April 30, 2013

Warner Bros. Mother's Day Movie Night Giveaway

Celebrate Mother's Day with a special Warner Bros. classic movie night.  Have some quality mom time watching one of her favorites.   Watching a classic flick together tells a story of a different time and place.  It's the perfect opportunity to catch up and bond.  You just might find out something you never knew about mom!

Gear up for movie night with the fun Best of Warner Bros. Mother's Day Movie Night App!  With 90 years of movie making, play these great games.
  • Guess The Scene - How well do you know the most famous love stories and sing-a-longs?  The faster you pick, the more points you earn.
  • Words In Film - Express your mood with quotes and images from film express.
  • Movie Night Conversation Starters - Watching a great classic flick can spark some stories.  Catch up and share with these conversation starters.  You might learn something new about each other.

How would you describe your "perfect" Mother's Day?  Fill in the blanks below and tell your loved ones about your perfect day, even if it's a fantasy day.


Best of all,  Warner Bros. is giving one of my readers a classic on Blu-ray!  The prize will be one of the following, chosen randomly:

- A Star is Born (1976) (Blu-ray)      or                  Cabaret (1972) (Blu-ray) 
A Star IS Born

Giveaway is open to US residents and ends on May 11th at 12:00 am.  Winner will be notified by e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.  Good Luck Everyone:)

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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.  

April 29, 2013

How To Choose Your Camping Gear

Camping is a great family activity.  It's also fairly inexpensive after you have your basic camping necessities.  Choose your camping gear wisely and it can last for many years of special family time memories.  I know nobody in my family will ever forget my rattlesnake scare camping story.  (Don't worry it was a funny story and I wasn't bit by a rattlesnake)

The following are my 6 most important camping gear and how I choose the best ones for me and my family.

  • Tent - I don't like tiny and cramped places, so I have a rule of thumb when choosing what size tent to take.  I double however many people will be sleeping in the tent.  If 3 sleeping, then I must have at least a 6 person tent to know I'll be comfortable.
    Summer Beach Camping Checklist
  • Sleeping Bag - Choose a bag rated for whatever temperature and climate you'll be camping in.  Also make sure you check the width and length, especially if you're a tall person.
  • Cook Stove -  I prefer a basic folding camping stove that you just attach a small propane tank to.  It's easy, convenient and easy to store.  It has 2 burners which is sufficient for cooking whatever you want.
  • Chair - Choose a sturdy and comfortable beach chair with a cupholder
  • Cooler - Don't buy one of those flimsy styrofoam coolers.  Choose a large well built cooler with sturdy handles and wheels. I also recommend having a small 6-pack cooler for easier carrying on walks.
  • Lights - Everyone should have their own trusty flashlight.  Headlamps are great for the kids.  They are less likely to lose them and it's easier to keep track of where the kiddos are.  You should also have a couple lanterns on hand.

I made a list on Sweet Relish of some of my favorite camping gear to check out for ideas.  Take a look and tell me what you like or don't like.  I've become a little addicted to Sweet Relish lately.  It's so easy to create and organize your shopping lists, wish lists or any other kind you wish to make.  I added a Relish button to my tool bar so I can add stuff to my lists no matter what site I am on.  See some of my other lists in the right sidebar.

What's your favorite part of camping?  Mine is when we tell the kids scary stories and try to scare them. I can't believe the scary old fisherman with a hook for a hand story still works.  Remember that one?  Happy camping to all.

Thank you to Sweet Relish for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own based on my experience.

#RadiantWithAVEENO - Intensive Night Cream Review

The newest addition to the Aveeno Positively Radiant Collection is the Intensive Night Cream.  This creme has soy complex and vitamin B3 to help reduce discoloration, uneven skin tone, blotchiness and reveal healthier looking skin.

Aveeno revitalizing hydrating night creme
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I have been using Aveeno Revitalizing Hydrating Night Cream for a couple of weeks.  It comes in a nice jar like most night creams, but it isn't the usual white lotion consistency.  It looks and feels more like a serum and lotion mixed.

Aveeno Revitalizing Hydrating night creme

It goes on very smoothly and a little goes a long way.  I dipped out the usual amount of night cream I apply with other brands and it was way too much.  It also absorbs nicely into my skin.  I could tell immediately that it was oil free because it doesn't leave you with that icky greasy feeling.

