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Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers

Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers
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Little Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children ages 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.

Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler’s Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:

  • An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby.
  • A wall-sized world map
  • Stickers and a wall decal
  • A luggage tag

After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:

  • An activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals

Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports.


Design your own adidas ZX FLUX Shoes #miZXFLUX

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Design your own adidas ZX FLUX Shoes

adidas has launched an innovative new app for Android and iPhone smartphone devices, called the#miZXFLUX app. The app allows you to easily apply your personal photographic image to one of adidas Originals most covetable silhouettes, the ZX FLUX. With the app, you can take a photograph, edit and rotate the photo, and apply it to your very own custom ZX FLUX shoes. You can make a statement that’s all your own.

Here’s some more info about the #miZXFLUX app:

  • Custom ZX Flux shoes created from the app are $110.
  • Delivery takes 3 – 4 weeks after submitting your order.
  • The app is only available for smartphone devices.
  • Certain photos (copyright, inappropriate/offensive material, very large/small file size) can’t be used.

Get the #miZXFLUX app today and create your custom shoes.


Best time to be a kid #BestTimetoBeaKid

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My kids love the holidays and all the traditions that comes with that. From choosing their favorite dessert for Thanksgiving (everyone gets one favorite item made), to decorating the tree, going to see Santa, to donating to those less fortunate, they look forward to each activity as it approaches. We have so many favorite Christmas movies and books, that we have to prioritize and watch/read 1-2 per day to fit them all in between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day :)

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition that brings out the kid in you?

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If you share your photos on Instagram or Twitter using #BestTimetoBeaKid #Contest of how you make the holidays the best time to be a kid, your photos could be featured in Gymboree’s end-of-year video and you will also be entered for a chance to win a$2,500 shopping spree at Gymboree! To see official contest rules and checkout all the fun visit this link.

Share how you make the holidays the #BestTimeToBeAKid for a chance to win a $2,500 Gymboree shopping spree!


Thankful For #Giveaways Hop {Ends 11/26}

Thankful for Giveaways Hop

Welcome to the Thankful For Giveaways Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging! We are a group of bloggers that specialize in giveaway hops – so stay with us and you will have many chances to win some amazing prizes! Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Good Luck and Have Fun!

The prize at this stop will be a $25 Toys R Us Gift Card!

Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

Disclaimer: 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/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!


iPad mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi #Giveaway WW {Ends 11/25}

iPad Mini 3 Giveaway

Welcome to the iPad mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi Giveaway!

We’ve joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway. One of the HOTTEST gifts for the holidays is an iPad mini 3, so we all pitched in to purchase one to give away to ONE lucky person! You can’t win if you don’t enter, so be sure to get as many entries as possible for this fabulous iPad mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi, valued at $399.

***If you LIKE this event, and want to see more of them in the upcoming year, please let me know in the comments AND by sharing this giveaway using the SHARE buttons at the top of the post. I try to judge which group giveaways to pay to join by what y’all love the most. The only real tool I have to measure that with is by the number of times you share it!***


“We made iPad mini small. We made it fast. We made it incredibly capable. And now we made it even better. With advancements like Touch ID and iOS 8, and a new gold finish, there’s even more about iPad mini to love.” [View Full Product Details at Apple]


Enter to win an iPad mini 3 16GB Wi-Fi.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.

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Ends at 11:59pm ET on November 25th, 2014.

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Round Em Up #Giveaway {Ends 11/22}

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Welcome to the Round Em U Hop Event

Hosted by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht

The event will run November 12th – 22nd; please take the time to visit each of the blogs listed in the linky below. Each blogger will be hosting a review/giveaway valued at a minimum of $25. Good Luck!

The prize at this stop will be a $25 American Express Gift Card.



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Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

Disclaimer: 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/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!


Holiday Gift Guide: Snow Glow Elsa

Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Snow Glow Elsa

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Great gift idea for: Frozen Fans

Age Range: 3 years and up

Cost: $32.88

BUY IT NOW at Amazon while they’re still in stock!

Details:

The Snow Glow Elsa will light up your children’s face with its special brand of interactive magic. With just the touch of her necklace she can produce 15 different familiar sounds and phrases. Your children can work on memory skills as they sing along with the songs this Disney Frozen Elsa Doll sings. Raising her arms will light up her dress and necklace. One of the highlights of this Disney Frozen Doll is listening to the hit song “Let It Go” from the movie. Your kids can build their creativity and imagination talking and singing along with Elsa as they reenact scenes or invent new ones while they play. Enjoy listening and watching your children role-play with one of their favorite dolls. This Snow Glow Elsa will be a treasured companion for many years to come.

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa:

  • Hear Elsa say 15 phrases from Frozen with a touch of her magical snowflake necklace
  • Raise Disney Frozen Elsa Doll’s arm and watch her necklace and dress magically light up
  • Snow Glow Elsa Doll sings the hit song “Let it Go”

Snow Glow Elsa

Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

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 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!


Weekly Wrap-Up 10/10/14 $20 Paypal #Giveaway {Ends 11/28}

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.

Companies: Want to sponsor this weekly giveaway or have your product featured on Practical Frugality? Email me with what you have in mind and I’ll reply with a rate quote!

Don’t miss these great posts and Giveaways as they go live! Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin so you don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaway events! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

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!


Holiday Adventure Books Blast $100 Amazon GC #Giveaway {Ends 12/9}

This Book Blast is brought to you courtesy of Adventure Quest Books. Answer the hero’s call to adventure and enjoy more tales, legends and myths from the ancient and medieval worlds for MG and YA readers.

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About the Books

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur by Fiona Ingram

The Search for the Stone of Excalibur - coverTitle: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur (The Chronicles of the Stone, Book 2) | Author: Fiona Ingram | Publication Date: October 6, 2014 | Publisher: The Educational Publisher / Biblio Publishing | Pages: 399 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: Continuing the adventure that began in Egypt a few months prior in The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair are hot on the trail of the second Stone of Power, one of seven ancient stones lost centuries ago. This stone might be embedded in the hilt of a newly discovered sword that archaeologists believe belonged to King Arthur: Excalibur. However, their long-standing enemy, Dr. Khalid, is following them as they travel to Scotland to investigate an old castle. Little do they know there is another deadly force, the Eaters of Poison, who have their own mission to complete. Can Justin and Adam find the second Stone of Power and survive? And why did Aunt Isabel send a girl with them? And how annoying for them that their tag-along companion, Kim, seems to have such good ideas when they are stumped.

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Max’s Arabian Adventure by Wendy Leighton-Porter

Max's Arabian Adventure by Wendy Leighton-PorterTitle: Max’s Arabian Adventure | Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter | Publication Date: July 16, 2014 | Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing | Pages: 82 | Recommended Ages: 7+

Summary: In this spin-off adventure from the Shadows From The Past series, Max the talking Tonkinese cat goes on a solo mission without his usual time-travelling companions. Snatched from the house where he lives with eleven-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot, Max is dragged back into the past by an evil magician who has lined him up to perform a special task. Torn away from all he holds dear, the despondent cat fears he may never be able to return to the present and his beloved owner, Jemima. What will become of him? Will he make it back or will he be condemned to remain forever in a distant time and place, far from home?

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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl CarpinelloTitle: Sons of the Sphinx | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Publication Date: October 10, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 182 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: Armed with what she considers her grandmother’s curse, 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena. Though Hesena’s ba inhabits part of Rosa, finding the whole spirit of Hesena so that she and Tut can be together for the first time in over 3300 years proves to be a harder task than Rosa first thinks. Thrust back into Ancient Egypt with Tut, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena is not all she must do. She must keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth’s evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back home.

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About the Authors

Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram, Author

I love ancient history, mystery, legends, and travel. Join my young heroes Justin and Adam in an exciting quest as they search for the Seven Stones of Power. Each book is a new adventure, so be part of it!

Website: http://www.fionaingram.com

 

 

Wendy Leighton-Porter

Wendy Leighton-PorterI spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them. I take young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past and hope that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them.

Website: www.wendy-leighton-porter.com

 

Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello AuthorI’m a retired high school English teacher. My hope is to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

Website: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com

 

 

* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Contest closes: December 9, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Fiona Ingram, Cheryl Carpinello, and Wendy Leighton-Porter and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Agent Ace $250 Crate & Barrel #Giveaway {Ends 11/24} #AgentAce

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Sponsored by: Agent Ace

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media

Agent Ace is the new way to find the best real estate agent. When you’ve thought about buying a home, how did you figure out who would help you with that? Did you find someone who you felt you could trust to get you what you wanted from it, whether that was a good price on a new home or the best sale of your old one? A lot of homeowners and potential buyers will just pick a random agent from a list online without a lot of background on what they’re best at. It’s like throwing a dart at the Yellowpages. With just a little information from you, Agent Ace can match you with the best agent to sell your home or buy a new one.

