Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Free Cascadian Granola Bar

Looking for freebies in your mailbox? Go here to sign up your free granola bar sample from Cascadain Farms. By signing up you will also receive coupons from them in your e-mail.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Grocery Gathering~ Meijer

Meijer Deals 12/28-1/3

First let me apologize for my lack of Meijer postings. December has been a hard month for me. Not only have I been dealing with the busyness of the Holidays but also many health issues. I am back though and will be searching for the best deals for you.

Buy 10 of the following items for $20 an get $5 of your next shopping trip.

Nabisco Premium saltines
Macaroni & cheese Crackers
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butters
Nabisco Newtons
Nabisco Newtons
Asst. Post Cereals
A1 Steak sauce
Kraft Miracle Whip
Kraft Mayo
Kraft soft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Kraft Philadelphia Cracker Spreads
Planters Nuts - Select varieties

Jell-O Ready to Eat Pudding
$1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
$1.50 per package

Coolwhip Aerosol Cans
$1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
$1.50 per can

Jell-O No Bake Dessert
Oscar Mayer Wieners
Oscar Mayer Precooked Bacon
General Foods International Coffee( this is a great deal on this coffee)

$1 coupon here
$1 per box

DiGiorno for One Pizzas
Kraft singles 12 oz
Oscar Mayer Lunchables

Other Deals

Ekrich Smoked sausage 2/$4
$1/2 coupon 11-02 S exp.01-31
$1.50 per package

LifeSavers Candy bags 5/$5
$1 coupon 10-19 S exp.12-31
Free Until Wednesday

Ragu Pasta sauce 3/$5
.50 coupon(doubled) 11-16 RP exp.01-25
$1.17 per jar
Buy one Ragu Pasta Sauce and get one Muellers Pasta free

Friday, December 19, 2008

ABCs for Babies~Parents® Toy Review

As a first time Mom about 9 years ago I became a avid reader of Parents Magazine. It was so valuable to me as a first time Mom for ideas and advice. There website today is a very valuable source for moms of babies to teens and all the ages in between.

Parents® is also industry leader when it comes to toys. Parents toys have received over 52 awards, including a Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.

Recently I received the Architecture ABCs from Parents® to review. My youngest is almost 6 years old so I didn't think she would fully appreciate them so I sent them for a local toy drive for families in need.
That being the case, I was very impressed with them and wished my kids would have had blocks like these when they were young. They are squeaky and squishy and oh so colorful. I loved the fact that they were soft with no dangerous hard edges. Each block has an adorable creature on it form an alligator to zebra, there is an animal for every letter in the alphabet

If you have a baby this year on your gift list yet to buy for these blocks would make a great gift. You can find them at your local Target store or at for $19.99. As a Mom this product has my Mom's Seal of Approval.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Amazon Holiday Sampler

Love free music? Are you wanting more Christmas music? You are in luck, Amazon is offering a Holiday sampler of music for free. You can download the MP3s right to your computer for free. There are 5 songs that you can get.

  1. I wish you a Merry Christmas

  2. Deck the Halls

  3. The Nutcracker Suite

  4. Auld Lang Syne

  5. Jingle Bells
You can also get more free Christmas music from Amazon's 25 Day of Free holiday music.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tea Lovers Gift Guide

1.Adiago Teas Variable-Temp Kettle As a tea lover this is tops on my list. I love electric tea kettles but this is a notch above because you can set the temperature in which it shuts off. This is great if you love green tea which will taste bitter if the water reaches boiling.
2. Small Origami Tea Tin from Teavana. These are a must to store loose tea.
3. The Republic of Tea Sampler Cube. The Republic of Tea has many great teas. This is a great way to be able to try a variety to see what your favorite is. My favorite happens to be the Vanilla Almond black tea which is not in the sampler.
4. Abaca Holiday Tea Box from The Mighty Leaf. Tea boxes are always a great gift and this one has some great holiday flavors. There teas come in whole leaf biodegradable tea pouches.
5. Culinary Teas Christmas Sampler. I love Culinary Teas. Holiday teas are a big hit with tea lovers. My favorite tea from this company is their Caribbean Blue Lady Tea. This happens to be my all time favorite tea.
6. Frosted Thermal Travel Tumbler from Teavana. These are great looking mugs to take your tea with you. They come with a built in tea strainer that easily comes out once your tea is done steeping.

