Saturday, December 29, 2012

Car Decals from Vinyl Disorder




     I recently got the opportunity, via tomoson.com, to try some car decals from Vinyl Disorder. I was asked to select one of their family kits for review, so just for fun, we went with the ATAT's, being the "Star Wars nerds" we are. :-)
     The picture above is what was in our family car decal kit. It was just right for our family of 4. Here is kinda what it would look like in the window.




     Vinyl Disorder has these great family car decals. There are several themed family kits with sports, hobbies, feet and other fun symbols. You can also get the traditional "stick fugure" families. You can even get custom car decals. 
     Besides the car decals, Vinyl Disorder has all kinds of room decorating kits, wall quotes, and funky art to dress up any room. They also have glow-in-the-dark wall stickers and custom design T-shirts.
     Vinyl Disorder uses high quality vinyl (thus the name!) with a manufacturer outdoor rated life of 6+ years. They are commited to a fast turnaround time and your decals are printed just before shipment, which leads to longer life expectancy. Vinyl Disorder decals can be placed on any smooth, hard surface, such as walls, cars, windows, etc.
     Ways to follow, order from and keep up with Vinyl Disorder:
     website
     facebook
     twitter

     And now, Vinyl Disorder wants to give a set of their family car decals to one of my readers! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below. Open to the US. Ends 1/21 Good luck everyone!


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*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*

Saturday, December 15, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 17 #25DaysofChristmas #25DaysXmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Simply Raising 8, and here is a sample of what is to come:
 
  Click HERE to read about some Great Family Friendly Christmas Movies to watch with the family. Some of the other bloggers are posting easy to make Christmas gift ideas, Recipes and more. I will be having a giveaway for The Three Gifts Book by Daris Howard so be sure to click and stop by. (You can read the book review HERE)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lovin' the Weekend Blog Hops



Note from An Ordinary Housewife: I'm super excited I got selected to be a co-host for this hop. And I hope my blogging friends will join us as we link up and spread the love! And remember--leave me a note letting me know you followed from this hop and I'll follow back! I gotta know who you are, though, and have a way of finding you! So leave your blog url and FB/twitter.pinterest/G+ handles (however you decide to follow) in a blog post comment. I look forward to getting to know you all!
 
 
Welcome to Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hops with your co-hosts:

Thank you to every one who has stopped by, whether this is your first visit or you have been a faithful ongoing participant!

We would love for you to stop by each of the co-hosts and follow us, then feel free to add your links to any or all of the following linkies.

 We also randomly choose a Featured host each week from the Lovin' The Readers linky. This week we are featuring Chrissy from How We Learn at Home.


Here's what she has to say:
"Hi!  I am Chrissy, mama to two girls born 19 months apart and wife to a busy traveling executive. Junebug is just about 3 & 1/2 and Snowflake will turn two in February.  I started blogging about a year ago so I could log all the fun activities we were doing at home. It turned into a passion of creating fun and interesting ways for my girls to learn.  I mainly blog about kid friendly activities including crafts, how we are preparing to homeschool and recipes. I recently opened an Etsy shop so I could share some of our favorite activities with others.  
Thank you for reading this!  I hope you stop by my blog soon and leave a comment if you do!"

Don't forget to link up to the Lovin' the Readers Hop if you would like a chance to be a Featured host next week. Please comment with a way to contact you, especially if there is not an obvious way mentioned on your blog. We would love to include a little write up about you and your blog in the next week's Lovin' The Weekend Blog Hop post, including a link to your blog. And you will get to include the linky codes on your blog. Sound fun? We're looking forward to getting to know our readers better.


Here's how this blog hop works. We would appreciate it if you would follow Tots and Me, Adventures of a Mommy Homemaker and An Ordinary Housewife then please head on over to our Featured Host and follow as well. If you no longer have GFC please follow in some other way. After that there are three different linkies you can link to. Whichever one you choose to link to, please grab that button and share it on your blog (the codes are on Tot's and Me's sidebar). We'd love it if you could tweet or in some other way share about this blog hop, the more people who know about it, the more potential visitors and new followers of your blog. We'd love to meet some new friends this weekend.  

