Do You Still Sleep With a Teddy Bear?

by 13356124 16. February 2012 02:46

Do you remember your childhood teddy bear? While many of us had at least one stuffed friend to help protect us against the monsters in the closet, many of us said goodbye to our plush friend at some point.

I remember having a teddy bear that I relied on for cuddles, to help wipe up the tears, and my companion for everyday activities. His name was "Teddy" (original, I know) and he has long been packed away with other toys and resides somewhere in my mom's storage barn.

A recent survey by Travelodge found that one-third of adults in Great Britain admit they still sleep with a teddy bear. The survey was conducted with 6,000 respondents and 35% said that sleeping with their teddy bear brought them comfort and helped to eliminate stress. In addition, over half still have their childhood teddy bear whether they slept with it or not.

Why would Travelodge even consider doing such a survey, you ask? The hotel chain discovered that over a twelve month period in this nation, over 75,000 forgotten teddy bears were discovered in their hotel rooms and returned to the owners. That is certainly a lot of missing teddy bears!

At first I was a little surprised by this survey, but after thinking about various ways we try to destress, it got me thinking. Is sleeping with a teddy bear worth a try?

Resource:

Travelodge Research Shows Over a Third of British Adults Still Sleep With a Teddy Bear

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Valentine's Day Dog House

by 13356124 15. February 2012 13:44

Did you forget about Valentine's Day yesterday? Were you reminded that you forgot about Valentine's Day? If you have been wondering why you have received a cold shoulder today from your sweetie and you never once mentioned the day, then you are probably in the "Dog House".

While the day has passed, you can certainly redeem yourself with some quick thinking and a very cool gift! You can always say that you wanted to surprise your honey pie and make another day special...it might work. If you are still looking for deals on great gifts for your significant other, check out these ideas!

Create a wine santuary for your sweetie with help from the Wine Enthusiast! Select wine cellars are on sale and will ship for free this month! When you have one of these fully stocked, you can pretend you are lounging in the wine country or sipping Syrah in a swanky club. Either way, you can make memories with your one-and-only.

Plan a romantic weekend getaway using Priceline that will surprise him or her! By simply saying that you didn't want to ruin the surprise on Valentine's Day, you may just get yourself out of a mess. Create a time that is memorable for you both.

At Ticketsnow, you can get 5% off your order of concert, sports, and theater tickets. Surprise your S.O. with the concert of his or her dreams!

Baby Sales

by 13356124 12. February 2012 09:23

I am expecting my third child in April and lately I have noticed quite a few "baby sales". Maybe it is because shopping for our latest edition is top of mind, but there seems to be a baby boom of special savings going on right now. If you are expecting your first child or looking to upgrade or add to your current baby gear stash, then here are a list of baby sales you should check out.

Through February 25th, head over to Kohl's for their baby sale. Prices are discounted on a variety of categories including infant clothing, changing tables, cribs, baby gear, nursery decor, and much more. Looking to build on the savings? Spend $100 or more, use coupon code: FEB20 at checkout, and receive 20% off your order plus get free shipping. Purchases less than $100 will receive 15% off using coupon code: FEB15. Free shipping is good on orders of $50 or more.

If you are expecting another child, you may find yourself looking to upgrade your baby collection. With changing safety regulations on items like cribs and car seats, the items we used for the first baby or two may not be up to date anymore. Toys 'R' Us makes it easy to get rid of those broken, old, or recalled items during their "Great Trade-In Event". Simply take in an old crib, car seat, bouncer, or other baby gear and you will receive 25% off of a new item in any of the qualifying baby furniture or gear categories. Discount is good for only the day and must be used on participating brands. With about 80% of the brands carried at Toys 'R' Us participating, you will be able to restock your baby nursery before your due date. This event ends February 20th.

Afford to get everything you need for your baby at the baby sale at Kmart! Throughout multiple categories enjoy savings like nursery furniture, feeding items, and more. Remember you can get free in-store pickup making it even more affordable to shop at home and save.

Through February 22nd, head in-store or online to Old Navy for the 'Kids and Baby Sale'. Receive up to 30% off fashions for the pint sized members of the family. In addition, receive free shipping with orders of $50 or more.

Ultimate Coupons Infographic: What Your Valentine's Day Gift Says About Your Relationship

by 13356124 8. February 2012 12:50

Are you still trying to decide what you are going to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? If you are still looking for the perfect gift idea, you might want to check out Ultimate Coupon's latest infographic, What Your Valentine's Day Gift Says About Your Relationship.

Before you think the perfect gift for your honey are store bought flowers, think again. Wondering if that home cooked meal will really wow your snookums? It could cook up more than just a meal!

