Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday's learn and earn...

Halloween ~ noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

Holiday observed on October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day. Its pagan origins can be traced to the Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrated in ancient England and Ireland to mark the beginning of the Celtic new year. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on Samhain eve, and witches, goblins, black cats, and ghosts were said to roam abroad. The night was also thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. The pagan observances influenced the Christian festival of All Hallows' Eve, celebrated on the same date. The holiday was gradually secularized and was introduced into the U.S. by the late 19th century. Still associated with evil spirits and the supernatural, it is celebrated by children in costume who gather candy by ringing doorbells and calling out “trick or treat,” “trick” referring to the pranks and vandalism that are also part of the Halloween tradition.

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Today's rebate is great if you are buying gifts for a few children or a lot this holiday season.  Get up to $38.00 back from Crayola on select items including Glow Book, Jewelry Boutique, Light Sketcher and My First Crayola Color Me A Song just to name a few.  Just print off the rebate form; I had to click on "save" to download it, then open it from my own computer.  Check off the boxes of the products purchased, then mail it together with the original UPCs from the package(s) and the original cash register or online receipt(s) dated between October 15, 2012 and December 31, 2012.  There is a limit of one rebate per item as well as per household.

Happy Halloween and hope you are all having a great week!



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday's picture perfect deal...

The picture...

Last month I went to the Renaissance Festival with some friends and got some really fun pictures.  This one of Captain Jack Sparrow in a nail biting conversation with a Black Pearl crew member was one of my favorites.

The deal...

This one is an awesome!  Get the new SodaStream Genesis for only $65.00 using a coupon code and rebate combo.  Just go to Kohl's website and add the SodaStream to your cart.  Then when you check out use coupon code SPIDERWEB and the price will drop from the original $139.99 to $79.99 with a $5.00 for shipping.  With your purchase you will get $10 in Kohl's Cash to use on any future purchase (maybe some extra soda flavors). Then fill out the rebate form and mail it in with all the requirements for the proof of purchase for another $10 cash back. You get the soda maker, 2 carbonating bottles, and 12 pack of flavor samples with this set, plus you get your choice of black or red.  As a little added savings, if you shop through QuickRewards you will get 3.2% cash back on your Kohl's purchase.  We have a SodaStream and it has actually already paid for itself pretty quickly.  With the holidays coming up this would make a great gift as well. The cartridges can be exchanged for full ones so you will never have to buy another one and I have been using Monin and Torani syrups (ordered from Amazon using my prime membership) for all sorts of unique soda flavors, so far our favorites are cantaloupe and blackberry. 

**This great offer was from Brads Deals, if you are not a member it is worth checking into,  I have gotten a lot of great deals from this site!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday's lean and earn...


vanward \VAN-werd\ ~ adjective

DEFINITION: located in the vanguard : advanced

EXAMPLES: The company is looking to hire a marketing director who is savvy in social media and other vanward marketing tactics.

"The New Jersey Festival of Electronic Arts, held today from 1 to 8 p.m. … is described as 'an exploration of electronic, environmental and performance art … where AV geeks are vanward and hip.''' — From an events listing in The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), March 10, 2012

DID YOU KNOW? The troops at the head of an army are called the "vanguard," and that word can also mean "the forefront of an action or movement." It was "vanguard," rather than "vanward," that led the way on the route into English. "Vanguard" was first documented in English in the 15th century. By the early 17th century, it was sometimes shortened to "van"—a reference might be made to an army's "van and rear." Some 200 years later "vanward" brought up the rear, making its English debut when writers appended "-ward," an adjective suffix meaning "is situated in the direction of," to the shortened "van," thereby creating a word meaning "in the forefront."
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With the heavy cooking season approaching I thought this was a really nice deal!  From now until November 3, 2012 you can get a really nice free free 5-Quart Glass Bowl OR Food Grinder Attachment when you purchase a new KitchenAid 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.  The attachment is usually either $49.99 for the grinder or $69.99 for the glass bowl.  This offer has a few store restriction: it is not valid at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Whirlpool Corporation’s VIPlink program or employee purchase program or at online auction sites.  To get the free attachment you will need to fill in the rebate form and mail it in together with the UPC from the mixer box and a copy of your dated register receipt.  Allow up to 8 weeks for your item to arrive.

I hope you are all having a great week so far!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday's Musings...

I recently found a great 30 day challenge over at Beth Ann's blog It's Just Life and I asked her permission to steal it for a writing prompt, I thought this would be a fun idea and a great way to connect with my readers. 

