Monday, January 30, 2012

*AWESOME* FREE $10 Credit to RueLaLa!

The FREE $10 credit is back at RueLaLa!

What's great is that this $10 credit can be used towards tax and shipping ~ so you can get something totally FREE


Remember the credit can take up to 72 hours to show up in your account. You can receive this FREE $10 credit up when you sign up until 2/14/12.

Friday, January 27, 2012

*HOT* Pet Coupons - Savings for Odie & Garfield!

Here are some great coupons for you to help save you some money on dog & cat food. 

Print yours today before they are gone!  :) 

*HOT* Sale on Children's Book Set ONLY $14.99

I've said it so many times I'm sure y'all are sick of it...but we LOVE books in my house. So I was super excited to see this great deal and I wanted to share it with you immediately! 

This is so cool. You get an awesome selection of books for 55% off! You pay ONLY $14.99.

Ten classics for the whole family to enjoy. The Weekly Reader Editor's Choice Classic All-Star hardcover book collection includes favorites that can be passed down from generation to generation. Enchant your children with tales like Mike Mulligan & the Steam Shovel, Curious George Gets a Medal, The Berenstain Bears in the Dark, Goodnight Moon, and many more.
  • Mike Mulligan & the Steam Shovel
  • Lyle Lyle Crocodile
  • Curious George Gets a Medal
  • Bread and Jam for Frances
  • Goodnight Moon
  • A Little Prairie House
  • Paddington Bear at the Circus
  • The Berenstain Bears in the Dark
  • Richard Scarry's Bedtime Stories
  • Katy No-Pocket

Click here to purchase your set now. 

Be sure and hurry because this deal will NOT last long. 

Thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense for sharing! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

*TODAY ONLY* Transformers Trilogy on DVD ONLY $17.99 on Amazon!

Gold Box Deal of the Day (1/21) Save up to 61% off Transformers Trilogy on DVD and Blu-ray!

I LOVE THESE MOVIES! :) I can watch them over and over - without getting tired of them! I wasn't sure I would like the third one since it didn't have Megan Fox, but it was really good.

You can get the Transformers Trilogy (Transformers / Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Transformers: Dark of the Moon) on DVD Today Only: $17.99 (reg. $40.99)

and/or the Transformers Trilogy (Transformers / Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Transformers: Dark of the Moon)  on Blu-ray Today Only: $29.99 (reg. $76.99) + FREE shipping!

But these will go fast and the deal is TODAY ONLY so hurry and order yours now!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This Week's FREEBIES - ends 1/21/12

It's that time of the week again where we let you know about all the great items you can score for FREE at the store! The way to get these items is simply by using coupons, Extra Care Bucks (CVS) and Register Rewards (Walgreens) with sale deals. Hurry, most of these deals end Saturday, January 21st.



Bic Crystal Stick Pens
Target Price: $1.00
Use Coupon: $1/1 Bic coupon from 1/8 RP coupon insert
Final Price: FREE

Oral B Floss
Target Price: $.97
Use Coupon: $1/1 from 1/1 P&G coupon insert
Final Price: FREE

Market Pantry Boxed Macaroni & Cheese 5.4 oz 2-serving Box
Target Price: $.42 (Regular Price)
Use Coupon: $1/1 Market Pantry Boxed Macaroni & Cheese Target store coupon
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8x10 Traditional Portrait
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Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste (Travel Size)
Target Price: $.97
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Nabisco Go Paks Cups
Walmart Price: $1.00
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Bic Cristal Pens
Walmart Price: $.97
Use Coupon: $1/1 Bic Stationery product from 1/8 SS coupon insert
Final Price: FREE + $.03 in overage

Bic Wite Out
Walmart Price: $1
Use Coupon: $1/1 Bic Stationery product from 1/8 SS coupon insert
Final Price: FREE

Benefiber 3 packs
Walmart Price: $1.97 each
Use Coupon: $5/2 regional coupon from the 1/08 SS coupon insert
OR Use Coupon: $3/1 stick pack
OR Use Coupon: $2/1
Final Price: As Low As FREE + $2.06 in overage

Cortaid Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream Maximum Strength
Walmart Price: $2.50
Use Coupon: $3.00/1 Cortaid Product Coupon from 1/8 SS coupon insert
Final Price: FREE + $0.50 in overage

