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Giveaway Results: One Year’s Supply of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed. We would like to congratulate HEATHER F. (Comment #71) on winning this prize!

I am so excited to share another great giveaway with our readers for a year’s supply of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed! We have shared everything with you from tips on throwing your own orange-themed party to what to keep on hand for all of those holiday guests. Of course, for both of those parties, I recommend adding Minute Maid Pure Squeezed orange juices or orange juice beverages to your must-have list.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a year’s supply of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed. Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know which variety of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed you are interested in trying for your family- No Pulp 100% Orange Juice, No Pulp 100% Orange Juice with Calcium and Vitamin D, Some Pulp 100% Orange Juice, or Light Orange Juice Beverage with Calcium and Vitamin D with 50 calories per 8 fl. oz. serving.

Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of Minute Maid and join the Minute Maid Facebook Page.

Additional Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on what I am up to and future giveaway opportunities with Minute Maid!

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a year’s supply of Minute Maid Pure Squeezed (52 coupons). Please submit your entries by Tuesday (12/06) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

I am a spokesperson for Minute Maid Pure Squeezed and have a relationship with the company. Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers. In full disclosure, the email addresses that are collected for this giveaway will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner(s), and will never be sold or given to anyone. This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. Entries that do not follow the above criterion will automatically be disqualified. This giveaway will close Tuesday, December 6th at 8PM (EST). I’ll announce the first name of the winner(s) that will be added to the top of this current giveaway post and contact the winner(s) by email. I will draw the names of the winner(s) by using the random number generator at Random.org from the eligible entries received. If a winner does not contact me within 72 hours by email, I will draw a new winner. The winner(s) will receive their prize from the PR agency responsible for this giveaway.

 

Giveaway Results: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Stephanie (Commenter #169) on winning this super cool cleaning tool! Please check back for more great giveaways in the future!

It is another great giveaway for our readers that I am so happy to share with you! I am a cleaning tool junkie. That is not to say that my house is fabulously clean, but it is to say that I love a closet full of cleaning tools to make the job easier.  I am particularly obsessed with floor cleaning tools which is why I just know you are going to love this giveaway today!

Shark, a housewares innovator and market leader in the steam cleaning category, has announced an exciting new product that will change the way people clean their hard floors.

The 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam is a first-of-its-kind product that combines a vacuum and a steam mop for two-step functionality, and will significantly impact consumers’ daily cleaning with faster, better and more efficient results. According to tests conducted by Shark, the Vac-then-Steam cleans hard floors up to 120% faster than traditional methods.

Powerful suction picks up even the finest particles from hard floor surfaces, leaving them prepped for mopping. A simple flip of a switch and steam pad attachment allows you to quickly and easily change from vacuum to steam mode.  Super-heated, sanitizing steam combined with microfiber cleaning pads loosens, lifts and locks in dirt, leaving surfaces spotless and eliminates 99% of germs and bacteria – including the viruses that cause H1N1.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam to make cleaning your house a little easier and a lot more fun!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Take a peek at our review of the Shark Vac Than Steam and let us know what is one feature you love about this product and why you need to add it to your cleaning tools arsenal.
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additonal Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on all of our giveaways and articles that we are formulating for the year!
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive the Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam . Please submit your entries by Tuesday (09/28) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Review: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

I am a huge fan of steam cleaning products because of their eco-friendliness and the streak-free shine you can get by not using a lot of products on your home.  I have had a Bissell Steam Mop for a long time and really loved it for my hardwood floors. My only caveat with having the steam mop though was that I had to get out the vacuum and then get out the steam mop when I was done. I wished that there was a product that I could use that would combine the two for storage space and to make the process easier.

Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam is just that. It is a quick vacuum and it also contains the steam mop in one product. I was intrigued how effective this would work, but it is actually very smartly designed. The base of the vacuum has magnetic pieces that line up to the steam mop attachment and it grabs the mop attachment when it is time to switch from vacuum to steam mop without a lot of effort.

With a house full of laminate flooring and tile, I wanted to share with you the pros and cons of this product!

