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May 2010


Happy Memorial Day & a Few Deals….

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Today, take a moment to reflect about those who have given their lives or faced so much uncertainty protecting our country. While we are safely sleeping at night, there are men and women who are very busy keeping our borders safe in places that I hope to never see. So as you gather with your families, take a moment to remember and thank those who protect our safety and our way of life. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

A few Memorial Day Deals:

Zulily is having a HUGE Memorial Day Blowout Sale with most items 70% off, but these items are selling out quickly, so head over and grab some items before their gone!

Kelty Diaper Bags and Infant Carriers are 40% off at bTrendie, along with 55% off Maxi Cosi Car Seats! You’ll also find cloudb sleep aids…don’t forget that new members will receive $10 in their account immediately to begin shopping.

is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders thru midnight tonight!

Today you can score 25% off your Gap online purchase of $75 or more using code: GAPSUMMER. Additionally, you can score FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100 or more! Discount only applies to regularly priced merchandise.

The Mini Social is offering FREE SHIPPING today! Mia Bossi, Hip to be me and more sales open now!

Happy Shopping!


Fisher Price “My Little Lamb” Cradle Swing just $99 Shipped & More Deals!

Amazon has the Fisher-Price Cradle Swing (My Little Lamb) for just $99.54 (reg. $150) w/Free Shipping! All other cradle swings are $135 to $170, so this is a sweet deal!  We had a cradle swing with Lil’ Pea and it was a life saver!

Additionally, the Baby Einstein Around The World Cradling Bouncer is down to just $25.26 (reg. $40) w/Free Shipping!

The The First Years Jet Stroller in Retro Red is just $31.34 (reg. $40) w/Free Shipping! A really nice looking umbrella stroller for such a small price!

The BABYBJÖRN BabySitter Balance is just $114.84 (reg/ $180) w/Free Shipping! Red is available for $116 and other a few other colors are marked down as well.  I love the modern look of this seat and it looks like baby would be quite comfy hanging out in this chair!

This Belle Baby Organic Baby Carriers in organic black is just $79.49 (reg. $110) w/Free Shipping! All other colors are full price, so grab this one before it’s gone!

Happy Shopping!


Mother’s Cookies Returns & Expands Into New Markets

Growing up there were always a few staple foods, that even to this day, will take me back to my childhood with just one taste! My brother and I spent quite a bit of time with my grandmother and she was like the fairy godmother of all things sweet, so of course, Mother’s Cookies were always in the cabinet!

About Mother’s Cookies
Since 1914, the bakers of Mother’s® Cookies have been creating new tasty cookies. From our Original Circus Animal® cookies to our Coconut Cocadas®, we have fun baking The Cookies in the Passionate Purple Package®. Mother’s® are like no others!™

My favorite cookie from Mother’s Cookies is the circus animal cookies, offering colorful frosty goodness with sprinkles on top…how could you not swoon over these cookies? Mom Central sent us two packs of Mother’s Cookies Animal Circus Cookies and all I can say is simply, Yum..Yum…and Yum!   Although the circus animal cookies are my personal favorite, Mother’s Cookies also makes many other varieties that are just as yummy including, chocolate chip, Coconut Cacadas, double fudge, english tea, iced oatmeal, iced lemonade and well…I think you get the point that there is a large variety of some seriously delectable cookies that come from Mother’s Cookies!

Although we here in the Western U.S. have enjoyed Mother’s Cookies for some years now, those of you in other parts of the United States have not yet had the pleasure. After a bit of a hiatus, Mother’s Cookies has not only returned, but are now expanding into new markets including Kansas City! Now snackers in other part of the U.S. will have the opportunity to enjoy the tasty goodness that has become a fond memory from my childhood and I hope it will become a fond memory for your children as well.  If you reside in the Kansas City area, I urge you to run to the store and grab a bag of these delicious cookies!

Buy it!
To find out more about Mother’s Cookies, visit them online at  To purchase Mother’s Cookies, you can find a retailer OR  visit the Mother’s Cookies Amazon Store to purchase Mother’s Cookies without even leaving your home!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Mother’s Cookies and received two bags of cookies and a $20 Amazon gift certificate to facilitate my review.

Giveaways, Reviews

Novica Review & Giveaway

Have you ever been to another country and brought a really special, handmade item home with you?  For those of you who have, you know how special that item is and typically it’s an item that stays with you for many, many years and is so well made, that eventually it will become something that you can pass down to your children.

Novica, a company in association with National Geographic, has set out to connect consumers with these special handmade items, bringing artists and artisans from other countries, right to your doorstep!

