Friday, November 30, 2012

Vinyl Disorder Review

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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

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$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!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

25 Days of Christmas Blogshare: Day 1

 
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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 from the host of this event. Here is a sample of what is to come:

Blogshare Post of the Day - Nov. 29th
I love giving my neighbors and friends gifts at Christmastime! Every year my children usually help me to bake dozens of cookies, cakes, muffins, etc... to give out. This year I am planning on letting our neighbors and friends do the actual cooking and plan on making mixes in a jar as gifts.
Here are 25 Mixes in a Jar for Christmas! These are some wonderful gift recipes that your family can create....one for each of the 25 Days of Christmas!

True Citrus Review and #Giveaway

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Pretty Mommies Skin Care Giveaway

Pretty Mommies Safe Skincare for Pregnant and Nursing Moms
     Pregnancy can be a wonderful new chapter in any woman's life, but it can also be a lot the source of anxiety about the health of you and your baby. Never has been more impotant to make the right decisions for your well-being. 
     Most of us already know that it is important to develop good eating habits during pregnancy, but did you also know it's important to use safe skincare while you're pregnant and breastfeeding?  
     That's why Pretty Mommies Skin Care was developed. Pretty Mommies Skin Care is an all-natural, physician-based maternity skin care line that has raised the bar to become the new standard in safety and efficacy for pregnant and nursing women.
     So, if you are nursing or expecting, I have good news for you. Blogging Mamas Network and Pretty Mommies have come together to bring you important information about safe skincare during these special times AND to offer you a chance to win 1 of 4 sets of Pretty Mommies Skincare!

Pretty Mommies Safe Skincare for Pregnant and Nursing Moms
  • Pretty Mommies not only addresses the challenges due to the hormonal changes associated with motherhood, but also sets a new standard of safety for you and your baby.
  • Contains ingredients such as Rose Hip, Vitamin C, Aloe, Green Tea, Red Tea, Squalane (derived from Olives) and Trichloma Matsutake Singer Extract (Japanese Mushroom).
  • Each ingredient has a specific natural skin care benefit.
All Pretty Mommies Products Are:
  • PABA FREE
  • Formaldehyde FREE
  • Paraben FREE
  • Artificial Fragrance FREE
  • Phthalate FREE
  • Dimethicone FREE
  • Petroleum FREE
  • Ammonium FREE
  • Sulfate FREE
  • Phenoxyethanol FREE
  • Oxybenzone FREE
  • Colorant (Coal Tar Dye) FREE
  • Idebenone FREE
  • Imidazalidol Urea FREE
  • Mineral Oil FREE
  • Methylisothiazolinone FREE
  • PEG FREE
  • Aluminum FREE
  • BHA and BHT FREE
  • DEA FREE
  • DMAE Dimethylaminoethanol FREE
  • Phenonip FREE
  • Talc FREE
  • TEA FREE
  • Triclosan FREE
  • Hydroquinone FREE
Pretty Mommies is a 3 step skin care line - including a cleanser, a skin brightener, and a sunscreen. Although it's specifically formulated to deal with the hormonal imbalances of pregnancy and nursing, EVERYONE can benefit from it's natural ingredients.
To learn even more about each of the 3 products, read the detailed Pretty Mommies Review on According to Jenny.
The Pretty Mommies Skincare Line is available on the Pretty Mommies Website and through selected Physicians Offices. The set retails for $158 or each product can be purchased separately.
Pretty Mommies has recently partnered up with the BabyLove Project - a subscription sampling service that gives new and expecting mothers access to healthy beauty and skincare products in an innovative way. They're currently surveying new and expectant moms, so if that's you - they would love your feedback on this survey!
Pretty Mommies Safe Skincare for Pregnant and Nursing Moms

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Juppy Baby Walker Review and #Giveaway!