Pros:

  • The steam mop pad stretches the entire base of the vacuum and is attached with Velcro to the head of the vacuum. There is no need to stretch or try to fit the steam mop pads over anything which has been my biggest gripe with my Bissell Steam Mop. It comes with two pads and the pads are reusable and can be thrown in your washer and dryer to clean.
  • The cord on this model is generous and I can do almost my entire kitchen and hallway using the cord without having to unplug and relocate.
  • The functionality on the vacuum is smartly designed for ease of switching from the vacuum to the steam mop. Two separate switches are designed on the panel so you know which one to switch to for cleaning your floors.   You operate the vacuum without the base attachment for the steam function and then when it is time to steam, it magnetically grabs to the bottom and you are ready to go.
  • The steam mop functions beautifully and with ease. It takes roughly thirty seconds for the steam to heat up and then you lean the arm of the vacuum down and push across your floors to steam them. You don’t even have to hold down a trigger to start the steam function; it automatically goes when you have switched to the steam mop.  The steam is not a heavy steam and the steaming is pretty consistent throughout without bubbling or any wet spots on the floors. With heavier spots, it might require another once over, but for the most part the steaming works very effectively!

Cons:

  • The steam mop comes with a separate container and funnel that you use to pour the water into the reservoir in the back. I really did like the separate tank  that my Bissell had because I didn’t have to keep track of extra parts. The reservoir is not very big too, but did do a surprisingly good job with a very little amount of water used. It only took about half the tank to get my entire kitchen and hallway clean.
  • The vacuum is not great- it is definitely a quick vac. This will work beautifully in areas with lesser debris like your bathrooms and maybe a quick vacuuming after the kids are done with lunch, but it seems to struggle picking up larger debris.  I wish it was cordless too because a vacuum like this feels like a charging base would be more ideal for the quick vacuuming under my kitchen tables and requires a bit more effort when a cord is involved.

Other than those two cons though, I am really impressed, particularly with the design of this product. It would make a wonderful addition to your cleaning tools and if you haven’t tried steaming your floors before, I swear that you will never go back to those expensive one-use products!

Suggested Retail Price: $149.00

Website for More Information: Shark 2-in-1 Vac-then-Steam

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: $50 Hallmark.com Gift Card

Sorry! This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate Kelly (Commenter #27) on winning this prize from Hallmark! Congrats, Kelly! We hope you can put this towards something fabulous at Hallmark! A huge thanks to Hallmark for a wonderful giveaway!

Do you guys realize how much I feel like Santa when I get to do giveaways? There is nothing that thrills me more than to share something with all of you. I consider it a company perk! Today I am sharing another fantastic giveaway that I know that you will love.

Hallmark.com is now offering beautifully personalized birth announcements to let the world know all about your family’s new addition! This new line also includes customizable shower invitations, plates and thank you cards – all photo-ready and featuring contemporary new designs. And perhaps the best part? Moms can do it all online! You can pick your favorite design, and customize it with your baby’s photo and personal message. After that, Hallmark will do the rest! From printing the addresses and adding postage to mailing the cards on any date Mom chooses, Hallmark’s got it all under control. What a relief that would have been to me when bringing my little bundles of joy home!

In honor of this beautiful line, you can receive a discount for 20% off of any order from Hallmark.com’s personalized greetings collection (which includes customized greetings birthday, holiday and other special occasions beyond Baby). The coupon code is BABY20.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a $50 Hallmark Gift Card to encourage you to take advantage of the custom personalized invitations and party supplies that the company has to offer.

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know what you would spend your Hallmark gift certificate on. Feel free to browse the site for inspiration and ideas for your shopping excursion!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
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One winner, chosen at random, will receive a $50 Hallmark Gift Card. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (08/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Oneida Chef’s Table Sixteen Piece Dinnerware Set

Sorry, this contest is now closed. Congratulations to DjsGirl (Commenter #383) on winning this beautiful set of dishes. Please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway on MomAdvice and thank you all for entering!

My favorite thing that I get to do on our site is to share giveaways with our readers. Today I am sharing a very exciting giveaway from the Oneida’s new line of Chef’s Table dinnerware. Hurray, for a fancy new set of white dishes!

From whimsy to fanciful, Oneida has something for everyone’s dinner table.  Oneida recently launched its Chef’s Table line of porcelain white dinnerware, which is available in 3 shapes; hard square, soft square and round.   There’s also plenty of entertaining accessories in the line, like serving platters and dipping dishes to accentuate your favorite family dishes.