Some people are more interested in just increasing their numbers, while others really want people who appreciate their blog and want to keep up with their posts. So, there are two separate linkies. The third linky is for you to link up your giveaways.

If you are interested in increasing the number of followers to your blog via GFC, Linky Followers, email, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ link up here. We will follow you back if you follow us (just note which one you are linking to):

Tots and Me


If you are interested in gaining followers to your blog who will read and comment and truly find an interest in your blog, link up here:

Tots and Me

If you have family friendly giveaways to link up, here's your spot. Please make sure to include an end date for your giveaway.

Tots and Me


We are so glad you stopped by. Please leave a comment if you link up and we will be sure to stop by and follow back.

Don't forget to check out my "Blog Hops" page for other great weekend blog hops!!

Pacific Beach peanut Butter--Wanna Spoon?


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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 16 #25DaysofChristmas #25DaysXmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Mama Papa Barn, and here is a sample of what is to come:
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Post of the Day - Dec. 14th
Photo from Skogsviola
Have you ever thought about how other cultures celebrate the holiday season? Are you a  multi-cultural family who observes different traditions? Well, you are about to find out about three uniquely Swedish traditions, all starting with the letter 'L'! Get the lovely details here!
¤God Jul¤

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beanfields Beans and Rice Chips @beansfieldsnack

 
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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 15 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Couponing with Boys, and here is a sample of what is to come:
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Blogshare Post of the Day - Dec. 13th by Couponing with Boys
I can remember being probably 3 or 4 (or maybe I've just heard this story so many times that I *think* I remember this) and making Kolachki with my grandmother & mom. Kolachki's are a Slovak Nut Roll that we made every Christmas. usually to eat on Christmas morning, but we've also made them to have as breakfast on Thanksgiving too. So, I'm sharing the recipe that my Grandmother Dorothy used for these tasty, nutty rolls so you can share with your families! There are so many different recipes for these traditional Nut Rolls, and many filling variations including Poppy Seed and Jelly! Head over and check out this fantastic Christmas recipe. While you're there enter to win today's giveaway!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Torani Flavored Syrups @SheSpeaksup #SSTorani

This review has been moved. You can view it HERE.

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare Day 14 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Rockin Rebel Deals, and here is a sample of what is to come:
 
 
Blogshare Teaser - December 12by Rockin Rebel Deals
 
My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas candy with my dad and passing out goodie baskets to my friends.  Click HERE to see my Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.
 
While you're there, be sure to enter the Biblical Beauty Book giveaway.
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Newman's Own Organics--Product Review


     This review has been moved. You can find it HERE.

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 12 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Dixieland Mom, and here is a sample of what is to come:
 
December 10th, 2012 
During the Christmas holidays, I make a ton of candy! My all time favorite is for Pecan Brittle.  I love the rich buttery flavor of Pecan Brittle and I'll be sharing my recipe for this brittle during the 25 Days of Christmas Event! So come over and visit me on December 10th and I'll be sharing this awesome recipe
We will be giving away a Soylicious Melter and 2 Melter Gems of your choice! To see all the choices you will have, visit Soylicious!  Each package of melter gems contains a ring worth anywhere from $10-$1000! And One Candle of your choice!  ARV-$86 We have a fantastic range of scents to choose from and a huge variety of melters! Wouldn't someone on your gift list LOVE these for Christmas?

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 11 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Tots and Me, and here is a sample of what is to come:  
Blog share Post of the Day - Dec. 9th
       

CHRISTMAS IS AROUND THE CORNER AND THAT MEANS LOTS OF DELICIOUS FOOD. I REMEMBER WAKING UP ON CHRISTMAS MORNING TO MY MOM AND OLDER SISTERS IN THE KITCHEN STARTING OUR FEAST. THE COUNTERS WERE FULL OF EVERY APPLIANCE IMAGINABLE. I COULD NEVER FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT THE NEED WAS FOR ALL OF THESE MACHINES BUT THEY HELPED TO CREATE THIS FABULOUS FEAST. THE ONE MACHINE THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION MOST WAS THIS PROCESSOR. IT WAS AMAZING TO WATCH THIS MACHINE TAKE ON ALL SORTS OF TASK FROM CHOPPING TO MINCING. I LOOK FOOD, AND WHAT BETTER GIFT TO GIVE THAN AN APPLIANCE TO HELP CREATE ALL KINDS OF YUMMY DISHES. ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLACK AND DECKER FOOD PROCESSOR TO HELP MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS FEAST. BUT DON’T WORRY THERE ARE MANY GIFTS THAT WILL COME YOUR WAY AS WE HAVE A TOTAL OF 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WITH EACH DAY BRINGING A NEW PRIZE FOR YOU TO WIN AND ENJOY.

