Thursday, May 31, 2012

Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries (Review & Giveaway)

It seems that everything takes batteries these days.  The remote control, wireless mouse, kids toys, game controllers, and the list goes on.  I always stock up on Energizer batteries when I find them on sale, I don't want to risk running out.

I recently had the opportunity to test out the new and improved Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries, and was highly impressed with the results.  I was thrilled that I didn't have to change the batteries in my daughter's Nintendo DS for close to two week!  Batteries have never lasted that long before, what a treat.

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries, now improved to last up to 9X longer in digital cameras (previously 8X longer), when compared to Energizer MAX AA batteries. These improvements also translate to extended performance in other high tech devices like photo flashes, video recorders, GPS units, game console controllers, flashlights and headlights. And, 9x longer means 9x less waste.


Win It

One of Being Frugal and Making It Work’s Readers will win 
(2) 4-packs of Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries 

The Perfect Father's Day Gift - Personalized Sports Balls!

Father's Day is only a few weeks away, and finding the perfect gift for dad is on the minds of many!  If your dad loves sports, a personalized sports ball would make a unique gift that he will treasure for years!

No matter what they are a fan of, Make-A-Ball has the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life.

You can choose to create and design a variety of custom and personalized products:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football 
  • Hockey Puck 
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer ball

My eleven year old son is a huge sports fan, and was so excited when I gave him a personalized baseball! Last summer, we went to a Seattle Mariners game for the very first time.  The experience is one that we will remember forever, and one that my children will treasure.  A year later, my kids still talk about and can't wait to go to another game. 

I used two photos that I took at the game to create his baseball.  When our Make-A-Ball personalized baseball arrived, my first reaction was... WOW!  

It was simply stunning, absolutely perfect.  The colors were bright and bold, the photos crisp and clear.

I was very impressed at the quality and durability of our personalized baseball.  It is going to be a great reminder and symbol of the wonderful time we had at the Mariners game.

You can easily design your very own personalized sports balls with photos, logos, texts and more.  The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless!  They make the perfect gift for any sports fan, coach, or athlete! 

To receive 20% off your order, simply use coupon code MAB.20.REF at checkout! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Free Blogger Event - Sign Up Now! (Giveaway worth $1000)

Are you a blog owner looking for a fun and frugal way to grow your readership?  What if I told you that you could join a great blogger event for FREE?  and have

Mizz Review Lady and  J's Reviews have organized an amazing free blogger event that will take place June 15th through June 30th!  Only 100 spots are available... I just joined, and secured my spot!

The grand prize is valued at over $1000, and is sure to be a huge success - which in turn will mean great exposure for all the blogs participating!

If you decide to join... PLEASE tell them that Being Frugal and Making it Work told you about this free blogger event!

Bella Viva Orchards Dried Fruit Giveaway Winner Announcement

I want to thank everyone who entered my Bella Viva Orchards Dried Fruit Giveaway.   I would also like to thank Bella Viva for making this great giveaway possible for my readers. 

The lucky giveaway winner is:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Energizer Batteries Giveaway Winner Announcement

Households can't seem to have enough batteries on-hand from day to day.  I want to thank everyone who entered my Energizer Batteries giveaway.   I would also like to thank Energizer for making it possible. 

The lucky giveaway winner is:

ISO: Guest Posts for Baby Shower Gift Guide & Giveaway Event!

To celebrate the newest addition that will soon be joining our family, July is going to be all about moms and babies!  Beginning July 1st, a Baby Shower Giveaway Event will be showcasing a variety of fantastic baby products and products for moms-to-be. 
There are some amazing reviews and giveaways lined up for this "special delivery" event!! You definitely don’t want to miss it. I'm "expecting" this event to be just what the doctor ordered!
I'm also searching for GUEST POSTS that would fit perfectly into the theme! If you are interested, please contact me!!!

Chicken Soup for the Soul - The Magic of Mother's & Daughters Giveaway Ending Tonight! (3 Winners)

Mothers and daughters... they are, at the same time, very similar and completely unique. This relationship - through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between - can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest.
Don't miss your chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers & Daughters, enter NOW!
While you're here - be sure to check out the other great giveaways in the sidebar! 

Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express – 1 Dollar Movies (Every Tuesday and Wednesday)

Are you looking for a way to treat your children to some family-friendly, frugal summer fun?

The Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express 2012 is ready to begin. Over summer vacation, for 9 weeks starting June 12th, select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated $1 dollar movies every Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10:00 am. 

Enter your zip code at the $1 Summer Movies website, and find out what great family-friendly movies you can watch with your kids this summer.

These are the movies that will be playing at our local Regal Cinemas movie theater:

6/26-6/27 (10am) DOLPHIN TALE and HAPPY FEET TWO
7/10-7/11 (10am) CATS & DOGS: REVENGE and HUGO
7/24-7/25 (10am) KUNG FU PANDA 2 and RANGO
7/31-8/1 (10am) RIO and SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME
8/14-8/15 (10am) ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and SMURFS

I have been taking my kids to the Regal summer movie program for 9 years, it used to be free - but I'm not complaining at all about having to pay $1!  It is such a fun and frugal way to spend a fun-filled morning with my children! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Honey Bunches of Oats (Review & Giveaway) 3 Winners

Honey Bunches of Oats is one of our favorite cereals, and once a box is opened it doesn't last more than a couple of days!  It is no mystery why Honey Bunches of Oats is one of America's favorite breakfast cereals!

Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds has always been my husband's favorite, as well as mine.  But, Just Bunches is quickly becoming a close second!  It is the perfect breakfast cereal, snack on the go, and topping for ice cream and yogurt!

Honey Bunches of Oats is available in a variety of delicious flavors:

- Honey Roasted
- with Almonds
- with Real Strawberries
- with Cinnamon Clusters
- with Vanilla Clusters
- with Pecan Bunches
- Raisin Medley
- Fruit Blends Peach Raspberry
- Fruit Blends Banana Blueberry
- Just Bunches! Honey Roasted
- Just Bunches! Cinnamon

Not only do Honey Bunches of Oats breakfast cereals taste great, they are healthy too!  They bring together 4 healthy and nutritious whole grains: rice, corn, oat and wheat. In addition to providing 9 essential vitamins and minerals, Honey Bunches of Oats are also low in sugar, containing just 6 grams per serving, and contain no trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol --- making Honey Bunches of Oats, heart healthy!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Custom T-Shirts for any Business or Occasion

I'm a t-shirt gal from way back.  I rarely wear any other kind of shirt.  I simply feel most comfortable in t-shirts, and I love solids as well as printed ones.  I have a few that have some great designs on the front.  One of which is an adorable Cheeky Monkey from T Shirt

Do you have a company, school event or family event that you'd love to promote?  Maybe you're having a family reunion and would like to have matching t-shirts for everyone. T Shirt offers t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, tank tops, workwear and more for men, women and children.

I received one of their adorable promotional t-shirts.  My nickname is Cheeky Momma so I was very excited to have a Cheeky Monkey t-shirt to wear!

The first thing I noticed was how cute and adorable the monkey face was.  The graphics were perfect and the t-shirt is super soft.  I wore my shirt to the gym the day after it arrived and got numerous comments about it.  I was told how cute it was and asked where I got it more times that I can remember.

I have washed it several times already and it still looks as good as new.  No stretching or fading and it's still super soft.  It fits great and is very comfortable to wear. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers - Giveaway (3 Winners)

Do you have a family member who requires constant care? You are not alone.   Deciding whether to care for your loved ones at home, or find them a care facility might be one of those most difficult (and important) decisions you'll have to make.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers
This collection offers support and encouragement in its 101 stories for family caregivers of all ages, including the “sandwich” generation caring for a family member while raising their children. With stories by those on the receiving end of the care too. 

These stories of love, sacrifice, and lessons will inspire and uplift family members making sacrifices to make sure their loved ones are well cared for, whether in their own homes or elsewhere.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers is heartwarming and emotional! You're going to laugh and cry, I guarantee it!

Bella Viva Orchards Mixed Dried Fruit Giveaway Ends Tonight!

If you're looking for a delicious,healthy snack, that is also high in fiber - you're going to love these mixed dried fruits!

Don't miss your chance, enter to win today!  Simply click the link below:

Bella Viva Orchards Dried Fruit Giveaway (5/27) 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Energizer Batteries Giveaway Ending Tonight!

Does it seem like you always need to replace batteries in one device or another?  Make sure you have enough extra batteries in the house, come enter this giveaway before time runs out!  

Today is the last day to enter the Energizer batteries giveaway! 

Superior Nut Company - Review & $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Peanuts, almonds, cashews... nuts are a delicious and healthy snack, that my entire family enjoys!  If you love nuts as much as my family, then you are going to love Superior Nut Company!

