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Thursday, July 31, 2014

IMPORTANT ISSUE: Please Read

Hey all, you know I'm generally pretty easy-going and all, but today I want to talk to you about something that is legitimately serious.


Save Net Neutrality #NetNeutrality

The internet could change soon, and in a really big and awful way. (If you think that this is just one of those crazy-conspiracy rants by the way - I've got news for you. It's already happening. Sprint will begin charging $12 per month extra as of August 9th just for access to an app like Facebook. --> http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/30/12-a-month-for-facebook-sprint-tramples-over-net-neutrality-with-new-prepaid-plan/)

This won't just affect me as a blogger that speaks to thousands of people each day. This will affect you, your access to new thoughts and ideas, the way you see the world, your ability to do something as simple as watch a video on YouTube, or even afford the internet.

I'm talking about Net Neutrality.

Unfortunately, (as I'm sure we all very well know by now) the mainstream media isn't breaking this down to the American people in the best way because many of them are owned by the very companies that stand to make a lot more money off of you if they succeed. In other words - this is corruption at its finest.

I'm not going to go into a great length of details on this, because the video below explains it so epic-ly, but let me give you the rundown:

The former FCC chairman (you know, the guy that is supposed to be protecting us from this sort of thing) is now a cable industry lobbyist that is trying hard to make sure that your ISP (internet service provider) can make you pay more to access things like YouTube or Facebook. And (because this country can't seem to avoid corruption somehow...) the current chairman is - surprise! - a former cable industry lobbyist.

In addition, there's a pretty good chance that small businesses and bloggers like me will be seen last or not at all by end-users like you, because I won't be able to afford to pay a premium to get into the proposed 'fast-lane' that the cable companies want to impose. And as an end-user, there is also a good chance that you won't be able to afford to see the internet platforms I'm on, thanks to new and increased charges to access certain portions of the internet easier (like that Sprint article that I linked above).

This isn't just internet censorship, this is internet-destruction.

Is this really where you want your internet to go? Tell the FCC where you stand by going to DearFCC.org and demand that they keep the net neutral. It's our internet. It's our ideas, our goals, our passions, hopes & dreams. Don't let this freedom slip away without a fight!

Watch the videos below, then take a stand to join with
many others who are fighting for #NetNeutrality.

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My letter to the FCC on DearFCC.org reads as follows:

The Internet is important to me because, as a blogger and small business owner, I need to know that there will not be barriers between me and my readers and/or consumers. If ISP subscribers are being given only a portion of what the internet provides, there’s no way that I will be able to compete or succeed. As a country that was founded on Freedom itself, this is an abomination. Are we going to go backwards in time and destroy everything that so many men and women died to see succeed? Unjust taxation and corruption within the media and the lines of communication are truly a big part of the reason that America was born in the first place. As a citizen of the United States, you should be appalled at this entire issue. If you are for less freedoms for the internet, you are against the very core principles that our country has been built upon. Don't let America become a third-world country in the realm of innovation and information simply to line the pockets of those who are already rich beyond most people's wildest imaginations.

Thanks for your time all,

Your friendly MasterofMom.com blogger - Alicia Figueroa


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Indie Gift Box Giveaway!

Love jewelry? Recently my fellow blogger Joan from Joan's 5 Star Reviews was given the opportunity to check out a fab assortment of jewelry from Indie Gift Box. The collection she received (called "Sparkle & Shine") was filled with incredible goodies from independent artisans that were hand-picked by Indie Gifts!

Joan says: "[I] absolutely loved the assortment which included Wine Charms, Bracelets, Earrings, and Nail Polish. [I was] impressed with the variety and the fun way this gift box was packaged. This is a really cool gift idea for yourself and others, purchasing one time or with a monthly subscription!"


An assortment of Indie Gift Products

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You can check out Joan's review here! Don't forget to keep scrolling to enter the Indie Gift Box Giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School in Style! Plus: HUGE $1,000 in Gift Cards Giveaway!!

Some of us are more than ready for the summer to end and school to begin, while others just aren't quite there yet.

I always found that kids will get into the back-to-school excitement faster after a shopping trip. I know when I was younger I could hardly wait to show off my new clothes and gadgets to my friends!

Check out some of the cool back-to-school items I found on the Target website, then make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post so that you can enter an awesome giveaway for your chance to win 1 of 10 great prizes in this huge Back-to-School Giveaway Event!

