Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Check for price drops, 30 day price guarantee

Be sure to check Amazon to see if any of your Christmas shopping went down in price. Amazon has a 30 day price guarantee!

Just view orders placed in last 6 months. Check on the items from the past 30 days. I actually did pretty good, the Barbie Girls MP3 Player - Gold went up $10 from what I paid, Hannah Montana "Fashion Collection" Miley with Extra Outfit went up $2 & Hannah's Backstage Closet went down $1.50.

Anyway go to Customer Service Contact Us Form

Select order & email them, then Select Refund Inquiry & explain what you bought, etc. Good luck, hope you can find some refunds :)

Weekend Snapshot

Girls on New Years Eve :) Click the banner above for more Weekend Snapshot.

Christmas Wrap Up

Better late then never I guess. Our girls had a great Christmas with lots of presents! Both girls got a bunch of Webkinz, 2gb MP3 Player, the gold Barbie Girl MP3 player, a Shining Star bear & bunch of Littlest pet shop & polly pockets. Aly got an awesome new dance bag called the Dance Caddy jr & Cam got a bunch of Bella Sara trading cards.

I got a cool Liz Clairborne suitcase for our travels with Dance competition, some gift cards and the new Harry Potter DVD :)

Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Lions Throw

I received my Lions Throw from
that I won from Diary of 1 a week or so ago. I love it, it is gorgeous! My dad is going to love it & I am so excited about winning it! If you are interested in sports merchandise or have a loved one that is, I highly recommend Team Mascot! It was quick shipping, nice packaging & high quality merchandise!

Detroit Lions Blanket: Woven Tapestry Throw

Detroit Lions blanket
Known as the “Three Point Stance” design, this blanket is tough! This design is no longer made, but I have this ONE blanket left. This beautiful loom woven triple layer tapestry Detroit Lions Blanket with fringed edges is a tasteful way to show your team spirit. The Detroit Lions Blanket displays a beautiful array of color and a unique design of the Detroit logo. With its large 48″x60″ size it also makes for a prominent wall hanging. Go Detroit!

A Year of Free Movies and Popcorn…

5 Minutes for mom is giving away a year of delicious Orville popcorn with an “Orville popcorn for a year” coupon book, along with a 12 month, 2 at-a-time subscription to Netflix!

Check it out here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Puppy Mills

Do you know about puppy mills? If you don't -- and even if you do -- then you've got to watch this undercover video:

Puppy mills are large scale operations that force breeder dogs to produce litter after litter to support consumer demand for puppies. Puppies sold in pet stores or through Internet sites come from places filled with suffering, disease, malnutrition, and loneliness. Even the puppies themselves are often prone to a variety of diseases. Some die within days or weeks of purchase.

The Humane Society of the United States is working to stop puppy mills and they need your help.

Please watch this short video that exposes the cruelty of puppy mills. Then, you can take action by pledging to stop supporting the retailers that perpetuate cruel breeding practices. Click here:

Thanks for taking action!

Monday, December 17, 2007

SnapTint Window Tinting

Did you know that you can purchase do it yourself window tint for your car and your home? SnapTint sells customized kits that you can install in an afternoon. The kits are made with high performance window film from SolarGard and SunTek. They do not use cheap dyes that fade or turn purple. The kits are pre-cut to the precise measurements that you need. They also offer how to videos on their website,

There are many benefits to tinting your windows besides looking nice ~

Benefits to Window Tint

People have found that window tinting is not just about giving your ride more character, there are many practical benefits to tinting your windows. Some benefits include:

  • Avoid Overheating - Block 50% of heat
  • Skin Protection - Block 99% of UV rays
  • Accident Protection - Holds shattered glass
  • Enhanced Privacy - Protect your privacy
  • Safer Driving - Reduce glare from sun
  • Protect Your Car - Prevent sun damage"

They have a vast library of over 1,000 cars from 1980 to present with lower prices then the professionals charge for the same tint.

I love the home tint kits that they sell! You can choose from Solar Control Films, Frosted decorative films, Architectural Design films or Floral decorative films. They are very pretty, making your home a work of art plus many other features depending on the film you add.

Scrappy Giveaway

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Nic Howard is giving away some of her scrap stuff! Leave a comment HERE to get the chance to win these awesome giveaways!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Linking for Dollars - Give to St. Jude!

Empowering Youth, Inc, is sponsoring an effort to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year, “Linking for Dollars” raised $500! You can help. Details are here.

School Closed

We just got a call that School is closed. I'm bit bummed, tomorrow was my last day to get anything done without the kids, UGH! Tuesday I have dr & Wednesday the girls have Xmas parties. I have no idea how I am going to get everything done, yikes!

The kids are happy though, we got tons of snow. I'm also glad are school has that phone alert system so I can sleep in, yeah!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Finished reading A Subtle Knife

I just finished reading The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2). It was amazing! Now I'm waiting for the 3rd book to come in at the library. I just got a copy of the first book Golden Compass from Paperbackswap! I want to do a full review, just have to find the time :)

I've got to figure out how many books I've read for the Fall into reading challenge too! So much to do, so little time

Little Miss Matched Email is having a contest. Go sign up for their emails & refer your friends. You can win $150 worth of socks! Yeah! Go sign up & use my email please

SmellStickers Giveaway is the sponsor of the first Printables4Kids giveaway. By leaving a comment on this post, you can enter to win a Happy Allie “The Works” gift package which includes:
  • one (1) Smell Sticker collector Album
  • one (1) diary with lock
  • one (1) scented stationery set
  • ten (10) packs of Smell Stickers
Enter here.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Family Loves It - Calendar Contest Day 4 Hannah Montana

2008 Hannah Montana calendar Thursday’s give away is a 2008 Hannah Montana calendar. Post a comment (1 entry) for a chance to win and for extra chances to win write a post on your blog about our site (2 entries). Winner will be announced tomorrow (US residents only).

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Simplify your life

I think Simplify is going to be motto for the year 2008! Ali Edwards does a One Little Word Challenge every year. Last year as I was making my list, I kept going back & forth between Enjoy & Simplify. I ended up picking Enjoy. This year I am definitely going to pick Simplify. I didn't pick Simplify because I didn't think I was ready for the work involved in making things simple. I think because I chose not to, I wasn't able to fully enjoy things either.

I need to simplify my life so badly! I started today but unsubscribing from a bunch of yahoo groups & store newsletters. My inbox gets so full, I get overwhelmed & don't check the messages. I'm doing a little bit at a time till I get it under control. I'd love to sit & just take care of it at once time, but honestly it is so bad, it would take me ALL day long. With christmas right around the corner I can't do that. I figured I'd do a bit here & there & then maybe during the christmas break, I can really attack it.

I also need to simplify all the stuff in my house. Anybody have too much stuff? I do! My kids are overflowing with toys, I am overflowing with paperwork, etc. Ugh! It needs to go. I also have tons of collectibles. I actually started wanting to get rid of lots of it a few weeks ago, but none of it gets any bids on ebay right now. It is packed away anyways, so I'm going to hold off till I actually get a sale for the stuff. I don't even care if I don't make my money back, just something!

Anybody else need to simplify your life? If so tell me what you plan to do!

Here are some good articles on simplifying your life:

Zen Habits ~ 72 Ideas to Simplify your life
6 Ways to Simplify your life
13 Easy ways to simplify your life

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Kodak $30 FREE Gift!

Kodak is giving away a free $30 credit. This can be used on anything except prints & shipping. If you do not have an account, Get 20 FREE Prints at the Gallery today! So, either log in or register. Once in your account at the lower left side of the window, click View All Credits & Discounts, then enter KFHX-NYCWSIMV in the promotional code window to apply the $30 credit to your account. You can shop for your item now, or come back later, and the $30 credit will be applied to your order at checkout!

Do you want $200.00 to spend at

I DO! Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom, they are giving away $200.00 gift certificate to spend at True Jeans.

Check out the contest details here.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Take the BYOB Pledge, Score a Bike and a Glacier

Carbon Conscious Consumer Logo

Weekend Snapshot

Santa read stories at the library on Saturday & then took pics :) Aly felt funny sitting on his lap, so she stood, lol.

Search Blingo, your first 10 searches can win you a prize. I have won & the pay out was immediate! Powered by Google.

Contest Roundup

Win a A Play Puzzle Farm from Oompa Toys, enter my Wednesday the 12th.

