Thursday, August 17, 2017

Savor Summer with McDonald's Lobster Rolls!

I am more than a little sad that summer is winding down. My kids start school in just 13 days and I am currently in "savor summer" mode. We are taking more beach trips, playing outdoors and overall just soaking in all the wonderful things a Maine summer has to offer.

McDonald's is savoring summer too because you can still snag a delicious lobster roll at their Maine and New Hampshire locations. Yes....a McDonald's lobster roll! For just $8.99 you can get a buttery, grilled roll stuffed with delicious North Atlantic Lobster and crisp lettuce right at your local McDonald’s!  You can make it a full meal for just $10.99.  Score!

Mainers know a thing or two about a good lobster roll and these are delicious!  Check out the claw meat...























There is clearly no scrimping going on! If you are looking for a great way to  hang onto summer head over to McDonald's to enjoy a Maine staple!  Hurry though....just like summer vacation, this offering will end soon.  




Thursday Coupons!

Hi All.  Before I get to some great new giveaways I have ready to post for you I wanted to share some brand new coupons.  Be sure to print these before they are gone!  I am excited about the Annie's and the Olive Garden dressing coupons!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mickey and The Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines...Out Today!




Where are my Mickey fans??  Everywhere I assume!  I mean, who doesn't love Mickey and the gang?  Today Disney is releasing a brand new DVD....Mickey and the Roadster Racers:  Start Your Engines and it is a must have for fans.  Here is the scoop....


Mickey and the Roadster Racers are back with more fast-paced adventures on wheels!



Join your favorite characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy  – and their high-speed transforming Roadsters as they compete in thrilling races stretching from Hot Dog Hills to Hawaii…and all the way to London, England!  You’ll meet the world’s greatest spy, zoom through the skies in a revved up hot-air balloon race, and even return the Queen’s stolen Royal Ruby!  It’s all about great friendship, teamwork, a little competition and humorous high-spirited adventures!

Watch a clip here.....



Our Thoughts:  This DVD was well loved yesterday.  We had a very busy weekend that started off with a BBQ then we had a family reunion on one of the islands in Casco Bay and I finished it off by taking the kids to Storyland in New Hampshire.  We had a wonderful time but, needless to say, we were all exhausted.  My daughter needed some downtime after lunch yesterday and we popped in this show.  As always, Mickey and the gang provided fun antics, adventure and lots of messages of friendship.  Mickey never goes out of style!  You can pick up the DVD today on Amazon  by clicking HERE or at other major retailers.

In celebration of this new DVD release you can find all kinds of fun activities for the kids by clicking below.  Have fun and enjoy! Download Mickey And The Roadster Racers - Start Your Engines Activities

Monday, August 14, 2017

Arthur: Brothers & Sisters...Out Now! Review & Giveaway!

Last week PBS released a great new DVD for the kids...Arthur: Brothers and Sisters is out now and was a big hit here at Reviewed by Mom.  Here is the scoop....


PBS Distribution has released “ARTHUR: BROTHERS AND SISTERS on DVD. Join Arthur, his family and friends for eight stories of the hit PBS KIDS series about the joys – and challenges – of having a brother or sister. From D.W. copying her big brother’s every move, to the Tibble twins discovering that Tommy is two whole minutes older than Timmy, this DVD features loads of sibling fun.


D.W. the Copycat
Yet another personality change for D.W., who’s decided that from now on, she’ll be just like Arthur. She’ll walk like him, talk like him, follow him wherever he goes. How can Arthur persuade D.W. that the world is only big enough for one Arthur?

Arthur’s Baby”
Arthur is not too sure he’s ready for a new baby in the house. What do babies do besides cry..crY ..cRY...CRY!  As the months fly by, Arthur imagines life with the new baby. Some of his fears seem to ring true: baby Kate doesn’t like him. Or does she?

D.W.’s Baby
Living with a baby is no picnic. No one ever told D.W. that babies cried all the time, and threw up on your clothes, and got all the attention. Just how long will Baby Kate be hanging around, anyway? And who would even miss D.W. if she ran away to Button Island? 

