The Dovekeepers Four Hour Event Starting March 31

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

Dove Keepers

Photos Courtesy CBS Television Network

This post is Sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

CBS ANNOUNCES “THE DOVEKEEPERS,” A FOUR-HOUR LIMITED EVENT SERIES FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT, WILL BE BROADCAST TUESDAY, MARCH 31 AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

I was utterly transfixed watching the story unfold of these empowered and brave women live, fight and be willing to die for what they believed in. It was well written, and what struck me most were the colors of the costumes. They drew me in and against the desert background stood out like a light in the dark. It pulled me into the point that it made me feel as though I was a part of the tribe. As if I was remembering the stories these women were telling along with them. As if I was another member of the group.

The many separate stories that intertwined with one another to tell this period in history is not unlike the relationships we feel today with those we love and are loved by. It hurts your heart at times to watch the suffering and hardships of a people willing to give all they had for freedom. I found myself cheering them on through the many battles they faced, cried as they did when one of their own was taken, and you long for the potential of such a life worth living – the acts and deeds these women accomplish were nothing short of amazing.

History is filled with heroes and heroines, triumphs and failures, the amazing and the unthinkable. These women were a part of this history and Dovekeepers captured the stories of a people that will never be forgotten.

 

Watch It:

Make sure to tune in on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday April 1 on CBS for this four hour event based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel About a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect In a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E. You can also check out a preview below. Don’t forget to set your DVR’s!

 

The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. 

Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

THE DOVEKEEPERS will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, “The Voice”), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature “Son of God.”

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.



HOT Target Deals – Time to Stock up on Diapers and Games!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

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Here are the deals featured on Good4Utah today. Make sure to tune in next Thursday for the new deals! And check back here every day for all the other great deals you can score.

To see the full list of match ups check out our Grocery Store Match ups list.

Plus don’t forget to enter all of the Mamas on a Dime giveaways: There is over $850 in prizes up for grabs!

 

target-coupons

There is an awesome Target coupon this week that will get you a free $20 gift card with any $125 baby purchase. This coupon can be found in the ad or you can text SAVE20 to 827438!

Target baby coupon

Buy Four Pampers Diapers Giant packs $34.99
Buy two and get a $10 Target gift card
Use two $5/2 Pampers coupons from 3/15 RP
Stack with Spend $125 get $20 Target gift card coupon
Final Price = $89.96 or just $22.49 each!

Buy Four Huggies Diapers Giant packs $34.49
Buy two and get a $10 Target gift card
Use four $3/1 Huggies coupons from 3/15 SS
Stack with Spend $125 get $20 Target gift card coupon
Final Price = $85.96 or just $21.49 each!

Buy 10 Gerber Graduates $1.47 to $2.84
Use two $1/4 Gerber Graduates Grabbers coupon
Or three $1/3 Gerber Graduates Puffs coupon
Submit for Gerber Graduates Win Win rebate
Final Price = As low as $1.17 each PLUS a FREE custom bib and NUK accessories

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FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet $24.99 (reg. $49.99)
Use the 10% off Toys Cartwheel Offer
Final Price = $22.50!

FurReal Friends

Buy 2 Candy Land Games $7.99 each
Buy 2 Chutes & Ladders Games $7.99 each
Use the $10/$30 Board Game Purchase Target coupon found in the ad or text GAMES to 827438
Stack with the 10% off Toys Cartwheel Offer
And also stack with four $3/1 Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders coupons
Final Price = $1.69 each!

Target board games coupon

Get $236.61 worth of toys and baby items for just $125.23! Plus, don’t forget you can save an extra 5% when you use your Target Debit card bringing your total to $118.97.



Enter to Win Some Amazing Prizes From Mattress Firm!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

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Enter to win some amazing prizes from Mattress Firm!

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for everyone, but especially for moms-to-be! There are a ton of factors that could be contributing to sleep disruption as you go through your pregnancy, and while you don’t have control over a lot of them, you can control where you sleep! If your mattress is not providing the support you need as your baby and belly grow, it can lead to additional aches and pains. Check the tag on your mattress and if it is older than 8 years, it’s time to replace!  

Contest Rules and Other Details:

  • The contest will run from Thursday, March 26 at midnight Eastern Time to Wednesday, April 1 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Only one entry per mom/Instagram account will be considered for the prize packs
  • All entries will be required to tag #SleepingWithABump in order to be entered/considered
  • Mom must follow @MattressFirm and @SmallFryBlog on Instagram in order to be entered
  • Winners will be announced no later than Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. ET
  • Winners to be announced via Small Fry social media then amplified by MFRM accounts
  • The contest winners will be chosen at random by a third-party contest administrator and will not be determined by Mattress Firm or Small Fry; photos will be judged based on uniqueness, photo quality, authenticity, etc.


