Find Cute Gifts At Carter’s This Holiday Season! @Carters #CartersFam #MC #Sponsored

*I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Carter’s. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.     When our sons were little, we loved to shop at Carter's because they always had the most adorable outfits and there prices were really great.  One of my favorite things was to buy their pajamas due to the fact they kept our boys warm and were soft and cute.  No matter what time of the year we shopped, we were always able to take advantage of their awesome sales and their nice selection of outfits.     Now that our boys are older, I still count on Carter's for gifts during the holidays and for special events for the babies and toddlers in our family.  It always gives me great pleasure to browse through their store and pick out just the right ensemble to give as a present to our friends and loved ones.  They are definitely a trusted clothing brand in our household and they always make it easy to … [Read more...]

Tech The Halls This Holiday Season With @RadioShack #RadioShack #MC #Sponsored

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for RadioShack. I received a gift card to facilitate a shopping trip and promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Those of you who are regular readers of Tough Cookie Mommy know that, last month, I launched Operation “Buy Hubby a new phone.”  He was way overdue for a new smartphone and I had grown tired of having dropped calls or having him miss important messages because his previous, outdated phone was unreliable.      I've heard some great things about the deals that they are offering at RadioShack this holiday season so I decided to make an in-store shopping trip to our local store.  This year's holiday shoppers will be among the first to experience RadioShack's recently updated stores.  Also, by the end of 2013, RadioShack will have made improvements to nearly all 4,300 stores throughout the nation.     I had my eye on the prize, which was buying a new phone for my husband, and I … [Read more...]

“Leave Nothing To Chance” With Blue Nile! @BlueNileDiamond #Giveaway #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Blue Nile. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating.     Buying gifts for your loved ones can sometimes be a challenge, especially during the hectic holiday season.  It is such a special time that we are all looking to purchase just the perfect gift that represents everything that we feel without saying a word.  Blue Nile is making things a little easier for all of us this year with their new app that will "Leave Nothing to Chance" and bring smiles not only to the recipients of your gifts but also to you!     Let's face it, who better than Blue Nile to create such an app since they are experts at making dreams come true with their gorgeous selection of diamonds and fine jewelry.  The company is built on a simple premise, that choosing an engagement ring or the right diamond is not a complicated task and they make it easy for you to make the right choice.  They can create the earring, … [Read more...]

Operation Covert Christmas Mission! #MyKindOfHoliday @Target #Giveaway #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Target. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     Every Christmas, it seems like it is getting harder and harder to figure out what our boys want as part of their wish list.  They change their mind from day to day and my husband and I have to be careful not to question them too much since they both still believe in Santa Claus and they expect him to know exactly what they want to receive. Luckily, this year we will have the help of Jonna Mendez, a former CIA intelligence officer, to show us how to determine the gifts our kids want the most this holiday season.  She has teamed up with Target to help moms who are struggling to figure out what their kids really want this year.     Jonna Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with more than 25 years of service as well as being a mother and a grandmother.  I would say that these qualifications make … [Read more...]

Find The Perfect Fragrance Gifts This Holiday Season! #ScentSavings #cbias #shop #Ad

*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and its client. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own and are not influenced by anyone or anything.     This past week, my students and I have been planning our holiday celebration and we decided to include Secret Santa as part of the festivities.  We each had to pick a name from a hat and that will be the person who we will buy a Secret Santa present for this month.  The fun part is keeping the secret and having everyone in suspense not knowing who their Secret Santa is.  I chose the name of one of my students who is absolutely in love with Justin Bieber.  She constantly doodles his name on her notebook and talks about him so I knew that the new fragrance called Justin Bieber's Girlfriend was the perfect gift to give her.     As soon as I decided on the perfume, I set out to find out where I could purchase it and … [Read more...]

Add Holiday Smiles With Mega Bloks Skylanders! #SkylandersSWAPForce @MegaBloks #Giveaway #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of MegaBloks. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.     Every holiday season, it is becoming harder and harder to figure out what to get the kids.  Besides the fact that my boys have just about everything, kids these days are different than when we were growing up.  Once they get to a certain age, all they want is technology and the most expensive items you could possibly think of.  As an educator, I understand the importance of having time away from electronics and of encouraging children to explore their surroundings and to use their imaginations to pretend-play.     That is why I really love the Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ Boss Tank Showdown.  Not only does it include popular characters from Skylanders but it also includes a variety of building blocks which allow children to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to put together the … [Read more...]

Bring On The Ugly Sweaters This Holiday Season! #HilariousHoliday @Target #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Social Chorus for Target. I received a gift card to facilitate a shopping trip and promotional item as a thank you for participating.     Everybody knows that the holidays are the perfect time to bring those ugly holiday sweaters out of the closet.  Although some might consider them to be a fashion faux pas, others like me, think that they are a great way to show your holiday sense of humor.  After all, if you can't laugh at yourself then how will you get past all of the curveballs that life throws at you on a daily basis.     When I was little, my mother would always take advantage of the holidays to put matching ugly sweaters on my sister and I right around the holidays.  I never understood why she did this because we are not twins and I always hated having the same clothes on as my little sister.  Luckily for me, there wasn't the abundance of technology and electronic devices back then to document these hideous outfits so there aren't … [Read more...]

Start A Holiday Tradition With The 2013 Hess Toy Truck & Tractor! @HessExpress #Giveaway #Ad

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Hess Express. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating.     When my siblings and I were little, our father worked in a neighborhood store and would always bring home treats for us to enjoy especially around the holidays.  One year, he came home with a few Hess trucks for us to enjoy for Christmas but he explained to us that they were special because he was going to start a family tradition and buy the holiday Hess truck every single year for us to collect.     Even then, we understood that this was something special that was going to be shared between us and our father.  True to his word, he brought home a new Hess truck every year while we were kids.  The best thing was that, although they were collector's items, he never stopped us from playing with them and we spent hours rolling them across the floor and turning their lights on and off.     When we received the opportunity to review … [Read more...]

Choose Best Buy As Your Holiday Shopping Destination! @BestBuyWolf #BBYHoliday13 #Ad

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.     As my boys are getting older, my husband and I are finding that all of their Christmas list items revolve around technology in one way or another.  They love using their gadgets and electronic devices to listen to music, play games, and to visit educational websites.  It seems that no matter how quickly technology is evolving and ever-changing, my boys are keeping up with the times and can operate just about any kind of electronic.     Especially during the holidays, we need a shopping destination that is going to cater to all of our electronic and appliance needs.  Our experience has been that Best Buy has always offered the newest selection of the latest tablets, smartphones, video games, and much more.     In recent years we have purchased all of our major electronics there.  Frankly, we also love their low price guarantee because we … [Read more...]

Operation Buy Hubby A New Phone! #RadioShack @RadioShack #MC #Sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for RadioShack. I received a gift card to facilitate a shopping trip and promotional item as a thank you for participating.     If you know my husband, you are aware that he is a creature of habit.  Unfortunately that includes the electronic devices and gadgets that he uses.  He literally has had the same cell phone for the past six years and I have been begging him to upgrade for quite a while now.  The problem is that he has been very resistant to change and, as a result, continues to have the same outdated phone with outdated capabilities.     A few weeks ago, I launched Operation "Buy Hubby a new phone."  My strategy was to start shopping around for some of the best deals on smartphones with the upcoming holiday season.  I was very excited to find out that RadioShack has a serious plan for saving shoppers money on electronics this Thanksgiving weekend and beyond.     Starting online Thanksgiving day on … [Read more...]