Friday, June 26, 2009

Blue Bunny Summer Giveaway

ice cream giveaway

I just love ice cream and if you do too hurry over to From Dates to Diapers site RIGHT NOW. You could each win ice cream for an entire year. Heck if you're nice you could even share some with me.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Didn't I mention FREE ice cream for a year.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Domino’s Breadbowl Pasta

dominos Pictures, Images and Photos

When Dominos first came out with the Pasta Bowl Pizza concept I really didn't know what to make of it. Maybe it's just me but something about eating pasta on my pizza just didn't sound all that appealing to me. Talk about making hasty judgements.

I was able to try one when they had a special offer to try one FREE!!!!!!! Now I'm swearing off jumping to conclusions. I simply love Dominos Past Bowl Pizza.

I tried the Mac and Cheese Pasta bowl because I love Mac and Cheese and felt that would be the most fair way of judging if I like them. All I can say is if the rest of them taste half as good I'm a convert for life.

Domino’s Breadbowl Pasta can be purchased at any participating Domino’s, starting at $5.99. And right now, if you order online, you’ll save $1 off each Breadbowl Pasta you order!

I was thrilled when I discover that Chocolate Fingerprints will be given away a $25 Dominos Gift Card to each of her FIVE randomly chosen winners!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Summer Time And The Living’s Easy

Wyndham Cypress Palms Pictures, Images and Photos

OK It’s not quite summer but believe it or not summer will be here before you know it. The economy has caused many of us to rethink this year’s tradition of a summer vacation.

The other day I happened upon a blog review from Jolly Mom about PSM Vacations. PSM Vacations strives to provide you with a vacation experience that far exceeds your expectations.

A vacation is what YOU make of it but it begins with a foundation and that is where PSM Vacations comes in. Pilar Morales owns over a dozen timeshares and has access to hotels and resorts all over the world! Through her timeshare ownership, she can get YOU vacation stays at these resorts for rock bottom prices! You'll pay HOTEL PRICES for top rated resorts around the world and get impeccable customer service!

Now are you ready for this? Jolly Mom and Pilar of PSM Vacations are giving you a chance to win One Week at the Wyndham Cypress Palms Resort in Orlando, FL!

Quick, hurry over to Jolly Mom right now to learn more about this AMAZING contest. Don’t forget now, if you win I would love to go as YOUR guest because I was such a nice person to tell you about this contest.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


blog contests I've entered:

Prize: Bride Wars on DVD plus a $25 GC to Paper Shouts.

5 Minutes For Mom's Teleflora Mother's Day Contest

Mothers Day 2009

Can you believe it, Mother’s Day is almost here and I still haven’t bought my own Mom a card. Now for the hard part, what should I get her for Mother’s Day this year? I just happened to be checking in on one of my favorite bloggers, 5 Minutes For Mom and I read about the Mom’s Butterfly bouquet. It’s beautiful.
Teleflora has offered up a beautiful Mom’s Butterfly Bouquet for 5 Minutes For Mom to give away! Retail Value $59.95 You can have it sent to you, or you can have it sent to that special Mom in your life! Of course you can always send it to me if you want.

My husband and I love Teleflora because we know that Teleflora consistently provides truly exceptional gift of flowers relies and attention to detail. Teleflora has been connecting customers with the nation's best florists for more than 70 years. Every gift from Teleflora is personally designed by a florist in your recipient's neighborhood and arrives artistically arranged in a vase.. Your gift of fresh, premium flowers will last longer and will arrive ready to be enjoyed because they are not shipped in boxes from one location. The Teleflora difference means that you can send flowers with the confidence that you're sending the best.

Teleflora guarantees satisfaction with every gift order. If you are not completely satisfied with your gift bouquet or its delivery, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you prefer, you can call Teleflora directly at 1-800-835-3356.

Another great reason to check them out is that Teleflora is also running a Mom’s Shopping Spree Sweepstakes, which kicks off April 20. The grand prize is a $20,000 shopping spree; first and second prizes will be shopping gift cards.

Stop by 5 Minutes For Mom's Teleflora Mother's Day Contest today.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April Is Lemon Month At Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant

Did you know that April is Lemon Month at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant? Well hold onto your hat. Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant is offering nine lemony dishes, including the new Sweet Lemon Slaw and favorites Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, Lemon Rice with Cashews Salad and Tangy Lemon Muffins.

I love Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant. They believe that eating fresh, healthy, wholesome food is an important part of leading a well-balanced life. Their food is Farm fresh and made from scratch. In fact, their restaurant was founded upon this very idea. Sweet Tomatoes restaurant offers a fixed-price format, making it an affordable dining choice.

Are you looking for a great place to take your Mom this Mother’s Day? Why not take her to a restaurant that’s not just good but serves food that’s good for her, Sweet Tomatoes? There are 110 Sweet Tomatoes locations in 15 states. To view a Sweet Tomatoes menu or find a location near you visit.

Sweet Tomatoes has generously giving away two complimentary meal passes to give away to one lucky Mudpies and Mary Janes reader. To enter, visit Mudpies and Mary Janes.

OLED-Info Kodak Photo Frame Contest


Mother's Day is just around the corner. Have you given some thought as to what you are going to get Mom for Mother's Day? I've been toying with the idea of getting my mom a gift that only I can give her. Wouldn't it be great if the gift involved what she loves the most, her kids and grandkids? That's why I was so excited when I learned about the OLED Kodak frame.

The Kodak photo frame has a 7.6" AMOLED display, 800x480 resolution and a contrast ratio of 30,000:1 (made by CMEL). It has built-in Wi-Fi, 2GB of storage and accepts USB drives or memory cards. It's a great looking display - the best place to showcase your photos!

You can win an OLED Kodak Photo frame from

Hurry the contest ends Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Win A $25 Kroger Gift Card

Learn how YOU can win a $25 gift card from Kroger at Prissygreen It's fast and easy!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Coffee Lover's Week Contest


Busy Mom will host ”Coffee Lover’s Week,” May 3rd through the 8th. This will include many fabulous prizes including a Keurig Platinum Brewer with K-cups, a gift package from Coffee Bean Direct, Starbucks Gift Cards and more.

Quick get on over there and check it out

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Win A Mother's Day Classic Photo Book

I just love shutterfly. They have such awsome products. This year I bought my husband a poster and a mousepad. I made my own Mom a Mother's Day card and I am getting ready to buy her one of those wonderful tiled mugs.

Looking for a great Mother's Day gift for your great MOM. Go to Mudpies & Maryjanes to win a 8.5x11 Mother's Day Classic photo book.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Head On Over to Fairy Blog Mother

She's having a great contest. You can win two coupons for a free Chili's Guiltless Grill entree. Contest expires Tuesday, April 21, 2009 @ 11:59pm MT

Win 2 Complimentary Meal Passes to Sweet Tomatoes!


