Archive for the ‘giveaway!’ Category

  • Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

    Date: 2011.12.23 | Category: giveaway! | Response: 0

    Hooray!  Jodi, you won the new book by Money Saving Mom!  I’ll get your copy to you as soon as I can!  Congratulations!

  • Book Review and Giveaway- the Money $aving Mom’s Budget

    Date: 2011.12.18 | Category: book review, giveaway!, saving money | Response: 68


    One of my favorite blogs is  Crystal offers tons of money saving tips, from shopping deals, to ways to earn extra income, to ways to budget and spend less.  I have saved so much money by using her site this past year!  Needless to say, when I heard she was coming out with a book I was excited.  And when I found out I could get a copy of her book for free by writing a review for it on my blog I was even more excited!


    The Money $aving Mom’s Budget is full of practical advice and helpful hints to help anyone start saving money.  Her plan is simple and easy to understand.  She provides detailed instructions on how to implement a budget, how to save money when shopping, how to simplify your life and how to switch to a cash only lifestyle.  She makes it easy to start small and adds new steps only when you’re ready to move on to the next level- which means you won’t burn out after only a few months from being so overwhelmed.  She also provides worksheets and appendices to get you started.

    I found that this book is a nice complement to her blog.  It takes a step back and starts with the basics to help you maximize the information she provides daily on  I highly recommend it for anyone who is ready to take control of their finances.

    And guess what?  I have one copy of her book to give away to one of you!  Winning is easy.  Just comment on this post and let me know that you’d like to win.  This giveaway will be open until noon on December 23.

    Happy reading!

    Legal disclaimerese- I was given this book to review by Crystal Paine at no cost to me.  The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own!

  • We have a winner!

    Date: 2011.10.21 | Category: giveaway! | Response: 2

    I know you’ve all been waiting impatiently to find out who won the recordable storybook.  Well wait no longer, Andrew Yee, come on down!  You’re the next contestant…

    Oh, wait.  That’s not right.

    Andrew Yee, you’ve won the recordable storybook of your choice from DaySpring!  Congratulations!

    I’ll email you with the information to redeem your prize.  Please let me know how you like your new book!


  • All Day Long With Jesus- recordable storybook giveaway!

    Date: 2011.10.17 | Category: book review, giveaway! | Response: 4

    I was contacted by DaySpring to host another product review and giveaway- and of course I said YES!

    I received the recordable storybook All Day Long with Jesus in the mail and it languished on my counter for a few days because I hadn’t gotten around to recording it yet.  Then JT noticed it and asked if he could read it.  I went ahead and let him have it (even though I hadn’t recorded it yet) and he loved it!  Even with the random lady’s prerecorded voice reading the story he probably carried it around and listened to it 20 times over 3 days.  Now that I finally got around to recording it myself he loves it even more!  Every time he hears his name on the dedication page he breaks out into giggles.  He keeps showing it to Kate and cuddling up in the big chair to read it.  It’s so cute.

    The story All Day Long with Jesus is a sweet and simple reminder that Jesus is with us as we go about our every day.  The illustrations are cute and engaging.  This one is a keeper and a great way to reinforce the message that Jesus loves us and lives within us.

    Recording the pages is simple and if you aren’t happy with how it came out the first (or 3rd!) try you can easily record it again.  The lock switch is hidden in the battery compartment, so there’s no chance of the kids accidently erasing the recording either.  My only complaint is there is a record button that the kids can push (that doesn’t actually work since the lock switch is in the battery compartment) that does interrupt the story.  I don’t know why the manufacturer doesn’t put all of the buttons where they aren’t accessible, it seems to be a simple fix.

    This book is a huge hit in our house, and I bet your kids (grandkids? nephews? neighbors?) would love one too!  Well, you’re in luck, because DaySpring is giving away one recordable storybook (retail price is $29.95, but you just pay shipping) to one of my readers!  This would make a great birthday or Christmas gift, or if you’re like me and leave it on the counter for too long, a great “just because I love you” gift!  You have your choice from 4 different recordable storybooks, Bedtime Prayers and Promises, I Love You Head to Toe, God’s Christmas Promise, or All Day Long with Jesus.

