Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Making Progress


I FINALLY got my posts imported into WordPress, post to come with how I did it.   So, depending on how you got here you may or may not be seeing the new WordPress site, which is still in progress.  I was about to give up on moving to WordPress when I finally found a solution so barring more serious issues the site will be converted this week.  We also have a ton of giveaways coming this week sponsors including Purex, Hormel and more.  So hopefully everything will come together this week.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Update on updates


Okay so this week has totally sucked.  I've been busy has can be, like leaving the house at 8 am and not getting home until 8 pm, all week long.  Plus I can't get anything to work.  We got a new TV but my DVR remote randomly activates various features on the TV, sometimes it will change the volume, channel or menu.  I ended up cancelling the new hosting and sticking with where I've been for the past 10 yrs.  I don't know if I'm going to be switching to WordPress right now, that's not going very smoothly either and I'm so busy I just get frustrated and end up getting nothing done.  So, until school and ball season are over I won't be making any major changes.  Hopefully later today I'll get some reviews and giveaways up, if not today then definitely this weekend so stay tuned.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Changes comming to Hot Mom Tips


I'm very excited to announce a number of changes coming to Hot Mom Tips.  First off we're changing hosting and moving to WordPress.  I'm really excited about this because it will allow for some really cool features.  The downside is the domain hotmomtips.com may not work for a day or two as we make our move.  After the move we'll be announcing more changes including a new rating system so stay tuned! 

Monday, April 11, 2011

8 Magazine Subscriptions for the Price of 2!! All You as low as $4.97!

Ebates.com has an AWESOME deal going on TODAY ONLY, they are offering 51% cash back on all orders from Magazines.com! Plus this can be combined with the $5 off select magazines using the coupon code SPRINGMAGS!  I just got 8 magazines for the price of 2!  Here's how it works:
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  2. Click on "Coupons" The Magazines.com "Springmags" coupon should be at the top, click on "Shop Now"  (This gets you both the 51% Cash back and the $5 off select magazines!)
  3. Place your order (must be placed through Ebates.com link to receive cash back) and you should see your cash back rewards credited to your Ebates.com account within 48 hrs.
If you're not already subscribed, I highly recommend ordering both All You and First for Women.  Both have high-value coupons every month as well as great ideas for saving money, health, family meals, fashion, etc.


Thanks STL Mommy for spotting this great deal!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My Thoughts on the Looming Government Shutdown


I am tired of this so called "budget" debate which is leading us to a government shutdown.  Make no mistake, this is NOT in any way, shape, or form about the budget.  If it were about the budget the debate would include raising revenue as well as cutting spending and the spending cuts would come from more than just non-defense discretionary spending which is a very small part of the budget.  Also there would be NO policy riders on this budget if it was truly about the money but republicans are insisting on adding on ideological issues like abortion and the environment.   The democrats have consistently moved towards more and more cuts in the budget.  They are now up to $5 billion MORE cuts than the Republicans had originally wanted.  They have given in on the environment which I think is wrong.  They have even agreed to an abortion rider as long as it does not defund other aspects of women's health.  Every time the democrats agree, the republicans add more demands.  This is about one thing, the failure of Obama.  There is only one party that has been cheering, literally cheering for a government shutdown and that is the republican party.  I used to be a republican, but no more.  The party has become one of hate and I cannot support that. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Coupons and Freebies This Week

Free Samples from FreeFlys

Free sample of Zapzyt® Acne Treatment Gel
Free sample of Scotch® Reusable Strips and Tabs
Free sample of Hearos® ear plugs
Free sample of Lanacane® Anti-Chafing Gel
Free sample of Biore® Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser


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$3.00 off Cosamin DS Joint Health Supplement
$1.00 off when you buy InStyle Magazine
Save Up To $50 on CIBA VISION Contact Lenses
$1.50 off Nutramax Pet™ Cosequin Product
$1.00 off (1)GARNIER FRUCTIS SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER
$0.60 off Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries
$0.75 off Cinnamon Burst Cheerios cereal
$3.00 off Dr. Dolittle on Blu-ray™
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$1.00 off Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza
$3.00 off The Bible on Blu-ray™
$3.00 off Because of Winn-Dixie on Blu-ray™
$1.00 off Basic 4, Cheerios, Chex Cereal
$0.75 off Chex cereal
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$3.00 off The Sound of Music on Blu-ray™
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$0.40 off Totino's Rolls Snacks
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$1.00 off ONE (1) GARNIER THE BRUSHER CLEANSER
$0.40 off Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads
$0.35 off Pillsbury Grands! Jr biscuits
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$0.75 off Kix cereal
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$0.50 off Gardetto's Snack Mix
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$2.00 off Any One (1) Combat product
$0.75 off any Yoplait products listed
$3.00 off The Sandlot on Blu-ray™
$0.50 off Glade Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator
$0.40 off Pillsbury or Grands! Sweet Rolls
$0.75 off on any ONE (1) Gorton's Grilled item
$0.35 off one (1) bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
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$3.00 off The Robe on Blu-ray™
$0.50 off Pillsbury Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crust
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$1.00 off Dr. Sears Family Essentials Supplements
$1.00 off (1) tube StaphAseptic, 1 oz. or 2 oz
$0.35 off Eggland's Best Fresh Shell Eggs
$1.00 off any 1 (one) AIR WICK Candle
$1.00 off any 1 (one) AIR WICK Warmer Unit
$2.00 off AIR WICK FRESHMATIC COMPACT Starter
$1.00 off 1 AIR WICK Double Fresh Warmer Unit
$1.00 off 1 AIR WICK Scented Oil Twin Refill
$4.00 off 1 AIR WICK FRESHMATIC Ultra Starter
$0.25 off Any Comet Powder product
off any 2 Comet Bathroom Spray or Comet Cream prod


Cellfire Coupons - available online until 04/18, redemption expiring 05/02.
The offers below are available at Kroger and Kroger subsidiaries, Safeway subsidiaries, Lowe's Foods, and Foodtown.

These offers will also be available at ShopRite from 4/10 - 4/23.

Green Giant boxed Save $.60
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

$5 Off Tron Legacy 4 or 5 Blu-ray Disc Collection

If you plan on buying Tron Legacy don't forget to print your $5 off coupon for the 4- or 5-disc Blu-Ray Collection.   Target has a deal this week where you can get $8 off if you purchase any Tron Legacy and Tron Classic at the same time.  Combined with the $5 off that's only $32 for both if you get the 4-Disc collection.  The $8 off deal is good both online and in-store and can be combined with other items to qualify for free shipping.

Cool Video About Me Made From a Facebook App


OfficeMax has this really cool app right now.  Even though it's an ad it's really cool!






Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Freebies and Coupons 3/25

Take the 10-Day Challenge and get a  Silk Soy, Almond or Coconut Milk $0.75 or $2.00 coupon

Get a Free Chili’s Appetizer When You Join Chili’s Email Club Today. 

Sign up for the ReadySetEat newsletter today. We're serving up quick and easy dinner recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less, plus coupons and savings based on your ZIP code and favorite grocery store.

Free Samples from FreeFlys
I love FreeFlys, they have tons of real freebies!
Get a free Womens Day® Magazine

Free PowerBar® ProteinPlus bites

Free sample of Dove® Men+Care body and face wash and deodorant

3 free issues of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade® magazine

