December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

365-360 by parrettfive, on Pix-O-Sphere
Happy New Year! 

I am looking forward to sharing all my bloggy ideas with you in 2011. 
STAY SAFE! Its NOT to late to arrange for a designated driver, arrange a taxi OR stay home.
Talk to you next year :)

December 30, 2010

Perfume Emporium: $15 off any 2 items using coupon code



fuzzy snowman by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-SpherePerfume Emporium is running a year end sale to get rid of inventory and make room for new 2011 inventory. Receive 20% off any purchase now till the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31st. Use coupon code YEAREND to receive discount of 20% off.  

If you are a member, you get BeautyBucks with EVERY PURCHASE and it is FREE to join! If you haven't joined their site click here and they will give you 50,000 Free Beauty Bucks when you sign up. ($10.00 value). Once you do that I'll get a referral bonus, so you and I can both earn some Beauty Bucks!!


They also are still running the following great coupons below:

$15 off any 2 items using coupon code SNOWY15
$5 off any purchase using code SANTA5 

December 29, 2010

#GreatDeal Doodle: A Chalkboard Calendar 2011 {only $2.99} Includes four pieces of colored chalk, a foam eraser, & ...

The calendar you can draw on, erase, then draw on again, Doodle encourages you to express yourself all year long. Every month's spread features a white-on-black image begging for embellishment, with a prompt to inspire: "Design your favorite T-shirt." "What's at the end of the rainbow?" "Give this guy a tattoo." Includes four pieces of colored chalk, a foam eraser, and a drop-down storage pocket to hold them. Let your inner artist out to play! 
List Price:$13.99
Our Price:$5.99 (57% OFF)
Sale Price: $2.99 

They also have other calendars on sale for only $2.99 (while supplies last) at Book Closeouts, including:

  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler's Calendar (A Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2011)
  • Audubon 365 Songbirds & Other Backyard Birds (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2011)
  • Audubon Wildflowers Calendar 2011
  • 365 Days in Italy (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2011)
  • 365 Days of Islands (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2011)
  • 365 Golf Holes (Page-A-Day Calendar 2011)
  • 365 Kittens a Year Calendar 2011: The Original (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendars)
  • 365 Puppies a Year: The Original (Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2011)
  • 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (Page-A-Day Calendar 2011)
  • Book Lover's Calendar for 2011(Page-A-Day)
  • Cute Overload: 365 Days of Immpossibly Cute Photos (Page-A-Day Calendar 2011)
  • Darts! Calendar 2011
  • Origami (Page-A-Day Calendar 2011)
  • Original Sudoku ( Page-A-Day Calendar 2011)
  • Pocket Pigs: Featuring the Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm 2011 Calendar
  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark: A Month-by-Month Tour of Major League Baseball Ballparks Past and Present (December 2010-December 2011 Calendar)
  • Trout of North America 2011 Calendar
  • Will Shortz Presents Ken Ken: 365 Number Puzzles for 2011 (Page-A-Day Calendar)

Disclosure: I am a BookColseout affiliate

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    After perusing the catalog for an hour, I finally decided upon these two items:

    Step2 Deluxe Nursery Center  

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    December 23, 2010

    #Free $5 Video-On-Demand Credit






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    December 22, 2010

    HURRY! Only $12.99 No batteries REQ'd {flashlight/radio/siren/phone charger combo}

    Kaito KA404 Emergency Hand Crank Dynamo 5-LED Flashlight with AM/FM radio 


    This is a must have item for your emergency kit. There are so many features for only $12.99! This "wind up flashlight" uses no batteries and has an AM/FM radio as well as port to charge your phone, MP3 player or whatever via USB. You are saving $11.96 on the product PLUS you will never have to worry if the batteries are fresh because it requires NONE! Don't miss out, this will not be on sale for long.

    Product Features:

    • Super-bright 5-LED flashlight, 1-LED/5-LED selectable
    • Charge by easy hand-cranking action, lasts 30 minutes cranked 1 minute
    • AM/FM radio with Siren
    • Hand crank rechargeable, no need for replacing batteries or bulbs
    • USB cable included for charging cellphones with USB connections.

     Product Description:

    The Kaito KA404 combines a sturdy 5-LED flashlight with an AM/FM radio, giving users a handy versatile camping accessory, job site companion, car gadget or in an emergency situation, such as a hurricane or an earthquake. Made of durable, high-impact plastic, the rugged device features 5 super bright LEDs, each of which is rated at 15,000 MCD, and it can last for 10 minutes if cranked for 1 minute. The flashlight is great for illuminating a campsite or dimly lit work area, campers will also enjoy the FM radio and its built-in speaker and telescoping FM antenna, which improves reception in out-of-the-way locations. AND The flashlight has an output jack for charging your mobile devices, such as cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs and etc. AND A USB cable is included for charging your gadgets with a USB connection.

    List Price: $24.95 Sale Price: $12.99  


    December 20, 2010

    Did you #Print your AC Moore Coupon: 60% OFF

    Print a 60% OFF coupon for Any One Regular Price Item at A.C. Moore TOMORROW 12/21/10 ONLY

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    Scrapbooking: #free ebooks, paper & embellishments

    Do you like scrapbooking? If so, check out ScrapGirls, they have free ebooks, free papers and embellishments to get started.  They also send out freebies with each of their e-newsletters.ScrapGirls

    *Thanks hunnnydew for the heads up!

