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Have a Fashionable Kiddo? Shop the Mini Style Hacker’s Zulily Event!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Whether you’re a fan of the Mini Style Hacker or are just learning about the charismatic 4-year-old fashionisto (whose real name is Ryker Wixom), you’ll be thrilled to learn about his partnership with Zulily, an online deal site offering products for the whole family.

The curated event will take place next Thursday, October 16, and will feature trends such as “Color, Color, and More Color,” “Slim Fits,” (yes, even kiddos can don blazers and moto jackets!), “Rocker Cool” (graphic tees, distressed boots, and the like), and more. The event runs online for 72 hours, but inventory is limited, so start shopping right when it opens at 6 am PST to have your pick of the selections! Just as the Mini Style Hacker is known for recreating fashion-forward looks on a budget, the items offered on zulily will also be affordable (just think: this is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday gear for your young ones!).

Need some inspiration before the sale? Check out some of his best looks (fans of Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, and others stylish dudes will be impressed at what the preschooler pulled off!). Happy shopping!

Still building that back-to-school wardrobe? These tips will help you save cash!

Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes
Back to School: Save on School Clothes

Photo courtesy of Mini Style Hacker and zulily

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Whether you’re a novice chef or a seasoned pro, prepping breakfast, lunch and dinner for your family probably takes a lot of planning — and a lot of supplies! Besides the actual food to cook, why it does always seem like we’re grabbing new things for the kitchen? Pots. Pans. Cookie sheets. General kitchen accouterments really add up! Use this week’s deals to stock up on all the goodies you could ever need to cook fabulous, nutritious and over-the-top meals for your brood. (Hey, no one needs to know if the recipe came off the back of the box.)

  1. Crock-Pot40% off all orders, plus free shipping (Coupon code: DINNER40). Expires 12/30/2014.
  2. Sunbeam. Save 40% on all orders, plus free shipping (Coupon code: DINNER40). Expires 12 30/2014.
  3. Cooking.com15% off all orders, plus free shipping (Coupon code: SAVE2014). Expires 12/31/2014.
  4. Fingerhut. $20 off your purchase over $100 (Coupon code: NC239). Expires 10/18/2014.
  5. Kmart. $10 off your purchase over $100 (Coupon code: SPECIALK10). Expires 1/31/2015.

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Who Out There Drives a Swagger Wagon?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s the Toyota Sienna family van. I recently got to know this vehicle during a trip to Hawaii hosted by Toyota, and though it admittedly would be difficult to find fault with anything under those circumstances, I truly understood what all the fuss is about. And by “fuss” I mean the fact that it often makes our Best Family Cars list (most recently as Best Minivan in 2012 and 2013, and Honorable Mention in 2014). I’m also referring to what I heard directly from our Facebook fans this week, when we asked what they like about their Sienna. Just some of the raves:

“We love our Swagger Wagon! It is seriously the best van. Love the power sliding doors and trunk, so easy to hit a button when your hands are full. Also love that we can take our 8th seat (jump seat) in and out. There is tons of trunk storage too which is great for us as we take a lot of road trips in our Sienna.”

“Gotta love the wireless headsets for the DVD player. No longer do I have to listen to Frozen play in the car. Also the smart features like automatic wipers and auto dimming on high beams if you forget. Dual moonroofs. Recliner seats. I could go on…”

“Where do I start?!?! I drive a 2014 Sienna Limited and I love the ride! Doesn’t feel like you are driving a minivan. Very smooth and has a quick response! The sensors are on the outside, and the rear backup camera are great if you have kids! It is also very quiet inside! I love how simple the controls are!… I love that the LATCH system latches are easy to find…. Power doors and the rear hatch! And the AWD makes all the difference in Michigan snow!”

“I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE our van. We have 3 kids 5 and under and lots of stuff to bring with us. The sliding doors let the kids get in and out without worrying about slamming it into other vehicles or walls. We live in Italy and although it’s like having a monster truck here we still take our swagger wagon everywhere. I feel proud to be a ‘soccer mom’ in this ride. Coolest van ever!”

Toyota made some big changes for the 2015 model (available now), including:

* A new front passenger seat cushion airbag, bringing the total to 8

* A fourth LATCH location (optional)

* Heating, vent, and A/C controls that are three inches closer to the driver–and we all know what a big difference a small upgrade like that makes

* A backup camera that’s now standard on all models

* An 16.4″ inch screen above the second row that can divide in half–so one kid can watch one thing and another kid can watch another thing at the same time. OMG. (optional)

* An ingenious creation called “Driver Easy Speak,” which beams your voice into the back of the van so you don’t have to turn around and scream. From what I understand, some parents do that. (optional)

When I test-drove the Sienna with my children (see above), it took them about 90 seconds before they said, “Mom. You HAVE to get this van!” And then throughout our test drive, they chimed in with stuff like, “There’s two glove compartments!” “Look at all these cup holders!” (There are at least 10.) “There’s a secret hiding spot for my stuff in the way back!” “It has footrests!” (Our model had ottoman seats in the second row.) They even made me call my husband to announce that we know the next car we’re getting. And between the standard features, the new options, the smooth way it drove, how comfortable it was, and the rousing endorsements from parents like you, the Sienna actually is now officially on the table for us.

