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Review: TI-nspire  

Monday, August 31, 2009




My son is in the 8th grade this year, and every year for the past couple of years, he always need a fancy graphing calculator. So, when I was given an opportunity to review the TI-Nspire, I knew it would be a huge help to him for the rest of his school years, as well as his younger sister.

What I wasn't expecting is the complexity of this machine. I'm not complaining, but seriously - we were also sent a TI-Nspire for Dummies book. When I saw this, I thought, "Oh my gosh, how serious is this?!" In all honesty, it's not sooo complex that you can't figure it out or that your child can't figure it out, but this thing can do Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, College Math, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, and Finance. Wow!



The TI-Nspire also comes with an additional keypad and the calculator can now function as a T1-84 Plus, which is totally awesome.

More about the TI-Nspire, from the Texas Instruments site:

The latest TI math and science learning technology features the TI-Nspire family of products and services. This technology goes beyond graphing to help students see math and science in new and different ways.

TI-Nspire and TI-Nspire CAS technology was developed hand-in-hand with educators worldwide and built on proven graphing technology which research* shows has a positive impact on student achievement. This exciting learning technology offers both handhelds and computer software for the flexibility to meet different classroom needs.

Permitted on SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT/NSMQT, IB and Praxis exams, as well as many state tests.

Some unique features of TI-Nspire technology let you:

* View multiple representations of a problem on a single screen
* Grab a graphed function and move it to see the effect
* "Link" representations: Manipulate the properties of one and observe instant updates to others without switching screens
* Create, save and review work in electronic documents, like a computer
* Activate the handheld's Press-to-Test feature to block access to certain geometry features not allowed on state exams
* Experience identical functions on the handheld and TI-Nspire Computer Software (Windows© or Mac©). Your students can use the software independently or in tandem with the handheld for work in and out of class
* Project a full interactive handheld alongside a large handheld screen to demonstrate concepts to your class usingTI-Nspire Computer Software - Teacher Edition.

TI supports the passion that educators possess for teaching with technology designed to help students succeed in math and science. TI’s research-based* technology for instruction and assessment, curricular materials and professional development combine to provide essential elements for greater student achievement.
Learn more about the TI-Nspire family of products
* For more information, see education.ti.com/research

Specifications:

TI-83 and TI-84 family compatibility - only the TI-Nspire handheld comes with an innovative snap-in TI-84 Plus Keypad that provides the same keystrokes and functionality as TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus and TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculators.

Technical specifications using the TI-Nspire Keypad:


•Screen size: 320 x 240 pixels (3.5" diagonal) - two times the size of TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus models
•Screen resolution: ~115 DPI; 16-level gray-scale - five times the resolution of TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus models
•Dimensions: 1.13"H x 3.94"W x 7.81"L
•Weight: 0.64 pounds
•Powered by (4) AAA batteries.
•Memory: 20 MB storage memory / 16MB operating memory
•USB port for computer connectivity, unit-to-unit communication with other TI-Nspire handhelds, and more.

Windows® system requirements:
•Windows Vista® (Home Premium/Ultimate/Business) with SP1, Windows XP (Home/Professional) with SP2 or SP3;
•Processor speed: 900 MHz
•Screen resolution: 1024 X 768
•RAM: 512 MB RAM recommended
•500 MB free HD space on a single boot configuration (An additional 200MB is required for TI-Nspire™ Computer Link Software)
•350MB free space on a single boot configuration. TI-Nspire Computer Link software requires an additional 200MB free space.
•CD-ROM drive or active internet connection for installation
•Minimum browser requirements: Works with Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6.0, Netscape® 5.0, Mozilla® Firefox® 1.0,
•Safari® 2.0 and AOL® Browser 1.0.

Mac® system requirements:
•Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5
•PowerPC, G4, or G5 and Intel processors
•512MB RAM
•At least 200 MB of hard-disk space needed for installation.

Our thoughts:

We love this calculator and are still learning about it (and I'm sure it will take us quite a while to learn it all!). I like how, as soon as you turn it on, you are guided through a set up to learn more about how to use this device. It comes with it's own book, plus with the Dummies book, we should be set for a long time!

My son hasn't started diving into too much learning in math right now since we just started school on the 27th, but I know that this calculator will come in handy, for many more years to come. I, for one, am excited to see what it teaches me that I never learned before! More importantly, I'm excited to see a grade higher than a C in all math classes from now on!

