Posts made in November, 2008

Virtual Holiday Gift Guide Launch Party

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Monday morning I will be kicking off my Holiday Gift Guide in style! Cyber Monday is now the *it* shopping day for online deals and holiday shopping. Stuck on ideas to give your family? Check out the many gift guides that will be available to help jump start your imagination!

Visit FromDatestoDiapers and see an extensive list of everyone launching a gift guide tomorrow…then be sure to visit SkimbacoLifestyle to see what we are all giving away!

If you haven’t joined up at Twitter yet…I cannot stress to you what a great, FUN resource this is. Join tomorrow, I’ll be your first Follow! Then join us for the Virtual Launch Party from 6-8pm CST. Tweets with #gifts in them can be tracked in real time. Grab a glass of wine, a mug of hot chocolate…and see one heck of a party hosted by FromDatestoDiapers, SkimbacoLifestyle and DealSeekingMom. (Hint: If you click on their names…you will be led to their Twitter page where you can “follow”…a necessary to join the party!)

If you are really interested in this and have questions (I know it sounds confusing) email me and I will help you out!

In addition to the Snowmen Cookies being given away by Kindred Spirit Sweets, I will be hosting another giveaway that I will reveal tomorrow!

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Spring 2009 Beauty Handbook

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My very favorite manager at our local CVS was in shopping at midnight last night while I was there….and showed me a stash of inserts for the new Spring edition of The Beauty Handbook…then gave me one of my very own!
Since all I have is the insert…I’m not sure if there are more than this…I assume that there will be more in the text of the magazine. She didn’t know exactly when it would be coming out…but said to keep a look out over the next week or so. Just thought that I would share what I have … give you a little glimpse!
I hope that everyone already knows this, but I feel the need to remind you that this is a SCAN of a set of coupons. These are not actual coupons that can be printed or used. You must purchase the Spring 09 Beauty Handbook to get these coupons. If you copy and print these coupons you will be committing fraud…and coupon fraud hurts all of us!
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Free $10 Restaurant.Com Gift Certificates

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If you haven’t used a gift certificate before, here is how it works:

You log on to their site and check out the participating restaurants in your area. You purchase gift cards in the amount of $10 or $25 for a fraction of the cost. They generally have sales up to 80% off…meaning that you can get a $25 gift card for $3! Various restaurants have various restrictions in order to redeem the coupons. Most require that you spend $20 to redeem a $10 card and $35 to redeem a $25 card. This is still not bad at all! One of my family’s favorite spots is on the list and all four of us can go and eat for around $20 with a tip! Some other restrictions in our area are that you can’t use them on KU home games…you can’t use them to purchase alcohol. Nothing that deters me from using these cards on a regular basis! is hosting a Feed It Forward event on their site: Every day between now and Christmas you may log on and send 3 $10 gift cards to anyone you want to… free of charge. That’s it. No strings.

Check it out!

**As a side note: I’m looking for recommendations on good restaurants from their list in Chicago. We will be staying on Michigan Ave but will have a car. Take a look at what’s available and leave me a comment if you have a recommendation! THANKS!!

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Holiday Treat Recipe RoundUp

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For the past nine weeks several of us have been sharing with you our family traditions, gift ideas and frugal holiday tips in my 12 Weeks of Christmas blog series. At the end of each segment I have been sharing with you one of my favorite Holiday recipes.

Time to return the favor!!

This time around I want to hear from each of you! Blog your favorite holiday sweet and then come back here and post it in Mr. Linky. Of COURSE there will be a contest out of all of this!

Maybe you aren’t a fan of making your own holiday cookies? Lucky you! Stacy at Kindred Spirit Sweets will be giving one order of these adorable Snowmen Cookies to one lucky winner. I love to promote handmade work…so it is no wonder that I came across Stacy’s shop on Etsy. She has such cute cookies…and a sense of humor to boot! If regular holiday cookies aren’t entertaining enough for you… check out her tributes to “A Christmas Story”. These are going in my husband’s stocking for sure!!

What do you need to do to win these extremely adorable little men? Simple! Write a blog post for the Recipe Roundup on your blog…featuring your very favorite Holiday Treat recipe. In your post be sure to link back to me, and link to Kindred Spirit Sweets. Tell about the giveaway and tell us which of her many adorable cookies are your favorite. Come back here and paste your post into Mr. Linky (your name (Name of Treat) ) and Voila! You are entered!

Once chance not enough for you? Ok, ok. Subscribe to my blog via email then leave me a comment below letting me know that you have done this…and I’ll give you a second entry! If you Tweet this Recipe Roundup and Giveaway leave me a comment with your Twitter Handle and I’ll give you a THIRD chance at these cutie cookies!

This giveaway will be open for one week and will close on Wednesday, December 3 at midnight. I will pick a winner using on Thursday morning and announce the winner then! Links posted in Mr. Linky should lead directly to the recipe post, links leading to home pages or other non-related pages will be deleted.

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Early Black Friday Online Deals

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According to there are several online retailers that are begining their Black Friday deals early this year. Here is a list of some: Kitchen & Housewares Black Friday Sale: Daily Electronics Sale:

Sears eBusters Sale:

Newegg Black Friday Pre-Sale:

Dell Small Business Black Friday Sale (available to anyone): Pre-Black Friday Sale: is an excellent resource for planning out your Holiday Shopping. Be sure to visit them for full details.

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