If you like what you see, please consider making a purchase through a link on my site. I use affiliate links, so when you buy something through me, you're helping me to keep my blog running!

Let Your Boys Run With the Big Dogs!

I absolutely love this little letterman's jacket. It comes in sizes 4-16 and is perfect for letting your younger boys feel just as grown-up as older brothers. Plus, it's a steal at just under $20 - it doesn't get much better than that!

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Price: $19.99


All Dressed Up!

For girls, I like this dress from Xhilaration. It's a brand I remember wearing even when I was a girl, so I trust it a lot. This cute little lace number comes in four different colors and has a delicate flower design on it that looks more expensive than it really is! Comes in sizes 4-16.

Xhilaration Girls' A-Line Lace Dress - Nav...
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Price: $16.99

A Really Cool Backpack

Okay so, this is quite possibly the most awesome backpack I have ever seen! Although it says it is a Men's backpack, if you read some of the reviews on Target's website you will see that the item is actually smaller and best suited for younger children. If you have a little guy (or gal) at home that is TMNT-crazy (like my little guy is!) this would be a perfect going-back-to-school surprise.

Men's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Backpack...
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Price: $28.00

Go For The Classics

And of course, the school year wouldn't be complete without a nod to those most-timeless of all school shoes: Mary Janes. You can get these ones from Cherokee in girl's sizes 13-5 for less than $15!

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Back to School just got easier, save $10 when you spend $50 on Clothing, valid 7/30-8/2.

What are you loving this year for back-to-school style? Are you ready for the school year?
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Back to School in Style Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes!

Mom Powered Media wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones,
so they've personally sponsored a Target and American Eagle Gift Card in this giveaway!


We've got ten $100 gift cards up for grabs, scroll through to check out some of our lovely sponsors:


Aloetree is a brand new organic children's clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has sweet characters that tell a special story. This brand definitely has a unique and positive quality.

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Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six. On top of it all, she is a humanitarian that loves to give back! Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what's hot for tots and their families. We Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

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Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education, and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy-to-care-for uniforms in addition to great corporate wear, scrubs & more! They serve customers nationally; make sure to check out their fantastic selection!

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The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally-friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world's leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled and eco-friendly goods & products that are made with your health and the health of the planet in mind.

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Yala is about making simple, elegant clothing from the heart, for the planet - because living well is always in style! Yala proudly welcomes the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with them in the warm sunshine for true clothes that you can live in. Elegant, sustainable, comfortable. It's that simple.

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Forever 21 is the authority on fashion and the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more in-store or on their website. Forever 21 now also carries plus sizes!

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Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children's clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Shop their awesome collections today for kid & baby clothing perfect for the little citizens of our world.

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Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand's fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play, allowing kids-to-be-kids in outfits they love. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at www.gymboree.com.

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The Prizes:

Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloetree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target, or American Eagle.

Giveaway begins July 30, 2014 and ends August 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST.
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Only one entrant per household, per address.
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The Happy's made my kids REALLY happy!

Recently I was able to test out The Happy's toys, courtesy of Cepia, LLC, and MomSelect! Although I was given free items in order to participate in this review campaign, please know that my words are always 100% my own. The content in this post and on this site uses affiliate links. If you have more questions about this, please refer to my disclosure & policy listed above.

The Happy's Toy Review

I was so excited when I saw that I was chosen to help out with this campaign! My kids are big fans of electronic toys, and even bigger fans of animals. The Happy's combines the best of both worlds in an adorable way!

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post to find a huge selection of currently available The Happy's toys!

What are The Happy's?

The Happy's are a group of furry, fun electronic pets that make your kids pretty darn happy. (My kids acted like it was Christmas when they received theirs!)

There are currently four different pets available to choose from, plus a few special edition ones that I was only able to find on Amazon. The pet that we received is a white cat named Mittens.



So what do these little guys do?

We've all seen the little robotic animals before - like the flipping puppy at the mall for instance - but I was genuinely impressed with all the moves our The Happy's pet did. Not only do they zip around (really, these things get some speed going!) but they twirl, do tricks, and can even home in on their treats! To top it off, they have a few really nifty toys (we received the tennis ball) that they actually interact with!

My favorite part?

