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    GAP Giveaway

    Through May 21, you can enter for a chance to win one of twenty $50 GAP Gift Cards from Savings.com. The official rules are here. Good luck!

    You can also save big during the Summer Kickoff Event and get up to 40% off plus Daily Deals at Gap.com! Check it out:

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    I recently picked up some great deals at GAP, and I’ve got my eye on this relaxed henley (although I’m digging this aloha-style shirt for my boys too!). Exclusions apply. Summer Kickoff Event ends 5/20/15.

    Sponsored Video: GE Appliances Kitchen Portraits

    This post is sponsored by GE. All opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.

    Five years ago, my husband and I made a huge decision: that when our oldest child started kindergarten, I would quit my full-time job as an attorney, and become a full-time blogger who works from home. I was pretty stressed out at the time from trying to balance family, work, blogging, volunteering and more. Of all of the things I was juggling, I enjoyed work the least. So that’s what we eliminated, and we’ve never looked back.

    It was a family-centric decision, of course – and in fact, since our kids are still quite young, almost everything we do is family-centric. I can imagine a time in the future when I may want to work outside the home again, when I’m not so focused on raising the kids. But for now, this is just the season of life we’re in, and it’s the kind season that GE Appliances is celebrating with their new series of webisodes, about six real-life American families. For example, one of the webisodes features Ken and Doris Richards, who adopted five children – three from Vietnam and two from Africa. Although they’re not connected by blood, they’ve all learned that a family can be built on love, through their interactions in the kitchen.

    And that’s not surprising, because really, food is so important in our lives that it means love to a lot of us. Whether it’s family dinners, family feasts, or one family member’s favorite food, when a family breaks bread together, they’re strengthening the bonds that connect them. So check out the video and let me know what you think.

    Savings.com: Enter for a chance to win an HP Sprout or $250 HP gift card + Get $15 off your $75 HP purchase

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    HP #TwistandSprout Giveaway

    Through April 26, you can enter for a chance to win an HP Sprout (“the world’s first immersive computer,” an $1,899.99 value) or one or four $250 HP gift cards from Savings.com. The official rules are here. Good luck!

    Plus, you can get $15 off a $75+ purchase and Free Shipping at HP.com with coupon code 15HPSAVINGS. Check out the ink and toner prices – with this deal, I could get the lowest price I’ve seen on 61XL ink cartridges! Restrictions may apply. Code expires 4/30/15.

    Savings.com: Enter for a chance to win one of twenty $50 Sears gift cards + Get 15% off Spring Fashions

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    SearsSpringFashion Giveaway

    Through April 8, you can enter for a chance to win one of twenty $50 Sears Gift Cards from Savings.com. The official rules are here. Good luck!

    Plus, you can save an extra 15% off already-reduced Spring Fashions for the Family with coupon code BUNNY. Plus, you’ll get Free Shipping on orders of $59 or more. Restrictions may apply. Code expires 4/8/15.

    Sponsored Video: Knorr Brings the Flavor of Home

    This post is sponsored by Knorr. All opinions are my own. Read the full CFO disclosure policy here.

    Even long-time readers of Chief Family Officer may not know that although I live in Los Angeles, I’m originally from Hawaii and I went to college on the east coast. I haven’t been back east in a long time so I don’t know how things are now, but back then, you couldn’t find many Japanese restaurants, let alone Hawaiian food. So every break when I went home, the first thing I wanted to do was eat my favorite foods – Japanese comfort foods like tempura and donburi (a bowl of rice topped with your choice of items, such as eggs and chicken), plate lunches with chicken teriyaki, rice and macaroni salad, and of course, my parents’ cooking (both of my parents are excellent cooks), especially my mom’s lasagna and my dad’s grilled steak.

    So I have to admit that when I watched the video below, I got a little teary-eyed, and it was interesting to realize that I related to both the daughter and her mother. Naturally, the daughter reminded me of myself in college. But now, I’m also a mother – and I can only imagine how I’m going to feel when my babies leave the nest! I’ll be sending them lots of care packages for sure 😀

    According to the research of a study commissioned by Knorr, no matter how much time has passed, 75% of people find that “just one mouthful of their mum’s home cooking is enough to bring happy memories from childhood.” And 82% of people around the world say that “the taste of some foods remind them of childhood” while 77% agree that food “can transport people back to loving childhood memories.” That’s why Knorr says, “If taste is the most powerful sense, then home is the most powerful flavour, and you can find it in Knorr.”

    Watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments!