Sunday, November 25, 2012

HOT!! Kindle Fire 8GB only $129 w/ promo code!

for only $159.00.  You can use promotion code FIREDEAL to take this down to only $129!!

This is the lowest price I have seen.  HURRY!!  This could sell out quick.

My Pinypon Party- Awesome gift for girls!! #mommyparties

I recently was chosen to host my first mommy party for Pinypon.  I had not heard of Pinypon before and was quite surprised when I received a huge box full of awesome toys.  My 7-year old daughter and even my 5 and 3-year old sons were super excited to get to play with these toys.

Pinypon's are super fun and unique dolls that are all interchangeable.  They were created by the toy company Famosa which has been around since 1957!!  The dolls have four parts that can be swapped out including their hair, heads, body and legs which include their facial expressions, clothing and fun accessories!  Pinypon items are all reasonably priced and liked by all ages.

Our Pinypon Party Kit included 12 Pinypon's, 2 Pinypon caravans (1 for my daughter and 1 for a raffle), 2 baby dolls from Nenuco (1 for my daughter and 1 for a raffle) as well as fashion show certificates and lots of coupons!!

We began the party by checking out the Nenuco Newborn Makes Bubbles doll.  All of the girls at the party love to play with babies and thought this one was adorable!  They all took turns giving her a bottle and loved how she uses a potty!!  I really like how sturdy this doll felt- some of my daughters babies have been cheap and don't get a lot of use.  I can tell this one will definitely last!!

Next the girls all had fun playing with the Pinypon Caravan.  This van is completely decked out....fully loaded!!  It provided a lot of entertainment and all of my daughter's friends enjoyed setting everything up and playing with all of the fun accessories and dressing up the caravan with fun stickers.  This is the perfect addition to Pinypon dolls!

The girls all were super excited to find out they would each be picking their own Pinypon doll to take home!!  They took turns using Pinypon cards that were numbered to see in which order they would choose.  They all had no problem choosing a Pinypon and then they had a chance to swap to make their doll their own.  Afterwards, the girls had a blast showing off their creations in a Pinypon Fashion Show!!  They oohed and aahed over the new transformations.

Most of the girls had seen commercials and were so excited to actually play with these cute toys.  A lot of them wanted to add them to their Christmas lists and were happy to receive coupons.  These toys are recommended for children ages 4-7 but we had a couple girls that were a little older who really enjoyed them.  I would recommend extra supervision if you have these around younger children as they do come with small parts.

Overall, this was a great party and I know I will be buying more Pinypon & Nenuco toys for Christmas this year!!

You can like Pinypon and Nenuco on facebook for special offers and coupons!!!

Disclosure:  By publishing this post I received free items as part of a promotional program through Mom Select.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HOT DEAL! Dyson DC33 under $300

Kohls is having their Black Friday online event right now and you can get some AWESOME deals!

Right now you can purchase the Dyson DC33 for under $300. 

Here is the breakdown:

  • Sale Price- $374.99
  • Price when added to cart- $299.99
  • Discount Code- THANKFUL   or    BLACKFRI for 15% off- takes off $45

My total was $270.29 with tax!!!  I have seen this at Walmart & Amazon for $390ish.

Shipping is free for spending over $50.

You will also receive $75 in Kohl's cash that can be spent 11/26-12/3!!!

You can use Shop At Home to receive 6% cash back making this an even sweeter deal!!

Power Wheels Dune Racer only $229

Hurry over to Amazon where you can purchase the Power Wheels Dune Racer for only $229!! 

We paid $250 for this last year and my kids LOVE it!  They have definitely got their use out of it and it is still going strong.

You can also get the pink version for the same price HERE !

These are both eligible for Amazon Prime although they do say they may take an extra 1-2 days to process.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Hunger Games 2-Disc DVD only $9.99

Hurry to Amazon where you can purchase the The Hunger Games 2-Disc DVD for only $9.99!

This item is also eligible for Prime Shipping!

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop- Win $10 Amazon GC & The Sparkle Box Book

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Welcome to the Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop hosted by Mom to Bed by 8 and Life With Two Boys!

The holidays will be before you know it so to make things a little easier on you and your wallet we decided to give you an opportunity to WIN your gifts this year! Several awesome blogs have to come together to bring you some amazing prizes that will look great sitting under your tree Christmas morning. After you enter our giveaway make sure you hop around to the rest of the participating blogs for more chances to win!

Along with all of the individual prizes we also have TONS of awesome Grand Prizes for everyone on your list including Baby, Kids (boys and girls), Teens, and Adults. The Grand Prizes include a Babyhome Emotion Stroller, Little Tikes Classic Castle, Pillow Pets Dream Lites, Pillow Racers, Furby, $50 The Children's Place Gift Card, Nokia Lumia 900, and a Keurig Elite Brewing System!

