Gund Girls for Your Little Fashionista!

My daughter is not your typical girly-girl.  In fact, I often times describe her as the girliest tom-boy I know!  When my son was in Kindergarten (she was 3) we would go pick him up from school and she would wear her princess dress up dress while digging in the dirt and shoving rocks in her pockets.  But the one thing she LOVES is dolls.  At one point her bedroom was like an orphanage for dolls and she was always asking for more!  Even now, at 5, she still loves dolls.  So when I heard about the Gund Girls, I knew she would love them.

 The all new Gund Girls are perfect for your little fashionista!  Each one has their own, unique personality…just like your little one!  Let’s meet the girls!



Meet Brooklyn!

·         She’s a big city girl!

·         Her style is super girly!

·         She loves to shop with her friends!






Meet Emma!Emma

•              She loves having dance parties with her friends!

•              She also loves painting and anything with stripes!











Meet Deedee!

·         She loves traveling and having adventures with her friends!

·         Her favorite color is violet like her eyes!








Meet Sloan!

·         She loves hanging out on the beach with her friends!

·         Her style is hippie California chic.





Bella was sent Sloan and when I told her that Sloan likes to hang out at the beach, Bella yelled “so do I”!  And being that Bella JUST got back from a 10 day trip in Florida where they spent many days at the beach, this was the perfect Gund Girl to be sent to her!  Just look:


Bella has slept with her Gund Girl each night she has been home and it has made it’s way throughout our house.  She never wants to put her down.  In fact, Sloan joined us at dinner tonight!  With removable clothing that you can mix and match with the other dolls (and I think she is wearing something that one of Bella’s other dolls normally wears at the moment), the all new Gund Girls are a great addition to any family!

Be sure to check out Gund on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Which Gund Girl would you get for the little fashionista in your life?!?


Disclosure:  Thank you to Gund and Team Mom, Bella was provided with a Gund Girls for the purpose of the review.  All opinions are solely mine!



Ipad 3 Cases at!

My husband and kids surprised me big time this year for Mother’s Day.  They got me The New Ipad!  I was beside myself happy when I opened that gift.  Do you know how long I have wanted one of those????  I have not put it down once since I got it!  Well…accept for when we went shopping this afternoon to try and find a case for it.  Boy was that a trip.  I found a really cool one with camels (I like camels, remember?) all over it, but it was $85.  There was nothing special about it (well…accept for the camels!) to warrant me spending $85 on it.  If it were up to Dan, I would have this military grade case that you could probably run a tank over without destroying your ipad, but I find that to be a tad overkill.

When I got home I tried searching my favorite websites, but nothing jumped out at me.  Until I checked  Are you familiar with that site?  EVERYTHING…and I mean EVERYTHING is significantly cheaper.  Same great quality…just a lesser price!  Being the kind of person I am, I immediately looked for an Overstock Promo Code.  While shipping is extremely cheap with this site, if I could find a code that would give me free shipping…I’ll take the free shipping!  Promo codes are nice though.  Simply enter the code in where it tells you to.

If you have an ipad, which kind of case do you have?  I have it in my  head what I want, but I can’t find it (and I know it is out there).  I want something girly; something with a little bling; but most importantly, I want something that is going to protect my ipad.  I’ve found a few promising cases, but something tells me there is something better out there for me.

Leave me a comment with a link to the ipad case that you use…and remember, if you have a coupon code…let me know that too!  Gotta save money where I can!

Mother’s Day Coupons to Help YOU Shop and Save!

I am a HUGE couponaholic.  No really…I am.  Every Sunday I buy 3 newspapers (at the Dollar Store) AND I take my parents coupon inserts.  I then cut out ALL coupons that I would be willing to use, if the item went on sale…so that means I am NOT brand specific (well unless it’s Mac & Cheese…nothing beats name brand Mac & Cheese) and I put them in my coupon binder that is divided up by the various sections in the store.  Yes…I do realize this is crazy to some people (I’ve been told that I am wasting my time)…BUT when I am spending less than $50 a week on groceries for a family of 4…I’ll be the craziest person of all!  Side  note:  Every other month I buy a few toiletrie items in bulk at Sams Club…but that still only adds an additional $10 or so to my monthly grocery budget…still WAY better than what most families of 4 who do not use coupons, spend.

