Monday, February 28, 2011

Mailbox Monday 2.28.11

Frugal Friend
Our host is A Frugal Friend
Here are the freebies that I received in the mail for the week of Monday, Feb. 21st - Saturday the 26th.

Family Circle, Woman's Day, Cruise Travel and Jet Magazine,
2011 Womens Health Calendar,
Garnier Shampoo and Conditioner Samples,
Downy T-Shirt (It's a LG so I'm going to use it as a sleepshirt)
Weebles Toy from Fisher Price




What freebies did you get in the mail?

I do a weekly "Freebie Friday" post here on the blog. Sometimes offers go fast, and don't make it to Friday, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the hottest freebies during the week.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

$15 & Under Daily Deals for 2.27.11



Here are today's hot deals that are under $15! I've included the shipping costs from each deals company website so that you can weigh if it's really worth it for you.

Dealpulp: 
Nothing today =(

Groupon:
 $1 for Three One-Night DVD Rentals from Redbox ($3 Value) here.

Dotmine Planner Review & Giveaway (Ends 3/5, US Only)

Dotmine day planners are a great tool to  help balance your life. These 17 month planners help you to keep both the calendar year and school year in perspective. With organization features such as monthly and weekly calendars, perforated lists and room for sticky notes, these planners are tops. 
Dotmine planners come in three different styles for busy individuals:
  • LIFE_TIME.MINE - Combines work & family life
  • FAMILY_TIME.MINE - Organizes busy families
  • TIME.MINE - For Active Individuals

Friday, February 25, 2011

Freebie Friday & Follow for 2/24


Welcome to another week of the best freebies and deals available to us this week. This week includes samples, coupons and more. Note: Some of the samples are provided through referral links. Thanks!

ON TO THE FREEBIES!!

SAMPLES AND MORE

  • The Deal Fanatic (one of my fave sites) is giving away a free printable dividers for your coupon binder. This is an awesome way to get started on or even to upgrade your own binder. Like her on Facebook here to download. Be sure to share it with your friends! Thanks Deal Fanatic!
  • All You Magazine Daily Samples here. Check the widget at the bottom for all of the week's samples. 
  • 100,000 Clinique Mascara  giveaway here.
  • Movie ticket from ShopAtHome here. They call this a giveaway but everyone who enters gets a ticket. I've gotten several of these. Be sure to follow all the instructions.
  • Sample of Origins Plantscription here.
  • Sample of MiO water enhancer (by Kraft) on Facebook here.
  • Soyjoy Bar on Facebook here. They send you an email to confirm.
  • Pampers code worth 10 points: NC3XPM9YRD49EMT  (Exp. 2/26)
  • 50 points at RecycleBank, which is a site that rewards you for recycling. Don't worry, even if you live in an apartment complex (like I do) you can still earn rewards through surveys, games and more. To get your 50 points, sign up for Recyclebank here. Then go here and look for "MORE WAYS TO EARN RECYCLEBANK POINTS." You'll see a blue tv that says "Saw us on TV" - Earn 50 points. On the offer page, click the blue box at he bottom "Get my points now"

    Here's a few freebies you can get today with those points! (10 points each!)
    • $1 Off One Bottle of Honest Tea
    • $1.00 off any TWO (2) Ziploc® Brand Bags
    • $2 off any Naked® Juice product
    • $2 Off Any One Kashi® Product
    • $10 Off a Staples Purchase of $50 or more
    • Ruby Tuesday Buy One EntrĂ©e, Get One Free (Up to $10 Value)
    • $2 off any 2 Earthbound Farm Products
    • $1.00 off any Dagoba® Organic Chocolate Bar

  • Ongoing: Children's Car Seat ID Tag for new/expectant moms from My Precious Kid here. I love mine!
BOOKS AND MAGS
  •  A few new digital magazine offers at ValueMags here.
DEALS
  • Share your favorite photos anytime, anywhere, with a deck of pocket-sized pics from Pixable.com for just $5, plus free shipping ($13 value)! Offer expires: 11:59 PM - Feb 26, 2011. Get yours here.
  • 5 free 5x7 or 5x5 cards from Shutterfly.com when you use code "5FREECARDS" at checkout. Just pay shipping ($5.99) and tax. Expires March 7, 2011.
  • Up to $10 credits at the Foundary.com when you refer 10 friends who simply sign up for free. Then, find an item for $10 or less and pay $5.95 shipping. 
Thanks for stopping by and reading today's post. Check out the Facebook Fan page here to get faster freebies and deals AS they become available.

If you're a fan of criminal justice and legal studies, check out my other blog "The Legal Mom" for great news, info and discussions.
Thanks and take care!


 My Wee View

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: A Walk in Mommy's Shoes




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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hot Juno Baby Deal from Eversave

I absolutely love the collection from The Juno Company. That's why I am so excited to see this deal at Eversave today - $15 for $30 worth of merchandise with $4.35 flat rate shipping. You can buy up to 2 of these deals. Plus check out the Juno website for a few educational download freebies!
The Juno Company

Today's Save:$15 for $30 worth of music, books and toys to light up your little ones from The Juno Company

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 24, 2011
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Making It - Week #3

NEW YORK - MAY 20:  In this photo illustration...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

It's been a few weeks since I posted about our family college life so here's a recap:

Week #1 - We moved to Atlanta fall 2009 with our 2 week old daughter.
Week #2 - We knew money would be tight and had to make our finances last 4 months.

So how well did everything work out for us?
We still needed a month's worth of expenses as expected. Luckily, we were able to sell hubby's textbooks early and a few extra blessings helped out with the rest. As a result, our first Christmas as a new family wasn't as I'd always imagined it, but we were together and happy, with a roof over our heads and no major debt (just one credit card with a very low limit.) Most of the time, credit cards get a bad reputation, but this is one family where it really has helped us out! We used ours responsibly and frugally.

One semester down and one to go. Can we fast forward to summer break already?!
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Mailbox Monday for Feb. 21st

Frugal Friend
Our host is A Frugal Friend
Here are the freebies that I received in the mail for the week of Monday, Feb. 14th - Saturday the 19th.

More, Health, Redbook, Family Fun, and PArenting magazines (free subscriptions)
Cash Back check from Ebates.com
2 boxes of XIGO from February Giveaway on Facebook & Twitter
$110 coupon booklet from P&G
Stride Spark gum (It didn't make it the week so pictured is the insert from the package it came in)
 

 
What freebies did you get in the mail?

I do a weekly "Freebie Friday" post here on the blog. Sometimes offers go fast, and don't make it to Friday, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the hottest freebies during the week.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Freebie Friday and Follow for Feb. 18th

Welcome to another week of the best freebies and deals available to us this week. This week includes samples, coupons and more. Note: Some of the samples are provided through referral links. Thanks!

ON TO THE FREEBIES!!


SAMPLES AND MORE
  • The Deal Fanatic (one of my fave sites) is giving away a free printable dividers for your coupon binder. This is an awesome way to get started on or even to upgrade your own binder. Like her on Facebook here to download. Be sure to share it with your friends! Thanks Deal Fanatic!
  • All You Magazine Daily Samples here. Check the widget at the bottom for all of the week's samples.
  • Sample of Quaker® Life Bar: here.
  • Sample of Maybelline® FitME Foundation: here.
  • Sample of Jergens® Overnight Repair: here
  • Sample of Playtex® Sport: here.
  • Ongoing: Children's Car Seat ID Tag for new/expectant moms from My Precious Kid here. I love mine!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Daughter and Bronchiolitis

Bronchi, bronchial tree, and lungs.Image via Wikipedia
bronchiolitis - noun
a condition in which the small airways in the lungs become inflamed by a virus. It is most common in infants, who become breathless in severe cases. Recurrent attacks may lead to asthma

This is the condition that my daughter has. We first found out around Christmas of 2009. She was only 4 months when the doctor explained that RSV most likely had caused her wheezing condition as he handed me a nebulizer and a breathing mask. As a first time parent, I can't tell you how mortified I was. This little baby now must be strapped into this huge mask in order to deliver vaporized medicine to her lungs. 

The first time we put her on the nebulizer was aweful. She cried and  I cried. It almost looked like she was on an oxygen mask. Those 10 mintues seemed like an hour of agony. She looked so helpless and I felt so helpless.

And now a year later, its back! It first showed up around Chrstmas, then seemingly went away. When we came back from our Cruise, it was in full force. We were supposed to get a few days back before the little one came home but it was so bad that Grandma brought her back that same night we got home. She wasn't even herself. Part homesick part sick-sick.

And now I'm coming to the realization that she may have asthma at the age of 2, which is what we were told would most likely happen if the bronchiolitis kept returning. I know kids can live a healthy life with it but will it be as active? She loves to play basketball already. Only time will tell. In the meantime, we've got our nebulizer, mask, and plenty of refills with a call to the doctors office.