Love With Food (November Box)

This review has been moved. You can find it HERE.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Think Baby Bottle and Conversion Kit

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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 10 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Tots and Me, and here is a sample of what is to come:  
 
Blogshare Post of the Day - Dec. 8th by Tots and Me
     I remember when I was growing up how much homemade gifts meant to my mom. I don't know if you feel the same way, but I can understand where she was coming from. In fact, I know she still feels the same way. A gift made specifically for a loved one is made from the heart. Our children LOVE to make things for us all the time and we accept them with such enthusiasm, because we know they were made out of love.
     It is so easy to go to the store and pick out gifts for those on our list and  I realize it takes time to make a gift.   But, I hope you will think about helping your children make this special gift for the special people in their lives. We are making these photo frames for both my mom and hubby's parents because I feel they make great gifts for grandparents. I know my mom will love to have the little ones make one of these for her because she still has the frame the older children made for her 11 years ago.


Please stop by Tots and Me to find out how to make this Christmas Puzzle Frame. While you're there enter to win today's giveaway!

Winter Wonder Week #Giveawey Event

Winter Wonder Week

     I know, I know. It's another cash prize giveaway. But really, do you ever get too many cash prizes? Cash is like the perfect prize (or gift). You get to choose your own! Pay off bills, buy that cool gadget you want but don't really need...have fun!
     So, this is the 2nd annual Winter Wonder Week, though it's the first time I've participated. This year there is $1,250 in prizes; CASH prizes! That's right, we have a Grand Prize of $500 PayPal Cash. 2 Runner Up Prizes of $250 PayPal, 1 $150 Visa Gift Card and a $100 Amazon Gift Card. You could win one, or ALL of them! There's no limits and this giveaway is open worldwide.
     Winter Wonder Week is sponsored by the participating bloggers as well as Fasmart/Shore Stop. Be sure to connect with Fasmart on Facebook and Twitter!
     Keeping with the tradition, be sure to hop around the linky to find the hidden elf images. There are between 3 and 5 elves on random blogs each day! Each time you find one you get an extra entry in the giveaway.
     There are quite a few blogs participating, but you have an entire week to follow them all, so don't get overwhelmed! We're excited to make the holidays fantastic for you and thanks for stopping by!  And good luck!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Get Untangled with the Knot Genie!

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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 9 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post is from Sweeping the USA, and here is a sample of what is to come:  
    Welcome to Sweeping The USA's day of the 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway!! We are giving away a $25 Amazon GC for all of your shopping needs! Everyone loves Amazon!!
    Do you get tired of the holiday season? Do you think sometimes the commercials are played way too much? Or annoying? Tell me which commercial you like, or don't like!
Make sure you come back every day to enter for the next days giveaway!! Merry Christmas everyone!!!
Enter HERE for your chance to win!!    

Thursday, December 6, 2012

JJ Cole Urban Bundle Me

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Thrifty thursday: Are Warehouse Stores Wearing Out Your Wallet? (guest post)

     Here is another great post from the ladies at Living on a Dime. This post is kinda funny, but also kind of eye-opening. And it pretty well sums up my frustrations with warehouse stores...

Are Warehouse Stores Wearing Out Your Wallet?

