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A real mom of 4 reviewing various products & services with honesty & integrity. From natural beauty products to household items to groceries - the truth - so you can save dollars, time & sanity. No flames, no games, just a real mom reviewing.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

$10 Sam’s Club® GC Offer PLUS $25 GC Giveaway!

$10 Sam’s Club® Gift Card Offer PLUS $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

You know what I like?
Saving money.
I get to do that when I go to Sam's Club®.

I save on groceries like milk, eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and even household items like toilet paper and cat food. In fact, I just saved $80 on a new printer last week!

You know what else I like?
Helping others save money.

Not only can you save money on the type of items I listed above, but if you have a baby, you get to save even more during the month of February. How?

Here's the deal:
 $10 Sam’s Club® Gift Card Offer PLUS $25 Gift Card Giveaway!
 $10 Gift Card Offer
 For a limited time, from February 1–29, 2012, you can get a $10 Sam’s Club Gift Card when you purchase any two of the following baby items at Sam’s Club:
• Pampers® Swaddlers® or Pampers Cruisers® Diapers
• Pampers SoftCare Scented Baby Wipes
• Similac® Advance® Powder or Similac Sensitive® Powder
• Dreft® Liquid Laundry Detergent
 So stock up on your baby basics today and save even more at Sam’s Club!
For more offer details, visit SamsClub.com/giftcardoffer. Online request must be submitted by March 14, 2012.
$25 Gift Card Giveaway
One of my lucky blog followers will win $25 in Sam’s Club Gift Cards
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. Rules are at the bottom of the Rafflecopter.
Disclosure: the product, prize pack, information,
and giveaway have all been provided by Sam´s Club and P&G through
MyBlogSpark. A big thanks to them!

Participating Websites:

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Is Essence Mascara ($3.49) From Ulta Any Good?

So, I have this affliction:
I love makeup but I hate spending money on it.

Many a time have I shelled out pocket change hoping to find the holy grail:
inexpensive yet fabulous makeup.
Many a time have I been sorely disappointed.
But, sometimes, just when I'm ready to give up my treasure hunting days,
I'll find a wonderful product that works like a million bucks,
without the status price tag.
Few & far between, yes...
but it's just enough to keep me hooked!
So, one of my latest acquisitions is
Essence Multi Action False Lashes Mascara
which I bought at Ulta for only $3.49.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Win an Apple iPad 2 (16GB)!

Rafflecopter Launch Party Giveaway: Win an iPad & a Kindle Fire

I've recently started using Rafflecopter for my blog's giveaways and I really like it. It simplifies things for me and hopefully it makes things easier for you, the one entering the giveaway. Rafflecopter let me know about a great giveaway they're having. Read on (from their website):

"Happy New Year from Rafflecopter HQ! To start 2012, you’ll have a chance at winning an iPad2 or one of two Kindle Fires in what we’re calling the ‘Rafflecopter Launch Party Giveaway’!
To celebrate the new year, we’re going to give away a 16GB Apple iPad2 and several Kindle Fires. The giveaway starts Monday 1/9 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts for a month. To enter, simply tell us who referred you to this giveaway! (Because If I refer the winner, hopefully that's YOU, I win a Kindle Fire for myself!) You can receive additional entries by tweeting about this giveaway, following us on twitter, and giving us feedback. In addition, we’re doing something a little special to make things more fun:
Suggest a Mascot Name – You’ve seen the Rafflecopter smiley-face dude hanging around the web. (from me: You can see him below at the very bottom of the Rafflecopter box...in the gray box, looks like a small smiley helicopter.) The poor guy needs a name, and we want to leave it up to you to decide what his (or her?) name should be. For an additional entry, suggest a name! After the giveaway is over, we’ll go through the list of names and pick out our favorite suggestions (be creative!) and bring it to a vote on Facebook. If your name is chosen, you’ll win a Kindle Fire and be immortalized in Rafflecopter history :)
This giveaway is open for the US and Canadian residents and will close February 9th at 12:01 a.m. EST."
 I'd love for you to follow me via GFC (right hand sidebar), but it isn't required.
So, in the Rafflecopter form below, where it asks who referred you, please put "Jean Lynd of The Real Mom Review". You can even copy & paste my name into it to keep things easy. Thanks & good luck to us all!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Longwearing Eyeliner? Essence Gel Eyeliner Review

I am currently trending toward heavy eyeliner.
I love the cat-eye look, reminiscent of the 60's and of one of my fave celebs: Audrey Hepburn.

After figuring out how to apply the eyeliner to achieve this look (thank you youtube! see below), I realized my eyeliner didn't stay put throughout the day. Somehow, it had enough energy to migrate to the crease and top of my eye. I tried a little powder on top, which helped some, but not enough; however, I didn't like the lighter color that method produced anyway.
So, I figured I better get me some long wearing/waterproof eyeliner. Here's a great video tutorial on cat eyeliner:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

$30 of Gift Cards Giveaway...For The Kiddos!

I have 4 children and I find it to be such an adventure!
I even homeschool them because I want to spend so much time with these guys & gals. I really, really actually LIKE being with my kids.  (Okay, most of the time...)
Do you have small children? Or is there a special kid in your life? Maybe some nieces, nephews or grandkids?
If so, you will want to join in on this newest
Gift Card Giveaway,
which I'm kicking off on one of my children's birthdays in their honor (Happy Birthday, You! You know who you are! Mama Loves You). 
What's up for grabs?
$30 worth of Gift Cards.
There is a $20 Disney Gift Card
(good at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Store, and DisneyStore.com)
There is a $10 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card
(good at Build-A-Bear Workshop locations or online at BuildaBear.com)