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eBook Review: Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

eBook Review: Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything

* I received a copy of this eBook to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* During the summer, I read a TON more than I do during the rest of the year. Afternoons spent by the pool and trips to the beach are practically MADE for relaxing with a book (or e-reader) in hand. I was given the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a new e-book that’s coming out on July … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Budget Buys, Contests, eBook

Host a Festive Holiday Sweater Party with Goodwill!

  I swear the days go by faster and faster every year. Here we are, in the midst of the 2013 holiday season and where did the year go? A fun way to commemorate holidays past is to host, yep, you guessed it, a holiday sweater party! If you don’t have anything to wear, take this Festive Holiday Sweater Quiz: and head to your local Goodwill via our store locator at to find a holiday sweater that suits … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Charity, Christmas, Entertaining, entertainment, Fashion, Parties, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?

Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?

Walmart sent me a $50 gift card to see if I could buy a week’s worth of back-to-school outfits for under $50.  I accepted the challenge and also received two gift cards to mail out to two readers.  Last weekend, we drove over to our local Walmart in search of inexpensive back-to-school outfits for my preschooler. Here’s some possible ideas from the people at Walmart: Truthfully, I have not bought much at Walmart since I moved back … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Budget Buys, Contests, Fashion, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Vincent Shoes HUGE Sale, Up to 75% OFF (Deal of the Day)

Vincent Shoes HUGE Sale, Up to 75% OFF (Deal of the Day)

Vincent’s Summer collection is here! Stylish quality shoes and sandals for kids of all ages. We first featured Vincent Shoes as part of our Flexible-Soled Shoes for Toddlers Guide and readers were gaga for Vincent’s playful, yet fashionable European styling. Vincent makes shoes for pre-walkers and toddlers up to children about age 8. And check out their Summer Sale with up to 75% off on select Vincent styles! FREE shipping on all orders of $75 and up. Most … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Coupons, Footwear (Baby), Footwear (Children), Shoes (Baby), Shoes (Children)

Shopping Cart Cover: Adorable, Safe and Affordable from Clean Shopper

Babies use all of their senses to explore the world–which is exactly what you want, except when that world is a disgusting shopping cart or restaurant high chair. Did you know shopping cart handles have more germs than public restrooms? Ewww…. If you are looking for an adorable, safe, and affordable shopping cart cover to protect your baby from germs, check out the Clean Shopper. Baby Diva took the Clean Shopper for a test drive … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gear, Budget Buys, Germ Protection, Seat Covers

If this Glider’s a Rockin’

Sure, babies are super cute, but Mom deserves some swag, too. Gliders are a wonderful way to show mom you appreciate her. Pregnant moms, nursing moms, and moms who just need a break will love a glider. Newborns are soothed by rocking and many babies nurse better with a little motion. Gliders are also a serene retreat for the adults in the family. Baby Diva and I relax in the Storkcraft Hoop Glider & Ottoman in Cherry with Beige Cushions from MiniTots (pictured) or for just $169.95. I love the rich look of the dark wood against the comfy beige cushions. The textured fabric is easy to clean and looks like you spent a lot more. This glider will coordinate with any decor and you have a choice of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Decor and Furniture, Gliders and Rockers, Momma Gotta Have, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Nursery Decor, Registry Pick

Cheap Chic Onesies

You can never have enough baby bodysuits and Baby Diva loves herself some fun and funky onesies. Usually they cost quite a bit and come as presents from her hip aunt or her fashionable Fairy Godmom and assorted other friends, like Mama-to-Be. I almost feel guilty putting them on her–I quickly snap a picture in case Baby Diva decides to destroy the thing on its first run out of the gate. If only there were some cheap, amusing options for those days when baby is a spit-up fountain…Oh, wait, look! Here are Diva in Training Baby Bodysuit, Future Diva Baby Bodysuit, I don’t sleep – NOBODY sleeps! Baby Bodysuit, and plenty of other options with attitude for $5.99 from also has Baby-Says Bodysuit, I don’t sleep – NOBODY sleeps!, Baby-Says … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Fashion, Budget Buys

Shopping Cart and High Chair Seat Covers: Best Budget Buy and an Ultra-Chic Splurge

Shopping carts are icky. They have germs and hard, metal edges. No wonder kids love to ride in them–because it drives mama nuts. (short trip for Mama Luxe) Same goes double for those restaurant high chairs. Luckily, some innovative folks have come up with seat covers. You have a ton of options out there but you want to make sure that your choice actually covers the entire surface and keeps baby comfy and safe. These will also … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gear, Budget Buys, Germ Protection, Momma Gotta Have, Safety, Seat Covers, Shower Gifts

Baby Slings and Wraps on a Budget

Maybe you’ve been juggling your baby and toddler on the grocery line and looked enviously on as another mother moved freely and gracefully, baby wrapped closely to her body. Or perhaps you’ve seen the celebrities carrying their babies, safely scurrying away from the Paparazzi. Possibly you’ve even done your research and know that mothers in almost every traditional culture have carried their babies–benefiting from the convenience, bonding, and security that comes with baby wearing. Most of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attachment Parenting, Baby Carriers, Budget Buys, Slings, Wraps

The Best Playards: Lightest, Budget, Compact, and Full Feature

I am an obsessive comparison shopper. I research size, weight, price, convenience, style, and features–locating the best deals for you! In this case, I was looking for a light weight playard that could hold my ever-growing giant baby…but what if your baby, or your apartment, is smaller and you want a compact playard? What if you want a full-featured playard that matches your decor? What if you are on a budget and what you really want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beds, Budget Buys, Momma Gotta Have, Playards, Registry Pick