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Verizon SmartPhone Coupon Code $500 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends 3/1} #WhyNotWednesday #BetterMatters

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. With three kids in the house, at or approaching the teenage milestone, the requests from each child to have a cellphone of their own seems to start earlier and earlier. Parents often discuss the matter, seeking the opinions of other parents in the same age group, about their opinion on when is the "right time" to allow a child to have their own phone. Of course, the opinions vary greatly, and typically are different because everyone's situation…
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$25 Walmart GC #Giveaway {Ends 2/16} #LoveIsInTheAir

Welcome to the Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail! I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with my readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25! The prize at this stop is a $25 Walmart GC. Entry-Form Disclosure: Karen’s Got Mail and the Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and…
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Air Bud “Monkey Up”

Air Bud Entertainment's "Monkey Up" is available for digital download today and is available on DVD, and features Crystal the Monkey, from Night at the Museum films, We Bought A Zoo! My kids LOVE the Air Bud Series of movies, we have seen them all multiple times. They were excited to see all the previews, and had hoped to see it during it's limited run in our local theater, but basketball practices and games didn't allow it. They will be excited to find out that the DVD is released TODAY, and mom has already gotten a copy to watch after…
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$25 Target GC #Giveaway {Ends 2/15} #LoveGiveaways

Thank you for stopping by the We Love Giveaways giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June Cleaver and Our Piece of Earth. It's almost Valentine's Day so what better way to spread than love then a fun giveaway hop? We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a bunch of great prizes that are sure to appeal to everyone. As always, after you have entered a giveaway visit the linky at the bottom of each post to visit the other blogs for more great prizes. The prize at this stop is a $25 Target GC. Entry-Form Disclosure: The Anti-June…
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NEW! Chicken Sausage McMuffin $25 McDonald’s GC #Giveaway {Ends 2/11}

This Chicken Sausage McMuffin post and giveaway are sponsored by McDonald's of Eastern New England. Chicken Sausage McMuffin: My boys are 10, 12, and almost 14. They are all at an age where they are having growth spurts, and hungry ALL the time, and eat, ALL the time. They eat a healthy, hearty breakfast before school each day. They eat a hot, healthy lunch at school each day. They also take several healthy, filling snacks with them to school, to snack on throughout the day. Despite this, when I pick them up in the afternoon, they are starving. The oldest…
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Kitchen Aid 5-Qt. Artisan Stand Mixer #Giveaway {Ends 2/9}

I'm excited to share that I FINALLY got a Kitchen Aid Mixer for Christmas :) I've wanted one for years, and do so much baking, that it will really be put to good use. I had a stand mixer years ago, and loved it, but it was broken in the big cross country move we made, and I haven't had the opportunity to replace it. So, I've been using a hand mixer for everything. It makes it difficult when you need to slowly add ingredients as you mix. I was thrilled to open my gift and find a Kitchen Aid…
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All That Glitters #Giveaway Hop {Ends 2/1}

Welcome to the first Hopping Bloggers Giveaway Hop of 2016 - the All That Glitters Giveaway Hop!HOSTED BY: Mama Smith's & Women and Their PrettiesCO-HOSTED BY: Capturing The Moment & I Don't Have Time For That! A group of bloggers has put together some amazing giveaways for you (with the minimum value of $15 each - but some are much more than that!). Be sure to enter them all - there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR! The prize at this stop is a $25 Target GC. Entry-Form Don't miss out…
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Love Bug Hug Craft Project

The Love Bug Hug Craft Project is easy and so much fun to do with kids as Valentine's Day approaches. Love Bug Hug Craft Project Most kids love making craft projects, and it helps them develop important skills they need! Cutting, gluing, and being creative are great educational activities! Valentine's Day is approaching, so this is a great occasion to create pink and red heart-shaped projects with your child. This cute craft features a heart shaped Love Bug with extra long arms for big hugs or to show how much he loves you!  A great craft for kiddos to make as a gift…
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Baby It’s Cold Outside $25 Paypal #Giveaway {Ends Jan 31}

