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What's Your Plan for . . . ?

This post was sponsored by Instagrad. It contains my honest opinions of this service.

Someone asked me yesterday how in the world I anticipate paying for three children to go to college . .  . and I realized, I don't have a plan for that.

I guess I assumed over time our finances would eventually grow to the point that we could pay a significant chunk. And then there's scholarships and if needed student loans. But I don't have any savings plan.

But I was introduced to Instagrad recently and realized there was an easier way to purposely save for their college education.

Accelerate your child’s college savings!Find money . . . it could be hiding in your garage or attic! As parents, we frequently get tired of our kids receiving the same gifts over and over again. Instead of another toy or an outfit your child won't ever wear, you can use Instagrad as your personal fundraiser to help you accrue funds for their college. 
They even have carefully crafted fundraising campaigns for…

Time to Tell A Secret . . .

I've complained and shared before about post-baby weight, stretch marks, and extra skin.
Last year, I lost 30 lbs. and was still frustrated with all of the stretched out skin around my middle. No matter what I ate or how hard I worked out, I couldn't get it to go away. 
When I started a new job and our financial situation changed, I decided I was going to have my own small Mommy Makeover. I didn't do near all the things listed on this chart, but I did have all that extra skin removed . . . and I LOVE it!
It was roughly the cost of a very nice vacation, but it's something I will be able to enjoy for the rest of my life instead of one week. Well worth it even for this frugal Momma. 
If you are even remotely interested, this infographic provided by does a great job of breaking down the costs and  to find a doctor near you that you can go in and see about getting your pre-mommy body back!

$500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to $500 Visa or Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
Summer is coming . . . what better time to win $500!
Duration: This giveaway will run from May 21, 2013 until June 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Please feel free to complete the entries at your own pace. Remember, you can always come back to enter daily entries. The more entries you submit, the better chances of winning!
Eligibility: Giveaway is open to everyone WORLDWIDE (as long as he/she has a blog and a Paypal account)! (Please use full name, aliases are fine but not initials.)
One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries via Rafflecopter within 14 days of giveaway end date. Winner will be contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Once the winner has been confirmed, they will be announced on this page. No purchase necessary. Participant must be 18 years or older to enter.
To join please use the Rafflecopter form below! Have fun!
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Calling Fellow Bloggers - Win $500 Gift Card!

Hello, fellow bloggers! Here's a FREE HUGE GIVEAWAY EVENT for you to join!
 Open to ALL SELF HOSTED BLOGS only. No,, tumblr and the likes.  
You're entitled to ONE FREE LINK to your social media network in exchange of:  1. Posting an announcement post. Grab the announcement post here.  2. Posting about the giveaway event. The HTML code will be provided.  3. Promoting the giveaway AT LEAST ONCE A DAY. 
Sign-up closes on May 19, 2013. We are taking up to 50 bloggers only. SO SIGN UP EARLY! 
Dates to remember: Start: May 21, 2013 12:01 AM EST End: June 11, 2013 11:59 PM EST  GIVEAWAY PRIZE: $500 Visa Gift Card or Amazon Gift Code (or Paypal Cash equivalent)  Eligibility: Open WORLDWIDE  BLOGGER REFERRAL PRIZES:  1 WINNER - $80 Paypal cash   2 WINNERS will host a follow page (of Rafflecopter code)
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SPECIAL OFFER: 15% Off Kidecals Labels

Hey, just popping in to let you know Kidecals reached out to me to give me the chance to offer you a 15% discount on any purchase from their site.

You can get all kinds of different labels at Kidecals:

Personalized Kids Name Labels:Kidecals are an absolute must if you've got kids and hate losing their stuff. Label water bottles, clothing, books, toys, sports gear with their trendy and fun designs.  These labels are crazy durable...dishwasher, washing machine AND dryer safe, and they don't damage surfaces. Love it.
Waterproof Labels:The annoying thing about using a sharpie to label stuff is it eventually washes away. Kidecals waterproof name labels are insanely durable and can stick to just about anything...from clothes to water bottles...and stay put through wash after wash after wash. Oh - and pool toys? Done and DONE.
Fun Mustache Stickers:This new Mustache craze is a blast. Use Kidecals fun Partystache stickers as drink markers, and the Mustache Chalkboard Stickers are a sassy…

Save $10 at Globetrotter Clinics this Summer

Now everything awesome - kids, basketball, teamwork, and having fun – comes together at destination awesome: Harlem Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, the ONLY clinics coached by stars of The Harlem Globetrotters!

Everyone loves The Globetrotters, the stars who always put smiles on kids’ faces. At Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, our stars coach kids in limited size groups and bring laughs, encouragement and high fives for everyone! Globetrotters direct, motivate, inspire AND entertain, keeping it inclusive and fun for ALL boys and girls, aged 6-12, of ALL skill and experience levels. Each session is $59 and includes a free ticket voucher to see the Globetrotters live in 2014!  But you can save $10 with promo code USFAMILY! Code is valid through 5/31.

Each child will receive: 
A free ticket voucher (valued up to $40) to see the Globetrotters during their 2014 World TourAutographs and photos with the stars!Official Globetrotter certificate of completion with a personalized Globetrotte…