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Make Your Promposal Epic With Snapchat

Spring is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time for high school students to get creative and start planning how they’ll ask that one all-important question: “Will you go to prom with me?” Prom has definitely changed since I was in high school. It is a huge event especially the promposal. Teens go all out to make the experience unique.

The go-to destination for prom and formalwear expertise, Men’s Wearhouse, established March 11 as National Promposal Day, a day where high school students across the country can celebrate their creativity by sharing their unique and often elaborate proposals to ask each other to prom.

This year, Men’s Wearhouse has collaborated with Snapchat to create a custom prom-themed Snap Ad game and filter that gives teens a fun, interactive platform to celebrate National Promposal Day.  Available exclusively on March 11, this filter will give students another opportunity to celebrate the day and help them “pop the question.”

To spread the news, Men’s Wearhouse teamed up with social media superstars Dylan Jordan, Summer McKeen and last year’s Prombassador, Brent Rivera.

“Prom is such an exciting part of high school,” said Summer McKeen, a YouTube vlogger best known for her lifestyle, beauty and fashion content. “It’s really cool that Men’s Wearhouse is inspiring everyone to make the day as special as possible, beginning with the promposal.”

Students who participate in National Promposal Day are encouraged to share their promposal experiences throughout social media by using the hashtag #NationalPromposalDay. You can also check out a special promposal video on YouTube starting March 11 in which Dylan Jordan and Summer McKeen, with help from Brent Rivera, showcase their own epic promposal.

Once the question is asked and the planning is underway, prom-goers can find everything they need for the perfect prom night at

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Unique Gift Giving Is Easy With NOVICA Plus a Giveaway!

Gift giving came be stressful when you are searching for the perfect gift. Especially if the person you are shopping for has everything. This is when you need to get creative and look for gifts that are more unique. NOVICA is the perfect place to shop.

novica logoNOVICA works with artisans from around the world to sell their handmade pieces. When you purchase from NOVICA, the money goes back to the person who created the piece. I like that you will not find mass produced products. All the products are all hand crafted from artisans from regions like the Andes, Bali & Java, Brazil, Central America, India, Mexico, Thailand and West Africa.

I have bought products from NOVICA before and have always been very happy with my purchases. I like that they offer such a huge variety of products. They sell home décor, jewelry, paintings, clothes and more.  You will definitely find that perfect gift and it will be unique.

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from their site.

gifts for womenThis Midnight Maya Tote bag is very pretty. It is a nice size too so it can hold a lot. It is made in Central America.

unique natural fiber journalsThis set of 3 Natural Fiber Journals are made in Bali. Inside is rice paper and the cover is an eggshell mosaic. It even includes a stick of cinnamon.

unique gift ideasThis Mango Wood Vase is beautiful. The design is simple and I love the dark wood. I like that it looks great with or without flowers.

This time I chose a piece of jewelry from NOVICA for my daughter Kayla. She actually picked it out.

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Kayla is very happy with the Sterling Silver Garnet Floral Ring she picked out. She can be picky at times but this style is just right for her. She likes the design and shape of the ring. If she’s happy I’m happy so this is a win in my book.

NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a $35 NOVICA gift code.

Prizing and review product provided by NOVICA. Opinions 100% our own.

NOVICA Gift Card Giveaway


Save Money On Health, Beauty and Wellness With Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Self care is so important. Since I am raising three daughters I want them to know that it is ok to take time out for themselves. My oldest two, Jazz and Savannah, love to do things that make themselves feel good. They both know all the best spots to get their eyebrows, lashes or nails done in Milwaukee.

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I love to save money and rarely pay for full price for anything. I am very happy and proud that my daughters take after me. I love the look on their face when they say “Guess how much this cost me”!

Recently I have shared with my daughters that they need to check out Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons to save money. I used Groupon for my trip to Vegas a few months ago and found more than a few good deals. I ended up being on their site for quite a while because they have deals for everything. They have become my go to website because they have some great deals. If Groupon does not have what I am looking for at the time I always check back. The deals are available for a limited amount of time so they are always adding new ones.

Have you used Groupon before to save money?

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My Baby’s HeartBeat Bear Is The Perfect Baby Shower Gift!

I was provided with a product sample for review purposes. All opinions are 100% mine own.

I just love baby showers! There is something about celebrating a new addition that makes my heart fill with joy. Seeing all the little clothes and shoes always makes me reminder just how little my kids once where. Whenever I get an invite, I start looking for the perfect baby shower gift.

Shopping for a baby gift can be challenging. I like to look at their registries to see what the new parents need but I also like to give memorable gifts. I was recently was able to check out My Baby’s HeartBeat Bear and it pretty unique.

baby shower gift

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is the brainchild of Purusha Rivera, a Mom of 12-year old twins and a two year old, who is passionate about her work as a registered diagnostic medical sonographer specialized in Ob/Gyn.  She created the bears as part of her desire to make the ultrasound experience as special as possible.

The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kit comes with an adorable stuffed animal of your choice and a “red” heart recorder.

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Simply take the recorder to your ultrasound appointment and easily switch it on to capture 20 seconds of the baby’s heartbeat.

Then, unfasten the Velcro closure on the back of the stuffed animal and insert the recorder into the interior drawstring pouch.

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unique baby gift

Finally pull the drawstring closed  and refasten the velco. It is now ready to use.

My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Has So Many Uses!