Fill My Bucket

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

Fill My Bucket

This is a guest post by Charity Martushev

Some of the most profound and amazing conversations I have ever had the privilege to be a part of have been with my six year old daughter in the minutes before she falls asleep. Each night I lay down with her for “our time”. Just a few minutes of quiet one on one time with her – the world is quiet, the room dark save a small light in the hallway and her heart and mind open up with a plethora of knowledge and truths that can only be given as a gift of sorts from the innocence of youth. Within these few precious moments, we connect and she shares with an openness I wish I could master. One such moment came recently as she has numerous times before, told me her version of how the day went.

“Today sister was not very nice to me.” “Thank you for the Popsicle you let me have for dessert tonight. It was so yummy.” “I got a good grade on my test at school.” I listened to her recount the day that for me. Well, it was not the best day for me and I had actually had a pretty “off” one. I could not have been more surprised as she paused and for no reason at all, stopped mid-sentence, leaned over to give me a hug and a kiss and said, “There Mama. I just filled your bucket.” When I could compose myself enough to choke back the tears that threatened to spill from my eyes, I asked her what she meant. She explained that when we have a bad day, or are sad for some reason that our bucket needs filling. She went on to say with a yawn that sometimes or bucket gets spilled. This happens when “You are bullied or someone says something that is not very nice.” This is when your bucket needs to be filled extra full so we have more to give to someone else.

I wish I could say that this is something my husband and I have instilled in our girls, something we often talk about. But I can’t. This sweet six year old girl of mine taught me in the few moments before bedtime that you don’t have to be an adult to teach a lesson to someone. In fact, being six and unencumbered by the burdens of everyday life and responsibility may make you the best teacher of all.

Giveaway: Win a Diono Ranier Convertible Car Seat!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Diono Giveaway

About the Diono Ranier:

The new Diono rainier is the ultimate in car seat safety, with a full steel frame and reinforced deep side walls for enhanced side-impact protection. With its extended rear-facing capabilities, it can comfortably seat rear-facing children from 5-50 pounds, and forward facing children from 20-90 pounds in 5-point harness mode. Additionally it converts to a booster for children from 50-120 pounds, or up to 57″ tall. The reinforced headrest has 12 height positions, and is lined with EPS foam for complete protection. The super-strong Super latch system makes installation easy. Meets stringent NCAP testing standards.

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Review:

Having a car seat is a must with kids. Not only is it the law it’s what is keeping your children safe while in a moving vehicle. But it’s hard to not spend a million dollars when you know you are just going to have to buy another car seat in a year to fit your ever growing child. Diono solves that problem and so many more! Not only does the Diono Ranier have an expiration date of 12 years (Yep. You read that right. TWELVE years!) it is also rated for much higher weight and height limits. Here are the pros and cons of the Diono Ranier in my opinion.

Pros:

  • Amazing safety rating: Diono goes above and beyond on this seat. The Ranier meets the stringent European safety ratings, which are much higher than the US ratings.
  • Extended rear facing: The law in the US is rear facing until two. But it is recommended to rear face for much longer since it is so much safer for your child. With the Ranier you can safely rear face for up to 50 pounds.
  • Installation: Good crap! I don’t think this thing could possibly be any easier to install. Just hold down the button on the latch system and click it in. Tighten the strap and done. Plus, it comes with an angle adjustor which is brilliant! No more trying to stuff a pool noodle or towel under your car seat to make sure it is sitting at the right angle to keep your child safe.
  • Width: While this isn’t a big deal for me I know so many out there need a car seat that is narrow so they can fit three across one seat. This fits the bill perfectly. You could easily fit three of the Diono Ranier’s on a backseat in any vehicle.
  • Height and weight limits: The Diono Ranier is rated for kids up to 57″ tall and up to 120 pounds. This means you should never have to buy another car seat. By the time your child outgrows it, chances are they will no longer need a car seat of any kind.
  • Long lasting seat life: The Ranier doesn’t expire for twelve years. That is crazy long and double most of the car seats that are out on the market.
  • Looks: I love the way the car seat looks. The colors are vibrant, the seat looks cushy, and the sleek design is totally appealing.
  • Fabric/Cleaning: The entire seat cover comes off and can be thrown in the washer. If you have kids then I don’t need to say another word. If you don’t have kids, then picture a long car ride with an upset stomach. Or a diaper that doesn’t quite hold it all in. You get the picture. Being able to remove the whole thing and chuck it in the washer? Priceless.

