Giveaway: CARGO tissue dispensers for the car

Sometimes when you’re a busy mom, it’s the little things that drive you nuts. And one of the things that used to drive me nuts was trying to keep tissues in the car because someone ALWAYS needs a tissue while I’m driving. It’s usually one of these scenarios:

  • need a tissue“Mom, my nose is running.”
  • “Mom, I need to spit out my gum. Where do I put it?”
  • “Mom, my juice spilled.”
  • “Mom, my scab started bleeding.”
  • “Mom, my Chick-fil-A barbecue sauce just got on the seat.”

I could list about a zillion other reasons, but you get the idea. (Sometimes we mamas need a tissue, too, to blot our lipstick or clean up the smudged mascara under our tired eyes.) The problem with keeping tissues in the car is that the tissue box always ends up getting sat on and crushed. One time I even made a tissue box container from an idea I saw on Pinterest. It worked pretty well to keep the box intact, but the container was always floating around the car and never seemed to be where I could reach it while I was driving.

cargo tissue dispenserSo… you can imagine how hopeful I was when Caitlin O’Connor emailed us about her invention that keeps tissues in the car and within arm’s reach. As a mom to FOUR boys, Caitlin also needed to be able to get to tissues quickly while driving so she invented her own holder that attaches to the sun visor. It’s called the Cargo Tissue Dispenser and it comes in charcoal grey or an oatmeal color. It’s available on Amazon for $9.99 and comes with two tissue packs. (SEE BELOW for an opportunity to WIN one of these dispensers!)

We agreed to try out the Cargo Tissue Dispenser for a few weeks and see if it solved the problem. I’m happy to report that this thing WORKS. Finally, no more scrambling around in the car to find a tissue or a fast-food napkin. I just reach up, pull one out of the dispenser that’s attached to my sun visor and hand it to whichever of my three kids needs one.

The best part? I’m not distracted from the road and looking around the car anymore to find one. This ingenious little dispenser is making me a better, safer Mom chauffeur.

cargo close upImportant note: What makes this dispenser so clever is that it attaches to your sun visor but it does NOT block you from using the vanity mirror on the visor. (I’ve used my car mirror to do my makeup more times than I can count, so it was very important to still have access to that mirror.)

I also like that the dispenser itself is made from a nice canvas-like material and the straps that go around the sun visor are stretchy but also strong. You can tell that this dispenser was made by a fellow mom who pays attention to detail and wants it to look nice — not cheap. The tissue packs slips into the dispenser easily and there’s a closure to ensure it doesn’t slip out.

cargo refillThe tissues themselves are soft enough so that they don’t feel scratchy on a runny nose, but they are also substantial enough to be able to handle the occasional drink spill in the car. That’s a big plus. (You can buy refills for the dispenser that come in packs of 6.)

When you first put in a new pack of tissues, getting the first tissue or two out of the dispenser (without tearing it) can be a little tricky, but I managed to do it by pulling the tissue out slowly. After the first one or two tissues came out, the rest of them dispense smoothly and easily. If it bothers you to have the next tissue peeking out of the dispenser, you can just fold it back into the opening, like I do.

HOW TO WIN ONE: Since we’ve solved our own car tissue dilemma, we want to share the love with our readers because we know that, just like us, you’re road trip1probably spending a lot of time in the car. (Did you know that Americans spend an average of 540 hours in the car each year, which adds up to almost a full month of your life? Wowza.)

To throw your name in the online hat to win a Cargo Dispenser and two tissue packs, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us what keeps you in the car the most. (The drive to work? Picking up and dropping off kids at school? Driving to the kids sports’ practices and games? Running errands?) Five readers will win a Cargo Dispenser plus two refill packs. (Winners are always chosen at random.) 

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about it. (They might want to win, too!) We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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Good luck! We’ll choose FIVE winners at the end of the week and email the lucky moms.

Note: nwaMotherlode was not paid to write this review or to conduct this giveaway. We received one sample of the dispenser to test and keep as well as four samples to give to readers. (If we didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be reading about it here.) As always, the opinions expressed in this post are completely our own.

Giveaway: Vintage Market Days tickets!

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We know how some of you mamas just love a good vintage find. So how about a whole market full of finds?

Vintage Market Days of Northwest Arkansas is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. The Market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities.

