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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.

Review: Lands’ End Sport Squall Parka & How You Can Help the Homeless!

Lands' End Sport Squall ParkaWe received a fantastic Lands’ End Sport Squall Parka coat to review and once again, I am impressed with the products that Lands’ End offers. I had bought a bulky winter coat for my son, but we were dealing with the same issues every single day that he wore it. Any mother, I am sure,  knows what I am talking about. With bulky coats there were always two difficulties- the difficulties with fitting the seat belt around the giant coat and booster seat, the other issue being that it was difficult to fit a backpack nicely over the girth of the coat. These two issues plague us in the winter, and I think that is why this coat is such a hit in our house.

The coat feels like a windbreaker with none of the heaviness of a typical winter coat. Despite how lightweight it is, the temperature rating is -10°/35° Fahrenheit which is perfect for these harsh Indiana winters. It also is windproof, the arms cinch to your child’s sizing to keep out the elements, and it has a fitted hood that is attached so your kid’s won’t lose it.

My son loves his new coat and I love the fact that there are no more tears of frustration trying to get our seat belts on and backpacks on. I love this coat so much that I am planning to get one for my daughter and thankfully, I have the opportunity to do that with a 20% discount.

More than the coat, I am most excited about Lands’ End and their new initiative to keep those less fortunate warm this winter. Just think about how hard winter would be if you did not have a coat. There are so many people who are without one this winter while many of us have extras tucked away in our closets that are gathering dust. Imagine if you could give that coat to someone in need to keep them warm this winter. Well, I have the perfect way you can help!

Lands’ End has joined forces with the National Coalition for the Homeless for the Big Warm-up.  The Big Warm-up provides an opportunity for people across the nation to donate a gently used coat that will then go on to warm one of more than 3.5 million homeless women, men and children in the United States right now – each facing a cold winter.

Beginning October 29 until November 30, Lands’ End is hosting Big Warm-up coat donation sites at its 252 Lands’ End Shops at Sears and 13 Lands’ End Inlets®.  Donated coats will be distributed via the National Coalition for the Homeless in communities nearby.  AND… Lands’ End is giving 20 percent off the purchase of a new coat for each one donated.

Visit WWW.BIGWARMUP.COM to see how each coat can warm a heart, track donations, find donation sites, watch an inspiring video and spread the word.

Go through your closets TODAY and get a great discount in the process!

Website for More Details: Lands’ End

Suggested Retail Price: $69.50, but currently on sale for $52.00

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! After all, it’s only what we know you have come to expect from us!

Giveaway Results: Giving Away Holiday Goodies from Lands’ End

A big thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to commenter #29 (Sunny) on winning the contest with this entry:

Sleeping bag set.

Q: How do you find time to blog so much, so regularly???

How do I find the time? Well, I actually only blog on the weekends and schedule everything for my week. I do all my blogging on Friday-Sunday and just work on maintenance and time-sensitive stuff (like the contests) throughout the week. Since people seem to be primarily curious about my blogging routine, I will have to work on some posts for that. Thank you for asking and congrats on winning!

We are excited to be offering our readers another giveaway that would be perfect for wrapping beneath your tree this year!

Lands’ End wants to share with one of our readers the chance to choose one of the following of items from their holiday line:

For Her: Women’s Regular Long Sleeve Cashmere Tee Sweater (Retail Value of $89.50)

For Him: Men’s Regular Down Vest (Retail Value of $29.50)

For KidsKid’s Sleeping Bag Set (Retail Value of $59.50)

To win you need to leave a comment here by Tuesday (11/25) at 8PM (EST) and tell me which item you would pick and ask me one question that you have always wanted to ask me. We will be highlighting reader questions on our site and I am compiling these for the new year. It can be personal (but not too personal) or it can be something about home management, a recipe/cooking question, or any questions on money-management.

Only entries that answer the two questions will be entered into our drawing. Our winner will be chosen at random and I look forward to your questions! Good luck, everyone and be sure to check Lands’ End for all of your holiday needs. As you can see in the examples above, they offer a wide-range of prices perfect for any budget!

Lands’ End Windfall Jacket

I don’t like big bulky jackets, but since living in Indiana, I have had a lifetime of them to keep me warm. That is why I was so excited to receive the Lands’ End Windfall jacket this year to review. This jacket is so incredibly thin that you would think it was just a windbreaker, but the company boasts that it will keep you nice and toasty even in the coldest weather. I am sure that Indiana is not the coldest weather, but I digress!

I decided to put it to the test last night and mowed the lawn in the freezing cold to mulch up the numerous leaves that have landed on our lawn. Bundled in only this jacket and my outdoor boots, I was completely toasty warm within this jacket while the rest of my body was freezing cold.

It has some nice features where you can pull the sides in to lock in your warmth as well as adjust the arms to tighten and keep the warmth in. The pockets are generous and I love my favorite color choice…the basic black jacket. I mean, what other color is there?

Here are some other great & notable features about the jacket:

  • PolarthinTM insulation in jacket for warmest protection without bulk
  • Fleece-lined, zippered outer pockets
  • Multiple inner pockets for MP3 player, cellphone
  • Exterior ski-pass attachment
  • TEMPERATURE RATING: -5°/5° Fahrenheit. Over layering pieces, this Windfall Snow Sport Jacket will keep you warm in -5° weather; over a light layer, in 5° weather.

I have found with this brand that the sizing runs a little big. I did not realize though that they had a Petite version of the same jacket so if you are a smaller gal, go for the petite size and pick one size smaller than your normal sizing to get a good fit.

Thanks to Lands’ End for giving us the opportunity to review their super warm coat. Be checking back on our site next week for a fun giveaway with Lands’ End for another great way to stay warm this holiday season.

Suggested Retail Price: $99.50

Website for More Details: Lands’ End