I have been trying to remember to use it every night before I go to bed and my face does feel a little more hydrated in the morning.  I've noticed this more around the outer eye area. I have very uneven skin tone especially around my jawline.  Since I've started using the Aveeno, it is getting less noticeable.

In addition to the Positively Radiant Collection, Aveeno also offers these facial care collections.  For more information visit AVEENO.com.
  • Ultra-Calming
  • Clear Complexion
  • Positively Ageless 
  • Smart Essentials

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

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April 26, 2013

Woolite For Everyday - Review

Woolite sampler brochure

When I was a little girl, I remember my mom using Woolite only on certain clothing such as sweaters and slips.  In those days you only used Woolite on hand wash and delicate clothing.  That is not the case anymore.  Woolite is now for everyday washing.  

Woolite sampler
As a Crowdtap member I received some Woolite samples and coupons to use and give out to my friends.  I've mentioned Crowdtap in previous posts and I love being a member.  You get rewards for answering questions, sharing, participating in moderated discussions and product sampling.  Your rewards can then be exchanged for gift certificates. 

This is my 4th product sampling and I have earned $115 in Amazon gift certificates which I use for birthday presents. 

Woolite Everyday keeps your clothes looking new longer.   It keeps colors bright with no shrinking or stretching.  I enjoy using Woolite again after all theses years.  My clothes come out soft and with a clean scent.  I've been using it especially for my daughter's school clothes.  She has to wear jeans with a polo shirt and using Woolite actually helps them from fading.  So maybe I won't have to replace them as often and this will save me some money.  

Woolite laundry

I shared my samples with the other moms that wait for their kids to get off the school bus.  They are now used to me bringing them various samples and coupons and were happy to get these too.  Most of the moms didn't know that you can use Woolite for everyday washing now and were excited to try it out.

There is also Woolite for darks.  It won't cause fading, dulling or shape loss. Great for helping that one favorite pair of jeans that fit just right, last a lot longer.  Check out Woolite on Facebook and see what others have to say about Woolite Everyday.

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. 

April 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Pool Cabana (Linky)

My hubby built this cool pool cabana for a client.  He spent a lot of time driving around the island picking up everybody's cut palms that they set out for brush pickup.  I'm not sure how many palm fronds it took to make the roof.  The little bar inside is made from the back of an old boat.

I like all the little details like the tiki post, parrot and puffer fish.  Now if only he could find the time to build us one too.  It would look so nice in my new backyard.  Happy (almost) Wordless Wednesday:)

Pool cabana

pool cabana

Sibu Beauty Review and Giveaway

"The Beauty is In The Berry"

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser

Have you ever heard of sea buckthorn?  I  sure hadn't, until trying the Sibu Beauty balancing facial cleanser.  So, what is sea buckthorn and what is it good for?

    sea buckthorn berry
  •  a tiny berry that grows in the Himalayas
  •  source of Omegas 3,6 & 9
  •  rich source of Omega 7 - vital to collagen production
  •  for healthy and beautiful hair, skin and nails
  •  powerful antioxidants 
  •  aids digestion

    Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial CleanserI tried the balancing facial cleanser because I have large pores and have a heck of a time getting my face really clean.  I also tend to have dry skin on my nose and chin area and many cleansers dry my skin out even more.  I am now over 40 now and need more moisturizer for my face.

    I have been using the cleanser for over 2 weeks and am pleased with it.  I use it in the morning and right before I go to bed.   It feels very soft on my face.   It leaves my skin moisturized but without any greasy feeling.  Though I still have my canyon pores, I'm not getting the pimples and big whiteheads that I was before.  I also like the easy pump dispenser and knowing I am putting a natural product on my skin.


    Sibu Beauty is offering one of my readers the sea buckthorn balancing facial cleanser.  The giveaway ends May 6th and is open to US and Canada.  You are not eligible if you've won a previous Sibu giveaway.  Easy entry with the rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck:)

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    You can find out more about Sibu Beauty and the history of the sea buckthorn berry on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or check out their blog.


    Disclaimer:  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experienceLil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for prize shipment.

