Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shutterfly "Thank the Troops" Card Campaign

With over 1.5 million troops serving our nation, there are so many people we could be thanking this holiday season. Our soldiers put themselves in harms way and are often away from their families, including during the holidays when you and I are (hopefully) together with ours.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{Not So} Wordless Wednesday: Happy Halloween!

Here is our costume this year. Very original if I do say so myself. Basically, I found an Olympic suit clearanced in August on Amazon for $1.50!! Then I found a cheap leotard, cute iron-on design, Dollar Tree tights to make it a gymnast underneath. Then, I made the blue & black ribbon hair tie with scrap ribbon, elastic band and my hot glue gun. The Olympic pin, I won from the Pantene giveaway making it a little more authentic in my book.
 
We've received so many compliments from local Halloween events this weekend. Hope you like it!




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Free Car Seat Cover!!

So I've shied away from posting a lot of deals on here but this one was too good not to share. It seems like everyone around me from friends to family, are expecting meaning mulitple baby showers are in my future. Mamasource has a great deal today - a voucher to get a free stylish baby car seat cover from Carseat Canopy! This is a 49.95 value! There are cute designs for both boys and girls.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Shutterfly Holiday Cards & Giveaway!

I spent this week taking our daughter to fun places around town, many of which involved pumpkin patches. It's crazy that the year has flown by. This month it's Halloween. Next month, Thanksgiving. And then Christmas!!

Personalized Christmas Cards are an annual tradition since the birth of our daughter. For us they show our families and friends how our growing family, and a way to say we miss you. As always  I turn to my favorite photo store, Shutterfly. I'm a proud returning customer of 4 years, since we first made my daughter's birth announcements. They're a family fave and I recommend them to all my friends throughout the year.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Denny's Build You Own Burgers & Shakes

I find that one of the hardest part of being a mom and wife, is cooking dinner every night. The task gets especially harder if you have picky eaters. (Yes, I do include husbands in this category as well.)

Denny's has created a "Build Tour Own" Menu for burgers and shakes with options for almost any picky eater. These burgers start at just $6.99 at my local Denny's and only $3.79 for the shakes! 

There are 37 different ingredients to build your perfect burger:
  • Patty - Beef, Veggie, Grilled Chicken Breast or Turkey
  • Base - Sesame Seed, Whole Wheat, Grilled Potato or Cheddar
  • Cheese - American, Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella
  • Toppings - Too many to list but 15 regular and 9 premium yummy toppings!!
I can't imagine trying to cook that at home!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

She's Got Issues Book & DVD Curriculum Book Tour:

As a woman, it is really hard sometimes to admit that I'm flawed in some areas.  We all know we're flawed, we just don't talk about it. We dance around the subject in arguments with our signification others and wrestle with it ourselves but do we ever really get down to the real issues? I want to share with you a new Christian book, "She's Got Issues: Seriously good news for stressed -out, secretly scared control freaks like us" by Nicole Unice. 

I never thought I had issues. My husband might have mentioned it a time or two, but it never clicked in my head, or heart until I started reading Nicole's book. I'd seen the symptoms in other women, but not in myself. I've officially accepted my place in the She's-Got-Issues-Club and as Nicole says "I'm in good company." Nicole takes us through the five ordinary issues that plague our lives and relationships - control, insecurity, comparisons  fear, anger along with unforgiveness. Though, you may not experience issues in all of the areas, some more than others may resonate with the reader. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beautiful Fall Flowers

My mother has a fall birthday. In a few weeks to be exact and when thinking of what to send her, flowers come to mind. I always find the flower selection for this time of year so beautiful. The reds, oranges, yellows, darker pinks and purple hues compliment the season. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Month, #New Coupons!!

Here are the hottest printable coupons available right now. Check out the list and print the ones that will help stretch your grocery budget. These are arranged by coupon site and item type.

Please note that at the time of posting, these coupons are available to print. Really hot coupons may not last long. Hurry to get yours!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with coupon sites, meaning I will receive compensation for referring people their way and/or coupon prints. 
FEATURED COUPONS

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$0.50 off ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios cereal$0.50 off ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios cereal

Hot New Free Book Rewards Program!!