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They’re not a service who bases their list on whoever pays the most in your area either, so there’s no worry about what goes on behind the scenes. For those of us in the market, Agent Ace a completely free service. Their innovative, patented technology — the Agent Connection Engine (ACE) — makes an unbiased evaluation of every agent who has bought or sold a home just like the one you’re trying to close on based on the information you’ve provided. They gather and analyze years of past home sales data from ALL the real estate agents in your state, not just a small network. Then they promise to recommend the single best agent for your needs — based on facts.

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Agent Ace is free, easy to use, and there’s no obligation to use any of the agents they recommend. You’re not locked into anything if you don’t find someone you think fits or if maybe you decide you’re not ready yet. They make up to 3 agent recommendations for buying and 3 for selling so you can choose the best fit for your needs and your style. Once they identify your best agent, the experienced Agent Specialists will screen them and confirm that they can fully commit to you. They do the initial contact and the sometimes awkward “Hey, can you take a new client right now?” questions for you. Once they’re sure it’s a great fit, your recommended agent will give you a call within 24 hours (but usually sooner). It’s as easy as ordering take-out.

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If you’re even considering getting into the housing market for your dream home, whether to buy or sell, you can check out Agent Ace’s amazing system from the comfort of your home (in your pajamas) at AgentAce.com.

Speaking of Dream Homes, Agent Ace wants to help you decorate yours. Two lucky winners are going to receive Crate & Barrel gift cards! The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card and a runner up will receive a $100 gift card. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the US through November 24, 2014. Enter using the form below and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Crate & Barrel, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact brookedoesitall@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments.


November Anything Goes #Giveaway Hop {Ends 11/24} #RWMevent

November Anything Goes

Welcome to the Anything Goes Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Review Wire and The Frugal Find. All participating blogs are offering a prize of at least $15. Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you berry hurry the hop ends on November 24th! Both The Review Wire and The Frugal Find are offering a prize you don’t want to miss!

The prize at this stop will be a $25 Target Gift Card.

Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 24, 2014. The Anything Goes Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media. 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 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!


Holiday Gift Guide: Black Magic Man $25 Amazon or Paypal #Giveaway Ends 11/23

Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Black Magic Man by Ju Ephraime (Release Date 11/20/2014)

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Great gift idea for: Adult Romance Novel fans

Cost: $2.99

Black Magic Man

Details: Jean Louis is a sorcerer and withdrew from society long ago. He’s been living as a recluse for too many years to remember near the graveyard in his hometown, the village of La Souf, on the island of St. Lucia.

Occasionally, out of necessity, he is forced to venture into the town to pick up supplies. On one of his rare visits to the town, while standing at the bus stop, he sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. His eyes keep going back to her as if drawn by some unknown force. At one time, he wouldn’t have hesitated to follow and claim her, but he is getting tired and too old for the game. He gave up lusting after women a long time ago.

But something about this woman sparks his interest. He keeps looking, and just then, a tall, powerfully built man comes out of a store and stands next to her. She appears to have been waiting for him because he takes her hand in his, and they begin walking away. Against his will, as if drawn by some invisible string, Jean Louis begins following them. He wants to memorize everything about her—she is beautiful. It is then he notices the wedding ring on her finger.

Hell, he thinks, she’s married.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t deter him. If anything, he becomes more obsessed with the beautiful woman. Whether she’s married or not, he has to have her, and like a snake slithering away from its discarded skin, he shakes himself and sets about doing what he does best—going after what he wants, and hang the consequences.

Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

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 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!


Celebrate Rent the Runway’s 5th Anniversary!

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Celebrate Rent the Runway’s 5th Anniversary!
Rent the Runway is celebrating their 5th anniversary. In honor of this occasion, they partnered with designers to create their exclusive 5Y Collection. To start celebrating with Rent the Runway, shop for a dress or gown from one of these 5Y Collection designers: Badgley Mischka, Christian Siriano, Marchesa Voyage, Monique Lhuillier and Lela Rose. Complete your look with fabulous accessories by Kenneth Jay Lane and Oscar de la Renta. Here are just a few of the amazing looks available to you:

Monique Lhuillier
Presenting Dress
Badgley Mischka

Helena Gown

Lela Rose
Catch the Wave Gown

If you need another reason to shop now, read this: Rent the Runway is the hottest sensation in rentable designer dresses and accessories. Dresses are tailored to fit all shapes and sizes (available in sizes 0-22), and you can even select an additional backup size to be shipped at no extra cost. Rent the Runway also has more than 25 stylists on hand available as consultants to help women find the perfect look, wear it and send it back with no dry cleaning, no shipping costs, no stress.

 

Shop Rent the Runway’s exclusive 5Y Collection.


WWE Live Event Giveaway Sponsored by Birthday Express

WWE Live Event Giveaway Sponsored by Birthday Express
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Birthday Express WWE Giveaway

Birthday Express WWE Live Event Ticket Giveaway
You can win a family 4-pack of tickets to a WWE live event from Birthday Express. Visit the giveaway’s Facebook page to enter. You can enter each day from now until November 9th for a chance to win.

World Wrestling Entertainment has entertained children and adults for generations. That’s why a WWE-themed party will be a hit with your future World Heavyweight Champion. But, planning your child’s birthday party shouldn’t be as painful as the Royal Rumble. With a WWE party in a box, favors and balloons from Birthday Express your child will feel like the world’s most popular wrestling star. When your child feels like a star, you’ll feel like a champion yourself!


Orkin #MouseInAHouse Cozy Fleece Winter Blankets #Giveaway {Ends 11/19}


Fall has arrived, and cooler weather has come with it. Whether or not you know it, your warm house is an open invitation to unwanted guests looking for a cozy winter vacation: rodents. Each fall, rodents migrate from their outdoor “summer home” to the warmth, food and shelter of their “winter timeshare” – your house!

Being human has its perks, like having a cozy house to enjoy during the winter, but imagine having to survive as a mouse? Try your luck by playing “Mouse in a House” – a choose-your-own-adventure game that puts you in the shoes of a rodent looking to survive the upcoming harsh winter season – try your best to stay alive and see how long you last!

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your home. To learn more about pest control grounded in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN®.

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Each household is only eligible to win One Orkin #MouseInAHouse Cozy Fleece Winter Blankets via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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 an identical prize package in return for promoting this event. 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!



SEA-BAND® MAMA #SeaBandMamaMorningSicknessRelief

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.
When I was pregnant with my children, I had different cravings with each child, and morning sickness with all of them! With my oldest two, I had terrible morning sickness, and worked throughout both pregnancies. I had an office where I assisted my customers throughout the day, and I had to keep a stash of the food I craved and the food that helped ease the nausea in my desk, to sneak between clients.

Half of all pregnant women will experience morning sickness, and eating small meals throughout the day does help in most cases. But there are also products available now to help as well. SEA-BAND® MAMA is one of these! SEA-BAND® MAMA offers a concentrated Ginger Lozenge with Folic Acid or an Acupressure Wrist Band to help! These are wonderful because they offer Drug Free Relief, No Side Effects, they are effective, the Wrist Band is reusable and washable. (Bonus: They may be used for travel sickness or chemotherapy induced nausea as well.) I currently take a medication for an Auto Immune Disorder that makes me very ill at least one day each week. I do take Folic Acid supplements, but I still battle nausea. I tried the Acupressure Wrist Band this week, and was ecstatic to see that it really made a difference! On the day I’m normally so ill, I had an important appointment that could not be rescheduled, but I was able to keep it and not get sick while I was there.

Know someone who is expecting or experiencing nausea problems? Be sure they watch the Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy Video below:

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For more information on SEA-BAND® MAMA Products and to learn more about morning sickness, be sure to visit their website, and “Like” them on Facebook. SEA-BAND® MAMA Products are available to purchase at CVS Pharmacy.

Have you experienced morning sickness or know someone that has? What were some tips and tricks you’ve heard of to overcome the queasy feeling?
For more information about Sea-Band® Mama and to learn more about morning sickness visit http://www.sea-band.com/mama 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.


