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Win-It Wednesday: iVillage Summer of Love Gift Basket ($100 ARV!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on May 26, 2010 · 592 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday. I’ll be posting 24-hour giveaways at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET to give you plenty of chances to win!

iVillage Gift Basket

As part of the relaunch of their Pregnancy & Parenting site, iVillage recently asked its readers to complete a Married Sex survey. Among the key findings were these interesting results:

  • 63% of married women said they would prefer to catch up on an extra hour of sleep, watch a movie or read a book than have sex with their spouse
  • 31% of women reported that they had a better sex life before marriage
  • 14% of women have participated in sexting, while 17% have sent flirty email messages
  • 44% of women said the quality of their sex life has not changed since having kids
  • 23% of women have sex 1 to 3 times a month

iVillage wants to encourage couples with children to enjoy a "Summer of Love", and today they're giving away a Summer of Love gift basket (valued at $100!) to one lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader! The gift basket includes:

  • beach blanket
  • 2-in-1 massage oil from K-Y
  • cooler with plastic champagne flutes, napkins, bottle of champagne
  • Listerine strips
  • gourmet pretzels
  • chocolate covered strawberries
  • fun-shaped ice cube trays and popsicle molds
  • tanning oil
  • scented candles
  • iVillage tote bag
  • red nail polish

To enter, share your best tip for couples with children who want to spice up their love life!


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

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Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What is your best tip for couples with children to spice things up?

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3. Join the Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

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(1) Summer of Love gift basket, as described above

This giveaway ends at 7pm EDT on Thursday, 5/27 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use Comment Contest to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Jennifer Williams May 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

get a babysitter! :)

2 Jennie May 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I made my husband a scrapbook memory frame and listed all the reasons why I love him. I think that it is the little things that count after you have children to keep a romance going or to rekindle a flame.

3 Bianca May 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm

After the kids are in bed, throw on something sex for the hubby. It'll show that you still care about looking good in front of him. He'll love it! :)

4 Bianca May 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I have your badge on my side bar!

5 Melissa May 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Trade off sleepovers with other couples with kids, all you need is a little uninterrupted alone time!!!

6 Connie Corey May 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Get a sitter and go out on a regular basis just as adults!

7 Sara May 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Keep it interesting and spontaneous when the kids are with the baby sitter. Planned spiciness isn't always spicy if you know what I mean. Just get a sitter and go crazy.

8 Heather FG May 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I subscribe to DSM via e-mail

9 Heather FG May 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I have three children and now and then my parents will take them for a night. We don't go out...we stay in;-)

10 Melissa Amos May 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

We always try to have a date night on Friday night. It's the only real quality time we get to spend together during our busy weeks.

11 Melissa Amos May 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I subscribe via email

12 cat May 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

day at the beach

13 Melissa Amos May 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I am already registered on the Deal Seeking Forum

14 Jennifer May 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Hmmm...I can't beleive the quiz results above!!! 23% of women have sex 1 to 3 times a month???? What...I feel bad for them!!! LOL...Well, maybe a good tip would be to have sex multiple times a week! It's good bonding and excercise!!!

15 Jennifer May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I subscribe via e-mail!!!

16 Rachel May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Date night gives you some time alone with each other.

17 lyn May 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I grab my husbands cell phone and set reminder notices to remind him of all the reasons I love him (one reason per reminder). I pick random days and times for the notices and will set them up to 6 months in advance. This way he gets the message and will text me something sweet in return. It's a nice little surprise for both of us since I usually forget which days the reminders are set for.

18 K. Rock May 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Stay in love!!! And remember how much you mean to one another.

19 K. Rock May 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I get your feed.

20 chantel May 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Babysitters are wonderful!!

21 Amy May 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Couples with children need to have date nights - like they did before children... arange a sitter - or a stay over with a family memeber or a friend (if you are close with them)... This has been something that has been very difficult for my hubby n i to do because i work 2 jobs, and he works 1.. and by the time night comes around - or a day off comes (i dont remember my last day off... hmmm... i think it was easter)...we are just to tired to do anything... :(

22 jennifer giordano May 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

just get away and try something new and different is a great way to spice things up a bit

23 jennifer giordano May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I am an email subscriber!

24 jennifer giordano May 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I am a member of the forums

25 Amanda May 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

If your kids are young, naptime on the weekend is a sometimes-overlooked opportunity for, you know...

26 Jennifer May 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Early bedtimes for the kiddos are a must.

27 Paula May 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I am an email subscriber

28 mai May 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

no 2 years I still cant shift my focus to anything/anyone but her...

29 Katelyn G May 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Date night once a week!

30 Marie R May 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Use naptime and when they go to sleep at night to bond with each other. Try to have date night at least once a month and when you do go out don't talk about the kids, work or anything else that doesn't involve you and your husband

31 mary May 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm

i'm already an email subscriber.

32 Amy May 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Turn on the cartoons for 30 minutes and lock the bedroom door.

33 karen May 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Weekend getaways help us stay connected!

34 noelani May 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

time....just time...make time and find time for each other. we do this with date nights and we try to go to bed together. i also look forward to when the kids get to bed and we take a 30 minutes or so to be in the same room at least (we might be working but we are both in the office) and can talk about things together.

35 Kaylan May 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Vacation often. It's a necessity!

36 Kaylan May 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I'm an email subscriber!

37 melissab May 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

My first piece of advice to help spice things is to take advantage of nap time or right after the kids are in bed for the night. Those few hours are great for cuddling, watching a movie, having a glass of wine and chatting, giving each other massages and other things! It's hard to be in the mood when you have a long day with the kids but it is precious time together. My husband and I try to have a date night once a month where our son spends the night with a family member. It's nice not having to worry about the baby and you can reconnect with your spouse. Focus on why you were attracted to each other initially, try to look nice for one another and things should blossom from there!

38 melissab May 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I'm an RSS Feed subscriber!

39 melissab May 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I'm a forum member! :)

40 Lisa Garretson May 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Have a date night at least 2-4 times a month. i can't believe 23% have sex 1-3 times a week....I feel bad for them! LOL

41 Lisa Garretson May 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

email subscriber

42 Michelle W. May 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

My husband and I need to spend more time together without the kids. We only get to do this about four times a year when we are visiting my parents or his. This would be a great way of spicing things up!

43 Kate May 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Send the kids to Grandma and Grandpa.

44 Kate May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I am a member of the Deal Seeking Mom forums.

45 Michelle W. May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I am a forum member

46 Kate May 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I'm an email subscriber.

47 Lisa Garretson May 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm

registered to the deal seeking mom forums

48 Michelle W. May 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I subscribe to your emails.

49 Amber May 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

My best tip is early bedtime! Go to bed when the kids do and enjoy the alone time.

50 Kimberly May 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm

When our kids were little, we always made a point to have a "date night". We packed the kids off to their uncle or grandparents for a sleepover so that we had at least one night for ourselves a few times each month. The kids got to spend time with family and we got to spend time with just each other.
Thanks for the chance to win!

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