The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Review: Better Homes & Gardens Wax Warmers & Fragrance Cubes

If there is one thing I love it is a house that smells delicious. I absolutely love candles in my home, but I still feel very nervous about them around my children. Lucky for me, Walmart has a great alternative for moms like me who love a wonderful smelling home, but worry about candle safety.

Better Homes & Gardens offer a wonderful line of affordable wax warmers and a variety of fragrance cubes that you can enjoy all year long. While other warmers can cost $30 or more for just the warmers, these little beauties cost a mere $15 and a six pack of fragrance cubes will only cost $2 per pack (for a 2.5 ounce size).

The number one question that people asked when they came to visit our family over the holidays is, “What is that delicious smell?” With yummy fragrances like apple pie, butterscotch maple cream, blueberry muffin, and warm vanilla creme, there is truly a scent for every occasion.

Simply plug in the wax warmer and a  low-wattage light bulb (25w) provides just enough heat to melt your cubes, releasing the fragrance within minutes. You can melt up to two cubes at a time, which creates the opportunity to mix and match fragrances to create your own unique combination.

Scents can be reused simply by pouring your wax right back into the clamshell fragrance container and allowing it to harden back up. You can reuse the scent until it runs out of fragrance, but each fragrance cube lasts for several hours.

You can find these wax warmers & fragrance cubes in all Walmart stores nationwide, over by the candles & Home Decor section of your local store.

I know I am thoroughly enjoying my wax warmer and it is an inexpensive way to bring wonderful scents into my home safely and beautifully.

Giveaway Results: 10-Piece BHG Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winners- Commenter #151, 421, & 780 on winning this great giveaway! Thank you so much for all of your entries and votes!

It is a pots & pans extravaganza at MomAdvice, and we are excited to share yet another great giveaway with you from  Better Homes & Gardens. We love offering up another fantastic pots & pans set that you could win, in conjunction with my participation in this month’s BHG Cook-Off!

The cooking competition is built to surround the launch of the new Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Collection line that will be available at Walmart.  The company is offering an extensive product line that includes three lines of pots & pans that come in Tri-Ply Clad 18/10 Stainless Steel, Non-Stick Hard-Anodized, & Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel and will retail for $159 in the stores.  To inspire you to get some cooking done in your kitchen with their new pots & pans, I have created a Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo that you really must try for an easy weeknight dish that will be ready in minutes!

To celebrate the cook-off, I am giving away today 4 sets of the 10-piece Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans Set. This will be just the beginning of the giveaways we will be offering over the next few weeks so please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway. Better yet, by participating I will have more giveaways to offer you when the cook-off concludes. As you know, there is nothing better that I love than giving stuff away to you so I am thrilled to get this first giveaway started.

Priced at $159, this 1-piece set includes: 6 QT Covered Dutch Oven, 3 QT Covered Deep Skillet, 2.5 Qt Covered Sauce Pan, 1.5 Covered Sauce Pan, 10? Skillet, & 8.5? Skillet. Imagine the possibilities of what you could do with a set like this in your kitchen!

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

  • First Entry: Head on over to the BHG Contest site and vote for me! There is a one-time registration on the site to start voting. Leave a comment and let me know you put in a vote for our dish. You can vote once per day (24 hours)  so feel free to enter daily to win!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional 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 blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Three winners, chosen at random, will receive a 10-Piece BHG Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans Set (Valued at $159) . Please submit your entries by Sunday (10/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: 10-Piece BHG Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Set (3 Winners- $159 Value)

This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate our winners- Commenter #106, 78, & 451! Thank you so much for your entries and votes!

I am back with another great giveaway from  Better Homes & Gardens, offering up another fantastic pots & pans set that you could win, in conjunction with my participation in this month’s BHG Cook-Off!

The cooking competition is built to surround the launch of the new Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Collection line that will be available at Walmart.  The company is offering an extensive product line that includes three lines of pots & pans that come in Tri-Ply Clad 18/10 Stainless Steel, Non-Stick Hard-Anodized, & Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel and will retail for $159 in the stores.  To inspire you to get some cooking done in your kitchen with their new pots & pans, I have created a Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo that you really must try for an easy weeknight dish that will be ready in minutes!

