Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Walgreens Trip: Cheap Wipes & FREE Toothbrushes


I just scored a HOT deal at Walgreens tonight!  If you happen to have the right coupons and can get to Walgreens tonight...you might be able to snag it as well!

Starting tomorrow, Walgreens will have Huggies 64- to 72-count wipes on sale for $2.49.  When you use the $1/1 coupon from the Walgreens July Coupon Book, this brings the total to just $1.49. 

There is also a $.50/1 coupon from the 06-12-11 SS insert.  Or if you're lucky enough to have the $.75/1 Huggies mailer coupon, you can save even more!

Here's how this deal works:Some Walgreens store registers turn on the next week's sale prices on Saturday evening.  Turns out this was the case at my store!  But this means this deal is ONLY valid tonight, as the wipes coupons expire TODAY!

Items I Purchased:
(4 ) Huggies Wipes (72 count)
(2) Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush

Total Price before Coupons: $19.94

Sale Applied:
$1.99 off each Oral-B toothbrush ($3.98 total)
 Coupons Used:
$1/1 Huggies Wipes, any 64 ct or larger - Walgreens July Coupon Book
-$.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, any 64 ct or larger – 06-12-11 SS x7/9 (used 2)
-$.75/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, any 64 ct or larger – Huggies Mailer x7/31 (used 2)

-$2 off one Oral B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense Manual Toothbrushes 7/3 P&G insert

Total w/ tax after coupons: $3.72

Total Savings (off retail value): $16.22 or 81%!

Funny story - I actually asked for a rain check for the Oral-B Toothbrushes since there were none left in the aisle.  The cashier asked how many I wanted.  I said "just two" and she pulled a whole box of them from behind the counter.  She said it was to "prevent all of them getting snatched!" 

Did you find any great deals this past week?





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Tune in Next Week - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Week-Long Celebration

Is anybody out there excited about the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2?  I can't believe it's less than a week away! 

In celebration of the final Harry Potter film, next week here at My Kansas City Mommy, each day I will be posting something Harry Potter related for you!  I have product reviews, sale info, super cute frugal crafts, and more!  Make sure you subscribe to my email feed, or follow me on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss a day!

I've attended midnight showings of the past three HP films.  I don't think we're going to try that right now - since if I don't sleep when the baby sleeps, I don't sleep at all.  :)  BUT I still can't wait to see the film and I think hubby and I will try to get there next weekend sometime!




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Book Review: Gift of Peace: The Jimmy Carter Story

How much do you know about former President Jimmy Carter? Prior to reading Gift of Peace: The Jimmy Carter Story, I knew that he was the 39th President. I knew he was from Georgia. But that was about all I could tell you. This new biography, written for young adults, follows Carter from his birth in 1924 in Plains, Georgia, until present-day (where he currently lives in Plains). It covers his early life, his entry to politics, becoming governor of Georgia and President of the United States - and what he has been up to in the thirty years since he left office.

This book was very informative without seeming preachy on politics and policies. Much of the book focuses on Jimmy Carter's faith and how that played a key role in his life and decisions. The author emphasizes the positive things in Carter's life and career. Faith and peace seem to be the two primary themes, as Jimmy has always focused on peace and how to end conflicts peacefully. President Carter said that he is proud to be one of the few Presidents who "never dropped a bomb or never launched a missile, never fired a bullet." He also taught Sunday School while President and continues to do so at his home church in Georgia. Much of his time since leaving office has been spent working towards peace in the U.S. and worldwide. He has become Habitat for Humanity's most famous volunteer and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. Personally, I believe that history is extremely important and I would recommend this book for young historians out there. I would also recommend reading at least one biography of each President.

Purchase Gift of Peace: The Jimmy Carter Story on Amazon!
Find out more about President Carter on WhiteHouse.gov.

Thanks to Zondervan Publishing for my review sample.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own. 

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*Hot* Kansas City Entertainment Book Just $9.99

Save on all the things you love to do!

Did you get a Kansas City Entertainment Book this year?  I had one for 2010 but forgot to order one for 2011 (being eight months pregnant in January probably had something to do with that!).  Since the year is half over, there's a fantastic deal going on right now - you can get the Kansas City 2011 Entertainment Book for just $9.99!  This deal is not to be missed - you will make back your purchase price after the use of just one or two coupons - plus you'll have the rest of the year to use these coupons!

