Dropping Prices on Mom & Kid’s Stuff + $75 Macy’s Giveaway!


Saving money can be so much fun, don’t you think?  Sometimes, I think I’m addicted to finding a good deal!  I’m one of those people who shop the sales racks and the clearance section first!  If I can’t find something I can’t live without there, then I painfully move on to the regularly priced merchandise.  I do the same thing when I’m shopping online.  I always search for the “sale” or “Clearance” tab on the online store’s site.


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Recently, I learned of a new company called Dropprice.  Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.


Price Chart


Moms can visit the link and click to “Drop the price” of the Learning Resources School Set. For example, in today’s promotion for the School Set, it started out at $37.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $15.00 (59% off). 

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You can choose to buy it at the current price or you can wait and buy it once the price is as low as you’d like to see it.  Of course, you have to be careful, because if the price gets too low, they’ll sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item.  When they sell out, it’s gone.  But, get this, they even offer free shipping on the item!  Shipping adds up quickly!


Do you want to give it a try?  This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other!!
If you would like to have a chance to win the $75 Macy’s giveaway, you can practice dropping the price by following the instructions below.


Giveaway:  $75 Macy’s Gift Card!


All you have to do is help moms drop the price on this Learning Resources School Set and you will be entered to WIN a $75 Macy’s gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the widget below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the widget — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!


Ends on 5/3/2015
Must be 18 years or older to enter 
Must be a US Resident to win

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Talking with My Daughter’s About Doing Hard Things + Giveaway!

This conversation is sponsored by GoldieBlox.  Please read to the end for a chance to win an amazing toy set for girls!  


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When you read the things that I write, do you assume that I live in a perfect little world, as I share with you all the perfect little things that I do?  Ha.  Well, maybe you don’t really think that, knowing that I’m sidetracked and all, but … as bloggers, we can give the appearance that we are better than we really are, because we like to show you the good stuff.  We often don’t sit around and tell you about what a rotten job we’re doing in certain areas of life.  We especially don’t let you see the backgrounds of our messiest rooms in our pictures, if we can at all help it.  Nobody really likes to dwell on their own negative qualities now, do they?


Even though I’m typically an optimistic person, sometimes I feel like such a failure of a mother and wife.  Here’s some thoughts that are often going through my head….


  • Why can’t you be thin like ___________?
  • If you would actually stick to a weight loss program for longer than 2 months, you’d be thin by now!
  • Why can’t you be more organized like _____________?
  • If I were a better mom, my kids would be clean right now.
  • I bet all of my friend’s have already gotten dinner on the table and I’m just now trying to figure out what to have.  I’m such a bad mom and wife.
  • If I were a better blogger, my site would be in better order, I’d have more consistent content and I’d have a million pageviews like ________.
  • My kids would be happier if we did all those cool science experiments like __________.
  • Everyone will love you more if you’re ______________ (thinner/more organized/awesome/fill in the blank).
  • You’ve been trying to lose weight for so long, nobody believes you ever will.  (Ouch)


Are you hard on yourself, like I am?  It’s not an all the time thing, but sometimes those thoughts start creeping in and, suddenly they start taking over, making you feel miserable!  In fact, my biggest failure mindset lately has been about losing weight.  Even though I’ve done well, I tend to fall back into old habits when I reach a certain timeframe and I have really struggled with if it’s really worth the effort to lose the weight.  I know in my mind that it is, but I have a hard time implementing it with my actions….making me feel even more like a failure.  It’s like I’m going round and round with myself.


I have 5 daughters and we’ve been talking about doing hard things.   I want my daughters to know that they can do most anything they put their mind to.  While I want them to be feminine and lady like, they can also be strong and confident.  In order to be strong and confident, they must embrace some basic principles.  Like…..


1.  Stop Comparing Yourself to Others!

If you look up at my list, you’ll notice that most of the things I’m hard on myself for are because I’m comparing myself to others.  Comparison is such a bad thing to get wrapped up in, if you are doing it in a negative way.  Who cares how clean, organized, fun, skinny or whatever else anyone is.  Who cares if I don’t do things like my next door neighbor.  I am not my next door neighbor!  Each of us has a unique way we handle situations, and that is based on all of our experiences in life so far.  So, please, ladies, don’t compare yourself or your children to anyone else.  Lets teach our children, that it’s OK to be unique.  Imagine how boring life would be if we were all exactly the same.  There would be no spontaneity at all!


2.  Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things

One of the ways that we help instill confidence into our daughters is by making them do things that they may think are too hard.  Things that they wouldn’t normally tackle on their own.  We have been known to have them mowing the lawn and painting right alongside us at an early age, just to instill that confidence that they can do this, even if it seems hard.  I grew up believing I could do anything and I want my daughter’s, and all of my children to think in the same way.  There’s no need to be inhibited by self doubt.



