Tuesday, March 31, 2009

$30 Label Daddy Gift Card Giveaway-Closed

Two weeks ago I felt like the worst mom ever. It was ten minutes before my daughter’s first horse show and her helmet was nowhere to be found. My daughter was in tears; she just couldn’t ride without her special purple helmet. We looked around thinking it would be easy to spot a purple helmet; but we quickly realized that purple was the “in” color as half of all the riders had purple helmets! My mom had come along to watch the show so when she realized what was going on she said let’s just ask everyone to check their helmets. I had a huge knot in my stomach as I had to admit that I had never put her name in it! Thankfully the story had a happy ending as we found another girl who was upset because her helmet wasn’t fitting her the way it should…which made sense seeing as she was a ten year old girl wearing my 4 year old daughter’s helmet! However, the moment I got home I went online to find a label company, which is how I discovered Label Daddy.

Label Daddy has a label for anything and everything. They have labels for your spice containers, shoes, clothing, bottles and trash cans. My favorite label is their allergy label. It allows you to put your child’s name on it and any special instructions or allergies on it. This ensures your child’s safety and health no matter where your child is or who they are with. And once you put the label on it you know it will stay there because it is dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer safe.

I was able to try some of the labels and was very impressed with how strong and durable they were. They were also so cute and stylish that my daughter was wanting me to label everything she owns. They had a lot of selections in colors and font to choose from which made it a fun experience to pick out the labels. And they aren’t just for the kids as I probably lose, I mean misplace, just as many things as my kids do. They would be perfect to put on the bottom of a cake dish for a potluck to make sure you get it back.

Label Daddy is offering one lucky winner a $30 Label Daddy gift card. To enter: Click here to go to Label Daddy and take a look around. Come back here and leave a comment telling me what your family would use your labels for.

For Extra Entries:
•Follow my blog
•Subscribe to my blog
•Twitter about this giveaway (leave link to status page in comment)

Please remember to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. Leave a comment for each separate entry. This contest ends April 10, 2009 at 9pm EST. A winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be contacted via email. This giveaway is open to US residents.

Up to 3 Free movie tickets w/ purchase of Kozy Shack

Here's the details:

Enter five (5) codes from specially marked multi-packs of Kozy Shack® pudding and earn a FREE* Movie Ticket!

You’ll also be entered in the Quest for Real Ingredients Sweepstakes!*Up to $9.50 each.

Limit 3 movie tickets per person/household/email address.

Don't forget to use your coupon from this week's newspaper (SS 3/29) for $1/2
For complete details, click here
Thanks to the Thrifty Mama for finding this great deal.

Walgreens Easy Saver Rebate Program to Close

The rumors have been validated....the Walgreens Easy Saver rebate program will no longer exist after April 1st. Read Dealseekingmom's post on this as she has confirmation from Walgreens corporate office.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Free Nestle Collectors Plate

Collect three (3) UPC codes from any package of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels or NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough products. Together in an envelope, mail your UPC codes, dated receipt for each purchase and a 3" x 5" card with your neatly-printed name, address, city, state, ZIP, phone number with area code and e-mail address (optional) to:
Please Send Cookies Plate Offer
P.O. Box 8160
Royal Oak, MI 48068-8160

Once we receive your information, we'll mail you your free plate via U.S. Mail. The shipping and handling is also free.

* This is a $14.99 value and shipping and handling are included in this offer. Limit one plate per household address. Offer is good while supplies last and all requests for a free plate must be postmarked no later than 9/30/09 to qualify. Nestlé is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, mutilated or postage-due requests. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery of the plate from receipt of the plate request. Requests that in Nestlé's sole discretion do not comply with the terms and conditions of the offer, including fraudulent requests, are invalid and will not be fulfilled. Offer not open to groups or organizations.

For complete info, click here

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kids Bowl Free During Summer-in select locations

"Kids Bowl Free" program
The bowling centers listed have partnered with the schools listed to provide this program. This program is an opportunity for kids and families to enjoy bowling during the summer months. The "Kids Bowl Free" program is only available at the centers listed.

What are the details?
Each child can bowl 2 free games every day throughout the duration of the program. Each center has their own age restrictions, as well as any times the coupons are not valid during the day. Any restrictions can be found on the center page. It is the parents responsibility to sign the children up. NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO SIGN UP THEMSELVES.

Bowling centers participating
Click here for a list of participating bowling centers

For complete details, click here

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Borders-40% off one item

If you have been wanting to get a new book to read, now's the time. Borders has a 40% off coupon (IN STORE ONLY). So, go pick up a new book to read and let me know if you read any that are worth recommending!

Expires 3/28 so hurry out there! Click here to print coupon. You have to have a Borders Rewards card to use the coupon.

Best quick meal ever!