Cons:

  • It’s really heavy; Way heavier than any other car seat I have owned; although this is mainly because it has a steal frame (extra safety!).
  • The price is high: While the price on the Ranier is higher than a lot of other seats out there I think the old adage applies. You get what you pay for.

I am ridiculously pleased with this car seat. There are so many great features. What I love most is the peace of mind that my daughter is safe. And not only is she safe now, she will continue to be safe for years to come since this seat will last longer than she needs. Plus, when she outgrows it I can pass it on to someone else. I highly recommend the Diono Ranier if you are in the market for a car seat.

Buy It:

Get your own Diono Ranier with prices starting at $260.

 

Diono Ranier

Win It:

One Mamas reader will win a Diono Ranier Car Seat in your choice of color ($270 Value)!

Just leave your name and email address in the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.

You can also get bonus entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59pm MST, and the winner will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on the blog the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to U.S. Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is Sponsored. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



Pineapple Corer Slicer Peeler $3.50 Shipped

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

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Get this pineapple corer slicer peeler from Amazon for only $3.50 shipped.

I ordered this last time it was posted and it’s awesome! This little tool makes it ridiculously easy to cut up your pineapple without wasting a ton of fruit. I have no idea why I didn’t buy this thing sooner!



Double the Fun With the Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Combi Fold N Go

About the Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller:

The Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller provides ultimate convenience while encompassing a lightweight, compact, and portable design. The self-standing stroller fits through a standard doorway and features a one-hand quick fold and sleek aluminum frame. Two padded seats include 5-point harness systems with plush harness pads for your children’s comfort. The extra-large canopies with mesh ventilation windows enable you to keep an eye on your children at all times and also allows air to flow easily in and out of the seating area of the stroller. Dual front wheel suspension ensures a smooth ride while the lockable front swivel wheels improve maneuverability. One single step locks both rear wheels simultaneously, making it easy to park and stroll as you wish. A parent cup holder, extra-large basket, and canopy pockets offer storage of essential items right at your fingertips. With a weight capacity of 50 pounds per seat, two removable child cup holders, one removable snack holder, and a multi-position recline, the Fold N Go Double is suitable for children 6 months and older.
Combi double stroller

Review:

I have been surprised since having my daughter just how hard it is to find a great stroller. There are A LOT of strollers out there, but great ones are much harder to come by. For me a stroller needs to have a smooth ride, include storage underneath as well as a place for both me and my baby to have a cup, fold and unfold easily, look great, and be sturdy. That’s all. I mean, come on. This shouldn’t be THAT hard, right? So, if you are like me and are looking for all these things and then you decide you want a double stroller as well? Your choices just got a lot smaller! But, I think I have found THE stroller. Woo hoo!

Combi stroller

The Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller is freaking amazing. It’s a side by side double which, in my opinion, is the only way to go for a double. But it also needs to be slim enough to fit through a doorway. I haven’t found a doorway yet that the Fold N Go doesn’t fit! Here are my top ten favorite features about this stroller. Don’t worry, I won’t go too nuts.

  1. It’s lightweight! No lugging a monstrously heavy thing around just because you want a double.
  2. The seats are plush. This is not an umbrella stroller. My 1 year old LOVES sitting in this thing. And the fabric seems very durable. It’s not going to start tearing in six months.
  3. The storage is fantastic! This is an absolute must in a stroller for me. The basket underneath has plenty of room and there area cup holders! A cup holder for me (VERY important), a cup holder for each child, and a snack tray in the middle of the two seats. Awesome Sauce!
  4. You can choose: swivel or no swivel. The front wheels can either swivel or not. It’s super easy to switch so you can find the right ride for your needs and the terrain you are on.
  5. It’s a double, but fits through doorways with ease.
  6. The ride is as smooth as butter. You’d think with such a big stroller it would be awkward and bumpy. But it’s so smooth.
  7. The canopies! I love how far forward the canopies go. No matter which way the sun is facing I can keep it out of my daughter’s eyes.
  8. 5 point harness. While this isn’t necessary for older kids, it’s a MUST for younger kids.
  9. One brake! This may not sound like much, but when you are using this stroller, it rocks. There is a single brake for your back wheels. One. Not two! Two is stupid. I mean, when are you only going to put the brake on one wheel in the back? Never. The answer is never. So one brake is genius. Combi3
  10. One handed steering. No really. You can steer this baby around corners and over hills with just one hand. That totally leaves one hand free for your Diet Coke.

