Saturday, October 18, 2014

ToysRUs: FREE LEGO Bat Signal Event Today (10/18)



Head's up for LEGO fans! If you have a Toys”R”Us near you, head on over there TODAY, 10/18, from 12-2PM for a fun and FREE LEGO Bat Signal mini building event! Kids ages 9 and up will be able to build and take home their free LEGO craft. Plus, you'll get a FREE LEGO Bricktober set with your construction purchase of $75 or more! A new set will is being offered each week through November 1st.

Also, if you have a baby born in 2014, you may also want to check out the Baby's First Halloween event at Babies R'Us today from 10am-11am.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shutterfly: 10 FREE Personalized Cards (Just Pay Shipping)


Shutterfly Free Stuff

Happy to share a fantastic free offer from Shutterfly today! :)

Now through October 20th, you can score 10 FREE Personalized Greeting Cards at Shutterfly! Just enter the promo code GREETINGS at your checkout. You can choose from 6×8, 5×7, 5×5, or 4×8 flat, 5×7 folded, 5×7 trifold or 3/4 folded cards.  Offer is available for new and existing customers. Note that you’ll have to pay shipping which will vary based on your order. I tested this on (10) 5×7 cards and my shipping charge was $5.99. Still a great deal for high quality, personalized greeting cards to help me get a holiday head start!

I've ordered my greeting cards here in the past and I highly recommend them for great service and superb products!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Makes You Feel Beautiful For?


"What makes you feel beautiful for?" 

That question is something that we all have a different answer for. I know it's a cliché, but I do believe that physical beauty is subjective and is something that is unique to each one of us. The reality is, I am imperfect. We all are. I can honestly say that although I try to be as presentable as possible when I go out, I won't always look chic, or have perfect, made up face and hair. Some days, I'm fine with just my hair gathered up in a ponytail with my comfiest jeans and shirt when I go out. Believe it or not, I feel perfectly fine with that.

Me in between my sister Lourdes on the left and my cousin Lucille on the right - who are both beautiful to me in the 'real' sense of the word! 

Now that I've become more mature as a mom, wife and as an individual, I realize that the power to feel beautiful comes from within me. To me, nothing warms my heart and makes me feel beautiful than a warm hug or a cheerful smile from either one of my little boys, or a surprise, tender kiss from my husband. Even our pet cat Oscar makes me feel beautiful whenever he stares at me and then suddenly jumps on me and lazily lays on my lap! :) 

True, I have my moments of weakness.. but who doesn't? Everyday, we're bombarded with images of perfectly svelte supermodel bodies, of what's the "latest" in fashion so we buy more stuff, or of how to avoid fashion faux pas (that God knows we all commit on a daily basis)... I mean, as busy moms who hardly ever have the time to go to the salon or shop for the latest "cool" clothes. I'm sure I'm not alone in my thoughts that busy moms (or any busy person no matter what her/his career is) face the same challenges. These things and more.. make us feel anxious or less confident about the way we look. Thus, feeling "not beautiful enough".

Enjoying the beautiful red rock mountains!  (Sedona, Arizona- February 2010)

But only when I've learned to stop and thought about what really matters to me - the love and affection of family, the loyalty of friends who mean a lot to me, or in those moments when I show kindness and compassion to someone and know that I made a difference in that person's life and vice versa, noticing the beautiful in simple things around me, gracefully accepting my own flaws and imperfections. To me, those are who and some of the things that inspire me to embrace my unique beauty and make me feel beautiful for.  So even when I don't look perfect in the outside, it's about how I feel in the inside. And I know that I'm beautiful, no matter how I look any day. I truly believe that it's very important to see the beauty in myself so I can inspire my own children to feel the same about themselves. 



That's why I was so excited to share Dollar General and Dove's partnership in helping us celebrate Real BeautyBoth brands believe that examples of unique beauty are all around us and deserve to be rewarded!  So for this reason, they are offering a nice deal on Dove and Vaseline products between now through 10/19! Just stop into your local Dollar General store to instantly save $2 when you spend $7 on any Dove or Vaseline products in-store! 

So, what makes you feel beautiful for? Do you also believe that beauty is a state of mind? Please share!

*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Global Influence Network for Dove and Dollar General.  I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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*TODAY ONLY* Cute Two-Tone Infinity Scarves, Only $9.95 Each with FREE Shipping



Today's fab deal from Cents Of Style is a super cute Two-Tone Knit Infinity Scarf for only $9.95 which already includes FREE Shipping!


You can choose from five different colors – teal, pale pink, gray, green/yellow and pink. But hurry, this offer is valid TODAY ONLY (10/15/14) or while supplies last! These infinity scarves are perfect now that we're really starting to feel the cooler Fall air!

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What's Your Astrological Power Color?


Your color-coded horoscope

What's Your Astrological Power Color?
This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article
Even if you don't check your astrological horoscope daily, you know that your zodiac sign uncannily matches your personality. Bring out the best qualities of your sign with these power colors.

See the color that matches your zodiac sign.        

