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Communication Between Parents is Key  

Friday, July 31, 2009

It's been awfully quiet on this blog, I know. It's been a kinda crazy week over here in our household.

Tomorrow kicks off the beginning of Football for my son. Check them out at Emmorton Buccaneers Football.

Last night something happened that I can't get into here yet, but it has me wondering why, as adults, certain individuals couldn't come talk to me in regards to the "issue" that is going on, since we are supposed to be adults and all.

I mean, if you had a problem with a child in your neighborhood, big or small, wouldn't you go talk to the parents first before taking any drastic measures? Me too!

That's what I'm saying... Communication between parents is key to getting things accomplished.

It's a shame that what happened did, and I'm hoping to have a quick resolution, as I indicated in my last post, I don't have time for Drama.

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After my birthday, I wrote a post because most of the people who MATTER didn't acknowledge my birthday.

I wrote it down to get it off of my chest, and I re-evaluated (and will continue to do so, as I have for the past 10 years of my life) my relationships, and I decided that some people just aren't worth it. I made a choice that day that some people are not going to be involved in my life anymore. It's not just a missed birthday. It's 3 children's missed birthdays (plus mine), lack of contact, and more.

No one calls my children or I for our birthdays, so I should be used to it, but it's a hell of a thing to get used to. (Speaking of... today is my son's 13th birthday. Let me count how many calls we got wishing him a Happy Birthday. Hmmm... none!)

This is a file on my MySpace page and it's something I stand by:

10 days after my "rant" - today, I open my email to find emails referencing this from "family", and of course it pissed me off. I spoke my piece almost two weeks ago and i thought it was over. Now people are bringing it up again. Pardon me for thinking that I could have my moment and be able to move on from it.

Bottom line... My opinion, your opinion, anyone's opinion are just that... an opinion. My feelings are my feelings and your feelings are your feelings. I respect your feelings (whoever I care about) and I would appreciate the same. If you can't see where I'm coming from, fine, but don't judge me. I'm entitled to feel any way at any time, as is anyone else.

And I respect that.

I don't appreciate, nor do I have time for, Drama. That's why I stay by myself as it is. And I guess I'll continue to do so.

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Wordless Wednesday - Lamborghini  

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I love this car!

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Giveaway: The Divorce Party: A Novel by Laura Dave  

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today I have a giveaway for The Divorce Party by Laura Dave.

Here's an excerpt from the book:

Montauk, New York, 1938

by Laura Dave,
Author of The Divorce Party: A Novel

It is bizarre, of course, that this was the summer that everyone was trying to fly somewhere. Howard Hughes around the world in ninety-one hours, the luxurious Yankee Clipper boat off the water and into the air, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan from New York to Los Angeles -- he wound up in Ireland. It was also the summer after Superman first appeared in Action Comics and instant coffee got popular, and the last full summer before the worst war. But they'd talk about the flights first. They'd say, how odd, for everyone to have spent so much time staring up at the sky, and to still not see it coming: a hurricane so punishing that it would destroy America's eastern seaboard, biting off the farthest tip of eastern Long Island, biting off a town called Montauk, and leaving it detached from the world, an island, alone, in the middle of the ocean.

It was September, only the last vestiges of summer remaining, when the hurricane hit. No one on Long Island knew that a storm was coming that afternoon. That the army would have to come in to resurrect the land that had once connected Montauk to the rest of Long Island. That it would take two weeks before the waters receded low enough at Napeague to let through emergency traffic. That Montauk residents would lose almost everything.

In the end, there were only a few exceptions. Near Montauk Point, there were seven houses tucked so tightly to the bluffs that the wind and the rain and the water couldn't pull them down. Seven sister houses built by the same architecture firm in 1879, lived in each summer since by the same seven Manhattan families. Their steely gates and strong foundations completely intact. Their fireplaces and oak doors and stained-glass windows marking them, homes like trophies, on top of the end of the world.

The one at the farthest eastern tip was called Huntington Hall -- Hunt Hall by anyone who'd actually visited. It was the only house of the seven still occupied that late in September. And occupying it was Champ Nathaniel Huntington. Champ was thirty-three years old, and far too handsome, and a little too tall, and the only son of Bradley Huntington, the most successful publishing mogul in North America. When the hurricane hit, Champ Huntington was having sex. Lights on. Curtains drawn. Angry, late-afternoon sex. Anna was bent over the side of the bed, Champ behind her, his hand cupping her throat.

They had been out here all summer having sex like this. They were trying to save their marriage. And they were trying to destroy it.

Outside was all water and raging dark and storm. But in his faded consciousness, Champ didn't notice. He knew it was raining. He heard it striking against the roof. He heard the wind. But this was Montauk. It was September. These sounds didn't indicate that something brutal was happening.

Other things were brutal. This first year of marriage. It was wrong. Anna's dark hair in the sink. The meetings he didn't really have. He bent down farther, took her ear in his mouth.

"Don't," she said. She was focused, close. "Stop."

When they were done, they lay, splayed, Anna on the bed, Champ on the floor beneath her. Her foot was on his shoulder. This was the only place they were touching. He almost reached out, held her toes. But he knew it just made her mad when he did anything tender. It made her think he'd change, or want to try for her.

Then and only then did Champ sit up and look outside. And maybe it was that his head was still closed off, but what he saw out there looked like a train crashing into the window. It was the visual that made him hear the noise. The terrible whistling, high pitched and out of control. Hearing it, he'd later say, was the moment his life changed.

He headed to the bedroom window, naked, and had to reach out, grip the long edge of the window frame to hold himself up. He couldn't see the beach, or the ocean. He couldn't see anything at first.

Anna came up behind him, wrapped in the bedsheet, and they stood there watching the train-wind through the window. They watched so hard that they didn't talk. Not about the speed of the wind or the trees breaking apart or what must have been happening in the town center. If they had been thinking, they might have moved away from the window. They might have been scared that it would splinter. But they stood there until the storm stopped, and started, and stopped for good. And the greenish yellow sky turned purple and then black and the sun (or was it the moon?) rose up, terrifying. It was the sun. They had watched through the night.

"What time is it?" she asked.

He didn't answer her.

"What do we do now?" she said.

Champ was already in motion. He was putting on clothes and lacing up his work boots and walking out the front door. He made his way, by foot, across his land, down the slippery bluffs and tree-wrecked cliffs onto the flooded Napeague stretch and down farther to Main Street. Three and a half miles. Into the center of the ruined village.

There were fishing boats and cars piled on small houses. Fallen phone lines pulling down torn roofs. Poles and flooded cabinets and bed frames lining the street. Water was flowing from everywhere, making it hard to even walk down the streets -- where did it start? If they figured out where it started maybe they could stop it!

Champ pulled up his pant legs and made his way to the Manor, where people were setting up shelter, where they were trying to provide relief for themselves. And Champ set to work with the other men moving cars and carrying wet wood and boarding windows and drying blankets and cleaning up slabs of broken glass.

How could he explain it even to himself? He didn't recognize the feeling, had never known it before. But something broke free in Champ -- something like devotion or commitment -- to his home, to his suffering town, to everything around him. Maybe this is why, when he finished working, he didn't head home, but down to the docks, where he sat on canisters with all the fishermen, who now had nothing, and listened to them talk about how they had nothing, and stared at his own cut hands, and watched the moon rise, white and fierce, remarkably sure of itself.

Then he followed the star-line north and east, trying to locate it. First Montauk Point, then the cliff and the bluffs, then the house itself. His house. Huntington Hall. Standing tall, oblivious.

It was hard to find his way back there in the dark. So he followed the defeated shoreline, and eventually made his way up the wooden staircase, into the bluffs, toward his home, where everything was still mostly together. Where Anna was waiting with lit candles and tomato sandwiches, dark blankets spread out on the living room floor.

