Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekend Blog Hops! (9/10 & 9/11)

So Followed Saturday


I Just Signed Up!!!!

We’ve got an upcoming giveaway hop that’s going to KNOCK your socks off! Airplanes and Dragonflies 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz is hosted by Simply Stacie, Makobi Scribe and Sassy Mama in LA and sponsored by, a leading online destination for coupons including coupon codes, printables, grocery coupons and more.

You won’t believe the AMAZING prizes that Airplanes and Dragonflies will be giving to readers who enter the giveaway:
  • Grand Prize: MacBook Air (11-inch, 128GB; ARV $1,199)
  • First Runner Up: iPad2 (16GB, with Wi-Fi +3G; ARV $629)
  • Second Runner Up: $250 VISA Gift Card
  • Other Prizes: $100 VISA Gift Cards will be given out to four (4) additional winners

And here’s the BEST part… Airplanes and Dragonflies will ALSO be giving away the same awesome prizes to bloggers who participate in the giveaway hop:
  • The blogger who refers the most readers to the giveaway will win a MacBook Air
  • The blogger who refers the 2nd most readers to the giveaway will win an iPad2
  • The blogger who refers the 3rd most readers to the giveaway will win a $250 Visa Gift Card
  • Total Value of Prizes: $4,300!!

But WAIT. There’s more. Yes, It gets EVEN BETTER!!

Not only will each blogger who joins be eligible for the Blogger Prizes, they will also receive one (1) $20 Target Gift Card for every blog they refer who registers to participate in the event. *Please note you cannot refer yourself.

We told you this was CRAZY!!

The main giveaway for these fantastic prizes will be held on the three host blogs and we will also feature a linky so that readers can hop to enter all the other giveaways on participating blogs. Reader entries will start on November 1st and go through November 25th.

Sign-up now to secure your spot!

How to Participate:
Sign up on the form HERE and send a $5 administrative fee via Paypal to Be sure to tell them Airplanes and Dragonflies referred you!!

November 1 at 12:01 am EST to November 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced during a live event on Twitter on November 28th. Further details will follow at a later date.

Requirements for participating blogs:
  • Have a giveaway specifically for this event and cannot start before start time, or end before specified end time
  • Minimum prize/pack value of $25
  • Display the event button in your post so hoppers can easily identify it
  • Display the linky in your post to encourage hopping
  • Comply with proper disclosures, no entries that violate Facebook policies (i.e. requiring comments on walls), must follow FTC guidelines (no extras for making purchases, etc.)
  • Sign up for CouponCabin’s Blogger Email Newsletter. They will send you top coupons, promotion and giveaway announcements geared specifically for bloggers. There is no cost to joining their newsletter. By providing your email address at sign up, you will be automatically enrolled.
Since this event is sponsored by CouponCabin, we ask that your giveaway sponsor for this specific event not be in direct competition with them (ie. another coupon website).

Only bloggers who are participating in CouponCabin’s 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz are eligible for the Blogger prizes (Macbook Air, iPad2 and VISA Gift Cards).

The Blogger & Reader Prizes will be open to both US & Canada.

What does all this mean for you?
A great deal of traffic to your blog, opportunities to network with other bloggers and eligibility to win the Blogger prizes! Plus it will be lots of fun!

Want to take part in CouponCabin’s 25 Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz Hop?

Sign ups are now open! Please fill out the form (and say that Airplanes and Dragonflies referred you!) and submit your administrative fee of $5 to We will email you within 24 hours to confirm your participation. Then please spread the word and tell others about this amazing hop and to say that YOU referred them!!!

Bloggers: Sign Up for CouponCabin’s Crazy Dayz of Giveawayz Event! You could #win an iPad 2, MacBook Air or Visa GC!

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Saturday 9/10)

Softy Soaker by Aurora - U.S. - Not So Blog

C-Spray & Reboot from Marz Sprays - Networking Witches

Sunny Seat for your Cat - Networking Witches

Once coupon to try a 4-pk. of EnLiven Yogurt (5 winners) - Kate & Kaboodle

Bob the Builder: Super Scrambler DVD - U.S. - A Frugal Friend

Marley and Me: The Puppy Years DVD - U.S. - A Frugal Friend

Scrabble Turbo Slam game - U.S. - Father Geek

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and a Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest (Rafflecopter)

Assortment of Zac Bars - U.S. - Dragonfly Sweetnest (Rafflecopter)

Modern Art Memory Game from AMMO books - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need

Coupon for a free Farm Rich product - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need

Chevy Volt Clock & Reusable Tote - U.S. - Mommy Katie

Three fresh 12oz. Bags of Blanchard's Coffee - whole beans - 17 Apart

Big Prize Pack (16 month planner, Scentsy and more!) - My So Called Homeschool Life

32oz. bottle of concentrated Original Simple Green, a dilution bottle and instructions - U.S. - Koala Fuzz

Assortment box of Buddy Fruits (Containing Pure Fruit Bites and Pure Blended Fruit) U.S. - Fishful Thinking

Friday, September 9, 2011 Product Review!