To celebrate the cook-off, I am giving away today 3 sets of the 10-piece Tri-Ply Clad Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Set. This will be just the beginning of the giveaways we will be offering over the next few weeks so please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway. Better yet, by participating I will have more giveaways to offer you when the cook-off concludes. As you know, there is nothing better that I love than giving stuff away to you so I am thrilled to get this first giveaway started.

Priced at $159, this 1-piece set includes: 6 QT Stock Pot, 3 QT Covered Deep Skillet, 3 Qt Covered Sauce Pan, 1.5 Covered Sauce Pan, 10″ Skillet, & 8″ Skillet. Imagine the possibilities of what you could do with a set like this in your kitchen!

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

  • First Entry: Head on over to the BHG Contest site and vote for me! There is a one-time registration on the site to start voting. Leave a comment and let me know you put in a vote for our dish. You can vote once per day (24 hours)  so feel free to enter daily to win!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional 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 blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Three winners, chosen at random, will receive a 13-Piece BHG Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots & Pans Set (Valued at $159) . Please submit your entries by Sunday (10/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: 13-Piece BHG Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots and Pans (3 Winners- $159 Value)

This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate our winners- Commenter #864, 736, 237, & 551 on winning this giveaway! Thank you all for your votes & entries!

Good morning, sweet friends! I am back with another great giveaway and kicking off the first in a series of fantastic giveaways from Better Homes & Garden in conjunction with my participation in the BHG Cook-Off that I will be cooking in.

The cooking competition is built to surround the launch of the new Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Collection line that will be available at Walmart.  The company is offering an extensive product line that includes three lines of pots & pans that come in Tri-Ply Clad 18/10 Stainless Steel, Non-Stick Hard-Anodized, & Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel and will retail for $159 in the stores.  To inspire you to get some cooking done in your kitchen with their new pots & pans, I have created a Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo that you really must try for an easy weeknight dish that will be ready in minutes!

To celebrate the cook-off, I am giving away today 3 sets of the 13-piece Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots & Pans (each set valued at $159) to three lucky readers. This will be just the beginning of the giveaways we will be offering over the next few weeks so please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway. Better yet, by participating I will have more giveaways to offer you when the cook-off concludes. As you know, there is nothing better that I love than giving stuff away to you so I am thrilled to get this first giveaway started.

Priced at $159, this 13-piece set includes: 1.5 QT Covered Sauce pan, 2.5 QT Covered Sauce Pan with Steamer Insert, 4 QT Covered Dutch Oven, 8.5″ Skillet, 10″ Skillet, 8 QT Covered Stock Pot & 4 QT Covered Deep Skillet. Imagine the possibilities of what you could do with a set like this in your kitchen!

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

  • First Entry: Head on over to the BHG Contest site and vote for me! There is a one-time registration on the site to start voting. Leave a comment and let me know you put in a vote for our dish. You can vote once per day (24 hours)  so feel free to enter daily to win!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional 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 blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Three winners, chosen at random, will receive a 13-Piece BHG Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots & Pans Set (Valued at $159) . Please submit your entries by Tuesday (10/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Walmart Gift Card for Your Family Night

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Thank you so much for entering our giveaway. We would like to congratulate Jenn (Commenter #140) on being our winning entry. Jenn said:

“We love to use a family fun night as a reward system for our daughters good grades and behavior. She of course has no idea that they just as important to us as they are fun for her.

We start the day before with her giving us her list of movie choices, we decided on a dinner that we can all three prepare and make together as well as enjoy. After dinner we play a board or card game and talk about what has been happening lately at school and our work. Then we pile in the living room together in our pj’s with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie together. For us, it’s all about the listening. We learn so much more about our daughter and what she is thinking on those nights then any other time.”

What a great entry, Jenn! We loved hearing about your family  nights and hope to offer many more great giveaways here each Tuesday!

I am so excited about this giveaway and getting an opportunity to share a fun family night opportunity! Walmart has started a great program called, “Family Moments,” that encourages families to spend an evening together at home instead of spending money out on the town. With an affordable line of board games, family movies, and fun snacks, you can now enjoy a family night at home for $40 or less! The best part about it though is that this family night can be repeated over and over again once you have the games and movies on hand.