About Novica
Novica has set out to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. Their mission is to provide consumers with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. Novica wants you to know who your buying from and feel the attachment to the product and the hands that created it.

Our Experience
There’s something about shopping with Novica that adds an added excitement that you don’t get shopping at ordinary websites and stores. When you visit Novica, shoppers can not only search items by product, but also by the region it comes from. Once you have found an item that you love, you can then learn about the artist that created it. Novica really makes an effort to not only give you an amazing shopping experience, but they go beyond retail, connecting you with the hands that made each item. You feel as if you suddenly know the artist and I personally found myself day dreaming about what their life must be like.

We were given an opportunity to place an order at the Novica website and after searching the website and their very large array of items, I had a hard time narrowing down my choices.  For some time now, I have wanted a wooden salad bowl, however I was not amused by the large price tag of these salad bowls at mass retailers.  After searching the Novica for “wooden salad bowls”, we came upon an olive wood salad bowl that was just breathtaking, made by artisan Blas Ponce Manrique. Born in 1927, Blas originates in Peru and offers the following commentary regarding his talents:

“I started in the arts and crafts world when I was thirteen years old doing silversmith work in my hometown of San Jerónimo. When I was young I dedicated myself to studying at a state funded polytechnic institute specializing in arts and crafts trades in the capital, Lima. It was there that I learned the art of woodworking, and over time I worked to perfect my craft, always persevering with a sense of enthusiasm. I am one of the few woodworkers who works with olive wood, as it is a classic wood.”

And here is the Olive Wood Salad Bowl that Mr. Manrique crafted for us…

The salad bowl came packaged in this beautifully paper packaging with a handmade Llama glued to a bow on top!

It also came with a little note about the artisan and information on the salad bowl itself.

The olive wood salad bowl is so beautifully crafted that I’m certain this will be an item that will stay with us for years to come and I hope to pass it down to my girls one day! The salad bowl retails for $92.95 and something of this quality would easily run you around $300 locally and you would be missing out on the wonderful story of the artist and the wonderful feeling that comes from supporting a hardworking artisan that puts much time and thought into each piece they create.

What items are offered by Novica?

This is where it gets really fun! Novica offers everything from furniture and home decor to silver jewelry, apparel, paintings and more! Novica even offers a gift finder, where you can find suggestions of what that “special someone” may enjoy. The enjoyable part about shopping at Novica is that your going to receive a one-of-a-kind item that is not mass produced on a production line. Behind each product is a story, a family, a person and a talent that has been given the opportunity to extend and share their craftsmanship with people like you and I!

Extending Opportunities
Novica goes above and beyond connecting artists to consumers, it also offers microfinance opportunities, in an effort to help artisans grow. Artisans now have the opportunity to gain access to microcredit with 0% interest…how amazing is that?

Start Shopping
Visit to begin shopping! I find myself reading the bio’s of the artists more than shopping, however once you read the bios of the artists, you suddenly fall in love with their work! New customers can use code: NOVICA243 to receive $10 off a $40 purchase!

Win it!

The kind folks at Novica are offering one lucky “Deal”ectible Mommies reader a chance to WIN $50 Novica Gift Card to find a special item for your family! Purchase a new pair of earrings, find a handmade piece of sterling silver jewelry or find a new wooden salad bowl to add to your dinner time festivities!

Simply visit and tell me an item you would love to have OR tell me about an artisan you found and your entered to win!

Extra Entries: Please Note that the intial entry must be completed before any extra entries will be counted.

1. Fan “Deal”ectible Mommies on Facebook

2. Follow “Deal”ectible Mommies on Twitter and tweet the following:

Win a $50 Novica Gift Certificate from @dealectiblemom!

3. Subscribe to my feed or emails (located on the right hand sidebar).

4. Comment on any non-giveaway post.

5. Grab my button:

6. Follow Novica on Facebook

7. Follow Novica on Twitter

The boring stuff: Giveaway open to entrants worldwide. However, please note click here for a complete list of countries that Novica will ship to. Giveaway ends on June 18th at midnight. Winner will be chosen using

Disclaimer: I was provided with the above mentioned products to facilitate my review. My thoughts and opinions remain my own!


Memorial Weekend Sales (running list)!

There are so many sales going on this weekend, that I thought I would compile a list of memorial day sales! This is a running list, so I will continue to add more deals as I find them, so keep checking back!

BabiesRus is having a huge memorial day sales event. There’s many items being offered for free with purchase. CLICK HERE to see the all promotions. You can also print a coupon good for 20% off any baby gear item, as well as multiple coupons for both BabiesRus and ToysRus! Sale starts today and ends on Monday, May 31st (thank you to My Dallas Mommy).

Albee Baby is offering 25% off all non-discounted Britax items using code:Britax25 (thanks to Baby Cheapskate).

Print a coupon good for 30% off your $40 purchase at Carters.  In-store Only. Expires June 2nd.

Print a coupon good for 20% off at Coldstone Creamery! Expires June 30th, 2010 (thanks to Mommies with Cents).

Wow Wow Wubbzy: Escape From Dino Island is just $8.99 (reg. $17) w/Free shipping on orders of $25 or more. You’ll also receive a $4 Amazon video on demand credit with purchase!

Amazon has the Fisher-Price Newborn-To-Toddler Rocker for just $35 (reg. $52) w/Free Shipping!

Visit your local Gap on Memorial Day and receive 25% off your entire purchase! Gap cardmembers will receive 30% off!

Print a coupon good for $10 off Alice in Wonderland Blu-ray Combo Pack, then head to your local target to score movie for around $16 (thanks to “Deal”icious Mom).

Today and Tomorrow you can score an additional 50% off clearance items at Old Navy! You can also use this printable coupon good for $5 off a $25 purchase (thanks to “Deal”icious Mom).

There’s plenty more where that come from! I will be updating this today as I find new deals and over the weekend, so keep checking back! If you have a deal to share you can email me using the “contact me” tab at the top of my blog or visit us on Facebook and share your deals using the “discussion” tab!

Receive Free Shipping on all orders at Hautelook! Offer good now thru monday at midnight PST!

Happy Shopping!


The Zulily Blog & $10 Off Coupon Code!

Did you know that Zulily has a blog? Not just any blog, but a blog that combines some seriously awesome mom bloggers from across the blogosphere with some seriously “fashionable” articles! I recently wrote a post for the Zulily blog on summer fashion trends for kids!  Stop by, read my post and leave me some comment love!

I also have a fabulous coupon code good for $10 off a $50 purchase at Zulily!  Use code: OURTREAT10.  This coupon code is only good thru May 31st, so take advantage of this discount while you can (one use per person). Not a member yet? CLICK HERE for your personal invitation to this fabulous members only shopping site!

Today Zulily is featuring 70% off Little Mass, 40% off Ah Goo Baby, Ragg Kids sandals for just $11.99, 50% off Banana Cabana and more!

Hot Deal Alert
On Monday, May 31st, Zulily will be having their first BLOWOUT SALE with some awesome sales and discounts up to 70% off, with limited quantities!  Combine the above mentioned coupon code and score some seriously sweet deals!

Happy Shopping!


50% Off Petunia Pickle Bottom @ Billion Dollar Babes!

I have been waiting all week for this sale and it’s finally here! Petunia Pickle Bottom is live at Billion Dollar Babes! You can pick up the boxy backpack pictured above for just $84! Grab a cross town clutch for just $44, a shoulder bag for $88, touring totes for $77 and more items are available including infant sling carriers!

What are you waiting for? Jump over there before their gone!

Happy Shopping!


Winners Announced!

I have a few winners to announce!

The new winner (due to non response) of the Kodak sterling silver necklace giveaway is… #16 transamws602@

The Winner of the Guidecraft Noah’s Ark Table & Chairs is… #225 tbarrettno1@

The Winner of the Energizer Smart Charger is… #22 carawling@

Congratulations Winners! You have 72 hours to claim your winnings! Thank You to all who entered and don’t worry, if you didn’t win this time, there’s plenty of chances to win right now:

Sodastream Fountain Jet Starter Kit

Light-Up Marble Racers


What’s The Deal Thursday!

It’s time for “What’s the Deal Thursday” and that means plenty of deals for everyone! Looking for a deal? Want to share a recent find? Join the discussion on our Facebook page and tell us your thoughts, share your deals and ask for advice on where to find the best deal on that product you’ve been looking for! Now on with the deals:

The Fisher-Price Open-Top Cradle Swing is down to just $92.05 (reg. $135) w/Free Shipping!

Join Beyond the Rack for up to 70% off top designer brands. This is an awesome members-only shopping site that’s offering some really great sales. Click Here to sign up for Free and begin shopping. The San Diego hat company is live NOW and you can grab the hat pictured for just $12 (reg. $38)!

Click Here to print grocery coupons from! I visit this site before I head to the grocery store and typically save between $10 and $20 on my shopping trips!

