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Lovable Labels- NEW Holiday Labels & Giveaway/Discounts & More

photo courtesy of Lovable Labels
photo courtesy of Lovable Labels

Label me, “Happy Holidays…”  ‘Tis the season, and Lovable Labels has a new holiday product line-up you really should check out. I had the opportunity to try out the Holiday Fun Stickies and the Stocking Stuffers.  The kids love them!  The stocking stuffer packs are very cool and include:  6 Sticker Labels, 8 Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS, 2 Shoe Labels and 1 Mini Metal Tag.  The Holiday Fun Stickies include 16 labels in cute new holiday themed designs.  We chose music, since both girls are really into piano lessons.  They have received their sets a little early and are quite excited to be using them on our vacation!  The Cyber Monday sale at lovable labels is quite extraordinary if you want to order now.

photoI have posted about the amazing products at Lovable Labels before- their toddler toes, and other products are used in our home, and dishwasher and microwave safe labels are great to use on lunch boxes, and containers.  I love Lovable Labels products, and use them daily, otherwise, would not promote them here.  Their products are very well made, and endure.

A little history of this company- it was launched in 2003, started by a mom that found herself in a similar situation all us parents find ourselves in. The daycare or school asks us to label our kids’ jackets, their shoes, their clothes and yet, even so, we still end up getting others kids’ clothes and hats and the other parents end up with our child’s stuff.   Markers are messy and wash off as I have learned, and regular store-bought labels are not waterproof, nor can you iron them on.   I don’t know about you, but I do not have time for embroidery nor am I talented enough to do it.  So, along  came Lovable Labels providing an easy, simple, and cost efficient solution for parents and kids.  More importantly, these labels are very durable and even though they are inside my child’s shoes they stick well, and are not bunching up or tearing.  Lovable Labels are durable- waterproof, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer safe; and safe to external factors like sunscreen, temperature and sun.  Lovable labels solves the problem of misplaced, misidentified clothing, shoes, and belongings including books. They are also a great value for the amount of great quality labels you get.   Check out all their great products at:  Lovable Labels – “don’t lose it- label it!”  And remember to enter the giveaway below, or use the coupon code below to get a special discount.

GIVEAWAY: Lovable Labels has generously supplied Get Clued In with their NEW! Stocking Stuffers and NEW! Holiday Fun Stickies! That’s two products for a combined price point of $25. Both these items are Dishwasher and Microwave Safe, Waterproof, and can withstand the washer and dryer.  Their Stocking Stuffers are packaged to impress with 6 Sticker Labels, 8 Press N’ Stick Clothing DOTS, 2 Shoe Labels and 1 Mini Metal Tag. These are the ideal stocking stuffer for your own children, as well as nieces and nephews. Their Holiday Fun Stickies include 16 labels in cute new holiday themed designs.

One lucky winner will be selected before Christmas, so the winner can have them in time for Christmas!  Also if you want other products, or wish to purchase products, check out this special discount offer!

DISCOUNTS: And do not fret if you do not win the giveaway, Get Clued In has a special discount code to use on all products at Loveable Labels.  At check out, use this special discount code, to get $5 off of $25: DECLOVE1302  – this offer expires December 31, 2013.

To Enter:(mandatory entry) Answer the following in a comment after checking out special holiday products here.   Which of the holiday Lovable Labels products do you like best and why?

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*** Giveaway ends Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10am MDT.  Winner will be chosen by the plug-in application “Pick Giveaway Winner” on my website, and will be notified by email.  Winner’s name will also be posted HERE on the morning of Dec 12.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond to Lovable Label’s notification email before another winner is selected. (please leave your email when commenting)
**This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only**
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Your Winner – CONGRATS ANGIE!

