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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

World Habitat Day!

One my favorite charity organizations is Habitat For Humanity. I have seen them build up homes in the neighborhood and on the news for families in need and the impact they have made on the communities truly is remarkable.

Who they are and what they do:
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit

How it affects the World:

The United Nations has designated the first Monday each October as
World Habitat Day.

This year on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. and around the world, please join Habitat for Humanity in support of this global observance as we come together and declare that the lack of decent, affordable housing is unacceptable.

According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security.

U.S. Housing Facts
  • About 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including a high-cost burden, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. (National Low Income Housing Coalition: 2004)

  • One in three American households spend more than 30 percent of income on housing, and one in seven spends more than 50 percent. (Joint Center for Housing Studies: 2006)

  • The number of low-income families that lack safe and affordable housing is related to the number of children that suffer from asthma, viral infections, anemia, stunted growth and other health problems. About 21,000 children have stunted growth attributable to the lack of stable housing; 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 9 are hospitalized for asthma attacks each year because of cockroach infestation at home; and more than 180 children die each year in house fires attributable to faulty electrical heating and electrical equipment. (Sandel, et al: 1999)
Global poverty facts
  • By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)

  • One out of every three city dwellers – nearly a billion people – lives in a slum. (Slum indicators include: lack of water, lack of sanitation, overcrowding, non-durable structures and insecure tenure.) (UN-HABITAT: 2006)

  • UN-Habitat has reported that because of poor living conditions, women living in slums are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than their rural counterparts, and children in slums are more likely to die from water-borne and respiratory illness. (UN-HABITAT: 2006)

  • Housing formation generates non-housing related expenditures that help drive the economy. (Kissick, et al: 2006)

  • Investing in housing expands the local tax base. (Kissick, et al: 2006)
The theme for World Habitat Day 2009 is "Planning our Urban Future"
Celebrations of World Habitat Day in Washington, D.C. will be an excellent opportunity to foster global discussion and raise the profile of shelter and urban issues at the national and international level. Events in the United States and around the world include policy forums, award presentations, luncheons, dinners, house-building and exhibitions.

What you can do to help:

Advocate - Educate - Donate

ADVOCATE, deliver a strong message to Congress: Make housing a priority. Pass legislation that would prioritize adequate and affordable housing.
Ask Congress to Make Housing A Priority on World Habitat Day!

EDUCATE your community with Habitat for Humanity’s World Habitat Day handbook to learn more about the importance of secure tenure and neighborhood revitalization. Get even more information about the issue of insecure tenure by reading Habitat’s Shelter Report: building a secure future through effective land policies.

Brainstorm ways to get more people involved. Learn from the successes of last year’s campaign, and come up with brand-new ways to celebrate and publicize the important work of Habitat for Humanity.

Take a virtual tour of the Capotillo informal settlement in the Dominican Republic and put yourself in the shoes of those who live in a broken community of violence, poverty and danger.

Link to Habitat for Humanity’s World Habitat Day 2009 resources page on your social media pages, personal web site or blog to spread the word and raise awareness.

DONATE to be a part of making the world a better place and support Habitat’s efforts.
Donate online today!

So many people need your help!
Spread the word on social networks!
Habitat for Humanity is on Twitter:


The Goods: Tuesday 9/29

The BEST CONTEST GOING ON RIGHT NOW!! SERIOUSLY! a leading e-commerce provider of consumer goods and services
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Monday, September 28, 2009

The Goods: Monday 9/28


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If your cables and wires are lookin' a mess, like mine are (sorry honey)
then this is a great contest for you! I know my hubby would love to win this contest! is giving you a chance to win $100 store credit.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Goods: Thursday 9/24

TODAY..if you hurry.. you can get a FREE Oreo Lil’ Rounder at Carvel from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.! You can also get $3 off an 18-pack through 9/30.
Also get a FREE 3-oz. Make-A-Wish Creation with
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The first 80,000 people who submit a time-saving after-school organizational tip will receive a coupon by mail for a FREE four-pack box of Uncrustables sandwiches!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CSN Baby Giveaway and Review

About the Company:
Based in Boston, CSN Stores LLC began in 2002 by CSN founders, Niraj Shah and Steven Conine. Since then CSN has grown rapidly into a Top 3 online U.S. retailer of home and office goods with 400+ employees. Beyond providing unparalleled selection and customer service to our U.S. customers, CSN Stores has opened its doors to online shoppers from Canada and the United Kingdom, as well. Recently, CSN was named to the Hot 100 List of online retailers for 2009. CSN Stores, LLC offers unparalleled customer service with highly trained customer representatives, the best selection of home and office furniture and accessories anywhere, and significant savings –- all simultaneously.

How many online stores does CSN maintain? 200+
CSN Baby is one of their stores that offer their customers furniture, accessories and toys for parents who want unique and high quality products for their children.

