January 31, 2013

Helping Your Kids With Progress Cards - Review

Being a parent is not only the most important job there is, it's also the hardest.  We do everything we can to help our children learn and develop into the best people they can be.  Sometimes I have to stop and remember that it isn't always easy being a kid either. 

Progress Cards with book and Parent Passes
There are lots of tools out there to help parents and the trick is finding what works for you and your family.  With the start of a new year many are making resolutions and setting goals.  Perfect timing for me to try out Progress Cards.

Progress CardProgress Cards 


Progress cards are designed to help children better deal with feelings, develop better study habits, learn how to deal with bullies and much more.  Progress cards were developed by Scott Ertl, an elementary school counselor.  He started developing the cards in 2002 as a way of recording effective strategies for specific behaviors and issues.  These tips and techniques have helped many children deal with divorce, shyness, death, friendships, etc. 
Progress Book
I received the Progress Cards along with a Progress Book and Parent Passes.   The Progress Book has 60 different areas for kids to rate themselves on and determine strengths and weaknesses.   I had my daughter go through them and rate herself.  It was very interesting to see what she thought she was already good at and what she wanted to improve. 

Parent PassesYou use the Progress Cards to keep track of your child's improvement based on the tips and suggestions.  This is when the Parent Passes come into play.  Parent passes are cards with different activities for parents and kids to do together.  These can be used as rewards when your child reaches different goals.  My daughter has been working on focusing and listening 100%.  (Which seems to be an issue for every child I have ever met:)  She's really been trying and has earned one reward already.  She picked the Parent Pass to watch a movie of her choice with me and her dad. 

I would recommend Progress Cards to parents, teachers and just anyone who cares for children. You can also find more information on the Facebook fan page - Progress Cards.   

Scott is allowing my readers to download a free Progress Book and to print all 60 free Parent Passes.  
Free Progress Book - download  
60 Parent Passes - download 

Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 

January 26, 2013

Smooth Move Boxes Review & Giveaway

Almost 12 years ago my husband and I packed up everything we owned into a U-Haul and drove 26 hours straight from Illinois to Texas.  Boy was that an adventure and a story I will share at another time.  Since moving to Texas, we have moved 4 more times within the same city.  After moving so many times you become an expert packer.  I also got very picky about my packing and moving supplies.

It really is no fun when your carrying a box up the stairs and the bottom falls out or you're going down the highway and the lid to your plastic bins goes flying out the back of the truck along with all your daughter's princess panties.  There are just a couple of requirements for good moving boxes if you don't want any of these mishaps.  1.  Sturdy  2.  Easy to put together  3.  Box must close securely

I received three different size moving boxes from Smooth Move.  I got the large dish boxes, small bankers boxes and the  FastFold Tape-Free file boxes.  Even though I am not moving, I use boxes all the time.  I buy and sell at flea markets throughout the year and am always moving boxes of stuff to my storage shed.

Smooth Move small and file boxes
Small moving box & FastFold Tape-Free moving/storage box
Smooth Move dish moving box
18x18x28 Dish Box & tape dispenser

I was actually surprised by how easy these boxes are to put together.  It only takes seconds to have the FastFold box ready to pack.  I thought without having tape as a reinforcement that they might fall apart, but they are very sturdy.  I have used several for packing away some old files and some ceramics for the flea market.  I like the hand holes on the sides for carrying.  It makes them very easy to pick up and move around.  I must say I really like not having to mess around with tape as I usually end up fighting with it.  See how easy it is to assemble these boxes in the video below.

The larger box is also very easy to pop open and just tape the bottom.  The cardboard is thick and doesn't buckle like a lot of boxes do.  The last thing I want to do is fight with the boxes when I am trying to organize and move.  These boxes make is simple and convenient with no frustration.

Find out more about Smooth Move boxes and moving supplies on your social networks.  See more  images on Pinterest , follow on Twitter and Google+, or check out their Facebook fan page.

Enter to win a pack of FastFold Tape-Free boxes in the size of your choosing.  Easy entry with the Rafflecopter form below.  Contest is open to US and ends 2/09/13.

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Smooth Move is also allowing me to offer my readers a Promo Code for 10% Off and Free shipping.  When ordering use DEBI for the promo code at checkout. 

In conclusion, I am glad to report that the Smooth Move boxes did pass my 3 requirements. I will be using a couple more with my next project of cleaning out my daughter's room.

Disclosure:   I was not financially compensated for this post.  I received a sample for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


Weekly Cash Giveaway - Win $68

Welcome to the Weekly Cash Giveaway

This week enter to win $68.  Just use the easy entry form below for your chance to win some extra moolah.  Remember to come back every week to enter as the prize also increases each week. This contest is open to all countries and closes Feb. 2nd.  Good Luck Everyone!


January 25, 2013

Bloggers Wanted - It's Raining Money $1000 Giveaway

You do not want to miss getting in on this giveaway.  Your readers will love you for giving them a chance to win $1000!  You get a free Facebook or Twitter link with option to buy more.  Just click the link below and remember to say that Lil' Debi As Mama referred you. 