When he walked in, she was by the front door. She was wearing a long, purple sweater. She had her hair in a bun. She reached for him, and he buried into her neck, smelled her.

"How was town?" she asked, her hand still on his chest. "I tried to pick up news on the radio, but there was no reception. Is there a town left?"

He didn't answer her, but he was looking at her strangely. And he knew that she knew he was looking at her strangely. It was as simple as this: he could see her. For the first time in a year, there was nowhere else he was trying to be.

Which brought him to his own questions: Why did it take fear to move him? Why does it take chaos to make us understand exactly what we need to do?

He wanted to ask her his questions, but he wasn't sure she would have good answers, and then he would change his mind, and he didn't want to change his mind. He wanted to stay this sure.

Later, only thirty hours since he had last been lying there, they were lying on the floor together, facing each other. And in that strange way that we make decisions, the important decisions that ultimately make us, Champ decided that they were going to stay in Montauk full time. No more New York City. This had become their home.

He turned and looked outside at the slowly recovering world. At the backlit colors in the sky, on his lawn. And he knew the truth. The main truth, at least. This house had saved them. This big, beautiful cottage, which stayed big and beautiful despite the destruction all around. Its stern banisters and wood ceilings and determined rafters. The house had saved him, and he wasn't going to forget it.

He was going to build his life here, right here, in the name of love and honor and what ever else he was feeling, even if he couldn't name it for what it was: exhaustion.

He was, finally, exhausted.

He looked Anna right in the eye. "Things are going to be different," he said.

She nodded.

"I'm staying," he said, because they'd talked about the opposite, earlier, before -- his leaving her, and here.

"Why?" she said.

"I want to," he said.

She got quiet. "You're going to disappoint me," she said.

"Probably." He was trying to make a joke, but it didn't come out that way. He tried again. "I think it's going to turn out okay," he said.

"Starting when?" she asked. "Ending when?"

Then, as if it were an answer, he pulled her in close to him, without reluctance, without anything like fear. "This house," he said, "will see love. This house will see everything."

Copyright © Laura Dave, 2008 All rights reserved

Author Bio
Laura Dave is the author of the acclaimed novels The Divorce Party and London Is the Best City in America. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, Self, Redbook, ESPN the Magazine, and The New York Observer. Dave graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. In August, Cosmopolitan magazine named her as one of the eight "Fun and Fearless Phenoms" of 2008. She lives in California.

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If you're interested in winning this book, please fill out the form below:

This giveaway will end on August 11th, 2009, at midnight EST. I will pick a winner using and will email the winner as well as post them here in a new blog post.

Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or will forfeit their prize.

Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

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Winner: SkinFree Giveaway  

I bet you thought I forgot about this, didn't you? I didn't! I just had a few other things to handle before I got around to this.

Without further to do, the winner of the Skin Free Giveaway is #100 as determined by, who was:

Laney, who said:

Blogged 10:

Congrats Laney! I'm emailing you now. You will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will have to be chosen.

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Don't forget to enter my other giveaways which are listed on my left sidebar.

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Ten Trivia Facts You Probably Used to Know  

Ten Trivia Facts You Probably Used to Know

By Caroline Taggart,

Author of I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

You know how it is -- the kids come home from school full of enthusiasm for a new subject, ask you to explain something, and you think, "Oh, yes, I used to know that." When I started to write a book on things you'd forgotten from your schooldays, I realised that I half-knew lots of stuff. I'd heard of phrases and clauses, but did I know the difference between them? I had a vague idea about photosynthesis -- it's to do with how plants grow, isn't it? But doesn't being green come into it somewhere? And then there was the War of 1812 -- what was that all about?

So there are three Top Trivia Questions to start with; I'll answer them and then I'll give you seven more. That way, even if you can't answer the kids' questions, you can quickly change the subject and throw in some knowledge of your own.

1. Language: What's the difference between a clause and a phrase? These are the building blocks of a sentence. The difference is that a clause contains a subject and a verb. It often stands alone as a simple sentence (He loves dogs), but may also be part of a longer sentence (He loves dogs, but he doesn't own one). A phrase is a group of words in a sentence that does not contain a subject and a verb (In the afternoon, he took his mother's dog for a walk).

2. Biology: What is photosynthesis? It is -- as we suspected -- to do with how plants grow. It's the process by which they convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates, using the energy they absorb from light by means of a green pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is stored mainly in the leaves and is the reason most plants are green. Photosynthesis releases oxygen into the atmosphere, enabling the rest of us to breathe.

3. History: The war of 1812, between the U.S. and Britain, actually lasted nearly three years, from 1812 to 1815. Britain was already at war with France (under Napoleon) and the U.S. sided with the French. American ships, trying to break a blockade that would prevent supplies from reaching France, were being seized by the British, who then coerced American seamen into the Royal Navy. On top of that, the U.S. was disputing British control of territories in Canada; New England's support for Britain complicated the issue further. This war -- the last time the U.S. and Britain fought on opposing sides -- ended in stalemate when the British defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo and subsequently lifted their blockade.

4. Literature: Where does the expression 'It just growed' come from? It's a misquotation from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96), a fiercely anti-slavery novel published in 1852, when this was the political hot potato in America. The most famous character is the slave girl Topsy, who didn't know where she came from (i.e. didn't realise that God had made her) and said, 'I s'pect I growed.'

5. Math: who was that Pythagoras guy anyway? He was a Greek mathematician and philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC. His theorem (the word comes from the same root as "theory" but means something that can be proved) states that in a right-angled triangle "the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides." The hypotenuse is the longest side of the triangle, opposite the right angle. This theorem really really matters to mathematicians, because it is fundamental to calculations used in architecture, engineering, astronomy, navigation and the like.

6. Geography: which were the original 13 states of the Union? In alphabetical order: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia. Delaware was the first to ratify the new constitution and is nicknamed "The First State" to this day.

7. Chemistry: what's the Periodic Table of Elements? It's a way of setting out the names of all the known chemical elements so that the vertical columns contain groups or families with similar properties. It was devised in the 19th century by a Russian chemist called Mendeleev and has been in use ever since. An element, by the way, is a substance that cannot be decomposed into a simpler substance by a chemical process. Groups of elements come together to form compounds. So, for example, a combination of the element hydrogen (H) and the element oxygen (O) can form the compound water (H2O).

8. Physics: what are conduction, convection and radiation? These are the ways in which heat is transferred from one "body" (that is, "thing") to another. Put simply, conduction means that a cool thing -- whether solid, liquid, or gas -- is warmed up by coming into contact with a hot thing. Convection occurs in liquids and gases and is the basis of the principle that hot air rises. A hot liquid or gas is generally less dense than a cool one; as the hot particles rise, cooler ones rush in underneath to take their place. The hot particles, having risen, cool and come down again, and so on. Radiation involves the energy that all objects emit. It is the only one of the three methods that works in a vacuum and is how the sun's rays manage to warm the Earth from so far away.

9. Art: who was Jackson Pollock? He was what is called an Abstract Expressionist and he believed that the act of painting was more important than the finished product. His paintings are therefore highly colourful, often huge, and (like his life) chaotic to the point of frenzy. He died in a motor accident in 1956, aged only 44.

10. Music: why should I care about Johann Sebastian Bach? He was incredibly important in the development of classical music: without him, some say, there might have been no Haydn, no Mozart, and no Beethoven. He wrote mostly organ music, church music, and orchestral music; his most famous works include the Brandenburg Concertos, the St. Matthew Passion, The Well-Tempered Clavier, and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. He had many children, including the composers Carl Philip Emmanuel and Johann Christian.

©2009 Caroline Taggart, author of I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

Author Bio
Caroline Taggart, author of I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School, has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer's Market UK 2009.

