Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Giveaway: Progresso High Fiber Soup & Mugs




Good morning Friends,
It's that time again...and this is a really nice giveaway, too, sponsored by MyBlogSpark.com.

I received a sample of Progresso High Fiber Chicken Soup to try and my teenage son offered to try it out for us...he loves Chicken Soup and like all teenage boys, he LOVES to eat, so it was a perfect fit.

Z gives the soup a big thumb's up and said that the noodles were good and the taste of the broth was really delicious (he calls it the 'juice' haha). He ate it all up lickety split, so I will definitely be buying more for him.


They also included 2 HUGE Soup mugs, that fit very comfortably in your hands and 2 spoons, too. How handy!






To enter to win this great giveaway, just tell me what your favorite soup is. That's it!


I will be choosing a winner on Thursday, so this is a quickie!

Good Luck!!!





ttfn,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Time For Pumpkin Cake!

I am craving some Pumpkin Cake, so I think it's time to make some!







Here's the
recipe, so easy and soooooo good! Enjoy!!!







Tuesday, December 8, 2009

FREE Subscripton to Cosmopolitan Magazine!




Hurry! This is sure to go FAST and YES, these free subscriptions DO arrive! Gotta love FREE! Free Cosmopolitan Magazine Subscription from Mercury Magazines.








PS: And for $5 deals on magazine subscriptions, see my post from yesterday!

Monday, December 7, 2009

More (NEW) $5 Magazine Subscriptions!



Wow! More magazine subscriptions for only $5 at Amazon.com! Also, you don't have to place an order of $25 or more for free shipping. Each magazine subscription is $5 with free shipping! I don't know how long these prices will last, I know some of the magazines that were $5 last week are back up to their regular prices today, so make sure to order as soon as you can to guarantee the $5 price.



I know many people are scaling back on gifts this year for Christmas, so this might be the perfect gift for someone on your list...and they will receive your gift all year long, too!









Good Housekeeping magazine, together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal, is an American icon of consumer protection and quality assurance. Every issue delivers a unique mix of independent investigation and trusted reporting, along with inspirational and personal stories. The magazine's rich tradition embodies a commitment to the modern home and to a woman's quality of life.








Who Reads House Beautiful?


The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.


What You Can Expect in Each Issue:



  • The Best: The editors' inside-view of today's hottest products.
  • Color: The perfect color every time! Top designers share their colorful secrets for effectively using color.
  • The Makeover: Monthly series following the progress of an ongoing renovation project.
  • Tablescape: Expert advice on setting a luxurious table--or creating a tabletop vignette--in your own home.
  • Ask the Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten shares simple how-tos, recipes, and entertaining tips.
  • Cookbook: Editors put the latest cookbooks to the test, making recipes and offering real advice on what works--and what doesn't.
  • Features: House Beautiful is the home design magazine that puts the reader and her lifestyle, tastes and dreams first. Recent issues have showcased furniture, accessories for the home, the use of color in your rooms, and how to make the most of a small space.


Magazine Layout:


House Beautiful is a larger-than-average magazine printed on rich, glossy paper that makes the photography inside jump off the pages. It is a highly visual magazine featuring homes that are approachable and eclectic.








Country Living is your guide to creating the ultimate in country style. Each issue offers inspirational ideas on:Decorating & Remodeling, Antiques & Collecting, Gardening & Landscaping, Entertaining & Travel.






Harper's BAZAAR, the fashion authority, brings you the latest new looks from the hottest designers. You'll get 12 beautiful issues a year full of best dressed secrets, must-haves and great finds. Experience the best in style and beauty with Harper's BAZAAR.







Seventeen is your handbook to life! Full of great fashion tips that keep you ahead of the trends... the hottest makeup, the best products for beautiful skin, must have jeans, the best shoes, belts & bags, and those great little dresses that keep you looking your best at school, parties... or just about anywhere! Get the latest scoop on celebrities, music, movies and more. Plus, catch up on the guy scene every month with Seventeen's Guy Talk. Recent features include “615 Fashion & Beauty Ideas,” “Be Green: Easy Ways to Save the Planet,” “Your Best Abs Ever,” and “Our First Celeb Beauty Awards.”


Who Reads Seventeen?


Seventeen readers want a guide where they can find everything important, all in one place. Seventeen's fashion-conscious, trendy readers are interested in the latest beauty and style trends. They want to know what's hot in music and movies and get the latest celebrity gossip. Seventeen readers are sophisticated and identify with social issues, political dilemmas, and world news.


What You Can Expect in Each Issue:



  • Fashion: sportswear, footwear, fashion jewelry & watches, handbags, swimwear, sleepwear/lingerie...
  • Beauty: cosmetics, hair care, skin care...
  • Health: mind and body health, fitness, nutrition...
  • Love Life: boys, dating, and love...
  • Your Life: teenage experiences, true crime, girls who made a difference...
  • Weekend: entertainment, party planning, room makeovers...
  • And… Letter from the Editor, letters from readers, Traumarama, horoscopes.


Magazine Layout:


Seventeen expertly blends engaging articles with beautiful photos. Learn how to do anything with easy directions and step-by-step pictures... craft your hair into the perfect style, strengthen your core for flat abs, and apply makeup to get your perfect look. Each section of the magazine is clearly identifiable, so you can quickly find your favorite articles.








Marie Claire offers solutions for the woman whose time constraints demand one resource to respond to diverse aspects of her life. From global and cultural issues to fashion and beauty coverage, Marie Claire is for the woman of substance with an eye for style.






Redbook is the must-read magazine for today's young, married woman: an individual as passionate about her own needs as she is about those of her family. Each issue offers exciting, provocative features that address the all aspects of her life? Everything from stylish fashion and beauty portfolios to scintillating stories on keeping her marriage fresh, to ideas on balancing home and career demands.





Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pretty Christmas Decor on a Dollar Store Budget




Wow! I was just over at Tidy Mom's blog and she has made a gorgeous Holiday arrangement from goodies from the Dollar Store! Hop on over to
her blog for some inspiration! I know where I will be headed this week!

Thanks, Tidy Mom!






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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Microsuede Comforter, 4 Colors, Any Size $39.99!



Here's a nice deal on a microsuede comforter set from Amazon.com!



They come in Twin, Full/Queen or King and each size set comes with microsuede feather filled comforter and 2 pillow shams and each size is clearanced priced at $39.99 with free shipping!





Here are the 4 color choices:





Brick:




Camel:



Black:




And Chocolate:





Product Description



Enjoy the luxurious feel of microsuede with this stylish king bedding set, which includes a comforter and two matching shams. The set is made of 100-percent polyester microfiber that's undergone a sueding finishing process. The end result is a fabric with a slightly napped surface that looks and feels like genuine suede despite its synthetic nature. Available in four fashion colors, the comforter is filled with 100% waterfowl feathers. Both the comforter and shams feature matching 100% polyester microfiber on the reverse.




Looks so warm and cozy and I love the vibrant colors, too. I think I like the Brick and Chocolate the best, but they're all nice. That brick color reminds me of Christmas, it would look great with some red and white pillows on it for the season...and would take you right into Valentine's Day, too.



I just love getting a new look for my bedroom, it's like buying a new outfit...now, to pick a color ;)



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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Cookie Recipes?





Well, it's that time of year and although I cook all of the time, I am no baker! (Betty Crocker and I are besties! lol)


Can anyone recommend any great Christmas cookie recipe sites and blogs and blog posts? Thanks so much!!!



ttfn,

Memorex Digital Photo Frame $39.95






This looks like a pretty good deal for a digital picture frame. It's a 7" Memorex Digital Photo Frame. The original price was $109.99 and it's been marked down to $39.95! The reviews are mixed, basically people wish the resolution was better...but if you want a digital frame without paying $89 or more, than this one should do the trick. I love the brown and blue design, too.



