Affordable Jeans + $50 Kmart Gift Card Giveaway {CLOSED}

This post is sponsored by Kmart. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How and why are some pairs of jeans so darn expensive?  I know I’m not the only one to think that is absolutely ludicrous.  I don’t spend hundreds of dollars on one pair of jeans.  Partly because I’m a teacher and my salary doesn’t allow for that, but also because I think there are tons, literally tons, of other options in a more affordable price range.  Specifically, the Adam Levine Denim Collection from Kmart is one example.


  • The Adam Levine Premium Denim line launched Fall 2013 – exclusively in 500 select Kmart locations and on
  • The Premium Denim line is a great line for a sophisticated yet simple, casual man with an edge and features a wide variety of items, all made with great fabrics and great designs.
  • The Premium Denim line includes skinny, slim leg, straight leg and boot cut fits, which all give off a cool and classic vibe for everyday wear.
  • The Premium Denim line features authentic vintage denim in a wide range of colors and washes (including raw with selvage trim, dark indigo rinse, bleached indigo and many more) at an accessible price point under $40.
  • The line also consists of amazing outerwear, wovens, knits, underwear and accessories including hats, scarves, socks, belts, sunglasses, shoes and bags.
  • Prices from $14.99-$69.99 for apparel and $9.99-$16.99 for accessories.

I sent my brother Jason to Kmart to check it out and get a real guy’s opinion.

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The verdict?  He couldn’t stop talking about the prices!  Jason chose the Men’s Patriot Straight Leg Jeans in Light Wash.  A versatile essential, these jeans give a contemporary update to vintage style. This easy jean sits lower on the hips and is cut straight through the hip and thigh for a modified all-American look and feel. Proper positioning on the scuffing, whiskering and sand blasting creates the perfect worn-in, faded look.  And the best part?  They are $29.99!  Thirty bucks for a pair of jeans!

The shirt Jason is wearing is Adam Levine’s Men’s Baseball Henley Shirt.  The sleeves come in three colors: red (shown), navy, and yellow.  All classic colors that pair nicely with denim, colored or patterned pants.  The price? Eleven dollars!  The shirt is soft cotton with three-quarter sleeves and a slim, flattering cut, especially for muscular guys like Jason. 😉

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The only thing that would make Adam Levine’s collection better is if he had options for babies or ladies.  Affordable clothes are the best for everyone!

Now, for the giveaway! One lucky Itz Linz reader will win a $50 gift card to Kmart!  All you have to do is check out the Adam Levine Collection and leave a comment on this blog post with what you’d purchase from it and for who (mandatory).  Additional optional entries include:

  • Follow Itz Linz and Kmart on Twitter, and tweet the following, “I want to win a $50 @Kmart gift card from @ItzLinz to check out the #AdamLevineCollection! –>”
  • Follow Itz Linz and Kmart on Instagram.
  • Tag two friends on my #AdamLevineCollection Instagram post.

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry. This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:00 pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, March 26th, 2015.  Closed!

Congratulations to #86 katie! You will be emailed. Thank you to all who entered.

Best Dressed Home Sweepstakes

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Growing up, my mom always decorated our house for the holidays.  I remember helping her put on the window decals of Jewish stars, menorahs, and dreidels.  She set out festive afghans and took out every menorah our family owned, which grew throughout the years, as did our dreidel collection.  Old family photos from previous Chanukahs were shown, and each of the eight nights our family came together to light the candles, say the blessings, play dreidel, open gifts, read books, and enjoy each other’s company.

1985 chanukah

my first chanukah

Truthfully, I’m not a decorator.  At all.  I don’t have an eye for it nor is it something I enjoy.  Besides a themed dish towel or two, you will never find a decoration in our home for any holiday.  However, when Kmart approached me asking to share their Best Dressed Home Sweepstakes and offered to give me a gift card to purchase holiday decorations, I was actually excited. I thought this could start my own collection of holiday decorations.

Off to the store I went in search of Chanukah or winter decorations.  I knew they wouldn’t be as plentiful as Christmas items, but I figured I could find a few things to adorn my house.  To be honest, the store was primarily Christmas-only decorations.  They were many pretty items, but as a Jew who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, they weren’t going to work for me.  The cases of ornaments did catch my eye, though, and I began thinking I could put them in a large bowl or vase.  I didn’t purchase them at the store since I wanted to see what else was available online. Online had a much larger selection and I picked out a few items. Now keep in mind what I told you: I’m not a decorator.  I figured I’d start small and just set out a few items this year and grow my collection (and decorating skills) from there.  Though my little Chanukah table is simple, I think it’s still pretty.

