Tiny Prints: 50% Off Thank You Cards

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It’s almost time to say “thank you…to your boss, your spouse, your co-workers…anyone who got you a Christmas gift (or for whom you are thankful this year). In a week, it will be time to thank them for their wonderful (and even not so wonderful) gifts.
Tiny Prints has the perfect way to say “thank you” at an incredible price. For one day only, from 9:00am PT today through 8:00am PT tomorrow, they are selling their amazing thank you cards at 50% Off!

These are not your run-of-the-mill thank you cards either. They are awesome. From the paper quality to the ability to personalize them with pictures and your own text, these cards are sure to leave a lasting impression…and maybe even result in a better gift next year.

Who do you need to thank this year? Check out Tiny Prints right away and say “thank you” in style this year. And remember to use promo code 1218DEAL to save 50%!

P.S. You don’t need to get a gift from someone to let them know you’re thankful for them!

 

Copycat Almond Joy Recipe

Copycat Almond Joy Recipe from SimplifiedSaving.com

Looking to whip up something different this Christmas?  Maybe you’re looking for something delicious to give to teachers and friends? This Copycat Almond Joy recipe is surprisingly easy to make and the results are out-of-this-world!  It only takes 5 ingredients to whip them up!  And the combination of chocolate, creamy coconut, and almonds will be hard for anyone to resist! You can also put them in a cute tin and give them as a gift.

Copycat Almond Joy Ingredients SimplifiedSaving.com

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. If almonds are not toasted, place in 300 oven for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool.

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3. Remove almonds from pan and set aside.

4. Combine condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl and mix well.

5. Add powdered sugar and stir until blended.

6. Add coconut and stir until well mixed.

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7. Form into 1 1/4″ x 3″ bars and place on prepared sheet.

8. Place 2 almonds on each bar and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.

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9. Melt chocolate by microwaving for 1 minute, stirring and repeating until melted.

10. Dip the bars into the chocolate to completely cover using a fork.

11. Tap gently on bowl to shake off excess and return to the prepared sheet.

12. Refrigerate 30 minutes to set.

13. Try not to eat them all at one time. ;)

 

 

Flirty Aprons: 70% Off

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I LOVE pretty aprons!  I wear them as often as I can…both when I’m cooking and when I’m crafting!  Right now, Flirty Aprons is having one of their best sales ever!  You can save 70% off your purchase when you use code HOLIDAY70.

Original sultry lace apron

 

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The Best Resolutions For Your Health This New Year

Today I’m sharing a guest post from Keisha Dickey and it’s the perfect thing to motivate you for the upcoming year!

Towards the end of the year, general fitness and motivation levels tend to decline. Perhaps it’s something to do with all the cold nights spent in front of the flickering television, anesthetized by eggnog and shirking anything cold and green in favor of carbs, fat and protein. If this sounds a lot like you, despair not. After all, 2015 is another year, and there’s a world of activity waiting for those with a little motivation. Here are the best health and fitness resolutions for the year ahead:

I will walk for 30 minutes, three times a week

This might sound easy, but if you have a sedentary job and a car, you might be missing out on the small levels of activity which add up to serious health benefits. If walking to work isn’t feasible then it might be advisable to go the whole hog and take up hiking. Getting away from it all on a hike can relieve anxiety, lower your risk of heart disease and control your weight, and you need little more than a pair of cheap walking boots to get started.

I will eat breakfast, every single day

It’s a long-preached message, but for good reason; eating breakfast can help you control your weight, sustain your concentration and eat less throughout the rest of the day. It needn’t be elaborate, studies have found that those who eat a simple bowl of cereal every morning tend to weigh less than their non-breakfast eating peers. Some muesli, or a hard-boiled egg and toast is all it takes to feel the benefits for the rest of the day.

I will drink more water

Getting into the habit of keeping a full bottle of water by your side will keep you hydrated, purify your skin and clear the toxins from your body. Not only this, but opting to drink a full glass of water before every meal will make you feel fuller, meaning you’re less likely to overindulge at dinner.

Many people make the choice to live a healthier lifestyle around New Year, but few have the stamina to stick to their resolutions. Remember to make your goals manageable, realistic and sustainable, and you’ll be in with a chance of being the healthiest, happiest version of yourself by the time 2016 comes around.

Image by woodleywonderworks used under the Creative Commons license.

 

Project 38: Update #3

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 months since I turned 38.  We’re not quite to the half way point and I feel like I’m making some serious progress in some areas and I’m behind in other areas!  I’m excited about the progress I’ve made and am making plans to move forward on the areas I’m lacking!

