Back-to-School *GIVEAWAY* $50 Gift Card to Westfield North County and VIP Event



My favorite commercial will always be that old Staples one - you know, the father skipping through the aisles to the tune of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" while the kids pout? Yup. It's that time of year again...


While I know we have mixed feelings about this - the structure, making lunches, etc - all of us are happy to have a little more kid-free time in our day. And to celebrate this WONDERFUL time of the year, I'm teamed up with Westfield North County mall to give one lucky reader a $50 mall gift card and VIP passes to the Unlock the Fun event on August 25th at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Do you have a Teen or Tween? Or maybe a kid that thinks they are? (raises hand) Then you can't miss this fun BTS event next week!


Westfield North County is welcoming the back-to-school season with its FREE, family-friendly ‘Unlock the Fun’ fashion event, helping teens and tweens “unlock” the hot styles and trends for the new school year. Four ‘Unlock the Fun’ stations will be located throughout the shopping mall:

Ask A Stylist- San Diego-based national style expert Jennifer Rosson, founder/owner of Style Your Life and an elite Stylist For Hire hand-picked by “What Not To Wear's” Stacy London, will be on-hand to offer her personal styling tips and share the hottest back-to-school trends for tweens and teens. (Located at: Level 2, near Nordstrom)

Braid Bar & Nail Art: Bellus Academy will host a Braid Bar offering back-to- school worthy do’s and mini-manis complete with colorful nail art. (Located at: Level 1, Target court)

Mini-Makeovers: Make-up artists from leading UK-based cult brand Boots Cosmetics, available at Target, will be giving shoppers glam mini- makeovers and sharing their expert beauty and skincare tips. (Located at: Level 1, Target court)

Locker Installation: Daily from Thursday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 25,th during mall hours, shoppers at WNC can text to receive a combination that may unlock one of five colorful, oversized interactive lockers featuring fabulous prizes including an iPad Mini, gift cards and concert tickets to some of the hottest acts in music today. (Located at: Level 1, center court).

Additionally, daily from Thursday, August 22nd to Sunday, August 25,th during mall hours, shoppers at WNC can text to receive a combination that may unlock one of five colorful, oversized interactive lockers featuring fabulous prizes from WNC’s retailers.

Texting one of the SMS phrases to 51515 will give shoppers the chance to receive the code to open a locker holding surprises like, Maroon 5 concert tickets, on-trend clothing, an iPad Mini, back to school supplies and giftcards

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Winner will receive:

-  $50 Westfield North County gift card.

-  The opportunity to attend (along with one guest) the Unlock the Fun VIP

event on Sunday, August 25th at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This includes:

- Meet and greet with Style Expert Jennifer Rosson.

- Experience the four Unlock the Fun stations prior to the general public.

- Beverage and dessert reception. 

GOOD LUCK and Happy Shopping!

Get Ready For Valentine's Day! Giveaway: 50 cards and a Custom iPhone Case from Tiny Prints!


Okay, I may have a slight obsession with cards. 

I moved on quickly from obsessing over Holiday pictures and cards to obsessing over Valentine's Day cards and pictures. WHAT? You buy the Dora the Explorer fold-overs from the drugstore? FOR SHAME! 

When it comes to Valentine's Day cards, I love a custom card. Over the past few years I've stamped, cut and created some pretty cute cards. But this year, with both kids having upwards of 30 kids in their classes, I'm opting for an easier way out. But you know I'm not forgoing the cute-factor. 

So this year, I'm ordering cards from Tiny Prints. 

From superheroes to cupcakes to mustaches, the selection of classrooms cards is perfect for all ages and personalities. For Lucas we are going MUSTACHE with matching lollipops and for Zoe we are thinking **PINK SPARKLES** - since pink and sparkle are pretty much her middle names. 


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 Also - if you are looking for a fun gift for the iPhone lover in your life, check out Tiny Print's new customized iPhone cases. 

How cute are these? 

You can make a collage of images, or even just use a fun design and add your name... 

I think I'm going with hot pink chevron and my "@HipMamaB" moniker... 


Now here's the fun part. 

I have a special Valentine's Day package to give away to you from Tiny Prints that includes 50 cards and 1 customizable iPhone case.

Here's whatcha' gotta do:


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*Disclosure: Prizes are offered from Tiny Prints. In return for hosting this giveaway I will be given Valentine's Day cards and a custom iPhone case. Opinions are my own. 

Who Wants BOOTS for Christmas? Win $150 to Country Outfitter! *Ends Wednesday*

Contest is now over: Congrats Candice @FashOrganized!


Confession: I haven't worn cowboy boots in about 18 years. 

When I wore them last I was working at "Guess?" in my local mall. Jeans, oversized t-shirts tucked into blazers and cowboy boots were THE uniform of any proper "Guess Girl" of the early 1990's. But times changed, as did styles and I traded my Cowboy boots for high-heel sneakers. 

The past few Fall/Winter months I've been looking again at Cowboy boots and thinking about how cute, and comfortable, they are. I also love the look of boots and dresses in the summer. Then Everyday Mama Christine showed up to Zoe's 5th bday party in a gorgeous pair of brown cowboy boots.

Then THEY appeared as if out of heaven on Facebook stream. The stunning turquoise Corral boots who's image have lived on my side bar for the past few months. And I HAD to have them. 

HAD TO. As in didn't stop talking/thinking/looking at them online for weeks. 

And now they are mine. And I LOVE THEM. 

They are comfortable, have enough of a heel to give me some height and they are OH SO BEAUTIFUL. I wore them yesterday and no less than 5 different people stopped to ask me where I got them. They are simply perfect. 

And because I love you all so, I'm giving you a chance to rock your own pair of boots that will make you deliriously happy with a $150 gift certificate from Country Outfitter.

Will you chose my turquoise Corral babies or maybe a distressed black lizard? Maybe you want a always classic brown Ariat or put the GC to a sweet pair of fashionable knee highs? Whatever your style, just do me a favor and get yourself something, ok? Giving boots are fabulous gift, but I think YOU deserve a little something-something for yourself. Be selfish. It's okay.

(ok, you don't really HAVE to - I just really want you to)

To enter this contest you only have to do TWO things.

1) Leave a comment below telling me which boots are striking your fancy from the Country Outfitter website

2) CLICK HERE and enter your email

Bonus entry:

*Tweet and/Or Post on Facebook: 

"Woo Hoo! @HipMamaB is giving away $150 for BOOTS from Country Outfitter!"

then comment with the link to your post!

Contest runs thru December 19th


IMPORTANT: You must submit your email address to enter. Country Outfitter will occasionally send you marketing messages. You are welcome to opt out at any time. For an additional entry please leave a comment below letting me know you entered. Also, you must be a US Resident 18 years and older. Both the email entries and the comments are needed to qualify. 

*disclosure: CountryOutfitter, a retailer of Corral Boots sent me these turquoise cortez boots to review and this $150 gift certificate to giveaway. Opinions are my own.