You can grab a Couponizer for just $17.95 with code: SAVENOW. The six piece system includes everything you’ll need to organize your coupons and help you get the most savings!

Receive 20% off your Hollister purchase using code: 3606 at checkout!  Many of you who shop Hollister know that they offer discounts next to NEVER!  So have fun with this one!  Offer good thru June 6th.

Join the Levi’s email list to receive exclusive offers and Free Shipping on your first order! Click Here to check it out!

Today ONLY, Aeropostle is offering $12 dresses in store and online!

Check out Groupon to find coupons for Restaurants, Salons and Events up to 90% off in your city.

Get two free samples of Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo. Here.

Click Here to get Free Samples and Coupons on Products You Know and Love from P & G!

The Burlington Baby Bassinet Combo with Baskets, White is just $41.95 (reg. $116) w/ Free Shipping!

Save up to 25% on Pampers Products at Amazon.

Members Only Shopping Sites (click the links below for your personal invites):

Baby Star is 60% off at Hautelook! You can grab a “Rock the Tote” for just $32! Outfits are down to just $10 and more!  We have a few of these totes and I’m in love with them.  You can wipe them down if they get dirty and there’s plenty of room inside to carry all of your essentials.  Also comes equipped with a changing pad and wipe case!

Levels of Discovery children’s wooden table, chairs, book shelves and more are live at Totsy at 40% off! There’s some really cute items included in this sale. While your there check out the Ed Hardy & Baby Sara Sales!

Ragg sandals for girls are over 50% off at Zulily! You can pick up a pair of these cute sandals for just $11.99! CR Sport clothing for boys is also live and 40% off, among others!

Everly Grey Maternity, Jazzy Toes, Little Giraffe, Belly Bar, Fit 2 b Mom and more are all live at The Mini Social Today!

June Plum and Betseyville are live at Ideeli!

Tomorrow, Petunia pickle Bottom will be live at Billion Dollar Babes! You do not want to miss this sale!

Cocoon Couture kids bean bags are 50% off at Gilt Groupe, along with Baby Nay, kids playhouses and more!

One Ruby Lane girls shoes are 50% off at bTrendie along with kids nursery art. New members will also receive $10 in their account upon sign up to begin shopping!

Happy Shopping!

Giveaways, Reviews

Sodastream Penguin Home Soda Maker Review & Giveaway

Last year we had the pleasure of reviewing the Fountain Jet Home Soda maker from Sodastream (see review HERE).  I think it’s safe to say that the entire family has enjoyed the Fountain Jet, so much so, that nearly everyone in our extended family have purchased their own units!  For our family, Sodastream is a no brainer that offers the convenience of making soda at home, while saving families hundreds of dollars per year in the process.  We were so excited to once again, be given the pleasure of reviewing another soda maker from Sodastream: The Penguin!

About the Penguin
The Penguin whimsically combines form and function in an elegantly designed countertop device. Sleek and stylish, the Penguin is about the size of a coffeemaker and effortlessly transforms water into sparkling water or soda in just seconds with no clean up. No more carrying, storing and disposing of bottles and cans. A tasteful addition to any kitchen, dining room or bar area.

First Impressions
I have to tell you that I was a bit skeptical of the glass bottles that comes with the Penguin. Primarily I was intimidated by the thought of dropping one, however the highly stylized look of the Penguin outweighed my fears. When the Penguin arrived, I immediately pulled out the glass carafe and after feeling the weight and thickness of the bottle, my fears were eliminated. Now, although I have not tried this, nor do I suggest you do, I do not think that dropping the bottle would actually break it unless you purposefully slammed it on the ground. With that being said, I moved onto the rest of the unit. The Penguin resembles…well…a Penguin and it’s silver and black color offers a versatile unit that will go with many different decors. Our package came equipped with a co2 bottle, two glass carafes, 3 full bottles of soda and a 10-pack soda sampler.

Putting the Sodastream to Work
Preparing the Penguin for use is really quite simple. Simply screw the co2 cartridge into the back of the unit and your ready for use. The glass bottle can then be filled with ordinary water. Once filled, the carafe sits inside of a metal cradle and the top of the Penguin then encloses the entire glass carafe and locks into place. With a few simple pushes of the penguin’s beak your ready to press the carbonation release button and the excess carbonation is released while making a cool “soda machine” sound. I’m not sure exactly why I think that’s so cool…but it is! The unit can then be unlocked and the glass carafe can be removed.  See step by step directions below:

Open the Penguin and remove the glass carafe. Fill the carafe with cold water up to the fill line.