Source:
bronchiolitis. (n.d.). Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. Retrieved February 08, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bronchiolitis

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spanish Chicken

I am a chicken fan and I love to test new flavorful recipes. I tried one from McCormick using the Recipe Inspirations Spanish Chicken Skillet pack. I hoped that they would have a recipe online but sadly they do not. If you're lucky enough to have this at your grocery store I urge you to pick it up. If not here is a similar recipe I found but can not guarantee it will taste exactly the same. It is VERY similar though so I thought I'd share it. If you try the similar version, let me know how it tastes!

$15 or Less Hot Deals for Feb. 16th

MUST READ: GET A FREE $5 Credit for NEW USERS AT EVERSAVE TODAY & TOMORROW! More info in the Eversave section of today's deals.

Dealpulp: 

$7 for $14 to Spend on Health, Beauty, and Household Products from Stockn'Go.com. Plus you can get $5 just for signing up through my link here. ( I will also get $5)

Groupon:
 
Check for your local deals here.

Mamapedia:
 
$10 for One S2H REPLAY Activity Tracker from Switch2Health ($20 value) here. Shipping is $4.99.

Eversave:
 
This first one is a little out of budget but an awesome deal!
  Zoolu is $25 for $50 (Shipping starts at $4.95)
and  
Cliche Cosmetics is $15 for $30 (Shipping starts at $3.50)
 
Plus sign up today or tomorrow to recieve a free $5 credit added to your account. This means freebies in the future! Sign up here.
 
 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Freebies

Still looking for gifts on Valentines?
Here's a few sendable freebies to make last minute gift giving easier!

Amazon.com has a code for $2 in free MP3's. Simply add the promo code "VDAYMP3S" to your account here, find the songs or album you would like, select the "Give album or song as a gift" and order. All you need is an email address or print it yourself! This expires tonight at 11:59pm ET.

Plus, Amazon has a free 11 song playlist here.

Send free Redbox codes on Facebook for up to 35 of your friends. Just use thier app here and create your valentines message. Plus use the same code, "BEMINE" today to get yourself a movie tonight only.

I'll update if I come across more!

My Frugal Valentine

Happy Valentines Day!

This year, I planned a romantic dinner (via Rachel Ray) for me and my husband. I will admit that I slpurged a little on the meat but being that I already saved and planned ahead last month, it didn't affect our budget at all. Here are the 2 recipes I am using:

Appetizer:
Pan-Seared Scallops with Pesto and Tomato Recipe - Every Day with Rachael Ray. For this recipe, I purchased the tomato, pesto and scallops (which will be used in the entree as well.)

Mailbox Monday for Valentines Day

Frugal Friend


Well, I didn't get any Valentines in the mail last week, but here's some goodies that cured my heartache lol!


Magazines (all free subscriptions)
  • Whole Living
  • Ebony
  • Latina
  • Fitness
  • Woman's Day
  • Parents
  • Working Mother
  • Soap Digest
  • Jet
Plus,
  • Love Handle Cards (relationship builder)
  • Nice'n Easy foam haircolor free product coupon
  • Thermacare Heatwraps free product coupon
  • Business cards from Starbucks
  • Little Girl Wonder personalized book (won in giveaway)
  • Xigo Maximum (won in giveaway, which is ongoing on Facebook and Twitter)

What did you get in the mail?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

$15 or Less Hot Deals for Feb. 10th

Dealpulp: 

$6 for a $10 e-Gift Card to Spend on Electronics Accessories from EverydaySource.com. Plus you can get $5 just for signing up through my link here. ( I will also get $5)

Groupon:
 
Check for your local deals here.

Mamapedia:
 
$12 for One 8x8 Hard Cover Photo Book with Free Shipping from Pixable ($31 Value) here. Free shipping.

Eversave:
 
Creations by You is $12 (Shipping starts at $5),  
Case-Mate is $10 (free shipping) and

240sweet is $7 ($6.25 flat rate shipping.)



