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Thursday, September 30, 2010


Get Money Saving Dell Coupon Codes at

I've had my Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop for, well, a long while now. And I think I've finally reached the point that it may be time to upgrade.

The kids laughing at mine.  People asking specifically how "old" my computer is.  Those things are what is giving me the hint.

But, hey, look how long it has lasted!  For that reason alone, I know I want my next laptop to be a Dell too.

There's one of Dell's that I absolutely LOVE:  the Dell Latitude XT Tablet 12.1 inch Touchscreen Laptop.  (Pictured here at right)

Isn't it just awesome?  It's a laptop, iPad-like, and swivel monitor like you get with a desktop, all in one. 

What's not to love about it?

But, I'll admit, it's a little pricier than I like.   So one of the first places I look to is Dell coupons to see how available coupon codes.

And there was plenty to choose from....two pages worth!  It'll definitely make saving money on my new laptop purchase a breeze!

In case you're interested, the codes aren't just for computers.  You'll also find savings on GPS Navigation Systems, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Software, and more.

When you're looking to save money on Dell products, is THE place to go!


Halloween Deals! Costume SuperCenter Coupon Codes

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

From the founder of Party City, Costume SuperCenter was developed to truly be the best one stop shop for all your costume needs. With thousands of costumes and same day shipping, this is the ONLY place to shop for your Halloween costumes!

Use coupon code SCARE30 to get 10% off costumes price $30 or more. Coupon code SPOOKY saves 10% on your order totaling $40 or more.

Costume SuperCenter has Over 250 Infant and Toddler Costumes


Do You Have the Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich? You Could Win $25,000

Does you or your child have a unique peanut butter sandwich?  If so, there's a chance for you to win a $25,000 scholarship!

Parents only need a jar of Jif® Peanut Butter to help their kids get a jump start on the new school year and develop the ultimate recipe for success. The 9th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest™ kicked off July 29.

Here's what you need to know to enter:

  • Families can foster creativity in their children and download an entry form at
  • For the first time parents can help their kids enter the contest in Spanish. Spanish entry forms are available at
  • Call for entries closes on October 22, but qualified entries post marked by September 10 will be eligible to receive a Jif To Go gift pack (ARV $25) with product and back-to-school essentials while supplies last.
  • Sandwiches will be judged on the following criteria: creativity, taste, nutritional balance, appearance and ease of preparation.
  • Five semi-finalists will be selected to compete at a live judging event in New York City. One grand prize winner will win a $25,000 scholarship fund. Four runners up will each receive $2,500 scholarship funds.
This past year’s winner was Rachel Granillo, 10, of Clovis, CA, paired Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter with apples, grapes and chicken combined in a lettuce wrap, called “PB & Fruity says ‘Let Us Rap.’” (Recipe and images available)

Also launched July 29, the Jif Moms Voice Their Choice Contest™ gives moms (or those inspired by one) a chance to share stories about the choices they make for their families.
  • Adults can visit to submit an essay – 250 words or less in English – answering one of the following questions:  (1) How do you, as a Mom, make the best choices for your family? or (2) If you are not a Mom, how have you observed a Mom making the best choices for her family?
One grand prize winner will win a four day, three night trip to New York City to serve as a judge at the final 9th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest event in March 2011.


Wholesale Pricing with No Minimums on Thousands of Items (Great for eBay Selling!)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Like buying wholesale? Me too! DollarDay$ offers thousands of items at wholesale prices. Whether your buying to stock up, share at work or school, or to resell on eBay, this is a great place to shop!  It's free to register, and use Coupon Code DDAYS5 to get $5 off your first purchase!

And for those looking to work from home, there's even great opportunities to open your own online store!


Follow Along With My Extreme Home Makeover

For years, I've been an earth tone kinda gal. Never straying for your basic browns, greens, blacks.  Simple, square rooms that show very little imagination....or personality.

I've decided to shake things up a little. And by shaking it up a "little," I mean I'm doing a complete home renovation.

Okay, not me, I'm just the planner. My wonderfully handy, always-ready-for-a-project hubby, Brian, is the sweat behind my little renovation.

We're starting with the hallway. We've stripped wallpaper, took down the crown molding, the chair rail, and door frames.