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Book Review: I Used To Know That - Stuff You Forgot From School  

I Used to Know That
Stuff Your Forgot From School
By Caroline Taggart
Published by Reader's Digest
March 2009;$14.95US; 978-0-7621-0995-1

Facts from School You Forgot to Remember

Take an entertaining trip back to the classroom with I Used to Know That. Witty, engaging, and fun, this little book will appeal to the student in each of us. A one-of-a-kind collection of hundreds of facts learned long ago, it includes:

* Our Changing World: Test your knowledge of the latest geography.

* Prose and Poetry: From Shakespeare to diphthongs, English class will come alive again here.

* Math and Science: Quotients, phalanges, and protons . . . do these long-forgotten words take you back to high school days?

* History: As Santayana once said so well: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Author Bio
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer’s Market UK 2009.

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My Thoughts:

Having been out of school for quite a few years (including college) it is amazing how many things I have forgotten, and I'm one of those who seeks out learning opportunities very regularly.

Sometimes when my kids bring their homework to me for help, I can't even remember how to perform certain math problems, who was the President of the United States in which order, etc. I'm sure you know what I am talking about!

This book is a great help to refresh my memory and it made me laugh!

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Put Your Best Leg Forward This Summer with Pure Silk® Moisturizing Shave Cream  

With summertime finally here and vacations, block parties, weddings and reunions quickly approaching, it’s important to remember to keep your legs smooth. From shorts and sundresses to bikinis, shaving is a must. Let Pure Silk® Shave Cream help! With a variety of tried and true products designed to you give your legs a, silky, nick free shave that you can count on- every time!

Pure Silk Shave Cream is available in six fun- scented formulas that contain skin conditioners and emollients to protect skin from the razor’s edge. Your legs will thank you for making them smooth and oh, so touchable. So what should your Pure Silk Shave Cream pick be for the summer?

Pure Silk Shave Cream Formulas include:

* Pure Silk Raspberry Mist
* Pure Silk Citrus Zest
* Pure Silk Melon Splash
* Pure Silk Plumeria
* Pure Silk Coconut & Oat Flour
* Pure Silk Peaches & Cream

Grab your beach bag, alum gear and cocktail dress, because it doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you put your best leg forward!

Pure Silk Moisturizing Shave Cream is available in easy-to-handle, slim cans with bath and shower-friendly rustproof bottoms. Look for it in drugstores and mass merchandise stores for a suggested retail price of $1.79- 9.5 oz can.

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To Those of You Having Problems with Viewing My Blog  

Yes... I've gotten this complaint quite alot recently. And I don't like it any more than you do. Here is the main tip that I can give you:

Stop using Internet Explorer. I use Firefox and never have any problems on any site. You can download Firefox here: It's FREE and works so much better than Internet Explorer.

I consulted with my blog designer about this and she pointed out a known issue with Blogger and Internet Explorer. According to this issue, moving the Followers portion on my blog might help.

So what I did was install the Followers option at the bottom of my blog, like MommyPR has. (Thanks Angela for reminding me of the link!)

Hopefully these changes will make it easier for you to view my blog. If not, please Email me.

Happy Blogging!

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Samples and Coupons from P&G  

I sign up for TONS of emails from various companies, mostly because of sweepstakes that I enter, but also because I love samples!

One of my favorite sites for samples is P&G. Right now you can get various samples from P&G, including Tide. You can load coupons to your Safeway club card or other savings club card. Just check out the site to see what stores work with P&G eSaver coupons.

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Family Vacations with Epic Summer  

When thinking about summer getaways, it often seems impossible to find a destination that offers adventures and activities to thrill each member of our families. Vail Resorts has come up with an ingenious solution, drawing on the majestic national parks and forests of the West to transform their village at Keystone Mountain into a family base from which daily adventure trips take place. Set in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the Epic Summer Family Adventure offers families an action-packed getaway with four or seven-day itineraries.

