Every Woman loves Jewelry for Valentines day.   Some only love Diamonds… I on the other hand, love something a little more personal.  I have been spoiled – and now, I look forward to receiving jewelry that features my Family!  I Love the PicturesOnGold Valentine’s Day Lockets!  

A little about how Pictures on Gold Works: creates the finest Photo Lockets and Personalized Photo Jewelry in the industry. We create lasting photo lockets and photo jewelry keepsakes using only the finest 14k gold, white gold and Sterling Silver. You send us your photos and using our patented technology we laser engrave your pictures in color right on our gold lockets, silver lockets, locket charms and most of our custom jewelry. The results are gorgeous gold lockets or silver photo lockets that open to reveal your photos and can be worn as a beautiful photo or picture locket (Pictures on Gold)

This year, I am sharing Valentines Day with some special friends.  So when I had the opportunity to work with Pictures on Gold, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I picked out the perfect picture – and the wonderful people at Pictures On Gold created the Perfect Locket.  This year  I got to review the  Sterling Silver Heart “Valentine” Photo Locket.  This locket arrived stored in the black Pictures On Gold Box.  Upon opening the box, I was amazed by the locket.  It Shined against the black backdrop of the case.   The front features a Red rose and 3 hearts.  The inside has a beautiful picture of the happy couple.  In the picture that is on the PicturesOnGold Website, it showed the engraving on the inside of the locket.   My particular one came in engraved on the back.   Still completely beautiful still! The happy couple that are featured inside the locket I received, preferred to not have their picture shown here – so Below you will find the stock photo of this locket.

I cant wait to share this locket with some of the best friends a gal can have.  And I get to share a Locket with one of my Amazing Readers.  Just take a moment to follow Pictures on Gold on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

How can you get a beautiful Locket?  You can purchase one online from Pictures on Gold or you can win one here. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

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*I recieved a locket in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

The past couple years have been great!   I have been blessed to be able to share Great Disney on Ice events with many of my readers.  This year, I have expanded the MI Savings Mama Blogger Team.  And I am even more blessed that my co-blogger will be able to share their experience at Disney On Ice with you!

A Little about Disney on Ice – Dare To Dream: “Get tangled up in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!  Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss.  And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!  Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown! ”

Disney On Ice – Dare to Dream is Coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills –  March 14-17, 2013.
Show Times:
March 14: 7:30pm
March 15: 11:00am and 730pm
March 16: 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm
March 17: 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm

Tickets went on Sale on  January 18th.   You can purchase Tickets online through Ticketmaster.  Save on your tickets by Using the code MOM at checkout.

Now you can take your own family to share the Dreams!
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Last year I got to go to see Nuclear Cowboyz.  Until then, I never heard of them  - and I was extremly unsure what to expect.  I mean, How exciting could motorcross be?  Well, It was Amazing!  And I am so glad that I went to experience it.  This year I was so happy to hear that Nuclear Cowboyz will be coming back to the Palace of Auburn Hills in February.  This year we are going to be taking lil C and lil Miss …  I wonder what they are going to think.

A little about the Nuclear Cowboyz:  The Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Chaos℠ tour has assembled the world’s greatest cast of freestyle motocross riders, including Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg Adam, Jones, Mike Mason, Ronnie Faisst, Beau Bamburg, and Taka Higashino. Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Chaos is the legend of two powerful freestyle motocross tribes whose survival in their post-apocalyptic world is told through gravity defying and fearless aerial feats. The Nuclear Cowboyz mayhem and chaos is literally set in extreme non-stop motion when the tribes are challenged by a dark underworld that begins the ultimate freestyle battle for world supremacy.

If you would like to learn more about the Nuclear Cowboyz Gang, you can check out their Amazing website.  Also make sure to follow Nuclear Cowboyz on Facebook and Twitter!

If you are wanting to see Nuclear Cowboyz at the Palace, you can buy tickets online.  Right now you can get 4 Tickets for only $80.00***!  Or Take a moment to enter the Giveaway  below!

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When I think of Christmas, I think of winter. And when I think of winter, I think of Cold and Snow.  Which just makes me want to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa and a good book – all wrapped in a soft warm blanket. Minky Couture has created just the Perfect blanket for this winter season.

