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A Mother’s Sudden Sigh of Relief!

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Big Pea’s 5th birthday was Tuesday, a day deemed by her as “the best day ever”! My Little Pony looked over us as we watched her open presents and marvel over Pinkie Pie who stared back at her from a cherry chip cake, covered with a sinful white icing.

This birthday, as with the previous 4, were filled with the excitement of ripping open packages. The wonderful tid bits that were inside, meaningless, until the next day. There’s something about the possibilities that those packages hold, the fun that may or may not be hidden beneath the My Little Pony wrapping paper. We told her she had to wait until our family arrived that evening before she could open packages. I mentioned to my husband that I was impressed by her patience, as she never questioned our decision, nor did she attempt to pick up, shake or guess what may be inside. A feat any mother would be proud of.

The time had arrived, family was here and the presents were awaiting their demise. As she began to rip open her packages, I realized or rather, allowed myself to believe for the first time, that we have done a good job. As a mother, I am my biggest critic. Yes, I bathe her, clothe her and feed her but being a mom is SO much more than the essentials. It’s the cuddles on the couch, the stories at bedtime, the security that we strive to provide, the proper education, the right answers to their questions and so on. I have heard it many times, “being a mom is a tough job” and to those of us who strive to go above and beyond what are capabilities may be, those words ring loud and true, daily.

Every day we face new decisions, decisions that we may not know the answer to, but damn it we give it our best shot! Recently my almost-2 year old “accidentally” stole a toy from Target (I say accidentally, because she did not know better at the time). Well shit! March it back inside, explain the situation and apologize to the nice woman at Target, while now being 10 minutes late and looking like the bad parent at Kindergarten! Don’t think she understood? Think again! The next time we returned to the store, she shook her head, no, and said “we have to pay the lady first”! My point is that although we don’t think we are making an impression, we are, in everything we do!

To further prove my recent, self recognized “mom worthiness” to only myself (yes I’m standing on my soap box here), I very reluctantly asked Big Pea’s new Kindergarten teacher how she was doing and he replied, “she seems very well adjusted”! Little did he know, that those words shook my inner self to the core and he must have thought I was crazy, as I let out a big sigh of relief, my eyes relaxing, my very being letting go of some crazy idea that I was somehow screwing her up or worse yet, had already screwed her up. It was as if I had been holding my breath for the last 5 years, and all of the wind that I had accumulated came rushing out in an instant! Well adjusted may not sound like much, but 23 years earlier, my mother did not get the same response! I believe my Kindergarten teachers response to the very same question was “Well Mrs. X, we’re a bit concerned as she cries at the drop of a hat and she colors EVERYTHING black”! I can only imagine what my poor mother was thinking at that very moment, embarrassment, failure, wondering what on earth could be wrong with her child! It is only as a mother, that you better understand what your parents once went through.

My motto with my kids has always been “don’t screw this up”! I have a long line of screw-ups in my past, but this isn’t a meaningless friendship, a lust for a new boy or a math test. These are tiny, innocent, little humans and without our guidance, things could go awry very, very quickly.

For now, I rest in the fact that this is the longest running non-screw up thus far! I’m OK with that. I have yet to succeed, per say, but I’ll allow myself, for the first time, a very small pat on the back. Something every mother should reward herself with from time to time!

OK,OK and maybe her dad had a hand in all of this too….

Deals

50% off Your Entire Purchase @ Payless ShoeSource!


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Now go get some shoes (you know where I’ll be tonight)!

Giveaways

SproutBaby Giveaway: ThinkBaby Complete BPA-Free Feeding Set



Last month I told you about SproutBaby, an online marketplace for all things green and healthy for babies, children and parents. SproutBaby espouses a philosophy of providing eco-friendly solutions at reasonable prices for discerning parents and their newborns. Through education and environmental advocacy, SproutBaby believes that parents would gladly choose products that are as healthy for their children as they are good for the earth.

SproutBaby’s new line of organic, gourmet, shelf-stable baby food created by celebrity chef, Tyler Florence, is a big hit with parents everywhere, but SproutBaby offers so much more than this line of delicious baby food! At SproutBaby you’ll find essentials for feeding, diapering, baby care, mom care, books and gifts!

The ThinkBaby BPA-free Stainless Feeding System is just one of the many items that SproutBaby offers. The ThinkBaby BPA-free Stainless Feeding System is an all-in-one set that includes 1 Bento Box, 1 Soup Bowl, 1 Baby Bowl, 1 Cup and a Spoon and Fork!

Features of the ThinkBaby Stainless Feeding System:

The ThinkBaby Stainless Feeding System is designed to grow with your child. This Reusable system can meet all your little one’s feeding needs from teeny-tiny all the way to toddlerdom, while at the same time, reducing waste. Every piece in this set is free of Bisphenol-A, PVC, Lead, Phthalates or Melamine, and every piece includes a lid for easy travel!

- The Bento Box is the perfect on-the-go travel container that features an air-tight lid, safely keeping liquids or non-solid foods without fear of leakage.

- The Soup Bowl is deep enough for cereals and soups and after feeding time, you can store the bowl in the refrigerator.

- The Baby Bowl is perfect for beginning toddlers and comes with a thinkbaby orange lid, making it easy to locate!

- The Cup is designed for children who have out-grown a sippy cup and is the perfect cup for this transition time.

- The Spoon and Fork offer handles that are wrapped in thermoplastic rubber, making them easy to grip for little hands.

Buy it!

You can purchase the ThinkBaby Stainless Feeding System online at SproutBaby.com for just $39.99 with Free Shipping! “Deal”ectible Mommies readers can score an extra 15%Off using coupon code: SBBL001 at checkout!

A Chance to win $2500…

SproutBaby is also celebrating their 1st birthday and their providing you with an opportunity to win $2,500! To enter, you can simply make a purchase at http://www.sproutbaby.com/ between October 15, 2009 and December 15, 2009 and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Every completed purchase is a new entry into the drawing, so visit as many times as you like! If you like, you can also enter without making a purchase. For more information about the promotion and how to enter, please review the promotion Official Rules!

Win it!

Thanks to the nice people at SproutBaby, one lucky “Deal”ectible Mommies reader will win a ThinkBaby BPA-free Stainless Feeding System (ARV $39.99)! Just visit SproutBaby and tell me one OTHER item that you would love to have from their online store!

Extra Entries: The initial entry MUST be completed before any extra entries will count!! All Extra Entries will be left in the “comment” section of this post! Each comment counts as 1 entry..so if you qualify for two entries, then leave two comments!!!

1. Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway

You can copy and paste this into twitter:

Win a ThinkBaby Stainless Feeding System from SproutBaby and @dealectiblemom!

http://tinyurl.com/yh9lqrv

Already following me on twitter? Send out the above tweet and you just earned yourself an entry.. drop me a comment and let me know!

2. *2 Entries* Subscribe to “Deal”ectible Mommies by Email or Subscribe to my feed.

3. *2 Entries* Follow “Deal”ectible Mommies…You can Follow My Blog on my sidebar..hint: It’s at the very top!

4. *2 Entries* Blog about this giveaway (please leave a link to the post)

5. Grab my button!



Good Luck!

The boring stuff: Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Giveaway will end on November 8th at Midnight! Winner will be chosen using random.org!



Giveaway Disclaimer: Our giveaway sponsors are responsible for shipping and fulfillment of any winnings here at “Deal”ectible Mommies. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes won!

Deals

Fisher Price Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo for only $29.99!


UPDATE: I’m happy that many of you have cashed in on this deal. Although the price is now showing $47.99, you can still score this for just $29.99 w/Free Shipping! The only downside is that it may take 3-5 weeks to get to you, but it will be to you before Christmas…so if your kids want this toy…order it now! Here’s How:

Click on the link below and on the right-hand side bar find where it says “more buying choices”. Amazon should be right on top at $29,99…add to cart!

Amazon has the Fisher Price Mickey’s Magic Choo Choo for just $29.99 (reg. $49.99) with Free Shipping! This is going to be a HOT toy this year as this magic choo choo lays his own track! Also, I believe retail on this is going to be $59.99 during the holiday season, so at this price, order a few!

Don’t forget about the $10 rebate on $25 Amazon Toy Purchase, bringing your total to just $19.99!

Happy Shopping!

Deals

DEAD: Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck Just $19.99!


Sorry folks, price has jumped back up to $32.99 ;(

I know these little Tonka Trucks are a hot holiday item for boys and it’s rare that you can find them on sale! Amazon has the Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck for just $19.99 (reg. $32.99) with Free Super Saver Shipping on orders of $25 or more!

Add a filler item to kick your order to $25 and score Free Shipping and get the $10 rebate on $25 Amazon Toy Purchase, bringing your total to just $9.99 for this truck!

Happy Shopping!

Deals

High Value Coupons!


Here are a few high value coupons that I have used in the past week or plan on using this week! Combine some of these coupons with great deals and save yourself a bundle!

$10 rebate on $25 Amazon Toy Purchase! Get a $10 refund on a $25+ purchase from the Amazon Toy Store. You’ll have the option of a subscription to Parenting Early Years or Parenting School Years (a $9.97 value)OR if you prefer, you can choose a rebate of $9.97!

Tonight from 5-9 pm, ToysRus is having a Members Only shopping night! CLICK HERE for all coupons and specials!

$10 Off Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure Blu-Ray Combo Pack….Check your local retailers to find the best price! Tonight only, ToysRus is offering a $20 off coupon when you purchase both the Tinkerbell AND Snow White Blu-ray DVDs. Stack with the $10 coupon for a total savings of $30!

15% Off Lego purchase at ToysRus…Expires 10/31/2009

$75 in Playskool Coupons

$1 Off the purchase of any ONE Evenflo Smart Steps product (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Click here for coupon) Expires 12/31/2009

$5 off an animal priced $10 or more ….Expires 10/31/2009

Giveaways, Reviews

New Keith Haring by Bumkins SuperBibs: A Giveaway

By now, I can only imagine that most mom’s have not only heard of Bumkins, but have come to love them! We have been big fans of Bumkins for some time now and have used everything from their Diaper Covers to their Aprons and SuperBibs.

Bumkins just released a new line of prints based around the artwork of Keith Haring! The two new Keith Haring prints (Animal and Radiant Baby) are bright with primary colors that children adore, whimsical, child-like and offer the same great qualities that Bumkins is known for. Bumkins SuperBibs are waterproof, stain and odor resistant, feature a catch-all pocket and a velcro closure.

We love that Bumkins SuperBibs are big enough to cover all of your little ones upper torso and keep nasty stains from ruining their clothes. When meal time is over, just wipe down with a damp sponge or run under some water and their dry and ready for a second feeding in a matter of minutes, thanks to the waterproof fabric.

Buy it!
Bumkins SuperBibs, including the New Keith Haring prints, retail for just $7.95! This is a perfect price point for the average family and would make a great gift this Holiday Season! You can purchase the new Keith Haring SuperBibs and all other Bumkins products at http://www.bumkins.com/superbib.html or find a retailer near you!

Win it!
3 lucky “Deal”ectible Mommies readers will win a Keith Haring by Bumkins SuperBib! Each of the 3 Winners will have the opportunity to pick their print of choice: Animal or Radiant Baby. Just visit Bumkins online and tell me one other Bumkins product that your family would love to have!

This giveaway is now closed!

Extra Entries: The initial entry MUST be completed before any extra entries will count!! All Extra Entries will be left in the “comment” section of this post! Each comment counts as 1 entry..so if you qualify for two entries, then leave two comments!!!

1. Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway
You can copy and paste this into twitter:

Win the New Keith Haring print SuperBibs from Bumkins & @dealectiblemom! (3 Winners) http://tinyurl.com/yjwwnur

Already following me on twitter? Send out the above tweet and you just earned yourself an entry.. drop me a comment and let me know!

2. *2 Entries* Subscribe to “Deal”ectible Mommies by Email or Subscribe to my feed.

3. *2 Entries* Follow “Deal”ectible Mommies…You can Follow My Blog on my sidebar..hint: It’s at the very top!

4. *2 Entries* Blog about this giveaway (please leave a link to the post)

5. Grab my button!


Good Luck!

The boring stuff: Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Giveaway will end on November 6th at Midnight! Winner will be chosen using random.org!

Review Disclaimer: Bumkins sent me the new Keith Haring print SuperBibs in exchange for my review on the products listed. My thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

Giveaway Disclaimer: Our giveaway sponsors are responsible for shipping and fulfillment of any winnings here at “Deal”ectible Mommies. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes won!

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