Showing posts from December, 2010

Mini Social, $10 off of $10!

Check this out!!

Join the Mini Social (discount designer kid's products) and get a $10 credit through January 7, 2011. Just use code merry10 at checkout. Currently, there is a sale from Random House with books starting at just $2.99. Just add at least $10 in items to your cart to use this free credit. You can get several books during this sale and just pay the flat rate shipping cost of $6.95!

There are several other sales you can use the $10 credit, including go mama go, maternity clothes, vintage earth organics and more.


I am sure you have all heard of Groupon...but have you signed up for it...and used it? It is an awesome opportunity to get things that you normally do, at a HUGE discount. I don't ever buy things that I don't normally do, or use...but if it is something I usually do, then I am ALL IN! Check it out. If nothing more...just sign up and you can have the "specials" sent to you daily! I just got 3 Redbox rentals for the price of 1. Not too shabby! Click on the link below! giveaway extended


I have decided to extend the giveaway to the end of the year. have until midnight on the 31st of December!!! To enter click here!!!


Remember JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!!! Don't forget that if it wasn't for God sending His ONLY son into the world, known of us would know His saving grace! Thank you Jesus for coming to this earth as a little baby, enduring life with us, and then dying for us to save us from our sins. YOU THE MAN!!!!

Christmas in Nebraska


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Recently I was asked to review photos from Basically what it is, is a site that allows you to put in your photo and select a Santa pose to put in your photo. I was a bit unsure....I wasn't sure how good it would easy it would be, etc. What I found though was that you can make it look very real by "sizing" Santa to your picture which is VERY easy, and the whole process was extremely easy and very quick! I was VERY happy with the outcome.

You can check it out for yourself

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa caught in
their house. That is what enticed me! My two older boys are starting to doubt the existence. And yes...I know that someday they will know the truth...but it is FUN to believe! I still even believe. Why can't God have a Santa to make …

New FREE Media Diet Calculator launch December 26th!

With the Christmas nearly upon us, we know lots of you will be giving and getting electronic gifts this year. So we wanted to let you know about a way to calculate your family’s media intake.

You can find more information in the press release below.

New Free Media Diet Calculator Planned to Launch Dec. 26

Aims to Bring Awareness of Family Media Intake Versus Real Life Interaction

Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 15, 2010…
After a season filled with record-setting cell phone and gaming gifts to teens and tweens, iShine is announcing the upcoming Dec. 26 release of the Family Media Diet Calculator. The calculator is a new tool providing customized awareness to families in regards to how much time they spend connected to media in comparison to the amount of hours they spend plugged in with real life interaction and content consumption.

By visiting, parents nationwide will be able to plug in amounts of time their families spend texting, browsing online, consuming television…

NLT Facebook Page Sweepstakes

I wanted to fill you in on an exciting contest that is currently being run and sponsored by the New Living Translation. We’re highlighting three ministries, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oasis International, and The Dream Center, (click on the link to learn more details about these ministries) and by voting for one of these ministries you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes. I have a personal soft spot for the Dream Center as I grew up with Pastor Matthew at his fathers church (pastor Barnett at Phoenix First Assembly of God).

To enter, visit the NLT Facebook page by clicking here.

There are several levels of prizes you can win, here are the details:

With the Give the Word Bible Contest and Giveaway:
• Ministries win: Each time the NLT Facebook Page reaches a fan count milestone, votes will be tallied and the three ministries will receive cash donations from the New Living Translation and Tyndale House Publishers.
• Everyone wins: Everyone who enters on the Bible Contest website wins a …

My winnings since May!

I meant to start posting these as soon as I started winning...but time got away from I am going to back post from May to now on my winnings throughout blog land. From here on out though, I would like to post monthly. Why am I posting about the thing I am winning? Am I gloating?? NO! Absolutely not! BUT...I want you to see how FUN, how EASY, and how very little time it takes to win a ton of free things for you and your family! My Christmas has been pretty well taken care of thanks to my blog entries! I have had to spend very little money this year which has been a HUGE blessing! I don't like to give the kids, or even me, things that have been won right away....I don't want them to be spoiled. Some of the the vaccuum...were badly needed so I used them right away, but most of the things I have kept in my gift cabinet and I am giving them to the kids...or myself...or someone else special on the holidays or their birthdays, etc. So here is the lowdown:
May Rain…


Back in September I did a giveaway for Rohto Cooling Eyedrops. I was waiting to reach 100 followers before I did the drawing. We didn't QUITE get to it...but I really wanted to do the drawing before the end of the I went ahead and did the drawing even with only 63 followers. :-( BUT...I am THRILLED to announce that LJD is the winner!! She was number 6 comment! I used to get the winning number.