And guess what, vintage lovers? We have eight tickets to give away and we’ll choose 4 WINNERS! That way each winner can bring a friend :) These tickets are good for the Early Buying Event on Friday night — and for the whole weekend!

The show is  on April 10-12th at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Tammy and Megan, a mother/daughter team, organize the Vintage Market Days of NWA:

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HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a pair of tickets to this 3-day show, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about one of your best EVER vintage finds. OR tell us about something you’d love to find at this event! Redecorating? Need to find a gift for your bestie? Do you collect something fun?

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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If you’d like to go ahead and buy your tickets to Vintage Market Days of NWA, click here to visit their website.

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Mealtime Mama: Chicken and Snow Pea Pasta

Have you ever run across a recipe you used to make often but somehow it fell out of rotation? I just rediscovered a cookbook I used almost every day when our 13-year-old son was a baby. It’s a Pillsbury edition called “Fast & Healthy Cookbook.” It has tons of great recipes in it, and this one is definitely our favorite. I’m so glad I found it and can put it back into the regular line-up.

This dish has the comfort of a warm pasta dish combined with some bright, colorful veggies (that always make me feel a tad less guilty about the pasta.) Enjoy!

Chicken and Snow Pea Pasta

6 oz. vermicelli, broken into fourths (can also use angel hair pasta)

2 teaspoons oil

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

snow peas1 six-ounce package of frozen (or fresh) snow pea pods (I found mine in the produce section.)

1 cup skim milk

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon chicken-flavor instant bouillon

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook vermicelli as directed on package.

2. While the noodles are cooking, use a nonstick Dutch oven or large saucepan to heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken and pea pods; cook until chicken is no longer pink and pea pods are completely thawed, stirring frequently.cherry tomatoes

3. In a small bowl, combine milk, cornstarch, bouillon, garlic powder and basil; blend well. Add to chicken mixture; mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Gently stir in tomatoes. Remove from heat.

4. Drain vermicelli. Stir into chicken mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Tip: To keep the cherry tomatoes from squirting out at you, use a very sharp knife to cut them. A serrated blade may work best.

This recipe makes about 4 servings and contains 37 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar per serving.

Giveaway: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph_TNEWThe story of Joseph is one of the most dramatic and inspiring in the Bible.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat takes us through the life of the boy whose dream came true and we’ve got FOUR tickets to give away to one lucky mama on opening night, Tuesday, March 10th 7 p.m., at Walton Arts Center.

The show runs March 10-15 and if you don’t want to take any chances, click here to buy your tickets now. The music is FABULOUS and the show is full of twists and turns!

ABOUT THE SHOW: One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Watch this video to get a small taste of this big-scale musical:

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including ”Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about a time in your life when a hard circumstance worked out for the best — or about a time friends helped you get through a tough situation.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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 If you don’t want to take a chance on missing this show, click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

Giveaway: Four tickets to the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long!

PitchPerfectThis giveaway is absolutely PERFECT. Pitch Perfect for a girls’ night out!

If you loved the movie, you’ll love the Pitch Perfect Sing-a-long on Saturday, February 28th! We’re giving away FOUR tickets to one lucky mama who can then share the tickets with three lucky friends :)

This show is the lead-up event to Walton Arts Center’s VoiceJam Festival in April. The audience will sing along to a subtitled screening of Pitch Perfect, first released in 2012 and directed by Fayetteville native Jason Moore.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This movie tells the story of a jaded college freshman who unwillingly enters the world of cut-throat, collegiate a capella, only to find that’s exactly where she belongs.

Not only will audience members get to watch and sing along with this hilariously-musical movie, but they’ll also help Walton Arts Center kick off its brand new VoiceJam A Capella Festival, with an announcement of the competition finalists taking place that night.

Practice your “Do-Re-Mi’s,” grab some popcorn and get ready for this special, one-night only event.

Show starts at 8pm.

microphoneHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us your favorite song to sing along to with friends.

We’re partial to Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. Who remembers when we all sang that together at the NWA Mom Prom? So.much.fun.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Remember, there will be one show on Feb. 28th at 8 p.m. at Walton Arts Center. Click here for tickets or call the Box Office at 479.443.5600.

Good luck! We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

 

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