     Babies are such a joy to have. When they're born, they're so teeny and adorable, you just want to hold them all the time. Then they start to hold their head up, then roll over, then scoot themselves across the floor. Then the real fun begins. They start to crawl, you baby-proof your house, then they start to pull up and try to stand.
     And we, being the great moms (and dads) we are, are eager to help them progress ASAP to the next step--walking. After which we need even more baby-proofing. But that's another story. ;-)
     So, how often have you seen (done) this: Baby starts showing a vague interest in putting a good amount of his/her weight on their feet. ooh. They must be ready to walk. Then Mom (or Dad) take baby by the hands and stand them up, until baby decides to take a step. Then another and another.
     Then Mom or Dad has to stand up to walk with baby, but baby is shorter--much shorter. Enter tired achy back. After about 2 minutes of this, Mom is ready to stand up straight. What to do? End walking practise? Or endure achy back a while longer? If only there were a way to avoid either.
     Well, guess what? There is! See, there is this fabulous contraption called the Juppy Baby Walker. It is basically a holster for the baby and it has straps on each side, so that an adult may have the benefit of standing up straight while still allowing a baby to walk freely with the support he needs.

 
     The benfits of this baby walker, I think are obvious.

     No more back aches from bending over
     None of the dangers of conventional walkers
     Light-weight--carry it anywhere
     No assembly required--just put baby in and go!
     Gives baby the help and confidence he needs to take those first steps!  

     In my opinion, this is a fabulous invention. I know I am not in as great shape as I should be and am prone to a tired, achy back sometimes. With the Juppy Baby Walker, that's not really a problem anymore. At least as far as teaching my baby to walk! The only con I could think os, is I kinda have to wriggle him in there to get him to fit. I'm hoping he doesn't outgrow it before he starts walking. I don't think he will.
     Oh, by the way, you can get your child's name, or family name (which I opted for) embroidered on it. And shipping is free in the USA.
     Visit the website for more info or to purchase the Juppy Baby Walker. You can also follow them on facebook and twitter!

     And now, I get to offer one of these fabulous walkers, including personalization, to one of my lucky readers! Choices are blue or black, open to US and Canada! Easy entries on the rafflecopter below!

*I received this product to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.*


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Strolling Through the Holidays #Giveaway

One thing new moms really need is a great stroller. Especially if you're wanting to walk off that baby weight. And even into toddlerhood, they can't keep up with your brisk walking pace.

Well, good news! The Blogging Mamas Network and KiddyUSA have come together to bring you a great giveaway for the brand new KiddyUSA City 'n Move Stroller
This stroller is the perfect companion - it's Lightweight {at only 21 lbs}, Comfortable for Mom/Dad and Child, and Maneuvers Easily.
 

The Kiddy brand, based in Germany, has now launched in the US. 
The KiddyUSA City 'n Move comes in 7 fantastic colors {Winner will choose their Favorite!} and accommodates children 6 months to 55 pounds! 
 
To see even more of the City 'n Move Stroller, including detailed pictures and favorite features, read the KiddyUSA City 'n Move Stroller Review by Lindsey from So Easy Being Green.
The KiddyUSA City 'n Move Stroller is available at a variety of retailers.  The City 'n Move retails for $219.99 and will be available on Amazon very soon!

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This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 30th. 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Whimsical Wednesday Blog Hop

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday!
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  • Link up your Blog, Facebook, Twitter & Google+ every week, and follow as many as you like.
  • You don't have to post the button, but it would help to spread the word about this hop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: 90 Minute Rolls

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Go Green with ReUsies Review and #Giveaway

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Original Christmas Classics BluRay DVD Box Set #Giveaway

       
     Here is a holiday blast-from-the-past for many of you. Who remembers watching "Frosty the Snowman" or "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" while waiting on those gingerbread cookies to bake? What about trimming the tree with "Frosty Returns or "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" playing in the background?
     Well, now you can pass on the the tradition to the next generation, because All About the Mommies and a great team of bloggers are so excited to offer our readers a chance to win The Original Christmas Classics BluRay DVD Box Set  that has all four of these beloved holiday classics!

     The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without them… This box set is valued at $44.95 MSRP.
The giveaway will run from November 13th at 12:01 am EST until November 27th at 11:59 pm EST. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, ages 18+.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

HP Pavilion #Giveaway




     In this high-tech era, who doesn't have a computer? Many of us even have laptops? Yeah, I put off a laptop for a while, thinking desktop was quite good enough for me! But I digress...
     Now, I know some of my fellow bloggers have been complaining of needing a new computer, like, really badly. I sometimes feel I could use an upgrade myself.

