Saturday, June 27, 2009

mail call

Here are a few things I got in the mail yesterday. I got my coupon from KFC for a free ungrilled meal after the coupon fiasco, I got a coupon for free flatbread melt from Digiorno, I also got my Pillsbury doll. He is adorable. I am putting him up for my granddaughter when she is older. In my email I also got this notice I won a second Pillsbury doll. That is too cool. It also comes with a cookbook of prize winning recipes so now I have one cookbook for my collection and then one is going to be someone's present for something. I am slowly building up my gift box. I used to always have a box that was full of stuff I had for gifts for unexpected occasions and had gotten away from that but now I am working on building it up again. That makes for a frugal Christmas and all around occasions. I got enough Swagbucks to order another $5 gift certificate. I get about 1 $5 gift code a month and am saving those up to get Christmas stuff with.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

free sample of Kiss My Face anti-stress gel. Boy do I feel like I need this.
offer here

A really cool moneysaving contest. I really need to crack down and save and am enthused just by the chance to save money.
All You grocery challenge. You could win a $1000 grocery card, a one year supply of Knorr side dishes, plus a feature in All You magazine! The winner will appear on the CBS Early Show in December!
To register, fill out and submit the form by 11:59 p.m., July 12. The challenge starts on July 13.
We'll send you weekly e-mails, starting July 13, that include tips, recipes and instructions on how to blog about your progress and use our handy Spending Log.

After four weeks, we'll tell you how to send in your results, and we'll then choose 10 finalists.
The finalist who followed the budget with the most creative healthful choices will win a $1,000 grocery card and a year's supply of Knorr side dishes—and will appear in ALL YOU!
You must spend no more than $25 per person, per week on groceries
They also have an online spending log you can use to track your spending. You have to keep the receipts for each week because if you are choose you will have to show them.
Household and toiletry items do not count in your grocery spending total
Eating out/takeout *does* count toward your grocery spending total

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Savings

Sportsman Magazine free subscription

Double Roll of Scott's Toilet Tissue and 10 count pack of Flushable Wipes This is offered from Walmart.

Ok this one isn't totally free but its really cool and a good deal. You can get a Veggie Tale dvd for $2.99 shipping and handling only. Free DVD Veggie Tales are faith based cartoons for the kids to watch.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Please forgive the below rant but I am so mad I could spit. My oldest daughter is so lazy she won't get a job, she just sits around with her friends all day. She has been coming to my place to visit me supposedly only tonight I look out my window and she is making out with the man next door. I don't know his age but I do know he is older than me. He is on disability due to a back injury, owns no car, has 4 kids with his ex wife. I am so angry and disappointed, I just want to pack up and move back to NC and not deal with any of this anymore. After stewing all night about it, I got to thinking off all the things I have done so that she would have a better life than I had. Then I thought of Christ. I imagine there are a lot of times he feels the same way about me. He even died and was tortured for my sake and yet I so often go about my daily life without thought of Him. I still don't have the slightest idea what to do about her but I will just pray for her and turn it all over to God and let him take care of it. He is so much better equipped to deal with this than I am.

In an attempt to get my mind off this I was netsurfing and found this video. I would imagine its to promote the new show with MC Hammer and his family. It was fun to watch though. I remember my cousin Melanie used to own pants like that and she loved MC Hammer :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I won again

I signed up to win a Pillsbury dough boy and then I got an email saying I won. Check it out here

Get your sample of the 90 calorie Strawberry Bar

I got in the mail yesterday the $50 gift cards I had won from Shell. That was fast since I only confirmed my address last Thursday. It came as 2 $25 gift cards. I also got my coupon for a free ungrilled meal at KFC from the fiasco they sponsored last month. I also got a Precious Places dvd I sent off for a while back (going to be a present for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday), a couple samples of of a pain medicince called Curamin
and some dove hair samples.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

End of the weekend update

Here is a freebie to start us off.
Geo Trax CD order a free cd from Mattel with 4 episodes of Geo Trax on it.

