Star Wars Bladebuilders Review + $100 “Toys R”Us Giveaway! #TRUBatteriesIncluded

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell & Toys “R” Us. The opinions and text are all mine.
Star Wars bladebuilders review

I refuse to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away. It’s too much. I haven’t even started shopping yet.

Just because I haven’t started shopping doesn’t mean I haven’t heard about the hottest and best toys this holiday season.

Not only do I have this site, which has me checking online stores all over the place most days, I have two little voices in my house who are telling me all about the toys they can’t wait to talk to Santa about.

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One of the toys I’ve been hearing about more than any other is the variety of Star Wars Bladebuilders that are available right now. Even though Haiden and Piper haven’t seen Star Wars, they’re both huge fans and they know more about the storyline than I ever will!

So when I surprised both of them with their own Bladebuilders Light Sabers, there wasn’t any question about what they were or how they worked.

My daughter’s talk of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Kylo Ren practically shamed me into silence. And my son’s instant knowledge of how the Bladebuilders worked blew me away.

Check out their reactions to receiving Star Wars Bladebuilders Light Sabers: 

In my family, it’s sort of “classic Marybeth” to be caught unprepared by the little details. Like gifting an amazing toy but totally forgetting the batteries.

Checking to see if batteries are included with a toy is a definite must if you want to wow the kid you’re giving it to.

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Light Sabers require three AAA batteries.

Star wars bladebuilders review

When the kids realized the Light Sabers needed batteries, they immediately started asking for them.

You can see in the video that Haiden and Piper are generally polite kids, so they weren’t demanding. But I knew they were desperate for some AAAs to see the light effects. They also wanted to hear the motion sensor-controlled sound effects that they already knew all about!

Star Wars Bladebuilders Light Saber review

Thankfully, Duracell is sponsoring this post along with Toys R Us, so they sent the batteries along with the Light Sabers. I’m so glad I didn’t have to go along for a ride on the emotional roller coaster because I didn’t have the batteries they needed!

Star Wars Bladebuilders Light Sabers Review

While these toys were provided for me to give to my kids, I think it’s easiest to pick up batteries at the same time I buy the toys. That way I won’t forget about them when it’s time to start wrapping.

Toys”R”Us is a one-stop shop this holiday season. Not only do they have the best selection of Star Wars toys like the Luke Skywalker Electronic Light Saber Bladebuilder, it’s also great place to buy toys and the batties required to operate them at the same time at a great price.

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Duracell is one of my preferred battery brands, especially for toys. Many other brands seem to drain within hours of use, but Duracell lasts and lasts.

There are a few great ways to save on Duracell batteries this holiday season:

  • On November 22nd, your Sunday newspaper should have a $3 OFF coupon when you buy any 2 packages of Duracell batteries (AA/AAA 16pk, D/C 4pk, 9V 2pk or larger, Quantum AA/AAA 6pk, D/C 3pk or larger)
  • On December 13th, your Sunday paper should have a $1 OFF coupon when you buy one package of Duracell Coppertop or Quantum batteries.

After you read this Star Wars Bladebuilders review you might be in the mood to look for more great holiday gift ideas. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and check out my Christmas Gift Ideas board for all sort of gifts for kids of all ages!

Toys”R”Us Gift Card and Duracell Batteries Giveaway

Now I have a giveaway to help you with your holiday shopping. Imagine the toys you can buy with a $100 Toys”R”Us gift card. You’ll also get Duracell AAA batteries so you’ll have a few less batteries to worry about after you’ve bought your toys!

This giveaway is open to US residents and ends on 12/2/2015. Good luck!

$100 Toys"R"Us Gift Card + Duracell Batteries

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell & Toys “R” Us. The opinions and text are all mine.

Win Over $400 in Prizes at the Care Bears & Cousins Twitter Party! #CBCousins Nov 6 at 9pm EST

Promotional: This post and my participation in the Twitter party provided by Bloggin Mamas and the associated PR company. 