LJD said...
GFC Follower. :) Good luck hitting 100!

Congratulations LJD! You have 48 hours to respond!

Merry Christmas!!!!


Paperspring GIVEAWAY!!!!

JUMP ON THIS!!! THIS GIVEAWAY WILL ONLY GO THROUGH MIDNIGHT ON THE 19TH OF DECEMBER!!!! THAT IS SUNDAY!!!! YOU MUST COMMENT BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY THE 19TH TO GET INTO THIS DRAWING!!!!!!!!!!! GET MORE OF YOUR FRIENDS INVOLVED!!! Make sure EVERYONE knows about this awesome giveaway!!! Especially if you don't have your Christmas cards done yet!! :-)

I have some GREAT news for holiday card procrastinators out there...guess what?? THERE IS STILL TIME!!!!! Paperspring...remember them? I have reviewed their products two or three times. Their products are FANTASTIC! Anyway...Paperspring is offering 10% off all Holiday cards PLUS FREE 2 day shipping on orders of $50 or more now until December 20th. Use code HOL10 to save 10% on any order and select Two Day Shipping during checkout to receive FREE 2 day shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Would you like a 2011 StickyStock Calendar ($19.95 retail price)? Details to it can be found here. Or read on:

StickyStock calendar…

CINCH!!!! Preorder book!

It's that time! Time to start thinking about New Years Resolutions! And what is one of the MOST popular least for Americans? That's right...losing some of that extra weight we carry around! Get a jump on preordering a copy of a new book called "Cinch" by Cynthia Sass. You won't be sorry you did!! Stay tuned for a review on the book coming soon!!!!!

AMAZON ($15.59):

What I tweeted!
•Thinking @ '11 Resolutions? Preorder copy of new book “Cinch!” by @CynthiaSass author "Flat Belly Diet" #cinch

*I was given no compensation for this post. Everything is my opinion. I am a member of One2one network who gave me the opportunity to review this book and in doing so, I was put in a drawing.*

My Special Mom Bag review! Item #4

For info on this Special Mom Bag stuff go here, here and here! Please pass these posts on to others you know to get my followers up there...then maybe I can start GIVING more away instead of JUST reviewing them......

Item #4...then I have to go to bed...items number 5, 6 and 7 will have to wait!!! Sorry! I'm getting #4...Bella B Tummy to Toes Cooling Leg and Foot Cream! Yippee!!
Everytime I was pregnant, I struggled with my legs hurting...and I always wanted to find something that would help them. I did use a Mary Kay item for awhile, but it had Eucalypus smell in it, and I couldn't stomach it thanks to my pregnancy. I HAVE sampled this and I think it is great! It works like a charm. I don't have pregnant aches in my legs and feet right now, but I do have weather changing aches in my legs and feet and this really helped with those aches and pains. It has several organic moisturizers to help penetrate deep into your legs to help wtih the dry skin too.…

My Special Mom Bag review! Item #3

For info on this "mom" bag review...check out my earlier posts here and here!
Now for item #3! The Baby K'tan! Now...I did not actually receive this product to review...but I DID receive an informational packet on it, and a Baby K'tan hat. I also have known people that have had Baby K'tan's...or a knock off brand. Let me just say this first off...if you can figure it looks FANTASTIC! I for one am not good at figuring things like that out. I couldn't even figure out the one that they lay in! makes me nervous to have them just hanging in there without clips and buckles. Just me. It looks AWESOME though. If I had a newborn and could get over my fears, I would definitely have to try it! The hat they sent is made out of the same material and it is a VERY well made, soft, sturdy hat. The material is very durable...that part would not worry me at fact, it is such a soft material, I wouldn't mind being swaddled in it! This looks lik…

My Special Mom Bag review! Item #2

For more info go to my #1 post here. Before I go on...I just want to say that some of these items I might be able to have giveaways with if I had over 100 who do you know who would love to follow a quirky, not so busy blog???? Send them over!!!