7. Reflecting Beauty Gift Box from Simpson & Vail. Flowering teas have become very popular and can take enjoying tea to a new level. Not only can you enjoy the taste but also the look. Simpson & Vail is my favorite place to shop for tea. Whenever I am in Connecticut I am always sure to pay them a visit.

As a tea lover these are things I would love. If you are looking for a gift for someone who likes tea these items should help you in your search.

Frugal Friday~Holiday Help Part 2

Last Friday I mentioned using survey rewards to purchase Christmas presents. This year in addition to these survey rewards I have obtained several Christmas presents using My Coke Rewards. I won't mention what they are in case certain family members are reading but I can say that it about $100 worth of gifts. We are not big Coke drinkers in our house but I have several friends and family who give me their caps and codes from their Coke boxes. This does take time as you can only enter 10 codes a day but it has been well worth my time and effort. If you are like me any little bit helps when it comes to cutting down on Holiday spending. So, it is a little late for Christmas this year but start now and next Christmas you could have some pretty good gifts.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Delgo: In Theaters Everywhere Dec.12,2008

Delgo is a new animated action adventure movie that is coming to theaters this Friday December 12. It's impressive voice cast includes Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Delgo), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Princess Kyla), Anne Bancroft (exiled Empress Sedessa) as well as Chris Kattan (Filo), Val Kilmer (Bogardus), Lou Gossett Jr. (Nohrin King), Michael Clarke Duncan (Lockni Stonesage Council), Kelly Ripa (Kurrin), Burt Reynolds (Delgo’s Father) and Sally Kellerman (Narrator).

The story takes place in the magical land of Jhamora which is divided between two cultures – the Nohrin, winged masters of the skies, and the Lockni, the terrestrial tribe who harness the mystical powers of the land. When Delgo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), a reckless Lockni teenager, forms a forbidden friendship with the spunky Nohrin Princess Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt), hostilities between the two peoples escalate, setting the stage for an exiled empress (Anne Bancroft) to exact her revenge and reclaim her rule.

Falsely imprisoned, Delgo and his best friend, Filo (Chris Kattan), must put aside their differences to join forces with a sworn enemy, Bogardus (Val Kilmer), and travel to the mysterious land of Perran to rescue Princess Kyla. Here they encounter fanciful creatures and discover more than just a kidnapped princess, they learn the value of different cultures and the importance of working together.

Combining a magical world, heart-pounding action, and forbidden romance, Delgo is the story of an unlikely hero who must prove his innocence, rescue a princess, reveal a traitor, end a war, and unite the peoples of Jhamora

Being a Mom I realize the importance of family friendly movies. Although this movie has not received much publicity I have watched the trailer and it looks like a very well done animation. I am looking forward to taking my family to go and see it. For more information and to watch the trailers visit

Wordless Wednesday

All Aboard the Polar Express

For more WW go here or here.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Free Coffee Mate at Meijer

This Week at Meijer Coffee Mate is on sale for 99 cents. You can get $1 off printable coupon here which makes it free. The Peppermint Mocha that is out this time of year is my favorite. Even though I have 3 in my fridge I am hoping I can find some this week.

Christmas Tea Sampler

Looking for some great Christmas teas. Culinary Teas is currently offering their Christmas Tea sampler. It includes:

Cinnamon Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Candy Cane Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Cherry Cordial Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Cranberry Orange Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Orange Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Pumpkin Cream Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Gingerbread Cream Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample
Heavenly Plum Spiced Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

These teas sound so yummy. I have recently tried the Cranberry Orange thanks to Denise at Culinary Teas and I can tell you it is a very good tea.

The whole sampler is currently on sale for for $17.09.

Pillsbury "Home is Calling" Giveaway Winner.

I have chosen my winners for the Pillsbury goodies using Custom Random Number Generator.
The winners are:
  1. Petra
  2. silverhartgirl
  3. judybrittle

I have sent them all e-mail. If they don't respond by Tuesday night I will choose a replacement winner. Thanks to all who entered.

My Avon giveaway ends tonight.

