Deal Alert! FREE Reuseable Tote Bag from Ink Garden

May 30, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

I just ran across this great site and their promotion for a free grocery tote bag. Just choose a design, or create your own, and enter code FREEBAG at checkout. You will have to pay for shipping (approx. $4), but that is less than price of the bag. I just ordered my own with a cute cartoon family design. This bag is great for the market or to haul just a few items to playdates or picnics. This offer does expire today, May 30, 2012, so don’t miss out!

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Begin creating your tote bag here.

What We Love Right Now May 30, 2012: Bright Swimsuits and Swim Accessories

May 30, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

Bright colors are very in style this summer. We’ve done some digging and found some super cute swimsuits and fun accessories that will give you a little extra summer glow!

1. Hobie Halter Tankini, Macy’s, $19.99 (per piece)

Love the turquoise–the perfect color for a poolside afternoon or day at the beach!

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2. Reversible Halter Bikini, Kohl’s, $24.99 (per piece)

If you’reĀ  a busty mom, this fushia halter bikini top will give you great support.

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3. Floral Print One-Piece, LOFT, $79.50

If you don’t like to bare it all, this colorful one-piece, featured in Glamour magazine, is the suit for you!

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4. Rope Handled Tote, Land’s End, $60.00

Bright, summery, and great for hauling all your beach items.

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5. Steve Madden Fedora, Zappos.com, $25.99

Love the pop of color!

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6. Yellow Cover Up, Victoria’s Secret, $24.99, (also available in other colors)

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Sonic Half-Price Shakes After 8 P.M. ALL Summer Long!

May 30, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

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School’s out for summer! While you’re out and about enjoying those lovely summer evenings, stop in to your local Sonic Drive-In and enjoy a yummy milkshake at half-price. This promotion runs all summer long, after 8:00 p.m. No coupon needed!

Deal Alert! Free Kindle Children’s Book

May 29, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

If you’re a Kindle user looking for a good book to occupy your child download The Little Red Fox and Lufa the Lab. This book has a 5 star rating. It’s a good story about bravery and helping others.

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Deal Alert! FREE iPhone/iPad Apps from Disney Jr.

May 29, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

Get the kiddos a couple of great apps from Disney Jr. for FREE!

Jake’s Never Land Pirate School is a fun app where your little swashbuckler can take classes with the crew and earn badges!

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To download your free app, click here.

You can also download Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode, an interactive show (compatible only with iPad). To download this free app, click here.

Product Review: Nalgene Grip n Glup Water Bottles

May 24, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection

As adults, many of us probably have a trusty Nalgene water bottle. Did you know they make bottles, more like sippy cups for toddlers? These cups are virtually indestructible! My children have a couple each and I could go on and on about how great they have been.

As a mom who tried all sippy cups on the market with her first child, I originally thought Playtex cups were the best ones…mainly because they didn’t leak. Well, through the years I have found that they do leak-along with every other sippy cup you can find. These Nalgene bottles DO NOT LEAK, they are dishwasher safe, and are BPA free. They do have a spout and valve (you can buy a bag of replacement valves online directly from Nalgene). I use them for water, juice, and milk and have never had a problem with odor or discoloration.

This mom has no complaints! I say get a few for your own children and one to add to your next baby shower gift too!

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These cups come in a variety of patterns and colors. To purchase your Nalgene Grip n Gulp bottle, click here.

What We Love Right Now May 23, 2012: Graduation Gift Ideas

May 23, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

If you have a a family member or friend graduating this year and want to treat them to something a little extra special, we think you should consider these great homemade gift ideas. Skip the retail stores and gift cards and make it personal!

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This cute treat jar is featured on Michael’s.com as a project idea. All you need is a mason jar, scrapbook paper, stickers, and smarties. So easy!

For the college grad who will be getting their own place, consider making a gift basket. A set of bath towels and soaps or kitchen gadgets would be a great gift to help the grad get started in their new place.

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Your high school grad would love a gift basket full of goodies from their college of choice. Great basket fillers would be t-shirts, notebooks, car flags…the possibilities are endless!

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A great gift for the college or high school grad is a t-shirt quilt. This is a wonderful keepsake and way to remember their school days as they enter dorm life or life on their own in their new place!

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Deal Alert! Free Shipping + 20% from Bath and Body Works

May 15, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

If you need some gifts or want to stock up on lotions and soaps, now might be a great time to buy! Bath and Body Works is offering Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more plus 20% off ANY online order with code TWENTY50. Offer ends May 17, 2012!

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**Offer not valid with any other code that needs to be entered at checkout.**

Deal Alert! Starbucks Happy Hour 1/2 Price Frappaccinos

May 11, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

It’s that time of year again! Starbucks is running their Happy Hour promo once more! From now until May 13, at participating stores from the hours of 3-5 p.m., you can enjoy a Frappaccino at 50% off!