Each day your family has an exciting fun-packed day ahead, from hiking up cool mountain trails, going white water rafting, zip lining, trail horseback riding, exploring National Parks, and adventure biking to attending a real cowboy campfire dinner under the stars. Best yet, all of the details have been taken care of for you, from transportation to guides to picnic lunches, adding up to the ultimate outdoor family experience. Moreover, back at home base other options await: Dad can hit the golf course while we Moms sneak off for some wondrous spa services.

With everything from meals to outdoor trips covered, all you have to do is show up with sneakers, a bathing suit, and a sense of adventure! Plus, the all-inclusive pricing proves surprisingly affordable. What better way to create lifelong memories than a vacation where the only thing you have to think about is how much fun you're having.

These are great prices for a vacation for four! The guides are knowledgeable and experienced, from what I read about them on the site. What I like most is that there are tons of activities for the kids so the adults can have alone time! Colorado is a gorgeous state from the pictures I've seen, as I have never been there. I'd love to go sometime, and visit my brother and his family in Colorado Springs, if I were to take a trip to Epic Summer!

*Images courtesy of the Epic Summer Website.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog and giveaway campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Epic Summer and Vail Resorts. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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MckLinky Blog Hop - Favorite Kid Photos  

This is my first time participating in the MckLinky Blog Hop - even though I wanted to in previous weeks, I just didn't have the time.

For my first Blog Hop here's my fave photos of my kids:
I apologize for the small photos... I thought they were bigger than this.

This one's about 6 years old. This is my son (who is now 13) while we're on the way back from Ocean City. I can't remember the reason for this look but it must have been GOOD!

This one's from awhile back too. I used to find that cat in my sink ALOT. Of course, being the antagonizer that I am, I'd put the water on and chase her out of there!

This is my youngest (who is now 10). She had just started walking and was trying to get me to pick her up.

Last but not least, here is my oldest daughter. Isn't she beautiful?!

MckLinky Blog Hop

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New Cellfire Coupons - 7/28 to 8/10  

Monday, July 27, 2009

There are some great new Coupons being released at Cellfire in about 16 minutes! If you just read my last post, you'll see how much money I save using coupons and these are sooo easy to use! I just select the coupons I want and they load directly to my Safeway Club card. I can combine them with Safeway coupons, clipped coupons, and even UPromise coupons. Cellfire coupons are a great way to save more money to feed your family!

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These coupons are available beginning tomorrow, July 28th, 2009, and will be available for saving August 10, 2009. After they have been saved, you have 2 weeks to use them, until August 24, 2009.

Click Here to check out Cellfire and to sign up. It's EASY! They load directly to your grocery store's savings club card and you don't have to clip them!

You can also learn more about Cellfire by clicking here to read my previous Cellfire posts.

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Frugal Shopping  

Since I discovered DealSeekingMom, MommySnacks, and many other sites, I have learned so much about shopping frugally and saving TONS of money.

One of my favorite places to shop at is CVS because if you pair your coupons with their sales and Extra Care Bucks, sometimes you can make money.

I've been pretty lax in organizing and clipping coupons, and I haven't bought a Sunday paper in quite some time. I do, however, print coupons at, MyPoints, and a few other places.

Finally, this past Saturday, I pick up a Baltimore Sun at my local Wawa (1 of the last two!) and got some coupons for my stash.

Since I got a new paper I had to clean out all of the expired coupons from my organizer to send them to my contact overseas because the military can use expired coupons. While I was organizing my coupons, I found $19 in Extra Care Bucks from CVS!

