Money Maven’s August Celebration Giveaway Winners


Huge thanks to everyone who joined our Money Maven’s August Celebration Giveaway! We have over $1500 worth of prizes and a total of 47 winners!

To our sponsors we appreciate your support and hope that you will be part of another giveaway with us in the future.

All winners will receive an email and has 48 hrs to to claim their prize. please check your inbox (including spam folder please) tonight.

Money Mavens Group:

MadameDeals, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Living on Love and Cents, Coupons are Great, Mom on Dealz, Stretching Your Budget, Saving Toward a Better Life, We Use Coupons, The Coupon Challenge, Just Trying to Save Money, A Frugal Chick, Time 2 Save and Cincinnati Cents.



Win $25 Amazon Gift Card from Madame Deals Lillian Hudson
Win Mario Party for Nintendo DS from The Coupon Challenge jennifer dansberger jones
Win Mario Party DS from This Mama Loves Her Bargains Jennifer Hall
Win Super Mario 64 for Nintendo DS from Living on Love and Cents Lisa Danielle Grice
Win 100 Cut Coupons from A Frugal Chick Susan Bode
Win 100 Cut Coupons from Just Trying to Save Money Jessica Bern
Win 100 Cut Coupons from Mom on Dealz Rene Vogt
Win a Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story for the Nintendo DS from Saving Toward a Better Life Jennie Meyers
Win 100 Cut Coupons from The Dealyo Louis/td>
Win $25 Jockey Gift Card from Time 2 Save Cari Griffin
Win 100 Cut Coupons from Stretching Your Budget Sally Grubbs
Win $10 Amazon Gift Card from Coupons are Great nicole chandool
Win 100 Cut Coupons from Cincinnati Cents Barbara Blanton
Win 100 Cut Coupons from The Giveaway Train Dawn S.
Win an iPod Touch $230.00 from Born 2 Impress Adrianna P. S.
Win an authentic black leather Coach purse. It’s a cute little purse for on the go, with a fold over flap, and of course the Coach “C” pattern. Value $200. from Crunchy Frugalista Chelsea Spurgeon
Win 10 Disney Cars Birthday Invitations includes envelopes. Prize Value $12 from Moms Saving Money tammy dodson
Win $20 Amazon Gift Card from The Frugal Free Gal tiffany pandolfi
Win an Ultimate Body Applicator. This wrap will help you to tighten, firm, and tone in just 45 minutes. The value of this wrap is $29! From Wrap Yourself Skinny by Jennifer stacy
Win a $25 Gift Certificate from The Tween & Me Christina SLiney
Win a $15 Walmart Gift Card from Slick Housewives ellen
Win $10 Amazon gift card from Frugal Mom Rocks Amanda Starr
Win $10 Amazon Giftcard from Yanky Texan April Brenay
Win $10 Amazon Gift Card from Melissa’s Bargain Blog Colleen Schindler
Win $25 Amazon Gift Card from Mummy Deals Zeny Saligumba
Love is Photography is a new Etsy Shop that offers various photos taken over the years. They are all downloadable files that once purchased will be sent via e-mail. One winner will get to choose any 1 photo from Love with Katie Julie Lynn Bickham
Win a bow a month club membership $75 value. A hair bow mailed on the first of the month for a year as well as a special birthday bow in their birthday month. Also another one will win one tutu of your choice… up to a $40 value. From Priss Pot Creations Bow Month Club – Linda Meyers-Gabbard ; Tutu – Holly
Win a mark Powder Brush from Bountiful Beauty with Mark Beauty Products Casey Lynn Everidge
Win a 1 inch glass tile necklace with a beautiful daisies that includes a 24″ sea green color ball chain. From Glass Creations ellen levickis
Win a $25.00 E-gift card for from Coupon Clipinista bridget carty
Win a Starfish Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Necklace $30 from Kristy Lynn Jewelry Anggela Aranda
Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card from Just Married with Coupons Beatrice Zink
Win $50 in Coupons from Going Crazy!! Wanna Go??!! Renee Hanf
Win $10 Amazon Gift Card from Insights by April Lisa Danielle Grice
Win $25 Certificate from Deal Hunting Diva Kristie Betts
Win $5 Amazon Gift Card from ISave “A 2 Z” Elissa Mahler
Win $25 Certificate from Centless Deals Amy Bailor
$12 Worth of Cell Phone Accessories from + FREE shipping!! Use for any cell phone accessories from A Proverb’s Wife Stephanie Hirsch
Win $25 Amazon Gift Card from Shereen Travels Cheap Alicia Ebaugh
Win $10 Amazon Gift Card from The Surviving Stay at Home Mom Nikki Field
Win $10 Starbucks Gift Card from Frugalista Chick Shannon Gallagher
Win a set of handmade Labor Day “stars and stripes” themed placemats. Or win one set of Cancer Awareness placemats. Retail value: $40 from Lesson’s Learned Kelly Paradise and viola harris
Win an anklet made from Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Pearls. It has a sterling silver lobster clasp on the end and is 9 1/2 inches long. This is a One-Of-A Kind Anklet, Value $24.00 from Belly Charms Amy Knight
Win a Gold Leaf Necklace with Pearls and Swarovski Crystals, $18.00 value. This intricately detailed, lightweight metal leaf measures 1 3/8 inches tall. I wire wrapped two 4mm Swarovski Red Magma crystals and 2 8mm plum glass pearls, which resemble berries next to the beautiful leaf.The chain is 20 inches long and closes with a hook and eye clasp. From Jewelry 4 Change Alexandra Houseman
Win 2 inserts from the current newspaper from 2 Kouponing Ks Judy Zajac