This post was written as part of a program for Family Review Network and Texas Instruments, who supplied the product for review.






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The GE Appliance Widget is fixed  

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sorry to my readers about the widget for the GE Sweepstakes - it's fixed now! Go to this post to enter!


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Keeping you informed about our life  

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This post has been in the works since last Friday. Yes, it's crazy here! I've mentioned how my son is playing football for our local recreational council - that takes up my evenings, even if I just drop him off and go back to pick him up (that's what I've been doing).

But since I love every one of my readers and visitors, I wanted to share some things with you.

Not only am I writing here, I also write for The Examiner.com. I've mentioned here before, but I've always loved to write, and since I've learned so much, I've decided to share what I have learned (and what I continue to learn!) over there. Feel free to read my Examiner.com stories.

Last week, I won a 4-pack of tickets to Six Flags just by playing an Instant Win game on MyCokeRewards! I love MyCokeRewards! I've won 3 prizes from them, as well as traded in points for magazine subscriptions! I don't drink soda as often as I used to (my boyfriend has me covered in that area!) but I always manage to get codes!

I also went to a local Barbecue Festival (Maryland BBQ Bash) last weekend and I got a call last Wednesday that I won a $50 Visa Gift Card! It really came in handy, because I was broke and needed gas money! I picked it up at a local credit union and have been using it ever since!

Tomorrow I'll have been working at my current job for two years! Time flies when you're having fun, huh?

Tomorrow is another important day in that my children start school tomorrow. My son is heading off to the 8th grade, and the baby in the family is off to 5th. I'm praying that the bullcrap that we dealt with at the end of the school year isn't an issue this year!

I still have some more school clothes shopping to do for them. I was only able to get them two outfits so far. I only get paid twice a month so I always have to budget! I used a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon for Old Navy. We did pretty well, because I got each of the kids two outfits, my daughter got a book bag, and I got an outfit all for about $100! The best part? My outfit cost about $14 itself! I chose the item of the week (a really cute teal top) and I managed to find a pair of jeans for $4.95. I actually thought the tag was wrong but I watched her ring everything up and I'll be darned if the jeans didn't ring up that cheap! Woot! All jeans were on sale for $19 so I made out pretty well!

I also got some really nice stuff from Bath and Body Works, from trading in my MyPoints points for a $25 Gift Card. As you may know, BzzAgent now gives you MyPoints for their campaigns and I had over 3000 points!

Other than that, that's about it for us.

What have YOU been doing?


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Enter to win a GE appliance  

Yes, you read that right! Here at A Simple Kinda Life you can enter to win a brand-new GE Appliance! And... you can enter DAILY!

How do you enter? Via this Bridgit widget:










I'm closing comments so no one gets confused!

Sweepstakes Rules:

*Contest runs from August 24th through November 15th. Don't worry - I'm posting this widget on my sidebar and I'll remind you via Twitter and periodically, here on my blog. So make sure you're following me on Twitter (@pricousins).

*Residents of the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia only.

*Must be 18 or over.

*None of my family is eligible to enter.

Prize:

Both the Grand Prize Winner and the Blogsite Author (ME!) Winner will each receive his/her choice of one (1) of the following appliances: Either:
(A) a GE® Tall Tub Built-In Dishwasher. Model # GLD6760NSS, ARV $649
(B) GE® 25.0 Cu. Ft. ENERGY STAR® Side-By-Side Refrigerator with Dispenser, Model # GSH25ISX, ARV $1,499
(C) a GE® Spacemaker® Over-the-Range Microwave Oven, Model # JVM1850SMSS, ARV $489

(D) a GE® 30" Free-Standing Electric Range. Model #JB700SN, ARV $1,099
or
(E) a, GE® 30" Free-Standing Gas Range with Warming Drawer. Model # JGBP88SEMSS ARV $1,449.


Good luck!




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Wordless Wednesday - Me as a little girl  



For more Wordless Wednesday fun, visit 5 Minutes for Mom, Wordless Wednesday HQ, and Extraordinary Mothers

Link your post here so we all can go see it!





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MckLinky Blog Hop 8/24/09 - Time To Laugh  

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Our instructions this week are to include our favorite joke, photo, or video. Here's something I find hilarious! I love cats so when I found this on YouTube, I had to include it!






