Gymboree Spring Clothes Review & $75 Gift Card Giveaway

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Spring is here and it’s time get the kids a new wardrobe for warmer weather.  I shopped the Gymboree Spring line for my 6-year old daughter and was able to get her a ton of clothes for around $100 PLUS I earned $50 in Gymbucks!!  I love Gymboree because the clothes are always cute, colorful and age appropriate (Mom’s know what I’m talking out!)

I ordered LuLu:

  • (4) complete outfits (2 skirts and 2 shorts with 4 matching shirts)
  • (2) long sleeve shirts for next Winter
  • (1) Adorable Pink Sweater
  • (1) Ladybug Sunglasses (not shown)
  • (1) ribbon hairband that will match all her outfits

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Everything I purchased was on good sale, but the 2 long sleeve shirts were reduced to only $3 and $4 each!! I was thrilled with those prices! Did you know you can sign up for Gymboree Rewards and get a 10% off promotion code plus FREE shipping?  That is a nice way to further reduce your clothing budget.

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Below are the current promotions being offered as of April 1st.

  1. Automatic Free Shipping – Orders over $75
  2. $5 Flat Rate Standard Shipping & Handling – Orders under $75
  3. Spring Deals
  4. Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off Accessories

You can also earn Gymbucks through April 7th!  Earn $25 in Gymbucks for every $50 you spend!!  You’ll find me in-store after April 11th getting even more deals when I spend all my Gymbucks from this score.

Head over to Gymboree and checkout the Spring Line for newborns up to size 12.  Now is also a fantastic time to take advantage of winter clearance sales. Pick up super cute Gymboree outfits for the kids at discounted prices to put away for next winter.  Shop ahead and save!

Giveaway

Now, it’s time for you to get a chance to purchase Spring clothes for your child!  One Coupon Challenge reader will win a $75 Gymboree Gift Card!!

The winner will be selected at random.  The winner will be contacted via email after the close of the giveaway. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be selected. Entry for this giveaway will close on April 15th at 8pm EST.

**Leave a separate comment for each entry method!  Mandatory entry MUST be completed.

Mandatory Entry Method:

Leave a comment here telling me what you plan to purchase from Gymboree if you win this gift card.

Extra Entry Methods:

- Like Gymboree on Facebook.  Leave a comment telling me you Like.
– Follow @Gymboree on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you Follow.
- Like The Coupon Challenge on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you Like.
– Follow @CouponChallenge on Twitter.  Leave a comment telling me you Follow.
- Subscribe via email feed (must be verified). Leave a comment letting me know you subscribe.
– Blog, post in your facebook status, or tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment telling me how you’ve spread the word about the $75 Gymboree gift card  (You may choose 1 or all 3 methods)
Tweet: Win a $75 Gymboree gift card from @Gymboree @CouponChallenge #giveaway http://bit.ly/ZYI9t4

Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate this review.  No other compensation was recieved.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

Graeter’s Ice Cream Review – Try New Black Cherry Chocolate Chip

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Who is a fan of Graeter’s Ice Cream?

I asked this question on Facebook about a month ago and you all raved about Graeter’s Ice Cream, so I just had to try it.  Graeter’s sent my family Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, Black Raspberry Chip and Chocolate Chip Vanilla ice cream flavors to review.  You all are right, it is amazing ice cream!

Black Cherry Chocolate Chip is the first new Graeter’s flavor in 3 years. It’s all-natural black cherry ice cream made with heavy cream, pure cane sugar and loaded with fresh black cherries and Graeter’s signature dark chocolate chunks.  My husband and kids enjoyed this flavor, but I’m more of a vanilla fan.  My biggest disappointment is that my kids polished off the pint of Chocolate Chip Vanilla when I only had a few bites!!!

The process to make all Graeter’s ice cream helps to ensure to delicious flavor –  churned in a French Pot, two gallons at a time, and hand-packed by the pint.  YUM!

 

Graeter's Ice Cream

The newest flavor, Black Cherry Chocolate Chip, will be available online at graeters.com on February 1st and hitting grocery stores this spring.

Do you like Graeter’s Ice Cream?

Disclosure:  The products listed above were received in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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Alpha Hydrox by Neoteric Cosmetics Review

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I have always had trouble during the winter months with my skin feeling dry and chapped.  I have tried countless lotions, face masks, and cleansers made for dry skin to help combat the issues that my skin encounters during this time of year.

I recently started using a few products from the alpha hydrox line skin care line, including the enhanced lotion, foaming facial wash and the sheer silk moisturizer from Neoteric Cosmetics.  It took about a week or so for me to see any noticeable difference in my everyday dryness, but I did notice immediately how tight and soft my skin felt immediately after the wash and lotion was applied!

I was very happy to have my skin feeling so great and, much to my surprise, after continuing to use the product for a week or two, the skin dryness that is usually impossible to combat, was significantly better.  I can’t remember the last time my skin has felt this soft and moisturized in the winter.  The best part about the enhanced lotion is the 10% glycolic AHA ingredient which is supposed to be help reduce the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.  Although I’m 25 and have quite some time before I have to worry about that, it’s nice to know that what works for my skin is also a preventative measure to keep my skin looking young.

I would highly recommend the alpha hydrox line to anyone looking to combat dryness and reduce the onset of fine lines and wrinkles!

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More about the Products:

FOAMING FACE WASH

Contains citric AHA
6 fl. oz.
* For all skin types
* Fragrance-free, soap-free, oil-free
* Gentle, non-drying, pH balanced
* Removes makeup, dirt & pollutants
* Maintains skin’s moisture level

ENHANCED LOTION

10% Glycolic AHA
Helps reduce & prevent wrinkles

6 fl. oz.
* For dry skin types
* Effective pH 4
* Enriched with moisturizers
and Vitamin E
* Softens fine lines & wrinkles
* Improves elasticity & evens tone
* No fragrance or parabens

SHEER SILK MOISTURIZER

Unsurpassed, moisturization plus an SPF 15 Sunscreen
1 oz.
* For all skin types
* Lightweight, intensive moisturizer
* UVA/UVB SPF 15 sunscreen
* Non-greasy, fragrance-free
* Contains Lactic AHA, Vitamins E&B5, Soy & Green Tea
* pH 7.8-8.0
* Light diffusers give an instant glow

Disclosure:  The products listed above were received in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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My Gym Birthday Party Review {My Nephew’s First Birthday Party}

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Have your child’s next birthday party at My Gym Virginia Beach!

I recently had my sons first birthday party at My Gym in the hilltop area of Virginia beach. I had so much anxiety with the thought of handling all aspects of my first child’s first birthday. I wanted to make sure he had a super special day and all of our guests enjoyed the party as well. I was more than delighted at the organization and overall helpfulness that the staff at My Gym provided for me.

Jack Party Slide

We decided on a pirate themed party and I bought all the supplies necessary to decorate the facility for that. My Gym informed me the week before that there was no need to come in and decorate, that I could drop off all supplies the day prior to the party and they would do all the decorating and set up for our special party!! Oh boy was that a huge courtesy and weight off of my back to know I could arrive that day and not worry about having to rush around decorating.

During the party they had so many fun and creative things to do with the children that were attending my sons party. I was concerned the older children from ages 6-10 wouldn’t have very much fun since it was a baby party but the staff were great at involving the older kids so that they were having a blast as well! I couldn’t imagine a better venue or staff for this most memorable occasion. They really made my sons first birthday a special, fun and relaxing party! I would recommend to any parent of any age group for a party at My Gym.

Make sure to mention you saw this post on The Coupon Challenge to get 2 FREE weeks of My Gym classes!  Offer is valid at the Virginia Beach location on Laskin Road only.

Note from Dana – My 8-year old son was worried he wouldn’t have any fun and that My Gym was just a “place for babies.”  He ended up having a blast and wants to go back to My Gym to play again!

My Gym Party

Disclosure:  A free birthday party was received in exchange for writing this post.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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Farm Fresh: Stoneridge Creamery Holiday Flavors

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SUPERVALU asked me to try Stoneridge Creamery Holiday flavors — Cinnamon Snickerdoodle and Peppermint Cookies ‘n Cream.  I headed to my local Farm Fresh store and picked them up on sale this week for $3.99 each.  My family tried the 2 flavors and gave me their “expert” opinions.

The verdict?  Cinnamon Snickerdoodle is the winner!

:: LuLu – Loved the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle but said she hated the Peppermint Cookies ‘n Cream because it tasted like a mint candy cane.
:: Monkey – Liked both flavors but preferred the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle.  He ate his entire bowl of both flavors and asked for seconds :)
:: Hubby – Also liked both flavors and preferred the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle.  He agrees with LuLu that the Peppermint Cookies ‘n Cream does taste like a candy cane and he says the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle kind-of tastes like a cinnamon roll.
:: Me – Well,  hubby said that I wouldn’t like either.  I’m more of a plain chocolate girl.

Hurry in to your local SUPERVALU store – these Limited Edition flavors won’t be around long!

Have you tried the new Stoneridge Creamery Holiday flavors?  Which is your favorite?

Disclosure:  I was provided with a gift card to purchase the ice cream.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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How to Save Money at Whole Foods Market

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A new Whole Foods Market opened in my area today.  I was treated to a sneak peak and learned all about the different departments and (of course) how to save money.   Let’s face it, Whole Foods is an expensive store.  You could easily blow your budget in this mecca of food.  One of the ways I plan to shop at Whole Foods is to continue saving money on other aspects of my budget.  Don’t pay for toothpaste so you can shop at Whole Foods :)

1.  Avoid multiple shopping trips.  This rule applies for all types of shopping. The more often you shop, the more money you will spend.  Consider a bi-weekly or monthly trip to Whole Foods unless there is a sale that you just can’t miss.

2. Purchase 365 Brands also know as “Sure Deals.”  The 365 Brand is the Whole Foods Market store brand, so you will save money by purchasing this brand over a competitors.  365 offers the best quality and the best value every day.  Look for a blue label to find these products fast.

3.  Watch for sales.  Whole Foods Market offers weekly specials throughout the store.   Plan your menu around and stockpile these savings to maximize your budget.  You can find the sale products with a yellow label.

4.  Shop the Daily Deals.  On Wednesday’s you get the opportunity for a Hot Deal and Friday’s offer a One Day Deal.  One Day Deals range from B1G1 soups to a free bar of soup when you bring in a bar of soap.

5.  Use coupons.   Coupons can be found online at WholeFoodsMarket.com or in the “Whole Deal” coupon booklet located at the front of the store.  Coupons include savings on 365 Brand products and major manufacturers.

6.  Buy a case to save 10% on your purchase!  A case typically consists of 6, 12 or 18 items.  You can receive a case discount on any item except beer.  Stack the case discount with a coupon to save even more.  Example:  Purchase 12 Stonyfield yogurts (mix and match flavors) on sale, save 10% plus use a coupon from the “Whole Deal” coupon booklet to maximize your savings.

7.  Shop the value bin for additional savings.  The Value Bunker in the seafood department has your best money-saving seafood deals everyday.  You can also “scoop your own items” to save money by purchasing only the amount of a product you need instead of buying an entire bottle or container.

8.  Sign up for the Whole Foods Market Newsletter to keep up with store news and weekly sales plus get exclusive offers and coupons.

9.  Use your reusable shopping back to save 5¢ per bag.  This can add up a nice savings over time!  You also have the choice of donating that nickel to one of two non profits each quarter!

10.  Sample before you buy.  Whole Foods Market allows you to sample products in-store before you buy.  Not sure if you’ll like a pomegranate or those Cheese Curls?  Ask a team member to provide you with a sample.  There is also a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.  If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, bring it back to exchange or get your money back.

While Whole Foods Market could drain you’re budget, follow these steps to make the most out of your shopping trip.  Whole Foods Market has provided you with numerous opportunities to feed your family well for less, so take advantage of it!

If you’re new to shopping at Whole Foods, you can take a peak at my local store to see all the departments and goodies that Whole Foods Market offers!

 How do you save money shopping at Whole Foods?

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Whole Foods Market Virginia Beach Sneak Peak (Opens 10/24)

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Last night I was treated to a sneak peak of the new Whole Foods store in Virginia Beach opening at 10am on Wednesday, October 24th.

Whole Foods Market is the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America’s first national certified organic grocer.  I have to say, the store is absolutely gorgeous! One walk through this impressive mecca of food and I’m hooked!