A little about the Quality of the Minky Coture Blankets:  Our minky blankets are made one at a time and must pass a quality test before they leave our hands and make their way to yours. We do this so that your minky will outlast being drug across the driveway, rolled into a pile of leaves, and sat upon by a teething baby with a stomachache. Your minky will last forever, just wash it to keep it clean and you won’t have any problems. While we can tell you about the quality of our blankets, we can’t promise that your 5 year old won’t want a bigger one when he’s 18- that’s your department (Minky Coture)When Looking through the Minky Couture website, I had such a hard time choosing what blanket I wanted to receive. They have such a beutiful line of blankets – including Holiday Themed ones.  I wanted to look for one that was Neutral enough in coloring, but had a twinge of fun as well.  I choose the  Kami: Leopard Print with Cream Swirl and Black Ruffle.   As you can see this Minky Couture  Blanket is a PERFECT fit for the color theme of my house!  I personally keep it on the back of my recliner - Because it offers such a contrast in coloring.

There is no picture in the world that can show the TRUE beauty of this blanket.  The craftsmanship is amazing, I could not find ONE flaw in any of the stitching on the blanket I received.  The Leopard Print side of the blanket is soft to the touch – It reminds me of rubbing my had across a soft teddy bear.  The bottom part of this blanket Features  Swirls of Heaven.
If you cant tell, in the picture below, I have Lost my blanket to Lil C.  He now comes downstairs every morning, grabs something to eat, turns on the television to watch some cartoons before school,  and curls up in the Minky Couture Blanket.  EVERY Morning!  It’s very cute.  I think I am going to need to get him one of his own – so I can have mine back soon!
Thank you to minkycouture and thanks to @producerdeb for the opportunity to feature Minky Couture on MI Savings Mama. Make sure you follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.   How can you get your own Minky Couture Blanket?  You can purchase one through the Minky Couture Website.  Or you can enter to win one here!

* I received a Beautiful Minky Couture blanket in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not financially compensated for this review.

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Are you trying to find something for your significant other? Or what about you mother or grandmother?  I know those are the hardest people for me to shop for.  So this year I have tried to look for things beyond the typical realm of gifts.   This year I turned toward Natures Notebook for Some Special Christmas Gifts! 

A little about the Artist:  Nature’s Notebook was born of a spiritual connection to   the ocean and its beaches. Drawn to the soft sandy edges of the sea, artist Courtney Noelle has always felt inclined to inscribe words or names, thoughts or dreams into the ever-changing landscape of the beach. Something about its tumultuous fate, an uncertainty that parallels our own lives, makes sea sand the perfect tablet for expression. I LOVED working with Courtney Noelle.  She does AMAZING work! I was able to receive an 8×10 photo from Natures Notebook.   It took me a couple days to come up with the Perfect saying – for what I wanted written in the sand.  I wanted to make it special – and something Unique – for my boyfriend.  What better thing than his Family’s Name written in the sand.  This is a gift that is UNIQUE and comes Straight from the heart.  I know He will LOVE this  (lucky me, he does not read my posts) – and I think I know already where he will be putting it!  Just to find the perfect frame to show off this amazing piece.  Natures Notebook offers SOOO much more than just the 8×10 photos of the beach.  If you know someone who is having a Beach Themed Wedding – these Sea Shells are amazing!  I also just LOVE the way that these beautiful Prints  look in a Nursery  or in the bedroom.

Would you like to order something from Natures Notebook?  Make sure to use the code  2012GG15 at check out to save!

One MI Savings Mama reader will be entered for the chance to win a 8×10 Photo for their own home.  It is super easy to enter.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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* I received the Photo show above in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Do you want to go to Monster Jam at the Ford Field? I know I am looking forward to bringing the MI Savings Mama Family! Monster Jam is coming to Detroit on January 12, 2013!

Here is a quick bit about Monster Jam:  Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through!  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

Right now, MI Savings Mama Readers can get a great deal on Tickets! You can get 4 Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Sodas and 4 Pit Passes for $100!  A savings of over $75!


How can you get tickets?  You can purchase them here or enter below to win a set of your own!

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While trying to make my house a Home for the holiday – I knew I needed something to spice up the wall.  Our walls are fairly plain – they are just tan with nothing decorating them.  That HAD to change this holiday!  What better way to decorate a wall, then with a Wall Decal.  Vinyl Disorder is JUST the place to go for that!