We had the opportunity to review a set of these dishes and share our thoughts with the company and now we get to give away one set to a lucky reader for a service for four.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a sixteen piece service for four of the Oneida Chef’s Table Dinnerware (valued at $142.00) to encourage your family to gather around the dinner table in style this year! There are four easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know what feature you love about the new Chef’s Table line from Oneida and why this would be perfect in your house!  You can learn even more in our review on the pieces we received!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additonal Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on all of our giveaways and articles that we are formulating for the year!
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogsFor each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a sixteen piece set of Oneida’s Chef’s Table Dinnerware (in your chosen style). Please submit your entries by Tuesday (08/24) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $35 Gift Cards to Jiffy Lube (Free Oil Change!)

Sorry! This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate Angie (Commenter #103) & Stacy (Commenter #113) on winning this great prize! Check back next week for another great giveaway!

I love when I can giveaway a really useful item to a family and what could be more useful than giving someone a gift card to get a free oil change on their car? Few things, I would say!

Since so many families are keeping their vehicles much longer than they used to, maintenance and regular oil changes is essential towards helping keep those rides alive. Jiffy Lube offers a Facebook page where people can visit and join their new community dedicated to celebrating high-mileage vehicles and their drivers, called “Keeping My Ride Alive.” Visitors can cruise the site to browse photos and stories from other high-mileage drivers, and share their own stories and photos. If my readers are half as frugal as I believe you to be, I am quite assured that you all could make a valuable contribution towards that community!

Jiffy Lube offers the Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change to address these needs of high-mileage cars, providing drivers with much more than just an oil and filter change. The service includes changing, inspecting, checking/filling and cleaning key vehicle parts and fluids and offers drivers a quick and convenient way to maintain their vehicle. The Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is a convenient solution that can help drivers preserve the value and longevity of their vehicle.

Lucky for you, today we are offering two lucky readers  a $35 gift card to help them maintain their well-loved cars and to give them a free Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change!  There are three easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Visit the Jiffy Lube “Keeping My Ride Alive,” (feel free to give it a thumbs up if you like it!) and come back here to tell us what mileage category your car would fit under.
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Two winners, chosen at random, will receive a $35 gift card as a special gift to spend towards keeping their ride alive thanks to Jiffy Lube. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (07/27)8PM EST.  Our winners will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $50 Gift Cards to Family Dollar (Two Winners)

Sorry this giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Ali (Commenter #74) and Michelle (Commenter #253) on winning these gift cards. Check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

Oh, how I love to offer fun new giveaways for our readers. This is a big one for my friends out there who love a fantastic deal and would like to do a little shopping for free this summer.

With summer rapidly approaching, busy moms need a one-stop-shop for all of their family vacation needs.  From beach supplies and toys, to diapers and kids clothing, leading value retailer Family Dollar has all the essentials! Family Dollar is also now offering Kidgets, a new stylish yet budget-friendly exclusive line of clothing and accessories for ages newborn through toddler. You can purchase these Family Dollar high quality summer clothing for a lot less than many other retailers.

You can also check Family Dollar out at www.facebook.com/myfamilydollar for more information and news on upcoming contests and promotions!

Today we are offering two lucky readers  a $50 Family Dollar gift card to help towards their summer stock-up shopping! There are three easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Please tell us what you would put your $50 Family Dollar gift card towards or one item you love to stock-up on in their store!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Two winners, chosen at random, will receive a $50 Family Dollar gift card as a special gift to spend towards those summer essentials. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (06/22)8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $50 Moody Mama Maternity Wardrobe Piece

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. We would like to congratulate Karen (Commenter #84) on winning a new maternity piece from Moody Mama! Thank you all for entering and please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway!

When I was pregnant, I would have given anything to have had cute maternity clothes that would have still fit within my budget. The choices now are so amazing and I am excited to offer one mommy-to-be a fantastic addition to her maternity wardrobe. The most exciting part is that this line is now available at Target, a store that just about anyone has available to them!

The Moody Mamas spring line of maternity clothes hits the virtual racks this week at Target and you don’t want to miss it—these fashionable new styles are sure to sell out!  With a devout following of hot Hollywood mamas that includes Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Bethenny Frankel, Moody Mamas’ colorful spring capsule collection will make every expectant mom look as sexy and chic as our celebrity clients.  Each piece is inspired by the runway, from easy maxi dresses to adorable chiffon trim knit dresses. All of our styles are made from luxurious fabrics that give every Moody Mamas piece the feel of relaxing loungewear.  Start expanding your spring wardrobe today! The collection is limited in quantity, affordably priced from $39.99 – $44.99, and extends into plus sizes.  To shop the collection, click here to visit Target.

