Friday, April 30, 2010

My Baby Can Talk Review and Giveaway-- CLOSED

Winner is comment #11!! Congratulations Fancygrlnancy!
I was so excited when I learned that we would be receiving the "My Baby Can Talk" series to review. I have been wanting to teach Lilly signing because I saw how great it can be through my best friend and her daughter. I knew the sign for milk, so I have been signing that to her since she was about 3 months old...she doesn't sign it to me but she definitely knows what the sign means when I sign it to her and I think that is so cool! Lilly is only 6 months so it is a little on the early side but I think exposing her to the signs as often as possible will really help her learn and catch on more quickly.

My Baby Can Talk is a series of award winning DVDs and board books that teaches babies and parents to communicate at an early age, reducing frustration and creating a special bond that is so important for healthy child development. Babies are able to communicate at a much earlier age than they are able to speak. Research has shown that babies who use sign language tend to speak sooner with larger vocabularies, show an increase in IQ scores and engage in more sophisticated play.

We received 3 board books and 3 DVD's, "First Signs", "Exploring Signs" and "Sharing Signs". First, I am so appreciative that they are board books....books are so easily destroyed by children and board books are just so much better for rough play, chewing, etc. that all babies seem to do to books!

We have been using these books and DVD's for a couple weeks now and Lilly really seems to be enjoying them. Every night, as part of her bedtime routine, we read her stories. Now, we incorporate the "First Signs" every night so that she can learn more of the signs.

The first signs books has things such as eat, drink, shoes, dog, cat, car, etc. So every time we are about to do one of these things we sign it and then do it immediately after and then sign it again. I'm sure it will take her some time to learn the signs but for now, she is watching and soaking it all in and she really seems to enjoy the book, the pictures and the signs.

The DVD's are great too. We have watched the "First Signs" DVD since that is a good starting point and she is still very young. She LOVES the DVD. She loves watching the animals and signs and hearing the sounds. What I love about the DVD is that it tells and shows you the sign and then shows you the sign in action, like cats running around, or dogs cuddling, or kids drinking or eating. And they don't just show the action once, it is shown over and over showing different kids, animals, etc. It doesn't move quickly through the signs, so it allows the child to learn to associate the sign to the action or animal.

I really cannot rave about this product enough. I think it is amazing and I am sure that she will be ahead of the game in signing since we are exposing it to her at an early age. I mean, she already learned milk and she is only 6 months and I imagine that these books and DVD's will really help her learn the signs more quickly...PLUS, she loves them!




Now onto the giveaway! One lucky reader is going to win the My Baby Can Talk- First Signs Board Book and DVD!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, May 14, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit My Baby Can Talk and tell me one benefit of teaching your children sign language.

2. Follow MamaSavesMoney on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

3. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE. (you can do this once per day)

4. 2 entries- Publicly Follow my blog.

5. 2 entries- Subscribe to my blog.

6. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

7. Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link so I can see/can be done daily). Use the following info to tweet: #win My Baby Can Talk First Signs board book and DVD @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway http://bit.ly/aYPiwA

8. Become a Mommy Saves Money Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

9. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

10. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

Good luck!

I received this product in order to do a honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this review. Many thanks to My Baby Can Talk for letting me do a review of this product!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Les Halles Jeans, Tampax Compaq and Free Shipping

Courtesy of Tampax Compaq you can receive free shipping on Les Halles Jeans at swirl.com until Sunday.

It’s Saturday night, and you’re ready to rock your new skinny jeans that are comfy and coincidentally make your stems look, literally, like stems.

One problem — Mother Nature has shown up with her monthly gift, and a bag just doesn’t fit with your style. Those pockets can’t fit much (maybe a bobby pin, a mint, a coin) but, luckily, Tampax Compak Pearl, with its 40 percent-smaller applicator (compared to the leading plastic applicator tampon), is little enough to tag along without cramping your style (no pun intended).

If you don't have an account with swirl.com, you'll have to register but once you do, you can get free shipping on some new Les Halles Jeans! Click HERE to get your free shipping!

