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(in)courage Words Matter Letterpress Blocks #Giveaway {Ends 11/16} #WordsMatter

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in(Courage) Words Matter

When I was offered the opportunity to participate in the Words Matter campaign through Daypress and the in(courage) program, I spent a good bit of time perusing the site to decide on which word I wanted to highlight. There were several words that came to mind, and would’ve been lovely as a feature in different areas in my home. Ultimately, I decided on the word “Family” because family is very important to me. We spend a good portion of our time participating in our community as a family, through our children’s sporting and extracurricular activities. We have a long hallway on the first floor of our home, and are planning to put this years school and sports photographs on the wall. I thought it would be nice to hang these Letterpress Blocks in the center of the wall, with the kids pictures around it.

inCourage Letterpress Blocks

 

Over the course of the past couple of decades, we’ve moved around quite a bit between military placements, job transfers, etc. Most of my family all lives in the same general area that I grew up in, and now that we’re so far away we don’t get to visit very often. However, we do stay in touch. We talk on the phone frequently, text, instagram, and facebook (so helpful in being able to share pictures of the kids activities with extended family as events are happening). Technology is a wonderful tool that allows our family to be involved in our activities, even at a distance.

inCourage Letterpress Blocks

 

One thing that is important to note is the SIZE of the letters. Y’all, I am unable to visually recognize how large or small things will be. I ordered the Stars pictured above in the 7″ size to use as bookends on another shelf. As you can see from the picture above, they are the size of the books. That didn’t register with me, haha! However, they are perfect for what I need. I got lucky :) Here’s how the opening of the box went:

  • Me: Wow, these are much larger than I thought they’d be!
  • Nick: You said they were about 6 inches, right?
  • Me: Yes!
  • Nick: How large do you think 6 inches is?
  • Me: (Holding up fingers about 2-3 inches apart) about this wide
  • Nick: Try doubling that…
  • Me: Oh. Right. Hmmm. Let’s measure them. Oh. They’re EXACTLY 6 inches. Well, bigger is better. Right???
  • Are we noticing a theme. I have no perception of size! For the record, I did the SAME THING when the kids school pictures came in. I ordered 8×10’s. I think I thought I was getting 5×7 size. I also recently ordered a photo put onto canvas in an 8×10. When that came it was considerably smaller than I was anticipating. I thought it’d be 2-3 times larger than it actually is. It just looks so much smaller than the school pictures, even though they’re the same size.  I’m almost 40. Can I blame it on aging yet? I’m pretty sure I need to just keep a measuring tape with me at all times, especially if I’m ordering anything size specific! :)

For my “Family” letters, I chose the F in the 8′ size, and the amily in the 6″ size. They shipped promptly, and were packaged well. The look on my face when I took each letter out of it’s box and saw how BIG they were, was probably priceless! I knew we wouldn’t have time to hang them before this post was due (we’re still in post-season youth football and basketball has already started!), and they are too large as a group to be able to capture a picture in my usual photography spots around the house. I finally decided the sofa was the only place that I could put them all together to show them to you. I apologize for the big blue blanket behind them, I needed something to prop them up and keep them level over the breaks in the cushions! I honestly can’t tell you how much I LOVE these letters though. They are going to look amazing in the hallway, and will make me smile every time I see them throughout the day.

inCourage Letterpress Blocks

One winner will win a $50 Gift Card to the Dayspring Website to use towards a Words Matter Letterpress Blocks word of your choice. (Note: The word I chose was slightly over the amount of the GC I was provided, so I chose to pay the extra amount out of pocket to get the word I really wanted. The letters come in a variety of sizes and prices, so you can customize the look you want).

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Weekly Wrap Up 10-31-14 $20 Paypal Cash #Giveaway {Ends 11/16}

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Wrap Up. As the holidays approach, I have many wonderful sponsors wanting to share their products with you, many offering giveaways! I’m including links to my recent sponsored posts in the giveaway form as optional entries. Please visit these posts and leave relevant comments and share using the social media share buttons. This lets sponsors know what you like about their products, thanks them for sponsoring giveaways when applicable, and encourages them to sponsor future giveaway events as well!

Please be sure to enter Giveaways with an email address you check often! Many of these sponsors need the winner’s information within 24-48 hours, and I’m having to draw new winners frequently because I don’t get a reply from the first winner. Don’t miss out on these great prizes! Many of you may recall my recent malware incident due to old code. I’m now taking a screenshot and uploading it when I delete the old code, but I can’t do that until I have a confirmed winner.

I’m trying to share deals on items you may need for upcoming holiday events. I like to know how many people are interested in these, so I’m making the most use of my time in finding relevant deals. I know how busy this season gets, and want to find deals and discounts that help everyone save where possible and stretch budget dollars further! If you see something you like on one of those posts, please let me know in the comments of those posts!

*If it’s not linked yet, I am working on those posts this morning. Links will be up soon, and included in the giveaway as they are live! Be sure to check back daily to get additional entries!