They sent our family a $40 gift card and we had a fantastic night together. I picked up Ratatouille and Blokus for our family night. In honor of our theme, we cooked a pizza together, watched our fun movie, and then had popcorns and homemade slushies for our snack. After the kids headed to bed, my hubby and I enjoyed playing Blokus and spent some time together over our board game. It was a wonderful evening that we can enjoy for many years and I was able to keep under the $40, even with a fantastic Disney movie and a more expensive board game.

Walmart also has set up a Family Game Night Center at their Walmart stores. This display offers savings on several board games, movies, and snacks including:

  • $8 board games- Candyland,Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee
  • $10 board games- Jenga, Monopoly,Trouble
  • $15 board games-Life, Operation and Twister
  • $18-Bop It, Monopoly Championship, Pictureka, Sorry Sliders

and $10 movies include:

• Camp Rock
• The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
• Dinosaur
• Enchanted
• Hercules
• High School Musical (1 and 2)
• Homeward Bound (1 and 2)
• The Game Plan
• National Treasure (1 and 2)
• Pirates of the Caribbean (all 3)

We want to give away, to one lucky reader, a $40 gift card to Walmart to create your own fun family night. The contest is a quick one so you can experience the Family Game Night Center. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite family night activity by 09/23/09 (Wednesday) at 8PM EST. The more creative the entry, the better!

Giveaway Results: Lunchbox Giveaway (Worth Over $150)

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Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Shaunda (Commenter #211) on winning this fantastic prize package. We hope this is a wonderful addition to her family’s new school year! Please check back each Tuesday for another great giveaway!

It is back-to-school time again and I am so excited to share with you a really fun giveaway worth over $150 to get your child ready for another great year.

Packing a lunch can sometimes be a mundane task, but Lunchbox Builder is hoping to change that.  Motts, Smuckers, and Pepperidge Farms have launched the Lunchbox Builder, a fun tool, where you can design your own lunchbox, add it to the lunchbox gallery, and rate other people’s lunchboxes.

Not only can you create a fun lunchbox on the site, but you can also download coupons for Mott’s Applesauce, Smuckers Uncrustables, and Pepperidge Farms Goldfish. I know these coupons will be a total hit for all of our coupon mommas!

As part of the Motts, Smuckers, and Pepperidge Farms Lunchbox campaign, they sent me a lunchbox care package to try, and they’re letting me give one away one of our lucky readers!

The lunchbox is worth approximately $150, and it includes:

  • An iPod Shuffle
  • An insulated lunchbox
  • Sharpie pens in multiple colors
  • Colored Pencils
  • A Smuckers Uncrustables Container
  • An Optical Mouse
  • A Smuckers Belt Pack
  • A Motts Reusable Shopping Bag
  • A Smuckers Strawberry
  • Pencils
  • Coupons
  • A Walmart Gift Card
  • A Pedometer

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In addition, the winner will be receiving 5 Labels for Education, worth 10,000 points each, which can be used by your child’s school!

To enter this contest, please share with me one way you have found to save time or save money on making lunches for your child. Please leave your comment by Friday (08/28) at 8PM EST. Please only one entry per person. Any entries that do not follow the guidelines for entry will be disqualified from the contest.

Giveaway Results: Earth Day Celebration Prize Pack (Valued at over $130)

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Thank you all for entering our Earth Day contest.  We chose our winner randomly and would like to congratulate Commenter #9 (Mana) on winning this prize pack.

Mana said, “Every year in March, we put up green decorations around the house, put green food coloring in our meals and one year i even wore a goofy leprechaun hat :) Our Sunday afternoon tradition is to drive down to the local airfield where they have a large recycling station. We recycle all our recyclables, and then drive around so our kids can look at all the planes. Ideally I would like to build our own solar array to complement our household electricity usage.”

Thanks for entering and please check back each Tuesday for a brand new giveaway!

In conjunction with my role in the Walmart Eleven Moms, I was able to sample just a handful of the great products Walmart is carrying to green up our household routines. I am truly trying to do my part to be green and teach my children to love & protect our Earth so it is wonderful to get to sample of the great green products on the market today.