Picture People Printable Coupon


Lilly is 6 months old today and we wanted to have some pictures taken of her and so we are heading to picture people today. I found a coupon to use, and I want to share it with you all! Click HERE to print your coupon for 25% off your portrait package and a free portrait (8x10 or 10x13)!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blog Awards

Christine over at "In the Know Giveaways" has so sweetly awarded me with 3 blogging awards! If you haven't been to her blog, you should definitely head over there...she blogs about all the different and amazing giveaways there are out there! She also has the cutest little girl...I always smile when I see that baby...ADORABLE!

The first award she has given me is the honest scrap award. This award is given for honest blogging. I am so honored to have been given this award. I always give my honest opinion on my reviews of products and I am glad that as readers, you can see that. And I hope you all find my reviews helpful!

As part of recieving this award I am asked to list 10 honest things about yourself that no one knows.


Now for the 10 things you may not know about me:

1. I was born on Christmas Eve and I LOVE my birthday...I love the time of year, the cheer, the Christmas lights, the music..everything about it.

2. Though my husband and were born and raised in the same city and went to rival high schools and had mutual friends, we didn't meet until college where we both traveled half way across the county to Omaha, Nebraska.

3. I broke my right pinky toe when I was in high school and now I can completely pull it out to the side and make a 90 degree angle with it...disgusting, I know.

4. I went to college on a softball scholarship.

5. I am terrified of heights and being on a two way road that is so narrow that only one car can fit at a time absolutely terrifies me.

6. I met my best friend through the bump.com. She PM'd me one day and asked me if I lived at a certain place because she recognized me and it turns out she was my neighbor!

7. I am addicted to my iPod touch.

8. I despise doing dishes...my husband does them most of the time..thank god!

9. I wear makeup probably....I don't know, 4 times a year. Never really gotten into it and my husband prefers me without it.

10. I absolutely LOVE cloth diapering...I NEVER thought I would cloth diaper and now that I do, I won't be going back to disposables!

The next award she has given me is the Sunshine Award.
The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world. How sweet is that!?!? I hope that my blog has inspired others!





The last award she has given me is the preppy mafia award. I have no idea what this one is for but it's sweet to be thought of anyway!






Now I am going to pass on the award love! Below are 2 blogs that I love and am awarding all 3 of the above awards!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NoseFrida Review and Giveaway

Winner is comment #6! Congratulations Jackie!


The NoseFrida Snot Sucker....sounds disgusting, right?...well, it actually kind of is BUT it is an amazing snot sucker! I actually look forward to sucking up Lilly's snot!

How many babies hate the bulb syringe? I don't think I have ever met a baby who did. Well...Lilly, absolutely HATES the bulb syringe and as soon as she sees it she cries (screams), arches her back and pulls away. Clearing out her nose has always been a difficult task, but now, with the NoseFrida, it's not too bad!

Did she love it? No. Did she hate it? No! She reacts so much better to this product than to the bulb syringe and I think it is because the sucker part doesn't actually go inside her nose...it just sits at the base of the nostril.

So how does it work? Well...it's easy actually. You put the little sucker against the base of the babies nostril, and then put the mouthpiece in your mouth and well, suck! And no, you won't suck any baby snot or boogies into your mouth...there is a fabulous little filter that prevents that from happening! When we tried it the first time I was AMAZED at how well it sucked up the snot and boogers...there was so much more up there than I thought!
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It was really quick, easy and painless...and so was the cleanup! All you have to do is clean the tube and mouthpiece with hot, soapy water, toss and replace the filter and you're done! Easy Peasy!

I highly recommend this product!

Now onto the GIVEAWAY!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, Arpil 19, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit NoseFrida and tell me one thing you learned

2. Follow MamaSavesMoney on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

4. Follow NoseFrida on Twitter; to do so, click HERE and choose to follow.

5. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE. (you can do this once per day)

6. 2 entries- Publicly Follow my blog.

7. Subscribe to my blog.

8. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

9. Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link so I can see). Use the following info to tweet: #win a @nosefrida snot sucker @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway http://bit.ly/9ensOd

10. Become a Mommy Saves Money Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

9. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

10. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

11. Become a Facebook Fan of NoseFrida by clicking HERE and leave a comment on their facebook fan page saying that you found them through "Mommy Saves Money" blog.

