Showing newest 12 of 50 posts from May 2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 12 of 50 posts from May 2010. Show older posts

Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering our veterans on Memorial Day!

Remembering our veterans this Memorial Day and thinking of those currently serving our country! Thank you for all you do and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, thank you for giving me my freedom, may you rest in peace this Memorial Day!  Celebrate Memorial Day, not only by grilling burgers and hotdogs, but by flying the American flag and taking the time to remember those that have served our country for so many years!

I received the following in an e-mail this morning, and it is such a good reminder, I thought I would share it:

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.



Sunday, May 30, 2010

eShakti - Great Company, Beautiful Clothing! $15 off your first order

So I received this beautiful dress from eShakti, and I couldn't say enough wonderful things about the quality of workmanship, the style, the color, and the attention to detail!   Here's what the site said about the dress (and these words truly don't do it justice, so I'll try my best to convince you to go and check out their clothing)!

A trio of fabric flowers embellishes a scoop-neck sheath, beautifully shaped with softly puffed cap sleeves and a banded Empire waist.

• Side zip.
• Pickstitch detailing at waist.
• Below knee length.
• Lined.
• Cotton satin; machine wash.
Cost - $54.95, colors available: Turquoise, Poppy Red, Royal Blue, Wild Orchid

Once I received the dress, I really couldn't believe that the price was only $54.95!  I chose the Royal Blue, hoping it was as beautiful as the picture above, and it truly is gorgeous!  Even my husband commented that he never saw something that really fit me so perfectly and brought out my blue eyes (now that's a compliment from the guy that doesn't say much)!  I wanted to see how the standard sizing fit with just including my bra size since I am rather large chested instead of actually taking my measurements!  Yes, eShakti offers custom sizing for a small fee ($15) over the cost of the garment (totally worth it and I will take the time to measure next time since I know eShakti pieces will become showcase items in my wardrobe from now on)!  Since I was truly amazed how the quality of the workmanship, I opted to take the dress into work on the hanger and see how many eyes it caught just hanging on my coat rack in my office!  The dress was noticed by many, and even my "brand name only" clothing friends took note and were off to place their orders at eShaktieShakti offers clothing in sizes 0 to 26W, and so many options in classic to trendy styles so they will truly fit everyone's taste!

When it comes to quality workmanship, I haven't seen a dress made like this in a very long time and definitely not at this price!  The dress is fully lined in the same color material, the seams on both the dress and the liner are finished.  The neckline, sleeves, and empire waist are exquisitely done and all seams that normally tug when worn are reinforced.  The zipper is also finished at the top and bottom, and the sewing around the zipper is reinforced.  eShakti also modified the dress to include additional darting on the interior of the dress that took account for my bra size entered on the order screen.  The darts are not extreme and blend with the design of the dress, something I normally don't see when I buy fitted items that work for my DDD cup size!  The flowers are hand stitched to the dress, and make for a great finishing touch!  If you look closely at the dress, and believe me I did, you can see hand tacking and sewing!

Although you can't purchase this exact dress at eShakti anymore (the inventory changes fairly frequently and with the seasons, so if you love something, go ahead and purchase it!), there are many beautiful dresses and plenty of gorgeous pieces of clothing.  If you always wear a standard size regardless of the brand, you'll probably be okay ordering a standard sizing like I did and just including your bra size so that the item is more customized to you, but if you have a hard time finding your size, take the time and follow the sizing guides and order custom clothing!

When it comes to value for the money, eShakti really can't be beat!  If you aren't happy, for returns in the U.S. and U.K., you can send back unworn items to a U.S. address located on the website within thirty days, despite the fact that items are actually produced and sent from eShakti's main office in Chennai, India. This proves to be very convenient for customers, particularly when combined with individualized customer service.

As I said in the post title, right now if you are a new customer, you can sign up to save $15 off your first order!  With such beautiful clothing and so many options to fit just about everyone's taste, please go and check out eShakti!  I know I won't be disappointed, now I just have to figure out what I want to order next....I always have trouble finding dresses at the store, so I think that will be it until the fall jackets come out but which many choices!

Disclosure:  eShakti provided me with the dress for review (which I love, so thank you!).  The opinions expressed are mine and may not be representative of others' views!  I hope you'll check out eShakti and let me know what you think!



Winners! Uncle Ben's & Sweet & Salty!

I have two winners to annouce tonight! 