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Chipotle: $3 Burrito, Bowl, Salad or Tacos On Halloween If You Come Dressed in a Costume



Love Chipotle?  Then head to a Chipotle restaurant location near you on Halloween, Friday, October 31st, between 5PM to close, and show up dressed in a Halloween costume and you can snag a $3 burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos! Plus, if you take a photo of yourself in costume at Chipotle on Halloween, upload it to Twitter or Instagram and tag it with #CHIPOTLEBOORITOCONTEST, you'll be entered to win a $2,500 check or a card redeemable for Chipotle Catering for 20 people. Sounds like fun! :)

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Hungry Howie's: FREE Small Cheese Pizza



If you're near a Hungry Howie's restaurant, you might want to snag this deal! Right now, they are offering a coupon for one FREE small cheese pizza, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Just go "Like" Hungry Howie's on Facebook and enter your name, email address and chosen restaurant location here to score your coupon via email. There is a limit of one coupon per household and you must use the coupon before close of business hours of your chosen location on October 16th, 2014. 

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THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR New Movie Trailer



20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation has just launched a NEW trailer for the highly anticipated action-comedy, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, which is hitting theaters everywhere on NOVEMBER 26, 2014 in 3D! Featuring the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich, you can watch the hilarious new trailer here

SYNOPSIS:  

Super spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched.  Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.  These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind.  Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

For more details, you can go to the THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR's official site or on Facebook.

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FREE Redbox DVD Rental - Today Only!

Today only, Redbox.com is offering up a FREE 1-day DVD rental, or you can get $1.20 off a game or Blu-ray rental, when you enter the promo code 5HNB7612 at your checkout, or on the Redbox Mobile app. This code may also be valid at your local Redbox kiosk. Note that Blu-ray rental discounts may vary based on local pricing.

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"Trick or Treat" at IHOP: FREE Scary Face Pancakes For Kids 12 and Under on Halloween #ScaryFacePancakes



On Halloween Day, October 31st, from 7am to 10pm, participating IHOP® Restaurants nationwide are offering families a safe place to celebrate Halloween. Kids ages 12 and under will get a free Scary Face Pancake. Each order comes with one of IHOP restaurants’ world famous buttermilk pancakes decorated with a beaming whipped topping smile and eyes, and a strawberry nose. Then, kids can use a kit of delicious toppings-- eight pieces of sweet candy corn and two mini Oreos®--to finish decorating the face any way they choose.

For more details on this offer, go to the IHOP Facebook page.  Also, be sure to call your local IHOP Restaurant to confirm their participation.

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How Pear and Johnsonville Are Helping Me Raise Cash Donations For My Charity #JohnsonvilleSponsors


According to the National Alliance To End Homelessness, the pool of people at risk of homelessness, those in poverty, those living with friends and family, and those paying over half of their income for housing, has remained high despite improvements in unemployment and the overall economy in the U.S.  


Most families become homeless because of some unforeseen financial crisis - a medical emergency, a car accident, a death in the family - that prevents them from being able to hold on to housing. Usually, homeless families require rent assistance, housing placement services, job assistance, and other short-term, one-time services before being able to return to independence and stability.


I have seen homelessness becoming more prevalent around our community. So I was more than glad to know that Johnsonville - the No. 1 national brand of brats, Italian sausage, smoked-cooked links and fresh breakfast sausage links, is offering apparel and charity sponsorship programs on Pear

If you've never heard of Pear before, it 's a new (and free) online service that makes sponsorship easy for groups and events of all shapes and sizes to find a sponsor and easily raise up to $1,000 or more! Donations can come from a national brand (like Johnsonville) or local business near you and they support your group, event or charity by donating custom shirts, cash donations, products and services or food and catering.  


So to see for myself how Pear works and because I truly am a proud supporter of organizations that help end homelessness, I personally created a Pear sponsorship page for my local charity: SERVE Family Shelter.  It's a division of Northern Virginia Family Service created to help individuals and families address a variety of needs related to housing and homelessness prevention in my own community. 


I was really impressed about how easy and quick it was (took only a few minutes!) to create a sponsorship page for my charity.  It even automatically showed a $0.25 raised from Johsnonville just by me creating the page. Then, I just performed other easy tasks while I was logged on to both my Pear and Facebook accounts, such as giving Johnsonville (my sponsor) a "Like" on their Facebook page, subscribing to their newsletter, sharing a photo of my fave Johnsonville recipe on Facebook and more, and because of those tasks,  I was able to raise up to $11! How cool is that???!  

Need to know how Pear works and how you too, can help raise cash donations, apparel, food and catering or service for your own group, event or charity? Just watch the short how-to video below to easily create your own sponsorship page on Pear. It' so easy and it feels so great to be able to offer support to something you believe in without it costing you a dime. If you got a little time to support your group, event or charity, then I say, go and create your own Pear support page! 

Or, if you'd rather not create your own sponsorship page, please be kind and support my charity here. It only takes a few minutes and you'll be glad you did, as that would mean a lot to many homeless individuals and families in my community. The holiday gift-giving season is coming up soon, so why not make this a part of your charity? Remember, this is 100% free and supporting my charity (or your own if you have one) just means you are connecting with Johnsonville online, and you are not donating cash.


*Hip Mama's Place Disclosure: "This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Global Influence Network for Johnsonville.  I was compensated for this review post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own".

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Free People "Boho Chic" Sale Up to 55% Off!


If you love boho chic (bohemian style), I'm sure you've shopped at Free People before. Right now, they're having a huge sale at Zulily - everything featured on the site is 55% off! 



Go here to browse around!  Love the Ivory Floral Stretch Lace Top and the price is just right!

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