                                               

    

      Today's Save: Creations by You

Today's Save:Give playtime a creative boost with $25 worth of craft products for kids at CreationsByYou.com

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 12, 2011

    

    

      Bonus Save: Case-Mate

Today's Save:Pick up $20 worth of customizable cases for your cell phone, iPad, and more at Case-Mate.com - FREE SHIPPING

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 11, 2011

    

    

      Bonus Save: 240Sweet

Today's Save:Satisfy your sweet tooth with mouthwatering artisan marshmallows from 240Sweet.com

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 10, 2011

    

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our {Not So} Wordless Wednesday - Bahama Mama

No not the drink...but I was a Mama in the Bahamas a week and a half ago! This trip was in celebration of our 2nd Wedding Anniversary and was also very special since we did not have a honeymoon. So this was our Late-Honeymoon/Anniversary/Valentines all-in-one present {*giggles!*}

Just off the ship in Nassau
View from the restaurant
Pretty view from the scooter
Posing at The Caves

We took a cruise over the weekend to Nassau, Bahamas and the Great Stirrup Cay island. This was a trip of firsts for us including:
  • cruise, 
  • trip outside the US (I've been to Canada but that was just a drive over the bridge when we lived in upstate NY),
  • trip to the Caribbean, 
  • riding scooters (in Nassau), 
  • beach party
  • room together (or hotel room)
  • comedy show 
  • spotlighted dance in front of a crowd (don't ask lol)
  • extended time away from the little one
 Plus a lot of food firsts:
  • Red Snapper
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Polenta
  • Escargot
  • Roquefort Cheese
  • Raw Salmon
  • Conch - (had it in chowder and raw)
  • Souffle
  • Panna Cotta (only thing did not like)
So I know you're wondering...Yes we were very frugal on the cruise. We took advantage of all the free amenities on the ship. The fine dining meals we ate for dinner were included. We drank ice water the trip but it was well needed with all the heat there. We spent only on the scooter rental, lunch on the island, 2 for 1 drinks and minimal souvenirs. I'm looking forward to the next one!

P.S. - HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUBBY!! "ooxxooXoXXx" {~Nacho Libre}

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feb. 8th's Hot Deals

Rue La La
 This deal site has a special boutique where you can get $30 at Proflowers.com for only $15 here. Expires Feb. 9th (tomorrow) at 11AM.
Dealpulp: 

TODAY ONLY - $15 for $35 at Kabloom Flowers Plus you can get $5 just for signing up through my link here. ( I will also get $5)

Groupon:
Check for your local deals here.

Mamapedia:

$20 for $40 Worth of Natural Beauty Products from Organic Beauty Now here. Not valid on taxes and shipping

Eversave:

240sweet is $7 ($6.25 flat rate shipping),
Jess LC Jewelry is $25 (free shipping),  and
Funkaroos are $16 (free shipping.)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Mailbox Monday for Feb. 7th


Frugal Friend
Our host is A Frugal Friend
I've been seriously slacking on regularly posting all the goodies that come in the mail, so today's post is a few weeks worth.


All of these are free subscriptions. Not pictured is Jet Magazine (my daughter hid it from me lol)
Stayfree sample,
Emergen-C gummies sample,
Coupons for free products from Kroger,
VS Pink book with coupons for potentially free stuff,
V-Day card from Tiny Prints,
$10 Pizza Hut GC from 1/1/11 giveaway,
free anniversary Blu-ray from Disney Movie Rewards (just paid s&h) plus free DMR code. Not pictured is Boscia blotting tissues pack.

What freebies did you get in the mail?

I do a weekly "Freebie Friday" post here on the blog. Sometimes offers go fast, and don't make it to Friday, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the hottest freebies during the week.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Looking for a Book Club?

I have a real love for reading but always seem to never finish a book. I'll come up with excuses to not read this day, or just forget all together. I was happy to find Bloom (in)courage, a new online book club. Hopefully this will help me get myself together. Our first book is One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.







Interested? Grab a copy of the book and visit the club's webpage here every Sunday and Wednesday. Share your thoughts and stories with us in the community, a place of sisterhood and encouragement.

Here's the schedule: (We are beginning today but you can read an excerpt of the first chapter here.)
Video Chapter 1 Sunday, February 06, 2011
Video Chapter 2 Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Video Chapter 3 Sunday, February 13, 2011
Video Chapter 4 Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Video Chapter 5 Sunday, February 20, 2011
Video Chapter 6 Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Video Chapter 7 Sunday, February 27, 2011
Video Chapter 8 Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Video Chapter 9 Sunday, March 06, 2011
Video Chapter 10 Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Video Chapter 11 Sunday, March 13, 2011
Video Chapter 12 Sunday March 16, 2011

Hope to see you there!

Hot Giveaway from Ann's Bridal Bargains

Weddings can be expensive, if you don't know where to look. I starting planning my wedding in 2007 and one of the first places I came across was Ann's Bridal Bargains. I ordered a catalog and fell in love with the not only the items but the prices as well.

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I didn't actually get married until 2009. Two years, 3 proposals and a bun-in-the-oven later we finally tied the knot at a simple ceremony at city hall. The ceremony itself was planned less than a month in advance and everything last minute. Needless to say I missed out on ordering my wish list from Ann's. I'll be back though when we renew our vows!

Ann's Bridal Bargains has a fabulous giveaway right now on their site ~ A $500 shopping spree AND there is a winner every month!

Rules and how to enter:
No purchase is necessary. This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. This sweepstakes will run on or about November 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011. Winners are randomly selected every month. To enter this sweepstakes and be eligible to win participants are asked to: navigate to the Ann's Bridal website, http://www.annsbridalbargains.com and register as a new Account Member.

Enter today and come back to let me know what some of your favorite items are!

Superbowl Fun-day!

If you're like me, then the only thing the Superbowl does for you, is make you laugh during the commercials. Thankfully, we're not hosting nor going to any parties today - Just us...and Papa Johns! I'm not a football fan but when it comes down to it, I'll root for any Northern team EXCEPT in the case of the Atlanta Falcons! But since that's not the case, I guess I'm with the Steelers then.

Regardless of who you're rooting for today, here's a few fun things to check out today!
 
Vote for your team on Facebook!
Chevrolet wants to know who you're voting for, with their Momentum Meter. Last time I checked the Steelers fans were up by 1,000! If this is your team, vote and keep your lead. If it's not, VOTE VOTE VOTE and get your friends to vote!



Coupon Giveaway

Fingers Crossed!
Papa John's is giving away a free pizza IF the game goes into overtime tonight. You have to be a registered member of their My Papa Points as of yesterday. Get all of the details here

Have fun tonight!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

HOT Deals Today!

Dealpulp: 

TODAY ONLY - $1 for $10 in Dealpulp credits (90% savings!) Plus you can get $5 just for signing up through my link here. ( I will also get $5) 

$15 total in credits for only $1...sounds like a deal to me! This will mean freebies or low cost deals for us later. I will keep you posted!

Groupon:
$10 for $20 at Barnes and Nobles here (in-store and online). Expires in 3 days or when supplies are gone, which will probably be fast. Swagbucks is also offering a rebate of 315 SB's if you go through their site here (first slide on the homepage.) Either way you purchase, this is a great deal!

Mamapedia:

$10 for $20 of Fashionable Flats from Fit in Clouds here. Shipping not included but only $3 flat-rate. Basic styles begin at $19.95 (gold, black, white) and up to $24.95 for the embellished styles (sequins and "diamonds")

Eversave:

This is a little out of budget but includes free shipping.
               

    

      Bath By Riley

Today's Save:Enjoy a luxurious Valentine's gift box - plus free shipping - from Bath by Riley ($50 value)

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 07, 2011

    

Freebie Friday & Follow for Feb. 4th

Welcome to another week of the best freebies and deals available to us this week. This week includes samples, magazines, coupons and more. Note: Some of the samples are provided through referral links. Thanks!

ON TO THE FREEBIES!!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Daily Deals for Feb. 3rd

Groupon: 
Starts at 4pm EST TODAY! $10 for $20 Barnes and Nobles GC. Get the details at http://www.couponlookout.com/groupon-national-deal-this-thursday/.

Mamapedia:

$6 for 1-year of Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine Exclusive ($10 value) here.





DealPulp: 

$16 for an Original NY Style Strawberry Cheesecake from Cheesecake.com ($36.95 Value) here.





Eversave: 



Today's Save: CHOCbite

Today's Save:$35 of personalized chocolate bars from CHOCbite - extra $3 off with promo code CUPID

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 05, 2011


Bonus Save: KaBloom

Last Chance:Brighten up your sweetheart's day with $35 worth of flowers from KaBloom.com

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 03, 2011


Bonus Save: Ice.com

Today's Save:Get a free pearl bracelet and $50 of jewelry at Ice.com this Valentine's Day

Expires 11:59 PM - Feb 04, 2011

New Blogging Schedule

Hi everyone!

The past few weeks have been a little hectic for me, leaving little time to blog. The little one's bronichiolitis is on and off again since Christmas but was really bad when we got back from our anniversary cruise Monday. It's been pretty rough for us, especially at night. (The cruise was wonderful by the way! Pics will go up soon!)

Plus, my laptop screen has a huge black spot that takes up a lot of space on the right side of my little 14inch display (thanks to hubby playing ball in the apartment.) It's an eyesore that will hopefully be fixed in the next month!

To make things a little easier than posting daily, I'm going to posting primarily on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with miscellaneous posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays if I have the time.

Mondays:
Mailbox Check and blog hop
"Making it" - College family life series

Wednesday:
Wordless photo post
Recipe

Friday:
Freebie  post
Product/site reviews (if any available)

Miscellaneous posts:
DIY tips
Interesting articles
Random parenting thoughts
and more!

Plus I will be posting daily deals under $15 and Swagbucks easy deal reminders. These will be a little rough in the first week or so until I find a format I like, so bear with me LOL! If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them! Thanks for your support!

Email me at YoungWifeAndMom {at} gmail {dot} com

Meet Cheryl, Our Feb. Mommy of the Month!

This month's winner is Cheryl from The Real Princess Zaria and Mommy Blog.

Here is her exclusive interview with me...

Tiffany: How long have you been blogging?
Cheryl: I have been blogging for approximately 3 years but just really started taking it seriously within the last year. 
Tiffany: What started you blogging?
Cheryl: I started blogging to to increase brand awareness for my book and products through my website www.princesszaria.com . It started off as something to increase sales but now I do it because it is soooooo fun and my readers love hearing about The Real Princess Zaria.

Tiffany: What is your blog about?
Cheryl: My blog is about my adventures with The Real Princess Zaria (my daughter). I blog about parenting issues, mostly. Sometimes, I blog about current topics like music, FaceBook and Kids. Anything that I think parents and kids would be interested in. My daughter also blogs on the site. Not as frequently because of schoolwork. She blogs about school, homework, friends and what she wants for Christmas.

Tiffany: How do you make your family life more affordable?
Cheryl: I make family life more affordable by shopping at dollar stores. I rarely clip coupons but I do subscribe to money-saving sites such as Free is my Life. We have also started to reduce the amount of time we go out to dinner and movies.

Tiffany: What is a typical day for you? 
Cheryl: I normally wake up about 5:30 am (Before I have to wake Princess Zaria up for school) I need about of me time before the day begins. I usually break out the laptop and check emails. By the way, I have 5 different email accounts. Don't ask why. LOL. I then check my Facebook page and update my statuses. I then begin the process of waking Zaria. Usually ends with me grabbing her by the ankles. She hates getting out of bed:)

Then I fix breakfast and get ready for school. After dropping her off, I work on my HIPPY project. HIPPY is a national non-profit organization. After-which, if I have an event coming up I promote that, consistently. Later, I pick Zaria up from school, cook dinner and help with homework. I'm also in school part-time so then I do my homework and study (usually Zari and I do homework together.)

After getting Zari ready for bed, I visit other blog sites and leave comments as well as working on my blog. If I'm not creating a post, I'm brainstorming about one. Then I do it all over again the next day. By the way, sometime during the day I squeeze in time for my hubby:)

Tiffany: What are your hobbies?
Cheryl: My hobbies are reading and writing

Tiffany: Do you have regular "Me Time" or do you have to snag it whenever you get a chance?
Cheryl: My 'Me' time is usually that small window of time in the morning. I try to treat myself to a movie every now and then.

Tiffany: What has been the toughest parenting issue you've faced?
Cheryl: The toughest parenting issue is juggling. I wear so many hats sometimes it's hard to organize things but I always make time for the most important thing in life and that's family.

Tiffany: What is your best advice to new moms?
Cheryl: My best advice to new moms is cherish every minute. Time goes so fast. You look down in your arms and see a beautiful baby then look up and you are attending a high school graduation. Bask in the special moments.

Tiffany: Just for fun - What celebrity do you have a crush on? 
Cheryl: I have the huge crush on Brian McKnight. My husband is alright with it, though:)

Thanks for the interview Cheryl! 
 
I hope everyone will get the the chance to stop by her blog and say "Hi!" Her blog button is featured on the sidebar the rest of February (plus a few days since its a short month.)   As the winner  of our contest, she has also earned a permanent feature on our M.O.M (Mommy of the Month) Wall of Fame here!

Want to be a featured M.O.M? I will be accepting applications until February 7th!! Enter for March's featured Mommy today. Get all of the details here. February's M.O.M. poll will be posted on the sidebar on Feb. 7th. Remember to vote!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January's Giveaway Winners!

The Goody Bag Winners are:

#3 Alexandra@MommyGlow              &          #10  Chyns2


The Shutterfly Cards winner is: 

#3 Ajhall0628

Thanks to all who entered and congrats to the winners. I hope to have more giveaways soon!

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