Treat Mom to Gifts from C. Wonder

Just a few more days till Mother’s Day! Consider this your final warning to prepare to blow Mom away on Sunday.  If you are still running around town to find the perfect way to honor Mom, stop and locate your nearest C. Wonder retail store.

C. Wonder offers women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares and home decor, great gifts, and delightful surprises at every turn. Our design teams create a wide-ranging assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products for all areas of our customer’s life. Our stores offer unexpected touches at every turn: rich interior furnishings; monogramming on select products; an open door return policy; and payment transactions anywhere in the store. Additional stores will open across the country and internationally in 2014 and beyond.
C. Wonder has put together some great ideas for Mom to take the guess work out of your last minute shopping.  I received a few fun items from the list that are sure to be staples in my wardrobe.  First off, I love this printed tote which is the perfect accessory to any summer outfit.
But if you are looking for something more personal, consider the Paved Edge Delicate Initial Cuff.  I received my own initial, but a great idea for Mom would be to order a bracelet with the initial of her child.  Wearing multiple bracelets is on trend and a fun way to showcase your kiddos!
If your Mom loves to decorate her home rather than accessorize herself, C. Wonder has plenty of home goods as well.  I love the Porcelain Word Plates and think they would make the perfect addition to any bedside table or mantel.

Ready to shop?  Print out a copy of this blog post and present it to a store associate at your local C. Wonder store (check of the location at The Summit in Birmingham) between now and May 10th to receive a scratch off card for up to 30% off your purchase!

Compensation was provided by C. Wonder via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of C. Wonder or Momtrends. 

Just in Time for Mother’s Day: Jord Wood Watches

This post was written by the Experimental Dad.  While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.

The Steve Miller Band once stated, “Time keeps on slippin’ into the future.”  But, what is the future of time?  It very well could be a wood watch from Jord, which I recently had the pleasure to review.  I must admit, I am very particular about watches. I don’t like them too big, too small, or too flashy (I usually feel like Goldilocks trying to pick a bed).  However, the “Black” Fieldcrest Series was just right.

I would like to say that there was only one thing that caught my eye when I opened the box, however, there were multiple things.  First was the overall appearance.  Simply put, the watch is beautiful; a black wood grained face (30mm diameter) set on a dark brown bezel (39 mm) and band (20mm) with stainless steel hands.  The finish is of the highest quality, and the color scheme accentuates the grain of the wood perfectly.  The next thing that I noticed was the weight of the watch.  This watch is extremely light, fulfilling Jord’s quest to get back to nature and away from common metal and rubber components that are not very Earth friendly.

Now, the Fieldcrest is not the only style watch that Jord makes.  The website shows 6 different series which can appeal to a variety of tastes for both men and women.  By combining different colors and wood grains from the variety of woods used in making the watches which include bamboo, maple, sandlewood, Blackwood, cherry and teak, each watch is unique.  Plus, the Citizen Miyota movement, used in the Fieldcrest ensures accurate time.

The Fieldcrest, which sells for $120, would make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, or for any other occasion that requires a present.  If you don’t have an occasion to give one as a gift for someone else, reward yourself with one—you won’t be disappointed.  Just be prepared for people to ask to see your watch, because in addition to a time piece, it’s a conversation piece.

Don’t miss any news or specials by following Jord Wood Watches on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dinner and a Movie with #SummerBlockbusterEvent

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  As a member of the Review Crew, I am compensated for my time and effort.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

If you are looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, look no further.  A quiet dinner and a movie with adult conversation?  I’m sold!  Thank Mom for all of her daily sacrifices by taking advantage of Specials by, the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide, wants to help kick-start your summer with a blockbuster event! Whether you’re celebrating mom or just looking for a night out, enjoy this Specials by Dinner and A Movie deal. With this exclusive offer from Specials by, you’ll get two movie tickets to use at one of your favorite movie theaters along with a $50 eGift Card, all for just $28!

Don’t miss out on this show stopping event as this offer is only available for a limited time! Specials by deals make great gift ideas for everyone. Simply locate your theater and you’ll be on your way!

Where will you take Mom this Mother’s Day?

Help Eradicate the Big Bad “Double C” with Aflac #Duckprints

This giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Aflac. I was compensated to participate in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people immediately started asking if I wanted a boy or girl. Since we had trouble conceiving, I honestly didn’t care. I just wanted a happy and healthy baby.  I am fortunate to have two healthy girls but I know some children are not as lucky.

In 2007, approximately 10,400 children age 15 or younger were diagnosed with cancer in the United States and cancer remains the leading cause of death by illness in the U.S. in this age group. But the good news is that according to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rates for all childhood cancers combined increased from 58.1 percent in 1977 to 79.6 percent in 2003.  And great companies like Aflac are helping to increase this number!

The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest childhood cancer centers in the country which is committed to providing childhood cancer patients a brighter future through advanced medical treatment, family-centered care, a child-friendly environment and innovative research. Aflac is proud to have donated more than $87 million to the Aflac Cancer Center, with the goal of reaching $100 million by the end of 2015.

To help reach their goal, Aflac is using #Duckprints to raise awareness and donations to eradicate childhood cancer. And the best part?  You can help!

  • Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center for every #Duckprints tweet/retweet on Twitter or post/share on Facebook from now through Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11th)

To inspire your tweets and Facebook posts, I wanted to share the story of a courageous woman who’s life was saved and enhanced by the Aflac Cancer Center.  Her name is Trisha Henry Gaffney.

On Valentine’s Day 1996, 19-year-old Trisha was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive tumor usually found in the head, neck, hands or feet of young children. Trisha’s was the first reported case to occur in the right ureter. After going through surgery to remove her right kidney, ureter and a portion of her bladder, Trisha spent a year at the Aflac Cancer Center undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

Her treatment ended in April 1997, and she was ready to put her focus on all of the positive forces in her life. In 1998, a friend encouraged Trisha to visit the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. The Aflac Cancer Center provides specialized, long-term follow-up care and helps identify and treat problems associated with the effects of cancer treatment to help survivors lead a full life, including school, work and a family of their own. However, the idea of going to even more doctors didn’t sit well with Trisha.

You don’t want your cancer to define you,” Trisha said, “but as you get older, you realize it plays a much bigger part in your life than you’re willing to admit.”

After several years of going to general doctors for check-ups, Trisha finally made an appointment with the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center. During her first appointment at the Cancer Survivor Program, Trisha received her health records and was able to gain a broad understanding of her entire health history, including her treatments and the issues they could cause, called late effects.

After meeting with the Medical Director, Trisha went to a fertility specialist, who delivered some devastating news. The lab work showed Trisha’s chemotherapy and 23 radiation treatments had wreaked havoc on her body. Only one ovary was functional, and the radiation had damaged her uterus; she was approaching an early menopause, and would not be able to carry a child.

“It’s devastating when you can’t have a family,” Trisha said. “I froze my eggs that year. I thought, ‘Screw you, cancer! I want my own kid.’”

After her sister’s best friend offered to be a surrogate, Trisha and husband Andrew became parents to Isabella in April 2013. Isabella just celebrated her first birthday, and this Mother’s Day will mark Trisha’s second, thanks to the Aflac Cancer Center and its programs.

“If I hadn’t had my friend telling me to go to the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer Center,” Trisha said, “I wouldn’t have my daughter.”

Armed with the knowledge about her medications, treatments and the potential challenges ahead, Trisha is empowered to be an advocate for her own health. She knows it is survivorship that defines her ‒ not cancer.

Everyone loves a happy ending, right? Help Aflac provide more happy endings and eradicate childhood cancer by tweeting this inspirational story using #Duckprints.  Don’t forget that for every tweet or Facebook post using the hashtag, Aflac will donate $2 to the Aflac Cancer Center.

Surely Trisha will enjoy her Mother’s Day and you can help one Mom have a stress-free Mother’s Day, too!  One of my Experimental Mommy readers will win a $50 gift card! Enter below:

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Surprise Mom with a Bouquet from PassionRoses {Giveaway}

Head’s up!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  How do you plan to honor your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Godmother or Wife?  I know it seems cliche, but I absolutely love hearing my doorbell ring and receiving a beautiful bouquet of roses.  There is just something about the surprise that makes me feel on top of the World.  Not to mention, once I display them in my home, I smile everytime I look at them.  It’s the gift that makes my whole week!

I want to help you provide that same feeling for that special person in your life this Mother’s Day.  Have you heard of PassionRoses?

Grown in Bogota, Columbia, PassionRoses bouquets can be found in more than 5,000 retail and grocery stores across the US in every color imaginable!  Since 2011, PassionRoses has been the “Official Rose of the Miss America Pageant.” PassionRoses was also selected by the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses to become the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Game,” and the “Official Rose of the Rose Bowl Stadium.” We can assure you these roses are the best of the best!

PassionRoses is a family-oriented company from Bogota, Colombia dedicated to providing the highest-quality roses, both in beauty and sustainability.  They are committed to supporting the communities where they live through education, donations and community outreach and have been voted one of the best places to work in Columbia.  After checking out their website, I can see why they have received top honors!  I’m actually not a fan of red roses, so I love the fact that you can choose from many different colors such as pink, white, orange, yellow and purple.

As a gift to each one of my readers, PassionRoses has given you all a 10% off  promo code.  Simply use code ROSES4MOM upon check out by using this link or clicking the graphic above.  And as a special treat, I am giving away two dozen roses to EIGHT winners! Enter below:
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Looking for an Incredible Mother’s Day Gift? Try CruiseWise!

Still not sure what you are getting mom for Mother’s Day? How about a vacation! I know what you’re thinking: planning a family vacation is expensive and even after you purchase the flight and hotel, you’ve got food and entertainment to worry about. Then there’s the matter of getting everyone to agree on a single activity, which can be a lot like asking kids to share the same toy.  I’m exhausted already!  And as patient as one may be, a vacation with a handful of unsatisfied children probably isn’t mom’s idea of “getting away.” A cruise, however, is all-inclusive and makes a great alternative to a Mother’s Day gift the whole family can enjoy!

CruiseWise is featuring a Mother’s Day special deal: Use promo code ILOVEMOM and get $50 in onboard credit plus flowers and a bottle of wine delivered to your stateroom. Travel over any future date, but this special deal expires on May 14, 2012.  What a great way to pamper Mom!
So, before you decide to get her another bottle of perfume, treat mom to a vacation the whole family will love or send her and her friends on the retreat she deserves. With the onboard credit, it is easy to turn a short cruise into a rejuvenating spa weekend at sea or a chance for her to let down her hair and dance the night away without having to be home before bedtime!

Here’s a few of my favorite cruise getaways perfect for Mom that are available on CruiseWise!


5-Night Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy starting at $209

7-Night Cruise to Mexico on Carnival Splendor starting at $369

7-Night Cruise to Alaska on the Coral Princess starting at $479

6-Night Mediterranean Cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas starting at $308

4-Night Cruise to Canada on the Carnival Glory starting at $299

Happy Mother’s Day!

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While I was compensated for my time and effort, all opinions remain 100% mine.

Great Gift Ideas for Mom from Red Envelope {$75 Giveaway}

Heads Up!  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th…just two short weeks away.  Do you have a gift for your Mom?  Don’t get stuck buying something impersonal from a local convenient store. Check out the thoughtful and unique selection of gift ideas for Mothers Day from Red Envelope.

I have been a long time customer of Red Envelope and have honestly loved every piece I have received.  For this review, I selected the silver crescent and pearl earrings as a Mother’s Day treat for myself!  About the product:

Suggesting a new moon and its embracing gesture, the shape of these artisan-inspired earrings provides both nurturing comfort and style. Each silver crescent drops from a simple hook and surrounds an iridescent mother-of-pearl disc. Exclusively from RedEnvelope.

The earrings arrived today in a beautiful red box with white ribbon.  I immediately knew they would be perfect for my anniversary dinner with my husband, so out of the box they came!  I was a little afraid that the earrings would be too heavy, but they were quite comfortable.

If you are looking for great gift ideas for Mom, check out the customized birthstone jewelry or even the personalized hand stamped necklaces.  I have never been disappointed by any item ordered from Red Envelope!  The silver crescent and pearl earrings pictured here can be purchased for $89.95.


One winner will receive a $75 gift code to Red Envelope!

How to Enter:

1. Visit Red Envelope and tell me how you would spend your $75 gift code!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Red Envelope (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @RedEnvelope on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Limited to 10 a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and Red Envelope on Facebook.

5. Place my blog button on your sidebar.

6.  Subscribe to my feed.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 16th.  Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. Thank you to Red Envelope for supplying the product for review.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

Let Your Mom Know She’s Special with ProFlowers! {Giveaway}

Is it already the middle of April? Really? Where has the time gone? I feel like it was just Christmas! With Mardi Gras and Easter being much later this year, I feel like everything has been incredibly hectic. Before you know it, school will be out and Summer will be in full swing.  Consider this your warning that Mother’s Day is not far away!

Mother's Day Flowers This year, Mother’s Day is May 8th. Have you decided how you would like to honor your Mother? ProFlowers has made it incredibly easy by providing products for every budget and style in their new Mother’s Day Collection.  You can get one dozen gorgeous long stemmed pink roses for only $39.99!  Or spoil Mom with a year of seeds to give her a continuous gift!

After looking through the enormous selection, I decided to treat myself to the Pretty & Precious Bouquet which featured some of my favorite flowers.  Guaranteed to last at least 7 days, the bouquet includes tulips, carnations, Pink Hyacinth, Peach Gerbera Daisies and Freesia.  The bouquet arrived quickly in a professionally packaged box.  The flowers were in excellent condition and instructions for care and arranging were included.  After cutting the tips, I arranged the bouquet and proudly displayed the flowers in my bedroom.  It has been 3 days since the bouquet arrived and the flowers are still gorgeous!

If you are looking to surprise your Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, Wife or special person this Mother’s Day, make sure you check out all that has to offer.


If you “like” ProFlowers on Facebook, you will receive 20% off your order! Interested in more coupons?  Check out the ProFlowers Coupon Page for free vase, free weekday delivery and more!


Want to send flowers to someone special this Mother’s Day?  One reader will receive

a $50 gift card code to!

How to Enter:

1. Visit and tell me how you would spend your gift card!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) and @ProFlowers on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! No more than 10 tweets a day, please. (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for additional entries.)

3. Subscribe to my blog.

4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog and ProFlowers on Facebook.

5.  Place my banner on your sidebar.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 2nd. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to continental U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of  the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a different experience with the product.  A product was received to facilitate this review, but all opinions remain 100% honest.

Last minute Mother’s Day ideas!

Ok, Mother’s Day is only 7 days away! Do you have a gift to make your Mom feel special? Check out these great gift ideas:

Show Mom you love her with flowers from FTD!

ftd The Perfectly Pink Rose Bouquet is a symbolic expression of gratitude, grace and appreciation. Our finest pink roses arrive to form a traditional bouquet that creates an ideal gift for any occasion throughout the year.”  Get 12 stems in a vase for only $49.99!  In the off chance that my husband is reading this post, I really think these are just gorgeous….hint, hint! Another great option from FTD is the Vera Wang Warmhearted Moments bouquet!  Just stunning colors!

personalcreation Mom not a fan of flowers?  No problem!  The photo messenger bag from Personal Creations would be great for any new Mom about to head back to work. “Our Messenger Bag is the perfect size for books, notebooks, or folders. Features an adjustable shoulder strap and zipper closure. Just choose a color or black and white digital image to upload, and we’ll reproduce it onto the front panel that snaps onto the bag.” There is still 3 days left to order for guaranteed Mother’s Day delivery!  Hurry!

Personalized gifts are always a hit with Mom!  Try an engraved frame, garden stone or T-shirt!  Whatever you decide on for Mom, I’m sure she will love it if it came from the heart!

Happy Mother’s Day!