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Be sure to check your location for participation!

Deal Alert: Select PBTeen Bath Towels 65% off

May 10, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

If your kids are in need of some new bath towels then be sure to check out the sale TODAY ONLY at PBTeen. They have very cute colors and styles and prices for washcloths begin at $2.99! What a great way to spruce up the look of your child’s bathroom!

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What We Love Right Now May 9, 2012: Super Cheesy Crock Pot Tortellini

May 9, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

Usually I am not a fan of the crock pot once warm weather begins, but this pasta bake is an exception. It is too easy to whip up and tastes good also!

Super Cheesy Crock Pot Tortellini

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What You Need:

1-2 pk frozen tortellini {cheese blend or cheese & spinach}

1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese

1 small red pepper {optional}

1 small onion {optional}

1 pk sliced mushrooms {optional}

Parmesan cheese

Spaghetti Sauce, 1-2 jars {We prefer Ragu Mama’s Garden Combo}

Fix it Fast:

1. If you choose to use any veggies, chop and then cook with a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan for about 10 min. This will help them become a little tender and cook thoroughly in the crock pot.

2. In a 5 qt., round crock pot layer frozen tortellini, veggies, sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Be sure to cover pasta and veggies completely with sauce. Repeat layers 1 or 2 more times, depending on how much pasta you have.

3. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top of last layer.

4. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Serve with tossed salad and breadsticks.

This meal makes plenty of servings. You might have some leftovers if you’re lucky!

Kids Eat Free at Chili’s May 7-9, 2012

May 7, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

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Love Chili’s Bar and Grill? If you have children this is one deal you can’t pass up! Take a night off from slaving in the kitchen this week and enjoy a meal out with your family! For every adult entree ordered, two free kid’s meals will be awarded. What a deal! Offer good May 7-9, 2012.

To get your printable coupon for free kid’s meals click here!

Red Robin Gift Card Giveaway

May 3, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

GIVEAWAY CLOSED 5/22/12 at 10 p.m. EST

May is National Hamburger Month and there’s no better place to enjoy a yummy, juicy burger than your local Red Robin. Red Robin has been named “Best Burger” in the full-service chain category for the three years in a row by Zagat’s Fast Food Survey.

I could go on and on about my love for Red Robin! It has a great family atmosphere. My kids LOVE dining there. They usually leave with a balloon. And, who doesn’t love the endless fries?! My personal favorite burger on the menu is the Bacon Cheeseburger and, of course, I’m a fan of their kid’s menu choices too!

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So, let’s get right to it! When you enter this giveaway you’ll have a chance to win one $10 Red Robin Gift Card AND a Free Kid’s Meal Card good for one kid’s menu item (kid’s meal card expires 12/31/12).

Here’s how to enter:

1. Mandatory Entry: Comment on this blog post saying: Yum, yum, yum I want to win! 1 entry

Extra Entries:

2. Like SharpMoms on Facebook. Comment on this post saying you’re a fan. 1 entry

3. Share this Facebook post on your own Facebook wall and tell your friends: I entered to win a Red Robin Gift Card from Sharpmoms. You can too! Be sure to leave a comment here with the URL to your share post. (This is a one time entry.) 2 entries

4. Tweet this to your Twitter followers: Yum, yum, yum! I entered the Red Robin Gift Card #Giveaway from @sharpmoms! http://sharpmoms.com/2012/05/red-robin-giftcard-giveaway/

Tweet this daily for one entry per day! Don’t forget to comment with your tweet URL/link here on this blog post. 1 entry per retweet

5. Of course, follow us on Twitter @sharpmoms. Tell us you’re following in the comments below. 1 entry

Please remember to leave a comment here on this post for each entry you choose to use!

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10 p.m. EST and a winner will be chosen at random. We will announce the winner shortly after the giveaway ends and the winner will also be contacted by email.

Looking forward to your entries for this yum, yum, yummy giveaway!

What We Love Right Now May 2, 2012: Dream Catcher Frame Craft

May 2, 2012 by admin  
Filed under Arts & Crafts, Girl Talk

Dream catchers are one of the oldest traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping person from negative dreams by only allowing positive, happy dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person nearby. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web and vanish once the first rays of sunlight hit the web in the morning.

Why not create a dream catcher with your child? It’s the perfect way to do something fun together and help your child get a good night’s rest full of peaceful, happy dreams. Hang it on your child’s bed post or nightstand.

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You can create this dream catcher using this kit from Oriental Trading. If they happen to be sold out simply use popsicle sticks, leather cord, beads, feathers, brown yarn, and light colored fabric to create your dream catcher. All the supplies needed can be found at your local craft store.