Making a difference in the world is something I’m teaching my 7 year old about. It’s important to remind her (and those we love) that this place is “bigger” than ourselves.  So, I couldn’t be prouder to team up with The J.M. Smucker Company with this sponsored post series for the Making a Natural Difference campaign.

Laura Scudders Make a Natural Difference #NaturalDifference

Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s and Adams Natural Peanut Butters have once again partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).

They know just how important it is to get outdoors and visit our local parks and if we are lucky enough, National Parks. I know that I feel so much better when I’m outdoors, both physically and mentally. As a mom, I’m always challenged to get outside more. This campaign is just what I needed….as you’ll see I’ve been taking more photos of the outdoors at some of my favorite parks we are visiting! One such place, the Natural Bridge Caverns here in Texas.

Natural Bridge Caverns dinosaur  #naturaldifference

I’m helping my daughter learn just how important nature is to us. Thankfully, she’s become quite the “nature scientist” and loves to learn and explore. As a result, I see her conserving water more and paying attention to ways we can help our little corner of the world. I love that.

And I’m always sure to bring some of my favorite protein snacks when we visit the parks like this. Here are a few of my favorite recipes I make over and over – yep, recipes and photos on the blog!

Natural Bridge Caverns #NaturalDifference

But first,to celebrate this partnership, Smucker’s has launched the Make a Natural Difference Photo Promotion where nature fans can submit a photo of their visit to a National Park for the chance to win a Sony DSLR camera, Shutterfly gift cards and more! How cool is that?

Enter here –> Make a Natural Difference Photo Promotion

You have until October 8, 2014 to submit your photos! I know some of you are so talented!

©/® The J.M. Smucker Company.

Now for some extra fun just for my readers!


One (1) lucky winner will receive a Prize Pkg (approx retail value $125) including:

  • $100 Shutterfly Gift Card
  • Laura Scudder’s Natural Peanut Butter products and stirrer

For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me how you plan to get outdoors and be active this month! That’s it!

You can earn one (1) extra entry for each of the following (leave as separate comments please for each entry):

2. Like A Frugal Friend on Facebook
3. Follow A Frugal Friend on Google +
4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest
5. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or in a reader
6. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
7. Follow Smuckers on Instagram
8. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
9. Follow Smuckers on Twitter
10. Tweet the following as is: Win a @Smuckers Prize Pkg featuring $100 Shutterfly Gift Card and more from @AFrugalFriend #NaturalDifference

Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Monday, September 22nd, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.


Our Back to School Fashion Style with Zappos! #ZapposStyle

by A Frugal Friend on September 10, 2014

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for I received product samples to facilitate my review. 

Back to School Fashion #ZapposStyle

It’s fall, and I couldn’t be more excited to see that fall weather is FINALLY making its appearance here in Texas. Over the next 7 days, we should see temperatures fall, with highs many days in the 80s or even 70s! I know!!

What that means for my daughter is that she’ll finally be able to wear the most adorable and fashionable outfit to school which I found while shopping on

What did I purchase? A complete look from head to toe of course!

Let’s start at the top, shall we?

Elephantito Corduroy A-Line Dress with Bow Collar

Yes, when I first spotted this Elephantito® A-line Dress I just couldn’t resist. With a short sleeve and beautiful paisley print, this dress is ideal for church, holiday parties, and yes, even school.

Best of all it’s machine washable! The only downside was that the material is corduroy – so we had to wait for fall to arrive! Perfect timing!


Sometimes my daughter needs a sweater, especially inside those classrooms. I’ve been on the hunt for a simple white cardigan – and to be honest, sometimes those are incredibly hard to find. Not at Zappos!

I discovered the perfect option in the white Lilly Pulitzer Arabelle Cardigan. Yes, who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?

The Arabelle cardigan by Lilly Pulitzer™ Kids is stunning – even more so in person! It has a little bit of a glittery look to it on the edges and flower, which makes it all that much more glamorous to my daughter. TIP: This sweater seems to run a tiny bit on the small side, so order a size up, especially if you are like me and want to use for more than one season.  Good thing for me is that has an amazing easy return policy! has an amazing selection of clothing for kids with brands like:

  • Under Armour
  • Nike
  • The Northface
  • Patagonia
  • Roxy
  • Volcom
  • Splendid
  • Tommy Hilfiger

Yes, from dresses to athletic wear and everything in between, they have it!

