Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rachel's Reviews and Giveaways! 2 months featured ad space for your blog or business!

"I’m in the process of redesigning my blog layout since I’m moving over to a self-hosted WordPress blog, and I plan to have some featured advertising space near the top of my sidebar. This will be available for a monthly rate, but I’m also opening up space to feature 2 winners of this giveaway!

Each winner will have space for a 150×150 button linking to your blog or business, featured in a premium space in my sidebar. This is a great way to increase awareness of your website or brand and drive traffic.

One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the power of networking and helping other blogs achieve success, so I’m looking forward to promoting your blogs. If you have a WAHM or etsy business, here’s a free opportunity to get your name out there.

The mandatory entry is super easy – just leave your name and email address to be entered. Website and graphic must be family-friendly.

Win It: Two winners will each receive 2 months of featured ad space located on my right sidebar for the button/graphic of your choice. Open worldwide!

I’m using the Rafflecopter beta program to hopefully make giveaways easier for you to enter and for me to manage. Please comment below if you have feedback or questions, but you must use the Rafflecopter entry form to enter.

Here’s how it works: The mandatory entry is listed at the top. Hit “click for instructions” under each entry, and the necessary links or info will appear. Then click the green “I did this” button, and it will prompt for your email address and any information needed to verify the entry, such as your twitter username.

Helpful hints: if you don’t see the form, try refreshing the page or using a different browser. You must have Javascript enabled. If you don’t see the Tweet button, try hovering over the green “I did this” button first."


Welcome to the 2000 FAN GIVEAWAY!   This is for USA residents ONLY!  Anyone who signs up who lives outside of the USA will be disqualified


AVON PRODUCTS BY CAROLYN and the free gift and no shipping charges is:

$10.00 GIFT CARD!

SHAUNA the SCENTSY EXPERT!  and the free gifts with no shipping charge is:

Surfer Chick Scent Circle
Bubbly lemon tonic and guava frolic with sweet cherries and blackberries in this youthful scent.

Kahiko Hula Scent Circle
Say "aloha" with exotic passion fruit, mango, and papaya.

is giving a 30% off COUPON for any of her Mary Kay Products!  No shipping fee!

DAWN of COUPON COUSINS is giving away 2 COUPON INSERTS  (no charge for shipping!)

Please remember to THANK the SPONSORS for their gifts when you receive them.  As always you will have 48 hours to respond to the sponsor when you win your gift!   Thank you for playing!!  Good Luck!

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup
Serves 6

1/2 pound ground beef, extra lean
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
5 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups kale, thinly sliced
1 cup orzo pasta
1/3 cup carrot, finely chopped

In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, meat, egg, cheese, basil and onion
powder, shape into 3/4 inch balls.

In a large saucepan, heat broth to boiling, stir in kale, orzo, carrot and
meatballs. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook at a slow
boil for 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Stir frequently to prevent

Per serving: 280 Calories; 8g Fat; 24g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 58mg Cholesterol; 578mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch); 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1 Fat.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: I like bread with soup so either bake some in your
bread maker or buy a nice loaf of crusty bread to go with this. Add a salad
if you want, but you've got tons of green stuff going on this hearty soup.

VEGETARIANS: Skip the meatballs by omitting first 3 ingredients. Add extra vegetables to

vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

KOSHER: Use beef broth instead of chicken.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

$200 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!! July 27th to August 10th, 2011 One Winner!

Wow!  A $200.00 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!  Just think of all the Avon Products or Back-To-School items that you could buy for that amount of money!   Incredible!   And all you have to do to get this chance to win it is simply LIKE the following pages and enter to win on all the spots on the Rafflecopter!   GOOD LUCK!  Here are the sponsors who are participating:

Dates: July 27th to August 10th
Prize: $200 Visa gift card - one winner
Sponsored by:

1. A Dime At A Time
2. Oh My Gosh Beck!
3. Avon Products by Carolyn
4. Clever Couponeer
5. Let's Start Saving Now
6. Racing and Saving Mama
7. Coupon Cousins
8. My SoCal Life
9. Cori's Coupon Corner
10. Saving Green In The Bay
11. Baby Coupons & Stuff
12. Ni​fty Mom
13. Howard House Reviews
14. Mommy's Money Saving Madness
15. Keeping Cents
16. Sassy Saving Moms
17. Texas Frugality
18. Always​ Searching for Savings
19. Hayden Coupon Mom
20. Freebies​ and Deals
21. Mommy Octopus
22. Nifty Thrifty Savings
23. Twingle Mommy
24. Beauty Brite
25. Semmes Savers
26. Fab Steals and Deals
27. Dollars 2 Dimes
28. Mommy's Crazy 4 Coupons
29. The Krazy Coupon Queen

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Giving up the JUNK FOOD for HEALTHY FOOD!