My Review of a CSN baby Product:
I was given a product to review from CSN I chose the


* Made with translucent Kumo paper
* Supported by a metal frame
* Removable electrical cord
* UL listed
* Requires a 25-Watt candelabra bulb
* Dimensions: 6.5" H x 8" W

Our Thoughts:
To be honest my kids haven't had a night-light for a few years.
The last one we had was a cheap store bought one from Wal-Mart.
The Cosmo Cow was shipped to us and the kids were so excited to open it up.
The only thing I had to do to set up the light was to put the light bulb holder in place.
Then twist in the light bulb that was provided with the lamp. Plug it in and turn on the switch. There was no need for tools or in other words, I didn't need to ask my husband for help. ;) It's been about a5 days since the kids have had their cute whimsical little night light and they really seem to sleep better using it. I can actually close their bedroom door and I don't hear them whining about the dark. So for me as a mom, this is a great help at bedtime.
Especially when all I want to do is get some sleep! The soft glow is relaxing for their little eyes and easy on our power bill. Another plus is that it's not too bulky and doesn't take up very much space on top of their dresser.

This is a great product and company that I would honestly recommend! I love that they have unique items that are affordable and so cute!
Thanks CSN!


5 out of 5 stars!!

Here are some other great baby products they have to offer that I
would love to have:

Cheap Baby Cribs
and bedding

Rock 'N Roll Upholstered Rocking Chair


One of my beautiful readers will win
either an area rug or lamp that is equal to or
less than $37.32

  1. Visit CSN
  2. Let me know in the comments what
product (either a rug or lamp)
you want if you win and you are entered!

**If you do any of these extras, please let me know in another comment so it can be counted.**
  • Shout me out on your blog, tweet, Facebook!
Here is tweet example you can use just copy and paste it:

RT: WIN a $37.00 product from CSN!

(3 extra entries)
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If you are already a follower, you don't have to worry about
commenting again I will be sure to count you in for extra entries!

This contest will end:
September 28th, 2009
@ Midnight MST




Friday, September 18, 2009

Walmart Your Zone $500 Gift Card Giveaway

I personally want to shout out this wonderful contest on A Happy Hippy Mom's Blog!!
I love her blog and I recently won the last Gift Card Giveaway! So I hope you will enter her 2nd $500 Wal-Mart Giveaway because it ends tomorrow!! HURRY!!
And let me know if you win!!

Click on the contest link below:


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Free $25 Gift From Aveda

Click here to print this coupon

(Can be redeemed at a participating Aveda location.)

and get a free tube of Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener.

(thru 9/30/09)

Also be sure to sign up for their Birthday Program and get a

free personal blends Pure Fume

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worth $25 on your birthday!

Check out more great freebies from Aveda.

to try it for FREE at GNC
or The Vitamin Shoppe. Coupon expires 12/31/2009.Free Crochet and Knitting Patterns eBook from Red Heart Yarn

Grab a FREE Chocolate Chip Cookie at Mrs. Fields from 11am-1pm!offers high value coupons and send out free gift packs!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday Goods: Free Wipes

$2 off coupon for ANY Huggies Diaper Product!!
At my local Walmart the Huggies Baby Wipes are $2.37 a box. Remember when printing the coupon to hit the back button and you can print it again (2 times max.).

Here's a breakdown:

2 boxes of Huggies Baby Wipes- under $2 a box or $2.37 -ish
Use Two $2/1 Coupon:
-Print here for Internet Explorer
-Print here for FF (Firefox)
=FREE or .37 cents!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Luvs "Take A Stand" Campaign

Luvs is stepping up and taking a stand, with their "Take A Stand” campaign. This campaign encourages moms to unite and take a stand on things that are important to them! With this economy and a changing world, it's a great time for moms to take a stand!

On September 15, visit and you will receive a $5 coupon

off a pack of Luvs diapers!

Be sure to hurry because
this coupon will go fast!

Campaign spokeswoman Marissa Jaret Winokur (Tony-award winning actress in "Hairspray", “Dancing with the Stars” contestant, and host of Oxygen Network’s “Dance Your Ass Off”) and Luvs want to know what you stand for too – this is why they’ve created a spot for you to share your own inspiring “take a stand” story with other moms within the Luvs online community.

Luvs is committed to empowering moms everywhere to stand up for what really matters to them – from saying no to high prices to trusting your gut when it comes to parenting.

Simply put - Luvs loves moms, and understands that with all your priorities in life, the last thing you want to do is over-think diapers. You just want to feel confident that they work, and you don’t want to ‘pay-up’ for that either. Pass these "GOODS" along to your mom-friends!
Was there a time when you drew the line and took a stand?

o Don’t forget to share the coupon on Twitter by clicking here!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

I am very excited to announce an upcoming review and giveaway here on The Mama Hoods Goods. I will be reviewing, and I will also host a giveaway of one of their products following my review. is great source for the latest fashionable designs. Their website features high quality baby furniture, cheap baby cribs, accessories and more! So please keep following my blogs for more great product reviews and giveaways!!


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