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My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear will make a great gift in so many ways:

  • Surprise Grandparents with the news of a new baby
  • Parents can bring the bear and box to a gender reveal party
  • Gift the bear to an older sibling
  • Loved ones can record a message
  • Record the heartbeat for Mom or another family member

My granddaughter, Leilani is one year old. I recorded a message for her very easily.

I like the idea of being able to record anything from the baby’s heartbeat or a message or song from a loved one.

I love all the attention paid to the little details on this bear. The frame is 3 x 5″ with embroidered words along the top. The frame is stitched onto the bear’s hands.

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personalized baby gift

The bears come in gender neutral packaging. There is no see through windows or telltale colors.  The gender is announced only when the box is opened to reveal a pink or blue bear.

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The My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear is made of high quality fleece like fabric and polyfill. Sounds can be transferred from a CD, phone or other device to the recorder. It is safe for ages three and up so children can enjoy that captured moment as they grow up.

You don’t have to worry about losing that special message you recorded or the baby’s heartbeat because there is a app to back it up. The My Baby’s Heartbeat App saves a backup of your original recording in case you ever want to temporarily change the recording in the bear. You can save multiple recordings which is pretty handy.

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record baby's heartbeat on phone

The app is very easy to use and you can backup your recording with the press of a button. You even have the option to share the recording with others through email.

There are a variety of choices in the line of Heartbeat Animals including giraffes, elephants, monkeys, lambs and hippos. Visit My Baby’s Heartbeat website to purchase a unique baby gift for $39.95

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Meijer Black Friday Ad 2015

Black Friday preview ads are starting to be released. To make planning ahead easier I will be  will be sharing them as I find them. I have included some of the Meijer Black Friday sales. Those prices are good for Friday November 27, 2015.

Meijer will be open on Thanksgiving at 6 am.

Thanksgiving Day deals

  • Buy one iPad on Thanksgiving and receive a coupon for $125 off your next Meijer shopping trip.
  • Save 50 percent when you buy one Beats Solo 2 Headphones for $99.98 on Thanksgiving. All other Beats headphones 30 percent off.
  • Save $620 on a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV or $300 on an Element 49-inch LED HDTV on Thanksgiving.
  • Save $70 on Garmin VivoSmart Fitness Band.
  • Save $50 on any Xbox One Console including bundles with popular titles such as Gears of War, Halo 5 and Fallout 4, and receive$50 off your next shopping trip at Meijer.
  • Save $50 on Playstation 4 Uncharted Collection bundle and receive $50 off your next shopping trip with Meijer.
  • All Disney Princess Frozen Toys are buy one, get one for 50 percent off.
  • Save $100 when you buy a Sportspower Bounce House for $99.99.
  • All Shopkins Toys are buy one, get one for 50 percent off.
  • All Minecraft action figures are buy one, get one for 50 percent off (excluding Lego).
  • All Barbie Fairy, Fashionista or Princess dolls are 50 percent off.
  • Select Star Wars Galactic Heroes figures and playsets are 50 percent off.

Meijer Thanksgiving Ad


Meijer Thanksgiving Ad

Meijer Thanksgiving Ad

Black Friday deals

  • Save $350 on an Element 55-inch LED HDTV or $150 on a Philips 43-inch Smart TV on Black Friday.
  • On Black Friday, save $70 on Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Band.
  • Save $60 when you buy a Dashcam for $39.99 on Black Friday.
  • Save $130 and receive additional $10 off your next Meijer visit when you buy a Nikon L840 Digital Camera.
  • Save $60 when you buy one 8 GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7-inch Tablet for $79.99 on Black Friday and get a coupon for $20off your next Meijer shopping trip.
  • Save $30.99 when you buy an Imaginext Ultra T-Rex.
  • Save $40 when you buy the Monster High High School for $109.99 or the Barbie Dreamhouse for $159.99.
  • Syma Dragonfly Drones are 50 percent off.
  • Imaginext Transforming DC Batcave or Power Rangers Megazord are 50 percent off.


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meijer black friday

meijer black friday

meijer black friday

meijer black friday


Holiday shopping at Meijer would not be complete without the customer favorite: Santa Bucks. The ever-popular coupons will be available on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and give customers a chance to save over $50 more on items across the store, even those that are already on sale. Santa Bucks will be available in weekly advertisements and available to clip through mPerks, the company’s digital coupon and reward program that allows customers the ease of digitally clipping savings on their smartphone, tablets or desktop computers. Signing up for Meijer mPerks is easy and free at or on the Meijer mobile app.



West Towne Mall Set To Debut Fisher Price Toy Box Play Area + A Toy Giveaway!

Shopping is always fun and less stressful when our little ones get an opportunity to take a break to play and blow off a little steam. On Friday November 13, 2015, the West Towne Mall in Madision, WI will be unveiling there new Toy Box play area.

toy box logoIn partnership with Fisher Price, the Toy Box play area will feature larger than life Fisher Price toys and characters. This life size toy box will be in the JCPenney Wing and the opening celebration will kick off at 11am with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

West Towne Mall is the first mall in the country to debut the new design, which features iconic children’s brands like Thomas & Friends™, Little People®, and more!

This will be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping, let your kids check out the new Toy Box play area and get a picture with Santa!

West Towne Mall is located at 66 West Towne Mall Madison, WI 53719. Visit the website for more information.

The Giveaway

One 1StopMom reader will win a Fisher Price Chatter Telephone and three Thomas & Friends Mini Trains.

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Fisher Price Toy Giveaway