Children’s Place Giveaway – Prize is a $75 Gift Card

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We’ve had a great start to to back to school shopping with some awesome deals, and some fantastic giveaways. We still have lots in store for our readers. This Children’s Place $75 Gift Card giveaway is just the start of some more awesome stuff. If your kids aren’t back in school yet chances are they will be soon. As parents we often times plan ahead to purchase everything for a new school year but then scramble last minute because we forgot something. It’s human nature to forget things but the worst thing to forget would be an awesome new Minecraft shirt or new pair of jeans to get a new school year started. So if you are doing some last-minute Back to School shopping then I suggest you head to The Children’s Place!

The Children’s Place is a retailer that has great clothes at a great price. They almost always have a sale going on that you can stack with coupons and even earn rewards that you can use on future purchases. One of the biggest reasons I shop there is because of the savings. Let’s face it, kids grow fast and they are pretty rough on their clothes so spending a fortune on them is not on my agenda!

When you head shopping at The Children’s Place make sure you sign-up for their free My Place Rewards program. It’s a rewards card that allows you to earn points on your purchases. Those points then turn into coupons that will help you save (and pay) on a future purchase. It’s basically free money just for shopping for your children’s clothes. Plus if you prefer to shop online, you will be happy to know that August is Free Shipping Month! No minimum purchase amount required!

You know what would make your child’s school year even better? A FREE Shopping Spree! The Children’s Place is giving away a $75 Gift Card to one lucky winner to use to shop in one of their stores! All you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends 8/28/15. Good Luck Everyone!

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#BRINGCOMFYBACK with U by Kotex Curves Liners + Free Samples!

Ladies it’s time to reclaim your fancy panties during the time of the month. No more granny panties. Throw those suckers away. With U by Kotex Curves Liners you don’t need them anymore because we’re going to #BRINGCOMFYBACK

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See ladies, we’ve all had that favorite pair of panties that we just love, but come period time they have to sit out of the action or else they get leaked on. It’s time to bring those panties back with the help of a curvy liner that will keep you comfy in style.

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U by Kotex Curves Liners has you covered in style. There packaging is super cute with the Tribal theme going on, and the super colorful patterns. The liner is curvy, and fits a women’s shape where it needs to so you don’t have an accident like Patricia Navidad’s little fiasco.

They are extremely absorbent, but not too thick and uncomfortable that you can’t wear your favorite undies with them. They are thin, and super comfy. Being a mom on the go I keep my U by Kotex in my purse where it needs to be so I never have to worry about ruining my favorite pair of undies. Having U by Kotex Curves Liners means I feel FLAWLESS, and ready to take on the world, or the next fit throwing tantrum.

Get a free sample of U By Kotex Curves Liners and #BRINGCOMFYBACK and you could be the next U by Kotex Social Star!

Tea Collection Back to School Sweepstakes Over $1000 in Grand Prizes (3 Winners)

There’s over $700 in prizes per grand prize winner in Tea Collection Sweepstakes!

Make sure to read below so you have a chance at winning one of 3 grand prizes. Your child would be set for the school year if you won this!

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I am so excited for my readers! Tea Collections Sweepstakes just went live, and it is really, really good! The sweepstakes kicks-off today, August 10th and will run until Sunday, August 23rd. Three lucky winners will each receive:

  • $300 Tea Collection gift card
  • A backpack, lunch box, and school supplies from Yoobi
  • One month of lunch box supplies from Rock the Lunch Box
  • $400 Minted gift card
  • Food storage, water bottles and portable glasses from Lifefactory
  • An autographed copy of Weelicious and Weelicious Lunches cookbooks, plus a one-year subscription to Weelicious Mama

Enter to Win Tea Collection’s Back to School Sweepstakes



Gymboree Gift Card Giveaway


As a great start to our back to school guide Emily’s Frugal Tips presents to you a GIVEAWAY!

Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand’s fashionable clothing and accessories are created to celebrate kids being kids in unique head-to-toe looks. Available in sizes newborn to 10 years, Gymboree clothing is designed with colorful, high-quality fabrics and detailed touches throughout.

Whether your child has already started school or is starting in a few weeks, Gymboree is the place to shop. Currently they are offering an extra 30% off markdowns which means you can save even more on your back to school shopping! Plus new arrivals are 20% off!

Now want to know the really awesome part about Gymboree? Well, when you refer a friend, they will give you $20 to spend at Gymboree! That is like a totally free outfit for sharing with your friends how awesome Gymboree is! Check out all the details here.

