Holiday Gift Guide Coming Soon!

I have had a lot of requests to put together a gift guide for the holidays and that is exactly what I am going to be doing! Ask and you shall receive, right? So this is the dealio with the guide. I will have 6 categories that will offer you information on what are the hottest, the most unique, and best yet, affordable products on the market. The products we will be featuring will cover gifts for men, women, children, for the home, pets and great gifts for the office dweller! Our gift guide is set to launch December 1, 2008 with a wonderful bunch of articles in the mix to help you get through the holiday as stress free as possible.

If you have a product that you would like us to review for possible inclusion in any of the above listed categories, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@momswithaview.com. There is no charge to have products reviewed, we just need to see, feel and touch your product! We are currently looking for gadgets for a special holiday section, so if you have a gadget, please get in touch with us so you can be one of ten featured!

Thanks for your patience as we put this all together.

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Stocking up on Batteries already!

Just when you think there aren’t any more deals to be had (LOL) CVS turns around and pulls off another amazing dealio for you! They have it where you purchase $20.00 worth of batteries, you will get $15.00 back in ECB’s. You can do this deal 3 times with your CVS card. I had some .75 off coupons and utilized the store’s coupon and was able to snag up this:

CVS Battery Deal

CVS Battery Deal

Somehow I managed to get 100 batteries, a 2 liter of Pepsi, a bottle of contact solution, 2 glade glass air fresheners, 2 tic tac (impulse buy for the kids), Gold Bond trial lotion, and my prescription all for $13.00, and I didn’t even pay for that out of my pocket! I used my gift card that I got from using my transferred prescription coupon from a mailing! Not to mention that I also got a $15.00 left over ECB and I and $5.00 away from getting another $5.00 ECB when I go back and get the rest of my glade glass air fresheners!

I will be going out again to get some more free stuff! I will report back later when I get out from under my receipts! 🙂

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I Won a Kreativ Blogger Award!

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Julie at Free Birthday Treats Blog.com awarded little ole me with a wonderful Kreativ Blogger Award! Thanks so much Julie! 🙂

Upon accepting this award I am to list six (6) reasons why I’m grateful and then pass this award on to six (6) other bloggers. So here it goes…I’m extremely grateful for:

1. First and foremost, for the love and support I receive from my family and friends!
2. The ability to find a silver lining in all the obstacles thrown my way.
3. Being able to find my passion, and doing all I can to live my best life.
4. Waking up to the smiling faces that belong to my three children.
5. Being able to find inner peace in even the craziest of days.
6. Being able to help others to bring their dreams to life.

I’m honored to give this award to:

1. Lacie at Peanut Butter & Pickles
2. Caryn at Rockin Mama
3. Deb at Moms Take On Things
4. Amanda at Baby Bump Diaries
5. Cecelia at Cool Baby Kid
6. Teresa at Six Feet Under Blog

Be sure to check these awesome blogs out for yourself. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do!

Poingo – Product Review

Poingo - Starter Kit

Poingo - Starter Kit

I received the best gift in the mail the other day and couldn’t wait to test it out. I have a 4 year old and a 7 year old who absolutely love to learn. They are both very techy and can understand how things work without even having to have mom read directions. When they saw that the box contained “Poingo” they knew exactly what it was and couldn’t wait for me to get it opened.

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The Poingo starter kit comes with the pen shaped Poingo, two large, hardcover interactive story books and a USB cord that allows you to connect to your PC or Mac to receive free music, and as new books are added to the Poingo library, you will be able to download those as well. The Poingo comes pre-loaded with content from six Disney storybooks.

When the kids finally got me to open the box, they took everything out and immediately started using it. I have to admit, it is a really cool, interactive (and best yet, a learning) toy. They flipped through all the pages of both books so fast, and then they did it again, this time focusing on all the different images to hear what they would say or ask. Now after using the Cars book for a day, Gianna, my 4 year old, knows what state we live in and where it is located on the map. How cool is that?

Ok, so when they were done, I was playing with it! No, I am not 3-7 years of age, but it was still fun to see what all the different pictures would say! I love Nemo! Kids get to learn about sea life, play games and answer questions about the story. It is a great way to get kids interested in reading and learning. Another good feature is the cost. For a retail price of $34.99 it would make a great Christmas gift for your child, or any other for that matter. Poingo is available at Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs, and online directly from DiscoverPoingo.com.

Interactive Storybook

Interactive Storybook

Without a doubt, Poingo should be under your Christmas tree this year if you have children between the ages of 3 & 7. It is a great way to get them motivated to learn and to have fun in the process. I know we will be on the look out for the other 4 books and will be eagerly awaiting new storybooks in the future.

Poingo

Poingo

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Yes! My quest for inexpensive food continues with a successful shopping trip!

With my husband being laid off of work and me working from home, it has definitely put a huge strain on our finances. We have had to look at ways to cut our spending and our first thought was getting back on track with couponing and finding those amazing ‘hidden’ deals at the grocery stores. With the help of an online email group, readers are kept up to date and well informed of the current and upcoming deals. It is with their help that I am able to slowly grasp the idea of shopping the savvy way! I don’t like to say frugal, I like to say it is smart shopping.

When you start coupon shopping, you want to make sure that you understand your stores coupon policies. My store allows for expired coupons. This makes a good deal even better. We are allowed internet coupons (IPC) at our store as well and there is no limit to how many coupons are allowed as long as you have equal coupons for equal products.

Try to go shopping in an organized fashion. I lack in this department, but I am slowly getting better. I try to only go in with the coupons I need and make sure I have everything written down so I don’t forget what I am doing there and how many products I need to buy to satisfy the deal.

And the last thing I have to mention is you have to be flexible with your brands. You simply take the deals that you are dealt and learn to deal with it! 😛

With that said, today when I went to Jewel, I did two transactions. The first one was for 10 boxes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate. They were on sale for 10/$10 making them each $1.00, but were $2.39 each before the sale. You needed to spend $20.00 and if you do, you will get $10.00 in a catalina or “CAT” back. I scanned all my boxes of Swiss Miss, hit total and it was $24.00 (something like that), then I scanned my preferred card and the discount came off so my total then became $10.00ish. I scanned all my coupons, which brought my total down to $6.00ish. I paid my total and out came my CAT for $10.00 off my next purchase. I just made $4.00 on that deal. Sweetness!

On to my second deal, which really wasn’t a ‘deal’ per say, but what I did was only bought things that I needed or had a coupon for. The photo below shows all I got in the two transactions. I used coupons and CATs (from previous deals which totaled $32.00), so when I calculated everything up, out of my pocket (or OOP) I spent between the two deals less than $24.00 for all that is shown and in addition, I got another CAT for $2.00 off my next shopping order.

Jewel Shopping 11-13-2008

Jewel Shopping 11-13-2008


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Snug As A Bug Pajama’s – Giveaway

Want your family to look super chic for those holiday photos this year? Well now you can enter to win your very own matching PJ set for your family by taking a cruise over to our friends at Chic Shopper Chick. Once there you will be asked to state your favorite Snug As A Bug style, quick and painless entry! The winner will receive matching pajamas in a pattern of their choice for two adults and two kids. Contest ends 11/26/2008

Our family favorite is the Merry Reindeer Flannelette Pajamas – all my kids love reindeer!

Snug As A Bug Pajama's

Snug As A Bug Pajama's

You can also visit Snug As A Bug and see all that they have to offer! Super cute products for yourself and for the entire family, including Fido!