To make sure this renovation lasts us a while, Brian is making sure everything is perfect. He's remudding the walls, sanding it down, and double checking to make sure there are no holes, scrapes, bumps, etc.

As you can see we've got to have a lot of patience because it's not a fast paced project.

But this week, Brian did paint the right side of the hallway. Of course, not without a hassle from me. I first picked one color of blue that I thought I loved. After it was up, not so much. So off to Lowe's to get my the blue I really wanted: Encounter by Valspar.    

By the way, if you haven't tried Valspar paint, consider it next time you have a project. Like their advertisements say, it is truly ONE coat paint. It's a little pricier than other brands, but WELL worth. (And keep in mind, I'm the cheap queen!)

Anyway, here is what we've managed to get done so far:

This is just the first step in My Extreme Home Makeover.  We're going to be adding walls, moving light fixtures, installing a flat panel television, painting and replacing crown molding, baseboards, and doors; plus replacing furniture, and so much more.  So be sure to follow along with each week (or maybe month - depending on how fast we for updates.

And you want to know the very best part?  We'll be doing it all with CASH!  No home improvement or personal loans.  Nope, we're doing it Dave Ramsey style!  YIPPEE!!!
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Legoland California Vacation Deals, Starting at $71

Monday, September 27, 2010

I heard today that California is experiencing record temps.  Being that I'm here in Middle Tennessee with cold rain falling in sheets, those highs sounded rather inviting.

Of course, being September, those temps won't stay high that long but your family can still pick up some great deals for Legoland in Carlsbad, California.

Right now, you can book a 2 day/1 night stay for two at the luxurious Pala Mesa Golf Resort, get two tickets to Legoland, and a free Platinum Fun Discount Card for only $71.  (Have you seen the Pala Mesa resort?  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Talk about luxury!)

Can you believe it?  What normally retails for $276 is now being offered at a 74% OFF.  WOW!

And, yes, I know that the average family is bigger than 2 people.  That's not a problem.  Upgrades are available just by asking!

I wish I was headed West because I'd definitely love to cash in on this deal.  Several times I've seen Legoland on television, read about others vacations there, and it looks like a place my whole family would love.

For now though, I'd just have to settle for enjoying vicariously through others.  So if you go, come back and tell me all about it, okay?


Social Networking Is Destroying the Decency of Mankind

This morning as I was driving the kiddos to school, I tuned into the last minute or so of a radio talk show segment about some of the places people are Facebook'ing from.

On the list:  funerals, weddings, and church.

Are you kidding me??

I can grasp the church thing.  If it's a teen.

I remember those years.  Your there because your parents make you.

Not appropriate, but I get it.

But if it's an adult?  You're there by OPTION.  You might be there more for socializing than for God, but can you at least PRETEND to have an interest and put down the Facebook?

And a FUNERAL?  How much tackier can you get?  Come on, this is the last ceremony focused on this person, can you give them that hour?  Before it's even said - even updating your status to "mourn" someone while at their funeral is still RAUNCHY!    

Also, speaking of FB'ing at a funeral - updating statuses about HOW someone died - ESPECIALLY when it is the result of a suicide, drug overdose or other particularly embarressing-to-the-family scenario - is HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE. 

Weddings aren't so bad, depending on what you're posting.  But, personally, I wouldn't.  I'm there for THEIR celebration, not to have something in my FB status.

Yes, I FB and Twitter but I can assure you that my status updating is at a minimal. For several reasons.

(1)  I don't feel the need to let everyone know where I'm at or what I'm doing every second of the day and (2) I'm smart enough to realize that there are predators out there, cruising info and looking for the next victim.  And if you think your info is hidden from them just because you have all your little settings in place, think again.  Think of this too when posting your children's pics and whereabouts.

My husband, Brian, absolutely, positively, 100% refuses to participate in any social networking.  He thinks it's just stupid, first and foremost, and it's an area we disagree on.  But when he says that it's breaking down the decency of mankind, I think he has a valid point.

So, please, please, during the important, sacred moments of life, put down the smartphone.  Facebook isn't going anywhere!  Your friends won't die if they don't know where you are for an hour or two.

And if they do?  Well, there's a new status.  Just not AT the funeral, okay?


Attention Book Junkies! Great Deals at Alibris (Coupon Codes)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Do you love to read? Me too! And I'm always looking for ways to save money on books.