For my book lovers, there's a great new rewards program from Tyndale House Publishers, where you can earn free books & Bibles! I just recently joined their blogger program and was excited to see them offer this to everyone as well. Join though my link here and get 25 points to start off with! Prizes start at 50 points!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Appreciation Giveaway!

October YWM Logo
We had a great turnout for the Shutterfly giveaway (winner announced on widget) and have passed 450 fans on Facebook and over 1,050 followers on Twitter. Thanks for connecting with me on these social networks! Stay around and see what more I have to offer. The more fans and followers we have, the more opportunities I get to share with you.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Five Question Friday #5QF

Happy Friday everyone! Well, my husband went back to work this week from his ACL surgery. It seems like when he's home, I can't get anything done, lol. Anyways, here are this week's Q&A's!

1. Do you prefer to drive to your vacation spot or fly?
YWM: I prefer to drive. We're roadtrippers. On our last move from GA to TX we drove 13 hours each way to scout our new home, even though my husband's company would have reimbursed us for plane tickets. We drove 8 hours to Miami from Atlanta for our cruise to the Bahamas. Sometimes we will just hop in the car and drive a few hours and explore a new area. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today's Hot #Coupon List!

Here are the hottest printable coupons available right now. Check out the list and print the ones that will help stretch your grocery budget. These are arranged by coupon site and item type.

Please note that at the time of posting, these coupons are available to print. Really hot coupons may not last long. Hurry to get yours!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with coupon sites, meaning I will receive compensation for referring people their way and/or coupon prints. 

  FEATURED COUPONS


$0.50 off one Flatout Thin Crust Pizza$0.50 off one Flatout Thin Crust Pizza

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Freschetta® Pizza & Breast Cancer Awareness


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Freschetta® pizza team are spreading awareness through their new campaign - The Strength of 1™. Their mission is to inspire everyone to realize that one person - any one - can make a difference in this fight against breast cancer. The campaign sponsors Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization whose focus is on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support to high-risk individuals. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mommy Meme Monday

Happy Monday! I love this meme I found via Facebook
"Real talk, don't mess with my kids!! Mama bear does NOT play!"

Thanks for sharing, Kiboomu!



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Save School Memories (& Money) w/Shutterfly Yearbooks


School is back in full swing and new memories are being made. Have you started getting yearbook notices from the school yet? My mom has already received one for my brother in middle school and it was for $40!! We were really blown away by it. As I've previously shared with you here, my high school yearbook cost that much! (And I wasn't too impressed with it either.)

Wordless Wed: #DisneyOnTheRoad Houston!

The Disney Social Media Moms on the Road event at the
Westin Oaks Hotel in Houston, TX on Sept. 12
Awesome experience and...my first swag bag!!




Giveaway Winners!!

Sorry for the delay in picking winners. If you haven't been following on FB or Twitter, my husband had ACL reconstruction surgery last Tuesday and our days have been a blur. Here's what you've been waiting for:

The winner of the$75 to 39DollarGlasses.com is...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And the winners of a copy of Mommy Mixology are...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ladies, check your emails for info on how to claim your prize.

If you didn't win this time, please stick around for our giveaway bash. I'm getting together multiple prizes that (I hope) could help you with the holiday season. More details to come!



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rock 'n Learn with LeapFrog!

A few weeks ago, my family was invited and selected to host a  LeapFrog Touch Magic™ "Rock ‘n Learn" Party! We were so excited and decided to invite over the children from my mom's night out group. This was a great way to get our kids together to play and for the moms to chit chat while learning about LeapFrog's new Touch Magic™  product line.

LeapFrog provided us with a party host kit containing two (2) Touch Magic™ Rockin' Guitars, one (1) Touch Magic™ Learning Bus, branded invites, activity sheets, product information sheets, award certificates and coupons towards LeapFrog products. My daughter couldn't wait to get into the goodies when the box arrived.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to School with 39DollarGlasses.com: Review + Giveaway!