1.  Read through my Bible twice {I’m going to start Bible in 90 Days on January 1st.  This should get me moving in the right direction.}

2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses {I’ve memorized 4}

3.  Lose 10 pounds  

4.  Lose 10 pounds   {Can’t believe how much of a difference Plexus Slim has made}

5.  Lose 10 pounds {I thought I’d hit this by today, but it looks like it will be tomorrow.}

6.  Lose 10 pounds

7.  Lose 10 pounds

8.  Lose 10 pounds

9.  Lose 10 pounds

10. Lose 10 pounds

11.  Complete C25K {I’ve had to put this on hold.  I have 2 herniated discs and running is off limits for now.}

12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes

13.  Run a 5k in 33 minutes

14.  Run a 5k in under 30 minutes

15.  Run a half-marathon

16.  Do T-Tapp workout 38 times  {I completed 4 T-Tapp workouts so far, but now that I can’t run, I see a lot more T-Tapp in my future.}

17. Swim laps 38 times

18. Complete a sprint triathlon

19.  Do 38 girl pushups in a row

20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row

21.  Do 100 girl pushups in a row

22. Do 10 regular pushups

23.  Do 38 regular pushups

24.  Read 38 books  {I’ve finished 9 books so far}

25.  Listen to 38 audiobooks  {So technically I haven’t finished this, but since I’m currently listening to book 38, I thought I’d check it off my list}

26. Write an ebook

27.  Take family pictures

28.  Go on 38 dates with my hubby {We’ve been on 9 dates….I really need to find a cheap babysitter}

29.  Go on 38 walks with friends (or workout with friends) {I’ve been working out with a friend 3 days a week, so I now have 33 under my belt}

30. Get certified to teach a fitness class

31. Learn one new skill

32. Do 10 speaking engagements

33. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge (fill my piggy bank) {I am kicking butt on this…I’ve already filled two whole mason jars and I’m on jar #3}

34. Complete the 52 Week Saving Challenge (put money in our savings account)  {Life has been a little crazy and I haven’t made the progress I would have liked, but I’ll keep plugging away.}

35. Put $2000 in vacation fund

36. In bed, lights out by 10pm 60 nights {This has only happened 7 times, but it needs to happen much more frequently}

37. Get up by 5:30am 50 days {My friend Melissa and I meet at the gym 3 mornings a week at 5:30, so I’m moving forward quickly with this.  I’ve been up at least 28 mornings by 5:30 and although I’m not allowed to run right now, I’ve decided to continue to meet at the gym at 5:30 to walk so I should be able to knock this goal out in the next few months. I’m giving myself some sleeping in grace over Christmas.}

38. Make 38 fun crafts, recipes or projects  {I’ve done 9 so far.  I’ve made Homemade Ramen Seasoning, DIY Glitter Ornaments, Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cones, DIY Snowman Mugs, Homemade Toothpaste (recipe coming soon), Cookie and Cocoa Ornaments, Tulle Trees, and HoHoHo paintings.  I’m also planning on whipping up some fun boot cuffs this week.} 

 

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cones

 

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cones 600 If you’re looking for a fun Christmas craft to do with your kiddos, this Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cone is just perfect!  It’s easy to make, inexpensive, and can be made in mass quantities if you need to make gifts for lots of people!  It’s also the perfect addition to top any gift!

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Gift Topper

Here’s what you’ll need:

Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cone Ingredients

You’ll want to start by putting one serving of hot chocolate mix into the bottom of your cone.  We put enough chocolate to mix with 8-12 oz of milk or water.

Once you have your hot chocolate in your cone, tie the bag with one of your small rubber bands.  You want the rubber band to be as close to the hot chocolate as possible.  Then cut off the excess top of the bag.

Now put your sealed hot chocolate into another cone making sure to line up the seams.

Now add chocolate chips.  We added enough to cover the top of the hot chocolate bag.  You can eyeball it or measure between 1/4 and 1/2 cup.

Next add your marshmallows.  Again, you can eyeball it or measure between 1/4 and 1/2 cup.

Once your ingredients are safely in your cone shaped bag, close it and tie with a rubber band.

Next you’ll want to glue your red pom pom nose to the end of your bag.  {Your red pom pom and your googly eyes may not stick well to the cellophane depending on what brand they are.  I made some where I used tacky fabric glue and they stayed on just fine.  Some batches I had to use superglue to keep the nose and eyes on.  If you decide to use superglue, be very careful. You don’t want to be walking around with a red pom pom permanently attached to your finger.}

Now glue your googly eyes on.

Next wrap a pipe cleaner around the rubber band at the top of your cone then bend the pipe cleaner to look like antlers.

Last but not least, if you want, you can add a ribbon around the top of your cone (right next to your antlers).

Voila!  An easy-peasy Christmas craft.

This is a fun craft to do with a school class as it’s easy and inexpensive!

 

Tiny Prints: 30% Off Sitewide

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If you haven’t ordered your Christmas cards or gifts yet, it’s not too late.

Check out the sitewide sale on Tiny Prints going on right now – 30% off everything. It’s the best remaining sitewide sale of the season, so don’t miss it.

When you go to Tiny Prints and place your order, just use the promo code SW30SALE and you’ll save 30% on your purchase.

 

Win an HP Touchscreen Laptop

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I love technology!  I could spend hours in a computer store playing with tablets, computers, and smart phones and trying out all the new technology!  I recently had the opportunity to play with a touchscreen computer and it was seriously awesome!  As it is now, if I switch from using my iPad to my laptop, I touch the screen and wonder why nothing happens! :)

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve partnered with some of my blogging friends to bring you a totally awesome giveaway!  One lucky person is going to win an HP Touchscreen Laptop!!!  It’s worth $750!

Win an HP Touchscreen Laptop ~ $750 value (Enter Daily, Thru 12/22) | BuyDig

This HP Pavilion Touch Smart Laptop provides all of the benefits of desktop, with the portability of a notebook computer. You don’t have to give up performance to be mobile, and now you don’t have to pay more either! Check it out at BuyDig.com! I highly recommend them, as well as this laptop. It would make a great gift! For further info read the HP Pavillion TouchSmart review! Get the best deal on an HP Pavilion Touch Smart Laptop at BuyDig.com! The price is SO low … you’ll actually need to add it to your cart to see the price. PriceWatch.com, a site devoted to finding the lowest prices on consumer electronics, lists BuyDig.com as the lowest price on the internet! Looking for a computer? Check out BuyDig.com’s extensive selection of computers, laptops, 2 in 1’s, and tablets, including the HP Pavilion Touch Smart we’re giving away! Then head on over to enter and win!

Two ways to win!

 

1. #DigMyOrder ~ Winner every week!

On Twitter? Purchase between November 10th and January 20th, follow @BuyDig, tweet your order number and a brief description of your purchase, include the hash tag #DigMyOrder, and BuyDig.com will automatically enter you in a weekly contest to receive a full refund on your order of up to $500.00! Looking for a laptop? Check out BuyDig.com’s extensive selection of computers, laptops, 2 in 1’s, and tablets, including the HP Pavilion Touch Smart that we’re giving away!

 

2. Win an HP Touchscreen Laptop from us!

Through December 22, enter every day for your chance to win a HP Pavilion Touch Smart Laptop from BuyDig.com! The entry form is located below, and can also be found on every participating blog. Check them out for more chances to win! Except for selecting a product that you would like to own and leaving comment, all the other methods of entry are 100% optional (but are strongly encouraged – it’s a $750 laptop, guys!) It only takes one entry to win, but the more entries you complete – the better your chances! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms: Winner will be chosen randomly on 12/22/14 and notified using the email given at registration. Winner must contact us within 48 hours (by Wednesday night – 12/24, 11:59 pm Central) to claim their prize, by sending an email. Failure to claim prize will result in forfeiting prize and another winner will be chosen and contacted, and will have 48 hours to respond. This will take place until a winner confirms. This randomly drawn sweepstakes is sponsored by BuyDig.com. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of BuyDig.com. This contest is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Google+. Entering to win means you agree with these terms and release any liability regarding these rules. Good luck!

 

Crazy 8: 40% Off Today {Lots of Great Deals}

Crazy 8 is my go-to store for graphic tees for the twins.  I love that I can find shirts they’ll both love in one place and their shirts are absolutely adorable.  Today only, you can save 40% off everything at Crazy 8.

Here are a few of my faves:

Smiling's My Favorite Tee Only $6.53 after 40% off

Smiling’s My Favorite Tee Only $6.53 after 40% off

Smart is the new cool tee

Smart is the New Cool Tee Only $5.99 after 40% off

Heart Confetti Tee

Heart Confetti Tee Only $4.19 after 40% off {Snag now for Valentine’s Day}

 

Cool Santa Tee

Cool Santa Tee Only $6.53 ater 40% off

Brain Ninja Tee

Genius Tee Only $4.19 after 40% off

There are tons to choose from and I always pick out a few fun ones to add to the twins Christmas gifts!

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Cute Mugs for Grandparents

Grandmas are like moms only better

If you’re looking for a cute gift for a grandparent, consider these mugs for grandparents.  When I read the sentiment “Grandmas are like moms only better”  to my daughter Khrystyna, she responded “Yep, that’s pretty much true!”

They have mugs for grandmas and grandpas and you can personalize them with the names of grandchildren!  They’re only $10.99 which is a great price for a personalized gift!

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Today Only: 50% Off Cents of Style Winter Head Wear

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Today only, you can get 50% off All Winter Head Wear and FREE SHIPPING when you use code Stylesteals at checkout.  They have so many great styles to choose from!

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Free Redbox Rental

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Tonight is the perfect night for a family movie night!  Right now you can snag a FREE Redbox DVD rental when you use code 2WM22W3R. You will need to use this code at a kiosk as it won’t work online.  If you’d prefer a Blu-ray or a game, you can use this code to take $1.20 off your order!

 

Chevron Bowler Style Bag Only $24.99 {Great Gift}

Chevron Bowler Bag

Oh my word!!! I am completely in love with this Chevron Bowler Style Bag and it’s only $24.99.  If you have someone who loves fashion on your list this year, snatch this bag for them (or better yet, you can get it for me).  :)

Click here for more info!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {12/5/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Arbys – Free Turnover with Angus Steak Sandwich Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/12/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 12/13/2014)
Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 12/7/2014)
Einstein Bros Bagels – $3 Off Bakers Dozen Box (exp: 12/7/2014)
Hardees - FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Macaroni Grill - Free Cookie & Drink When You Buy Express Lunch (exp: 12/7/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 12/21/2014)
Monicals Pizza - $5 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 12/21/2014)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 12/14/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {12/5/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50, $15 Off $75, or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 12/24/2014)
Bealls – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 12/7/2014)
Bonton – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel + More (exp: 12/9/2014)
Carsons – $10 Off $20 Regular & Sale Price Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
Kohls – 20% Off Entire Purchase Starting 12/4 (exp: 12/8/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 12/10/2014)
Mens Wearhouse – 40% Off Tux Purchase (exp: 12/24/2014)
Sherwin Williams – 30% Off Paints & Stains (exp: 12/31/2014)
World Market - 25% Off Home Furnishings, Decor, Gifts + More Starting 12/4 (Rewards Members) (exp: 12/8/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Tiny Prints: 40% Off Holiday Cards PLUS Free Shipping

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Did you know that this Sunday is the busiest holiday card shopping day of the year?  It is…but you don’t have to wait until Sunday to take advantage of an amazing offer from Tiny Prints.  I’m giving you a heads up so you can be ready when this deal kicks off tomorrow (12/6) at 3 pm ET.

For 24 hours only, you can get 40% off your order of ANY size plus get free shipping!

Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:

1. Go to Tiny Prints and select from hundreds of holiday cards.

2. Personalize your card with your pictures, your text, etc.

3. When you checkout, use the promo code TPCARDS40FS to save 40% and get free shipping.

This promotion is only valid from 3:00pm ET on Saturday 12/6 to 3:00pm ET on Sunday 12/7, so act fast!

Click here to get started!

Sony NEX-5TL Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera $299 (reg. $699)

Sony NEX-5Tl Compact INterchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16-50 Power Zoom Lens

If you’ve been looking to take your photography to the next level, today’s Amazon Deal of the Day is for you!  They have a Sony NEX-5TL Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens for $299 (reg. $699).

Shoot and share DSLR-quality photos online, straight from the camera. With built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, creative composition and sharing possibilities are endless. The 16.1MP APS-C sensor delivers breathtaking stills and focuses with incredible speed and DSLR-grade precision. All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR.

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Melissa & Doug Toys 50% Off

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Today Amazon has select Melissa & Doug Toys at 50% off!  There are some sweet deals!!!  Here are two of my faves!

Melissa and Doug Monster Bowling

Melissa and Doug Monster Bowling Only $12.49 (reg. 24.99)

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Letters and Numbers

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magnetic Letters and Numbers Only $10.99 (reg. $21.99)

 

Shop the Melissa and Doug Sale now!

Bar Necklace Only $11.95 Shipped

 

Cyber Monday is over, but there are still good deals to be had! Today you can snag this Bar Necklace for only $11.95 and it ships free!

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Cents of Style: 60% Off Tees {Cyber Monday Sale}

kids-tee-cents-of-styleI am lovin’ Cents of Style’s Cyber Monday Deal!  They have T-Shirts 60% off & FREE SHIPPING w/ Code CYBER, +FREE Bracelet!  These t-shirts are super cool!!!  They have tees for kids and adults!

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