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July 2011


Time to Explore with Backyard Safari Outfitters!

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My girls spend the majority of their waking hours in our backyard.  It’s their favorite place to be and they spend hours out there making up games, swinging, and role playing with each other.  With summer in full swing, I’m always on the lookout for new backyard products that can keep their little imaginations going, and thanks to Backyard Safari Outfitters, our girls are now equipped with new backyard essentials to keep the fun going!

The girls have been long time fans of the Lazer Bug Vac, where they can capture creepy crawly friends and take a closer look at them, as well as the Mini Lantern, which Lil’ Pea seems to tote everywhere these days!  Just a few weeks ago we received a few NEW items from Backyard Safari Outfitters and the girls haven’t stopped playing with them since!

Base Camp Shelter

This indoor/outdoor fort is lightweight and easy to assemble with the three included tent poles.  Standing over 40″ tall, the Base Camp Shelter is large enough for several children to play in and features plenty of storage spaces and pockets to keep their gear nice and neat.  The Base Camp Shelter also comes with a bonus Mini Lantern with carabiner that attaches near the top of the shelter, as well as a collectible Base Camp Expedition iron-on patch and Pop-Up Field Guide! Retails for $39.99.


Camoflauge Netting

This netting goes hand in hand with the Base Camp Shelter and will allow young explorers to observe nature without being caught!  Made of rip-stop nylon and measuring in at 5′ x 8′, the netting is stretchable and stands up to wet weather…ahem…er…sprinklers.  Retails for $14.99.

3-in-1 Compass Tool

This handy tool will show young explorers the way and is sure to lead them to a new adventure each and every time.  It’s attached to a self-widening, retractable carabiner, and a push button release allows the spring loaded lid to pop up, revealing a field compass to keep you on track.  This super cool piece of gear also has a high visibility LED signal light that allows children to flash Morse code messages!  The kit includes a collectible Expedition One iron-on patch and a Pop-up Field Guide.  Retails for $14.99.

Hiking Stick

The Expedition Two hiking stick allows young explorers to keep a steady foot while on the trail.  It’s useful for poking and prodding hard to reach places, and various objects.  The stick has a distinctive hand carved look on a natural looking stick that stands 48″ tall.  It comes with a collectible Expedition Two iron-on patch and the Expedition Two Pop-up Field Guide.  Retails for $14.99.

Patch Program

This is where Backyard Safari Outfitters really stands out among it’s peers.  Many of the items offered by Backyard Safari include an exclusive collectible patch.  The pop-up field guide is full of mission to complete using the new gear and once children complete their missions, Mom and Dad can reward them with the special patch!  The patches can be ironed onto Backyard Safari’s Cargo Vest as a proof of their completed missions.

A BIG Thank You to Backyard Safari Outfitters for our official “Bird watching station”!   Seriously, does it get any cooler than this?


Weekly Amazon Diaper & Baby Wipes Deals (7/30)!

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.  It has been quite some time since we have seen the 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 are hopeful for their return.

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 currently *6* Amazon Diaper coupons located on the Amazon coupon page. You may have to refresh this page several times before the coupons show up.  These coupons can also typically be found right on the product page, but you will need to be signed in to your Amazon account in order to see them.  The coupons are as follows:

$1.50 off on TWO bags or ONE box of Pampers diapers or pants.

$1.50 off ONE Pampers Limited Edition Prints Diapers or Splashers Swim Pants.

$2 off Huggies Snug & Dry

$2 off Huggies Little Movers

$2 off Huggies Little Snugglers

$1 off Huggies Natural care wipes, soft skin wipes, naturally refreshing wipes, and Huggies supreme wipes.

- 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 – $17.50 Shipped.  Just $.02 per wipe.

Pampers SoftCare Scented Wipes – 720 Count –  $12.94 Shipped. Less than $0.02 per wipe.

Pampers Sensitive ThickCare 3X Wipes 180 Count (Pack of 4)- $20.99 Shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Pampers Sensitive 3X Wipes 192 Count (Pack of 4) – 18.37 Shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

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

Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes, Fragrance-Free, Refill, 216-Count Pack (Pack of 3) – $14.03 shipped after $1 coupon. Just $.02 per wipe.

Huggies Soft Skin Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3)*PRICE DROP* $12.07 shipped with $1 coupon. Just $.02 per wipe.

Huggies Naturally Refreshing Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3)*PRICE DROP* $13.64 shipped with $1 coupon. Just $.03 per wipe.