For many families, the kids are getting ready to go back to school, if they haven't started already. It's also the time of year when many get new glasses for themselves or their children. Glasses can be very expensive, especially if you don't have vision insurance. I was contacted by a discount eye-wear company called 39DollarGlasses.com to see if I would be interested in doing a review of their site and discount glasses. I had never purchased anything like it online before.

My glasses out of the case
Just as the name indicates, prices for complete glasses start at $39. There is such a great selection of glasses that it really was hard to pick my favorite one. I finally chose the Gramercy in black. They arrived within the next week and looked awesome! I've been wearing them for about 2 weeks now and they fit comfortably. What I like most about these glasses are that they have Transitions lenses, an add-on made available to you at a discounted price! I have to wear my glasses all day, everywhere I go so sunglasses are not an option for me. The total price of these glasses with the Transitions add-on were significantly LESS than I paid for a pair of "on sale" glasses with regular lenses at a department store! I did not realize that it could be so affordable. So parents you can find affordable Transitions lenses for yourself and your family. If transitions are not for you, they also carry a great line of discounted sunglasses as well.

Mommy Mixology: A Cocktail for Every Calamity! Review + Giveaway!

"Sitcom housewives like June Cleaver and Carol Brady made mothering look like a constant joy, but most moms know the reality is far from simple. Getting through the motherhood years will take a good sense of humor and a few cocktails..."

One of my favorite things about going out with my mommy group, besides the adult conversation and time away from the kids, are the drinks! It's one of the few times, I get to relax and enjoy an adult beverage without my child asking "what's that?!" Motherhood is definitely different than I had thought it would be but even more of a blessing than I ever imagined. Needless to say there are times when I feel like I could pull my hair out, and now thanks to this new book I know "there's a drink for that!"

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#Wordless Wednesday: Rocking Out!

We hosted a LeapFrog Party this weekend. 
May daughter was really shy while everyone was there, afterwards she didn't hold back.
Here's a pic of her rocking out after the party!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Five Question Friday #5QF

This week I celebrated my 25th birthday!! And the week just seemed to fly by after that. 
Here are this week's Q&A's!

1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be?
YWM: I would be a Supreme Court Justice, helping to decide the major issues facing us today. It's the ultimate job and you have it for life. I actually visited the building once (on the weekend) but wasn't able to get there during the week for a tour. I'll have to post the pic later.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Make Your Own Sodas with "The Artisan Soda Workshop" Book

My absolute favorite drinks are sodas, with cola in the number one spot. I often wish there were a way to still drink my cola without all of the artificial ingredients. Natural brands in the stores are so expensive and the artificially flavored brands are cheaper. What do you do? Many are turning to making their own soda at home! With the invention of several hot soda making appliances such as the SodaStream, it's become much easier to do so. Buying the syrups for them can get costly too though, so why not make them yourself!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wed: The YWM Turned 25!!

Yesterday, I celebrated my 25th birthday with a great dinner!



Monday, August 20, 2012

Today's Hot #Coupon List!

Here are the hottest printable coupons available right now. Check out the list and print the ones that will help stretch your grocery budget. These are arranged by coupon site and item type.

Please note that at the time of posting, these coupons are available to print. Really hot coupons may not last long. Hurry to get yours!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with coupon sites, meaning I will receive compensation for referring people their way and/or coupon prints. 

  FEATURED COUPONS

$1.00 off when you buy any ONE (1) package of KRAFT Singles$1.00 off when you buy any ONE (1) package of KRAFT Singles

Mommy Meme Monday

Here's a little parenting and marriage humor from around the web to help get us through our Mondays.

Today's funny, but true meme:

Anyone else feel this way today?


Friday, August 17, 2012

The Young Mom Work Struggle

Now that we're settled into our new home in a new city and state, I've decided to get back out there and find a job in my desired field - law. Let me preface this by saying I have a bachelors degree in criminal justice but as it relates to law, you can have any undergraduate degree when entering law school. Mid-way through my undergrad I decided that law school is not an option, now or anytime in the foreseeable future. Not only is the cost way too much (I graduated with NO DEBT and not planning to have any in this lifetime) but the job market is not as good as it was when I began college. Most of the jobs are going to paralegals, whose training is much more realistic for me.