Arthur’s First Sleepover
Have you ever been afraid of the dark?  Despite D.W.’s threat of aliens, Arthur sets his tent for his first sleepover. D.W.’s mad that she can’t be a part of the sleepover, but she’ll have some fun of her own – with the help of alien lights. But, who will have the last joke: Arthur and his friends, D.W., or the aliens?

Francine Redecorates
Francine likes bats and lizards, while Catherine’s taste runs to lace. Normally, it’s fun to be different, but not if you’re two sisters sharing the same room. Space gets very tight at the Frensky’s, when this odd couple decides they’ve had enough togetherness. 

Sue Ellen’s Little Sister
Arthur and Francine would love to lend their sisters to Sue Ellen, who’s sick of being an only child. But Sue Ellen realizes you should be careful what you wish for, after her quest for the perfect sibling leads her to...D.W.

Two Minutes
Power shifts in the Tibble household when the twins find out Tommy is two minutes older than Timmy. Frustrated in his new role, Timmy enlists the help of an expert older brother tamer: D.W.!

The Pageant Pickle
School is almost out and Arthur can hardly wait for those lazy summer days by Muffy’s pool. Nothing could ruin such a happy time of year…except maybe – D.W.’s Spring Pageant!

Our Thoughts:  Arthur has long been a favorite in our house.  I love the family dynamics and the problem solving skills showcased throughout.  The episodes on this collection are perfect for this time of year when kiddos just might be getting tired of their siblings during summer vacation.  Each show does a wonderful job of describing real life conflict among siblings but an even better job is done showing kind resolution.  Our favorites were "Arthur's Baby" (my daughter is currently all about babies but NOPE I am  not expecting number 4!) and "Two Minutes" which we could really empathize with as my twins are two minutes apart :).

Buy It:  You can purchase this DVD at all major retailers as well as Amazon by clicking HERE.

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that PBS Kids is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a DVD copy of Arthur:  Brothers & Sisters!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bright Books Series....Review & Giveaway!

As you all know by now, I am a lover of books.  I started reading to the kids while I was pregnant with them and hope they grow up to be adults who can find relaxation and escape from a good book.  Ask any parenting expert and they will tell you that the sooner you start reading to your little ones the more likely they are to come to love books themselves.

Today I am delighted to share a precious series just perfect for the tiniest readers.  I was sent a trio of titles from Bright Books that are sure to stimulate and capture the interest of the babies in your life.  Here is the scoop....

Join a young bear and his mother for their very busy day in the forest with Bright Books: Baby Bear's Busy Day. This visually stunning board book features bright neon elements, soft touch-and-feel bears, and shiny foil that will capture baby's full attention and imagination. With sweet, soothing text and gentle illustrations, this engaging book will become a bedtime favorite. Follow along as baby bear has a day full of fun!

Our Thoughts:  Baby Bear's Busy Day is the perfect way to wind down with your little one at the end of the day. We follow Baby Bear and his mom on a busy day meeting friend, playing and frolicking before snuggling  into bed at night. Baby Bear and his mom are velvety smooth, there are twinkly, shiny foil elements throughout along with neon splashes.  This book is sure to become a quick favorite!  You can pick up your copy today HERE.

Swim along with Bubble in the deep, blue sea in Bright Books: Bubble’s Ocean Friends! Follow Bubble on her adventure and discover turtles, starfish, crabs, and more. Lively rhyming text, bright, colorful illustrations, and shiny foiled details invite young readers to have hands-on story time. Page after page, babies and toddlers will have fun counting all of Bubble's new ocean friends.

Our Thoughts:  What a sweet book!  The vivid, neon colors are great for little ones.  Bubbles is a sweet, glittery blue fish and she is on an adventure meeting new sea friends who your little one to count.  Bright orange turtles, a big whale set among textured color and plant life are just some of the friends your little one can count along with Bubbles.  You can buy it HERE.