First Glance

I was awestruck pulling up in front of the massive 40,000 square-foot building.  The wide, covered front porch is filled with overflowing boxes of multi-colored pumpkins, gourds and squash.  You feel like you’re walking into Fall as you step into the much anticipated Virginia Beach location.  Just inside the front doors is a dramatic display of blooming orchids.  These local beauties almost made me want to try to (not kill) another orchid, almost :)

Product Department

Beyond the orchids are gracefully displayed towers of fruit and vegetables perched on top of salvaged and refurbished wood. The store boasts 200 organic produce varieties and over 60 local produce (from within a 100 mile radius!)  In addition to the fresh produce, you can purchase pre-cut organic fruit which is definitely a first for our area.  Make sure to take a moment to talk with one of the healthy eating specialists to get your healthy eating habits on the right track.

Cooking Department

Just past produce is one of my favorite locations in the store – the Cooking Department featuring Luke, the Whole Foods Cooking Coach.  I’ve already decided he is going to be my new BFF (he just doesn’t know it yet!)  If you find a product in the store you’d like to try or notice a great sale but aren’t sure how to prepare it, Luke has you covered with recipes and tips to make your meal a success.  You can even send an email asking for cooking advice!  See, I’m not the only one who wants to be buddy-buddy with Luke!

Whole Foods wants you to have fun cooking, so they offer 315 scoop your own items.  Want to try curry in a dish, but don’t need an entire bottle?  Save money and purchase just the amount for your recipe.  It’s brilliant!

Seafood Department

The seafood department is up next on the tour. Fresh seafood will be delivered 6 days per week (7 days for the first few weeks) including local fish and shellfish.  The seafood department displays 3 color codes for their fish.  Red (source of wild depleted), yellow (wild source moderate) and green (plentiful in the wild).  Whole Foods Market doesn’t sell fish in the red category.

All farm facilities are verified and are MSC certified to know where the fish are coming from.  My husband was thrilled upon learning Whole Foods takes such pride in knowing the safety of their seafood.  I am no longer allowed to shop elsewhere for seafood, seriously.

Want to get more out of your seafood purchase?  Have your purchase cut, cleaned, steamed and marinaded complementary before leaving the store.  You can also get recipes on how to prepare your purchase at home.

Meat Department

The meat department is a carnivores dream come true!  There is a 5-step Animal Welfare rating.  I was fascinated by the attention to detail and treatment of the animals.  My husband desperately wants to try steaks from the Dry Aged Beef Case.  I plan to cook him a special birthday meal next month (and hopefully not ruin the expensive steak in the process!)  The first batch of meat will be ready on opening day.  Arrive early – this is sure to sell out quickly.

Need a turkey for your Thanksgiving meal?  Whole Foods has selection of gobblers to suite your needs at reasonable prices.  Orders can be placed starting opening day or online.  Please note that supplies are limited.

Cheese, Wine and Beer Department

I am a wannabe cheese and wine connoisseur.  Whole Foods Market has a huge selection for all tastes and budgets:

  • Over 300 types of cheese from all over the world.  Some local items made specifically for the VA Beach location
  • Over 30 wines from Virginia
  • Over 400 beers to tempt any beer lover

Bakery Department

Oh my!  I gained 5lbs just drooling over these treats!  Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts and more will tempt your taste buds.  Special dietary products are also offered such as Kosher and Gluten-free.  Need a cake for a special occasion?  Let Whole Foods Market bakery create a cake for your big day.

Whole Body Mini Store

The health and beauty section offers soaps, vitamins, and supplements with no artificial coloring, chemicals, or animal testing. You can even make you’re won bath salts and scrub!

Join the 365 Vitamin Club to earn savings on future vitamin purchases.

Prepared Food Department

The chefs in the Prepared Food Department have a passion for food.  You can find 4 bars (soup, chef inspired, seasonal salads and an organic salad bar.) Visit the deli which includes a made-to-order sandwich bar, fully cooked prepared dishes, sushi or Surfside Eats for grass-feed beef burgers, hotdogs and wood fire pizza.

The prices appeared to be similar to others stores that offer a lower quality of food.  Pizza by the slice is $3.49 which is comparable to other retailers.

The Porch

The Porch includes an organic coffee bar and the Pub which focuses on local, craft and seasonal beers.  The Pub includes 7 local beers and 1 local cider on draft.

Draft pints and glasses of wine are sold for $3-$5.  Stop in during Happy Hour on Monday-Friday from 4-7pm to save $1 on your pint or wine glass! The porch includes 47 seats in addition to 37 seats in the outdoor cafe and 40 seats in the cafe.  Save time to grab a beverage and a snack during your Whole Foods Market visit!

All this and I didn’t even stroll the aisles of the canned, jarred and boxed foods!

One of the Whole Foods Market values that surprised my husband and I is the dedication to the environment and fair treatment of animals and people in developing countries.  Purchase a Whole Trade brand product and 1% of the sale is donated to women in need.  Donations accepted during the sneak peak tours are being sent locally to New Earth Farm.  Not only are products from New Earth Farm sold in Whole Foods, but the farm teaches kids where their food comes from.  I plan to look into this program for my children.

It’s also interesting to note that only 10% of Whole Foods Market waste is sent to the landfill – 10 percent! Waste is turned to compost in-house as well as recyclable materials are sent back to the main store in the empty delivery trucks.  A daily donation is made to the food bank, so others can benefit from a slightly bruised peach or loaf of bread.  Bring in your #5 plastic (think yogurt cups) and wine corks to be recycled by Whole Foods Markets free of charge.

In addition to all the delightful culinary experiences, the store offers free Wi-Fi and grocery carrying assistance as well as knowledge team members and expects in each department.  Not to mention an electric car charger and fresh ice maker in the parking lot!

There are a ton of promotions during opening week.  Tomorrow will include a Seafood Circus in the parking lot!  See more Whole Foods Opening Week Events to find the best day for your visit.  I doubt you’ll be disappointed!

I didn’t even share with you all I learned on my tour last night.  Look for a post tomorrow on Ways to Save Money at Whole Foods Market.

Have you shopped at a Whole Foods Market?  Share with us your thoughts.

 

 

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Java Delight UnCups Review (Available at Farm Fresh)

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If you have a Keurig, you know how expensive K-Cups can be.  Not only do K-cups stretch the budget, they are adding more waste to landfills.  Now I admit, I love my Keurig.  It just makes my life easy especially since my husband and I are up at different times drinking coffee.

SUPERVALU has been busy developing a private label Java Delight UnCups™. They wanted to bring customers single-use coffee pods, but make them more environmentally-friendly. Java Delight UnCups are made with 30 percent less material by weight than leading national brand pods. Even the cardboard is 100% recyclable, and the inner packaging bag is made with corn resin.

You can definitely see a difference in the Uncups vs the standard K-cups just by opening the box.  First, the UnCups are in a bag instead of just a box.   In order to maintain freshness, it is suggested that you don’t put UnCups on a carousal. The mesh in the UnCup is susceptible to outside aromas.  My husband  believes that the mesh allows for a stronger cup of coffee than standard K-cups.  This is a HUGE bonus for him.  We both enjoyed the taste of the Special Roast and Donut Shop.  I honestly believe the flavor is just as good as (if not better than) leading K-Cups manufactures.

You can choose from six varieties of the new UnCup including: French Roast, Decaf French Roast, Breakfast Blend, Donut Shop, 100% Colombia Supremo, and Special Blend.   Java Delight is available at all SUPERVALU banners, including Albertsons, Cub Foods, Jewel-Osco, Shop ‘n Save, Hornbacher’s, ACME, Shaw’s, SHOPPERS, Farm Fresh, as well as other retailers across the country.

Disclosure:  I received 3 boxes of Java Delight UnCups to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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Luvs “First Kid/Second Kid” Promotion: To Cover or Not to Cover?

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To cover or not to cover?  That’s the question on everyone’s mind  in the world of  breastfeeding moms.  Many new moms don’t feel completely confident enough to nurse their babies in public without covers.  As time passes, and that cover becomes a tangled up mess for the 400th time, most moms will toss it in the diaper bag never to be seen again!

Breastfeeding in public is initially not the most comfortable thing for a first time mom.  The great news is, as time passes and you get better at the coordination of nursing your little one, the more confident you become.

Luvs has started a series of “First kid, Second kid” stories and scenarios that show how confidence in parenting increases with the addition of new kids.  These scenarios also highlight how moms handle situations between their first and second child completely different once they have the growing confidence that motherhood will bring you.

I personally love this video because I can totally relate with trying to cover up and rush off to a different room, to being wide out in the open, nursing in a crowd,  and not giving it a second thought!  This luvs initiative is a great way to show parents that with confidence in parenting things become much easier.

Disclosure: Luvs diapers were received as a thank you for participating in the “First Kid/Second Kid” promotion. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.

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