Superior Nut Company offers a wide variety of beautiful Nut Gift Tins, Gift Boxes, Gift Towers and Nut Gift Baskets, a delicious treat that's good for every occasion.

You can choose between a large variety of nuts, fruits, cakes, pies, and so much more.  Order a little, or purchase in bulk!  Browse their specials for even greater savings.  I prefer the items that include free shipping, making my money stretch even further!

I love that they have a huge selection, my only issue was being able to make a decision on which item to purchase!  I wanted so many items, they all look so tasty!  

The check-out process was quick and easy, shipping was very prompt!  The items come beautifully wrapped - perfect for gift-giving!  The taste?  Mouth-watering and delicious!
Superior Nut Company still roasts their specialty nuts the old fashioned way, in small batches in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In fact, they have been offering high quality nuts since 1929, that's over 82 years.

Win a Family Vacation - Little Miss Coppertone Contest!

Summer is just around the corner which means most of us have beach days and poolside play dates in our future! Along with the bright sun, fresh produce and vacation plans, there's another symbol of summer that's immediately recognizable- the Coppertone girl! 

This summer, Coppertone is giving all littler girls the chance to embody this wholesome and charming icon with their Little Miss Coppertone Contest.

Coppertone is celebrating little girls by searching for the one who best personifies the spirit of Coppertone. In order to enter, simply submit a photo of your little girl, ages 2-8, before June 22nd!  Special guest judge Alison Sweeney will lead the judging team in selecting finalists and starting on July 13th, America will vote to choose the next Little Miss Coppertone! 

The winner gets a dream family vacation and will be featured in a Coppertone print ad! To enter the Little Miss Coppertone contest and read the official rules, visit the Coppertone Facebook page.

**No Purchase Necessary. Contest Ends on 6/22/12.

Baby Shower Gift Guide & Giveaway Event - Beginning July 1st!

To celebrate the newest addition that will soon be joining our family, July is going to be all about moms and babies!  Beginning July 1st, a Baby Shower Giveaway Event will be showcasing a variety of fantastic baby products and products for moms-to-be.   

There are some amazing reviews and giveaways lined up for this "special delivery" event!!  You definitely don’t want to miss it.  I'm "expecting" this event to be just what the doctor ordered! 

If you would like to have your item featured, please feel free to contact me.  I'm also looking for guest posts, that fit into the baby theme!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items and sponsors already "on board" for the baby shower event (simply click an image to visit the item/sponsor’s page):

Doodlebuckets Gift Baskets


Blanket My Baby

HALO SleepSack

Cushy Cradler Bath

Vicks Behind the Ear Thermometer     

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Coupons, Sales & Savings!

Whether you are hosting a party, traveling, shopping or enjoying great weather, celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with these coupons and Cash Back offers from

For your Memorial Day party:
  • Use this Crate & Barrel coupon for up to 20% off outdoor furniture online (no code needed when you click the coupon link, expires 6/30). You can also earn 5% cash back for more savings!
For your Memorial Day travel:
  • Use this Travelocity coupon to save $15 off weekly rental with Alamo online (no code needed when you click the coupon link, expires 6/18). You can also earn up to 6% cash back for more savings!
For your shopping needs:
  • Enjoy this Kohl’s coupon for 15% off any order (click for coupon code, expires 6/5). You can also earn 4% cash back for more savings!
For your outdoor activities on Memorial Day:
  • Use this Dick's Sporting Goods coupon to save 20% off select clearance items online (no code needed when you click the coupon link, expires 5/31). You can also earn 5% cash back for more savings!
. offers free coupons and Cash Back, currently with an average rate of 7% at 3000+ online stores. For even more savings, sign up for a free account now.  

To get the most savings, be sure you activate your account before you click to use the coupon offers above. This way, you’ll earn Cash Back plus save big from using the coupons above.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sogno Gourmet Coffee - Review & Giveaway

Did you know that coffee is the world's second most popular drink? 

 One of my favorite things besides my family and chocolate, is COFFEE!  I love everything about it: the taste, the smell.  In the colder fall and winter months, hot coffee with sugar, chocolate and flavored creamer is my drink of choice.  In the hot spring and summer months, I love iced coffee topped with whip cream!  

I recently had the pleasure of sampling two different varieties of Sogno Coffee.  Upon receiving the package I couldn't wait to open a bag and make a pot of coffee.  As soon as the bag was open I could smell the delicious coffee.  While brewing the aroma filled the entire house, and I loved it.  My kids even commented on how good it made the house smell. 

The taste was smooth and bold, brewed to absolute perfection!  It might just be one of  the best cup of coffee that I've ever had.  Let me have a few more pots of Sogno Coffee, and I'll let you know for sure.

 When it comes to coffee, Sogno Coffee has you covered.  Sogno roasts only the finest, gourmet Arabica beans in their one of a kind, custom-built roaster.  Bold, Espresso, Medium Roast, and Decaf - whole bean or ground coffee.   It's all about the beans... coffee beans!

Giveaway Winner Announcement: ShindigZ Party Supplies

I am one of those moms that love invitations that match the theme of the party! It is so much fun creating the perfect party with matching invitations, party games, decorations and or course, cake.   

I want to thank everyone who entered my $50 ShindigZ Party Supplies giveaway.   I would also like to thank ShindigZ for providing this great giveaway for my readers. 

The lucky giveaway winner is:

Free Slurpee at 7 Eleven (Today Only - May 23rd)

Today only, you can get a FREE slurpee at 7 Eleven from 11 am to 7 pm.

My kids LOVE slurpees, and I will be taking them to our local 7 Eleven after school today for a special treat!  The kids get out of school at 1:30 this afternoon, so it works out perfectly, as it won't ruin their appetite for dinner!

Will you be taking your kids to get a free Slurpee at 7 Eleven today?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FREEBIE: Target Beauty Bag Giveaway on Facebook - Full of Great Samples!

Hurry over to Facebook to request a FREE Beauty Bag full of samples from Target!  I received a free Target beauty bags a couple weeks ago and it's amazing! 

The Target Summer Beauty Bag Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years & older.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Father's Day Contest + $10 Off From Cloud 9 Living

Looking to give Dad a Father’s Day gift he’ll remember and talk about for years? Cloud 9 Living is an experience gift company that offers more than 1,800 unique experiences nationwide ranging from Race Car Driving, Golf Lessons and Learn to Fly experiences to City Food Tours, Wine Tastings and Spa Packages. And with experiences starting at $50, Cloud 9 Living has something for any taste and any budget. 

Make this Father’s Day special. Give an experience gift from Cloud 9 Living.  Sign up to enter the contest and you will also receive a promotional code for $10 off all purchases between now and Father’s Day!

Contest Details: Enter Cloud 9 Living’s Father’s Day Experience Giveaway Contest for your chance to win an experience! (16 winners - more than $1,700 in giveaways)

The $50 ShindigZ Party Supplies Giveaway Ends Tonight

Will you be hosting a party soon?  If you want to make sure your next party is a huge success, be sure to come enter this giveaway before time runs out!  

Today is the last day to enter the party supplies giveaway! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Frugal Gift Giving: WIN Your Gifts - Enter Giveaways!

I know it's only May, but it's not too early to start thinking about the holidays.  Entering giveaways is one of my favorite ways to stock up on gifts for every occasion - birthdays, Christmas, weddings and more.  Winning is also a frugal way to give wonderful gifts without breaking the budget!

Check out my current giveaways and enter for your chance to win today!  Remember, you can't win if you don't enter!

  • $50 ShindigZ Party Supplies Giveaway (5/21)
  • Energizer Battery Giveaway (5/25)
  • Bella Viva Orchards Dried Fruit Giveaway (5/27)
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul - The Magic of Mother's & Daughters Giveaway - 3 Winners (5/29)
  • Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates Giveaway (6/1)
  • Love Never Dies DVD Giveaway (6/4)
  • Dawgs Flip Flops Giveaway - Winners Choice (6/6)
  • Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Giveaway (6/8)
  • Pillow Pets Giveaway - Winners Choice (6/10)
  • Gorton's Seafood FREE Item Coupon Giveaway - 3 Winners (6/12)
  • Baby Shower Gift Guide & Giveaway Event (July 1 - 31)

This week, I won a 250 business cards, which will be used to create cards to promote my blog!

What was the last thing you won?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Make Them Smile When you Walk By - Wear a Funny T-shirt!

How often do you find yourself reading people's shirts as they walk by or sit across from you in a restaurant?  How many times have you wondered where you could get a funny shirt like that for yourself?

My husband used to wear silly funny t-shirts every single day, but since having children his shirt choices have changed tremendously.  You have to be careful what you say and wear when tiny eyes and ears are around! 

What do you get when you cross a bear and a deer?  BEER!

Who wants an awesome funny shirt?

Come on now, I know you like this!