The 2015 Sienna comes in five grades: L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited, and prices range from $28,600 for the L FWD to $46,150 for the fully-loaded LTD Premium AWD.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win the New Halo Bassinest Plus a Gift Set!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The mission of safe sleep for babies is something that HALO takes very seriously. While they’ve always been a leader in safe baby nightwear, such as their SleepSack Swaddle and SleepSack wearable blanket, they’re now introducing their first piece of gear, the innovative HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.

Use the bassinet to have your baby sleep by your side, but not in your bed (which poses a suffocation hazard; if you don’t believe them, read about safe sleep habits from First Candle). Unlike traditional bassinets, this one can slide right next to you in bed, plus one side lowers down, making it easy to lift your baby out for feedings. Also, the mesh sides provide both good air flow and a clear view of your sleeping infant, for peace of mind. It’s good from the moment you bring your newborn home until he or she is about 5 months old.

The Bassinest just launched for $230 at Giggle and Right Start. But HALO is also generously giving one away here! HALO will send ONE (1) lucky winner a HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper and a HALO gift set (including a SleepSack, Swaddle and a SleepSack wearable blanket); a retail value of approximately $294.00.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day October 8th. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. Be sure to check back on October 9th and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner, Casey Hoffman! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook in order to claim your prize.

Watch the video below for additional tips on dressing your baby for sleep.

 

Dress Baby for Sleep
Dress Baby for Sleep
Dress Baby for Sleep

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

Why does it seem like when you have kids, the amount of stationary you need increases infinitely? Besides thank you cards for all the things in your own life, you now need thank you cards for every gift your child receives, not to mention a whole slew of new invites (birthday parties, graduations, etc.). All those paper products can really add up. Stock up while you can with this week’s deals from places like Expressionary, Pear Tree, Hallmark and more so that you’ll be good to go the next time you need to send some written correspondence.

  1. Expressionary. 30% off all orders (Coupon code: EXPIPRINT). Expires 12/31/2014.
  2. Pear Tree. 20% off orders $30 or more (Coupon code: FALLHOLIDAY). Expires 10/31/2014.
  3. ink garden. 50% off all orders (Coupon Code: SPECIAL50). Expires 1/1/2015.
  4. Greeting Card Universe. 25% off when you buy 20 or more cards, plus free shipping (Coupon code: 20OFFOF20).Expires 12/31/2014.
  5. Hallmark. 20% off your personalized greeting card (Coupon code: EMAIL20). Expires 12/31/2014.

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win the ‘Most Registered For’ Travel System from Amazon.com’s Baby Registry!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Whether you’ve already registered for baby gear or you’re still deciding what you really need, Amazon.com is here to help you find the best gear for you and your little one. With a universal baby registry, Amazon.com makes it convenient to shop for the products you love. Plus, their top 100 most registered for baby items allows you to view the most popular gear purchased by moms like you. 

To help you get prepared before delivery, Amazon.com is giving away a Britax Travel System to ONE (1) lucky winner, a retail value of approximately $420.00. Prize includes Britax 2014 B-Agile stroller and B-Safe Travel System.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day October 1. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on October 2 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner, Renee Amorosi! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Want advice on stroller safety? Watch the video below.

Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Susan Yoo-Lee, Editor of Savings.com

With back-to-school season behind you and Christmas what seems like eons away (careful … it’s really not!), you might think now is a time to sit back, relax and put that pesky wallet away for a little while.

Well, think again! Now is the perfect time to stock up on some birthday gifts or early holiday presents at fabulous prices. Today’s deals offer discounts on everything a little kid could ever want or desire from great places like Build-A-Bear Workshop, Melissa & Doug, Scholastic and more. Stock up now while the getting is cheap and we promise you, eventually you will be able to put that pesky wallet away.

  1. Build-A-Bear Workshop. 25% off all Furever Princess Friends and Accessories (No code needed). Expires 9/25/2014.
  2. Melissa & Doug. Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Puzzle (Coupon code: PUZZLEBOGO). Expires 9/30/2014.
  3. ScholasticExtra 10% off all your orders (Coupon code: REBMR). Expires 12/31/2014.
  4. DisneystoreSave Up to 40% on New Markdowns (No code needed). Expires 10/05/2014.
  5. Discovery Store. Save 10% on your purchase over $50 (No code needed, follow the link). Expires 12/31/2014.

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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a GameTruck Party

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

No matter how old you are, celebrating your birthday never goes out of style. From character-themed parties to camping out and sleeping over, having a birthday bash is a great excuse for getting all of your friends together and having fun. If your child’s birthday is coming up and he’s crazy about video games, GameTruck is an exciting way to throw a party he’ll remember forever.

 

GameTruck is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a complimentary two hour GameTruck party, an approximate value of $400. The winner must live within 50 miles of a GameTruck service area or an alternative prize will be provided. If the winner is outside the service area, GameTruck will allow the participant to share the prize with someone that’s within service area or be compensated with a video game system valued at $200. The GameTruck allows 16 to 20 kids inside at a time; however, no food or drinks are allowed inside the truck.

 

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day September 30. More Qs about our giveaway? Read our official rules. And be sure to note that the winner must claim and use their prize by December 31, 2014. So you may be celebrating your child’s half-birthday! Be sure to check back on September 30 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner, Mary Happymommy. Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize.

Photos courtesy of GameTruck.

Want advice on how to teach your child party manners? Watch the video below.

Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties
Manners & Responsibility: Kids at Parties

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