Schick Disposable Razors
Walmart Price: $1.97
Use Coupon: $2/1 Schick Disposable razors from 1/8 SS coupon insert
Final Price: FREE + $.03 in overage




American Greetings Cards $3.00 ECB wyb 3 (limit 1)
*Deal Scenario:
Buy (3) American Greetings Cards
CVS Price: $0.99
Pay $2.97, Get back $3.00 ECB
Final Price: FREE

Colgate Total or Sensitive Toothpaste 5.8-6 oz
CVS Price: $2.77
Use Coupon: $1/1 coupon found in the Dec. issue of All You magazine
OR Use Coupon: $1/1 from 1/1 or 1/15 SS coupon insert
Plus, Use Coupon: $1/1 CVS store coupon found in the Winter issue of Reinventing Beauty magazine
Get back $1 ECB
Final Price: FREE




South Beach Diet Snack or Meal Bars
WG Price: $5.99
Get back $5.99 RR
Final Price: FREE

Just for Men
WG Price: $5.99 with in-ad coupon
Use Coupon: $2/1 Just For Men
Submit for Rebate HERE
Final Price: FREE after MIR

Thermacare Heat Wraps
WG Price: $2.49
Get back $2.49 RR
Final Price: FREE

Estroven Nighttime
WG Price: $10
Get back $10 RR
Final Price: FREE

Abrexin Weight Loss Supplement
WG Price: $10
Get back $10 RR
Final Price: FREE

Thank you Mommy Saver for sharing this info!!!

*HOT* $1.75 /2 General Mills cereal


This HOT $1.75/2 coupon is good for all white check cereals including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios and Total.

Print yours now!

$125 in Hasbro coupons (quantities are limited)

Right now you can print over $125 in coupons from Hasbro during their annual Fun and Game Event! But you will need to hurry because quantities are limited!

Click here to register today and get access to incredible daily deals. All daily deals also include free shipping!

Brother 35-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Quilting Features ONLY $116.49 + FREE Shipping

Amazon has an amazing deal on this Brother XL-3750 Convertible 35-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Quilting Features - you get it for ONLY $116.49. You will save 53% off of the retail price of $249.00! Hurry and get yours now by clicking here

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Free 7-day pass for 24 Hour Fitness

It's that time of year again. Everyone is deciding they need to get healthier and lose weight. It's hard and a lot of times we don't follow through with our resolutions. Well with this 7 day FREE pass to 24 Hour Fitness you can start of strong and on the right foot! 

With this pass you can try out any of their 400+ locations and try one of their fun group exercises. 

PLUS you'll also receive $7 off monthly dues if you decide to continue using the service. 

Click here to get your FREE 7 day pass. 

$50,000 cash sweepstakes from American Family!

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American Family is an awesome website where you can find recipes and coupons along with some awesome sweepstakes. They also have one running on their Facebook page for an iPad2!

Who wouldn't love to win $50,000?! Click the link above and enter to win. 

Ends 2/13/2012

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Here's another FREE magazine for parents. :) 

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I received this when I was pregnant with both Gracie and Matthew and I loved it. American Baby magazine has all the information expectant moms want and need - from health and safety issues to the latest and greatest products for baby. 

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Laurel Award-Winning Novel, Fairer Than Morning

*by Sr. Editor, April W Gardner

“I knew that I had just been given an amazing true story that needed to be told.” –Rosslyn Elliott, Clash of the Titles 2011 Laurel Award Winner

Portions of that story—Fairer Than Morning—won the majority of COTT reader votes in June when it took the victory in the “Best Protagonist” ring. In November, it competed against a long list of other COTT champion novels then took home the Laurel. More hearty congratulations go to author Rosslyn Elliott for her win.

Read June’s winning excerpt (excerpt B).
Read the Laurel Award winning excerpt (excerpt A)

The Saddler's Legacy series is inspired by a real family in American history--the Hanby family, who are to this day the most celebrated citizens of Westerville, Ohio.

About Laurel Award-winning novel, Fairer Than Morning:
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli—until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.

On a small farm in 19th century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann’s dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.

When Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her minister father on business, she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker’s apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. Anne’s compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul.
Through his encounters with Anne’s father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage even in the midst of tremendous adversity.

When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?

Learn more about the book as Clash of the Titles staff interviews the author:

Hostess Raqul Byrnes asks, “What led you to use the inspirational Hanby family and how did you first come to know about them?”
Rosslyn: After I finished my doctoral dissertation, I decided to try my hand at writing my first historical novel. I was living in Westerville, Ohio at the time, so I decided to go visit a small local house museum so I could research all the kitchen artifacts and farm tools. Before the tour, a guide took me into an outbuilding and showed me a video about the Hanby family, who had lived in that house. By the time I stood up thirty minutes later, I knew that I had just been given an amazing true story that needed to be told. The Hanbys lived romantic, action-filled lives marked by courage, and most importantly, they served others out of faith and love.

Hostess Lisa Lickel asks,“Rosslyn, what does “nobility” mean to you and to the era of your story and today? What made you choose that character trait?”
Rosslyn: The origin of that word on the back jacket of the book is that when my publisher and I were creating jacket copy, I had to come up with a condensed way to describe what it means to find a man of true value. And both in Ann’s time and today, the words noble man mean a man of great worth and high virtue. It also made a nice contrast with the apparent gentility and breeding of one suitor, who would fit the other meaning of nobleman far more obviously than the ragged Will Hanby!

Assistant Editor Michelle Massaro asks, “What circumstances led up to Will Hanby's down-trodden situation?”
Rosslyn: In the novel, we learn that Will’s parents and his sisters all died of a virulent form of tuberculosis which killed much more quickly than ordinary TB. (The novel never reveals this in such specifics, but the TB was disseminated bovine TB, for those who care, acquired through milk ingested on a visit to a cattle farm, when Will and his brother were not with the others!). Their deaths left only Will and his younger brother, who were forced to indenture themselves to farmers to avoid infection and work in exchange for food and board. The farmers were kind, but Will ends up under a much harsher master when he signs a new indenture with Master Good.  The historical facts behind what happened to the real William Hanby were somewhat different, but the effect was the same: out of dire poverty, he indentured himself in his youth to Master Good, and much of what followed was what also happens in the novel.

Talent Scout Katie McCurdy asks, “Which character, not counting Ann or Will, is your favorite? Did you have a certain character that kinda suddenly took a main role that you didn't forsee when you plotted Fairer Than Morning?”
Rosslyn: My favorite supporting character is Ann’s father, Mr. Miller, whom I admire so much that I honestly wonder how I wrote him sometimes. His was the part of the novel that seemed most spirit-led. But the characters who suddenly appeared onstage who weren’t part of the novel at all, in the original sketchy outline, were Mr. and Mrs. Holmes and their daughter Amelia! They showed up on that steamboat and began to take on a life of their own, and before I knew it they were a major subplot.

Listen to Another Interview:
After her Laurel Award win, Author Rosslyn Elliott was also interviewed by Christian Authors Guild board member, Cynthia L. Simmons. This is a podcast you won’t want to miss. You can listen to in our sidebar or find it by visiting this link.

The second in the series, Sweeter Than Birdsong, releases next month and promises to be just as compelling as the first. Below, in two short, yet intriguing excerpts, the author shares a taste of what’s to come.

But first, here’s a brief summary of Sweeter Than Birdsong, book two in the Saddler’s Legacy series.

Music offers Kate sweet refuge from her troubles… But real freedom is sweeter.

In Westerville, Ohio, 1855, Kate Winter’s dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she’ll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance--and use it to mask her flight.

Ben Hanby, Otterbein College’s musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad.
A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.


