Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Vacation!!  Hope everything has a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wrapping Paper

My tip is very simple this week. At Target in the Dollar section, they have rolls of really pretty wrapping paper for $1.00. But they are short rolls not the normal (long) size. I have found that this is so much easier to wrap with. I save so much paper..because I am not trying to cut for 5 miles and then having to waste the part I didn't use. It is the perfect size! Check your Target 1.00 bins for the short rolls of wrapping paper.. might make your crazy Christmas wrapping a bit easier.

I did have a picture of my wrapping paper lol but my computer is not recognizing my camera for some reason.

For more tips click HERE!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Review Highway!

I am always looking for good recommendations for products. The Review King is a new site that offers an incredible service. They bring the latest reviews of pretty much anything you are searching for.. From Cars, Pregnancy, Weight Loss, Fitness Training, to learning how to play an instruments, or even which movie to see. It's basically and online compass for anything you need. If you need some direction, head over to The Review King.

Win a Play-Doh Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe

Mom Most Traveled is hosting a cute giveaway from HasbroToyShop. If your children love Play-Dough you must sign up to win the Play - Doh Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe.

Click here to Enter.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tactical Gear all Wrapped Up!

Christmas is almost here.  Do you have your shopping done?   L.A. Police Gear has a fantastic sale on their 5.11 Tactical Knives.  With the purchase of one 5.11 Tactical Knives you will receive free shipping and a free knife!!  And if you spend over $125 you receive a FREE travel Mug.  If you know someone that collects knives or hunts.. head over to L.A. Police Gear.  

L.A. Police Gear carries all sorts of tactical gear.  Tactical pants, backpacks, rifles, sunglasses, flashlights, footwear and so much more.  L.A. Police Gear seems to always have sales.  So hurry, Christmas is almost here.  Go order some Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers for the man in your life!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Aloha Friday

An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

My Question is:
Does it bother you if someone uses pictures of you or your family on the Internet without permission?

As a Mother, it bothers me greatly. I do not stand for that. That is why I put "watermarks" on my pictures. Especially the ones of my children. I don't think ,whether is for legal reasons or moral reasons, that anyone has the right to use pictures without parent's permission.

Playschool Cherry Blossom Market Giveaway!!

Chic Shopper Chick is hosting a giveaway for a Playschool Cherry Blossom Market . This is the cutest giveaway. Click HERE to Enter. Contest ends December 12th.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

My daughter turned one on November 29th. She was in awe of her sesame street play remote! lol

For more WW's click over to 5 minutes for Moms.

Netflix works for us

I absolutely love Netflix. I don't know about you but our cable company payperview movies have gone up in price from 3.99 to now 4.99 a movie for a 24 hour rental. It is ridiculous to charge that much for a movie. So we have found that Netflix has such a better deal. I signed up initially with the 1 movie at a time and unlimited online movies from their site. Which I love now that you can watch movies from their site on your computer. I did just notice my husband changed our membership to now receiving 3 movies at a time instead of 1 lol I think he was tired of me renting movies that he didn't like. Netflix is also a great gift to give someoneAnyway, we love Netflix and recommend it to any movie lover.

For more tips click here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ultimate Hunter's Package!

I am not a hunter! Don't laugh, but once I tried hunting prairie dog in Wyoming. I am a terribly shot!! My brother in law however is an avid hunter. Several times a year he plans his hunting trips. He is very specific with his hunting gear. Of course personally, I don't see what the big deal is.. between a BB gun or a long range rifle, but that's just me! ha. I can't wait to tell my brother in law about Nikon. This company is offering a fantastic deal for hunters. The Ultimate Hunter's Package - Nikon BDC Slam Hunter's Package! Pretty impressive sounding! Well, it's even better than that. The Ultimate Hunter's Package includes a:

ProStaff 3-9x40 Matte w/BDC Reticia
ProStaff 550 Laser Rangefinder
Silent Technology Rangefinder case
Nikon ProGear $50 Gift Card

Normal price is: $444.85. Sale Price (for 4 days only) is: 299.95. A Savings of $144.50. The Ultimate Hunter's Package is designed to increase your long range shooting skills. What a great Christmas gift for your hunter husband, father, brother, or brother in law.

Along with The Nikon BDC Slam Hunter's Package, check out the other great deals at Nikon, Nikon Monarch Binoculars, ProStaff Riflescopes, Nikon Monarch Rifle Scopes, Buckmasters, and Omega Riflescopes! Just a Tip, if you are like me and wouldn't know where in the world to start in buying a gift for someone, Nikon offers Gift Cards as well.

An Island Life KEEN Giveaway!!!

An Island Life is hosting a giveaway for one item of your choice from KEEN! I love their shoes!! Check out KEEN and head over to An Island Life to ENTER. HURRY contest ends the 30th of November!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Customize Your Bike!