Do they save you money or just create more work?
by Jill Cooper
http://www.livingonadime.com/
It's Saturday morning. With grocery list in hand, you drag a very unwilling family out to the car where you proceed to take them on a mega shopping spree at Sam's or Costco.
Marching down each isle you tell your family members "We need 3 cases of corn, 4 cases of green beans and -- Oh! That's a good deal on peanut butter so let's get 3 gallons. Of course Susie, your can get a bag of cookies. They are so cheap! ...and Billy you can have a few bags of your favorite chips! Yum! Oh look -- samples! These taste great. Let's get some! What a great buy on chicken - we need 20..."
At the dog food aisle the excitement mounts as each member of the family grabs a corner of the 50 lb. bag of dog food to stack on top of the basket. (We won't mention you only have 1 toy poodle at home.) After waiting in line and waiting in line and waiting in line you push your agonizingly heavy and overloaded baskets out to the car. Getting everything into the trunk of the car makes putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle seem like a breeze but, finally, home you go.
After you lug everything into the house, it's time to spend the next few hours repackaging things for the freezer. You double wrap your 20 chickens (they could be in that freezer for quite a while) and frantically try to find places for everything else in your cupboards and pantry. By the time you are done, you are so exhausted that you couldn't begin to lift a finger to cook, so you all go out to eat.
A few weeks later you gingerly sniff the gallon of half used peanut butter as you try to decide if that strange taste is because it has gone rancid or simply because you are sick of peanut butter. You threw out that partially used gallon of maple syrup yesterday because it had sugared and was looking really strange. You still have ten of your chickens left but if you bathe them in some spicy sauce you are pretty sure your family won't notice the freezer burned taste. In spite of having to throw out most of the 50 lbs. of dog food (after a growing family of mice had invaded it), you're sure you saved money because "they" said you would.
People constantly ask me, "Can you really save more money at warehouse stores?" I usually answer, "Not any more so than at other stores." I have checked prices at various stores on many different occasions and factoring everything in, I haven't found any exceptional savings at warehouse stores.
 Here are some tips to help you decide if a warehouse store is for you:
  1. Do your homework and compare prices. Buying in bulk is not always cheaper. You can really save by checking and comparing prices. I was at Costco one day where there was a display of two Clorox one gallon bottles for $1.98 AFTER rebate. I stood there amazed as people frantically grabbed this "great deal." I knew I could get that same Clorox for $.98 a gallon at my regular discount store and I didn't have to mess with a rebate, pay postage or lug two gallons of Clorox shrink wrapped together to my car.
  2. Don't buy impulsively just because it sounds like a good deal. Say you can get 12 bottles of sunscreen for a great price. Think it through before you buy. If your family only uses one bottle of sunscreen a year, that means you will be storing sunscreen for 12 years, not to mention that most of the sunscreen will expire long before then.
  3. In most homes, one quarter of the food people buy gets thrown away. If your family of four eats pancakes once a week, that gallon of syrup is going to last you a VERY long time. You might also consider that unless dry goods and freezer items are very carefully stored, they will go bad or get bugs in them. Remember to buy the size that is appropriate for you.
  4. You need to be very well organized to buy in bulk. Finding places to store everything and then carefully keeping track of what you have is critical if you want to use it all before it spoils.
  5. Most people usually spend more than they originally planned on things they don't need. This never saves money. We taste samples and so often end up buying. If this is you, be careful. Maybe sampling is a bad idea (unless you're making lunch of it)!
If you have ten kids, run a day care or are buying for an organization then you almost have to buy in bulk. If you have a small or average sized family, you will probably save as much shopping for sales at your regular grocery store or discount store. The key is to do the math and evaluate your practical needs. You have to decide for yourself if buying at warehouse stores actually saves you money or just creates more work.
-Jill
For more easy and practical ways to save money and get out of debt, check out Dig out Of Debt and learn more about how to keep more of your money!

 Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit http://www.LivingOnADime.com , sign up for our free Living On A Dime Newsletter and learn to save more!