Shadow is a very adventurous cat, but his favorite time for adventuring is at night. He loves saying hello to the moon, strolling around on rooftops, stargazing with friends, and so much more! Read along and explore the night in this storybook with rhyming text, colorful elements that illuminate the dark, and a soft touch-and-feel cat to guide you through the night. Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure is a delightful bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

Our Thoughts:  This book features the velvety cat Shadow who your child will enjoy patting as he goes on his nighttime adventure.  The dark pages allow the night sky to feel illuminated and the will capture the attention of your child.  This one makes a great bedtime choice!  You can buy it HERE.

Win!   I am so excited to tell you that Bright Books is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a set of these three adorable books!  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck!
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Ruff Ruffman Show Returns in September!

Do you remember The Ruff Ruffman Show?  This PBS classic is coming back next month and I can't wait!

Ruff and his friends help kids ages 4-8 explore physical science concepts through video, gaming and app and offline activities for families to do together.  This multiplatform experience will be available on September 28th and segments from the series will air on PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream this fall!  Here is a sneak peek....




Visit pbskids.org for more information!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls-Magical Movie Night...Out Today! Review & Giveaway (2 winners)!

Who has a My Little Pony fan in the house?!  I sure do and she was sure glad to see the new release (in stores today!) of My Little Pony Equestrian Girls arrive at our door!  Magical Movie night is must for MLP fans!  Here is the scoop...


Grab your popcorn, because the Equestria Girls are back for a magic-filled triple feature! There's a reason these seven girls look familiar. . . as they step through a magical mirror, they transport from the world of My Little Pony, transforming into teenage girls at Canterlot High.  Full-time students and part-time magical pony-girls, the Equestria Girls are always ready to save the day with the Magic of Friendship! 

Dance Magic
With the Camp Everfree fundraising deadline looming, the Equestria Girls realize they need a new plan to raise more money and are ready to try new things. Rarity finds out about a music video competition, with a huge cash prize, and she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. However, the girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy is also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! The girls learn that sometimes coming together instead of competing is the best plan of all!

Movie Magic
The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. However, when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. The Equestria Girls take it upon themselves to track down the missing prop and end up trotting into a real-life Daring Do adventure!

Mirror Magic
As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria as a pony to get a new journal! There, she meets new pony Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back through the mirror portal to experience life as a human girl at Canterlot High. However, while Sunset Shimmer is away, a revengeseeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, It can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer return to find the Mane 6 missing and Juniper Montage acting extremely suspicious. Will Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer save the girls, or are the Mane 6 lost in limbo for good?

Bonus Feature:
Sing-Alongs

Our Thoughts:  As I mentioned, my 7 year old is a big fan of the My Little Pony characters and this DVD was an instant hit.  Each episode showcases lots of great, positive messages like working together, friendship and  the power of positivity.  My daughter loves the colorful, pretty Equestria Girls and I find that aspect charming as well but, as a parent, I especially appreciate the "girl power" themes that are promoted.  This DVD is fun, family friendly and will be an instant hit with the little girl in your life! You can pick up this DVD today in stores or from Amazon....





Win It:  I am so excited to tell you that Shout! Factory is giving TWO lucky Reviewed by Mom followers a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls:  Magical Movie Night.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Alphabetter & How I Did It by Linda Ragsdale...Review & Giveaway!

My daughter and I have been enjoying lots of read aloud books this summer.  I love to read to her and, to me, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a pile of fun books to share.  We have recently been enjoying two adorable titles by Linda Ragsdale...."How I Did It" and "Alphabetter".  Here is the scoop....

Alphabetter

Empower your vocabulary with this hilarious dictionary full of playfully re-paired words that motivate, uplift, and inspire. Laugh and learn as you read each new word, and discover the amazing power our words have when we use them to encourage others and ourselves!

Our Thoughts:  This book is so much fun!  Every letter in the alphabet is represented by 2 ore more  "made up" words that are created by two actual words of the same letter.  For instance on the "j" page you will find Jolliggily which is the combination of jolly and giggly.  How fun is that?!  My daughter immediately erupted into giggles over that one.  Some of the words even have inspiring quotes with them.  Firarming?  That one is fire + warming which is paired with "Use your inner fire for warming others not burning them" .  The book is just brimming with gems like this and we have really enjoyed it.  The illustrations by Martina Hogan are fun, colorful and go perfectly with the fun words.  I would highly recommend this title!

Buy It:  You can purchase this book today on Amazon by clicking HERE.




How I Did It


Curious and inspired, I was full of ideas. I turned adversity into adventure when I took a chance and tried to change. Readers young and old will be inspired by how I did it.

Our Thoughts:  This book is SO much fun!  The character of "I" is just so cute and determined and a real joy to see come to life on the pages.  Anoosha Syed (the illustrator) does a wonderful job bringing character to each of the letters, especially the wide eyed "I".  Linda Ragsdale is so creative with the quest of "I" trying to become something other than he is.  Under the watchful eyes of the other letters we watch "I" scrunching, wriggling and tangling to become other letters.  This book is adorable, engaging and full of positive messages like confidence, determination and flexibility.  This one is a must for kids!

Buy It:  You can pick up this title on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Win It: I am thrilled to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower will win a copy of both "How I Did It" and "Alphabetter" by Linda Ragsdale.  Thank you so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Ibotta Deals!

Do you guys use Ibotta?  I love this app!  It saves me extra money at the store every time I shop.  You can trade in your savings for gift cards to TONS of great places.  I am saving mine up to trade in for Amazon gift cards to use for holiday shopping.  I have over $200 from this year alone!  Here are some new ways to save on Ibotta.  Click the links to start saving!

Earn $2.50 when you purchase Evian® Natural Spring Water Earn $3.00 when you purchase Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer Earn $3.00 when you purchase Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer Earn $2.00 when you purchase Preparation H® Earn $1.50 when you purchase Tide® Laundry Detergent & Great Value™ Milk Combo Earn $2.00 when you purchase Tide® PODS™ or Gain® Flings™ & Crest® Toothpaste Earn $2.00 when you purchase Gain® & Gain® Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Combo Earn $2.00 when you purchase Tide® PODS™ & Bounty Paper Towel Combo Earn $2.00 when you purchase Tide® PODS™ & Bounty Paper Towel Combo Earn $0.75 when you purchase AXE Shampoo Earn $0.75 when you purchase AXE 3-in-1 Earn $0.75 when you purchase AXE 2-in-1

Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd....Review & #Giveaway! 2 Winners!

Are you hoping to get your middle grade readers flipping pages during these last few weeks of summer?  I have a book that I think  will captivate even the most reluctant reader.  Here is the scoop....
Ever since his dad left, David Cray has had anger issues. So after he beats up school bully Jake Bragg, his mom grounds him in their creepy new house. Bored, David discovers a secret room with an old-fashioned desk, a chest, and a carving of a raven. Suddenly he’s having strange dreams about the room and the house, and violence seems to follow him wherever he goes. Who is the Raven who is taking responsibility for these violent pranks? And why do the pranks resemble Poe’s stories?

Our Thoughts:  This book is recommended for ages 9-13 and both of my nearly 11 year olds loved it.   The book is a wonderful combination of a truly spooky tale and a story about growing up in the modern world (bullying, parents splitting up....).  The book starts out with the main character David who has moved into a new house because his dad and his librarian mom are no longer together.  In the house, Davis discovers a secret room, a mysterious trunk and a carved raven (Poe anyone?!) and from there the reader is on a magnificently creepy ride with David and his pal, Libby.

Kidd weaves a great story full of age appropriate scariness that will keep kids wanting to keep up on reading.  Kidd also addresses some of the things kids struggle with at this age, like bullying, with ease and relatability.  This book is a great choice for kids who like adventure and a good scare!

Buy It:  You can purchase Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd at your local bookstore or on the Albert Whitman website HERE.

Win It!  I am so excited to tell you that the publisher, Albert Whitman, is giving TWO lucky Reviewed by Mom followers a copy of Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd. Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Hike.... Blueberry Mountain!

How is summer going for you guys so far? I hope you are enjoying lots of great family time and adventures. We have been enjoying lots of outdoor time and some fun family hikes.