Last week, we received a neat little toy set in the mail called GoldieBlox.  It is a building set for girls, where you can build many different architectural type designs…one of which is a zip line that a cute little doll named Goldie can ride down.  I was heading for the store and my girls were dying to get into the box, but weren’t sure they wanted to tackle it without mom by their side.  There were lots of pieces that they weren’t sure what to do with.  I assured them that they’d be OK and to just give it a try and see what they think.  Not only did they figure it out, but they had a ball doing it.  (It’s fun when you’re not afraid to try hard things!)


Later they decided to take it outside to the playhouse where they could tie the zip line at a much larger angle and send their unsuspecting doll crashing gliding down the zip line.  Here they are, getting ready to launch her:

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They were so proud of themselves for figuring this out without my help!  I was proud of them, too!


3.  If You Fail, Dust Yourself Off and Try Again


If you fail, do you just quit?  Do you say never again?  Do you know how many times I’ve failed at losing weight?  Can you imagine how much larger I’d be if I never tried again?  While I have not ever met my long term goal, I have not all out failed either.  I have hit bumps in the road.  Life happens.  Habits and happenings get in the way of the best laid out plans, but all that means is that you must continue trying.  Don’t roll over and play dead.  If we quit trying, we teach our kids that it’s OK to give up.  We must not go there with them.  I want my daughters to know what to do when they hit those bumps in the road.  It’s OK to cry for a short time, but it can’t last long, because there’s work to be done!  Wallowing in self pity simply is not allowed.  Nobody conquers the world while they’re feeling sorry for themselves!


We must never let fear of failure stop us from trying!

Do you know how many times famous inventors have failed before they found the winning idea?  Thomas Edison is famous for a quote that says,

I have not failed, I have just found 1000 ways that won’t work.  


Let me encourage you to embrace the habit of trying hard things.  Let’s teach our daughters that it’s OK to fail as long as we learn from those failures.  Failure can lead to innovation!


Are you interested in learning more about GoldieBlox?



We received this kit in the mail and had a ball putting things together.


GoldieBlox - Excited


My girls’ favorite was making the zip line, but then went on to build a dog house, by following the carefully laid out instructions in the spiral bound instruction book.




They will be building more and more as time goes on.  I was so impressed with how they made their instruction book spiral bound.  It will be so much harder to lose those instructions full of ideas of what they can build now!    Of course, they can always explore on their own and come up with their own creations, too!  You can get 20% off of any purchase for GoldieBlox toys by using this discount code before April 5th:





GoldieBlox Action Figure

GoldieBlox Builder's Kit

If you’d like to be entered into a giveaway for a Goldie Action Figure and Builder’s Kit, please leave a comment below sharing about a time that you failed and bounced back.

Progress Continues With Skinny Gut Shakes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Renew Life Formulas. All opinions are 100% mine.




Don’t you just love that name?  Skinny Gut Shakes?  I love to think of my gut being skinny.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen a skinny gut on myself, but many times after I read the name, I visualize myself with a skinny gut.


Are you wondering how it’s going for me on this awesome, Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes program?  Well, it’s been fun, that’s for sure.  It’s a journey I’m definitely not done with and one that I’m glad that I gave myself some time to get used to.


I started with the shakes, expecting to feel different right away.  The truth is, I had to be drinking the shakes for several days before I noticed any changes in the way I felt.  But, once I got in the habit of having a shake every day, my digestion was so much better and my cravings became less and less.  I didn’t really notice the cravings change until after about a week on the program.  Once that change hit, it was much easier for me to say no to junk foods.  I had to be careful though.  If I got off of the shakes for more than a day, I would gradually start craving junk food and adding them back into my diet.


Having a Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake helped me feel like I was getting a dessert when I added a little more cocoa powder to it to make it extra chocolatey.  Making a smoothie out of the Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake, adding in apples and greens, helped me to get out of any ruts I felt like I was in, by not having the same thing day in and day out.


My weight has been decreasing by about a pound every week since I began using the shakes.*  I had about 2 weeks where I got off track, while my daughter was having surgery and I succumbed to my bad habit of stress eating.  During that time, I gained a few pounds back, but that was my own fault for not staying on program.  I’ve also been exercising regularly and dropped several inches from the combination of diet and exercise.


Overall, I’ve noticed that I feel much better while I’m on the shake program.  I didn’t realize just how bad my digestion was, until suddenly my system is working just like it’s supposed to be.  I used to make runs to the bathroom after indulging in a meal that was less than optimal.  Now, I feel good!


I’ve managed to lose 3″ off of my waist alone!*  Here’s a picture to prove it!

As you can see, I still have a long ways to go, but I’m on the right track and love how just making some slight diet and exercise changes can get me this far.  The key is consistency and not giving up!  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to make sure to take before pictures and measurements, so that I can actually see the progress, too!


If you’d like to join me in my weight loss journey, feel free to join our Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook group.  Plus, you’ll want to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter to see more recipes and results from others around the web!


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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