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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover Buy One Get One FREE!

Bebe Au Lait makes fabulous and super stylish nursing covers. They are currently offering a buy one get one free promotion. That's a $35 value! This promotion ends November 30th, 2009 at midnight PDT and supplies are limited. With this deal you pick the first cover and they send you a freebie "mystery cover". That means, you have no idea which cover the freebie will be. However, no need to worry, all their covers are beautiful! In order to get this deal purchase any Bebe au lait, Hooter Hiders, or Simple nursing cover and use the coupon code BEBEDEAL at checkout for $35 off your order. A mystery cover will be added to your order and you will receive 2 covers in your shipment, the cover you pick and the mystery cover that is picked for you! Jackie and I both adore these nursing covers for both their function and their style!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Largest crib recall in history...

Another crib recall....The Consumer Product Safety Commision has instructed consumers to stop using 2.1 million Stork Craft drop side cribs. There have been a number of cases in which the drop down sides became detached which resulted in injury and death. In the past two years nearly 5 million drop down side cribs have been recalled and the CPSC is discussing banning drop down side cribs all together. According to The Consumer Reports Safety Blog ...

The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall also includes Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo that were manufactured between October 1997 and December 2004. The Stork Craft cribs with the Fisher-Price logo were first sold in the U.S. and Canada in 1998. The manufacture date, model number, crib name, country of origin, and the firm’s name, address, and contact information are located on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board. The firm’s insignia “storkcraft baby” or “storkling” is inscribed on the drop-side teething rail of some cribs. In Stork Craft cribs with the “Fisher-Price” logo, the logo can be found on the crib’s teething rail, in the manufacturer’s instructions, on the assembly instruction sheet attached to the mattress support board, and on the end panels of some models.

The cribs were sold at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada including BJ’s Wholesale Club, J.C. Penney, K mart, Meijer, Sears, USA Baby, and Wal-Mart stores and online at Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com, Costco.com, Target.com and Walmart.com from January 1993 through October 2009 for between $100 and $400.

If you are using one of these cribs please find a safe place for your child to safely sleep until you can find a replacement.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Why it's important to keep your child rear facing...

I stumbled upon Joel's Journey when perusing Mama Dweebs blog. Joel's Journey provides some great information on why remaining rear facing in a car seat is safer. Joel was 18 months old and 33 pounds at the time of the front impact car accident that injured him. At 18 months and 33 pounds Joel was sitting forward facing in his car seat as he was well over the 12 month AND 20 pound minimum requirement. Joel broke his neck in the accident. For a great, although incredibly scary visual, watch the video link created by Joel's grandfather. The video will demonstrate the difference in impact that a forward facing child will experience vs. a rear facing child. Take some time to read through all the links on Joel's Journey, they are incredibly educational. The AAP now recommends that children should be rear facing in their car seats until at least two years of age.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Crazy awesome sale on Britax products!

Baby Catalog is offering rock bottom prices on Britax car seats. Use code BABY10 at checkout for an additional discount. The Britax Marathon Convertible car seat in cowmooflage (pictured above) retails for $279.99 but with this deal you can score this same car seat for $201.59! The Britax Chaperone infant car seat retails for $229.99 but with this sale and coupon code you can get it for $165.59! FREE ground shipping on orders $99 and over! I almost never see Britax seats on sale so snag these while they are available, I am not sure how long this sale will last.

side note...Although it is not yet reflected on the AAP website, it is now recommended that children sit rear facing until 2 years of age. Here the AAP has some good info on car seat safety.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Visit your public library!

Have you paid a visit to your local public library recently? Before I had my son I never visited the library much. I had no idea how much they offer! A few months before T was born I was driving by the library and I noticed a sign for the library's used book sale. I thought I would stop in and see what it was about. Wow, am I a sucker for a good deal, I came out carrying more books than I knew what to do with! I had an amazing book collection started for T when he was still in utero. I spent less than $30 on well over 100 books. Needless to say I was so excited with my book finds that I went back the second day of the sale for even better deals! My local library offers a special on the last day of their sale (for children's books at least) that allows you to stuff a paper grocery bag for a total of $5! Not only did I start a great library for my son, I saved a ton of money, and stayed green by purchasing previously loved books. After this first used book sale I became hooked on my local library.

After T was born I started checking out books like crazy. I also convinced my husband to cancel our Blockbuster by mail membership because we can check out movies at the library for free! I also began attending all the free classes the library offered. Some classes have included baby and toddler story time, baby music time, infant sign language classes. I can't believe I hadn't frequented the library more often. I live down the street but had hardly taken advantage of all they offered. My new obsession with the public library has also saved my quite a bit of money since the majority of their services are free of charge (with the exception of the occasional late fee).

If you haven't been to your public library recently pay them a visit. Most, if not all, public libraries have a website. Spend some time perusing the site to see how they can benefit you. I highly, highly recommend taking advantage of their used book sales. I can't imagine what the books would have cost me to purchase them new. Plus, if T gets a little creative and colors or tears a page it won't eat me up knowing that a new and expensive book has been destroyed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Get your read on...

I do love the library, but I also adore having a collection of books at home in my own library; children's books, favorite and classic novels to lend out, art books are all great investments that will be perused for years to come!

25% off one item at Barnes & Noble: Click here. Valid in-store only.

30% off one item at Borders: Click here. Online Code: BSW6854N

Buy One-Get One Free Bio-Soakers!

Straight from The Natural Baby Company:

HUGE Gro Baby Bio Soaker Promotion!!! In an effort to continue to improve our product we're making some minor, yet important, improvements to our already popular Bio Soakers. Starting in January 2010 Bio Soakers will:
  • Come in one size only (fits in all Gro Baby Shells at all rise settings)
  • Have smaller adhesive areas
  • Will have an even softer inner layer
We're taking this opportunity to run a fantastic promotion for our customers. For a limited time and while supplies last Gro Baby Bio Soakers are BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE (a $19.99 Value)! So, for every box of Bio Soakers ordered we will add another box at no charge. This does NOT apply to any previous orders. Stock up as this is sure to be the most popular promotion we've ever run!

This is an awesome deal! I just stocked up on these- we LOVE them! Daniella has reviewed these before, and I recently have had the opportunity to try the Bio-Soakers and I'm in LOVE. They are awesome for when you are out and about AND they work great overnight! While I'm sure the improvements they mention above will make them even better, you just can't beat buy-one-get-one free for these bio-soakers that are pretty much awesome as-is!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Free GeoTrax DVD!

Completely free GeoTrax DVD- even free shipping!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Easy crock pot recipe to warm ya up this fall.

My friend, Val, shared this recipe with me a few months ago and it's become one of my faves... I buy all of the ingredient at Costco so I know I'm saving by buying in bulk and I always have the ingredients on-hand for a ridiculously easy meal!

Fajita Salsa Chicken
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups Salsa (I use the Organic Kirkland brand from Costco)
1/4 cup taco seasoning (the large McCormick Taco Seasoning is a steal at Costco, considering the individual packets you get at the store can cost $1+ a piece. The large bottle lasts me FOREVER- like a year! And I make a lot of tacos!)

Pour half of the salsa in the bottom of the crock pot
Lay chicken on top of salsa.
Pour seasoning on chicken.
Pour remaining salsa over the chicken.
Cook on low 6-7 hours or until chicken is cooked through.

The meat will be super tender- I shred it really quickly and serve with whole wheat tortillas and traditional taco/fajita fixings (cheese, lettuce, onion, sour cream, etc....).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Coupon Codes and other deals!

I'm catching up on some magazine reading and am coming across a lot of coupon codes, so I thought I would share since the holiday shopping season is upon us. As we (or you) find more codes, we'll post them in this blog. Enter a comment with your coupon code find and I'll add it to the list!

Free shipping on orders over $99 with code GIFT99. Also, this site has flat rate shipping on all orders - $9.95- this is a great place to get big items since the shipping is so inexpensive (or free!).
The Children's Place
: 15% off your next purchase. Expires Nov. 30, Code: MARTHA99
Clinique: It's BONUS time at Nordstrom, through Nov. 22nd. SUPER cute bag included in the bonus, along with some great make up samples.
Coldwater Creek: $30 off your purchase of $100. Expires Nov. 30, Code: NKA9437
Eddie Bauer: 15% your total purchase, plus free shipping. Expires Nov. 15, Code: MSL09NOV
Expressionery.com (invitations, cards): 40% off your order. Expires Jan. 31, 2010, Code: MSLNOV
Learning Curve: 20% OFF your entire order at LearningCurveShop.com! At checkout, enter code: FRIEND.
Target: Check out these coupons to use in-store or online before Thanksgiving. With some of these, you can save 50%! Pair that with your Target Visa 10% off rewards and you're saving even more! My favorite picks are the LeapFrog Alphabet Pal (Regular $20, $10 after coupon) and the Little People Discovery Airport (Regular $40, $20 after coupon).
Tiny Prints (great for Holiday Cards): visit tinyprints.com/ms for 10% off

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Safe Sippy Cups

We are all very aware of the BPA issue in baby bottles, but are those sippy cups you're using BPA free? I just came across this blog that lists safer sippy cups. The good news is that most of the popular brands are on here!

What is your favorite sippy cup for your tots?

It's that time again!

Gymboree's Circle of Friends sale is in full swing today through the weekend. Get 30% off EVERYTHING in store or online (code: GYMCLUB) w/free shipping on orders over $100. In addition to the sale, for every $50 you spend today, you'll received $25 in Gymbucks to use in January! Talk about a deal! Shop the clearance racks to score the best prices- lots of winter clothes are on clearance now. All of their pajamas, including holiday styles, are on sale as well- $15 for most of them plus 30% off that. If you don't see a size on the racks, clearance or otherwise, be sure to ask an employee to check in back- they often have lots of inventory in back. Be sure to check out our previous post on Gymboree to read Daniella's rules to ensure you get the best price possible!

If you don't have a physical coupon- every store I've gone to passes out the coupons or will give you one if you ask!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Veggie Tales DVD for $2.99 shipped!

Great stocking stuffer or holiday gift for the little ones in your life. The DVD is free, you just pay shipping. Click here to select one of 3!

Thanks for the tip, Frugal Girls!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Freebie Alert!

Are you trying to conceive or know someone who is trying? Sacred Heart Mission is offering 10 free ovulation predictor kits or pregnancy tests! This is a totally free offer, no shipping charge and no credit card required...just tell Sacred Heart Mission where you want your test kits sent. You can request any combo of OPK's or HPT's with a total quantity of 10. SO, 5 OPK's and 5 HPT's, or 10 OPK's, or 8 OPK's and 2 HPT's...I think you get the point. If you have ever purchased an ovulation test or a home pregnancy test you know these are not cheap. This is definitely an offer worth jumping on! This offer is only good while supplies last so you may want to hurry. (limit 10 per household)