Saturday, November 22, 2014

Radar's Roundup of Giveaways 11/22/14

Feel free to link up blog giveaways here.  They must be open to the USA, hosted by a blog, and the link should go directly to the giveaway post.

While you are here, if you haven't already downloaded the FREE parent child agreement on cell phone usage, you can do that here:  How to talk to your child about proper cell phone usage.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Holidays, Grief, and The Boar's Head

For more Seven Quick Takes head over to This Aint The Lyceum for the link up.

1.  This is the first holiday season without both my parents.  My fiance moved to the area last year at this time to help me take care of Mom as he realized it was getting too much for me to do myself, and he knew he wanted to move to this area before long anyway.  My family pretty much shattered thanks to someone who spread a number of lies about me.  Because of my fiance's work, he can't get away to spend time with his family, so it's just the two of us.  By this time next year we'll be married and we're starting to discuss new traditions.

2.  We have decided the tree will go up the first Sunday of Advent.  In future years, I'm hoping we make our personal gift exchange on St. Nicholas Day and reserve Christmas for celebration with extended family.  Since he is required to work a half shift on Thanksgiving, he offered to take a shift for up to two other people -- would make a 12 hour day for him, but since we aren't going anywhere, there is no reason he can't free up someone else's day and allow them to spend time with family.



3.  Even more than missing my parents at the holidays, I keep thinking how much I'm going to miss them at my wedding.  Mom always told me that she hoped to live long enough to see me married, but she passed away in February.  Our wedding is in May.  Fifteen months.  At least at this point, the thought of not having them at the wedding is overshadowing them missing at the holidays.  I am sure it will hit me at some point, even if it's next year.

4. The house I inherited is sturdy but was also built in the late 1800s. It was renovated in the 1920s, and some things were updated in the 1960s but not much since then.  My fiance and I decided that aside from Tinkertoys for his five year old brother we aren't purchasing any gifts this year.  I've been entering blog giveaways like a mad woman because gift giving was a huge part of Christmas for my family.  So I'm trying to see what I can come up with from blog winnings.  I'm also really focusing a lot of time to my eBay store because, well, there is a wedding and home repairs that need paid for!

5.  Last year I purchased the book The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas so that my fiance and I could start a tradition of a Jesse Tree.  I bought ornaments for us to paint, the whole nine yards.  A year later and the ornaments aren't made.  We'll go ahead and use the devotional again this year, but I'm considering having a craft table at the wedding reception and writing the verse on one side of the ornaments and allowing the children (or adults who want to) to create our Jesse tree ornaments for us.

6.  Just 31 minutes ago, a friend of mine posted a photo of her holding her new daughter.  She and her husband have a heart for special needs orphans, and this is their 4th daughter.  In the next few days they will be united with their 3rd son.  What a wonderful holiday gift.  (This doesn't fit with the theme of my post today, but it makes me want to cry for them, so maybe ending this on a happier note is a good thing.)  These toddlers are close in age and my friend has joked they have been expecting twins.

7.  I doubt I'll be listening to much Christmas music this year.  I do love the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  The haunting longing tune is why I love it.  My least favorite carol?  The Boar's Head!  And generously leave you with that this week!





Thursday, November 20, 2014

25 Amazon Stocking Stuffers and Filler Items For the Cook

Please note prices do change, so be aware of any price fluctuations that may have occurred since I published this list.

This list is great for small stocking stuffers and items to push your order into free Super Saver Shipping.



1.  M2CBridge Silicone Egg Pancake Ring Round 2-piece Set (Blue)  $3.99

2.  Sanrio Hello Kitty Stainless Steel Egg Beater #7227  $4.50

3.  Double Melon Baller and Mini Scoop $4.97

4.  Egg Poacher Set; Microwavable  $4.99

5. Rubbermaid Commercial FG8315ASWHT 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set, White $3.04

6.  Rubbermaid Commercial FG321000CLR Bouncer Measuring Cup, 1-cup $4.62

7. MARATHON TI030009 Stainless Steel Wind Up Mechanical Timer $4.95

8.  Rubbermaid Commercial Products Food Scraper, White $1.88

9.  PEPPER CORER (CD) $3.59

10. Cook's Kitchen Spatula Tongs with Grip $4.22

11. Bakelicious Stainless Steel Cupcake Icing Spatula $4.84

12. Dawn 432938 Kitchen Super Scraper $4.99

13.  niceeshop(TM) Baby Onesie Cookie Cutter Cut Outs Mold For Party $4.98

14.  Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer $2.81

15. Set of 4 Round Orange Peelers, a Simple and Practical Way to Peel Oranges $4.49

16. Gtik Purple E-Z-Rol Garlic Peele  $3.80

17. Aojia Apple Corer Apple Slicer Stainless Steel Apple Splitter Apple Cutter Corer Apple Divider and Apple Wedger 9008 $4.99

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saving Money on Wedding Invites

My boyfriend and I aren't being traditional.  Saving money without going chintzy is something that is important to us.  One thing we decided that would save a good bit of money is to print the RSVP information on our wedding invites themselves.  I realize this is not something many would want to do, but with telephone, e-mail, and a website, it's easy enough for people to let us know.

So then I decided to see where I could win gift cards for wedding invites.  We decided that since people won't see others' invites they don't all have to be the same style.

Here is what has come in so far:


Now, what if I told you that one of these invites had a retail price of $2.34 each an the other had a retail price of 97 cents.  (This is before any coupons and before shipping.)

Can you guess which invite was more expensive?  If you said the one on the right, you are correct.  However, after coupons, I was able to get 25 of the one on the right for $8 and 25 of the ones on the left for $11 (including shipping).  And you know which I like better?  The ones on the left!

The cheaper ones were adapted from Rehearsal Dinner invites I found on a different site.  They do have the company's logo on the back.  But fifty wedding invites for under $20?   I'm okay with that.

I realize this idea isn't for everyone, but the take away lesson here is to be flexible.  Do all invites need to match?  Also, think outside the box.  The Rehearsal Dinner ones transformed into wedding invites look great, in my opinion.

Which of these do you prefer?

Monday, November 17, 2014

A true before and after of my kitchen. Gross to Great!

Recently I saw a bad kitchen photo contest sponsored by Microban.  I entered, and when I saw the photo I took of under my sink, I shuddered.



Honestly that was one contest I wish I wouldn't have been able to win.  But I did, and Microban sent me a great gift box including a new kitchen faucet.   Mine had been leaking.  This is after I got it fixed and the new faucet installed:



Isn't that an amazing change?  I love my kitchen now!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Radar's Roundup of Giveaways 11/15/2014

Feel free to link up blog giveaways here.  They must be open to the USA, hosted by a blog, and the link should go directly to the giveaway post.

Amazon Stocking Stuffers and Free Super Saver Shipping Items

Please be aware that Amazon prices do change from time to time, and please be aware the price on products may have changed since I published this list on November 14, 2014.














2.  How Do Penguins Play? Little Golden Book $3.59







12.  Rubbermaid Commercial FG9B5600BLA Tile and Grout Brush, Plastic Bristles, Black $2.89

13.  Challenge Flag Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg) $2.50

14.  Licenses Products Jimi Hendrix Scroll-Aye Back Yellow-Electric Guitar God-Hendrix Head 1.25" Button Set, 4-Piece $2.59

15.  Dora the Explorer Mini Puzzle Cubes / Favors (4ct) $3.44

16.Ice Cream Scoop 8 Inch with Ergonomic Plastic Handle $3.96

17. Ice Cream Scoop 8 Inch with Ergonomic Plastic Handle $4.79

18.  Gabe: The Dog Who Sniffs Out Danger (Hero Dog)  $3.99

19.  Lego Minifigures Series 5 - Fitness Instructor $4.65

20.  12 Chinese Paper Yo-Yos $4.61

21. Brain Floss - AKA Mental Floss $4.96

22.  Mersen C08917P Ferrule Mount Fuse Clip, 13/16" Ferrule Diameter, For 250V, 60 Amp Fuse $1.96

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24. Crayola 8-Count Fabric Crayons $3.95

25. Set of Assorted 1" Pawns $4.99


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