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Friday, December 18, 2009

Mamas-to-be, got a craving?

Spend $75 in-store at Motherhood Maternity and receive a free $50 gift certificate

Go to
Enter in the code on your receipt
Select the restaurant of your choice
Print your $50 gift certificate!

Too cold to go out? Spend $75 at and get free shipping (12/17-12/22)

Thursday, December 17, 2009 Giveaway! | Ends 1/18

So you didn't win last month's giveaway, huh? Don't worry, here's another chance! (And I hear you'll have another chance next month as well!)

If you wear size 14 or above, plus size clothing is a site you want to be familiar with. It's so frustrating for me to go to the mall and find either a) stores that carry up to size 12 or 14, b) stores that carry larger sizes, but think that all women who wear these sizes want to wear shapeless, boring clothes. you won't find that at alight. What you will find is a huge selection of tees, sweaters, jeans, pants, skirts, dresses, and accessories. Whether you're looking for casual clothes, career wear, party clothes, or even formal gowns, they have it.

How cute would this Ruby Rox dress be for a New Year's party?

I received a Blue Plate skirt from alight to review. It's has a beautiful floral print on a dark blue background. It also has just enough metallic threading throughout to make it really fun and contemporary. If you haven't heard of Blue Plate clothing, check them out here.

If you have a hard time finding jeans in your size that don't look like "mom jeans", check out their selection. Pair them with one of their cute sweaters for the perfect winter look! plus size clothing has offered one of my readers the chance to win a free top (Alight's choice of top, your choice of size). And guess what? This is a monthly giveaway, so make sure you check back next month for another chance to win!

To be eligible for this giveaway you must sign up for alight's email list (top of the page). This is mandatory before you can do any other entry. Come back here and let me know you signed up in a comment below.

Extra entries (for every entry, leave a new comment):

1 entry - Tell me something you love from plus size clothing!
1 entry each - Subscribe to my blog via email or reader
1 entry - Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect
1 entry - Follow alight on Twitter @alightcom
1 entry - Follow me on Twitter @jsoldham
1 entry each - Tweet this giveaway (can be done once daily) using the following:

RT @jsoldham Win a plus size top from @alightcom! #giveaway Ends 1/18

1 entry - become a Facebook fan of alight
5 entries - Add my button to your site
5 entries - Blog about this giveaway with a link to both this post and alight
3 entries each - Stumble or Digg this post or my blog and leave me the link and/or your username
1 entry each - Enter any of my other giveaways or comment on a review/non-giveaway post (unlimited) and tell me here

Giveaway ends January 18 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Open worldwide. I'll pick the winner via, and chosen winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. I'll also announce the winner here.

I received no monetary compensation for this post. I received a sample from alight for review. All opinions are my own.

Santa Swap 2009

I was so happy to be able to participate in the Santa Swap over at The Mommy Files. I love getting involved with these, especially because you get to discover such great people! My Santa swap buddy was Becky at FranticMommy. I was so excited when I opened her box. I immediately saw chocolate, and I'm pretty proud to say that I was able to restrain myself form eating it long enough to go through the rest of her goodies. There was a yummy candle, a totally cute snowman figurine, a beautiful hand-painted Minnesota magnet. She fed my boyfriend and me with a super tasty beer bread mix. we ate it with baked potato soup the first night it got really cold here, it was awesome! She also fed my office supply habit (pens. post-its... seriously, I have an addiction). Of course, I'd like to show you pictures, but  my beloved ancient camera decided to stop working. Maybe Santa will bring me a new one...

Go check out her hilarious and insightful blog at FranticMommy. Ginormous thanks to Shannon at The Mommy Files for taking all the time to organize this!

Winner of the Borders gift card

The winner of the Borders gift card as chosen by is number 48...

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...


Congrats! And go check out her awesome blog, Coupon Clippin' Mommy

Saturday, December 12, 2009 December Winner!

The winner of the giveaway ending in December is generated number - 191...

Huguette E. said...

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Congrats! You have 48 hours to respond to my email.

If you didn't win, be on the lookout for the next giveaway from in the next few days! If you can't wait, head over to plus size clothing. they have a holiday sale going on now, save up to 80%!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winner of Crazy Dog T-shirts

The winner of the Crazy Dog giveaway is #204:

Stephanie said...