In honor of their capsule collection with Target, Moody Mamas is offering  our readers a chance to win a Moody Mamas item valued at $50 or more. They are also giving all of our readers discount code (MMDiscount) to receive 30% off any one item on the site. In order to win a piece from the Moody Mamas collection please enter the contest below…

Giveaway Guidelines:

  • Visit the Moody Mamas Target collection and leave a comment here on two or three of your favorite pieces. This is a mandatory first entry. After completing this mandatory first entry method, you can gain additional entries by doing any or all of the following (but be sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do):
  • For an additional entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • For other additional entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogssubscribe to my article feed. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment. and you can even

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a Moody Mamas item valued at $50 or more.  Please submit your entries by Tuesday (05/11) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: The Versatile Sears Gift Card

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Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenters #284 & #156 on winning these gift cards. Happy Holidays, everyone!

When I was asked if I would like to go on a shopping spree with a $200 Sears Gift Card for the holidays, I could not agree fast enough. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to shop for for free? Lucky for me, this card can not only be used at Sears, but I could take it over to Kmart to get even more holiday shopping done. Our stores just happen to be on the same road so I hit the main drag to get the rest of my holiday shopping done.

At Kmart I was able to purchase three beautiful scarves for only $6.49 each (for my fashionista sister-in-law), beautiful dishtowels from the Country Living line for hostess gifts, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game for my nephew, and two Thomas movies with wooden trains for my other nephew (for only $5 each!)

On my stop to Sears, I swung by the clearance section and found two beautiful digital frames to send to the grandparents for only $69.99. They held 3,000 pictures and could store even more with an additional memory card. I ran right home and loaded them both with oodles of pictures of their grandchildren as a special holiday gift that will be remembered for years to come. My out-of- pocket expenses after all of this shopping… a mere $5.50. I am so proud of the gifts that I chose and was blown away with the variety of items I was able to choose from with this gift card.

There were so many budget-friendly choices and the versatility of being able to shop with at so many different stores is what makes this gift card so unique. I was able to pick out gifts in every price range and saw so many more gifts that I could get next year. Beautiful chunky sweaters on clearance, perfumes and cologne, jewelry, cashmere throws, fashion accessories, and tons of toys & games all could be purchased with just one card. Unbelievable!

Holiday Gift CardThe Sears & Kmart gift card is redeemable at Sears,on Sears.com , Kmart, on Kmart.com, Lands End, and LandsEnd.com! All of these combined offer such a wide variety of brands for you to choose from, which most single-retailer gift cards don’t provide.

I wouldn’t just tell you about my amazing shopping experience though, I just had to share this great shopping experience with you. Today we are giving away TWO $50 Sears/Kmart gift cards that you can use towards your holiday shopping. To enter, please share with us one way you would maximize this gift card to tackle the remainder of your holiday shopping. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/22) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

This product was received as a review sample. The thoughts and opinions expressed will always be honest and heartfelt and no reflection on receiving a sample copy.  We promise to always do our best to also give away each of these products to our readers because it is always better to give than to receive!  Want to know more about how things are handled here at MomAdvice? Be sure to read our Disclaimer which clearly states how things work and know that we will always offer only the best reviews to our readers.

Giveaway Results: Webkinz Jr.

webkinz jrSorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Janet (Commenter #46) on winning this holiday giveaway! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Do you have a child between the ages of three to six that would love to join the world of Webkinz? We have some great news for these parents because Webkinz now makes a line of Webkinz Jr products with just these children in mind.

Discover the most huggable plush pets you’ll ever love and a friendly world of imaginative interactive play—just for kids ages 3 to 6.

There’s so much to do at webkinzjr.com:

Age-appropriate play and activities

Fun new characters to guide your child as they explore

You can set the level at which your child plays

Parent Area to register pets and review your child’s progress

So many places to visit in our neighborhood:

Home, with cozy rooms and lots to do

School, our Acorn Academy, is full of interactive activities

Park, with Ranger Kenny helping you play hide–and-seek, tag and more

Caring Center, Playhouse and W Shop, too

That is just a taste of what one of these lovely little Webkinz Jr plush toys offers! Who wouldn’t want one of these wrapped up beneath their Christmas tree this year?

Today we are giving away a Webkinz Jr to one lucky reader! To enter to win, read our review of this fun product and then come back here and tell us why your child (or you) would love one of these. Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/15) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!