Yep, you heard it here! John and I are on a mission now to eat healthy and give up the JUNK FOOD for the HEALTHY FOOD!

No more junk food!

And instead we are switching most things to this:

So we've traded in some things lately for some really good junk food options:

POTATO CHIPS are out and POP CHIPS are in!
SODA is out and FLAVORED and VITAMIN waters are in!
ICECREAM is out and SKINNY COW is in!
CANDY is out and SKINNY COW CANDY is in!

We've joined CLUB SKINNY and are going to get rid of some pounds we put on from junk food!

We want to know just who is with us on this endeavor?  

So no more chocolate bars for John for clipping coupons  but instead he gets Skinny Cow Candy!  It's worth it to be healthy and wise!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PRODUCT REVIEW: Soylicous Melter and Tart Chunks

 I won this Tart Melter in a GIVEAWAY!   I give this a 10 out of 10!   It came with three packages of tarts: Cinnamon and Clove Bud, Eucalyptus & Mint and Asian Fig.    All three of the scents are
absolutely wonderful!  I will definitely be buying more tarts when I am done using all the ones that I have!

This is what they have to say about the melter"Plug-in Warmers: Our Electric Plug In Warmers, feature two piece construction so you can remove the bowl to make a quick and easy change between your favorite fragrances. You can also purchase these warmers with your choice of 2 tart chunks. The bulb is 15 watt and the warmer will rotate while plugged in, transforming into a night light after you remove the wax bowl."

This is what they have to say about the tart chunksTart Chunks: Our tart chunks are made with the same process as our candles, superior melting time and scent throw. Order from our expansive line of fragrances or create your own by mixing two or more of our delicious flavors for instance (Cafe Latte/Vanilla = Vanilla Coffee Bean).

I would highly recommend buying their warmers (aka melters) and tart chunks.   At least the three scents that I received.  The scents just fill the whole living room and kitchen!  They last long too.   I was able to get three days of constant warming out of two chunks at a time.  

Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

<We tried this recipe given to us through ALL RECIPES and it was just delicious!   Thought I would pass this on to all of you!>

Prep Time: 5 Min 
Cook Time: 15 Min
Ready In: 20 Min
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
1. Season chicken breasts with lemon pepper, salt, dill weed, and garlic powder.
2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place breasts in skillet, and increase heat to medium-high. Turn chicken frequently, until brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until breasts are cooked through. Remove chicken to a warm serving platter, and cover with foil.
3. Return skillet to stove, and increase heat to high. Whisk in whipping cream, whisking continuously until reduced to sauce consistency, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in capers. Pour sauce over chicken, and serve.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My CVS TRIP today! Super Savings!

My CVS trip today!  Here's what we bought:

M&M's  (2/$6.00) with a coupon for $.75/2
GAIN ($11.66)  I had the TIDE coupon and they didn't have any TIDE   :o(
SCOTT paper towels ($4.44) and I sent the wrong coupon   :o(
COTONELLE toilet paper ($9.99) and no coupon   :o(
DURACELL regular came with a glue stick (scrapbooking!)  ($5.99) and a coupon for $.75/1
DURACELL rechargeable ($5.99) and a coupon for $1.50/1

We spent the $30.00 to get a FREE $10.00 GAS CARD

Total:  $52.10
Saved:  $21.66

The paper towels and toilet paper went to the STOCKPILE (it's growing now.!  2 shelves are filled will have to clear off the top shelf for more now) 

Remember, we are ETHICAL COUPONERS... we don't buy it unless it's something we regularly buy.  We don't buy what we don't use, don't clear shelves, but we use our coupons and save!   The M&M's are for my husband for being the coupon clipper!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

1200 FAN GIVEAWAY (there's a charge for shipping on some items)

Welcome to the 1200 FAN GIVEAWAY
(plus the charge for shipping on some of the sponsor's items)

The following Sponsors are offering their giveaway items!

This is FAR AWAY and values at $10.00 and there's a $1.00 shipping charge to the winner. Be sure to only sign up for this prize if you are willing to pay the $1.00 shipping charge via Pay Pal!

DIVA DUST by NICOLE of SLUMBER PARTIES BY NICOLE  (shipping charge to winner is $5.00)
 Be sure to only select this prize if you're willing to pay the $5.00 shipping charge.  Thanks!

$5 Inspired Silver Gift Card Photo by Angie of Angie's Angel Help Network  (no charge for shipping!)

LOVE SPELL HAND AND BODY CREAM 2 oz.  by KITTY of GIRL NATURE  (There's a shipping charge of $2.00 on this prize.  Only sign up for this prize if you're willing to pay the $2.00 shipping fee via PayPal)

Love Spell Fragrance Oils: Blend of Summer Flowers and Orange.
With ingredients like Safflower Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamins A, C and E and a Botanical Extract blend of Chamomile, Comfrey, Cucumber and Aloe, our ultra moisturizing Paraben Free Hand and Body Cream is luxury for your skin.