Christmas is coming up soon! Wouldn't it be awesome to have your little one, niece, nephew, or grandchild open a personalized gift from you and Kidlandia! You can purchase many different Personalized items such as Fleece Blankets, Mugs, Placemats, Posters, Puzzles, Pillowcases, Mousepads, Fine Art Prints, Growth Charts, Wall Clings, and more! All of Kidlandia's products are made in the U.S.A.!

I had a chance to review two Placemats! I ordered the Radiator Springs (Cars) one for our almost four year old son, and the Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh) placemat for our two year old daughter! We have been using them everyday for the past month and they are easy to wipe off and they come clean easily. My children have accidentally colored on them with crayons and markers! The crayon marks came right off, with a diaper wipe! We keep a container of them on our dining room table to wipe up quick messes when we need them. Both placemats have even withstood my two year old daughter trying to bend them in half. She couldn't do it!

We are going to purchase one of the U.S. maps and personalize it to show our children where their relatives live! I think that this would be good for them, and a great teaching tool too! These would also be great for you homeschooling Mamas and Teachers!

"Kidlandian team members share a passion to bring delight and meaning to the lives of children and their families. 2.5% of Kidlandia’s founding stock has been set aside as the basis for a future charitable Foundation benefiting children."

Disclosure: I received the two placemats for review in exchange for this post. The above opinions are mine, and mine alone. No other financial compensation was exchanged.

Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels DVD Giveaway on Cincinatti Coupons! Ends 9/20

Enter for a chance to Win Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels on DVD on Cincinatti Coupons! 
Ends 9/20

Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels DVD Giveaway on Dawns Great Finds! Ends 9/21

Enter for a chance to Win Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels on DVD on Dawns Great Finds! Ends 9/21

Enter for a chance to Win an Angry Birds Hat for your little one! Ends 9/11 - LOW Entries!

Enter for a chance to Win an Angry Birds Hat on Signature Studios Photography

Ends 9/11

Open to Everyone - Worldwide!!!

LOW Entries!

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Today and Tonight! (Friday 9/9)

Chicken Soup For The Soul: For Teenagers - book (3 winners) (@12noon EST) - Emily Reviews

Spa Package at Red Rocks Banya in Denver, Colorado ($105 value) - Moose & Tator (Rafflecopter)

"Party Day!" Laurie Berkner Band DVD/CD combo (@11pm EST) U.S. - Having Fun Saving

BIG prize pack of recipe books, jewelry, and more! (@5pm CST) U.S. - Training Our Daughters

Hat of your choice from Beanie Designs - Simple

Master Lock Key Safe - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

One pack of Sidral Mundet Mexican Apple Flavored Soda - U.S. - in my opinion...

My Memories Suite v2 Digital Scrapbooking Software - U.S. - Mommy of Two (Rafflecopter)

$25 GC to Zulily - U.S. - Not So Blog

$25 GC to Crazy For Bargains - Koupon Krazed

Gazillion Bubble Rocket - Koupon Krazed

GUBS card game - U.S. - Father Geek

Mi-Del Welcome Kit with Coupon and Recipes (3 winners) U.S. - Baba's Farm Life (Rafflecopter)

30 serving Jar of PhytoBerry Antioxidant - Baba's Farm Life (Rafflecopter)

$25 in Save Rewards from Eversave - U.S. - ecomomical me (Rafflecopter)

My Memories Suite v2 software (@5pm CST) - living in a monsters world

52″ round SplatMat - U.S. - being MVP

VIP coupons for Sweet Moments from Pillsbury (2 winners) U.S. - Momma In Flip Flops2

One multi-surface, uber awesome, GLEEN cloth (12 winners) (@9pm MST) U.S. - Chris Loves Julia

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Pack Tour 2011 Review!

Last weekend, we had a chance to go to the Nashville Train station for a "Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Pack Tour!" I took both of my children with me, Matthew is almost four and Chloe is two! They had a blast even though it was 100 degrees outside, it was still a lot of fun! Both children received a piece of paper that we had to walk around to the different events and collect four stamps. When we were leaving, we traded their papers in for a free gift! It was a big pinwheel that the kids could turn to the the different Thomas & Friend trains! It would tell you the name of the train and something about each one of them. The pinwheels both fell apart less than 24 hours after we got them home. I wasn't happy about that, but, they were free. 