Play Activities is giving away a really cool sensory play item - Sensory garden dome. Easy-to-grow seeds and a self-contained terrarium lets kids grow their own indoor garden…filled with plants that explore the 5 senses! There are different ways to enter so stop by before December 16th to check it out.

The Beauty and Fashion Tech is giving away a M.A.C. cool eyes set from the Royal Assets holiday collection and the Basic Brushes kit and bag from the Heirlooms holiday collection. Deadline: December 12th.

Don't forget to search at Blingo! Once registered, your first 10 searches every day give you a shot at winning a prize! Plus if anyone you refer wins a prize, you do to!

5 Minutes for Mom & Best Buy are giving away a Insignia® - 75W DVD/CD/HD Radio Compact Shelf System with USB Port
  • CD/DVD playback compatible with DVD/DVD-RW/DVD+RW/CD/CD-R/MP3/MP4
  • Digital AM/FM with 60 presets
  • HD Radio receiver
  • iPod device docking with charger and function control
  • Front USB input
  • Audio outputs: optical and coaxial
  • Video outputs:componet and S-video
If you want to win this Insignia® shelf system, head over to 5 Minutes for Mom.

Your Topless Undershirt Giveaway!

A Mom in Red Heels is giving away these great undershirts, check it out!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Win a Nintendo Wii from Contest Beat

A contest blog that I read, Contest Beat is happy to announce that their call for contest sponsor has been answered by, a place where you can sell your cellphone to recycle. You make money by doing it and be earth friendly at the same time.

They are holding a big contest and the prize at stake is a Nintendo Wii! I've been wanting one since I saw my brothers, yeah hope to win! Good luck to everyone that enters :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Fun Christmas Crafts around the Web

Reindeer pouch craft * Sorry removed, gal got mad about me posting it. *

Get a free softie pig pattern at Wee Wonderfuls. Get sewing!

This site has lots of great ideas, Family Fun!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Freebie Alert ~ Christmas Cards

I haven't looked through all of these, so don't get mad if they stink :)

List of Free Greeting/Holiday Card Samples

3 Free Holiday Greeting Card Samples from 1st Class
Christmas Cards
Click the yellow star next to the three that you want,
then click "request samples"

Free Kogle Greeting Card Samples

Free Greeting Card Samples from Good Cause Card

Free Greeting Card Samples from Greenhill Greeting

Up to Five Free Eimicke Greeting Card Samples scroll down to: Click here for
free samples of our corporate Christmas cards!

Free Greeting Cards from Holiday Classics

Three Free Greeting Card Samples
Click on "Order Samples" on the left (enable pop-ups
first), type in the 3 card #s you want, follow the

Free Greeting Cards from Hammond
The request page just says to enter the item #s of the
cards you are interested in receiving

Free Greeting Cards from Nebs

The Gallery Collection Free Card Samples

Free ECards and Scrapbooks for Moms- Create free
greeting cards and scrapbooks online

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Browse catalog, select cards you want samples of, then
click "Order Sample" and go through the checkout
process. Not all cards have samples available - Free Samples
Browse the site and pick up to 3 cards and enter the
item #s in the box on the request form

Free Handmade Greeting Card Sample

Free Christmas and Holiday Cards and More

Get 100 Free Beautiful Personalized Postcards. Makes a
great Stationary
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Free Greeting Card Sample

Free Personalized Greeting Card from IambicChick

10 Free Personalized Holiday Cards with Envelopes (s/h)

Free Samples from The Card Shop Wild Life

Free Embossed Cards from SandScripts

Get to know your friends: Christmas Edition

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends... Feel free to join in on the fun yourself!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Combination of both
2. Real or artificial tree?
3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, but this year we haven't yet, hopefully this weekend
4. When do you take the tree down?
By January 6th
5. Do you like eggnog?
Never tried it, hubby loves it though
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I used to get a lot of things, I guess a lot of the big things like the Glamour Girls Cruise ship, She-Ra castle, Bike
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
8. Hardest person to buy for?
9. Easiest person to buy for?
My daughters, can't seem to stop myself
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Things from my MIL, she would buy stupid things like Campbell's soup
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Usually mail, but this year I'm not bothering, so email the ones I can
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
The one with the boy & the BB Gun, Christmas Story maybe
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I pick up things whenever I see a good deal. I really start looking in October though
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Chocolate Truffles from Swiss Colony
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
I've done both, our tree came prelit with white. I think I prefer white so that the ornaments can stand out more
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Prefer to stay home with the kids
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen & Rudolph
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, but if the girls don't get pj's from my Grandma during our Eve visit then I do give them a present with new pajamas in it to wear to bed
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Everything, the music in the stores, the crowds, traffic, cold weather, stress over presents & $
23. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color?
We only have room for 1 tree & I like a hodge podge of ornaments because I always by the girls meaningful ornaments each year & I love looking at the full collection. I do have a white tree that we don't use, that I'd love to decorate in all one theme as a 2nd tree one of these days
24. What do/did you leave for Santa?
Cookies & little bit of milk if we have it or some juice if we don't