So it was decided that I would pursue a career as a paralegal. Not really what I'd imagined as a child, but neither was being a lawyer. I'd only come to that decision by being told that an artist is not an acceptable career - but that's neither here nor there. I love law.

Five Question Friday #5QF

TGIF! I had a disappointing start to the week that just threw off completely, but it's Friday, I have my cup of tea and  it's time for 5QF!! Here are this week's Q&A's!


1. What's the one thing you buy every time you walk into the store?
YWM: A coke at checkout. I deserve a little treat after all my planning, shopping and saving on our groceries. 

2. If you had a day all to yourself how would you spend it?
YWM: I spend enough time at home on a regular basis so I'd go to the spa, hair salon, mall and relaxxxxx!

UPDATED - New #Coupons!!

*UPDATED - New coupons have been added to the list and are highlighted in pink.* Here are the hottest printable coupons available right now. Check out the list and print the ones that will help stretch your grocery budget. These are arranged by coupon site and item type.

Please note that at the time of posting, these coupons are available to print. Really hot coupons may not last long. Hurry to get yours!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with coupon sites, meaning I will receive compensation for referring people their way and/or coupon prints. 
FEATURED COUPONS

$1.00 off 1 IHOP at Home Hearty Breakfast Bowl$1.00 off 1 IHOP at Home Hearty Breakfast Bowl

$1.00 off 2 HORMEL COMPLEATS kid meals$1.00 off 2 HORMEL COMPLEATS kid meals

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Our Hair Journey Plus DIY Recipe

I wanted a little boy. Selfishly so. Just so I wouldn't have to do his hair like I would with a girl. I'm bi-racial, black and white, while my husband is black. Knowing my own struggles with my hair and my lack of knowledge concerning black hair, I was so hoping the ultrasound said boy. With a boy, the hair responsibility would fall on my husband. 

God had a sense of humor and blessed us with a girl anyway.

Sponsored: New $5 Gift Certificates at Restaurant.com!


I've blogged about how much my family loves Restaurant.com, with our most recent use at a local Mexican restaurant that was so yummy with a great atmosphere. I have used their $10 Dining Certificates by myself on evening outings with the ladies in my mom group. 

I'm happy to post that now restaurant.com is offering $5 Dining Certificates, perfect for lunch! Restaurant.com's $5 Dining Certificate is only $2 (a savings of 60%!) These are great for having lunch with a friend, coworker, mom's group or even just a quiet lunch by yourself. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

#Wordless Wednesday: The Birthday Girl!!

Our Princess turned 3 on Sunday.
Here she is enjoying her free scoop of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream!



Monday, August 6, 2012

Sponsored: Oregon Chai Twitter Party!!

Just like my mom, I LOVE tea! It's become part of my morning ritual, just as it was and still is hers. A little cup prepares me for the long day ahead. Oregon Chai, one of my favorite brands, is hosting a Twitter Party on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 5-6 PT!! This is your chance to win some great prizes including a Kindle Fire, plus the opportunity to chat with other fans.

Checkout this post from their Facebook page:
Starting tomorrow, We’re offering one lucky Facebook fan the chance to win a $5,000 Chai-scape makeover for their backyard. As an extra bonus, 1,000 fans who enter will get a chic Oregon Chai Iced Chai Tumbler. Check out the “Chai-scape Your Backyard” Facebook tab tomorrow to learn more: http://www.facebook.com/oregonchai

Sponsored: Safety for Students

Master Lock SafeSpace™ Laptop Lock
Theft is everywhere these days: online and offline and our students are the most at risk. With school right around the corner, it's best to be proactive and protect your items before anything happens.

Tips for keeping your stuff safe this year:

  • Never leave anything unattended. Not even to step out for the bathroom, a quick phone call, nothing!! Take it with you if possible.
  • If you have to leave it, lock it up. Laptop locks are awesome if you are working on something and need to step out for a second.
  • Get the SSN's from your big ticket items- This is the first thing you're asked for in the event that electronics, bikes and other expensive items are stolen. They are typically engraved or labeled somewhere on the item. Take a few minutes and write them down in a safe place.
  • Take photos of your items - These are also handy if they go missing. 
  • Put your name on it - Crooks tend to like things that aren't labeled. It's easier to pass off as theirs. There are some really nice ones you can order with a tracking # on it just in case they get lost.