Yesterday, I got the Sports Illustrated for Kids $5 magazine subscription for my older son and a PS3 game for him, too. Still looking for a few more things for him. My younger son is all set for Christmas.



How much shopping do you have left to do?





Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Deals

Hi!



I'm watching the deals today, how about you? I'm really on the lookout for deals on video games and sports jerseys, so if you hear of anything, please let me know, thanks!



Here's a few goodies I have found:



Reebok.com has 40% off EVERYTHING with coupon code: Cyber40, plus you get a free AFL 50th Anniversary DVD, which is added to your shopping cart automatically. They have shoes, apparel and more.



Amazon.com is having Cyber Monday deals all day long...they will have FIVE laptop/notebook deals, too. Along with toys, jewelry, DVD's and more. You may also get a link for a free trial of Amazon Prime, which gives you free shipping on any order. Otherwise, you still get free shipping on any order $25 or more.








$5 Magazine Subscriptions, also at
Amazon.com! Titles include:
People Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Southern Living, House Beautiful, Sports Illustrated, Smart Money, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure and Popular Science.



Crate & Barrel has 15% off and free shipping with coupon code: SAVE15



I will be updating this post throughout the day, so make sure to check back.



Happy Shopping!!!



Friday, November 27, 2009

$5 Magazine Subscriptions!!! - Black Friday at Amazon.com

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving...we had fun at my mom's house...it's always good to get together for good food and good times!



I have been checking out the online deals this morning for Black Friday (because I am not going to the mall today! Yikes!)...and I came across these $5 magazine subscriptions at Amazon.com, whoo-hoo! They are actually having some really good deals all weekend long for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, pretty cool. I am hoping to get some good deals on some PS3 games for my oldest son...so if you see anything, please let me know!



Now, on to the magazine deals....







Who Reads Southern Living?

Southern Living is written for any woman who feels a strong connection to the South--geographic or otherwise--and who wants to live the lifestyle she associates with the region and the magazine. Specifically, she wants a warm, casual, inviting home; great recipes she can count on for friends and family; terrific travel ideas for family vacations; a garden that not only beautifies her home but extends family living/entertaining space into the outdoors; and a sense of pride and respect for the South.




What You Can Expect in Each Issue:



  • Weekend Guide for 5 different regions: What to do close to home right now: city day trips; new shopping and dining experiences; hiking and other outdoor activities; romantic getaways and quick vacations.
  • So Southern: Creative, seasonal, inspiring ideas.
  • Travel: Destinations primarily within the South; insider information from editors who have been there and tried each hotel, restaurant, attraction, etc.; beautiful sense-of-place features that inspire pride in the South; budget travel and splurges; trips packaged for families with young children, couples, girlfriends, etc.
  • Homes: Casual, comfortable homes that reflect the homeowners' lifestyle and their Southernness; creative decorating ideas; features that teach readers the basics of good design and offer advice from design professionals.
  • Gardens: Beautiful homeowner gardens to inspire; great indoor-outdoor living ideas; expert planting and growing advice specific to the South and tailored to all the regions of the South (coastal, Southwest, etc.).
  • Foods: Outstanding kitchen-tested recipes that readers have come to trust and treasure; Southern classics as a well as fresh twists and updated recipes using traditional Southern ingredients.
  • Feature Articles: Feature articles reflect the primary sections of the magazine, in terms of content. Recent issues have featured: Azaleas Say Welcome, A Farm-Fresh Easter, Kentucky's Wild Wonder (Red River Gorge), Food-for-You Grilling, The Allure of Natchez, No Fuss Allowed (casual lunch for friends), Creating Character (new Lowcountry home taking cues from Old regional architecture), and Legacy of Wildflowers (Winterthur estate).






Who Reads House Beautiful?
The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.



What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • The Best: The editors' inside-view of today's hottest products.
  • Color: The perfect color every time! Top designers share their colorful secrets for effectively using color.
  • The Makeover: Monthly series following the progress of an ongoing renovation project.
  • Tablescape: Expert advice on setting a luxurious table--or creating a tabletop vignette--in your own home.
  • Ask the Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten shares simple how-tos, recipes, and entertaining tips.
  • Cookbook: Editors put the latest cookbooks to the test, making recipes and offering real advice on what works--and what doesn't.
  • Features: House Beautiful is the home design magazine that puts the reader and her lifestyle, tastes and dreams first. Recent issues have showcased furniture, accessories for the home, the use of color in your rooms, and how to make the most of a small space.










Who Reads Real Simple?



Real Simple’s core audience is comprised of smart, busy women who are looking for creative solutions to their everyday challenges, so they have more time to focus on what really matters. Real Simple serves a wide range of women with just as many loyal fans in their 20s as in their 50s. The Real Simple reader is well-educated, affluent and professional, but most of all, she is looking for ways to make life easier. Real Simple has an impressive monthly audience of 8.6 million people, including a loyal following of women who say they feel calmer and more in control when they receive the magazine each month.


What You Can Expect in Each Issue:


Real Simple incorporates and speaks to all aspects of a woman's busy life, including beauty, entertaining, etiquette, family, finance, food, health, home, pets, soul, style and technology. From time-to-time, Real Simple also addresses gifts, the holidays, travel and weddings. Each month, the magazine starts off with “Your Words,” where readers share their answers to a question of the month; followed by “Simple Solutions,” the front-of-book section with smart pieces of ideas, insight and inspiration including the popular New Uses for Old Things and Products of the Month. “The Guide” offers strategies, systems and smarts for making life easier with stories in every topic area the magazine covers. Real Simple also features “Moneywise,” a section dedicated to spending smarter; “Road Tests,” real-people tested product recommendations; and “Cooking,” a back-of-book section devoted to recipes, techniques and tips. “Real Simple To Go” closes the magazine each month, featuring tear-out perforated pieces of useful information for readers to take with them in their daily lives. The Real Simple “feature well” changes from month-to-month but always features beautiful, smart stories on a broad range of topics intended to inspire the reader.




There are more subscriptions to choose from here.

Happy Reading and Shopping!!!



Monday, November 16, 2009

Crayola Lights, Camera, Color – Giveaway

Isn't this so cool? And what kid couldn't use 150 crayons? But wait, there's more! Have you heard of Crayola's Lights, Camera, Color online program? If not, read more...




Specially-marked Crayola crayon boxes (48, 64, 96, 120-ct. as well as the 150-ct. Crayon Tower) will include a code that lets you print the custom coloring pages. Kids and moms can try out the application for free online at Crayola.com/colorme, but a code is required to print out the personalized coloring pages. Each code found in 64-count boxes and larger is good for six months of unlimited prints. The 48-count box has a code that is good for three months of unlimited prints.



Here is a FREE One Day Code for you: PRT77F3S


The program is so easy to use that your child can even help you do it.


1. Upload a new or existing digital photo onto the “Lights, Camera, Color” application at Crayola.com/colorme


2. Print out your coloring page or save and send it to Coloring Page Maker to customize with fun graphics.


3. Choose a background: you can choose from several including a desert, a beach, a haunted house and more.

4. Add props such as a hat, mustache, wings, etc.


5. Select words/phrases: “Best Friends,” “Kids Only,” “All Star” to name just a few.


6. Save and print.


7. Start coloring your one-of-a-kind creation.


Here is an example of what you can create:


From this:




To This:




Pretty cool, huh?


To enter to win, just leave a comment, it's that easy!



For extra entries:



-Tweet about this giveaway and leave link (2 extra entries, leave 2 extra comments)


Good Luck! I will chose a winner on Friday, November 20th!!!





ttfn,




Thursday, November 12, 2009

HomeGoods Winner Announced!

Wow you guys ROCK!!! 664 comments on my HomeGoods gift card giveaway, thanks so much!!!








The LUCKY winner is Niartist from COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES, who said:




Ok, so IF I were to win the gift card, I'd work on redoing my dining room! I've been so disappointed by it lately, and I just need to get it together. I saw some great curtains at our local HomeGoods/TJMaxx and I know they'd look great in there ... so I'm crossing my fingers about this giveaway!



I will be contacting you right away, Artie!





ttfn,




PS: I am listing goodies on ebay, make sure to
check it out. Dept 56, Partylite, Decor Items and who knows what else? lol THANKS!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HomeGoods Before & After and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Finally, I am posting my Before & After Room Makeover from HomeGoods! It took a little while because I needed help hanging a mirror...which drove me crazy because I am so compulsive, when I want it done, I want it done :)





OK, the cute doggies have nothing to do with this, they aren't even mine, but because of the way
Blogspot uses your first photo as the premier photo of your blog post, I wanted it to be a cute one and not one of my "Before" pics ;)



So...here we go...




I was asked by
HomeGoods to redo a part of my house with $100. I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do and where...but knew I really wouldn't know until I got to the store. And when I got there and looked around, I decided that it was my Half Bath that I was going to makeover....then the fun began!



Here is my Half Bath before:








Oak framed mirror and gaudy candlesticks that seemed like a good idea at the time!







A nice enough picture, but not really a standout in the crowd:






And a towel that sort of matches the tile on the floor...and a monogrammed nightlight:











And now for the After!







I love this new mirror! It's a nice warm, walnut tone with a chunkier molding than the oak frame and the detail is nice, too. It was only $39.99!






I do have one pet peeve though...why do they put the price stickers right on the mirrors? Does anyone know how I can get this off without scratching the mirror? Thanks!







The new candle and
candle holder are so much prettier than the ones I had before. And the soap dispenser by Nicole Miller is nicer on the eyes than the Dollar Tree bottle of soap that was there before ;) I love the bling on the bottle of smelly sticks, too. What are those things called? I dug into the package so fast, I didn't even bother to read what it was ;)










I just love the crackled glass. I went for a more neutral candle color, too, than the striped ones that were there. Pretty!






If you must clean a bathroom (and we must)...at least it can be prettier...










I love this wastebasket, it's like jewelry!
(Spoken like a true decorating dork, lol).






A dark brown wicker Kleenex cover...







I actually bought this picture in June from HomeGoods ($19.99!) because I loved it, but wasn't sure where to hang it...well, now I know! It's perfect and matches the floor tiles, too.






I borrowed this lamp from another part of my home. I do like the look, so I will be on the lookout for the perfect lamp for this spot soon.
Need a GFI outlet, too...and since my husband is an Electrician, it will probably take MONTHS for him to do it ;)






And finally, I purchased this beautiful towel (that I won't let anyone use!
lol). The colors are perfect and the tassels are a pretty touch!










I love the new look, it's so much prettier and gives the room a nice updated look. Notice that I mixed and matched colors, too and they work just fine together. Silvers, Dark wood, browns, coppers, creams, gold. You don't have to stick to one color to make a room work, even a small room like this.



How would you like to makeover a room in your home? Here's your chance! I am giving away a $100 gift card to HomeGoods!!! Here's how to enter:



  • Leave a comment telling me what you think of my makeover (one entry).
  • Leave a comment telling me how to get the gunky sticker stuff off of my mirror (one comment).
  • Leave a comment telling me what room you'd like to makeover (one entry).
  • Blog about this giveaway on your blog ( 4 entries, leave 4 comments, provide link).
  • Tweet about this giveaway on twitter (1 entry, provide link).



I will choose a random winner on November 4
th! Good Luck!!!



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