It's Raining Money $1000 Giveaway

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Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Prize: $1,000 Cash {paypal or visa}
Event dates: 4/1 - 5/1

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January 22, 2013

Annual Cabin Fever Sale - Styles 70% OFF

Ready to update your look for the new year? Then it is time to catch the fever, as in the ModCloth Cabin Fever Sale. For a limited time you can get 70% off great styles from ModCloth during their annual Cabin Fever Sale. Supplies are limited so grab your favorites today before they are gone!

Cabin Fever Sale

These are some amazing deals on some awesome looks.  I love when I see prices slashed from $63 down to $19 and more.  Getting an amazing shopping deal is like a fashion high for me. Maybe it's time to add a new little black dress to your wardrobe.  There are several styles starting as low as  $14.99.

The pictures below are just a few things on sale that caught my eye.  All Under $25!  What's your style and must have wardrobe item?  I have a lot of black and need to throw some color in now and then.

Laughing to myself, I just notice that everything I picked out is black.  Oh well, I like what I like.  Check out ModCloth and comment with your favorite look or deal.  Happy Shopping:)      

Battlefield Skirt
$44.99 - $14.99

Rock and Stroll Boot
$59.99 - $17.99
Waxing Elegant Dress
$62.99 - $18.99
Bead Goes On Ring
$14.99 - $4.99


January 17, 2013

Weekly Cash Giveaway - Win $67

Welcome to the Weekly Cash Giveaway!

This week's cash prize is up to $67.  Enter to win with the easy entry form below.  Remember to come back every week as the prize increases each week. Contest is open world wide and ends
Jan. 26th. Good Luck Everyone!


January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day with SHMILY Coins

I found a really neat way to remind your loved ones just how much you love them.  It's close to Valentine's Day, so what better time to start hiding some SHMILY coins for my family and friends to find.  

SHMILY stands for See How Much I Love You!  The SHMILY story began with a couple that were married for over half a century and played their very own special game all those years from the time they met.  The game goal was to write the word SHMILY in a surprise place for the other to find.  The fun was also in finding places to leave the word SHMILY.  They would write it in the steam left on the bathroom mirror, notes in shoes and under pillows.  You can read the full story at SHMILY coins.


This story inspired the creation of a wooden SHMILY coin that would be fun to give back and forth.   I had a great time hiding the coins for my daughter and hubby.  It didn't take long for them to get into the SHMILY spirit.  I found a coin this morning in the bottom of the sugar bowl.  My hubby put it there because he knows that every morning I like to have what he calls "some coffee with my sugar":) I put one in my daughter's lunchbox and she gave me a great big hug when she got home from school.

If you want to find out how to get your own SHMILY coins to surprise your friends and family with, you can also find them on Facebook.  SHMILY coins fan page  If you're looking for a different Valentine's Day gift than the usual flowers and chocolate, these would be a great idea.

Can you think of any neat place to hide a coin?  Please share any hiding spots where you would leave a SHMILY coin for your loved one.  I bet we could come up with some great hiding places.  You can see a couple we used in the pictures below.

SHMILY coin in the hairdryer
SHMILY coin in the cereal
SHMILY coin in the sugar bowl

Disclosure:  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 


January 10, 2013

Mom & Daughter Giveaway

This is a great giveaway for moms and daughters.  meNmommy have the cutest matching dresses, swimwear, socks and more for you and your little girl.  I also love that every purchase helps provide clothing to a child in need.


Enter to win a $25 gift card to meNmommy with the easy rafflecopter form below.  Contest ends Jan 31st. 

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January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - Bandit

This is my hubby's work puppy, Bandit. She's a guard dog in training. I can't believe how fast she's growing. She's such a cute German Shepherd.

German Shepherd puppy
Bandit 3 weeks old

German Shepherd 7 months old
Bandit 7 months old


January 7, 2013

Valentine's Giveaway - 4 Winners

When was the last time you and your sweetie got to go on a little getaway alone?  My hubby and I haven't been away alone since before our daughter was born.  (She's almost 9!)  Enter to win this romantic giveaway and get some well deserved adult alone time.  4 winners will be chosen.  Good Luck Everyone:)

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4 Holiday Inn Vouchers for 2 Nights and 3 Days Stay

4 1800Flowers 4 Chocolate Cover Strawberries

4 $50 Applebees Cards

The event dates: 1/7- 1/18 Open to US Only

Sponsored by: Holiday Inn | 1800 Flowers |

Co-Host: Mom Blog Society | Jackie's Reviews | Geeky Gamer Mom | She Informed | Mom Does Reviews | Route 249 | Stuff I Love | As Mom Sees It | Finger Click Saver |

Make this Valentines Day a Day To Remember.

For a chance to win, simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. GOOD LUCK

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


January 6, 2013

Influenster Holiday Products Review

I was really excited to receive my Holiday VoxBox from @Influenster.  This is my first VoxBox and I am impressed with the quality of products.  My daughter was hovering over me waiting to see what goodies Mama received, just in case there's something that might apply to her of course.

