Saturday, July 31, 2010

Make Your Way to Giveaways

To celebrate my first Blog Giveaway win from A Mom's Take, I thought I would share some fun giveaways to enter. I won the National Geographic Kids Big Book of Fun, and popsicle coupons.

Blog Giveaways are easy to enter once you get the hang of it. They do require a few steps, however, you are competing against a lot less people to win.

Here are few fun ones to enter:

Pillow Pets Patriotic Puppy (ends 8/6)
Cascadian ‘Farmville Fan’ Prize Pack(ends 8/4)
TruKid Natural Kids Products (ends 8/15)
Sandcastle burner and 3 Scented Tarts (ends 8/15)

Good Luck everyone, and make sure to tell us if you win.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Free PocketBac Hand Sanitizer (no purchase necessary)

Pick up a free PocketBac Hand Sanitizer from Bath & Body Works this weekend.
No purchase is necessary.
Coupon expires August 1, 2010.

Print your coupon HERE.

Free Summer Fun Event at Michaels Sat 7/31

Go green with Crayola® Black Markers. Make your mark on the environment with Crayola's new eco-friendly markers.

Bring the family, join the fun and create something Mother Nature will surely love.
7/31/2010 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ages 4 and up welcome.

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance FREE Sample

Like Eucerin on Facebook, and you'll be able to request a FREE sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance.

Kohl's 15% everything in store or online.

Kohl's is having a 2 Day Mega Sale July 30th and 31st, and you can get an extra 15% Off everything (including sale and clearanced items). Click HERE to print your coupon. Or enter JULYTHANKS to redeem online.
Also, until August 1st, you can get $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever FREE After Rebate

Restock Your Medicine Cabinet With Triaminic™ Fever Reducer Pain Reliever.

Triaminic is giving away up to 250,000 bottles of Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever! To get your FREE bottle of Triaminic:

~Purchase a 4-oz. Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever product in Bubble Gum or Grape Flavor between August 2, 2010 and August 8, 2010.
~Request a rebate form by email (available 8/2/10).
~Submit your rebate request by 8/31/10.

Limit one rebate per person and per household. All rebate requests must be postmarked August 31, 2010 or earlier and received by September 7, 2010.

Host a Capri Sun House Party

Houseparty has new parties to sign up for. Sign up HERE to host a Capri Sun House Party.

If selected as a host, your FREE party pack will include:

For host:
•CAPRI SUN products
•TerraCycle Tote

For you to share with your Guests:
•CAPRI SUN coupons
•TerraCycle Pencil Cases for kids
•Refrigerator Magnets

To learn more about HouseParty Click HERE.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And the Winner is.....

The winner of the ModNation Racers Giveaway is Post #28: Allison. Congratulations!!

Free Kids Konserve Lunch Bag

Annie's Homegrown products have partnered up with Kids Konserve to offer a free reusuable and waste free lunch sack valued at $8.00 when you buy any two packages of Annie's Homegrown products.
Fill out the form here with your UPC codes (no mail-in rebate required) and you shall receive your free lunch sack within 4-6 weeks.

Here are UPC Codes you can use:

Free Kotex Sample

Sign up for some free Kotex samples here.

3 Photo Greeting Cards for $0.99 shipped from Shutterfly

Another photo greeting card deal from Shutterfly. These are great for custom birthday cards, Thank you cards, or anything you need a card for. It's still a lot cheaper than what you would pay for a card at any store, even the Dollar Store.
You can get 3 custom photo greeting cards.

Here's how to get them:

~Log in or register at Shutterfly.

~Click on “My Account” and enter code SUMMERCARDS in the “Enter Special Offer Code” box at the bottom of that page.

~Create 3 5×7 Photo Cards (these can be all the same or three different cards) and add them to your cart.

~The 3 cards should be free and you should only have to pay $0.99 for shipping to one location.

Martha Stewart Everyday Food Magazine $4.58

Here's a great deals from Best Deal Magazines for Everday Food!
Get a one-year subscription to Everyday Food magazine for just $4.58 when you use code PXCJ81 at checkout.

This deal expires at midnight tonight!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bed Bath & Beyond Home Sweet Dorm Instant Win

There's over a 1500 gift cards to win in this Instant win sweepstakes, plus a chance at the Grand Prize.
Enter the Bed Bath & Beyond Home Sweet Dorm Instant Win Sweepstakes.
You can Enter Once Per Day.
Good Luck to All!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Sample of Natural Nibbles

We have been spoiled with dog samples lately. Here's another one, request a Free Sample of Natural Nibbles.