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Disclaimer:  Get Clued In’s standard disclaimer applies to this giveaway.  Additionally, the products in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced by the non-monetary compensation. As indicated above, images and links were used with permission from Lovable Labels. Additionally Get Clued In! is not to be held liable for any issues encountered between the customer and Lovable Labels.  Get Clued In’s endorsement of this product does not imply sponsorship or affiliation with the company. Get Clued In is not responsible for delivery of the winner’s prize.  Any complaints and/or dissatisfaction with the website or products on Lovable Labels should be discussed with them.   Giveaway winners are chosen by Plug-In application randomly and by entering this giveaway, you agree that Get Clued In is no way responsible for the production, delivery, or quality of the product received.
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Mattel’s Polly Pocket© – Playtime Pet Shop & DVD

I wrote about a month ago about Polly Pocket© and the fun Hangout play house the girls got the opportunity to play with.*  What a fun time! Well, the fun didn’t stop there because this week, they got to play with the Playtime Pet Shop complete with all the furry animals (suction-bottoms to keep them in place) and the girls got a DVD that they could watch about Polly Pocket too. There were three chapters in the DVD under the title called “Friends Finish First”.  My kids’ favorite part of the DVD was the adventures portion (“Adventurista”) where Polly and her friends are on a real adventure competition, and it also helped them relate to the toys they were playing with and the possibilities of adding even more sets to their existing fun play sets.  After watching the DVD, ask yourself, “what was your favorite adventure?” Check out all the Polly Pocket© play opportunities here.

All of the play sets are connectible and can be played with together as a giant set.  I love the imagination that can go into this and the suction pieces, but I have to say, we have already sucked some of them up in the vacuum cleaner.  Then we had to remove them from the bucket.  So, I would urge you to get a bag or a container for your kids to put the pieces in once they are done.  As far as portability, the pieces even with the suction tend to fall off and land in the carpet or floor even when the kids are moving the play sets together or apart or to different rooms.  After all, every room in the house is the kids’ room. 🙁

jumping up and down for joy- Thanks Mattel & Polly Pocket!

Other than that small issue, the girls really enjoyed the sets, and they love all the pieces and possibilities. The girls have enjoyed watching the DVD and the adventures of Polly Pocket© and her friends too and of course, that means the parents have seen the DVD a few times too … ha.  And here is a picture of my younger daughter really excited about her new play sets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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Mattel’s Polly Pocket© – Hangout House & Stick N Play*

My girls love the Polly Pocket© Hangout House and the new Stick N Play toys… how cool that they can stick all the little pieces on the surfaces of their hangout doll house and move it all!  Here are some shots of them playing with the Patio set, attached to their Hangout House- and the possibilities are endless.  All the different sets connect and keep connecting to have endless fun.  So, the girls have the Hangout House, and to it they have connected the Stick N Play Patio set which has a bar/cabana area with patio chairs, drinks, a BBQ pit which moves, and a friend for Polly to hang with.  There are even little drinks and a hot dog which attach via suction to the bar area.

Polly Pocket Hangout House with the Patio set attached

In the hangout house, there is a bathtub to place in there with suction, a TV, picture frame, a cat, a swing chair that hangs, and of course, chairs and the essentials: a toilet even! There is an elevator that moves up and down and a swimming pool that flips over to become a bed.  The doors flip in the back to go from day to nighttime.  The girls are loving their new toys and they place nicely together.  The hard part is the small parts and sometimes they fall off when the girls move the house.  So, the easy fix was- I got them a container to put their small pieces into when they are not using them.  Otherwise, I am sure I will find them all over the house.  I think the pieces are portable but I am not sure the house itself would be easy to travel with.  The girls really love playing and moving all the stuff around, and then when it’s nighttime, they flip the doors so Polly and her friends can go to sleep.  So cute!

My kids are in love with Polly Pocket© and want to get other inter-locking sets that go with their new home.  This outta be fun and as birthdays and holidays come, will make great gifts.  We are looking forward to building it into something cool.  But, do get a plastic container that can be used for all the small pieces like drink cups, food, photo frames and so on.  The one thing I will mention about the suction cups is that you have to push down on them pretty hard or they will not hold.  Keep that in mind and realize that suctions will only hold if they are pushed down on.     Check out all the cool sets and options here: http://www.pollypocket.com

*Disclaimer:  In addition to Get Clued In’s general disclaimer, please note the following:
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mattel Polly Pocket. I received a product samples and a promotional item as a thank-you for participating. Please refer to www.momcentralconsulting.com if you would like additional information. 

