Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bealls Outlet Gift Card Giveaway

Bealls Outlet is giving away $25 gift cards and I just had to share so you can all enter too.  The link to the giveaway is here:  Even if you don't have a Bealls Outlet in your state, you can go online and shop!  I love giveaways and enter everything, because if you don't enter, you can't win!  Free stuff is something I can't pass up.  I shop at Bealls Outlet weekly, for clothing, accessories, makeup, housewares and more.  It's my absolute favorite shop.  Enter the giveaway now for a chance to win $25 to spend at Bealls Outlet!  Please leave me a quick comment letting me know that you entered!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Purex Triple Action Detergent and Coupon Giveaway!

I recently got a bottle of Purex's new Triple Action  laundry detergent and have used it several times.  I love it!  Purex is amazing.  It's affordable AND it works!  The scent of Purex Triple Action lasts for days on my clothes and lifts my spirits every time I put on something clean.  I noticed that I used a lot less detergent with this Triple Action than when I use a regular detergent.  If you like saving money like I do, this is something you should try.

I have five children plus myself and my husband in our family.  I am always doing laundry, and the laundry soap can get expensive when buying for this large of a family.  Using Purex Triple Action laundry detergent will save my family money.  Four of my kids are teenagers, and they can have a distinct odor in their laundry, not to mention the stains they somehow get on their clothes.  This wonderful soap removes all of the odors and stains, and makes them smell great.  I am forever a loyal Purex user.

I am giving away THREE coupons to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment and tell me why you would love to win coupons for this amazing new Triple Action laundry soap. Let me know what your laundry issues are for an extra chance to win. One week from today I will announce the winner.  Thanks for reading and leave me a comment!

Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution with Slim Fast's Great Tasting New Shakes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slim-Fast for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



I have struggled to maintain weight after I lose it in the past, and Slim-Fast made it so much easier.  Even if I’m not dieting, I will buy Slim Fast shakes just to help maintain my current weight.  They taste great and are filling.  Is your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight in 2012?  Slim Fast is a great way to keep your resolution since they have great tasting shakes and other helpful weight loss products. Losing weight should not require sacrificing taste!  There are so many wonderful flavors of Slim Fast shakes such as creamy milk chocolate, rich chocolate royale, French vanilla, strawberries n cream, and for those coffee drinkers the cappuccino delight.  Wow your taste buds with Slim Fast shakes that give you 10 grams of filling protein and 24 vitamins and minerals.   That makes it easy to stick to your goals, feeling full and satisfied from a delicious shake.


The new Slim-Fast[ 3-2-1 Plan is a great way to keep your weight loss resolution.  Just eat 3 nourishing snacks a day, like Slim Fast 100-calorie snack bars or veggies, fruits or nuts.  Then take 2 Slim Fast shakes or Meal bars every day for balanced nutrition and great taste.  Last, eat 1 balanced meal worth about 500 calories.  It’s that easy.  Anyone can do it!  Slim Fast shakes are available everywhere so it’s easy to stay on the plan.  There are no special trips to certain stores, or having to order online.  Just pick them up at the grocery store, drug store or Wal Mart!  Try a snack bar instead of a fattening holiday cookie.  They are delicious and nutritious and you won’t hate yourself in the morning!  Look at the picture below and drool with me over this yummy looking snack!  The  Peanut Butter Crunch Time bars look awesome too.  I can't wait to try one.


Check out Slim Fast on Facebook, like their page and get great ideas on how to get and stay SLIM!  You can also get coupons and enter to win sweepstakes sometimes.





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Monday, December 19, 2011

LG DoublePlay will Save Time and Make Life Easier

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG DoublePlay™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was checking out new phones today and found this LG DoublePlay™, exclusively from T-Mobile, that is really cool.  It’s a slide-out cell phone with a 3.5 inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard.  I love a cell phone with a good camera, and this one has a great 5-megapixel camera with LED flash plus records HD video.  I’m always taking videos with my cell phone, of my kids and when we go on vacations and holidays.  This is perfect! 

I am an avid texter, I send probably over a couple thousand texts a month.  I found that the LG DoublePlay has some nice messaging options including Cloud Text which allows you to send and receive texts from a PC or tablet and creates group chats.   Anything to make texting easier and faster is good if you ask me!