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(For the record, I do have a “real” menorah that we light each night, but it’s covered in wax and didn’t look as nice in the picture.)

The box of 30 shatterproof ornaments I got was just a little over five dollars.  Clearly I don’t buy ornaments on the regular, but I thought that was a great value.  I want to get a package of blue, too.  I also ordered an Interfaith Decorations Deluxe Hanukkah Tree Topper, but it hasn’t arrived yet.  I might have missed the “tree topper” part when ordering because I thought it just looked like a pretty Jewish star decoration! #newbiedecorator

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Doesn’t have to go on a tree; it’ll look nice on a table, I’m sure!

Kmart and Sears recently conducted a survey and found that:

  • 1 in 4 Americans will begin to deck the halls one month before the holiday.
  • 41% of Americans defined their signature design as “classic,” followed by “colorful” (37%) and “vintage” (12%).
  • More than half (58%) of participants felt the most essential decoration for the holidays was the Christmas tree
  • Nearly 25% of Americans choose decorating as their favorite holiday activity, with listening to Christmas music and shopping as other favorites.

My thoughts?  I definitely don’t decorate a month before; I’m the biggest procrastinor all the time.  I just set up my little Chanukah table this week.  Chanukah started this week.. My signature design?  Hmm, I suppose I am “vintage wannabe.”  Obviously the Christmas tree is not the most essential decoration for me.  For me, it’s the menorah.  My favorite holiday activity is definitely spending time with the family!

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big family celebrations during the holidays are the best!

To celebrate the uniqueness of this holiday tradition, Sears and Kmart are launching the Best Dressed Home Sweepstakes to capture how you and others across the US are decorating.

  • Between 11/17-12/26, visit answer the poll questions and upload a photo of your home decked out for the holidays for a chance to win Shop Your Way points.
  • 60 people will instantly win $50 in Shop Your Way points—you can enter daily!
  • 1 grand prize winner will win 1 million Shop Your Way points.

It really is super easy to enter and most of you probably take pictures of your holiday decorations anyway!

Since it’s Thursday, let’s take a look at a couple more Throwback Thursday Chanukah pictures.  (I LOVE looking at old photos!)

1997 chanukah

gotta love those awkward years! 😉

Some cuter tbt Chanukah pictures:

1989 chanukah

I think this was 1989.  We were celebrating Chanukah at my grandparents’ house, and their bar area is still set up the same way!  Gotta love my dad’s ‘stache, my mom’s tennis outfit, Justin and I are both in overalls, Stephanie looks exactly like her son Jacob, and Jason, the oldest of us all, is too cool for pictures.  Do you see a slight William resemblance in Justin?  When William was a tiny baby, I always said that I thought he looked like Justin a little bit; I think this picture shows that.  I think it’s the cheeks, eyes, and eyebrows.

And one last one:

1992 chanukah

I think this was around 1992.  Everyone always got to light their own menorah (holding a candle with fire was a big deal when you were a kid!).  I love how Jason, Stephanie, and my dad all have the same shaped glasses.  I love that I’m wearing a robe because, still to do this day, I live in robes.  And I love that Justin is making a wolf sign with his fingers?  Why?  No one knows.

Do you decorate your home for the holidays?  What are some of your family’s holiday traditions?  Happy Chanukah to those that celebrate!

St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving

This post is sponsored by Kmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Giving back is a concept that was ingrained in me ever since I was a little girl.


When my siblings and I attended Sunday School, my parents always sent us with money for tzedakah.  While searching for a good explanation of tzedakah, I came upon this:

“Tzedakah” is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call “charity” in English: giving aid, assistance and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. However, the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, giving to the poor is not viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty, giving the poor their due. [source]


I like that description for many reasons, but mostly because it talks about how tzedakah is performed as a duty, not a “magnanimous act.”  Today as an adult, I give tzedakah in various forms.  I participate in fundraisers, I donate canned food items, money, clothes, shoes, etc.  The elementary school where I teach constantly has service learning projects going on.  Even William’s school hosts different events where they collect items or canned food.  I try to lead by example, be it for my students or my baby, I want them to understand the importance of giving back.