What is a Decal:  At our decals are all vector images that are die cut into colored rolls of vinyl. The decals are usually one color and have no background color. The background is cut away leaving your object to take that place. Each decal consists of three layers: the top layer (Transfer Tape) the middle layer (Vinyl Media) and the bottom layer (Wax Paper Backing). The Transfer Tape top layer allows you to grab the Vinyl Media and apply it to your Wall, Car, Boat or wherever it might be. Once you squeegee it down into place, you can then remove the transfer tape leaving you with a perfect decal. (Vinyl disorder)

I received the H monogram by Vinyl Disorder.   When I measured the space I wanted it to go, I was right in the width, but I didn’t take into account that the height of the decal is also the same as the Width of the decal! D’oh! But after the hustle and bustle of the Holidays are over, we will be working on Re-arranging things to make room for the Decal.  Wall Decals are a great way to dress up a home.  One of my favorite thing about Vinyl Disorder is that they have a standard size  - but you can get these decals to be much larger.  For Example.  The monogram that I chose – standard size is 15″ but you can order it all the way up to 72″.  I have worked before with Vinyl Decals for Commercial Vehicles.  They were always such a pain to remove – if you needed to.  But the wall Decals from Vinyl Disorder are much easier to remove.  I love the fact that they easily lift away from the wall.

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Every year Santa would leave either a new video game or a new DVD under our tree.  Something for the whole family.  And even this day Santa still leaves a little something for the whole family can enjoy.  This year Santa left our gift a little Early.  He left Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.   Showcasing the coolest cast of all-time, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, stars Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge), Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”),  Queen Latifah (The Secret Life of Bees), Seann William Scott (Planet 51), Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”), and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead). Joining the familiar Ice Age family for this newest franchise installment are some of the entertainment world’s brightest talents including Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol”), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”),  Wanda Sykes (Monster-in-Law), Heather Morris (“Glee”), and hip hop sensations Nicki Minaj and Drake.

One lucky MI Savings Mama reader will be able to share Ice Age: Continental Drift with their family!  Super Easy entry – just fill out the Rafflecopter form below
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The start of the Holidays has just began! And I was lucky to be able to spend Thanksgiving with the people that mean the most to me – My Family.  You cant go to a Family Holiday Dinner without trying new wines – and this year I was able to bring a wine for us to all have with California Wine Club.  California Wine Club is a monthly wine club smaller, award-winning wineries whose wines are not typically found in local stores or wine shops.

A Little From The CA Wine Club Site: For years Pam and I were frustrated trying to find truly great wine. Selecting a decent bottle of wine from thousands of pretty labels with prices ranging from $5-$35 was difficult at the best of times. We were always happiest with wine recommendations from friends.  So, that’s what we wanted to do with The California Wine Club, start a wine of the month club that was just like “one friend recommending a great bottle of wine to another friend”.
This year I got to sample a Great selection of wines – including the amazing wines that I was sent through California Wine Club.   This months shipment was sent all wrapped – ever so pretty for the holidays!  I was so excited, it was like Christmas coming early.

I received a Beautiful Red Merlot and a White Chenin Blanc.  I have tasted Merlot before, but the Chenin Blanc is completely new to myself – and most all of my family. I was pleasantly surprised on the sweet taste that this offered.  These were served at room temperature, and they were amazing, but I am pretty sure if they were chilled a little, there would have been an even more pleasant taste!    

California Wine Club has brought many families together – including mine.  Their philosophy of sharing a wine with your friends is quite true – through and through.  The Merlot will be what is served at Christmas Dinner – another great wine to be shared among family and friends.

If you would like to purchase this in time for holiday deliver, please make sure to make your purchases before December 12th!


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Lil C is in 1st grade this year.  And he’s asked to bring a Snack every day. With trying to keep snacks that are on the Healthier side, Im always sending a baggie with something in it.  And after the year is over, Ive gone though a while box of sandwich bags and added to the landfill. So I was on the search for some Reuseable snack bags.  That’s when I came across ReUsies!  About ReUsies:  At the start of the new school year we realized that our families were going through an average of 10 plastic bags per day between school and work lunches. We do our best to reuse and recycle in other areas of our lives, but there didn’t seem to be a solution to the plastic sandwich bags we were using.  We developed ReUsies™ for their waste-free quality, but many customers primary reason for purchasing our product was to eliminate plastic from being in direct contact with their family’s food. Whatever your reason, know you have made a good choice!  We are Seattle families with a passion to do right by our children, and hope that the footprint we leave behind for future generations will be much smaller. We take pride in our product and we hope you enjoy them too!  ( did receive a set of Reusies – Including 1 sandwich and 1 snack bag.  I love the coloring of the ones I received.  They are semi feminine  but they are still boyish enough that my son doesn’t mind taking them with him.   The snack baggie measures 6×5 and the sandwich baggie measures 7.5×6.  As recommended, I do wash these by hand, but It is great to know that if it is a little too much to wash by hand, I can always throw it in the washer/dryer and the dish washer as well.  

One of my lucky readers will have the chance to win a set of ReUsies.   Make sure you take a moment to follow ReUsies on Facebook and Twitter.
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What do you get that young athlete in your life?  How about a year subscription to Sports Illustrated KIDS!   Right now you can receive an entire year of SI kids – both in print and on the tablet – for only $19.95.  To subscribe – make sure to go HERE.

Here are the top 5 reasons to get SI Kids for your young one!
Reason #1: It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
Reason #2: It promotes reading for children who are reluctant readers.
Reason #3: Each issue is full of exciting stories, photos and games that are a perfect distraction while traveling.
Reason #4: No gift wrapping – it’s delivered straight to your door.
Reason #5: It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through

I love giving the gift of magazines.  It is something that you can read through – and then also share with family and friends afterwards!  At least that is how we do things in the MI Savings Mama household.  For Years Sports Illustrated has been around – But in my opinion  they were always just geared towards men.  Now Sports Illustrated has come out with Sports Illustrated for Kids!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out their site, I recommend you do so!  It is constantly changing – keeping it fresh for the young readers.

I love this time of year.  I get to Give away 2 SI Kids Stockings – which will also include a 1 year subscription to SI Kids!  Just take a moment to enter below – and let me know who you are wanting to share this gift with!
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For the longest time it was always me shopping just for a son.  And having a boy, I never got to really shop for dolls. But now that I can add my boyfriends Daughter into the equation, I am starting to be able to relive some of my child hood – while doing Holiday Shopping for lil Miss.  Right now She is REALLY into American Girl Dolls – So I Took a look around the American Girl Website!

A little about the American Girl Historical Collection:  Introduced in 1986, the historical characters give girls an engaging glimpse into important times in America’s past. Each character’s story is told in a series of compelling books, focusing on such themes as family, school, holiday, birthday, summer, and winter adventures. Gentle life lessons throughout the stories remind girls of such lasting values as the importance of family and friends, compassion, responsibility, and forgiveness. Each book concludes with a nonfiction picture essay, “A Peek into the Past,” that further explores the character’s historical period.  (American Girl Website)

With Christmas around the corner, I have been asking Lil C and lil Miss what they want for Christmas.   Lil C has NO Clue what he wants, but Lil Miss… She New exactly what she wanted – and American Girl Dolls were right at the top!  She did ask Santa for the American Girl Doll of the Year, but her second Choice was Caroline!  YEA for me because that is just who I received!
A little about Caroline: As the War of 1812 begins, so does the story of Caroline Abbott’s bravery. She loves sailing with her father, but when he’s captured, Caroline must help keep the family’s shipyard running. When she sees a chance to rescue her father, Caroline discovers that she must use her mind and heart to guide her decisions.

I love the Story Behind Caroline!  Especially since I am a Daddy’s girl myself – and So is Lil Miss!  I grew up going everywhere with my dad (well, as long as I was able to ) and even now I work with him.  And I like Caroline would do anything if my dad was in trouble.  And even though Lil Miss only sees her dad on the weekends I can tell that she would do the same for him!   Caroline Stands about 18″ tall. She  is dressed in an era authentic dress - an empire-waist dress.  When she is upright, her eyes are open, but you lay her down to sleep, she closes her eyes.  Lil Miss Loves her American Girl Dolls.  She Takes Extremely good care of them – and she also crafts them furniture and clothes!   As you can see above, Lil Miss is not the Only one who likes Caroline!  We found her relaxing with Tach, while he was chilling on the couch watching TV.  Caroline is now part of the Family – and she patiently waits for  lil Miss to come home to her Daddy’s.
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*I received Caroline in exchange for this Holiday Guide post.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  

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