Enter the Grand Prizes here!

Up for grabs on The Simple Things is a $10 Amazon Gift Card along with The Sparkle Box book (valued at $19.99).

A wonderful book that comes with a Sparkle Box all about making Family Christmas Traditions!  Watch for my review coming soon!

Disclaimer: Please note that the Happy Holidays Giveaway Hop hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.

Amazon HOT Deals!! The Lorax only $3.99 + more!

only $5.99!

Includes a free rental so you can watch immediately!

Only $3.99!!

Only $15 or get the Blu-ray 3 disc pack for only $19.99!

Only $5!!  Usually $19.98!

Only $26.97 with many patterns to choose from!!  Great Christmas Present and a nice price for someone like me who has no clue what happened to my mugs and bowls! =o)

Hurry over to Amazon where you can purchase the Conair 247PBTX 1875 Watt Ionic Conditioning Hair Dryer, Purple/White for only $2.53!!

This is $7.53 and there is a $5 coupon you can clip making this only $2.53.  This item qualifies as an add-on item meaning it will ship free with any eligible $25+ purchase.

Amazon is offering HOT deals on toys right now!!  You can purchase the Knex Value Tub - 400 pieces for only $12.00 and it qualifies for Prime Shipping!!!  This item is usually  $24.99.

  • Packed with 400 parts, including bricks, rods and connectors, for lots of open-ended building fun
  • Includes ideas/instructions for 20+ models or use your own imagination
  • Handy storage tub means you can take the fun with you and clean-up is easy
  • For ages 7+

Monday, November 5, 2012

LG 42" Smart TV Giveaway 11/26

LG Smart Magic Bigscreen Giveaway Event

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  • Intelligent Sensor
  • Clear Voice II
  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable included
I know I would LOVE to win this for a Christmas Gift!!  I am happy to be able to participate and offer this giveaway to my readers. 

One lucky reader will receive a LG 42" Smart 1080p Edge-Lit LED HDTV with Wi-Fi and Magic Remote!

Giveaway ends November 26th at 11:59pm, open to Continental US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. The Simple Things is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  

Reading Eggs- Your child can learn to read online

Parents-  I have a great website I want to share with you!!  Reading Eggs is an amazing website if you have children learning how to read.  This website has interactive games all about teaching your children reading skills.  Your child can learn to read online! 

 Age groups start at 3/4 years with getting your child started, 5-years where your child can build on skills they have learned at school, 6/7 years where practice makes perfect up to 7/13 years where they can continue to build their reading skills.

I have a 3-year old who is really starting to enjoy the computer.  This would be a great time to get started on early childhood education.

My 5-year old is really starting to pick up on reading and I would love to have a fun program that will continue to help him also.

Reading Eggs launched in the US & Canada in 2011 and already has 500, 000 subscribers and presented more than 15 million lessons in North America!  This program was developed by a team of highly experienced teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers.

My readers can receive a 2-week FREE trial period- NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED!!  This would make a great Holiday Gift too!

Pink Apple Ipod Touch Giveaway 11/21

Welcome to the Apple IPod Touch ~ Pink 32 GB Turkey Day Event! Event will run from 11/1 12:01 AM - 11/21 11:59 PM. It is brought to you by our host and co hosts Plum Crazy About Coupons, A Medic's World, Raking In The Savings, Dishin' With Rebelle, Freebie Spot, Cotton Ridge Create, Stay A Stay At Home Mom and Coupondipity.
We would like to say thank you to all other wonderful bloggers that are participating in this event also.

$500 Christmas Cash Giveaway 12/5

Christmas Cash Giveaway Event

Please take a moment to visit our sponsor:! was founded in summer 2012 in order to provide visitors with daily updated list of contests, giveaways, sweepstakes and deals. Enter your email here for a chance to win $500 in cash. If you host any kind of giveaway or contest feel free to submit your contest at Emperola for free.

Stop by and say congrads to Mom to Bed by 8 who is celebrating their 3rd annual gift guide!

This is such an awesome giveaway!!  Who couldn't use $500 for the Holidays?!?  I can think of a lot of ways this would come in handy.  Good luck!

One lucky reader will receive $500 {winner's choice of Visa Gift Card, Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card}!

Giveaway ends December 5th at 11:59pm, open to worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. The Simple Things is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

$500 Christmas Cash--Free Blogger Event

This is going to be a HOT giveaway!!!  Sign up & please let them know The Simple Things sent you!!

Christmas Cash Event hosted by Mom Powered Media

Prize: $500 Visa Gift Card OR $500 Paypal Cash OR $500 Amazon Gift Card {winner's choice}

Event dates: 11/7 - 12/5

Free Blog Event! Sign-up here, BLOGGERS WANTED

Pink Apple IPod Touch--Free Blogger Event

Plum Crazy About Coupons is hosting an awesome giveaway for an Ipod Touch and bloggers can sign up for a free facebook or twitter link as well as many paid for links.

Apple® – iPod touch® 32GB MP3 Player (5th Generation – Latest Model) – Pink.  RV $299.99.  They are taking pre orders right now and expect to be out this month. Giveaway will run Nov. 1 – Nov. 21. Winner will be chosen on Thanksgiving.

This will definitely be a hot event!!  Sign up HERE & let them know The Simple Things sent you!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pasta Fits! Yummy recipe and an awesome giveaway

Our family LOVES pasta!  When I make it as a side dish my kids always come back for seconds and even thirds!  I love how easy and convenient pasta is.  It cooks fast and can be used in just about anything.  

We have been getting on track with eating healthier and I sadly assumed we would not be eating pasta anymore.  When I was contacted to try out a pasta assortment I was happy and my excitement grew when I read the package and realized we could actually eat this pasta and consider it healthy! (more on this in a few)

We have tried out a few different recipes.  Some healthy, others not, but all have ingredients that can be substituted for low calorie, healthier choices.

The first thing we tried was a BAKED PASTA ALFREDO.  My husband kind of threw this together with some things we had on hand and it was delicious!

  • Pasta (we used Heartland Penne)
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chablis Wine

  • Sautee the mushrooms with a small amount of wine and garlic while boiling the noodles.
  • Mix Mushrooms and pasta with alfredo sauce and top with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and slightly golden.

You could easily add some chicken and serve this as a main dish!!!!

We have had a chance to try almost all of these delicious noodles!!  October is Pasta Month so be on the lookout for more delicious recipes throughout the remainder of this month.


The Simple Things has partnered with the National Pasta Association to offer one lucky reader a pasta prize pack:

Dreamfields® Spaghetti
Mueller's® Whole Grain Spaghetti
Heartland® Gluten Free Wheat Free Penne
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest® Spaghetti
Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini
Ultragrain Pasta® Spaghetti Spoon

Must be 18 years or older
Must live in the U.S.

Fall Apple Festival Giveaway 11/1

Have you heard the news? It's apple season here in the United States! If you are someone who loves apples (& delicious desserts like apple pie) this is the time to pick fresh apples from your local orchard, or find some great deals on apples at your local grocery store. If you are a Pinterest addict like us, discounted apples also means you can try all the delicious apple recipes being pinned without spending a small fortune on apples!

To celebrate the start of the Apple Season, Budget Earth and Mew Review are having their own Fall Apple Festival and you are invited! All of your favorite blogs are pitching in to offer our readers some great apple themed prizes, like a Collector's Edition of Apples to Apples AND an Apple Scented Soy Candle! While we may not be able to give all of our readers free hayrides and homemade treats, we hope you do enjoy our small festival! To learn more about this family game, check out Mew Review's review of Apples to Apples!

Welcome to the Fall Apple Festival Giveaway

Hosted by Budget Earth & Mew Review

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter below. Before entering, here is what you need to know about this awesome giveaway!

  • 1 Lucky winner will win a Collectors Edition Copy of Apples to Apples. Another winner will recieve an Apple Scented Soy Candle.
  • Giveaway starts October 17th and ends November 1st at 12:01 am.
  • US Residents Only.
  • Winner Will Be Notified Through Email & Will Have 48 Hours to Respond Before a New Winner is Chosen.
  • Winner be chosen through Rafflecopter via
  • Must Be 18 Years or Older to Enter Giveaway.
  • All entries will be verified.
  • Only 1 Person Per Household May Enter aka NO MULTIPLE ACCOUNT ENTRIES.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter Means You Agree to All Terms.
  • Good Luck Everyone!
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The Simple Things did not receive compensation (items or money) for giveaway. This contest is completely blog sponsored and paid for by bloggers - with the difference being paid by Budget Earth. This blog is not responsible for prizes or shipping.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

*HOT DEAL* Bath & Body Works- 20% off + Free Shipping + 5% cash back

I have been wanting to order from Bath & Body Works for awhile & I am so glad I waited!!  They are having awesome deals right now and there is a promotion code for 20% off & free shipping when you spend over $25.  You also get 5% cash back!

Here is how to get this great deal:

Go to your Shop At Home account.  If you don't have one, sign up HERE.  It is free and you get cash back just for shopping online!!

Search for Bath & Body Works and head to their site.

When you check out use the code SHOPHOME12 to receive your 20% off and free shipping (when you spend 25+)

You will be credited 5% to your Shop at Home account.  This pays out when you reach $20 and does not take long to get it up there!!

Bath & Body Works makes great CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!

You can get soaps at 6 for $20. This makes them $2.67 each!!!

Their signature collection is on sale- buy 3, get 2 FREE

Halloween soaps are 50% off!!

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