Okay....Item #2: Another favorite of mine....the Halo SleepSack Swaddle. I received one of these with my 4th son. It was a knock off brand though...this is the ACTUAL Halo SleepSack. Now...I haven't tried it because I no longer have a newborn...but let me say about the is fabulous. I loved the one I had for my son. I wasn't concerned about suffocation because there were no blankets in his crib and I wasn't concerned that he would be too warm or too cold. The Halo SleepSack though is MUCH softer and more than likely more durable then my knock off brand was. It feels fabulous! This one has the swaddle aspect to it too...whereas mine did not. So basically when baby is really little...they like to be swaddled.…

My Special Mom Bag review! Item #1

Recently I received a "Mom" bag full of goodies to review. Okay...not so recently. has been sitting by my desk now probably for a couple months. It has been a busy couple of months my defense. Anyway...better late then never...right? So I thought I would take this time before midnight...while the house is quiet and the blizzard is still going strong outside, to do some reviewing. I have read up on and/or tried the products already...I just haven't had the time to actually write the review yet. Anyway....I received 7 items in the bag. Yeah me! So there will be 7 posts...why? Its just easier with the texts and the pictures...yadda, yadda, here goes!

Item number 1: My personal favorite...the Puddle Jumper Life Jacket! WOW! I have to say...I LOVE this item! This adjustable, comfortable life jacket features buckle snaps in the back, fits kids 30-50 pounds and is US Coast Guard Approved. It is made by Stearns...The Life Jacket Experts. It …

"America's Most Amazingly Energized Woman" Contest Blog Post

We are celebrating and acknowledging an "Amazingly Energized Woman" in your life!

Do you know an "Amazingly Energized Woman"?
Do you know a woman who manages to stay healthy and energized and enjoy life to the max? Does she squeeze in a workout while cleaning the house, or turn any activity with her kids into a fun game? If you know a woman who does it all with a smile on her face, nominate her for this opportunity to be acknowledged and celebrated. (Pssst, maybe this woman is YOU!)
Centrum's "America's Most Amazingly Energized Woman" Contest - through January 3, 2011.

•This holiday season, the makers of Centrum® and Molly Shannon are in search of “America’s Most Amazingly Energized Woman” and need your help!
•Centrum® invites you to nominate someone who lives life and loves to the fullest during the holiday season while staying healthy (you can even nominate yourself!)
•Go to to nominate someone by shar…

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" Review

I was asked to review an episode of NBC's "Community," a smart comedy series about a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. It is first showing TONIGHT, Thursday the 9th on NBC.

Let me first tell you a little bit about this particular episode:

At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group that eventually learns more about themselves than their course work.
Also among the series stars who comprise the group are: comedy legend Chevy Chase ("Chuck") as Pierce, a man whose life experience has brought him infinite wisdom; Gillian Jacobs ("The Book of Daniel") as Britta, the 20-something dropout with something to prove; Yvette Nicole Brown ("Rules of Engagement") as Shirley, a sassy middle-aged divorcĂ©e; Danny Pudi ("Greek") as Abed, a pop culture junkie; Alison Brie (&q…

It's Thoughtful!

Go to the Its Thoughtful website listed above and sign up for your chance to win $25 giftcard!!!!!

Phonics Fantasy Theater

I just won a copy of Phonics Fantasy Dance DVD from Simply Stacie. I have enjoyed it and so has my two year old Major. They are offered family and friends a 40% discount off their DVD list price through December 31st, 2010 if you are interested. Their website is The promo code is: tonya.

BGEA: Meditation: Learning to Think of God

BGEA: Meditation: Learning to Think of God

This article did so much for me in this season of my life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did....

Paperspring review

Hi all! I know I have done a review on Paperspring before...but I feel so strongly about their product that I thought I would let you all know again! They have a ton of options for your photo needs...and even non-photo needs. They sent me some samples of their cards and the paper that they are printed on is very solid, sturdy and professional looking. Their newest cards also are Paperlink-enabled...which means you can turn to the back of the card to view bonus material...meaning you can scan the "widget" with the free Paperlinks iPhone app or visit and enter a special code. I don't have an iPhone, so I went to the website and entered the special code that was on the back of the sample card. This particular sample card was a birth announcement. It simply said that the child was born and his "stats". When I put the code in at the website though it went WAY into more detail. It was very having a little diary…

GiveBack & Give Thanks During The Holidays

I recently had the opportunity to review the GiveBack It's your Foundation Website. I wasn't really sure what to expect at first, but I was pleasantly surprised. Celebrities like Serena Williams and Oprah Winfrey support it and use it.

What is GiveBack?
*Start your own personal foundation, help your favorite charities.
*Earn money for your foundation automatically by shopping online.
*100% of GiveBack donations go to the charities you support.

So basically, you make your own foundation to help the charities that you love. Then when you shop online, you will get money to put towards those charities. When you sign up...which is will automatically get $5 in your account. Just to see what would happen, I signed up and I DID get the $5 in my account. I then made a personal foundation and donated my $5 to MOPs International. You can donate it to anywhere...when you choose your charities you can put in your state and city and support something locally, or anything nationwide. …