My husband loves motorcycles. If I would let him.. he would buy one today ha! Cruiser Customizing is a company that offers all kinds of accessories for your motorcycle. Right now they have a sale on saddlebags. No matter what kind of bike you have Cruiser Customizing can fit you with the perfect saddlebags for your bike. Check out their saddlebags!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

An Island Life Gift Card Giveaway!

Another giveaway hosted by An Island Life.

She is giving away a $100 The Home Depot Gift Card!!! Wooo hoooo.
Winner will be selected Dec. 1st.

Click HERE to enter.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Aloha Friday!

An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

I am sooo late in getting my question up!!

My Question: Do you have a ritual for healing your headaches? lol

(I had a migraine today) blah I usually take meds.. if that doesn't help..I put headache ointment on my head.. if that doesn't help.. I take a shower.. if that doesn't help I grab BLOCK of ICE and hide under the covers lol

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaways!

Musings of a Housewife has designed a Holiday Gift Guide. I think its great she has taken the time to put something like this together. We all need a little help in this area! Along with her Gift Guide she is offering a ton of giveaways. Head over to her blog and take a look at her Holiday Gift Guide and enter her fabulous giveaways. You might win!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Slanket Giveaway!

S.I.M.P.L.E. Blog is offering a Slanket giveaway. I know what is a slanket lol It is like a blanket that has sleeves for your arms. It is kind of funny.. but seems like it would do the job in keeping you warm.

To Enter this giveaway click HERE.

Rewarding Obedience

Well, my tip is nothing profound or new.. I am just sharing this age old tip to reiterate how much it really does work. lol The Marble Jar. lol I know I know. But let me tell you it really is working. The more we stay on top of the giving and taking away of marbles the more our son is excited about earning marbles. In the picture, it is hard to see, we have lines that equal different rewards. The first line is a matchbox car from Target lol. The tip top line is a shopping trip to ToysRus. Of course we don't want to teach our children that obedience only comes with a reward of "things", however, I do believe that with time it instills them the principles and develops good behavior habits. After a month of making his bed, and getting a marble for it everyday.. well he has now formed a wonderful habit. This is working for us RIGHT NOW lol

Click HERE for more tips!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Affordable Web Hosting for Blogs!
I have often talked about the need for web hosting blog companies. The need for a reliable web hosting company is essential especially if you are wanting to run a business from your blog. Web hosting offers site management, a free domain name, and a 30 day back guarantee. web hosting blog can sometimes be overwhelming when trying to choose the right company. Believe me I know. Some sites can be so overwhelming and full of so much technical jargon that you immediately click out. I love this web hosting blog site because they simplify everything. A complete list of customer reviewed web hosting blog companies all arranged by star rating. Each company offers a unique package. The great thing is that you can search them all out or just choose one in knowing that if you are not happy in 30 days, no problem, here is your refund.

Most of companies will allow you to have a personal account for your blog some starting as low as 3 dollars a month. I know what you are thinking.. 3 dollars.. what do you get with 3 dollars? Well, one company offers 2 Stage SPAM protection, weekly backups, free domain, email accounts, and most importantly 24 free tech support.

I think it is very important to take your time in deciding which web hosting blog company you want for your blog. The options are many, affordable, and reliable. It doesn't matter if your blog is just for your personal use or for business use. web hosting blog company's take care of everything.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Holiday Recipe!

One of my favorite treats to make during the holidays is Hello Dolly Bars. My sister gave me this fabulous recipe a few years ago.

Hello Dolly Bars

1 stick butter/margarine
2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup coconut
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup nuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Melt butter in 9x13 pan (oven). Spread crumbs and press into 9x13 with butter. Layer ingredients in order listed and pour sweetened condensed milk over top. Bake 20 min. until golden brown. 350 degrees

Check out From Dates to Diapers Baking Giveaway HERE.

Soda Fountain giveaway!

Jamie's Precious Peas is offering a soda fountian
from Soda Stream.

Click HERE to enter!

Baby Shower Giveaway Event!!

Daycare Life

A Daycare Life is hosting a Baby Shower Giveaway Event until November 23rd, 2008. Right now she is giving away Bumkins Cloth Diapers Bundle 3 Pack in Dr.Seuss .

Click HERE to Enter!

A Daycare Life is also giving away a pair of Darling Shoes. Let me tell you.. these baby shoes are soooooooooo adorable. I would love to own a pair of the Mary Jane white baby shoes.. My baby girl would look beautifulllll in them.

Click HERE to Enter!