Celestial Seasonings Tea

Amazon is running a sale right now on Celestial Seasonings Tea. If you enter the promotional code TEATEA78 when you check out you will get 15% off your purchase. They have a large variety of tea that you will want to check out. I am not sure how long this sale ends so you will want to act fast.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Frugal Friday-Holiday Help

In the past I have posted about the different survey sites that I use to earn a little extra money. You can find a list here.When I receive checks I usually put them in my checking account but I usually stockpile my giftcards and save them to buy Christmas presents for my husband. I don't have much income since I stay at home so it is important to me to feel I am using my own money to buy his Christmas gifts. One year I just bought my husband a wallet and filled it with giftcards that I had earned. With the points that I earn from Zoom Panel I save them up until October and then order my prizes. Last year I got my husband a car vac, 2 DVD's a CD and 10 music downloads for both him and my son. When December comes around it is a great feeling to know most of my shopping is already done.

For other great frugal ideas visit Biblical Womanhood.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Tea With Presidental Families

There was a very interesting article in the Washington Times today about the importance of tea in US history. If you are a tea lover you will want to read this article. It featured the book Tea with Presidential Families.The book is about tea stories involving every President from George Washington to Bill Clinton. After reading the article I think I may have to add this book to my tea book collection.

Avon Gifts for the Holiday and giveaway

The winner is #10 Kristina. Congratulations

Are you looking for that special gift to give but are unsure what it is? Why not condiser giving the gift of great skin. Avon has a line of products called Liiv Botanicals that would be a hit on your holiday gift list this year. The set includes:

What is their secret? Potent formulas enriched with powerful botanicals...dye-free and preservative-free to breathe new life into your skin. I really liked the Body Mosturizer which did a great job of hydrating my dry skin.

Recently I was given the opportunity to try this line of products thanks to Avon and MomSelect. I thought the products have a very fresh smell and left my skin feeling clean and fresh.

Save yourself some money by entering the code JINGLE30 at checkout to receive free shipping with a $30 purchase when you shop with an eRepresentitive. This offer is good through January 1, 2009.

I am giving away a set of these skincare products valued at over $50 to one lucky reader. To enter leave a comment telling your favorite Avon product is in the comments area. For extra entries, blog about this giveaway and leave the link or mention the giveaway on your Twitter page. Make sure you leave a separate comment for each. A winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. Make sure to leave me a way a way to contact you should you be the lucky winner! The winner will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address or an alternate will be drawn. This contest is open until 11:59 pm December 7, 2008

Tea in the Bedroom

This weekend I did something that I have never done before. I served tea on my bedroom floor. My girlfriend and her husband were staying with us and their infant son was sleeping on the bed. They didn't want to leave him alone in the room so we all decided that we would play the game we were planning on playing on the floor of my room so they could keep on eye on him. While playing, we decided we wanted some tea so I filled up my tea tray and carried it up to my room. We sat and drank tea and played while the baby slept on the bed. My daughter was so taken with it she asked if we could have tea today in my room. I got the tea tray ready and a shortbread for each of us and we sat and had tea on my bedroom floor. I think this could become a tradition. It was such a special time.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Grocery Gathering~ Meijer

Meijer Deals11/30-12/6

Kraft Shredded Cheese 3/$6
Buy 3 get a box of Ritz Crackers Free

Fiber One Toaster Pastries 5/$9
.70 coupon 11-16 S exp.12-27
Final price is $1.10

Bob Evans Pork Roll Sausage $3
.35 coupon(doubled) 11-16 S exp.01-18
Final Price is $2.30

Quaker Rice Snacks 5/$5

Kraft Singles 16 oz $2.89
.55 coupon 11-02 S exp.12-06
Final Price is $2.34

Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread $2
$1/2 coupon 10-05 S1 exp.11-30 (Sunday)
Final Price is $1.50(Sunday)

Mt. Olive Pickles $2
.75 coupon 11-02 S exp.12-24
Final Price is $1.25

Select Post Cereals 3/$6

Martha white Muffin Mix 79 cents
.55/2 coupon 11-09 RP 01-31
Final Price is $1.03 for 2

Nestle Harvest Surprise Juicy Juice 2/$5
$1 coupon 09-14 RP exp.12-31
Final Price is $1.50

I didn't find many deals this week so let me know what deals you have found.

