Friday, June 24, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Win the CD & Book Set Philadelphia Chickens!

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Want to win a copy of the book & CD Set, Philadelphia Chickens?!  Click the box below for your chance!!  And don't forget to check out my review of this book set here as well as a few others by Sandra Boynton!!

Every eligible entry has 1 in 200 chance to win.  Requirements for participation:  18+ years of age (or legal age) and resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.  Must have an Amazon account to participate.  Giveaway will end at the latest June 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Fandango: Save $3.00 on a movie ticket purchase

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Fandango - The Secret Life of Pets Movie Tickets
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For a limited time you can save $3.00 on your Fandango movie ticket purchase when you use promo code APPLEPAY1 at checkout.  Valid through 6/26.

(Thanks Hip2Save!)

Sandra Boynton: Kids Books set to really great music (that moms & dads can enjoy too!)

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When I was pregnant with my first child I received a gift set of Sandra Boynton books and after reading through all of them I really did not care for her style.  Then a couple of years later her books that are set to music were highly raved about by another mom.  She persuaded me enough to try out the Philadelphia Chickens book & CD set.  Not only did my toddler enjoy the music but I did too (these were the only "kid" CDs my hubby could bring himself to listen to as well)!!

I love that the CD comes with a book because your child can follow along with the songs and that encourages reading, which I'm all for!  I still remember my kids following along in the book when they were little and enjoying the illustrations along with the words.

Blue Moo is probably our favorite.  It's like the jukebox music of the 50s. 

Philadelphia Chickens was our favorite until we listened to Blue Moo.  It still is a really great CD and so maybe I'll say this one is tied for 1st on our list!  :-)

I didn't think I would enjoy Rhinoceros Tap because it is a jazzy, tap sort of style but it is really great too!

Finally, Dog Train is probably my least favorite but the kids really enjoyed it.  It has a Classic Rock feel from the 70s, 80s, and 90s and this CD even features famous artists including Hootie (& maybe the Blowfish?!), Kate Winslet, Blues Traveler, and more.

Have you ever heard or own one of these CD/Book Sets?  I'd love to hear what you think about them!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shutterfly: Get One Free 8 x 8 Hard Cover Photo Book just pay s/h & tax ($29.99 value!!)

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From now through June 26, 2016, you can get a FREE 8 x 8 Hard Cover Photo Book through Shutterfly!  Simply use promo code AFREEBOOK at checkout and you will see your discount (a $29.99 value!).  Click here to get started making your photo book.

Offer is good for one free 20-standard page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book through, our mobile-friendly site, or Shutterfly apps. Promo can only be redeemed once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, Shipping and Handling will apply. Other cover types, additional pages, StorytellingTM Styles, etc may be added to the current book for an additional fee. Or apply the current price of a 20-standard page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book (after taking into account any current discounts on toward the purchase of a larger photo book. Not valid on 8x7, 7x9 or 8x8 soft cover photo books, TripPix, pre-paid plans, other products and prior purchases.

eBay: Buy a $50 Darden Restaurants eGift Card & Get $10 FREE (includes Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and more!)

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Currently there is a deal over on eBay where you can buy a $50 eGift Card to any Darden Restaurant (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse etc.) and you will receive an additional $10 eGift Card! Click here for details.

Those Magic Water Balloons Still Have Not Arrived (Reasons Why & What To Do)

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Did you order the Magic Water Balloons from the deal I posted over a month ago?  I know many people did and are eagerly awaiting their arrival (myself included!).  I was reading the comments on Hip2Save and many of her readers did confirm receiving their orders, although shipping was very SLOW.  I had also found a customer contact email, so I emailed them to see what was going on.

First off I want to note these are coming from China and it isn't so easy to just receive something quickly from halfway around the globe.  Also keep in mind that this offer was shared on one of the biggest National blogs as well as many other sites, so they had a HUGE amount of orders.

After finding my confirmation email from May, I was able to use the tracking number here. The company did ship the product out right away as you can see from the screenshot:

Once the package reached U.S. Customs tracking was no longer available because of the cheaper shipping option used by the company.  This is understandable because the deal included FREE Shipping.  I'm not exactly sure what happens after a huge amount of packages arrive from another country all containing the same thing (like do they open and check each?!) but I am hopeful our packages will be arriving soon.

The company representative I contacted was very kind and even offered a refund if I don't receive my package soon.  I feel really terrible these are taking so long to arrive, however, I also feel bad blaming the company when I can see they did their part and shipped my package very quickly after I sent payment.

In any event, if you are concerned you have a few options:
  1. You can contact the company for confirmation that it shipped.  Here is the contact info
  2. Look for your email that contains the order confirmation.  Then use that order number to check the tracking info here.  Again, keep in mind that tracking will not be available after it hit U.S. Customs.
  3. If you want a refund, I'm sure they will issue it to you, but be aware that you will most likely receive the package (unless it is lost). The company did ship the product in a timely manner and for whatever reason it is being held up here in the States.  I am trying to keep in mind that the company probably made very little profit on this deal since I know shipping from across the globe is not cheap.
I am really hoping that the product arrives to us all soon and we can share how much fun our kiddos had with these!  It was a great deal so I don't feel bad sharing it and I have faith it is on the way, but I sure do feel bad that it has taken this long.  Patience and understanding sure are hard but I'm trying!  :-)

CVS: Gain Flings or Tide Pods just $3.94 with coupon (thru 6/25)

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Here's the deal at CVS (thru 6/25):
Tide Pods or Gain Flings, 14 to 16 ct. - $4.94
Use $1.00/1 Tide Pods printable here or $1.00/1 Gain Flings printable here
= $3.94