MckLinky Blog Hop


Thanks for stopping by!


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Hellmann's Swap 'n' Share  

Monday, August 24, 2009




Do you belong to Facebook? Have you gotten any Swap 'n' Share Sandwich requests? I got one the other day, and I was like HUH? But then I got an email from MomSelect, sharing with me about how Hellmann's® and Best Foods Mayonnaise have teamed up with Billy Ray Cyrus to help Feeding America. Hellmann's has created Swap 'n' Share, an application where you can go make a sandwich, and while doing so, you can help raise money for Feeding America. Every sandwich made will enable Hellmann's®/Best Foods® to donate 7 lunches to Feeding America.

Plus, when you create a sandwich, you have the opportunity to enter to win a $250 grocery store gift card and a 6-months supply of Hellmann's®/ Best Foods® mayonnaise!

This is a great cause and huge thanks go out to MomSelect for letting me know about this!


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Review: Charmin Ultra Soft  




I was recently sent this really cool box full of Charmin stuff:



A flash drive:



A pack of the NEW Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Tissue:



Of course, I prefer Charmin so accepting this box was no big deal to me! I will usually go out of my way to buy Charmin, but usually when it's on sale and I have a coupon.

Let me share with you a little information about the new Charmin Ultra Soft Tissue:

New Charmin Ultra Soft has been upgraded to feel softer (and look better) with a new embossed pattern. It has been designed with absorbent cushions that allow you to use less versus other leading value brands, so it works better. Charmin Ultra Soft is so soft and absorbent that you can use seven sheets of Charmin Ultra Soft versus 28 sheets of the leading value brand. You can truly have it all without using too much.

Thanks Charmin, for sending me your revamped tissue! We're all thanking you in this household!



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Kid's crafts: Boredom Busters  

You know how when your kids are in the house for TOO LONG, they start to get on each other's nerves, and worse yet - YOUR nerves?! If they like crafts, you can go to the "Kids Can Make This" section over at YouCanMakeThis.com and free downloads of crafts they can do (instead of driving you crazy!). And, if you sign up for the Kids Can Make This newsletter and you will receive a package of 7 eBooks and one video. There are newsletters for everything DIY, sewing, crochet, and embroidery. Each one of those comes with their own sets of free downloads, including how to make the "Debut" purse, how to appliqué, making a birthday table runner, and more.


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Submit it Sunday - 08/23/09  

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hope you all have had a great weekend! It's been so busy over here I've had a rough time keeping up on emails and entering giveaways, as well as posting! I had a post all thought up in my head yesterday but my son had his first scrimmage yesterday, so I had to leave before I could post. Then we headed down to Arundel Mills Mall, and didn't get in until 9:30 or so, and by that time I was beat!

Today there's a Pep Rally for Football, so we're getting ready to head over there. I'll hopefully be able to post later!

For now, share your giveaways with my readers! There's some GREAT Back to School Giveaways going on right now! Link em up!

Be sure to enter my three current giveaways (located on my left sidebar) - they all end by 9/2!

Have a great Sunday!




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Win an Epson all-in-one printer at 5 Minutes for Mom  

Saturday, August 22, 2009



Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom to enter to win an Epson NX515 All-in-One Printer! These Back to School Giveaways end on August 28th!

Be sure to check out all of the giveaways in the 5 Minutes for Mom Back to School Giveaway Event 2009!


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Homemaker Barbie is looking for Purex Insiders  

Thursday, August 20, 2009

You should know that I am a Purex Insider. Well so is Danielle Ice AKA Homemaker Barbie, and she is looking for 2 people to refer as Purex Insiders. The only thing she says is, and I quote: Please don’t leave a comment if you have in the past, currently are, or plan to participate in a PR blackout. PR blackouts are not supported by our company, IS World Media, and we can’t nominate a blogger who is closed to PR opportunities. Thank you for understanding.

To check it out, see this post.


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Giveaway: 250 Custom Greeting Cards Giveaway (2 winners)  

Wednesday, August 19, 2009



I have another great giveaway to share with you today! UPrinting is offering TWO of my readers 250 Custom Greeting Cards! You can use these custom greeting cards as an extra special invite for your next party or event! Or, with Christmas coming up - great Christmas cards! While you're there, be sure to check out their Custom Postcards!

I can't wait to get mine! I'm not sure what I'm going to get yet but there are some great cards listed on their site as well as various sizes! (I must admit, I'm leaning towards the Holiday Greeting Cards!)

Would you like to win?!

Two prize winners will receive:

250 7 x 5" Greeting Cards (Half-Fold); 10 pt Cover with matte or gloss coating

Full Color Outside and Blank Inside (4/0)


Shipping Must be Paid by Winner. Offer Valid for United States Shipping ONLY.

To enter, leave the answer to this question in the form below: What would you do with your prize? i.e., Holiday Cards, RSVP cards, etc. (See the site for ideas!)



For extra entries, do any (or ALL!) of the following:


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This giveaway is open to US and will end on September 2nd at midnight EST. Winners will be announced in a post here at A Simple Kinda Life and will be emailed. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for stopping by, and Good luck!


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Review and Giveaway: Fiber One 50 Calorie Yogurt (3 winners)  



We've talked about my love of yogurt previously. I love yogurt and my kids do too! Growing up, we never had yogurt, so I'm not sure where my love of yogurt came in to play. But, somewhere along the way, I think with my first pregnancy over 15 years ago, I began eating yogurt regularly, and have been ever since!

Fiber One Yogurt is great-tasting and an easy way to get your fiber! It's one of my favorite yogurts! And, it's a product that Lisa Lillien, AKA Hungry Girl, LOVES!

Fiber One yogurt comes in the following flavors: Strawberry, Peach, Vanilla and Key Lime Pie. I've tried them all, and love them all, but my favorite is the Peach! (I'm a sucker for Peach!)

My Blog Spark sent me the "Healthy & Fit Weight Management" gift bag in the above photo. It included a coupon for a Free 4-pack of Fiber One Yogurt. I couldn't wait to rush out and pick up my yogurt!

I chose the Key Lime yogurt flavor this time, and my kids ate 1/2 of them before I even got to any of them! As I said earlier, it's a great way to get your fiber, not to mention calcium, and it's not gritty! The yogurt is smooth and scrumptious! And, at 50 calories, that's almost mind-blowing! The leading competition yogurt is 80 calories! Dairy is a great way to manage your weight and so is fiber, so this yogurt is a win-win!

I've been using the lunch bag to take my lunch to work every day, which has been a great big help! It's roomy and holds my yogurt, sandwich, drink bottle, and snack, and there's space in the bottom for an ice pack!

Right now you can print out a $1 off coupon here.

Would you like to win the prize pack above? THREE winners will win one! Fill out the form below to enter.



For extra entries, do any or all of the following and leave a comment that you did them. *Remember to leave links!


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This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will end on September 2nd at midnight EST. Winners will be announced in a post here at A Simple Kinda Life and will be emailed. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for stopping by, and Good luck!




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Winner: The Divorce Party: A Novel  

Monday, August 17, 2009

It's overdue to choose this winner too - so without further to do, the winner, as determined by Random.org, is #16, who was Mindy Aptecker.

Mindy, Congratulations! I'm emailing you now!

Please respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.

Thanks to all who entered!




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New Winner Announced: Trix Swirls Gift Pack  

My apologies on the delay on this re-draw. It's been HECTIC around here!

One of the original winners of the Trix Swirls Gift Pack never responded, so I enlisted my trusty friend Random.org to find me a new winner.

#47, Lethea Benson, is the newest winner of the Trix Swirls Gift Pack! Congratulations, Lethea, I'm emailing you now!

Please respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.


Thanks to everyone who entered (originally).



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PlasmaCar Mega Review (The Classy Closet Review Panel)  



How often do you find a toy that can be used by the whole family? Not often, right?! Well, today I'll share with you a toy that is universal - from ages 3 to 103 the booklet claims! In all honesty, anyone weighing up to 220 lbs. can ride the PlasmaCar!

The PlasmaCar is powered by your own energy! That's part of what makes this toy so great! Not only can anyone in the family use it, it only requires you to turn the steering wheel to power the toy!



Assembly was easy too! The instructions were detailed with illustrations to outline exactly what you need to do to assemble this toy. And, it only takes a few minutes!

My kids and I all had a great time on the PlasmaCar and invite you to check it out. It's funny too, because I've seen them being reviewed on the web, but hadn't seen them in the stores yet. Just a couple of days before I received mine, I saw one at Target. I thought it was so cute! And they are! We'll be keeping this toy around for a long time! They're fast and FUN!