So, at the last minute tonight I found out I was having a guest for dinner. My kids were taking naps so I couldn't run to the store and I hadn't made any dinner plans, so I quickly routed through the freezer to see what meats I had. The only thing I had was some pork, so I went online to one of my favorite places to get quick recipes, which is Publix's Apron meals. I found this Brown Sugar Glazed pork recipe and absolutely loved it. I made it with my own mashed potatoes instead of sweet potatoes so I can't vouch for the potatoes, but the meat was so yummy. You have to try this recipe!!!! If you are don't know about Publix Apron meals, try it out sometime, they have some really good recipes and most of them are very easy to make.

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

3 fresh garlic cloves
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup red wine


1. Crush garlic, using garlic press, into medium bowl. Use knife to remove garlic from bottom of press. Stir in brown sugar and steak seasoning until well blended.

2. Preheat large sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Cut pork diagonally into about eight 1-inch-thick slices. Place pork slices in bowl and press into mixture. Turn and press again to lightly season both sides (wash hands).

3. Place 1 tablespoon of the butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add pork (wash hands); cook 5–6 minutes on each side or until well browned and internal temperature reaches 160°F (for medium). Use a meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness.

4. Remove pork from pan. Stir in wine and remaining 1 tablespoon butter; simmer 1 minute, stirring continually. Serve wine sauce with pork. CALORIES (per 1/4 recipe) 230kcal; FAT 9g; CHOL 90mg;SODIUM 440mg; CARB 8g; FIBER 0g; PROTEIN 24g;VIT A 4%; VIT C 2%; CALC 2%; IRON 8%

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fun Strawberry Outing Today!

Today, the kids and I went to a local U-Pic field and picked some fresh strawberries. There is something about picking the fruit yourself that makes it taste sweeter than ever. The kids had so much fun, I had to keep telling them that they had picked enough. I was worried this might be a very expensive outing at the rate they were picking.After they filled their baskets up so high they couldn't carry them anymore they finally conceded that it was time to stop. We had such a great time and all day long all they wanted to eat was their fresh strawberries. You would think that they were eating candy-they were devouring them so fast. I have decided this might be the best way to get them to eat healthy, let them be a part of the process and see where the food comes from!

Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book-FREE (with purchase)

So, I'm having such a hard time coming up with new recipes to cook for my family. Every evening it's like I have writer's block for cooking; I can't think of anything good to cook! So, I'm so excited that you can get Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book free when you purchase Snyder's of Hanover's tangy southern style barbeque pretzel pieces, Pepperidge Farms puff pastry sheets or crocs. I love Snyder's pretzels anyways so this is a great deal!

Just send in your UPC and receipt from one of the above purchases and send to:
Everyday with Rachel Ray
16 E. 34th St.
New York, NY 10016

Only while supplies last so hurry and get yours in! See complete details here

Monday, March 23, 2009

Layers Clothing Giveaway-Closed

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to relax by the pool; but one of my least favorite things is to buy a bathing suit! It is hard to find a new bathing suit that looks good on me, fits my style and isn't too skimpy.

So, when I saw Layers Clothing's new swimwear line I was very excited. Their new swimwear line is really fashionable, cute and yet still modest. I just love this description of their clothes, because it is so right..." Layer's style is humble but edgy, sweet but sassy."

And to be fashionable this summer, you don't have to break the bank because their swimwear is really affordble. If you purchase now Layers Clothing is offering free shipping on orders over $50.

Win It!
Layers Clothing would like to give one lucky reader a $50 E-Gift Certificate.

To enter- Visit Layers Clothing and tell me which swimwear is your favorite.
Get an additional entry for each of the following:

  • Subscribe
  • Follow my blog
  • Order something at Layers Clothing and let me know

Please leave extra entry in a separate comment or it will not count. Giveaway open to USA only. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The winner will have 72 hours to respond or I will pick a new winner.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Walgreens Deals 3/22 to 3/28

Right Guard Professional Strength Antipersperant/Deoderant, 1.8 or 6 oz.
$5.99 with $5 Rebate =

Gilette Fushion Gamer Razor
$8.99 with 4 RR = $4.99
Use $4 coupon from newspaper =

Hunts Tomato Sauce
$.99 ($0.39 w/ in-ad-coupon)
Get $5 Easy Saver Rebate #29 wyb $10
Buy 11 cans w/ in-ad coupon
FREE (After ESR)

Schick Quattro For Women Razor, $8.99
$4 Walgreens EasySaver coupon
$4/1 Schick Quattro for Women Razor (SS 3/22/09)
Only $0.99 after both coupons!