Saturday I got up and discovered I had no phone, cable or Internet. There was an outage around midnight and it didn't come back on until about 2pm. So since I couldn't be online I went and did laundry, then came home and cleaned my whole apartmant and rearranged the bedroom. Amazing how much I can get done without the Internet :). Then at 2:30 I went to a celebration cookout at church for out of school. It was loads of fun. Everyone enjoyed the fellowship and the food. There were sack races and horseshoes to play. The men in the church also did a sack race and the preacher fell and his glasses cut a little spot on his nose, the winner of the race fell into his vehicle and put a dent in it. The things men will do to win :).

Then I had to leave there to go to a housewarming party for a couple at my church who built their own house. Its absolutely beautiful. Here are a couple of signs they have hanging on each side of the bedroom wall. One says "the best things to hold onto in life is each other" and the other one says "always kiss me goodnight".

Then my boyfriend and I went to see Land of the Lost. I was expecting the see a movie based on the tv series I grew up watching. This is not it. I am not a Will Ferrel fan and the humor was off color in several scenes. I should have been more responsible as a Christian and investigated better before we went to see it.

Today after church the boyfriend and I went to a flea market and they were having an antique tractor show. Here are a couple of them.


I so want a Wii and the Wii Fit. I keep entering contests because I certainly don't want to pay for one :). I had to laugh when I saw this video though.

Some survey stuff

I got a code for a $10 gift certificate in my email this morning. I earned it at Keynote. I like this survey company. They don't send me a lot of surveys but when they do I always earn a $10 gift certificate for Amazon. You can buy about anything with those gift certificates so I like them a lot. I am currently up to $22 worth. I will probably use most of mine up on Christmas presents.
While searching for the link for Keynote to post here I earned $5 swagbucks so thats putting me closer. You need 45 swagbucks for a $5 Amazon gift cert. I earn about 1 a month from here. I am the type of person who is always wanting to know something so I use the search bars a lot. I have one for Swagbucks that I do several times a day until I earn at least one, then I have one for Mypoints. I also do Blingo but I haven't won anything there in ages.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

win big

Life in a Shoe
They are running a 40% off sale over at Geneva Bible Pages. They've even created a special Family Bundle at 50% off! They are offering all of their merchandise at 40% off, plus a giveaway of up to $400 in free merchandise or $200 in cash. It's an overstock sale, so prices are good only while the excessive inventory is in stock- when an item is gone at that price, it's gone. SURPRISE BONUS: Every 4th floating, framed or matted page will be a beautiful Psalm, New Testament or Title page which usually retails for $114.95. Order 4 to be guaranteed one in your order!

So if you are looking for a unique gift for someone, take a look and help them out.

I'm a winner

check out this email I got today. The contest is until 6/14/09 so you still have time to enter :)

Hi Madonna,
Congratulations! You are the winner of $50 of Shell Gift cards in a drawing you entered at

Free Minute Maid Frozen Novelty fill in the form and submit for free.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

week 1 of the diet

Well this week I decided to start by just walking 30 minutes a day. No dieting. I wanted to ease into this. I managed to walk every day except Sunday and today. Today is the first day of that time for me and I am always exhausted the first 2 days. I did lose 2 lbs though just from the walking and today I will start the dieting.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

free stuff

Tampax Pearl

Sun Crystals never heard of this but its another sweetener

Kotex Overnite

The Jesus You Can't Ignore free book offer. I haven't read anything by this author so I can't personally attest to the value of the book.

National Park free entrance there is a link to show the parks listed by states. WV only has Harper's Ferry but I haven't been there so would like to plan a trip.

Monday, June 08, 2009

6/5/09 Weekend update

I was pretty busy this weekend. I spent all Saturday morning trying to get my car worked on. I tell you, everyone around here assumes you get some kind of check and don't work because you can't get any work done on the weekend. So basically my car is still broke and I don't have the slightest idea whats wrong with it. Then I went to Kroger's and bought a ton of chicken. They had chicken breast on sale for $1.99 for boneless, skinless breast so I bought about 10 packs. I really like chicken and I love bar-b-que chicken and since I have so much bar-b-que sauce this is perfect. Plus its a good diet food. I did do my 30 minute walk on Saturday morning but just couldn't get the energy up for Sunday.
I went to the boyfriend's house Saturday and played with the kittens and checked on the baby chicks. They are growing huge. These are brahma chickens. Mostly my boyfriend likes golden comets but since I like the brahmas he got about 20 of them also. He bought 50 golden comets and 20 brahmas last month at Southern States I like the brahmas because they have feathers on their feet. I really like the cochins and the silkies.

