4th of July Dog Safety and Nudges Dog Treats: Dog Treats Made in USA! #NudgesMoments

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Its no secret that we love our dog – he’s family. As part of the family, it’s important that he only gets healthy dog treats. I insist that my family eats healthy, so it’s no different for our pets!

Chipper has been our constant companion since we “rescued” him off Craigslist when he was a puppy. At just over 5 lbs he is a toy poodle/Maltese mix and white ball of fluffy fun most of the time.


Since we live in a condo and do not have a backyard to call our own, he is walked twice daily by my awesome husband. I swear, the two of them are BFFs! And while I had to convince my husband to let me have him six years ago, they have become inseparable ever since.

Do you have a puppy that has trouble walking on a leash?  We use treats to reward his good walk behavior, and sometimes to reinforce good on-leash habits, too.

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Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA Review

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4217_1223_2011_12_12_12_13_29-3I was excited to try Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA.  I am 40 years old and I have been told I look younger than my age, but I do have frown lines between my brows (which I hate) and the start of fine lines around my eyes. Each time I try a new product I am hopeful the promises made to me on the packaging will work.

I have tried numerous products purchased from drug stores. I have not tried any expensive department store products, as they are out of my price range. My main complaint with most of these products is they cause me to break out, even the ones that claim they are non-comedogenic meaning they will not block my pores and cause pimples.

I started using Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion 10% Glycolic AHA about three weeks ago. A warning on the bottle says to do a patch test below the ear for 2-4 days and that temporary slight tingling, stinging or redness is normal. I decided to forgo the patch test as I had already been using a 14 % Glycolic AHA which did cause stinging. I figured I was accustomed to stinging. I was pleasantly surprised. I had absolutely no stinging or redness and I was able to use it both in the morning and evening.  I’m not sure if I would have experienced stinging had I not used a glycolic AHA before, so I would recommend doing the patch test as instructed.


I am very happy to report I have not had a breakout while using the product. In fact my skin is clearer than before I started using the lotion, which is surprising considering my history of  developing at least some acne in the spring as the temperatures heat up.  As for my frown lines and fine lines around the eyes, I have seen an improvement. I still have the frown lines but I think they are diminished as are the small lines around my eyes. My skin looks clearer, brighter, and a little younger than before I started using the lotion which makes me very happy.

I am also very happy with the price of the lotion.  As of publication time it is  priced at 10.99 for a 6 oz. bottle on their website.

Alpha Hydrox is manufactured by Neoteric Cosmetics and are based in Denver, CO. Their twitter and facebook pages can be found at:


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FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter Made with Arm & Hammer for a #FresherCar

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I don’t know about your area, but where I live we are drowning in yellow pollen this Spring! It’s on our cars, on our patio furniture, and when we leave the windows open its all over our dining room table :( My family, especially my husband, is super sensitive to pollen allergies. I’m not sure if the kiddos have allergies yet or not, but its only a matter of time before you develop them if you live in Hampton Roads.

We also spend a lot of time in the car. I regret that we usually drive with the windows rolled up and the AC on (instead of enjoying this awesome window-down weather we’ve been having) JUST to avoid inundating ourselves with pollen.

When I was asked to try FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters made with Arm and Hammer baking soda, I jumped at the chance to keep the air we breath a little cleaner.

Before we headed to Walmart to grab our air filter, I checked online at the FRAM Fresh Breeze website to see which filter I needed.


After dinner, we took a family outing to Walmart to purchase our air filter. Once there, we found the automotive section, and finally the air filter section.


Its hard to miss the Fram FreshBreeze air filters – they are the ones in the bright green boxes!


I used the booklet provided on the display end cap to look up the model number we needed again, just in case:


FramFresh booklet

Unfortunately, the filter model we needed was NOT in stock at our Walmart.

After a quick check with a sales associate, we were assured that more were being stocked that evening and that we should come back tomorrow.