Here are a few locations represented in the KC Entertainment Book:

Restaurants
54th Street Bar & Grill
Zarda BBQ
Salty Iguana
V's Italian Restaurant

Shopping
Jo-Ann Fabrics
New York & Company
Picture People

Attractions
Paradise Park
Toy & Miniature Museum
Kansas City Royals

Frugal friends - this is a TINY sampling of the places represented in the Entertainment Book. You won't be disappointed.  Plus, a lot of the coupons have the option to print from home right after you buy - so if you need a coupon for dinner tonight, no problem! 

Head over and check out the deal before all the books are gone!  Shipping is just $2.49 - so pay $12.48 and enjoy countless savings.


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*Hot* 99 Prints for 99 Cents - Snapfish Photo Deal


I LOVE photo deals! This one is great - Snapfish is offering 99 prints for 99 cents!  Just use coupon code JULYPENNY99 at checkout to snag this deal.  You will still have to pay shipping - however the total cost per print comes out to around $.07 - which is the best deal I have seen in awhile. 
I used Snapfish for my last photo order and was really impressed with their user-friendly website and their speed of service!  If you don't already have an account, sign up now and start uploading - it's free!




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Dove Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream Bar {Review}


I'm not going to lie.  I can't go a day without chocolate.  Seriously.

During the summer, the most obvious chocolate choice tends to be a delicious variety of ice cream - like this new release from Dove!  This new ice cream bar - Peanut Butter Swirl - is delightful.  A combination of the creamiest vanilla-peanut butter swirl ice cream, super smooth and dreamy Dove chocolate, and peanuts in the chocolate shell...yum.  And I don't even normally like peanuts!

Next time you are looking for a little "me" time, make sure you have some Dove chocolate ice cream on hand.  You won't be sorry!

Thanks to Dove Chocolate for providing my review sample.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.




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Summer Gear Up Sale at Bass Pro Shops Online

Father's Day Sale at Basspro.com

Summer is flying by - can you believe school supplies are out in stores?  Yikes!  Get in some more summer fun before it's too late.  If you need some outdoor gear, check out the Summer Gear Up July Sale at Bass Pro Shops online and stock up on everything you need to get through the rest of summer.  Or start planning and shop ahead, since (yikes) the holiday season will be upon us soon!




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Don't Forget July's Summer Concerts in Kansas City!



If you're searching for entertainment this weekend, I have an idea for you.  There are SO many great FREE summer concerts around the Kansas City area. There are concerts for kids, families, and adults - something for EVERYONE!

Check out our list of July Summer Concerts in KC! If you know of any concerts that aren't on the list, let us know and we'll add them.




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Review + Save 50% on Sheets at 1500threads.com



I remember when I went to start my wedding registry.  There I was, prancing about the housewares superstore with my registry scanner...happily scanning everything I was sure I would need.  When I got to the Sheets section, I just about fell over - I had no idea sheets were so expensive!  If you want high-quality sheets these days, you're going to pay a high price.  For those of us who are frugally minded, this is not very thrilling.

I was really excited when I recently had the chance to try out a sheet set from 1500Threads.com.  My sheets are this gorgeous chocolate brown color.

Each Sheet Set from 1500Threads Includes:
•(1) Flat Sheet
•(1) Fitted sheet – *Deep pockets for over-sized mattresses
•(2) Pillowcases
*Deep pockets fit matresses from 15″ to 18″ in

I'll be honest - the first time I tried these sheets, they were not as soft as I expected.  However, a couple of trips through my washing machine has turned them into super comfortable, soft, dreamy sheets.  Sleep is a very precious commodity for those of us with babies...and when the day is done and I finally get to fall asleep, I could not be happier.  This set makes it even easier to fall asleep quickly.

If you're looking for sheets, I would encourage you to give these a try - and here's a special offer just for My Kansas City Mommy readers!  When you use coupon code KANSASMOM50 on your purchase at 1500Threads, you will receive 50% off your purchase!

This makes a Queen set $45, King $50, and California King $55.  Shipping is $10 - but if you purchase two or more items, they will ship for free!

Thanks to 1500Threads.com for providing my review sample.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.