Be sure to check out PlasmaCar for yourself! They're all over the web. Find them in the following locations:
Follow them on Twitter at @plasmart.
Company Website: www.plasmarttoys.com
Become a Fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-ON/PlaSmart/87088915874
They even have a blog: www.plasmartinc.blogspot.com

My Classy Closet Review Panel colleagues have their reviews up too - be sure to stop by and check out their reviews:

A Busy Mommy
A Psych Mommy
"Catch the Drift" with Mama Snow
Maria's Place

Be sure to check out the Mega Review here.

Thanks to The Classy Closet for this review opportunity!







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Win a $500 Gift Certificate to Walmart  

How sweet would it be to win a Gift Certificate to Walmart? For me... I can taste it now. I'd buy TONS of stuff for myself.

SNAP back to reality!

It's Back To School time! I'd probably only be able to get a book....

Anyway, stop by this blog to enter to win a $500GC to Walmart!

And make sure you read the rules!

Good luck!



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Giveaway: Pillsbury® simply...TM  



I'm going to make this one quick and painless.

To win, leave a comment with any tips that you can share with me that help you to simplify day-to-day life.

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Please remember to leave links and User IDs for the extra entries or they will be rejected. Also leave your email in the comment if it is not readily available in your profile.

This contest will end on August 31ST at midnight EST. Winners will be drawn using Random.org, posted in a post here at A Simple Kinda Life, and will be emailed.

*REMEMBER TO LEAVE LINKS FOR ANY AND ALL ENTRIES. I HAVE DISAPPROVED VARIOUS ENTRIES RECENTLY THAT DID NOT INCLUDE LINKS, AS THEY ARE PART OF THE DIRECTIONS.

Thanks for stopping by and Good luck!

Thanks to MyBlogSpark for this review opportunity!

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IzeaFest  

Pondering

Today MarketLeverageTV becomes the MarketLeverage TV Network with multiple shows. And during the debut episode of WrapUp the winners of BenSpark's Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack Contest will be chosen.



This contest sprang forth from the mind of Drew Bennett - AKA BenSpark (@BenSpark) after writing his list of 10 Essential items to bring with you to IZEAFest. While writing that post Drew was thinking about all the conferences that he's attended over the years and the things that were essential to a blogger at each event. His dream was to be able to provide those items as prizes to a lucky blogger who will be attending IZEAFest 2009. That along with his 10 Reasons to Attend IZEAFest 2009 gave him inspiration to ask for help in making his dream of giving a great prize pack to some lucky bloggers a reality.




So Drew went out and asked multiple sponsors for help. He is an IZEA Insider for the "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" Crew and as such was provided with tickets to IZEAFest. So prize number one was taken care of. You can't have an Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack without a ticket to IZEAFest. From there Drew recruited the generous help of Dina Riccobono (@MLDina) and MarketLeverage (@MarketLeverage) who provided Drew with an Asus Eee PC 1000HA and a Flip Mino HD that is Co-Branded BenSpark.com and MarketLeverage!



Early on when Drew started his search for prizes he made a request from ZINK Imaging who gave him two Polaroid Pogos and 200 sheets of ZINK Paper. He uses one of them to create unique Business cards. When Drew meets you he asks you to take a photo with him using his Xshot. He then prints out an instant photo with his Pogo on ZINK paper and sticks it to the back of his business card. Drew is donating one of his Polaroid PoGos to the winner. He also secured An Xshot for each winner because there are two runner up winners who not only get IZEAFest Tickets (A fantastic and valuable prize in its own right) but they will each get a smaller prize pack.



Drew's friend Michael at Xshot hooked him up with a business contact in the Flipbac Innovations Company and they kicked in some Flipbac (@flipbac) angled viewfinder and LCD screen protectors for digital cameras as prizes. Each Runner up gets one of those and Drew has a few extra to give away at IZEAFest.



To keep people going all weekend long Drew was able to get a case of BluFrog Wildly Healthy Energy Drink donated by Martha Decker (@MarDeck). He is also including energy drink packets from EBOOST (@EBOOST). Drew will have close to 100 packets to give away at IZEAFest 2009, come find him for one. Runner up winners also get an EBOOST prize pack.