    I’d love for you to share one of these books with someone in your life!  To win just leave me a comment with which book you would choose and who you would give it to. Winner will be drawn on Friday, Oct 21.

    Legal disclaimerese- I was given this product to review by (in)courage by Dayspring at no cost to me.  The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own!

  • Solid Grounds Winner and Funny Things JT Said

    Date: 2011.04.12 | Category: giveaway!, parenting | Response: 0

    Hooray!  Kristin, you won a $15 gift card to Solid Grounds!  I’m looking forward to hanging out with you at Bunco Night!  Thanks for buying your ticket ahead of time.  If anyone else is still interested tickets are available up to the time of the event.  Just let me know!  There will be some awesome prizes that you don’t want to miss.

    I thought I was overdue to tell you about some of the funny things JT has said lately.  I love that kid.

    Singing “It’s a big big house, with muffin muffin room”

    To mama “You’re not in charge of me!  I’m in charge of me!”

    Out of the blue one day… “Some days we go Home Depot.”  in a longing voice

    Pretzels = Prencils

    JT asked me the same question dozens of times. After the first time or two I answered with the same answer “What did I already say?” Finally JT got exasperated and said “Stop repeating yourself mommy!”

    Dessert = Messert

    Today we went to see the animals at the Littleton Historical Museum.  On the drive there JT was confused.  “Is it the zoo?”  “No, but we’ll see animals like at the zoo.”  “Are we going inside a store?”  “No, but we have to go inside before we can go back outside.”  Later he told daddy “We went to the animal store!”

    JT wanted to know who was going to be there and asked “Whobody be there?”

    We recently had dinner with our church’s worship pastor and his wife.  JT saw Greg and said “It’s the guitar man!”  Then he noticed Greg’s wife and said “It’s the flute man!”  It was like we were dining with celebrities!

    OH!  and I don’t think he has any idea what it spells, but he can now sing “M O M M Y needs C O F F E E!”  So funny.  (PS- I love this song, if you haven’t heard it look it up on you tube- it’s called the Coffee Song by Ralph’s World.)

    This is just such a fun age- I sure do enjoy him!

  • More chances to win before Bunco Night!

    Date: 2011.04.06 | Category: giveaway! | Response: 0

    Are you thinking about going to Bunco night on April 16 to support Noah’s Ark orphanage?  Now’s the time to buy your ticket!  If you register and pay before Friday, April 8 you will be entered into a raffle for a $100 coupon to CB & Potts!  Holy cow!  Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog under the Bunco Night post for a chance to win a $15 gift card to Solid Grounds too!

    The cost is $25 per person and all checks are tax deductible.  Contact me if you have more questions.

    This is going to be so much fun- and wait until you see what prizes are available!  And the yummy food!  And don’t forget it’s for the orphans!

  • Bunco Night

    Date: 2011.04.01 | Category: friends, giveaway! | Response: 3

    Looking for a fun night out that will also support a great cause?  Join me and some of my friends at a Bunco night supporting Noah’s Ark orphanage in Mali, Africa.

    What are the details?

    It’s Saturday April 16 at 6pm at the Lone Tree Rec Center (Lincoln and Yosemite).

    There will be refreshments, awesome prizes, laughter and Bunco!

    Your $25 ticket will provide meals for 10 kids for an entire month!  That’s right, if you come play Bunco you will be feeding 10 children in Africa- for a month!  How can you say no to that?

    Bring your spouse or a few friends.  Bring some friends AND your spouse!  Fill up a table!  Or two!

    Live out of town?  Have plans for the 16th?  Consider donating!  Every dollar counts.

    You can contact me for more info or RSVP to Melissa at

    And… if you buy a ticket or make a donation of $25 or more by April 12 you will be entered in a drawing for a Solid Grounds gift card worth $15.  If you aren’t familiar with Solid Grounds it’s a quaint coffee shop with yummy treats and charming atmosphere.  It’s a great spot for a date night (bring your favorite game!), a quiet break, or a quick cup of coffee while you’re out running errands.  Just let me know in the comment section when you buy your ticket and you’ll be entered to win.  Buying two tickets?  That’ll be two entries for you!  Donating $100?  That’s four chances to win!  It’s that simple!

    Join me for a great evening!

  • Spreading the Love

    Date: 2011.02.14 | Category: crafts, giveaway!, marriage, parenting, saving money | Response: 0

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I am so excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway!  Susan, you’re a winner!  I’ll be emailing you today with the information on how to redeem your $20 voucher from Dayspring.  Don’t forget that they have many of their items on sale right now and you can use code LOVE25 for an extra 25% off of your order.

    I admit- I got a little geeky into Valentine’s Day this year.  Maybe it’s because I have a preschooler.  Or it could be because I extra appreciate my husband as I have a dear friend who was recently widowed.  Or possibly because I hadn’t done any crafting in a while and I just couldn’t hold back any longer.  In any case, I really enjoyed celebrating the love with my family and friends this year.  Here are a few of the (very) simple ideas I put into practice-

    I bought a package of Dr Seuss Valentines at the dollar store and handed them out at church

    I made three of those felt rosette heart wreaths– one for our house and two to give away

    I gave an entire case (60!) of Lindt Lindor White Chocolate Truffles to my Valentine (scored a great deal on Amazon!)

    I made heart shaped peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast yesterday

    I cut JT’s pb&j with a heart shaped cookie cutter and stuck a sheet of conversation heart stickers in his lunch box

    I made JT and Chris’ lunches last night (this is usually my hubby’s job)

    Last night after the kids went to bed my hubby and I enjoyed a candlelit steak dinner and played some card games

    I made an effort to ask Chris big questions as we lay (laid?) in bed last night  (you know- what are you thinking about your career, what is your favorite thing about JT, about Kate, about me, where would you like our next vacation to be… those questions)

    I dressed the kids and myself in festive (red or pink- with hearts too!) attire

    I texted my husband throughout the day with conversation heart sayings

    We gave each of the kids small (think dollar store items) gifts

    I gave lots of extra hugs, kisses and cuddles throughout the day- the kids got in on the love too!

    I made red heart shaped jello jigglers to go with dinner

    I invited my sister in law and nephews over for dinner tonight since my brother is out of town

    As you can see, most of these ideas were free or almost free- just a little effort was all it took to spread the love.  How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?


  • God’s Heart For Me- and my first giveaway!

    Date: 2011.02.11 | Category: giveaway! | Response: 17

    *This giveaway is now closed- the winner will be drawn when JT gets home from preschool this afternoon!*

    Several months ago I discovered (in)courage– a website/blog hybrid designed to encourage and embrace women.  It quickly became one of my favorite blogs to check in with every day or so.  Created by several women at Dayspring (the Christian subsidiary of Hallmark) it was intended to be a home for the hearts of women.  With over 30 different contributing writers writing daily articles there is something for anyone- no matter where you are in your life.  (In)courage also provides community forums, shopping at Dayspring and a book club.

    Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to request one item for free to review from Dayspring!  I received a “God’s Heart For You” necklace.  It’s a beautiful piece- unique in it’s design and engraved with the words created, cherished, celebrated and chosen.  The little tag dangling from the clasp is stamped with Psalm 19:14.

    Sorry for the lousy photo, but isn’t it cute?  It even comes with a card with scripture for each of the words- Psalm 139:14 for the word Created.  Deuteronomy 14:2 for Chosen.  Zephaniah 3:17 for Celebrated.  Jeremiah 31:3 for Cherished.

    This is definitely going to be a regular addition to my wardrobe!

    Do you want one too?

    The fabulous people over at (in)courage and Dayspring have also provided me with a $20 voucher for one lucky reader!  If you win, you can head over to the Dayspring store and pick up a necklace like mine, or any of the other encouraging items that they offer!

    The rules of this giveaway are simple.  Just post a comment under this post by midnight on February 13.  I’ll put all of your names into a hat on the 14th and let my two year old draw the winner!  Now wouldn’t that be a nice Valentines surprise?

    Even if you don’t win, it’s still a good time to head over to Dayspring since they have them on sale for the month of February and you can get 25% off of your order with code LOVE25.   What a great gift idea for someone who needs a reminder of who they are in God’s eyes!  And don’t forget to check out (in)courage too- you just might be encouraged!

    Legal disclaimerese- I was given this product to review by (in)courage by Dayspring at no cost to me.  The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own!


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