Monday, December 5, 2011
I have always been a frugal person, a couponaholic, and a deal hunter, but a few years ago when a medical catastrophe hit me, I was forced to figure out more ways to save and earn money.
I was never a huge fan of computers, and the internet. I am still pretty old fashioned, I like books, board games, and I like for my children to know what an encyclopedia and a dictionary and actual books are like! But, we purchased a computer and I decided to put it to work!
One of the first newsletters I had signed up with, was The Money Saving Mom Newsletter, and I was happy to get some tips and links and help with the online shopping and bargain hunting world.
Crystal does an excellent job with her blogs, and she is one of the reasons I started my own. I always enjoy reading her posts and articles about blogging, and her "how to's" and her positive outlook is enough to make a busy mom like me, (who by the way, had no clue how any of this blogging, hyperlinks, downloading, installing, lol, you get the picture, worked!)
I was so happy to hear about her book deal, and was anxious to read her book when it came out.
Her book is actually being released in January of 2012.
I received her book about a month ago, and was very excited to be asked to do a review on her book!!
This was honestly something I didn't expect, as I am still fairly new and only run 2 blogs for now with a little over 100 followers between the 2! But, we all have to start somewhere.
I read the book in just a few days, and I was pleased with the way it was written. She keeps your attention on each page, and has her own way of writing, which is very pleasant, positive, friendly, and gives you something to smile about.
This is an excellent starter book for anybody who has recently lost a job, has been going through rough times, or just wants to learn how and what they can do to become more self sufficient and save where ever they can for their families!
Crystal covers mostly everything in this book, and I was happy to see that there really wasn't anything left out. All of the tips and advice were well written, and I appreciate her writing this book to help others out.
I am also relieved that Crystal covers couponing, the truthful way! This is something I have been doing for so many years, and to have certain tv shows, and bloggers and Facebook pages, come out with some ridiculous, far fetched, crazy, unbelievable, coupon strategies, and stockpiling maniacs, made to depict all couponers, and frugal moms, as some loopy, hoarding, monsters, I was very much appreciative when I read her book!
From the grocery store to the drug store, to online, I am a little tired of being treated as a loon, and an "Extreme Couponer"! I get called this everytime I am shopping with my coupon binder! Not to mention the people who are anxiously awaiting to learn how to do "Extreme Couponing", and they don't realize yet what exactly reality is...
But Crystal, thank goodness, gives a very real depiction of couponing, what it's about, how to do it, and even covers the ever so hard question to answer for people, "How do I save without coupons?"
From tips and pointers about savings, and NOT using the ever loved, American way, lol, credit card, and swiping everywhere you go, to personal empowerment, cash only challenges, to how to give and donate, no matter your income, her book covers it all!
I guarantee it is well worth your while, even if you are an avid saver, and couponer, It is an enjoyable read, and I love knowing that it was written by somebody who has been through rough times just like my family.
Who better to get your shopping tips and saving and budget advice from, then another busy mommy who wants to instill good values in her children, and is always looking for ways to save as much as possible in every aspect?
PS) I may be having a giveaway for a copy of The Money Saving Mom's Budget, very soon!
Keep reading this blog and my other blog, http://www.momscrazyday.com/, for info on when this giveaway will start!!
In the meantime, sign up for Crystal's email newsletter at http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
Friday, November 18, 2011
He loves puzzles, as most kids do, and 3D puzzles are extra cool!!!
You can even use these for 2 seperate gifts!
This is definitely one of those deals I am keeping as my favorite holiday deals, and as a favorite gift for kids!
Puzzles are a great way to keep your kids minds in motion! They, just like blocks and Legos, help with problem solving, creativity, help teach patience, and what a reward when they have them completely built!
I started a deal with my kids last year, we are not buying, giving, any technology type gifts at Christmas, and we are well stocked on board games, cards, story cubes, puzzles, and things that kids should really be playing with!
We normally spend $50 per kid at Christmas, (this total is after discounts, deals, cash back, etc), so it may not seem like a lot, but Aaron will have 2 gifts for $15 to open, just with these puzzles! Plus, the kids do get a couple neat surprise gifts to share with each other. After all, Christmas is not about gifts and who gets what. We are hoping to instill these values in our children and teach them to be happy for what they have and grateful for the little things, and learn what Christmas is really about!
**I personally do prefer to purchase American made items, and I always try my best to find that, however, this is getting more rare, and this is very sad! But, when I am looking for something in particular, I search brands, and country of origin, before I decide what I buy for basically all of our purchases**
Definitely an excellent gift for any family of friends you know that would be in need of such a cute set!
The set normally sells for $99.99, so half off is surely a price you won't want to give up!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Snapashot is pretty awesome, and I am going to use it from here on out for all giveaways I use http://www.random.org/ for!!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Well, for starters, I was pretty excited about printing coupons from home, and using them at the store! I was also very impressed with the store websites and being able to view the flyers and sales and wow! Shopping online!!
I was raised to live very frugal, and my mom was the kind of mom that when we said, "Mom!! Can we get a box of Lucky Charms at the store?". she would reply with, "Only if you find a coupon for it!". and proceed to dump a box, a very big box, of coupons onto a pile on the floor! So, I always swore I will never ever ever do this to my kids! Well, it turns out, I did, lol. Much more as a matter of fact, and my oldest daughter, Bethany, really hates coupons, but since she has been gone from home, she has used them.
A few years ago, I finally broke down and accepted the fact that I will have to get reconstructive foot and ankle surgery done, on my left side first, then the right was to be second. Well, the first surgery was such a failure, and I now live with RSD, among other issues with my left leg, that the second was never touched. So, the computer then for me, turned out being my best friend, co worker, employer and employee.
I have spent almost 6 full years, finding the best opportunities, survey sites, all the deal sites, coupons, you name it, I probably have been there, and have accounts, or affiliates! I rarely have time for all of them, which is a shame, because there really is a lot you can do online to benefit your lifestyle, family, home, and shopping styles.
I also relied very much on other bloggers, (I only started blogging in May of 2011), email newsletters, and communities for parents, couponers, and the like.
One of my favorite bloggers, and my favorite email newsletter, comes from Crystal Paine, from http://www.moneysavingmom.com/.
I always appreciated her good heart, great sense of humor, and have grown to emulate her attitude towards blogging. I am very thankful for her emails, and positive posts she always has about blogging, starting an online business, etc.
I have taught myself so much about computers, blogging, websites, networking, and I have been able to share my experience and expertise with several others, and I plan to share much more and to continue growing in numbers! I do have to thank Crystal, for being behind the final push.
Onto my next review, which I am very delighted to be able to have been given this opportunity!
Crystal Paine's new book, that will be released in January of 2012!
The Money Saving Mom's Budget, I am sure will prove to be an excellent source of information for newbies, and even the pros out there.
I have received a rough copy this past week, and I am almost done reading it. I am hoping to have this full review up by the end of next week.
There may also be a giveaway with this review too! You will definitely want to stick around and subscribe to my RSS! lol! There should be plenty of info, giveaways, and reviews in the next month, just in time for Christmas!
I am a huge, huge, coffee lover! I need coffee various times throughout the day, and night!
I love all kinds of coffee, however, I am not a fan of flavored coffees. I specifically love darker roasts, Columbian, but i will drink the lighter Breakfast Blends and flavors close to it. (I sometimes add a few extra scoops if the coffee is not the type I prefer)
I also love powdered creamer! The only creamer I will ever let come near my coffee, is Nestle Coffeemate!