    Mother's Day Gifts Wishlist & Tote Giveaway

    I'm so excited the one day of the year that my hubby and daughter have to be nice to me is almost here.  That's right -  Mother's Day:)

    I love the handmade presents my daughter gives me every year and I'll treasure them forever.  I also like to window shop for gifts that maybe would be nice in addition to those handmade treasures.  I made up a wishlist on Sweet Relish with some great ideas.  Some are more extravagant than others, but that's why it's called a wishlist.

    These are my top 10 gift ideas that I think any mom would probably like.  Check out My Relish for pictures and prices.
    My Relish - Mother's Day Gifts Wishlist
    1. Herb Garden
    2. Watch
    3. Sterling Silver Jewelry
    4. Pedometer
    5. A Cool Chair
    6. Kuerig Machine
    7. Digital Camera
    8. Batch & Body Works
    9. Jelly Belly
    10. Juicer

    Even though our children are the only gift we need, what would you want to receive if you could pick out your own gift?  How about a nice tote?  Enter below to win a Mountain Khaki's Market Tote with the easy rafflecopter form below.  Three winners will be chosen.  Good Luck Everyone.

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    Thank you to Sweet Relish for sponsoring this post and giveaway.  Lil' Debi as Mama is not responsible for prize shipment.

    April 22, 2013

    Altrient Review and Giveaway

    Altrient Me and Altrient C
    This year one of my goals is to start trying new things to be healthier. Mainly I wanted to start an exercise routine and eat better. One of my problems reaching these goals is having enough energy throughout the day. Sometimes I have a hard enough time keeping up with everything and now I wanted to add a scheduled workout to my day too!

    Altrient ME  has helped me stay more energized and get more done during the day.  It delivers natural, safe and long-lasting energy with no sugar and no caffeine.  It didn't make me shaky like too much coffee sometimes does.  I take it in the morning after I get Rachel on the school bus.   

    I have also been taking the Altrient C to boost my immune system.  It's pretty easy to use.  I pour the packet in some juice, mix it up and down it.  The C tastes just fine, but the ME is a little hard to swallow at first.  Since I have been using them, I do feel better and not so tired at the days end.

    Altrient ME

    Enter the giveaway for a chance to try it out yourself.  The winner will receive a 1 month supply of both products.  Let's get healthy!

    Altrient C and Altrient ME



    Altrient C and Altrient ME are a unique product line and would appeal to those interested in keeping their body energized, and desire a boost to their immune system. You just have to give it a try yourself and see if it’s right for you. With that in mind, here is the most awesome part about being an Altrient customer – They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

    Follow Altrient on Facebook or Twitter and keep up on all their healthy tips and any new products coming out.

    This giveaway is brought to you by the generous sponsors at Altrient and Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou blog.

    Prize: One winner will receive a one (1) month supply of Altrient C and Altrient ME!

    Location: Must be a resident of the lower 48 states in the USA

    Age:18 years of age or older to enter

    Date: runs until May 6 at 12:01am.

    Please allow the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load completely then enter the mandatory entries. Once these are completed it will unlock additional optional entries you can do to increase your chances of winning. Good luck to each of you!

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    What a great way to stay healthy in a busy lifestyle!

    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. Lil' Debi As Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

    $100 Lowes Gift Card Giveaway

    Giving away a $100 Lowes Gift Card this week!

    It is in honor of a new book, Start, by Jon Acuff that was just released.  I have only heard good things from all who have read it.

    Start by Jon Acuff

    It is really good at showing how you stop living an ordinary life and get your passions "unstuck".

    The great thing is that it could be applied to nearly ANY passion.

    To enter, simply click on the "Answer a Question about START" in the box below and follow the directions.

    If you have a twitter account, you can even get an extra entry into the contest each day.

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    Good luck!

    Thanks so much to HHE for sponsoring this giveaway & post.

    April 18, 2013

    Want A Free Conscious Box?

    What's in a Conscious Box

    Find and discover new eco-friendly products delivered right to your door.  Explore the new Conscious Box and find all your favorite companies in one place! Rate, review, earn points, and shop conscious!

    Product Categories
    • Bath &  Beauty
    • Food
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    • Home & Garden
    • Conscious Living
    • Vegan and Gluten free boxes also available

       Secret Code for FREE Box

      I'm excited to offer my readers a code to get a FREE Conscious Box.  Use  SECRETCODE  during checkout on any "Monthly" subscription to receive your free box and just pay shipping.  This is an awesome deal and great way to start getting natural products delivered right to your front door.  This would also be a great gift to surprise your friends or family with when they answer the doorbell.