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Mabel’s Labels & Back to School Time

It’s Back to School time, and that doesn’t just mean shopping for a new wardrobe, a new backpack, lunch bags, and supplies (oh, those dreaded supplies), it also means labeling all that stuff and labeling it so your child’s pink Carter’s jacket doesn’t get confused with the identical one in her classroom.  So, this summer, as you are shopping for supplies and all that new gear, don’t forget to get some cool labels for your child’s back to school.  For us, this is a first.  One of our girls is starting Kindergarten!  But, alas, that means labeling and re-labeling it all including jackets, shoes, lunch box, containers inside the lunch box, and of course, her backpack and supplies.

Mabel’s Labels has a great Ultimate Back to School Combo TM and what a great deal- between now and July 31, there is an early bird discount and special on all their products for Back to School.  Check out all their cool products here and act now to get the amazing discount – it is a great deal.  I got to try out their Ultimate Back to School Combo to write about today and let me tell you, we are set.  For both girls, we received these dishwasher safe, microwave safe, UV resistant stickers that include fun colors and designs, 40 skinny-minis as pictured on their site, and 50 tag mates, 16 shoe labels, and 2 teeny tags.  Talk about being set for the new school year.

We are definitely all set now and even for our younger one who goes to day care, we can use these for lunches, shoes, jackets, and so so much more!  The only thing I would recommend when ordering is to make sure you indicate how you want your labels to look and if you want first and last name to indicate so.  Keep in mind that most schools prefer first and last names for all items.  Give Mabel’s Labels a try and get your labels early to save some money for … yep, the dreaded school supplies’ list. Happy Back to School.

*I wrote this posting based on a campaign through Global Influence.  I was compensated for my time with an ultimate back to school combo kit for both kids and was able to test out that kit so I could blog about it.   The views expressed here are my own and not attributed to Mabel’s Labels or any other label company.  Please read my general disclaimer as well.

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It’s your Birthday…it’s your day! I mean, YOUR MONTH!

That’s right, you read me correctly… nowadays and as you get older, birthdays are no longer a birthDAY but rather a celebration for a month, starting on the 1st day of the month and culminating into some real fun on your actual day and then through out the month – but, make sure you time everything out because the amount of birthday deals out there can get plain overwhelming.  For me, birthdays (now that I am broaching 40) are not about getting things from the people you love per se or feeling the love from all your facebook, twitter, and social networking buds, it is also about the deals you can score from merchants and retailers all over town.  Boo yah!

I am reminded I wrote another article on birthday deals so make sure you check it out and then compare notes with this one.  Here are some of the things you simply must do to get these deals but don’t wait til your birthday month to sign up – do it well in advance.  And once the deals come in categorize by them expiration date.  After all, you do not want to miss a free $7 meal or a free scoop of ice cream, or 80z of yogurt but what would really hurt is missing the $15 gift card at a merchant or $10 off your purchase ANYTHING as well.  So, are you ready to party like it’s your birthday?  Well, cool – here are some birthday-friendly merchants and I am sure there are more.

Food and Drink

These days, its expensive to eat out so when a merchant throws coupons and freebies your way, you are not going to pass them up right?   I have mentioned some of these before in my article written last year but here they are again.  Sign up for their birthday club and you will get an email or a coupon in the mail for free stuff:

(1) Rubio’s–  I think they have the best deal – free meal up to $7 for the birthday gal but you generally only get 2 weeks to use it so rush in and use it.  Rubio’s has some amazing meals and fresh and healthy too!

(2) Smart Cow Yogurt Bar– This one is not a chain and not franchised yet.  They are local to Westminster, CO but a free 8oz yogurt coupon is so sweet!  And if you only get 30z, fret not, put your kid’s and your hubby’s yogurt on the scale and they will discount you the entire 80z!  Sign up at Smart Cow.

(3) Baskin-Robbins – you simply should sign your kiddos up for this and yourself too!  The birthday club at BR offers a free scoop to the birthday star and it can be used in the month of your birthday.

(4) Starbucks- just sign up on-line and register your card.  The reward comes in the mail though in your birthday month and I always a order a VENTI with extra shots- yum!  $4.75 never tasted so good as a Venti Salted Caramel Mocha NON FAT of course 🙂

(5) Dunkin Donuts– you have to sign up on-line for their Club and register a DD PERKS Card and boom!  Your free coffee will arrive in the mail in your month.  I think it expires at the end of the month but many DDs will take it afterwards too because there are so few of them.