Chapter One

Westerville, Ohio 1855
Her customary walk across the college quadrangle had become an executioner’s march.
Kate’s heeled shoes clunked over the flagstones. Her full skirt and horsehair crinoline dragged from her waist, too warm even for this mild May morning.
She climbed the stone steps of the whitewashed college building and laid hold of the black iron door handle with a clammy palm. The dim foyer led to the lecture hall. Her breath came faster and her corset squeezed her lungs. It had not felt so tight when the maid laced it an hour ago. Up ahead loomed the dark rectangle of the hall’s oaken door, which stood ajar.
She paused on the threshold. Inside the hall, a baritone voice lifted in clear, well-balanced phrases. The speaker’s persuasive power carried even here. Ben Hanby. He was the best orator in the class. She laid a hand to her midsection to quell the pulsing nausea there. If she did not go in now, she would not go at all.
At her push, the door swung open to reveal rows of masculine shoulders in dark coats, all heads turned toward the speaker. Each gentleman’s neat coattails fell open over his knees, black against the polished wood floor. Each white collar rose to the sweep of hair worn according to the current vogue, longer than a Roman’s but never past the collar.
On the raised platform beyond them, Ben Hanby stood, as natural and poised as if he were alone in the room, his dark hair thick over his brow. His eyes were intent, his face alive with interest in his subject, but his words floated past Kate in a wash of sounds her jumping nerves could not interpret. Of course speaking came easily for him—his father was a minister.
He finished with a question to the audience, and even her disrupted attention caught the subtle humor in the lift of his eyebrow as he delivered his line straight-faced. A chuckle rose from the young men, echoed in the lighter laughter of the small party of young lady scholars seated with their chaperone on the end of the front row.
Ben Hanby descended the stairs, the barest smile appearing as he exchanged glances with his friends.
“Miss Winter.” Professor Hayworth’s bass rumbled across the hall.
Heads turned toward her. Her skin tingled in waves of heat, her heart kicked in an uneven cadence. Could it stop from such fright?—the thought made it worsen, like a stutter in her chest that could not move on to the next beat.
“I am glad you choose to join us today.” Professor Hayworth spoke to her from the dais, beside the podium, full bearded in his formal black robe. “You have arrived just in time to give the first of our ladies’ speeches.”
She avoided their curious stares as her pulse quickened and her mouth dried.
“Please proceed to the podium,” he said.


All was quiet and dark. The boat bobbed like a cradle soothing a baby to sleep.
It didn’t calm Kate, who sat immobile in the prow. She laced her hands together in her lap where John Parker could not see them and dug her fingers into the back of her knuckles. She couldn’t stop the faint tremble that had started inside her and traveled to her hands. He mustn’t see her shaking or he would think her unfit for the errand.
The chirp of crickets set a rhythm for little splashes from the oars as John rowed them toward the Kentucky side. They were quite close now.
 She must shake off this dreamlike state. She peered at the riverbank as far as she could see to left and right. At least there was no sign of a lantern.
They bumped up against the reeds. John jumped out, heedless of the mud and several inches of water. He lashed the tow rope of the fishing boat to a birch tree.
She must move now. She clambered over the side and into the dark water.
The unfamiliar feeling of the breeches increased her sense of having traveled to some different life, some strange body. It could not be she, traipsing around the wild in men’s trousers. Someone else entirely had come on this errand—someone braver and stronger who just happened to resemble her on the outside.
A few waterlogged steps brought her to where John stood on the riverbank, like the shadow of a tree in the moonlight.
“This way.” He walked ahead of her, straight towards the thickest tangle of thorny bush.

If you would like to join the COTT Blog Alliance tour for this award-winning novel (Jan 14-18), please email us at contactcott(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Horizon Dairy $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Horizon Dairy is giving away a $200 Target Gift Card!

To enter all you have to do it signup for the Horizon Healthy Families Community (it’s FREE) and leave a comment telling them why you buy Horizon organic milk, cheese, etc and you could win a $200 Target gift card!

The Horizon Healthy Families Community is led by busy moms, and is a place to find healthy recipes, exchange parenting advice and ultimately save money and time. Members can participate in discussions and live chats on a wide range of topics including:
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

StudyPoint offers personalized SAT Tutoring

Did you know StudyPoint offers personalized in-home one-on-one SAT tutoring for your teen?

This is something that a lot of parents need to start helping their children with right now. It won't be long before they will be taking their tests and applying for colleges. This is a critical time for students to be at their best academically. The best score they can get will help them to get into a better college. A better college can lead to better opportunities in the future.

StudyPoint's SAT tutoring program offer the most effective and convenient SAT preparation available. Not only is tutoring available for SATs but also for PSAT, and the ACT tests. Study Point also offers other academic tutoring such as math, biology, chemistry and foreign languages.

To find out more about StudyPoint be sure and check out their website

While you're there download the free essay guide for your teen to help them write their college essay and also the parent's guide to help you through the college admissions process. You'll be glad you did!

*Disclaimer: This is a compensated post.*

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Showing Love and Hospitality to Others

By Roxanne Packham, author of Inspired Design
Before we are inspired about how to show love to others, we must first ask why

Quite simply it is because in Romans 12:10 & 13 we are told to be devoted to one another in brotherly love, to honor one another above ourselves.  We are also told to share with God’s people who are in need and to Practice Hospitality. Notice the vocabulary: practice, not perfect.