Good luck!



I received this product in order to do a honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this review. Many thanks to NoseFrida for letting me do a review of this product!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pampers "Gifts To Grow"


Here is another 10 point code for you all!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

On a Roll with the Goals!!

I accomplished another goal in my 101 in 1001! I made a tutu for Lilly!

A about a week ago, I posted about how you can get your free tutorial on how to make a tutu....you can find that post HERE. All you have to do is visit http://www.misstutu.com/ and you will be emailed your free video tutorial on how to make a no sew tutu. If you sign up, make sure to put the referring mom as "Mommy Saves Money"!

I have been wanting to make a tutu for Lilly for a while...they are so expensive to buy and I love using them for photo props! I watched the video and then went to Michaels to buy what I needed and I LOVE the way it came out...and it was SO easy...it really only took me about 45 minutes to make!

If you decide to get your free tutorial and use her instructions, I would HIGHLY recommend getting a rotary cutter...that made the job a MILLION times easier and kept my cuts clean and straight.

3 goals done...98 to go!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another Goal Accomplished!

I completed another goal on my 101 in 1001 and this is one I am SUPER proud of! I wrote and illustrated a book for Lilly! I love it and I am so glad I made this for her....it is a great keepsake for her and I know that when she looks back on it when she is older, that she will be reminded about how much I really love her.

The book is called "Dreams Come True" and it is all about how she is my wish and dream come true. After 2 years of trying to get pregnant, undergoing IF treatments, countless injections and the emotional roller coaster that goes along with infertility, we finally got pregnant on our 25th cycle in January of 2009. Lilly is truly our gift from God and we love her more than anything...she is our dream come true.
Here is the cover and the binding

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pampers "Gifts To Grow"


Woot Woot!!! Another Code!

10 points- Apr2010Facebook


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First Completed Goal

So I finished my 101 in 1001 list; you can find my entire list HERE. For those of you who aren't sure of what 101 in 1001 is, it is a list of 101 goals that I hope to complete in 1001 days! I started this on April 7, 2010 and I have until January 2, 2013 to complete my goals!

Anyhow, I completed my first goal! One of my goals was to make my own cleaning solutions. Now that Lilly is older and is pretty close to becoming more mobile (she is trying super hard to crawl but isn't getting anywhere quite yet), I wanted to have cleaners that were safe for her...I have no idea what is in the commercial cleaners I buy and that makes me nervous.

So I did some Googling and found some recipes for homemade cleaning solutions! I made 3 different cleaning solutions:

1) All purpose Cleaner

-tsp of borax
-4TBSP of vinegar
-32oz of hot water
-20 drops of essential oil (optional)
-Spray Bottle

2) Tub and Tile Cleaner

-Squeeze Bottle (a spray bottle won't work for this because the liquid is too thick...I used an old commercial dish washing soap bottle)
-Mix 1 and 2/3 cups of baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid soap and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl. Stir with a fork until all lumps are gone and pour into your squeeze bottle.

3) Bathroom Mold Cleaner

I know, gross right? But when you don't have a window in the bathroom, sometimes it is just hard to avoid.
-1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide
-1 cup water
-spray bottle
*Wait 1 hour before rinsing after you spray the affected area.
**tea tree oil can also be used for bathroom mold

So 1 down, 100 more to go!

Pampers "Gifts To Grow"


A new 10-point code!

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Baby Mary Janes Giveaway --- CLOSED

Winner is Comment #41 by: Captain Cleavage! Congratulations!


My goodness...how adorable are these chocolate brown and deep pink baby mary janes?? One lucky reader is going to win these (sizes go from preemie to 12 months)! A huge thank you to Sweet Hearts and Soles on Etsy for sponsoring this giveaway!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, Arpil 12, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit SweetHeartsandSoles and leave a comment on which product you like best.

2. Follow MamaSavesMoney on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

3. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE.

4. Publicly Follow my blog.

5. Subscribe to my blog.

6. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

7. Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link so I can see). Use the following info to tweet: #win baby mary janes @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway http://bit.ly/8ZSgYq

8. Become a Mommy Saves Money Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

9. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

10. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

11. Follow Sweet Hearts and Soles on Twitter by clicking HERE.

12. Become a Facebook Fan of Sweet Hearts and Soles by clicking HERE.

Good luck!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Your Memories Captured Review and Giveaway - CLOSED

We have a winner! Comment #18! Congratulations Christine!
I was really excited when Nina from "Your Memories Captured" emailed me to do a review of her stationary....I emailed her back right away and took her up on her offer! And she actually even sent me a custom cupcake topper design as well :::huge goofy smile here::: I am planning to have Lilly's first birthday be a cupcake theme (and yes, she is only 5 months old and I am already thinking about her 1st birthday..I'm a bit of a planner!)....I told Nina what I was looking for and she created me a super cute cupcake topper design!

I also fell in love with her damask design for paper stationary! She was SO great to work with....she was quick to answer emails and was always willing to help or change anything (although, they didn't need any changing!). I erased the name a bit because I don't want our last name floating around the interwebz but you guys get it! I LOVE it!



I seriously loved it so much that I printed it out right away and sent out a letter using it! And speaking of printing it out....one thing I really love about Nina and her shop is that she makes everything SO easy...with the image, she sent step-by-step instructions on how to print these out in order to get the best quality. For non-computer saavy people, this is great!

I would highly recommend Your memories captured! The work is great, as is the customer service!

Now, onto the giveaway! How would you like to win your own personalized stationary? Of course you'd love it...it's too cute!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, Arpil 23, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit Your Memories Captured and leave a comment telling me what product you like best or would like to try.

2. Follow MamaSavesMoney on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

3. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE. (you can do this once per day)

4. 2 entries- Publicly Follow my blog.

5. Publicly follow Your Memories Captured blog

6. Subscribe to my blog.

7. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

8. Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link so I can see). Use the following info to tweet: #win personalized stationary @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway http://bit.ly/d0H8HE

9. Become a Mommy Saves Money Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

10. Become a Your Memories Captured Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

11. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

12. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

13. 2 entries- Grab "Your Memories Captured" Button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

Good luck!



I received this product in order to do a honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this review. Many thanks to Nina at Your Memories Captured for letting me do a review of this product!

BRU "Fill A Bag" Coupon

Babies R Us has this great deal going on right now, where if you bring in this printable coupon, they will give you a BRU tote bag to fill and all the clothes you put inside the bag will be 25% off! I am SO excited about this since summer is right around the corner...time to buy Lilly some cute dresses and swim suits!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

101 in 1001

I read about this on The Bump and thought it was a great idea! So what is it? It's a list of 101 things you want to do/accomplish within the next 1001 days. I am going to start the 101 days on April 7th which means I have until January 2, 2013 to complete my 101 goals!