Unlock Their Potential Instant Win Game

Here's a great Instant Win Game with Lots and Lots of prizes to win!!!
Everyone has very good chances of winning.
You can Enter Once per day until 8/23/10.
Enter the Why Milk Unlock Their Potential Instant Win Game.

Here a List of all the Prizes to win:
•(30) Compaq Laptop ($479.99 ea.)
•(100) Leap Frog® TAG™ Reading System ($39.99 ea.)
•(300) Leap Frog® Leapster Explorer™ Learning Experience ($69.99 ea.)
•(500) 1-year Trial subscription to Parent & Child magazine ($23.60 ea.)
•(150) Eastsport Basic Backpack ($15 ea.)
•(500) got milk?® school bundle – USB drive and notebook ($15 ea.)
•(15) Office Depot Gift Card ($25 ea.)
•(15) Barnes and Noble Gift Card ($25 ea.)
•(400) Cereal-on-the-go Containers (2 per package) ($9.98 ea.)

Good Luck, and make sure to let us know if you win!!!

Free Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure at Disney Store

Head over to the Disney Store on Saturday, August 14th, to make a Free Perry the Platypus Inaction Figure.
Session 1: 11:00 am
Session 2: 1:00 pm
Minimum age for participation is 3 years.
Call your local store to confirm participation. While supplies last.

Raising Bilingual Children, Any Benefits?

Since I'm French, and speak French fluently, I always wondered what kind of benefits it would give my children to teach them both English and French.
I never doubted that there were benefits to teaching them two languages, but always wondered exactly what they get from being bilingual.

I've done some research from different websites and sources, and many of them agree on the same benefits. If you don't speak another language, consider introducing foreign languages to your children early on, as it can definitely help them in the future.

Learning a foreign language has broad cognitive benefits: According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language

~ It is beneficial to the development of problem solving abilities, memory skills, reading abilities, ability to hypothesize in science, and even mathematics.

~ It correlates with higher academic achievement, including standardized tests and college level academic performance.

Also, it enhances cultural understanding. Being able to speak to people from different countries and cultures exposes the child to different ways of thinking, different attitudes, habits and views.
As well as, Increased self-esteem & self-confidence.

There are many more benefits, but I thought these were definitely a great incentive to continue teaching my children to learn two languages, and encourage others to teach foreign languages to their children.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

KMart Birthday Club: Free $5 Birthday Bucks, Birthday Fun Pack and more!

Sign your children up for the KMart Birthday Club and they’ll get a $5 Birthday Bucks to use at KMart plus a birthday fun pack with surprise goodies.

$5 Off $5 Kohl's Coupon

Here's a great way to get something for Free.
Sign up for Kohls email alerts and get a $5 off $5 coupon for use in store.
You will also get 10% off your next purchase.

Contacting Companies

Do you ever love certain products, but can never find good coupons for them? Have you ever thought of contacting the company?

Many companies respond very well to customer compliments or requests. Many times they will send high dollar coupons or even free coupons.

The same thing stands when you are dissatisfied with their products. Companies love the feedback, and they will usually try to compensate for the problems you had.

If you are not sure where to start, I would suggest just going through your pantry, and bathroom cabinets, anywhere that you store your every day items. Look on the back of the packages, they will usually have a way to contact them. You can usually call or email.

I email, as I don't always have time to call during business hours, and I don't love phones calls with kids screaming in the background. You decide what is best for you.

Once you have contacted a good number of companies, you will start getting coupons or samples in the mail, and you will notice a nice drop in your grocery bill.

Companies allow you to contact them for coupons once every three months, so write it down on the calendar, and make this a regular thing.

Don't get discouraged, not all companies inform you that they are sending coupons. Sometimes, they just reply saying thank you, and you get a nice surprise in the mail a few days later. And, yes, unfortunately some companies do not send anything, but it doesn't hurt to ask:)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Are you Crafty?

Handy with a glue stick? Enter the Craftiest Mom contest on (any adult can enter, even dad!).

Until August 9th, submit an original craft you like to make with your little ones.

You will be entered for a chance to win a $300 gift card from Jo-Ann and Craft Stores, and be featured in a future issue of Parents magazine.

