My Mini Moment

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Now that I’m a Mom, finding time for myself is pretty rare. Not that I’m complaining because when I’m not at work I want to spend all the time I can with my little girl, but every now and then it’s nice to get some alone time for an hour or two. My mini moment, as alone time can be called, is a typical girly activity — getting mani/pedis. I love getting my nails done, and doing so makes me feel more put together and less like a “mom”.

And, lucky me, spa services for a year are just one of the prizes being awarded through Dove Ice Cream‘s “My Mini Moment” contest. The other two prizes are a mini-getaway to the Napa Valley and a mini-home makeover. You can enter by submitting a photo and short essay at by June 7, 2010. I definitely would want to win the spa services for a year, although the other two prizes are pretty tempting as well. I love the Napa Valley, and I definitely would love a home makeover! However, I’m definitely leaning toward the spa services. That’s something I think every mom needs to make time for.

So, what about you? If you enter, which prize would you want to win?

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Field Trip Contest

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Here’s an awesome contest for your kids. In my county, school system officials are trying to encourage out-of-county field trips by requiring schools to pay the mileage costs for any trips out of the area. It’s an affect of the cuts in state funding and increases in gas prices. According to a 2009 report from The American Association of School Administrators, the number of school districts throughout the county that will cut field trips is expected to grow by 56 percent.

Lunchables Lunch Combinations wants to help classes go on field trips that are inspiring and education, so they’re launching their program “Field Trips For All” through their new Project Potential initiative. Anyone who is 6-years-old or older can nominate a class by going to Fifty classes will be selected to go on inspiring field trips. Check out this video by Project Potential.

So, are you going to nominate your kids’ class or classes? Are you going to encourage your kids to get involve and nominate a class? I don’t really know a lot of school-age kids, but if Lucy was in school I would definitely nominate her class! Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might want to nominate their kids’ classes too!

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Gift Cards: My Perfect Gift

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I am a huge fan of gift cards. They are pretty much all I ask for when my birthday and Christmas roll around. Because, really, it’s hard for me to think of specific gifts that I want, and a gift card can encompass pretty much everything, depending on what kind of card you get.

I usually buy gift cards from my local grocery store, but there’s only a small selection of gift cards available there. I think I might start trying FriendGiftr. I hadn’t heard of that website before, but it’s definitely one I will probably take advantage of. It offers gift cards for 120 merchants, and those gift cards can either be sent digitally or physically. And the best part? The recipient can switch out the gift card you give him or her from Friendgiftr at no extra cost — just in case there’s one he or she wanted more. And, you can order from the company’s website or Facebook, as well as from your iPhone, Blackberry or Android.

So, are you a fan of giving and/or receiving gift cards, or do you think that they are too impersonal? What is your favorite kind of gift card to give or receive?

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Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

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

I hate mosquitoes. They’re one thing I absolutely hate about summer (besides the insane heat, of course). Mosquitoes are really annoying, and mosquito bites are horrendously annoying! Nothing, including calamine lotion, seems to help when I get mosquito bites. Besides the annoyance, mosquitoes can carry diseases like the West Nile Virus, which is something I always think about whenever I see the bugs flying around.

I’m lucky that where I live there doesn’t seem to be a huge problem with mosquitoes. We don’t have a pool or a bird bath or anything like that, so we don’t have a problem with standing water, which is typically what attracts mosquitoes. My parents, however, have a small lake in their backyard, so they could have more of a problem with the bugs. I think I might talk to them about getting a mosquito magnet. I read a mosquito magnet review, and everyone seems to really like the product. People who have used the product say that they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the outdoors without it. That says a lot to me.

I definitely think this is something my parents should try so we can really enjoy the lake this summer and not have to worry about any mosquitoes ruining it for us. Do any of you have mosquito problems where you live? Have you tried anything to get rid of them?

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Store Brand Sales Increasing?

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

I’ve really gotten hardcore about couponing, especially with the downturn in the economy. I’m all about saving whatever money I can, and now that I see how much money I’ve really been wasting before, I’m even more into clipping coupons.

However, I know that even with coupons, buying the brand-name products isn’t always the best deal. I buy a lot of store brands, which it seems other people are doing as well. According to a recent poll included in a study entitled Recession, Recovery & Store Brands, 57 percent of shoppers said they buy store brands “frequently”. The poll also showed that 43 percent of shoppers are now trying store brands for the first time in place of name brands and that most shoppers who switched are happy that they did so.

Now, there are some things I won’t buy unless it’s a name brand, and there are some store brands I don’t like. But, there are others that really don’t taste different to me. For example, store brand black beans taste the same to me as name brand. And, I regularly buy store brand formula, like Parent’s Choice. Lucy really doesn’t have a preference, and since it has the same nutritional value, I don’t see any reason to pay twice as much for a name brand.

Has the economy changed your shopping habits? Are there any store brand products that you buy? And, on the flip side, what are the products that you won’t skimp on?

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Butt Paste

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I first heard of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, I thought the name was hilarious. Any kind of diaper cream called butt paste is awesome in my book.

Since Lucy’s been sleeping through the night, she seems to be getting diaper rash more often because she doesn’t wake up for a diaper change. She would much rather sleep in a dirty diaper than wake up. That’s my girl! I really don’t like diaper rash cream because it’s so messy, and it seems like it’s so hard to get it off my fingers. I feel like they smell like the cream for quite a while afterward. I’ve been thinking about trying Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. From what I’ve read, it’s supposed to be easier to clean up and is supposed to smell better than regular diaper creams. I got a sample once from Lucy’s doctor’s office, but now I have no idea where it is. I’d be interested in comparing it to the creams that we’ve been using.

What do or did you use for diaper rash for your kids? Have you ever tried Boudreaux’s Butt Paste? If so, what did you like or not like about it, and would you recommend it?

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