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Family Friendly and Affordable Florida Beach Vacation ~ Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Hotel!

by Michelle on August 16, 2012

Florida Beach Vacation Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront

In June my family and I took a fabulous Florida beach vacation at the newly renovated Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Hotel of the Palm Beaches.  This was our second stay at this Hilton for the 2nd year in a row and we plan to go back next year as well.  Why do we love and continue to go back to this awesome Hilton?  Several reasons…

From the moment you drive up you will be greeted by friendly and helpful staff.  Once you check in, head to your room and throw your suit on because you’ll want to spend every moment at the large swimming pool (with kiddie pool and jacuzzi) or on the beautiful beach.

They also have indoor and outdoor beachfront dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner and anything in between so you’ll never need to leave.  The breakfast buffet is an absolute must with everything you can think of including plenty of healthy breakfast options for the adults and kiddos.  We enjoyed it with ocean views and then strolled on over to the pool when we were finished.  We were in heaven!

This is the awesome pool steps away from the beach, beachfront dining and tiki bar!

Here is the gorgeous non-eroded, shell laden beach and one of the largest loggerhead and leatherback turtle nesting grounds in the U.S.!

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center for sea turtle rescue, research and education is only miles away!

The Hilton Singer Island recently partnered with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. The hotel obeys all sea turtle ordinances to protect the nesting turtles.  We had a great time visiting the marinelife center.  The kids loved seeing and learning about the rescued turtles!  Other nearby fun and kid friendly attractions include the Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo.

If you are looking for more to do onsite, don’t worry, there is plenty!  The beach offers jet skiing, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing with snorkel equipment boogie board, paddle board, surfboard, ocean inner tube and kayak rentals available for your convenience.   If you just want to relax and catch some rays, you’ll additionally find chair, umbrella and cabana rentals available to you.  Or you can just spend your days poolside if that is more your thing.

For those who love to exercise, the hotel also offers a large gym with modern equipment or you can enjoy the ocean air with a nice walk, run or bike ride.  You’ll also find sight seeing tours, fishing, golfing, scuba diving, lots of affordable dining options and of course shopping near by.

We were never at a loss for something to do during our visit.  We even celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday entirely on the premises.  We enjoyed the pool, a great indoor family lunch, the beach and even a room service dinner for the kids later that night.

Balcony View

The entire week was a blast!  Waking up to the ocean views was my favorite part.  The daily breakfast buffet, tropical drinks and great service at the Hilton Singer Island was a close second.  The clean, newly renovated room and blogging from our balcony wasn’t bad either.  ;)  We’ll definitely be back!

Thank you Hilton Singer Island for providing us with the perfect vacation spot for our family!!!

To enjoy this beautiful, safe and family friendly South Florida oceanfront beach vacation yourself, be sure to check out their special offers to get the best prices available.  There is never a bad time of year to visit Florida!  :)

The Hilton Singer Island provided us with a discounted rate as a thank you for facilitating this review.  All opinions are my own.  Our family truly enjoyed our stay!

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*ENDED* Diamond Candles Review and Spring 5-Pack Flash Giveaway {$125 Value}!

by Michelle on May 9, 2012

Big Congrats to confirmed winner DONNA G. of Tallahassee, FL!!  For more current giveaways check HERE and you could be our next big winner!

I shared with many of you on Facebook the other day about this fun new candle and the ring I got out of mine.  Diamond Candles is a company that had the idea for soy scented candles with a ring in every one.  Neat idea, but to be honest, when I first heard of them I thought ‘Oh right, it’s probably some bubble gum machine ring.’  I thought for sure every candle probably had some $10 piece of junk in it.  To my surprise each one I’ve seen so far, including my own, has been really quite nice. They actually have rings valued at $10, $100, $1,000 or $5,000 in every one!  So if you missed mine on Facebook, here it is again…

The picture actually doesn’t do it justice because the stone is a really pretty pink.  I’m wearing it right now and have been since I got it out because it’s actually a gorgeous ring (even if it may be worth only $10).  It was also really fun and exciting anticipating and waiting for the wax to melt low enough to grab the ring. I have to admit, I have no patience and dug mine out probably a little sooner than I should have.  But it didn’t damage the candle and the rings are nicely wrapped in a foil and little ziplock baggie so they don’t get wax all over them.  I was pleasantly surprised with my find.