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Sing to Your Baby Book and CD Review + Giveaway



If you are anything like me, once you have your precious bundle of joy, and he doesn't want to sleep, it seems that all of those lullabies you used to know are gone. Sing to Your Baby: Love Songs & Sing-Plays for New Families can help you out. Included are eleven very simple songs for you to sing to (or with) your baby. A CD is also included that has every song in two keys: a higher key (C) for mommy and a lower key (G) for daddy. Whether you have a beautiful - or a not-quite-so-beautiful - voice, Sing to Your Baby will help you and your baby bond - and believe me, that sweet baby won't care if you think you can't sing. This book would make a wonderful present to any new family that you might know - or even for yourself, if you have a new little loved one.

I really enjoyed reviewing this book/CD combo. I liked how in the introduction, the authors, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, began with "Dear Mom, Dad and Other Wonderful Folks Who Will be Singing to Your Baby."  My little L has had many people sing to him since he arrived - and wonderful folks they truly are! 

Two of my favorite songs were "Love Is What I Feel For You" - it is so sweet, and the illustration is of a daddy singing to his baby in the womb. When it's the middle of the night and you feel like your eyelids can't stay open, you don't always remember words.  This is where the song, "I Love You" will help you.  It is definitely one of the easiest to remember with lyrics like "La la la la, I love you" and "Oo oo oo oo, I love you." If you are looking for a unique baby shower gift, give Sing to Your Baby a try. 

For more information, you can visit SingtoYourBaby.net.
Find Sing To Your Baby on Amazon!

Giveaway

One My Kansas City Mommy reader will win a copy of Sing to Your Baby! This giveaway will end on July 20  at 11:59 PM Central time.

To enter this giveaway:

Tell me what is your favorite lullaby or children's song! Then fill out the ENTRY FORM. Completing these two steps counts as one entry.

You can also receive additional entries for the following (you will check these off on the entry form - please do not leave additional comments relating to these! They will NOT be counted unless they are filled in on the form.):

* "Like" Sing to Your Baby on Facebook
* Follow Sing to Your Baby on Twitter
* Subscribe to My Kansas City Mommy's feed or email subscription
* Publicly follow My Kansas City Mommy with Google Friend Connect
* "Like" My Kansas City Mommy on Facebook
* Follow My Kansas City Mommy on Twitter
* Tweet about this contest! Use this: I just entered to #win a @SingToYourBaby Book/CD - you can too! Ends 7/20. Enter #giveaway http://t.co/MhtGgOr via @MyKCMommy


Don't forget to click here to fill out the entry form. Please note that this prize can only be shipped to a US address!

Looking for more stuff to win?  Check out the Giveaways page for current giveaways and past winners!

Thanks to Sing to Your Baby for providing my review sample and the giveaway prize! I received no compensation and all views expressed are my own.  For more information, you can read My Kansas City Mommy's Giveaway Policy.



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Friday, July 8, 2011

Nacho Mama Tees Review + Giveaway


NachoMamaTees.com proudly proclaims that they sell "funny t-shirts and crazy offensive t-shirts!" and that their "vintage shirts are awesome." With an opening like that - how can this site miss?! Nacho Mama offers a great variety of fun shirts - my hubby loved looking around the site.

We were given the opportunity to review a shirt from NachoMamaTees.com and I let my husband pick one out. He chose the Callahan Auto Parts T-shirt from their wide variety of movie shirts. If you don't know, this t-shirt is based on the 1995 movie Tommy Boy starring Chris Farley and David Spade. I actually haven't seen the film, but my hubby thinks it is hilarious. The shirt is super soft and comfortable, and washes well - no fading or shrinking. 

Truth be told, I think hubby had a lot of trouble picking a shirt from all of the great choices. Some of his other favorites include the ones pictured below.

 Make sure to check out NachoMama's great selection of funny t-shirts!

Giveaway

One My Kansas City Mommy reader will win a $15 Gift Card to NachoMamaTees.com! This giveaway will end on July 19 at 11:59 PM Central time. 

PLEASE NOTE: To enter this giveaway, you cannot have received a promotional item from NachoMama within the past 90 days, or own your own review/giveaway blog.


To enter this giveaway:

First, head over and check out the selection of shirts at NachoMamaTees.com, thencome back and leave a comment on this post - tell me which one is your favorite! Then fill out the ENTRY FORM. Completing these two steps counts as one entry.

You can also receive additional entries for the following (you will check these off on the entry form - please do not leave additional comments relating to these! They will NOT be counted unless they are filled in on the form.):

* Subscribe to My Kansas City Mommy's feed or email subscription
* Publicly follow My Kansas City Mommy with Google Friend Connect
* "Like" My Kansas City Mommy on Facebook
* Follow My Kansas City Mommy on Twitter
* Tweet about this contest! Use this: I just entered to #win a $15 GC to NachoMamaTees.com - you can too! Ends 7/19. Enter #giveaway http://t.co/nSVscgo via @MyKCMommy


Don't forget to click here to fill out the entry form. Please note that this prize can only be shipped to a US address!

