Saturday, July 21, 2007

Use Coupon codes to save money online!

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Harry Potter Arrived!

Cool, amazon actually got my book here today! I am glad I went for the free shipping! The box is SO cool. It says Attention Muggles Do not deliver or open before July 21st, lol. It says book 7 on the side. Very nice extra touch. I can't wait to start reading it. Sucks because I have a busy weekend. Tomorrow we are taking the girls the Air show at the army base behind our house. Will be an all day event. I'm still reading my Stephanie Plum book too, not much more to go though. Gotta run, just was so excited about my book, had to write about it, LOL.

Free Silver Jewelry

I started buying from Silver Jewelry Club a few years ago. This company is wonderful! The main company is Peora, and they started this as a promotional way to get there sterling silver jewelry on the market. They have continued to keep it open though. All you pay is $5.99 shipping which is so worth it for the jewelry you get. I have ordered a ton of charms, earrings, bracelet and even a couple Silver necklaces. When you order a charm, you have the option of adding on the necklace. When I bought mine it was $3, but I believe it has went up since. They offer Sterling Silver jewelry, most pieces have real gemstones in them. I have also seem stainless steel jewelry from time to time usually geared towards men or teens. These make great presents too, even for younger kids & teens. They have made tons of great improvements to the site over the year. Including being able to choose from 4 items at a time, plus you have the option to view what is coming up. You get 15 minutes to order an item, or when it sells out. The jewelry comes within a few weeks in a pretty pouch. Click on the banner above & check out the site. Be careful it is addicting!

I'm not being paid to write this review, I just really like the company & thought I should share with my readers!

Friday, July 20, 2007

My Harry Potter book just a few cities away

Well I cheaped out on Amazon & didn't pay for shipping. I checked & my book is just a few cities away but isn't estimated till the 25th, hmmm. At first I wasn't going to read right away & now of course I am dying to get started, lol. I'm almost finished with Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum Novels). I think I might stay up reading it, just in case :) I'm actually supposed to help my dad & hubby do my parents roof tomorrow anyway. It might work out if the book is late.

Ten on Tuesday {just a bit late}

I know it is friday, but i still wanted to play :) I love this weeks theme! I was just talking about Heathers & Dream a little dream a few days ago too. I made the movies clickable to Amazon in case you want to take a peek. I have actually been slowly re-buying all these movies on DVD. I tried making my kids watch Bedknobs & Broomsticks & they were bored out of there mind, lol. My brother & I watched that movie all the time! I had a daybed & we used to play Bedknobs & broomsticks because my knobs would come apart, LOL.

10 Favorite Movies from Your Childhood

1. Heathers
2. Dream a Little Dream
3. Labyrinth
4. The NeverEnding Story
5. Alice in Wonderland (Masterpiece Edition)
6. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (30th Anniversary Edition)
7. Grease (Rockin' Rydell Edition)
8. Gremlins (Special Edition)
9. Poltergeist
10. A Christmas Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Win A Signed Copy of The 4-Hour Workweek

This contest ends Sunday night. To enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the The 4-Hour Workweek, just reply to this post.

Tour of Detroit

What To Do After Being Dugg, Have a contest!

What To Do After Being Dugg, of course have a contest :) Congrats to Derek Semmler for being dugg! Head over to his site, he is having a contest. You can win two t-shirts and a crazy little stress squeeze toy to three lucky winners. These aren’t just any t-shirts though as you will see below. One shirt is an authentic ShoeMoney t-shirt and the other is a coveted t-shirt. Check it out here.

What I love about Pay Per Post

As you probably know, I am a stay at home mom. I quit working in January 2002, about 6 months after my 2nd daughter was born. I made my first online store in 1999, and I joined Ebay sometime around April of 2000. When I quit my job, I looked at online ways of making money to help supplement my husbands income. He is a carpenter, and winters are usually very slow in Michigan. I have done different things in addition to online sales like surveys, reward programs, etc. Remember paid to surf the web, lol? A few months ago I started seeing people mention that they get paid to blog. Since I enjoy blogging as it is, I started looking into it. I have joined a few sites. My blog is hard because it is a bit of a hodge podge of things.

The company I have found to be my favorite is payperpost. I just love the concept. Advertisers pay bloggers to write reviews/opinions. When you are accepted, all you do is check every so often for open opportunities that fit your blog. You get to choose what you write about. I personally love writing and reading reviews from real people, so this is a wonderful opportunity. One thing I have found is you have to check often. Some of the opportunities are snatched up quickly. When you have an opportunity the pay is given up front. Once you write your piece, it is up for review. When it is reviewed it is either accepted, or if it is rejected you are giving time to fix any mistakes. They pay in paypal which is great. It is my favorite payment method because it is quicker, plus you decide what to do with the money. You can keep it in your paypal account, great for paying on ebay auctions :) You can also transfer it to your linked account which is still quicker then waiting on a check and then driving to the bank. Save gas anyway you can right! I am going to use my earnings to pay off some of our credit card debt. One of my goals is to be debt free and the sooner the better. If I don't use the money for CC debt, then it will be money to pay for my daughters dancing. It is getting expensive the older they get and any help is wonderful!

I have actually learned quite a bit since joining payperpost, there are sites I may have never seen or heard of if it wasn't for them. I have also met some wonderful people that also blog. It has been a great experience so far and I can't wait for the earnings to rack up. If you blog and are thinking about earning some money, definitely check out payperpost.

** UPDATE ** Be very careful with the site. I had several of my posts get approved & then right before payment was made, I got rejection letters.

Photo Friday

I forgot to mention I took some pics of the girls yesterday. I mainly wanted to get Cam for her 6th bday, but Aly wanted to join in too :) See more Photo Friday posts here.

Took a bit of a break, Updates

Yesterday I barely had my computer on yesterday. Turned it on to check ebay & a few other things. Today Cam had a check up with her asthma doctor, so I kept the pc off till this afternoon. I already feel behind. My emails are overflowing & my blog reader, oh my! LOL. I had to take a few minutes to check up the updates on BB8 :) I'm about to go organize some things in the house. My oldest dd room is a mess & it is partly my fault. I stored the school supplies in her room & I decided to see what I have. I ended up pulling all kinds of things out to organize better & now her room is trashed, oops. Does anyone else do that? Try to clean or organize & just make it worse? I do that all the time with my kids toys & then the kitchen cabinets. Oh well, off to clean. Hope everyone is enjoying the day!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Collecting ~ When to stop?

I'm trying to pair down my collections, I think. I wanted to get rid of some of my Barbies, but they don't seem to be selling to good right now. I think I am going to stick with just collecting some of the Vogue Ginny Dolls for now. I don't have many which can be a good thing. Growing up I received a Ginny doll & a Ginnette doll. I'm not sure how many I have, but I think it is less then 20. I really want to get rid of some of the clutter that I have been storing. Over the years I have collected Barbies, Dreamsicles and a whole assortment of other dolls & misc things. What do you collect & when do you know enough is enough?

Win $300 of Free Dairy Products from Horizon Organic!

5 Minutes for Mom is having an excellent right now for $300 worth of dairy products from Horizon Organic. Check out the contest here. Also check out Horizon Organic.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

A Drug Rep gave the girls some Eye masks the other day. Aren't they silly, lol. The girls love them froze for eye allergies though. I guess you can heat them too, I might have to use for my headaches!

Check out more Wordless Wednesday here.

Get Paid to Blog with Smorty

I have learned over the last couple months, that there are opportunities to get paid to blog. Being a stay at home mom, I love this idea. If you have opinions on things, then you can do this. You write your blog anyway, why not get paid for blogging and share your opinion. Smorty is a service connecting advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers can pay bloggers to write opinion posts with links back to the advertisers site. No advertising is involved, you just get paid to write about your opinion. When you first go to the site, you have to register your blog. If Smorty accepts your blog, then you just log in. The website is very easy to navigate. On the right is your opportunities that you can take. One thing I really like is they give you 72 hours to complete the assignment. I have found others, that you have to write up your blog right away and sometimes that is inconvenient. They have a very easy to follow FAQ section. That answers anything you could think to ask. Smorty works by bring bloggers and advertisers together. Advertisers start campaigns, then they deliver them to the right bloggers. Smorty really helps you make money from your blogs. Currently they pay out weekly via paypal. There faq section even tells you how to open a paypal account if you do not have one yet. You can also have multiple blogs in your account. Go get started & get paid to blog. If you are an advertiser you can also sign up. Write up your campaign and Smorty will set you up with bloggers that will write there opinions of your site.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Win An iPhone, PS3, Wii or XBOX360

Found a great contest surfing around today. I'm not a huge video gamer, but I want a Wii so bad! I haven't bought a game system since Playstation 2, lol. Over at they have the coolest web hosting provider in the pasture. These guys are having a cowpetition and are giving away a $500 prize! Here’s your chance to win a Playstation3,or an Xbox360, a Nintendo Wii, an iPhone .. you name it, they’ll pay it! Don’t miss out and check out their mad cow blog! Contest ends August 15th.

Tackle it Tuesday

This tackle it tuesday is going to be to get my files under control. I have slacked on filing for awhile now & it is getting out of control. I also want to look through my options of scanning some of my paperwork so I have less paper clutter. I have started looking into Online file storage as part of my options. I will try to update on the blog my success. If you want more tackle it tuesday, check out

Big Brother 8 & Sci Fi Eureka

Today Aly had Dance competition practice, we ended up staying late talking to the owner & I didn't get home till 8:30. I was all bummed, I thought I missed 1/2 of Big Brother 8. Excited to see it didn't start till 9 & then I remembered Eureka is on, UGH! I hate when I have 2 shows at the same time, especially in the summer when there is barely anything to watch as is. I think I can catch BB8 on, if not there are tons of sites with updates I guess. Oh well, nobody cares about any of this anyway, LOL.

If you are bored, check out my store :)

BlogCatalog Community Organ Donation Awareness Campaign

BlogCatalog is asking bloggers to join them and blog today in the first world wide blogger social campaign, to raise awareness about organ donation and the issues surrounding organ donation. Here are a few articles & websites to check out regarding this. Stop The Black Market! Slate Magazine took a hard look at a growing problem around the world. Organ donation is so great, some poor people are being convinced to sell their organs on the black market. In Pakistan, 40 percent of the people in some villages are turning up with only one kidney. There is only one way to stop it and that is encouraging more people to become donors. See the article! Success Story! Alex Pratt of Los Angeles suffered from kidney disease for over 20 years. It was a huge burden on his wife and two children until he received his first transplant in 1993. Unfortunately, it only lasted 9 years, so he had to wait another four years for a second transplant. He would have never gotten a second chance if not for and a paired donation program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Donors Needed! In Australia, more than 1,700 people are waiting for organ transplants. In Latin America, more than 50,000. In Europe and the United States, more than 95,000. In China, more than 2 million. In Africa, there isn’t enough organization to really know. Without an organ transplant, these people will die. There are many statistics and links to find a good story at Wikipedia. If you are in the United States, check out these great sites: If you don't have a donor card, look into getting one. I'm not sure how other states do this, but in Michigan it is on the back of our license & it is very easy to do. Also educate your family on Organ donations, and tell them your plans. Regardless if you want to donate or not, it is very important to talk to your family members about your wishes! Learn how to donate in your state ~ How do organ donations and transplants work? What profound effect do you think organ donation has on the lives of others (not just those who receive the transplants)? According to the Coalition on Donation, there are three simple steps to becoming a donor: 1.) Make a decision; 2.) Sign a donor card; 3.) Tell your family. Visit to learn more about the facts and myths associated with organ donation. This is a very personal decision. Take the time to educate yourself regarding how organ donation works.

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Harry Potter 7 ~ Spoilers are out there

I blogged earlier about how I do not want to read the book if Harry dies, so I was going to read spoilers once the book came out & people started reading it. Of course the internet is all a buzz with spoilers already. I haven't actively looked for spoilers, but some of the blogs I read have written about them. I finally came across a link with spoilers. I think that I am excited about the book, seeing some spoilers make me not be able to wait to read it, lol. I just got the newest Stephanie Plum book from the library. I need to read it quick, so I can get ready for HP when it arrives :)

If you haven't ordered yet, Amazon seems to have the best deal for $17.99 with a $5 gc in August.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

If you are interested, click here for the spoilers I read.

Dog Days of Summer

What a great idea, I'm trying to think of what I can give away, hmmmm It starts Monday July 23rd

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Free Movie Tickets Givaway!

Lille Punkin' Reviews is having a contest for free Movie Tickets. It is easy to enter, just let them know what movie you want to see this summer. I know mine, suprise Harry Potter, LOL. Check out the contest here.

Favorite Summer Time Drink

Crazy Hip Mamas blog has the Recipe Roundup up & the theme is Summer Drinks. Too be honest my favorite summer drink is Sweet tea. It just started coming up to Michigan recently. My dad has made it though for us. He boils water & uses 2 Lipton cold brew tea bags. The box calls for like 8 tea bags, but 2 is more then enough. Then he adds 1 cup of sugar to 2qts of tea. Then put in the fridge :) It is so good! I wanted to also share another non-alcoholic drink.

Key West Citrus Coolers

6 cups water
3 cups sugar
3 cups fresh lime juice
3 cups orange juice
crushed ice

1. Bring 3 cups water and sugar to boil in large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
2. Boil 3 minutes.
3. Transfer syrup to bowl; cover.
4. Chill until cold, at least 3 hours and up to 1 week.
5. Mix lime juice, orange juice, 3 cups syrup, and 3 cups water in large pitcher (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill).
6. Fill glasses with ice.
7. Pour cooler over.

Monday, July 16, 2007

High Gas Prices & Saving money at the pump

I wrote about the Yahoo article regarding high gas prices {Michigan top 5} & a Travel website that has tips on saving money at the pump on my Getting free from debt blog. Go check it out.

Contest for Kids!

The Pumpkin Patch is giving away cartoons for your kids, check out the contest.

Want $50 to spend at Kangaroodle? We want to spread the word about how awesome Kangaroodle is, and Kangaroodle wants to help spread the word about the new launch of Mama Speaks, the latest review blog for moms by moms! (Yeah, I write there sometimes, too!) One winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Kangaroodle!

New Shoes

These are the cute new shoes I got last week :) Figured I would never scrapbook them, so why not blog them. I love them! Oh & I just caught my kiddos sneaking them out to play with them outside. Little snots :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Some New items listed on eBay

I listed a few more things on eBay today. I also put some of my store inventory on sale. Check out our eBay store. Also, anyone that uses the ScrapRack, a new travel pack is coming out this month with new colors. Keep an eye out for that. If you found me on ebay from my blog, please let me know!

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...