Archives for April 2010

Don’t Forget to Grab Your Free Tutu Lesson!

Have you stopped by the Miss Tutu website yet and signed up to receive your free instructional video from her e-course?

No? Well, why not? What are you waiting for?

Maybe you’re afraid that you’re going to get hooked into buying the whole course. After all, there’s always a catch. Right?

There’s no catch, though. You get your free instructional video, and you don’t have to buy a thing.

Now, you CAN buy the instructional course if you want to, and learn how to make amazingly fabulous no-sew tutus in your own home. Plus, I can even give you a coupon code that will help sweeten the deal.

Head over to www.misstutu.com and sign up for your free lesson. (Make sure you tell her Angie sent you.) If you already have, or if you decide you want to buy the entire e-course and make dozens of gorgeous tutus, use the code 5MONKEYS at checkout and you’ll save $7 off the course! (You get tons of instructions, valued at $147, for just $20! And you get a 60 day money-back guarantee. What have you got to lose?!)

You’ll learn how to make the following tutus with this course:

  • Basic No-SewTutu
  • ReversibleTutu
  • 2 Different Lengths Tutu
  • Extra Thick and Fluffy Tutu
  • Ribbon Waist Tutu 
  • Empire Waist Tutu Dress
  • Triple Layer Tutu
  • Halter Dress Tutu
  • Tutu with Ribbon Strands
  • Petti Tutu
  • Tutu Onesie
  • Tutu Overalls
  • Jean Tutu
  • Ribbon Tutu Skirt
  • Tutu with Leftover Tulle

I’ve seen lots of tutu instructional videos in the past, but never one at this price with so much information packed inside!

So, QUICK! Before it’s too late… head to www.misstutu.com and sign up for your free video. Then, once you see how easy Miss Tutu makes it, save $7 and grab the entire course for just $20. (Make sure you use the code 5MONKEYS to get your discount!)

You’ll be glad you did!

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post. However, I am involved in a contest on the Miss Tutu site to see which blogger can bring in the most referrals to their website.

Photo Credit: The photo used in this post is my own. ©Angela Vinez, owner of The Picture Perfect Boutique.

CouponChief.com – Save Money at Your Favorite Stores

I have recently discovered just how much fun it is to use coupons and save money. (I know, I am so far behind!) However, my last 2 trips to the grocery store have resulted in saving almost $100 each time just because of coupons. See? FUN!

So, now I’m hooked. I want to save money wherever I shop. CouponChief recently invited me to check out their website and see what I thought.

Oh. My. Gosh. I could kick myself for not learning about this website sooner! Do you know how much money I could have saved? My stomach flips just thinking about all those coupon codes I just didn’t know about.

I couldn’t believe the number of stores and websites they had coupon codes for: Target, Best Buy, Aveda… even istockphoto! You can check out the entire list here: View All Stores. (Although, honestly, it may just be easier for you to type the store you’re looking for into the search bar. They really have a *ton* of stores listed!)

Aside from having coupons to thousands of stores and saving money that way, you can also make money by paying you back! They’ll give you 2% of revenue earned from the purchases made from the coupon that you submit. It’s really a win-win for everyone involved.

If you want to save money every time you shop, head to www.couponchief.com and start browsing all of the fantastic money-savers they’ve got listed. And when your friend asks you how you could afford that fabulous new dress, you can tell her proudly that you saved a bundle thanks to CouponChief.com!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CouponChief.com, and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

Mom Central’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaways

If you haven’t heard about Mom Central’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide yet, or had a chance to check out their amazing giveaways, you need to stop what you’re doing and get over there now.

This week’s prizes include a Shark Cordless: VX3 Floor and Carpet Cleaner, a Dazzle DVD Recorder, See’s Candies, and so much more. Entering couldn’t be easier, either. Just register with Mom Central (if you haven’t already), and leave a comment on the post(s) with the prize(s) you want to win!

Next week, they’ll have even more prizes, so be sure to check back then.

The Mom Central’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide (and Giveaways!) runs from April 26th through May 9th. Don’t miss your chance to win one (or all!) of these fantastic prizes.

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central. Mom Central entered my name in a random drawing to win a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Simply… Go-Gurt Winner Announced

Time to announce the winner of the Simply Go-Gurt “Simplify your Life” Giveaway.

