Enter for a Chance to Win a Sara Lee Prize Basket!

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Here is a fun and yummy giveaway! Get entered for a chance to win a weekly Sara Lee prize basket by playing a fun matching game!

The giveaway ends on April 20th, so be sure to get entered today!

Take the BabySavers Quick Reader Survey and Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

baby dealsIn an effort to better serve you through this site, I would really, truly appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes and fill out my quick Reader Survey. It’s easy and it should take you less than 5 minutes from start to finish.

marybeth hamiltonIf you don’t already know me, I’m Marybeth Hamilton and I’ve been working on babysavers.com (formerly babygoodbuys.com) since 2008.

Even though I’ve spent over 5 years learning about blogging and attempting to give you what you need, BabySavers is still a work in progress. I think it always will be! As I work to improve this site, I’d love your input so I can give you more of what you’re looking for and less of those things you don’t need.

Please use my reader survey to help me understand what you like and don’t like about BabySavers. It’s easy–mostly multiple choice–and there are optional comment boxes to share any ideas, suggestions, or criticism. I promise my feelings won’t be hurt, and I’ll use the information you share to make the site even better. Your feedback will also guide me to get rid of areas that aren’t helping anyone.

The more honest and forthright you can to be, the better. As you complete the survey, I’d love to hear specifics on how you think this blog can be improved. I can’t promise to act on all suggestions, but I can assure you that I will read every single comment and consider each one.

As a way of saying thank you for your input, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly-selected reader who fills out the survey. The survey will be open through 11:59pm on Monday, March 10th, and a winner will be chosen and contacted by Friday, March 14th.

Your privacy is VERY important to me! The information you provide is completely confidential. The survey is being administered by a third party (SurveyMonkey) to keep your personal details separate from the survey results. The winner will be selected at random from those of you who choose to provide a name and email address at the end of the survey. I won’t ever be able to see names associated with survey answers. I’ll only be able to see the compiled results after the survey is closed.

Your name and email address will only be used to choose the giveaway winner. It won’t be shared with any other business or individual. I’m providing the Amazon gift card for the winner, so your details will not be passed on in any way.
-Marybeth

It’s a Whisper Pail Diaper Pail Twitter Party and Giveaway! #WhisperPail

Whisper PailCheck it out! It’s a brand new diaper pail system that offers a true solution to the biggest problem with dirty diapers…odors!

The primary purpose of a diaper pail is to contain the waste and the stink, right?  The Whisper® Diaper Pail is a new patented disposal system that promises:

  1. Odor-free protection with its tight-fitting lid, inner lid with a secure trap door and OdoGard® spray technology that locks away diaper odors forever.
  2. Hands-free operation with a foot petal that lifts the lid and a spring-loaded trap door that keeps dirty diapers out of sight.
  3. Worry-free usage. The OdoGard® spray technology is safe to use around people and pets, and the diaper pail safety lock keeps curious creatures out and icky smells in.

I haven’t personally used the Whisper Diaper Pail, but as a  mom who loves to help others save money, I love that it only requires everyday 8-gallon trash bags. That’s so much better than having to buy custom refill bags!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m joining up with a few other bloggers to co-host a Whisper Pail Twitter party and we’re going to be giving away 4 Whisper Pails! 

Whisper Pail Twitter Party Details

TOPIC – A hilarious discussion about The Whisper Pail diaper pail and all things diapers and babies!

DATE – Wednesday, February 26 2014

TIME – 1pm EST – 2pm EST

HASHTAG – #whisperpail

FOLLOW THESE HOSTS@whisperpail@babysavers, @savinglifestyle@happyhousewife@5dollardinners

PRIZES -4 Whisper Pail diaper Pails

RSVP – If you’re going to attend the party let us know on this post at 5DollarDinners.com. If you RSVP I’ll be sure to follow you before the party starts!

This Twitter party is provided by Whisper Pail, Please read my full disclosure for all details.

Travel Giveaway: Host Happier Holidays with Hampton Hotels! #HamptonHoliday

Hampton inn for holidayThis post and giveaway is provided by Hampton Hotels.

This year, Christmas of 2013 is a historic one for our family: it’s the first year we’ve ever stayed home for Christmas! It’s actually the first time I’ll actually be in the city I’ve lived in for nearly 11 years on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Because our extended families don’t celebrate close enough for a day trip, we’ve always packed up and headed out of town to enjoy Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and usually a few more days at in either my husband’s or my hometown.

This year, my husband has a funky work schedule that’s keeping us home for Christmas. I’ll definitely miss seeing family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but I’m excited to put out our milk and cookies for Santa and see my kids come downstairs from their bedroom on Christmas morning!

