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End of Summer Sales Roundup!

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You’ve probably spent a fortune on summer activities, home projects, back to school and more the past few months.  Now it’s time to take advantage of some savings!

Here’s a few excellent end of summer and labor day sales going on right now to help you keep a few dollars actually in the bank!


Shutterfly Labor Day 40% Off - 728x90
Stella & Dot Sale
Save 10%-30% at ISeeMe. Use code MYSTERY
Plus a few more great deals:

Save up to 60% on all Disney’s Frozen apparel, toys and gear at zulily

Ultimate Jewelry Giveaway


Miscellanea by Valerie Tyler is nearing over 3000 sales on Etsy and wants to celebrate this milestone!  The shop is sponsoring a HUGE jewelry giveaway in which ONE lucky winner will receive an entire jewelry collection valued over $300! The prize pack includes over 15 of some of the shop’s most popular styles including several pairs of earrings, necklaces, rings and a bracelet plus more goodies!


Just a few of the prizes will include (see photos above):

Bohemian Feather Necklace
Chevron Stars Ring
Disc Chain Earrings

Plus lots more!

In addition Miscellanea by Valerie Tyler is offering all customers 10% off any purchase over $30  (use the code CELEBRATE10) OR 30% off any purchase over $100  (Use the code ALMOST3000 ) for a limited time. Plus, to add to the excitement there will be random prizes included with some purchases, special flash sales on individual items listed on the Miscellanea facebook page and lots more surprises, so be sure to follow Miscellanea on facebook and twitter!
RULES: This contest is only open to residents of the US, 18+  Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by the e-mail they provide with entry and will have 48 hours to respond before a runner up is chosen. Contest Friday Aug 29th, 2014 (midnight) – Monday September 15, 2014 (midnight)
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Disclosure: Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest or any social media channels are in no way associated with this giveaway. Prize fulfillment and shipping will be handled by the Sponsor. Contest is open to residents of the US, 18+ only. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Party Planning: Bow or Bow Tie Gender Reveal Party

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Gender reveal parties to celebrate the coming of a new baby are getting quite popular! If you’re looking for a simple, stylish way to surprise party goers with the baby’s gender I’ve got a sweet theme for you! Boy or girl? Bow or bow tie? You can keep your guest guessing, but decorating with both blue and pink. Color coordinate treats like pink gum balls or blue sixlets. Pink and blue balloons are an inexpensive, yet eye-catching way to decorate.

Gender Reveal Baby Shower Party Supplies
Gender Reveal Baby Shower Party Supplies
The Bow or Bow Tie Deluxe Party Pack comes with all sorts of party necessities that coordinate to carry the theme across the party.

When it’s time for the big reveal here’s a few ways to make the announcement:

  • Balloon release – Fill a giant bag or box with blue or pink balloons, then open for the surprise.
  • Balloon pop – Fill an opaque balloon with pink or blue confetti then pop with a pin the release!
  • Have surprise cake, cupcakes or chocolates – Have a dessert treat made up with a special blue or pink center that can only be discovered by biting or cutting into the treat.
  • Silly string spray party – Purchase silly string in blue or pink.  Decorate the spray cans to hide the color then when the time comes to announce let the guest get a little silly to find out the answer.
  • Have a scratch off ticket that announces boy or girl.

Win an All in One Diaper Clutch

clutchpromoWhen I first had my child I packed this gigantic diaper bag full of everything I thought I’d need. It was a relief to know that I was totally prepared. Of course, once my shoulders started hurting, and the bag seemed to always get in the way and take up so much room everywhere I went I quickly realized that more experienced moms pare things down a bit. A simple changing clutch is a GREAT way to do this and you have an opportunity to win a super stylish one today.
The All in One Changing Clutch from Sweet Jay’s Place is a more convenient way to take the essentials for baby along on trips to the grocery, restaurants or other errands.

Here’s a few details about the clutch:

  • It has two large pockets big enough to comfortably hold 3+ diapers, a travel wipe case and rash cream OR a couple diapers, wipe case, and a change of clothes for your little one.
  • This clutch is made from 100% cotton and super soft minky with a layer of batting between the two to keep baby comfy.
  • It is topstitched for durability and features an easy and secure snap closure, with a snap handle (and the handle can even double as a strap to secure a baby toy!)
  • Approximate measurements: 12”x7” closed & 24”x22” open.

It normally retails for $28, but if you’d like the chance to win one just enter the rafflectoper contest below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
You can enter to win even more in the 3rd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. Hasthtag: #accessorizeaugust   

accessorizeaugustNEW If you’re ready to accessorize your cloth diaper stash, you’ve come to the perfect Event! A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways! If you love cloth diapering, then you’ll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash! Don’t miss the Grand Prize which includes 2 Cloth Diaper Stash Must-Haves: a Hanging Wet/Dry Bag and a Diaper Sprayer!


So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, Motherhood in Progress and the Accessorize Your Stash in August participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Bring the Family to the Cleveland Flea!


It’s taken me far too long to write about my love for the Cleveland Flea.  If you have not attended one yet you simply shouldn’t wait any longer.  There literally is something for every individual there from singles and groups looking for a social afternoon out, to serious shoppers on the hunt for the perfect treasures, to entire families (you’ll see plenty of strollers and baby carriers there!) Yes, you can take the kids, and the dog (if he’s friendly), and just about whoever else you’d like and it will be an entertaining day for everyone.

It’s been called “Part urban treasure hunt, part culinary adventure, part maker center” and the event certainly lives up to that.  What began with 20 vendors has most recently moved to Tyler Village on Superior in Asia Town and now has well over 125+ vendors!  There is simply so much to do and see (and eat!) at the Cleveland Flea.

Cleveland Flea Vendors sell anything from some pretty amazing vintage finds that include higher end furniture and art, along with clothing and less expensive knick knacks, collectibles and trinkets.  You’ll find plenty of handmade artisans too selling jewelry, pottery, clothing, accessories, candles and cosmetic products and some rather unique items that range anywhere from $1-$400 or more, so there are also items for every budget and taste.  You can even shop out of mobile boutiques like the Wandering Wardrobe.


20140614_090355 (Pictured above Terra Verde Handmade and Valerie Tyler Jewelry)

There are plenty of little touches that make these events extra special too like live music, changing rooms for vintage clothing, places to sit and chill, or eat and drink. This past Flea also featured a pop up pinball arcade and there was even a visit from Genevieve Gorder!  (Yes, THAT Genevieve from HGTV!!! **starstruck**) There’s lots of Cleveland love going around too, so it’s  a perfect place to find a tee, poster or piece of jewelry to proclaim your love for the city.

cleveland ringsRings from Valerie Tyler Designs

The handcrafted sculptures from The Republic of Cute are a perfect example of how unique some of the art you can find is.  Made by Karly West you might find anything from a pink narwhal to a french bulldog. While kids all over the city are probably beginning growing collections, she also make cake toppers too and her pieces are so quirky they’d be perfect to brighten up the office desk.


There are rows of food trucks and booths with delicious treats like popsicles, macaroons, ice cream, coffee, doughtnuts, pierogies, burritos and so many other tasty treats.   My personal favorite treat is Mason’s Creamery (top 2 pictures below) partially because they are simply so darn friendly, and also because they make some super tasty ice cream with really imaginative flavors! Kids will also love the ever popular donut lab (not pictured) since they can actually watch the donuts be made through a little window right before their very eyes.  This past Flea I discovered a new love when we tried pierogies from the Pierogi Lady for lunch. Chorizo and pulled pork pierogies….yes please!! The food trucks and vendors have long lines all day though and often sell out before the day is over so you want to get there early.


This past Flea even had a return of boozy snowcones, so while the little tikes could have their popsicles, the grown-up kids could have a treat too.


The Cleveland Flea is held the Second Saturday of the month.  In addition they host a sister event known as the Sunday Market at Hingetown on the 3rd Sunday of the month, which has a Parisian Market theme.

**In the interest of full disclosure I should mention I am often a vendor myself at the Flea, but even if I wasn’t I would completely still love this event!

Cleveland Orchestra’s Family Fun Fest – You can WIN tickets!

My husband and I have been attending Cleveland Orchestra concerts as part of the Blossom Summer festival since we first started dating (I’m not going to say how long ago that was. Let’s just say we’ve definitely been fans for awhile). We’ve always said that while the concerts are great for an outing with friends or a date night, they’re also fantastic for families! You can picnic on the lawn, walk around the grounds and then let the music inspire and enrich the minds of your children and yourself. This year we finally got to introduce our daughter to a tradition we love so much and she also loved every minute of it.


Each year The Cleveland Orchestra presents an extra special concert that’s aimed at the youngest music connoisseurs (or the kid in each of us). For 2014, the concert will take place on Saturday, August 30 and will include songs from Frozen which is sure to be a huge hit, as well as The Little Mermaid, Spiderman, and much more! Prior to the concert there will be lots of family-friendly activities – including a Radio Disney Soundstage, bouncy castles, super heroes, princesses, and a plethora of carnival food.


An added bonus is that there are fireworks following the concert, which are always pretty spectacular.

Blossom Fireworks 2

The Cleveland Orchestra  makes these events as affordable and budget friendly as possible to families, with children under-18 free with a paid adult ticket (2 per paid adult).
You have a chance to actually WIN tickets here on Motherhood in Progress too.
The Cleveland Orchestra is allowing me to run a giveaway for three 4-packs of tickets. All you need to do is enter to win through the rafflecopter below and three winners will be randomly chosen to get 4 packs of tickets (4 lawnseats tickets good for adults or children).
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you want to see more of the Orchestra events and updates you can follow them at


For the Event website/ Ticket purchases:—concerts/2014-08-30-blossom/?performanceNumber=11970

Disclosure:  We already were tickets holders to the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival so I am presenting this contest without compensation as a service to my readers and in my appreciation for the Cleveland Orchestra.

FREE Lunchbox Notes – Back to School Printable


lunchboxnotesprintableBrighten your child’s day by leaving a special note in their lunchbox. I’m going a step further with these notes though. Help your child also brighten the days of others as well.  In addition to positive praises for your child these notes also include helpful tips to make others days better.

Print them in color, cut them apart and simply tuck inside your child’s lunchbox.


Grab the printable PDF here: lunchboxnotes


Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway: $4,000 Grand Prize! #ad

There are just all sorts of exciting giveaways going on right now. I’ve got another one to announce to you today from the Tea Collection!

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Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway: $4,000 Grand Prize!

The first day of school can be a bit nerve wracking, and to alleviate some of the anxiety and put a little fun into the day why not take part in a cultural tradition? In Germany where kids are presented with a large, colorful KinderCone or Schultute (“shool-too-teh”) filled with school supplies, sweet treats and small gifts. This large cardboard, cone of fun helps kids feel a little better about their big day.

Want to help your kiddo have an exciting back to school? Enter to win the Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway! One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Tea Collection KinderCone, filled with school supplies and treats, for everyone in their child’s classroom! Plus, the classroom will also receive a collection of 20 National Geographic books! Here is what is inside the Tea Collection KinderCone:

  1. One (1) $50 Tea Collection gift certificate
  2. One (1) Germany-inspired activity book from Tea Collection
  3. One (1) custom Tea printed notebook from May Designs
  4. One (1) lunchbox from SoYoung
  5. One (1) set of school and art supplies from Stubby Pencil Studios
  6. One (1) healthy organic snack set from Annie’s Homegrown
  7. One (1) cookie pack from Chateau Bakery
  8. One (1) pair of fun temporary tattoos from Tattly

The Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway only runs until August 17, so be sure to enter today! Viel Glück! (‘Good luck’ in German.)

Win $500 in zulily’s Back To School Giveaway

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What could be better than getting all your back to school shopping done in one place?   How about possibly getting it all done AND paid for! Enter to win the zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and I can each win $500 in zulily credits! With zulily’s great prices, that $500 can go a long way! While you’re back-to-school shopping on from 8/4 – 8/11, pick out your favorite item (apparel, shoes, accessories, gear and more) and post a link to that item in the comments section below.

Red School Bus Long-Sleeve Tee – Toddler – $15.99

Retail Price: $38.00
You Save: $22.01
from: Zulily

zulily will announce their winner on 8/12, and if we win, I’ll announce who my winner is on 8/13! Thanks zulily for making the task of back-to-school shopping fun and easy!