Giveaways Galore

Of the 2,664 entries, the winners of the Moody Sisters Skin Care Gift Pack are:

Michele (flemingm7@)
EM (maria.harenavimen.476@)
Sandra (gianttoltec@)
Sabrina (anthonysabrina@)
Nicole (nic.christine@)
Tanvi (mnitr@)

Of the 1,098 entries, the winners of the $25 Lamplights Scripture Prints Certificates are:

Katie (Katie.washetas@)
Tracy (tracycriswell@)
Suzanne (suzannerj@)
Jolinda (stegers4@)
Sophie (Sophiempiper@)
Katie (kbrass211@)
Sheri (jsmartin102@)
Rebecca (poutyforyou@)
Jessica (jessi.grace@)
Cathi (3r3cp@)

Of the 1,419 entries, the winners of the $50 Lilla Rose Gift Certificate are:

Jen (flute_gal64@)
Shante (shanteibigelow@)
Nicole (artusiofam@)
Gabrielle (gab_jeans@)
Kali (polishedcornerstones@)

Of the 2,443 entries, the winners of the $50 Certificates to A Time for Everything are:

Corri (statler911@)
Cynthia (wrightcynthia18@)
Jennifer (Hsrosebud2@)
Laura (producerdoc7s@)
Tawni (tjaco28@)

Of the 997 entries, the winners of the Kits from SmartLab Toys are:

Wendy (wendywelch47@)
Dianne (Smithdianne0708@)
Shannon (Shannonguard@)
Charis (chariscook@)
Kerry (email4rkf@)
Denise (d.chapman4u@)
Sara (rojasfosh@)
Amy (amyhorrocks@)
Dawn (BURNUM@)

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Save $1 on POND’S products + win a $50 Walgreens gift card!

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Have you tried POND’S Wet Cleansing Towelettes? They are infused with Triple Anti-Oxidant Complex and Vitamin E to help revitalize your skin while leaving it clean and makeup-free. They are now infused with iconic cold cream technology, which not only removes make-up, but also provides moisturization for soft, radiant skin.unnamed

To encourage you to give them a try, Walgreens is offering a paperless coupon for $1 off any POND’S products through June 5, 2015. Just clip the coupon to your Balance Rewards card and stop in to redeem your savings at Walgreens.

Click here to get your coupon.

Win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card

Would you like to win a $50 Walgreens gift card? To win, just retweet this tweet here or copy and paste the following tweet into your browser on Twitter and post it:

Win a $50 Walgreens gift card

We’ll choose 5 winners from all the entries and will notify them via Twitter.

{This post is underwritten by Lunchbox. Read my disclosure policy here.}

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Enter to win one of 5 $100 Target gift cards from Dropprice.com!

Enter to win a $100 Target gift card!

Dropprice is a new website that rewards moms for being social.

You can drop the prices of kid’s products and baby products with a simple click. As more moms click on “Drop the Price”, the price will continue dropping.

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Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media.

Right now, you can “Drop the Price” of the VTech Alphabet Train. It started out at $49.99 and for each person that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each person that participates until it reaches $25 (50% off).

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You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the Price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Note: when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item.

Dropprice offers a new deal on one item every single week. You can sign up for their newsletter to be notified when there is a new deal available.

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Join in the Fun & Enter to Win a Target Gift Card!

Want to try out how Dropprice works?

Head over here and drop the price of the VTech Alphabet Train and you’ll be entered to win one of 5 $100 Target Gift Cards! For even more entries, share this deal on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 6/3/2015; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter.

{This post was underwritten by DropPrice. Read our disclosure policy here.}

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Weekend Giveaway: SmartLab Toys All-Natural Spa Soap and Fizzy Bath Lab Kits (9 Winners)

Spa Soaps GiveawaySo basically, the box of items we got in the mail to review for this giveaway MADE Kaitlynn’s day… or more like her month! These kids have given her, as well as her neighbor friends, hours of fun.

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This weekend, 9 blog readers will win a set of two different kits from SmartLab Toys — the All-Natural Spa Soap Kit and the Fizzy Bath Lab Kits.soap4

The All-Natural Spa Soap Kit includes all the materials needed to make 25+ melt-and-pour soaps, and teaches kids about molecules, emulsifiers and botanicals as they get crafty.

In addition to chemistry lessons, the 16-page booklet is filled with recipes using common all-natural ingredients from the kitchen and the garden, like flower-shaped “Flower Power Garden Bars” using lavender or rose petals, and seashell-shaped “Island Dream Bars” using coconut oil.

Follow the recipes in the booklet or dream up custom soaps. Make soap for friends and fold up five whimsical, pre-printed boxes to give as gifts. The possibilities are endless with this spa-tacular kit.

For more information on SmartLab Toys, follow them on Facebook.