Totally Awesome $750 Amazon #Giveaway {Ends 12/3}

Totally Awesome November

My blogger friends and I have come together to bring you another Totally Awesome Amazon Giveaway! This month we’re giving away a $750 Amazon gift card to one of our lucky readers!

Want a chance to be the lucky winner? Here’s what you need to do – bookmark this page and come back every day to enter and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!

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Prize: $750 Amazon gift card

Organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Co-hosts: A Few Short Cuts  Jenns Blah Blah Blog Pretty Thrifty Young Finances  Our Nashville Life Behind Blue Eyes True Story Book Blog Polished Closets  Misadventures with Andi Good Girl Gone Glam Bless Her Heart Y’all Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink The Bewitchin’ Kitchen Blog by Donna Gator Mommy Reviews Beauty in the Mess Krystal’s Kitsch Libby’s Library Infused Reviews  Stacy’s Savings Barbara’s Beat Mommy Knows What’s Best Some of This and That  Can’t Google Everything The Jort Report Deb Knows Best

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. All entries are optional. Giveaway ends 12/3 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

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 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!


Holiday Gift Guide: Lincoln Logs #Giveaway Ends 11/30

Practical Frugality 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

 

Holiday Gift GuideLincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin

*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: Children 3 and over or adults who want to relive their childhood :)

Age Range: 3+

Cost: $45 on sale TODAY for $22.50 at Amazon as the Deal of the Day!

Details: The Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin gives kids raw materials to help them develop their creativity and motor skills. Invented more than nine decades ago, these wooden building sets have a rich history of inspiring and entertaining children. The blocks are still made in the same manner as the early days, with real wood and a high-quality finish to keep the blocks in top shape for years to come. With more than 80 pieces, children ages three and up will enjoy building the multitude of structures they can create.

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Don’t miss out on any great posts or giveaways this holiday season! Be sure to Follow me on Pinterest! Karen Puleski – Kdkaren. Subscribe via Email, RSS Feed, or Follow me on Bloglovin! Don’t forget to click to “Like” on my facebook page and click “Get Notifications” then like/comment/share a recent post to make sure they show up in your feed. I’m also on Twitter, G+, and Instagram!

If you’d like me to host a giveaway for your company, please contact me at kpuleski@gmail.com with your requested terms, conditions, and prize information so I can reply with a quote to cover the cost of the event. Bloggers, if you’d like to co-host any of my Holiday Gift Guide events, please email me for details.

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 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!


Take control of your credit report with Credit Karma™

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Tracking PixelWhen I was in college, I began working at a bank as a part time teller. Over the years I worked very hard and earned several promotions and advancements, eventually becoming a Bank Officer who handled many responsibilities, including approving loans. The training I went through really came in handy years later when I had my identity stolen and had to deal with a lot of stressful financial issues. While I was working as a loan officer, I took the opportunity to try and help my customers, going above and beyond what the job required. It can be challenging to let someone know they haven’t been approved for a loan they’ve applied for, and while it’s not always a surprise to the applicant, people usually know if they have credit problems unless it’s a stolen identity situation, showing kindness and offering tips on ways to improve or build credit can really go a long way. Once someone has been denied a loan, they are typically entitled to a free credit report. I encouraged my clients to bring that in when they received it, and we’d go over it together. Most people don’t fully understand how different factors affect their credit. I am pleased to be joining with Credit Karma™ in this sponsored post opportunity to explain a few of the basics about credit reports, and to let you know that you no longer have to be denied credit to access your credit report for free. Credit Karma™ offers this service every day! No credit card number required to access the information, and it’s updated weekly. Take control of your credit report with Credit Karma™ today!

Credit Karma™ opened in 2007 and since that time has slowly expanded the services they offer. With over 220 million Americans with a credit profile, they are trying to spread awareness about their FREE program. Sadly over 33% of Americans have never checked their credit report, and of those, approximately 25% have errors on their reports. Credit Karma™ has a mission to be pro-consumer, and to help put you back in control of your credit information. They are affiliated with Transunion, so the report you are shown is from one of the three credit bureaus.

The credit score range is from 300-820. A good score to aim for is about 720. However, 83% of Americans have a score below this number. Having a good score will help you get the best interest rates and best benefits, saving you money, and reducing financial related stress! Read more