Saturday, August 9, 2008

Amazon Prime Free Trial

Amazon is currently offering a free 30 day trial on there Amazon Prime program. This program gives its members unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of eligible items. All new members are offered a free trial, allowing them to experience the convenience of shopping with Amazon Prime benefits for an entire month at no charge.

Amazon Prime members enjoy the following benefits:

1. Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of Items
2. Overnight Shipping upgrades for only $3.99 per item
3. Shopping with no minimum order size
4. Ability to share benefits with up to 4 household members
5. 1 Month Free Trial

This is great if you plan on doing any Christmas shopping online. I know probably about 70% of my online shopping is done at Amazon, the other is almost all done at Ebay.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Week #1 Organising Queen Decluter Challenge

For my first week of decluttering, I got rid of ~

  • 14 pairs of shoes that were my grandmas that I've had for about 3 years now.
  • a 10lb box of size 4t summer clothes (my youngest is in a 6).
  • 3 bottles of old foundation (makeup)
  • Went through some files & got rid of old statements etc that I didn't need. Filled about half bag of recycled papers!
  • 2 Magazines

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Tween Friendship Drama + Limited Too Sales

Myspace Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, Glitter GraphicsMyspace Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, Glitter GraphicsMyspace Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, Glitter GraphicsMyspace Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, Glitter GraphicsMyspace Glitter Graphics, MySpace Graphics, Glitter GraphicsWe have 3 girls on our street + my 2. Aly & one girl are girly girls, while the other 2 are more tomboys. The 3 girls are all younger then Aly, but one of the tomboys is only about 6 months younger even though all 3 of the neighbors are one year under my oldest.

The oldest of the 3, thinks she runs the street. She is into sports, very tough, a bit on the chunky side. Her and her mom bully and threaten everyone on the street to get along with them. They are gossipy, they hold bonfires in the front yard to gossip & get drunk. The dad hangs out in the garage watching everybody. Ok that is a little background.

A few days ago, my oldest left her towel over there. The day before that she left a different towel over there. On the 2nd day, I told her to go get them, the girl told her that her mom had them in wash. I didn't believe it because come on, why would you wash the towels after they were only left for a few minutes. Ok so the following day, she goes to get them & she can't have them because they are in the dryer. The third day, Aly went to a friends grandma's house to go swimming, i told her go get a towel from there. The girl finally gave up 1 of the towels. Today I said, you need to get our towel, I don't care the reason.

I ran to the store in the afternoon, wasn't even thinking about the towel thing. Aly was playing with the girly friend, so figured whenever they all got together she could get it. So I'm gone maybe 10 minutes & my mom calls to say that this girl told Aly it is her towel and she can't have it. Then said she was going to have her mom come over our house. That is the big threat because the mom likes to scream & yell & cause scenes any time something doesn't go her daughters way. I told my mom to just tell Aly to let them know I'd come over & handle it when I got home.

A few minutes later, I get a call saying that this girl is demanding $14 for a supposed lemonaide stand they held sometime LAST SUMMER in june or july. My mom is worried about this lady coming over & causing problems, she has major health problems & does not handle stress well. I am so mad I am shaking at the store. By the time I get home, my daughter comes running over saying this girl apologized & the girly friend went & got the towel out of the garage. Which I thought was funny since it was supposedly washed & dried. I really can't stand this girl.

She has done this crap so many times. She is always threatening her mom or calling the cops on things the cop would have nothing to do with. Yet if my kids leave something over there, it is for the taking for her & her older sister. FRUSTRATING!

Plus this girl has a terrible mouth. I have seen them instant messaging & she swears worse then my carpenter husband. From what I understand her parents let her. They had gotten into a bad fight right before school last year & I guess the dad was out there telling her to call my kids assholes, etc.

A few weeks ago, my daughter left her fly speaker over there. The sister supposedly took it with her to soccer. Then the mom went out drinking, so we couldn't get it out of the car. Then the mom couldn't drive home because she was drunk, so we had to wait till the following afternoon when her husband could drive her to her car. Then the kicker, it was on the sisters dresser. It is one thing after another with these people.

What sucks is everyone acts like this girl is god, so if my kids were to stop talking to her, they would be stuck with no friends nearby. Normally I try my hardest to stay out of these things because it is normal for kids to fight especially girls. With the mom always butting in though, it makes it hard. I can't even tell you how many times my daughter has been yelled out by these parents & for really silly things. Two of the moms are just so load & obnoxious. The third mom barely speaks English, so she is my favorite, lol. She never gets involved, just lets the kids be kids.

I normally don't post about stuff like this, but felt the need to vent. With my daughter about to turn 11 and hit middle school, the DRAMA is going to be FUN FUN for me :)

Since we are on the topic of Tweens, here are some great deals at Limited Too for back 2 school shopping! I didn't want to make a separate post since I've already posted several times today :)

Take 25% off at Limited Too

Great deals at Limited Too! Basic camis - 2 or more only $12.90 each!

Limited Too Sale! Empire Crew Tees only $12.90 each for 2 or more

Limited Too Sale! Rhinestone Tanks only $12.90 each for 2 or more

Limited Too Sale! Graphic Tees only $15.90 each for 2 or more

Limited Too Sale! Deep V Tees only $15.90 each for 2 or more

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Limited Too Sale! Stretchy Book Covers - 3 for $12.90

Limited Too panties buy 3 get 3 FREE!

Limited Too Bucks

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Review & Giveaway ~ Country Bob's All Purpose Steak Sauce

I was given the opportunity to test out Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce recently. We have tried it on chicken, steak, ribs and even french fries. It is excellent on everything we have tried it on and it really is an all purpose sauce! I don't eat meat, but the sauce was a success with my 2 daughters, my husband, my parents and even my picky brother.

How it all started,
In 1968 Country Bob perfected the sauce of his dreams. After years of giving the sauce to friends and family he began to sell it in 1977. The reaction was overwhelming just as it is today. Almost everyone who tries Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce becomes a lifelong user. And why not, it is the perfect complement to practically any meal set on your table.

They have since expanded to carry 4 great products. Country Bob's Family of Products are ~

• All Purpose
Spicy All Purpose
• Seasoning Salt Barbeque Sauce

The website provides a great collection of recipes from Entrees, Summer grilling, Appetizers and Snacks. I love that there is even slow cooker recipes. We are making the slow cooker buffalo wings next!

Country Bob's is sold all over. By me, it is sold at Kroger, I know that most Walmart stores also carry it as well. You can get a free coupon to try out Country Bob's Sauce by signing up for their newsletter. You can also order online, they have a nice package deal with their cookbook and each of the 4 sauces for only $32. If you work with a school or church, they even have a fundraiser program.

Win it ~ Al from Country Bob's has offered two of my readers, each a bottles of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce. To enter, please browse around Country Bob's website, then come here and tell me what you want to use the sauce on most. Entries will be accepted until 8/16/08 midnight. Winners will have 72 hours from time of email to claim prize.

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Winners have been chosen. pulled 2 & 20. Congrats to The Pink Potpourri and to Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland.

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Ideal Bite ~ A simple site to help you start living eco-friendly

When helping the planet doesn't require a lot of time or money, who can argue with going green? doesn't expect you to install solar panels on your roof or start growing all of your own food — they're just providing small steps you can follow to reverse your ecological footprint. Like wearing clothes made of organic cotton (it takes 1/3 pound of chemicals to produce the non-organic cotton that makes one T-shirt) or unplugging your electrical devices when they're not turned on (40% of all electricity is used to power home appliances while they're turned off). Not only does Ideal Bite provide the tips, but they give you the payoff as well, so you know your contribution is making a difference (if everyone in the US followed the electricity tip above, the country could shut down 17 power plants).

And if you like what you see on the site, most of the products featured are available to buy through links at the bottom of each tip.

I've been receiving Ideal Bite's newsletter for awhile now and I really enjoy it. The site is clean and easy to navigate. They have really great tips that are easy to do. Really cute graphics as well that makes the site fun to navigate around in. I really enjoy the Bang for the Bite and the Cocktail Facts. You can also save your favorite tips in the My Bites.

I really recommend this site/newsletter if you are trying to be more conscience of the earth around you! At least check it out :)

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Facecard - Great replacement for Debit Cards!

I'm a member of BzzAgent and I just found out about a really cool thing called Facecard.

Tired of a six dollar sandwich turning into a 40 dollar meal because of debit card overdraft fees? Tired of writing checks and sending your child allowance through the mail? Facecard Prepaid MasterCard® is the newest, cheapest, way for your young adult to avoid these overdraft situations and receive funds easily. Facecard can be used wherever Debit MasterCard is accepted.

Start enjoying all the benefits of facecard by signing up now, simply click on "Get a Facecard". During the enrollment process you will be asked for a referral code, make sure to use BZZFACE and we will take care of your activation and monthly fees for life.

You can set up recurring gifts, so your loved one will receive their allowance easily and timely. In addition to providing an allowance, you can provide cash gifts through facecard. Rather than buying a gift card for a specific store, why not allow your young adult the choice by sending cash to their facecard. With facecard's unique gifting option, you no longer have to think what to get your child or relative for their birthday. Instead, you can put money directly onto your loved one's facecard. Giving a gift is as simple as typing an email address. The facecard member gets a text or an email letting them know they have a gift waiting (depending on their own personal preference).

You can also count on facecard to be there in an emergency situation. If your loved one is stranded somewhere without cash you simply go to the website to the "Give Money" page and your loved one will have the ability to use the funds within 30 minutes. Now that is peace of mind.

Another reason you should make sure your child has a facecard in his/her wallet is the overdraft problems young adults face today. You can't read the news without hearing about banks raising their overdraft fees to preposterous levels. Facecard is a refreshing change from the fees of the banks. Overdraft fees are virtually eliminated because you can't overspend with a facecard. Tell us the best way to contact you, and we will keep you posted about your balance.

Yes — facecard is easy to use and gives you peace of mind, but we don't stop there. Check us out at to learn more.

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The facecard Prepaid MasterCard is issued by MetaBank pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated.

I signed up myself and my husband to try it out. My husband is constantly causing over draft fees because he either forgets to get to the bank in time or he forgets to tell me he used the bank card. This will prevent all of that!

I wanted to sign up Aly, but you have to be 13 or older. I think this will be a great option for allowance, budgeting and learning how to use debit/credit for a teenager.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Banana Splits are BACK!

The Banana Splits are back ladies and gentlemen! Do you remember The Banana Splits from the late 1960's? If you are like me, either not born then or too young to remember, here is what Wikipedia has to say ~

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, syndicated as The Banana Splits and Friends Show, was an hour-long package television program featuring both live action and animated segments, that ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, the Banana Splits characters were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft and the series' sponsor was Kellogg's Cereals.

Sounds good right? I was a huge Hanna-Barbera fan when I was little. Well good news, Starting Sept 2, The Banana Splits will star in brand new comedy shorts and music videos on Cartoon Network. This Fab Four – Fleegle (a dog), Drooper (a lion), Bingo (a gorilla) and Snorky (an elephant) are ready to introduce their unique style of humor and catchy music to a whole new generation of young fans.

This month a brand new website debuted for kids age 4 - 7. They can watch comedy shorts, music videos, play games join the banana splits club.

My girls thought it was cute. My youngest (7) enjoyed the website, the videos & the songs. If you have children 7 and under, I think they would enjoy this show. The website is geared for 4+, but I'm sure even 2 and 3 year olds will enjoy the music and the shows.

The Banana Splits Website is worth checking out. I'm not sure if this will work, but here is a link to one of the shows. Thanks to Warner Bros for the clip!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Review ~ My Bag and Me! Book

I've got the cutest book for kids, to help teach them about reusing bags to help the environment. The book is My Bag and Me! by Karen Farmer, Illustrated by Gary Currant. Sometimes it is hard explaining to kids why it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle. This book helps kids to understand the importance of carrying your own bag while shopping.

My Bag and Me! is a 12 page board book. In the back of the book, a drawer pulls out with a child size reusable Tyvec bag like the one the little boy in the story uses. Both the book and the bag are 100% recyclable.

The book is short and very easy to understand for any age. I like that it comes with the bag, that helps enforce the idea of cutting down on plastic bags. The bag is child sized, great for toddlers & pre-schoolers that insist on having their very own bag when they get something new.

List price is $10.95 US

You can buy My Bag and Me! at Amazon right now for $9.31 with free shipping on orders over $25. You can also find it for as low as $5.49 + 3.99 shipping from other Amazon sellers.

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Government Conspiracy!

This is great, you have to see it to believe it, lol ~

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Contest Winners

Here are all the contest winners from the last few contests I have held.

Quickie Arts Cow Contest for Playing Card codes ~


$50 Target GC ~ Wow 889 comments!


Lands' End Backpack ~

Mandy X

Preserve Toothbrushes ~

Jackie B

I have some more contests coming up, so make sure to check back!

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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...