Would you like to enter to win two kits from SmartLab Toys — the All-Natural Spa Soap Kit and the Fizzy Bath Lab Kits? Just click on the graphic and type in your name and email address. 9 winners will be chosen and posted next week. This giveaway ends Sunday, May 10, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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How We’re Supporting Our Family with a Handmade Business on Etsy {And a Weekend Giveaway!}

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Guest post by Melissa Kaiserman

In the spring of 2013, my husband was in his seventh year of a position that had gone from dream job to highly toxic work environment. The stress was getting worse by the week and affecting both him and our family. Despite his best attempts to just focus on doing his job well and not let it get to him, it reached a point where he really believed he was supposed to quit.

While my husband is (thankfully!) not a big spender, he is definitely the Free Spirit while I am the Nerd. I’m the one who knows the budget inside and out, divvies up the cash into spending categories, and pays the bills. So I was trying my best to be supportive and not panic as I analyzed how the finances for our family would be impacted since I was a SAHM with just a little side business that I was doing mostly for fun.

At this point in our marriage, we had been completely out of debt (except for our mortgage) for about five years, which was a major factor that allowed us to even entertain such a drastic change. So for the next few months, we saved the profit from my handmade business as well as our tax return and anything extra from paychecks. After we had accumulated about 3-4 months worth of living expenses, Dave resigned from his job.

He immediately started looking for another position in his field. While he was going through the process of applying and interviewing, he mentioned that I may as well teach him some ways he could help with my business since he was home and had time. So I did, though neither of us had any idea how vital this would turn out to be!

A few weeks after my husband left his job, I received an Etsy convo from a credit union many states away that resulted in an $1800 order! There is no way I could have fulfilled that request without my husband home.

From that point forward, we clearly saw God blessing my business and my shop continuing to grow. But while Dave had made it to the final interview round for three different jobs for which he was highly qualified, he wasn’t offered any of them.

After some initial discouragement, it hit us: Maybe God is closing doors because He wants us to do this together! We had assumed my husband would continue in his field and I would continue to be a SAHM who operated a side business that simply provided extra for Christmas gifts and vacations. Having a family business and working from home seemed like too big and lofty a dream.

For the past 2 1/2 years, we have supported our family of six with a handmade business which, despite the warnings of the pundits, has sold products exclusively on the Etsy platform. My husband gets to work in his field from time to time and keep his skills sharp, and while that only accounts for a small percentage of our yearly income, the opportunities always come at just the right time.

People often express amazement at our story and wonder how we are able to make it work. While there’s no magic formula–and while as Christians we believe the main reason for our success is that we’re doing what God has called us to do–I believe there are three very practical areas that contribute:

1. We are out of debt.

My husband quitting his job was a step of faith, and we couldn’t have taken it with confidence if we had been under the burden of debt. If you have a dream of one day quitting your day job to work from home doing something you love, I strongly encourage you to get “gazelle intense” about eliminating debt!

We have also stayed completely out of debt with our business. In the very beginning, I used cash to pay for a limited amount of supplies until I created some profit and could purchase more, increasing inventory as I went. We’ve never used and don’t even own a business credit card–only debit.

2. We work as a team.

While I am the one who manages pretty much every aspect of the business, my husband does not view any job I need him to do as beneath him. He doesn’t perform any of the sewing, but he completes so many of the intermediary and finishing tasks that I find tedious, freeing me to focus on the areas where I thrive.

The same teamwork principle applies to our home. In addition to being an excellent handyman, Dave washes all of the laundry (and passes it along to our four who fold!), does virtually all of the transporting of children as well as many errands, and is quick to jump on anything he sees that needs to be done around the house.

3. We live frugally and on a budget.

If we didn’t tell our money where to go, our money could easily tell us this won’t work and that my husband needs to return to a traditional job. The truth is, we love our life and want to do this for as long as possible. So for us, it is worth it to make sacrifices and forgo doing and having some things in order for that to happen. It wouldn’t be possible without choosing to be content and having a spending plan.

When I made my first cash envelope system wallet for myself over four years ago, I discovered that ditching the paper envelopes and having a pretty and durable way to organize our cash made living on a budget seem a lot more enjoyable.

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Enter to Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Our Store!

I would love for you to experience that same feeling I experienced, so I’m giving away five $50 gift certificates to be used on any of our envelope system products and accessories.

Also, through May 9, MoneySavingMom.com readers can receive free shipping on any purchase. Just click “Apply shop coupon code” at checkout and enter MSMMAY15. (Free shipping applies to domestic orders only, but international customers may leave a note at checkout requesting a refund equal to the shipping amount a U.S. customer would save on that order.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, May 9, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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Melissa Kaiserman is a wife, mom, and handmade business owner who designs cash envelope system wallets & accessories that put the beauty in budgeting. She also blogs at A Time for Everything and uses her experience and passion to support and mentor fellow makers at Makery Space.

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Jane.com: Enter to win a $1000 Amazon gift card + more!

Enter to win $1000 Amazon gift card from Jane.com!

Jane.com is running a HUGE Mother’s Day giveaway. 3 winners will win either a Madsen Bicycle, a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card, or a $1,000 Sephora Gift Card.

There are multiple ways to enter and you can enter every day.

Be sure to use my Giveaway Partner Code CRYSTAL8561 and you can get 5 extra entries every single day.

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)
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