1. Get pregnant with #2 (after 2 years of infertility and treatments to get pregnant with Lilly, I am praying it's easier the next go round).
2. Go indoor skydiving.
3. Take Lilly to Disneyland.
4. Back up all Homemade Videos onto external hard drive
5. Back up all homemade videos onto DVD
6. Go on a Cruise
7. Write and Illustrate a Children's book.
8. Re-Open my Etsy Shop
9. Create a first year montage DVD for Lilly
10. Create and publish a Blurb book of Lilly's first year.
11. Make an ABC board or photo book using pictures Lilly will recognize as her favorites.
12. Change our cell phone carrier to AT&T and get an iPhone
13. Visit the San Francisco Zoo.
14. Visit the Oakland Zoo.
15. Visit the new and improved Happy Hallow.
16. Create a family cookbook
17. Take Lilly to a San Francisco Giants baseball game.
18. Continue breastfeeding until Lilly is at least 1 year.
19. Learn how to knit or crotchet beanies/hats.
20. Visit Yosemite while there is snowfall.
21. Run a 1/2 marathon.
22. Go on a miniature Road Trip (1 week or so)
23. Host a GTG at my home.
24. Sell the town home.
25. Visit the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz.
26. Visit the San Jose Winchester Mystery House.
27. Pay off all credit cards and loans.
28. Have a date night
29. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
30. Have a 30th birthday bash for both, Aaron and myself.
31. Ride in a paddle boat as a family.
32. Finish my Masters Degree
33. Visit Gilroy Gardens
34. Make Lilly a Super Cape
35. Hand paint an aisle runner for my sisters wedding
36. Paint a mural on canvas
37. Take a photoshop class
38. Learn how to use my DSLR camera in manual mode
39. Have a family picnic at Vasona Park
40. Have a camp out in our backyard
41. Have 500 blog followers
42. Save $200 in coin change
43. Have Lilly's 1 year photos taken professionally
44. Go hiking as a family at Quicksilver Park
45. Make a large cupcake smash cake for Lilly's first birthday
46. Build something
47. Have a spa day (massage and pedicure)
48. Buy a good set of knives
49. Remodel the bathrooms
50. Go to the Children's Discovery Museum
51. Visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
52. Back up all images of Lilly and pregnancy onto external hard drive
53. Back up all images of Lilly and pregnancy onto DVD
54. Create a playlist on my iPod with all of Lilly's favorite songs
55. Paint a mural of the Chicago Cubs logo in the Garage
56. Name a star after Lilly using starregistry.com
57. Put away $10 for every goal completed
58. Complete Lilly's 365 photo blog
59. Build a snowman
60. Potty Train Lilly
61. Get a really cool play structure for the backyard
62. Go indoor rock climbing
63. remove and replace the sprinklers in the backyard
64. lay new sod in the backyard
65. Add new landscaping to the backyard
66. Remove and Replace the Kitchen Cabinets
67. Remove lineoluem and replace with tile in kitchen
68. Paint the Kitchen
69. Replace the front door
70. Organize the garage
71. Make Lilly a tutu
72. Make my own cleaning solutions
73. Plant flowers
74. Do a massive spring cleaning
75. Go to the Japanese Friendship Gardens and Kelley Park
76. Visit Pier 39
77. Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
78. Reach my goal weight (5'10 @ 155)
79. Get a Hammock for the backyard
80. Read 20 books
81. Take Lilly to a diaper days movie
82. Re-shelve and organize the pantry
83. Have all emergency supplies in or near (for larger items) the Emergency tub
84. Turn our U.S. Road Trip blog into a blurb book
85. Mount the TV over the Fireplace
86. Visit Reno when it's snowing
87. Teach Lilly how to make a snow angel while visiting the snow
88. Continue being a stay at home mom
89. Take Lilly puddle jumping
90. Go to Disney World
91. Have a Picnic at Golden Gate Park
92. Take Lilly to the beach
93. Build a sand castle at the Beach
94. Fix the garage door
95. Get a garage door opener
96. Teach Lilly to swim
97. Paint the bedroom
98. Get a new mattress and sheet set for the bedroom
99. Trade in my Honda Pilot for a Honda Odyssey
100. Go to the San Diego Zoo
101. Go to Sea World in San Diego

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Learn How to Make your own TUTU's!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE taking pictures of Lilly in tutu's...as you can see from the pictures posted!

I love using them for her "month-day" photo shoots...I just think they always come out so adorable.

I actually got Lilly's tutu's on Etsy but I was recently contacted Jenni who is launching her Miss Tutu site on April 7th! Now, get this, you can get a free tutu-making lesson (no sew!!) by signing up at her site! Just go to:

http://www.MissTutu.com

and where it asks you to put the name of the mom who referred you, put: Mommy Saves Money.

Now, the temporary site is up right now but the new one will launch on April 7th! Anyone who registers for the free lesson before April 7th will get it on April 7th. If you register after April 7th, you will be emailed the lesson right away!

Have fun making your tutu's!!




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Flower Duet Review and Giveaway- CLOSED

Winner is comment #14- Allison! Congratulations!

Spring is upon us and whenever it hits this time of year, I fall in love with flowers all over again....I see them blooming when my family and I take our afternoon walk...the colors are just amazing and flowers, well, simply, make me happy!

I was SO excited when I was asked to review the Flower Duet DVD. This DVD gives you step by step instructions on how to choose your flowers, how to condition your flowers and how to arrange them so that you end up with a beautiful bouquet; the tutorial shows you how to create a centerpiece, European wrap/hand-tied bouquet and a tall organic arrangement.

