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Last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers

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  We're coming down to the wire. Christmas is NEXT WEEK! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday the kids were going back to school. Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? Thankfully we finally are. Normally I'm done by November but this year we cut it pretty close. I'm just glad we're done shopping. Now we just have to … [More...]

Start Saving in 2015: 5 New Money Saving Tips for the New Year

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  As the New Year quickly approaches, it can be useful to look for new ways to trim monthly budgets after the added expenses of the holiday season. While it may seem hard to decide which monthly expenses to cut back, examining more affordable and convenient options on the market can make the financial decision easier. From changing light bulbs … [More...]

Snack Smart with barkTHINS!

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  The new year is fast approaching. I have no doubt that many people are already thinking of their New Year's resolutions. Personally I don't make resolutions. I find that I always fail if I set myself up with such a list. Instead I vow to make small, positive changes - whatever they might be. Instead of saying I'm going to lose "X" number of … [More...]

Get More for a Dollar Challenge with NIVEA Creme

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  I don't mind the cold or the snow (UNLESS I have to drive in the snow or shovel it). I think Winter, at times, can be beautiful. I love it when the trees are coated with freshly fallen snow and there is a peacefulness in the air. What destroys that image is the yucky, dark snow you find on the side of the road and the rock salt that manages to … [More...]

Shipping Shock: 8 Ways to Dodge Delivery Fees

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  More people than ever are turning to their wireless networks to find deals on gifts this season. As online shopping continues to surge, retailers look for new ways to boost e-sales. One popular promotion offered this time of year is free shipping knowing delivery costs are the main reason shoppers abandon online carts. While an increasing … [More...]

Current Giveaways

The hit musical “Annie” is coming to theaters on December 19, 2014 (giveaway ends 12/27/14)

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  Whenever I think of the story of Annie I think of a little girl in a red dress with wild red hair singing "It's a hard knock life for us..." That is all about to change this Friday (December 19, 2014) when a new Annie film comes to theaters across the country. It's the same beloved story but with a few new twists and turns. Annie stars … [More...]

Unilever is transforming its current buttery spreads with real, simple ingredients (giveaway ends 12/27/14)

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  When I am cooking and baking for my family I try and use products that are made fresh and are not filled with artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives. I know that is not always possible, but I do the best I can. I am a label reader. If I pick up a product that is filled with ingredients I cannot pronounce I don't want to feed … [More...]

Idahoan Flavored Mashed Potatoes – Great side dishes and main meals (giveaway ends 12/22/14)

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  I grew up in a home where my mom made every meal from scratch. She would never even entertain the thought of anything "instant" or something you need to toss in a microwave to warm up. Of course, we're going back a million years ago - back in the Stone Age (ha ha). I'm sure if my mom was still alive she would take advantage of the many … [More...]

Reviews

Take building to a whole new level with Brackitz

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  Building toys are very popular with most children whether it's blocks or LEGO bricks. There is just something fundamentally fun about building things. When I was a young girl I LOVED to play with my Playskool plastic bricks. They were like LEGOS in a way. I would play with them for hours on end building houses and skyscrapers. I wish they … [More...]

Jingle All The Way now available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD (giveaway ends 12/18/14)

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  Ho-Ho-Ho... 'Tis the season for plenty of fun holiday movies and television shows. There are the holiday classics - It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman to name a few. There are also movies that are destined to be holiday classics too (if they are not already) … [More...]

Movie Review: Dolphin Tale 2

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    Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to the film 2011 film Dolphin Tale, arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on December 9, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. If you are unfamiliar with the film Dolphin Tale its the true story of an injured dolphin named Winter. Her tail was badly damaged in a crab trap and eventually … [More...]

Entertainment

The hit musical “Annie” is coming to theaters on December 19, 2014 (giveaway ends 12/27/14)

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  Whenever I think of the story of Annie I think of a little girl in a red dress with wild red hair singing "It's a hard knock life for us..." That is all about to change this Friday (December 19, 2014) when a new Annie film comes to theaters across the country. It's the same beloved story but with a few new twists and turns. Annie stars … [More...]

Discovery Life Channel Announces January Debut Programming Slate

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  I'm not one to post press releases, unless I think it's something noteworthy that many readers might be interested in. I'm not a fan of reality shows, but I do enjoy shows about real things (if that makes sense?). Another words I have no interest in keeping up with the Kardashians (seriously... I could care less what they are up to) - but I … [More...]

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on Tuesday, December 16th on NBC

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  Chances are if you celebrate the Christmas holiday, or even if you don't, you have seen the popular holiday film Elf staring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner and Mary Steenburgen. Elf came out in 2003. Only in the past few years has the film become so popular. My family is a fan of the film. We have been since the first … [More...]

My Ramblings

Farewell to Frosty…

Our daughter (who is now 17) enjoying our friend Frosty - long before he started to fall apart - literally.

  I had a wonderful childhood. My mom and dad made a wonderful life for me. Because of that I have very fond memories of when I was little. FYI... My mom and dad were my paternal grandparents. I was raised by them. Even though they were not biologically my parents I they raised me from when I was a toddler. They always have been - and always … [More...]

Dear Self… What words of advice would you give yourself?

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  Recently we had a family member pass away. He was a wonderful man - so full of life. My husband posted on his own Facebook page how "hugs were not an option" referencing our relative who passed away. Its true. It didn't matter who you were - friend or relative - our deceased loved one always hugged everyone. Even the first time I met him he … [More...]

Dear Magazine Publishers…

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  I love to read. Sadly I don't always have the time to pick up a book and read it from cover to cover. There are days I'm lucky if I can read a few pages let alone a chapter or two. That is why I enjoy reading magazines. I am able to read articles in a matter of minutes, plus I find a lot of great recipes and ideas for around the home. I … [More...]