Holiday VoxBox

The following are all the goodies I received and my review of the products: 

 Goody #QuikStyle Brush (half round styler) ($11.99 @GoodyHair)
Goody QuikStyle brush

I love this brush.  I have very long hair and it's fairly thick.  I never dry my hair all the way because it takes too long.  This brush has microfiber bristles between the regular bristles.  I told my hubby, "Look, it's a brush with little towel nubbies on it!"
These microfibers are supposed to remove up to 30% of water as you are styling your hair.  I don't know the percentage, but I can say that it does dry my hair faster.  I just use the brush with my blowdryer and curl the bottom around the brush near end of drying.  This also saved me time by not having to use the curling iron too.

NYC New York Color #LiquidLipshine - ($2.49 @nycnewyorkcolor)

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine-Nude New YorkI am not a lipstick girl at all.  I do like some lip gloss now and then, but only a natural color.  So glad I didn't receive fire red or neon pink.  I like the Nude York City color.  It was easy to apply and went on very smoothly.  The right amount of color and gloss to give your lips a little shine and moisturizes with vitamin E.  It comes in 10 different shades for the color you like.

#KissNailDress - ($6.99 @KissProducts)

Kiss Nail DressI have seen these in the stores, but I wasn't sure about trying them.  Could it really be as easy as applying a sticker?  Begin by filing and then cleaning your nails with alcohol or polish remover.  Then select the right size, peel and stick.  Fold over the excess and file off with provided file.  I had a little trouble putting on the thumb strips without getting wrinkles.  Also be very careful when filing off the excess so it doesn't  tear.   I need some more practice with that step.  I put full fingernails on and cut some down to add a little bling to my toenails.  Although it wasn't quite easy as pie, I think they look pretty good.  They last quite a while and don't chip like polish does.

Quaker #RealMedleys Oatmeal  - (1 cup Apple Walnut $1.79 @Quaker)

Quaker Ral MedleysI don't really like oatmeal, but it smelled really good when I opened it.  Just add water and pop the cup in the microwave for less then a minute.  My hubby ate it and said it was pretty good.  He was surprised how big the chunks of fruit and nuts were.

EBOOST powderEBOOST #natural energy  - ( box of 20 powders $28 @EBOOST)

I received a effervescent powder in natural pink lemonade flavor.  I'm trying to pick a day to substitute this for my coffee.  I'm just a little scared of a day without my coffee:) 

Sole Society #PerfectPair - ($25 @solesociety)

Sole SocietyI'll admit I had never heard of Sole Society until I received this code for $25 off first purchase. They have some really cute styles. They are also allowing me to share this code with my friends.  Use code INFLUENSTER25 to get $25 off your first purchase before Jan. 31, 2013.

 MontagneJeuness #FaceMasque - Chocolate - (under $2 @MontagneJeuness)

Chocolate Mud MasqueI'm always game for trying a new face mask.  I have canyon pores, blackheads, wrinkles and the list goes on.  I would give anything for a product that would fix even just one of my facial skin problems.  As soon as you open the mask you can smell chocolate.  I left it on a little longer just because it smelled so good.  My skin did feel smoother after using and much cleaner.


back of hair after Goody brush
After using the Goody brush
Kiss Nail Dress on toes
Decorated toes with Kiss Nail
Rachel's Kiss Nails
Rachel's Kiss Nails
Chocolate Face Masque
Chocolate Masque

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received products from Influenster for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. 


January 5, 2013

Weekly Cash Giveaway - Win $65

Welcome to the Weekly Cash Giveaway!

This week's prize is $65.  You can easily enter with the form below.  Don't forget to come back and enter every week.  The prize amount goes up each week.  Good Luck Everyone:)


January 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - Fresh Flowers

I just love having fresh flowers around the house.

Fresh Flowers Lily

Fresh Flowers - Roses

Fresh Flowers red and yellow rose

Fresh Flowers


Ryobi Drill Kit Giveaway

I'm a girl who loves power tools.  It may be hard to believe, but I used to work in the construction industry.  My husband and I owned a tile installation business.  I know how important a good power drill is to any job.  So, welcome to the Ryobi Drill Kit Giveaway.


4 Winners - Ryobi Drill Kit

The event dates: 1/2- 1/12
Open to USA
Ryobi drill kit


RYOBI 18V ONE+ introduces lithium-ion performance at Ni-Cd prices. This kit is powered by new and improved lithium-ion batteries, the very best value in lithium-ion performance. They hold a charge 4X longer, offer up to 20% more runtime and are 45% lighter weight than Ni-Cd batteries. Best of all, like all 18V ONE+ batteries, these new lithium-ion batteries work in every RYOBI 18V ONE+ tool ever made. Batteries stored on the IntelliPort charger are conditioned for peak performance. The drill includes a 1/2 inch heavy-duty single sleeve, keyless chuck with a 24 position clutch to match your drilling and driving needs. The drill features the exclusive MagTray and on-board bit storage, which allow convenient placement of bits and screws.
Simply enter for you chance to win via the Rafflecopter below. GOOD LUCK!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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