So, as you can imagine, when I am shopping for birthday’s, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, Christmas, etc I try to always find an online coupon.  It drives my husband crazy.  But it pays off.  We went to the large outlet malls near us and I spent about 25 minutes before we were leaving (if you ask my husband, he’ll say I held us up 25 minutes) because I KNEW I could find online printable coupons to use at the different store.  Why wouldn’t you want to save more money?  Sure it takes time to find the coupon, print it and actually remember to take it to the store, but again…it SAVES YOU MONEY!

As you know, Mother’s Day is coming up.  I’m usually the type of person that when asked what I would like as a gift, I say “oh I don’t need anything”.  Because I don’t.  And because I have the MothersDon’tSpendMoneyOnThemselves syndrome.  However, this year I made sure to nonchalontly send my husband an email that said:

Hey!  If you are looking to get me something for Mother’s Day from the kids, be sure to check out the Mother’s Day Coupons online.

I could hear him groaning when he opened the email…BUT I did see him click on the link and look around!  Again, why wouldn’t you?

If you have any questions on how to save money, please don’t hesitate to ask me a question.  You can email me (using the “Contact Me” at the top) or leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond!

Disclaimer:  This post was a sponsored post written  by me.

Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and nothing says I love you more than a handmade gift.  Below are some great DIY gifts that won’t break the bank:

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrubdiy gift ideas

  • 2 pureed strawberries
  • 1 TBS of olive oil
  • 1 TBS of vegetable oil
  • 2 TBS granulated white sugar
  • 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all of the ingredients and put them in a jar.  You can keep them the jar in the fridge for up to a week.

Exfoliating Lip Gloss

diy gift ideas

  • 2 TBS Crisco Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 TBS Strawberry or Cherry powdered drink mix
  • 1 lip balm container or clean contact case

Heat the Crisco in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it is a liquid.  While it is still hot, mix in the powdered drink mix and pour into the lip balm container.  Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Luxurious Muscle Soak

diy gift ideas

  • 1 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salts
  • 5 drops pink food coloring
  • 10 drops of your favorite aromatic essence 

Mix the salts and add the food coloring.  Using a fork, mix lightly so it is evenly colored.  Add in the aromatic essence and store in a pretty jar!

Like these DIY gift ideas?  Check out this video for more ideas.

Which one are you going to try first?!?  I’m making the lip balm!

For more tips and recipes like these, check out the book Bonding over Beauty in bookstores near you!

AHHHHH! It’s Christmas!

I really thought this Christmas was going to suck.  I couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit.  I was in a rotten mood, etc.  My husband took this week off so we could do fun, Christmas stuff together and it really helped to get me in better spirits.  Christmas morning rolled around and the kids were absolutely hilarious.  Our daughter came running in my room shouting “it’s morning everybody”!  Our son came tearing out of his room and yells “hey, why did Santa block the steps”.  Santa’s no fool kid…no way would we leave it so you can get downstairs and tear through those gifts before we could get down there!

My most FAVORITE gift I gave was a gift to my mother inlaw and father inlaw from all three grandkids.  A gorgeous 12×12 photo panel that I made.  (if you like it and would like one made…let me know.  I make them for other people too).

My most favorite gift I received is the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter.  Two years ago I got a sewing machine for Christmas that I am still learning how to use.  The main thing I want to learn to make is quilts.  I saw this machine at JoAnne’s and knew I just had to ask Santa for it.  Check out the link above.  It’s a really neat machine!!

What was your favorite gift to give?  How about to received?