Diamond Candle Review and GiveawayAs for the candle itself, I got the Pomegranate Lemonade and from the minute I opened the box and smelled it I was really impressed with the scent.  It looks like they have about 25 different flavors to choose from and I’m already anxious to try some more.  They fill your home with a very nice aroma when lit that is not too over bearing.  They also come in a nice looking glass jar.  The candles are just under 3 lb’s and are 3.5 inches in diameter and about 6 1/2 inches tall.  They are made from 100% soy wax and are made with lead-free wicks.

After trying them, I have a whole new outlook. The candles are nice looking and smell really good. The idea of a ring in every one is super fun!  I actually found a Facebook group (not affiliated with the company) where people are buying, selling and trading the rings they find. It was a good place to go and look at all the different types of rings that are coming out of the candles.  Again I was pleasantly surprised at the large variety and beauty of them all.

Individual candles are only $24.95 each and sample packs of 5 candles are $124.75.  To see the vast assortment or to make a purchase head to the Diamond Candles website HERE.  Also be sure to check out their Facebook page HERE.

I was given the opportunity to review the Diamond Candles with a great group of bloggers and to bring a giveaway to you.  Each of the bloggers listed below wrote their own review if you want to check out what others have to say and see what their rings looked like.

Style ‘n Decor Deals     MyCouportiera              Shore Savings with Patti      I Love My Kids
Koupon Krazed            Oh My Gosh Beck        Adventures in Coupons        The It Mom
Coupon Frenzy Mom    Freebies & Giveaways   Adventures of my Family 8   Keenly Kristin
The Deal Matchmaker  Another Cent Saved       MommyCouponSwappers    Just Find It 4 U
Crazy About Deals       Freebies with Attitude    Coupons for Wisconsin       Money Savvy Michelle
Baby Coupons & Stuff  Giveaway Bandit

As for the giveaway, one lucky winner will get the Spring Sample Pack which includes 5 great smelling candles with a ring in each one!  Entering is easy on the Rafflecopter form below.  You may only enter on one of our blogs for your chance to win.
Giveaway ends 5/12/12.  Open to US residents only 18 and up.

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*ENDED* Pediped Review and Giveaway by Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom!

by Michelle on April 18, 2012

Okay, would you look at that cuteness!  Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom was lucky enough to receive a pair of Pedipeds for review and a pair to giveaway and was nice enough to let me share with you all!  Sweet!  So read all about these adorable shoes and then enter to win a pair (size 0-24 mo).  These are all my girls wore as babies.  They are the perfect shoe for new walkers.  We absolutely loved them!  Enjoy!

The shoe:

pediped Originals® are the first step in the pediped® footwear system and the best first shoes your child will ever wear. When children learn to walk, they tend to shuffle, so it is important for their feet to feel the floor. Doctors recommend shoes with soft leather soles because they most closely mimic barefoot walking and do not force children to change their natural stride.

Originals® feature soft, flexible leather soles and a roomy toebox so feet can move, grip, and feel the floor. This way, little feet can grow properly and develop strength, musculature, and the grasping action of the toes. Originals® closely resemble the natural shape of the foot and are so comfortable your child will not want to take them off!

NEW FOR 2012! Originals® styles now feature a more slip resistant sole with a new diamond tread. This innovative sole is made of all-natural leather, just like before. Click here to find out what parents have to say about the diamond tread sole!

We encourage children to stay in Originals® as long as possible, but once your child is walking, he or she can transition to pediped Grip ‘n’ Go

Sizes: XS(0-6 mo) to L(18-24 mo). Ages: 0-24 mos. Additional Features & Benefits. Durable, slip-resistant leather soles and soft, flexible uppers ensure comfort. Signature hand-stitching allows your child's foot to breathe. Sole includes two layers of the highest quality leather on the market today plus a soft foam insert, so you child's feet are protected while he or she is on the move. Velcro fastners make shoes easy to put on and allow for optimal fit and adjustability.