For more deals from your favorite places to shop be sure to visit The Grocery Gathering.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Just a Little Laugh

I received this cartoon in my e-mail today and I thought that it was too cute not to share. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

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I pray that God blesses you all with a great Thanksgiving day. May we remeber that He has given us so many things to be thankful for. Of the many things I am thankful for today I am most thankful for Jesus and knowing he is always with me. Enjoy your day with your friends and family.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Free Christmas Music

Thanks to Heather at Freebies 4 Mom I have just learned that is offering free Christmas Music mp3 downloads as a part of her favorite things. It is a whole CD you can download called Holiday Hits 2008. You can even download an CD cover and CD label. It is only available for a limited time. says it is available for 48 hours but I am unsure when this started, so act fast.

Wordless Wednesday

The Pilgrims have arrived.

For more WW go here or here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Pillsbury "Home is Calling" Giveaway.

There is no place like home. One of my favorite memories of childhood is sitting around our kitchen table eating a meal together as a family. There is something about baking that makes home even more magical. Pillsbury helps make baking easy. In only minutes you can have,what is a favorite at our house, Crescent rolls or biscuits or dinner rolls.

Pillsbury has joined up with Feeding America to help feed the hungry in their Home is Calling Campaign. Go visit the Home is Calling campaign, which reminds us of how we all look forward to getting home at the end of the day to reconnect with loved ones. And of course we also think about the aroma of something irresistibly warm and delicious baking at home! When you forward along the link to friends and family from the web site,Pillsbury will make a donation to help deliver more than one pound of groceries to America’s food banks!

In conjuction with this campaign I am giving away a Pillsbury "Home is Calling" gift basket to 3 lucky readers. The basket includes

  • a coupon for Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls

  • a magnetic coupon holder

  • a house-shaped mouse pad

  • a pot holder,

  • a cookie sheet

  • a bread basket

  • and a lovable Pillsbury Doughboy figurine.

To enter this giveaway please visit the Home is Calling site and then come back here and in your comment let me know what your favorite Pillsbury product is. Make sure you leave a way I can get in contact with you.

You can get bonus entries by

  • Blogging about this giveaway

  • Mentioning this giveaway on Twitter

  • Following my blog

    1. Be sure you leave a comment to let me know what you have done. This contest will end on Friday Dec. 5th

      Sunday, November 23, 2008

      The Secret Mountain Books~ Product Review

      Thanks to Team Mom and The Secret Mountain I was recently able to read and share a few of The Secret Mountain books with my daughter. They have several greats books to choose from and we were given three, our favorite being A Duck In New York City. My daughter loves New York City, and wants to be a taxi driver there, so this was an instant draw for her. Every night when she goes to bed we read a story and then I turn on music for her. So we were even more thrilled that the book came with a CD. So after reading the book at night she is able to listen to the CD at bedtime.

      The Secret Mountain's titles have won many prestigious awards and are available in both English and French. Their newest title is Dream Songs Night Songs From Belgium to Brazil Lullabies. We loved the illustrations in this book and the music was again great for my daughter to listen to at bedtime.

      You will want to check out the selection of books at The Secret Mountain. These books would be a great gift for a young one on your holiday gift list.

      Wednesday, November 19, 2008

      What is your Blog Worth?

      My blog is worth $7,339.02.
      How much is your blog worth?

      Why that amount I don't know. I don't think I can sell it. It is fun to see anyway. Check out your blog here.

      Secret Keeper Girl Series

      Have you heard of the Secret Keeper Girl? I had not until recently because my daughter is just five. I received the first book in a new series by Dannah Gresh called Danika's Totally Terrible Toss. It is about a 12 year old girl who has everything she could possibly want including popularity. As the pressure to fake popularity builds Danika ends up getting in trouble. But when she gets in major trouble for accidentally throwing something at a lunch lady, she meets 3 amazing friends, Kate Toni, and Yuzi, who help her see it’s not all about what she has, but who she is. This is a great story to help teach your tween what true friendship is about.

      My favorite part if the while book is a section at the end called Girl Gab which gives girls and their moms and gab about the book and what they have learned. It gives moms a great chance to talk about the Bible and how the story can relate to their daughters life. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to read these with her.

      You can also visit the Secret Keeper Girl website for more great activities for moms and daughters. If you have a tween you will definitely want to check it out.