Huggies Supreme Baby Wipes, Refill, 184-Count Pack (Pack of 3)*PRICE DROP* $14.01 shipped with $1 coupon. Just $.03 per wipe.

Nature babycare Eco-sensitive Lightly Scented Wipes, 70-Count (Pack of 10) – $16.59 Shipped. Just $.02 per wipe.

Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Baby Wipes, 350 Unscented Wipes – $8.32 Shipped.  Just $0.02 per wipe.

Check out the full list of Amazon baby wipes here.



Pampers Baby Dry Diapers – as low as just $0.10 per diaper after $1.50 coupon.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers –  as low as just $0.15 per diaper after $1.50 coupon.

Pampers Cruisers Diapers – as low as just $0.16 per diaper after $1.50 coupon.

Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers*PRICE DROP* as low as just $0.10 per diaper after $2 coupon.

Huggies Little Movers Diapers*PRICE DROP* as low as just $0.15 per diaper with $2 coupon.

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers – as low as $.12 per diaper with $2 coupon.

Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapersas low as just $.08 per diaper!

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Baby Diapers – as low as just $0.14 per diaper.

Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Diapers – as low as just $0.17 per diaper.

gDiapers Biodegradable Diapers Refills (Pack of 4) – as low as just $.23 per diaper.

Pampers Splashers – as low as $6.54 shipped after $1.50 coupon for a 24 count!

Pampers Easy Ups Trainers for Girls *PRICE DROP* as low as $.20 per diaper after $1.50 coupon.

Pampers Easy Ups Trainers for Boys*PRICE DROP* as low as $.20 per diaper after coupon.

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

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

Deals, Freebies

List of Pampers Gifts to Grow Codes: New Members get 400 Points!

Here is a great list of codes that have been around for awhile, however they should all still be working for new users. For those of you who are already members of the GTG program, give these a try, as you may have yet to redeem them. If you are new to the Pampers Gifts to Grow Program, sign up here to get 100 free points and earn rewards such as gift cards, toys, diapers and more! Get up to 320 more point with the codes listed below!

10 Point Codes


50 Point Codes


Thank You to SwagGrabber for this list of codes.

Coupons, Deals

Hot Back to School Clothing Sales: Gymboree, Stride Rite, 77 Kids & More!

Everything is on sale at Gymboree! All styles are 25-60% off + you’ll earn $25 in Gymbucks for every $50 you spend. For those of you who need uniform items, Gymboree has polos and thermals for just $5.99! Shipping is a flat rate of $5 and 20% off in-store coupons are flying around on ebay and they can also typically be found in the Parents or Parenting magazines (Click Here to get a free subscription). If your shopping online, get 20% off your purchase with coupon code: 11B3GWDBXP83332 (expires 08/03/2011).

Gymboree’s sister site, Crazy 8, is offer up to 45% off tons of styles + graphic tees for just $5.99 and jeans for just $11.99. Please note that Crazy 8’s quality is not as nice as Gymboree. Shipping is a flat rate of $5.

Zulily is having a HUGE BLOWOUT sale today and that means huge savings on back to school clothes and gear, amongst other items. You’ll also find a large number of Crocs shoes for kids, so head over soon for the best selection. Try coupon code: FAMILY10 or code: COUPCAB631 to get 10% off your order.

Stride Rite is having their B1G1 50% off sale in-stores and online through 09/06! If your shopping this sale online just use coupon code: BTSBOGO at checkout. Additionally there’s a coupon good for 20% off any purchase of $50 or more. Valid in-store or online.

The Children’s Place is offering free shipping with any denim purchase and denim starts at just $10 + you’ll find a $5 and up sale + uniforms and backpacks are 25% off. Take an additional 15% off any purchase with coupon code: X3E2011 (exp 08/01). Save even more with the following coupon codes (all expire on 7/31):

– take 20% off orders of $40 or more with code: X4E2011
– take 25% off orders of $50 or more with code: W4E2011
– take 30% off orders of $60 or more with code: V4E2011
If you plan to shop in-store, you can print these coupons here.

77 Kids is offering 20% off your entire order with coupon code: 45834021. Expires 08/02/2011. 77 Kids is the place to purchase jeans if you have a tall child with long legs! Also, check out their Clearance section where you can save up to 60% off! Don’t forget to shop through ebates to get 3% CASH BACK!