Bamboosa Baby Rib Tank

Mom Most Traveled is giving away a Bamboosa Baby Rib Tank from Bamboosa. This tank is made from bamboo fabric that is softer than cotton, and natural, chemical free, 100% biodegradable, and naturally anti-microbial. I personally would love to win or own a Bamboosa tank (in cayenne red) because I am becoming more aware of the chemicals in our environment, and when you think about ...even your clothes have chemicals that are harmful to your skin.. that is pretty scary. I think they really need to make chemical free and natural clothes more readily available everywhere, especially for kids.

To enter the Bamboosa Baby Rib Tank giveaway click HERE.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

An Island Life Crocs footwear giveaway!

An Island Life is hosting a giveaway for a pair of footwear from Crocs. I really love Crocs. They are the only shoes I happen to wear..because of the comfort. Hurry and enter by Nov. 21st.

China game & Panda Plushie giveaway

An Island Life is hosting a giveaway! Offering a XEKO MIssion: China game & Panda plushie. Head over to An Island Life to enter.

Baby Wears Prada Giveaway!

Baby Wears Prada is hosting some fabulous giveaways. You have the chance to win a custom designed Gigi Blanket and matching drooli. These are so beautiful. I picked the Black eyelash and pink satin for the blanki choice and giraffe and chocolate for the drooli.
Hurry up and enter.

2nd giveaway by Baby Wears Prada is giving these beautiful
Swarovski Converse Chuck Taylors Sneakers. Each pair of sneakers is embellished with over 400 swarovski crystals. I picked the swarovski princess converse sneakers in pink size 4. Click HERE to enter.

3rd Giveaway by Baby Wears Prada is hosting a giveaway from
Bling Around the Rosie. You get the chance to win a blinged out design on a tank or long sleeve tee. I chose the Daddy Heart Pink Lettuce Edge. Enter HERE.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kids Shoe Giveaway!

Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is hosting a giveaway by U*neaks. U*neaks is a webstore for children's shoes and socks. Very cutes stuff. Head over to Frugal Mommy and enter.

Hannah Montana GIVEAWAY!!!

Chic Shopper Chick is hosting (once again) a wonderful giveaway! She is giving the complete first season of Hannah Montana away! WOO HOO!!! Head over to Chic Shopper Chick and enter!!

Betty Beguiles Giveaway!

Betty Beguiles is hosting a giveaway. A 25 dollar gift card to Sephora. Head on over to Betty Beguiles and enter before next Thursday.

Financially Free Friday

I am so excited. The Oprah showed offered the free Snapfish Photo book this week. (which ends tonight I believe). I was able to design my last night, and order it. All I had to do was pay for standard shipping (6.99). My book is 20 pages long, with a really beautiful layout, bound in a black cover. I am so excited because (whispering) this is for my husband for Christmas.

I will say at first I thought it wasn't working.. then once you are through the check out process I noticed the free book coupon was then credited.

You can also check out more tips here.
Link up your Frugal tip below.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Aloha Friday!

An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

My Question this week:

What is your favorite (homemade) Christmas gift that you enjoy making?

I try to learn new things every year.. I often forget them.. lol I love making Christmas ornaments, or anything to do with family photos, or baking goodies put into cute packaging.

Quality Car Care!

I, thankfully, have never had a car accident. But I often hear how hard it is to get a reliable quote from a decent auto body repair shop that won't take advantage of you. The Collision Repair Experts have a fantastic website. All you need to do, is enter in your city or zip code on their main page. Your search will then take you to a list of highly recommended auto body repair shop near your location. All of the auto body shops have been rated personally by the customers, so who better to believe then those with first hand experience. If you need some auto body work done or know someone that does, check out The Collision Repair Experts for your local highly recommended auto body repair shop.

This post has been sponsored by The Collision Repair Experts.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Elf on a Shelf Giveaway

The Chic Shopper Chick is offering up another great giveaway! She is giving away "Elf on the Shelf". Hurry over and enter.

Turkey Giveaway

Wouldn't you love to win a Turkey for Thanksgiving?? Mom of 3 Girls is hosting a Turkey giveaway.. wooo hooo.. Head over there and enter.

TUTU Giveaway!

Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is hosting a giveaway. She is offering a beautiful TUTU from Hannah's Tutus. I absolutely love the Ms Buttercup Tutu Dress. SOOOO CUTE. Hurry over and enter.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Web Hosting Made Affordable!

Since I started blogging this last year, I have come across so many home businesses started from a simple blog site. Some still ran their "online" business from the free site, and some I noticed had chosen to purchase a domain name and web host.

I used to think purchasing a web host service would cost a fortune. When I found that you can purchase a good reliable webhosting service for under 10 dollars a month (that's less than a pack of diapers) I was shocked. That means for under 10 dollars you get one free domain name registration and a 30 day back guarantee. Guarantees always tell me they stand behind their product. Web Hosting Geeks is an awesome web site. They offer a whole list webhosting companies with reviews. I love that all I have to do is look for a 5 star rating web host company then click on the reviews. It really does make a difference to read about other's experiences.