For more safety tips and information from Masterlock, check them out on Facebook here.

Disclosure: I am entering a contest for a Master Lock back-to-school prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club. This post serves as my entry.


Mommy Meme Monday

This is a new type of post here on the YWM blog - A little parenting and marriage humor from around the web to help get us through our Mondays.

Today's funny, but true meme:




Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo,
 PhD, MS, PT
 

Being a parent definitely has some stressful moments. For some, the stress seems constant. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT offers her top tips for happier moms. And if you're like me, I need all the help I can get to ease mine. As they saying goes, a happy mom means a happy family (for the most part.)
  1. Jump on the bed: dance around the house, race your kids to the car.  Any type of exercise will boost your happiness
  2. Be assertive: don’t wait for your children or partner to ask how they can help.  Delve out the responsibilities
  3. Be grateful for all that you do and all the positives in your life.  Research shows that gratitude is the quickest and longest lasting way to achieve happiness

I was so intrigued by these tips that I reached out and requested to review her latest book, "A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness." This best selling book aims to help not only moms who are struggling, but everyone who is struggling with happiness. So dads, you haven't been left out! Dubbed the "Head Coach for Happiness," she's received praise by Shaq, and it's right there on the front cover (sports fans can appreciate this. We did!)

Five Question Friday #5QF

TGIF! Here are today's Q&A's!

1. What is a must in a hotel room?
YWM: A great view. Nothing like having a beautiful room with nothing to look at outside. Two out of our three past two stays had a great view of downtown Atlanta and downtown Austin!

2. Which Olympic event would you be best at?
YWM: Track. Most of my day is spent chasing after my child and speed cleaning.

3. What's your stance on the Chick-fil-A subject?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mommy Meme Monday

This is a new type of post here on the YWM blog - A little parenting and marriage humor from around the web to help get us through our Mondays.

Today's funny, but true meme:



Friday, July 27, 2012

Five Question Friday #5QF {NEW!}

I just saw this and thought it would be fun to join in.

1. What is the funniest thing you saw on Facebook/twitter this week?
YWM: Hmmm...I've hidden most of my friends with nonsense from my timeline. I did find myself laughing at some of the meme's and someecards. Love those!

2. What is your favorite Olympic event?
YWM: Gynmastics. If only I were that toned and flexible. Sigh...

3. Do your kids to chores around the house? If so, what are they and how old are the children? Do they get paid for them?
YWM: Our almost-three-year-old is responsible for picking up her toys. She gets paid with stickers. One for cleaning up her room and another for the closet.

Hot #Coupon List!

Here are the hottest printable coupons available right now. Check out the list and print the ones that will help stretch your grocery budget. These are arranged by coupon site and item type.

Please note that at the time of posting, these coupons are available to print. Really hot coupons may not last long. Hurry to get yours!
Disclosure: I am an affiliate with coupon sites, meaning I will receive compensation for referring people their way and/or coupon prints. 
FEATURED COUPONS

Buy (1) McCain® Sweet Potato Fries, Save $1.00.
Expires 8/8/2012.

Buy (1) McCain® Sweet Potato Fries, Save $1.00. Expires 8/8/2012.


Giveaway Winners!

This week, we had two great giveaways end and it's time to announce the winners!

The winner of the "Tooth Fairy 2" DVD is...
 Connie G.!
(already claimed)



   Jeni M!
(contacting now)

Remember,  YW&M readers have a special coupon code to purchase Joyce's book at a discounted price. Use coupon code "YWM"  at checkout to get your copy for only $10!! Expires Saturday, August 4th at 10 p.m. Click here to visit Business Idea Guide for Moms.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more giveaways!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

#Wordless Wed: #Moms Night Out

Berryhill Baja Grill w/my moms group

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