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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

BeeSavy Radio Guest this Thursday - PLUS giveaway if you listen!

BeeSavy Founder To Be Guest on LTDMom Radio Thursday at 10AM EST

We’ve been talking a lot lately about, a new approach to cash back sites that rewards you for referring your friends with referral cash back. BeeSavy is really catching on within the deal space and mainstream media alike. If you’ve been wondering what BeeSavy is all about, be sure to tune in to Living The Dream Mom Radio with Nina Frye this Thursday, March 1st at 10am EST. Nina is going to have BeeSavy founder Robert Honer as her special guest. Topics will include how to use BeeSavy, how it works, and how to earn money referring others to BeeSavy. In addition, listeners will be able to call in live and ask questions on the air.

To learn more about BeeSavy and to join this blog’s BeeSavy team, please visit

To tune into the show on Thursday at 10am EST, please visit LTDMom Radio.

There will also be a small giveaway to be awarded during the show.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

BeeSavy shopping site was featured on Fox!

BeeSavy Getting National Attention on Fox Business

If you follow this blog regularly, you know I've been telling you about an innovative new cash back site called BeeSavy for a few months now. Well, it looks like the mainstream media is catching on as BeeSavy was just featured in an article on Fox Business. You can read the Fox article here. And remember, you heard it here first!

If you’re not using BeeSavy yet for all of your online shopping, you’re missing out on valuable cash back. Even better, BeeSavy is the only cash back site that lets you actually earn money every time your friends shop online! Start earning money today by signing up at And remember to refer your friends before they refer you!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Green Toys Review & GIVEAWAY - ends 3/9/12

When my daughter was about 11 months old, I decided she was ready for a toy that would develop and "fine tune" her stacking, sorting skills. I started to look at the local stores near my home, but there honestly wasn't much to choose from, so I began looking online.

I will begin by saying that we are a family that does our best to live by the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” motto. Not that we regularly recycle our rainwater to water the plants, or have solar panels installed on our roof (although those are things we will work towards) we try to do our part in caring for the earth.

Green Toys is an amazing toy company that I have found makes all their products out of 100% recycled plastic in the USA.  These days, it seems like there are so many toy companies out there, churning out their wares in foreign factories with who knows what materials, and no real oversight on keeping up standards for reducing environmental impact. You can imagine, it was quite refreshing to find a company like Green Toys with such awareness and stewardship in the toy industry.

Green Toys was generous enough to "share the love" not just for the planet, but for McKinney Mommas as well, by sending us their Green Toys Stacking Cups to review with my daughter earlier this month. 

I love the bright yet uniquely mellow colors of these stacking cups.  They are numbered 1-6, so you can help your little one learn math and counting while developing fine motor skills at the same time. 

These Stacking Cups by Green Toys are so versatile - and can be stacked, nested, filled and poured.  They're also great for outdoor play, indoor play or even bath time (we've tried it all). 

Now, I like to think that my little one is smart but we're still working on perfecting the stacking skills, mostly she just likes to knock them all down once her mommy (me) builds a tower with them.  

Oh, well, we'll keep trying!

 I feel really good about purchasing toys for my kiddo from Green Toys for these reasons: 

  • No BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings
  • Made in the USA
  • Made out of 100% recycled plastic 
  • Using recycled plastics, Green Toys saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Other Toys we LOVE from Green Toys 

Green Toys - Pizza Parlor

Green Toys - Sand Play Set

Green Toys - Chef Set

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* * * Thank you to Green Toys for providing a set of Stacking Cups to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own and were not influenced by the complimentary item received. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Adventures in Baby Formula

I am a bargain hunter, have always been and probably always will be. I guess my momma taught me to be thrifty since an early age, being that she had 4 children under the age of 5 and all of us living in a 500 square foot house for the majority of our developmental years.

Last year, after having my first child, I planned to breastfeed her for as long as possible but ended up needing to supplement my supply with formula after about the 6th month. My budget was not prepared to handle the additional cost of formula, so I had to get “creative” in looking for deals on baby formula.

I tried pretty much all of the major brands, requesting samples and hunting for coupons online and off. I was happy to find out that my daughter pretty much let me change brands as any new deal came up, which was great. I never needed to try soy formula though, since her tummy allowed for regular blends.  Since I was leery of cheaper brands, I started off with the major brands, but after trying a sample of Parent's Choice Baby Formula from Walmart, realized that they were pretty comparable with the major brands and my daughter would drink these formulas just as well as the popular major brands.

I found that an average family could save roughly $600 per year by switching to a baby formula like the store brand from Walmart.  Luckily, my daughter is just about done with formula at a year old now, but I was happy to find that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for baby formula. As long as your infant is tolerant of different brands, I'd say venture out and take a look at some of the lesser known brands before spending your whole budget on the “popular” formulas.

Just be sure to do your homework and check the labels and ingredients to make sure any new baby formula you try has all your doctor's and FDA recommended vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Monday, February 20, 2012

WINNER - Amazon Kindle Fire "Heat Up Your Valentine's Day"

BeeSavy Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Cathy from Surrey, British Columbia! She was the winner of the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet in our Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day Giveaway. We will be announcing our next giveaway very soon right here so please check back often!

If you’re not using BeeSavy yet for all of your online shopping, you’re missing out on valuable cash back. Even better, BeeSavy is the only cash back site that lets you actually earn money every time your friends shop online!

Start earning money today by signing up at

LOCAL - FREE Beauty Event in Dallas - March 17-18

Grab your girlfriends and mark your calendars for #DFW's:

at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Saturday and Sunday, March 17th and 18th!