Stride Rite Claire #ZapposStyle


But no outfit would be complete without a great pair of shoes, ones that are both stylish and practical. I found exactly what I was looking for with Stride Rite Claire Shoes.

Stride Rite is always a brand I trust for my daughters feet. While athletic shoes are often worn to school, on those non-PE days, I love for her to look nice, like a little girl should. I was shopping for that classic mary jane shoe and found it! Better yet that it had the simple hook and loop closure – we still are learning how to tie our shoes here. :-) has a great selection of children’s shoes with brands like:

  • Nike
  • Stride Rite
  • New Balance
  • Converse
  • Keen
  • Pediped

Head to for Back to School fashion – you’ll be glad you did!

Be sure to follow Zappos on PinterestFacebook and Twitter!


Collective Bias Twitter Party Disclosure


Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party to chat about how Walmart Family Mobile can make tailgating a fun and memorable experience!  On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12pm EST, please join us for the #MobileTailgate Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing tailgating fun and fall sports with the lowest priced unlimited plans and giving you a chance to win prizes!

It’s fall! Around here, (TEXAS), though it’s still 100 degrees out,  that means one thing - football!  And while my husband and I have different teams we’ll cheer on, the one thing I’ve learned is that football brings our family together, extended family. You’ll find my husband texting with all his brothers and sister on gameday and that’s why I’m excited to learn more about how Walmart Family Mobile.  Join me in chatting about how unlimited talk text and data can help save us money while bonding with friends and family over a national past-time – FOOTBALL.

DATE: Thursday, September 18th

TIME:  12-1 pm ET

EARLY BIRD PRIZE: 1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

PRIZES: 2  - (1) $100 Walmart Gift Cards

BONUS PRIZES: 3 – (1) $50 Walmart Gift Card & (1) Alcatel One Touch Evolve Fierce smartphone

GRAND PRIZE:   1- $150 Walmart Gift Card & 1 LG Optimus L90 smartphone

HOSTS:@dawnchats, @blueviolet, @littlemamajama. @AFrugalFriendand @tsue1136

SPECIAL GUEST: @FamilyMobile

RULES: #MobileTailgate Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID: #MobileTailgate Twitter Party Page


How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP: How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that option checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats


I’ve heard about Invisalign Teen for years, so I’m excited to bring you this sponsored post where we can both learn about it. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Will she need braces

Will she need braces? I’ve been wondering about this, to be honest, ever since before she was born.

You see, not only did her mama need braces once, but she needed them twice!

Yes…..I had braces twice.

So I’ve always wondered, worried, about her teeth. But really, there wasn’t anything I could really tell, or so I thought, until she started losing teeth. That started almost one year ago. Now, I’m concerned. I see some obvious overcrowding issues. Good thing we have a dentist’s appointment coming up.

But here’s the thing. A lot has happened in the world of “teeth” and “orthodontia” since I was a kid.

It’s been 30+ years. I had traditional braces (twice), but what was all this talk I’m hearing about Invisalign? I’ve been curious for a while now, so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

Invisalign Teen

In fact, I just learned something new tonight that’s important to me as the mom of a 7-year old.

Myth: I don’t need to take my child to see an orthodontist until they are a teenager.

Setting it Straight: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking children for their first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. The American Dental Association says this is because, “Your child’s dentist can spot problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth early on, while the primary teeth are present.”

And while I could have expected this since I myself started braces in 4th grade, it’s good to note!

In fact, Invisalign helps parents out with “Questions for your doctor” –> What is Invisalign?. I’m printing this off for my appointment with my daughter’s dentist this month.

I had a really horrible over-bite, hence the need for braces twice. The first time, just to protect my teeth in case I ever took a really bad fall. So, I wondered… Invisalign as good as traditional braces for bigger issues like I had?

Myth: Invisalign can only treat minor or cosmetic issues.

Setting it Straight: Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of orthodontic issues including severe bite issues. From underbite to crossbite, deepbite to and overly crowded to widely spaced, advancements to Invisalign’s patented technology continues to increase the complexity of issues that can be treated.

I really like the idea of Invisalign Teen (NOTE: it’s available to pre-teens and teens alike), since kids can play sports, sing, and even go out on dates without the nervousness and fear that traditional braces can bring.

Why? It’s removable!

Oh, how cool is that! Seriously what I would have given for Invisalign in my day! No food restrictions! I remember the fun I had when my braces were taken off – popcorn, etc!!

Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child and check out this great Smart Path to Straight Teeth Infographic.