Continuing to fill out his Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack Drew sought out help from one of his "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" crew members, Jennifer Leet (@jentifa. Jennifer is the queen of contests and she connected with one of her sponsors BriteView (@BriteView to get a Cinema Cube to add to the Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack.



Still not quite sure that he had the Ultimate Prize Pack for an IZEAFest attendee Drew sought out something innovative and cool that would reflect the fun open spirit of learning and networking of IZEAFest. He found the perfect prize in the Poken. Drew asked a question on Twitter about whether the Poken was worth the money and the call was answered by @PokenGirl. PokenGirl explained that the Poken is a device that one can use to connect with other people physically by slapping a "High 4" with that other person's Poken. What that does is exchange a digital business card that contains your online social media profiles. Since IZEAFest is all about learning, having fun and making connections with other people a Poken is a great prize that will be going to each of the winners. They even get to choose which of the cute little Pokens they want.



With the Prize Pack Assembled Drew only needed to find some willing judges and he did at Affiliate Summit East. First he recruited Famous Blogger Murray Newlands (@MurrayNewlands), then "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" crew member Tim Jones (@Timothy_Jones) or rather The Real Tim Jones. He also recruited Eric Schechter @ericschechter of ClickBooth and last but not least he recruited Kim Ann Curtin (@KimAnnCurtin, Life Coach to the Affiliates.



The Judges had a difficult task ahead of them. There were four bloggers who went that extra mile to try for the Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack. Those folks along with the many others who entered the random drawing are waiting on the edge of their seats until WrapUp airs on the MarketLeverage TV Network Monday Morning 10:30am EST.




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Back to School Tips  

On behalf of TwitterMoms and Sprite, for a chance to get 500 MyCokeRewards (which I LOVE, by the way!!!), I'm sharing some back to school tips with you today.



Supplies:

First off - please, please, PLEASE (I cannot emphasize this enough!) do not wait until the last minute to buy the school supplies for your children! That's how you end up spending HUNDREDS of dollars! (Been there, done that!) Start watching Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, and all of the other stores that have office supplies EARLY (I'm talking May or June!) to get the deals. I sign up for all of their emails, so I see all of the sales prior to their start date. Plus, I print coupons and there have been some GREAT coupons for Bic products, Scotch Tape, and more this summer - add those to the already low prices and you can save a bundle! I hit up Walmart back in June and bought a ton of stuff for under $.50 each and then I went to Staples during a GREAT sale they had and I spent about $60 for both of my children, after discounts - and I have extras! CVS is also a great place to shop - last night I went there and got two packs of filler paper for $.99 each - and I got $1.98 back in Extra Care Bucks which I used on my separate order!

Clothes:

Old Navy, The Children's Place, aerie, 77kids, Kohl's, and even Kmart and Target have some nice clothes - and at this time of year all of their warmer weather wear is on clearance, making way for Fall styles! It pays to clean up on those prices - especially if your weather doesn't change until October. By then, you can hunt down more sales and buy them cold weather clothes for cheap too! I recently bought my daughter some clothes from TCP and I spent $33 for SIX outfits, a few hair ties/headbands, and a belt! That's a STEAL! Signing up for stores' email lists will save you a bundle, as you'll get an email from them before the sales starts and you can plan accordingly. Top those sale prices with coupons (like Old Navy does at OldNavyWeekly.com) or with discount codes online at RetailMeNot.comand you can save up to 80%, if you time it right!

Another great place that I like to utilize when shopping for clothes ANYTIME of the year is Ebates, which pays you to shop! I mean... you get money back via check or PayPal.

Sending your child to school on the first day:

We are the only ones who know our children best. It's so funny, because my son (who just turned 13) is 100% independent and has been like that always. He goes to school, no problem. Sometimes he won't even call to tell me he's heading out to the bus! My daughter (who's 10) is the complete opposite! She's already asking me to take off so I can put her on the bus the first day of school.

The only advice I can give to you for this one is that only YOU know them the best. If they need extra loving and reassurance on the first day of school (and any other day, for that matter) - give it to them. If they don't, then don't.

Make sure you have some snacks ready for them when they get home too - because they WILL be hungry!

Do you have any Back to School Tips that you can share? Please leave a comment.


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Back to school shopping on a budget  



Burlington Coat Factory recently issued it's fall trend forecast for this year’s must-have back-to-school fashions. Pricing at BCF is typically up to seventy percent below department store prices and a layaway option is in place to make back-to-school shopping a breeze.