A couple of weekends ago we visited Blueberry Mountain in Stow, Maine.  What a great hike!  It was about 2.5 miles up and got a little steep in spots but nothing my kids (10, 10 and 7) couldn't handle with some encouragement.  There were great views, plenty of streams and the reward at the end of Rattlesnake Pool.  This crystal clear pool is fed by a waterfall and we all took a very chilly dip.  It was gorgeous!  If you are in the Maine/New Hampshire area I would highly recommend a visit to Blueberry Mountain!  You can find directions and details here.

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck...Review & Giveaway!

Who needs a great new read? I don't know about you but Summer is a time where I just love to lose myself in a new book. Nice weather seems to give me the license I need to let things like housework go (maybe I should rethink this haha!).  In any case, I have been doing a lot of reading lately and I just finished up a great book by Jessica Shattuck called The Woman in the Castle that I think you will really enjoy.  Here is the scoop....

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.


 Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.


First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.
As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

My Thoughts:  I loved this book.  Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I have read a lot of it but The Woman in the Castle is right at the top of my new favorites list.  Shattuck does a great job of grabbing you right away and not letting go until the very last page.  I really enjoyed how the main characters were woman which offered a new view and spin on World War II which is often from a male perspective. 

Marianne, Ania and Benita are all very different and complex characters yet they are bonded together by their circumstances.  Marianne takes the promise she makes at the beginning of the book to Connie (Benita's husband) very seriously and is the "commander of woman and children".  The new lives each of the woman now faces are very different from their old.  The war has destroyed much of what they had and losing loved ones has taken a toll.  Together we see them navigate their own lives which is often wrought with guilt and struggle.  Their friendships are tested as is their faith but the bonds these women share is a true pleasure to read.

The Women in the Castle is a must read and would be a perfect book club pick.  I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction.  You can pick up your copy today at your local bookstore or on Amazon...





Win It!  I am so pleased to tell you that the publisher is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower a copy of The Women In The Castle!  Thanks so  much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 24, 2017

Don't Go To School! by Maire Zepf.....Review & Giveaway!



I know we are still in the thick of summer vacation (yay!) but, before you know it, it will be time to send the kiddos off to school. While on some days I feel like I am questioning my sanity keeping the kids home with me all summer I try and work, mostly I am super sad when school starts back up.   I miss them when they are not with me!

I was just sent a book put out by Sterling Publishing that is completely adorable and spoke to the way some parents feel when it comes to sending our kids to school. Don't Go to School!  by Maire Zepf and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse is a real gem and will be available for purchase on August 1st.  Here is the scoop...


What can a little bear do when he’s all ready for his first day of school—but his mother isn’t? “DON”T GO TO SCHOOL!” she wails. “STAY HERE WITH ME!” Mommy sulks, she’s shy, she even throws a tantrum. Can Benno convince her that everything’s okay? He comes up with an ingenious idea to help her adjust—one that many a mom and dad will recognize. This humorous story will reassure and delight nervous children, while parents feeling a little sad to see their babies grow up and march off to school will empathize with Mom!

Our Thoughts:  As I mentioned above I really miss my kids when they aren't with me and on the first day of kindergarten for all three I was a big mess!  My youngest and I sat down to read this one and we both loved it!  The story starts off as regular first day of school morning but with a spin.  While little Benno is excitedly rushing to get out the door, his poor Mom is begging him  not to go.   When they arrive at school Benno's Mom shows shyness about meeting new parents and reservations about going into the classroom with sweet Benno lovingly guiding her into these new experiences.  Once in the classroom things get a little silly when Benno's Mom tries to stay for the day because school is so much fun (my daughter loved this part and thought it was hilarious!).  When Benno explains that she must go home the solution they come up with to stay connected is so sweet you will want to steal it to do with your own loved ones.  I know I already have!

This book really is lovely and tackles the jitters kids (and parents!) have once it is time to head off to school.  Zepf adds a touch of silliness to this tale of letting go which makes it the perfect tale for kids off to school for the first time.  I think it is a great way to broach the subject of any nervousness children might have entering school for the first time.  The illustrations are fun and engaging and capture the sweet and silly moments perfectly.  This would make a wonderful gift for kids in younger grades, parents and elementary school teachers.  You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon....