There was a small petting zoo, gift shop, a chance to take photos with Sir Topham Hatt, a chance to get photos taken in front of Thomas, Bounce Houses, a big Slide, Miniature Golf, a Magician, a Story Telling area under a tent, with a woman dressed like Mother Goose, a small train for children to ride on while waiting for their ride on Thomas, a canopy with train tables for children to play with, and of course, a twenty five minute train ride on Thomas!!!

My children especially loved the big play area/canopy with train tables, a table with pictures for children to color, and a few tables with Mega Bloks on them for kids to play with!

There was also a big covered area, where the Magician was, in which you could purchase hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks, and snacks! I also saw a Frozen Lemonade vendor and a Snowcone vendor. It would have been even more great if they opened it up to other vendors in the area. Some ice cream or Sweet Tea would have been great, especially since it was so hot outside. The gift shop was alright. It was easy to navigate around things with a lot of people inside. But, it wasn't air conditioned and they had the doors open. It would have been nice to go inside to cool off, but instead, I made a B-line for the door because it was warmer in there then it was outside.

We also took our own photos in front of Thomas. They weren't that great of photos, but I wasn't going to pay over $20 for a photo of my kids taken by someone else. You could also pay for a photo with Sir Topham Hatt, which we didn't get a chance to do.

The best part of our Day Out With Thomas was meeting Carmen! She is the owner of "Closer to Lucy!" She is so sweet and so nice. She lives about an hour from me! This was the first time that I have ever met another blogger in person!

Overall, we had a great day! I took our small Nissan Versa and got a parking spot right across the street from the gate! It was nice not to have to walk very far to get back to the car to leave.

If you live in or around the Nashville, Tennessee area, you can attend a Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Pack Tour this coming weekend, Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th! Purchase tickets online or at the gate!

Check here to find out when Thomas is coming to your town! 

Disclosure: I received tickets to the "Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Pack Tour" in exchange for my honest review about the event from a PR firm. No financial compensation was exchanged.

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Today and Tonight! (Thursday 9/8)

=Chicken Soup for The Soul: Preteens - book (3 winners) (@12noon EST) US/CAN - Emily Reviews

StinkyKids and the Runaway Scissors - book - U.S. - Pot of Gold Giveaways

$50 GC to ReNew - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting

Totino's Prize Pack - U.S. - free & frugal mommy of one (Rafflecopter)

Swaddler from Ahmelie - Simple

250 Custom Print Labels from - U.S. - Contest Corner

Dora's Halloween DVD - U.S. - Retail Therapy Lounge

Falling Skies - Survival Kit - U.S. - Retail Therapy Lounge

Rizzoli Isles - branded caution tape and Season 1 DVD - U.S. - Retail Therapy Lounge

Dot Girl Period Kit - U.S. - Retail Therapy Lounge

One product from The Cream Perfume Company - Young Trendsetter

Money Saving Pig - U.S. - Frugal Plus

$25 GC to - U.S. - Mom For a Deal

Dora The Explorer: Storybook Adventures DVD - Networking Witches

Dora The Explorer: Enchanted Forest Adventures DVD - Networking Witches

Original Formula Psyllium Fiber or a container of capsules - Networking Witches (NO ENTRIES)

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song DVD - U.S. - All Aboard (the review & giveaway train) (Rafflectoper)

Two Hair Clips from Cute and Creepy - Etsy shop - The Vintage Loving Mom

$25 Del Monte Fresh Produce Coupons (5 x $5 ea) (3 winners) - I Could Use a Deal (Rafflecopter)

Your choice of Hat from Beanie Designs - U.S. - Babies Gotta Have It

8oz. jar of Sand Gone sand remover - U.S. - Captain Fussybuckets (Rafflecopter)

One Pair of Sports Spat socks - U.S. - The Thrifty Things (Rafflecopter)

250 Print Labels from - U.S. - Contest Corner

250 Flyers from - U.S. - My So-Called Chaos

One SunMate sun exposure monitor from Purely Products - US/CAN - Frugally Green Mom

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Check out these Awesome Giveaways! (all End 9/11)

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 1 - FishFlops

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 2 - FlipFlopAlotIs

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 3 - Nomad Footwear

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 4 - Pampered Chef

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 5 - $50 GC to Shari's Berries

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 6 - Sleep Innovations Rejuvenation Pillow

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 7 - $50 GC to Snapfish

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 8 - Takeya Flash Chill Lemonade Maker

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 9 - The Original Seat Sack Company

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 10 - Easy Rest Travel Pillow by Yvonne Totes

Birthday Bash Celebration Giveaway # 11 - ZeroWater

Birthday Bash Celebration - BONUS GIVEAWAY - $50 CASH!!!