Giving back around the holidays is especially important.  So many people, myself included, are lucky enough to be surrounded with friends, family, and loved ones, have a roof over our heads, food on our table, and are blessed with our health.  Others are not so lucky. I want to give back in any way that I can and encourage others to do the same.  Even now, as William is just a baby, when we bring a canned food item or a pair of shoes to donate to his school, I talk to him about what we are doing and the importance of it.  I tell my students that no donation is too small, and whatever you can bring is appreciated by those who don’t have any.

The holidays are a time to be thankful for those who are healthy in our life and give to those who are not.

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so blessed for this little guy, his health, and his happiness

Kmart toy shoppers have another way to give back to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign this holiday season.

Between December 7th and December 13th, Kmart will donate $1 to St. Jude for every Fab 15 toy purchased, up to a maximum donation of $25,000.

*Kmart, the all-time leading St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® fundraising partner, having already raised more than $10 million for St. Jude this holiday season alone.

o   Additionally, there are two more ways to support St. Jude at Kmart this season:

  • At the register: Shop Your Way members and Kmart shoppers can donate when they check out in all Kmart stores, or online via a link: As a special thank you to Shop Your Way members, Kmart is rewarding members who give back – through December 27th– with a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying in-store or online merchandise purchase. Points expire 90 days after receipt. Maximum $20 in points (20,000 in points) per transaction. See coupon for details.
  • On the tree: Kmart’s exclusive 2014 collectible St. Jude bear ornament is available in-stores and online at The ornament comes in two versions – a boy and a girl bear, and Kmart will donate $1 to St. Jude for each ornament purchased now through December 24th, with a minimum donation of $50,000.
  • Kmart’s Fab 15 holiday toy list features the ultimate toys that kids want for the holidays, from big toys that make great, unexpected gifts to nostalgia toys that remind parents of their own childhood.

o   Kmart’s Fab 15 holiday toy list is based on industry trends, input from kids and parents, as well as more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys resonate with different ages, stages and play patterns.

o   Kmart has all of the top toy brands and hundreds of exclusive toys for any kid on the shopping list this holiday season at

o   Here are the toys that made the 2014 list:

  • Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® Power Wheels® Lil’ Dune Racer by Fisher-Price® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)
  • WWE® Cardinal Red John Cena 31” Figure by Wicked Cool Toys® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
  • FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®
  • LEGO® Super Heroes Line from Marvel™ and DC Comics™
  • NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master™
  • Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®
  • Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®
  • VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

As many of you already know, I’m sure, St. Jude’s is a phenomenal place.  My sorority, Delta Delta Delta, always focused on St. Jude’s for all of our philanthropy projects.  Kmart is making it so easy for you to give back during this holiday season!  You can get some of your own holiday shopping done by choosing from one of the many gifts listed above, and Kmart will donate.  Shop online if you don’t have time to visit a store.  I strongly encourage you to donate in some way, shape, or form.  Another option is to visit the link above (click on the picture) to donate directly.  For every one of you wonderful Itz Linz readers who donates via the link with an online donation, by purchasing a toy or St. Jude ornament, I will personally donate an additional $2 per person (up to $100) to St. Jude. Please leave a comment or send me an email telling me you did so.

How will you give back this holiday season?

Kmart Black Friday Deals

This post is sponsored by Kmart.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Black Friday shopping – who’s a fan?  You either love it or you hate it.  I used to love it when I was a teenager.  Now, with a baby, it sounds like a nightmare.  The crowds, not the deals!  In fact, I still love the deals.  I’m one of those people who like to find the best price before buying.  After all, I’m a teacher, so I need to be careful with my spending.

Planning ahead is the key to shopping smart during the holidays.

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Kmart has TWO early saving events that will help you avoid unnecessary spending this season.  Also, you can find some of the hottest brands and on-trend gifts at amazing door-buster prices this year to ultimately save more and get more.

These two early deals allow you to be flexible when and how you shop:

Kmart’s online pre-sale (Shop in your pjs? Yeah, this one’s for me!)

  • For a full five days, you can shop exclusive Black Friday doorbuster deals online
  • The online pre-sale begins at 12:00 p.m. on November 22nd and ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 23rd
  • EDIT TO ADD: Kmart has extended its pre-Black Friday online member pre-sale! Shop Your Way members can shop exclusive Black Friday doorbuster deals online a full five days early, now starting at 5 a.m. on Sat, Nov. 22 through11:59 p.m. on Nov. 23.

