savor! Here is a photo of the amazing snapwear design & one of many swimwear options available!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

College text books out of control?

As graduation season approaches so does the fear and excitement of college! My cousin will be off to college in the fall and decided to take a few classes this summer until she saw the price tag. Have any of you bought a college text book recently? I could not believe that a small little paperback was hundreds of dollars with a buyback price of a few dollars. I personally do not remember how much my books cost but I do know that when I sold the used, barely opened books back to the store I was lucky to walk away with $50 for all my books. Luckily times have changed and you can now use Campus Book Rentals to get your text books for 40-90% off bookstore prices. Let's say you need the Principles of Macroeconomics this semester: the bookstore price is $172.95 or you can rent the book for as low as $34.06! The books are shipped free both ways with flexible renting periods. You can also highlight in the books just like you can if you pay an arm and a leg from the bookstore. Here is a great video about Campus Book Rentals:

Don't pay the outrageous book store fees anymore! Visit Campus Book Rentals today and learn how you can make a difference with Operation Smile!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Win a Move with Me Dvd!

What a great way to get your kids up and moving! The dvd is a great gift idea for all and the moves are age appropriate. My daughter loves moving and working out with mommy!

Enter using the rafflecopter form below to win a Move with Me! Kids Adventures dvd!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Earth Day Event Giveaway

Thank You for taking a part in the Earth Day Event and supporting eco-conscious living. This event is sponsored by Eco-Foil and co-hosted by Way 2 Good Life and She Promotes
The event takes place from April 12 at 11 PM EST and ends on April 22 at 11.59 PM EST
There are so many companies out there that help the environment - why not to know more about them? Learn about great businesses, their products, and win some giveaways. Over 60 bloggers have prizes valued at $25+. Make sure to visit every blog for more chances to win. Eco-Foil provided Kindle Fire ($199 value) as a grand price. In order to win it - you need to enter some giveaways (the more you enter - the more entries you earn)! Take a moment - visit Eco-Foil and look for 100% recycled disposable aluminum pans at the local stores.

Enter to WIN the Grand Prize of the Event - KINDLE FIRE - Wi-Fi, Full Color 7" Multi-Touch Display

Enter Using the rafflecopter form below to win a One Year Subscription to Moms 2 Moms...Save those clothes from the landfill and make a little extra money!

Splish Splash I am remodling the bath!

It is time to focus on remodeling the bathroom! Now besides changing towels & shower curtains I really wanted to add some wall art. Unfortunately the only thing that seemed available was see shells or hanging shelf's. Then I found Baker Apparel on etsy and knew what I needed-just take a look at this amazing wall decal:

Not only did I find the perfect decal for the bathroom but there is literally one for every room in the house! The prices are very affordable and shipping is super fast. I was able to put my decal up very easily because it came with clear instructions. My bathroom has rough walls and decal was able to stick to the texture and looks like a professional job. I am so pleased with how the simplistic design really makes the bathroom pop and gives it a "pulled together" look. I cannot wait to add more decal to other areas of the home-such a simple fix that changes the whole look & feel of the room!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket Blog Hop

Enter using the rafflecopter form below to win a prize pack from Creations by You including a illustory & a My Masterpiece!