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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lilla Rose: Your Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow (A Giveaway)

Welcome to the [3rd annual] Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Lindsey Blogs & Viva Veltoro.
Who doesn’t love finding gold under the rainbow? I’ve joined with a group of bloggers who will be offering great prizes for you, just waiting to be found under the rainbow! So, hop along to all in the giveaway hop linky below to find your gold! Don't miss the Grand Prize too - if you have 1 or 2 children, you'll find the gold under the rainbow in the form of an amazing Fold N Go Double Stroller from Combi USA! Enter the Grand Prize here.

**A huge thank you to Linda Menke, Independent Lilla Rose Consultant for sponsoring today's giveaway. All thoughts are my own.

Ah, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...if you followed your rainbow to the end, what would you find in your pot of gold? (Okay, okay, let's skip the obvious of say a million dollars or a new house or car...let's think small scale!). For me, I can think of a number of things I'd like to find...among them would be something nice for MYSELF- like Lilla Rose flexi clips.

If you've been following long, you've probably heard me talk about Lilla Rose before...I've featured them quite often...and with good reason! As a blogger, I've had the chance to try out many amazing products. I've reviewed skincare products, baby products, toys, even video games...but Lilla Rose remains one of my favorite discoveries! Why?

Simply put, because I use them the most! In fact, before I recently cut my hair, I used them pretty well daily! If you missed the previous reviews, here's a look back at why I continue to love my Lilla Rose flexi clips.

  • The Style. As a fashion loving mom, I don't want to sacrifice style for convenience if I don't have to. Lilla Rose offers so many great style options...From simple to more ornate, there is a little something for everyone. 
  • Ease of Use. I'll admit, when I first saw the flexi clips, I thought they'd be difficult to figure out. Or that there was no way they would hold up my stubborn, thick hair. I was completely wrong, on both counts. After the first few times, it's actually become quicker than a ponytail. I can throw my hair up in an easy twist in under a minute. And it STAYS!
  • Versatility. There are many different styles you can create with your flexi clips. Typically, I use mine for a quick twist up, but they can be used for a simple ponytail or more in depth styles. The possibilities are endless.
  • Size Options. They offer a wide variety of size options which again are not only great for creating different styles, but also for different hair types. They even have minis and extra small clips that are ideal for children- or women with super fine hair.
  • Durability. As I said, I've been using some of my clips for two years now and they still work wonderfully. For those of you with thick hair like myself, you know that ponytail holders often cannot hold up for long. I've actually stopped buying ponytail holders myself, because I found that I was literally throwing money away as they fell apart after a brief time.

    Of course, while the Flexi Clips may be my personal favorite and what Lilla Rose is best known for, they are not the only great product available! They offer bobby pins, badge clips and my other personal favorite adorable headbands that are great alone or in combination with a coordinating flexi!

    If you take a quick look around the website, it won't be hard to fall in love! So, I'm super excited to let you know that today as part of the End of the Rainbow giveaway hop, our lovely sponsor Linda Menke has once again offered up a great prize- $30 worth of fantastic Lilla Rose goodies!

    To thank Linda for her generosity, be certain to check her out and connect at the links below:

    Shop Lilla Rose.
    Like Lilla Rose, Independent Consultant Linda Menke on Facebook

    Now, what are you waiting for? Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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  • Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
  • So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Under the Rainbow participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Spring Into Spring with a Zoey's Attic Giveaway!

    Welcome to the "Spring in to Spring" Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama's Baby CupcakesThis hop has a Open Spring Theme, and each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you! Be sure to check out the Grand Prize on Mommy's Favorite Things blog for a chance to win from Umi Shoes and a Bubble Guppies DVD


    **Product received for review. All thoughts are my own.

    If you've been following for long, you may recall me talking about my love of Zoey's Attic personalized tees. But if you missed it, here's a recap:

    My love of Zoey's Attic began before my daughter made her arrival. I was working to create the perfect 'New Big Brother' gift basket and knew I wanted matching shirts for big brother and baby sister. I'd searched and searched and found the ones that were budget friendly just weren't what I was looking for...and the ones that I loved just weren't within my budget. Was it too much to ask for cute AND budget friendly?

    When I stumbled onto Zoey's Attic on another blog, I was immediately in love. They were stunning, and much more reasonably priced than others I'd looked at. I ordered the most adorable big bro/little sis set for the big day.

    When it came time for my daughter's first Christmas, I once again went back to Zoey's Attic to see what kind of fun designs they offered. And boy, were they fun. I decided not to go with matching tees that year, but instead went for a 'Baby's First Christmas' and a more general look for my son. The personalized Christmas tees were such a hit that I had to go back and get more last Christmas...a new tradition? I think so!

