Freebie Friday: Registry Gifts

Each year, we bring you a list of wedding registry gifts that you get when you add items to your wedding registry. Some things to note:

1. You do not need to PURCHASE anything, simply add the items to your registry as indicated.
2. Create a registry (with the needed items), print the form, print your registry, and send them to the address listed on the PDF.
3. Some stores allow you to create a birthday, wedding, or anniversary gift list.
4. The link to the store will bring you to the registry page. The links for the brands will bring you to the PDF form to print.

This year, those gifts seem to be very lacking (many have turned into completion gifts only), but here they are:

Sur La Table

  • CuisanartRegister for $150 or more of Cuisinart products and get recipe set software with 75 Cuisinart recipes. Expires 1/31/16. 
  • Kitchenaid :Register for a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Mixer Attachment and Blender and get a $10 Sur La Table gift card. Expires 7/30/15. 
  • MicroplaneRegister for $49.95 or more of Microplane products and receive a free cut resistant glove. Expires 12/31/15. 
  • ShunRegister for $450 or more of Shun cutlery and receive a free Shun cutting board. Expires 1/31/16. 
  • VictorinoxRegister for $150 or more of Victorinox cutlery and get a free 4-piece prep set. Expires 12/31/15. 
  • Wilton ArmetaleReceive a free small heart dish when you register for $300 or more of Wilton Armetale products.
  • Their item rotates each month. Right now it is a Juliska server. 
Crate and Barrel
  • KitchenAid: Register KitchenAid® stand mixer, stand mixer attachment and blender, Receive $10 Crate and Barrel Shop Card. Expires 6/30/15
  • Wusthof (follow general link above and find the list) :Register for $200 of qualifying Wüsthof products and you'll receive a Wüsthof Chef's Apron. Expires 1/1/16. 
  • Shun (follow the general store link to find the offer): Register for $450 of qualifying Shun products and you'll receive a Shun Hinoki Cutting Board. Expires 2/15/16
  • Riedel: Register for $500 of qualifying Riedel products and you'll receive a polishing cloth. Expires 12/31/15. 

Gwynnie Bee Look of the Week: SPRUCE & SAGE Mint Rose Fit & Flare Dress

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I have been a bit behind on looks of the week! Work, school, and life just got insanely busy! I am sharing a Gwynnie Bee look which is older, but still in circulation (you can tell by the snow). It is a fabulous dress though and would be great now that summer is on it's way.

The SPRUCE & SAGE Mint Rose Fit & Flare Dress  was a super length for me and fit well. I love wearing bright colors since starting with Gwynnie Bee, and although the dress is not the most unique, it is perfect for every day wear. I received tons of compliments, and Spruce & Sage always seems to fit well.

The best part about Gwynnie Bee right now? You can try it for FREE by clicking HEREFREE! You will get a free trial of 3 garments at a time, and can try it out!
This past month I got an upgrade for bring a loyal subscriber through July. I also have a 1 week upgrade because of an error. I am still paying only my regular $37.63 once a month to Gwynnie BeeYou can sign up with Gwynnie Bee at: 

Some questions that people have asked in the past include:
Does Gwynnie Bee sponsor your membership? No. We pay our Gwynnie Bee fee every month, as noted above. We have never received a sponsorship for blogging. I receive my free trial membership just like everyone else. :) Nothing more, nothing less.
How many items do you get in a week? It depends greatly on how long I keep garments. Sometimes I don't have anywhere to really go, so I hang on to them for longer, but I would say 2-3 items a week at a minimum. 
Do you like everything you get? No. But I will add that it is rare that I get something I will not wear. I have found a cardigan can help A LOT. Every once in a while, I do receive something that looks REALLY bad on me. The fantastic thing is that I can just bag it right away and return it for something else. 
Do you photograph everything you get? No. Usually, I wear my GB items to work. With 3 kids to get ready in the morning as well, I don't usually have time to stop and take a photo. What you are seeing is usually a morning where we are running a little early. 
How long have you been with GB? Since October 1, 2014. My very first item was SPRUCE & SAGE
Oil Pastel Fit & Flare Dress. 