Care Bears & Cousins on Netflix Launch Twitter Party 11-6-15 at 9p EST #CBcousins

Join Bloggin Mamas & Care Bears™ as we host the #CBcousins Twitter Party on Friday, November 6th at 9p EST, 6pm PST!

We’ll be having a premiere party to celebrate the new Netflix original series, Care Bears & Cousins. As always, there will be some sharing and caring with awesome prizes!

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015

Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST

Hashtag: #CBcousins

Presented by: @BlogginMamas and @CareBearsFriend

Moderators: English– @HeLoEnterprises Span­ish– @BBabushka

Co-Hosts: @EnzasBargains, @BabySavers, @MamasMission, @MommyMafia, and @MommyPowers

With Kid Ambassador: @DittlesWorld

About Care Bears & Cousins Care Bears

  • The new show (available on Netflix), premieres on November 6, 2015
  • The Care Bears are reunited with their long lost, rambunctious relatives — the Care Bears Cousins! They show up in Care-a-Lot bringing plenty of laughs, hugs, cares and shares along with them.

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Care Bears & Cousins #CBCousins Twitter Party Prizes:

Grand Prize 1– $100 Netflix Gift Card and Care Bears Girls Dynacraft Bike (SRP: $89.99) Care Bears Bike Detailed Description: Girls’ 14″ Care Bears bike with BMX-style frame. Share your care and ride off in style with this colorful and playful Care Bears bike, equipped with carrying pack and plush Care Bears. Available at Toys “R” Us   Netflix Giftcard 4– $50 Netflix Gift Cards RSVP Prize Care Bears Blind Pack 1– Care Bears Prize Pack with a $50 Netflix Giftcard and Five (5) Blind Packs US Residents age 18 and over are eligible to enter.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. By RSVP’ing to this event and uti­liz­ing the #CBCousins hash­tag, the atten­dees acknowl­edge hav­ing read and agreed to these terms and conditions. Twit­ter Party Prize Give­away begins November 6th, 2015 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than November 6th, 2015 at 10:30pm ET(the “Twit­ter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via fol­low­ing @carebearsfriend and @BlogginMamas, and post­ing a tweet with the #CBCousins hash­tag dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Win­ners will be drawn ran­domly by at approx­i­mately 12 minute inter­vals dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. One (1) Win­ner will be drawn ran­domly via from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky wid­get. Prizes include: One (1) Grand Prize, includ­ing a Care Bears Girls Dynacraft Bike Bike and a $100 Netlix Giftcard. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $189.99, for one (1) winner. Four (4) Prizes of a $50 Netflix Giftcard. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $50 each, for four (4) winners. One (1) RSVP Prize including a $50 Netflix Giftcard and Five (5) Care Bears Blind Packs. Total approx­i­mate retail value (“ARV”) $75, awarded to one (1) win­ner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget. Each win­ner receives one (1) prize pack. Entrants who fail to com­plete said actions will be dis­qual­i­fied and an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from all entrants who entered dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. Win­ners will be noti­fied via DM (Direct Mes­sage) on Twit­ter with a request for an email address to send prize claim infor­ma­tion. Win­ners will have 48 hours to reply to the DM with a valid email address. Win­ners will have an addi­tional 48 hours from when prize claim infor­ma­tion is sent, to claim their prize and pro­vide ship­ping info, or a an alter­nate win­ner will be selected from amongst all entries received dur­ing the Twit­ter Party Entry Period. All prizes will be awarded pro­vided they are validly claimed by November 14 at 11:59AM EST. Entrants agree to release and hold harm­less the Blog­gin’ Mamas, Heather Lopez Enter­prises, LLC, GennComm, Care Bears, Netflix, American Greetings, Twit­ter, and any other orga­ni­za­tions respon­si­ble for spon­sor­ing, ful­fill­ing, admin­is­ter­ing, adver­tis­ing or pro­mot­ing this give­away, and their respec­tive par­ent, sub­sidiaries, and affil­i­ates and each of their respec­tive offi­cers, direc­tors, mem­bers, employ­ees, agents and sub­con­trac­tors (col­lec­tively the “Released Par­ties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­ity, includ­ing but not lim­ited to neg­li­gence and dam­ages of any kind to per­sons and prop­erty, includ­ing but not lim­ited to inva­sion of pri­vacy (under appro­pri­a­tion, intru­sion, pub­lic dis­clo­sure of pri­vate facts, false light in the pub­lic eye or other legal the­ory), defama­tion, slan­der, libel, vio­la­tion of right of pub­lic­ity, infringe­ment of trade­mark, copy­right or other intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, prop­erty dam­age, or death or per­sonal injury aris­ing out of or relat­ing to a participant’s entry, cre­ation of an entry or sub­mis­sion of an entry, par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away, accep­tance or use or mis­use of prize. Entrant agrees to indem­nify, defend and hold harm­less the Released Par­ties from and against any and all claims, expenses, and lia­bil­i­ties (includ­ing rea­son­able attorney’s fees) aris­ing out of or relat­ing to an entrant’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in this give­away and/or entrant’s accep­tance, use or mis­use of prize, includ­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, lia­bil­ity for per­sonal injury, dam­age, or loss. The Released Par­ties make no war­ranties, and hereby dis­claims any and all war­ranties, express or implied, con­cern­ing any prize fur­nished in con­nec­tion with the give­away. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, SUCH PRIZES ARE PROVIDEDAS ISWITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND THE RELEASED PARTIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. Dis­clo­sure: Blog­gin’ Mamas is man­ag­ing this Twit­ter Party. Individual co-hosts are receiving compensation for their participation. All prize ful­fillment is the respon­si­bil­ity of the sponsor.