Ankle Cushion, Velcro Closures, Ultra Soft Sole, Hand Stitching, High Quality Leather & Material. Soft, high-quality leather soles are the next best thing to bare feet.

Acadiana Thrifty Mom’s Review:

We were sent a pair of Pediped Flex Abigail in pink. I was so excited when I saw who the package was from because I knew right away that it was for my 5 year old daughter. My kids LOVE getting mail, especially when they know it’s a new product to review :) She tore the box open and dove right into these super comfy shoes! I could tell by inspecting these shoes that Hannah was going to love them. You see, Hannah’s number 1 requirement for ALL shoes is that they make her “run fast”. These shoes are dressy enough to wear with her Sunday best, but soft and comfy enough to fit her feet great and grip the floor. She was, indeed, able to “run fast” in these great shoes :) She even wore these shoes to her brother’s baseball practice where they got very dusty. When we arrived home, I simply used a damp cloth to wipe them clean and they looked like new again. The sizing on the shoes was great! She wears a 13 and these fit snug enough to be comfortable, but are roomy enough that she’ll certainly get lots of wear out of them. These shoes were fun and easy to review! A great product from a great company ♥

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a pair for your child now :) The winner will get 1 pair of Pediped shoes in size 0-24 months.

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*ENDED* The Hair Bow Company 10% Off Already Low Prices + Review and $25 Giveaway!

by Michelle on March 22, 2012

I am so excited to introduce to you The Hair Bow Company, an online wholesale supply company offering tons of fashionable and affordable products for our little princesses!  As you can see in the image above, they have tons of adorable products (way more than just hair bows) at really great prices.  If you have a little girl or girls and love all the frilly cuteness then you definitely must check them out.  They generously sent me a box of goodies to try out so I could share with you all.  My little one was so excited and wanted to wear it all at once as you can see.  Here is what she is wearing…

  • Turquoise Petti Skirt with Bubble Gum Pink Trim ~ $12.99 (on sale $11.99)
  • White top/light pink heart Petti Shirt ~ $9.99 (on sale $8.99)
  • Ruffled Rainbow Polka Dot Legwarmers ~ $3.49
  • Triple Layer Crochet Flower (Hot pink, pink and light pink) ~ $.89 with attached alligator clip ~ $.35

Here’s the little princess from the side…

…and here’s a back view.  She had no problem wearing this outfit all day.  The quality of all the pieces passed the test of her outdoor play.  Everything was comfortable for her also.  She even took a nap in it (minus the skirt).  The legwarmers didn’t bother her and they stayed up well.

We were also given the adorable pieces above but I couldn’t get my strong willed 2 yr. old to wear them for a picture.  The korker bow ($1.99) matches perfectly with the petti skirt but she insisted on wearing the crochet flower or ‘tree’ as she calls it.  The lavender Toddler Crochet Kufi Hat (only $1.59) is adorable on and can be worn with or without the flower.  I wish she would have let me get a picture of her in it but you can just imagine the cuteness.
My 4 year old claimed these adorable fairy wings ($2.49 currently on sale for $1.99) right out of the box.  We already had the exact pair in red which I bought for a Halloween costume and paid a lot more for on ebay.  I was blown away by some of the prices at The Hair Bow Company.  We will definitely be purchasing from them in the future.

All of that is just a small sampling of what you will find at TheHairBowCompany.com!  They also have Baby Ballerina Shoes, Bloomers and Bottoms, Pettirompers, Headbands, a large selection of Flower Clips and so much more!  So be sure to check them out!

Now, exclusively for Baby Coupons & Stuff readers, you can take an additional 10% off these already great prices!  Use code bcs10 at checkout valid through 4/30/12 to score these great deals on totally cute baby/toddler goods!  They also hold a monthly baby photo contest, so once you get all your goodies be sure to take some pictures and enter your little ones in the contest for a chance to win a gift card.