      Sunday, November 16, 2008

      The Grocery Gathering~ Meijer

      Meijer Deals 11/16-11/22

      Ragu Pasta Sauce 3/$4
      $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
      and .50/2 coupon(doubled) 11-16 RP exp.01-25
      Final Price is 33 cents with both coupons.

      Betty Crocker Cookie Mix 3/$5
      $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
      and .40 coupon(doubled) 11-16 S exp.01-10
      Final Price is .77 cents with both coupons.

      Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 4/$5
      $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
      .35 printable coupon (doubled) here
      Final Price is 40 cents with both coupons.

      Cool Whip Topping .89 cents
      $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
      Final Price is 39 cents

      Campbell's Cream soups 4/$3
      .25/4 coupon(doubled) 10-12 S exp.11-23
      Final price is 63 cents per can.

      Green Giant Steamers .89 cents
      $1 coupon 11-16 S exp.01-10
      Final price is free.

      Progresso Broth 3/$5
      $1 coupon 11-16 S exp.01-10
      Final Price is 67 cents

      Idahoan Mash Potatoes $1
      .75/3 printable coupon here
      Final Price is 67 cents

      International Delight Coffee Creamer 99 cents
      .55 coupon 10-12 RP exp.11-30
      Final Price is 44 cents

      Knorr Side Dish $1
      .60/2 coupon 11-16 RP exp.01-11
      Final price is 70 cents

      Pillsbury Pie Crust 3/$6
      $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
      Final Price is $1.50

      To find other deals from the stores you shop be sure to visit The Grocery Gathering.

      Saturday, November 15, 2008

      The Greatest Show on Earth

      My family and I had the chance to go to the Ringling Bros. Circus at the Palace of Auburn Hills this week thanks to Mom Central. We had a great family night out that I am sure our children will remember for a long time. Before the circus started we had a chance to go down on to the floor and meet the stars of the show and see some of them perform up close.

      If you haven't been to the circus for a while this is a great show to see with all the classic acts and animals with some new twists as well. This year there show is a Bellobration featuring Bello the clown.
      My kids loved Bello and we were very impressed with his athletic ability. We learned that Bello came for a circus family. Bello slowly progressed from clown to daredevil, learning all he could along the way. His dad, Eugen, invented the act Bello now does, the sway pole. This contraption goes up to 90 feet and is flexible, adding more suspense as Bello climbs to the top and does his routine. "You learn to respect your heights and not be afraid of it," Bello said. "We're all human, and we know what can happen. I spent three years on a sway pole that was three feet tall, so it became home to me. I practiced for hours each day and kept growing in increments of 10 feet." His father came to America from Switzerland in 1954 to work for Ringling Bros., and his mother, Aurelia, was hired that same year. The two were married in 1955 and headlined the three-ring circus.

      If you get a chance to see the show you should. As we left to go home my son said "That was the Greatest Show on Earth."

      Super Saving Saturday~Meijer

      Here is what I got at Meijer this week for $1.12. You have to love coupons. I had a coupon to get the Taster's Choice free and the Chex Mix was free after coupons. I had a coupon for B1G1 for the yogurt. They were 50 cents each and the cashier took the max value of the coupon which was a dollar, so they were both free. On Monday Meijer credit card customers got an extra 5% off groceries. The 5% comes off before the coupon so for the free items that 5% can offset the price of the other items.
      To see how others have saved this week visit Money Saving Mom.

      Wednesday, November 12, 2008

      A Tea Party

      tea party

      Two things that I love. A tea party and a giveaways. Go check them out!!

      Fall Tea Sampler

      The weather is getting colder and it is time again to keep yourself warm with a nice cup of tea. Have you been looking for the perfect fall tea blend or just want to sample a few. Well look no longer. Head over to Culinary Teas and check out their Taste of Fall Sampler. The sampler includes.

      Pralines and Cream Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Pecan Pie Tea - 1 oz sample of loose tea

      Mulled Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Cranberry Orange Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Pumpkin Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Cinnamon Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Brandied Apple Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      Orange Spice Tea - 1 oz loose tea sample

      They all sound so yummy. Even better the sampler package is on sale for $11.69. I am a big fan of their tea so I am sure these teas will be good.