Here’s the number that Random.org gave me…

And that means our lucky winner is…

Congratulations! I’ve already sent an email your way. Please respond by Friday at noon EST, or your prize will be forfeited and a new winner selected.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Wordless Wednesday: No Quarters Required for Fun

Parker driving

I didn’t even have to put a quarter into the machine to make him happy! He could have sat there for hours.

If you’re participating in Wordless Wednesday, sign in here:

Restaurant.com – 80% Off Code!

I am a huge fan of restaurant.com. We have several local restaurants that offer $25 gift certificates for just $10 on the site. It’s fantastic for date nights.

Now, you can get $25 gift certificates for just $2 each! All you have to do is use the promo code MEAL at checkout. I ended up purchasing 4 $25 gift certificates to a local restaurant for just $8. You can’t beat it! Even if hubby and I don’t use them all, (we have a year until they expire), these would make great gifts.

But you have to hurry! The sale ends Friday, April 30th. Don’t miss out on this fantastic deal!

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post. I just wanted to spread the word to my readers about the discount restaurant.com is offering.

Glasses USA – Save Up to 70% Off Retail

I have a fetish with glasses. I love the way they look on other people, but I have such a hard time finding fun, trendy eyeglasses that can withstand the fact that I have 5 kids.

My last pair of prescription eyeglasses ended up being a total bust. I opted to purchase them through my eye doctor, and paid out the rear for them. A few weeks after I got them, Parker ended up getting hold of them and now they are so bent out of shape that I can’t keep them on my face.

So, what’s a busy mom to do when she needs prescription glasses, but can’t afford to keep running to her eye doctor to get a new pair? The answer is easy. Head to GlassesUSA.com and check out their selection of glasses and prescription eyeglasses that they have available.

I stopped by their website this morning, and I’ve already found 4 pairs of glasses that I’d love to have. At their prices, I could actually afford to purchase more than one pair, and have a back up. These aren’t generic eyeglasses, either. These are name brand glasses at a fraction of the price you’d pay at the eye doctor’s office.

I can’t wait to give GlassesUSA a try and order myself a new pair of glasses.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post created on behalf of GlassesUSA.com. All opinions are 100% my own.

Vistaprint 12 x 12 Photo Book Giveaway (Closed)

Tell me the truth. You’ve got hundreds – if not thousands of pictures that are still in digital form…. on your phone, on your computer, on your camera. Am I right?

I know this, because I’m the exact same way. I even went out and bought an external hard-drive to keep back-up copies of all the photos I take.

But, when it comes time to get my photos printed, or get special gifts made with my photos, the first stop is always Vistaprint. They’ve got everything you can think of: birthday invitations, custom t-shirts, personalized mugs… the list goes on and on.

One of my favorite gifts to make, though, is a photo book. I’ll take pictures from the past year and make a “year in review” book for Christmas gifts for the family. It’s a great way to get my photos printed and kept in a safe place to look at and enjoy time and time again.

Now, Vistaprint wants to give one of my readers the joy of creating their own photo book. You’ll get a 12×12 photo book that you get to customize completely – you’ll choose from a hard cover, a linen cover, or even a leather cover. You get 26 pages to fill up, and a variety of layout and design options. This prize is valued at over $50!

Of course, you don’t have to give it away as a gift. You can make the photo book and show it off whenever friends and family come over. And, I promise, your kids will love looking at pictures of themselves over and over again.

Now, let’s get to the good part!

One lucky winner is going to win their own 26 page 12×12 photo book courtesy of Vistaprint.

To Enter
Visit the Vistaprint website and tell me one other product they offer that you’d love to have made.
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win. 

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Fine Print: Contest is open to US Continental Residents ONLY. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on May 19th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is being held courtesy of Team Mom on behalf of Vistaprint. They will be fulfilling the winners’ prize as stated above. I was in no way compensated for this post.
 
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Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook (Review)

I’ve been a fan of Taste of Home for as long as I can remember. While my mom was never kitchen-savvy, I did have a babysitter that was. I remember spending many summers at her home and making recipes with her from her Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks.

Now, years later, I’ve got my own subscription to Taste of Home and try to keep fun new foods on the table for my own kids.