In the meantime, enter to win a $25 gift card right now!  Just complete the Rafflecopter form below and one lucky reader will win a $25 credit to spend however they want at The Hair Bow Company!

This giveaway will end Wednesday 4/4 at 11:59 pm EST.

If you have not yet signed in to the new Rafflecopter forms, use either your Facebook account OR your name and email address to sign in.  If you use your Facebook account be aware that the email address provided to contact you if you win will be your Primary Facebook email address.

The more entries you submit, the better your odds of winning!  Please don’t claim entries you have not completed as they will be verified and doing so could disqualify you.

This giveaway is open to US contestants only.

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*ENDED* MyBabyClothes.com $25 Gift Card Spring/Easter Giveaway + Review!

by Michelle on March 16, 2012

Baby Coupons & Stuff was given another opportunity to review one of the cutie patooty outfits from MyBabyClothes.com and we chose the adorable dress pictured above.  It is the Zuccini 3 Tier Dress in size 3T and it is precious.  As usual, they did not disappoint with this one!  It fits great with room to grow and the colors are especially bright and vibrant for pastels.  The straps are quite long so it should possibly last us two summers.  The dress speaks for itself so I don’t have a whole lot more to say about it other than we are very pleased with it and it’s speedy arrival with great customer service.  Oh, and you can get it with initials embroidered for an additional $5. We chose it without and love it just the way it is!

MyBabyClothes.com has again generously offered to give one of my readers a $25 gift certificate just in time for Spring and Easter!  If you are not familiar with them you will soon see there is plenty of cuteness to choose from for both baby and toddler girls and boys!  They carry brands such as Mud Pie, Good Lad, Ruffle Butts, Petit Ami, Little Me, Baby Aspen, Knuckleheads, Haute Baby, Lollipop Moon, Bonnie Jean and many more! In addition to the adorable baby clothes, you’ll find tutus, baby hats, baby headbands and even shoes.  They also have a nice selection of baby gifts.  If you head there right now you’ll also find a super cute Easter Shop and up to 60% off clearance on some items!

Be sure stop by and check them out.  You’ll be glad you did.  You’ll get free shipping on orders over $49, great customer service, a 60 day return policy and more!

Win It!

One lucky reader will win a $25 gift certificate to use how they want.  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Open to U.S. residents only.  Giveaway will run through 3/22/12.

Please note:  There will be many entry options but please do not say you did them if you did not actually complete the option.  All entries will be verified and if you say you did something which you did not, all of your entries will be disqualified.  You can complete as many or as few as you like.  The more you complete the better your odds of winning.

Good Luck!

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*EDIT* Knot Genie Detangling Brush Review and Giveaway!

by Michelle on March 10, 2012

I have another guest review and giveaway post to share that I thought you would enjoy.  This one is for the Knot Genie and is once again reviewed by Empty Nester. Looks like a pretty cool little product. Make sure you enter to win it. Enjoy!

After you check out this post, head HERE to take a look at the Memory on Hand (USB storage band) review and giveaway also by the Empty Nester.  Then before you leave be sure to enter the genuine Coach purse Flash Giveaway HERE.  It ends Sunday night so hurry!

Knot Genie Review/Giveaway

this review is done By Emptynester Reviews and Giveaways

 I was not coerced in anyway to provide a positive review or in exchange for any monetary reimbursement.

  

Review:  I took the Knot Genie over to my God Child Kelli Jo’s house, asking if I could brush her hair.(she has long blondringlets I just love!) She had been outside playing with her brother so she pulled off her stocking hat and said, “sure.” The Knot Genie was awesome! It glided right through her hair, when it would catch a little, it would release right away, gliding through the rest. After about 3 strokes per area, it was snarl free, her ringlets were cute as a button! She was so happy that it didn’t dig at her head or pull her hair out, as was I!  I would have felt bad if I would have hurt her. 

This brushes teeth are staggered, and bend easily so they don’t catch in a snarl and hold on tight until you pull it loose, taking hair roots with it. I love it and so does Kelli Jo and her mommy!

Kelli Jo had to try it on my hair also, and her mom’s, we were all impressed/amazed at the ease and pain free hair brushing session we got!

  I definitely recommend Knot Genie to all ages!

P.S. My mom had my hair cut short when I was a child for not standing still and whining when she brushed my hair, I don’t think it was my fault though, she pulled hard!!

Magically gets rid of knots. Not to mention complaining.

The Knot Genie™ Detangling Brush was created for every mom that has endured the foot stomping and screaming matches that come with brushing their child’s hair. With the Knot Genie, even the curliest, most knotted up hair practically slips through the unique bristle configuration – gently and painlessly. Try the Knot Genie on your kids (or on yourself) – you’ll be amazed by the ease of brushing, as well as how it virtually stops breakage and split ends. You’ve wished for hair brushing standoffs to end. Wish granted.

Knot Genie Website

Knot Genie on Facebook

 Now A GIVEAWAY for a Knot Genie of your own!!

Enter on the Rafflecopter below this giveaway will end 3/18/12 at 11:59pm.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers

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*ENDED* Memory on Hand Review & Giveaway!

by Michelle on March 9, 2012

Below you will find a review and giveaway for a neat little product I thought you all might be interested in having a chance to win.  Read the review below by Empty Nester of the Memory on Hand Band USB storage solution and then enter to win it!  Good luck!

Review: This is a must have gadget for every household, for kids-adults. Everyone needs USB storage these days for school work, picture/media storage, just backed up files off your hard drive of your PC/Laptop. Both my children, have carried the small USB thumb drives for years and constantly are searching in the bottom of their book bags for them and constantly losing them. They are never easily handy when they need them. You know the ones, keychain style that are small and black in color. MoH has come up with the solution! Numerous colored bracelet type USB storage you can wear on your wrist, clip around a belt loop, or even a strap on your purse or book bag. They have a nice tight closure that will not just open up and fall off, a major PLUS! They come in 2 or 4gb sizes depending on your needs you can choose from so many different styles and colors its fun! Everywhere you look these days people are wearing the rubberized wristbands for all different causes they support,these are just like them only cuter and functional! I absolutely love the one I got in the Milkyway colors as shown above in the blue,pink and black. It is brightly colored to not get lost easily and ready when I need to take it to get pictures printed at WalMart. I just ordered 2 more for each of my children to use, they always need new ones as they lose them, not I can be rest assured that they will be safely, securely, off to their endeavors with an MoH Band!

My daughter is in the RN nursing Program in a local college and my son is a junior in High School and they both use USB’s on a regular basis. 

My son’s school went all Macbooks 2 yrs ago. Everything they do is off the laptop the school provides, papers, projects as well as homework. He uses his as back up for EVERYTHING! 

You never know when you might drop that laptop and be out of luck for school the next day.

Overall rating from me= 5 STARS!! 

 

The story behind the MoHBand™

The MoH Band™ was first conceived as a classroom project at Babson College in 2010. Andrew Kitzenberg, the founder of Memory on Hand, had lost numerous flash drives during his time at Babson.  Regularly using them to backup papers and projects, there was usually a minor meltdown when one was lost. Realizing that many other students were having this same problem, Andrew conceived a new USB wristband that would be a fitting product solution. It was easy to keep track of and allowed him to always carry his important files on him. After playing around with the idea and testing designs Andrew saw the benefits of the MoH Band™ firsthand as he wore the initial prototype.  At semester’s end Andrew had completed delivery on his first sale and decided to pursue the business after graduating. Since graduating in May of 2010, Andrew partnered up with friend and classmate Jeff Brayer and together they have brought the MoH Band™ to students all over the country.

Memory on Hand donates 10% of profits to Scholarship America CHARITY to support educating America’s youth!

MoH Website 

MemoryOnHand facebook page 

Memoryonhand Twitter link 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351542058/the-moh-bandtm-usb-flash-drive-wristband  

GIVEAWAY FOR 1 USB MOH BRACELET 

ENDS 3/16 11:59PM EST 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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