PERK Vent Wraps Review: The Most Discreet Car Air Freshener! + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

PERK vent wraps reviewI have mixed feelings about air fresheners, especially in cars.

On the one hand, I love when a car smells good. Scents are closely tied to our emotional state, and a I know that a delicious scent definitely doesn’t hurt my mood!

On the other hand, some cars smell like there’s a good smell that’s trying to cover up a bad smell in there. I hope most adults know this, but the key to having a car that smells great is to start with a clean car. An air freshener should be used to make riding in your car a more pleasant experience.

Aside from all that, I also love the idea of a car that smells fantastic without the obvious placement of a noticeable air freshener.

The PERK Vent Wrap is known as offering fragrance you’ll notice, an air freshener you won’t! Here’s a video with more details:

The Vent Wrap is significantly more discreet than other vent air fresheners, and miles more discreet than those that hang from somewhere on the dashboard.

perk car air freshener review

Even better, it’s it’s easy to use. The vent wrap looks like a little clip that simply wraps around one vent blade.

It’s also pretty clear that it doesn’t block air flow from the vent and still lets you adjust the vent as needed.

perk vent wrap review

The PERK Vent Wrap is individually wrapped for long lasting fragrance. Each package I received contained four factory sealed wraps. It’s nice to know that only one wrap needs to be used and the rest will last until I need them.

Finally, PERK Vent Wraps are available in a variety of amazing PERK fragrances, including Golden Vanilla, Caribbean Colada, Summer Berry and New Car.

perk car air freshener review

I tried Golden Vanilla first, and the scent is absolutely perfect, especially for this time a year. I’ve always loved the warm smell of vanilla, and PERK’s take on it makes me feel good when I get in my car!

My husband has always enjoyed the New Car scent in other PERK products, so I’ll be popping a PERK Vent Wrap on his dashboard vent as soon as he gets home!

The giveaway

One lucky reader will win a PERK Vent Wrap gift basket containing the following:

  • 6 month supply of PERK products/fragrances
  • 1 PERK travel mug
  • 2 pairs of PERK sunglasses (1 green and 1 black)

Want to win? Wait for the Gleam giveaway box below to load.

PERK Gift Basket

After you enter, be sure to print your $1 off PERK coupon and visit PERK’s Facebook page for more details!

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Free Printable Lunch Box Notes + $300 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

free printable lunch box notes Can you believe that it’s September? It feels like the weather just started to get warm here in Minnesota, and now it’s back to school time!

There are plenty of ways to celebrate and make back to school time fun for kids of all ages, but sometimes it’s the little things that end up making the biggest impact on a child’s experience.

That’s why lunch box notes are so great. When I was young, my mom would write short lunch box notes on the napkin she’d pack with the rest of my food.

I can’t even remember what they said, but I still remember sitting at my school lunch table and seeing her handwriting. It doesn’t seem like much, but it gave much such a special feeling of just being loved. What kid doesn’t need that?

free printable lunch box notes

To make doing this a little easier, The Good Stuff by has 30 free printable lunch box notes to download and use!

Here are a few things I love about these free printable lunch box notes:

  1. No registration is required. Just go to the link below and start printing: free printable lunch box notes.
  2. You can personalize them. Several of the notes are fill-in-the-blank style to add names or details. Others are just pretty designs that you can write in.
  3. The blank notes can be used over and over again.
  4. You can download sets of encouraging lunch box notes AND sets of funny lunch box notes so you’ll have something to fit your child’s mood.

Get your FREE printable lunch box notes!

amazon gift cardWant to win a $300 Amazon gift card?

One lucky winner will receive a $300 gift card courtesy of The Good Stuff! Please wait for the Rafflecopter form to load to enter:

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Giveaway is open from 9/2/15 to 9/30/15. US residents age 18+ are eligible to enter.

Disclosure: This post and giveaway are both provided by The Good Stuff. Please see my disclosure policy for more details. 

Blog Giveaway! $90 in Cash, Walmart or Amazon Gift Cards, 2 Winners!

blog giveawayYay! I’m teaming up with a group of bloggers to offer a great giveaway!

TWO lucky winners will each receive $45. The winner can choose from the following:

Want to win? Follow the instructions below!

Help It’s Free At Last celebrate hitting 90,000 Followers on Twitter!

Two winners will receive their choice of $45 Walmart (e-gift card), Paypal or Amazon! (Ends 07/31/15)

***The Giveaway***

This giveaway is open  to entrants worldwide, 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household).

This blog giveaway ends on 07/31/15.

Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Return tomorrow to complete the daily entries.

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The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to Worldwide, 18+ only. Limit one entrant per household.

Confirmed Winner(s) (by will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout.

This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON: Printable Coloring Sheets and a DVD Giveaway!

Minnie's pet salon disney giveaway

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON is now on DVD and I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader!

Please check out my Minnie’s Pet Salon review to find out why I love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and see how cute the DVD is!

Minnie’s sparkling new pet salon is open for business…and adventure!

All your Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star pet show.

With so many pets to bathe, groom and train, Minnie needs help. Luckily, Mickey and the gang are there to lend a hand. But when three adorable little kittens go missing, it will take the right Mouseketools – and help from YOU – to find them in time for the big show.

With over two hours of song-filled pet-themed fun, including 4 additional episodes, Minnie’s Pet Salon is the “purr-fect” gift.

Everyone should enter the DVD giveaway below, but even if you don’t win the DVD you can still get this great Disney freebie!

Download Minnie's Pet Salon Activities

Click on the image above to get your free Mickey Mouse Clubhouse printable coloring and activity sheets!

Enter the Giveaway

One lucky reader will win Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon on DVD. You can visit the Minnie’s Pet Salon product page to learn more about the DVD.

Please wait for the giveaway form to load below. If it doesn’t load you can also visit the giveaway page to enter.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon DVD

This Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Pet Salon giveaway ends on June 14, 2015.