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Win Your Own Chicken Dinner {Giveaway}

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Wow, so its been awhile since I did a giveaway here at MelissaStuff, huh?

This one is fun and just in time for Father's Day . . . remember the Char Grill spices I mentioned using earlier this week?

You can win a 4 pack of the very same spices. How excited would your husband or dad be with a fun Father's Day gift he could use instead of another boring shirt or tie?




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Walgreens Diapers Just $4 - TODAY ONLY!

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Hurry and run over to Walgreens if you have a child in diapers.  Walgreens diapers are just $5 this week when you use the 20% off Coupon only good TODAY then it will make them just $4.


LOCAL: Lil Lambs Consignment Half Off Tomorrow

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I'm working the Lil Lambs consignment sale today. It doesn't have the amount of items that are available at some sales but there are some AWESOME bargains to be had. I am planning to come back tomorrow to see what I can steal. You should join me.Lil Lambs Consignment
Greenville Oaks Church of Christ
Close to Bethany and Greenville
Follow pink signsOpens at 9 a.m.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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Seriously, Chicken Dinner . . . that's what we had last night and it was great. Normally my husband grills or smokes our chicken so I must admit I'm a bit spoiled, but we didn't have time to heat up the grill the other night so we had to resort to baking.
Baked chicken is not really anything I get excited about. But recently I received some Char Crust: All American Barbecue rub. According to the box it helps Seal in the Juices.

I'm not sure it quite seals in the juices, but the outside of that chicken tasted delectable. I was literally licking my fingers and disappointed when all I had left to eat was the tender inside meat that didn't have the rub on it.

There are several flavors and it claims to be able to be used on everything from fish to beef to chicken and even on vegetables! We will definitely be trying more options and on more types of food. I'll be sure to share.

In the meantime, you can get your own Char Crust to try at Amazon. This container is sell…

Double Your Support . . .

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Impact Zambia 100 from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo
My sweet friend, Mitzi, and her family are serving at Lifesong Zambia - which is actually where we will be visiting later this summer!
They are in desperate need of classrooms so they can house the hundreds of students they currently have in their school. This is an incredible chance for them to hear about Jesus, learn life supporting skills and make sure they have their needs met through healthy meals and necessary healthcare. 
Mitzi is looking for people who would be willing to commit to $20 a month for the next year or a one time commitment of any amount. The best part is there is a matching donor so for every bit you give, your money will be doubled - all the way up to $225,000!
One of the fun things about this will be that since we will be on site in August, I'll be able to take and post pictures of the progress so you will be able to stay involved in what's going on firsthand through MelissaStuff.
Please join us in rea…

Legoland California and Luxury Hotel - SALE

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We have a fully booked summer . . . . no one has any extra time off after we blocked out the days to go to Africa. (Which is pretty cool, I know.)

But if I was looking for vacation plans, I would be all over this deal.


This is a STEAL for what it includes. You get two 2-day Hopper passes to Legoland along with a 2-night stay at the gorgeous Grand Pacific Palisades Resort. You can purchase up to four of these in order to extend your trip, or you can hire a babysitter and put the kids in the other room!

One day, we will this kind of trip. I sure hope there are more good deals like this available when we do.

HOT: $10 for Laminator (No Heat, No Plugs!)

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This laminator is on sale at Amazon right now for just $10!!

It's a small version, but would be perfect for crafts, turning mementos into something that will adhere to a scrapbook page or for small offices.

The best part for us moms is it doesn't plug in and it doesn't heat up so it's safe to use around even the most adventurous kids.

Great Deal on Bluebonnet Mini-Sessions (DFW Area)

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Is this not absolutely incredible? I can't tell you how much I love Chelle Cates Photography, and her bluebonnet sessions might be most favorite of all. The colors are just amazing. 
You can actually get a chance to win one of these session over at the Poe Family Blog.
Or you can just make sure you definitely get a session by booking it directly. Use the code BLUEBONNET when you make your reservation to get a $25 credit towards prints. 

Less than a $1 to Download The Hunger Games E-Book

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Lots of buzz about The Hunger Games right now. Thought I'd have a lot more chance to read than I would make it to the movies, so I was thrilled to see this deal.

Just go to Kobo and click to place The Hunger Games e-book in your cart. Use the code HungerGamesDeal2 at checkout.


LOCAL: See Mary Poppins at Bass Hall for $25

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Mary Poppins is playing at Bass Hall from March 28 through April 8.


Right now you can get 4-pack of tickets for just $25 a ticket. That's a savings of over $200!


Use the code RADIODISNEY at www.basshall.com/promo to get this deal. 


