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Costco Is Coming To Menomonee Falls, WI + Huge Gift Basket Giveaway!

The Menomonee Falls Costco will be open starting November 5, 2015 at 8 a.m. I am so glad one will be opening so close to me!

Back in June I was able to check out to check out the newest Costco in Pleasant Prairie, WI right before it opened. I was given a tour of the warehouse and was able to get a first hand look of the products they sold. My family was even able to try some food that the food court offers and it was delicious. Pizza, sandwiches and bratwurst at really low prices? My husband was just as happy as I was.

There was a lot going on when we first walked in to Costco, but the first thing I noticed were these huge teddy bears!

costco teddy bears

This gentleman was nice enough to stand next to the teddy bears for me so you could see just how big they are. I’m telling you, if had somewhere I could put one I would have one. They are soft and fluffy too!


My husband loved seeing that they carry fishing poles. While he was looking at that I was busy looking at the cameras and purses. That middle purse was calling my name. Unfortunately my budget has a much bigger mouth and put a end to all that! It was pretty though.

I was surprised at the selection of products that Costco carried. They cover everything from clothing to travel, home improvement to decor and lots of food. My husband even found a generator there!

costco gift basket giveaway

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I was very impressed with the dedicated refrigerated area for fruits and veggies. I appreciate the extra steps they took to make sure that everything was properly stored.

Costco 4One of the things I found out about Costco is they have their own brand of products they sell, Kirkland Signature. Over the past few weeks they were kind enough to send me a variety of Kirkland products which included : avocado oil, animal crackers, blueberries, body wash, lotion, coffee, caramel macadamia nuts and more. The quality of all the products were very high. I love the lotion! It makes your skin so soft and smooth. I am glad we had an opportunity to try them out because I definitely will be buying more.

Costco offers three memberships:

  • Gold Star: $55 For individuals and households
  • Business:  $55 For business owners and mangers
  • Executive: $110 Offers 2% reward on qualified purchases

All memberships come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, visit the Costco website.

Special Deal For Menomonee Falls Location!!

Menomonee Falls currently has a special offer for new members: new Executive Members will receive a $20 Costco Cash Card, and new Gold Star and Business Members will receive a $10 Costco Cash Card. These great offers are exclusive to the Menomonee Falls location.

The newest Costco is located at  W162 N9235 Pershing Ave, Menomonee Falls WI. Don’t forget you can start shopping there on November 5, 2015 .

The Giveaway

One local 1StopMom reader will win a huge basket full of Costco Kirkland brand products valued at $190! This includes:

KS CASHEWS 40 OZ               14.99
KS PURE VANILLA 24/16 OZ       9.99
KS CHOC CRML MAC CLSTR 2#      13.59
KS TRAIL MIX W/M&MS 64 OZ      13.69
KS ORGANIC SALSA 2/38OZ        7.69
KS ALMOND BUTTER 27OZ          11.99
KS ORG MAPLE SYRUP 1L          10.99
KS COCONUT OIL 2/42.3 OZ       24.99
KS CHOC OF THE WRLD 32 OZ      10.79
KS MIXED NUTS W/MACS 40OZ      16.99
KS BODY LOTION 2PK/22OZ        9.99

Costco Gift Basket Giveaway

To win this giveaway you have to be local. This basket is huge and very heavy so I will not be shipping it. If you win I can meet you at the Menomonee Falls location to give your prize.

Huge Costco Basket Giveaway


The Container Store Opens At Mayfair Mall 9/12!

The Container Store has finally arrived in Wisconsin! This weekend on September 12th and 13th, you can get serious about organizing and attend the store’s grand opening at Mayfair Mall. Doors open at 9 a.m. but I suggest getting there early, maybe around 8:30 because it is going to be crowded.

Yesterday I was able to attend a blogger preview at The Container Store which included a private tour. This store is big. Its’ 25,000 square feet is home to more than 10,000 multi-functional products.

I have never had the chance to visit one of their stores before.  I think the closest one was in Chicago.  A smile came over my face once I was inside those doors. There were beautiful containers everywhere. All lined up nice and neat. I loved it!

the container store

the container store

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No other retailer offers the depth of storage solutions that The Container Store does. They offer over 300 food storage solutions, 70 styles of hangers, 50 types of laundry hampers, 750 organized office products, 400 solutions to organize a traveler and more.

container store

container store

container store

container store

There are so many different products to choose from. Once the store opens I know I will be spending a lot of time there. I need to get organized in every room of my house.

The Container Store has a once of a kind product collection that comes with an extremely high level of personalized customer service.  Each full time sales person receives more than 266 hours of training in their first year. It is good to know that if I have questions, the employees are knowledgeable about their products. I have been to stores where no one knows anything about what they are selling and I haven’t returned.