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 8 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Parga's Junkyard. Here is a sample of what is to come:
 
Blogshare Post of the Day - Dec. 6th by Parga's Junkyard
The Christmas Season is one of the busiest of the year. So many of us run from task to task hurridly, often forgetting to stop and remember others. A new movement has evolved the last few years here at Parga's Junkyard. One of Random Acts of Kindness! Each day throughout the season we strive to do one thing for someone else. It doesn't have to be big or cost money, just something that in some way helps another person out. A song we all learn as young children says "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine" Let your light shine throughout the Christmas Season with Random Acts of Kindness! Read about more than 30 different Random Act of Kindness Ideas HERE!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cooking Light Selects @Cravebox

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Krill Oil Review and #Giveaway




     Did you know getting a sufficient amount of omega-3's can boost your metabolism? Which, of course, burns fat and can potentially help you lose weight. Fish oil is great source of omega'3's, but appearantly, Krill oil is even better.
     So, when Everest Nutrition asked me to review their krill oil capsules, I really couldn't say no. I had read about the benefits of krill oil and weight loss before this, so the idea of using krill oil was not new to me.
     The benefits of krill oil don't end with potential weight loss. Research has also shown krill oil to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, helps stiff joints, pms and cardiovasuclar issues, balances blood sugar and improves brain health and energy levels.
     Everest Nutrition extracts their krill oil from krill living in the antartic, which guarantees they are free of impurities. The krill are cold-pressed there on the ship, so most of the nutrients are retained. Everest Nutrition is the only krill manufacturer to do this. To read their complete list of FAQ's, go here.
     Krill oil is a little on the pricey side, but this is with all brands. Just consider it an investment in your health!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Consult with a physician if you are unsure of whether this product is for you.
*Warning: If you are alergic to shellfish, you should not take krill oil, as it is a crustacean.
*I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.




25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 7 #25DaysofChristmas


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Operation $40k. Here is a sample of what is to come:


Do you like to give the kids new jammies every year so those Christmas morning photos look awesome? (OK, not so hard to coordinate when you only have one kiddo like we do) This is a fun way to make it a tradition to get new jammies every year, on Christmas Eve!

Read all about the "Pajama Elves" today and make sure to enter the giveaway.
See it HERE.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rock'n Baby Boutique


This Review has been moved HERE.

Tasty Tuesday: Orange Chicken

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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 6


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Couponism. Here is a sample of what is to come:
 
I am privileged to be hosting Day 6 of the 25 Days of Christmas!
Many thanks to all the wonderful blogger friends that are sharing these Days of Christmas!
I have chosen to share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you. Please be sure to read my full post,
and then enter to win an Anniversary Rose Gold Slinky and an Our America Game.
Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Christmas song!
 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Candy Cane Straight Candles from Crafted Candles

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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 5


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Dani Sue Dreams. Here is a sample of what is to come:
 
someecards.com - That moment when Dad can't get his present opened because I taped every last little spot closed.
Traditions evoke feelings of nostalgia. Whenever I think of Christmas, I think of all the traditions in our family...I also remember all the years past with my sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews...and now I'll be adding my daughter to these memories. I'd like to share with you some of our family traditions...even a few new ones. Some are funny, some taste delicious, some are boring....but what they all have in common is that they bring us together as a family and feel us with warmth when we can't be together.

Link to complete post here.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 4


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     Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Identity Discovery. Here is a sample of what is to come:
 
Blogshare Post of the Day - Dec. 2nd
 
 


Send a Flying Card 1


SendaFlyingCard.com, home of the Flying Card now offers customized holiday letters for children including a birthday letter and letter from Santa Claus.

Imagine the excitement on your child's face upon receiving a personalized letter from Santa! Santa can personalize details specific to your child including: your child's name, gender, age, hometown, and best friend or sibling's name! Add to those special memories of the Holiday season with an heirloom that will thrill today and offer warm, happy memories for years to come.

Learn more about SendAFlyingCard.com's personalized letters and enter today's giveaway at Identity Discovery.

Enter to win HipKiddo #clothdiapers



     Today's New Year Fluff Stash giveaway is for a HipKiddo cloth diaper. HipKiddo was started in 2010 by a Canadian mom who wanted to find a cloth diaper that was high quality, trendy, eco friendly and affordable.
     As the company has grown, they have begun providing cloth diaper solutions worldwide. And they also donate part of their proceeds to Seeds of Hope Children's Orphanages around the world.
     They are offering a lucky winner:
     *1 Intelligently Hip cloth diaper
     *1 Naturally Hip (bamboo organic cotton) cloth diaper
     *1 wet bag
     *1 pail bag
     So, if you or anyone you know is in the market for cloth diapers, you'll want to enter this giveaway, which is open worldwide!
     Special Thanks to We're Parents!? for organizing this great giveaway!