I just love Sweet Tomatoes! Where else can you find so many great food choices that are not just great tasting but healthy too.

For the month of April, Sweet Tomatoes is bringing you the taste of summer with Lemon Month, featuring 9 new lemon-y dishes!

Some of the lemon inspired dishes include:

-Summer Lemon Tossed Salad with Spiced Pecans

-Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

-Lemon Creme with Capers Hot Pasta

-Tangy Lemon Muffins

Contest expires Monday, April 20, 2009 at 11:59pm ET

Mommy Musings and Sweet tomatoes are giving you a chance to win two complimentary meal passes!!!!!!!!!! Hey if you need a friend to take, I'm available.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Print, Prosper, and WIN a Printer with Kodak!

Kodak Giveaway

The Kodak ESP 7 All-in-One printer allows you to print, copy, and scan images and documents. Although many functions can be operated directly from the control panel, you may also print, store, and manage digital images from a Windows or Macintosh computer connected to the printer. In addition, this printer supports networking, allowing you to access the printer over a wireless (Wi-Fi) or wired (Ethernet) network.

You can win one for yourself and save lots of money when you compare it to your current printer. Rockin' Moma is giving away one now.

Save money and save the environment by using less ink!!!!!!!!! Go green without using all your blue and yellow ink.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pizza Hut Bookit Program Gets Even Better


As a teacher I'm crazy about the Pizza hut's bookit program because it encourages kids to read. As a mother I think this a stroke of genius, pizza and books what a winning combination.

Tuesday, April 14, kids will have something to look forward to at bedtime -- America’s Biggest Bedtime Story. The online special event hosted by Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT!® program, the nation's largest reading incentive program, will feature children’s author and actor John Lithgow reading a bedtime story to families across the country.

you to host a PANormous Pizza PJ Party on April 14 to watch the webcast thanks to Pizza Hut


Prize: $30 Pizza Hut e-gift card to host a PANormous Pizza PJ Party and copy of I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow.

Find out more at Amanda, A Stay At Home Mom's Point of View.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Have The Taste Of Italy Delivered


I just love lasagna. I love making lasagna. It’s the cleaning up after I’ve made lasagna that I’m not real fond of. That’s why I was EXCITED when I saw Amanda A Stay At Home Mom's Point Of View is giving away Pizza Hut Lasagna and breadsticks.

What? You didn’t know that Pizza Hut has lasagna now? Close your eyes. Imagine layers of lasagna noodles and real ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheeses smothered in Italian-seasoned meat sauce and freshly oven-baked with a layer of melted cheese. Oh I can almost smell it. How about you? Pizza Hut even brought their new Tuscani Lasagna all the way to Italy where it received rave reviews.

Come on now. You know you want it. I know I do. So check out Amanda A Stay At Home Mom's Point Of View and learn how you and your family can be sharing that lasagna soon.

Good luck! Contest ends February 27, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Global Networkers

is a prescription eyewear website offering an extensive range of high quality, affordable frame and lens packages. The site offers its budget-conscious and style-savvy shoppers a fast, simple and efficient way to browse an extensive online catalogue, and enables them to purchase eyewear from the comfort of their own homes.

As a manufacturer, supplier and retailer of optical supplies, EyeBuyDirect is not only involved in every step of the eyewear production and distribution process, but has also developed an efficient, streamline approach to the optics supply chain.

Like everyone else I'm watching every penny but when you need glasses you need glasses. That's why I'm impressed with the fact that they only take about ten days to ship.

You might be nervous about ordering glasses online. I know what you're thinking. Hey how will I know what these will look on me. By using their EyeTry feature, you can upload a photo of yourself to virtually try-on your desired frames and choose the style, size and color that you like the best.

Want to win some glasses from eyebuydirect? Just check out Just a Mom's Take On Things She's giving away a Pair of glasses from EyeBuyDirect

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Manga Carrabba’s Italian Grill

I recently won a gift certificate for $50 from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I’ll have to be honest. My husband and I both love Italian food but don’t generally like chain Italian restaurants. When I lived just outside of DC I sometimes drove all the way to Baltimore to eat at one of the great Italian Restaurants in Little Italy. You were guaranteed never to leave the table stuffed and mumbling something about how you ate too much. This didn’t mean that you regretted eating too much, rather it was an acknowledgement of having done so. I can still close my eyes and almost taste the home made canola from one of the bakeries there.

For Darryl and I always seem to find a favorite restaurant no matter where we live. There is a recipe for perfect Italian restaurant which is part food, part atmosphere, part service, and some je ne sais pas. I do know when I’ve found it though.

I had never been to Carrabba’s before but Darryl had been once before on a working dinner. We went to have a late lunch so that we wouldn’t have to rush. Before we went though we checked out their menu on line. It was a difficult choice but we were both in the mood for a nice steak dinner.

When we arrived at the Carrabba’s in Kennesaw, Georgia we didn’t have a long wait. Within five minutes we found ourselves sitting in an intimate booth. Big points for booths as Mr. Thrifty and I prefer booths especially in Italian restaurants. Our waiter came right out and took our drink order. I was in the mood for a glass of Sangria.

We both ordered a steak. I ordered the Filet Scampi and my husband ordered a Filet Fiorentina. Steaks and other items from the Wood Burning Grill come with a choice of house salad or soup and two sides. We both chose the house salad with its creamy parmesan dressing. For my sides I decided to try the spaghetti pomodoro and the cavatappi amatricina. Darryl decided to try the garlic mashed potatoes as one of his sides. While we waited for our salad our waiter brought out a basket of bread and seasoned olive oil.

The lighting was low and Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra played in the background. We had come hungry but didn’t stay that way long. Our salad came out to the table pretty quickly. I don’t eat much red meat so for me steak is a real treat. I just didn’t know what a real treat I was going to have. My steak was so tender it almost melted in my mouth.

Now, I’m really being won over. Great food, a friendly server, and the servings were abundonza!!!! I wound up taking half of my meal home. You see I HAD to save room for dessert. We had a coupon for a desserts sampler. It included three desserts from a special menu. This gave us a chance to try their Sogna di Ciccolata, Dessert Rosa, and Cannoli. Oh YUM on the Cannoli. It was just as good as the ones I used to eat back in Baltimore.

The Managing Partner Michael Shroeder even came by our table to talk with us. This made our meal even better. In small family run Italian Restaurants you often meet the owner. He usually comes by to talk to you and ask you how your meal was. I seldom experience that in most chain restaurants. This is definitely a place we would LOVE to come back to visit.