Last night I was able to attend a grand opening that The Container Store was hosting. The party was in the actual store and snacks were served in containers! It was so cool to see them using their products like that.

There was lots of food, drinks and a live band. We had crab cakes, sushi, buffalo chicken bites, german potato salad, watermelon wraps, cake pops, cupcakes, ice cream and more.

container store milwaukee

container store milwaukee

container store milwaukee

container store milwaukee

I shared a quick video of the party on Instagram

A video posted by Latricia (@1stopmom) on

I took my mother-in-law with as my guest to the grand opening party. She just might love containers more than me!

Container Store Grand Opening

The Container Store has partnered with the Junior League of Milwaukee and will donate 10% of grand opening sales to them.

There will be prize giveaways every hour on the hour throughout the entire weekend, including $1,000 elfa Space Makeovers.

The Container Store is located at 10400 W. North Ave Wauwatosa, WI 53226. The hours you can shop is Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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Save $1 On M&M’s® Pecan Pie and Enter To Win A KitchenAid® Mixer! #BakeInTheFun

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias

Can you believe it’s September already? Changing leaves, sweater weather and Friday night football games are just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with fall baking? Add inspiration to your favorite fall recipes with the new M&M’s® Pecan Pie available at Walmart. It’s the perfect compliment to all your favorite fall recipes. Save $1.00 on any two M&M’s® chocolate candies, 9.4 oz. or larger.

M&M's® Pecan Pie coupon

Enter the #bakeinthefunsweepstakes for chance to win a KitchenAid® mixer!

MARS Bake In The Fun Sweepstakes


Use Walmart Pick Up To Save Time When Back To School Shopping!

This post was written in partnership with Walmart.

September is back to school time for my daughters Kayla and Savannah. They are not ready for their summer to come to a end. I am looking forward to getting  back into the routine that the school year brings.  While I have tried to be prepared for back to school, sometimes I forget to get everything.

This year I am taking full advantage of Walmart’s Pick Up Service. While the girls are out trying on clothes and shoes, getting their nails done and finding their much needed accessories, I used my smartphone to order their school supplies from Walmart.

walmart logo

On a tablet, computer or smartphone the site is very easy to use. When shopping for back to school, the set up is very user friendly. You can choose which way to shop. On the main page you can shop by grade.


A lot of schools have a detailed supply list available online or mail a list to parents before the school year begins. If you don’t have a school supply list, you can look up your child’s school right on Walmart.

walmartThat is what I decided to do. I have a 10th grader, 12 grader and 8th grader this year.

walmartClassrooms By Walmart helped me to know what my children would need for back to school!

walmartThe best part of using the Walmart Pick Up service, is I did not have to wait in long lines. When my order was ready, I received an email and went and picked everything up. I did not even have to worry about paying shipping costs!  I was able to multi-task and get everything I needed.

Walmart has everything to meet your back to school needs. School supplies, electronics, uniforms, and lunch supplies all under one roof!


James Bond 007 Signature Fragrance Review

What woman doesn’t like a good smelling man? I know I love when my husband smells good.  Personally he is not big on scents but he wears it for me. My taste in cologne has changed throughout the years and I have not been able to find a scent I like.  It was not for lack of trying though. Whenever I am in the store I do check out the fragrance section. Most of the time I end up finding something for me.

A few weeks ago, I was sent the James Bond 007 Signature fragrance to try.

james vond 007 fragrance

For over half a century, James Bond has been a quintessential icon with whom men everywhere identify.  He is a man that knows no bounds and pushes himself to the limit with an unwavering ability and confidence.  With the highly anticipated release of the new Bond film Spectre coming up in the fall, James Bond 007 Signature offers a unique way to celebrate this iconic character.

About the James Bond  007 Signature scent

“A modern twist on the classic Aromatic Fougere, it opens with a rich lavender mixed with moss and coumarin, before refreshing notes of Vetiver and Crisp Apple envelop onto the skin.  Finally, a Sandalwood base emerges to provide a full-bodied base with exceptional sillage.”

Before I let my husband try it out, I let my daughter and her boyfriend check it. I like to get other opinions plus she is always eager to let me know what she thinks. They agreed with me and like it. They think is smells like a “special occasion” cologne.

My husband was a little skeptical at first but he liked the scent as well. Once applied it lasted a long time and was not overwhelming.

The scent is very masculine. Somehow the lavender mixed with the crisp apple and sandalwood works. I am not sure what coumarin is but this cologne smells good. The more he wore it, the more I liked it. It is not strong and a little goes a very long way.  Some men’s cologne smell very woodsy, which I hate. It makes my head hurt.

The packaging stayed in tune with the whole 007 spy theme. It does not have a traditional cap.

007 cologneThe cap lowers into the silver part of the bottom with a simple twist.  Once the cap is down you see a red dot and this is where the cologne sprays out. It reminds me of one of those gadgets James Bond uses.

007 james bond cologne

The actual bottle has a quilted diamond pattern all over. It is sleek and just screams sophistication. I wouldn’t expect anything else from the James Bond brand.

James Bond 007 Signature is available for $30 (30ml) and $40 (50ml)  at Kohls and . There is also a Signature Gift Set, featuring a 30ml EDT bottle alongside a 30ml shower gel, is available for $35.00

1Stopmom was provided with product for review purposes. All opinions are 100% our own.



Stress Less This School Year With Walmart Family Mobile

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #JustACallAway #CollectiveBias

walmart family mobile samsung galaxy grand prime

My 15 year son, TJ,  recently started his second year of high school. I can’t believe my baby is not a baby anymore and is a sophmore in high school. Last year he was pretty busy as a freshman. There was cross country, basketball, practicing for his drama club and hanging out with friends. His first year in high school went better than I expected. TJ made the transition from middle school easily and all my worrying was for nothing.

This year I expect him to be just a busy if not more. One of the things I worry about the most is not being able to stay in contact with TJ.  Both us are will be pretty busy and it is very important that I am just a call away when he needs to reach me.

Walmart Family Mobile Samsung Galaxy prime

TJ had a very expensive cell phone last year that he lost. Somewhere between the bus ride home and walk from the bus stop the phone was lost. I could not replace it because a new phone was at least a few hundred dollars and not in my budget.

I don’t want to worry about how TJ will let me know if he has to stay after school for an activity, misses the bus or wants to hang out with friends after school.  I headed to Walmart’s electronic department to check out their Family Mobile plans. The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. Now that is what I am talking about! That fits well within my budget.

walmart family mobile

I grabbed a Walmart Family Mobile Sim Starter kit for $25 and I went with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. samsung galaxy grand primeThis phone has a 5″ HD display, 8MP rear facing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, voice commands and up to 17 hours of talk time on 3G. It also a Smart Manager that will help my son keep track of his battery life and how much time he has left on it.  I don’t want to hear anything about he did not know his battery was going dead.

I was able to set up my service at home with no problem. I inserted the sim card and activated the phone and we were up and running. I set it up for him while he was at school and surprised him when he got home. In addition to a few of his favorite apps, I chose some educational apps too.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Walmart Family Mobile

TJ is very happy to have a phone of his own again. He is able to stay in touch with his friends through calls and texts. I am happy because I was able to take advantage of Walmart’s Best Plans. The best part is if I want to add another phone to the line, it will only be $19.99 more.

walmart family mobile galaxy grand prime

With the help of Walmart Family Mobile I am able to stress less because when my son needs me I am just a call away.

I have shared with you how I’m just a phone call away from my son. Who will you need to connect with when heading back-to-school and how can Walmart Family Mobile help you? Leave a comment and let me know!

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to or your local Walmart for current pricing


All About Dance Meets Your Dancing Needs Plus A Giveaway!

A few years ago both TJ and Kayla attended a school that gave students the opportunity to explore dancing. During the school year students would learn tap, ballroom and other dance moves. Each year they were able to participate in a citywide DanceWorks competition. It was always fun watching the kids show us the dance routines they learned.

danceworks 2013

Kayla went two years in row. She did really well in ballroom but tap dancing was her favorite.


TJ also participated in the DanceWorks competition twice. He even made it to the semi finals once. He was lucky enough to have the same partner both years. She happened to be one of his good friends. I loved seeing them perform together.


TJ-MHBT 2011

While TJ moved onto other activities once dance ended, Kayla actually ending up attending classes at our local Danceworks studio in the summer. Tap was class of choice. I was really lost when it came to where to go for her dancing shoes and clothes.  I tried stores that I usually shop for everything else. I came up empty handed and ending up having to rent her some shoes.


All About Dance is your #1 source for the best the dance wear industry has to offer! There is a huge selection of dance wear, shoes, knitwear, performance ensembles, accessories, and much more. All About Dance sells the latest brand name dance clothing from all of the major dance wear manufacturers, including Capezio, Bloch Dance, Motionwear and Mirella. They offer up to 35% off retail prices, fast shipping, and superior service.

While checking out the site I found a huge selection of products.

all about dance tutu

Tattered Zebra Tutu: $14.99

dance dress

Tank Lace Over Dress $34.75

All product prices at are discounted from retail, and will receive free shipping on orders $25+, and free returns for U.S. orders.

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The Giveaway

Two lucky readers will win a $25 All About Dance gift card.

All About Dance Gift Card Giveaway