Friday Favorites No. 5; Few Announcements

Today I have a few fun announcements;

In case you missed my post on Wednesday – Mary from The Mommyologist and I are hosting a fun contest called “Not” Mom of the Year.

This contest is about celebrating what it means to be a “real” mom. You know the kind that leaves dishes in the sink, piles of laundry on the couch and lets their kids eat junk food….we have all been there before!

This contest kicks off on Monday July 12th and we are super excited!

If you missed the details click here. Oh and grab our cute little button on my side bar, curiosity of The Frilly Coconut!


Because Mary is my partner in crime with this fun contest, I am really excited to tell everyone {if you don’t already know} she has been chosen as one of the Top Five Finalists for best parenting blog on the Parents’ Picks Awards from Nickelodeon ParentsConnect.

She is very inspirational, fun and definitely deserves to win. You can vote once a day between now and August 31st. Click here to cast your vote!


If you have kids than I am sure you will LOVE what I am about to tell you!

Toys R Us is having grand openings for FIFTY {50} stores in the next few months.

Grand Openings for July 9th – July 11th;

  • Nashua, NH
  • Watchung, NJ
  • Valley Stream NY
  • Dedham, MA

Visit, choose a store closest to you and down load your secret coupon that will give you 50% off one single item!

If you have been looking to purchase a larger ticket item, now is the time to do it! Think about an upcoming birthday, a Christmas present or maybe something to surprise your kids with – there are lots of fun possibilities!

And I have even more exciting news! If you are the 1st 100 people through the door on Friday, you could win a free gift bag full of goodies valued at $100!

Make sure to check out and mark your calendars with the Grand Openings closest to you!


Now onto my Friday Favorites;

I started going through all of the wonderful comments I have received over the last week and I was blown away.  I am very sorry if I haven’t made it over to your blog yet.

I really try to visit everyone that comes by but as you know it gets harder and harder. Now that it is summer, we spend most of our days pool side and I try my best to catch up at night….but doesn’t always work out.

I appreciate everyone that stops by and leaves me encouraging words and thoughts. THANK YOU!

For this week’s Friday Favorites, I wanted to highlight a few of my readers’ posts. There were lots that I thought were amazing but of course I can only name a few.

1. It’s Official by Pure Unadulterated Softthistle; As I read Marylin’s post about finding out her son is on the autistic spectrum my heart literally broke for her. I look forward to following her journey and supporting her along the way.

2. The Blog Post Wasteland by Kludgy Mom; This post is hysterical! I think we can all relate to having half written posts in our “draft” folder only to go back and think, “What was I thinking?!”.

3. My One Word for 2010 by Adventuroo; Most of us make a New Years resolution and then by January 2nd totally forget about it {um like me!}. Well not Melissa, she actually gives you an update on how she is doing with her resolution; to nurture. She takes one word and applies it to her entire life. It is very heart warming.

4. It was during the 8 o’clock hour by My Simply Complicated; If you are going to read this make sure you grab a box of tissues. My heart literally broke for Jessica. I have become good friends with her through blogging and it makes me so sad to read something like this. Sending her lots of love and prayers!

5. And We Danced All Night by My Pixie Blog; Oh to be single again; get all dressed up, meet a handsome guy at a show, dance and flirt with him all night…I remember those days. I love reading Charlotte’s story about her journey on self discovery.

Happy Reading!

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink

2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio, Tina is a mom of two active boys and the founder of Life Without Pink, a mom's guide for raising boys. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, trend reports, daily adventures, travel ideas to personal stories, and tips for parenting boys.


  1. says

    I totally know how you feel, with traveling, hot weather it gets harder to catch up on things. I am working on it!!! I also wanted to let you know that HappyBaby Organics will have a Snack Truck outside of the Valley Stream NY store tomorrow AM handing out coupons and FREE snacks during the Toys R Us Grand Opening.

    I love all the wonderful things are you doing with Life without Pink, I hope to participate soon.

  2. says

    Thank you SO SO much for spreading the word about my nomination! I was so shocked to see my name there yesterday…but very honored!!

    I am so excited about our contest kicking off tomorrow…gotta vlog my little heart out this weekend and get ready!! Hoping I can make the button widget work (I’m an idiot), but if not, I will just tell people to come over here and grab it!

  3. says

    Thank you for featuring one of my posts, Tina! I’m so excited to link up with you this week – it’s nice to share some good finds!


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