      Just click on the icon below to get started and receive your free box. 

      April 17, 2013

      MathLab Review

      MathLab makes learning fun and is part of SchoolCountry.  They have set out to help students ace math while making sure learning is fun.  MathLab offers games and activities aligned with your child's grade level.  Students get to learn and play at their own pace and there are rewards to help motivate.

      My daughter, Rachel, is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade.  We will be reviewing MathLab for a full year and I will be posting regular updates throughout the year.  Rachel has always done well in school and is on honor roll, but I still thought this would be good for her.  She does well on her math homework, but struggles more with tests.  Testing makes her nervous and she sikes herself out.  I thought this would be a great way to make her more comfortable with Math and less nervous taking tests.

      MathLab Hall of Fame

      She's only recently started using Mathlab and likes it so far.  She really likes that she can see her progress as she plays.   She's already striving to get on the Hall Of Fame list.  It's very kid friendly and easy to navigate even if they haven't had a lot of computer experience.  

      MathLab Genius Meter 
      In addition to seeing your progress as you play, you can check the Genius Meter.  This will show what level your child is at in each part of math and help determine what things she may need to work more on than others.   I will be posting periodic updates of Rachel's progress and if it is helping her in school.

      If you have a child in grades 1-5, you can try MathLab for FREE.  Just click the image below to get started.  I would love it if you'd come back and comment with your thoughts after trying.

      MathLab play for free

      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.

      April 16, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - Colors of Spring

      I just loved the colors of these flowers.  One is actually a weed, but it looks like a sunflower to me.  Happy Wordless Wednesday!!!

      pink flower

      yellow sunflower weed

      My Dream Yard

      I have always wanted a huge yard that is beautifully landscaped.  Well, in a couple of months I will have my huge yard, but the beautiful landscape is going to take some time.  I have come up with lots of ideas of how I would like my yard to look.  I have even developed a list of what elements I want to have in my backyard.

      I have got a lot of my ideas looking online and the possibilities are endless.  So when I see something I like, I just click the Sweet Relish button on my toolbar and add it to my "Dream Yard" catalog.  If you've never heard of Sweet Relish, it's a cool new site to discover, organize, share and even buy your favorite products.

      Back to my beautiful yard list, which I now call my dream yard list.  I think the perfect backyard should be beautiful, relaxing and fun for the whole family.  The following is my list of what I believe are necessary to achieve my dream yard.

      •  Garden - both vegetable and flower
      •  Grill 
      •  Pond
      •  Playground
      •  Fire pit
      •  Stone pathways
      •  Solar lights
      •  Swing
      •  Patio furniture set
      •  Tree house
      I had to add the last one.  I have always wanted a tree house since I was a little girl and would love to build one for my daughter.  If you could build your dream yard, what would it have?


      April 11, 2013

      Modcloth On The Carrie Diaries

      From Sex In The City to the hot new show The Carrie Diaries, fashion has played a very big role in both series.

      Carrie Bradshaw cannot get enough of the great styles at ModCloth! During the season finale of The Carrie Diaries, Carrie not only wears one but three different pieces from the site.

      Carrie Bradshaw wears the Music in Me Skirt in Mix Tape from ModCloth

      The first piece she wears is the Tilt-A-Twirl Dress.  Crafted in a classic silhouette, this darling dress features cap sleeves, a full skirt, and a vibrant pattern of black, cream, blue, red, yellow, and green.

      Next Carrie wears the Music in Me Skirt in Mix Tape (as shown in picture to the right).  This A-line skirt features bright cassette tapes set on a black backdrop that form a fabulous bold pattern. This one is my favorite, probably because I was an 80's girl.

      Finally Carrie can be seen in the Cool With Me Top in Citrus featuring cap sleeves, a defined waist, and a fruity, retro print.

      Check out all of these great styles on Episode 113: "Kiss Yesterday Goodbye" and visit ModCloth to dress like Carrie today!  While you're there, don't forget to check out the amazing clothes and accessories sale. 


      April 10, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - 9th Birthday

      This past Sunday Rachel turned 9 years old.  I can't believe how fast she's grown.  I always tell her that it doesn't matter how old she is, she will always be my baby girl.