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Teething Bling Teething Necklace

This review has been moved, You can view it HERE.

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 3


      Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
      So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
      Today's post and giveaway is by Simply Raising 8. Here is a sample of what is to come:
 


      From November 29th to December 25th, A very generous group of bloggers and Their sponsors are having a Giveaway a day. Each Giveaway will last a week and be accompanied by some great information about Christmas.  Myself, I have chosen to share some of our Holiday traditions at Simply Raising 8.
     I will also be having a link up with other bloggers who would like to share their families holiday traditions. I can not wait to read all of their ideas and maybe start a new tradition. 
     Some of the other bloggers are posting easy to make Christmas gift ideas, Recipes and more. You can see my post on holiday traditions, read others Holiday traditions post and  enter to win a Wal-Mart Gift card by clicking here.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Vinyl Disorder Review

This review has been moved. You can now view it HERE.

Tech Lover's Giveaway




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     Welcome to the Tech Lovers giveaway where you have a chance at one of 3 awesome prizes perfect for the techie or gamer in your life. Or yourself, if that's what you prefer. ;-) So keep reading to find out what's up for grabs, features and how to enter. Good luck all!

First Place Winner Xbox Bundle: Xbox 360 4GB Console
  • Xbox 360 has blockbuster games, HD movies and controller-free fun for everyone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection to Xbox LIVE
  • Super quiet with sleek new design plus matching controller
  • Ready for the controller-free fun of Kinect
Microsoft Xbox Live Gold Subscription Card Boaderlands Game: In a distant future, the planets at the outer edges of the galaxy have become a beacon to fortune seekers and those yearning for a better life off world.
2nd Place Winner Google Nexus 7 Black Wi-Fi 16GB Tablet - ASUS-1B16 The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer is the world's first Android tablet that combines the latest Android 4.1 mobile operating system with a powerful quad-core processor for high-performance computing on the go. An eye-catching 1280 x 800 high-definition display is your touchscreen interface for this Google tablet. The Google Nexus 7 tablet computer's LED-backlit IPS panel is made from scratch-resistant glass to offer crisp images, wide viewing angles and 10-finger multi-touch support.
3rd Place Winner: Blue Hue" Laptop Bundle with optional matching accessories:
  • Blue Laptop
  • Case/Bag
  • Mouse
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Headphones
The event dates: 11/30 - 12/10 Open World Wide. If the winner is outside the use they will receive and online gift card in the prize amount in place of the physical prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. For a chance to win one of these three amazing prizes enter the Rafflecopter below

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25 Days of Christmas Blogshare--Day 2

 
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   Welcome to the 25 Days of Christmas Blogshare. Every day from November 29th through December 25, there will be a different holiday themed blog post and a new giveaway hosted by one of the great bloggers working hard to bring you this event.
     So, 27 days--that means 27 chances for you to win an awesome prizes. Prizes range from books to edibles to self-pampering goodies. You'll just have to check back each day for the post/giveaway of the day. ;-)
     Today's post and giveaway is by SnifferWalk. Here is a sample of what is to come:
November 30th

     Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas seems right around the corner!!  Well, today's featured post and giveaway is being held at SnifferWalk. The featured giveaway is a fabulous book about celebrating life so that we can live it day by day, and truly savor each experience while exploring all of the subtleties of love and happiness.  We also have a special featured post to help you find that special Christmas-themed book to read for a brief escape from all the stress. Who doesn't need a special lift for themselves at this crazy busy time of year?
     Alyson has put together a terrific list of some of the best Romance, Paranormal and Fantasy books that are Christmas themed. The image pictured above is just a glimpse of the great books she has dug up! 
To check out the whole post and enter today's fun-filled giveaway, go here
 
  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sticker Hub Review

This review has been moved. You can now view it HERE.

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

     Amazon is one of my favorite online stores. Their prices are very competitive and they have tons of products! That's why whenever there is a prize out there for Amazon gift cards, it's almost as good as cash to me. one stop shopping shipped to your door! You can't beat that!
     This giveaway for a $100 amazon.com gift card is brought to you by Train ACE Academy of Computer Education. Visit the giveaway page here.
    