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Read of the Week Wednesday: The House Next Door

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The House Next Door from Anne Rivers Siddons was a book recommended to me last summer by one of my online "mom" groups. I have to say, the beginning of the book seemed fairly solid. I enjoyed the general plot line, and the first half of the book (approximately) was a decent read. I was able to get through it at a steady pace, and was enjoying the book. Then, about midway through, things took a turn for the worse, and the book went downhill fast. I did not enjoy the ending (I thought it was rushed and lacking), and it just seemed kind of to run out of steam. The characters never really went anywhere over the course of the book, and they all seemed very one-dimensional, especially everyone outside of the main focus of the book.
The basic premise is of a moderately wealthy couple who has a "haunted" house built next door, and the terror of what their neighbors experience.
However, if you like books about haunted houses, it is a decent read. It is easy to get through, hard to put down, and will keep you reading. I would say it is a good book to read when you are relaxing on vacation.

Renuzit Pearl Scents Review and Giveaway

Are you looking for a way to bring fragrance into your home. We are very careful at our house bringing candles or anything that plugs in because of our 3 cats, 1 dog, and 3 kids. They are constantly knocking things over, spilling things, you name it. It is hard to find an air freshener that works without having a HUGE mess (or worse). I recently received Renuzit Pearl Scents to review, and I LOVE them!

As you can see, the packaging is actually attractive. It does not stick out sitting on my table, and blends with our decor. I will also add that (I know from experience), tipping the entire item upside down and letting it sit like that did not ruin my furniture-- it did not "leak" at all (this was courtesy of the 4 year old). I love the scent, which also acts as an odor neutralizer-- it is mild and just adds a nice long-lasting scent to my living room.

Want to try it out for yourself? Enter below to win two coupons for a FREE Renuzit Pearl Scent!

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$50 worth of FREE Schoola Clothes

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Ok, if you have waited to get Schoola items, I guess today is your lucky day! Because I am going to show you how to get $50 in FREE items! Yes, $50--- FREE!!!!

1. Click through this link for your first order with Schoola for your first $15 free.

2. Create a custom collection. Hover over "Collections" and click on very bottom in pink where it says "+New Collection." Click on the left towards the top of the window that just opened, where it says "Create a Collection." Just follow the directions on your screen.

3. Add $50 worth of items to your shopping cart.

4. Enter the code HALFDAY

5. You will not see all of your credits come off until you hit the check out page (the page where you enter your credit card information).

6. Enter your shipping/ billing and credit card information (you can use a prepaid card with a penny on it, but I have had no problems with billing and have shopped often with them).

7. And you are done. Enjoy your items which take about 7-14 days to arrive.

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TV Tuesday: When Calls the Heart

Over the long weekend I was sick, sick, sick. And to top it off my Kindle TV was not working (which a whole different story), so I had to plug in the old Roku which would only stream my Netflix Family account (because that is the default). So, I was limited in what I could watch . . . so I picked the first thing that sounded remotely interesting, and happened upon "When Calls the Heart."

Am I completely in love with this show? Yes, I think it is safe to assume at this point that I am completely in love with this show. It is about a wealthy heiress, Elizabeth, who travels out "West" (in this case Western Canada) in order to be a school teacher in a mining town. Set in the early 1900s, the show just captured my heart. There is also a mountie, the school children, and mining widows as the main characters of the show. The show reminds me of Lark Rise to Candleford (if you have not seen it, another fantastic show), or even a little like Anne of Green Gables. It is heart-warming, charming, and enchanting.

Bouncy House Giveaway

Summer is right around the corner. I can almost feel it. Let's get ready with a bouncy house giveaway! 

Rockin' My Life and Blast Zone have teamed up to bring you a giveaway for one Magic Castle Inflatable Bouncer!

Have Fun this summer at home with Blast Zone!

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Amazon Art Deal Alert

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SOLD OUT !!!!! 
Right now Amazon is offering a free Easel accessory kit valued at $41.99 with an Alex art purchase! I just checked out with both items for $5.57!

Add ALEX Toys Artist Studio Ultimate Easel Accessories Painting Kit first.

Then add an item from this page 
Alex Toys Promo

I added: ALEX Toys Artist Studio 8 Washable Scented Markers

total was $5.57 at checkout (discount will not appear until checkout)

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Schoola has free clothes--- AGAIN!!

Schoola has free shipping once again, making free clothes for all new sign ups! Just click the link and you will get $15 to spend on their site with free shipping!

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Free Apps from Kids Academy

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Kids Academy | Educational Apps for Children

Summer is almost upon us . . . which means ROAD TRIPS!! Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained? How about these cool apps from Kids Academy that are both fun AND educational!

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Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game Educational Books & Free Songs

My daughter is just going into Kindergarten this coming school year, and I want her to be prepared! When she had Kindergarten, they tested her on not only know all over her letters and numbers, but writing them all and the sounds each letter makes. The app has wonderful, engaging music, sounds, and makes learning numbers and shapes fun and entertaining!

Download Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Game

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Bugs, Shapes and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers

FREE for a limited time! (usually $2.99)

We love the Bugs, Shapes, and Robots Face Paint for Toddlers. What I really appreciated was that each shape had a goal. So rather than just "follow the line," your child will be engaged by trying to bring the line to the next bug to "fill up" their bug jar. There is also a parent area, which I loved navigating. A fun that is free right now! 

Download Bugs, Shapes, and Robots

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Winning Moves Games Family Game Night Giveaway

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Winning Moves Games Family Game Night Giveaway

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We LOVE family game night! Our family game night is every Saturday! Family Game Night is a great way to connect with the family and have a great time together. Winning Moves Games has made it possible for one lucky reader to take their Game Night to the next level. Enter for your chance to win the Fish Fish Squish game and a 2nd game (winner's choice)!! You can read Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom's FULL REVIEW here but, in the meantime, make sure to enter below!
Rules: This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. US only, ages 18+. Daily Deals From a Nerd Mom and all bloggers involved are not responsible for prize shipment. Winning Moves will be in charge of that.
Good Luck! :)
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Read of the Week Wednesday: The Girl on the Train

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So, we are trying something new this Wednesday. We read a LOT, and since summer is fast approaching, we are hoping to read even more. So, each week, we hope to bring you the book we JUST finished (it will motivate me to read a book a week too)! These will not be books that I was sent to review. Just books that I am casually reading, meaning they caught my eye. :) First book:

The Girl on the Train

I bought The Girl on the Train mainly because I had heard a lot of buzz about it. I had heard from several people that it was pretty good. I have seen many comparisons to Gone Girl, and so I thought I would give it a shot.

What I enjoyed about it: It was a quick read. It took me just one weekend to sail through the entire book. I was completely engrossed in it, and it held my attention. It was one of those books I did not want to put down. I felt connected to the well written characters, and I liked that the main character grew as the book progressed.

What I didn't like: It was not so much that I did not like something, but it was just not the "wow" factor I was hoping for. I am wondering if my experience would have been different if I had not heard it compared to Gone Girl. But, I did, so I can only go in with that experience (and now YOU have heard that too). I really expected something a little more. Gone Girl completely took me aback. I did not see the book coming, and that is rare for me. I saw the ending to this book coming from a LONG ways. There was nothing that surprised me, nothing that shocked me, and I was hoping for more of that WOW factor.

In the end, I give The Girl on the Train 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good read, and I think the perfect summer beach read.

Mani Monday: I Suck At Nail Art

Well, as much as I try to do nail art, I just don't think I have a steady enough hand to make it happen. I guess this is as good it gets without getting them professionally done. I wanted some bright, Spring color--- I think I may have ended up with an 80s look instead. Why does this remind me of a mix between Miami Vice and Debbie Gibson? 

Star Wars Board Books Giveaway

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Welcome to the Star Wars Board Books #MaytheFourth giveaway! This series is a fun and exciting way to help your children learn. You can see pictures and a little review over at These are on the larger side (9" square) and chock full of Star Wars fun! If you want to buy some of them now, you can get them on Amazon for $9-11 each.
The cohosts for this giveaway are:

Enter now to win a set of the Star Wars board books! Open to 13+ in US and Canada. Void where prohibited. Good luck! Disclosure: 2DorksinLove will be shipping out the prize; all other participating bloggers will not be held responsible. This giveaway is not associated in any way with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or any other social media sites. The winner will be emailed and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner will be picked. Star Wars Board Books

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General Mills Star Wars Giveaway

 Who is ready for a fantastic giveaway? This time it is for 2 boxes of General Mills cereal and a Star Wars poster! We love Star Wars and cereal-- what a perfect pair!