Overall, I am crazy impressed with this thing. I took it for a stroll with my daughter and her betrothed (my neighbor) and they had a blast. I had a blast. I want to use this stroller for all my strolling needs. My almost 6 year old can ride in one side and my 1 year old in the other. Or my 1 year old and her doll. Or, let’s be realistic here; my 1 year old and my diaper bag. The possibilities are endless! Ha! Make sure to check it out. Because, seriously, it. is. awesome!!

Buy It:

Get your own Combi Fold N Go Double Stroller for $329.99.

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This post is Sponsored. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



New Grocery Store Match Ups March 25

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

It’s Wednesday! That means new grocery deals!
Head over to the Grocery Store match ups and see what deals you can score this week. It’s a FREE website and it’s helped me to save $100’s every month!
Not sure how to navigate the site? Check out our Grocery Store match ups 101 post.

 

Plus, don’t forget you can now get the Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday only subscription) for only $20 per year! That’s only 38¢ per issue!!

If you’d like to subscribe just click this newspaper order form link and fill out the info. It’s as easy as that. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jacki@MamasonaDime.com with Newspaper in the subject line and I will get back to you with more details.

I cannot change any of your current subscriptions, but I can add on to what you are getting now. You can get up to 4 papers at this awesome price!



Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015

Raising Kids to ThriveAbout the Raising Kids to Thrive:

From award-winning author Ken Ginsburg comes this new work which explores an innovative idea in parenting: “The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy.” 
 
Dr. Ginsburg’s previous work includes “Building Resilience in Children and Teens” which offers a comprehensive overview of strategies to build resilience and promote the kind of traits that lead to our children becoming happy, successful adults.  This book offers a deeper dive into two fundamental questions over which parents struggle: 1) How do I give my child the unconditional love he needs to thrive, while also holding him to high expectations? and 2) How do I protect my child while also letting her learn life’s lessons? 
 
“We should be like lighthouses for our children; beacons of light on a stable shoreline from which they can safely navigate the world.  We must make certain they don’t crash against the rocks, but trust they have the capacity to learn to ride the waves on their own.”
 
This book is rooted in proven concepts from the positive youth development and resilience frameworks and combines new research with expert opinion to help parents consider how to approach these toughest of questions. 
 
Perspectives from over 500 teens are also part of this groundbreaking work.

Bookcover

Review:

I really enjoyed reading Raising Kids to Thrive. As a parent of three, I can use all the help I can get. My favorite part of the book was hearing from kids themselves! It was very insightful to hear directly from kids on their view- what they think and how they feel. To be helped with strategies and techniques on how to help your kids be their best was great. I think a subtopic in one of the chapters says it best- “Life isn’t easy, neither are the answers”. The tools in this book make it just a bit easier to handle.

 

Buy It:

Get your own copy of Raising Kids to Thrive for just $13.56 from Amazon.

This giveaway is Sponsored. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.



HUGE Giveaway to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015

Better Night's Sleep Giveaway

Have you been following my Get Better Sleep Series? If not, make sure to catch up on all you missed at the links below. Then come back to this post and enter to win! Don’t forget you extra entries for commenting on each of the posts below!

Ways to get a better night’s sleep

  1. Create a bedtime routine
  2. Find the right pillow
  3. Set the mood
  4. Get your energy out
  5. Find the right mattress

 

Win It:

Four readers will win one of the items below to help you get a better nights sleep!

Your prize will include one of the following: An elo pillow, a Kindle Paperwhite, a Lectrofan sound machine, or a Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse.

Just leave your name and email address in the giveaway form below. If you’re reading this in our daily email or a feed reader, then click on the title of the post to be taken to the blog so you can enter to win.

You can also get bonus entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway ends Thursday, April 16 at 11:59pm MST, and the winners will be chosen randomly, contacted by email, and posted on Mamas on a Dime the next day.
The Rules:
*Only ONE entry per name/email address (excluding bonus entries).
*Open to U.S. Residents Only
*Make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact you. This is the only thing your email address will be used for.
*Winner is chosen using random.org.
*Winner has 48 hours to contact us, or another winner will be chosen.

 

This giveaway is Sponsored. I was given products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.