So what are you waiting for? Head into your local Gymboree store and get shopping (and saving).

Giveaway Time!

Gymboree wants to help make back to school shopping a little easier on your wallet. So they are giving away a $75 Gymboree Gift Card to 1 lucky winner! All you have to do is enter using the giveaway widget below! Giveaway ends 8/17! Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is sponsored by Gymboree .

Coca Cola & Hispanic Scholarship Fund Sweepstakes #ForTheDream

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Dime Media and Coca-Cola, however, all opinions are my own.

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Education is the core of Latino families, and through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, families can plan for the next step in their child’s future. Coca Cola has teamed up with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help families financially afford college. Coca Cola is a loved company for many Latinos, also being a favorite amongst Mexican families in Mexico and other South American countries. Coca Cola is showing its appreciation of Latino culture, and its strong connection to educational goals through supporting the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

The #ForTheDream Hispanic Education Program’s goal is to inspire consumers to engage and participate in the #ForTheDream movement, and #ForTheDreamSweep Sweepstakes. The For the Dream Coke Sweepstakes runs through August 31st.

Mine and my daughter’s personal experience with college

Several years ago I decided I wanted to go to college to get a better job. I also wanted to inspire my kids to want to go to college to. My journey started in a Horticulture program, but quickly changed to psychology in hopes to one day become a counselor. In 2010 I graduated from Washington State University with a bachelors degree in psychology. I began working in mental health shortly after as a qualified mental health associate in Washington. Last year I began my journey to pursue a masters degree is clinical social work, and by the end of next year I should walk away as a social worker. I am excited to use my social work degree to help others. Throughout my education it was a struggle to afford school. Like many students, I had to take out student loans. Scholarships pay tuition whenever possible. I applied for any I qualified for.

Coca-Cola’s #ForTheDream program inspires and empowers Hispanic teens, and their families to prepare, plan, and pay for their college education. This summer Coca Cola is donating $100,000 to the Hispanic College Fund. This is a sweet deal, but that’s not all they are doing. Coca Cola wanted to do more, so they are also donating $1 for every social media post with the hashtag #ForTheDream. They are capping this to $10,000.

Financial instability is the #1 reason Hispanic youth do not attend college. In fact, it is one of my own concerns now that my daughter will be attending college here soon. She actually starts running start in September. Coca Cola is a community supporter and partner of Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and wants to help college kids through the #ForTheDream program. They understand the importance Hispanic families place on education.


For the Dream program sponsored by Coca Cola and Hispanic Scholarship Fund. They are giving away one college tour experience, and 34-$500 grants to cover education expenses.

There are two ways to enter the Sweepstakes

1. Enter a product code on Coca Cola’s microsite: For The Dream

2. Post a selfie on Twitter or Instagram with someone who is helping you achieve your college dreams. Make sure to use hashtag #ForTheDreamSweeps.

Win a Trip to London!

Register and play games to win a trip to London or other prizes instantly. Who would you take with you if you won?

  • Scan and collect Chiquita stickers with your phone to win prizes.
  • Throw Chiquita Bananas at moving targets. Get a good score to earn prizes.
  • Test your memory and complete all seven levels to win a prize.

This sweepstakes excludes the following state: North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Idaho, and Utah

Roxie’s Ultimate Back-To-School Sweepstakes $5000 Grand Prize

Make sure to enter for your chance at winning an Ultimate Back to School Shopping Spree!

This school years is getting some great opportunities to win some extra cash, stock up on school supplies, and now! this! This summer, Shamrock Farms launched its protein-packed, on-the-go regular, chocolate and strawberry milk in Walmart’s nationwide. To celebrate the expanded distribution, Shamrock Farms wants to help one lucky family start the school year right. Roxie’s Ultimate Back-To-School sweepstakes offers one winner a mega-shopping spree worth nearly $5,000 ($4,999).

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Prizes include Walmart gift cards to help stock up on school supplies, groceries and a new wardrobe. The sweepstakes is open to people ages 18 and older, no purchase necessary and open until August 20, 2015. To enter, visit


If you win, what would you buy with your prize money?

Pampers Better for Baby Giveaway


Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine

Pampers #BetterforBaby makes way for mothers to add a little self care in their lives


When my kids were little Pampers was one of the 3 brands I would purchase. I would rotate through the 3 brands according to sales, and cost because I was a single mom and did not have much money. Pampers was my preferred brand, and I would get them whenever possible. Fast forward today, and many of my friends have newborns in diapers who claim this brand is their favorite.