    So, what made Zoey's Attic so great? Aside from the cost, for me it was all about the options. Having kids with a 6 year age gap, finding coordinating sibling tees could be quite tricky...most I found seemed to be offered only in closer sizes. Zoey's Attic offers onesies/tees for the tiniest of babies all the way through to adults! They also let you customize the color and style of tees- from classic to baseball tees and names, etc. Choosing a tee with a person on it? I recently learned you can even change the hair color! With so many options available, you can truly create a one of a kind tee that is perfect for your child! And of course, what child doesn't LOVE things that are personalized. I know mine do- and I certainly would have loved having something with my name- spelled correctly!

    Zoey's Attic doesn't just make great sets for new siblings or the winter holidays though...they offer perfect designs throughout the year! Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Easter...they have you covered! Take a look at some of these adorable designs:

    There were so many great spring options to choose from, but for my little Irish kiddos, I couldn't resist the matching sibling tees. Seriously, how adorable are these?

    Like our previous selections, they were the same high quality, adorable tees that we'd come to expect!! Absolutely the perfect way to wear our green this year..and look adorable doing so! In fact, I'm finding myself wanting to buy Zoey's Attic tees for my kiddos throughout the year for EVERY holiday! Tees may be what they're known for, but they offer more great gifts as well! See everything they have to offer at the links below:

    Shop the Website.
    Like on Facebook.
    Follow on Twitter.

    Are you ready to get to shopping? Great news! One lucky winner is going to win a $35 gift code! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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    Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the "Spring in to Spring" participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

    MediPals "Favorite Amazon Finds for Kids" Giveaway

    Welcome to the Favorite Amazon Finds for Kids Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals!
    Last month, Thrifty Nifty Mommy introduced us to a fantastic kid-friendly medication dispenser called Medi-Pals. Available in 3 fun characters, Medi-Pals dispensers are familiar and fun for the infant, easy for the caregiver to use, and they always ensure that the child is getting the accurate dosage of medicine.
    Key benefits of Medi-Pals pacifier medicine dispensers:
    • They're softer than a straight syringe, and the syringe sits snugly in the nipple, so no medicine gets lost or stuck to the sides.
    • They're accurate - the caregiver is in complete control of dosage.
    • The diverter on the pacifier nipple fans the medicine to the sides, not straight to the back of the child's throat, so that the child won't gag and spit the medicine out.
    • They're reusable, dishwasher-safe, and easy to clean.
    • The pacifier and faceplate are easy to put together and take apart. You can even change faceplates!
    • They work with more than just oral vitamins, pain relievers, and oral antibiotics—it can also be used with baby food or even honey. If you can get it into the syringe, it will work.
    • They're made in the USA!
    Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the chance to review the Medi-Pals medication dispensers, she's very happy with how easy they are to use and how quickly her children take their medication or vitamins Be sure to check out her full video review of Medi-Pals to see how these dispensers work.

    To celebrate the fact that Medi-Pals are now available on Amazon, we've put together a FANTASTIC prize package of our favorite Amazon Finds for Kids - all sponsored by the generous people at Medi-Pals -
    This prize package is valued at over $500 and includes:
    • (2) Medi-Pals dispensers: Your children will get to take their vitamins and medicine stress-free with Freddie the Frog and Lilly the Ladybug.
    • (1) KidKraft Retro Kitchen:
    • (1) Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks Set
    • (1) Step2 Deluxe Master Art Desk
    • (1) Step2 Splash and Scoop Bay
    • (1) $100 Amazon Gift Card
    • (1) Power Wheels Quad
    • (1)Vtech Chomp and Count Dino
    Be sure to check out Medi-Pals on Amazon!
    Open to the continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 3/16/15 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!

    Disclosure:This is a sponsored post on behalf of Medi-Pals. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email by the hosts of this giveaway, Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    A Very Veggie Giveaway: Win Veggie Tales Noah's Ark on DVD!

    Tomorrow is the big day...the day Veggie fans everywhere have been waiting on! It's time for the release of Veggie Tale's Noah's Ark on DVD! Over the last few weeks, you've probably already seen me talk about our family's excitement over this upcoming release:

    • After watching our pre-release screener, I shared my thoughts in this review.
    • A week later, I shared this fun craft idea and free printable to help all of you get in the spirit.
    • Earlier this week, I even shared a fantastic deal going on at Family Christian this weekend in celebration of the release.

    Excited? Yes, it's an understatement. In fact, since my original review, we have still continued to watch the DVD almost daily. We have it memorized word for word. I'm pretty sure even my 18 month old is starting to pick it up.