Welcome to the Baby It's Cold Outside Giveaway hop, hosted by LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht! This hop is running from January 16 through January 31, and each participating blog will be offering a prize valued at $25 or more. The prize at this stop will be $25 Paypal. Many of you know we have had a WEEK around here, with my web host suffering from a DDOS attack, so all websites hosted on their servers were down and/or giving errors. I *hope* it's all resolved now. However, I do have a post pinned on my Facebook Page, so if you…
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Dreaming of Books $10 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends Jan 28}

Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds. This hop will run from January 16 through January 28. I am dreaming of some new releases coming soon :) Scandalous Behavior The Last Mile NYPD Red 4 My Name is Lucy Barton The Restaurant Critic's Wife The prize at this stop will be a $10 Amazon GC, that you can use towards the book YOU have been dreaming of! Entry-Form
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14 Ways to Save on Heating, Cooling, and Electricity.

14 Ways to Save on Heating, Cooling, and Electricity We are Southern transplants, currently living in Northern New England, and we had to learn to expect frigid cold temperatures, snow piles taller than me, and shockingly high utility bills. When we lived in Oklahoma, we'd occasionally have electric bills between $500 - $700 for July and August, when temperatures were well over 100 degrees for weeks on end, while normal bills were about $150/mo for natural gas/electric/water combined. People warned us that utility costs in New England were high, but we couldn't fathom that they'd be THAT high. While we…
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New & Improved You $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends Jan 20}

Welcome to the 1st Annual The New & Improved You Giveaway Hop hosted by Karen’s Got Mail! I have teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with my readers. Be sure to hop around to the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, all of which are worth a minimum of $25! The prize at this stop is a $25 Amazon GC. Entry-Form Disclosure: Karen’s Got Mail and the New and Improved You Giveaway Hop participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…
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Broken Things to Mend Blog Tour $50 Amazon or Paypal #Giveaway {Ends 2/2}

Blog Tour Schedule Broken Things to Mend by Karey White Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters? What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose…
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Winter Wonders $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends 1/16} #WinterWonders

Welcome to the Winter Wonders Giveaway Hop Hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay's Views. This Hop will run from January 4-16. It may be cold outside, but winter is filled with wonders! Let us warm you up with some wonderful giveaways. After you enter my giveaway, hop to the other participating blogs listed below and enter to win a prize worth at least $25 on every blog. Good luck! The prize at this stop will be a $25 Amazon GC. Entry-Form
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JEEPERS! It’s January $25 Target GC #Giveaway {Ends 1/18} #HappyNewYear

Welcome to the JEEPERS! It's January Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island. Each participating blog will be hosting their own giveaway, so you have several chances to win a variety of prizes. This hop will run from January 4 through January 18. The Prize at this stop will be a $25 Target GC. I can send a physical card or an e-card, whichever the winner prefers. Some people prefer to shop in the store with a physical card, others like the e-card they can use with their smartphone. I like both, and know sometimes…
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Method Prize Package #Giveaway #NaturalNewYear {Ends 1/18}

Thank you for stopping by the Natural New Year giveaway hop hosted by The Anti-June Cleaver, Our Piece of Earth, and Mama the Fox. We have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a variety of prizes to help you bring in the new year naturally. All of the prizes in this hop will be natural, organic, and/or eco-friendly. After you have entered a giveaway visit the linky at the bottom of each post to visit the other blogs for more great prizes, including three grand prizes from each of the hosts. The prize at this stop will be…
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52 Week Savings Challenge Alternative

If you find the 52 Week Savings Challenge floating around social media too challenging, this alternative will help you learn to BUDGET and SAVE. I am sure many of you have seen the 52 Week Savings Challenge floating around social media. It's a great way to get motivated and start saving, saving ANYTHING is better than saving nothing. However, often as the amount increases, people feel like it isn't realistic for them. I am of the opinion that saving even a small amount every week is important, so save what you can! My background is in the financial services industry,…
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World Vision Turquiose Necklace #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

Disclosure:  World Vision sent me this amazing turquoise jewelry set to review and it is stunning. Please go to the World Vision site and see what they do to help children, it’s incredible. A couple of years ago, I was at a conference, and met with some women who had been on a missions trip, and were able to see firsthand the difference that World Vision makes to some impoverished areas of the world. They shared stories, photographs, and I immediately knew that I wanted to help participate in some small way. For me, personally, helping children is something I've…
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Bahlsen Cookies #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