Some versatile pieces and styles parents should be on the lookout for to help maximize their fashion budgets can be found below in addition to popular looks of the fall back-to-school season for junior high and high-school kids.

Boho: This updated and modern bohemian look replaces the bell bottoms and earthy looks from years past with destroyed skinny denim, folk-inspired fringe vests, shaggy faux fur vests and hobo fringe bags and shoes. The current times have brought back this trend but its new age focus is funky, edgy and light hearted. Burlington calls it Boho chic.

Moto: It won’t just be biker babes who are wearing motorcycle jackets. This is a great style to invest in because it’s so versatile. Teens can wear motorcycle jackets with everything from feminine dresses and skirts to wide leg trousers and skinny jeans. It’s perfect for the rock-n-roll punk princess.



Destroyed Denim – Not just a hole in the knee; the entire jean is shredded for an updated look.




Plaid: Not your grandpa's plaid. This revisited classic uses buffalo check and argyle patterns with fun, bright colors to make the look stand out. Classy and cool – check!


Some fashionable styles for the elementary-school kids:



Graffiti: Kids and teens express their style and personality on every piece of clothing from polos, button down shirts, t-shirts and even denim, with graffiti inspired patterns such as hearts, skulls, peace signs, flowers and more.



Graphic, Colorful Tees – boys have updated the graphic tee now with bright colors


Printed/Graphic woven’s – button downs with edgy prints on the sleeves, back or chest.


BCF also began its “Live Free For a Year Sweepstakes”. BCF will pay up to $20,000 towards the winner’s principal and interest payments for a home mortgage or residential rent payments for one year. The Live Free for a Year sweepstakes began on Monday, July 6th and closes at end of business on Wednesday, September 9th. Contestants must apply in-store. The rules can be viewed at www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/rules.

Good luck!





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Cellfire Coupons - 8/11/09 to 8/24/09  



Cellfire has some great coupons that you can load to your Grocery Store's savings club card to save even MORE money! Not sure how to use Cellfire coupons? See my earlier posts here. Believe me, you'll want to load these coupons! They're an EASY way to save money!

Cottonelle®: Save $.25 on any ONE (1) 4-pack or Larger COTTONELLE® Toilet Paper.

Huggies® Diapers: Save $1.00 on any package of Huggies® Diapers.

Hamburger Helper®: Save $.75 when you buy THREE any flavor Hamburger Helper® Tuna Helper® OR Chicken Helper® Home Cooked Skillet Meals.

Betty Crocker® Fruit Snacks: Save $.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot®, Fruit Gushers®, Fruit Roll-Ups® OR Fruit Roll-Ups® Fruit Stickerz ® Fruit.

Nature Valley Granola Bars: Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety Nature Valley® Granola Bars.
Fiber One® Bars: Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Fiber One® Chewy Bars.

Betty Crocker® Cookie Mix: Save $.40 when you buy any flavor 17.5 OZ. OR LARGER Betty Crocker® Cookie Mix.
Betty Crocker® Supreme Brownie Mix: Save $.75 when you buy TWO any flavor Betty Crocker® Box Supreme Brownie Mixes.

Trix® Cereal: Save $.55 when you buy Trix® cereal.



Honey Nut Cheerios®: Save $1.00 when you buy Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal.

Chex Mix®: Save $.50 when you buy any flavor 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix® OR Chex® 100 Calorie Snack.

Betty Crocker® Cake and Frosting: Save $.50 when you buy BOTH Betty Crocker® Cake Mix AND Betty Crocker® Frosting (any flavors/varieties).

Yoplait Kids Zone: Save $.80 when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait® products listed: Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt - Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt.

Betty Crocker® Fruit Flavored Shapes: Save $.40 when you buy ONE BOX any variety Betty Crocker® Fruit Flavored Shapes.

Yoplait Cups: Save $.50 when you buy SIX any variety Yoplait® Yogurt cups OR any flavor Yoplait® Original OR Light Smoothies.

Betty Crocker® Warm Delights: Save $.50 when you buy ONE any flavor Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Bowls OR Betty Crocker® Warm Delights® Minis Bowls.

Yoplait® Fiber One®: Save $1.00 when you buy any flavor Yoplait® Fiber One® Yogurt Multipacks.

Chex Mix® Bars: Save $.60 when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Chex Mix® Bars.