 Giveaways Posted:

Bloggers: Want to be included in this wrap up or have links included on the giveaway form? Email me at kpuleski@gmail.com for more information.

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Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US/CAN Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!


Giving Back to my Baking Lineage #Giveaway {Ends 11/15}

How to Bake Like a Man

Today I’d like to welcome a guest post on Giving Back to my Baking Lineage, by Jessica Barksdale Inclán.

Disclosure: This is a non-compensated guest post.

Every time I make a batch of sugar cookies, I first think about my mother and my sisters. My mother made sugar cookies before Easter and Christmas, and my sisters and I always helped. She made sugar cookies in-between those two most exciting of all holidays, too. Sometimes before Halloween, using the pumpkin and cat cookie cutters. We would mix, chill the dough, and then watch as she rolled out the dough to papery thinness. We helped with the cutting the dough into Santas and Christmas trees and stars and then watched as the cookies rose and crisped golden brown in the oven. Later, we would mix the powdered sugar and milk and food coloring. Reds, greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, and black (for the Halloween cat). We sprinkled with colors and dots and silver balls.

There is a lot of waiting in making sugar cookies, and we learned to be patient. While the dough chilled, while the cookies baked, and then while the iced frosting set. There was no eating of any cookies until then, and then, only one or two, the cookies parsed out until they were gone. We then had to wait till the next holiday for another taste.

My mother’s recipe came from my grandmother and my great-grandmother before that. We surmise it came from a grandmother of great great great proportions before that. The recipe calls for cream of tartar and baking soda and not baking powder, a sign of its early origins. Baking powder wasn’t invented until the 1850s. So each time I know roll out the dough, I think of all the women who worked this very mixture of sugar and flour and butter and salt. We’re rolling together.

So for me, baking doesn’t seem like something relegated to women. Or something simple to do. Or even something nurturing (which it is). Or creating something tasty (which it does as well). Rolling is a way of shaping not only cookies but identity. Not only am I baking something for my family in celebration, but I’m connecting with the women in my family line. I don’t know much about them, other than names on the family tree. I conjure Caroline, Edith, Gertrude, Anna, Frona, Vida, Shiela. Their lives must have been vastly different than mine. Making sugar cookies must have been an enjoyment. A lark. A privilege. They were taking time out of their busy days of household chores and childcare (and those things without a washing machine alone would do me in) to make cookies. Cookies!

So while I’m alone now in my kitchen, my boys grown to men, rolling out the thinnest possible layer of dough for Christmas, I don’t feel anything but strong. All those women are behind me, and in me, baking cookies. We are connected by this task. We are connected by this recipe. And trust me, I will pass it on.

About the Author:

Jessica Barksdale InclánJessica Barksdale Inclán is the author of the new novel, How to Bake a Man (Ghostwood Books/October 2014) as well as twelve critically acclaimed books, including the best-sellingHer Daughter’s Eyes (YALSA Award Nominee), The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. Her work had been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Compose, Salt Hill Journal, The Coachella Review, Carve Magazine, Storyacious, Mason’s Road, and So to Speak. She is the recipient of Californian Arts Council Fellowship in Literature and a professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches online novel writing for UCLA Extension. For more info, visit www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com.

Book Description:
When Becca drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. With the help of her lizard-booted neighbor Sal, she starts a small business selling her wares to hungry office workers. But things quickly get complicated when she meets the man of her dreams – and an arch-enemy, his bitchy lawyer girlfriend. Before long, she’s neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.

*I purchased the Kindle version of How to Bake A Man, because I was intrigued by the title, and impressed with the guest post the author graciously submitted to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought that I’d offer a copy of the book and a $5 Amazon GC to one lucky reader as a Halloween Treat! This giveaway is not sponsored by the author.

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Anything Goes #Giveaway Hop {Ends 11/11}

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 Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop

Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop event

 

Welcome to the Anything Goes Fall Giveaway hop Event! 
Hosted By: The Simply Me Blog
The Event goes from October 30 – November 11th
 Several bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing giveaways!  The complete list of bloggers can be found below.  
Each prize is valued at $25 or more! Have fun and good luck :) 


The grand prize is being sponsored by Winning Moves Games and ECBC!
The grand prize can be found here Grand Prize The prize at this stop is a $25 Target GC.


LEGAL STUFF: The Anything Goes Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!



The Monster Sale — 30% off site-wide sale at Bonobos

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Don’t be afraid! Bonobos is offering a Monster Sale that features up to 30% off site-wide. This is a great chance for you to stock up on your favorite looks but hurry– this sale only lasts 24 hours! Plus, the more you buy the bigger the discount. Run for the deals!


Gymboree, Crazy 8 or Janie and Jack SALES!!!

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There are some great Gymboree, Crazy 8 or Janie and Jack SALES going on right now!!!