In addition to sampling them, in honor of Earth Day, we were offered the opportunity to giveaway the items we received  and to share the green love with our wonderful readers.

Here is just a little information about the products that are included in this fabulous prize pack that one lucky reader will win!

Brita Water Pitcher- The last time I bought one of these was in college and maybe that is why I am so impressed with some of the great design changes that have happened since my last purchase. This handy filtration system comes with a flip top so that it is easy to fill with tap water and a a little covered pour spout that keeps your water nice and fresh. Replacing your water bottles with these filtration systems are a great green alternative and are a lot friendlier on your wallet to boot.

greenworks1Clorox GreenWorks Cleaning Products- Longtime readers will know that I am a HUGE fan of the new line from GreenWorks and have yet to have met a product from this line that I do not like. These cleaners are more affordable than many of the green cleaners on the market and they offer the same great green benefits. In our house, we love the GreenWorks wipes and dish soap. I am sure you will find that these perform just as good as the harsh stuff, and they are easy on your wallet too! I encourage you to give these product a try!

Tide Coldwater- With two crazy kids, we have a lot of dirty clothes in our house and laundry detergent gets put to the test. I am a huge fan of Tide and feel it is worth that little extra bit of money to keep my clothes looking nice to splurge on a good detergent. The new Tide Coldwater can keep your clothes looking great without even turning on the hot water. This is better for the environment and will keep your clothes lasting longer.

White Cloud “Green Earth” Paper Towels- I won’t lie, one thing we do not purchase a lot of is paper products. I have learned I can whittle this expense down to just toilet paper by disposing of the disposable items. That being said, there are those occasions where a roll of paper towels comes in handy. I won’t illustrate those occasions, as I am sure you can imagine a few on your own. White Cloud makes a line of “Green Earth” paper towels made from 100% recycled fibers. If you are a family that has a paper towel addiction, this line would be a great option to explore or to keep on hand for life’s little emergencies.

bissell-grean-machineBissell Little Green Deep Cleaner- Of all of the products in the line-up, my enthusiasm for this one can’t be surpassed. My obsession with Bissell knows no bounds and their Little Green Floor Cleaner is great for any mom with messy kids or animals. You can not only spot clean your floors, but you can also tidy up the upholstery with ease. Anybody have a minivan stuck with years of  McDonald Happy Meals? This might be the ticket for getting order restored in the car or your children’s carseats. It takes up very little room and is a great gadget to keep those carpets looking beautiful in your house. What makes it earth-friendly? The parts are made from post-consumer recycled plastic and it has PVC-free tanks and hose. They also greatly reduced the packaging to help keep this green machine as green as possible!

For one of my lucky and amazing readers, I am offering this ENTIRE prize pack from Walmart, Bissell, White Cloud, Tide, Clorox Greenworks, and Brita (valued at approximately $130) to you, in honor of Earth Day! To enter, please leave a comment by Tuesday (04/28) at 8PM EST and tell me one habit you will change to green one of your household routines. The more creative, the better! Good luck to each of you and Happy Earth Day!

Purchase Experience Review: Cellular Services at Walmart

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Walmart is now offering cellular phone services in their stores and gave me a chance to purchase a new SmartPhone and share about my experience with their customer service. By giving us this opportunity, we will be able to review new store features as the company advances in this technology and in conjunction with supporting their Eleven Moms Program.

I headed to Walmart on the evening before heading to South By Southwest conference in Austin, TX. I had my heart set on a Blackberry Storm after reading some great reviews on this phone. Unfortunately, the search had been on for over a week to find the Blackberry Storm at Walmart, but because it was so new, it was only available in select store locations. I decided to just head to my local store to see what they had to offer instead.

The employees were polite, but were short-staffed and the person that normally ran the cellular location was not in that day. The other two employees did a surprisingly great job improvising and getting me set up with a new phone service.

The nice thing about heading to the Walmart location was that it wasn’t as busy as it is at my local Verizon store.  It took about the same amount of time and I could still do my normal grocery shopping while I was there.

The display was set up with phones that you could try and the staff was stocked with plenty of pamphlets on the different phone service agreements.  They were able to review the pros and cons of the different plans with me and called Verizon to get my new plan into action while activating my phone.  Best of all, they informed me of the new Friends & Family Network so I could register the people I call the most that are out-of-network and no longer be charged for it.