Forty Days of Fabulous Keeps Going: Have You Entered?

If you haven’t heard, Yankee Texan Mom is turning 40!  I absolutely refuse to go quietly and have partnered with some fabulous bloggers to celebrate.   Each blogger has donated a giveaway and we will be giving away nearly $1000 in prizes!!!!!!!!!  There will be a giveaway a day for 40 days!

We started Sunday, August 28 and have already given away prizes for a week.  You can see the winners here.  As great as that is, the even better news is that we have THIRTY THREE DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS TO GO!!

Here are the prizes on tap for this week:

And after those prizes, there are more prizes!!!  Future prizes include Amazon Gift Cards, Restaurant. com Gift cards, PayPal Cash, Coupons, beauty products, books, health and wellness items, a booster seat, a camera and more!  There is something for everyone in these 40 days!

You will have a ton of opportunities to enter and  this is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so it is easy!  There will be one Mandatory Entry with the remainder being optional.   In order to win the prize from a particular blog, you must complete the entries for that blog.  So, if you’d like to be entered to win all of the items, you will need to complete all of the entries.  As a bonus, each entry throughout the month enters you to win the grand prize from Yankee Texan Mom.  Once you have entered (from any of the blogs participating), you do not have to re-enter.  However, you can complete the daily entries such as tweeting to increase your chances of winning.

Winners will be announced throughout the month, so make sure that you are checking your email!  Winners will be verified, so no funny business!  You may enter below, from any of the blogs participating or from Yankee Texan Mom’s Facebook Page.  Good luck!

 To see all the participating blogs, you can click their names in this Linky Below!

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Drum Roll Please. The Winners Are…..


If you didn’t know, Forty Days of Fabulous started last Sunday, August 28.  You see, my husband turned 40 last Sunday and I will turn 40 on October 7.  Not one to go quietly, I partnered with some fabulous bloggers for Forty Days of Fabulous so that y’all could get presents for my birthday!  We’ve got 7 days under our belts, but we’re not done yet!  Here are the prizes that have been won so far:

That’s seven days of giveaways down, with THIRTY THREE more to go!  See what’s on tap this week here.  If you have already entered, you do not need to re-enter every day.  However, you can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway and/or a few other tasks.  We hope you’re enjoying Forty Days of Fabulous as much as we are!  

A Review, A Freebie and A Giveaway: MotherKnows

I was recently provided with the opportunity to use and evaluate MotherKnows, a new service for parents.  MotherKnows was created by parents for parents and allows us to better manage our children’s medical records.

MotherKnows is a secure website and mobile app that provides parents access to their child’s health records anywhere, anytime it is needed. You simply sign an electronic release and MotherKnows collects the records from any medical provider and converts them into a custom tailored health record with easy to read graphic displays of immunizations, growth charts, medications and more. Then, you can view your child’s complete medical history, as well as record developmental milestones and share this information easily.  Within the service, you have access to:

  • Immunization records
  • Weight and Height chart
  • Prescriptions provided
  • Diagnosed allergies and conditions
  • PDFs and Images of all documents on file

I was excited to try this new service.  My daughter is on her third pediatrician – the first lacked any bedside manner and the second is no longer close enough to be convenient.  MotherKnows offers me a way to maintain my daughter’s online medical records, immunization history and developmental milestones in one convenient place.  The initial sign up process was very simple and the release forms were in my email inbox within 24 hours.  One set of records was received, uploaded and available for my review in less than 7 days.  This was extremely helpful as we prepared for an appointment with a new pediatrician.  Through MotherKnows, I was able to print a complete record of my daughter’s immunizations and bring it with me to the appointment.  The only down side is that your doctor’s office may charge a fee to provide the records.  In my case, one office did charge a fee, but the other did not.  You will need to check with your particular doctor’s office to determine if there will be a charge. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: $25 BuyWithMe Credit

BuyWithMe is featuring one of the hidden gems in Dallas this week, Deep Ellum, and its eateries. If you’ve never heard of BuyWithMe, it’s a daily deal site offering both local and national deals and they would love for you to come see what they are all about! BuyWithMe is offering a $25 credit to one lucky reader.  This is a Rafflecopter Giveaway, so it is SUPER EASY to enter!  The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite BuyWithMe deal from this post.  The remainder of the entries are optional, but the more you enter, the better your chances to win!   Winner will be announced Sunday, September 4th!