LG DoublePlay features Android 2.3, and you get access to Android Market.  Android is an excellent operating system, and has many features to make life easier.  I am a serious multitasker, so I like to be able to flip between screens and do more than one thing on my phone at once.  I love to go on Facebook and Twitter, and doing those things on a phone is convenient.  It’s a real time saver for me to be able to text and go online faster! 

If you’re looking for a new phone, or even if you’re not, check out the LG DoublePlay™ from T-Mobile.  How many hours do you spend online every month?  How much texting do you do per month?  This phone is great for both of those.  I think it would change the way you interact with the special people in your life.  Send me some comments about how you think this phone will make your life easier!  I’d love to read them and I will respond to all of them.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This week's Featured Artisan is Michele Blair - Cowgirl by Design. Beautiful
Creations that will make Wonderful Gifts! You can find Cowgirl by Design on:
You can grab the code for your blog HERE!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I have news that has not been released to the public yet!  Purex is having a giveaway that will be announced next week to their fans.  I'm on their consumer panel and get to let you all know NOW!  20,000 random winners will enjoy an entire year of smart, approachable articles from BHG (Better Homes and Gardens).  The entry form is now live, and will go through December 20 at  

Head on over and enter now!  You may be one of the lucky 20,000!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hilarious Family Friendly Comedy Videos

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Family Insurance for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


I watched these videos online at AmFam today that were absolutely hysterical.  I sat here laughing the entire time!  These days it can be really hard to find family friendly comedians, and these guys were nice and clean.  They talked about family and things that I could really relate to.  The fact that my kids could sit and watch these comedians with me is a great big bonus.  Parents and children alike would get the jokes and enjoy these shows!

I especially enjoyed the Bill Bellamy videos.  He cracked me up with the stories of his childhood and his Mama.  I laughed so hard watching him, my belly’s aching now!  I watched some of them twice.  When he talks about the "look" his mom would give him when he was a child, I could truly relate to it.  My mom had a "look" too and when she gave it, I knew I was in big trouble!!  I headed to my room to get away before I could get more than just a look.

I think the American Family Insurance company putting on this clean show, Stand Up For Family, for families is really cool.  A company who cares about families is hard to find these days!  HHSo many don’t care at all, and when I find one who does and it actually shows,  I will want to do business with them.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Puppies vs. Babies Showdown

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puppies vs. Babies for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.





There is a contest going on online right now, Puppies vs. Babies.  Sure, puppies are adorable, but babies will always win out for me!  I love babies.  They are cuddly, sweet, and perfect.  It’s awesome when they start cooing and making noises, and even better when they start saying words. Puppies can never do that.  The faces babies make and watching them grow and start to crawl and eventually walk are all so darn cute.  Puppies are cute, of course, but will never compare to babies.  My babies were all beautiful, and puppies couldn’t have won in a contest against them.  Look at the above picture and tell me that this baby isn't much cuter than any puppy you've seen!  That little baby melts my heart!

I will definitely be going to vote, and hope you all will too!  Go here to vote: Puppies vs. Babies online contest The contest is going on until November 23, 2011.  The winning puppy or baby will get $5,000!  I’d love for you to leave me a comment stating which one you will be voting for, too.  I'll be watching my comments section and responding to all comments, so keep them coming!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gifts of Red

It's all about RED today!  This post will help you find some beautiful Handmade red items.  These are wonderful gifts for Christmas or any occasion.  I have jewelry here, winter wear, hair accessory, and much more.  Enjoy!

BUY HANDMADE THIS CHRISTMAS!  Support Local Independent Artists!

By Twisted Tiger Sisters on ArtFire

By Pretty Purse Designs on ArtFire

by ChichiChick on ArtFire

By Ingrid's Creations on Etsy

by Cherry's Creations on Etsy

by Eclectic Jewelry Designs on ArtFire

By Flight 0627 on ArtFire

By Up North Knits on ArtFire

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Really the Last Day to Enter!

Last Day to Enter!!!!

I thought yesterday was the Last day to enter Amanda Stephan's giveaway, but it's TODAY.  Hurry up!  Today is the very LAST day to enter the giveaway my friend Amanda Stephan is having for a Nook, Kindle and iPod shuffle!  Go here:  Books By Amanda  Her book is amazing, I had the chance to read it before it was published and LOVED it.  I highly recommend "Lonely Hearts" By Amanda Stephan.  You can get it in paperback or e-versions.  Check out Amazon to see how to buy her book.    And enter the giveaway today!!  

Monday, October 31, 2011

Handmade Children's Gifts, $5 and Under

Here are some wonderful Handmade children's items that would make awesome Christmas gifts.  They are all $5 or less.  From toy items to hats and pillows, there is a nice selection of handmade gifts to buy for the child in your life.  You can support small business this Christmas and get a handmade, high quality item to give as gifts. None of the items are from my own shop, they are just items I have found on Etsy and Artfire while browsing trying to find the cutest kids' items for under $5.

by craftiworks on ArtFire

by PartySuppliesandBlanketShop on ArtFire

by Melsfunsuds on Etsy

by FlowerPatchBoutique on ArtFire

by Aerasboutique on ArtFire

by TheBeadedBranch

by Valmade

Last Day to Enter!!!!

Today is the very LAST day to enter the giveaway my friend Amanda Stephan is having for a Nook, Kindle and iPod shuffle!  Go here:  Books By Amanda  Her book is amazing, I had the chance to read it before it was published and LOVED it.  I highly recommend "Lonely Hearts" By Amanda Stephan.  You can get it in paperback or e-versions.  Check out Amazon to see how to buy her book.    And enter the giveaway today!!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Awesome Giveaway

There is a great giveaway going on at  Author Amanda Stephan is having a book launch of her new book "Lonely Hearts" and is giving away a Kindle, Nook and iPod Shuffle!  Her book is one that I got an advance copy of and I wrote a review on Amazon that you can see here:  Lonely Hearts on Amazon.  If you want to find out how to win one of these great prizes, just go to her blog and find out more.  This book is amazing and I highly recommend it!  Her first book "The Price of Trust" was amazing as well and definitely worth the read.  You can get paper books or on Kindle through Amazon.  "Lonely Hearts" will be launched on November 1st.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Men's Christmas Gifts $5 and Under

Here is a selection of awesome Men's Gifts for you to browse.  These would make great Christmas presents for the men in your life!  All of them are $5 or less, and handmade to boot, can't beat that.  Enjoy this post full of manly goods from Etsy & ArtFire!

by bodyliciousbath

by She's Batty Designs on ArtFire

by bethbeez

by SunriseKnits

by SpuroftheMomentDesigns

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ladies' Christmas Gifts for $5 and less

You can find wonderful Christmas gifts for $5 and under, and support independent artists in their handmade craft.  Supporting small businesses instead of huge corporations helps the individual instead of the CEO of a big store.  Independent sellers who sell on Etsy, ArtFire, Ebay and other venues have beautiful items and many are not very expensive.  Today I will show you several items you can buy that are handmade, quality items, and they are $5 or less.  Thanks for supporting small businesses and local artists!

by Ingrid's Creations on Etsy

by Mummumscrafts on Etsy

by TeenyLady on ArtFire

by LDPhotography

by Divababies on ArtFire

by mibellacreations on ArtFire

by Earthbalisms on ArtFire

These are just a few goodies I've found while looking through Etsy and ArtFire for handmade gifts for women $5 and under.  There are tons more!  I hope this selection makes you smile.  

Buy Handmade this Christmas!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Online Christmas Shopping


 I'll be writing about Christmas shopping for the next couple of months. Here you will find lots of great HANDMADE gifts, like jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and Christmas decorations. There are some wonderful online venues like Etsy and ArtFire. There are less known venues like Zibbet and many more like it. What better way to save money and support small businesses instead of the huge corporations. If you like unique or one of a kind creations, handmade is the way to go! Here are a few examples of some beautiful handmade gifts to tease you and let you see what's to come:

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

GIVEAWAY, Win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ iPod Shuffle

Win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ iPod Shuffle My friend, author Amanda Stephan, is having a huge giveaway on her site. I had to share with my readers because it's such an awesome giveaway. You could win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ or ~ iPod Shuffle!! Just go to her blog to see how to enter. Some ways to enter once you get there: blog about it, tweet it, or share it on Facebook. There are many great ways to win these amazing prizes! Go to her blog and check it out!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Armored Hearts Feature

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Frann Ramales - Armored Hearts!
Beautiful chainmail creations and more! You can find
Armored Hearts on:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saving for Christmas by Cutting My Cell Phone Bill

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am saving up to buy Christmas presents for my kids, so I’m glad I have Straight Talk which costs about half of what the other companies cost!  I have 5 kids to buy for, plus a husband and other family, so the cost of Christmas adds up quick and any way I can save money is a blessing!  I love the fact that there are no contracts, and no surprises on my bill.  Every month my bill is the same, so that makes budgeting my money so easy.  Straight Talk’s coverage is nationwide and has excellent reception, too. Hook, line and sinker

There are plans to fit any need and any budget on Straight Talk.  The “All you need plan” comes with 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 30 mb of data per month.  Then the Unlimited Service is available and you can call, text, picture messaging and go online as much as you want for only $45 a month!  Can you believe you can get unlimited calls, texting, picture messaging, and web for the entire year for just $499.00?  For those who call other countries regularly, the Straight Talk International Long Distance Service is a flexible calling plan that lets you to call internationally from home, your cell phone, or office at nice, low rates.  Call a friend

Most companies charge for 411 calls, but with Straight Talk they are always free!  Also free are the activation, reactivation and termination fees.  No other company can say that.  

Many phones are available starting at $10.00 for reconditioned phones with camera, mobile web access, MP3 player, and blue tooth.  Those are what I usually get for my kids.  There are also smart phones, touch screen phones, and app capable phones with lots of features such as voice navigation, camera, video, music player, instant messaging and Blue Tooth. Android on Straight Talk

With all the ways Straight Talk helps me to save money, I’ll be able to buy some really cool gifts this Christmas! 

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Tips on Using TRESemme's Fresh Start Dry Shampoos

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TRESemmé for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


TRESemm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo is so convenient that I don’t know how I lived without it before!  I’ve learned some tips to use dry shampoo to its fullest advantage.  For starters, I always shake the bottle vigorously before using it, and also in between sprays.  Lifting my hair in sections and spraying the roots in short bursts lightly makes it easy to get the shampoo evenly distributed through my hair.  I tried once to spray it all over my head like hair spray, and that didn’t work too well, so I wouldn’t recommend that!  Using my fingertips, I massage it in and then I leave my TRESemme’ in for one to two minutes and let it soak in.  Taking the time to use it correctly makes the product work the best.  Finally, if the spray nozzle gets a clog, just take it off and run it under hot water, then reattach.

I like that there are many choices in the full line of dry shampoos by TRESemme’.  There’s Strengthening Dry Shampoo containing keratin and B-vitamins, strengthening hair and keeping it healthy.  The Volumizing Dry Shampoo  has mineral clay and citrus, which removes oil and adds volume.  The Smoothing Shampoo is a formula rich in Vitamin H and Silk Proteins removes oils and keeps the hair sleek all day.  Lastly, the Moisturizing Dry Shampoo features witch hazel, citrus and Aloe Vera, to keep hair moisturized while removing oil and odors.  All of this, with not even a drop of water! 

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Each of TRESemme’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoos is infused with citrus and is excellent for removing oils and odors, for those days I don’t feel like washing and restyling my hair. 


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

On Fire For Handmade Feature

This week's Featured Artisan is Andrea Zimmerman Rogers - Blue Highways. Gorgeous Handbound books and journals. A work of art to keep your thoughts, pics and more! You can find Blue Highways on:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On Fire Featured Artisan

This weeks Featured Artisan is Debbi La Rue - Flower & Bud Handcrafted Jewelry!

You can find Flower & Bud on:

You can grab the code for your blog here:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

And the winner is....


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway on MY PAGE! Stay tuned for another giveaway in the very near future!

Monday, September 12, 2011


Go to my PAGE and be entered to win a FREE towel! The towel is a cute flip flop towel in my shop, click HERE to see it. All you have to do is go to my Facebook page and leave a comment under the very top post about the giveaway! Easy peasy!