Tonight I wanted to run to Target and get a few things since I had $10 in GCs for there. Here's what I got, how much my original total was, and how much I paid:

O-Cello Sponge - $1.89 each
Had coupon for $1 off 2 - bought 2 @ $3.78 - $1 coupon - Total $2.78

Bubble Yum (for my daughter) - $.99 (no savings)

Chips Ahoy - $2.99 each - $1 off Target printable coupon - Total $1.99

Target brand bread - $.94 (no additional savings)

Marie Callender's Al Dente Meal - 2/$5 - bought one at $2.50 - $1 off manufacturer's coupon - Total $1.50

Kashi Go Lean Waffles - originally $1.99 - had a coupon for free - Total $0

Mountain Dew (yeah because I'm addicted) - $1.29 (no additional savings)

Dannon Active drinkable yogurt - on sale for $1.99 - $1 off manufacturer coupon - Total $.99

SubTotal - $10.26
Tax - $.30
Total - $10.56
Used two $5 Gift Cards
Total OOP (Out of Pocket) - $.56

After Target, I went to Best Buy to get a CD for my son since I won a $20 Music Cash Certificate from Kraft Mac and Cheese. I bought him a CD as an early birthday present (Friday!!!) and my daughter a DVD and I spent $5.46 OOP after using my Gift Certificate.

Then, I went to CVS and used my $19 in ECBs. Here's what I got:

Palmolive Dish Liquid - on sale for $.88 - used $1 off 2 coupon - total $.79 for 2

Herbal Essences Shampoo Totally Twisty - on sale for $2.99 each, get one $1 ECB
*I screwed up here because I didn't read the fine print and I bought the Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the mousse - and I only got one ECB. But it's okay!

Herbal Essences Conditioner Totally Twisty - on sale for $2.99 - coupon for $1.50 off of 2 Herbal Essences products - Total OOP for Shampoo and Conditioner $3.39

Herbal Essences Totally Twisty Mousse - on sale for $2.99

Mentos Gum - on sale for $1 - used $1 off coupon - Total OOP $0 (got two of these and I used coupons for both!)

Clearasil Daily Cleansing Pads - $5.49 - buy one, get one 1/2 off

Clearasil Acne Treatment - $5.49 - 1/2 off - Total OOP $2.74

Colgate 360 Toothbrush - $6.99 each - used $2 off coupon - Total $4.99

Lehigh Skim Milk - $3.39

Pepcid Max 25 ct - $8.99 minus $2 CVS non-clip coupon - Total $6.99

Swiffer WetJet Refill Pads - $6.59 - $.50 off one - Total $6.09 (I usually wait for these to go on sale since they're so pricey but I really needed these pads!)

SubTotal after using all coupons mentioned above and $19 in ECBs - $15.63 - Tax $1.27 - Total - $16.90

Total BEFORE using coupons and ECBs - $56.37

I saved $40.74 at CVS!

Total OOP today: $22.92 between Target, BestBuy, and CVS!

Woot! for saving money!

While I'm sharing my savings with you - I'm inviting you to utilize the Cellfire and widgets on my left sidebar. I'll be posting about the newly released Cellfire coupons in a sec and will link here also. In this economy, saving money using coupons is a great way to provide for your family and still being able to go places and having fun as a family!

Toni-Lynn at Grocery Price Blog is doing a series on Couponing 101 - she's currently on Part 4 - here's the links for those:

Couponing 101 Part 1

Couponing 101 Part 2

Couponing 101 Part 3

Couponing 101 Part 4

You can also learn more about couponing, catching deals at CVS, Walgreen's, Walmart, and more at the following sites:

Deal Seeking Mom


Penny Pinching Diva

Do you use coupons to shop? If so - where are some of your fave places to shop?

Share some of your best deals here too if you want to!

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Ultimate IZEA Fest  

Go To IZEAFEST 2009IZEA Insider Drew Bennett (aka BenSpark) is crew leader of the "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" Crew and he has created the "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" Blog to spotlight all the latest IZEA info as well as crew members. Crew members are invited to participate in crew interviews. Spotlighting bloggers on the crew is the main objective of this blog and who better to spotlight a blogger than the bloggers themselves. Each interview gives a unique perspective on the challenges and accomplishments of the members of the "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" IZEA Insider Crew.

BenSpark is also trying to help his crew by creating unique opportunities on SocialSpark including the latest, a SocialSpark CPC opp for his Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack Contest. This opportunity is only open to members of the "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" IZEA Insider Crew.

If you would like to go to IZEAFest this year but you don't have a ticket, why not win one. "I'm Not A Famous Blogger" IZEA Insider Crew Leader BenSpark has three passes to give away. Not satisfied with only giving away passes he's recruited sponsors to give away even more. Three people will win IZEAFest passes but one very lucky blogger is going to win The Ultimate IZEAFest Prize Pack.

BenSpark teamed up with many of his favorite sponsors and bloggers to gather many of the 10 essential items for IZEAFest to put into a very special prize pack. The prizes range from an xshot camera extender to an Asus Eee PC 1000HA. However, Runner up winners will also get prize packs of their own.

The biggest prize of course is the IZEAFest ticket itself. With this pass the blogger is going to get more than they can imagine. This includes a welcome party at Busch Gardens to a blogger takeover day at SeaWorld, all included in the ticket. But also you will be part of a very intimate gathering of bloggers, the number of attendees is limited to 300 so this is pretty exclusive. You will more likely be able to chat with speakers like Brian Clark (copyblogger), Chris Brogan and even IZEA CEO Ted Murphy in a setting like this than any other blogger conference all year.

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Giveaway: 18X24" Poster  

Sunday, July 26, 2009 has been in business for over 25 years, providing Poster Printing and Custom Poster Printing.

Now, wants to give you a High-gloss or Semi-gloss 18x24" Digitally Printed Poster!

Here's the photo I plan on having done:

This is a photo of Pittsburgh that I LOVE and will have on the wall so I can reminisce anytime I want to!

Win it!

Fill out the form below and describe what photo you would have done.

This giveaway will end on August 2nd at 12 noon. Winner will be announced in a post here at A Simple Kinda Life and will be emailed. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

Thanks for entering and Good luck!

Thanks to Large Format Posters for sponsoring this giveaway!

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Giveaway: Saving Grace Season 2 DVD Set and HawthoRNe T-Shirt  

One lucky winner will win a DVD set of Saving Grace Season 2 and a HawtoRNe T-shirt.

HawtoRNe, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, airs on TNT Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT and The Closer, starring Holly Hunter, on TNT Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT. For more info on these shows, as well as the full TNT Lineup, go to

To enter, leave a comment. This is a quick giveaway so I will conclude it in one week, ending on August 1st at midnight.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Thanks to my TNT rep for this giveaway!

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Winner: $50GC to  

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The winner of the giveaway is #25, who wasStephanie Hartman, and she said:

Happy Birthday to you on July 21st!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!


Congratulations Stephanie! I'm emailing you now!

By the way - Most of you got my birthday date right - Good job!

Thanks for entering and don't forget to enter the rest of my giveaways!

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Blog Hop '09 - Who Is Angie  

Friday, July 24, 2009

Robin over at Pensieve started the Blog Hop '09 so if you want to be included and include your link, head over there. Be sure to check out her Just WHO do I Think I am Post.

Now, who is Angie? I am the ever so wonderful writer here at A Simple Kinda Life. :-)

I work Full time as a Government Contractor here in Maryland, and on the side I host giveaways and do reviews here on my blog. I hope to start a Virtual Assistant company soon.

I'm a single mom of 3, one of whom has ADHD and the other 2 are teenagers.

I love papercrafting (which I need to make more time for), Facebook, The Sims, contests and giveaways, reading, beauty, fashion, and my family. I'm also kind of a computer nerd - I love all technology and I strive to learn as much as possible about computers. I hope to have an MCSE soon.

I'm also a bit of a smart ass and I don't take any shit from anyone. On the other hand, I can be eloquent, professional, and sweet. I also love football and fast cars. So... I am a pretty well-rounded individual. (I may be a bit biased!) I'm funny, a little crazy, mixed with a good amount of wisdom.

I love to make new friends, so stop by anytime, and if you're so inclined, add me to your Twitter and tweet at me (@pricousins).

While you're here, if you want to check out my giveaways, I have some going on now and I'll be posting some this weekend too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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