If you don’t want to wait to win, here are some of the great restaurant deals they are offering today, with a special focus on Deep Ellum!  A percentage of the proceeds will go to the efforts of Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA) such as an urban garden project, decorative planters on the sidewalks of Deep Ellum, and the Deep Ellum Mural project.

Half off Classic American fare

Half off Classic American Fare at St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin

Half off Delicious Asian Tapas

Half off Delicious Asian Tapas at Zen Baking Company

Half off Fresh and Funny Improv on Commerce Street

Half off Fresh and Funny Improv on Commerce Street at Dallas Comedy House

Half off at this Eclectic, Round-the-Clock Eatery

Half off at the Eclectic, Round-the-Clock Eatery Buzzbrews Kitchen

Half off Gourmet Coffee & Treats

Half off Gourmet Coffee & Treats at Mokah Coffee Bar

Half off Finger-Lickin’ Good Eats

Half off Finger-Lickin’ Good Eats at Mama Faye’s BBQ

$2 Yoga Classes at this Eco-Friendly Studio

$2 Yoga Classes at Super Yoga Palace

Half off Fresh Breakfast Fare & Hearty Cafe Eats

Half off French Breakfast Fare & Hearty Café Eats at AllGood Cafe

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Help Me Bring Home the Bacon

I needs your vote!  I have entered Cheap Sally’s Bring Home the Bacon Contest and round 1 is all about my blogging skills.  Basically, I need you to go vote for me as often as you can, but not more than once per day.  If I finish in the top 5 in Texas, I will advance to round 2.  I almost didn’t enter, but then someone suggested that I should be prepared to lose!  Now I am not sure, but I believe that the subtle suggestion was that my blog is not big enough or good enough to win.  I disagree and if you do too, please go vote for Mama!

The winner of this contest will receive a $100,000 salary for one year (2012) and that would make a HUGE difference in my life!  I manage more than one blog in an effort to support our family and can use all of the help I can get.  (By the way, the contest is still taking entrants, so you may enter too!)  Thanks in advance for your votes and I’ll let y’all know when we make round 2!

Thoughtful Thursday: Goodbye August, Hello September!

I am thankful to be welcoming in the month of September.  August has just not been a fun month for me this year.  I am definitely in the “shake it off” mode and ready to begin anew.  That’s the beauty of life, you can always start over!  August has been challenging for a few reasons.


It has been so HOT that I can’t find the words to really describe just how hot it has been.  I’m not even trying to make a joke, it was just hot.  I moved here to Texas 6 years ago and I promised myself I would not complain about the heat.  I had had enough of snow and cold weather when I left the East Coast.  I still wouldn’t take the cold weather back, but I did complain about the heat this summer.  The weather forecast is showing that there might finally be a change coming and I will be thrilled to see days in the 90s!


I have had many more server issues during the month of August.  The good news is that has been as a result of growth.  The bad news is that I have no patience and have some times found myself in the deep end of the pool.  I’ve spent a lot of time this month learning!


If you’ve been reading along then you know that August has not been pretty around here.  The summer flu made its way through our home and I was the biggest victim.   Yesterday, after weeks of coughing and many attempts to overcome, I finally went to the doctor.  Good thing I did since I have bronchitis!  That would explain the fatigue, coughing and general just not feeling well!  It has been so bad the last week that I quit smoking – cold turkey!  Keep your fingers crossed or say a prayer for me (whichever works for you) – I really do want to quit but it is so HARD!


Great things started to happen in August and one of the best is that my blogs grew.  I am thrilled  - over the moon!  But guess what?  I wasn’t prepared for this so August has been a month of planning, organizing and preparation.  I hope that as we go through September you will notice the difference.  In addition to a lot of great product reviews and giveaways, there is a lot of great information coming too!

All in all, August wasn’t such a bad month, but when it’s 110 degrees and you don’t feel well, it just seems a whole lot worse!  But I have always loved the fall.  Even though my days of going back to school are long gone, I will always see fall as the season of fresh starts!