You might be wondering why I would not choose the iPhone for my phone as Walmart was fully stocked on those?  Well, my entire family and best friend are all within the Verizon network so if I switched, it would have cost me a lot of additional money to terminate a contract and I would have hated to be charged for the minutes to talk to the people I talk with the most. The pitfall with the Blackberry is the $30 service that is mandatory for internet/email access.

I waited until I received my bill to write this review because many times I have discovered after activating a phone that the bill has been set up improperly. The bill was accurate and exactly as I had requested for phone service. To not have to hassle with the bill afterwards was a pleasant surprise and was a tribute to the great service I received at my local Walmart store.

What kind of phone did I finally settle on? I decided on getting the Blackberry Curve instead. I think it is absolutely perfect for my business needs and I still prefer a phone that has a keyboard on it versus the touch screen phones.  I am now able to check my email on-the-go and it has made my work life run a lot more smoothly.

Blackberry does not have as many applications as the iPhone, but that should soon change with the launch of the Blackberry App World store on April 1st.

If you do have a Blackberry, here are a few free applications I have found to help make your day easier. Please note, you do need to go to these web addresses on your phone to download the services to your phone, unless otherwise stated:

Pandora Mobile- Now you can listen to Pandora on your mobile phone – in the car, at the gym, on the train – wherever and whenever you’re in the mood to listen to great music.

Enjoy all the stations you’ve created on the web – and create new ones right from your mobile phone. You can also rate songs using thumbs up and thumbs down, and bookmark favorite artists and songs. Pandora on your phone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web, so everything you create, rate or bookmark on the phone also appears the next time you’re back on the web.

TwitterBerry- This application keeps you connected with your friends on Twitter while you are on-the-go. You can read replies to just yourself, direct message, and follow your friend’s timeline. It is a great little application that I really enjoy particularly when I am traveling because it makes updating a lot easier.

Facebook Mobile- With Facebook Mobile, you can use Facebook on the go. Use Facebook Mobile to upload photos and notes from your camera phone straight to Facebook. You can also receive and reply to Facebook messages, pokes and Wall posts using text messages, or use your phone’s mobile browser at m.facebook.com.

The Mobile application page displays mobile photos recently uploaded by your friends and a phonebook that you can use to look up your friend’s phone numbers.

Google Mobile- Stay connected on the go with Gmail, Search, Maps and other Google products. I am planning to load my Google calendar this month and I can sync it with my phone. I think this is really going to help streamline my day!

Overall, I am really happy with my phone choice and also happy with the customer service I received at Walmart. I would have never thought to hit this store for phone service, but there is definitely a convenience factor when doing my normal shopping.

I also did discover that the store offers an online cellular store where you can get the latest phones and gadgets. I could have ordered the Blackberry Storm instead, but there is definitely a benefit to having someone there to activate the service for you and be able to answer your questions in person. It is great to know it is there if you need it though.

I look forward to discovering ways that I can save with my new gadget and sharing new cell phone features that come out to help families save money.

Website for More Details: Walmart Cellular Service

Giveaway: iPod Touch & a $10 iTunes Gift Card

ipod-touch1 I have a wonderful giveaway to offer this week that I am so excited about for you. We are giving away an iPod Touch 8GB (2nd Generation) plus a $10 iTunes Gift Card to one lucky MomAdvice reader.

I wanted to offer you many different ways that you could submit an entry. You can choose to do just one thing on the list for one entry OR you can choose multiple things to do to gain extra entries. It is totally up to you.

For each item that you do, you can leave one extra comment to enter. Each comment is one entry.

Your Multiple Entry Options. Choose one or Choose Them All!

1. Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrate Valentine’s Day.

2. Subscribe to my feeds. Subscribe to my blogs,(pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have subscribed.

3. Follow me on Twitter. I need more friends and love seeing what you are up to. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, read this entry for what it is all about and sign up for a free account. My Twitter name is @momadvice. Once you have followed me, leave a comment and let me know that you are my latest and greatest friend!