Looking for more stuff to win?  Check out the Giveaways page for current giveaways and past winners!

Thanks to NachoMamaTees.com for providing my review sample and the giveaway prize! I received no compensation and all views expressed are my own. For more information, you can read My Kansas City Mommy's Giveaway Policy.



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Energizer Advanced & Ultimate Lithium Batteries (w/ bonus $10 Gash Card) Review + Giveaway


For a lot of families, summer means vacationing - and vacationing means money spent on things like meals on the road, batteries in the camera - and the ever-rising cost of gas.  It's hard to be frugal sometimes when you're traveling - your schedule may be limited and there aren't a lot of coupons out there for gasoline.  But I have some good news for you!

Energizer® is rewarding customers who purchase their Lithium batteries - by making their dollar stretch further. And it's really easy.  Just purchase two packs of specially-marked Energizer® Ultimate Lithium or Energizer® Advanced Lithium batteries and you can receive a $10 Prepaid Discover® Gas Rewards in the mail!


Energizer® sent me a package of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries and a package of Energizer® Advanced Lithium batteries.  These batteries are great and I am excited that I won't have to change out batteries as often.  Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries last up to 8x longer in digital cameras, and Energizer® Advanced Lithium batteries last up to 4x longer in digital cameras, 20 hours longer in wireless gaming accessories and up to 30% longer in personal audio devices. (stats compared with Energizer® MAX®).  I'm using mine in baby toys...I'm guessing they will last until I am long past tired of hearing their "fun" little tunes.  :)

In addition to the long-lasting benefit of these batteries, there's an added bonus (and it's so easy!).  Purchase two specially marked packages of Energizer® Lithium batteries, then visit the Energizer Facebook page.  Click the Lithium Gas Reward tab and follow the instructions to input your battery pack codes.  Once you have added your 2 codes, a $10 Prepaid Discover® Gas Rewards card will be mailed to you!  This fantastic promotion is valid until 1/31/12 at 11:59 p.m. ET - all codes must be redeemed by that date.

I just put in my two codes and requested my $10 Reward card - it was simple and easy - took about two minutes.  Make sure you snag these specially marked Energizer® Lithium batteries while they last!

Giveaway

One My Kansas City Mommy reader will win 1 package of Energizer® Advanced Lithium Batteries and 1 package of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium Batteries of their choice (choose between AA and AAA) - plus the batteries will include codes you can redeem for a $10 Gas Reward Card!  This giveaway will end on July 19  at 11:59 PM Central time.

To enter this giveaway:

First, leave a comment on this post - tell me where you're traveling (or have traveled) this summer!  Then fill out the ENTRY FORM. Completing these two steps counts as one entry.

You can also receive additional entries for the following (you will check these off on the entry form - please do not leave additional comments relating to these! They will NOT be counted unless they are filled in on the form.):

* "Like" Energizer Batteries on Facebook
* Follow Energizer on Twitter
* Subscribe to My Kansas City Mommy's feed or email subscription
* Publicly follow My Kansas City Mommy with Google Friend Connect
* "Like" My Kansas City Mommy on Facebook
* Follow My Kansas City Mommy on Twitter
* Tweet about this contest! Use this: I just entered to #win @Energizer batteries + $10 GC - you can too! Ends 7/19. Enter #giveaway http://t.co/qn6qrbH via @MyKCMommy


Don't forget to click here to fill out the entry form. Please note that this prize can only be shipped to a US address!

Looking for more stuff to win?  Check out the Giveaways page for current giveaways and past winners!

Thanks to Energizer for providing my review samples and the giveaway prize! I received no compensation and all views expressed are my own.  For more information, you can read My Kansas City Mommy's Giveaway Policy.


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Parents Magazine - 1 Year Subscription for $4


If you've been thinking about subscribing to Parents Magazine, now is the time!  Purex is offering a special deal on a one-year subscription: pay only $4 for 12 issues That averages out to less than 34 cents an issue!   To get this promotional price, just enter code PX2401 when you order through the Purex website.