The best thing for me was that the treats are interchangeable. You don't have to buy a specific treat or toy for any animal, they can all be used together! It was a ton of fun to watch our kitten come racing through the kids' playroom so she could get to her treat.

Yeah that's right. An electronic pet with treats.

At first I thought that the little yellow fish-shaped object that came with our kitten was a remote control. Far from it! These little pets are already pretty smart on their own - so you don't need anything to guide them directional-wise. What I actually had was an electronic treat.

I quickly discovered that our kitten would respond when the button on the treat was pushed, causing her to come from wherever she was in the room and then twirl in a circle as if begging for the treat as soon as she got close to it. I thought that was awesome!

The toys work in a similar fashion. You can purchase extra toys for your pet at the same place you buy The Happy's. When the toy is activated, your pet will actually play with the toy!

Sounds cool right?! It is.


My only problems?

First of all, you're going to want to buy one pet per child. I quickly found this out when my 18-month-old was so ecstatic about the kitten that she wouldn't stop picking it up. That of course caused my 4-year-old to get quite upset and it took a few days before they were able to share the toy nicely. (Mommy problems, am I right?!)


The other notable thing is that you need a flat surface to play with The Happy's pets. The manufacturer recommends a floor that is hardwood or tiled for instance, but I noticed that our kitten got stuck a few times in some of the deeper grooves in the playroom since the tile there is quite old. However, I did have a lot of success playing with our The Happy's kitten on short carpet when I was visiting at a relative's house. Regardless of any of the areas we played with our pet, it always got itself unstuck quite easily.

Where to buy:

You can get your very own The Happy's pets at Amazon, Target, ToysRus, Walmart, Justice or Learning Express. (You can click any of the pictures listed below to purchase one of these directly through the toy-maker on Amazon! If you purchase through one of these links, I'll receive a commission to help keep my blog going!)


The Happy's Interactive Pet White Kitten Mittens       

     

   


Connect:

Want to see all the cool pets, treats and toys that make up The Happy's line? Visit their website at www.TheHappys.com, or stay in touch via social media on Google+, Facebook, or YouTube!

What do you think of The Happy's? Is it something you would buy for your kids?
Watch the video below to see our The Happy's toy in action!


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get Grounded Footwear Giveaway!

Anyone who knows me well knows that if you pull open my closet, you'll find that it's packed with shoes. So of course when my fellow blogger Krista over at Savory Savings asked for some help promoting a unique kind of sandal, I was more than happy to hop on board!

These sandals from Get Grounded are called 'Groundals' for the way that they literally ground you to the Earth!

Why do you want to be grounded?

Studies are showing that being connected with the ground will make you feel happier and give you a better sense of well being. Earthing or grounding footwear can help you feel that connectedness to the Earth when you are not able to be barefoot!

Krista over at Savory Savings recently had a chance to review Groundals from Get Grounded and shared her thoughts in this review!

How would you like to win a pair of Groundals from Get Grounded?
If you would like a chance to win, just enter with the Giveaway Tools widget below!

Get Grounded Earthing Sandals Giveaway July 29 - August 8


Welcome to the Get Grounded Footwear Giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by...

Get Grounded

and is hosted by...

Savory Savings

...and co-hosted by...

Swanky POV


If you have won a Get Grounded giveaway from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.
The giveaway will begin July 29, 2014 and end August 8, 2014 at 11 PM CST.
This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and older.
All entries will be verified.
Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) and winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

Good Luck!


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Disclosure: Krista from Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. MasterofMom.com and all other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The post above contains affiliate links. For more information on this, please see the disclosure listed at the top of the page.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grab a box of green products in this Eco Emi Giveaway!

I love finding new green products, but it can be hard to know which are the right ones for you. Not only are some of the best green items found online, but it can be expensive to go through trial and error to find the one that you love best!

I have been a huge fan of subscription boxes since they first started coming out. I adore how you can get a little bit of everything for one price and find out what isn't for you & what definitely is!

When my fellow blogger Emilee over at Pea of Sweetness said she was looking for bloggers to help promote a subscription box giveaway, I was more than happy to help out!

What is Eco Emi?

Eco Emi is the first eco-friendly sampling service. They offer the opportunity to review five to ten samples of natural, organic, green, eco-friendly products sent right to your door and wrapped in chic earth-friendly material made from 100% recycled bottles.