     Well, here's your chance at a new one.
     Dixieland Mom Product reviews, along with Rewardit Sweepstakes and our co-hosts, My Vegan Gluten Free Life, Zoes Printable Coupons, Hot Beauty Health, Giveaway Bandit, and Freebie Spot are excited to bring you  the HP Pavilion Giveaway Event!  One very lucky reader will win a HP Pavilion Dv6t-7000 Quad Edition Notebook PC with a MSRP of $1149.00!! Here are the specs for this computer: 
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Graphics cardNVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA]
Memory16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Office softwareMicrosoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
Hard drive750GB 7200 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Hard Drive Acceleration CacheNO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
Security softwareNo additional security software
Primary battery50% off 6 cell + 9 cell Lithium Ion Battery
Display15.6-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
Primary optical driveSuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
PersonalizationHP TrueVision HD Webcam
Networking802.11b/g/n WLAN
KeyboardStandard Keyboard with numeric keypad
Entry is simple, just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below! 
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Palmolive Fresh Infusions (via @Influenster)

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Havertys: Discover Something You

This post brought to you by Havertys Furniture. All opinions are 100% mine.

     If any of the rooms in your home are in need of a makeover, Havertys is ready to make that happen for you. Havertys has been around for 125 years, so chances are you are at least somewhat familiar with what they have to offer.
     You know you need a new look, but not sure what you want to do with your room? Try a Havertys Inspiration session. Unfortunately two of the four have already passed and one is going on November 10 (that's tomorrow!). But there is one more this year, on December 1. The theme for that session wil be "Finishing touches" and will focus on making that room complete.
     Space is kinda cramped for us right now, but when we get a bigger place (and maybe out of debt) I would to have some nice furniture from a place like Havertys. For example, I love the furniture in these pics below.
     This one is referred to as the "man-cave", but I really like it to. I could see how it would also be great for family movie night. I especially like that sectional couch (caled a Venturasectional) with the section you can slide in to make a bed.
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     I think this game room is pretty snazzy too. I really love that cabinet.
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     Havertys: Discover Something You

     If any of these rooms or furnhsings appeal to your tastes (and Havertys has something for about every taste) or if you would like to drop in on their lastest Inspiration session, you can go here to find the store nearest you.
     And check them out on facebook and Pinterest for more inspiration and fun ideas!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tale of the Tooth Fairy Gift Set

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Thrifty Thursday: 11 Tips for Frugal Living (Guest Article)

Some of you know I really like Living on a Dime. If not, they are a great resource for frugal living. And sometimes I get guest articles to post on my blog.
     This is one of those guest posts. You may already do one, do or all of these. You may not care to easy. Not all advice is for everyone. But, take it as you will, here are 11 tips for frugal living.

Article by Tawra Kellam
http://www.livingonadime.com/

Frugal living is all about making the most with what you already have. Here are 11 tips from the e-book Penny Pinching Mama to help you get started:
  1. Barter for services when possible. For example, we exchanged lawn mower repair from our neighbor for a table (garage sale find) that he was looking for.
  2. Learn to fix things for yourself. These days, with the Internet making information so easily available, you can fix most things yourself. We do 95% of the repairs around our house and we aren't that handy. We just keep looking for the information about how to do it and keep working until we get it fixed!
  3. Stop eating out. I know you hear it all the time but STOP!!! The "average" family spends $300-$500 a month just eating out! Eating out truly is one of the biggest causes of debt! I am always amazed how someone can be "totally broke" and can't pay their bills but are still able to go to the drive-thru of their favorite restaurant.
  4. Study nutrition information and find out what you need to eat to have a healthy and balanced diet. Then stop eating the junk and eat healthy inexpensive meals at home. We have a lot of menu ideas here at LivingOnADime.com that can help you get started.
  5. If something breaks and you don't have the money to fix or if you are out of something and you don't have the money to buy more, figure out a way to live without it. If the lawn mower breaks, can you borrow a friend's lawn mower? If your washer breaks, go to the laundromat. If you break your tea kettle, use a saucepan to heat water. In most instances, you can find a way to make do or do without something until you have the cash saved up.
  6. Do things for free. Go to the library, have a picnic or read a book. Kids are just as happy playing with mom and dad in the backyard as they are going to the zoo. If you can't pay cash for the "fun stuff" you can always have fun at home.
  7. Buy items used. We buy 90% of the items for ourselves used. Going to yard sales and thrift stores does not take any longer than going to a retail store but you can save 90% off the retail price!
  8. Just say no...to your kids. Let kids buy their own toys and extras! Our kids pay for all their own soda, candy, treats like nail polish, their own computers and extras. You are not the Bank of Mom so just say no!
  9. Find a cheaper way to do things. Go to a beauty school to get your hair colored (or don't have your hair colored at all it isn't something you need to survive). Go to a mechanic school to get your car fixed. Hire a kid instead of a lawn service to mow your yard (only if you can't do it yourself for medical reasons. :-) Paint your own house instead of hiring someone, cut the cable and the cell phone (gasp!), and have birthday parties at your house. There is almost always a cheaper way to do things so try to find the cheapest way and save some money!
  10. Cut kids' activities. Most kids are in way too many activities and they're often expensive. I know families who pay $175 a month for gymnastics lessons but can't pay the mortgage. There is a problem with this kind of thinking! Kids won't die if you don't give them all the lessons and activities you can't afford.
  11. Get it for free. When the landscapers were laying sod in our new neighborhood, I asked for the scraps and we were almost able to put in our entire backyard for free. When they were building houses, I asked for the 2x4's that were going into the dumpster and got enough wood for our shed. When they were pouring concrete patios, I asked for the leftover concrete and they just poured our entire cement pad for our shed for free!! If friends have kids older than your kids, ask if you can have their hand me downs when they are done.