    December 19, 2010

    HURRY! Get your copy of Divanomics #FREE

    Divanomics Once upon a time, Michelle McKinney Hammond’s lifestyle centered around the finer things in life—designer clothes, five-star restaurants, and bag after bag of high-end nonessentials. Then one day, like many people, Michelle awoke to find herself on the losing end of a most unwelcome and unexpected financial downturn. In response, she quickly went from “spoiled” to “fabulously frugal,” and with courage and a sense of humor, she made the necessary adjustments in her life.

    Now, Hammond, a self-proclaimed DIVA (Divine Inspiration for Victorious Attitude), shares what she learned about her own spending, desires, and needs and how she adjusted to life during an unpredictable economy. Divanomics is filled with money-saving tips on fashion, beauty, home decor, entertaining, diet, housing, and more.

    From the Back Cover

     

    Michelle McKinney Hammond learned everything she knows about money the hard way—she ran out of it. But any diva worth her weight in gold knows how to turn lemons into lemonade. So get ready to join Michelle as she shares dozens of diva-licious secrets, tips, and tricks guaranteed to help you squeeze every last drop out of even the tightest budgets!
    With Michelle’s help, you’ll
    • find out how to get everything a girl wants for free or next to nothing!
    • discover how to dine like a diva on a dime!
    • learn how to shop in your own closet! And more . . .
    Whether your money issues are a result of an unexpected economic downturn or willful shop-o-holism, Divanomics will show you how to make the most of what you have, get what you want, and maintain your diva standards without spending money you don’t have!

    **HURRY! I don't know how long this will last but right now, you can download Divanomics FREE HERE.
     

    December 17, 2010

    #GreatDeal Get 20% off @Payless with coupon code


    THREE DAYS ONLY - Take 20% off your next Payless purchase with coupon code 40856

    #Free 4oz Reed Diffuser with ANY purchase USE CODE

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    Strawberry Shortcake 50% off & #FREESHIPPING Code

    Hasbro has Strawberry Shortcake 50% off with Free Shipping  TODAY ONLY:

    50% Off Strawberry Shortcake  Offer expires 12/17/2010 at 11:59 pm (ET). 
    Free Shipping Offer expires 12/20/10 11:59 am (ET) 

    Use Code DAILY17

    Hurry! #FREE The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook #Kindle

    The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: A Magical Christmas Menu Sample
    This is being offered for FREE for a limited time.  Free eBook Download!

    Sure, you can't be in Hogwarts Hall for the Christmas feast, but you can add some wizadry to your own holiday meal with this free e-book! The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: A Magical Christmas Menu includes 16 recipes guaranteed to enchant your friends and family this holiday season. From mouth-watering appetizers to decadent desserts and a steaming cup of Mrs. Weasley's Hot Chocolate, this season you can conjure a feast that would satisfy even Hagrid's hearty appetite!
     

    December 16, 2010

    Giveaway: Dakota Child by Linda Ford

    Dakota Child

    I am so excited to welcome you to my first GIVEAWAY!!

    I am a Harlequin Ambassador and received five complimentary copies of Linda Ford's Love Inspired Historical books; Dakota Child.  I would like to share a copy with four ThriftyUrbanMom readers.

    FROM THE BACK COVER:

    Trapped in a North Dakota blizzard, single mother Vivian Halliday's prayer for herself and her child is answered. Rescue comes in the seemingly terrifying form of Billy Black, the hulk of a man feared by all the townsfolk. Yet in the home he shares with his ailing mother, the handsome, gentle giant warms her baby's bottles and sings sweet lullabies that lull even Vivian to peaceful sleep.

    When the storm abates and it is safe to leave, will she seek the life that led her back to the village…or stay where she's found an unexpected family for herself and her Dakota child?


    HOW TO ENTER:

    1) Follow ThriftyUrbanMom on Google Friend Connect
    3) Leave 1 comment (thought) letting me know that you have done the first 2 as well as your email address

    You can tweet the following to share with your friends but it DOES NOT give you extra entries:

    #Giveaway Dakota Child by Linda Ford @ThriftyUrbanMom ends 12/31 http://bit.ly/gkE1o8 

    Giveaway begins 12/15/10 and ends 12/31/10 (midnight ET).
    There will be four (4) winners.

    WINNERS:
    Amber D.
    Sweetsue
    Angiewattie
    Lkvoyer s


    Disclosure: I received these books free through the Harlequin Ambassador program and am not compensated for shipping or in any other capacity.

    December 09, 2010

    No SANTA!? Shockingly, No

    Most people think we are scrooges because we teach our daughter (3yrs old) that Santa is something fun to think about but he is just pretend, like the Easter bunny.  The first thing people say is, "oh, you have taken the fun out of Christmas!"

    Nah, we don't think so. We have lot's of FUN!

    While I focus our prayer time, bible reading and lessons this month on the birth of our Savior, I also incorporate other aspects of the season.