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap
$.99 with in-store coupon ad

Ultra Tuf Trash Bags 10 to 36 pack
2/$7 with $3 ESR = 2/$4
-Use 2 of the $1 off coupons from the Phramacy savings book
Get 2 for $2! (After ESR)

CVS Deals 3/22 to 3/28

It looks like my area in FL has a different ad than the rest of the country this week. So, this is only if you have the FL Ad:
Below are my favorite or what I believe to be the best deals for the week.

Milk One gallon, 1% or 2%, whole or skim. 2/$6 with 2 ECB on 2 = 2 gallons for $4

Post Cereal $1.88 per box (limit 6 boxes) $2 off 1 Post Cereal Trail Mix coupon makes this FREE with overage

St. Ives, Spend $10 get $5 ECB Use $2 off any 1 product (newspaper 3/8/2009)

Speed Stick $2.99 with $2 ECB = $.99

Dawn Dish liquid 10.3 oz. 2/$2 with 1 ECB for purchasing 2 = 2/$1 If you have a Home Made Simple Booklet there is a $.50/1 coupon which would make this FREE!

75 free 4x6 photos at Office Max

If you are like me and always behind in printing your pictures, this is a great deal to catch up without having to spend too much money.
When you open a new Office Max photo account (I never even knew they developed pics!) they will give you 75 free prints. All you pay is $3.95 in shipping and tax. Plus additional prints are only $.05 a print!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bath & Body Works Gift Card Winner!

Congratulations to my first giveaway winner Doreen (entry #74).
If you didn't win, don't worry I will be having a LOT more giveaways in the near future!
*Winning number was selected by random.org

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cheap Mulch & Annuals @ Home Depot

From Now until 3/22 Home Depot is having a huge sale. I have been needing to weed and mulch my flower beds for so long and now this sale is giving me the boost to get going, as mulch is $.99 a bag and annuals only 3/$1.00!

You don't see this type of sale very often, so take advantage. Unfortunately, it may not be available in all areas. Check out your weekly ad to see if it is available at your Home Depot. Also, there are other great savings too (the mulch and annuals are my favorite). The others are:

  • Quart Perennials - 4 /$10 (reg $3.57 each)
  • Weber Gas Grill $199 (reg $399)
  • MTD Lawn Tractor - $699 (reg $889)
  • 5 Pc cushioned patio set - $199Oak Laminate floor - $0.69/sq ft (reg $0.99)
  • 6' Aluminum step ladder Type 1 - $37 (reg $49)
  • And more

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Quote for the Day

Today is my parents' 42 year Anniversary! In honor of their anniversary, the quote today is about love!

"There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved."
George Sand (1804-1876) French Romantic writer.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

And the color of the day is GREEN.

In honor of this green day, I thought I would give you a few "green" tips. Feel free to comment and add some of your own!
  • Cut down on waste and trim those Packaging Pounds-Buy household items, like detergent and cleaning supplies, in concentrated forms so that you get more product per package.
  • Swap your old incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs). Each bulb may cost a little more (between $2 and $7), but a compact fluorescent will pay for itself in mere months and prevent 450 pounds of power-plant emissions over the bulb's lifetime.
    If every U.S. household replaced just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, the amount of energy saved could light 2.5 million homes for a year. http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/664
  • Keep it clean. Rather than use synthetic air fresheners to mask an unpleasant odor, find the source of the odor, and clean it up. Then open the windows for fresh air, or use flowers or potpourri to add a more natural scent to your room. If necessary, install air filters and purifiers and other air cleaning devices. http://www.earthshare.org/2008/09/fresh-air.html

Kmart: Spend $50 Get $25 From Glamour

All the fashion and beauty you crave—but this time, it’s on us! In honor of our platinum anniversary we’re giving you MORE money to shop at all your favorite stores, including Kmart, with our Power of Platinum shopping blitz. Go ahead and splurge.
Here's how:
Shop March 10th—April 30th at Kmart.
Splurge Spend $50 at Kmart and mail your original receipt to Glamour.
Get rewarded-For every $50 you spend, we’ll send you a $25 Kmart gift card to use toward your next purchase!*

See Details:HERE

*While supplies last. Kmart purchases must be made during the promotion period (3/10/09 - 4/30/09). For every eligible receipt, you will receive a gift card for exclusive use at Kmart stores. Send qualifying original receipts along with your name, address and telephone number to GLAMOUR PLATINUM REWARDS Attn: Promotion Department, 4 Times Square, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10036. Receipts must be received by 5/13/2009. Glamour is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of gift card. Gift card may be subject to certain restrictions and limitations.

Thank you to The Discount Heroes for finding this great deal!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Quote of the Day

Some of you have said that you would like for me to post quotes and sayings, here is one that has always been one of my favorites:

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. " - Abraham Lincoln

Victoria Secret Tote Giveaway!-Closed

I'm so excited about the response that I have gotten for my first giveaway I have decided to do another one! I am giving away a Victoria Secret "University Pink" tote bag. I got it when I registered for Victoria's Secret Pink Nation. It retails for $29.50. Enter to win one at my giveaway or get one for yourself by signing up at Victoria Secret.

