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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?

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

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!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(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 Janine May 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

I'm a registered user of the DSM forum

2 Dionna May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

Best advice. If you are short on cash. Then try this.... Put the kids to bed at 8 and have a nice dessert (just the two of you) at the table. Talk and laugh. Tell each other a funny joke you heard that day. Avoid "kid" talk. Adult conversation and laughter is the best foreplay!

3 Sam May 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

I subscribe to emails! Thanks!

4 Jessica May 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

For Valentine's Day one year, after putting the kids to bed a little early, I made a small picnic on our living room floor, soft music, and lots of candles on the end tables in the room. It was a great change of pace, no TV, no distractions, just us and dessert.

5 Jessica May 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

I follow this amazing blog with Google Reader!

6 Jessica May 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

I am a member of the forums.

7 Erica May 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

Date night is so important! A weekend getaway is also a great idea. Even if it's a walk around the neighborhood - you have to have time to connect with each other!

8 Erica May 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

I just joined the forums!

9 Sarah Jordan May 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

Kiss and flirt! My husband and I flirt constantly at our house. It's good for the kids to see the playfulness between him and I as well!

10 Erica May 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

I just subscribed to the feed via email.

11 Lacey Lewis May 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

Once you have kiddos & are always rushing around with their activities, work, and just the daily tasks of life-- it's a must to make time for each other. If you let your marriage go, it's not good for you, your spouse, or the kids, and no woman wants their marriage to stay together just because it's "comfortable" or because it's "too much trouble since you have kids". We have 2 small children, and from the beginning i've made it a priority to keep the passion and romance in our marriage. For our relationship, compliments, putting the other person before yourself, making an effort to make the other feel wanted, & a positive attitude is a must thru the busy week. Try this- During the work week, when your hubby comes home from work, make sure you have a smile on your face, because no one wants to be ambushed with a nagging wife as soon as they walk in the door. At least once during the weekdays, give him a compliment (watch how his attitude will change just from a small compliment). "That shirt looks good on you, Babe". or something as simple as "I forget to tell you sometimes how lucky I am to have you". And, no matter how old they get, they all like to hear their wives say how we still think they're handsome.;) Try it- seriously. And see how much of a difference something so small makes. Also, at least once a week, slip a little note in his computer bag, or his pants pocket-- that says something simple-- Can't wait for you to get home, Love ya, or anything to get him thinking about you during the day. My advice- build the excitement in your relationship- even if you've been together years (which we have). People say the romance goes away, the spark or passion is gone after kids or alot of time together, but it's not true. But, it does require some work. After you go thru the week giving a couple compliments, slipping a note in his pocket/bag one morning, and sending a text message one day that's a little "naughty":), I promise you- your hubby will be acting like a new man.:) On Friday night, (or ANY night), if you can't get someone to watch the kids, then just try to make bedtime a little earlier than usual. Spend the evening/night concentrated on nothing but each other

12 Shelley Lard May 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

There are so many ways my husband and I sneak in extra "us" time. When the kids are napping, a night over at the grandparents, going to bed early when the kids do and waking up before them. We also cuddle, hug and kiss (G-rated) in front of them so that they are comfortable with showing affection to your spouse.

13 Shelley Lard May 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

I also subscribe and LOVE your website!

14 Pamela May 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

Our church provides childcare one Friday each month for Parents Night Out. We frequently take advantage of that.

15 Lacey Lewis May 27, 2010 at 10:02 am

I just joined the Deal Seeking Moms forums!!
Thanks so much!

16 Ris May 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

Hmm I'd say the trick is to make time for each other instead of just hoping at the end of the day that you're not too tired. Get something on the schedule, if that's what it takes!

17 Ashley Barrios May 27, 2010 at 10:04 am

We snuggle whenever we get a chance! We also try to plan date nights through out the month and we text each other sweet messages during the day!

18 Lacey Lewis May 27, 2010 at 10:05 am

I subscribed to your email!

Thank you sooooo much!!:)

19 Ashley Barrios May 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

I subscribed to your feed via email....and i love it!

20 courtney May 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

do date night after the kids go to bed. get some cheese and wine, or make some ornate meal, or whatever you like doing. Play some backgammon, checkers, cards... and don't leave your house so you don't have to pay a babysitter:-)

21 courtney May 27, 2010 at 10:08 am

i am a google reader subscriber

22 Ashley Barrios May 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

Just joined the forums...can't wait to hear how everybody else is saving money!

23 Liz May 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

I'm an email subscriber - love the site!

24 Cindy Hamilton May 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

I always try to remember how important it is to my husband and try to be spontaneous. HE LOVES IT when I surprise him!!! I think we have more fun now than we did when we first got married 8 1/2 years ago :0)

25 Ris May 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oooh I'm already subscribed via my Google reader. Love your site!

26 Liz May 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

You have to make time - schedules get so crazy, but even with 4 kids we make time for each other. You have to make it a priority. Also - if 31% of women say they had a better sex life before they had kids, does that mean that 69% have a better sex life after kids?

27 Tracy Wall May 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

I never thought I would get such a reaction but I wore a long maxi dress to my husbands office when I stopped by for a visit. The dress is not odd but when I whispered that the dress was all that I had on, I could see the reaction. I had it on when he came home from work but would not let him near me. He helped w/ the kids, making sure they were in bed on time and as soon as he was sure they were
asleep, we went to bed. I think it was the out of character move from me and the forced antisipation that made the night much better than ordinary!!

28 Kirsten May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

Send the kids to grandma and grandpa's every couple weeks and have alone time.

29 Cory May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

i think the best way to spice it up is to make time every week to explore each other - inside and out. Even if it is only for a few minutes after the kids go to bed :-)

30 Katie May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

Feel good (like take a shower and dress nice) with intention

31 Cory May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

i subscribe via email

32 Katie May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

Forum member

33 Katie May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

RSS Subscriber

34 Amy May 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

Email Subscriber

35 Jeannie May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

My advice: babysitter. Plan it out so that way you have all the time you need.
For the busy days, it also helps to flirt with each other throughout the day. Both partners need some foreplay. Get yourselves excited with sexy texts, phone calls, e-mails, hidden love notes, etc. so that when you get home and get your kids tucked away in bed, you're ready to go and don't need to warm up.

36 Jeannie May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

I subscribe to e-mail!

37 Amy May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

Order Take-Out and eat it with candle light after the kids go to bed.

38 Melissa May 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

Send the kids to grandma's for the night and plan a fun night in.

39 Janette May 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

I think that it so important to try new little ways of keeping your love alive; leave your hubby a hot little note on his steering wheel letting him know what he is in store for when he gets home or it could be about how much you appreciate everything does for! ;-)

I am an email subscriber.

40 Susan May 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

Set time to spend together alone.

41 Susan May 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

I receive your emails.

42 Melissa May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

I added your badge here

43 Susan May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

I am in your forums.

44 Melissa May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

I'm a daily email subscriber

45 Cheri May 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

Added your badge to my blog!!

46 Cheri May 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

Tip is to take advantage of the times when the baby naps! At least once a week spend that time NOT doing housework and hang out together.

47 shannon May 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

our time together is few and far between but we take advantage of every minute alone. We have a 4 and 5 year old (who is disabled) and also take care of my parents because my dad is disabled and has cancer. We feel like teenagers sometimes because we have to do a lot of sneaking around. But that adds spice right there. We never know where we are gonna end up. We know in time we will get our time so LOVE holds us together for now.

48 Samina May 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

I'm a reader via bloglines!

49 Melissa May 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

I registered for the forum MomOnTheEdge

50 Samina May 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

We try to make naptime our time!

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