During this FUN filled weekend you'll get to...

  • Try the latest beauty products
  •  FREE Makeovers
  • Special Offers
  • Celebrity Experts sharing their tips & techniques
  • ......and MORE

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Love Starbucks? How about a little sweets with your coffee today!?

How does some Starbucks Petites (little cake pops) sound for only $1.00 with this coupon and your regular drink purchase? 

It's a dreary, rainy day here in Texas, and a hot latte and Raspberry Truffle Cake Pop from Starbucks sounds just about right to me! 

Starbucks Petites for $1.00 with purchase

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Birthday in a Box Review

We recently celebrated my daughter's 1st birthday!  Her birthday is only two days after mine, and we're both Aquarians, but I wanted to make sure her birthday was especially HERS and independent of mine.

Since she's my first child, and this was my first experience planning a birthday party for a child, I decided to call in the party experts.
Birthday in a Box,  is an online party supply company that boxes up and ships amazing birthday party kits. I was excited to find that they are SO much more than just an online party supply store. They have fun party planning guides based on 100 different themes, complete with activity guides and suggestions for crafts, party favors and more.

To take the guess work out of party planning, there are many standard "birthday boxes" to choose from that are created for 8 guests, typically including:
  • Cake plates
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Table Cover
  • Plastic cutlery 
  • Two colors of streamers
  • and Candles can create your own, a la carte!  Which is what I did!  

Once on the Birthday in a Box website, I shopped by Theme, under 1st birthdays, and found a cute (and classy might I add) ladybug theme for my daughter's FIRST birthday.

My little peanut's Birthday in a Box!

Items we chose (a la carte):
  • (8) Ladybug Party Cake Plates - $3.79
  • (16) Ladybug 1st Birthday Napkins - $4.69
  • (24pk) Red Cutlery Set - $1.99
  • (8) Ladybug Party Hats - $4.29
  • Ladybug 1st Birthday Candle - $4.49
  • Ladybug 1st Birthday Highchair Kit - $5.59
  • Ladybug Party Centerpiece - $4.59
  • Ladybug Party Personalized Banner - $15.99
I was really impressed with the prices, especially since I didn't have to drive anywhere to shop and the items were delivered right to my door!

After choosing which items to order, I spent some time looking over their First Birthday Party Ideas page which had some fantastic suggestions on how to make personalized invitations, how to select a location, fun party food and decorating ideas, even activities and party favor advice. 

Here's some photos of how my little peanut's (or should I say "my little ladybug's") party turned out, thanks to Birthday in a Box

Shopping at Birthday in a Box, was a completely hassle-free and positive experience from start to finish. For once, I didn't feel like the company was trying to get me to spend my entire life savings on my child's party.  They actually offered altruistic advice and suggestions that they did not directly profit from (such as the party favors and party food suggestions).

Thank you to Birthday in a Box,
for an amazing "first" 1st Birthday Party experience!

Now, be sure to go check them out before planning your next party!

* * * Birthday in a Box provided a gift certificate to their store to facilitate my review, however all opinions are my own and were not influenced by the complimentary products. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

CandiCheeks Review & GIVEAWAY - ends 2/29/12

When my daughter was a newborn, I went on a mission to find some cute hats for her since she didn't have much hair and it was a cold winter. For some reason, it was SO difficult for me to find cute hats and socks for her.

I shopped both online and in the major children's stores, but the majority of selections were boring ol' yellow duckys, blue dogs or pink kittens. I wanted something unique and different for my one-of-a-kind daughter to wear.

I've done a lot of searching online since then, and now and again will run into a few children's accessory boutiques that I like to bookmark for future shopping. 

Doesn't it always seem like when you aren't looking for something anymore, you find it?!

CandiCheeks is a new and fresh, children's boutique online, owned by John & Sue Lee, a husband and wife team out of Chantilly, VA. Their shop was born out of a similar need, as I mentioned above, to find their first child a selection of unique and cute accessories that couldn't be found in the local children's clothing stores.

ABOUT CandiCheeks

Why are cute baby/children styles overseas not widely sold in the U.S.? After looking through all of the different samples produced by international manufacturers, John & Sue decided to take the plunge in creating an online webstore, CandiCheeks, created by Parents for Parents, wanting the cutest and adorable baby accessories,nearly impossible to find! Soon after determining the product line, CandiCheeks was launched in Spring 2011, and the marketplace that was once a dream, became a reality (from Candi Cheeks site).

SHOP CandiCheeks

Khaki Outdoor Safari Hat 


Sandy Sandal Socks

 Pinky Bunny Ears Crochet Hat

I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to review a few items from CandiCheeks and share my opinions with you all!

I chose to review the Rainbow Blue Elephant Slip-On Socks and Happy Prince Polka Dot Bunny Hat

Rainbow Blue Elephant Slip-On Socks

These cute rainbow elephant socks, ($4.99 - size 1-3yrs) have such a unique and cute pattern!  The colors are brilliant and the grippy bottom soles worked great for my 12 month old, she didn't slip once while wearing these.  There is a cute little elastic lacy top that holds the socks in place so they don't slouch down.  My daughter LOVES wearing these socks with shoes or without!


Now, this is a hat you can't find in the regular children's clothing stores.  It comes in pink, coral, aqua and brown, so you can match it to many outfits and is only $9.99!  I think this would be a perfect hat for Easter since it has a cute little bunny.  My daughter actually loves playing with this hat in addition to wearing it because of the little bunny decoration.   

You can find all these cute hats, socks and MORE by shopping at their website:

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* * Thank you to CandiCheeks for providing the above items to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own and were not influenced by the complimentary products.