    To be honest, when our full DVD came in the mail last week, I pretty much expected it would be old news by now. Boy was I wrong. My little guy actually squealed. My daughter was equally excited. Nevermind that they'd watched it a million times already, they couldn't wait to watch it again...and check out the special features that our screener was lacking! And they loved it all! In fact, my son has said that this is by far his absolute favorite Veggie Tales movie yet! (Coming from a kid whose pretty much obsessed, that's a huge compliment.)

    We love the fun music, the silliness, the messages...this is truly a Veggie classic that belongs in every Veggie Tale collection. But don't just take our word for it! Today, in celebration of the release, I am beyond excited to pass the Veggie love along... one very lucky reader is going to have the chance to win a copy for themselves!! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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    Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

    T-Mobile is #ChangingPrepaid & Helping You Save! #Ad #CollectiveBias

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChangingPrepaid #CollectiveBias

    A few days ago, I shared with you all how saving money has become quite the hobby of mine and how I'm always looking for ways to save. Lately, I've been taking a look at our monthly bills, and trying to lower them where I can. So, let me ask you...when was the last time you took a look at your cell phone bill? It can be a little scary, right? That's why I was super excited to learn about T-Mobile's Simply Prepaid! If you're looking for ways to reduce your monthly bills, check this out:


    Tired of second-rate prepaid wireless? T-Mobile is changing everything you know about wireless and now it's time to change prepaid. Introducing Simply Prepaid(TM) from T-Mobile, bringing you the best in wireless to prepaid. Including up to 1GB of nationwide 4G LTE on a Data Strong network, award winning customer service, selection of latest smartphones, unlimited talk and text for just $40 a month.
     Looking for the perfect phone to accompany this plan? Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Avant for only $149.00 on rollback from $199.99 at Walmart. Click here for more information on this plan and phone!

      Legal Disclosure: Limited time offer; subject to change. Taxes and fees additional. Features available until 30th day. General Terms: $15 SIM starter kit may be required. Domestic use only. Partial megabytes rounded up. Full speeds available up to data allotment; then slowed to up to 2G speeds for balance of service period. Includes 10 MB of domestic roaming data. Devices are not transferrable for resale, modification, or export. Coverage: Coverage not available in some areas. See Terms and Conditions (including arbitration provision) and website at www.T-Mobile.com for additional information

      Switching to this awesome prepaid phone plan can be a great way to save on your monthly expenses...what other tips do YOU have?

      Get Ready for Spring with a Step2 Play Up Gym Set Giveaway!

      It's been pretty cold lately across much of the US and that has us thinking one thing - Spring! We can't wait to get back outside and enjoy some warmth and sunshine! Thanks to the generous people at Step2, one lucky family is going to have a brand new Play Up Gym Set to enjoy once all the snow melts!

      The Step2 Company, headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world’s largest rotational molder of plastics. They strive to be the leading innovator of children’s products that build imaginations and enrich the family’s celebration of childhood. Step2 products are made to last and will hold up despite the beating that children tend to give everything they come in contact with. Their toys are colorful, fun, and encourage imaginative play. Every Spring they release brand new toys and this year, we are really loving the new stuff they have to offer, like this Play Up Gym Set redesign!

       The Play Up Gym Set™ combines a swing set and playhouse into the ultimate children’s backyard jungle gym. Kiddos can increase their motor skills by climbing in the playhouse and swinging on the swings. Youngsters will be fascinated with the whimsical design of natural colors and outdoor play features the kid’s gym set includes! The Play Up Gym Set will provide your youngsters with hours of climb, swing and slide adventures. Made in USA of US and imported parts. Swings made in China.

      The Play Up Gym Set features:

      • Tree house shape, trendy design and fun colors fuel creative and pretend play
      • Raised playhouse features a high platform, steps for climbing, a steering wheel and a slide for an easy exit
      • Two attached swings for hours of fun
      • Ground anchors secure the swing set to the ground (included)
      • Durable poly construction
      • Recommended for children ages 3-6, it has maximum weight limit of 240 lbs. (60 pounds per child) and a limit of 4 children at a time
      Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy recently had the opportunity to review this brand new swing set! Make sure you check out their reviews and then enter to win a Step2 Play Up Gym Set for your own family below!

      Open to the Lower 48 US states only, ages 18 and up. Ends at 3/13/1215 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
      Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by Step2. Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Viva Veltoro, and the participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at)gmail.com with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.