Free Pancakes at IHop


I just love Pancakes and my favorite place to go for them is IHop. So what could be better than IHop pancakes? How about FREE IHop pancakes? On Feb 24, IHOP is offering free pancakes from 7 am to 10 pm at participating IHOPs. You'll get one free short stack of three buttermilk pancakes. There is a limit of one free short stack per guest for dine in customers only. code

Friends Eating Asian Food

Restaurant new code: DINE 80% off. This means you can buy a $25 restaurant certificate for $2! You have a year to use it from the day you buy it. You print it from your computer. Check by zip to see which restaurants participate in your area. Read the fine print. Some require a minimum number of people in the group, some a minimum purchase. I always call the restaurant first to make sure they will accept it before I purchase the coupon. I've used them several times with no problem whatsoever.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Win A Trip to Sea World - Read Here And Learn How

manta and Izea is sponsoring a contest for a trip for FOUR to Sea World. Why do I want to take my family to Sea World and Ride the Manta? Well those are two separate questions really aren’t they?

First of all I haven’t been to Sea World in some ten years. I can still remember this trip and it’s one that the boys and I still have fond memories of. As a matter of fact we bought one of those Sea World picture frames and in that frame is a picture of us having the time of our lives at Sea World.

Since I’ve been there are so many more opportunities to interact with the residents of Sea World. There is the SeaWorld Orlando's Beluga Interaction Program. You can actually get close enough to touch and interact with Beluga whales. You will also learn about the habitats and lifestyles of these animals.

They’ve also started the SeaWorld Orlando's Sharks Deep Dive. Now I’m not one to dive into the water with sharks but you don’t have to worry because you’ll be protected in an authentic shark cage. You can see over 30 sharks of more than five species—some more than nine feet long and come in contact with sharks so close you can touch them.

I’m also interested in the SeaWorld Orlando's Marine Mammal Keeper Experience caring for dolphins, beluga whales and sea lions. Work side-by-side with marine mammal experts and understand what it’s like to care for these amazing animals during a day. For an animal lover like me this would be a dream come true.

When the boys and I went we loved the Journey to Atlantis ride. Actually it was love at first splash and they wanted to go on that ride a few times. Wouldn’t you know it, they have a brand new ride coming this year called the “Manta”.

If you are a coaster fan then I’m sure you will want to know the stats:

Manta Stats
• Type of coaster: Steel flying coaster
• Height: 140 feet
• First drop: 113 feet
• Top speed: 56 mph
• Track length: 3359 feet
• Ride time: 2:35 minutes
• Height requirement: 52 inches

When they board Manta, passengers will probably sit in seats facing forwards. Once the ride ops check the restraints, a mechanism will likely tilt the seats 90 degrees clockwise, and riders will leave the station facing the ground in "flying" mode--although their knees will be bent. As with most flying coasters, Manta will probably take longer to load and unload than conventional coasters. Unlike any other flying coasters, however, Manta will have a compelling and unique ray theme. Passengers will be placed four across in cars shaped like rays. The rays will have wingspans of 12 feet.

The first drop will swoop down 113 feet and reach a top speed of 56 mph. As it curves at the bottom of the hill, Manta will skim along a lagoon and its wings will create a plume of water spray that will be quite a sight for riders and onlookers (and might soak them as well). The ride will include four inversions that will send passengers twisting and turning before returning them to flying mode.
The park says that even coaster wimps who have no intention to ride will want to check out Manta's pre-ride queue. Viewing tanks, enhanced by waterfalls and other themeing, will offer underwater glimpses of a variety of rays as well as sea dragons, sea horses, and many other species of fish.

I believe I answered why I want to go throughout this post but most of all, if I win I will be able to take my sons on a trip to recreate one of their favorite childhood memories before my youngest leaves for Iraq.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Free Valentine Events from All Over

Valentine’s Day is here. How are you spending yours? Mr. Thrifty and I were very lucky this year. I won two passes to Medieval Times for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never been before and I’m so excited. I won that prize by writing an essay for a local radio station contest. I would encourage my readers to try entering essay contests because your odds of winning are higher because so many people don’t enter them..I had also written an essay for a radio contest to try to win a marriage renewal at Stone Mountain that’s scheduled for today. I didn’t win that but I won’t stop entering contests because of it.

We also won an evening for two at the High Museum. This was from our local newspaper. This was a random draw and not an essay contest. Which brings me to my second point, check your newspaper and local radio stations for free and inexpensive things to do today. When I was a struggling divorced Mom with two sons, I checked the local paper and listened to radio stations and learned about things like, free concerts, free admissions to local museums, free admission to state parks, etc. With the advent of the internet you can find even more fun things to do with your family. I’ve plucked some out for you.

I was born in DC and I love all the free activities that are always available there. So I will start with some great ideas for spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.

Chocolate indulgence: Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate. Spend Valentine’s Day weekend at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Power of Chocolate festival, learning about the history, medicinal properties and cultural influence of chocolate. Events include dancers, demonstrations and interactions with cacao growers. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, 2009, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the National Museum of the American Indian, which is located at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW.

Make it a movie night: Catch a flick or three. The National Gallery of Art is presenting a free viewing of “CinĂ©-Concert: Show Life” on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the East Building Concourse Auditorium. This German film is an “obliquely romantic tale of unrequited love between a waif and a knife thrower, a Madame Butterfly scenario filled with dance and cabaret.” The National Gallery is located at Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Afterward, head over to the National Geographic Society headquarters for a complimentary reception before an 8 p.m. presentation of “Departures,” a Japanese film that is a contender for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar. Tickets to the movie are $8, but hey, the popcorn’s free. National Geographic is located at 1600 M St. NW.

Lincoln love: Show some love for Abraham Lincoln by checking out the original Emancipation Proclamation on display from Feb. 12-16 at the National Archives. If you go on Feb. 14, be sure to check out the screening of “Young Mr. Lincoln” at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. It’s free. The Archives are located at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


I live just outside of Georgia now. It’s an exciting city and is often referred to as the New York .

Click here to discover some free Valentine’s Day Activities.

Raleigh NC

What’s more romantic than a carriage ride?
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance will be providing free horse drawn carriage rides on Fayetteville Street. Under the twinkling lights of Fayetteville Street, couples, friends and families can take advantage of the free carriage rides. The rides will go up and down the four blocks of Fayetteville Street and then loop around the capitol block or Moore Square. The carriages can be accessed at two locations on Fayetteville Street, one at 150 Fayetteville Street for rides around the capitol and the second at 219 Fayetteville Street for rides around Moore Square.
Dates & Times:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
For more information call (919) 890-3000


I’ve never been to Denver but this would be a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.
Free Day at the Denver Zoo
Date: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009
Location: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What: Free admission for Colorado residents.
Contact: 303-376-4800

This isn’t happening Valentine’s Day but it’s still a great way to spend the day.

Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Date: Monday, Feb. 16, 2009
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St.
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What: Free admission for Colorado residents.
Contact: 720-865-3500

Do you know of another celebration anywhere in the United States? Let others know. Please post information about any local festivities here. Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Chance to Go Back and Do It Over

Mortarboard and Diploma

I don’t listen to much Country. This is not an assement of that genre just a statement. There are some Country songs and artists I really love. So forgive me if I don’t get this exactly right. It’s my understanding that Montgomery Gentry has a song called “Back When I Knew It All”. Although I’ve never heard the song, I understand the chorus says: “Lord I’m learning so much more than back when I knew it all,”

I guess that’s why the University of Phoenix has partnered up with Montgomery Gentry on a contest giving away a scholarship to the University of Phoenix. Since I’ve already paid my dues to the College of Hard Knocks I took an interest in this contest. At my local radio station you have to tell them in 500 words or less, what you would do with the chance to go back and do it over. You may be granted a scholarship from the University of Phoenix to further your education and change your life.

Here are some stations offering this contest:

Check your local country radio station to see if they are sponsoring this contest too. One winner will be selected. This is a great time to get a degree.

Dove Hair Repair Challenge

Print out the form for a money back guarantee on Dove Conditioner "Dove Hair Repair Challenge" up to $8.

Free Sample of Celine Dions Perfume

Get a free sample of Celine Dions perfume. This offer is limited

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pr0-X $25 rebate

New Olay Professional Pro-X is a scientifically advanced line of skin care that gives you younger-acting, younger-looking skin in 28 days. Guaranteed. And from now until March 8, 2009, you’ll receive a $25 rebate with the purchase of $50 worth of Pro-X products. Simply download and complete the form and mail it back to us along with the original dated sales receipt(s). All requests must be postmarked by
March 23 2009.

Free Samples from P&G

Click here for free samples from P&G.

Get a free sample of Head & Shoulders (10mL SAMPLE SIZE)
Get a free sample of Pantene® Pro-V Expressions shampoo and conditioner (SAMPLE SIZE)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Free Krispy Kreme Valentines

Share the love with Krispy Kreme. When you purchase a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts you will receive 12 Krispy Kreme Valentines. The deal gets even sweeter because each Valentine includes a coupon for a free donut. If you join “Friends of Krispy Kreme” they’ll send you a coupon for a free glazed donut.

Be sure to check back here on Thrifty Maven to learn about thrifty ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy A Free Grand Slam At Denny’s

On Tuesday, February 3, every guest at Denny’s from 6AM to 2PM will receive one free Grand Slam breakfast. A Grand Slam breakfast is 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 bacon, and 2 pancakes. This is a dine in only offer. Every customer will get a free coupon book with eight coupons: four BOGO, two 25% off, 1 free dessert, and 1 free order of pancake puppies.

If you don’t have time to wait for a table because the boss wants you there by 9 or else, there’s good news. Each restaurant received 500 rain checks for guests who aren’t able to wait on Tuesday. Speak to the manager to see if you can get a rain check.


Free Ticket to Universal Studios

Get a Free Ticket to Universal Orlando- first 100,000. Even if they have reached 100,000 you can still enter their contest to win a trip. While The Universal Heroes Free Ticket Giveaway has ended, there's still time to enter The Universal Heroes Trip A Day Sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 28 free trips to Universal Orlando® Resort. A winner will be drawn for each day throughout February.

Simply fill out the fields and click Submit. If you're a lucky winner, we'll use this information to contact you.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thrifty Maven's Got A Giveaway

As some of you know, I'm trying to garner a following for my thrifty maven blog. We are hoping that having a few contests to drive traffic to the site and hopefully they will be interested in coming back again and again. This time we are giving away some headbuds. Those are the things you use to listen to your Ipod. I hope you will come visit and enter the contest.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chili's Guiltless Grill - I'm In!!!

I haven't participated in a bzz campaign in awhile because I've been so busy but this was one I could pass up!!!! The new guiltless Grill contains six delicious entrees that have less than 750 calories each. There are two re-invented favorites, plus four new choices, including Guiltless Carne Asada Steak, Guiltless Cedar Plank Tilapia and a Guiltless Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Usually when you sign up you get coupons for free meals. Hey if it gets here quickly, that could be Valentine's Day dinner. Yippeee. Be sure to come back and find out how this bzz goes.

Want to become a BzzAgent? You can email me with your email and I will send you an invite. As a BzzAgent, you'll get to: Discover and try new products and services (often for free). Spread sincere word of mouth about them. Have your opinions influence some of the biggest companies and brands around.

If you are afraid you will get on a mailing list then do what I do. I have set up an email account that I use anytime I need to sign up for something like mailing list for coupons, etc. This way, if there is spam then it goes there and doesn't bother your regular address. I have received lots of cool things from Bzz Agent like: Free Nights in Hotels, Free meals at Chilis (a different campaign than this one), three months of free dog food, three sonicare toothbrushes, and more. When you report your bzz you earn points on mypoints to it works really well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Free Diet Dr Pepper

You can get a free 20 oz Diet Dr Pepper or a free 2 ltr Diet Dr Pepper. There's nothing Diet About it. You must be one of the first 200,000 people to register. The coupon will expire 6/30/09.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pursue You Passions

While clipping my coupons this morning I noticed that Advil has a sweepstakes where you can win $25,000 to pursue the things you love.

One lucky Grand Prizewinner the chance to win $25,000 and a trip for two to see a live taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Los Angeles, CA. Five First Prize Winners and their guests will also attend Ellen’s show with $500 spending money. Ten thousand (10,000) Second Prize Winners will receive a 20-count bottle of Advil®.

Just fill out the form and submit for your chance to win. Come back often! You can enter once a day for more chances to win. Entering is quick and easy! Winners will be selected in a random drawing held on or about December 7, 2009 from among all eligible entries received by an independent judging organization. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Sweepstakes ends November 30, 2009.

Good Luck!

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

I just love audiobooks. With a commute of slightly over an hour one way five days a week I feel that I'm putting my time to good use when I'm listening to audiobooks. Over the past several years I've read some of the classics that I've always meant to read like The Jungle and Atlas Shrugged. I listened to the unabridged Official 9/11 Report. I've listened to fun books like the Sweet Potato Queen books and drama like The Kite Runner.

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People is a book I've read before but it's one that you can read again and again and learn something new each time you read it. That's why I'm sharing this link where you can get a FREE audiobook download.

Free Healthy Habits Activity Books

Teach kids healthy habits the fun way--brought to you by the makers of LYSOL® and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).
The activities focus on a variety of health and safety issues that are important to children today. Aimed at 6 - 9 year olds, the program allows children to engage in fun activities as they learn about various health and safety topics.

The Healthy Habits Activity Booklet mailed to you free of charge. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Free Valentine's Day Cards

Heart-shaped sweets

The Beatles once crooned that Money Can’t Buy Me Love but is that really true? This year Mr. Thrifty and I are trying to see just how thrifty we can be when it comes to Valentine’s Day. I began to think of all the things that traditionally hearken the sentimentality of this special day. I’ve always been a sucker for flowers for Valentine’s Day and for me a card of some kind is a must. For some people dinner out is a must and for others all is right in the world if a box of candy comes their way.

I’m searching the stores and the web to help you save money this Valentine’s Day. Now is not too soon to be thinking about it. Just last week I bought a roll of red and gold wrapping paper, for 20 cents during an after Christmas sale. A little planning now will go a long way later towards making this Valentine’s Day the best ever without busting your budget.

Today I’m going to tell you where you can get six FREE Valentine’s Day cards. When I say free I’m saying FREE including shipping. The site is called Stories by Everyone. What makes these extra special is you can upload your favorite photo to the card to personalize it. I uploaded a photo of us that was taken a few years ago on an amazing vacation I won. This is one of our favorite memories. You might take out that dress you know he just loves on you and have your picture taken in it. Do you have kids? See if you can get a friend to take a photo of you and your little ones.

Your free cards even allow you to personalize it with a special note. It can be something simple. I wrote Forever I know you'll be here in my heart and in my arms. When you are ready for checkout look at the bottom of the bill and you will see where they ask you for a coupon. Simply write the word: VALENTINE and proceed. You will see your bill then drops from under $6 to FREE. Even better shipping is free. It did ask for my credit card number but since there was NO MONEY due I simply clicked proceed and I received an order summary. Hurry, offer expires February 1, 2009. Not valid with any other offer.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Donut Deal


Dunkin' Donuts has introduced a limited-time-only donut offering to celebrate the inauguration. During inaugural week, Dunkin' Donuts customers can enjoy a special new "Stars & Stripes" donut, a frosted donut decorated with red, white and blue star-shaped sprinkles.

The new donut is available nationwide Jan. 17-20 at participating Dunkin' Donuts shops for the suggested retail price of 89 cents. Participating Dunkin' Donuts shops in Washington, D.C., and other select markets will celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President by offering the "Stars & Stripes" donut for 44 cents with the purchase of a medium hot coffee or hot chocolate through Jan. 20, 2009.

Free Coffee at Starbucks

Starbucks is giving a free, large cup of coffee to its customers. It's all in honor of President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration and his plea to get more people involved in community service and volunteer work. In exchange for a hot beverage of your choice, Starbucks is asking customers to sign a pledge card promising they will volunteer for five hours this year. The goal of the effort is to raise pledges in excess of one million hours of service from all over the country.The "I'm In" campaign starts January 21 and runs until January 25, 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Free Donuts

Stack of Chocolate Donuts

Krispy Kreme is offering free donuts (or doughnuts, as they call them) Inauguration Day. The company announced in a press release that it will be "honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies. Free can be very sweet.

Find a participating location here.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Blog Contest

This is our first blog contest. We have to start small but hopefully we will be able to get companies to sponsor contests if I can generate the traffic. As many of you know, I teach Business classes and this will be an experiment for me that i will talk to my students about. Kind of a hands on learning experience. I believe that more and more companies will use bloggers to get out word of mouth advertising.

I know there are people who don't like blog contests and that's fine I just felt I should let you all know the day before I open it to everyone else.

What am I giving away? SoyJoy bars.

This sweep has two winners. Each winner will receive one box of Mango Coconut SoyJoys (a box contains 6 bars)


This sweep is giving away one box of Berry Soyjoys. (a box contains 6 bars)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Your Senses Will Never Be The Same

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If you are a Georgia resident then have I got good news for you. I received an email about this sweep to win tickets to an invitation only skirt! night at Dialog In The Dark. Your Senses Will Never Be The Same. The Contest Begins: January 9, 2009 and Ends January 20, 2009

No purchase necessary.

Contest is open to Georgia residents 21 years old+. Only one entry per person. More than one entry per person will result in disqualification. You must enter your home phone number and/or your email address; failure to do so will result in disqualification.

25 winners will be selected to attend an invitation on skirt! night at Dialog in the Dark on January 27th, 2008. Winners will receive 2 invitations and be placed on a guest list. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are non-refundable and non-transferable. skirt! Magazine is not responsible is if the event is postponed or canceled. skirt! reserves the right to change or amend these rules at any time it deems appropriate.

In case of any disputes, the decision of skirt! Magazine is final.

Winners will be notified by phone or email on or before Thursday, January 22nd and must respond within 24 hours

Good Luck to you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Blog Contest experiment update

Man taking shower

Well how is it going on the blog sweepstakes experiment?

Well good news. I did receive a win of hand made soap from a contest I had entered before I began the experiment. So I was waiting to win something this year. Here it is, the 11th day of January and I won. OMG Cathy, what did you win? Did you win one of those video games? I know you won one of those list makers right? Well I won't make you twist in the wind. I won the GymSoap giveaway. Interestingly enough I was notified that I will not be eligible to win a giveaway at Bloggy Giveaways for 30 days...but after that everything is fair game.

Want to know more about GymSoap? It is an antibacterial, antifungal body wash. Created with athletes and gym-goers in mind, it’s effective for anyone that might encounter germs, bacteria, or fungus on a regular basis. It kills harmful germs, bacteria and fungus before they have a fighting chance. Stop nasty diseases like ringworm, athlete’s foot, or staph infections before they begin. GymSoap™ has a neutral fragrance, is tough on germs, but gentle enough to use daily.

So this begs the question. Do I give up on the experiment or continue on to see if I win more blog contests this year than any other kinds. Originally I was looking to see how long it would take me to win a blog contest if I really focused on winning them. So now you know. What do you think? Should I keep it up to see which kind of contest I can win most from?

I’d love to hear from you.

The Big Announcement


PlanetX64 bills itself as a site that provides hardware and software for the 64 bit world. It is a great site for Technology News Guides and Editorials. It was there that Catherine discovered the HP Magic Giveaway. HP and Microsoft. were giving away $6,000 worth of gear, including four computers (a 25 inch touchscreen desktop, two laptops and HP’s newest Netbook), a media extender, printer and a bunch of software/DVDs). Entrants had to create a slideshow showing the magic of giving and write an essay about the difference such a prize would make in the life of others.

Catherine is a Business Teacher at Rome High School. She teaches an Entrepreneurship class and four of her students have gone on to start their own businesses. She recently began blogging because of its application for marketing. Her blog “Thrifty Maven” ( informs its readers of great deals and money saving ideas.

Word of Mouth is a tremendously powerful form of advertising and Blogs are an incredible tool for disseminating information. She knew right away what a wonderful addition an HP Notebook would make in her classroom. So she decided to enter this giveaway, hoping to win a computer for use in her classroom and for her youngest son who will be leaving for Iraq in February.

Some sixty-four of the Fortune 500 companies are blogging. Blogs can be a powerful marketing tool. "No one listens anymore to sanitized marketing messages. If you find the right person in your organization to “blog” about your products or services you’ll brand your company as authentic and knowledgeable," says Debbie Weil, publisher of WordBiz Report.

Catherine is excited that she will be able to use some of the great HP technology in her classroom. Rome High School was recently recognized by US News and World Report and recognized last year for having the highest SAT scores in the state of Georgia. “I think we are still Rome’s best kept secret.” says Catherine. “We have amazing teachers, committed administrators, and our students want to succeed.”

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Save Money When Eating Out

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When Mr. Thrifty and I go out to eat we always check to see if we have gift cards for a restaurant or coupons that offer buy one get one free entrees. We don't eat out much these days. This weekend my youngest son was down visiting and we wanted to take him out to eat before he left. It turned out that IHop has their All You Can Eat Pancake Deal going on AND we were able to combine this with a coupon for buy one entree get one free. Each of us ordered the two egg, hash browns, and all you can eat pancakes that went for $4.99. My husband, son and I were all able to come out completely stuffed to the gills for $17.83 including the tip.

This morning was very hectic with grocery shopping, CVS, my son leaving, and a meeting of our local Atlanta Peach Sweepers (more on them later). We decided to eat a big lunch and skip dinner.

We used a coupon found in today's paper for Ruby Tuesdays. They offered a buy on get one free off any specialty entree, steak, or ribs (really this amounted to almost anything on the menu except for lunch specials or burgers). We ordered the steak dinner which included all their all you can eat salad bar, two sides, onion straws and 12 oz rib eye steak. Usually I am full by the time I've eaten their salad bar. I think it's one of the best!!!! The bill was $24 total including tip.

My husband and I have a policy of tipping our waitress based on what the bill would have been if we had not used a coupon rather than what the bill came to after using the coupon. I used to work as a waitress and I really know what a stressful job this can be. Mr. Thrifty rewards good service and does not feel that it's not fair to be cheap at the expense of the waitress.

Today I received an email from Ryan's that I wanted to share with you.

It's been another year since you joined the club? Already? Wow, that was fast! We appreciate customers like you and hope you've enjoyed being a member. And to celebrate a great year, we'd like to offer you: One FREE buffet meal with the purchase of one adult buffet meal.

The email told me I could share this with my friends but when you clicked the link it sent my son a link asking him to join their mailing list. I have more than one email address. I use one for my contests and another for school and another for special things like restaurant mailing lists. So although you might not want to send them your regular email address you could have it sent to an email account set up for just such a purpose. Check that email periodically.

No Ryans near you? No problem. It appears this offer is valid at Fire Mountain, Country Buffet, Old Country Buffet, and Hometown Buffet. So check out their site, get on their email list and occasionally you will receive a free meal in your inbox.

Now let me take a couple of minutes to tell you about the Atlanta Peach Sweepers. For those of you who have been following my blog you know I sweep. I can't believe that I was fortunate enough to be a part of this incredible group of people. These are people that understand when I use sweep as a verb and a noun. Sweeping can be an incredible past time that allows you to experience things you might not otherwise experience as well as meet some pretty wonderful people. I hope to write an article about the Atlanta Peach Sweepers soon. So check back.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Free Backpack From Barnes and Noble

Get A Free Back Pack When You buy $100 or more from Barnes and Noble. So if someone was very generous to you this Christmas and gave you a $100 gift card, here’s a chance to treat yourself to something extra when you use that gift card.

How to Get Your Backpack:
1. Place $100 of qualifying items in your cart.
2. Go to the Backpack Product Page and add the Bag to your Cart.
3. Proceed to checkout.

See Offer Details

Product Details: Description Designed exclusively for Barnes & Noble customers, our new Traveler Backpack is the perfect bag for carrying your books to class or your gear to the gym. It's light-weight and strong, with re-enforced padding in the back and on the shoulder straps. Includes 3 compartments to help you stay organized.

Features: Large main compartment for your books and belongings Two smaller compartments in the front for your CD or MP3 Player. Two mesh side pockets Reinforced padding on the back for extra comfort

A Free Starbucks Sample Party On January 13, 2009

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A friend gave me a coupon for a free tall cup of Tazo Tea Lattes so this morning I tried the Vanilla Rooibos Tazo Tea Latte. For me the description of the drink sounded far better than the actual taste. It is described as a full leaf African rooibos tea (naturally caffeine free), also known as red tea, paired with Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon. Sweetened with classic syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam. Now doesn’t that sound yummy? The price, not so much.

As I said mine was free but I don’t think I will be headed back to spend my money there. I was also given a card which allows me to get a tall Tao Tea Latte or Tazo Tea Infusion for $2 after 2 pm.. If you are feeling Starbucks deprived I did receive an email invitation letting me know that my local Starbucks would be holding a Tea Time Event on January 13, 2009 at 2 pm. It will have complimentary tea and food samples.

Here’s the low-down if you want to sample their tea and are uncertain which one to ask for. Remember, be thrifty have someone look for the free coupon for you or just attend the free sample event. Keep hold of your wallet. Most of the tea offerings are less than 200 calories for a tall size (12 fl oz) and most provide more antioxidants than an 8-ounce glass of orange juice, which are essential to protecting the body’s immune system.

Starbucks new Full Leaf Tazo® Tea Lattes are our first handcrafted tea offerings to use full-leaf tea bags in our stores, allowing customers to steep to their own taste preferences. Starbucks Tea Lattes are made from a soothing combination of steamed milk and Tazo® tea and are available in three new varieties:

Vanilla Rooibos Tazo® Tea Latte
A caffeine-free South African botantical carefully blended with vanilla and spices.

London Fog Tazo® Tea Latte
Delicate, floral earl grey tea with Italian bergamot, vanilla and lavender.

Black Tazo® Tea Latte
With a bold, invigorating aroma, black tea has hints of dark caramel, malt and black cherries.

Berry Chai Tazo Tea Infusion
A handcrafted blend of berry juices, Tazo® tea and exotic spices.

Apple Chai Tazo® Tea Infusion
Crisp apples meet black tea and exotic spices.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Starbucks New Teas at Special Price

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Offer valid for tall (12 fl oz) tea lattes only at participating US and Canada Starbucks locations from 1/6/09 to 1/18/09. Limit one per customer per day. Must pay with a registered Starbucks Card. Offer not valid with Starbucks Gold cards. Offer not valid at Barnes & Noble locations.

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Get Your Free Lunch Cooler Bag

Be one of the first 1,000 people to complete the following steps and receive your Free Lunch Cooler Bag:
1. Purchase three (3) Healthy Ones lunchmeat products.
2. Remove the UPC Barcode from each package OR circle the three (3) Healthy Ones products and prices on the original cash register receipt(s).
(Copies not accepted)
3. Print the downloadable order form and complete all information requested OR provide on a piece of paper the following information:

Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, E-mail address (Optional), Phone Number (only used if there are questions about the information supplied for completing the lunch bag offer. Phone number will not be distributed, sold or used for any other purpose)

Enclose UPC’s (or original cash register receipt) AND completed form (or mailing address information) in an envelop and mail before March 2, 2009 to:

Healthy Ones Blue Bag Offer
PO Box 490266
El Paso, TX 88549-0266

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New Year New You

Holidays & Occasions

In this week’s coupon section featured a New Year, New Year Sweepstakes. The grand prize is a spa trip for two which includes round trip air transportation on AirTran Airways, three nights hotel accommodations at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood , Florida and one spa treatment for each grand prize winner and guest. (APR $2,325). There are ten first prizes consisting of a three piece luggage set from Heys USA (ARV $840). There are twenty second prizes which consist of a pair of pro series Kangaroo Jumps (ARV $229). There was an entry blank if you want to send it in as a snail mail or your can enter with a 3 x 5 piece of paper and mail your entry to: SmartSource New Year, New You. PO Box 4085 Grand Rapids , MN 55730-4085 You can also enter online at

Monday, January 5, 2009

Switch on the Savings

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When I was going through this week’s coupons I found the New Year’s Resolution Switch on the Savings Sweepstakes. You can register at for your chance to win $2,000 in cash towards one year’s worth of energy bills or one of hundreds of other prizes.

No purchase necessary to enter and void where prohibited. The sweepstakes begins at 12:00 AM (ET) on December 29, 2008 and ends on February 28, 2009 at 11:59 PM (ET). You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who is 21 or older.

The site also has some coupons so check it out today!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


The following items have been recalled by their manufacturers in coooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (CPSC).

1. Name of Product: Young Colors Children’s Hooded Jackets

Hazard: The jackets have drawstrings through the hood and at the waist. Children can get entangled in the drawstrings that can catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstring in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. From 1985 through June 2008, CPSC received reports of 27 deaths and 70 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children’s clothing drawstrings.

2. Target Recalls Dive Sticks Due to Impalement Hazard

Hazard: The recalled dive sticks could remain in an upright position, posing an impalement hazard to young children. CPSC banned pre-weighted dive sticks in 2001.

3. Children's Necklaces Sold Exclusively at Claire's Stores Recalled Due to Lead Poisoning Hazard

Hazard: The recalled necklaces contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

4. Hallmark Gold Crown snowmen globes. Approximately 7,000 snowman snow globes were recalled Tuesday for posing a fire hazard. The transparent globes at the center of these snowman-shaped knickknacks can magnify the intensity of sunlight passing through the glass, causing nearby objects to catch on fire. Importer Hallmark Cards Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., has received two reports of these Chinese-made globes causing surrounding objects to ignite. The snowmen globes were sold at Hallmark Gold Crown stores around the country in October and November. They can be returned for a full refund.

For more information, call 800-425-5627 .

5. About 2,800 calypso steel drums, manufactured in Trinidad by Woodstock Percussion Inc. of Shokan, N.Y., because the surface paint contains high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by young children. No injuries have been reported. The drums were sold online, through mail order catalogues and at retail stores around the country between December 2006 and December 2007. Details: by phone at 866-543-2848; by Web at and

6. Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians to the recall of some cocoa products due to possible melamine contamination.

• G&J Hot Cocoa Stuffer Item 120144 (UPC 061361201444). This hot cocoa product was sold in small green and blue boxes with a backer card, candy cane and marshmallows.

• G&J His and Hers Hot Cocoa Set Item 120129 (UPC 489702201296). This cocoa product was sold with two ceramic mugs in a brown box.

• G&J Cocoa item 120126, sold in two flavors: French Vanilla Cocoa and Double Chocolate Cocoa. The G&J French Vanilla Cocoa (UPC 061361201260) was sold in a small green bag with a whisk attached. The G&J Double Chocolate Cocoa (UPC 061361201260) was sold in a small pink bag with a whisk attached.

The recalled products were imported into the U.S. by DMI and distributed nationwide to Big Lots during the weeks of September 22, 2008 and September 29, 2008 and to Shopko during the week of October 10, 2008.

Consumers who purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact DMI Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST toll free at 1-888-645-1053 or e-mail

7. GE®, GE Profile™, Monogram® and Kenmore® Wall Ovens

Hazard: The extreme heat used in the self-clean cycle can escape, if the wall oven door is removed and incorrectly re-attached by the installer or the consumer. This can pose a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

8. Arizona® Newborn and Infant Denim Pants

Hazard: The metal snap at the waist can detach posing a choking hazard to infants. Description: The recall involves Arizona® brand newborn and infant girl’s and boy’s denim pants. They were sold in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months. Only those pants made in Bangladesh are affected; pants made in China are not included in the recall. The country of origin is located on a label sewn into the waistband. Consumer Contact: For more information, contact JCPenney toll-free at (888) 333-6063 anytime or visit JCPenney’s Web.

9. Recall to Repair 985,000 Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs; Missing Safety Pegs Can Cause Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards.

When the safety pegs in the base of each leg of the crib are missing from the lower track, the crib locks can disengage and detach if lowered below the peg hole, creating a hazardous gap. This gap can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of an infant or toddler.

CPSC staff is aware of a death of an 8-month-old child who became entrapped and suffocated when the drop side of the crib detached in a reassembled crib where the safety pegs were not installed. CPSC is also aware of two entrapments and nine disengagement incidents in cribs where the safety pegs were missing.

The recall involves all Delta cribs manufactured in Taiwan or Indonesia, with the “Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg” drop side hardware design. These model numbers and country of origin can be located on the mattress support board label: 4320, 4340, 4500, 4520, 4530, 4532, 4540, 4542, 4550, 4551, 4580, 4600, 4620, 4624 (production dates 01/06 thru 11/07), 4640, 4660, 4720, 4735, 4742, 4750 (production dates 01/95 thru 12/00), 4760, 4770, 4780, 4790, 4820, 4840, 4850, 4860, 4880, 4890, 4892, 4900, 4910, 4920, 4925-2, 4925-6, 4930, 4940, 4943, 4944, 4947, 4948, 4949, 4950, 4958, 4963, 4968, 4969, 4980.

The recalled cribs have date codes ranging from 1995 through December 2005 and one model (4624) was made in 2007. The model numbers are located on the top of the mattress support board.

CPSC and Delta urge parents and caregivers to immediately stop using cribs that are missing a safety peg on any leg of the crib and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. The kit will include safety pegs in a bold color and warning labels to be affixed to the mattress board. Consumers with cribs that have all safety pegs installed may continue to use the cribs; however, CPSC recommends that these consumers contact Delta for the repair kit for future assembly purposes. Call Delta toll-free at (1-800-816-5304) anytime after 5pm today or log on to order the free replacement kit.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to find a safe, alternative sleep environment for their child if their recalled crib is missing safety pegs.

10. Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots

Hazard: The stainless steel pots have metal handles that can detach during use, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers. This recall involves the 8-quart, 12-quart, 16-quart, and 20-quart Century Cookware Stainless Steel Stockpots with glass lids. “Century Cookware” is marked on the front and on the bottom of each pot. For additional information, contact Ocean State Jobbers at (800) 603-9601 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday

Spa Treatments Anyone?

Woman with Facial Mask

Last year I won several gift certificates to different local spas. It was a pretty big treat for me but while I was sitting in the lobby waiting a woman checked in at the counter for her weekly facial. I glanced at the price list to see that she paid about $30 to $50 depending on which facial she received.

I happen to know you can make some of your own ALL NATURAL face scrubs at home for way less and I'm going to give you the recipes for some now.

Yougurt Sugar Scrub

Did you know that the lactic acid in yogurt smooths, softens, and hydrates your skin? Yogurt also has antibacterial properties and provides excellent cleansing properties

3 TBS baby oil
1 TBS plain unflavored yogurt
1 TBS white sugar


1. Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.

Brown Sugar Scrub

Sugar contains gylcolic acids which are one of the natural alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliates skin. Don't be surprised how soft your skin will feel


1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of almond oil
1/4 cup of liquid Ivory hand soap
1/4 tsp of vanilla

Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.

Coffee and Brown Sugar Scrub
I read that when applied topically coffee helps to redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasorestrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels thereby helping eliminate varicose veins. It has been used for years in spas in Hawaii.

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 TBS fresh coffee grounds
5 tsp almond oil
5 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp honey
1 tsp vitamin E
1 tsp vanilla


Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.

Lemon Sugar Scrub

The lemon is rich in fruit acids and it’s all natural beautifying properties have been relied upon by many throughout the ages.


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 TBS lemon zest (grated)


Mix ingredients and use as a body scrub/exfoliator.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Free on and about Atlanta

Fulton County residents who show proof of residency may tour current exhibitions and the permanent collection. Admission to "The First Emperor," however, is subject to availability.

Info: 404-733-4444
Cost: Free

Web site

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta GA 30309

Holiday in Lights 2008
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA
Info: 404-222-7275
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.
Admission: Free.

Bob Greene to appear at the Walmart SuperCenter in Acworth, GA
Schedule: Thu, 1/8 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bestselling author, exercise physiologist and former personal trainer of Oprah shares his latest books for better health, "The Best Life Diet" and "The Best Life Diet Cookbook."
Info: 770-966-1226
address: 3826 Cobb Parkway
Acworth GA 30101
Cost: Free

Jill Conner Browne (of Sweet Potato Queen Fame)
Fri, 1/16 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble-Alpharetta
7660 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30022
Profile: The Royal Queen of the Sweet Potato Queens of Jackson, Miss., discusses and signs her new book, "American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Preserving Your Assets."
Info: 770-993-8340
Cost: FREE


Young couple on beach

One of the resorts I've always wanted to go to was Sandals. They advertise heavily in Bridal magazines but it isn't just for newly weds. Mr. Thrifty and I have been amazed to see how low the major resorts are pricing their rooms. This October, when we went to St. Lucia, we learned how much this recession is hurting the Caribbean Islands. Now is the time to go if you can swing it.

Live, Love, Save. End-of-the-Year Sale. Save up to 60% (check your desired location) when you book a Sandals Luxury Included® vacation of 3 nights or longer before January 15th, 2009. Get FREE NIGHTS when you stay 6 or 7 nights (or longer) in a qualifying suite category in one of the following resorts: Exclusive offer: Stay 7 nights or longer in most room categories at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios and receive a $250 spa certificate.

Sandals includes:

All meals, anytime snacks

Unlimited premium drinks

Fine dining

Scuba diving


Land sports

Golf in Jamaica & St. Lucia

Luxurious rooms & suites

Taxes, tips & gratuities

Airport transfers

Exchange privileges

Thursday, January 1, 2009

United Disney Vacation Special

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Current promotions
Buy 4 Nights & Get 3 For Free including Walt Disney World Gift Card*, Room & Park Tickets

Benefits Of Staying Onsite At A WDW Resort

Kids Stay Free

Sport's Resort: 1701 West Buena Vista Drive; Music Resort: 1801 West Buena Vista Drive; Movies Resort:1901 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Visa, FL USA

Current promotions

Buy 4 Nights & Get 3 For Free including Walt Disney World Gift Card*, Room & Park Tickets
Valid booking dates: Nov 11, 2008-Jan 24, 2009
Valid travel dates: Jan 4, 2009-Jun 27, 2009
Guests who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort for 5 nights will receive 1 night free.
Stay 6 nights and receive 2 free nights.
Stay 7 - 10 nights and receive 3 free nights.

All packages will also receive upgraded Walt Disney World park tickets.
*Stay between Jan 4 and March 29, 2009 and also receive a $200 Walt Disney World Gift Card at check-in. One gift card per room per stay.

This promotion is automatically included when you book your vacation. Restrictions may apply.

Not combinable with any other offers or promotions
5-night minimum / 10-night maximum
Applicable to all Walt Disney World resorts
Valid only for Walt Disney World resort SALE room categories
Walt Disney World theme park tickets are mandatory.
Group restrictions may apply.
Travel dates must fall within valid dates to receive this savings.
Unused portions of the Gift Card are non-refundable, non-transferable.
Benefits Of Staying Onsite At A WDW Resort
Valid booking dates: Nov 12, 2008-Dec 31, 2010
Valid travel dates: Nov 12, 2008-Dec 31, 2010
Begin your vacation the moment you step off the plane at Orlando International Airport! Experience the comfort and convenience of our free roundtrip airport transportation and baggage delivery service, available to you as a Guest of a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel.

Each day, one of the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open up to three hours after regular Park closing so Walt Disney World® Resort Guests can enjoy access to select attractions (during the cooler parts of the day) while experiencing all the magic at an easy, more comfortable pace. And magic is never more sparkling than at night in the Theme Parks!

Save time and money and avoid the hassle of driving and parking thanks to free transportation throughout Walt Disney World® Resort, available to you as a Guest of a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel.

This all-in-one card is your magical passport to a hassle-free vacation and acts as your hotel room key and Theme Park ticket. But that's not all. Use the card to charge souvenirs throughout Walt Disney World® Resort directly to your room so there's no need to carry money while enjoying your dream vacation. Present your card to a select Disney Cast Member to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours benefit. And if you've purchased the Disney Dining Plan, use the card during your vacation to pay for meals at over 100 select locations throughout Walt Disney World® Resort.

Don't carry your packages or souvenirs around all day! Disney Resort Guests can enjoy the convenience of having purchases from select Disney shops delivered right to their Disney Resort hotel so they can focus on having fun.
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