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters: Save $1.00 when you buy ONE BAG any flavor Nature Valley® Granola Nut Clusters.

*Chex Mix® Flavors: Save $1.00 when you buy any 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Barbecue OR Sour Cream & Onion Chex Mix®.

*Coleman Natural Hot Dogs: Save $1 when purchasing a pack of nitrate-free Coleman Natural Beef Hot Dogs.

*Coleman Natural Bacon: Save $1 when purchasing a nitrate-free Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Bacon.

*(Indicates regional deals that are available only in some areas. Please check cellfire.com for details).


These coupons are available beginning tomorrow, August 11, 2009, and will be available for saving August 24, 2009. After they have been saved, you have 2 weeks to use them, until September 7, 2009.




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Quiet on the blogfront  

Good morning and Happy Monday to you!

It's been so quiet over here and although no one has sent a search team yet, I wanted to make sure that you know that we are here.

As you know, my son began playing recreational football with the Emmorton Bucaneers recently, and between driving him back and forth (or staying to watch, depending which day it is), work, and spending time with my children before they go back to school, I haven't had much time to come blog.

This past weekend was a pretty busy one, and that's not too common for me. Since I get up at 4:30 am every morning and I work from 6:30 am to 3 pm, then run around in the evenings (sometimes), I enjoy the quiet filled weekend. I still have household duties, but most times I'm home, enjoying the solace. Even so, I won a contest on Twitter last week, from Fire and Ice, Inc., which is actually a local store. It was a The Time Traveler's Wife Prize Pack, and since I had no time to go pick it up during the week, I went down on Saturday. I had to pick it up from Towson Town Center, which is a really nice 4-story mall in our area. Unfortunately, since I couldn't make it down there during the week, I missed the advanced screening of the movie. I really wish I had been informed about that - maybe I would have made the extra effort to make it down there on Tuesday. After I got back from the mall, I picked up the kids and we headed about 5 minutes way, to downtown Bel Air, where the Maryland BBQ Bash was being held. (I love BBQ!) We had some great food, enjoyed some good music, and just took in the sights and smells.

I want to share with you a few recent updates in my online "career" as I'll call it for now. I've always loved writing and I was writing short stories when I was as young as 10. One of my lifelong goals is to write a book, and it may or may not be based on my life and all of the struggles I have overcome. So color me tickled when I was accepted to be the Baltimore Frugal Family Examiner!

I only (every once in awhile) blog about frugal finds here because there are so many other blogs out there that cover that area, but in my local area, there aren't many, so I saw this as an opportunity to bring in some extra cash as well as get my name out there further. But, you can ask anyone that I know in person - I am VERY resourceful and know how to get many things for FREE and the blogosphere has taught me much more than I ever knew previously!

I also wanted to announce that I've recently been selected as a Classy Closet Review Panelist. I was ecstatic when Tasha contacted me to be a part of the team! I'll be posting my first VLOG as a review for them later today - be sure to check it out!

My friend Andrea also had recommended me for the Family Review Network, and if you have been paying attention, you probably noticed two reviews that I did for them recently.

I'm really looking forward to making my blog and my writing career more than my part-time "gig" as I like to call it. I truly love to write and even studied Journalism in high school. I dreamt of becoming a reporter. My, how times have changed! I still have the dream of becoming a writer, and I really should devote more time to that!

What did YOU do this weekend?


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$500 Back to School Giveaway from Cookie's  

Wednesday, August 12, 2009



What is Cookie's?

Cookie's is the World's Largest Kids' Department Store and the #1 School Uniform Headquarters in the U.S. Based in Queens, NY, Cookie's now has a 7 store emporium as well as the online store, CookiesKids.com.

What is the Contest?

CookiesKids.com would like to give one reader a $500 gift card to buy clothes for back to school! Two winners will receive a $250 gift card each and three winners will each receive a $100 gift card.

How Do Readers Enter?

Readers will enter a picture of their family member wearing an item of clothing that Cookie's carries at the Cookie's Flickr group. The reader will then fill out a secure Google Form where the rules and regulations of the contest are posted.


More information on the contest is HERE.


Enter to win HERE.

If you enter, Good luck!

This contest has been brought to you by the Momfluence network.




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Wordless Wednesday - Love  



I love this photo of my nephew, Justin, and my brother Don's dog. So cute!



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