However, when we went back the next day there were STILL no air filters on the shelves with our model number. This time I was told they were on a two to three week re-stocking delay. I went to the Customer Service Desk and asked to check if there were any in stock at the next closest Walmart, before I drove three kids halfway across town at lunchtime. I spent the next 20 minutes leaning over the Customer Service Desk shouting into their speaker phone checking two different stores for the item number we needed – but still no luck; it was out of stock everywhere. Apparently its a popular filter! I was just about to give up when I realized that maybe I could get an air filter for my husband’s car instead, as he is the most allergy prone out of all of us.

We went back to the air filter section (I was becoming a bit of an expert at this point) and looked up his car’s model number . . .



They had his in stock. See how happy we were!


After that I went home and got to work right away. First, I watched the online video that showed me exactly where I needed to install the filter:


Click for YouTube Video of 2007 Honda CRV Installation Instructions

After I watched the video, it was really easy to install the FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters made with Arm and Hammer baking soda:





I was AMAZED at how dirty his filter was, and so glad I would know that the air he was breathing would be that much cleaner thanks to Fram FreshBreeze cabin air filters made with Arm and Hammer! I’m also pretty excited to see if the new filter will help with the summertime “stink” that cars sometimes get from sitting in the hot sun, especially when they’re perpetually filled with Hubby’s sports equipment :)

Side By Side Comparison of Old and New Filters

I’ve added a reminder to my Google Calendar to check the air filter at the end of the summer, just to see how well its working and if we need to change it. I’ve also added a reminder to go back to Walmart in a few weeks and see the one I need for my car is in stock. I know we’d all appreciate breathing cleaner, fresher air on the go!

You can try the Fram FreshBreeze cabin air filter for yourself and save with a FRAM Rebate.

Make sure to view photos of my #FresherCar #cbias shopping trip on my FRAM FreshBreeze Google Plus Album.

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Don’t Get Stuck With Snacks the Kids Won’t Eat! Try It, Before You Buy It with Goodies Company

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Have you ever purchased a snack only to realize it tastes absolutely DISGUSTING?  Maybe the kids were begging for that new fruit snack they saw advertised on TV or maybe your favorite brand just came out with a new granola bar you just had to try. Whatever the reason, there are times when new products just completely flop.

Recently, I decided to splurge and get my kids natural cheese sticks. These weren’t the cheese sticks from the refrigerated section, but crunchy cheese sticks  from the snack aisle. They looked divine on the package and seemed like just the product my kiddos would go crazy about. The problem was, I didn’t have a coupon and the sale wasn’t anything fantastic.  I decided to try them anyways as a surprise to the kids.

Those of you who “know” me, are used to reading about me trying new products that are free or almost free after coupon and sale.  While ending up with a snack that my family won’t eat is always wasteful;   I’m not nearly as upset about it if I didn’t pay my hard-earned money to purchase it.  These cheese sticks that ended up in the trash, I actually paid for!


If you like to try new products but don’t want to waste money on items your family refuses to eat after the first bite, check out the new offer from Goodies Company. Subscribers to the Goodies Co. Taster’s Box will receive a monthly box of 5-8 snacks for just $7/month!

Goodies Co. is a highly sought after monthly subscription and to get yours, you will need to visit and enter the code BLOGVIP to instantly receive your invitation. Typically, there is a waitlist to get an invitation, however through our partnership with Goodies Co. you can skip the line and get right in.

Once you enter the code into the promo page, you will receive 2 emails from Goodies. The first will state you are in line for your invitation, the next will instantly tell you your invitation has arrived. This shows you how you skipped the line!


At Goodies, your opinion matters, and you get rewarded for it. After you try your snacks, go back to the Goodies website and give a review of your box. By doing this you will earn points to redeem for rewards and free Taster’s Boxes.  We all like to earn freebies, so this is a great way to try new products for less and get some for FREE just for sharing your opinion!

Head over to Goodies, skip the waitlist and try it, before you buy (lots of) it!

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Goodies Co. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.


Gymboree Spring Clothes Review & $75 Gift Card Giveaway

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gymboree spring

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

Aubrey Gymboree

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!


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!


More about the Products:


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


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


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.

Posted by: Courtney

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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.

Posted by: Courtney

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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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