3.31.2011

Pampers Gifts to Grow: Another new 10 point code!


The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
CesarChavez2011 (10 points)


Right now when you sign up for Pampers Gifts to Grow, you will get 100 bonus points!



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3.30.2011

Pampers Gifts to Grow: New 10 point code


The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
10000LatinasFbk (10 points)


Right now when you sign up for Pampers Gifts to Grow, you will get 100 bonus points!
Remember you don't have to buy Pampers products to collect enough points for great prizes (we cloth diaper and still cash out for toys and other things).


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3.29.2011

Wordless Wednesday: Exploring


This week we went for a drive and stopped near a field of flowers, Jacob used this as an opportunity to explore...

...Then do some quick yoga.

Review and Giveaway: Topricin and Topricin Junior

Jacob started walking a couple days after Christmas and now he is running and climbing on everything! One of the downsides of having a very active and adventurous toddler is lots of falls, and resulting bumps, scraps, and bruises. This means I need a safe pain relief product to use on his injuries. As much as possible I try to limit the health care products our family uses to those containing natural ingredients. Especially given the number of recalls I've heard about recently! Over the years, I've become a fan of using homeopathic products and I've found that they are often a safer and more effective alternative to many over the counter products.

Topricin recently asked me if I would like to try out a few of their homeopathic formulas: Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream and Topricin Junior Children's Pain Relief and Healing Cream. After reading the list of ailments that Topricin is effective for, I was just curious to try the products!

Topricin was developed by Lou Paradise, a decorated Marine veteran, after having served two tours of duty as a helicopter rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  As a result of the physical demands of his time in the service, he developed bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome.  He had a medical background, did not want surgery or to be reliant on oral pain medications, so he experimented on himself with homoeopathic biomedicines—and has since helped millions of pain sufferers.


Doctor-recommended Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream is called "a miracle treatment" by doctors and patients alike. It works because it doesn't just mask the pain. Topricin® uses no volatile oils such as camphor, menthol, or irritating chemicals and can be used as many times a day as needed with no fear of overuse or interference with other medications.

Effective For:
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bruises
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Minor burns
  • Sciatica
  • Scrapes
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Pediatrician-recommended Topricin Junior Children's Pain Relief and Healing Cream. is specially formulated for a child's delicate skin. Whatever the mishap, bump, bruise, or boo boo, this paraben- and petroleum-free, patent pending formula treats pain associated with a wide range of children's injuries safely and quickly, delivering fast relief. Learn more

Effective For:

* Bruising
* Bug/Insect Bites
* Eczema
* Growing pains
* Joint pain
* Minor burns
* Muscle sprains
* Scrapes
* Scratches
* Strains

Topricin Junior is the 2010 winner of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved seal of Approval, which gives you confidence it is safe and effective!


My thoughts:

Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream has been extremely helpful in relieving some of my lower back pain and other muscle pain related to Fibromyalgia. One of the reasons for this is it contains Arnica, which from my own research and experience, I've discovered is very effective with Fibromyalgia. Another benefit is some relief from sciatic pain, which during this pregnancy has caused me a great deal of discomfort. I also like that the cream absorbs quickly and is odorless.

Although Topricin Junior is not officially approved by the FDA for children under the age of 2, I consulted with Jacob's doctor and decided it is safe to use with him at 18 months. A few days ago, he got a bug bite on his arm and I immediately applied Topricin Junior to the irritated area. Within an hour, the redness and swelling had cleared entirely. We've also used Topricin Junior on a variety of his bruises and scraps after a day spent playing in the yard.

I'm pleased with effectiveness of Topricin and Topricin Junior and will be keeping them on hand in my medicine cabinet and diaper bag!


Buy It: You can find Topricin products in a store near you, like Whole Foods or Vitamin World, or online.
Topricin has offered my readers a discount code for buy one tube of Topricin Junior get one free, by using promo code MOM1, which can be used on phone, internet, or mail-in orders. 

Win It:  One reader will win two tubes of Topricin Junior, one classic Topricin, and one Topricin Foot Therapy Cream! To enter, visit Topricin, then come back here and comment with something you learned or a product you are interested in.

Extra Entries:
You must complete the mandatory entry above before you qualify for any extra entries! Post a comment below for each entry you complete, along with your email if it isn't visible in your blogger profile.




3) Subscribe to Cheap and Creative by email or RSS,  "Like" Cheap and Creative on Facebook,  Follow Cheap and Creative on Twitter (1 entry each)

4) Grab my blog button and comment with the URL of where it's posted (2 entries)

5) Tweet about this giveaway and comment with your tweet URL (1 entry per day), you can use this tweet:


#Win Topricin and Topricin Junior Pain Relief and Healing Cream  @cheapandcreativ  ~ Ends  4/14/11 http://tinyurl.com/4gjb4zk #giveaway

6) Share about this giveaway in your Facebook status along with a link, and then comment below with the status URL (you get this by clicking on the time of your status update) for 1 extra entry per day.