75 Free 4X6 Prints from Shutterfly

Another great deals for free photos. You can get 75 FREE prints from Shutterfly with coupon code FACEBOOK75. You'll only have to pay $3.99 for shipping plus tax.
Remember that you if you don't have pictures to print right now, you can still add this coupon code to your account and use at a later time (have to use it by 7/25).

Here's how to add this code to your account:
~Login or register with Shutterfly.
~Click on “My Shutterfly”.
~Scroll down and click “Enter Special Code Offer”.
~Enter code FACEBOOK75 to have the prints credited to your account.

Hurry your prints have to be ordered by 7/25.

Blog Hop Friday!

Smart and Trendy Moms

It's Friday again, welcome to Kids and Deals! Make sure you check out my Giveaway for a ModNation Racers game, and all the great deals. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Reminder: ModNation Racers Giveaway

Remember to enter Kids and Deals' own giveaway for a ModNation Racers Game for PS3. It's very easy to enter, and has very low entries right now.
Enter the Giveaway here.

Free $10 cash voucher at The Limited

Here's a great deal at The Limited. Stop in and pick up a $10 Fashion Cash pass that can be used toward future purchases. You will have to request it. You can probably find some great clearance, and get something for cheap or almost Free.
Expires Sunday, July 25, 2010.
This offer has been circulating via e-mail so call your local store to see if they are participating.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Motherboard Reader Panel

Better Homes and Gardens is looking for a million women to sign-up for The Motherboard Reader Panel. You’ll have the opportunity to receive special offers and free product samples.

Achooz Saline Nose Wipes FREE Sample

These look like "boogie wipes" for adults!! Request a FREE sample of Achooz Saline Nose Wipes! You'll receive both cool menthol and fragrance free.

Oxy Clinical Free Sample

Request a FREE sample of new Oxy Clinical! Make sure you check the last box if you Don't want to receive emails from them.

Bally Total Fitness Free 7 day Pass

Get started right! Start achieving your fitness goals and get a free 7 day guest membership to Bally Total Fitness.

Well-Being or Retirement for Dummies Free Books

Humana is offering a copy of Well-Being for Dummies or Retirement for Dummies for Free. All you have to do is sign up HERE, and tell them which book you want. You must be over 45 to qualify.

Angela's Ashes

Wow, I just finished Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, and what an amazing book, so hard, not hard to read, but hard to believe that this is actually someones childhood. Even with the harsh reality in the book, it's written with some humor, and it's definitely a book to read. It's made me realize that however "poor" we think we are, we are actually very "privileged". I am now even more thankful for what I have, and what I can provide for my children.

I love to read, but book aren't always very cheap, however, reading is a hobby that can be enjoyed at very low costs. Here are some ideas.

~When my friend told me about Angela's Ashes, I started my search in Goodwills and Thrift stores, and soon enough, I found Angela's Ashes in Hardcover for $2.99. The list price $24.99.

~If you're not into searching thrift stores for a specific book, try They usually have book very cheap, and just standard Media Mail shipping.

~Of course, you can also borrow the books from the Library. The Library is not always the most convenient option for me, even though it would be the cheapest option, because I never know what can come up that I would have to postpone reading for a while. So the 3 week deadline would work most of the time, but not always.

~If you have a lot of books at home already, why don't you try Swaptree. You can trade your books with books that you want (you enter a list of your wants), and only pay shipping.

~If you have a group of friends that love reading as well, why don't you form your own swap group. You may have to buy full priced books once in a while, but you will get to read many others for free.

Do you have any other ideas? Please share with us....

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

M&Ms Coupon Giveaway Sweepstakes

Here's a great new sweepstakes from M&Ms.

They are giving away 507,878 coupons redeemable for one (1) single size package of any variety of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies.
To enter click HERE.

You can enter Once per Day until 8/27/10.

Free 11oz samples of Gain at Walmart

Head over to Walmart to try the NEW Gain Dish Soap for Free!
Dates: 7/22/2010 - 7/25/2010
Free 11oz samples will be distributed throughout the event so you can try these amazing fresh scents that come with an incredible clean. Be the first to try the new Gain Dish Soap.
To find a participating store click HERE.

Free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food

I love Dog food freebies, and here's another great one!! Rachel Ray samples are usually pretty large too!
Sign up for a free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish dog food or choose to print a coupon for $3.50 off instead. Click on the “Switch to Nutrish” link for the sign-up form.

Special K FREE Trial Pack

Register for a FREE Special K Trial Pack from Kellogg's. If you are already registered just click "Log in now" at the top.

FREE Snikiddy Snack Product Coupon

Register to receive a coupon good for one FREE Snikiddy Snack Product!
I like Snikiddy products for my kids, because they are healthier, and they still taste good!!
To find a store that carries Snikiddy products click here.

Better Than Ears FREE Dog Treat Sample

Spoil your dog with a new treat freebie!! Get a FREE sample of Better Than Ears dog treats on!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Low Cost- No Cost Kid Fun

Last week I posted some fun things to do with the kids that will cost very little to no money at all.
From the suggestions on my last post, we had the kids manage their own "restaurant" at home. They had a lot of fun, from making menus, to serving foods and drinks, and cooking a special desert as well.

Here are more suggestions:

~Soccer bowling. Set up 10 empty soda cans or plastic bottles in a triangle or circle on a fairly level section in your yard or driveway. Give each child three tries to knock down as many "pins" as possible by kicking an inflated ball at them from at least 20 feet away. Keep score like bowling.

~Scrapbook. If you have a digital camera, consider letting the children take photos throughout the summer and get the best ones printed. Alternatively, you could buy a few disposable cameras for them to use. Using your craft supplies, create mini scrapbooks of what the kids did over their summer vacation.

~ Be a tourist. Pretend to be a tourist in your own town and near by locations. Use maps to discover landmarks, attractions and parks that you’ve never gone to, and plan family trips to visit each.

~ Visit every playground. Determine how many playgrounds are within a 25 mile radius of your home, and pick one day a week as playground day. Try to get a few other families to join you; and visit one park each week.

Tom’s of Maine That’s Wicked Fresh Instant Win Game

Play the Wicked Fresh instant win game on the Tom's of Maine Facebook page to instantly win thousands of prizes! I played and won a FREE sample of Tom's of Main Wicked Fresh Toothpaste.
When they ask you to enter the contest, go ahead and click the button, then scroll down to the bottom and click "skip the contest" if you don't want to enter a picture. It will take you directly to the Instant Win Game.

ArtsCow 20 5X7 Prints for $1.99 Shipped

Get those special captured moments developed into 5" x 7" prints for only $1.99 with free international delivery for 20 prints.
Coupon : Coupon code:57PRINTS20
Expires on:07/31/2010

Start HERE.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Win a Cheese Barbeclette & Cheese from Ile de France

This would probably be one of my favorite things to win!
Being from France, I grew up eating Raclette at least once or twice a year, and I love it, it's delicious!!!
I found this sweepstakes from Ile de France, and they are giving away three Barbeclettes a week. A Barbeclette is a Raclette designed for your grill.
Any meltable cheese can be placed on the Barbeclette, grilled to melted, flavorful perfection and served alongside or on top of all your favorite grilling items!
You can enter everyday here for the month of July.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Free McCafe Smoothie or Frappe coupon in the Newspaper

Keep an eye out for the Parade section of your newspaper on Sunday 7/18. There is a coupon for a Free any flavor 12 oz smoothie or Frappe from McDonalds. Even better than the $1 Off coupon I posted about a couple of days ago.

Friday, July 16, 2010

LifeLock Review

As a Bzz Agent, I was given the opportunity to sign up for a one year LifeLock membership. I was very excited about this campaign, as I am always afraid of identity theft, but unfortunately, most plans to protect my identity do not fit in my budget.
LifeLock helps protect your identity by providing you notification of identity theft threats, searching the web for the illegal selling of your personal information, helping cancel and replace the contents of your lost or stolen wallet, and verifying change of address requests.
I have not been a member of LifeLock for long, and I am already very impressed with them. Shortly after signing up with them, I received an email from them stating that they had requested my free annual credit report from all three credit agencies on my behalf. I have already received my credit report from one agency.
As I mentioned before, LifeLock offers great services to protect yourself from identity theft, however, it does not fit in everyone's budget. If you can make it fit in your budget I would definitely recommend it. They offer monthly payments of $10, which are quite affordable.
To learn more about LifeLock check HERE, and to learn more about how I got to participate in this campaign through Bzz Agent check HERE.

Borders Free Kids Event 7/17

Borders is having a Free Kids Event on 7/17.

It's a Ramona and Beezus Movie Celebration!!

Celebrate Beverly Cleary's classic books made into a brand new movie! Enjoy games, activities, giveaways (while supplies last) and more at participating stores.

Please call the store for specific event details.