Web Hosting Geeks provides all the resources you need to get your website up and running. Even a "how to" article in choosing the best webhosting company for your needs.

It seems that on every news channel and on every newspaper headline there is something about our failing economy, and job cuts. Web Hosting Geeks makes it so easy to pick an affordable company that won't break the bank. Take a look at the best webhosting company's list, and see if you can find your perfect match.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Lately, my little girl has been waking up during the night and not going back to sleep!!!!!!! She is teething. Her top two teeth have nearly pushed through. So with my late nights I have found this mindless game. haha It is now my new favorite game.You must play it and let me know if you are as hooked as I am now lol It's called the eyescreamfactory. I was able to get to level 15 once lol but now I can't seem to get past level 10. GRRR lol This definitely works to pass the time when I anxiously hoping my baby girl falls asleep!!!

For more tips head over to Rocks in My Dryer.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Twilight Giveaway * WINNER*

Time to announce the Twilight Book giveaway!!!

I used

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-11-08 03:48:34 UTC

dee said...

I have heard SOOO much about this book and I have decided its time to read it! Getting it at the library is impossible! Thanks for the chance!!!

October 28, 2008 4:57 PM

Dee Congratulations!!! I will be emailing you!

Thanks everyone for entering my giveaway!! Check back again for future giveaways!

DVD Giveaway!

Seven Dogs & A Baby is hosting another giveaway!!! She is giving away the new Movie DVD called Shaun The Sheep Off the Baa!! This movie looks sooo cute. It's made by the creators of Wallace and Grommit so you know it has to be GREAT!! Hurry go enter at Seven Dogs & A Baby!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Financially Free Friday

Financially Free Friday.. Well, I do not have much to offer this week.. accept I found a few silly deals at Walmart last night while I was grocery shopping with my family, and I received some other freebies this week.

First, it certainly is worth it to fill out bloggy giveaways! I received this 10th Anniversary Harry Potter book (value at 30 dollars) in the mail. I was so thrilled to add this to my collection of books.
My husband brought this full size DD Coffee from work. Someone gave it to him!
I won this bag of Hershey Bliss Chocolate from the Hershey website daily chocolate giveaway!

I bought this huge bag of Sweet Tart Candy Mix at Walmart for 1.22. (future bribery candy) lol
I thought this was really cute. Its a pack of 20 boxes of crayons for 75% off. Not sure what I will use them for at this point.. but I will add them to my stash of goodies lol

I will be choosing the winner tonight for my Twilight book giveaway. Hurry up and sign up HERE if you haven't already.

If you have any "frugal ideas" please feel free to link up below with Mr. Linky!

Aloha Friday!

An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

My Question this week:

Do you do the grocery shopping alone or is it a family affair?

My husband and I have always gone shopping together. We enjoy being together. We both love to cook so it's kinda of fun to see what we come up with. However, now with kids.. lol He takes one with a cart and I take the other (usually my son).. and we meet back in the middle and take inventory hoping we haven't gotten doubles (which happens a lot) lol

Shrek Movie Giveaway!

Chic Shopper Chick is hosting another giveaway! Woo Hooo!! lol She is giving away Shrek the Halls DVD! I love all the Shrek Movies! Hurry over to Chic Shopper Chick and enter by 11:59 pm CST on November 13th, 2008!

Pac Man Game GIveaway!

Mom Most Traveled is hosting a giveaway, sponsored by JAKKS TV Games. She is giving away a Plug N Play TV Game, Arcade Pac Man game (which happens to be my favorite). I grew up playing Pac Man. Just the (du du du da) noise lol takes me back. I also love the Wheel of Fortune game. JAKKS TV Games has many choices, also for young children like Sponge bob or Dora. Which my son would love love love. In face my son might enjoy Wheel of Fortune. He loves letters and words. Head over to Mom Most Traveled to enter!

A little about me...

It is that time again!!!! I am thinking of attempting to lose weight for the 100 millionth time. haha. This time I know it will work :)

In November of 2007, I gave birth to my second child, a C-Section. Not only did that put me back physically, but I also developed high blood pressure. I am only 29. Talk about discouraging.

I started gaining weight in highschool. Seems to have followed me everywhere. My ultimate goal is to lose 120 lbs but I'll settle for 10 right now. haha.

There is absolutely no reason why I cannot succeed in this weight loss endeavor. I have exercise equipment. I guess that means I have to use it. Also, I am going to attempt the Carbohydrates Addict Diet. I have had some success with this in the past.

So I am thinking, with putting my progress out for the world to see.. it will force me to make the right choices. Let's hope!! Feel free to comment on anything or tell your story. It's always encouraging to hear about others successes. Join me on this weight loss journey...

My Weight Progress: