Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop [Dec. 1st - Dec. 5th] - Win Prizes!


Welcome to the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop!
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have some prizes up for grabs.
Some prizes were donated by me and some prizes have been donated by my generous sponsors! I invite you to check out their sites or bookmark them to visit after the hop ends. Have fun everyone!

Prize #1: (Sponsored Prize) EcoMom is giving away a $100 e-certificate to their online store!

EcoMom is a company that is making a difference in the environment and the health of our kids. Their website http://www.ecomom.com/ provides tools for moms to make better decisions for themselves and their family by providing an online forum, daily advice and product reviews of their products. EcoMom not only offers a wide variety of food products like their Plum Organics Baby Food and the Revolution Foods Organic Bars but also everything else you may need to keep your kiddos happy and healthy. From high chairs to lunch boxes, EcoMom is your source for quality products that will follow your child as they get older. You can also visit them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Prize #2: (Sponsored Prize) CSN Stores is giving away a $35 gift code to use in over 200 of their online stores!

With over 200 different online shopping sites, you can find big items like TV stands for flat screens to small items like cheese graters. CSN Stores cover everything from baby furniture, cookware, fitness equipment, and outdoor grills.

Prize #3: I'm giving away a $25 Gift Card to Shell!!

Since the holidays are coming up, I thought you could use a little help filling up your gas tank! One very lucky winner will receive a gas card to Shell.

Prize #4: I'm giving away a $25 Safeway Grocery Store Gift Card!!

I thought you might also need help filling up your grocery cart when your family comes over to visit for the holidays. One winner will receive a gift card to use at any Safeway family of stores (including Safeway, Vons, Dominick's, Genuardis, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Pavilions and Carrs). Good Luck!

Open to U.S. and Canada Only (as described above). Giveaway starts on December 1st at 12:01 am and ends on December 5, 2010 at 11:59 P.M. EST. Four winners (one for each prize above) will be chosen by Random.org and will be announced on the Giveaways page. Winners will also be contacted by email. Be sure that texasaver@yahoo is on your safe sender list as you don't want to miss the email if you are chosen as the winner. Winners will have 5 days to respond to me by email before another winner will be chosen. The prize will be provided to the winners directly from the sponsor unless it's noted that I have provided the giveaway.

Good Luck!!

Holiday Gift Giveaway Sponsor Highlight: CSN Stores

I don't know about you but I love one-stop shopping. Especially in the comfort of my very own home with some hot cocoa and my slippers on my feet. Ahhhhh, that's more like it. So, back to the one stop shopping. You've got to try out CSN Stores for your next online shopping trip. They have everything. I mean everything people. From TV stands for flat screens to building blocks for your little toddler, you can find it all in one of their 200+ online stores. Seriously, not 50 or 102 but 200 stores to choose from!!

I've been able to purchase several items from CSN Stores.
I got this awesome Calphalon Grill Pan for $39.99!! The price was too good to pass up.

Check out this awesome bedding I got for just $59.99!!! We have been using it for about a year and we absolutely love it!

Another awesome thing about CSN Stores is that their prices are competitive and most of their items ship for FREE! Yep, FREE! I've checked their prices against leading stores and even Amazon and the prices still couldn't be beat. So, what are you waiting for? Tackle your Christmas List all in one sitting with CSN Stores. Need some extra help when checking out? Come back and enter the Holiday Gift Giveaway starting Dec. 1st and ends on December 5th to win a CSN Stores $35 gift code to use when you check out!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Sponsor Highlight: EcoMom

I'm beyond excited to tell you that EcoMom is a sponsor of the upcoming Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop coming up this Wednesday, December 1st! I've had a chance to review their products in the past and as a mom of a toddler, they have so many products to make being a mom that much easier! Here's a little bit about them:

Who is ecomom?

EcoMom is a company that is making a difference in the environment and the health of our kids. Their website http://www.ecomom.com/ provides tools for moms to make better decisions for themselves and their family by providing an online forum, daily advice and product reviews of their products. EcoMom not only offers a wide variety of food products like their Plum Organics Baby Food and the Revolution Foods Organic Bars but also everything else you may need to keep your kiddos happy and healthy. From high chairs to lunch boxes, EcoMom is your source for quality products that will follow your child as they get older.
From diaper rash balm to organic stuffed animals, here are just a sample of products they have available on their website:
My personal favorite EcoMom product is the Revolution Foods Sampler priced at just $5.99 and includes four full sized products (1-Organic Jammy Sammy Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter, 1 - Organic Grammy Sammy Honey Graham & Strawberry, 1 - Organic Mixed Berry Mashups, 1 - Organic Tropical Mashups).

Make sure you join the EcoMom newsletter to get new information about products, specials and events so you don't miss out!

EcoMom has also come out with a new program called EcoPass. It's a $99 annual membership which provides many benefits including:

•15% Discount on all products
•Free ground shipping on all orders, no minimum
•First look at new product samples
•Exclusive offers and promotions
•Pays for iteself in as few as 4 orders and costs only $8.25 per month

Want to check out more of EcoMom?

"Like" EcoMom on Facebook
"Tweet" EcoMom on Twitter

Make sure you come back here on Wed, Dec. 1st for the awesome Holiday Gift Giveaway. I'm giving away some amazing prizes!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day to everyone! Have a happy and safe holiday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

BzzCampaign: Tom's of Maine Toothpaste

Have you heard of Tom's of Maine yet? Well, I was given the opportunity to try out their fluoride toothpaste in cool peppermint. I thought I was using a refreshing toothpaste before but after trying out Tom's toothpaste now for over two weeks, I am in love!  Here are some reasons why I love it so much:

They are cruelty free - NO animal testing or animal ingredients.
Healthy - NO artificial colors, flavors, fragrance or preservatives.
They give back - 5% of employee time is devoted to volunteering and 10% of profits goes to human and environmental goodness!

How did I like Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh! toothpaste in Cool Peppermint?
The toothpaste has a very pleasant taste and provided me long-lasting fresh breath. I loved that it doesn't have any chemical additives. It also contains fluoride to help me fight cavities and does not contain alcohol. I've been using Tom's toothpaste now for two weeks and I can tell a noticeable difference in how my teeth feel and that my breath feels fresher, longer.

How can you get a tube of Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste?
The toothpaste is now widely available at grocery and natural food stores, pharmacies and stores like Target and Walmart nationwide. The suggested retail price on the toothpaste is around $4.19 for a 5.2 oz. tube.

To learn more about Tom's of Maine, go to http://www.tomsofmaine.com/!

Disclosure: I received a BzzKit through my affiliation with BzzAgent which contained a full size tube of Tom's of Maine toothpaste to review and two samples of toothpaste to share. The opinions expressed above are 100% mine.

Review: Norah Jones New Album..."Featuring"

The amazingly talented singer, Norah Jones, has come out with her new album called "Featuring." The album is a star-studded collection of Norah Jones' collaborations spanning her entire career. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

I was given a chance to review this album and as usual, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was fun to listen to all the duets of some of my favorite artists including Willie Nelson, Foo Fighters and Dolly Parton. Her music is full of soul and I could listen to her soothing sound all day. It's absolutely wonderful.

Songs on …Featuring range from classics recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and Roy Orbison to new material by such wide-ranging innovators as Ryan Adams and Q-Tip.

The 18 song album includes cool cameos, collaborations and duets from jazz to country, hip-hop to rock.

The track listing for …Featuring is as follows:

1. Love Me – The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon – The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them – Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It's Cold Outside – Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider – Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
6. Ruler Of My Heart – Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part – El Madmo
8. Take Off Your Cool – OutKast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better – Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
10. Soon The New Day – Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John – Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again – Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta – Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
14. Dear John – Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin' In – Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
16. Court & Spark – Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This – Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou – Norah Jones featuring M. Ward

Want to check out more of Norah Jones? Visit her official site.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Norah Jones' CD, Featuring to facilitate this review through my affiliation with One2One Network. The opinions expressed are 100% mine. In exchange for writing a review, I will be eligible to win a gift card.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Dinners for 11/15/10 - 11/19/10

I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. My sister was visiting from Oregon and I only got to cook a few things while she was here. I want to keep things easy for myself, so I came up with this meal plan for the week:

Monday, November 15, 2010: Mini Pizzas on Sandwich Thins
Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Pear Oven Pancake
Wednesday, November 17, 2010: The Best Lasagna Ever!
Thursday, November 18, 2010: Shells, Peas and Cheese Pasta Salad
Friday, November 19, 2010: B4D (Breakfast for Dinner), Scrambled Eggs & Potatoes
Saturday, November 20, 2010: Day off from Cooking
Sunday, November 21, 2010: Tortellini Salad w/ Veggies

Some of the recipes I have in my recipe binder at home. I don't have a direct link to the pasta and tortellini salad but I will provide the recipes next week after I cook them.

For more recipes and menu planning ideas, visit:

Mailbox Monday: Freebies, Prizes and Products!

It's been a while since I've posted Mailbox Monday (I think maybe three weeks?). I know ya'll are probably chomping at the bit to see what goodies I've gotten the past week huh?  Well, it's been a lot of fun opening up my mailbox. With all the Target free samples and products I received, it really did feel like Christmas!

Here is what I received and how I got it:

The Loot:

CleanCut Motion Detected Paper Towel Dispenser - Parenting.com Sweepstakes

Garnier Moisture Rescue - Target.com
Tide w/ ActiLift - Target.com
Glad Odor Shield w/ Febreze - Target.com

Product Reviews:
Aerosol Sunscreen - Synovate
Norah Jones CD - One2One Network
Twinings Tea Sample Pack - Smile.ly

Barrila Plus Coupons - VocalPoint

Magazines, etc.:
Better Homes and Gardens
CVS ExtraCare Booklet
Little Tikes Catalogue
Lowes Creative Ideas

Want to see more great freebies!
Check out:

A Frugal Friend

Simply Stacie

Monday, November 8, 2010

Taking a little hiatus...stay tuned...

Hi there!  I wanted everyone to know that I haven't forgotten about you. I have a lot in store for ya'll and there are some things that I'm working on right now. I'm taking a little bit of a hiatus the next two weeks but don't worry, there is a lot coming up!  Here's a sneak peek:

  • Happy Baby Review and Giveaway!
  • Del Monte Giveaway!
  • Sneak Peak for Holiday Gift Giveaway (starts December 1st!!!)
  • More Yummy Recipes for Dinners, Cakes, etc.
  • Store Deals and Freebies!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Try to Win $100 Every Day with Glade!

From their website:

"Look forward to a gift, every day!"

We’re giving away a $100 gift card every day of the season to help you transform your home into a holiday haven! Enter now and come back each day for your chance to win.


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* Terms and conditions apply to Gift Cards. For USA use only at merchants that accept American Express® Cards. Not for car rentals, cruise lines, casinos, or ATMs. Usage restrictions and guidelines apply. For more information, visit www.americanexpress.com/gift.

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Go HERE to enter daily!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray Combo Pack - $8 Coupon

Did anyone pre-order their Toy Story 3 from Toys R Us?
I can't wait until tomorrow, when I get to pick mine up.
There is an $8 Coupon available through Disney Movie Rewards
for anyone wanting to buy the Blu-Ray Combo Pack.
It's a Limited-Time Offer, so print yours today!

Pampers Gifts to Grow 100 Point Code - For New Members

If you are a new member of Pampers Village and sign up between 10/28 - 11/30,
use code 453983270233478 to add 100 new points to your account! 

Menu Plan Monday: Dinners for 11/1/2010 - 11/7/2010

Hello Everyone!
Can you believe it's already November?
How is everyone doing on their menu planning?
I've been falling down on the job recently but
hopefully I can redeem myself soon.

Here's what I plan on making for dinner this week.

Monday, November 1, 2010: Chicken Tetrazzini & Cesear Salad
Tuesday, November 2, 2010: Beef Sausage, Carmelized Onions & Brussel Sprouts
Wednesday, November 3, 2010: Fiesta Salad w/ Grilled Chicken
Thursday, November 4, 2010: Out to Dinner! (Sister's Visiting)
Friday, November 5, 2010: Out of Town
Saturday, November 6, 2010: Out of Town
Sunday, November 7, 2010: Spaghetti & Salad

For more great ideas, visit my Frugal Recipes Tab!

Another great place to visit for menus is Org Junkie

Mailbox Monday: Free Magazines, Coupons and More!

Happy Monday! Did everyone enjoy Halloween last night?
I felt like I got my own goodies to go through but for me, it's not candy.
It's my freebies I received in my own mailbox last week.
It's a collection of free magazines, coupons and samples that I sign up for daily.

Here's the Loot:

Free Magazines:
Fitness - Prize through She Speaks
Working Mother

Free Samples:
Garnier Moisture Rescue - Walmart
Garnier Fructis Sample - Walmart
Playtex Sport Sample - Walmart
Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste Sample - VocalPoint
Shout Color Catcher - http://www.shoutitout.com/

Babies R Us - 20% off Coupon
Pampers Kandoo Wipes $1 Off Coupon
Huggies Coupons - CVS Direct Mail

Prizes Won:
Four Bags of Butterfinger Snackerz (not shown) - used as Halloween candy!

$20 Check from Ipsos i-say
Dr. Oz "Just 10" bracelet - Zappos.com

Aren't freebies great?

If you want to check out more great things to get in your mailbox, check out: