Entries from November 25, 2012 - December 1, 2012


DIY Holiday Gift: Framed Chalkboard

My sister Em is very creative. She made this adorable chalkboard and I had to share it with all of you!

She blogs at Mothra Sue + owns a unique Etsy shop, selling one of a kind vintage items. Be sure to check out her blog here.

She is also fixing up a circa 1920's home. You can see the projects she is working on by visiting her blog.

Here is how she made this adorable chalkboard frame!

  • Take apart a vintage frame (find at garage sales, flea markets, antique stores, etc.) and cut a piece of black board to fit inside (from Home Depot).
  •  Buy some chalkboard paint at Home Depot.
  • To cut the chalkboard, you could use a porter cable multi tool. Then use Liquid Nails to glue the chalkboard into the frame.
  • A hot glue gun works well to glue on a piece of felt for the back. If liquid nails gets on the blackboard side it's easy to clean off with a wet cloth if you do it right away.
  • For the cord to hang the chalk, upholstery trim works nicely (hot glued only the trim not the chalk so the chalk can be swapped out.
  • Make a cute and functional eraser by attaching a piece of felt to a wood block. You can use  a round wood block that has a hole in it, covered both ends in felt and wrapped it and hung it with trim (used hot glue gun). Use trim for a decorative hanger at the top (also hot glued).

Jamba Juice: Free $5 from Paypal

Very cool! Paypal and Jamba Juice have teamed up to offer you this awesome freebie- $5 to spend at Jamba Juice to your PayPal account! Just click on the blue “Save to PayPal Account” button, then login to your PayPal account (or register for a new account) and follow the directions.


Macy's: Win a Trip to NYC, Gift Cards, More



Play for the chance to #win 1 of 80 #Macys gift card or a trip for two to New York City to tour the Vogue offices in Times Square.

Enter here, good luck! Sweeps ends Dec.31, 2012!


Disney: Free DVD + Coupons









Thinking about a trip to Disney? Be sure to request your FREE Disney parks dvd- includes exclusive offers!

* A complete tour of the 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks and over 20 Resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
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* Affordable ways to play and stay during your Disney vacation
* Pocket-sized planning guides, planning tips, and information on special events, and more!

Click below!



Free Family Fun Magazine Subscription: 15,000 Winners


Purex Crystals is giving 15,000 winners a FREE 1-Year Subscriptions to FamilyFun Magazine! Through December 21st, just head on over here and submit your information to be entered into the drawing for a FREE 1 year subscription to FamilyFun magazine!


EXPIRED-Amazon Cyber Toy Deals- Nov. 27, 2012



Here are the times these deals are coming up today. Amazon has not yet released the prices but you know with lightning deals, they are going to be deeply discounted!


Coming up at 9:00 am EST- Launcher

Coming up at 9:00 am EST- Barbie Karaoke 

Coming up at 10:00 am EST-Interactive R2D2

Coming up at 10:00 am EST- LEGO Education DUPLO World People Set

Coming up at 11:00 am EST- Year of the Dragon Ultimate Optimus Prime

Coming up at 12:40 pm EST- Digital Kids Activity Table for iPad 2/3/4

Coming up at 1:00 pm EST- Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship

Coming up at 1:00 pm EST- Batman The Dark Knight Rises Cowl and ...

Coming up at 2:00 pm EST- Zynga Cityville Monopoly Game

Coming up at 3:00 pm EST- Sassy Developmental Sensory Ball Set - ...

Coming up at 3:00 pm EST- E5000 Auto Fire Blaster with Zombie Target

Coming up at 4:00 pm EST- Lalaloopsy Silly Hair - Suzette La Sweet

Coming up at 4:00 pm EST- Ben 10 Omnitrix Touch

Coming up at 5:00 pm EST- Hexagon Hut

Coming up at 6:00 pm EST- Crayola Color Wonder Barbie Fashion Doll

Coming up at 7:00 pm EST- Be Amazing My First Super Science Kit

Coming up at 8:00 pm EST- Super Hero Repulsor Drill with Iron Man

Coming up at 8:00 pm EST- LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra eBook Learn to Read ...

Coming up at 9:00 pm EST- Dizzy Dancers Spin 'N Glow Disco Set

Coming up at 9:00 pm EST- Star Wars Darth Maul Lightsaber

Coming up at 9:00 pm EST- Hoppop Rambla Child's Plastic Tumble Toys

Coming up at 10:00 pm EST- Transformers: Dark of the Moon - MechTech Leader - ...

Coming up at 11:00 pm EST- Poppin Park Tumble Top

Coming up at 11:00 pm EST- Barbie Doll and Fashions Barbie Pink ..

Coming up at 12:00 pm EST- Erector - Multi Model Construction Sets

Coming up at 12:00 pm EST- Winx Club Vanity

Coming up at 12:00 pm EST- Transformers: Dark of the Moon - MechTech ...

See Complete List Here


New Shopkick Coupons: Expire Dec.7, 2012

Here are the newest Target mobile coupons, when you download the FREE Shopkick App for your iPhone or Android phone! 

These coupons expire Dec. 7, 2012: 


  • $10/1 Little Big Planet Karting PS3 Game
  •  $10/1 Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale PS3 Game
  • $2/1 Pittbull Global Warming or Global Warming Deluxe CD
  • 20% off Kodak Greeting Cards
  • 20% off Merona Men’s Apparel Item
  • $2/1 Men’s Evolve by 2(x)ist Underwear or Undershirt Purchase
  • $5 Off Mossimo Apparel Purchase ($20 or more)
  • $1/2 Market Pantry Pasta AND Pasta Sauce
  • 25% off Barbie Toy
  • $2/1 Any Biore Item
  • $2/3 Greeting Cards (excludes cards under $1)



Sign up here.

Not familiar with Shopkick? Shopkick is a free mobile app for your iPhone or Android mobile smart phone.  By allowing it to see your location using your GPS, it will automatically recognize when you enter a participating store, retailer, or restaurant, then reward you.  You'll earn "Kickbucks" by simply entering the store and can earn by scanning barcodes within the store.  


15 Homemade Gift Basket Ideas

This holiday season, treat your friends and family to homemade gift baskets! I usually make a few gift baskets every Christmas. They are always a hit!

And here's a tip: To save money on basket fillers, stock up on items throughout the year when there is a great sale, coupon or clearance. I recommend checking out Target, CVS and Walgreens for great clearance items.

You could create:

  • Pampered Spa (Twirly towel, bath mitts, cozy slippers, eye pillow, luffa sponge, body sugar scrubs, bath salts & bubble bath, shower gel, bath bombs, candles)
  • Chocolate Lovers (Chocolate of every kind and in every shape, nuts, gourmet coffee)
  • Coffee Lovers (Gourmet or flavored coffees, flavored sugars, cinnamon sticks, two coffee mugs, demi spoons & a coffee table book about coffee)
  • Homemade Specialty Treats (Flavored sugars, extracts, flavored vinegars)
  • Gourmet (Pickled peppers, gourmet cheese, deli crackers, fruit, wine, smoked oysters, olives, pickled asparagus, deli meat sticks)
  • Tea Buddy (Gourmet teas, flavored sugars, cinnamon sticks, tea cozy, two pretty tea cups and saucers, homemade cookies/baking, homemade jam, small potted houseplant)
  • Pet Lovers (Personalized pet dish, pet toys, pet treats, hair brush, pet shampoo–see the Rachel Ray video above)
  • Gardeners (Gardening gloves, gardening book, garden journal, small hand tools, handmade seed packets, garden clogs)
  • Bookworm (Books, bookmarks, gourmet coffee or tea, snacks, online bookstore gift card)
  • Productivity Guru (Moleskin notebook, index cards, post it notes, post it flags, expensive pen, book on productivity tips)
  • Welcome Baby (Baby blanket, washcloths, socks, rattle, toys, sleepers, check out the diaper cake for more ideas)
  • Crafty (Expensive scissors, rotary cutter blades, needle case, pin cushion, spools of good quality thread, glue sticks, needle threaders, box of pins, sewing machine needles, fat quarters, craft store gift card, craft magazine or book)
  • Movie Lovers (DVDs, popcorn, popcorn seasonings, bottles of water or pop, chocolate bars, licorice, movie rental coupons)
  • Christmas (Poinsettia plant, homemade cookies, tarts, baking, Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas music CD, neatly handwritten Christmas poem or prayer–scroll or framed, pine, peppermint or cranberry scented candle, box of chocolates, candy canes, mix of nuts and nutcracker, Christmas crackers, angel figurine, paper snowflakes, mini-stockings filled with candy, fireplace firestarters, hot cocoa mix with mugs, small prayer or blessings book)