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Cornbread Stuffing Recipe and a $1000 Giveaway! Make a Difference And Choose Foods in Cartons

This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Keep reading to find out how to enter the $1000 giveaway!
One of the first things that comes to my mind when I think about the holidays is cooking and baking. So many memories and good feelings are wrapped up in the foods I share with family and friends, just writing about it makes me want to get to work in the kitchen!
I consider myself fairly environmentally conscious—I limit my use of plastic bags, try to use reusable containers, I recycle everything that can be recycled and, overall, I’m very conscious of how my actions impact the environment.
Sometimes it’s a bit disheartening to toss my waste into a recycling bin, only to see a dirty trash bin overflowing with goods that could have been recycled. It makes me wonder if my actions are doing any good at all. Then I’m reminded that I’m definitely not the only one recycling. As an individual, my actions feel small, but, when multiplied, those small decisions add up.
Tetra Pak’s carton packages are designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness, and their designs make those smart little decisions even easier. Here are just a few reasons to choose products in Tetra Pak cartons:
  • Tetra Pak cartons are made of 70% paper, which is a renewable resource.
  • Tetra Pak cartons are recyclable and use 1/3of the packaging compared to cans. They ltimately result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.
  • The cartons are reclosable, meaning you can use what you need and save the rest for later. It also eliminates using another container to store the excess!
  • The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients in food without using preservatives.
There are so many fantastic foods packaged in cartons that can be used to Become Carton Smart when preparing holiday meals. Two items that surprised me when I saw them were Pacific Foods jellied cranberry sauce and Pacific Foods Organic pumpkin puree. I had no idea either one of these came in anything other than a can!
You can Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest to find out about more products sold in Tetra Pak cartons!
This year, my family and I are heading to my sister’s for Thanksgiving. My sister and I are close and we both love to cook, so I’m more than happy to bring a ton of ingredients and spend the day cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving dinner alongside her. In years past, I’ve made a fabulous stuffing that’s a mix of cornbread, white bread, veggies, herbs and chicken broth. If I make it this year, I’ll be sure to buy Pacific Foods chicken broth that comes packaged in Tetra Pak cardboard rather than a can.

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe:

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 Pan Of Cornbread (homemade or made from a mix), in 1-inch cubes
  • 1 16oz loaf French Bread, in 1 inch cubes
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cups Pacific Foods No Sodium chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Cornbread Stuffing Recipe Preparation Instructions:
  1. Spread the cubed cornbread and french bread out on two baking sheets and let dry overnight. (I put them in my cold oven because I hate letting food sit out).
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and celery and cook until the onions start to get soft and translucent.
  3. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add basil, thyme, rosemary and half of the chopped fresh parsley. Stir until combined.
  4. Place dried bread cubes in a large bowl and mix them up a bit. Gradually pour the broth mixture into the bread, tossing as you go. Keep gradually adding the broth mixture until the bread is fully moistened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in two greased baking dishes and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.



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Fisher-Price Share The Joy Giveaway! Win a Little People Home or a Kick and Play Piano Gym #ShareTheJoyWmt

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When I was a pregnant with my first  and shopping like crazy for anything baby-related, my own mom told me that her all-time favorite brand of toys was Fisher-Price. Once I started looking at the toys and gear with a mother’s eye, I understood why Fisher-Price was a standout among so many other brands.

After all, we know that Fisher-Price is time-tested when it comes to the best baby toys, and toys for toddlers and bigger kids are just as popular and loved by kids and parents.

#sharethejoywmtWhen it comes to toys, parents simply know and trust Fisher-Price for great products that combine fun with learning. Right now, you can save instantly on seventeen of the most popular Fisher-Price toys from the Laugh n’ Learn, Little People and Imaginext brands!

Visit the new Walmart.com Share the Joy page to browse the featured items and enjoy instant savings (while supplies last!).

The holiday season will be here before you know it, and Walmart is spreading the joy of learning through the shopping season! From infants to pre-schoolers, Fisher-Price has the perfect gift for all ages at prices that will make you want to keep spreading the joy!

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Shop the instant savings on Fisher-Price items at Walmart online and help us spread the word about sharing joy with the #sharethejoywmt hashtag!

BabySavers is giving away 1 Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home Play Set and 1 Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick & Play Piano Gym!

Want to win a Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home Play Set or a Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick & Play Piano Gym?

There will be two lucky winners for this giveaway! Please use the easy giveaway form below to record your entries. The comment entry and prize choice are the only mandatory entries you must complete to be eligible to win. All others are purely optional and simply give entrants additional chances to win.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.