Shop Hanna Anderson’s School Deals Sale & Save on Fall Clothes for Girls, Boys & Pre-Schoolers! Expires 08/14/2011. Also, check out the Backpacks, Lunch Bags & School Accessories Sale. Loads of cute styles starting at just $10!

Check out Tea Collections Sale page where you’ll find long sleeve dresses for just $19.50! Sign up for their emails and get and additional 10% off your first order.

Daily Deal Sites, Deals, Freebies

FREE Items at Savemore After $10 New Member Credit!

New Savemore members can score a FREE $10 credit immediately upon sign-up that you can apply towards any deal! Today Savemore is featuring decorative nail shields for just $6 + free shipping and that means you’ll still have a $4 credit left over to spend towards a future deal.

Also live today is $25 of custom name label tags from Kiddo Tags for just $2 after new member credit. Shipping charges do apply on this deal.

Make sure to read the fine print on all daily deals.

Deals, Freebies

It’s Mega Swag Bucks Friday!

Search & Win

Have you signed up with swag bucks yet? If not, your going to want in on this!

Many of you have already signed up with swag bucks and are reaping the benefits. For those of you who are not familiar with swag bucks, they are a search and win site. Use swag bucks to do your everyday searching and win swag bucks when you do. You then use your swag bucks to purchase gift cards and prizes. Amazon gift cards are the best value and you only need 450 swag bucks to score a $5 Amazon card. How cool is that? I highly recommend that you share swag bucks with your friends and you will win when they win! This is a fun site that will add to your budget for the year.

Join now and get 30 Swagbucks just for joining!

Mega Swag Bucks Friday
Every friday is Mega Swag Bucks day where you can win high value Swag Bucks just for searching! Try heading over to swag bucks and searching “Deal”ectible Mommies and see if you win! Last week I searched “baby worm” (it’s all I could come up with..shoot me) and won 11 swag bucks..pretty simple, right?

Here’s a few pointers for new users:

-Share with your friends and you will win when they win!

-Go Green with Swag Bucks! You can recycle your old electronics and earn Swag Bucks!

-Shop with Swag Bucks! Every time you shop with Swag Bucks you can earn!

-Follow Swag Bucks on Twitter, facebook and the swag Bucks blog and hunt for secret codes.

I have earned over $1000 in Amazon gift cards with Swag Bucks! I save them in my account for Amazon deals and I try to keep them built up in my Amazon account for weeks that money may be slim and i need a few grocery items, or toys for the girls! So run, don’t walk – sign up for Swag Bucks and win with me!


American Express Dinner@6 Recipe Winner Announced!

Just two weeks ago we introduced you to the new American Express Blue Cash Preferred & Everyday Cards that offer up to 6% cash back on purchases that you make each and every day!  We were overjoyed to find a card that offered such a high cash back rate and with no spend minimums, cash back caps, or rotating categories, we just had to shout it off the rooftops…better yet, we had to celebrate, and we did so by introducing the Dinner@6 Recipe Contest!

We asked you to submit your best recipes using just six ingredients or less and oh-my-goodness, did you deliver! I want to thank each and every one of you for your well thought out, quality submissions. I spent hours upon hours going through submissions and reading all of your recipe suggestions and my mouth was watering by the time I was done.  With such quality submissions, it was very, very difficult for me to narrow it down and choose just one, but alas I have picked a winner!  The winning recipe is one that even the novice cook can whip up without a fuss, it’s kid-friendly, and it’s impossible for anyone to dislike.  This recipe is comprised of less than six ingredients and the ingredients are all something that most households will have on hand at any given time!

Drumroll Please…….

The Winner of the $600 American Express Gift Card is…. randomosityblog@ and here is her winning recipe that we made ourselves:

Pizza Cupcakes


– Canned Biscuits
– 1 Package of sliced Peperoni’s
– 1 Package of Shredded Cheese (we used a cheddar blend)
– Pizza Sauce


Preheat oven according to biscuit packaging.  Flatten biscuits in your hands and mold into greased cupcake/muffin pan.  Layer peperoni’s, shredded cheese and pizza sauce until filled.  Bake approx. 15 minutes and enjoy!

Low Fat Substitute: substitute low fat cheese and low fat biscuits.

Thank You to American Express for sponsoring the Dinner@6 Recipe Contests! For more information about how to get 6% cash back with the American Express Blue & Everyday Cards, visit American Express online.

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