Sunday I went to church and my oldest daughter showed up so afterwards we went to town and bought a few supplies because I have a friend that had a baby and we are all taking diapers to her. I thought I would get a little dressier than just plain diapers so Mandi and I made her a diaper cake. We also made one for a woman I go to church with that has a friend who needed some help with her baby. The second one turned out better since we had some practice. I hadn't ever made one before but they weren't too hard. These were plain with just diapers but you can also add bottles and stuff.

Then the boyfriend called and I went to the flea market with him and his parents for a bit. I got his dad a hat that says God is good all the time. I got his mom a water pitcher. I got this book for myself. I love Anne Geddes work. So I was pleased with the book. It cost me $4.

Then it was back to church for evening services.
My sister has a site for us and our weight loss journey. I will be posting over there this evening and going to set up a link to the site from here.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


I haven't really being online look for deals lately. Of course if I find some then I will post them. I have still been thinking of my friend who took his life. As I struggle to see any good come from this, I realize it has enriched my prayer life and my concern for others. I don't ever want another friend of mine to feel as though they have nothing to live for. Every single day I start the day by calling the name of each and every person who attends both the churches I go to, then I move onto people I work with, friends and family. I don't have a generic "God bless everyone I know", I mention each and every person and picture them in my mind and I ask God to minister to whatever needs they have in their life for that day. Some I know need salvation, some need healing, some just need a touch to bless them. While I may not know what they need, I serve a God who knows exactly what they need. I want to be a light to the world surrounded by darkness. I truly believe God is preparing to end this time as we know it and I want everyone I know to be ready for that. I know I would rather someone ask God to bless me personally by name then to just say bless everyone I know. I want to lift up in prayer these people and help them through their day.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Weight Loss

I read someone's blog this morning and she was talking about losing weight. I have been thinking for years how I need to lose weight but haven't done anything about it. Her blog for some reason hit me and thats going to be my main goal for the time being. I have been overweight my entire adult life. I mean seriously overweight, not 10-20 lbs. I want to lose 122 lbs as you will notice on my ticker on the side bar. I am starting today. I will update the ticker every Friday. I went to the park below my house and walked 30 minutes this morning. I am going to force myself to get stirring a bit earlier every day and walk 30 minutes every morning. I have a job where I sit all day long. I sometimes get up to go to the restroom but thats about it. On my maternal grandfather's side of the family, bad knees are the norm. I have a number of aunts with knee problems and I know weight makes it worse but one of my aunt's hasn't ever been real big and her knees are bad so thats not the only factor. I think it will really help my knees though if I lose weight. So here it goes, everyone wish me luck and stamina :).

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sticks and Stones

At work I put a memory verse I am trying to learn each week into my screensaver. This week's verse is related to a devotional I am doing today at ladies circle.

Mark 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgement.

Just think of all the things you say and imagine having to explain to God why you said them. Quite often we tend to get careless with our speech. This is my new goal to have more control over my tongue. There are quite a number of scriptures about the tongue and effects of it. We teach our kids that sticks and stones might break our bones but words will never harm us and thats not true. Words can cost you a job, a place to live, relationships and all sorts of things. Just one misplaced word can wound someone to the core so please stop and think before you say anything to anyone or about anyone. If its not something that is uplifting why say it?

Now on that note here are a few offers I have taken part in this morning.

I got 2 swagbucks this morning searching for a video link to "A Backslider's Prayer" by Ty England. I just redeemed for another $5 Amazon gift cert from here this month also.

here is a place to sign up to get a book with over $30 in coupons.
Home Made Simple

a free subscription to Golden Gazette Here is what another blogger had to say about it It comes out quarterly and will be mailed at no charge. It contains historical information about the U.S. in the 30s and 40s which is when pulp fiction was written. It further contains quizzes, contests, riddles and cryptograms which are a lot of fun.
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