Colortime Crafts And Markers Design Contest! - Ends 10/7

Colortime Crafts And Markers™ contacted me with this opportunity. They are looking for some new ideas for their products. It would be helpful if you took a look at They want you to think of an idea, this idea maybe interpreted and printed on a Colortime Crafts And Markers™ product.
In order to participate, you must complete the following survey: Colortime Survey. *Please put Airplanes and Dragonflies where it asks What Mommy Blog referred you.*

1) By participating, you will automatically receive a 30% coupon on retail orders up to $100 to be used until December 15, 2011 for all Colortime Crafts And Markers™ products. This coupon cannot be combined with any other Colortime Crafts And Markers™ offers or discounts.

2) We will select one winner to be picked randomly that will receive a $100 gift certificate for Colortime Crafts And Markers™ products that can be used one year from the day you receive your certificate. If a purchase is made prior to receiving the gift certificate with the 30% coupon, we will refund the amount spent up the $100 gift certificate.
3) The contest will end on October 7, 2011.

4) We will only accept one submission per person. You cannot enter through multiple blogs.
Colortime Crafts And Markers™ is a wonderfully creative craft activity that can be used for birthday parties, sleepovers, scout troops, and many other group events. They give their customers the chance to design their own t-shirts, pillowcases, backpacks, tote bags, bandanas, and more! Since 1990 over 2 million children and adults throughout the country have enjoyed Colortime Crafts And Markers™.

With a broad line of products, along with their special Colortime™ quick-drying permanent fabric markers, they have provided their customers the opportunity to take home a very special keepsake. Colortime also offers wholesale pricing and custom artwork for orders over 72 pieces.

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Today and Tonight! (Wednesday 9/7)

Set of Five Handmade Cards (measuring 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high) (@12noon) Worldwide - Bacon Time

Baby Moses Basket - Because Cheaper is Better

Hot Wheels RC Nitro Speed Race Car (@11pm EST) U.S. - Having Fun Saving

Teething Bling - U.S. - More Than a Mom

Wooden Learning Clock from The Original Tree Swing - Simple

Fresh Wave Baby products - Simple

$25 GC to Teas & Tapestries - U.S. - Simple

"Escape" by Barbara Delinsky - book - U.S. - Just Another New Blog

AppleCores from AppleCore International - Networking Witches

Wicked Witch the 4th Martini Glass - Networking Witches

Scrabble Turbo Slam game - Networking Witches

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song DVD - U.S. - It Keeps Getting Better

Softy Soaker from Aurora - U.S. - Mommy Katie

Sample Pack of Vecco floor designs - U.S. - Mommy Katie

Ella's Kitchen Upcycled Organic Pouch Lined Bag - 365 Changes of Me

20-page, 11x8.5 landscape, Hardcover Photo Book from Mixbook - U.S. - you are the roots

S’mores pack, which contains Hershey’s chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need

Scrubbage Exfoliating Mask & Exfoliage Hand Cream - U.S. - inRandom...

General Mills Prize Pack - U.S. - Savvy Sisters Shops

The Good Nite Light - free & frugal mommy of one (Rafflecopter)

Wii Game - Kung Fu Panda 2 - US/CAN - Mom and More

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (9/7) - My Babies

Yes, they are wearing warm clothes, in September! (This was taken yesterday.)

I can't help but love him! He's such a handsome little guy.

Winners of 3 Giveaways are:

Winner of the Carmex Prize Pack is:
#231 - Amanda Hoffman

Winner of the John Deere Roll and Go Flashlight is:
#145 - Tiffany LaCourse

Winner of the $5.00 Starbucks Gift Card is:
#47 - Sherry Jones

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Tuesday 9/6)

Package of Safari Towels - U.S. - Laughing Lindsey

Hot Dots Jr. Getting Ready for School AND Math Slam from Educational Insights (@11pm EST) US/CAN - Having Fun Saving

$20 GC to Gellite Candles online (@9pm PST) - U.S. - Growing My Kids Reviews

Dad's Adventure Launch Kit - U.S. - in my opinion...