Recently, Taste of Home released a new cookbook called the “Comfort Food Diet Cookbook.” Before I get to my review of the cookbook, I want to share some information with you from the book:

The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook features America’s favorite comfort recipes with only a fraction of the fat and calories. It’s a sensible approach to eating, cooking, and living that helps readers shed pounds without feeling deprived. Enjoy pizza, lasagna, mac-n-cheese, pulled pork, and ever cheesecake while loosing weight. The perfect diet for those who love hearty, satisfying foods, the cookbook is packed with low-calorie versions of the mouthwatering staples that families enjoy most. Each recipe has been tested by a registered dietitian to ensure the nutritional value fits into a healthy lifestyle. It also features tips for a balanced diet, portion-size chart, six week meal plan, 80 “free foods” and worksheets to plan meals ahead. With 433 recipes of the foods most craved, the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook is the diet that doesn’t feel like a diet.

My Review of The Comfort Food Diet Cookbook
I recently had the opportunity to test out the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook with my kids. It’s no secret that I’m trying to lose weight. And after years wasted losing weight the wrong way, I’m always excited to hear about new ways to encourage healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. That’s one reason why I was so excited to test out this cookbook.

I couldn’t believe all of the recipes packed inside this cookbook! While I haven’t had the chance to test them all out, I did try a few. My kids loved the oven-fried fish nuggets. They told me they were the best “fish-sticks” I ever made – and that’s really saying something. Served with fresh steamed veggies and the cookbook’s stuffed potato skins, it was one meal my family is begging me to make again.

I made myself and Ashley the Creamy Pasta Salad one afternoon for lunch, and we both loved it. We felt full afterward, and both agreed we’ll be having it more often.

Another favorite meal that we tried was the ranch ham ‘n’ cheese pasta. This was my personal favorite of all the recipes I tried. It was so yummy, and I couldn’t believe that it was in a “healthy” cookbook. My husband loved it, too, and he is usually not a pasta eater. That night, dessert was the pineapple pudding cake. MMmmmmmm. Talk about heavenly! And only 131 calories in each piece! *Love it!*

Overall, the book is great. I love that all of the recipes inside the book are focused on living a healthy lifestyle. And the portion size chart is awesome. They actually compare serving sizes of foods to things that make sense. Now I know how much 3 ounces of deli meat really is. I also can’t wait to start the six week meal plan. They’ve got every meal and every snack laid out clearly and easily for me to follow. I may be on the path to success soon!

If you’re looking to lose weight, or even just encourage a healthy lifestyle in your house, I’d definitely recommend the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook. You’ll never run out of things to make for dinner!

To purchase the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook, head to the Taste of Home website or Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Krupp Kommunications on behalf of Taste of Home. They sent a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above to me to get my honest review. The free product in no way influenced my opinion, and I was in no other way compensated for this post. My opinions are 100% my own. Other users may have different results when using this product.

Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa Giveaway Winner Announced

Time to announce the winner of the Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa Giveaway!

Here’s the number that random.org picked:

And that means our lucky winner is….

Congratulations! I’ve sent an email your way. You have until Wednesday at noon EST to respond, or a new winner will be selected.

PaperBox Press Winner Announced

It’s time to pick the winner of the PaperBox Press $50 Gift Certificate.

Here’s the number that random.org gave me:

That means our lucky winner is………

Congratulations! I’ve already sent an email your way. You have until Tuesday at 8am EST to claim your prize, or a new winner will be selected.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Temptation is Beautiful Sweepstakes

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of KAO Brands. All opinions are 100% mine.

Imagine how much fun you would have during a 3 day, 2 night trip to Las Vegas with $1,500 cash in your pocket, 3 of your very best friends, and your transportation and accomodations were all paid for. You’d definitely be painting the town red, right?

KAO Brands is giving one lucky lady the chance to win that very getaway with their Temptation is Beautiful Sweepstakes. (US Residents only, please.)

ImageNot only do you have the opportunity to win the getaway of a lifetime, but every day that you stop by and enter, you get the chance to win one of the daily prizes – a basket full of beauty products from Jergen’s®, Bioré®, John Frieda® , Ban®, and Curél®. It’s enough to satisfy the temptress inside any woman. Make sure you enter daily!

After you register and get your daily entry in, be sure to take the interactive quiz and find out how hot your Temptress Temperature ranks.

I took the quiz, and was quite happy with my results. I got a “Just right” score. I’ve got the perfect balance of “sex-kitten” (giggle) and “girl next door.” (I’m guessing my husband would agree.)

After the quiz, share your results with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or by email, and earn extra entries in the sweepstakes.

Take the quiz for yourself and leave a comment here telling me what your temperature is. Are you on fire, or cool as a cucumber? Maybe you’re “just right” like me. I’d love to hear your results.