I think what I learned the most was how to choose proper flowers and how to condition; this was a step I lacked before this DVD and that is why they never lasted that long. I bought my flowers, remembering the "rules" for choosing good flowers and my bouquet last almost 2 weeks!...that is MUCH longer than they usually last in this house (I have a bit of a black thumb).

Now, I can't say I made the most beautiful arrangement, but I do think that it came out nice (better than it normally would have!). I really wanted to make an arrangement using roses and/or tulips but when I went to buy flowers, there were none; so I eneded up using stargazer Lilly's, carnations and some greenery.

Once I had my arrangement out...I was so happy with it...like I said..flowers just make me happy.

OK...Onto the giveaway!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, Arpil 15, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit Flower Duet and view their flower gallery and tell me which flower you love best.

2. Follow MamaSavesMoney on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

3. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE. (you can do this once per day)

4. 2 entries- Publicly Follow my blog.

5. Subscribe to my blog.

6. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

7. Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link so I can see). Use the following info to tweet: #win Floral arrangement DVD by flowerduet @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway http://bit.ly/bkHmrb

8. Become a Mommy Saves Money Facebook Fan by clicking HERE.

9. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

10. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

11. Become a Facebook Fan of FlowerDuet by clicking HERE and leave a comment on their facebook fan page saying that you found them through "Mommy Saves Money" blog.


And since my little girl is Lilly, I just had to take a picture of her amongst the Lily's!


I received this instructional DVD in order to do a honest review. All opinions are solely my own. Others may have different opinions. I did not receive monetary compensation for writing this review. Many thanks to Kit and Casey and Flower Duet for letting me do a review of this product!

Baby Bear Pom Pom Hat Giveaway! - CLOSED

CLOSED! Winner is Comment 87- Abby



I am SO SO SO in love with the hats that Captured Imagination on Etsy makes! I bought Lilly this Baby Bear Pom Pom Hat when she was just a itty bitty newborn and it is so freaking adorable! We ALWAYS get comments on it when we go out with her in it....people are always wondering where we go it and telling me how much they love it.

One thing I love about this hat is its versatility....the pom poms are removable! You can make it so that the hat only has one pom pom (in the center---for a cupcake type look), leave both on or take both off. They area really easy to take off and put back on....I love that I can adjust the look of it because it is like she has a different hat on different times!

I am so so so excited about this giveaway....One of my lucky readers is going to win the baby bear Pom Pom Hat...in your choice of color and size (up to 4T)!

Entry will be closed at 11:59PM, March 31, 2010. An e-mail will be sent to the winner and they will have 48 hours to e-mail me their address. (I will put CLOSED in the title of the post when entry is closed) **Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only**

Remember to leave your email address in a comment so that I have a way to get in contact with you!

Here are ways to earn Entries (Leave a new comment for each way you entered!):

1. REQUIRED: Visit Captured Imagination Etsy Store and leave a comment on which product you like best.

2. Follow Captured Imagination on Twitter; to do so, Click HERE and choose to follow.

3. Vote for my blog on Top Mommy Blogs- Just click HERE. Leave a comment saying you did so to receive credit.

4. Follow my blog- If you are already a follower, just post a comment so you get "credit" for being a follower.

5. Subscribe to my blog- If you are already a subscriber, just post a comment so you get "credit" for subscribing.

6. 3 entries -Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Post the link to your blog in a comment so I can check it out. Make sure you comment 3 times so you get all of your entries!

7. Tweet about this giveaway with a link to my blog with a link to the giveaway. Use the following info to tweet: #win a @captured_news baby bear pom pom hat @mamasavesmoney blog #giveaway! http://bit.ly/cTsvLT

8. Follow me on Twitter by clicking HERE. Leave a comment saying you did so to receive credit.

9. Do a Facebook Status update about this giveaway, with a link to this giveaway. (Post a link to your "profile" in a comment so I can check it out!)

10. 2 entries- Grab my blog button and add it to your blog. Post a link to your blog so I can check it out and make sure to leave 2 separate comments for your two entries!

11. Become a Facebook Fan of Captured Imagination by clicking HERE

Good luck!!

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