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Watch the Pampers Better for Baby Youtube video below. This video ends with a pledge “together we can make life better for baby. Pampers hopes the message inspires you to better for the world, and to share what you already do to make your life happier. Each pledge is an individual promise of how can make a little difference in someones life. You can something as simple as reading a story to your baby, or singing him or her a lullaby, to larger things like donating to charity.

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As a brand that has been diapering babies for more then 50 years, Pampers would like to stay committed to helping babies have a better life. As an example of Pampers work they have donated millions to charities in the form of diapers through Feeding America, which partners with UNICEF. With the introduction of this fil, Pampers has made additional contributions to each of these organizations. For more information visit Pampers Facebook Page and watch the below Youtube video.

Since my best friend has had her baby she has gotten out more. I hear about her taking her little ones for a walk several times a week. As a from of self care, exercise reduces stress, and helps new mothers cope with the changes in their life when a new baby enters it.

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Pampers believes that even though babies are small, they are powerful agents of change, because babies have a profound impact our lives and the world. I would have to agree with this message because as a young mother 16 years ago, a lot of that experience shaped who I am today. My daughter helped me discover myself, and what I saw in the world. Babies make you want to be a better person. When a baby comes into your life you’re whole way of thinking starts to shift. You want to be a better person for that baby. That’s why there is nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her new baby. Getting healthier by eating better, and getting in some self care ensures mother is ready for her new baby each day.


One lucky winner will walk away with the following prize pack.

Pampers wipes and Pampers Swaddlers
Grace & Lace Spring Floral Scarf ( A portion of all sales goes towards building orphanages in India) Valued $20
Magic Bullet Baby Care System Value $60
Thinkable Thinkster Straw Bottle Value $10

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Allstate Foundation Wants Your Teen to Drive Safely & You Could Win $1000


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post sponsored by Allstate about teen driving. All opinions are my own.

In May my 16 year old daughter started driving school. It is a requirement of Washington state that all teenagers attend driving school before they can get their drivers license. As you can imagine she was excited. In fact she has been talking about this day since she was 12 years old. She and her friends would sit in the back of my car and chat about what kind of car they would get when they were older. As she got older she started reminding me

“mom only 2 more years”

“mom I just turned 14, next year I will be driving!”

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And on her 15th birthday she could hardly contain herself she was SO EXCITED, but I did not feel she was ready just yet. She still had some maturing to do. She was barely able to reach the kitchen counters let alone see above a steering wheel, and frankly she had a rough year as far as her attitude was concerned. So we waited. She was not happy about that, and she let us know it. The thing is, parents are the number one influence on teens regarding their driving skills. I needed her to trust that I knew what I was doing. That I was not withholding her driving privileges out of punishment, but rather waiting just a little bit longer until I felt comfortable with her behind the wheel.

Making the hard decision to make her wait was probably the hardest decision I have had to make so far. Seeing the disappointment in her eyes was difficult to swallow, but it is a parents responsibility to ensure their kid drives safely. The day we signed her up for drivers ed she was ready and we felt comfortable in our decision to let her go.

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She passed her driving test with a 96%, and we were all so happy about that, but more assurance is needed when it comes to teen drivers. We had her sign an agreement like Allstate’s Parent/teen driving agreement, and had her read the driving coaching guide found here from Allstate

Car crashes are the #1 killer of American teens, and that is why I was so reluctant to let her drive. It is scary letting go, but with proper supervision, and a good relationship with your teen you can help prevent car crashes by teens.

The astonishing things is more parents then teens use their cell phones while driving, but teens are more likely to eat or do their makeup while behind the wheel, both of which are causes of crashes and fatalities.

The driving agreement is available here, and I highly encourage you to sit down with your teen and have them sign it with you. Plus you can get even more resources to help you with your new driver here.

The foundation is running a sweepstakes through July 3rd, 2015 worth $1000. To enter just tag your teen or other influential person on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #GetThereSafe. Be sure to also use @Allstate when doing this.

Disney’s “Create TOMORROWLAND” – XPRIZE Challenge for Youth 8-17!!!

Starting next month, XPRIZE is launching a video contest for 8-17 year-olds to imagine world-changing technology of the future inspired by the upcoming Disney movie TOMORROWLAND!!! Six Winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.!

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LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.


Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.


In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.


“‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”


“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”


Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.


Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen.

Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.




Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visit


About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.


Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.


The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.


“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.