The Social Picnic $500 and Tablet Giveaway

The Social Picnic event is finally here, hosted by This Lil Piglet and Family Approve. To enter the giveaway, the Rafflecopter giveaway form will be located on participating blogs September 1- 12:01 AM EST – 8th 12:01 AM EST

Enter to win…


$500 Cash via PayPal

Next6 Android Tablet

If you like reading books, browse the internet, listen to music, view your favorite photo albums or videos, Next6 is your new best friend. Its sleek design, touch screen feature, 7 inches color display,and WiFi is nothing short of amazing. As an added bonus, Next6 also comes with 25 free preloaded books. With one touch, you can open your favorite book and enjoy it anywhere anytime. When fully charged, you can read for up to 10 hours.

Your new Next6 will come with the EBook Store App, so you can download eBooks directly from the web. Its crystal clear capacitive screen is easy to use and gives you crystal clear images especially when playing HD video. If it’s games that you prefer, there are thousands of free 3rd party apps available for you to download. Next6, it is all you need in a tablet!!


Rules and Regulations of the giveaway:

1. Each entry gains you one entry towards the winning prizes

2.The winning entry will be checked to ensure they have complied with their entry. If it is found that the winning entry has not completed the entry requirement, a different winner will be selected.

3.The $500 Cash prize is open Worldwide. The Nexbook Next6 Tablet prize is open to US and Canada residents only. One winner will be chosen and will win ALL prizes. If the chosen winner is located outside the US & Canada, they will win the cash prize only and a second winner will be chosen for the tablet.


Tips: If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before, it’s an easy way to enter giveaway’s. Keep in mind that Rafflecopter is run using Javascript so you must enable javascript on your computer to use. If you are having trouble, try a different browser or make sure you have updated your computer and browser.


Because of the amount of entries for this event, we suggest bookmarking this page and spreading out your entries throughout the course of the event.  

If you area already following Yankee Texan Mom via Facebook and Twitter, you’ll be a little bit ahead! 


Have fun and Good luck!

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Get Your Ticket Punched on the Giveaway Train

Do you like to win some amazing prizes? Well I do and I have found that entering contests to win great prizes is an easy way to get what I want without spending a dime. I have gathered some friends and we are all offering super prizes on our sites. We are part of the Giveaway train. This Weeks grand prize is a Walmart giftcard. What would you buy?

$100 Walmart Giftcard

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The Giveaway Train Is Departing Soon

Do you like to win some amazing prizes? Well I do and I have found that entering contests to win great prizes is an easy way to get what I want without spending a dime. I have gathered some friends and we are all offering super prizes on our sites. We are part of the Giveaway train. This Weeks grand prize is a Walmart giftcard. What would you buy?


$100 Walmart Giftcard

2nd Place
$56 – 2 Month License to Sweepstakes Ninja x2

3rd Place
$135 – 6 Month License to Sweepstakes Ninja x1

About our Sponsor:

Sweepstakes Ninja saves you time and money. If you were to enter 300-400 sweepstakes on a daily basis, it would probably take you about 150 hours in a month. If you had a job that paid $10/hour, that would be like $1500/month. Plus, this software makes it fun. You don’t get caught up in the menial task of retyping your information over and over.
  • Sweepstakes Ninja is fun. You make new friendships, find new exciting sweepstakes, and enjoy ‘sweepstaking’ instead of getting caught up in ‘mundane’ repetitive tasks (like typing your name over and over 1000 times).
  • It allows you to enter several hundred sweepstakes with the click of a button, that have a combined value of tens of thousands of dollars in prizes
  • You get access to a ‘Big Sweepstakes’ database, which has several million in prizes from various companies & sponsors
  • It is constantly being improved. Since it’s release only about 7-8 months ago, there have already been 150 NEW versions, which users get updated instantly on their computer.
  • You make new friendships with other people who love sweepstaking, through online forums and other means
  • It is a win-win situation for both sponsors & sweepstakers, so both really like it!
  • And, of course, the excitement when/if you win a prize is really great.

Visit Sweepstakes Ninja now and learn how you can ‘click it’ to ‘win it’!

 *The prizes are sponsored by Sweepstakes Ninja

 Instructions to ENTER

The train starts at 12:01 AM EST Tuesday and runs until Thursday night at 11:59 PM EST.  You can join the train by visiting Yankee Texan Mom’s Facebook Page and clicking on the Giveaway Train tab.  There are some required entries to enter to win the Walmart Gift Card and all other entries are optional.  The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win!  Plus, along the way you will have the chance to win a lot of other great prizes!  Here at Yankee Texan Mom, you can enter to win a one year membership to the Queen of Cool club!

Think of it like this: your trip starts on my website. You leave the station and head to my Facebook page. You get off the train at some amazing and wonderful sites where you enter to win great prizes. Then you end up at your final destination (a Facebook page) and you leave comments telling us what you have done. You wait a couple of hours to see if you have won the prize and any of the other contests you have entered and voila your journey is over until next week!

The amazing Blogs participating in the train this week are:

(If you would like to sponsor our Train, “Hop Aboard!” and contact Amee or Heather at [email protected] for details.)