    We make Christmas cards, bake, make homemade gifts, decorate, do crafts and even shop online together!

    Every morning she wakes up asking what Christmas project we get to do today.  I can see the magic of Christmas season truly twinkle in her eye.  Today, I said we make a GINGERBREAD HOUSE!

    December 06, 2010

    #GreatDeal! $29.99 Winter Parka {Osh Kosh Girls 4-6x} with detatchable Leopard Print Hood

    Osh Kosh Girls 4-6x Quilted Parka with Leopard Print Hood, Pink, 5/6

    Nana ordered the pink one for my daughter for Christmas {Thanks, Mom}. I was so happy with this because it really is a thrifty deal. This is a quality brand made parka that ends mid thigh. I love the the way the sleeves fit snugly so no air can get in plus gloves/mittens stay put.  It comes in light pink and pink/brown and it has a detachable hood. Embroidered with hearts. I had to share this deal with you all. She got it at $33.99 two days ago. It is now down to $29.99! Osh Kosh Girls Quilted Parka

    December 05, 2010

    Keeping well during the holiday season #earthfootwear

    fuzzy snowman by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-Sphere 
    With Christmas just 20 days away the thought of maintaining wellness may be the last thing on your mind. Let me stop you there. If you have ever taken a plane ride, you know that in the event of an emergency, you must apply your own oxygen mask before helping others.

    The same concept applies to keeping well during the holidays or any time during the year. If you are not well, you cannot be your best and you and your family will suffer.

    Here are my tips for maintaining wellness:

    Sleep well: Turn off those to-do lists bouncing around in your brain and get some sleep. How often do you notice that your child behaves differently -unruly or sluggish- when they don't get the proper amount of rest? The same thing applies to you too, Mom! Your tolerance level and memory definitely falls short when your sleep deprived.

    Eat healthfully: With all of the baking and holiday parties on your agenda, make time to eat right. It may be tempting to put off your healthy regime until after the 1st of the year but it will not make you happy. Having a balanced diet will help improve your mood and overall stamina. Don't let the carbs and sugar put you in a trance.

    Get moving: It's getting cold, which naturally makes us want to snuggle up and hibernate. Don't do it! Get up and get moving. If you just walk 30 mins a day, you can boost circulation, improve your mood and helps release some of that extra holiday stress.

    Feed your spirit: Don't put off your devotions and prayer during the holiday rush. Not only is it the reason for the season but your faith is the most imprtant tool in your wellness toolbox. We all have people that rub us the wrong way, remember your faith and grace... Let those comments go!

    Laugh often: Don't forget to laugh. While you may have spent 4 hours on a project that resulted in a less than stellar outcome. Remember, it is the journey- the process -not the result that will be remembered. Laughing in itself relieves stress and makes everyone around you feel more comfortable. A smile makes everyone feel welcome.


    Happy Holidays! Be well :)

    Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Earth Footwear "All's Well That Ends Well" blogging program, making me eligible to win a pair of Earth Footwear boots. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

    December 04, 2010

    #FREE Kindle eBOOK: Fireflies in December

    Fireflies in December I was so excited to see Fireflies in December avaiable for FREE for Kindle.  I have been waiting to read this book. Please don't miss your FREE opportunity to download. Read it later, if you want. It has a glowing 4 1/2 stars based upon 85 reviews...

    From Booklist

    Little does anyone realize that simple Christian charity will inflame the bigots and hatemongers in this small Virginia town. Escalating episodes of horrific violence ensue, including sexual attacks directed at 13-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter, the novel’s narrator, after her white family takes in her black best friend, Gemma, when she is orphaned by a tragic fire. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild’s 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan. As these forces impact one family, childhood innocence is lost, but Valent’s characters also experience the affirmation of a deeper, more lasting faith. --Lynne Welch

    Review

    "When her best friend Gemma's parents are killed in a house fire, Jessilyn Lassiter's parents take the girl in. Trouble is, the year is 1932, Gemma is black, the Lassiters are white, and they live in a small Virginia town. Spunky Jessilyn is 13 years old, but her story will appeal to readers of all ages. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent's debut is both heartwarming and hand-wringing as it shows how one family endured the threats small and large of a prejudiced community while maintaining moral integrity. The cast of characters is rich. Jessilyn's mother wrestles with the social cost of challenging convention, her father is a dream dad and the neighbor's wisdom is as spicy as her cake. Jessilyn's romantic interest and penchant for trouble keep the tone light while the plot reminds readers of the evil that ordinary human beings are capable of doing, even in the name of righteousness. The book stares down violence and terror, making its affirmation of surprising goodness believable." --Publishers Weekly, December 1, 2008, starred review

    Little does anyone realize that simple Christian charity will inflame the bigots and hatemongers in this small Virginia town. Escalating episodes of horrific violence ensue, including sexual attacks directed at 13-year-old Jessilyn Lassiter, the novel's narrator, after her white family takes in her black best friend, Gemma, when she is orphaned by a tragic fire. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan. As these forces impact one family, childhood innocence is lost, but Valent's characters also experience the affirmation of a deeper, more lasting faith. --Booklist, December 1, 2008

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