I wanted to pass along the GOODREAD coupon code that's good for ANY purchase of books, movies or music at Albris. No minimum purchase. Yippee!


And here are some other great codes (all expire on October 31, 2010) you might like too:

BLAIR: $2 off $20
BACHMAN: $4 off $40
DODGSON: $6 off $60
PORTER: $8 off $80
AROUET: $10 off $100
GEISEL: $15 off $150


Aging Disgracefully

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Aging DisgracefullyWhy is it that as men age they develop, without any effort, a more distinguished look?  Yet, as women, short of intervention of the magic potions and plastic surgeon sort, just wind up looking haggard?

For a while now, I've been stressing over my "old woman legs."  If you're over the age of 35, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  And if you deny it, you're lying! :)

Veins, wrinkled kneecaps, sunspots.....ugh!  It's all there. 

And why does gravity go straight for the boobs?  OMG!  There isn't enough underwire in the world to hold up what I'm toting!

Not that I'd want it anyway, since Brian already makes fun of my favorite bra - a super duper over the shoulder boulder holder - by calling it "The Lunchroom Lady Bra."  (Sounds sexy, eh?)

So you take the old woman legs along with the saggy boobies add that along with the middle age spread, the gray hairs, the crows feet at the eyes, and what do you get?  It's not a spring chicken!

No wonder there's so many products out there for women.  We destroy our bodies with pregnancy, go through hours of labor to give life, and sacrifice "me time" for years.  And in the end, what do we get:   a major renovation project we call our body.


Oh well, rant over.  Yapping about it ain't gonna change it.....I'm off to the health and beauty aisles instead.



Hanna Andersson FREE SHIPPING Deal You Do Not Want To Miss

Friday, September 24, 2010

Don't forget! The FREE SHIPPING deal at Hanna Andersson ends on Monday, September 26, 2010.

Combine this deal with the adorable Halloween Long Johns, T-Shirts, Treat Bags, & More to get this Fall off to a GREAT start!

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A Zoo-rific Deal That You Can't Pass Up!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I love doing fun things with my family, especially when it's something educational.

And where can you do more learning that at a Zoo?

Unfortunately, we haven't visited one in a couple of years but talk about it quite a bit.

But for those of you on the West Coast, there's no excuse to just sit and talk about going anymore.  Not with the deal for the San Diego Zoo currently being offered!

Right now, you can book a vacation to the San Diego Zoo for only $57! 

No, that's not a typo.  You read that correctly!  That's 74% off regular pricing! What typically costs $223, now costs the equivalent of a meal in a nice restaurant.

Here's what you get for that ridiculously low fee:

  • 2 Days & 1 Night for 2 at the luxurious Pala Mesa Golf Resort
  • 2 Tickets to San Diego Zoo
  • Platinum Fun Discount Card
I know, I know....your family is bigger than 2 people, right?  No problem!  There are upgrades, and even additional nights, available - all you have to do is ask!

I've always heard so many great things about the San Diego Zoo, and I hope someday I make my way to California so I can see it for myself.  

But for now.... go on, take the deal.  Make me jealous! ;)


Wool You Rethink It?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rambler's Way Farm. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't know if you're like me or not, but I personally avoid wool at all cost.   I find it to be itchy, static-attracting, and just downright uncomfortable.

But then I was introduced to Ramblers Way, an American company manufacturing worsted wool that looks and feels OH. SO. COMFORTABLE!

This ain't your grandma's wool, uh huh!

Turn me loose at Ramblers Way with a couple of hundred bucks, and I could do a 360 with my current no-wool-allowed wardrobe.

Womens Wood Long JohnsFirst thing I spotted and decided was a must have is the women's long johns.  I'm a big pajama fan, couple that with my love of long johns, and Ramblers Way is offering something I just can't turn down.

Not to mention the so-soft-looking panties and tees they offer too!

And did you catch the AMERICAN made part?  If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I am HUGE on supporting American workers. 

With wool taken from sheep bred and raised on ranches from coast to coast and the products being manufactured in the Carolinas and New England states, you just can't find anything more American made.

Re-think wool and support America by shopping with Ramblers Way!


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Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality - Read An Excerpt

Monday, September 20, 2010

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Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP offer a wealth of "parent-tested, pediatrician-approved" advice in Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official Web site for parents, Also available in bookstores nationwide.

The following is an excerpt to help you navigate those first crucial weeks of parenthood and caring for a newborn:

To Bathe or Not to Bathe:
Contrary to popular belief, babies do not need to be bathed every day--especially as newborns. As we enter parenthood, we should all consider ourselves fortunate that we are given a few months in which to become comfortable with our baby-bathing duties before our children effectively figure out how to make themselves truly messy.

It's really not until babies start crawling around in dirt, sandboxes, or even just on the kitchen floor (depending on how dirty yours is), and begin to explore baby foods--routinely ending up with more smeared on their faces than in their mouths--that they warrant frequent full-body washes. Until then, however, you have the practical option of focusing your attention on a relatively limited number of parts.

Your primary area of focus predictably will be the diaper area--and, of course, the surrounding areas, the size of which will depend on whether your baby has taken to having blowouts. Other areas to pay particular attention to: around the mouth and anywhere there are skin folds.

While some of you may be looking at your newborn and thinking to yourself that there are few, if any, skin folds to be found--rest assured that they will soon appear. The present-from-birth and all-too-often-neglected arm-pit and groin folds are likely to be joined in mere weeks by double chins and thigh folds. If you make a habit of regularly spot-checking these hot spots and cleaning them as needed using a wet washcloth, you really won't have to bathe your baby every single day. In fact, bathing a couple of times a week is often enough.

*Book excerpt from Heading Home with Your Newborn (Second Edition/Copyright 2010/American Academy of Pediatrics).

The Heading Home with Your Newborn excerpts are sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.


Are You Up To The Challenge?

Friday, September 17, 2010

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aladdin. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do the Reuse ChallengeAs my family and I have worked toward being more "green," we've eliminated most of the disposable containers - including water bottles.

But the key word here is "most."

So that's why I'm excited that I'm joining in the Do The Reuse Challenge, a 30 day commitment to not to use those disposable containers - which includes disposable paper cups, water bottles, or food containers. 

Think you can't do without that styrofoam coffee cup?  Think again!  The Challenge is sponsored by Aladdin, makers of quality reusable products.

Now that we've covered that pesky little problem, no more excuses - right?

Glad you're on board!

To keep us hyped during this month long commitment, Aladdin will be featuring 9 families on their blog that working toward the same goal.

Still need a little more motivation?  If you're like me, frugalness is high on your list.  So check these facts out:

  • It costs about $165 a year to make drip coffee at home versus $636 to buy drip coffee at your local café.
  • Nine dollars will generally cover a decent lunch out. If you buy rather than pack a lunch five days a week, you shell out about $2,350 a year.     
But, seriously, it's not all about the money.  It's about eliminating waste and be kinder to our planet.

I hope you'll join me while my family works towards 30 days.  And also be sure to stay updated on the Challenge's official families with Aladdin on Facebook.

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Ready to Get Off Your Duff? Try Playstation Move!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PlayStation(R) Move. All opinions are 100% mine.

Playstation MoveThere's something new for heading our way on September 17, 2010, that's gonna ROCK. YOUR. WORLD. 

While having fun!

PlayStation(R)MOVE works with your PS3 to get you off your duff and into the action.   With games like bowling, boxing, shooting, dancing, role playing, golf, and much, much more - not to mention the games you already own that can be updated for compatibility - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

As owners of a PS3, I think the PS Move Bundle is going to make a great addition to our gaming.  While the four guys in my home are into sports and war strategy games, I'm a fan of exercising.  Looking at the games that are available or compatible, I'm thinking we'll have a whole slew of fun!

Maybe with the quality and clarity offered by the PS3 system, even I'll get into some of those sports games.  Could we be headed for a family game night? Oh yeah!

And we all know that the Sony Playstation is a leader in new games, so I'm sure that, before we know it, they'll be hundreds of games to choose from. 

But my favorite part of the Playstation Move is that the bundle costs only $99.99, which includes a motion controller, webcam, Sports Champion(TM) game, and a game demo disc. 

I seriously have no doubt that this is the next big thing is family gaming.  I'm excited - how about you?

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Lose Weight AND Help Fight Hunger with Weight Watchers!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wouldn’t it be great if you could help fight hunger – and encourage your friends to do the same – simply by using your favorite social network to spread the word?

On September 14, 2010, you can! Lose-A-Palooza is a one-day social media event created to encourage participation in the Lose For Good® campaign** to benefit Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

For every accepted mention or acknowledgment of “Lose For Good” made on September 14th through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and check-in via foursquare, Weight Watchers will donate $1 – up to $60,000* – to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

Visit the Lose-A-Palooza site at for more details.


Get a FREE Box of Smuckers Uncrustables!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Do you have an tip to share on organizing?

Of course you do!

Beginning Monday, September 13, 2010, visit to share your tips with others and you'll receive a coupon for a FREE box Smucker’s Uncrustables!

Here is the email I received personally about this promotion:

This fall, Smucker’s® Uncrustables® sandwiches will ask super-parents to share their best on-the-go solution to help other busy moms and dads...From September 13, 2010 through October 13, 2010, Uncrustables will give away a total of 12,500 boxes.

Parents can log on to to submit their tip and receive a free box.

Smucker’s Uncrustables Sandwiches are available in the freezer section in five varieties including Whole Wheat Bread:

  • Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Peanut Butter &Strawberry Jam Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Peanut Butter &Grape Jelly Sandwich
  • Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam Sandwich
  • Peanut Butter with Honey Spread on Wheat Bread
From setting email reminders to organizing family-wide clean-up schedules, we want to hear all of!

Don't forget!  This promotion begins September 13, 2010, and I'm sure they'll be gone fast!


Find GREAT Back To School Deals at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Why does sending the kids back to school have to cost so much?

New clothes and shoes (because, of course, they've outgrown last year's), supplies, and backpacks can take a huge chunk of a family's budget.

Well, no one can keep the kiddies from growing and education is a must, so the best thing anyone can do is plan ahead and SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

Let me introduce you to - a one stop online resource for the best back to school deals.

Visitors to will find awesome codes for discounts at Gap, Old Navy, The Limited, Foot Locker, and plenty other popular stores.

There's also a multitude of discounts for those expensive extras - such as laptops - from trusted retailers such as Office Max, Radio Shack, and Walmart.

Mom and Dad, you'll save enough that you can buy a little treat for yourself too with deals from Bath & Body Works, Sports Authority, and Victoria's Secret - just to name a few.

I couple spend HOURS at, looking for great deals from my favorite stores.   Be sure to look for me at the "Get Advice" section where shoppers are swapping tips on how to maximize your savings!


Audtion for TALENT - a new series coming in 2011!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I received this email the other day from company with whom I regularly work PR with and knew many of you may be interested, so I wanted to pass it on.

Do you know a talented teen?

The executive producers of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars are looking for female singers, ages 16-24 to audition for Talent – a hot new web series debuting early 2011.

Winners will receive a lead role in Talent and a recording contract with Jive Records!

Girls can submit their audition videos at through September 28th.


10 of the Best Affordable Christmas Gifts For Dad - Get Started Now!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Gift ideas for DadYeah, yeah, yeah....I know it's just the 1st of September but this is a project most of us have to get started on early!

Every single year I struggle to find the right gift for my Dad.  And every year I walk away feeling like a failure in the gift-giving department.

You know that feeling, right?  Men are the worst people to shop for, with Fathers at the top of the list; especially those Daddies who have everything they could want.

Maybe this year I can keep your Dad from getting another tie or house slippers and give you a few fresh ideas.  (And feel free to comment and add to the list!)

  1. Big Skinny tri-fold wallet (5-7 times thinner than regular leather wallets) for the George Costanza wannabe Dad.
  2. Nomad Amber Sports Goggles With Brown Gradient Lens for the sporty Dad. 
  3. Mr. Handyman's Toolbox of Gourmet Food & Snack Gift Basket for the handy Dad who loves to snack.
  4. A screen-printed apron for the cooking Dad.
  5. Craftsman Auto Hammer (very popular last year and sold old quickly) for the constructing, picture-hanging, repairing Dad.
  6. Flydanna Bandanna for the doo-rag wearing Dad. 
  7. audio book gift subscription for the commuting Dad.
  8. Control A Woman Remote Control for the married or dating Dad with a sense of humor.
    (Psst...there's a Control A Man version too!) 
  9. Portable Universal USB Power Supply for the techie Dad on the go.
  10. Battery recharger for the remote-control, cordless telephone loving Pops in your life!


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