Free sample of SOYJOY®

Free sample of Eucerin®


New Coupons this week from Coupons.com

Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
$1.00 off Glade Premium Room Spray (9.7 oz.)
30% off PAINTS & STAINS 15% OFF PAINTING SUPPLIES
$9.29 off HANDy Paint Tray and $7.99 CS Soft Woven
$1.00 off any (1) Vaseline 24.5 oz. product
$1.00 off Any Sally Hansen Beauty Tool
$0.50 off KRAFT HOMESTYLE Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
$1.00 off On Your Purchase of HEALTH Magazine
$2.00 off Any Aleve 40ct or larger
$0.50 off one (1) can of Diamond Crystal Sea Salt
$0.30 off (1) can Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
$2.00 off 2 bags Diamond Crystal Water Cdtng Salt
$3.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers
$3.00 off on any MONISTAT Product
$1.00 off Broadway Nails Artificial Nail Product
$1.00 off Kiss Artificial Nail Product
$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers


Cellfire Coupons - available online until 04/04, redemption expiring 04/18
These can be added to your discount card from the website or their free app! 

The offers below are available at Kroger, Safeway subsidiaries, and Foodtown.

ZYRTEC® Allergy Save $2

Cortaid® Save $2 
Save $2.00 on any Cortaid® Anti-itch product.

PB Toaster Strudel® Save $.50
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Green Giant boxed Save $.60
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Madness Giveaway Blog Hop 3/15-3/20


75 sites have joined in the March Madness Giveaway Blog Hop to bring you $1000's in great prizes!  All March Madness Giveaways run from 3/15 to 3/20.  Here on Hot Mom Tips we're offering extra entries into our own March Madness giveaways for entering March Madness giveaways on other participating blogs!  So start off by entering our giveaways then hop to other blogs to enter theirs.  Don't forget to come back here and let us know which other giveaways you entered for extra entries.

Hot Mom Tips March Madness Giveaways:
Dapper Snapper Kids Belts








New Samples from FreeFlys.com

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Free Being Girl® sample kit

Free Haagen-Dazs® Midnight Dazzler

Free sample of Lancome® Genifigue

Free sample of Purex® Complete with Zout detergent

Free sample of Eucerin®


New Coupons from Coupons.com

New Coupons this week from Coupons.com

$1.00 off any one Kashi Berry Blossoms™ cereal
Buy 2 PEDIGREE +™ Canned Dog Food & Get 1 Free
$2.00 off DOVE Men+Care™ Antiperspirant/Deodorant
$3.00 off Any Prevacid24HR Product
$3.00 off Colace Capsules or Peri-Colace tablets
$3.00 off on any Senokot Tablets
$5.00 off on any K-Y Brand Product
$3.00 off any Non-Drowsy Claritin-D Allergy
$3.00 off Non-Drowsy Children's Claritin
$1.00 off Glade 4-oz. Jar Candles
$1.50 off Glade Scented Oil Candle products
$3.00 off Glade Scented Oil Lasting Impressions™
$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refills
$0.75 off any JOHNSON'S Baby product
FREE Lenses with Purchase of Any Kid's Frame
Contact Lens Stock-Up Sale
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$1.00 off Any One Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer
$5.00 Off Jackass 3 on DVD or Blu-ray
$5.00 off (2 x 12 oz.) pack of renu fresh™
$0.55 Off any one Fruit2O 6-pack
$0.75 Off any one Fruit2O 6-pack
$1.00 off Tilex Mold & Mildew Remover
Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
Up To 75% Off On Prescription Medication
$9.29 off HANDy Paint Tray and $7.99 CS Soft Woven
30% off PAINTS & STAINS 15% OFF PAINTING SUPPLIES



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Madness Giveaway: Dapper Snappers Kids Belts $25 GC Ends 3/20






With three boys my youngest gets a lot of hand-me-downs.  Plus, I do a lot of shopping at garage sales.  Between the two,  half of my 5 year old's pants are too big around the waist.  Not to mention he hit a growth spurt and grew taller but slimmed in the waist.  We just recently potty trained so traditional belts are just an invitation to disaster.  That's why I was so excited to find Dapper Snappers; they are kids belts that only use the back 3 loops!  They're elastic and adjustable so they don't need to be removed for diaper change or trips to the potty.  Simply slip them through the back three loops and snap to size.  With their clips they can even be used without belt loops.