I will use Nestle Coffemate for cooking and baking also, and for these types of uses, I will indeed use the liquid Coffeemate. I normally replace the milk in certain recipes, with Coffeemate, regular liquid cream. Yum! Homemade mac and cheese is so much creamier and tastier when made with Coffeemate cream!
Of course when I have to buy the occasional cup of coffee on the run, I will use the half and half button to fill my cup. But if they have a section of the counter filled with Nestle Coffeemate, whether it is powder or liquid, I will grab that instead.
The funny thing is is that my Nestle Coffeemate cream review is actually not going to be ready yet for a few more weeks, lol, but I love that product so much and I love coffee, so anytime I post about coffee, I have to mention it!
Actually, my review will be on my very own Keurig Brewer! Thanks to http://www.onecupconnection.com/!
I am going to be calling them in just a little under an hour, to finalize everything, and I will be waiting by the door for my package to arrive!
I did a review on this website before, and I am excited to be able to do a review from a customer standpoint now.
I was very pleased with their prices, sales, shipping offers, and especially the variety of products available through their site. Straws, Act 11 Popcorn, coffee cups, the largest variety of K Cups I have found so far, and many fantastic brewers, snacks and accessories!
This review will also go along with my review of Barista K Cups! (they will be seperate on here), so, if you are a coffee lover, there will be 3 reviews coming up within the next month!
Nestle Coffeemate, just because I love them dearly, lol, Keurig and http://www.onecupconnection.com/, and Barista K Cups! (I already received the Barista package, and I will be having a coffee party with our "Notjust4moms" group on November 19th! )
Plus, there may be some extra samples and items that may be turned into a giveaway package!
You will want to definately subscribe to my blogs if you aren't already!
I almost forgot to mention my very favorite coffee of all time! Maxwell House! I also love their Yuban coffee, but lately that has become much to strong for my taste. It will take a lot of work to switch, I doubt I ever will, but I may just end up sharing my love for Maxwell House with some other brand. Could it be Barista K Cups????
Stay tuned to find out!! LOL!
Learning Link Technologies, is a very informative, extremely thorough, educational program, geared towards children with learning disabilities.
The following is taken from their "About Us" page.
After observing how difficult school can be for students with learning problems, Lisa began independently researching learning disabilities and how to effectively treat them. She also received training in vision therapy and brain integration therapy.
Lisa has brought this knowledge and experience to Learning Link Technologies by creating a system that has been proven to help struggling students. This system is now available to families through both book format and video format so that all students have the chance to succeed academically.
Lisa also founded the Harp Learning Institute, which is a leading edge learning center in Northern California.
I am very anxious to start this program, and I know that this will also be beneficial in the very near future, for my 18 month old, Deegan. (For those of you who know anything about Deegan, he was "supposed" to be born with tons of problems, ended up he was only born with cleft lip and club foot on the left side, and since birth, the doctors have been trying to find something wrong with him. lol. They simply do not want to admit when they may have been wrong, or when something may just be unexplainable.) I don't want to turn this post into a Deegan post, as I am planning a whole blog dedicated to his story, with the hopes of attracting other parents and children going through the same dilemmas and struggles. But, we are going to be taking him a bit further away o the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as soon as our Dr's submit the referrals, and the new Dr's can schedule him.
In any case, I am repeatedly told Deegan will have learning disabilities, I may not believe that at all, since I know the little guy, and he is a very strong willed, stubborn, imaginative, funny, smart child. So, I am hoping to have this program ready just in case I need to fall back on this for help, and to prove to his doctors that he can excel!
In the meantime, we will be using this program to help our 4 year old, Genevive, and our 8 year old, Aaron. I wouldn't say either has a learning disability, however from what I have read and studied at this site, every child and parent can benefit from this program!
Education is very important here in our household, and when I see worksheets, books, programs, any type of home school lessons, even learning and teaching aids from the Scholastic Book Clubs, I am first to grab it and stockpile these items! lol! I like to keep up with my children's education on a daily basis, and we do do work at home, even during the summer. (We do not overdo it of course! But, we have had a daughter graduate with honors, have close to a perfect score on her SAT, and a 2nd grader with straight A's under his belt;p We just hope this is going to happen in the harder 2nd grade.)
We will be doing a progress type review for this program. It is a 12 month program, and requires weekly work. But we will post where we are, how we are doing, and have plenty of links and information for you!
I believe there may be a giveaway for the downloadable program, which I hope will benefit our readers!
Right now on Facebook, we are having a sponsored giveaway, by http://www.mymemories.com/!
I had the chance to review the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software a couple months ago, and my kids and I absolutely love this software! We were given the generous opportunity to host a giveaway for My Memories, and we did run into a few complications along the way. Nothing at all that had to do with My Memories! They have been excellent to work with, and have so many super deals and even weekly freebies, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter!
However, we had entrants who did not seem to want to follow the rules, so, I redid the giveaway, (after the only winner that did enter correctly, failed to respond), and it is live on Facebook right now, and will be ending soon! Please check our Facebook page for this giveaway!!
We also have an Alwaysfits.com Giveaway tab, on our Facebook page! Check that tab out for an amazing giant gummi bear on a stick giveaway! This giveaway will end when we reach 2000 fans!!
There is also a $25 Enchanted Potions gift certifcate giveaway, for any subscribers to my RSS on this blog, and this is also open to RSS sunscribers to http://www.momscrazyday.com/.
This winner will be chosen on Black Friday! Enter while you still can!!
The gift certificate can only be used on orders placed through me, and after visiting the site, you can email your order to email@example.com
Always make sure you check in at our Facebook page as often as you can for the daily deals, samples and freebies! We have lots of coupon insert giveaways here too!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
She was the only entrant, who did exactly what was called for in order to enter the giveaway! However, I have yet to hear from her, nor do I have an email address!
I will give you/her until tomorrow at noon, est time, to contact me! Otherwise, we will be doing a 24 hour giveaway, via Twitter and Facebook. You will have to comment on the Facebook posts, with your favorite design from http://www.mymemories.com/, and you will be entered to receive the software download!
I love this software, and there are tons of possibilites!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I am super happy with their products! I have used the lip balms, lotions, shower gel, and shampoo. My 4 year old absolutely loves the bubble gum scented detangling spray I specially ordered! Deegan, and even the other 2 kids, lol, love the fun smelling bath confetti! Plus, they come in adorable little shapes, we have fish and ducks. The little envelopes are so cute, and they last a few baths, depending on how many your kids beg and scream for! Mine all ask for more since they dissolve in the bath water, lol.
This company is very unique, and I am thrilled to be a direct seller for them! I can't wait to start making gift baskets, and posting the pictures and scents.
The best part of this company, is that you can customize your orders, with your choice of scents! They offer a great list, anything from, toasted marshmallow, to bubble gum to candy corn, to sweet pea! Almost every product they offer, is able to be customized with your choice of very good smelling scents!
I love the lip balm, I have a heavy addiction to lip glosses and lip balms and even if it is not pink, (my usual favorite choice), I don't leave the house without it! It works great against chapped lips, and I am happy I ordered 2, since Genevive also loves it, and lip glosses and lip balms have a tendency to get lost around here lol!
I also am falling in love with the chocolate scented shower gel! I pair that up with my toasted marshmellow body lotion, yum!
Anyway, I am offering a free gift with any orders over $50 right now, and 2 free gifts with any order over $75!! You can order through me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can order direct from the website. If you order from the website directly, please remember to put my name, Brandy Oliver, as the sales rep! I will be able to see who ordered and you can email me directly to let me know that you did this, that way, I can ask for your address, and send your free Enchanted Potions products!
Now, let me tell you about the fantastic Enchanted Potions Giveaway!!!
The only requirements for this giveaway are to subscribe to my RSS feed! You have 2 opportunities to enter this way!
The first being this blog, http://www.busymommylist.com/, and the second will be to subscribe to my RSS feed at http://www.momscrazyday.com/!
It's very simple! I will then, go through the emails that are subscribed, and through http://www.random.org/, pick an email, and you will win a $25 Enchanted Potions store credit!! You can order direct through me, and the $25 will be taken off of your order!!
There is one more thing that you may find a little annoying that I would like to explain.
Enchanted Potions makes all of their products, to order. There aren't any shelves or warehouses, filled with products, because, when you place your order, they start from scratch! Wow!! I know, it is a bit long, (usually a 3 week wait), to receive your order, but I guarantee it is well worth the wait! I also love the fact that they made it special, just for me, after I placed the order! Lotions and shampoos, do have a shelf life, and there are times I wonder how long things have been sitting around when I shop. I do not have to worry about that with these products!!
The giveaway will be ending on the day before Thanksgiving!! I will make the announcement on here, and all social networks, as well as email the winner! This way, you will be able to order in time for Christmas! Whether it will be for yourself, or somebody else, you will be certain to have it in time, (as long as you order very shortly after receiving the winner email!)
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to order, or if you would like to start selling Enchanted Potions products, you can email me at email@example.com, or comment here!!
I would also always be interested in doing giveaways with sponsors, to help promote your products and blogs or business! AND always feel free to contact me in case you are in need of a sponsor for a giveaway as well! I sell Enchanted Potions, and Gold Canyon Candles, and RADA. RADA is an ongoing fundraiser I do for RSD, a medical condition I suffer from. If any of these would help your site, and you would like to offer any of my products, please let me know! I am hoping to have a much more established networking type "business", in the near future when I have bigger numbers, and sponsoring giveaways will always be something I do!
My oldest daughter, Bethany, has this drummer boyfriend, Andrew, who is pictured above. Well, Genevive, my 4 year old, decided it would be much fun to make Andrew look like this with our My Memories Software. (We love this stuff!!) So, this is why there are pretty flowers and colors all around this boyfriend of Genevive's big sister.
Anyway, we had 22 entries for this giveaway, and it was posted numerous times, however, only 1 person followed the instructions, and posted at the right spot and was honest in completing all of the tasks involved in the giveaway. Thank goodness we had at least 1, lol.
From now on, in all of our giveaways, you have no choice but to follow the rules and guidelines posted. I can't even count your entry, especially if you did not even visit the sponsors page, and you unfollowed my blog or blogs, a day after posting on Facebook or Twitter, that you followed the rules and entered the giveaway!
So, thank you Connie!! I appreciate your comment, and the following all of the guidelines!! This means a lot to me, and I am blessed to have you as a blog friend!!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your info, so that I can forward this info to our giveaway sponsor, My Memories!
I can also give you the info, if you don't already have it, about the freebies they offer each week!! They have awesome freebie downloads, which are great editions to the software set that Connie just won!
I have had nothing but a fun time, and a great experience, with My Memories, Liz, is the sweetest, and I am very grateful that she emailed me a few months back with so many great opportunities!
We will be working a lot with My Memories, and I will be posting the freebies they offer, coupon code links for the Scrapbook software, and creations that my kids and I make with the download they generously gave to us to review!
I hope you all take advantage of this great companies offers, and the fun times you can have with your children, making such fun creations! I personally recommend this software, and we use this quite a bit. Whether it's just for fun, like the picture above, or we are making cards or photo albums.
I haven't figured it all out yet, but with this software kit, you can also make your blog templates, logos, business cards, the list is literally endless, and I am scheduling some extra time in November, to work on a whole series of My Memories creations and posts for you to interact with, and share!
Friday, October 21, 2011
You have got to check this business out! WOW!
This business, started out by the owner, baking cakes for her husband and son who were fighting overseas in the war, and sending a little bit of sadly missed home, right to them. Cakes baked in mason jars, and shipped right in a box through the USPS!
This idea and business absolutely fascinated me, and I was overwhelmed with joy, knowing that there are so many amazing people out there in the world.
What a brilliant idea I thought, and I noticed she was offering deals and specials, and I knew i had to try these cakes out right away!!
You have to see the amazing list of flavors and varieties she has available! I just think this is the sweetest idea!
CK Bakery Shop's cakes in a jar, would be an excellent gift for college students, soldiers, elderly friends or family, disabled family members, and friends, anybody who could use a good pick me up and a reminder that someone is thinking about them!
CK Bakery Shop runs a very active and fun Facebook page, head on over and tell them Busymommylist sent you!!
When you get there, you can check her list of flavors, and prices, and the prices are very reasonable, not to mention she runs extra awesome deals and promotions!
She offers a Cake of the Month Club, and minicake samplers, (which is what I received to share with my kids;p)
We received, Chocolate "Cav" Cake, Red Velvet, Chocolate Brownie, Double Chocolate, Blue Star Banner Blueberry, and Stars and Stripes. My favorite was the Chocolate "Cav" Cake, lol. ( chocolate with peanut butter, yum!!)
All of the cakes were just like homemade, and were adorable in the little mini mason jars!
the package we received, was a $15 mini cake sampler, which includes 6 flavors of your choice, and includes shipping costs!!!
Please check out CK Bakery Shop's Facebook page, and place an order asap!!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
They offer "in person" personalized evaluations, to fit you in the best quality vehicle, whether new or used! You can even opt to have your own van or vehicle modified!
Sometimes, in an elderly person, or a disabled persons life, having a vehicle of their own would be a great help, and offer independence that didn't seem available before.
NMEDA is a non profit organization, and they do not sell anything! Who better to serve you then this? They are looking out for you, and they will help you choose the best quality dealer or QAP dealer close to you!
I personally would not settle for any internet or mail order companies for such an important part of disabled and elderly care as this. I am happy that this service exists, and seems to have a very extentsive network of dealers and QAP dealers around!
QAP is a quality assurance program, they are the only nationally recognized accreditation for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. QAP is based on the principle, that in order to satisfy customers consistently, companies must have a systematic and documented approach to qualify.
Did you check your zip code? Are you or a loved one in need of a service such as this?
I know that we all know or will know, or will be, in need of a service and support such as this, and what an amazing group NMEDA is!
Keep them in mind for anybody you may know in need of assistance, or for the future! I am happy with my research on this non profit organization, and think a lot of us would benefit from a service such as this!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
MAM sent a ginormous box of free products, coupons, brochures, and real cool prizes for our games!
I personally have heard of MAM, and I have seen their products online and in Parenting Magazine, but I have never come across them in a store. (We live in a very rural area, and we aren't near lots of big stores) Although we do get out in the "big city" sometimes, lol, I am a little limited to where we go shopping.
I am very impressed with the bottles and the cool designs and the shape!
My little guy, Deegan, was quite impressed with the blue toothbrushes the most.
He is 1 now, and amazingly enough, he loves brushing his teeth! ( I wish I could say that about my 8 year old son, lol). These products are superior quality, and I am very pleased with all the teething rings, which by the way, have the coolest and smartest design I have ever seen on a teething ring yet!
How cool is that, to have the teething ring actually have parts to fit the whole way in the back for those sore parts?
We had our first party on October 1st, and I actually forget my ancient digital camera. I only realized this on the way to our party, and luckily, the daycare owner who offers her daycare for our meetings, had a camera to take pictures for our posts!
We had a mix of pregnant moms, pregnant first time moms, and babies and a few toddlers.
The snacks went over quite well, especially with the little ones!
We had cheese and crackers, a fruit tray with dip, (yum!!), goldfish crackers, tea and lemonade and a few different kinds of mini cupcakes!
We have so many moms and even not moms, lol, interested in our group, and hoping to attend our November 5th meeting. We already have a couple meetings per month, due to locations of some of our members. I live in the middle, so I have some over at my place once per month, and I travel about 20 miles to another town, to have the other meetings!
We were all very thankful and excited for this MAM event, and I am anxious for our next meetings we have coming up!!
We also still have a few MAM products left, and I think we will have those for new members, who are expecting or have little ones.
We also have a project we are doing with our "Not Just 4 Moms" group, with donations. (a member came up with this real cool name at our MAM party!!) So, I believe we will be figuring out exactly which church or school will be receiving our donations, and then we can decide if we should donate the leftover pacifiers, and teething rings! That may be a very nice gift for someone else!
We have a "Reviews" tab on our groups brand new site, and MAM is the first review on our site!!
I will have another post on my other blog, momscrazyday, with some real cute pictures of Deegan, using his new favorite toothbrush. I have to run for some batteries for the camera, and upload the pictures!
We had a very nice time, everybody in our group seemed to really be happy with the products they received, and we all seemed to think MAM products are very high quality, and have awesome designs and the biter brush I believe was the biggest hit!
I am shocked that I have never seen this product before! After 4 kids, and now unfortunately we are done, (sometimes I wish we weren't;p), but after all of that, and now I find a biter brush!!
I think I know what our next giveaway should be..... I think a MAM gift basket with a biter brush and the awesome glow in the dark pacifiers, will be a huge success!!
At least I also know what to purchase for baby shower gifts in the future. I am more then pleased with MAM, and I am very grateful for the nice box they sent for our party, filled to the top, with tons of cute gifts and products for everybody! Outstanding job MAM!! Thank you!
Child's Play Party, is an amazing company! I have so much fun with the opportunities they provide for these parties! I recommend them to anybody who has a mom group, blog, website, or even a product they would like to get out and advertised.
Not just 4 Moms, and me and Deegan, give MAM, and Child's Play Party, 5 stars!!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We just grabbed a bunch of mismatched seeds and planted them, and waited to see what was coming. Most of our garden was a surprise, lol, we had no clue what to expect. With the exception of the cherry tomatoes, spring onions, pumpkins (that never came, but still took over most of the fruit and veggie garden!), cucumbers, and all kinds of peppers, we were having a fun time checking our garden each morning to see what was coming next!
We did plant lots of onions, and we did not see any, as the cucumbers, watermelon, and the fabulous pumpkins, took over and stole the sun away from the entire middle of our garden. This was a shame, because I cook a lot, and I use lots of onions! But we learned some things about these plants, and we also have to make our garden bigger for next year.
These flowers, especially the orange ones, are also surprises. If anybody knows what any of these gorgeous flowers are, please comment! I really need to know what to purchase for next year, and I would love to read up on them so I know exactly how to take care of them!
Sunflowers are my very favorites, I am saving pictures of those for their own, special, My Memories creation. We had a lot of luck with those this year, thank goodness! Every time I see a sunflower, it brightens my day! Ever since I was a little girl.
I really am having a super fun time with this software. i am actually amazed with how quick I can create pages, and I will be attempting business cards next. I was also thinking about making a logo, or a button for a blog I have, and installing that as well. I know for sure, the kids and I will be making plenty of Christmas cards with this software in the coming months!
So, maybe you read my previous post, or read my Facebook announcements about this generous $10 off coupon code that I am excited to share with my friends! (You can find the links and code in the post directly underneath this one, or if I post to many creations, lol, I guess I will link the post here for you to find it easier!) Did you read about the giveaway???
My Memories, is sponsoring a giveaway for my friends, and the winner will receive a free My Memories Suite download! (a $39.97 value!!). I promise you, you will not be disappointed in this awesome software!! Not to mention the real cool deals that http://www.mymemories.com/ has every day, freebies, dollar store, Design Club, lots of goodies!
Well, let's get to the giveaway rules!!
These are MANDATORY entries!!
1) "Like" Mymemories on Facebook
2) "Like" Busymommylist on Facebook
3) Comment on 1 of the posts on this blog, titled. "My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software Review and Giveaway! (any of them will do), leave your email, and let us know what design kit is your favorite from http://www.mymemories.com/ (also, let us know that you followed the mandatory entries!)
4) Follow this blog
5) Sign up for the Mymemories newsletter!
The Following are optional entries!
1) Refer friends to this giveaway and ask them to comment on one of the giveaway posts with your name1 This will get you 1 entry!
2) Follow me on momscrazyday!
3) Follow the Mymemories blog!
This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook!
The winner will be announced on October 26th of 2011.
The winner will be notified by email, and will have 48 hours to reply with your info, and the code for your free download will be delivered to you asap!
if you are already a follower, just let us know in your comment on one of the giveaway blog posts, all of your current activity is still registered and will still qualify for entries!
If the winner does not respond by email within 48 hours of the announcement, another winner will be picked! No exceptions!!
Monday, October 3, 2011
I have never been much of a scrapbooker, but I am addicted to this software and I found that it is not just for scrapbooking!
I have since signed up for the newsletter, from http://www.mymemories.com, and they have very cool deals and specials, included some free downloads.
I was having a hard time getting this download and starting this new hobby, due to printer issues, and ink problems, and I am finally able to print all of our creations. ( The kids are super happy about this!).
I have only recently started blogging, and learning all I can about computers, blogging, and everything in between. I have to say, it has been an adventure! I pick new goals each week, and each day, and it is quite fulfilling when I can cross something off my list.
For being fairly new and trying to teach myself so many things, this My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software, was a blessing! It was so simple to install, and start the whole process, not to mention how simple it is to start creating your pages, pictures, cards, practically anything you want! (I just recently started learning how to mess with pictures, edit, cropping, etc, with our caveman years digital camera, lol), so i was shocked at how easy this was to place the pictures right where I want them.
The variety of layouts, and templates, will keep you occupied and allow for many, many, scrapbooks pages or virtually anything you can think of! I have come across some very adorable blog templates and buttons, made from this software, so that is something I am attempting next! I have been reading blogs that I have found through Mymemories on Facebook, and they are some of the prettiest, and coolest designs I have seen!
This is something every mom, grandma, dad, blogger, crafter, business, anybody, should have! There is so much you can do with this, and the price is just right. $39.97 for the complete My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software, is a nice price! They also offer backup, and updated versions as well, for a very low price. I was given a coupon code you can use, to receive $10 off the final price of your order!! This can be placed directly in the coupon code box at checkout! You can click here to purchase the software and when you get to the checkout process, (You should check out the other kits they offer! There is a "free kits" tab at the top of the page!!), you can enter this coupon code, STMMMS10452, for $10 off of your order! (This code is only for the My Memories Suite v2, but this software will start you out on tons and tons of options for creating so many things!
While you are grabbing this software, you have to check out all of their deals! They have freebies, like I mentioned before, and dollar deals, digital scrapbooking kits, very gorgeous album templates, and a Design Club!
The Design Club is $5.99 per month and you can cancel at any time, (although I doubt you will want too) because they will give you 5 exclusive new kits, each month! You also get access to the new designs, a month before everybody else! You also will receive specials, promos, extra super deals for Design Club members, AND the best part, (ok, one of the best parts, because the 5 exclusive new kits each month is very cool!), is you will receive a 5% discount for every 6 consecutive months that you stay in the Design Club! (up to 20%!!). That discount applies to anything in their store, and is stackable with other deals and promotional discounts. I am very impressed with that deal, compared to other "clubs', i have never come across such awesome benefits!