Get $10 Promo Codes for Plum District - EXPIRED!

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Plum District codes expired 06/30/2012!
Here are the deals I have running on Plum District right now . . . there are many other quality deals (a lot which I have personally purchased) in addition to these. Keep reading to see how to get your FREE $10 Plum District promo code.


There are some great deals available right now, you can also use the promo code VISA10 to get an additional 10% off, and getting $10 back makes them even better:
20x20 Gallery-Wrapped Canvas of your favorite picture – $33
$18 for $40 in Scrapbook Supplies See how it becomes $25.20 for $50 in scrapbook product shipped here.
If you are a local DFW blogger, this summer camp deal - $35 for 2 days at My Gym Frisco is also popular right now.
If you are wanting to make a Plum District purchase, please consider using this link for returning plum district customers which helps support the MelissaStuff blog.
So now to the part you were looking for, how do you get your own $10 card to use on deals at Plum District . . .
Do any of …

HOT: $5 for a $10 Gap Card (New PD Customers)

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Especially for Diapers.com customers (but good for any new customers)! 
Sign up for a new Plum District account and receive a $10 Gap gift card for just $5. (Can be used at Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, or Athleta.) 
Just enter the promo code GapMom at Checkout.

Expires in just 5 hours! Hurry and grab this if you can.

LOCAL: $35 for 2 Days at My Little Gym Frisco

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Here's another deal I have running on Plum District right now that I wanted to share with you. 
$35 for Two Days of Summer Camp at My Gym in Frisco - a $70 Value Use code VISA10 to get 10% off at checkout.
This deal isn't made for someone like me who has three children, one still not potty trained and lives more than 20 minutes away. But if you live in or near Frisco and have one child that you are looking to occupy a couple of mornings or afternoons, then this would work well for you.

80-90% Off at Kohl's Right Now

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This was my Kohl's receipt for my shopping trip yesterday!

A couple of times a year I stock up on clothing for all of our family members during peak sale times - April is one of them!

Knowing I would be making some money from consignment sales this week, I went ahead and spent more than I usually do in one shopping trip . . . but you can tell from my total saved that I got some GREAT deals.

Right now both in store and online Kohl's has their clearance marked down to 80 - 90% off. I was able to get 4 Valentine's placemats for $.79, some Crayola Model Magic for $.79, underwear and socks for about $1 each, UT jerseys (and they had Cowboy jerseys - not sure if they were the same price) for $4.50. I could go on and on.


I will be hitting the 75% off sale at Divine Consign in the morning, but it was fun to pick up some new stuff today for consignment sale prices!


If you shop throughShop at HomeorEbatesyou will get cash back and an additional $5 for making your first qualifying pur…

Snapfish: 100 Prints for $5 Shipped

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I have so many photos to print . . . I need this deal.
If you are ready to get some more of those great pictures out of your camera and into your hands, this is the deal for you. 
Get 100 4×6 Photo Prints shipped to your home for only $5! Or you can pick
them up at one of your local store’s photo centers.
Use the code RAINBOW at checkout to get this great price. (Some states will also add sales tax.) 
And don't forget to grab the great deal on scrapbooking supplies while you're at it!


$33 for a 20x20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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20x20 Gallery-Wrapped Canvas of your favorite picture – $33

I'm excited about this and can't wait to figure out which of my pictures would look good on this large square canvas deal.

There have been a lot of canvas deals lately, but this is an unusual size and shape. This is a quite large 20 x 20, square canvas - for just $33.

If you’re a returning Plum District customer, please use this link to help support MelissaStuff.

HOT: 50% Off Scrapbook Supplies with FREE Shipping!

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This is one of my favorite deals and I'm thrilled to bring it back to you.


$18 for $40 in Scrapbook Supplies
Last weekend, I went on a scrapbooking retreat . . . literally didn't leave the hotel for more than one Starbucks run over the entire weekend. I scrapped an entire book of our first Africa trip, and I used an amazing amount of the product I have purchased from Scrapdazzle over the last 6 months. 
With one of my last vouchers, I got 2 tape runners, 4 refills, 2 rolls of double sided scrapbook tape, 4 sheets of adhesive tabs, 1 double sided super sticky tape, and 4 sheets of adhesive dots. On top of that I got 4 acid-free markers, two nice page toppers, and a reusable Scrapdazzle bag!

When you use the voucher, you can spend an additional $10 on product and receive FREE shipping. In the end you will get $50 worth of scrapbook materials with FREE shipping for just $25.20 when you use the code VISA10


LOCAL: Special Prom Event for Teens in Need

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Each year, the Allen Community Outreach does a Prom Event for teenagers in need. This event is coming in less than two weeks and there is still a need for dresses, tuxes, shoes, accessories, a photographer, limo services, salon gift cards, restaurant gift cards, floral gift cards and more.

You can drop these items off at the Allen Community Outreach but if you have something that you won't be able to deliver, you can contact Del Herrod at 972-727-9131to make arrangements to have it picked up.


FREE $5 Plum District Code! HURRY . . .

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I have some $5 Plum District credits that are expiring this week on the 15th . . . so I'm going to share.

If you will give this a thumbs up on Google+, like this post on FB, retweet it on Twitter, share it with your FB friends, email it, etc. I'll give you a code to use on any deal you want.

Just come back here and leave a comment with your email address!

(By the way, I recommend the $45 for 3 rooms of nontoxic, organic carpet cleaning because it's my deal. LOL)

A Date with Dad

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Last night, I had the rare privilege of going on a solo date with my dad. Rare as in, I don't remember having ever done it before. I'm sure when I was living at home the two of us ran errands, ate take out and watched tv together . . . but I don't ever remember planning, getting ready and going out just the two of us.

But last night we had the incredible opportunity to attend opening night of The Million Dollar Quartet at the Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park. The Million Dollar Quartet is the story of how four rock'n'roll greats - Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins - all got together one night at Sun Records for an impromptu recording session.


I like musicals. My family has been going since I was little and there's only been one that we disliked so much we left. Usually, we thoroughly enjoy ourselves. 
I'm not sure I have ever enjoyed a musical as much as I did this one. It's an incredibly small cast and a basic set which s…

Natural Remedies

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My mom is a nurse.
I grew up in a house where medicine was readily available and frequently suggested.
I'm not afraid to use medicine to help my boys feel better.
I absolutely opt for drugs during childbirth.

However if I can ever find a natural solution that works hair as well as a medicinal one, I am all about that. So when Matys offered to send me some of their natural products to test, I immediately said yes.

Last night, I broke out the all natural vapor rub as we are all struggling with allergies and stuffy noses at our house.

We have long been users of traditional vapor rub in our house, so I was intrigued by the information I found on Maty's website about the concern in having petroleum and menthol in the products you use. Menthol can reportedly increase mucus production in some users and infant nasal passages are not large enough to accommodate this increase.

I have to tell you that this vapor rub smells like wintergreen gum. I'm personally not a fan of wintergree…

FREE Shipping and 15% Off at Children's Place (TODAY ONLY)

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I should have shared this with you earlier, but I almost died this morning when my car had a blowout on the highway while I was driving over 70 mph in the fast lane with no shoulder . . . so my day hasn't quite gone as planned.

But before the day is over, I wanted to make sure you saw that Children's Place is running a special today where you can get 15% off and FREE shipping on any purchase. I picked up an adorable little t-shirt for just $3.39!

How fun is that? Go through Shop at Home and you'll also get an additional 8% back! (If you are new to Shop at Home, you'll also get a bonus $5 just for signing up.)

My Thirties

Just a few weeks ago, at the beginning of January, I turned 32. I don't really feel like I'm 32.

When I spent time with some people I grew up with, recently, the one consenus among us all was that we still feel like we should be teenagers.

And yet here we are adults, many of us married, most of us with kids, some with multiple kids. Time has passed whether we have registered it internally or not.

If you had asked me at 22 what I wanted out of my life, I would have said, "To make a difference."

Today, at 32, I no longer feel that way. It would be nice to make a difference, but I won't feel like I have failed if I don't. If you asked me that same question today, my answer would be, "When I see Jesus, I want to hear I loved well."

I loved well.

It's not easy, is it? People hurt us. People we love deeply often hurt more deeply. Relationships end. Friends walk away. Family turns their back. Loved ones die and that is never easy.

Our pastor said toda…

Clean It Out Sale (Carrollton, TX) TODAY ONLY

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We're having our March Clean It Out Sale . . . we would love to see you there!

Saturday 8 - 2
1026 Geronimo Arrow
Carrollton, TX 75006

At 1 p.m. everything that is left will be sold for $.25!

Wooden Bookshelf - $75
Computer Desk
Entertainment Center/Shelving Unit
Work Bench
Vintage Appliances - Hamilton Beach Mixer, Hair Dryer, Flour Sifter, etc.
Christmas Decorations
Baby Swing
Baby Bathtub
Talking Elmo Potty
Clothing, Bags, Shoes, PJs
Kitchen Appliances
Tools