Some of the best deals include:

  • Save $200 on a RCA 50″ LED HDTV; sale price $399.99, reg. price $599.99, plus members get $50 back in points
  • Save $10 on the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll; sale price $29.99, reg. price $39.99
  • 50% off 7.5′ Pre-Lit Sheffield Pine Tree; sale price $129.99, reg. price $259.99
  • $10 Jaclyn Smith and Route 66 women’s sweaters, and Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez and Bongo junior’s sweaters; reg. $19.99-$21.99
  • $100 off Slumber & Slide Loft Bed; sale $149.99, reg. $249.99

Kmart’s in-store Black Friday (If you prefer to do your shopping in person, you can get a head start in-store beginning at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day through midnight on Black Friday)

Holiday doorbusters include:

  • Save $50 on a Samsung Galaxy Tab4, 8GB, 7” Tablet; sale price $149.99, reg. price $199.99, plus members get $20 back in points (begins Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m.)
  • $8.99 assorted board games; reg. price $16.99-$21.99 (begins Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m.)
  • Buy one get one for $1 on all men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear (begins Thurs., Nov. 27 through Sat., Nov. 29)
  • $40 off a 32” RCA LED HDTV; sale price $179.99, reg. price $219.99, plus members get $40 back in points (begins Fri., Nov. 28 at 6 a.m.)
  • Up to 50% off Craftsman tools (begins Fri., Nov. 28 at 6 a.m.)

This little guy’s excited, how about you?

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Are you a Black Friday shopper?  How about Cyber Monday?

$75 Kmart Gift Card Giveaway {CLOSED} | Kmart Layaway

*This post is sponsored by Kmart.  I was compensated for my time and given a gift card.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First of all, this little man rolled over from his back to his belly three times last night!

william smile 5months


But the real reason for this post is to tell you about Kmart layaway, and at the end, one lucky reader will win a marvelous $75 Kmart gift card!

Alright, so itz no secret that I’m the biggest procrastinator ever.  I do gift shopping the week before, if not the day before birthdays and holidays.  However, now that we are paying for “school” (daycare) for our baby boy, we’ve been trying to budget our money each month.  Jonny and I both are not big spenders; we’re good at saving which is a great since school is expensive.  We set aside a little money each month to spend for fun.  We’re not quite sure how that will work when the holidays approach since we’ll be spending more.  Yes, we’re talking holidays, and itz just September, but bare with me, I’m going somewhere with this.

Kmart approached me wanting to try their layaway system, and after learning about it, I think that’s just how we will prepare for the holidays this year.  Instead of dropping major dollars in December, we’re going to pick out what we want now, pay as we go, and then get our goods just in time for the holidays (and probably before… for the first time ever!).

So here’s how it works:


  • Kmart is offering no money down layaway that goes through September 20th
    • No money down is a special introductory offer to kick-start the holidays. After September 20th, it’s just $10 down.
  • Kmart eliminated the $10 or 10 percent down payment previously required. So no matter how much the sum of the items are put on layaway, it’s no money down, versus paying 10 percent (or $20) on a $200 layaway contract, for example.
  • Kmart layaway is offered year-round (shop now for the holidays!).
  • As a Shop Your Way member, you can save even more:
    • Kmart has weekly specials running just for Shop Your Way members like $10 off $50 in Apparel, Footwear and Jewelry, and 5% off Toys, Sporting Goods, and Home
  • Best of all—you don’t have to live near a Kmart to get layaway—you can create a contract online for only a penny down! (waaaay easier with a baby! Plus, you don’t have to battle the holiday crowds at the mall!)

Here are some of the items I’ve got my eye on:

kmart layaway

Kmart’s layaway program ensures I get all the gifts I want:

  • Toys: jumper and walker for William, anything baby doll related for Audrey, and Lego sets for Jacob and Jackson.
  • Electronics: Jonny and I may get a tablet; we don’t have one yet…
  • Clothes: winter coat, new boots, I could have added a lot more here!
  • Home: our old Keurig broke, time for a new one!

See?  There’s literally something for everyone!

Check out Kmart’s Not a Christmas Commercial! (funny – way too early for Christmas!)

One lucky reader will receive a $75 Kmart gift card!  All you have to do is pick out what you would purchase at Kmart, follow Itz Linz and Kmart on Twitter, and tweet to us saying what that item is using the hashtag #KmartLayaway.  For example, “I want a ______ from @Kmart! @ItzLinz – #KmartLayaway” and leave a comment on this post with what you want.  CLOSED

This giveaway will be open until Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, September 19th. 

Congratulations to #28 Joanna @Makingmine! Please email me so we can get your gift card! Everyone else, itz not too early to start your holiday shopping!