Funny offers a variety of unique and silly t-shirts that will make you laugh and put a smile on your face.

You all know that I'm all about being frugal, and finding cheap shirts is always a bonus!

Winner Announced: Marvel's the Avengers Prize Pack Giveaway

Marvel’s The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson, and it is directed by Joss Whedon.  Marvel's The Avengers - the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. 

I want to thank everyone who entered my Marvel's the Avengers Prize Pack Giveaway.   I would also like to thank the giveaway sponsor for providing this great giveaway for my readers. 

The lucky giveaway winner is:

How to go to Prom Without Going Broke

Parents know there are many expenses associated with prom: hair, makeup, the dress, accessories, flowers, the limo, etc. It all adds up! You can save with coupons and cash back from 

Here’s how:
  1. Get a deal on the dress. Buy prom dresses for under $150 plus get free shipping using this Nordstrom coupon (no coupon code needed when you click the coupon link, expires 5/20/12). You can also get 5% cash back. If Nordstrom does not have the perfect dress, try one of these savings offers from prom specialty websites:
    1. Free shipping on U.S. orders over $50 with this coupon (click for coupon code, expires soon).
    2. $8.75 flat rate shipping with this Prom Girl coupon (no coupon code needed when you click the coupon link, expires soon). You can also get 6% cash back.
  2. Bling up your look to accessorize, but shop at an affordable jewelry store. Use this Ice coupon for free shipping and 20% off any order (click for coupon code, exclusions apply, expires 5/31/12). You can also get up to 10% cash back.
  3. Step out in style and save on shoes. Get 25% off for new customers with this ShoeDazzle coupon (click for coupon code, expires 6/30/12). You can also get 3% cash back.
  4. Perfect your look with beautiful prom makeup that you bought for less! Enjoy free shipping plus $15 off your $75+ order with this ULTA coupon (click for coupon code, expires 5/26/12). You can also get up to 9% cash back.
  5. Check Groupon for discounted hair styling deals. Buy online through BeFrugal and get up to 10% cash back on top of the amazing money saving offers from Groupon at local salons.
  6. Those planning to dine out before prom can get free restaurant coupon from, like this offer for a free appetizer or dessert with 2 dinner entrees at Olive Garden (expires 5/27, click here for printable coupon).

Gorton's Seafood - Free Item Coupons Giveaway - 3 Winners!

My kids and I absolutely LOVE seafood, but we rarely get to have fresh seafood. Gorton's Seafood tastes delicious. We especially love their Grilled Shrimp Scampi and Tilapia Roasted Garlic & Butter Grilled Fillets.

With so many different types and kinds of delicious seafood, you can easily create the perfect meal - Every single time! How about sitting down for a delicious and healthy meal that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare? As a busy mom, meals that are healthy, quick and easy are often those that save the day and allow me to spend valuable time with my children.

Trust me, you can trust the Gorton's fisherman!

Click on photo for recipe!

Win It

Three (3) of Being Frugal and Making It Work’s Readers will win 
Two (2) Coupons for FREE Gorton's Seafood

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Giveaway Winner Announced: New Year's Eve DVD

Are you sticking to your New Year's Resolutions?  I want to thank everyone who entered my New Year's Eve DVD Giveaway.   I would also like to thank the giveaway sponsor for providing this great giveaway for my readers. 

The lucky giveaway winner is:

It's a Pillow, It's a Pet... It's a Pillow Pet (Review & Giveaway)

My daughter is 8 years old, and has been a loyal fan of Pillow Pets from the moment she first laid eyes on them!  In fact, my daughter now has a mini Pillow Pet family and she loves every single one of them.  Her newest addition, is the chenille horse!

Pillow Pets are simply adorable.  Every last one of them!   Other than being super cute, the first thing that I noticed about every Pillow Pet I have touched, is how soft they are.    They are so super soft and cuddly that you simply don't want to put them down. 

With such a large variety of cuddly animals, you are sure to find the perfect Pillow Pet for every child in your life.  From an adorable pink Wiggly Pig, a green Dragon, a playful blue Squeaky Dolphin and even a Huggable Hippo.  Just to mention a few.  Each one is as cute as the next! 

Pillow Pets make a great gift no matter what the occasion:  Birthdays, Christmas and even for no reason at all!  

Both boys and girls love them (even the parents love them)!  Not only do they make having a stuffed animal fun, they are also practical for children of all ages.  Perfect for at home and in the car.  It's a toy and pillow all wrapped up into one, perfect for taking camping or on vacations too!