$50 GC to - Young Trendsetter

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song DVD (Staring Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars) U.S. - Frugal Plus

$25 Gift Certificate to Dapper Snappers - U.S. - All Aboard (the review & giveaway train) (Rafflecopter)

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Ballet Adventures DVD - U.S. - NYC Single Mom

$25 GC to ThirtyOne Gifts - U.S. - Caffeinated Mom

Personalized 24-piece small picture puzzle from Piczzle - U.S. - Keenly Kristin

8oz bottle of Prefense which offers 640 applications (@10pm PST) U.S. - Mixxed Reviews

Skirt of your choice (up to $21) from Free Spirit Appearal (@10pm PST) U.S. - Mixxed Reviews

Set of Five Handmade Cards (measuring 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high) (9/7 @12noon) Worldwide - Bacon Time

Monday, September 5, 2011

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Monday 9/5)

$5.00 Starbucks Gift Card - U.S. - Airplanes and Dragonflies (Rafflecopter - Easy Entries)

Win Win DVD - US/CAN - Laughing Lindsey

Your choice of Watercolor Art Print (up to $30 value) from Sara B's Etsy shop - Simple (Rafflecopter)

Extra Special - Children's Book - U.S. - My Four Monkeys

'Win Win' on DVD - U.S. - My Four Monkeys

Human Body Detectives & Usborne Books Giveaway - U.S. - My Four Monkeys

The Grace Card DVD - U.S. - My Four Monkeys

Set of Discovery Girls Guides - books (@9pm PST) - U.S. - Growing My Kids Reviews

Autographed copy of Andi's "Circle C Christmas" - Children's book - U.S. - Frugal Plus

Personalized School Days Frame - U.S. - all things for mom

Handmade Necklace from The Vintage Nest - U.S. - Screaming Sardine

Two books of your choice, from a list of Ten - U.S. - Busy Moms Who Love to Read

SmartKlean Laundry ball - U.S. - Free Social 2011

$25 GC to Kids Kapers, $10 GC to Fusion Sweets, and a Martha Stewart Glitter Glue Variety Pack (@8pm EST) - U.S. - Pampers, Play Dates and Parties

No Touch Hand Soap System and a tub of Dual Action Wipes - U.S. - The Frugal Navy Wife (Rafflecopter)

The 5th Quarter DVD (@10pm PST) - US/CAN - Long Wait for Isabella

Three Full Sized TruKid products (all natural skin care for kids) - U.S. - More Than a Home

Final Touch Soap Sense Liquid Soap Dispenser (@10pm PST) - U.S. - Mixxed Reviews

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Low Entry Giveaways Ending Tonight! (Sunday 9/4)

Lazy Spoon, Lazy Spatula, and Spootle Lazy Spoon from Wooden - Because Cheaper is Better

Button Up Headband from Sweetly Made (Just for You) - Etsy - U.S. - Our Raettig Blessings (Rafflecopter)

Microsoft Streets & Tips software (5 winners) U.S. - Mommy and Me Giveaways

Food Catcher and Bib from Wupzey - U.S. - Mommy and Me Giveaways

Pack of Cookies from Home Free (Allergy free treats) U.S. - Mommy and Me Giveaways

1/2 off a custom fleece or wool set that includes longies, shirt, and wetbag on White Elephants - US/CAN - Mommy and Me Giveaways

Pair of Umi Shoes for your little one - Crazy House

ZoneFast Weight Loss Program - US/CAN - Simple (Rafflecopter)

Snack-sized variety pack of Lay’s Regional Flavors potato chips - U.S. - Contest Corner

Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent - U.S. - Discovering The Me in Mommy

Reversible Jumper for a little girl from Jumpin Jumpers - Etsy (@9pm CST) - Mom-A-Logues

$50 GC to My MadisonLily - Etsy (@9pm CST) - Mom-A-Logues

$40 GC to Kalypso Blue - Etsy (@9pm CST) - Mom-A-Logues

One Robby Wash laundry ball, enough for a full year of laundry - U.S. - Frugally Green Mom

Hallmark Special Occcasion T-Shirt & Cards - U.S. - Two Savvy Sisters (Rafflecopter)

Bob the Builder Super Scramber DVD - My Springfield Mommy

Chicken Soup for the Soul Just for Teenagers Book

Chicken Soup for the Soul Just for Preteens Book

Appress Glucapress PCL

Bolt 260

Fresh Wave Prize Pack

God Gave Us You Book - Children's book

I Sleep In My Own Bed Book - Children's book

Jockey Person to Person - Scarf

Hallmark Back to School Prize Pack

ACE Brand Hot/Cold Therapy

Sea Band Anti-Nausea Band

VBlast Water (2 winners)

Snakes & Ladders Game - My Springfield Mommy