Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Break giveaway hop #FallBreak2016 #giveaway



The days are shorter, the temps are cooler. When the kids are out for a week of fall break, here are the items you'll want to have on hand! The Fall Break Giveaway Hop, hosted by Savings in Seconds, brought together a wonderful group of bloggers who want to make your day more special. Click here to enter our grand prize, which is graciously sponsored by Zim's.



The good thing about birthday party season… it lasts all year! At least that’s how our kids seem to feel about it, right? Always getting invited to birthday parties and getting excited for their own months ahead of time. It’s something that brings joy to the lives of our little ones and excitement to those enjoying another year older right along side of them. With all of these kiddos and their need for extravagant parties all of us hosts need somewhere to turn to when in need of creating that next Dr. Seuss or Transformers themed birthday party. The perfect place to turn, Basic Invite! Basic Invite is a stationery company dedicated to creating the perfect card for every one of life’s major moments. They create stationery for weddings, baby showers, holiday’s and yep you know it, birthdays! 



The great thing about Basic Invite is their abundance of customization options. No matter how many themes and color schemes you need to plan for, Basic Invite will have something to match. With over 180 color options and an assortment of fonts and invitation designs you and your kids will have just as much fun designing their custom birthday invitations as they will celebrating! Start the party off with a bang and upgrade your peel and seal envelopes from their standard white to one of their 40 plus envelope colors! For those of you with kids a bit older, Basic Invite has completely customizable bat mitzvah and bar mitzvah invitations as well as a bunch of awesome graduation announcements. This school year is already off to a quick start and picture day is right around the corner. Any seniors out there? It’s time to take those senior pictures! Choose your favorite or even multiple favorites and upload your own design to create your personalized graduation invitations! 



Basic Invite has basically everything you need in a stationery company. Essentially unlimited color options, endless customization options, and even free samples so you can see what your final product will look like and feel like before placing your final order! This gives you the opportunity to change anything you would like with the help of one of their in-house editors. What is there not to love? Truly inviting, anything but basic! Planning an event? Check out Basic Invite

 Just in time for the upcoming holidays, Basic Invite wants to give 1 lucky Smart Savvy Mama reader 30 Custom Holiday Cards (A $62.70 value)!!!



Sunday, September 18, 2016

It’s Party Time With Basic Invite + 30 CUSTOM HOLIDAY CARDS GIVEAWAY!!!



The good thing about birthday party season… it lasts all year! At least that’s how our kids seem to feel about it, right? Always getting invited to birthday parties and getting excited for their own months ahead of time. It’s something that brings joy to the lives of our little ones and excitement to those enjoying another year older right along side of them. With all of these kiddos and their need for extravagant parties all of us hosts need somewhere to turn to when in need of creating that next Dr. Seuss or Transformers themed birthday party. The perfect place to turn, Basic Invite! Basic Invite is a stationery company dedicated to creating the perfect card for every one of life’s major moments. They create stationery for weddings, baby showers, holiday’s and yep you know it, birthdays! 




The great thing about Basic Invite is their abundance of customization options. No matter how many themes and color schemes you need to plan for, Basic Invite will have something to match. With over 180 color options and an assortment of fonts and invitation designs you and your kids will have just as much fun designing their custom birthday invitations as they will celebrating! Start the party off with a bang and upgrade your peel and seal envelopes from their standard white to one of their 40 plus envelope colors!
 



For those of you with kids a bit older, Basic Invite has completely customizable bat mitzvah and bar mitzvah invitations as well as a bunch of awesome graduation announcements. This school year is already off to a quick start and picture day is right around the corner. Any seniors out there? It’s time to take those senior pictures! Choose your favorite or even multiple favorites and upload your own design to create your personalized graduation invitations!
 


Basic Invite has basically everything you need in a stationery company. Essentially unlimited color options, endless customization options, and even free samples so you can see what your final product will look like and feel like before placing your final order! This gives you the opportunity to change anything you would like with the help of one of their in-house editors. What is there not to love?

Truly inviting, anything but basic! Planning an event? Check out Basic Invite!


