Win a Fiber One Gift Pack!

I know I’m a day late getting this giveaway up, but I had jury duty yesterday and then had to work afterward last night. By the time I got home, I just wanted to eat dinner and go to bed! So, here it is!

How many of you like eating cereal but don’t like the fact that cereals that actually TASTE good have so many calories?? I know I do. Enter Fiber One 80 calorie cereal. Fiber One cereal has crunchy wheat and corn puffs that taste like honey, and each serving has just 80 calories! It’s a great way to satisfy your hunger while losing weight.

One of my readers will win a Fiber One gift pack which contains 1 box of Fiber One 80 calorie cereal, a pedometer with USB connector to chart walking progress and a neoprene iPod/smartphone holder with armstrap.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite way is to burn calories.
2. The giveaway ends at 11 p.m. EST on Friday, August 20.
3. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra entries:
1. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link back to it — 5 entries
2. Tweet about this giveaway — Win a Fiber One gift pack from @cadifi http://bit.ly/qIKFkb
(please leave either your twitter ID or the url of your tweet in your comment) — 1 entry a day

Pleave one comment per entry, i.e., five comments for a blog post, one comment per tweet. Remember to come back every day and enter to increase your chance of winning!

This giveaway is sponsored by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I was given a gift pack for this giveaway.

Awesome Deal on Glasses

This post brought to you by Zenni Optical. All opinions are 100% mine.

Even though my daughter is not school-age yet (thank goodness!), I have been watching my friends get their kids ready to head to school. Most of my friends’ kids are either starting Pre-K or Kindergarten, and everyone’s been looking on good deals for school supplies. It’s a good thing some of our local grocery stores have been having some fabulous sales. And, combining those with coupons means SUPER cheap back to school supplies.

I know several of you guys have kids in school now. Do your kids wear glasses? Zenni Optical has SUPER cheap glasses when compared with the prices at optometrist offices. I haven’t ordered from Zenni yet, but I plan to get Joe a pair of glasses. He’s due for new glasses, and I’m not about to squander a chance to save money on prescription glasses. If Lucy ever has to wear glasses (which I hope she won’t, but considering Joe and I both need glasses, who knows), I’ll be getting hers from Zenni, too. It’s easy on the budget and, with the way that kids break things, there’s no way I’d spend a lot of a child’s glasses.

So, for those of you with kids in school, what did you do to save money on supplies this year?

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Kroger Gift Card Winner

The winner of the Kroger gift card is….

#39 — Angeline!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you to get your contact information. Stay tuned, everyone — I have another great giveaway coming up on Monday!

Have a great weekend!

The One in which I Almost Punched a Mom

Yesterday, Lucy and I met up with our playgroup at Champion Kids, an indoor play place in Marietta. This was the first time I had been to the new location, and I was a bit dismayed when I discovered the trampolines and inflatables are now in different rooms. When we arrived, the trampoline room was the only one open, but Lucy liked being bounced on them the last time we went, so we headed in.

Lucy made a beeline for the trampolines. I wasn’t surprised. Now, the trampolines at Champion Kids aren’t raised off the ground. They are built into the floor and are surrounded by gymnastics padding, so it’s perfectly safe. Lucy jumped with other toddlers, and she also went on the trampolines when the bigger kids jumped, and it cracked her up when she fell. She loves that kind of thing.

I was sitting with my friend chatting when a mom approached me, asked if Lucy was my daughter and then told me I needed to take her off the trampoline. Why? Because this mom said she was too small. I told her that I am Lucy’s mom, and I will make that decision. And, Lucy was fine. The mom told me that I didn’t care about my child’s safety, and I rolled my eyes. She responded with, “Don’t roll your eyes at me because I care more about your child than you do.” Whatever.

She walked off, and my friends and I continued talking. I looked up a few minutes later to check on Lucy, and she was happily jumping away. Then, I saw this mom walk over to my daughter, PICK HER UP AND REMOVE HER FROM THE TRAMPOLINE. At that point, Lucy started to scream because some strange woman picked her up. I was LIVID. I marched over, grabbed Lucy and told the employee standing by the trampoline that that woman was NOT to touch my child again. I would have said something to the mom, but I was so mad that I thought I was going to punch her, so I walked away to cool off.

One of my friends, however, went over and told that mom that she was NOT to touch other peoples’ kids. The mom said that I OBVIOUSLY didn’t care if my daughter broke her leg. Then, she cussed my friend out. Classy. My friend spoke to the same employee that I did and was told that this woman is a troublemaker and always causes problems.

Technically, what that woman did was simple battery, and my dad, who’s a lawyer, told me I should have called the cops. I probably should have. Next time, I will. But, I’m pretty sure we won’t be back. A business that condones parents who grab other peoples’ kids and doesn’t kick them out isn’t one that I want to patronize.

Finding Good Jeans

This post brought to you by Express. All opinions are 100% mine.

One thing I HATE shopping for is jeans. I can’t ever seem to find any that fit me how I like. Now that I’m in my 30s (and a bit larger than I used to be), I don’t like jeans that hang down below the waist because they show off my fatty areas more.

This didn’t used to be a problem for me, though. I used to love buying new jeans, especially Express jeans. Back in my thin days, I loved shopping there. They have a great selection of women’s jeans that are super flattering. My favorite styles are the bootcut jeans/flare jeans/wide leg jeans. If I had a better body now, I would totally rock the jeggings that are so popular. They are super cute!

EXTREME STRETCH STELLA JEAN LEGGING at Express

And, guess what? For a limited time, you can enter to win free jeans in the Express giveaway. Express is giving away 50 free pairs of jeans! If I could fit into their jeans, I would totally enter. I’m all about free things!

 

So, what are your favorite brands of jeans, and why do you like them? Give me some ideas of new kinds to try out!

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Dreams

This post brought to you by UPromise. All opinions are 100% mine.

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We all have dreams for our lives, and now Upromise wants to reward someone for his or her dreams. Upromise is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away $20,000 to people who share stories about how a parent has supported a child’s dream. You can enter the program by sharing your dream at www.upromisetodream.com. Upromise will give away $1,000 to 10 winners, and the grand prize winner will receive $10,000! You can check out the dream wall official rules here.

I may not have done it correctly, but I put my dream, which is to stay at home with Lucy and be a full time mommy. That’s all I want out of life. At this point, Lucy doesn’t have any dreams for me to support, but I hope she knows that I will always support all of her dreams, no matter what they are or where they take her.

For those of you who haven’t heard about Upromise before, it’s a great program that puts money into a college savings account for your children through coupons. New coupons are issued each month. I haven’t taken advantage of this program yet, but I intend on doing so.

Do any of you plan on participating in this giveaway by sharing your dreams?

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