I really love Dapper Snappers and even plan on buying a couple of their Dapper Snappers for Moms for myself!

Dapper Snappers are:

  • Affordable (Find a Retailer near you)
  • Versatile in a wide range of colors for girls belts and boys belts
  • Recommended for ages 9 mo-6 yrs and One Size Fits All
  • Perfect for kids who are in between sizes or wearing hand-me-downs!
  • Convenient – no need to remove for diaper changes & doesn’t impede potty training
  • Made in the USA
  • Mom-invented
  • Compliant with CPSIA regulations. http://www.DapperSnappers.com/safety

Buy It!
Dapper Snappers are available in both boy belts and girl belts, solids and prints.  They have clips for use without belt loops and even belts for women!

Win It!
One lucky Hot Mom Tips reader will receive one $25 GC usable on the Dapper Snapper website.

Mandatory Entry
Follow Hot Mom Tips on GFC AND "Like" Dapper Snapper on Facebook and write on their wall telling them Hot Mom Tips sent you.

Include your usernames and email if it's not visible in your profile. This must be done FIRST and your email must either be included or visible in your profile or all entries will be disqualified.

Extra Entries

These are optional extra entries that can be completed after the mandatory entry.  Be sure to leave a comment for each entry.i. e. 2 entries = 2 comments

  • Follow Dapper Snappers on Twitter - 1 extra entry
  • “Like” Hot Mom Tips on Facebook (left side bar) – 1 extra entry
  • Follow Hot Mom Tips on Networked Blogs (left side bar) – 1 extra entry
  • Follow Hot Mom Tips on Twitter  – 1 extra entry
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave link to tweet. (click on time under tweet)  – 1 extra entry (can be done daily)
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to post – 5 extra entries
  • Grab my NEW button and add it to your blog. Leave a link to your blog – 3 extra entries
  • Share giveaway on Facebook, Digg, Stumble Upon, etc.  Leave link and/or username – 1 extra entry each
  • Add Hot Mom Tips to your blog roll, leave link to your blog – 2 extra entries
  • Vote up this giveaway on Prizey - 1 extra entry
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  • Enter any other giveaway on Hot Mom Tips and leave comment that you did so. – 3 extra entry each
  • Enter any other giveaway from the March Madness Giveaway Blog Hop - 1 extra entry each 
 Giveaway ends March 20, 2011 11:59pm PDT.  Winner will be chosen at random using Random.org



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ideas That Spark: Smart Living: Cut a Three-Hour Clean to 30 Minutes


From the Editors of Ideas That Spark

By Gail Belsky





If you had two or three hours to spare, you could easily spend it cleaning your kitchen, bathroom and family room. They are the most heavily used rooms in your home, and they get dirty fast. Or you could spend 10 minutes cleaning each one and use the rest of the time for something a lot more fun.
The trick to speedy cleanups is to reduce the amount of products you use and to clean only what needs to be cleaned. Unless you’re fanatical about removing dust bunnies from under the couch, make that a monthly chore. Mop the kitchen floor twice a month instead of every week, and allot an extra 10 minutes for that task. Meanwhile, you can do a quick and effective cleanup -- either all at once or a little each day -- in no time at all.

Kitchen: Get Gleaming
The secret to a speedy kitchen cleanup is one of the cheapest products around: plain old vinegar. Either white or cider vinegar on a paper towel can clean and shine the sink, counter and appliances -- including stainless steel. (Don’t use on marble, however. It can damage the surface.) Before you start, clear off countertop clutter, and load dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
Dirty floor? You should have time for a quick sweep. But if you want to mop up too, cleaning expert Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain and Simple and the One-Minute Cleaner (Storey Publishing), suggests checking out the new Bissell Steam and Sweep: “It leaves the floor clean and dry in a few minutes.”

Bathroom: Spray, Wipe and Go
Step 1: Pour 1/2 cup of bleach into the toilet, and let it sit.
Step 2: Spray the shower walls and door with daily shower cleaner.
Step 3: In the meantime, focus on the countertop, sink and mirror. You’ll only need one product for all three, according to Smallin: glass cleaner. For the mirror, use a rag, not paper towel, to avoid scratches.
Step 4: Return to the toilet. Scrub the bowl and under the rim with a toilet brush, and flush.
Step 5: Use disinfectant wipes for the outside and the seat.
You’re done!

Family/Living Room: Swipe and Sweep
Quickly vacuum the floor and sofa cushions wherever you see crumbs or pet hair. (If you can’t see it, don’t sweat it. You can do a proper sweep-up later on).
Clear off the coffee table, but don’t bother with furniture polish or oil soap. Just dampen a microfiber cloth with water and swipe it over tables, lamps and any other surfaces.
And for easy clutter reduction, Smallin suggests tossing items that belong elsewhere into a laundry basket -- and taking it somewhere else to put away!



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FREE St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Recipes eBook

Free Irish for a Day: St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Recipes eBook featuring festive crafts to make for the holiday. Make a Lucky Clover Pendant Necklace (pg. 21), a St. Patrick’s Day Card (pg. 24), Felt Shamrock Garland (pg. 29), and much more with this free eBook. Find free kids’ craft ideas, St. Patrick’s Day recipes, wearable St. Patrick’s Day projects, and festive decorations to make in this crafts eBook. Click Here



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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today Only! Plum Reward: Refer Four Friends and Get a $20 Target GiftCard!


Today only, Plum District is giving out $20 Target GiftCards for referring 4 friends to their deal site.  Plum District is a daily deal site similar to Groupon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Adventures in Cooking: My Attempt at an Easy Kings' Cake




Thank you to P&G’s Have You Tried This Yet? program and Kroger for sponsoring my writing about trying new things and breaking out of my everyday routine. Click here to find great savings on high-performing P&G products at a Kroger store near you. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.


Yesterday morning, since it was Mardi Gras and we are originally from Louisiana,  I decided it would be a great idea to take a Kings' Cake to Jordan's preschool class.  Having come up with this idea at the last moment, I knew I wouldn't have time to bake a proper Kings' Cake so I figured I should be able to use refrigerated cinnamon rolls considering they are kind of a cinnamon roll ring anyway.  Because this would be for preschoolers I elected not to include a baby or bean to avoid choking.  I also had to use glitter colored gel because I could not find any purple sugar, and I went to 3 stores!

The cake took 2 cans of refrigerated cinnamon rolls to make.  Opening one can at a time, I unrolled the cinnamon rolls as best I could, this is not as easy as it sounds! I then pinched them together, forming a ring.  The second can I then did the same thing on top.  While I was putting it together I wasn't really sure it was going to work.  It wasn't coming together exactly how I had imagined it would.  Once I got it all pinched together in a ring with most of the cinnamon in the middle, I baked it exactly as it said on the package.  After pulling it out and letting it cool, I iced it with the included icing then drizzled the purple, green, and orange gels (the best substitute I could find for the sugars.)


Once it was decorated I was actually quite impressed.  It may not have been a proper Kings' Cake, but it wasn't bad for a 20 minute "throw" together.  I decided I actually kind of liked the drizzled gels because it looked like the beads that Kings' Cakes are typically draped with.  At any rate, the kids had no idea that it wasn't just right, they didn't know what Mardi Gras is until it was explained, briefly, as to why I had brought them a cake.  All in all I was quite pleased and the cake and the masks I'd brought to go with it were a big hit with Jordan's class.