The infographic evaluates many of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts including jewelry, a weekend getaway, handmade gifts, bath and spa gifts, and many more. With a little advice, you will know for sure if the gift you give or receive shows whether your relationship is sizzling or fizzling.

For example, handmade gifts rank higher according to the UC Blog Team than jewelry and chocolates - two regular Valentine gift stand-bys. Why? To put it simply, handmade gifts take thought, time, and creativity to make them. When someone puts that much effort into a gift for someone, they go the extra mile. So if you think that making a mixed tape or writing a poem isn't going to make him or her swoon, you might be surprised.

No matter what you decide on, put some thought into it and think about the recipient. Valentine's Day may be just a single day, but you can feel the love every day of the year.

Get 15% off the Valentine's Day Gift Basket at Wine.com when you apply coupon code: VDAY15 at checkout. Offer good through 2/15/12.

Valentine's Day Deals

by 13356124 7. February 2012 12:26

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Find the right gift for your honey at Tjoos with a fabulous line up of retailers who are offering special savings right now on the perfect Valentine gifts. If you are stuck on what to get your sweetheart before the big day, here are some ideas to get you ready and make the perfect impression!

A scented jar candle from Yankee Candle is a great gift for any friend or parent! Find cute Valentine themed candles and holders that will be cherished long after the day of love. Use coupon code: MZYEM at checkout to receive $10 off orders of $25 or more. Rather have free shipping? Spend $25 on your order, use coupon code: 12SHIP at checkout, and receive free shipping! Coupon codes good through 2/12/12.

It may not be chocolate and roses, but your man would love a gift from Auto Barn! Find custom floor mats, car care accessories, and more for the car lover in your life. Apply coupon code: Q112A at checkout to receive 10% off orders of $75 or more.

Find cool vases, jewelry, and other collectibles at Uncommon Goods for girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands, and wives! No matter who you are buying for, there are some unique gift ideas to choose from! Plus, upgrade your shipping to preferred shipping for only a $1 more than standard shipping cost to receive your items by February 14th. This offer is good through February 9th.

Make it an eco-friendly Valentine's Day with a bouquet of organic flowers at Organic Bouquet! Purchase the Sweet Romance Rose Bouquet and receive a free vase now through 2/11/2012.

Recall Alert: Carter's Watch the Wear Bodysuits and Sleep 'n Play Garments

by 13356124 6. February 2012 03:00

A recent recall was issue for 128,000 packages of infant wear from the manufacturer Weeplay Kids LLC. Under the names of Carter's Watch the Wear Bodysuits and Sleep 'n Play Garments, select packages of these items have been recalled due to a choking hazard as at least thirty cases of owners have found the snaps can fall off. Of these reports of malfunctioning clothing, no injuries occurred.

These items are sold in packages typically with either two, three, or five items per package. Each package contains a multicolored variety of clothing in solid pastel colors, patterns, and stripes. Items were sold at retailers like Big Lots, Gabriel Brothers, Century 21, and more.

If you are concerned that you may have any of the recalled items, you can confirm by looking for the style number on the back side of the packaging. Style numbers affected include N8963LB, N8963LG, N8963LN, N8964B1, N8964B2, N8964G1, N8964G2, N8964LB, N8964LG, N8964LN, N8964N1, N8991LW (for Carter's Watch the Wear Bodysuits) and numbers N8965LB, N8965LG, N8965LN (for Sleep 'n Play Garments). Affected items were sold between November 2010 and August 2011.

Anyone who owns the recalled items should immediately stop using them and contact the company for replacement items. Customers can contact Weeplay Kids LLC via phone at (888) 226-2200 or through email at info@weeplaykids.com. 

Resource:

Weeplay Kids Recalls Infant Bodysuits Due to Choking Hazard

 

Friday Coupon Roundup

by 13356124 3. February 2012 02:28

Did you know that retailers post coupon codes and specials that are exclusively for Tjoos readers? You will always find a large assortment of online merchants offering special savings when you check out our "Exclusive Coupons" tab on the homepage. In addition, you will find popular codes to the best companies on the web anytime on their specific merchant page. Simply look up your fave website by doing a search in the search box and matching results will appear. Not sure what site you are looking for exactly? You can also search by category by browsing coupons by certain categories, holidays, and most popular stores at the top of the homepage. Tjoos makes it easy to save!

Are you planning a little romance with your honey this Valentine's Day? Head over to Flyboy Naturals to get eco-friendly freeze dried flower petals to decorate for the occasion. Perfect for weddings and other events, too! Use coupon code: TJOOS10 at checkout to receive an additional 10% off your purchase!

Decorating a room for a little one? Serena & Lily has a beautiful selection of nursery or children's bedroom decor that will give it that special touch. From furniture to fabric to paint, Serena & Lilly has your decorating needs covered. Apply coupon code: FEBOFFERTJ at checkout to receive $25 off orders of $250 or more.

Looking for a fun gift for your Valentine? Check out the Tervis Tumbler Company where you can get a hearts themed plastic tumbler that you can fill up with a special beverage for your sweetie! Apply coupon code: TJOOS10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Do you or someone you know shop for big & tall men's clothing? Davis Big & Tall Clothing offers a huge variety of larger sized clothing for men perfect for any occasion whether it is an outdoor hike, golf outing, working, and more. Apply coupon code: TENS at checkout to receive 10% off your order. 

 

January 2012 Free Sample Roundup

by 13356124 31. January 2012 09:13

Looking for some free stuff to arrive in your mailbox? If you love to be surprised with free samples mixed in with the bills, then you need to check out this roundup below for some current free sample and coupon offerings that are sure to please!

Feeling hungry? Head over to Quaker Oatmeal Square's Facebook page and "like" them. You will receive access to a request form to received a free sample box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares! Item will arrive within 6-8 weeks.

Try out a new laundry detergent without spending a dime! Purex is offering a free sample of its Triple Action Purex. Available in Mountain Fresh scent, this detergent is sure to leave your clothes clean and smelling fresh. Watch the short promo video and you will then have access to a request form to receive your free sample.

Do you have a birthday or other special occasion coming up where you will need a card? Head over to Cardstore.com and receive a card for FREE. Enter coupon code: 10KPEOPLE at checkout to receive discount. Hurry, this offer is good for only the first 10,000 people who use the coupon code. 

Worried about germs and getting sick? Head over to Nozin Nasal Sanitizer's Facebook page and "like" them. You will then have access to a free sample of Nozin Nasal Sanitizer product! This nasal sanitizer eliminates the germs around the nose that can cause illness.

Get ready for future freebies, too!

Tomorrow, February 1st, go to Dr. Oz's website to request a coupon for a free Amy's Organic Bean & Rice Burrito. This offer is good for the first 20,000 who respond at 3pm EST (12pm PST).

Burger King is offering a brand new onion ring and in celebration they are giving away free Burger King onion rings on February 4th and February 5th! Head over to their Facebook page to learn more and find the closet location to you.

No Show Snow?

by 13356124 30. January 2012 04:40

While some areas of the United States continue to see snow and cold temperatures, here in the Midwest we continue to have up and down winter weather. One minute it is chilly and raining and then suddenly it will jump up to the forties or even fifties presenting more spring-like weather. Depending on your winter weather philosophy, you either love or hate snow. If this winter provided you little to none, then you could be feeling joy or disgust.

I like snow around the holidays, but then I am pretty much done. However, the spring-like weather has wreaked havoc on those of us who suffer from allergies, so if it is going to be warm, it just needs to stay that way. Daffodils, tulips, and other flowers are being fooled right now into thinking that it is spring with early sprouts shooting up out of the ground.

February is right around the corner and it continues to prove to be an unpredictable month. While the long term forecast shows more of the same rainy and mild weather, a shift in pattern could potentially end our streak and give us a sizable snowfall. It remains to be seen and hard to know until a few days before it happens, even for the weather experts.

All I know is that come April, I hope that any chance of snowfall is over and we don't end up having a late winter. We have a baby due that month and digging our car out of the driveway to go to the hospital doesn't sound like fun.

Looking for a spicey gift for your sweetie this Valentine's Day? Get 50% off a single item plus freebies at Adam and Eve when you apply coupon code: HEYNOW at checkout.

 

 

 

Frugal Wedding Planning

by 13356124 26. January 2012 14:27

In December, my cousin and her husband went to Key West with their immediate families and had a lovely beach wedding. Last weekend, the entire family joined them to celebrate the nuptials at an elegant late Friday evening reception. It was my first Friday night reception and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. My family made a little overnight vacay out of it, staying at a local hotel they had booked for guests, and rode a shuttle to and from the reception venue. 

Friday and Sunday weddings are becoming a popular option. Many venues will offer special discounts on these days as opposed to the ever popular Saturday night. With a discount on location, this helps budget conscious brides save money and afford extras they may not have normally been able to afford.

Sharing resources like decor, bridal accessories, and planning supplies among brides is becoming a popular option to keep costs down as well. Items that are in good condition can easily be reused between brides saving big time bucks.

In addition, brides are opting, too, to utilize their husband-to-be to help with the wedding planning before their mothers or best friends. By getting loved ones involved with the wedding details, this eliminates the need to hire a professional wedding planner saving money. 

Resource:

David's Bridal "What's on Bridesl's Minds Survey Sets the Bridal Planning Stage for 2012

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