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Restaurant.com $25 Gift Certificates for $2


There's a new 80% off sale at Restaurant.com!  Most $25 restaurant gift certificates retail for $10 - which makes them just $2 when you use coupon code SUN at checkout.  You can also receive 80% off $10 Gift Cards or the Dinner of the Month Club when you use code SUN.  This code is valid through July 13 - hurry!




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Lil' Teammates Review + Giveaway (3 Winners)



Lil' Teammates are three-inch action figures of your favorite sports teams. There are figures available for  most of the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL as well as quite a few college teams. We were given the chance to review several Lil' Teammates figures! The ones we received were the KC Chiefs Quarterback and Running Back, KC Royals Pitcher, University of KS Quarterback and Playmaker (basketball), and a Referee.

These little (or lil') athletes make for great toys or collector items. They are vinyl figures - which makes them very durable. There is even more fun to be had on their website, including coloring sheets, sports trivia, and the LT Switch game (think Bejeweled, except with sports icons). Also, Lil' Teammates is having a coloring contest and the winners will receive 6 Lil' Teammates figures (contest ends August 1, 2011 - see LilTeammaters.com for details).

If you know someone who loves sports, these would make a fun (and unique) gift!  Don't forget - it's not too early to start shopping for the holiday season!

Find Lil' Teammates on Amazon!

Giveaway

Three My Kansas City Mommy reader will win two Lil' Teammates of their choice! This giveaway will end on July 18  at 11:59 PM Central time.

To enter this giveaway:

First, head over and check out the selection of Lil' Teammates.  Then come back and leave a comment on this post - tell me your favorite team! Then fill out the ENTRY FORM. Completing these two steps counts as one entry.

You can also receive additional entries for the following (you will check these off on the entry form - please do not leave additional comments relating to these! They will NOT be counted unless they are filled in on the form.):

* "Like" Lil' Teammates on Facebook
* Follow Lil' Teammates on Twitter
* Subscribe to My Kansas City Mommy's feed or email subscription
* Publicly follow My Kansas City Mommy with Google Friend Connect
* "Like" My Kansas City Mommy on Facebook
* Follow My Kansas City Mommy on Twitter
* Tweet about this contest! Use this: I just entered to #win 2 @LilTeammates - you can too! Ends 7/18. Enter #giveaway http://t.co/gt6Nf44 via @MyKCMommy


Don't forget to click here to fill out the entry form. Please note that this prize can only be shipped to a US address!

Looking for more stuff to win?  Check out the Giveaways page for current giveaways and past winners!

Thanks to Lil' Teammates for providing my review sample and the giveaway prize! I received no compensation and all views expressed are my own.  For more information, you can read My Kansas City Mommy's Giveaway Policy.


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Giveaway Ending Tonight: VeggieTales LIVE: Sing Yourself Silly DVD



The VeggieTales LIVE: Sing Yourself Silly DVD Giveaway ends TONIGHT, Friday, July 8, at 11:59pm CST.  Have you entered yet?  Find out how to enter here!  Good luck!!

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Green Babies All-Natural Baby Bath Products Review


As a new mommy, I'm always on the lookout for new products that will help me and my baby live a better life!  I am excited to share this new discovery with you!  Green Babies offers a variety of all-natural products for baby. They have clothing, toys, body care products and more! The Green Babies Promise proudly proclaims that they "offer outstanding products that positively impact the health and wellbeing of babies and children and add to the joys of parenthood" as well as promising that they "wouldn’t want to offer you anything for your baby that we wouldn’t want for ours." These are pretty high standards to undertake, but Green Babies meets and exceeds expectations.

I was able to sample some of the baby body care products from Green Babies. Specifically, I tried out the Energizing Bubble Bath, Baby Me Shampoo & Wash, Smooth Me Detangler, Lotion Potion Moisturizer, and Calming Bubble Bath. These are silky smooth and smell delicious. If you visit the FAQ section of their website, you will learn that Green Babies uses high-quality "plant and fruit derived, vegan and certified organic ingredients." Their products are gluten-free, tear-free and are not tested on animals. Green Babies offers a variety of wonderful products to keep your beautiful baby happy and healthy. 

If you're looking to switch to an all-natural care product for your little ones, give Green Babies a shot.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

Thanks to Green Babies for providing my review samples.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are entirely my own.




