Holiday Experiences and Savings {Cricket Wireless Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Cricket Wireless and Latina Bloggers Connect.  Opinions as always are my own.

New York City at Christmastime is a dream.  Little ones stare in wonder at twinkling lights, elaborate window displays and special productions. The overall holiday goodness injects the city with a specific sort of magic that I imagine my kiddos will always remember.  With two believers at home, we’re determined to take in as much as possible.

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That said; December can bring a financial strain on families – even while being cognizant of spending. In our family, we don’t let the kiddo-gifting get out of control, but we do like to focus on the family experience that will someday fill-up childhood memories.  Below are a few of our Holiday saving tips:

  • Set Spending Limits With Family: A huge part of the Holiday magic is gifting to the little ones. It’s helpful to sent spending limits that everyone is comfortable with – especially in large families.
  • Gift Homemade: Homemade gifts are doused in love and thoughtfulness.  Whip up those special recipes and homemade projects – and get crafty with child-made art and gift wrapping.
  • Develop a Budget: Develop a budget that is right for your family and stick to it.

The Holiday season is also a great time to actively seek out the incredible deals that pop up during this time of year.  Cricket Wireless has an amazing line-up of devices and plans to make keeping in touch with loved ones affordable.  Check out Cricket’s Holiday Promotions here – with plans starting as low as $35.

Saving in one area allows us to grab extra ornaments from the giving tree at church to donate toys to local families in need.  It’s a great way to tangibly teach children about the spirit of giving to others and a meaningful part of our Holidays.  Holiday savings also allows us to focus on the family experiences that make Christmastime so incredible.

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Win It: Cricket Wireless and Latina Bloggers Connect are giving away a smart phone in an ONE DAY-giveaway.  Winner’s phones can be activated at local Cricket Wireless stores, select GameStop stores, and Walmart stores nationwide.  Enter via the rafflecopter below.  If you happen to miss out today, visit Michelle and Jasmin tomorrow for another chance to win.

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Stay in touch with Cricket Wireless on Facebook and Twitter.  We hope your holidays are beautiful!

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A Kmart Shopping Spree With Marlo Thomas For St. Jude

Tis’ the season of giving and yesterday amidst the holiday shoppers, an incredibly meaningful event took place inside Kmart in New York City.  Marlo Thomas, St. Jude National Outreach Director, kicked of a limitless shopping spree to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in conjunction with Kmart’s annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. She was assisted by 11-year-old Mary, a six-grade student with an infectious smile, who underwent treatment for high-risk Hodgkin’s lymphoma at St. Jude.

Kmart Welcomes Marlo Thomas And St. Jude Patients For Thanks & Giving Holiday Shopping Spree

It was an honor to be amongst Kmart’s K-Club bloggers invited to participate in Kmart’s generous act of goodness.  Upon receiving a Santa cap adorned with a St. Jude pin, I received an empty cart to delve into the fully-stocked toy isles.  Before I knew it, my cart was overflowing with the sort of gifts that topped the hot toy lists at all of the season’s toy shows.  Toys for children of all ages and genders; toys that I knew my own children would love to receive.  The grand tally of the collective carts surpassed $10,000 – and knowing that they’re off to St. Jude is the highlight of my holiday.

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It’s Serious business to save children’s lives – Marlo Thomas

For over 50 years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has provided free treatment for every single child facing cancer and life-threatening diseases at their hospital.  And for every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more are saved worldwide via cutting edge research, breakthroughs, and discoveries.  Kmart has raised over $72.2 million for St. Jude through in-store and online donations since 2006 – raising $13 million, this Holiday season thus far.  Kmart is also the leading fund-raising partner in the history of St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

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How To Help

There are several ways to support Kmart’s commitment to saving lives at St. Jude:

  • Purchase an exclusive bear ornament.  For every $5 St. Jude bear ornament purchase, Kmart will donate $1 to St. Jude.
  • Donate at Kmart Registers and online.  To thank customers for donations to St. Jude, Kmart is rewarding Shop Your Way members who donate with a coupon for five percent back in points on the next qualifying purchase.

To make a donation and for more information, visit Kmart.com/StJude or stjude.org.  Also, stay connected to St. Jude’s important mission on facebook and twitter.

This post is sponsored by Kmart – and its cause is one that we are  honored to share.  Opinions, as always, are my own. Images 1-3 via Astrid Stawiarz for Getty Images. 

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Homemade Two-Bite Chocolates

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Lisa Codina shares her culinary journey and delicious family friendly recipes on her website Bites for Babies and in her cookbook, Bites fro Babies: 50 Healthy Recipes For Baby and The Family.  With two young kids and a thriving culinary business in Canada, we’re excited to have her share her decadent two-bite chocolate recipe:  The […]

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Salt Therapy || Sunday Swoon

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When it comes to health and wellness, I prefer to take the most natural route whenever possible.  I’ve been intrigued by the therapeutic uses of salt and was eager to test out the salt room and bed at Breathe Easy in Oasis Day Spa. Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy or speleotherapy, is a natural […]

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Favorite Baby Products

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Thank you Huggies Little Snugglers and Latina Bloggers Connect for sponsoring this post.  Content and opinions, as always, are my own. We’re wrapping up a long term partnership with Huggies and have had a chance to share thoughts on motherhood and favorite DIY projects that otherwise may have gone unwritten.  The partnership also reaffirmed my […]

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Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes {Giveaway}

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Do you have Disney Frozen and Disney character super fans in your home like we do?  The Disney on Ice magic is coming back to New York, in an exciting, new production –  Disney On Ice Presents Princesses & Heroes – presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.  The royal sister duo, Anna and Elsa, will […]

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