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May 2011

Random Rants

How to Save Money on Engagement Rings

Getting engaged is a special time and a milestone in the life of many. It can also be a time of great anxiety for those who want to follow up the perfect moment, with the perfect ring! Men are not fools, and they know that their bride-to-be has pictured this moment since she was a child, right down to the very last detail. So how exactly do you score a “deal” on those special rings?

Here are 5 tips to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to those special bands….

Comparison Shop Online – Online diamond and jewelery dealers offer up to a 40% discount on merchandise. Aside from the savings, there is no haggling involved, no pressure from a salesperson, and you have plenty of time to peruse the selection before making your decision.

Get Educated – If you don’t have a keen education on a stones different clarity, color, carat, and cut, you may spend far more than you need to!  Put your search engine skills to work and you’ll soon learn that what the industry considers to be a “mid-quality” stone, may be just what your looking for and trust me, she’ll never know the difference!

Skimp on the Setting – focus all of your attention and money on the stone, and skimp on the setting! Consider white gold or palladium over platinum, or go for a plain band rather than multi-stone or pave settings. This could save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on your total cost and she’s sure to love what you have chosen, even if it’s not the priciest one in the store.

Stay Away from Chain Jewelry Stores – Perusing chain jewelery stores when trying to get a sense of what you want to purchase is a great way to start. But, don’t make the mistake of purchasing your gem from a mass retailer. Many major chain stores spend millions of dollars on advertising in an attempt to sell you on the fact that they are a reputable company. Little does the buyer know that they have high mark-ups on their gems. Also, often times large chain stores will not negotiate on their price points and what you see is what you get!

Consider a Loose Diamond – Buying a loose diamond from a jeweler or wholesaler can offer a large savings.  Pair this with a great score on a setting and even after the minimal cost of having the stone set, you will have saved thousands of dollars!

If you take the time to become educated, and follow a few simple tricks of the trade, your bride-to-be and your wallet will be satisfied customers!

Giveaways, Reviews

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Great Outdoors Now Available & #Giveaway!

Just in time for summertime camp outs, a Brand New Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD has just been released and is now available for purchase! Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Great Outdoors now features a Digital Copy for portable fun on the go! The new package includes a DVD, a digital copy, and a Mickey Mote, making this a great value for parents.

Mickey’s Great Outdoors
Just in time to kick off the summer, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Great Outdoors features four episodes from the “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” TV show plus one all-new, never-before-seen “Mickey’s Fish Story” episode and comes packaged as a special DVD Play Set (DVD + Digital Copy + Mickey Mote) that will retail nationwide for the suggested price of $29.99 U.S.

The new DVD features the following episodes:

Mickey’s Fish Story (All-new, never before seen bonus episode) – Daisy wants to find a fishy-friend for her goldfish Goldy – and we help her find other goldfish in the Jungle where we’re aided by the mysterious conga drummin’ Jungle-Pete! Boom-boom-bap-boom!

Mickey’s Camp Out – Today Mickey and his friends are going to earn Clubhouse “Camp Out Badges” by completing two tasks – setting up camp and fishing for Gummy Fish. Everyone’s planning to camp with a “Tent Buddy”, but Donald decides to camp by himself – and he soon learns that camping with friends is much more fun than camping by yourself.

Mickey and Minnie’s Jungle Safari – Minnie is determined to snap a photo of the rare Hula Hibiscus that only blooms once a year. So the sensational gang go off on a jungle safari and explore new territory to find this legendary flower.

Daisy in the Sky – On Balloon Day, Daisy grabs a large batch of balloons and gets literally carried away along with Minnie and Pluto, who couldn’t hold her down. Mickey, Donald and Goofy kick into high gear to save their friends: they use a Giant Candy Cane (to rescue Pluto), a Party Horn (to warn animals out of the way), a Piggy Bank (to weigh down one side of an elevator so that Mickey can reach the top of the lighthouse), and a Toy Hammer (to fix the Ferris wheel)

Daisy’s Grasshopper – Daisy has a new pet grasshopper named Wilbur, but the playful hoppin’ fella hops away – and we help all our Clubhouse friends hop after him and find him before the end of the day. Boing-boing!