Just in time for the upcoming holidays, Basic Invite wants to give 1 lucky Smart Savvy Mama reader 30 Custom Holiday Cards (A $62.70 value)!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Giveaway - Character Onesie Pajama



Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner? My son is obsessed with Minecraft. It is literally what he talks about from the minute he wakes up, to the minute he goes to sleep. Not surprisingly, he wants to be Steve (main Minecraft character) for Halloween. This giveaway is so cool because with these character onesie pajamas, it can feel like Halloween all year long. Not just wearing once, but throughout the whole year. Even cooler? There are 13 winners!!! Good Luck!


Welcome to the Character Onesie Wardrobe Giveaway Event!

Sponsored by: Richard Leeds International
Organized by: Southern Mom Loves


With Fall coming, we thought you could use some fun new PJs! These character onesies from Richard Leeds International are warm and soft and come in fun designs to help keep you looking cool all season long, and are available in Olaf, Eeyore, Ariel, MinnieSugar Skull, Shark, & Pollo.

So if you're looking for some adorable cool-weather PJs, look no further than your local Walmart store, where you can find these cute offerings in the Sleepwear section or online at Walmart.com, and then enter to win a full onesie wardrobe below!



  • 1-(One) 1st prize: 7 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 2-(Two) 2nd prizes: 4 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 3-(Three) 3rd prizes: 3 pair of onesies pajamas
  • 7-(Seven) 4th prizes: 1 pair of onesies pajamas

13 total winners will be sent fun Character Onesies in randomly chosen designs from the styles shown above, in their Women's size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below. (ARV $620!)

Enter below, the odds are fantastic!

Giveaway begins on 9/16/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 10/7/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner's List.



Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Richard Leeds International will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GIVEAWAY - Disney On Ice Passport to Adventure



Hi Everyone! Wow, it sure has been a while, hasn't it?! Sorry for being away for so long! We had been looking into moving for a while, but we really kicked the search into high gear in February. We found and got a new place in April and moved in!!!! Moving in theory sounded way more exciting than it actually was. We were at our last place for 10 years...TEN.  We had a LOT of stuff to go through. The plan was to sort through our items before packing and moving in. But did that actually happen? With 2 kiddos jumping around you the whole time...no..didn't happen... :) It's been a few months since we've been here and we are moved in, but there are a bunch of boxes still in the garage that have yet to be looked at. One day... *wink*.  Then getting the kiddos registered for school and starting at a new school also! It sure has been a whirl wind, but things are finally starting to settle down.

Now, back to the reason I'm here.  DISNEY ON ICE IS COMING BACK!!! If you've been following my blog, you KNOW how much my kids love these shows. When my son was four and his little sister was teeeny tiny, we took her too....not really sure how she would handle it, but my goodness, she was enthralled!!! Not one peep or tiny cry. Just watched the show the whole way through. If you guys get a chance, I highly recommend you get tickets. Your kids (and you) will LOVE IT!!!



Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with your favorite characters in Disney On Ice presentsPassport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Panand Disney’s Frozen. Explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage under the sea to Ariel’s underwater kingdom, fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, and join Anna, Elsa and Olaf as they discover that true love is the most magical power of all. Upbeat music, lovable characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience your family will cherish forever!


SAP Center at San Jose
October 19-23, 2016
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Oracle Arena
October 26-30, 2016
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Click here to purchase your tickets! SAP Center San Jose
Use offer code: MOM to save 25% on ANY performance!
(Savings not valid on VIP or Rinkside seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling and facility fees may apply.)

Test your skills and see how much you know about the Disney Movies. Here are some fun trivia questions!

TRIVIA QUESTIONS

Walt Disney’s Peter Pan
1. Who is ‘the boy who never grew up’?
Answer: Peter Pan
2. In the beginning of the story, why does Peter Pan visit Wendy’s house?
Answer: To look for his shadow
3. As Peter Pan teaches the Darling children to fly, what are they sprinkled with that helps them?
Answer: Tinker Bell’s pixie dust
4. Who is jealous of Peter Pan’s attention to Wendy?
Answer: Tinker Bell
5. How does Captain Hook know when the crocodile is approaching?
Answer: The crocodile makes a tick-tock noise.
6. In the beginning of the story, what does Michael use as the “buried treasure”?
Answer: Gold cuff links
7. Which one of the Darling children wears a top hat and carries an umbrella?
Answer: John
8. What is the name of Captain Hook’s assistant and only friend?
Answer: Smee
9. Who are the chief inhabitants of Never Land?
Answer: Captain Hook and his pirates
10. What is the name of the dog who lives with the Darling children?
Answer: Nana
11. With the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, what does Peter Pan do with the pirate ship after defeating Captain Hook?
Answer: He uses it to fly the Darling children back home.


Disney’s The Lion King
12. Which character joins Zazu while he is in the cage?
Answer: Timon
13. What is different about Scar’s mane?
Answer: It’s black.
14. What kind of animals are Timon and Pumbaa?
Answer: Timon is a meerkat and Pumbaa is a warthog.
15. Who saves Nala and Simba at the elephant graveyard from the three hyenas?
Answer: Mufasa 
16. Who are Shenzi, Banzai and Ed?
Answer: Hyenas

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Any now onto the fun stuff! Woot Woot!!!

I've been given 4 tickets to *GIVEAWAY* to one of my awesome Smart Savvy Mama Blog Readers. How awesome is that?!?!?!
The winner will get to choose from 2 dates:
October 19 at 7:00pm (SAP Center in San Jose) or
October 26 at 7:00pm (Oracle Arena in Oakland)
Good Luck!


Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Sincere, Heartfelt Apology Letter From My 5 Year Old

A sorry note from my little man.

"Sorry"
Sorry Mommy.
Mommy you are awesome sauce. Sorry for not go went to wash my hands.


Please can I have the iPad.





Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Camp Galileo - Summer Fun for Kids Pre-K to 5th Grade

Are you guy ready for summer? Before having kids (and even with my first little man), I never realized that summer plans started way before summer.  It was not until number one first started pre-school and I overheard parents talking about what summer camps they are sending their kiddos to. I remember thinking to myself, But it's not even close to summer...? I looked around at some of the camps mentioned and saw that many of them were near full if not full already! It quickly came to my attention that if I wanted to enroll my little man into a camp, I better get my tooshie in gear! I started researching and found various ones that looked really fun. One that particularly stood out was Camp Galileo. At the time I first found them, E was too young for their camp (he was 3 at the time and their youngest age is Pre-K). However, now that he is 5 and fully ready, I'm so excited to be able to enroll him and he's even more excited to participate in the camp.

1 of the awesome experiments sent to us to try at home!


Another cool experiment using a battery and copper to make a light up card!


Camp Galileo has 4 themes. They are:
Space Explorers
National Parks Adventure
Galileo Makers: Toys
Galileo Olympics.

Within these, they have various age groups:
Nebulas - Which are Pre-k to K
Stars - 1st and 2nd Grade
Supernovas - 3rd to 5th Grade

Register before February 29th and take advantage of an Exclusive $40 Discount and an additional $25 per week (or $12.50 per class) in Early Bird Savings! Use code 2016BOLD.

I found this really cool project for my little man that we did together to learn about the planets.

First, I printed out this sheet.  My guy colored in all the planets:





He then cut them out and we glued the planets in order on black construction paper. For the sun, we cut out a yellow half circle out of construction paper.

We also borrowed a book from the library titled: Solar System which we read throughout our project.



Remember!!! If you register your kids for Galileo Camps before February 29th, you are eligible for both the $40 discount and the Early Bird Savings. After February 29th, the $40 discount will still apply.

Sign up now to receive Galileo’s biggest savings of the year! Use code 2016BOLD to get an exclusive $40 discount! On top of that, if you register before February 29th you can save an additional $25 per week at Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest or $12.50 per class ($25 off a full day) at Summer Camps @ The Tech. Please remember, these early bird savings apply automatically to your camp purchase and can be combined with Galileo’s multi-session discount Guarantee your spot.  And in case you aren't 100% about the date/location, you can change your camp date or location through May 2 for absolutely no fee! So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Beverage Coupon BOGO Free (Valid 2/11-2/14)

Peet's Coffee and TeaHave a Peet’s Coffee & Tea nearby? Treat someone special to coffee! Hop on over here to print this Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Beverage Coupon. This coupon is valid starting tomorrow, February 11th through February 14th only. To redeem your coupon, you can either print your coupon, or just click on this link and show the coupon on your mobile device. What's your favorite drink?