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Fandango Movie Tickets Buy 1, Get 1 FREE on Fridays w/ Visa Signature Card


Fandango - Movie Tickets Online

Planning a date night tonight?  Or a fun night out with the whole family?  Weekend movies can be expensive, but here's a way to save!  It's Friday - which means Fandango is offering 2 for 1 movie tickets when you use your Visa Signature card!  2-for-1 tickets must be purchased on a Friday and used the same day. One offer per card per month. Offer valid for a limited time and while supplies last.




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*Hot* $1/2 Lunchables Coupon Available


There's a hot new coupon at Coupons.com today!  Save $1.00 on two (2) packages of Lunchables Lunch Combinations with Fruit (no drink).  Combined with the right sale, this could be a fantastic deal!  Print now - it won't last long!




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Heinz Ketchup Limited Edition Glass Bottles Review

Do you ever ponder the good ol' days before plastic squeeze bottles? Back when you had to shake the glass bottle and sometimes pound on the bottom of it to get the ketchup out? Well, Heinz has introduced a limited time offer: 14 oz. Glass Bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Yes, glass is back! This iconic vintage-inspired glass bottle is a new collector's edition of Heinz Ketchup. (Fun Fact: the glass bottle has been absent from store shelves for over 10 years!)

I am a ketchup girl, so I was excited to try out this special edition ketchup. I have to say, there's something fun about having to pour the ketchup out of a glass bottle!  I'm pretty sure it tastes even better!

Heinz Tomato Ketchup is "Grown, Not Made" from a very select tomatoes grown by Heinz trusted farmers. This limited edition glass bottle is available at select retailers including Wal-Mart and Safeway until August 2011. Check them out before they're all gone!

Thank you to Heinz Ketchup for providing my review sample.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.




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FREE Public Safety Day at WWI Museum - July 9th


Kansas City is home to many wonderful attractions, including the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial. This Saturday, July 9th, you and your family can learn (and have fun!) at the Public Safety Day. PSD is a FREE event and is geared toward youth in hopes of educating the community about the public safety resources that are available to them. FREE activities include viewing emergency vehicles (fire trucks, helicopters and police cars) up close, face painting, child identity kits, inflatable obstacle course and ice cream! A variety of groups have helped to put this event together including the Jackson Co. Sheriff's Department, the KCMO and Blue Springs Police Departments, KC Crime Stoppers, Children's Mercy Hospital and many more. This FREE family event is Saturday, July 9th, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the Southeast Lawn of the National WWI Museum, 100 W. 26th St., KCMO 64108.

National WWI Museum website
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NOTE: This is a FREE event, but does not include admission to the museum. Regular rates apply for museum entry.




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It's Mega Swag Bucks Day - Earn Cash & Prizes Just for Searching the Internet!



If you're not already a Swagbucks member, today is a great day to join - it's Mega Swag Bucks Friday!  Today when you search online wtih Swagbucks, you might win Mega Swag Bucks - which have higher denominations than normal.  Wondering what to do with your Swag Bucks?  Exchange them in the Swag Store for gift cards and tons of other prizes!  I have personally cashed in $60 worth of Amazon gift cards since last fall - this definitely works!

If you're not already a Swag Bucks user, sign up today - you'll earn 30 Swag Bucks automatically just for joining!  Use Swag Bucks as your search engine and be rewarded with random Swag Bucks deposited into your account!  You can also earn 1 Swag Buck per day just by voting in the Daily Poll.  Get paid to search - it's easy and fun!



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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Book Review: The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

At first glance, The Lady of Bolton Hill, by Elizabeth Camden, seems to be a typical piece of historical romantic fiction. The story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers, Daniel Tremain and Clara Endicott as they form a bond of friendship that must endure the span of time and distance that attempts to pull them apart. In the decade since she last saw Daniel, Clara has become a journalist dedicated to helping the poor through her writing. Daniel has turned into a rugged businessman with a score to settle against his nemisis. Enter Bane, a youthful cocaine-smuggler with a taste for brutality, who threatens all that Daniel and Clara hold dear, while hiding secrets of his own.

Several chapters into this story, I thought, "Oh no, the author has just taken the plot of The Notebook." But after reading further, I realized that she takes it even further than I expected (though to be honest, yes, a certain plot point is very reminiscent of The Notebook). I became most intrigued by the young fiend, Bane, and how he was woven into the story of the love of Clara and Daniel. Overall, I found this inspirational historical fiction title to be quite an interesting and intriguing read.

Read it for yourself!  You can purchase The Lady of Bolton Hill on Amazon!

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing my review sample.  I received no other compensation and all views expressed are my own.




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