Is it expensive?

An Eco Emi box is only $15 per month! All of the packages come adorned with 100% organic or vintage ribbons or 100% bamboo yarns. Part of the fun is that the package will look a little bit different every month, and they make for a great gift.

Keep scrolling for the chance to win an Eco Emi box of your very own!


Eco Emi Giveaway

Eco Emi boxes allow you the luxury of trying out an array of green products in the comfort of your own home or over a cup of herbal tea with close friends.

Welcome to the Eco Emi Box Giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by...

Eco Emi

...and is hosted by...

Deals of Sweetness

and co-hosted by...

Pea of Sweetness


Emilee from Deals of Sweetness has been loving her Eco Emi boxes!
Check out her thoughts on the June Eco Emi Box in her eco-friendly subscription box review.


Would you like to try great eco-friendly products? One winner will receive a July Eco Emi Box!
(Products vary from those pictured.)

This giveaway begins on 7/27/14 and ends on 8/9/14 at 10 PM CST.
Giveaway is open to residents of the US, aged 18 and older.
Please refer to the full terms and conditions found in the Giveaway Tools widget for more information.



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Get Fit Quick - PLUS: Balance Shape Up Giveaway!

4 Easy Health Moves to a Better You

If you're like me, you probably don't have a lot of time to devote to exercising. For years my excuse was that chasing my kids was exercise, but my 30-year-old body is realizing that being a full-time mom isn't the best replacement for getting in a daily jog.

Between my business, my kids, running a household and coordinating events, I'm pretty much beat. Even if I had a chunk of time that I could squeeze in an hour-long workout, I think I'd use it for a nap!

That doesn't mean that people who don't have a lot of time (or energy!) to work-out shouldn't try to do what they can, when they can. I've had to get sneaky with my body-toning regimen, and I've had some great results!

Check out my top 4 favorite ways to snag my work-out that allow you to do-it-all, then make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post so that you can enter an awesome giveaway for a chance to win a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10 Walmart Gift Card!

When You're Driving...

Use your time in the car wisely. Working-out your abdomen muscles is as easy as sucking in your stomach! Whenever I go somewhere in the car I like to flex my abdomen, hold for 10 seconds, then relax for 10 seconds. Easy!

When You're Watching TV...

Okay, so we moms & dads might not get all the time in the world to watch our shows anymore, but most of us still do carve out time for that. Don't let all that time go to waste though! Walk in place throughout the duration of your show instead of sitting. If you're watching a 30-minute show, you'll end up burning about 125 calories! (Bonus: Do push-ups or crunches during the commercials instead of running for a snack.)

When You're Making Dinner...

Lunge through your kitchen. Yes, you might look a little silly, but if you're carrying plates to the table and working out those thighs you'll burn about 100 calories for every 15 minutes you're lunging.

When You're Doing Everything...

Grab a pair of ankle weights and strap 'em on. Every step you take is helping you now, so make sure you stay on the move! (If you have kids, it shouldn't be hard.) I like the look of these All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weights because of the comfortable way they fit against the ankle.

All Pro Weight Adjustable Ankle Weights, 10-lb pair (up to 5-lbs per ankle)

What are your favorite quick ways to work-out? Have you tried any of these tips?
Chat with me in the comments below, I love hearing from my readers!

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#BalanceShapeUp Giveaway July 27 - August 10

Welcome to the #BalanceShapeUp Giveaway!

This giveaway is sponsored by...

Balance Bar

and...

Walmart

...and is hosted by...

Savory Savings


Do you have goals to increase your fitness level and get better eating habits? Balance Bar and Walmart have joined forces to help you with that goal! Now available at Walmart - Balance Bar nutrition bars bring you a smarter way to snack - helping you to achieve your fitness goals and go longer!

Krista over at Savory Savings recently got to check out the Cookie Dough and Balance Bar flavors - check out her full Balance Bar review here!

How would you like to win a variety pack of Balance Bars and a $10 Walmart gift card?
If you want a chance to win, just enter with the Giveaway Tools widget below!

If you have won a Balance Bar or Walmart giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.
The giveaway will start on July 27, 2014 and will end August 10, 2014 at 11 PM CST.
Giveaway is open to US residents only, aged 18 and older.
All entries will be verified.
Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) - winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.

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