      #WW rachel turns 9#WW Rachel turns 9#WW Rachel 9th birthday cake

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      #WW Rachel turns 9

      April 9, 2013

      10 Summer Fashion Must Haves

      Summer is just around the corner and I have a feeling it's going to be a very busy time for me.  Then again, when am I not busy with a dozen different "to do" lists going on.  This week I started weeding out my closet and dressers.  This is also a good time for me to check all my summer fashion must have items and see if I need to replace or update anything.

      I have a top ten summer fashion must haves list.  I could not survive a summer without these front and center in my closet (as no girl should have to:). These are in no particular order as all are equally important to my summer style survival.

      1. Flip Flops - I am addicted to flip flops.  I must have a couple pair that are very comfy and go with anything and several others in cute colors and designs for whatever mood I'm in.
      2. Sneakers - 1 pair of good walking shoes and 1 pair for when working outside such as gardening or mowing.
      3. Jean Shorts - At least half a dozen jean shorts for everyday wear.  
      4. Sundress - I like to have a couple sundresses to choose from on those hot days where I feel  like being pretty.
      5. Sandals - 1 black and 1 tan  for a change up from my flip flops.
      6. Beach Bag - a stylish and colorful tote bag.  I must have a great bag for all my summer outings, whether it's the beach, park, fishing, etc.
      7. Swimwear - Basic black bikini, pair of board shorts and a coverup
      8. Cowboy Hat - Every Texas beach girl must have a good cowboy hat that doubles as a sun hat.
      9. Tank Tops - Several ribbed knit tank tops in various colors
      10. Sunglasses - A good pair of black sunglasses and a back up pair as I am always misplacing them.
      Check out some of my summer must haves by clicking on the picture below.  I made a list at Sweet Relish, where you can share your favorite things and even buy as you go.  It's quite addictive and I like the convenience of one stop shopping.  It's fun to see what lists your friends have created and share cool new finds.

      10 summer fashion must haves

      Are you ready for the summer season?  I would love to hear if you have any summer must haves in your closet.

      Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post for which I was compensated.  The opinions expressed are 100% my own based on my personal experience.  

      Zoo Park Bouncer Giveaway (Fundraiser for Liam)

      I don't know any kid who wouldn't love to have one of these in their backyard.  My daughter gets so excited whenever she sees a bouncy house.  Enter below to win your very own and just imagine the coolness points you would gain with the kiddos:)  Good Luck!  

      Zoo Park Bouncer

      Welcome to the It’s A Zoo Out There Event

      Bloggers coming together for a fundraiser event for Liam, read a bit about his story here: http://goo.gl/1if6U

      The Zoo Park Bounce House and Ball Pit features a unique animal zoo theme, with animal graphics both inside and out, The bouncer has two slides, a bounce area, ball pit, and a ball hoop. The second slide leads from the Bounce area to the ball pit, giving the little ones with plenty of activities to stay busy for hours of fun.

      One lucky winner will receive a Zoo Park Bouncer with Ball Pit!

      Giveaway ends April 29th at 11:59pm, open worldwide, ages 18+. Winners outside of the US will receive a $350 Amazon E-Code instead. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.

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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. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

      April 4, 2013

      It's Raining Money Giveaway

      Doesn't everyone wish it would rain money?  I know I could go for a torrential downpour.  Enter the It's Raining Money Giveaway below and you could win a nice spring shower of cash for yourself.  Wishing everyone good luck:)

      It's Raining Money Giveaway


      Welcome to the It's Raining Money Giveaway!

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      We are giving you not one but two chances to win $500 for a total Raining Cash prize of a whopping $1000! Make sure you stop by Mom to Bed by 8 today for your second chance at $500!

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      One lucky reader will receive $500 Visa Gift Card {or paypal}.

      Giveaway ends May 1st at 11:59pm, open worlwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form 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. Please contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

      April 3, 2013

      Wordless Wednesday w/ Linky - A Ducky Easter

      We went to the duck pond on Easter because Rachel thought the ducks needed Easter dinner too. The only problem was trying to stop the seagulls from taking all the duck's food, but it was a great day.

      feeding the ducks


      seagulls stealing ducks food

      seagulls at the duck pond

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