(6) Red Robin– this place is tradition for us- we go here every birthday every year and the kiddos adore the balloons and the singing.  So how could we not make this a family affair.  So, get the Red Royalty Reward Card- not only do rewards add up but you get a free birthday burger.  Register your entire family on it so the burger loads on there automatically.  This can be a $10 value and soooo yummylicious even for us vegetarians who get the veggie patty.

(7) Panera–  Get their Panera loyalty card- it’s free and register it and then for your birthday they load a special treat on it.  You never know what it is til you log on and check so check before you go and enjoy a free bagel, a free pastry, or free breakfast item– again, it varies but I can guarantee it will be yummy!

(8) Buffalo Wild Wings- does a great deal for your birthday for free dessert…. yum!

(9) Melting Pot–  Melting Pot used to be better in year’s past when I got a free chocolate fondue worth almost $16.00 and nowadays they are a little cheaper but they give you free chocolate-covered strawberries for dining there during your birthday month.  I love fondue so this is a good deal but the free fondue was so much better.

(10) Egg & I- My friend in the comment below indicated a free meal at the EGG & I for your birthday- sign up for them too – I investigated this a bit and you can do at their locations.

(11) Sweet Tomatoes– we love this place and you can sign up on-line for their birthday club.  They will send you great coupons too!

(12) AMC Theaters- my least favorite theater also just sent me an email on my actual birthday for a free large soda when I drop $50 to see one of their movies.  I guess it’s because I had a movie watcher card.  So you too can have a giant soda at AMC for your birthday for free.  It’s good for the whole month.  Of course, unbeknownst to AMC, I have given up soda for lent so I will not be using my coupon but will pass it on to someone in the office I know will.

Stores & Retailers

(1) Macy’s– If you are a red card member at Macy’s and update your profile online and make sure to include your birthday, you will get a $10 coupon in the mail or online (via email) to use if you use your Macy’s Card

(2) Kohl’s – if you have a Kohl’s card, you will get a $10 off any purchase (and you can use this with your discounts coupons too) – what a great deal!

(3) Ann Taylor– if you have the Ann Taylor MasterCard or regular card you get $15— yup! $15 off your purchase and you can use this at the outlets too – wow! Momma is going shopping.

(4) Blue Jeans Bar- this is local to Cherry Creek in the Denver metro area but you can use it online and if you know Blue Jeans Bar, wow!  you get $35 off your jeans and Blue Jeans Bar has an amazing customer service policy and if there are problems you can head into the store and they fix it for you.  These are amazing jeans and while expensive, so worth it and $35 is amazing but it is NOT usable on sale items (boo! hoo!)

(5) Anthropologie-I do not get this deal because I do not shop there but my sister in law does- make sure you sign up to get this deal at the store.  I hear it is $10 off.

(6) Eddie Bauer– I do not have an Eddie Bauer but hubby shops here a lot and we have an outlet very close to us and they send a birthday reward too of $10 off your purchase so we generally go use that for his birthday as well.

(7) Victoria’s Secret– get the Angel Card and every year for your birthday you will get $10 off your purchase made with said card.  It’s a good deal if you need stuff.  I go in and just get $10 worth of sale underwear and it is so worth it!

(8) Aveda– Aveda used to be better about this and sent cards in the mails but now they send you an email with a free product on your birthday – it is generally travel size but this year I did not get it – check your junk filters just in case.

(9) Gap– If you have a GAP Card, they also send you a $10 reward to use in the stores.  There are no restrictions but there is an expiration date so check yours.

(10) DSW– again, you need to be a DSW Card member and you give them your birthday when you sign up for it.  You will get a $10 off reward card to use in your birth month and you can take $10 off anything include clearance items.  I got my tennis shoes for free on my husband’s reward on year.  It’s a great deal.

Lots of other merchants give deals if you sign up for their club, e-mail list, or subscribe to their newsletters and rewards cards.  It is a good idea to inquire at the store you frequent and especially if you really love their products, never hurts to get on an e-mail or mail list to get some great rewards!   Happy Birthday and enjoy your …. MONTH!

Am I missing some great birthday deal? Please add to the list with your comments here and help our readers out- where should we all be signing up.  Your input is valued.

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