Vera Bradley Giveaway

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We are so excited to be a part of this giveaway with two of our favorite things: Vera Bradley and BOOKS! 
The best thing about Spring, is that the weather starts to become warmer. Making it perfect to just sit outside in the yard and read a good book! This year we have teamed with Reader Spoils to bring you the top books of the Year! Lets help vote and choose which one will be Number one!

Who should take the Book of The Year Title? Is it....

Reaching America’s Destiny

Reaching America's Destiny by Don Bongaards:  Author Don Bongaards believes America was founded on a series of miracles, and has a destiny that needs to be fulfilled. His 10 game changing ideas are part of a 50 year plan that not only gets America back on track, it also makes America more prosperous and influential than it has ever been. From this new position of strength, it can lead the world's poor and destitute people to a prosperous and fulfilling future. 

Miss Me? by Todd M. Thiede The top two detectives in Rockton Illinois, Max Larkin and Jesse Fairlane, are pursuing a man that brutally raped a woman and murdered her boyfriend. In Miss Me?, the third book in the Max Larkin Detective Series, they get teamed up with FBI Agent Timothy Michaels. He informs them that the man has been raping women for over a decade and they're no closer to catching him today as they were back then. Everything in the files points to just one man. A man that doesn't care if he leaves his DNA and finger prints everywhere at the scenes. Is he arrogant or does he have a man on the inside keeping him one step ahead? The trust between Max and Jesse couldn't be stronger but Agent Michaels is another story. Is he the mole feeding information to the perpetrator or is he just another pawn in this maniacs game?

Resist by Anne-Rae Vasquez In a fight to save human kind from obliteration, Harry and Cristal continue to battle against supernatural dark forces. However, the supposed angel forces have given up on mankind leaving Harry and Cristal in a terrifying dilemma. If the end is now, can online gamers save the world? Harry Doubt thinks so.

Promise You Won't Tell? by John Locke“I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.” Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer. Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honor student. Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened… …Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry. Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins. 

Unplayable Lie by David Myles RobinsonWhen Eddie Bennett began playing golf as a way to bond with his father, he quickly displayed a rare talent for the game. After a long and at times tragic road to the PGA Tour, all of the hard work appears to have paid off when it seemed as if Eddie would be a sure candidate for Rookie of the Year. Then Eddie sees something he should not have seen on the back nine of the Congressional Country Club. During a practice round for his first U.S. Open, he witnesses a murder. 

The Snail's Castle by Mark Gordon Jake Milson wants one thing and one thing only—to win the coveted and prestigious Hollingshead Scholarship to do postgraduate work at Oxford. He intends to travel to England with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But a problem arises. Professor Gregory Percival keeps getting in his way. During Jake’s struggle with Percival, the lives of Jake, Rebecca, Percival and Percival’s wife, Margaret, intertwine. The novel, with its unexpected twists, draws you into the inner lives of its many captivating characters. It is a story of ambition, love, lust and revenge set against the backdrop of romantic Montreal in the early 1960’s.

 Night Terror by Jeff Gunhus Ten years after her abduction and near-sacrifice to the Source, Sarah Tremont struggles to be a normal teenager. As much as she’s tried to suppress the power inside of her, it’s grown dangerously strong and has drawn the attention of those who want to possess her power for themselves. The nightmare that she thought was long over starts again as powerful forces descend upon Prescott City to seek her out. With her parents and Joseph Lonetree’s help, Sarah must stand up to an evil much more powerful than the one she faced in the caves a decade earlier. But in the end, she discovers the greatest danger might come from the power living inside of her.

And just for helping chose which of these books will be the book of the year, I have teamed up with Reader Spoils to bring you a Vera Bradely Giveaway. One lucky reader will receive: A Vera Bradley Duffle, Wallet and Tote! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter form Below! Make sure you take a moment to Visit Reader Spoils on Facebook and show them some love. Also, take a moment to Vote for your favorite Book! Giveaway will end at 11:50pm on 6/25/2015. Open to US residents, 18 and up only. Rafflecopter Code a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. Giveaway Prize will be fulfilled by ReaderSpoils. This Mamas Life received compensation to host this Giveaway.

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