The giveaway ends April 14th, 2011 at 11:59pm CT. One winner will be selected using random.org and notified by email. The winner must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to readers in the US.

Disclosure: I received sample products from Topricin free of charge in order to facilitate my review. This post is based on my own personal opinions and experiences.  

3.28.2011

Swagbucks: 50 points for new members and support Japan!



Swagbucks is currently accepting donations of swagbucks to aid in relief efforts for Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit a few weeks ago. From now through Friday the 8th of April at 12pm PDT you can donate your swagbucks to help support relief in Japan!

Plus if you are new to Swagbucks, you can enter the code: HelpJapan during registration and earn an 50 additional swagbucks. This code is active now and expires at 11am PDT on Friday, April 8th.

Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with points ("swagbucks") for different activities such as searching, shopping, surveys, etc. Your swagbucks can be cashed out for a variety of prizes including gift cards to Amazon or Paypal! Swagbucks is one of my favorite ways to earn extra cash online.

Disclosure: This post contains a referral link. Thank you for supporting this blog by using the links posted!

3.25.2011

Earth Hour - March 26th at 8:30pm!



Do you participate in Earth Hour? At 8:30 PM (local time) on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour! Find out more information here.

I'm curious to hear how your family participates! If you have before share some ideas or come back and comment after this year's earth hour. Since Jacob goes to bed at 8pm, I will probably spend the hour in peace and quiet, maybe lighting a candle and reading a book.

Half off at EcoMom.com!



Today on Mamapedia, you can purchase a $40 voucher for eco-friendly products for the whole family from EcoMom.com for only $20! This deal ends in 3 days, but act quickly because sometimes things like this sell out early.

Ecomom has a HUGE selection of eco-friendly products, including brands such as Melissa & Doug, Ecover, Episencial, Plum Organics, Haba, Plan Toys, gDiapers, CleanWell, Earth Mama Angel Baby and more!

Fine print:
  • Redeem online at ecomom.com upon checkout
  • Not valid with any other discounts
  • Not valid towards taxes or shipping
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Limit (1) per transaction
  • Expires June 15, 2011

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3.24.2011

$1 Alexia Coupon



Share Alexia with a friend and get a coupon good for $1 off frozen sides

Pampers Gifts to Grow: New 10 point code


The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
FollowPampers10 (10 points)


Right now when you sign up for Pampers Gifts to Grow, you will get 100 bonus points!
Remember you don't have to buy Pampers products to collect enough points for great prizes (we cloth diaper and still cash out for toys and other things).


Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link.

3.22.2011

Wordless Wednesday: Ahhh Spring!


Jacob and I have been spending most of our days outside lately because of the wonderful warm spring weather! Which means I'm behind on blogging, cleaning, and all sorts of other things, which is perfectly fine by me :)

Recyclebank: Today is World Water Day!

Recognize World Water Day, the Recyclebank Way

Recognize World Water Day, the Recyclebank Way

Recyclebank is all about making it easier to take everyday green actions - and with these discounted rewards, you'll be using your points for savings on products that are focused on water conservation and pollution reduction.

There's a new 5-point deal every day this week, with other rewards for only 25 Recyclebank Points, only at Recyclebank.com

3.14.2011

Free HAPPYBABY Product



Take the Generation Happy Pledge on the HAPPYFAMILY facebook page and you will receive a coupon via email for a free product.
*Please note that this coupon could take up to a week to receive after taking the pledge.

3.10.2011

Amazon: 30% off Seventh Generation Products with free prime shipping!

Save 30% on Seventh Generation products when you order through Amazon Mom (free to sign up!) and select Subscribe & Save delivery! Use the code SEVCLEAN at check out. You will also get free prime shipping!


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3.09.2011

Wordless Wednesday: Yummm

It was that kind of day

Review: Vaska Herbatergent



I've mentioned a few times how much I love trying detergents... I guess it's one of the simple things I enjoy now that I'm a stay at home mom. Well, Vaska recently sent me a bottle of their Herbatergent to test out. Naturally I was excited, however, this was also due to the number of good things I've heard about Vaska products. In particular, Vaska's Herbatergent has quite a few benefits:
  • Hypo-allergenic – ideal for babies and people with sensitive skin
  • Safe on colors and all natural and synthetic washable fabrics
  • Softens fabrics naturally
  • Extends fabric life – no chemical damage, less lint
  • Reduces static electricity
  • Fresh, natural lavender fragrance (Light Lavender only)
  • 2x concentrated
  • Biodegradable
  • Graywater and septic tank safe
  • Formulated for high-efficiency (HE) and standard washers
  • Not tested on animals
 Also, the list of ingredients is nice and short (which I love to see!):
  • Plant-based surfactants
  • Vegetable conditioner
  • Water-soluble degreasing agent
  • Lavender extract
  • Lavender scent (Light Lavender only)
  • Filtered water
Here's another cool piece of information about Vaska:
"Vaska is among a select number of companies that have earned recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for the Environment Program (DfE). As a DfE partner, we have voluntarily committed to developing products that break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water. In 2008, Vaska was awarded “champion” status – the highest level of recognition under the EPA’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative."



My thoughts:
I've been using the scent-free Vaska Herbatergent for a couple weeks now. During this time, I've washed almost every type of laundry in the house, and enjoyed the clean and fresh results with each load. I even put the Herbatergent to the ultimate test by washing my dogs' crate blankets with it. The blankets are the dirtiest and stinkiest items of laundry in our house (especially with all the rain and mud we've had), so if this detergent could handle them I'm willing to bet it could handle anything! Sure enough, the dog blankets smelled amazingly better after just one wash, no extra rinse or odor removers necessary. Even with the scent-free Herbatergent my laundry smells incredible! What a relief because with my pregnant nose I'm particularly sensitive to odors (and perfumes) right now.

Overall, I'm very pleased with Vaska's Herbatergent. I think the best part other than the eco-friendly ingredients and cleaning power, is that a little detergent goes a long way! A small cap-full is all I need for most of my laundry loads. I also like that it is more liquid in consistency than gel like, because somehow I always get detergent on my hands or I spill it when doing laundry and the thick soap is harder to clean up. I'm also happy that Vaska products are available at stores like Target. Often I find a green product I love and then have trouble buying it locally. Plus at $9.99 a bottle, it is budget friendly!

Buy It: To find a store near you that carries Vaska products, click here.


Disclosure: I received a bottle of Vaska Herbatergent free of charge in order to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

3.08.2011

Groupon: Refer a friend and get a $20 credit!



Now through March 21st, refer friends to Groupon and when they purchase their first deal by the 21st, you will receive a $20 credit! That's double the normal reward!

Groupon is one of my favorite deal a day sites, I've purchased deals such as a $50 voucher to the Gap for $25 and a 16x20 photo canvas for $45. There have even been great deals for my favorite local sushi restaurant and Gourmet Pasture Beef - grass fed beef!

If you are new to Groupon, click here to join and see what deals are available in your city! Then don't forget to refer your friends!


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3.07.2011

The Mini Social: $20 Credit when 5 friends sign up!



Now through March 13th, you can get a $20 credit to The Mini Social when you invite 5 of your friends!

Plus your friends DO NOT have to buy anything for you to get the credit, they simply need to sign up. There’s no limit to the amount of credit you can build, so if you invite 10 friends, then you score $40, and so on. If, and when, your friends do decided to make a purchase, you’ll get an extra $10!

This cute Ore bag is $20, so FREE after your friends sign up!


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3.04.2011

Earth's Best Newborn Pack for $25 shipped!


Update 3/5: I just noticed that the price this morning went up to $47.36, I hope some of you caught the deal yesterday!


Right now, Amazon has the Earth's Best Newborn Gift Pack for only $25! Plus shipping is free! Items included in the pack are:
  • 2-boxes of Earth’s Best Rice Cereal
  • 1-box Earth’s Best Oat Cereal
  • 2-Earth’s Best Formula Sample Packs
  • 1-Earth’s Best 8.5oz – 2-in-1 Shampoo and Body Wash
  • 1-package Earth’s Best TenderCare Chlorine Free Newborn Diapers (size 1)
  • 1- 80-count tub Earth’s Best Wipes
  • 2-Earth’s Best Wipes’ refills
  • 1-box Earth’s Best All Purpose Wipes
Please note that prices on Amazon change all the time so act quickly!


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    3.03.2011

    Review: Way Basics Storage Cubes



    A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would soon be reviewing a couple storage cubes from Way Basics... Well, they've arrived, I assembled them, and I am now ready to report back. First let me start off by saying that this was the easiest item I have ever "assembled!" My sister was visiting while I was working on the cubes and she and I were laughing that they even came with instructions. It seems almost impossible to mess up the assembly. Since I don't like reading diagrams and following instructions when putting something together, I am very thankful it was not necessary this time. 


     Jacob trying to help assemble his new storage cubes

    Next, I was impressed with how light the storage cubes are! They are also surprisingly durable. Yet, my favorite feature has to be that Way Basics products are made from zBoards which are formaldehyde and VOC- free, and composed of 99% post-consumer recycled paper. 

    I'm very pleased with the quality and style of the storage cubes, and will definitely be ordering other items from Way Basics in the future! 





    Way Basics offered a discount code for my readers, it expires on 3/11/11! To save 10% off everything on their site, enter code: WBCAC10 when you check out.


    Disclosure: I was provided a discount code to purchase a product in exchange for writing a review.  

    Pampers Gifts to Grow: New 10 point code


    The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
    500000Pampers10 (10 points)!


    Disclosure: This post contains an invite link.