Our girls were thrilled to see the new episodes, and the Mickey Mote allowed them to interact with the DVD, adding a whole new level of play. Coming from Disney I can be sure that the content is age appropriate and that the girls are even learning things along the way!

Here is a sneak peek of Mickey’s Camp Out….

Mickey’s Great Outdoors Printable Activity Pages
Head over to Disney Movie Rewards and give your children a fun project with these printable coloring and activity pages with scenes from the movie!

Buy It!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Great Outdoors is available for purchase now at retailers nationwide! The best deals are at Amazon where you can pick up the DVD/Digital Copy for just $13.99 and the Mickey Mote Package for just $20.99! Shipping is free on orders of $25 or more OR with Prime.

Win It!
One Lucky “Deal”ectable Mommies reader will WIN a copy of Mickey’s Great Outdoors + Digital Copy + Mickey Mote!

How to Enter: Simply tell me who your favorite character is in the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse series and you’re entered to win!

Extra Entries: Please Note that the initial entry must be completed before any extra entries will count!

1. Fan “Deal”ectable Mommies on Facebook (FB fans have access to exclusive deals)

2. Follow “Deal”ectable Mommies on Twitter and tweet the following (daily entry allowed):

#WIN the all NEW Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD + Digital Copy + Mickey Mote from @dealectiblemom #giveaway

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

4. Follow me on Google Friend Connect (located on the right hand sidebar).

The boring stuff: Contest open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on June 10th at midnight! Winner will be chosen at random.

Thank You to Disney Home Entertainment for providing us with a copy of the above mentioned DVD for our review. My thoughts and opinions remain my own!

Coupons, Deals

It’s Back: $.99 Personalized Father’s Day Cards from Tiny Prints!

The Tiny Prints $.99 card offer has been brought back for Father’s Day! Tiny Prints is offering personalized cards with photos for that special Dad in your life  for only $.99 when you use coupon code: GC99 at checkout. This offer is good through June 6, 2011 only!  So act quickly!

Tiny Prints will also give you the option to include a gift card such as Starbucks, Amazon, or other top retailers if you so choose. Considering that the cost of cards can be quite high in the store, this is an awesome opportunity to give Dad a high quality, personalized card from Tiny Prints without breaking the budget.

Enjoy your $.99 Father’s Day Cards!

Giveaways, Reviews

Join Lunchables in Donating up to One Million Pounds of Fresh Fruit to Feeding America & #Giveaway

We have been long time fans of Lunchables.  In fact, when we visit the grocery store my kids ask for a Lunchable each and every time.  However, it’s not just the kids that love Lunchables. I have been known to sneak into the refrigerator and munch on them myself.  I always tell the kids that it must have been daddy that munched on their favorite snack!


As a mother I want to make sure that I’m giving my girls nutritious and healthy options, and with the new Lunchables Lunch Combinations with Fruit, I can ensure that they are getting a full serving of fruit with the new addition of DOLE Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple Tidbits in 100% fruit juice.  The new line includes four varieties that kids are sure to love, including:

- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

- Turkey + Cheddar Cracker Stackers

- Ham + American Cracker Stackers

- Extra Cheesy Pizza

I often purchase the cracker stackers and/or the peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to send to school with the girls.  We save the extra cheezy pizza for nights where we are slim on time, and the girls have so much fun making the pizza’s themselves!

Upload a Photo and Lunchables will Donate 10 Pounds of Fruit to Feeding America

Lunchables has vowed to donate up to one million pounds of fresh fruit to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. YOU can help keep the smiles coming and bring fresh fruit to those in need by uploading your favorite picture to and create your very own fruit photo. For each fruit photo uploaded to Facebook, Lunchables will donate 10 pounds of fresh fruit to Feeding America! How awesome is that? This could be a fun project to get the kids involved in!

Win It!
We want to keep the smiles going on right here at “Deal”ectable Mommies too, so we have teamed up with Lunchables to offer one lucky reader an amazing prize package that includes:

- $25 grocery gift card
– 100 pounds for you to dedicate to YOUR Feeding America network food bank of choice
– 5 Full value Lunchables with Fruit Coupons
– Mini Blood Orange Fruit tree

How to Enter: Simply tell me your kids favorite Lunchable lunch combination and you’re entered to WIN!