To enter this giveaway, you must leave me a comment telling me what the best thing is that you've ever won OR the best deal you've ever gotten on an item . It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

You can earn extra entries by:1. Telling me about a current deal that is going on (any deal, any store)

**All entries must be received by 9pm est, March 25th 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cheap paper @ Staples!

Staples has a great deal going on right now on paper. If you have a $25 off $75 coupon this is a huge savings; if you don't (as I didn't) you can purchase one at ebay or other places online for as little as $1.50 to take advantage of this great deal!

  • Hammermill Paper SKU 122408 $4 - $3 Easy Saver Rebate (Purchase 1 @$1.00 ea)
  • Staples Photo Paper SKU 648177 $10-$9 Easy Saver Rebate (Purchase 2 @$1.00 ea)
  • 5 Ream Case of Staples Paper SKU 728374 $49.98BOGO - $24.99 Easy Saver Rebate (Purchase 1, get one free for a total of 2 cases @ $25.00)
  • Staples Delta Elite retractable ballpoint pens $2.99 - $2.99 Easy Saver Rebagte (Purchase 1 @ FREE)
Total = 76.97 plus tax
Use $25 off $75 coupon =$51.97
Easy Save Rebates = 48.97

Total is $3 out of pocket (plus cost of coupon & tax) for:

2 cases (10 reams) of paper, 1 ream of paper, 2 packs of photo paper and a pack of ballpoint pens.

Walgreens Savings-Free toothbrush, floss & Listerine

Walgreens has some great deals this week, but my favorite one & the one that I will be doing is:

Reach Ultracelan toothbrush or Floss (30 yards)
2 pack Advanced Design Toothbrushes
Listerine: Original, Fresh Burst, Cool or Vanilla Mint Mouthwas, 500 ml

The items above are 3/$9 with 6 RR making it 3/$3. If you use the coupon that came out in the newspaper today (3/15) for $3 off 3 (you have to buy one of each of the below items) it comes out to FREE after RR.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chuck E. Cheese-5 free tokens!

We just had our first Chuck E. Cheese open up a few months ago and my family just loves it. With their coupons, we find that we can have a lot of fun for a small amount of money. If you love it as much as we do, you'll enjoy the five free token deal they have going on right now.

Print this color by number sheet, complete it, and take it in to your local Chuck E Cheese location and you'll get 5 free tokens. Expires 03/29.

Thanks to The Discount Heroes for this great information!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crockpot Recipe

When my husband and I first got married, at my bridal shower everyone gave me a card with their favorite recipe on it. I use two of the cards all of the time...one of them being the phone number to the local Papa Johns Pizza shop! The other one was one for a "Crockpot Steak Diane". It is so simple and easy. A lot of crockpot recipes I have tend to be a lot of work or not very good. This one can be completed in under ten minutes in the morning and then it is ready for dinner whenever I am! This is an absolute favorite anytime I know I am going to be out in the afternoon or have a busy schedule. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (The card I got says it is from "Steamboat Entertains").

1 1/2 lbs. beef tenderloin or pot roast
2 cups thinly sliced mushrooms (I personally leave this one out, but if you like mushrooms add it!)
1 small white onion, sliced
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
Dash of oregano
1/2 - 3/4 C. Red wine or cooking sherry
3/4 lb. bag of small carrots
5 potatoes

Place meat in bottom of crockpot. Place remaining ingredients in a 2 c. measuring cup. Mix together and pour over meat. Place carrots on top of meat. Cut potatoes in half and place them on top of carrots.
Turn crockpot on high and cook for 5-6 hours. Or turn crockpot on low and cook for 10-12 hours. And enjoy when you are ready!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1st Giveaway-Bath & Body Works gift card-CLOSED

I am excited to tell you about my first giveaway. Since the title of my post is Living Life and Luvin it, I thought that I would giveaway a certificate to one of my favorite places-Bath and Body works.

One lucky reader will win a $10 gift certificate to Bath and Body Works.

To enter this giveaway, you must leave me a comment telling me what you would like to read about on this blog. Click "comments" below this posting and leave a message as your entry. It's that simple! Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner. You do not need to have a Google account to comment. You may do so with just your name.

You can earn extra entries by:
1. Leaving me a comment about what is most important in your life!
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry
**All entries must be received by 9pm est, March 20th 2009

Yummy Arby's Deal

Gotta luv free food..

Arby’s: New FREE Roastburger with Drink Purchase

Get a FREE Arby’s Roastburger with the purchase of any drink through March 14th. One coupon per person, per order.

First Post

I'm excited to be starting this blog, although I'm not sure where this journey will be taking me or you...I just hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do.