Win It! I am delighted to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom follower will win a copy of Don't Go To School!  Thank you so much to Sterling Publishing and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Stuff of Family Life by Michelle Janning...Review & #Giveaway!

I just finished a fascinating book earlier this month that I have been looking forward to sharing with you.  The Stuff of Family Life by Michelle Janning looks deep into our homes and lives and what we keep in them and studies what that means about us.  It was so interesting!  Here is the scoop...

In The Stuff of Family Life (Sociology Professor Michelle Janning offers a timely look at how modern society and technology shapes our relationships and our lives. Like an archaeologist studying ancient civilizations through the things they left behind, Janning excavates contemporary life through our houses and possessions, from childhood stuffed animals and security blankets to retirement homes and senior living centers.

What does where you store old love letters say about their significance? Why do adults feel out of place in their childhood bedrooms? Janning takes readers through the stages of life – from dating and marriage to parenting and aging – that are usually kept behind closed doors. From online valentines to the growing popularity of “man caves,” The Stuff of Family Life looks not only at what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives—and the stuff in them—say about how we relate to each other.

Janning has joked, “I am not a sociologist who uses large national datasets to illustrate family life; I’m the sociologist who asks people to examine what’s in their underwear drawers and living rooms to tell stories about their family life.” Using amusing anecdotes, as well as drawing on pop culture, economics, interior design, gender studies and more, Janning combines the educational with the entertaining to make The Stuff of Family Life accessible to both casual readers and dedicated students of sociology.


My Thoughts:  This book really was truly interesting.  I have been on a "mini kick" of ridding my home of clutter (or at least thinking about it!) and this book helped me understand some of the "whys" about my stuff.  If you are looking for a fun book that focuses on why we cherish (or not!) the things in our homes in our lives this is  a wonderful summer read.  You can pick up your copy today on Amazon....





Win It!  I am thrilled to tell you that one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader will win a copy of The Stuff of Family Life by Michelle Jannings.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Save Money with Groupon Coupons!


As you all know by now, I am a gal who loves coupons.  As a family of 5, life gets expensive and I am always trying to  find the best ways to save money.  I clip coupons for the grocery store and pharmacy and use store loyalty cards to get the best prices.  I think doing this has really made a positive financial impact in  my life. 

Groupon is a site (and app) that I have long used to snag great deals.  I regularly use Groupon to score discounted activities for the kids (bowling, amusement park passes etc) or date nights for my husband and I (dinners out or theater tickets).  Groupon has saved me lots of money and allowed my family to afford to do things we might not otherwise splurge on.  I just recently learned that there is a whole other layer to Groupon.....coupons!

Did you know there is such a thing as Groupon Coupons!?  Groupon Coupons is another way to save with Groupon.  Unlike services or products you can buy at a discounted fee, Groupon Coupons are free coupon codes!  There are currently over 80,000 coupons available from over 12,000.  Nope...I didn't accidentally add extra zero's....there are THAT many.  These aren't a bunch of obscure stores either, you can find all the stores you use everyday which means big savings await on things you are going to buy anyway!

When you visit the Groupon site there is a coupon section.  When you click on it you can search by store name or category or view the whole list of stores.  The list of what is available is incredible!  I have taken to checking out the lists before I do any shopping because there are deals to be had anywhere.


For example, I am ordering a couple of things from Target today.  I just checked Groupon Coupon site and I found a code that allows me to get $5 off my purchase plus free shipping!  Additionally, I was able to access the mystery deal section that allowed me to scope out some extra savings that are not widely advertised.  In all there are 47 current online or instore coupons for Target alone! 

I also REALLY want to get caught up with  my photos.  I have some really great ones and I need to do something with them.  Groupon Coupon has all the deals and coupons for Shutterfly as well so I have no excuse NOT to get some printed with all the deals to be had.  Groupon Coupon has 38 coupons right now for Shutterfly including free shipping, free magnets, 50% off photo books and 25% off your total order.  Yes please!

Visit Groupon Coupons today to save big everywhere you shop.