Fall Into Winter Giveaway Hop – New Fashion from Ross – Win a $25 Ross Gift Card! (US, Ends 10/29) #FIWinterGiveaway

Welcome to the Fall Into Winter Giveaway Hop!  It's the perfect time for new fashion, yes?  I pulled out my winter clothes the other day and was surprised by how many looked... um, worn, out-of-style, and just sad.  I'm wondering why I ever packed some of them away, instead of just throwing them out! Ross Dress for Less, where you can find great fashion for surprisingly low prices has opened their 21st store in the Chicago area!  I went to … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Simply Potatoes! Quick and Easy Back-to-School Night Dinner – Fall Comfort Food for a Chilly Evening (Ends 10/13, US)

Is it because it's fall? Is it back-to-school? Why are we suddenly so crazy-busy?  If your family is like ours, it's been a struggle to get dinner on the table.  We have been grabbing fast food and eating out because of our schedule.  When Simply Potatoes asked me to make one of their "Simply-fied" recipes, I jumped on it.  Perfect timing for us. It was fun going through the recipes on the Simply Potatoes website.  We have been eating Simply … [Read more...]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Waiting

Price: $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8007-3386-5 ISBN-10: 0-8007-3386-X Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 Number of pages: 320 Carton Quantity: 40 Publication Date: Oct. 10 Formats: Paperback What It's About The Waiting, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is the second in a series, Lancaster County Secrets, but it reads well as a stand-alone.  I hadn't read the series' first book, The Choice, when I started The Waiting, but I'm … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Super Magnifier – The Importance of Nature Play

Why is nature-play important for children? According to Richard Louv, author of Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, “Kids who have direct access to nature are better learners.” Involvement in nature has also shown to reduce stress and increase attention spans. Louv credits the positive affects of nature to heightened sensory activity (hearing, seeing, smelling, and touching) that occurs when people get … [Read more...]

Giveaway – $40 Jewelry Gift Certificate – US and Canada

"Our jewelry is well known for our bridal selection which features beautiful jewelery for the bride and bridesmaids. One of favorite things about our shop is that we do custom orders and special designs for customers. Also, we do offer a quantity discount for bridal party which is great for all brides who are planning a wedding on a budget. All of our jewelry pieces are handmade with sterling silver or 14k gold filled with the finest … [Read more...]

Book Review and Giveaway: The House on Malcolm Street

Price: $14.99 ISBN: 978-0-8007-3328-5 ISBN-10: 0-8007-3328-2 Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 Number of pages: 352 Carton Quantity: 40 Publication Date: Sep. 10 Formats: Paperback The House on Malcolm Street, by Leisha Kelly was published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. What It's About The main character, Leah Breckenridge, has lost so much in her young life.  Her husband and her son … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Stride Everyday

I have a personal question....  do you use pantiliners?  If you answered yes, to that question or any of these, you will want to look at this product. Are you tired of the "crunch" noise when you move? Are you an active person and worry about the pantiliner slipping? Do you wish you could find a more ecological solution to light leakage protection? Stride Everyday has found a way to build light leakage protection into the washable … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Reading Glasses Shopper

These are not your grandma's reading glasses! As we approach the marvelous age of 40, our eyes lose some flexibility and ability to focus.  We can't read print as well as we used to!  Reading glasses become a necessity, but they don't have to be a necessary evil, and they don't have to be expensive. A company called Reading Glasses Shopper offers so many cool styles to choose from.  With over 200 items in stock and all under $20, they offer a … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Nature’s Notebook

"Nature's Notebook was born of a spiritual connection to the ocean and its beaches. Drawn to the soft sandy edges of the sea, artist Courtney Noelle has always felt inclined to inscribe words or names, thoughts or dreams into the ever-changing landscape of the beach. Something about its tumultuous fate, an uncertainty that parallels our own lives, makes sea sand the perfect tablet for … [Read more...]

Giveaway – ThirtyOne $20 Gift Certificate

"Beautiful - and purposeful."  That's the theme for the ThirtyOne fall collection. Not only are the products from ThirtyOne pretty, they work great to help make a busy woman's life easier. Lauren Colson, a ThirtyOne consultant, sent me the ThirtyOne small lunch tote and it's adorable!  Insulated to keep cold things cold and hot things hot, it's smart as well.  I love how it's not just a flat rectangle, but has a generous bottom, so it's wide … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Olivia Playset and Plush Toy

Rosie is a huge Olivia fan.  "Rule of life number 27:  We love Olivia!"  Rosie quotes so many Olivia-isms, like, "Oh, him?  He's not my little brother but rather my little bother!"  Who knew a little pig could be so cute?!   And smart?!  And funny?!  And brave?!  I never thought a little pig in red shoes would be a role model for my daughter.  But I love that Olivia reads as many books as possible, eats ice cream in bed, and has career choices … [Read more...]

Pre-school Lunch Menu and Mini Giveaway

What does your pre-schooler eat? I think Rosie is a good eater, meaning that she isn't picky about what she eats, but she is still a little kid.  It's always a challenge to find something that is healthy and that appeals to her tastes.  I put a list up on our refrigerator, to help me on those days when my mind goes blank and I hear, "I'm hungry, Mommmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeee!"  You know, when Mommy is about 18 syllables long. Here's my … [Read more...]

Giveaway – 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Isn't that what we all want?  To live large on a small budget?  The authors and bloggers at Wise Bread have put together their best tips on how to live a frugal life without living a frugal lifestyle!  It's available at Amazon.com. The style of this book is fun and fast.  With articles like, Four Ways to Dress for Success and Spend Less Six Simple Tips for Buying Great Affordable Wines Nine Ways to See the World for Free Ten Killer … [Read more...]

Giveaway – All I Ever Wanted

Callie Grey, is a turning thirty and that's the least of her problems.  Her long-time crush isn't reciprocating her feelings.  AND he's her boss, so her work-life isn't peachy either.  Now, you think you've been there?  Here's something I can guess hasn't happened to you.  Her mom is throwing her a birthday bash..... in a funeral home!  Don't you want to read more? This fun novel by Kristan Higgins is the perfect end-of-summer read.  I laughed … [Read more...]

Giveaway – All I Ever Wanted

Callie Grey, is a turning thirty and that's the least of her problems.  Her long-time crush isn't reciprocating her feelings.  AND he's her boss, so her work-life isn't peachy either.  Now, you think you've been there?  Here's something I can guess hasn't happened to you.  Her mom is throwing her a birthday bash..... in a funeral home!  Don't you want to read more? This fun novel by Kristan Higgins is the perfect end-of-summer read.  I laughed … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Bank on Yourself

Are you happy with the state of your finances? Did you answer no?  This book, published by Vanguard Press, will help you discover how to: "Have a rock-solid financial plan and a predictable retirement income that can last as long as you do." "Stop choosing between enjoying life's luxuries today and saving for tomorrow" "Become your own source of financing so you have access to capital when you need it" "Have the peace of mind that comes … [Read more...]