First, for the Uncle Ben's Rice, the winner is Rachel who wants to try the Broccoli Cheese when it makes it to stores near her!

and for the Sweet & Salty Gift Pack, the winner is Comment #9, Cheryl who wants to try the Bugles:

Thanks to all those who entered! I loved your comments and I'm sorry I didn't get back to everyone, life has been super crazy and I am just attempting to keep my head above water (hence why I'm late on announcing the Uncle Ben's winner - oops!)  An email has been sent to the winners and they have 72 hours to get back to me (little extra time since it's a holiday weekend)!



Saturday, May 29, 2010

Save an extra 20% on items already 30-50% off at Sleepyheads!

Take an additional 20% off all sale items already marked 30% to 50% off At SleepyHeads! Enter code BIGSALE at checkout now through May 30th!



Friday, May 28, 2010

Save 40% on your entire purchase at Ann Taylor LOFT! plus free shipping on $150+

Normally these discount codes exclude the items on sale, but it looks like this time it applies to all items online at Ann Taylor LOFT! Save 40% on your entire purchase and if you spend $150 or more, you'll get free shipping too! Enter code 40SAVE at checkout now through June 1!



Huge Memorial Day Sale at Toys 'R' Us - Barbie, Zhu Zhu Pets, Power Wheels & Outdoor Toys!

Enjoy your holiday weekend with 4 Day Memorial Day Sale!

Buy 2, Get the 3rd FREE on ALL Barbie dolls $19.99 or less at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10 (Free item must be of equal or lesser value)

Save $50 on Power Wheels Barbie Smart Car at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Buy 2, Get the 3rd FREE on these Zhu Zhu Pets: Scoodles, Winkie, Nugget, Jilly, Rocket, Tex, Moo, Spottie or Yo-Yo at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10 (Free item must be of equal or lesser)

Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off ALL Bakugan action figures, playsets & accessories at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10 (Discounted item must be of equal or lesser value)

Save 20% ALL gym sets, trampolines, swings, houses, climbers & bouncers at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Save 50% on Razor A Kick Scooter at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Save 50% on Fisher-Price High Five Sports Station at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Save 20% on ALL sandboxes at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Buy 1, Get 3 FREE on ALL Gear Monkey video game accessories at Offer good 5.28.10 to 5.31.10

Clearance Blowout - SAVE up to 60% off our Online Clearance Store at

Toys R Us



It's my 500th post! Wow - I can't believe it! (Giveaway with 2 winners)

I can't believe it's been 500 posts already! I missed my 1-year blog anniversary when I took a short break to refocus, so we will have to celebrate with a great giveaway!  This giveaway will end on Friday, June 11th at 9:30PM Central!

Since I know you all love to shop, I'll be giving away two $25 Amazon gift cards (e-certificates) to two lucky winners to use as you please on all the best Amazon deals there are available! You must be a follower or e-mail subscriber to enter (you can be a new subscriber or friend, but please let me know in your comment)!  I know I'm picky on this one, but I'm paying :)

Giveaway details (US Shipping addresses only):
(Note: If you don't follow the rules, then your entry doesn't count - and they're easy rules):

Leave me a comment that states whether you are a Google Friend (follower) or e-mail subscriber/feed subscriber (must verify subscription or your entry will not count and why you really want to win an Amazon gift card.  I know you’ll want to get extra entries, so keep reading!  I'll be picking the winners at random, but if I don't hear back from them I might just choose the runner-up based on your answers!
(Please include your e-mail so it's easy to contact you. It's no fun to determine a winner and have no way to get a hold of them! If you're new to this whole blog giveaway thing - check your profile, your e-mail may be hidden!)
Want to earn additional entries? I make it really easy (and you can earn lots of extra entries) As you can tell, I love my Google Friends, subscribers, tweets and comments!
**  Earn two extra enties each day for returning to this post and just letting me know you are a Google Friend. Leave two separate comments.
**  Earn two additional entries each day for being an e-mail/feed subscriber (yes, you can be a subscriber and friend). Leave two separate comments.
**  Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway! Come back and leave me a comment for each tweet you make with your twitter name (you can do this daily) – if I don’t already follow you, I’ll follow you back too. @monkeyswashtub Amazon $25GC giveaway at Two Monkeys & a Washtub
**  E-mail your friends and cc: me on the e-mail. Come back and leave a comment letting me know that you sent an e-mail out to your friends.
**  Leave a meaningful comment on another post on my blog, and leave me a comment letting me know where you commented! You can do this daily too, just leave an additional comment here too! I want to know what you like/dislike about this blog, so let me know so I can tailor it to work for my readers! Thanks!
**  Grab my button and post it on your blog, come back and leave me a comment letting me know that you did just that or add me to your blogroll and come back and let me know that you linked me up!

Thanks for reading!  I wasn't compensated or offered the gift cards to give away, I just want to reward my great readers and wish I could give everyone something!
This giveaway has ended - announcement of winners coming soon! 
Thanks for giveaways will be announced shortly!



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Upcoming kid's workshop at Lowe's this Saturday (5-29-10)!

Build this race car at Lowe's with your kids on Saturday, May 29th from 10:00-11:00AM! I noticed when I registered that it now states available for the first 50 kids that have registered online! So make sure you register ahead of time at Lowe's website! The workshops are always free, and your kids will get a kid-size apron, goggles, and a cool achievement patch! Please note that it recommends the projects for 1st through 5th graders, but we have been taking our 3-year old since he turned 2! With mom or dad's help, he has done fine with these projects!



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Freebies and Savings at Highlights magazine (include High Five & Puzzle Mania)!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Deal of the Day Sites - Save up to 90% with great deals that change daily!

Recently, I have fallen for deal of the day sites with group buying power! We have found some great deals at Groupon on everything from dental exams at 90% off, great restaurants at over 50% off, baseball tickets, Three Dog Bakery, classes for our kids, to shopping, and who could resist shopping at 50-70% off! There are lots of sites popping up, but some have been around a little bit longer and therefore have a bigger audience so you are more likely to get the deal!

My favorite site has to be Groupon! It is in most major cities, and even some smaller cities. Savings are up to 90% off and they include a discussion board so you can pose questions before buying. They also typically offer a side deal for the larger cities, so many days there is more than one option. I live in the DFW metroplex, so I have two cities to choose from plus the side deals! Yeah!  The other great bonus about Groupon is that they tell you exactly how many deals have to be purchased before the deal is guaranteed, so you know when you're buying it whether or not you'll get it!  You use your printout like a gift certificate, but you won't get any change back so be sure to spend a few extra cents!

Seize the Deal is coming quickly to cities nationwide. They will launch in Dallas-Fort Worth soon with some great deals but you can also check out the cities they are in now and their future hot spots. They have a plan to add a multitude of cities this year so check back often to see if your city is included!

Living Social is also expanding quickly! Check them out here to see if your city or a city near you is participating!


Save 15% on your purchase at!

Save 15% on your purchase at with code SUMMER at checkout! And if you're getting married, you can enter to win $350 towards shoes for your wedding party!



Lunchables Field Trips for All! Nominate a classroom today!

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Lunchables. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hands-on experiences like field trips can help engage children in learning that can open their eyes to the world beyond the classroom. That’s why Lunchables Lunch Combinations wants to help deserving kids across the country go on an inspiring, educational experience with the launch of the program, “Field Trips For All.”

Field Trips For All” is the first effort from the Lunchables Team’s new initiative called Project Potential. Aimed at empowering kids with opportunities to help them reach their full potential, Project Potential will provide enriching experiences kids might otherwise not have. With tight state budgets, the housing market crash which causes housing tax revenues to decrease impacting schools, there is a direct impact to school budgets, especially extracurricular activities like field trips! According to a 2009 report from The American Association of School Administrators, it’s estimated that over the course of the current school year, the number of school districts eliminating field trips will increase by 56 percent. That’s more than 30,000 schools this year alone.

I'm sure you remember some of the great field trips from your childhood! I remember visiting the NASA Space Center in Houston and going to Astroworld during high school, and as a young kid going to petting zoos, museums, and even a ballet once! I hope my kids can experience the same things growing up, but unfortunately, so many kids will only have those experiences through their own families and many can't afford it! Lunchables Field Trips For All is a great opportunity to provide those activities to kids in our communities this year!  I'm sure you know a deserving classroom!

Check out the "Alien Field Trip," that was taken by fifth graders from Los Angeles!

After seeing a great field trip experience, please nominate someone you feel is deserving of this award. Don't forget to spread the word about this contest! Tell your friends, and the parents of children in your children's classroom! If you nominate a classroom, please leave a comment about who you nominated and why in the comments of this post! Let's help our kids experience something great! Anyone 6 years of age or older can nominate a deserving classroom by going to and submitting a nomination. From all nominations received, 50 classrooms will be selected to go on an inspiring, educational experience.
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