$2 Off Any Two Glade Spring Collection Products

As a BuzzAgent I was just sent a coupon for $2 off any TWO products in the entire Glade® Spring Collection with permission to share.  I don't know about you but I'm so ready for Spring.  This will be a great way to get ready for it!  Use this coupon to kick off spring today.



Monday, March 7, 2011

Free $5 Off CrazyDog T-Shirts


CrazyDog T-Shirts is offering all their Facebook Fans $5 off code.  Simply visit CrazyDog T-Shirts Facebook Page and click "Like" and a $5 off code will be revealed.  If you're already a Fan you can still get the $5 off simply click on the "Coupon" link on the left hand side.

Skippy Peanut Butter Recall


Skippy Peanut Butter has issued a limited recall in 16 states of Skippy® Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy® Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.  The states where the contaminated products were distributed are Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:
  • UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.)
  • Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)
For more information visit the FDA recall press release.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Great Giveaway: Custom Superhero Cape and Mask from Powercapes.com Ends 3/20

A few months back I did a review and giveaway of Powercapes.com.  Now Powercapes.com has offered Hot Mom Tips readers another chance to win their own Powercape!  This time the giveaway is even better because they are not only offering one lucky reader their own custom superhero cape but a mask as well!  Plus they have offered ALL Hot Mom Tips readers a 10% discount on all orders in March using the promo code "CONFUSED!" Powercapes.com creates custom superhero capes, costumes and accessories.  Powercapes are made right here in the USA, in Metro Detroit, by hand.  They also have a history of giving back to the community and supporting children's causes.

REVIEW:

You can read my original review here.  Months later I am still really impressed with Powercapes.  I had originally gotten a Powercape for my 5-yr-old, I even let him design it.  Once we got it my 7-yr-old wanted one too so we gave him his own for Christmas.  They both really love them and they've held up really well. 





BUY IT!

Powercapes.com is currently offering Hot Mom Tips readers a 10% on all orders with the promo code "CONFUSED"  They also have some really great deals going on right now with savings up to 55%!

WIN IT!

One lucky Hot Mom Tips reader will win a custom Custom Superhero Cape and Superhero Mask of their own from Powercapes.com!

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Follow Hot Mom Tips on GFC AND Head on over to Powercapes.com and let me know what color, emblem and letter you would choose if you won. You must do the FIRST or all other entries will be disqualified.

EXTRA ENTRIES:

Submit a separate comment for each extra entry (5 extra entries – leave 5 comments)
  • Follow Powercapes, @powercapes, on twitter. – 1 extra entry
  • Subscribe to Powercapes.com newsletter – 1 extra entry
  • "Like" Powercapes on Facebook  – 1 extra entry
  • Make a purchase from Powercapes.com– 10 extra entries
  • Follow Hot Mom Tips on Google Friend Connect (left side bar) – 1 extra entry
  • “Like” Hot Mom Tips on Facebook (left side bar) – 1 extra entry
  • Follow Hot Mom Tips on Networked Blogs (left side bar) – 1 extra entry
  • Follow Hot Mom Tips on Twitter  – 1 extra entry
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave link to tweet. (click on time under tweet)  – 1 extra entry (can be done daily)
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to post – 5 extra entries (must include link to Powercapes.com and giveaway)
  • Grab my button and add it to your blog. Leave a link to your blog – 3 extra entries
  • Share giveaway on Facebook, Digg, Stumble Upon, etc.  Leave link and/or username – 1 extra entry each (must be verifiable)
  • Add Hot Mom Tips to your blog roll, leave link to your blog – 2 extra entries
  • Vote up this giveaway on Prizey
  • Fuel my blog- 1 extra entry

  • Add my blog to your Technorati favorites - 1 extra entry
  • Add to Technorati Favorites!
  • Click the Bump my post button above - 1 extra entry
  • Enter any other giveaway on Hot Mom Tips and leave comment that you did so. – 1 extra entry each
Giveaway ends March 20, 2011 11:59pm PDT.  Winner will be chosen at random using Random.org