Mega Back-to-School Giveaway!

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So many first-day-of-school photos have popped up in my social feeds this week. My kids are back in just a few, and it certainly feels like crunch time to pick up all of the necessary supplies, clothing, and items for back-to-school.

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a great giveaway – and we’re so excited to join-in on hosting a mega back-to-school jackpot giveaway with over $400 in items for one lucky winner!

We’ve tried many of the items ourselves – and this buddle of goodies is fantastic for parents with kiddos of all ages. Check out all of the awesome prizes below – this is a giveaway you don’t want to miss!

Prizes Include:

  • Discount Glasses ($100 Store Credit)
  • pediped (1 pair of kid’s shoes)
  • Mini Hornit LIDS (1 child’s helmet)
  • Mabel’s Labels (Ultimate Back to School Combo Label Set)
  • MiFold (1 Grab-and-Go Booster Seat)
  • MyPhonePouch (1 Phone Case)
  • SqueasyGear (2 Squeasy Snackers)
  • My Travel Tray (2 Trays)
  • Wubba Water (Variety 6-pack)
  • Munchie Mug (1 spill-proof Snack Cup)
  • Mama Never told Me….A Diary of Unbelievable Comments and Questions Posed to a Pregnant Woman (1 Book)

Big thank you to all the brands and Heather of US Japan Fam for organizing! Best of luck!

UPDATE: Giveaway closed

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The Scottish Granny Comes to NYC + Barnes & Noble Gift Card Giveaway!

Thank you to our partner Barnes & Noble! 

I adore reminders of all the goodness in the world, and it doesn’t get much better than a granny with a heartfelt, infectious laugh (AKA“The Scottish Granny” or “The Laughing Grandmother”) who went viral for merely being her delightful self while reading a book entitled The Wonky Donkey to her grandson.

Janice Clark has become quite the YouTube sensation, and Barnes & Noble recently brought her to their New York City – Union Square – location for fans (both big and small) to enjoy an exclusive live reading of the Craig Smith book.

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More than 100 kids came to the event, and Janice could barely contain her laughter while reading The Wonky Donkey. Naturally, the kiddos laughed along with her and eagerly asked questions after the reading.

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He was a honky-tonky winky wonky donkey.”

Image via Barnes & Noble

I learned that the Wonky Donkey was out of print, and Barnes & Noble worked with the publisher to reprint copies for both their stores and online orders after they noticed a spike in searches of the book on BN.com when Janice’s YouTube video went viral. Thanks to this sweet Granny, the book has become a national bestseller!

Win It!

We are so excited that Barnes & Noble is spreading the love with a giveaway of a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card just in time for the holiday season.  Enter via the below widget. U.S. addresses only please, and all entries are verified. Don’t forget to check back to see if your name pops up as the winner!

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Check out the Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guides and find out where to catch a Barnes & Noble Storytime in stores nationwide every Saturday at 11 AM. Also, be sure to join their Kids Club for rewards and special offers throughout the year.

View the Scottish Granny in action here!

 

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I Tested a Zinus Mattress, and Here’s What Happened (+ Mattress & Platform Bed Giveaway!)

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After sleeping on the same mattress for over a decade and consistently waking up when my husband gets into bed during my sacred REM cycle, I knew we were overdue for a new mattress. I’ve been curious about the “bed-in-a-box” concept, the idea of avoiding a showroom, and the prospect of saving some cash with a model that eliminates the middleman entirely.

The universe must have been listening (perhaps to my martial arguments!) because a partnership with Zinus serendipitously appeared. I had the chance to test out a mattress and decided on the king size Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress in 14″ (they had me at “wake up feeling like you’ve snuggled with an ice cube“). Zinus also sent along two box springs (I wanted to hang on to our current king frame which is outfitted for two twins). And If you’ve ever read those creepy articles about how dust mites, skin cells, and other gross things inoculate mattresses over time, it felt like Christmas in summer when the time came to toss my old mattress and box springs to start fresh with Zinus. I even sprung for all new bedding and pillows.

I definitely believe in the importance of sound sleep and had my reservations about going with a mattress at a significantly lower price point than one purchased in a brick and mortar store. Zinus offers a 30-day trial period, and I’ve put them to the test for over two months now for the sake of sharing an accurate mattress review. Here’s what went down:

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Everything arrived at our door in giant boxes, and my husband and I were able to snap together our box springs in a matter of minutes. We then plopped our rolled up mattress onto the box springs and cut open the plastic wrap to let the mattress unfurl. The first night, I only allowed our mattress to come to shape for about 6 hours total (seriously don’t do this, just follow their simple timeframe guidelines!) and was worried that our new bed would be too firm, but my concerns subsided after a few days and proper time to regain full form.

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Over two months into sleeping on our Zinus and I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to break the bank in the quest to find a solid and comfortable sleep. I never wake up feeling too hot and haven’t tossed and turned like I once did in search of that comfy spot. I’d purchase the same mattress over again and am so thrilled to partner with Zinus on an exciting Giveaway!

Win It!

We’re partnering with Zinus to giveaway a Zinus signature mattresses (in either hybrid or gel memory foam) and platform bed to one lucky winner! The winner will get to select the size, mattress (Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress, or Cooling Hybrid Gel Foam Mattress) and platform (Steel 1500H Platform Bed or Steel 1500H Platform Bed).

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and enter over on our Instagram page here:

U.S. entries only please – best of luck and thanks for visiting!

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Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day With Teleflora + Giveaway

It’s been a while since we’ve offered a fun giveaway over here! And when the folks over at Teleflora shared the ways in which they are honoring moms this Mother’s Day with a campaign highlighting incredible, strong, resilient mothers – overcoming odds and living out loud every single day – we knew we wanted to join in helping to send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to a mom figure in one of your lives – from the lovely Teleflora Mother’s Day 2018 collection.

It was no surprise to learn that according to the National Retail Federation, flowers were among the top three Mother’s Day gifts last year.  I happen to love sending flowers, and it’s always a joy to receive them too!  One of the things I adore about Teleflora is the really special keepsake containers that can be reused over and over again – keeping the memory tied to the significant occasion and the sender.  Their Mother’s Day collection is super vibrant and pretty – offering unique selections for everyone.  Have a look at all the Teleflora collections available here!

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Win It:  We’ve partnered with the kind team at Teleflora to offer one reader a $75 Gift Card (+ free shipping) to send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to show the Mom figure in your life just how much you care.  Enter via the widget below and please note that the gift card is valid for one-time use, expires on May 11, 2018, is not valid on sale items and the cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotion codes.

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Thanks for visiting and best of luck! Wishing a beautiful Mother’s Day to you all.

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Introducing Luciana Vega: American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year + Giveaway!

 

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Introducing Luciana Vega – American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year!  This adorable 11-year-old character is of Chilean descent, and she is set to inspire and encourage – with dreams of being an astronaut and the first person to set foot on Mars.

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Luciana is a champion of STEM, a role-model, and a leader – working passionately towards her dreams, while defying stereotypes and embracing risks  – to teach girls about failure, resilience, and success while charting their own life course.  She also comes with really cool, creative accessories (sold separately) including a Flight Suit, Space Suit, Mars Habitat, Maker Station, Telescope Projector Set and more.

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American Girl collaborated with an advisory board including a NASA chief scientist and astronaut to create Luciana’s story along with details that went into the doll’s creation. Her story, chronicled by Erin Teagan highlights the ways in which Luciana’s hard work and award-winning essay submission on planetary geology earn her a scholarship to attend Space Camp.


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Luciana is also a fun and spunky 11-year-old!  She loves adding her own personal flair to everything – from the sparkly stickers on her flight suit to the rainbow LED lights on her robot.  My ten-year-old is pretty obsessed with the purple streak in Luciana’s hair and her funky little doll boots and fanny-pack that opens to hold little items. She also devoured her book in one day and told me all about Luciana’s best friend and the baby girl that her family adopts. She can’t wait to move on to Luciana’s second book: Braving the Deep.

Win it! We’re so excited that our friends at American Girl are celebrating Luciana’s arrival by giving away a doll to one lucky reader!

Update: Giveaway closed.

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