I blogged #1:

Congrats! Winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond.

If you didn't win, head on over to Crazy Dog T-shirts and Nacho Mama Tees for a huge selection of tees, including holiday tees, just in time for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yes! To Cookies Review

Zero Gluten! Zero Sugar! Zero Starch! Zero Worries!

Yes! To Cookies is a company that was started by a man's quest to create an option that didn't raise the blood sugar of his diabetic wife.  The result was an all natural, tasty, carb calorie-free cookie.

Yes! To Cookies' products are:
Gluten free
Casein free
Low carb
High in fiber
Sweetened with Stevia

If you are diabetic, regulating your blood glucose levels, following a low-carb diet, or following a glycemic index diet, these are for you! There are zero grams on digestible carbohydrates, zero grams of sugar, zero net carbs, and zero glycemic index.

I (try to) follow a glycemic index diet, and the hardest part for me is forgoing dessert and sweet snacks. I also try to avoid artificial ingredients,especially artificial sweeteners. Yes! To Cookies are sweetened with erythritol (an easily-digestible sugar alcohol) and Rebaudioside A (a fancy name for Stevia, a plant-derived sweetener).

I was able to try the baked cookies in Cocoa-Licious and Strawberry-Banana Blitz. I opened the Strawberry-Banana Blitz and I immediately smelled a rich scent of bananas and strawberries. It reminded me of the smell of my favorite smoothie shop - yum! The taste was just as good as the scent. They were full of flavor, just sweet enough, and perfectly chewy. There was no chalky or artificial taste at all. The recommended serving is 2, but I ended up eating four. I didn't feel bad about it at all though, with only 80 calories, no net carbs, and 5 grams of fiber. 

The next day I decided to try the Cocoa-Liscious. I'm so into chocolate, so I was really excited to try these. They had a really strong cocoa flavor. They're definitely not as sweet as most prepackaged cookies, but I don't like overly sweet foods anyway. These would be great if you like more of a semi-sweet chocolate taste. They weren't as chewy as the strawberry banana, and were a bit dry for me. The next day I decided to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, and that helped a lot. My favorite was when I whipped up some cream (no sugar) and put a dollop (read: gigantic spoonful) of it on some heated cookies. For the rest of them I had some grand plans of making a low-carb trifle or cheesecake with them, but I went with the "eat one whenever I wanted to shove something sweet in my mouth" route.

Yes! To Cookies are great for so many people, including those who just want to watch their weight and overall health. You can buy a convenient 8 oz package of baked cookies for $9.95 or you can bake your own at home with their 16 oz cookie mixes at $15.95 (on sale from $18.95!). The baked cookies would make a great guilt-free dessert option for you holiday guests. And how nice would it be to bake a package yourself as a quick Christmas present for someone who monitors their sugar intake? Make sure you pick up some extra for yourself though!

You can purchase Yes! To Cookies products online at or by calling 877-TRU-ZERO. They can also be found at several Austin, TX area retailers.

I was not compensated for this post. I received a gratis sample of the products to review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Huge Giveaway at Still Blonde After All These Years

Head on over to Still Blonde After All These Years for a huge giveaway (29 prizes!).
Ends 12/10, so enter now! Open to US.

Friday, December 4, 2009

PreHistin Winner

The winner of the PreHistin giveaway is #15:

Heather said...

I follow via GFC.

Congrats! You'll have 48 hours to respond to my email.

If you didn't win, you can buy a 60-day supply for only $19.95. That's a $40 savings off regular prices, but it's only available for a limited time, so go get it now!

$150 Wii at Walmart

From 12/5 at 8 AM to 12/12, Walmart's offering a $50 gift card with purchase of the $199 Wii. If you've been thinking about a Wii, this is probably the best price you're gonna get. The deal's going on "while supplies last" so get to Walmart early. With that extra $50, you could pick up an extra game or two. They're also doing a 2 for $30 game special, with games like Indiana Jones, LEGO Batman, Cooking Mama Cook Off, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and more. They also have a 2 for $30 deal on XBOX 360 games too. Check out Walmart for lots of good gaming deals, but be sure to compare prices with Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Best Buy, etc!