So today we start with #1 ~ Five ways to win your heart:

Well I am a romantic as well as a wanderer at heart so this is an easy peasy question.  The links may help you a little with information on where to fine something fun to do or something fun to eat.

1) I adore flowers, but I tend to lean towards the funner varieties like Gerber daises or Lilacs.

2)  I am not really a chocolate girl, but if you have a Creme Brulee I am all in!

3) Pampering goes a long long way and I am a girl who loves loves loves  spa day!

4)   I love to get out and do things that are cultural, museum, play, ballet etc.  This is a little hard where I live, but I manage.

5) Travel, I love going to new places, seeing new things, trying new stuff and trying new foods etc.  favorite stories of travel though are the conversations and interactions with the people I meet.

So, what are the ways to your heart?

Have a great week!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Silly Saturday...

I hope you all have escaped to a great weekend!

Correct Button 2”Photobucket”I don't know why Melissa's button dosen't like me and/or Blogger, but we sure like her!  Please stop by the Mommyhood Chronicles and visit her hop. :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursdays picture perfect deal...

The picture...

This is one of the last pictures I took of a flower in our garden this year before the cold set in.  It is a close up of a moon flower early in the morning before it opened for the day.  When it opens it is pristine white, but when it is still closed the bud is lavender around the area that opens like a pinwheel.

The deal...

This is the time of year we think about pumpkins, bats, ghosts, vampires and things that go bump in the night.  Are you ready to dress for Halloween?  If not check out Wholesale Halloween Costumes clearance section for some great deals and ideas.  Use coupon code SALE5 to get 5% off any purchase over $50.00 or coupon code WOW until 10/21 to get 30% off your purchase.  You can get an additional 8% cash back if you remember to shop through Ebats.  Want to save even more?  Check your closets for some fun ideas.  Imagine an old dress as a costume, with a little distressing and some make up you are ready to be a zombie fresh from the cemetery. 

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Update and stuff...

Well I know I have been remiss for the last month and I hope to get back on track now that the weather is going to start getting cold.

The update:  I went in for my 3 month follow up with my radiologist and my oncologist today and all is well, just need to go in for a blood test since I started a new medication but aside from that I don't have to go to a "scary" doctor for another 3 months.  October is breast cancer awareness month, be sure to get your mammograms and remember to do a monthly self exam. 

I thought since I hadn't posted anything in awhile I would share some of the great deals I have gotten this month and let you in on how to find them.

Shop #1 was with 1800PetMeds, my dog takes Dasuquin and it is pretty expensive, 1800PetMeds has the lowest price I have found on it anywhere and they currently have a sale going on to make it even a little lower.  I then added on coupon code W5PER from Retail Me Not to get an additional 5% off site wide and free shipping.  I ordered through Ebates so I also got 6% cash back on my transaction. 

Shop #2 was with and was a whopper!  Our vacuum went kaput so we ordered a new Dyson Animal, it is fantastic at picking up pet hair and is so nice because there is no bulk to it, we will have it a long, long time; but what a price tag!  I was able to find it for the lowest price of $499.00 at with free shipping.  Because I could not find a coupon code for this one I did a lot of digging for the lowest price.  Then I placed the order going through Quick Rewards so I will get an additional 2.1% cash back; it's not a lot, but $10.48 is about the cost of a CD for my husband for Christmas.

Shop #3 was with DeepDiscount where I ordered 2 things that will help with the winter Blah's, Frozen Heat on CD, the third book in the Nikki Heat series based on the TV show Castle. (I love books on CD because I can listen while I work on my scrapbooks.)  I also ordered season two of Haven.  Just going through DeepDiscount saved me $32.00 but I also went through Ebates again so I will get an additional 3% cash back.

The last shop was through Kohl's, they are having a huge sale on their throws and I found one I loved that is 60" x 80" marked down to $19.99 from $39.00, then I used a one day coupon code from Brad's Deals that brought the price down another 20%.  I also made sure I was shopping through Quick Rewards so I got 3.2% cash back.  There was tax on the item since I live in a state that has Kohl's but there was no shipping.  My total cost was a few cents over $17.00.

On all my shops online I only use one credit card and it is one that earns me points to use towards miles, gift cards, hotels or merchandise and then pay it off at the end of the month.  My motto is never miss an opportunity to earn something for all your hard work shopping!

What deals have you found this month?  I would love to hear about them!

Have a great week everyone!