Sweepstakes Rules: US residents 21 years of age or older only. Sweepstakes ends 5/8/10.

Visit my sponsor: Temptation is Beautiful

Work from Home Opportunity for Parents

I get asked all the time about working from home. My custom blog design business keeps me quite busy, and it certainly helps pay the bills around here. But, it isn’t going to make me a millionaire. So, I’m always looking for other ways to help bring in some kind of extra money.

Recently I was introduced to Macaroni Kid, and let me tell you, I am hooked! In fact, it’s my new wobby.

What? You don’t know what a wobby is? Simply put, work + hobby = wobby. It’s all about doing something you love, and getting paid for it.

Macaroni Kid is a fantastic way to get involved in your community, get your kids involved in your community, and get paid to do it!

Because we haven’t lived in our area for long, I never know what events are happening. I feel like my kids are always the last to know about anything, unless it’s an event that’s happening at our church. For example, we’ve missed baseball sign-ups the past 2 seasons, because I found out after they’d already taken place. SIGH.

Now, I’ll be the first to know about everything, because I’ll have local newspapers, businesses, and churches telling me what family-friendly events our area has coming up. I published my first newsletter yesterday, and I’ve already gotten a fantastic response from it. You can see my newsletter/webpage here: http://townsunion.macaronikid.com

Head to the national site at http://national.macaronikid.com/ and see what it’s all about. Then, go to “Find Your Town” and see if there’s already a Macaroni Kid edition in your community. If there is, help a local mom and sign up to receive her weekly e-newsletter. You’ll be the first to know about all the upcoming events in your area.

If there’s not a Publisher Mom in your area, maybe you’d like to become one. It will tie you into your community, and there are lots of perks: paid advertising, freebies, barters, and more. Simply click on “Become a Publisher Mom” at the top of the MacaroniKid website. You can download more information from there. Or, drop an email to nicki@macaronikid.com – she’ll answer your questions and get you started.

Once you become a publisher mom, you won’t believe the amount of support you will receive. The owners/operators of Macaroni Kid are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The community of Publisher Moms (and Dads!) will make you feel right at home, and will offer tips on what has/hasn’t worked for them. I’m still new to the Macaroni Kid Community, but I’ve already made some fantastic friends.

The territories that you’ll cover as a Publisher Mom are exclusive. And the monthly hosting fee for your website is modest, and well worth it for everything you get. Plus, you get to keep all of the ad revenue you bring in.

With just a little work, and by being active in your community, you’ll soon have a successful business up and running.

My kids are already thanking me for finding the coolest activities. Your kids will too!

If you have any questions, or want more information, feel free to contact me.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post. I am a Publisher Mom for Macaroni Kid, and I wanted to share the opportunity for income from home with my readers.

Kids Pick Flicks (Website Review)

Kids and grown-ups have very different opinions and tastes. Anyone who has a tween or a teenager in their house knows exactly what I mean. Sometimes, we grown-ups “just don’t get it.” (How many times have you heard that before?)

A boy by the name of Cole McNamara saw the movie “Van Helsing” and didn’t understand why it got such a bad rap from the movie critics. He told his mom that he wished kids could have a place to go and give their own opinions of movies.

Due to his efforts (with the help of his mom!) KidsPickFlicks.com was born. Kids (and parents) can head to kidspickflicks.com and see what other kids thought of movies both in the theater and on DVD.

This site is great for so many reasons.

  • By having kids type up their own reviews to movies, it’s forcing them to use sills they’ve learned from school: spelling, sentence structure, vocabulary, and word choice.
  • It sparks kids creativity, and forces them to go beyond just a “a good movie” kind of review. They’re writing more, and better, because of it.
  • It teaches them that even though something looks good, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. (ie A good trailer doesn’t necessarily mean a good movie.) This is a lesson that all kids should learn and utilize in their lives.

I also love that there are “Parent Reviews” on the site. Parents can share “red-flag” content in G, PG, and PG-13 movies. It’s not to review if the movie is good or not, but simply to help parents determine if a movie is appropriate for their children.

All in all, KidsPickFlicks.com is a great resource for kids, parents, and anyone else who wants a kid’s honest and genuine opinion of a movie.

Don’t forget to follow Kids Pick Flicks on twitter.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Much and House Public Relations on behalf of KidsPickFlicks.com. I was not compensated for this post in any way. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. 

System Mechanic Winners Announced!

It’s time to pick our 5 lucky winners for the System Mechanic Giveaway.

Here are the numbers that random.org gave me from all eligible entries….

So, that means our winners are………

  1. #242 Shellie said… I desperatle need the registry tuner part.
  2. #232Kevin E said… tweet – http://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/12448446334
     
  3. #145 ktgonyea said… Our PC is in desperate need of this 🙂
  4. #314 guettel78 said… I shared the giveaway through my technorati faves: guettel78
  5. #340 ShesAnAngel said… I’m your fan on facebook

    Congratulations to each of you! I’ve sent an email your way. Please respond by Monday at 8am EST, or your prize will be forfeited and new winners will be drawn.

    Thanks to all who entered!

    Mini Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter (Review)

    I love making cookies with my kids. It’s almost as fun as eating what we’ve made. 🙂 Because we are always making cookies for some reason or another, I have made it my mission in life to find cute, fun, and unique cookie cutters to use. The kids love them, and I love surprising them with new cookie cutters to make fun creations.

    CheapCookieCutters.com is one of my favorite places to go to find new cookie cutter shapes. They’ve got almost every shape you can think of. And if they don’t have it? All you have to do is contact them. They’ll provide you with a quote to help you find the perfect cookie cutter shape for any need you might have.

    My Review of the Mini Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter
    I was recently sent a Mini Aluminum Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter to test out and get my honest review. I couldn’t wait to share it with the kids. Mickey is a well-loved character in our house, so this cookie cutter made their day.

    We made dozens of little mini Mickey-shaped cookies. Because they were so small, they were pretty crunchy. While they were a little too crunchy for me, the kids absolutely loved them. They were just the right size for their little hands, and my husband loved them, too, because they were just the right size to dunk into a glass of milk and eat in one bite.

    The cookie cutter itself is a really great quality. It’s thick aluminum, so it doesn’t bend or get misshapen when you push it into the dough. It hasn’t rusted by being thrown in the dishwasher, either. And, it’s so tiny that it’s easy to store because it takes up no room at all. It’s got a perfect little home in our silverware drawer now.

    I’d highly recommend CheapCookieCutters.com for all your cookie-cutting needs. And if you happen to purchase a Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cutter, be sure to grab a bottle of black food coloring for the ears. It’ll save you time, and keep your hands from turning black because you made your own.

    Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of CheapCookieCutters.com and sent a mini aluminum Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to review. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the free products did not influence my opinion of the product. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. Other users may have different results when using this product.

    Bikini Kitchen Tanning Lotion (Review)

    With the hundreds – if not thousands – of tanning lotions on the market today, how do you know which is the best tanning lotion to get your skin dark during the summer months?

    I recently had the opportunity to test out the Hawaiian Bikini Kitchen Booty Butter Tanning Lotion, and I am hooked! Before I get into my full review, here’s some information about Bikini Kitchen tanning lotion, quoted from their website:

    At Bikini Kitchen our ovens are always set to bronze those bodacious booties with the best tanning lotion that contains all-natural ingredients: Booty Butter Tanning Lotion.

    Our golden brown lotion comes straight from the islands of Hawaii. Thanks to its secret Hawaiian Kukui Nut Oil, the skin turns a luxurious bronze quickly. So if you are a busy babe – don’t worry! We guarantee you’ll see a noticeable difference in your tan in just one hour.

    Our tanning lotion is so superior that even our fairer beach dwellers can use it in conjunction with any type of SPF lotion (highly recommended) and still see amazing results. Say goodbye to fake bake, orange skin and say hello to a natural glow regardless of your skin tone.

    My Review of Bikini Butter Tanning Lotion
    I have to say that the bottle of tanning lotion was enough to make me giddy to try the product. The back of the package states, “At Bikini Kitchen, we HAVE to wear our bikinis in the kitchen, ‘cuz we butter our booties, and you should too!” And then it just gets more hysterical from there. By the time I finished reading the back of the bottle, I couldn’t wait to try it!

    I will admit it, I am white. And by white, I mean practically albino white. If the light hits my legs just right, it will blind you. Permanently. And while I don’t wear a bikini, I do hate putting on capris or shorts because my legs are so white.

    We’ve had some really gorgeous days around here lately, so I got the chance to slather on some Bikini Kitchen tanning lotion and head to the park with my kids. I *love* the scent of the lotion. And it doesn’t go on greasy like so many lotions and oils do. It rubbed in, and instantly my legs felt better – moisturized and silky soft.