$5.00 AMAZON.COM GIFTCARD by Patti of SHORE SAVINGS WITH PATTI (no charge for shipping)
Note about the shipping.  This is something that I now I have to do.  We vendors pay for the price of the prize and we can't pay for the shipping of the items.  That must come from you.  These are not terribly high fees but we who sell products are business people and this is coming out of our pockets to ship.  Thanks for your understanding.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday trip to CVS!

This was a total coupon and sale shopping trip!  It may not look like much to the EXTREME couponers, but for an ETHICAL couponer like us, this was just great!   The whole order came to over $70.00 without coupons and we saved $30.00 some and got a $10.00 gas card to go with it!  The Hershey bars are for the man responsible for clipping all my coupons, my hubby!  Thank you John! 

The toothpaste, shampoo, soda pop and one of the pickles went to our mini but nice looking STOCKPILE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


 CONGRATS WINNERS!  You have 48 hours to contact the sponsors of your prize!

Congratulations fans of AVON PRODUCTS BY CAROLYN!  We just hit 900 fans and we're having a giveaway!   The following sponsors are offering products in this giveaway:




WENDY HINES ...    she does a lot of book and product reviews.

Christine’s Coupon Swap 



Here is how you enter:

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Have you ever wanted to have a gift of $100.00 on a gift card to spend however you 
wanted to?   Well this is your lucky chance!   Twenty bloggers, including me, got together
and decided to make your dream come true!   So here you have the chance at winning this 
$100.00 giftcard!   What would you buy with your gift card?
Here's how to enter:  
Go follow each of us on Facebook using the Rafflecopter widget below. That's it! You get one entry for every page that you enter... so to increase your chances of winning, you'll want to make sure to like all twenty blogs.

We're even giving you some daily bonus entry opportunities! You can come back once a day and tweet our giveaway or share it on Facebook for one bonus entry each.

This giveaway will open for entries at 12:01 am (EST) on Thursday 7/7 and close at 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday 7/21!

The following blogs are in this together:

Oh my gosh, Beck!
A Dime At A Time
Conversations with Carolyn
Baby Steps with H2O at home
The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug
Aubut Family
Makobi Scribe
Simply Stacie
Rockin' Deals
Our Family World
Libby's Library
Staying Me...
Beauty Brite
Just Married with Coupons
Let's Start Saving Now
Racing and Saving Mama
The Centsational Saver
A little of this A little of that...
Someday I'll Learn
Brag All About It

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


New twist for the Wacky Wednesday's gals...  To play you have to FOLLOW my blog first and reply here first.  I need to get you all to come to my blog and have a look around!   There's always information here pertaining to Avon Products by Carolyn and a lot more!   Use this LINK to get back to my page on FaceBook!   Thanks!

ps...  to FOLLOW go to the page front, right HERE and at the top on the left it says FOLLOW and click on that. Thanks!

Monday, July 4, 2011

The winners have been selected!

We have the WINNERS for the  LUAU POOL PARTY Giveaway! The winners have 24 hours to reply to me and then I reselect winners.  Thank you to everyone who took place in this giveaway and for all the fans who joined AVON PRODUCTS BY CAROLYN.  The next giveaway is at 700 fans and today we just hit 600! A special thanks to the SPONSORS who gave from their hearts!!  You all are the best  :o)

SAMANTHA was contacted by email and won PATTI's GIFT!  Congrats!

SHANNON was contacted by email and won my POOL PARTY toys!  Congrats!

RACHEL was contacted by email and won MICHELE's GIFTS!  Congrats!

CYNTHIA was contacted by email and won TEANA's GIFTS!  Congrats!

DEB was contacted by email and won SHAUNA's GIFT!  Congrats!

DARLENE was contacted by email and won NICOLE's GIFT!  Congrats!

All of these gals have to be verified by the sponsor they won from and then they can be declared as WINNERS!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Shore Savings With Patti!

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you about my favorite BLOG!  It's SHORE SAVINGS WITH PATTI  Just click on the name of her website and you will be sent there. 

Patti has some incredible coupons!  Ones that you don't always see with other bloggers.  This is what I've
experienced.  She's also got an incredible FB page...  and that you can find HERE  And you can also follow her on TWITTER!.

Patti lives at the beach in New Jersey!  She has an incredible family and she's just a delightful and funny gal!
I'm a total fan!

She was the first person to sign up for sponsoring the LUAU POOL PARTY!   So be sure to follow Patti and please thank her for sponsoring!
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