      Thursday, February 26, 2015

      Live Your Life For Half The Price: A Book Review & Family Christian Giveaway

      **Book received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

      When my husband and I were first married, we didn't have much of anything. I was fresh out of my parent's house, never having lived on my own while my husband was a corporal in the Marine Corps who had lived the bachelor life for 4 years before and hadn't really had the forethought to save for a family. Living in the baracks, my husband had never needed a car and my old clunker of a car from my parents wasn't up for making the trip from Indiana to California. So to get us started, we bought the bare essentials- an inexpensive used car with low monthly payments, a place to sit, a place to sleep and a small cheap TV so we wouldn't die of boredom. For the first few years of our marriage, we lived very modestly- no frills! For a long time we went without a kitchen table, and for side tables we used upside down boxes covered in freecycled linens. We didn't have a lot, but we got by just fine.

      Around us, I saw other wives whose husbands had the same rank as my own or lower living much more lavish lifestyles. Newer cars, designer clothing and handbags, frequent shopping trips. Sure, there were a few that had their own careers too but the large majority were, like us, single income families. I could not understand where we were going wrong. Here we were trying to do everything we could to save money, and we were just getting by...designer handbags? new cars? No way was that in our budget.

      I soon learned that it wasn't typically in theirs either...these people who seemed to me to have it all together financially were really up to their eyeballs in credit card debt. They were not better off than we were at all....they just had more stuff. Now I won't lie and say I was never a little envious (I was) or that I didn't want nicer things (I did), but we decided early on to make a conscious  decision early on to not fall into the credit trap, and try to live within our budget.
      Being a natural saver, this came pretty naturally to me (though much harder to keep my spender of a husband in check, I must admit!). I loved finding ways to save money. I found ways to get the best deals at yard sales and thrift stores. I perfected the art of negotiating and bartering. I learned to coupon and stockpile. Saving money became not just a necessity but a hobby for me.

      Over time as my husband moved up in rank, we were able to have those nicer things that we once dreamed of. We still weren't rolling in money and did often find those unforeseen emergencies coming up and taking a stab at the progress we'd made, but we were still able to live a nicer lifestyle while staying within our income.

      Fast forward to September 2014 when my husband's plans of retiring from the Marine Corps came to a halt at 11 years. Suddenly that income that we relied on was gone...sure, he got a pretty generous separations bonus, but we knew that wasn't going to last forever. Rather than sitting around waiting for a big break to come, he started school. A free education plus a monthly payment for housing...win/win. After a few months, a job opportunity came around...not a great paying job by any means, but it was money coming in and a job that was willing to work around his school schedule. We knew that any money coming in meant that this was less that we were taking out of our savings. Still, between the job and his housing, we are still seeing just about half of what he was making as a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps. HALF! My blogging income helps of course, but can be quite inconsistent as far as budgeting goes! As great as a saver as I am, trying to adjust our spending habits accordingly has been quite the challenge.

      So, when I first heard about Mary Hunt's 'Live Your Life for Half the Price', I knew it was a must read for me...because that's exactly what I needed to relearn to do! Take a look:

      You work hard for your money. You know you should save some, but it seems like every month something comes up that sets back your best laid plans. If you're tired of working hard just to get by, this user-friendly guide shows you that you can slash the cost of nearly everything you need without sacrificing joy and quality of life. 

      Mary Hunt shows you how to get off the monthly money roller coaster. She offers the specific techniques, resources, and motivation you need to keep more of your money every month, including: 

      • finding money you didn't know you had
      • cutting your grocery bill by 50%
      • controlling the mother of all budget-busters
      • avoiding fees
      • paying off your mortgage
      • saving on bills
      • preparing for disaster
      • paying less for your dream car
      • planning family vacations
      • and more!
      It's time to start saving, giving, and finally making financial progress, and with humor and compassion, Mary Hunt is leading the way!

      As an already frugal-minded person, I found myself reading through and finding that many of the suggestions were things that I already knew...things like buying things when they were on sale rather than when they were needed at a higher price or the value of thrift shopping. But many tips were some I had never thought of, or about things we've not yet experienced- like buying a home. These tips were practical, helpful and most importantly doable. I'll admit, I went in wondering if there was anything new I would learn, but I came out realizing I still had a ton of room for improvement.

      In addition to general tips, this book is chock full of great resources- websites to help you save money on groceries, apps for budgeting and even simple recipes that are budget friendly! She doesn't just tell you what you need to do, but truly offers the resources that will help you do it.

      Whether you are stuck in the cycle of debt with no end in sight, just starting out and hoping to avoid debt's vicious cycle, or in a situation like ours where you find yourself trying to get by on a decreased income, this book offers tips that can help us all!

      If you'd like to learn more for yourself, Live Your Life for Half the Price won't be available until July, but you can preorder now at Family Christian.

      Find more great reads and connect with Family Christian at the links below:
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      And because this book is all about saving money, wouldn't it be great if it could be yours for free? Great news! Family Christian is offering one very lucky reader the chance to win a $25 Appreciation Certificate. Preorder this book or choose from the large variety of great items available. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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      Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.