In America, as a culture and as individuals, we are suffering in part because popular media gears everything to perfection. We are bombarded with messages that if we aren’t the very best at something, we just shouldn’t bother. We compare ourselves to others, rather than knowing our worth in God’s eyes.

I suffer from insecurity and wonder if I can be creative enough to inspire.  Are my tips original? Are the photographs beautiful enough? Are my suggestions too simple for some, but too fancy for another?  The problem: my thoughts revolve completely around me. My creativity, my skills, my ability.  This is not about me but about God’s purpose for me. I suddenly realize the bigger picture; I can’t do it, but I can through Christ who strengthens me.

This dance in my mind between my preciousness in His sight and the enemy’s interjections has slowed me down at times, but God showed me this dance is the very reason for us to love others; to encourage each other. Because we are human we suffer from doubt, insecurity, and rejection of one sort or another.  We are God’s tool to encourage others. God uses us as His hands to love others, but make no mistake it is His power, His grace and the Holy Spirit that do the real work, not ours.

God’s path of creativity in me began with a family history of silversmithing eight generations back, a degree from USC, design school in Paris, then design school in Los Angeles. Call them spiritual or otherwise, but they were the gifts God saw fit to give to me. Who am I to argue with my Creator? They are unique and I celebrate them. What are your magnificent and unique gifts that you can use to inspire others? 

I do not want the gifts received as a blessing from God to “turn into spiritual dry rot,” as Ann Voscamp suggests in her book One Thousand Gifts, as the manna did when it was hoarded in Exodus 16:20. I want to use my blessings.

Inadequacies and all, imperfections and all: I want to inspire others to practice Hospitality and to LOVE others.

Creative Ways to Encourage Others on Valentine’s Day


A handwritten note with quotes, scriptures and words of encouragement is a wonderful thing to find in the mailbox.

Leave a sticky note on your child/husband’s pillow or be bold and write your note on the bathroom mirror or car window in red lipstick saying “I love you”.

Even an email just to say “thank you for your hard work, you bless me” can make a person’s day. A cute poem, scripture or old photograph will remind them they are remembered.

If someone has lost a loved one, kind words of some way that loved one inspired you to do something better will let them know that their loved one’s legacy is living on.


Take some time out of your days to meet someone for coffee, lunch, a long walk, or even just leave a phone message with a sweet sentiment. If you have more time, take a picnic basket to their home. Set up a lunch, tea or coffee, with all your tea cups and a candle. It is a lovely surprise! Just rinse when you finish and pack back up so they don’t even have to do dishes. They will have a lovely memory of a special time.


Hang flowers on the front door handle, leave a pretty tiny package in the mailbox with a beautiful red bow, or cookies delivered to the front door. Create a breakfast plate for your child that says you are special . This is especially significant if your child has struggled with something recently.


Of course this takes more time, but try for a beautiful table setting complete with candles, fresh greens or flowers and a lovely menu either handwritten or printed out on your computer. (Visit Roxanne’s Pinterest account, via the Inspired Design blog, for darling printouts, including gift tags, and much more.) Don’t concentrate on the gourmet or complicated quality of the meal: remember it is about relationship and encouragement!


A beautiful table for Valentine’s simply consists of reds, pinks and perhaps some purple. (Although it could be beautiful in all white too.) Of course, it has to have some hearts and some colorful candles. Leave kind words of some sort on each place setting. Every Valentine’s table should have its share of sparkle, of course!

Visit Roxanne Packham’s blog at
for more pictures and Inspired Design ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Facebook FREEBIE ~ 100-Indoor Activities for Kids e-book

Click “LIKE” on the Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling's Facebook page. 

On the left-hand side you’ll see a tab that says Free eBook!!! - click on that tab to download your free e-book! :)

Hope you enjoy! This book will be great for those cold snowy days to help keep the kids entertained!

Making Your Marriage Work in 2012 (and even longer)

Yes, I said making it work. Oh the horror of such an idea. 

It should be easy, no? Sorry this isn't Disney, your man most likely is not Prince Charming. But he's still lovable and he's yours. 

So here are a few websites that I've read recently that have some great ideas on how to keep the spark, feel closer emotional, and how to pray for your husband. 

Marriage is a wonderful thing but can be very difficult at times. I can't imagine my life without my husband, I can but it's not always good...anyways, you have to work at it daily, so I hope that this will bless you and your marriage.

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