Get as much as you can for free and you can save thousands of dollars!
      -Tawra

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!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Have it Your Way #Giveaway


Welcome to Jenn's Blah Blah Blog's November Have It Your Way Giveaway!

want to offer one lucky person the chance to win Anything You Want Valued Up To $200!
Thanks to these following bloggers for helping make this event possible,
 
     So, here's your chance to get that $200 item you've been wanting. If you are the lucky winner of this fabulous giveaway, you will get to choose what you want, up to $200 value. If you just decide you want the cash, that's ok too! But keep in mind, if you take the cash, you might end up with a bunch of "suggestions" from family members on how to spend the money!
      So, you want a new blu-ray player? Fancy little cappucino machine? A glider rocker? A Kindle Fire? As long as it's under $200, you can have it! *Note* The $200 must also cover shipping, if applicable.
     Got no idea what you would get? That's ok, because you've got a month to decide! Don't forget, the only way you're guaranteed to not win is to not enter! So what'll it be?


Dates: 11/05/12 at 12:01 am EST until 12/06/12 at 12:01am EST Open Worldwide, must be 18 or older to enter.

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$500 Christmas Cash #Giveaway

Christmas Cash Giveaway Event

Please take a moment to visit our sponsor: Emperola.com!

Emperola.com was founded in summer 2012 in order to provide visitors with daily updated list of contests, giveaways, sweepstakes and deals. Enter your email here for a chance to win $500 in cash. If you host any kind of giveaway or contest feel free to submit your contest at Emperola for free.
 

Stop by and say congrads to Mom to Bed by 8 who is celebrating their 3rd annual gift guide!

     So, who could use an extra $500, especially with the holidays coming up? I know I could!
     What would you do with an extra $500? Buy more/better gifts? Use it to travel to see family? Share it with those less fortunate? Some of all of the above? 
     Well, someone will get to find out, because one lucky reader will receive $500 {choice of Visa Gift Card, Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card}!

Giveaway ends December 5th at 11:59pm, open to worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Christmas Wish List #Giveaway

Bloggity Blog and Parsimounious Pash is proud to bring you My Christmas Wish List!
Which is part of our Christmas Gift Guide
We want to thank all our co-hosts for helping with this event:

Christmas is coming fast!
Are you needing gift ideas? I have complied a great list of gifts just for you!
To check out the gifts please click on the pictures:
 
     A special thanks to our sponsors, who are each providing a gift for our giveaway: The Edge Tie Dye, Seven Slings, Petmate, Cat Crib, IMUSA, GlassDharmah, Sonic Alarm, DVO, Ornaments With Love, Orgreenic, ToiletTree, Build A Dream Playhouse, Space Savers, Step 2 , Ace Cat Furniture, Lisa Becker and Book Sox 

     This works a little differently than other giveaways. To Enter do the mandatory entries on this form then start to enter the individual giveaways!

All the participating blogs wish you Good Luck and a very Merry Christmas!


   We'd be super-grateful if you would pay a visit to the lovely blogs bringing you this event! Not mandatory, of course, but much appreciated!



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