 
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Thrifty Thursday: Less is More this Christmas! (Guest Article)

     I thought I'd like to share this post from Living on a Dime. We're about to hit December, so holiday shopping will be full-throttle (for those of us that don't do our shopping throughout the year). So, I figured some of this advice would come in handy. ;-)
     And if you like what you read here, make sure you check out Living on a Dime and maybe sign up for their newsletter for great frugal tips all year long!

Less is More This Christmas!

by Tawra Kellam
http://www.livingonadime.com/
After laying down my last women's magazine telling me how to be less stressed during the holidays, I'm even more confused and stressed then ever. On one page I'm told to take time for myself and indulge in a lovely spa bath. As I turn the page, I'm told to give all my friends and family homemade ornaments. Then there are articles telling me how not to gain weight at Christmas parties. Isn't that like telling a three year old to not get dirty while making mud pies?
To top it all off (and the part I like the best) is after they tell us how to get rid of stress and not gain weight, they give us 10 pages of recipes for Christmas cookies made with real butter and cream that are decorated so elaborately in the pictures that it probably took a trained kitchen staff of 10 a week to make one cookie.
Doesn't anyone live in the real world anymore? If you are like me and can't stand that kind of stress, try some of these Christmas ideas from www.LivingOnADime.com to help you have a relaxed and Merry Christmas.
  • Don't over-spend - It may be tempting to fixate yourself on the sparkling look in little Johnny's eye when he sees that $300 play car under the tree. Advertising people are really good at feeding many parents' fantasies of their children thinking that mom and dad are the peaches and cream for shelling out the cash and looking fondly back on the moment for the rest of their lives. In reality, most kids have lost all interest in that particular toy long before the credit cards are paid off.
    When we were growing up, my mom pulled out all of the stops at Christmas to make it as wonderful for us as she possibly could. The funny thing is that now that we are grown, the things we remember the most fondly are Mom's red jello salad (made with red hots - yummy!) and sitting together and reading the Christmas story before opening our presents. I can't remember what presents I received, but I always look back fondly on the Christmas story.
  • Do a few things well - Instead of trying to do everything and ending up depressed with how it all turns out, focus your energy on a couple of things that are the most important to you. You may be tempted to extravagantly decorate every room in your house, but if you don't have the time or energy, focus on one room, like a living or family room. If your entire house is beautiful but you have to go see a therapist when it's all over, the romantic mystique will be lost. Trust me, I know about this one from personal experience.
  • Limit activities - Think of the holiday season as triage for activities. Don't commit to do too many things. One or two parties during the holiday season will make you get all tingly in that "It's a Wonderful Life" kind of way. One or two parties a week may send you over the edge, especially if you have kids. (Refer to my therapist comments above.) This also applies to all of those appealing looking activities around town like Victorian Christmas events, Christmas celebrations at the zoo or winter carnivals. One or two can be a lot of fun, but too many will ruin the fun.
  • Limit cookie baking - Don't try to make 15 different kinds of cookies like Martha. She may look like she is super woman, but did you know she has a lot of people that help her? How much help do you get with your baking? I mean real help, not your five year old who makes everything twice as difficult for you. This is great for grandma, but you have to see your daughter every day and grandma can send her back when the house is sufficiently covered in flour. Again, pick your two or three top favorite cookies to bake and celebrate the fact that you had few enough priorities that you remembered to put the sugar in them.
    Everything doesn't have to be homemade. I know that we advocate making your own stuff, but Marie Callendar's makes some great pies that you can pass off as homemade if you want to soothe your guilty Martha Stewart conscience. In 20 years, your kids will look fondly back on it as the best pie they ever had. But seriously, if you are making things homemade just to save money, remember that some things like candies and pies are often more expensive to make homemade, especially if you cut your finger while slicing the apples. Don't ask me how I know, just trust me on this one.
These aren't the only things you can do to reduce your stress, but if you stick to doing a few things well, you can truly relax and enjoy the season with your family. In the end, they would rather have fond memories of their time with you than memories of how strung out mom was after she burned the cookies.

Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit http://www.LivingOnADime.com , sign up for our free Living On A Dime Newsletter and learn to save more!