Back to my review of this real amazing download! I am just amazed at the amount of designs, colors, shapes, templates, textures, shadows, all kinds of extras in this software download, that is very simple to put together, and looks wonderful! The picture at the top of this post, is the very first page I created with My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software. I am so happy and shocked that I was able to do this, and I am spending the rest of our rainy day, creating more pages!
On top of all of the real cool and cute flowers, and ribbons, and shapes, the parts I am in love with are the textures! The shadowing tool is very neat too! I just think this is super cool! I love how it adds dimension to the pages! You have to look at all of the embellishments there is! I am just so thrilled to have this, and i keep coming up with new ideas for gifts and pages.
There are many options to share your creations, you can print your own creations, or have them professionally made into a book, (or books). you can order as many of these hard bound books as you would like. An excellent idea for relations for the holidays!
You can also choose to have a DVD made, or view on your iPod.
There is also a way to make your scrapbook interactive, and you can send to long distance friends and family. They can play video, and you can embed files, and share links. You can make calendars, cards, trading cards for your children's sports teams, make posters, and videos to share with family!
This is the perfect gift also, for your favorite pro scrapbooker! They will have a blast with this program, I have read lots of reviews about this program, and it seems that there are several avid scrapbookers, who have been using this software, and only this software. (You do not have to use the templates that are provided, you can make one from scratch!)
You have to check out their website, and see for yourself, all of the designs, templates, kits and options you will have with www.mymemories.com! Think of all of the money saved making your own greeting cards and calendars!!
Don't forget, if you go here and enter the coupon code, you will receive $10 off!http://www.mymemories.com/digital_scrapbooking_software (making this software, the final price of $29.97!) The holidays are coming up and this would also be a great gift for family and friends! Whether you are making the creations as gifts or purchasing the software for them, it is the perfect, and a very thoughtful gift.
I will be making another post today, as Mymemories, is sponsoring a giveaway for my readers! YAY!!
The giveaway winner will receive a promo code, to install the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software for FREE!
Check my blogs, and Facebook in the next 24 hours, for this giveaway to be officially announced!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I love the quality of their business cards, even when they are free!
I normally don't pay very much at all for them, just a few bucks to get a link and picture on the back of the card.
I do love the address labels too! I am grabbing some of these while they are on special again, and I believe I'll be using them for Christmas gift labels. You can choose from over 7000 designs, and there are virtually hundreds of color schemes, designs, images, and themes!
Other cool things to use these for, are for toy labels, tote labels, toy bin labels, gift tags for all occasions, envelope sealers, and Christmas gift tags, well, and address labels of course!
You will be charged for shipping, which is mostly only between $3 and $4, depending on where you live.
You can also check out all of the other freebies Vistaprint offers, and either order those with your address labels, or wait for another day!
I made the coolest business cards here, and they even let you upload your own logos!!
You can check out all of vistaprints awesome deals and freebies by clicking here!!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
We have tried many, many, many brands, and this has won all of the kids, and my husband's, votes by a landslide!
The only other ice cream I have ever loved, was Turkey Hill Chocolate Peanut Butter, but even then, I would usually just eat the hard peanut butter stuff out, and leave the ice cream. But with Edy's, I actually do like the creamy vanilla part, as Aaron says. The Nestle part is my very favorite part, and I also love the Nestle cookie dough that you can buy that is already cut into little squares.
I know you aren't supposed to, but I can't keep from eating cookie dough sometimes. It is sometimes better then the finished product. I may just go downstairs and thaw out a pack of Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough................
Monday, September 19, 2011
I have had the same coffeemaker for years, I love it, but it's time for a new one. Although, keeping a small coffeepot around, might still work, since coffee runs through my veins! I hope it really doesn't but I would not be shocked if that would be on my medical file!
I found this real neat site, http://www.onecupconnection.com/, where they sell these Keurig brewers, and offer an excellent variety of products.
My husband was like "Oh yeah! I definately would love to have one of those! Those are awesome!" he is a coffee drinker to, thanks to me I think, but he also likes to have 1 cup at a time throughout the day. Not a pot at a time, like me.
We usually have coffee every morning, and coffee after dinner each night. he normally has to be in bed fairly early during the week, due to his work schedule, so, the 1 cup part really is a big plus for us!
The other very big plus that I have found, is the amount of different coffees available for these Keurig Brewers! There are so many to choose from and the varieties seem endless! This is also going to be a major factor in my. "Hmmmm, should miss can't bear to spend the extra money on something that I do not need at the moment, splurge on such an amazing coffee brewer?"
When I say "splurge", you have to remember that I am the type who just will not pay full price for anything, no matter what it is. That is where amazon comes in handy for me, because, I can get good deals on DVD's and CD's, and books. For some reason, these things aren't real "cheap" where I live.
I have been checking the site, http://www.onecupconnection.com/, for specials and deals, and i am very impressed with what they offer! They are having a sale right now, on the brewers themselves and if it weren't for the recent floods in my area, that caused my husbands work week to be cut terribly short the other week, I would be anxiously awaiting one of these to come via UPS!!
Luckily, my house and town were not literally "flooded", some people did have damage, but for the most part, we are fine! It is every town around us that was affected quite severely, and this caused every single road, in and out of our small town, to be shut down for days. So, unfortunately, we are a little short this month, but I did pick up some extra days at work, and I am wondering, should I try to grab one of these brewers while the sale is on?
The "frugal" "reasonable" me, says, "Wait and make sure you can afford to cover the missing income, and a few of the new expenses", and the "coffee lover" and "shopping addict" in me is saying, "Go ahead! You can grab one! Look at the sale prices! Imagine what it will be like to have 5 different cups of coffee at a time! Look at the variety! Check out the awesome deals www.onecupconnection.com, offers on the K-Cups! Buy 4 cases get 1 free! Now, that's a super offer! You have been checking this site for weeks, and they have always had specials on K-Cups! Not to mention, you can get hot tea and hot chocolate K-Cups for the brewer! Another plus for the kids......"
The site offers quite a good mix of products. From snacks, to sugar, to stirrers, to creamers, and paper products. Even boxes of wrapped straws! There is so much I would buy from them on a regular basis, and these things are very reasonably priced! They seem to always have something on sale. This week, they are offering free shipping, and 2 free cases of K-Cups, with the purchase of a Keurig B145 brewer, for $129.99. 42 K-Cups, the Keurig B145 brewer, and free shipping, for $129.99. That is actually, to me, a real great deal.
Another plus that I have found, is the cases of K-Cups that they sell, cases of 24, not 18, like you see in stores. (Please note that the special I wrote about above, has a total of 42 K-Cups, not 48. This is noted on the home page, and it states that the Keurig B145, comes with a case of 18 K-Cups, and this is why it totals 42)
I have to also stress that the website is very easy to navigate, and they offer a large assortment of snacks, and paper products, and K-Cups! They offer cases of name brand ( Quaker, Nestle, Healthy Choice, Nature Valley, Del Monte, Herrs, Utz, Bachman, just to name a few!), products! I have seen sales on these over the past couple weeks as well. My favorite deal here is the case of ACT11 Butter Lovers popcorn, 28 full size bags, for $9.94! That makes each bag under 36 cents each!
This website also offers free shipping on orders $60 or more! This is another big plus for me! i can order once per month, K-Cups, popcorn, those real cool wrapped up straws that my kids would love, lol, and a few other products, and take advantage of the free shipping!
You have got to head over there though and look at the variety of brands and flavors that make these cute little K-Cups for the Keurig Brewers! Wolfgang Puck, Donut House, Newmans, Celestial Seasonings, Caribou! I have to say, I have never tried a lot of the flavors and brands, but this is another reason I am having a hard time putting this purchase off any longer! Flavors like, Kahlua, Irish Creme, Caramel Vanilla Nut, there are variety packs, almost every cup imaginable! I am more of a regular, darker roast person, but once in a while, I do like to try something new. I think I would have to buy the variety pack K-Cups for me, and I think my husband will probably stick with just regular, darker roast too. But who knows? with this much variety, and that many deals, it won't cost much to try a new flavor each month.
They also have a blog, where they offer recipes with the K-Cups!
You can find their blog here!
It seems as though the Keurig Brewer has won my attention, and much respect!
I will be ordering one as soon as finances calm down here at the Oliver household, and i will definately post pictures and my complete reviews!!
Please leave any comments you may have on these Keurig Brewers! I would love to know what you think of this company? Do you own a Keurig Brewer? Do you have any recipes you used your Keurig Brewer for? If you don't own one, are you considering a purchase? What are your favorite flavors?
Like One Cup Connection on Facebook for Deals and Specials and Promotions!
You can also find them on Twitter!!
I often receive skin care samples in the mail, and I keep them in the bathroom, and I try a new one each week. Especially if there is enough for more then application!
We were on a camping trip with the kiddos, and I love to take samples with me to use, rather then drag all of my full size products. (I use Mary Kay Classic Skincare line, and I have a few Philosophy products that I cannot live without!!)
So, I used my little packet of Loreal Youth Code day/night cream, and I have been shocked ever since! I have to say I am currently in love with this product, and I plan on making a purchase, as soon as I check the drugstore deals for the week.
I have tried and used so many products over the years, and I can't remember ever, ever having the same results that the company or model or even some magazines, will tell you they had. I never believe these testimonials, or claims and I have long since stopped buying products, solely because of what a super model, or a magazine editor said. I don't believe them, and I think they were either paid, or they were looking in a fun house mirror!
But, you have got to believe me when I say that this Youth Code cream, DID in fact, provide instant results!! I know, this is silly, but I can't stress enough how amazing and addicting this day/night cream is! I was pleased with the simple opening of the sample packet, and the light texture of the cream. There was a good amount that I was able to have enough for almost the entire weekend. (Both day and night) I applied it just like normal, and right in front of the mirror, before my eyes, i could see it was actually working! My face was instantly smoother looking, flushed cheeks, looked more polished, and much more even toned, and the scent was luxurious! I was so ecstatic, I ran out of the bathroom to grab my cell and text my mom and yelled for my husband! Yes, we stay in a cabin with the kids when we go camping, although we love real camping, it's not always appropriate with our smaller kids.
I texted my mom about my new "love affair", and she answered, "What? What is it?" , and of course, my husband laughed at me, but then proceeded to grab the sample and use it for his eyes. He has dark circles under his eyes, due to not getting much sleep, due to medical and job issues. LOL! I was upset thinking he would use it all before I had a chance to use it again! So, i tried to grab it, (this stuff is like gold to me), and luckily there was still some left, thank God!
This product actually made it a terribly hard decision on whether I wanted to wear make up or not. i am already not a big make up person. I have a certain way I wear it, and I am very committed to certain products, but I was so in love with my skin this weekend, I didn't want to ruin it with makeup. But I do have to say, foundation, and concealer goes on so much easier, and smoother, over this Youth Code cream!
This product is such a delight! I am very anxious to see what a week of this cream will do! My husband kept saying all weekend, "Wow! You look 17!" LOL! I am 37, so I knew he was exaggerating, and I don't believe I actually want to look 17 again. Maybe 27 though....
You can enter by; following one or both blogs, referring someone to follow my blog, liking my Facebook page, and referring your friends to my Facebook page!
The top Facebook referrer, will receive 8 full, uncut, coupon inserts!
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We will also have a random drawing through www.random.org, for more inserts. (this one will go by fan number)
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In the meantime, there are a lot of real awesome deals for printable coupons!!
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I am a "Mom Ambassador" for http://www.greenmomsmeet.com/, and I was super lucky to be chosen for a Kashi sampling! I love this site and I recommend this to anybody, blogger, moms, leaders of moms groups, they really have awesome offers, and are very up to date with all things green and organic!
I received my Kashi kit, and a box of these Soft Baked Strawberry bars was right on top. Well, I love Kashi, and I love strawberries, so I ripped it open and ate one and now I'm getting my shopping list ready for our weekend camping trip, and these bars MUST come along! I have to find a store that has a few boxes on the shelf, I'm thinking Walmart, so I will be running there Thursday afternoon.
Kashi is all organic, all natural, and most of their products only has 4 or 5 ingredients! That alone is amazing! No preservatives, no fake stuff, just pure, healthy, very tasty, ingredients.
These bars are so good they really should be illegal! The perfect size portion, the right amount of strawberries, and the soft baked crust is truly divine! The combination of the filling and the crust, is just brilliant! I honestly have got to say, that I have never ever in my life, eaten any bars, cereal bars, granola bars, snack bars, that can even dream of coming close to these Soft Baked Cereal Bars. (Well, maybe Kashi's Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola bars)
I am a big time couponer, and price and availability of coupons are very important to me. I have to say, I have found some stores that carry Kashi items for a good price, some a bit more. So I don't hold this against Kashi, and I also understand that there are times when "You get what you pay for", is an honest rule to go by when purchasing anything. Even food. I have been purchasing Kashi products at Walmart, Boyer's, Giants, and Weis, and I also took advantage of a sale that CVS had when they offered Kashi products, buy 1 get 1 free, a few weeks ago.
Kashi also will send coupons once in a while, if you go to their site, http://www.kashi.com/, and sign up for their community! You can also call 877-7GRAINS. If you know someone who would
love these products, and doesn't have the Internet, (yes, they are still out there), you can give them this number to call and request some coupons! I also have been seeing a lot of Kashi printables online, and when the next round come about, i will link them here for you!
Kashi is also a company that I know cares about what I eat, and most importantly, what my kids eat, and I have a few kids here who adore a lot of Kashi products! (even the cereals and bars). I consider them kid friendly, and that is sometimes all it takes to hold a special place in my heart!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I got this tip from http://www.vocalpoint.com/ a few months ago, and I have been doing it ever since!
To keep deli cheese fresh, add a sugarcube in the bag of cheese!
Sounds a little strange, huh? I admit, I was kind of thrown off at first, thinking that the sugar would change the taste of the cheese. Well, it didn't. Matter of fact, it worked very well! We love, love, love cheese here, and there is nothing that gets me more aggravated, then bringing groceries home one day, and having some spoil, or start to spoil within a couple days.
I do return things that are pricey, or that are absolutely out of date or just plain wrong. This does not happen often, I am a maniac when it comes to checking sell by and use by dates. I am actually pretty annoying with it. I'm that lady that will "gently" squeeze the bread and rolls, and dig and dig for the real fresh stuff all the way in the back! I always will nicely stack the loaves of bread for the next person though, lol.
We also live a bit far from the stores I frequent, I guess any store for that matter. So, sometimes, returning an item that is still in date, but spoiled, would cost more to return then to just rebuy the product at a closer store.
I am also quite picky with delis, and there is usually just one store, Boyers Markets, (I love them! I am very lucky to be near one, the sales are amazong!), that I will order meat and deli items from. I also love a few local butcher shops! Anyway, even though Boyers has a super deli, there are times it seems that the cheese doesn't stay as fresh as long. I've been through this so many times with every other store, and I started to notice, the reason it ever happens at Boyers, is due to the deli sale case!
When Clearfield american cheese is on sale, (our familys very favorite!), the stores will have the display case with already presliced meats and cheeses. I often opt for fresh meat and cheese, rather then presliced. But the times I did not specify, is when I had that wierd white mold start around the edges of the cheese. Yes, I can and do cut it off, I mean it's cheese! But, ever since I have been placing a sugarcube inside the deli bag immediately after coming home, I have not had this problem!
This works wonders! I am always fascinated when something so simple and small, can fix such a problem. I like to try and figure out, where did this idea come from? Was it an accident? Why does it work? I do not know, lol, but you have got to try it! All you need is one regular sugar cube! Thank goodness for this tip!
Now whenever I try to comment on my own comments, or comment on other blogs, it tells me I must log out and back in. Over and over and over again! I think I am going to take a break from trying to fill in my blogs today, I can't participate in bloghops today, nor can I participate in my http://www.voiceboks.com/ activities, again, today.
It seems that every time I have any time to spend on my huge "Internet To Do list", Google is acting up and messing with me. Is it personal? lol, Please let up, Google!
The weather here is very bad, we are flooded and there is nothing but rain and rain and more rain, over the next 5 days! The schools are letting out early, and already delaying tomorrow, and I can't really get my errands done today. I was looking forward to being able to cross a big chunk of this list off this evening!
I have read so many good posts today, and wrote so many comments. My Google name appeared as I was writing them, and when I finish and try to submit, it pops up with a page that says I must log out of my account and log back in! So, that's what I do, then it happens again.
I guess I'll work on a few reviews, my Youtube channel, and some housework today.
If any of you know any secrets about Google, please comment below!
Wish me luck in the flooding, I don't believe floods are covered under our homeowners insurance, of course. All I know is that our garage is flooded due to the township not taking care of their end of the issue out there, and our sump pump is on it's last days. Our house sits at the bottom of the hill, so all the water comes straight down to our house, and hmmmmmmm I have not heard the sump pump running for a good hour. My husband just informed me that I must get downstairs and make sure the motor is above water! Help me please, lol! I'm not a fan of the creepy sump pump room, or the giant drop to get to the bottom of that room, so I better find a super duper flashlight, and I better see that motor!
I finally had a few minutes to start filling in my blog, and I have a notebook filled with reviews to type in under each of these tabs, and I attempted to add a page for mu husband.
Well, I have no clue what I did, but I emailed a professional to help me!
With http://www.mommyblogdesigns.com/, Ro Littles' site, and reputation, this will be fixed soon. I noticed she is very busy over there, which is good, especially since her designs are fabulous!
I left her a couple messages because I just noticed she has an "Ala Carte" section! This is going to come in handy for me because I always wanted some real cute buttons for Facebook and Twitter, and RSS!!
I wish I had the money right now, cause i also need a design for another blog that I recently started!!
After trying to figure it all in, lol, I may need to win the lotto!
Monday, September 5, 2011
There are a few questions you have to answer, and depending on your answers, you will either receive a coupon, or a voucher for free hair color from John Freida!
There are people reporting giving different answers, and getting the voucher, so I'm going to give you the answers I gave...
1) all over color at home and salon
2) never used John Freida
It took me right to a page after these 3 questions, with a form to fill out for my free hair color voucher!
As soon as I receive this, i will post pictures and a review of their hair color (I actually never did use their hair color, but I have used John Freida products before!)
It says to expect the voucher in 8 weeks, so that's when I'll be coloring with John Freida hair color!
THIS LINK AND FREEVOUCHER ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!!!
If you still want the $1 off coupon, you can find the new link at the bottom of this page!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
She is a very talented and very amazing blogger, blog designer, and person.
I have hbeen having several issues with Google in the past weeks, anything from missing posts, to being locked out of my account, to domain name dramas. But as I've posted in the past few days, I believe this is all behind me.
I was most upset about not being able to log into my blogger accounts, not only because I couldn't post, but because i couldn't sit here and smile at my new blog style!
I was fortunate to have signed up for http://www.mommyblogdesigns.com/, newsletters, and received a notice of an upcoming blog redesign giveaway, done by Ro Little.
I have never won anything in my life, lol, always everybody's luck. But I was determined and dreaming that I would win this design.
I entered on Ro's blog, and as always, was very pleased with her class, and talent. I would love to be able to be so artsy and technologically inclined, that i could create something like this. I am not that lucky though. lol.
The days leading to the announcement, I was anxious, checking my inbox, double checking blogs, facebook, http://www.voiceboks.com/, it was driving me crazy!
It would have been such a miracle that I would win this design, and I loved the cute little lady character that came with it.
I have been spending a lot on my "business", and I couldn't figure out a date that I would be able to afford such a cool design. So, I waited and prayed some more.
I already started thinking about the little badge/button that I always wanted for my blogs, and I was brainstorming ideas for my next blog redesign. Then all of a sudden, one morning I was on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Busymommylist, and I noticed a post by Ro on my wall!
WOO HOO!!! I WON!! I was so ecstatic, and grabbed my cell to text my mom, my daughter, and my husband, lol. Yes, I believe my husband was probably going the most crazy during this event. He drives truck so he is not home very often, and I texted and texted and talked and talked about this real awesome design, this contest, how I have to have this for this blog, and so on. I'm sure he was very releived when he received my text, "I WON THAT AWESOME BLOG REDSIGN!!!"
Ro was the sweetest, most dear, kindest, girl I've met through networking yet! She is so full of energy, and more then happy to work with you on your redesign.
Not to mention, I've been saving every last blogger help email I've been receiving from her, with the most helpful information for all of our blogs! I plan on having a day to catch up after being locked out, and this is top of my list.
It was much more simple then i thought the whole process would be, very easy, quick, and I just can't get enough of typing http://www.busymommylist.com/, in the address bar, just so I can see my blog!
I have another blog that i am very excited about getting all filled in and fixed up, and I am will be ordering the redesign, through Ro little. She has already started some very cool designs, and layouts, and it will be hard to choose one.
If you aren't a member of her site, please check out her work!
She has very reasonable prices, specials, and is so much fun to work with!
Thank you so much Ro!
You are truly a tremendously talented girl!
You have made me feel much better about my blog, and i will never be able to thank you enough!
Friday, September 2, 2011
This is not nearly as crazy as my episodes with Google the last couple weeks! Thank goodness that is all resolved!
I am getting emails with "approved accounts", and I am stuck the second I log in! So, this weekend it is my goal to figure these out, set them up accordingly, and start on my next project. (email newsletters)
I already have email newsletters now, but through my Blogfrog account, I noticed that I am actually able to send these newsletters out for free! Not to mention, it is much less time consuming since I do not have to click through all of my contacts.
I also noticed there are a few companies that are offering free trials for their email newsletter programs. I will be shopping around for a few weeks first, so if anybody has any suggestions, please comment and let me know!
I hope that by next spring, I have a decent network built, and have learned the basics, and a little more, and I will be working on my 3rd blog at that time! This is a major goal for me, and I am nothing but determined to have this all figured out and squared away.
Don't forget to "like" my page on Facebook, and find me on Twitter!
I do have giveaways going all the time, and offer daily updates on freebies and deals.
Thank you in advance for any advice on blogging, learning this stuff, and finding a reputable email newsletter host!
Next month, or hopefully this month, I will be working on a Youtube channel, where we will do product reviews!
By the end of this year, i hope to have my whole "Couponing 101" course, complete, and possibly offer a very cheap ebook as well. Other then affiliates, ebooks, Youtube, video reviews, my main task will always be NETWORKING!!!
Which, by the way, I am looking for sponsors for my "1500 Facebook Fan Giveaway".
I am close to 1000 right now, and would like to partner up with some companies, SAHM businesses, any small business, who like to donate an item for this event, and your business, blog, pages, products, will aslo be posted all over my networks!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I apologize for not posting as I would like to, and I hope to have this resolved first thing in the morning!
I have been very often, locked out of my account, and I have had several ignored posted questions on their help forums.
It is quite a shame to, since i had a lot of time this past week to work on my blogs, and I have yet to be able to do so.
I did start a free trial with Google business, just so I could get a phone number to call for support, lol, so that is what I am doing as soon as I wave goodbye to my son on the school bus!
The overfilled beauty bags I have received through Target, are always my favorites.
They are normally filled with coupons, samples, and trial sizes, and once it also included a full size Neutrogena lip balm!
Click here for the form to fill out for the Target Beauty Bag Offer!
The site has been having some issues, so it may not seem like it went through. I tried again, and it stated that it was a duplicate order, and I am assuming it did register the first time. But I will be checking again tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
They always have their meat sale, 5/$19.99
I love this! They offer an excellent variety each week, and that helps when planning meals!!
My choices this week are;
Sirloin Tip Roast
Gold Kist Drumsticks
Sirloin Tip Steak
All of these are in the 5/$19.99 deal!
They also have Gold Kist thighs, sausage, Kunzler 3lb packs of hot dogs, and cube steak!
They also have a great selection of deli meat and cheese, and each week they offer a deal where you can buy 4/$10!!
Other deli specials are;
Mrs B's take and bake 12" pizzas 3/$10
Mrs B's Hoagies, all varieties 3/$10
Here is a list of my other favorite Boyers Deals this week!
Remember! Extreme Couponing does not apply here! Produce, deli, meat, dairy, etc, does not always have a lot of coupons. So, I always look for the best deals, and plan my families weekly menu by what is on sale!
Hatfield Ham Steaks 5/$10
Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes 24oz 2/$5
Swiss Premium sour cream 2/$3
Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter 2/$3
Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes 5/$5
Fresh White Baguette bread 99 cents
Giant Homemade crumb Cake 2/$3
Planters Mixed Nuts $2.97
Sunny Delight 2/$3
2 liters of Coca Cola 2/$3
Sweet Corn 4/$1
Nectarines $1.97 lb
Watermelon 77 cents per lb
Green Peppers 97 cents per lb
Goldfish Crackers 3/$5 (55 cents off 1 peeloffs)
Ronzoni Healthy harvest Pasta 4/$5
St Ives Body Wash 2/$4 (50 cents off 1 ) dbld
Soft Scrub $2.97 ($1.50 off 1)
Arm and Hammer Dryer Sheets Buy 1 get 1 free! ($1 off 2)
I can use everything on this list, and the previous one, along with a few things in my cabinets, pasta sauce, rice, etc, and make a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks for my family of 6!!
I will soon be adding my families menu, along with recipes, on http://www.momscrazyday.blogspot.com/
Each weeks newsletter has a new printable coupon inside! This week, there are 4!!!
1 free lb of bananas
Welchs Grape Jelly 97 cents
$1 off a dz doughnuts
and a coupon for a 48 oz Edys ice cream, for only $1.97!!
You can print these right from your email!
Boyers also has a special on Box Tops!
When you buy 10 items at one time, you will receive, $5 worth of Box Tops for your school, AND a coupon for $5 off your next shopping order!!
These items include;
Totinos pizza rolls 4/$5 ($1 off 2)
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 3/$7 (50 cents off 2)dbld
Old El Paso Stuffers 2/$5 ($1 off 1)
Lucky Charms, Reese puffs, Trix, Cheerios, and Cocoa Puffs 5/$10 (50 cents off 2)dbld
Yoplait Gogurts, or Splitz 2/$4 ($1 off 2)
Pilsbury Sweet Moments Refridgerated Brownie Bites 2/$5 ($1 off 1)
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix 2/$4 ($1 off 2)
Natures Valley granola bars 3/$8 ($1 off 2)
Most of these had coupons in this past Sunday, and the previous Sunday's paper.
I am going to be doing this special several times over, and then saving the $5 of my next shopping order coupons, for next weeks grocery order!!
There are several scenarios for this sale.
My first deal was;
4 Totinos Pizza Rolls, 4/$5, use 2 $1 off coupons final price=$3 for 4
2 Pilsbury Sweet Moments 2/$5, use 2 $1 off 1 coupons, final price=$3 for 2
4 boxes of cereal 5/$10, use 2, 50 cent off 2 coupons, final price=$6 for 4 boxes!
Total Price $12!!
When i paid for this, i received a $5 off my next shopping order coupon, and the Box Tops!!
D.L.& Co Modern Alchemists and Purveyors of Curious Goods, is an amazing company from what I have seen so far. I love my Bergamont Diffuser, and was very pleased with the pretty packaging, and the price at http://www.myhabit.com/!!
I have the winners diffuser, still in the bubble wrap that is was shipped in, this way, you can use it as a gift, or just keep it for yourself!!
I will post the exact details for the giveaway in a little while. I have a few apps I'm trying to communicate with, and I want to see how they work!
Please "like" Busymommylist on Facebook! we have giveaways there as well!
Once we hit 1000 fans on Facebook. we will be giving a $50 Gap gift card away!!
I'll post the new giveaway later today!
This giveaway will run from today, August 16th through, September 15th.
Friday, August 12, 2011
When you sign through my link, you will receive a $10 credit! Which will make this free!!!
Click here to sign up!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
This is one of our most favorite treats, I know it is very familiar to most of you, and may not seem so special, however, there are A lot of variations and ways to make this your own family tradition.
I also like the homemade taste. I do, from time to time, purchase Chex Mix, I love the Bold flavor, while the kids really love Cheese flavored Chex Mix. But, there is just always something about homemade anything, especially snacks;p Plus, the time spent together is treasured more then any snack!
I am A huge fan of flavor;p so, I do like to make mine with a bit more worcestshire sauce. There are so many ways to make this. The above picture, shows the ingrediants that we normally use, (add a stick of butter)
We use, Janes Mixed up Salt, Season All Salt, Frenchs Worcestshire sauce, Kellogs Crispix cereal, Wege pretzels, and any type of unsalted mixed nuts. ( We tend to favor Walgreens brand for the mixed nuts)
I should start measuring and keeping track of all of this, but there are just times when you can tell what is needed, how much, if you should add, etc, when you make this;p
I set the oven at 250 degrees, while the kids wash their hands, then spread the Crispix cereal and pretzels on a baking sheet. We always add more Crispix then anything, since these are the pieces they all want more of lol.
Then they add the nuts, by small handfuls, and stir around to check if more of anything is needed. meanwhile, I melt a stick of butter in the microwave, stirring halfway between, and adding worcestshire sauce.
I do add A bit of the Season All salt and Janes Mixed up salt, but not all of what I plan on putting in. (it's also best to do a little at a time because you don't want to go overboard! There aren't many ways to "fix" it, if you end up with to much!)
Next step is to pour the butter and worcestshire mixture over the cereal mix and toss to coat.
A storage bag is also A big help, but at the same time, can end up being messier!
Then it goes in the oven for 35 minutes, checking every 10 minutes, and tossing a bit more.
You can also taste test and add more salt, garlic powder, whatever seasonings you decide to use!
After you pull the Crispix Mix from the oven, let it cool, and taste test again;p
We use a spatula and pour the mix right into a Ziploc storage bag, zip the bag shut, and shake! The kids enjoy this part, and this also helps to evenly coat each piece.
Finally, if you need to add any seasonings, this is a perfect time to do so, and reshake,
We do like to eat this warm, but it is very good once it sits for a bit and cools down!!