Extra Entries: Please Note that the initial entry must be completed before any extra entries will count!

1. Fan “Deal”ectable Mommies on Facebook (FB fans have access to exclusive deals)

2. Follow “Deal”ectable Mommies on Twitter and tweet the following (daily entry allowed):

#WIN a Lunchables Prize Pack from @dealectiblemom including $25 grocery gift card & more! #giveaway

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

4. Follow me on Google Friend Connect (located on the right hand sidebar).

The boring stuff: Contest open to US residents only. Giveaway ends on June 9th at midnight! Winner will be chosen at random.

Disclaimer: Lunchables Lunch Combinations provided me with a duplicate prize pack for my review.  My thoughts and opinions remain my own!


Weekly Amazon Diaper Deals (5/30)

Amazon has many of the best deals on diapers and wipes right now when you checkout using Subscribe & Save and you are a member of Amazon Mom.  We recently saw some amazing 20% off and $10 off coupons in the Parent’s Magazine, Parenting Magazine and American Baby Magazine (Click Here to get a FREE subscription), however we have yet to see their return and continue to be hopeful.

New this week:

Amazon has changed their Subscribe & Save Policy and is now only offering free standard shipping with Subscribe & Save rather than the 2-day shipping that we are all used to. This applies even if you have a paid Prime membership. So take note that your order will take a few extra days to get to your doorstep!

– There is *3* NEW Amazon Diaper coupons located on the Amazon coupon page. You may have to refresh this page several times before the coupons show up. The coupons are as follows:

$.50 off ONE Pampers Wipe. – 60+ count. Expires 6/04/2011.

$1.50 off ONE Pampers diapers or pants. Expires 06/04/2011.

$1.50 off ONE Pampers Splashers, Easy-ups or Underjams. Expires 06/04/2011.

- Extend your Amazon Prime Benefits!  When you joined Amazon Mom you received 3 months of FREE 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime.  Now, for every $25 you spend on products in the Baby Store within a single order, you’ll receive an additional month of Amazon Prime! Please note that the 2-day shipping will not apply to S&S orders.

What you need to know:

– If you’re not yet a member of Amazon Mom you can sign up here.  The program is FREE and offers amazing discounts and deals on all things baby, including awesome diaper deals!  Most importantly, you get 15% off diapers and wipes just by being a member.  This discount can be combined with the 15% Subscribe & Save discount (see below) and coupon codes.

– S&S = Subscribe & Save

– Subscribe & Save offers a 15% discount that can be combined with the 15% Amazon Mom discount.

– Subscribe & Save is located on the right hand sidebar of the product page and can be canceled at anytime after your order ships from the “My Account” tab.

– When you checkout using Subscribe & Save you get FREE Standard shipping!

Baby Wipes: (all prices below are after the S&S discount & Amazon Mom discount)

Pampers SoftCare Unscented Wipes, 720 Count –   15.94 Shipped after coupon.  Less than $.02 per wipe.

Pampers Soft Care Scented Wipes, 720 Count*PRICE DROP* $13.61 Shipped after coupon. Less than $0.02 per wipe.

Pampers Sensitive Thick Care 3x Wipes Refill, 180 Count Pouches (Pack of 4) – $20.49 shipped after coupon. Just $.02 per wipe.

Pampers ThickCare Wipes, Unscented, 504 Count – $9.29 Shipped after coupon. Just $0.02 per wipe.

Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Refills, 192 Count Packages (Pack of 4)*PRICE DROP* 17.66 Shipped after coupon. Just $.02 per wipe.

Pampers Clean ‘n Go Baby Wipes, Resealable Packages 60 Count (Pack of 6) –  $11.39 Shipped after coupon. Just $0.03 per wipe.

Pampers Kandoo Flushable Wipes, Sensitive, 250 Count Refills (Pack of 4) – $25.17 shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Huggies Soft Skin Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3) – $12.45 shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Huggies Naturally Refreshing Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3) – $14.22 shipped. Just $.03 per wipe.

Huggies Supreme Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3) [Package May Vary] – $13.10 shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Nature babycare Eco-Sensitive Fragrance-Free Wipes, 70-count Boxes (Pack of 10)*PRICE DROP* $13.87 Shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Seventh Generation Baby Wipes Refills, Chlorine Free and Unscented, 70-Count Packs (Pack of 12) (840 Wipes) – $19.98 Shipped.  Just $0.02 per wipe.

Check out the full list of Amazon baby wipes here.



Pampers Baby Dry Diapers*PRICE DROP* as low as $29.64 Shipped after coupon (see above) for 276 ct Size 1 diapers.  Just $0.11 per diaper.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers –  as low as $31.34 after coupon for 192 ct. Sz 1 diapers. Just $0.16 per diaper.

Pampers Cruisers Dry Max Diapers -*PRICE DROP* as low as 35.39 for 222 ct. Size 1 diapers.  Just $0.16 per diaper after coupon (see above).

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers – as low as $21.45 Shipped for a case of 192 ct. Size 1/2. Just $0.11 per diaper.

Huggies Supreme Little Movers – as low as $25.89 shipped for 128 ct. Size 3 diapers. Just $0.20 per diaper.

Luvs Premium Stretch Diapers with Ultra Leakguards*PRICE DROP* as low as $21.48 for 152 ct. Newborn diapers.  Just $0.14 per diaper.

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers, Size 1, 300 Count – as low as $26.59 for 300 count Size 1 diapers. Just $.09 per diaper!

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Diapers, Stage 1, 44 Count (Pack of 4)*PRICE DROP* as low as $25.09  for 176ct. Sz. 1 diapers. Just $0.14 per diaper.

Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers – as low as $27.99 for 146 ct. Sz 2 diapers. Just $0.17 per diaper.

gDiapers Flushable Refills, Medium/Large, 32 Count Bags (Pack of 4) – $34.30. $.27 per diaper.

You can check out all of the Amazon diaper deals here.

Find a better deal? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Random Rants

Putting the Cart Before the Horse?

Many of you know that we have been house hunting recently, and when you start the process of hunting, you have to know exactly what you want. As we began the process there were a few firm requests that we weren’t willing to waver on, one being a large covered patio. I love being outdoors, and have always wanted to set up an area for comfortable outdoor furniture. We had other ideas in mind too, including a 3-car garage, 4 bedrooms, and a descent sized backyard.

After searching the market for the last few months, we have not only wavered on our “firm requests”, but we have even added a few new ones. Although a 3-car garage would be wonderful, we are willing to settle on a 2-car garage home if the home has other amenities that are more important to us. Although we live in the desert where it gets close to 115 deg. in the summer time, a pool was not high on our list. Strange, I know! However, as the heat of the summer approaches, our “firm requests” now include a swimming pool!

House hunting is a funny thing. You go into it with many expectations, only to find that your expectations change as you begin to hunt. We are not looking for the Taj Mahal, but we spend a lot of time at home, and we want something that can grow with us as the years go on. A home where we can enjoy our time as a family, and enjoy a lot of time outdoors. And wouldn’t you know, I just couldn’t “not” shop for the house that I don’t even own yet….. and after running an online search for outdoor sofas and couches, I found this awesome outdoor couch that I HAVE TO HAVE! Do you think it’s wrong to buy the outdoor furniture before the house?

Someone please point me to the nearest shop-aholics meeting. This potential new house is going to get me into a lot of trouble!

Daily Deal Sites, Deals

HOT: Huge Memorial Day Blowout Event at Zulily!

Zulily is having a huge Memorial Day Blowout event, and I would say that this is one their biggest to date!  Items include everything from shoes and clothing to household items, bathing suits, maternity clothes, car seats and SO much more!  Honestly, I have been scrolling through the list of items for at least 10 minutes!  The prices are HOT, HOT, HOT too!  Hop over and check it out, as items are selling out quickly!

Use coupon code:  GA2793 to get $5 off a $50 order OR coupon code: SAVINGSZU512 to get 10% off a $30 order..

Happy Shopping!

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