4. Join the MomAdvice No Spend Challenge. You must add your name to this linky list and commit to a day, a week, a month, or whatever time frame you feel comfortable with and not spend money. Our family has committed to the month of February and will be documenting our journey with you. I would love for you to join in and you get an extra entry in the process! Once you have added your name to the No Spend Challenge, leave a comment and let me know that you are commited to getting those finances back on track!

5. Try a Notebook Experiment. Each Thursday we post a Notebook of fun ideas from other blogs. If you attempt one of those ideas, and add your name on Thursday to my linky list with a link to a Notebook Experiment that you tried, you can get an extra entry. This will be posted on Thursday so start your engines and do something creative with your families this week. Once your name has been added to the list, you can leave a comment and let me know what Notebook Experiment you completed. Here are some examples of my past Experiments and a link to all the notebook links that you can choose from.

6. Listen to MomAdvice Simplified.I will be dropping a secret word in for an extra entry. Once you hear the word, you must privately email me at amy(at)momadvice(dot)com with the secret word. This episode will be airing at 2PM EST on February 5, 2009.

Only valid entries will be included in this contest and our winner will be chosen at random. A big thank you to our sponsors: Walmart, Nestle, M&M’s, and Russell Stover who decided to offer our MomAdvice readers and my fellow 11 Moms a chance to giveawayan iPod Touch in celebration of Valentine’s Day! Walmart is offering some Valentine’s freebies for you too! Visit Walmart’s Valentines Page to download the free Hershey’s Blow a Kiss iPhone application, send a free M&M personalized E-Card to your Valentine, and make a playlist of your favorite love songs while you take a listen to Walmart’s 11 Moms favorite love songs!

All entries must be in by February 14th at 8PM EST. Again, only valid entries will be included. Good luck to each of you and thank you for taking the time to enter this wonderful contest!

Giveaway Results: $500 Walmart Gift Card

Thanks to everyone who entered- I think that is a record high for number of entries over here. We would like to congratulate Lyndsi (commenter # 1,089) on being the winner of this giveaway (chosen at random). Lyndsi completed all three tasks to win and got herself a big fat $500 gift card to Walmart. Thank you again to Walmart & Nickelodeon on this fantastic giveaway. Check back each week for more great giveaways!

Times are tight for everyone this holiday season. Wouldn’t it be great to have a little more cash?

Wouldn’t it be great to figure out how to make the cash you do have stretch farther?

Thanks to Nickelodeon and Walmart you can do both!

Yes, Nickelodeon and Walmart have teamed up to sponsoring a contest that will not only collect together some of the BEST holiday money saving tips on the web, they are also giving one lucky MomAdvice reader a $500 Walmart gift card!


Talk about a present that will always be the right color and size!

There are multiple ways to enter this contest, but for each entry you must submit a separate-that means different folks-holiday specific money saving tip.

Be sure you leave an email address with each tip. If I can’t contact you, I’ll have to choose another winner!

You can enter 3 separate times by doing each of, or any combination of, the following:

#1-By commenting on this post and leaving a holiday money saving tip.

#2-By writing a blog post mentioning a) this contest, b) Nickelodeon, c) Walmart & d) MomAdvice. Then in that post you have to give a different holiday money saving tip (don’t just repeat your original tip) and link back to this post. Then you have to come back here and leave another comment with the link back to your blog post.

#3-Subscribe to my blogs,(pick one or subscribe to all three) then leave a comment letting me know you have with, yes, another holiday money saving tip. If you are already subscribed you don’t have to do it again, just tell me that and leave your tip.

I WILL THROW OUT any entries that are not about the holidays, or that do not follow the directions above (ie didn’t link back to this post in their post, don’t mention Nickelodeon etc)

The winner will be chosen at random (using the random number generator) out of all the valid entries. I say again-the VALID entries. Make sure you read and follow those directions above folks!!!

The contest runs from today-Tuesday December 2nd through Monday December 15th at 12 noon, EST.

You can enter to win a $500 Walmart gift card not only here but at all of the ElevenMoms’ sites. You can only win once, but you can try to win at each site. Each contest may have slightly different rules, so make sure you read carefully! Many of the tips will be featured on the Elevenmoms site-maybe even yours!

So good luck! I am looking forward to seeing all the great ideas. . .