Learn more on the Invisalign Website and be sure to follow Invisalign on Twitter and Invisalign on Facebook.

Invisalign is hosting this amazing giveaway too!

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Have you had experience with Invisalign? Talked to your dentist or orthodontist? I’d love to hear!


Get to Know Cristela and Black-ish, New Fall TV Shows on ABC

by A Frugal Friend on September 7, 2014

I’m getting to know the new fall tv shows on ABC as part of this sponsored campaign, and with the family dynamics of these two shows, we’re bound to laugh.


I think many parents (and young adults) will be able to relate to Cristela , the new ABC fall show which features Cristela, a young adult in her 6th year of law school. Yes, I said 6th.

Yikes. I can imagine what her family has to say about this. A comedy no doubt!

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate.

Let’s have a sneak peek, shall we?

Ha – oh, yes, many will relate! 6th year in law school, unpaid internship, and she lives with her sister and brother in law? Oh, this is bound to be fun. Be sure to follow Cristela on Facebook!

Series Premiere Friday, October 10 at 8:30|7:30c on ABC!


Next up is a  new family comedy From Executive Producers Anthony Anderson & Laurence Fishburne and I happened to catch a sneak peek of it last week during The Story of Frozen, Making a Disney Animated Classic.

Black-ish is coming to ABC Wednesdays this fall!

Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?

With a little help from his dad, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

Let’s check it out:

“Black-ish” premieres Wednesday, Sept 24 at 9:30|8:30c on ABC!

Be sure to like Blackish on Facebook!

So what do you think so far of the new fall tv shows on ABC? Which one are you looking forward to the most?


New Pampers #BabyGotMoves Giveaway!

by A Frugal Friend on September 6, 2014

Calling all parents of little ones! You’ll love this Giveaway featuring some goodies for your little one!

Welcome to the Pampers #BabyGotMoves Giveaway!

Pampers Baby Got Moves


A dry baby= a happy baby and a happy baby = a happy family. Therefore, when baby wakes up dry, it’s party time! To celebrate, Pampers is asking parents to show off their baby’s morning dance routine by uploading videos to Instagram and Facebook using hashtag #BabyGotMoves. Uploaded videos have the chance to appear in a shareable compilation video created by Pampers at the close of the initiative.

Seems that Pampers knows how important it is to keep baby dry all night. Their Baby Dry diapers are meant to keep your baby dry ALL NIGHT, up to 12 hours.

You can follow Pampers on Twitter and Facebook for more funny #BabyGotMoves moments and special offers!

Win it!!!

Erica at Mama’s Mission and I want to give one lucky reader will receive an awesome #BabyGotMoves prize pack, ARV $100. It will include the following to help show off your baby’s moves:

  • Homedics Jam Plus Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
  • Baby Einstein Octoplush
  • Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Get Movin’ Music Player
  • The Baby Hustle: An Interactive Book with Wiggles and Giggles!
  • Pampers Sensitive Wipes
  • Pampers Baby Dry Diapers

The giveaway will begin on 9/5/14 at 7pm and end on 9/19/14 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US, who are at least 18 years of age. One entrant per household and/or IP address. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. You must enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: The participating bloggers have not been compensated for sharing this giveaway. The sponsor holds the sole responsibility for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For question or to see your product featured, please email Erica.

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Be Careful What You Wish For….But to be honest, I always wish for an amazing movie to come out on Christmas Day. A movie that I can look forward to watching over the holiday week. And with Disney’s Into the Woods featuring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, it looks my wish is coming true………

into the woods

You combine amazing actors like Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp into one film, and I predict a massive holiday hit.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Classic tales with the modern day twist all in one movie! I’m intrigued and impressed, especially with it being a musical! I was not expecting that.

  • Cinderella
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Rapunzel

Into the Woods Meryl Streep #intothewoods

Do you recognize Meryl Streep? Is there noone she can become? I’m always impressed by her ever-changing looks. What a talent she is.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

Into the Woods Johnny Depp Big Bad Wolf #IntotheWoods

Oh, and Johnny Depp – well, he plays the Big Bad Wolf! Looks like Disney is keeping the big look under wraps for now with only teasers like this one!

“It’s a very grown-up piece in many ways, and there’s a lot of entertainment and a lot of fun to it, but it doesn’t shy away from any of those adult themes at all.” -Director, Rob Marshall

Here’s a sneak peek at what is to come:

Like Into the Woods on Facebook and follow Disney Pictures on Twitter!

I’ll be ready this Christmas, will you?