So a very special person in my life sent me a blog to read last night. I think she was a bit worried that I would take it the wrong way, but I thought the analogy used in the blog was so good I want to share it with you. (By the way, this is the Melissa-version.)
There once was a girl who loved dogs. She wanted to befriend every dog she ever met. In fact, she was determined that she could turn any dog she came across - no matter how damaged, no matter how mean, no matter how long it took - she could turn that dog into her friend.
Next door to her lived one of the meanest, ugliest, scariest dogs ever. And every day, she would go to the fence and try to sweet talk the dog. She would take it treats. She would smile big and pretend to not be shaken by its growls and ferocious snarls. But every day the dog responded the same way. He barked. He snapped. He jumped on the fence and tried to get at her. One day, the girl thought maybe if she could just touch the dog, that would make the difference.…
So I'm going to take a break from my deal posts to share my heart . . . because that's what this blog was started as, and since it's mine, I feel like I can do whatever I want with it. (Although, I've never seen a deals/sharing inner thoughts blog, maybe it will be wildly successful!)
I need to admit something - I'm struggling. Struggling with this whole mommy thing. I realize with a 3 year old, a 2 year old, and a baby due in a little over two months it's not really a good time to feel completely defeated as a momma. But here I am.
I love my little guys. All of them, even this itty bitty little one who I haven't officially met yet. They bring so many smiles and so much laughter to our world, and yet I feel like I fail them regularly. If anyone has had training on children, it should be me. I babysat in high school. I was a nanny in college and grad school. I have a degree in Christian eduction and I've taken a million child development classes.
Make sure you go to Pampers.com tomorrow (Friday, January 29th) to sign up for a package of 3 diapers. If you are lucky to get a "specially marked" diaper, you win FREE diapers for a year!
Pampers redesigned its Cruisers - now they are Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max and they want all of us to try them out! (the new diapers will hit shelves in March)
So what does that mean for you? They are sending out a free sample three-pack. Go here AND if the sample sent includes a diaper stamped Team USA (randomly inserted in select sample packs), your baby will win a year’s supply of Pampers diapers.
Just heard about a great contest I wanted to share.
Over at luv2viewmovies.com, they are giving away 5 (five) DVD copies of Little Einsteins: Animal Expedition and 5 (five) DVD copies of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie's Bow-tique.
This is totally legit. I actually won a competition just a few weeks ago from this website.
Here's how you enter:
Go to the luv2viewmovies website Go to the Contact button on the far left side Enter your information in the blanks, then in the large box enter your name and address (no P.O. Boxes) and Contest #1 Submit
Then repeat - I always just paste and copy - changing the last part to "Contest #2"
That's it. They'll send you an email and mail your items right to your door if you win.
I know I have posted about SwagBucks repeatedly but since I've moved from email to my blog, I thought it would be good to get it out here in a permanent way so I can just refer back to it.
Honestly, SwagBucks is one of the easiest ways to earn free gifts on the web. All you do is use the SwagBucks search engine as your daily internet browser. As you are searching you will intermittently win SwagBucks. As you earn more SwagBucks you can start trading them in for prizes.
I think the easiest prize to win is the $5 Amazon Gift Card that you can get for just 45 SwagBucks! You will also accrue SwagBucks more quickly if you encourage others to sign up and use you as their referral. Then you will get a SwagBuck for every SwagBuck they earn up to the first 100.
Buy 1 Huggies wipes tub at $2.50 Use the $1/1 Walgreens Huggies Coupon from the in-store Flyer (100 in Savings) Use 1 of the $0.75/1 Huggies Wipes Coupons (Available on Coupons.com last week) Or use $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes (1/7 SmartSource insert)
This week is the Big Game Greats Mega Event, Buy 10 participating items in one transaction and get $5.00 off (or $0.50 off per item). These sale dates and prices reflect the SW Kroger regional division. Please check your local Kroger to see if the same details apply.
The following prices reflect that $0.50 discount which means you will need to buy in groups of 10 in order to get these prices!
Make sure and look at the ad as there are lots of great discounts... below is the coupon match ups for even BETTER savings!
Ro-tel Tomatoes $0.49 $0.30/1 (SS 1/24/10) $1/4 ALL YOU Dec ‘09 Final Price: FREE
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $0.88 $0.75/1 printable Final Price: $0.13
Just in time for Valentine's Day - Restaurant.com has put many of it's gift certificates on sale. They are offering 80% off of $25 Gift Certificates when you use code BONUS. This means you pay $2! You can also receive 80% off every order in the Dinner of the Month Club when you use code BONUS, through the 19th of February.
I actually ended up purchasing the 12-month Dinner of the Month Club for Joey for Valentine's Day. For $24 (before the 15% back) we get a $25 gift certificate once a month to the restaurant of our choice. I think he will enjoy planning these "dates" and I sure will enjoy going on them. On top of that, when I completed my order and they sent me my confirmation, they also sent me a FREE $50 Gift Certificate!! So I'm going back to order more.
Just remember, sometimes these are a bit more like coupons than gift certificates. You may have to buy a certain amount or only be able to use it on specific menu items. Read your fine print!
Many grocery stores (including Tom Thumb and Kroger) currently have a catalina deal running:
Buy 4 Pillsbury items (Crescents, Cookies, Sweet Rolls, Grands! Biscuits, Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, Pie Crusts, Dinner Dolls, Loaves, Breadsticks, or Pizza Crust), Get $2 off your next order Buy 5 Pillsbury items, Get $3 off your next order Buy 6 items or more, Get $5 off your next order
Well, I've been sending deals out by email for a while now to a group of friends, but apparently I've reached the limit on how many emails my host wants me to send out at a time. Guess that was the necessary push I needed to actually blog the deals so that other people can benefit from them as well.
So, feel free to sign up for the RSS feed or email list so that the deals I post - and any miscellaneous ramblings on life - will come straight to you.
So, today I turn 30. I have to be honest and admit saying that makes my insides churn just a bit. Forever, I have thought 30 signified the end of being young. Now, I am 30 and I don't feel any differently than I did yesterday or last month or last year. It's interesting that we are wrapping up not just a year but an entire decade, and people feel it necessary to look back oer that time and list their regrets and the things they want to differently in the next year or decade or 30 years. I don't feel that way. I don't have a list of regrets. I don't have a lengthy to-do list. I've accomplished a lot of the goals I set when I graduated from high school. I have a college degree. I even have a Master's degree. I have been married for six years. I have two crazy but wonderful children and another on the way. We own a beautiful house and two cars. I stay home with my children and don't have to work. My husband and I have taken several very nice vacations since …