Bahlsen Cookies My kids where so excited when we were asked to try a few bags of Bahlsen Cookies. I let them each try a few (they were a big hit), and then we wrapped up a few of each kind in small cellophane bags, tied them closed with holiday ribbon, and took them to one of the class Christmas Parties. We sampled a few from each package as we packaged them up, and with three growing boys, I was lucky they didn't eat all of them :) Needless to say, I'll be picking up more of these at the…
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Dinosaurs are Different #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

 Dinosaurs are Different *The links in this post may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking links in this post help support his blog. Thank you! Details: Join Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don as they discover cool features and adaptations that make every dinosaur species different. This motley crew of eager explorers will uncover the 'how' and 'why' of features such as feathers, specialized teeth and large frills by asking questions and proposing their own theories - ideas they can test. The Pteranodons learn that everyone is unique, even the dinosaurs within their own family. Buy It Now at Amazon.…
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Meet the Moodsters! #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

The Moodsters are a team of five lovable little detectives who use their special sleuthing skills and detective gear to help kids navigate the emotional maze of childhood. If feelings are on the line, the Moodsters are on the case! Meet the Moodsters! Many children struggle to understand their moods and express their feelings when they are young. It can be confusing, and they don't always have the vocabulary or capacity to comprehend what they are feeling. When they are struggling, it's important for the adults in their lives to be able to recognize identifying factors such as facial expression,…
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Kit Cat Clock #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

Kit-Cat Clock’s iconic swinging tail, rolling eyes and contagious smile has inspired joy in America since 1932. Keep an American icon in America! Kit Cat Clock The Kit Cat Clock has been around for over 80 years! While I didn't have one as a child, I did know a few people who did. This is a really cute clock that runs off of C Batteries (not included), and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. I love that the Kit-Cat Clock is Made in the USA, and is constructed of plastic, so it's perfect for a child's room, a…
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Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List #Giveaway {Ends 12/31}

The Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD contains 14 fun Christmas songs kids will enjoy. Holiday Gift Guide: Kidz Bop Christmas Wish List CD *The links in this post may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking links in this post help support his blog. Thank you! Great gift idea for: Kids of any age, particularly ages 5 - 12. Details: My kids really like the Kidz Bop music and Christmas music, so this was a good, fun combination for them. You can see the songlist in the picture below. I have one additional copy to send to one lucky reader…
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Gift Ideas: Books!

Gift Ideas: Books! Books make great gifts for everyone. There are books to meet most any category of interest. If you are struggling to come up with an idea for a gift for someone, a gift certificate to a bookstore is an idea, or to be more personal, purchase them a book in an area that appeals to them. Here are some ideas for some books that would make great holiday gifts this season! Patterns of Evidence: Exodus - Available in book and DVD (or Blu-ray) formats. Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus is an award-winning documentary by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney that…
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Vicks Sweet Dreams Humidifier & Smart Temp Thermometer

Sleep comfortably during the winter months while the Vicks Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier offers a gentle cool mist to keep cold & flu symptoms at bay. The Vicks Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier helps to relieve congestion using the comfort of a cool mist humidifier. Sometimes kids are concerned about the addition of a mechanical object in their room, and Vicks helps to relieve some of that anxiety by incorporating animated images for dream filled sleep. The Cool Mist Humidifier has a projector that turns your child's bedroom ceilings into a safari, sea or star-filled sky, and is able to run independent of…
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Christmas Potpourri Recipe with Printables

I love the smell of Christmas potpourri during the holidays. The combination of oranges, cranberries and cinnamon sticks is delightful, and makes the home smell festive! This recipe is super simple and easy to make, using just 5 ingredients and a bit of water. The only work required is to slice the orange and put the other ingredients in a pot, bring to a simmer, and reduce to low for as long as you'd like to enjoy the fantastic scent. Your house will smell amazingly warm and inviting! Even though these smells remind me more of Christmas (hence the title, Christmas Potpourri),…
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