Place the carafe into the stainless steel flask.

Pull the horn downward until it meets tightly with the flask. Then, using the locking lever, turn the flask clockwise until the horn is locked with the flask.

Push the carbonating lever downward several times in firm, short bursts. The water is carbonated when you hear the Penguin’s signature whistling “chirp” sound. One chirp means the water is lightly carbonated; five chirps will make super-fizzy seltzer.

Press the pressure release button, open the flask by turning it counter-clockwise and remove the carafe from the Penguin. Enjoy!

Turning Ordinary Tap Water into Soda
Once you’ve added a little bubbly goodness, you can move on to transforming your carbonated water into soda. Sodastream offers a very large variety of soda’s that resemble everyone’s favorite soda’s. Simply fill a cap full of your favorite soda and slowly pour into the glass carafe. I want to emphasis slowly, because if you pour the syrup in too fast, it will bubble over and you’ll have a not-so-lovely mess! This rule only applies to syrups that contain sugar, as the diet sodas do not bubble over. Once your syrup is in your carbonated water, you simply replace the cap and turn it upside down a few times…DO NOT SHAKE IT! A few turns upside down will mix up the syrup and shaking the bottle will just upset your bubbly goodness!

Replacing the Carbonators
Many of you may be wondering how to replace the carbonators once they run out and the process is really quite simple.  Simply call customer service or visit Sodastream’s online store and once you place an order for your exchange, you will receive an email with step by step instructions, including how to properly leave your empty carbornator on the front porch for your UPS man.  They take care of the rest!  Pretty easy, right?

Tell Me More
There are a few features that I would like to point out about the Penguin unit. First, the glass carafe allows for longer carbonation than the other models that come with plastic bottles. I have yet to open a carafe that had lost it’s carbonation and that’s a huge bonus in our house, as it typically takes me a few days to finish a bottle of soda. The tops of the glass carafes have a rubber stopper, that resembles a a helmet (it’s really rather cute) that fits tightly inside the lip of the carafe (much like a champagne stopper) creating an airtight seal that locks in the carbonation. The glass bottles allow for much colder sodas as the glass bottle seems to chill the soda more-so than the plastic bottles. After trying both the plastic bottles and the glass bottles, I would certainly opt for the glass bottles.

Final Thoughts
With it’s sleek design, eco-friendly nature and small size, the Penguin offers families a fun way to make soda at home and save hundreds of dollars a year in the process. The array of syrup flavors offered by Sodastream is quite vast and every member of the family is sure to find one he/she loves!  My personal favorite is orange-mango and it’s by far the best soda I have ever had the pleasure of sipping, and I say that with full confidence.  As with all products, there’s always at least one feature that is not too favorable and I have to say that the lids on the syrup bottles can be rather frustrating.  The lids are designed in such a way that you must pour the syrup in quickly, to avoid making a mess everywhere and unfortunately, sugary syrups must be poured slowly, creating a bit of clean-up once the process is finished.  This however, is my only complaint about this machine and I would not only purchase one for myself, but would also purchase one for a friend and recommend the Penguin to everyone I know!

Buy It!
The Penguin by Sodastream retails for $249.95 and can be purchased at  Use code: BESTFRIENDS to save $10 off your purchase!  Each Penguin starter kit includes the following:

* Penguin Sparkling Water & Soda Machine
2 60 liter Carbonators
2 Penguin Glass Carafes

Win it!

One VERY lucky “Deal”ectible Mommies reader will WIN a Fountain Jet Starter Kit from Sodastream and 3 soda flavors (winners choice) ARV $109.95! Simply visit Sodastream and tell me what 3 flavors you would choose and your entered to win!

The Fountain Jet Starter Kit includes the following:

* Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
* 1 60 liter Carbonator
* 2 Carbonating Bottles
* 2 SodaMix flavors (your choice) – each bottle makes 12 liters of soda

Extra Entries: Please Note that the intial entry must be completed before any extra entries will be counted.

1. Fan “Deal”ectible Mommies on Facebook

2. Follow “Deal”ectible Mommies on Twitter and tweet the following (one entry per day):

Win a Sodastream Fountain Jet Starter Kit from @dealectiblemom!

3. Subscribe to my feed or emails (located on the right hand sidebar).

4. Comment on any non-giveaway post.

5. Grab my button:

The boring stuff: Giveaway open to US residents only (Hawaii and Alaska excluded..sorry). Giveaway ends on June 23rd at midnight. Winner will be chosen using

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Penguin starter kit to facilitate my review.   My thoughts and opinions remain my own!

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