    By the time we were done at the park, I couldn’t believe the difference the Bikini Butter had made. My legs wouldn’t blind a harmless passerby any more. No, I’m not brown and crispy yet, I am well on my way to have gorgeously tanned legs and arms.

    Bikini Kitchen is my new favorite tanning lotion, and I’ll be sporting it every time we hit the beach or the park this summer. I’m hoping that by the time summer is into full swing, I’ll have a perfectly glorious tan!

    If you want to purchase Bikini Kitchen tanning lotion, head to their website at www.BikiniKitchen.com and order some for yourself. It’s a little pricey at $27.95 for 8 ounces, but in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.

    If you want to test it out for yourself before splurging on the 8 ounce bottle, you can grab a 1 ounce tester sized bottle for just $2.95.)

    Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Bikini Kitchen Tanning Lotion and was sent a bottle of tanning lotion to get my honest and thorough review. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the free products in no way influenced my opinion. The thoughts expressed in this post are 100% my own. Other users may have different results when using this product.

    Beach Towels on Sale (Review)

    One of my favorite warm-weather activities to do with my kids is take them to our local beach. They love playing in the sand, and most of the time I can even get them into the water. When that happens, we need to have a fabulous beach towel to dry them off before getting them back into the car. I’m always looking for unique and original beach towels, so I was super excited to be introduced to Beach Towels on Sale.

    Before I get to my review of a beach towel from Beach Towels on Sale, I wanted to tell you a bit about their company. I found this information on the Beach Towels on Sale website:

    Beach Towels on Sale: Everyone loves beach towels on sale, and now going to the beach can be even more fun. We offer the largest selection of beach towels including NBA, NFL, MLB, college, cartoon characters, and superhero beach towels. Make a statement by showing off your favorite team or favorite movie character.

    Most of our beach towels are 100% cotton and machine washable. Buy one today and enjoy the beach!

    My Review of Beach Towels on Sale
    I was contacted on behalf of Beach Towels on Sale and asked to give them my choice of 3 different styles of beach towels to review. My choices were either the Orange Cabana Stripe Beach Towel, the Pink Stripe Beach Towel, or the Giraffe Camo Print Beach Towel. Because I love pink, I had to go with the pink stripe beach towel.

    When the package arrived, I was shocked to find out just how nice the beach towel was. This isn’t your “dollar store” or cheap version of a beach towel. This is a nice, quality, 100% cotton beach towel that can be used (and washed) dozens and dozens of times without losing any of that quality. The material was so soft. Just what you’d want to protect your skin from the scratchy sand. It’s also quite absorbent. I used it on Lucy after her bath to test the absorbency, and it dried her off quickly and completely. Overall, I was quite impressed with the beach towel, and think that $14.99 is an excellent price for such a great towel.

    I took a look at the Beach Towels on Sale website, and get hooked instantly. I can’t believe how many great towels they have available for purchase! I saw a Toy Story 3 towel, Superhero beach towels, a Dora beach towel, and a super-cute Zebra stripe beach towel. Tons of great options, and their prices are equally as fabulous.

    This year, before you head to the beach, make sure you’ve got a fabulous beach towel to show off. Head to Beach Towels on Sale and pick your favorites today!

    Disclaimer: I was contacted on behalf of Beach Towels on Sale and sent a beach towel to test out and get my unbiased review. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the free products in no way influenced my opinion. Other users may have different results when using this product.

    Celebrate Earth Day with Trista & Ryan

    Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Why not Go Green, celebrate, and get the chance to win some really great prizes with ParentsConnect and Trista and Ryan Sutter? (I’m sure you remember them best from “The Bachelorette.”)

    From 10 am to 8 pm, Trista a Ryan will host a fabulous event where parents of all ages can take part and have the chance to win “green” prizes for the whole family. There will be a wide range of topics discussed throughout the day, including recycling, water conservation, organic foods, buying in bulk, and lost more!

    You can find out more information on the ParentsConnect website.

    You must be a member of ParentsConnect to participate. Then, tomorrow, just log in or register, sign the Guestbook, play the Open Games, enter the Open Sweeps, and have a fantastic time learning about ways to save our planet.


    Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Bender/Helper Impact on behalf of Nickelodeon and ParentsConnect. I was in no way compensated for this post.

    Wordless Wednesday: His New Best Friend

    Parker's Best Friend

    (And, yes, his Daddy just *loves* that this is the toy of choice for Parker right now.)

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