Thursday, December 6, 2007

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18" Doll Cowgirl Outfit

I'm selling a really cute 18" Doll Cowgirl Outfit on Ebay. It has no bids, so go check it out! It is darling :) Be sure to check out my other auctions!

I will be listing more this weekend too, so come back. I have tons of size 5 girls clothes that I need to get up, so if you have a girl in size 5 or about to go into size 5, check out my deals :)

Oh & don't forget to Send a letter from Santa to your child.

$5 Coupon Polly Pocket - Polly Promise

Mattel is giving out a $5 off $5 coupon on Polly Pocket playsets. Great coupon if your kids like Polly. They do make a doll with some clothes in the $5 range. Most of the toys are $9.99, so you would get half off, not bad at all!

Click here for the coupon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Won Gideon’s Gift & Do not open

The last week or so, I received 2 great books from winning bloggy contests!

The first one, which was like forever ago & I am such a slacker was Gideon's Gift from the wonderful Oh Amanda (love her blog, check it out). I can't wait to get a chance to read this book. She was so nice, she had it sent brand new straight from Amazon & even gift wrapped with a card. I wish I would have snapped a picture!

Then the other day I get a package & had no idea what it was. Opened it & it was that awesome book Do Not Open. I am embarrassed to say, I have no idea where I won it from, lol. I am thrilled though because I am giving it to my 10 year old for Christmas. I have been struggling with what to buy her & how to come up with $$$ to do that, so this was a wonderful surprise!

Now if I could just win The Daring Book for Girls, I'd be set :) Or actually a bunch of $$$$

Kids Crafts Weekly

I just found this cute little craft site today & wanted to share, Kids Craft Weekly. It looks like they send out newsletters & the few I have looked at I like. When I have the time I want to go through them all. I subscribed to the newsletters also. The site is free, but they do take donations.

The mom is in Australia & each newsletter is a theme, very cute!

If you have little ones check it out :)

Gift Idea: Digital Cameras

Digital cameras were the number one requested electronic gift for last years holiday season. They are sure to be just as popular this year. More and more people are branching off into the digital age, including kids! Last spring I bought a Canon Powershot S3 and just love it. I chickened out of getting the Digital Rebel and opted to get something similar but still had tons of features. I use my camera almost every day. I love being able to capture tons of pictures without worrying about running out of film or waiting to actually see the photo I took. I use my camera to capture my kids daily life more then ever, plus milestones, holidays, dance class, etc. I also take many more nature pictures with my digital, then I did with my film. Too worried about wasting my film. Another feature my camera has that I love is being able shoot digital video. I use this all the time & have gotten some really great videos. Our library holds quite a bit of events, one time Aly got picked to do a dance with some hula dancers. I actually got to film it! I never would have brought out my video camera with me, so that would have been a missed opportunity.

I carry my camera everywhere that I go. I also use it for taking nice quality Ebay pictures. If you have ever sold on Ebay then you know pictures could make or break the bidding!

My kids each received a nice Fuji camera for there birthdays this year. I figured it out, and the savings of film & developing far out numbered the cost of the camera & memory card. Some days, Cam can take over 100 pictures!

One camera that I'd like to own one day is a Nikon camera. I have had Sony, Canon & Fuji for digital cameras and I have owned Canon, Olympus and Nikon for film.

If you are considering purchasing a digital camera or accessories this Christmas, I would suggest Ritz Camera. I have been going to Ritz Camera since my photography days in high school! They are a wonderful business with high quality products. Right now they are offering free shipping on most photo items and no sales tax online. They sell more then just cameras also, go check them out!

*Photo was taken by my 6 year old while watching fireworks outside our house*

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...