40% off everything, including markdowns, for savings up to 80% at Gymboree

8.88 jeans + free shipping on orders over $50 at Crazy 8!
40% off regular priced products at Crazy 8

New dresses to treasure with faux fur trim and metallic print at Janie and Jack


Holiday Gift Guide: Mabel’s Labels

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Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
From now until 12/30, Mabel’s Labels is offering their limited edition Stocking Stuffer Combos and Holiday Return Address Labels! The Stocking Stuffer Combos make the perfect stocking stuffer, party favor, and personalized add-on to other gifts. Best of all, you only pay $30 for 6 sets! The Holiday Return Address Labels are adorable and come in a variety of exclusive limited-edition Holiday designs. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers! Happy Holidays!


For Holiday Gift Cards: Order early so you have return address labels for your holiday gift cards!

For Kids: Kids LOVE personalized items! Order some name labels for their stockings that they can use on books, toys, etc!

For new parents: They will need labels for daycare, church nursery’s, etc. to place on items in the diaper bag!

For Allergy Sufferers: Order some Allergy Alert Stickers to keep them safe!

For the cook: Wash Away Labels dissolve in water, but are excellent for bottles, canning, dishes you take to potluck or stick in the refrigerator at work!

For the Traveler: Use Personalized Bag Tags to instantly recognize your luggage at the airport!

For parents and grandparents: 411 Wristbands are water, sunscreen, chlorine, and perspiration resistant. Personalize with child’s name, parents name, and emergency cell phone number in case your child is lost or separated from you! You can also include Allergy Alert Information!

For Senior Adults: Nursing Home Labels!


Holiday Gift Guide: Artollo.com $100 GC #Giveaway {Ends 11/11}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored Holiday Gift Guide post for Artollo.com and includes a $100 Artollo.com Gift Certificate Giveaway. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.

Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift GuideHoliday Gift Guide: Artollo.com

Artollo.com offers some really nice art work at affordable prices, and Free Shipping on All Orders Over $100. I’ve included my favorite items from each category on their website, so you can get an idea of what they have to offer.

Art Prints

Artollo Art PrintI’d love to have this hanging in my entryway!

Watercolor Prints

Artollo Watercolor Memphis

Artollo Watercolor Boston

This one was the hardest for me to choose – there are so many great choices! I’d love Memphis because that’s where I’m from, but we live in Metro Boston now, so that would be cool too!

Wall Decals

Artollo Wall Decals

Mini Decals

Artollo Mini Decals

Some of these really made me giggle, especially the chickens, and I have no idea why I found it so funny – but I did! However, once I saw there were several Star Wars Mini Decals (only a few grouped together are pictured above), I knew that some of these will be added to gift ideas for some family members.

T-Shirts

Artollo Tshirts

They have T-shirts for Men, Women, and Children!

Mugs

Artollo Mugs

So full of cuteness!

Decorating for a new baby or perhaps you need a gift idea for a baby shower or new mom? Check out the Artollo Best Sellers: Leni Somnia Art Prints and Nursery Wall Decals!

Artollo Nursery Wall DecalsBe sure to follow Artollo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

Giveaway: One winner will win a $100 Artollo.com Gift Certificate. I’d love for you to take advantage of the entry to visit the Artollo.com website, and leave a comment with which piece is your favorite! Please choose an item not featured above. Additionally, subscribing to their newsletter will allow you to get a discount code for 30% off many products, and get advance notice of sales and special offers.

LEGAL STUFF: Practical Frugality is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample or compensation for this post. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!


Suave Family Perks $50 Walmart GC #Giveaway {Ends 10/30}

Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign for Suave Family Perks through Global Influence. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own.
suave perks 3We are a Suave family.

Kids buying deodorantMy kids LOVE the 3 in 1 body wash/shampoo/conditioner and deodorant. They tried the Suave for Men because “We’re growing up MOM!” but it didn’t have the fruity smell they like, so back to the kids products they went :) They get really dry skin, especially on the tops of their hands during the harsh New England winters, so I keep Suave lotion in all the bathrooms for them to apply after they wash their hands. My boys are all approaching their teenage years, and very involved in a variety of sports. Washing their faces and regularly applying deodorant are VERY important. I regularly remind them that no one wants to be the stinky kid, and “Just say NO to B-O!” They giggle, embarrassed, but they are remembering to put it on more :)

I use Suave Professionals Shampoo, Conditioner, Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream, Hairspray, Body Wash, Lotion, and Powder Deodorant.

What is your favorite Suave product?

Suave Family Perks PointsOnce I am done shopping, I love that I can snap a photo of my Walmart Receipt to Suave Family Perks and Get Rewards for my purchases! Once I hit 100 Suave Family Perks Points, I can redeem them for a $5 Walmart eGift Card. With the current point structure, a $4.99 Suave purchase nets you 50 points, so for a $9.98 purchase, you can earn 100 points, netting you a $5 Walmart eGiftCard!!! You have 30 Days to submit receipts from in store transactions, and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of rewards.

Giveaway: Enter to win a $50 Walmart Gift Card through the Suave Family Perks Campaign, hosted by Resourceful Mommy.
Suave Family Perks – Resourceful Mommy

Disclosure: Resourceful Mommy is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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