Discount Mags Black Friday Blowout Sale

Discount Mags Black Friday Sale


I think magazines are the gift that keeps on giving! I love to give magazines, I love to receive magazines!

Discount Mags has a HUGE Black Friday Sale going on!  There are no autorenewals, no tax, and no shipping!  The deals are awesome!  There are over 200 magazines to choose from!!!  I am ordering 2 magazines for my hubby and a few for myself as well!

Click here to shop!

11 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

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More often than not, there is an abundance of leftover turkey after Thanksgiving is over. Finding innovative ways to make tasty meals can sometimes be a challenge. Here are 11 ways to use up leftover turkey to create meals that your family will enjoy.

  1. Turkey Stuffing Soup- Recipes, Food and Cooking
  2. Turkey and Dumplings- Stockpiling Mom
  3. Turkey and Apricot Sliders- The Kitchen is My Playground
  4. Turkey Cranberry Panini- Home Cooking Memories
  5. Crockpot Turkey Chili- Mom 4 Real
  6. Double Dave’s Thanksgiving Pizza- Copykat
  7. Leftover Turkey Salad- Kalyns Kitchen
  8. Turkey Crescent Bites- The Kitchen Is My Playground
  9. Turkey Pesto Olive Pizza- Farm Fresh Feasts
  10. Turkey Chowder- Bombshell Bling
  11. Turkey Gumbo- Miss Information

Don’t forget to use your turkey bones to make Turkey Stock!  Hope you enjoy these yummy recipes!

Younique Black Friday Beauty Bundle



If you’re been wanting to get your hands on Younique’s 3D Fiber Lashes, here’s a sweet deal for you!  Right now you can get 1 Illuminate Facial Cleanser (Clean or Clear — choose one), 1 Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powder (choose one of 32 colors), 1 Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and 1 Eye Brush Set (3-piece) for only $75 while supplies last!  This deal is good today through December 1st so don’t dilly dally!  I’m guessing this will sell out before December 1st.

Click here to order or to learn more about Younique!

Silhouette Black Friday Sale

Disclosure: I received free product from Silhouette. All thought and opinions are my own.
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I love to craft and my favorite crafting tools are my Silhouette Portrait and Silhouette Cameo!  You can create all kinds of cool things!  You can use it to cut vinyl, scrapbook paper, fabric, and more.

One of my all time favorite projects are these blocks I made for my sister for Christmas.

Smith Family Blocks 600

I also used my Silhouette to make this vase for my grandma’s 85th birthday!

Grandma's birthday vase 600

Right now Silhouette has some really sweet deals when you use code SIMPLYSAVE.  These deals are valid through December 8th.

Portrait Bundle

Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99

CAMEO Bundle #1

CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99

CAMEO Bundle #2

CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99

CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)

CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

Already a Silhouette user?

Use code SIMPLYSAVE to receive 40% off at (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states

50% off all designs at – no code needed!

Click here to check out the Silhouette Black Friday Sale!






Best Buy Black Friday Deals with Amazon Price Comparisons

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Best Buy has some sweet Black Friday Deals!  If you’re thinking about heading to Best Buy for your Black Friday shopping, I highly recommend checking out these Amazon reviews and comparing prices before heading out.  Some of the prices on Amazon are even lower than the Best Buy Black Friday Prices.  Happy shopping!!!

Best Buy Black Friday Deals 1-10

Phones, Tablets and Computers

1. Apple 21.5″ iMac with Intel Core i5, 8GB Ram, 500GB Hard Drive — $899.99
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2. Apple 27″ iMac 8GB Ram, 1TB Hard Drive — $1649.99
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3. HP 21.5″ Touch-Screen All-in-One AMD E1 PC with 4GB Ram, 500GB Hard Drive — $369.99
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4. Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Talet — $299.99
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5. Toshiba Radius 2-in-1 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop with Intel Core i7, 8GB Ram, 1 TB Hard Drive — $699.99
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6. Amazon Fire HD 8GB 6″ Tablet — $79.99
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7. DigiLand 7″ 8GB Quad Core Tablet — $39.99
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8. Insignia Flex 7GB 8″ LTE Tablet — $1.00 (with 2-yr Contract)
Get $25 Gift Card with Purchase
Final Price: $24.00 Money Maker!
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9. iPhone 5S 6GB Smart Phone — $1.00 (with 2-yr Contract)
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10. iPhone 6 16GB — $99.99 (with 2-yr Contract)
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Best Buy Black Friday Deals 11-20

11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8GB 7″ Kids’ Tablet — $129.99
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12. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8GB 7″ Tablet — $149.99
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13. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 16GB 8.4″ Tablet — $199.99
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14. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 16GB 10.5″ Tablet — $399.99
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15. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 32 GB 10.5″ Tablet — $449.99
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16. Windows 8 32GB 10.1″ Tablet with 1-Year Office 365 Subscription — $149.99
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Miscellaneous Electronics

17. Dropcam HD Video Monitoring Camera — $99.99
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18. Canon Vixia HF R500 Camcorder with 32GB Memory Card — $169.99
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19. GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition + 16GB Memory Card and LCD Touch BacPac — $249.99
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20. Canon PowerShot 16MP Elph 135 Camera — $79.99
Get $10 Gift Card with Purchase
Final Price: $69.99
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Best Buy Black Friday Deals 21-30

21. Nikon Coolpix S9600 16MP Camera, Bag and Memory Card — $149.99
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22. Canon PowerShot 16MP Elph 340 Camera — $129.99
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23. Nikon Coolpix L830 16MP Camera, Memory Card and Bag — $169.99
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24. Sony Alpha a5000 Compact System Camera with 16-50mm Lens — $299.99
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25. Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, 75-300mm Lens, Bag and Memory Card — $449.96
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26. Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens and 75-300mm Lens — $499.99
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27. Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens, 55-200mm Lens and 16GB Memory Card — $499.99
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28. Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm VR Lens — $799.99
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29. Lifeproof Phone Cases — $49.99
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30. Pebble Smart Watch for Android and Apple Devices — $79.99
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Best Buy Black Friday Deals 31-40

31. Pebble Steel Smart Watch — $149.99
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32. Sony Smart 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player — $59.99
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33. Apple TV — $89.99
Get $10 Gift Card with Purchase
Final Price: $79.99
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34. Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor — $99.99
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35. Beats by Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones — $79.99
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36. JBL Charge Portable Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker — $89.99
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37. Roku Streaming Stick + 2 Months of RDIO Unlimited — $39.99
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38. Insignia Soundbar with Bluetooth — $59.99
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39. Samsung 2.1 Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer — $157.99
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40. Beats by Dre Beatbox Portable Speaker — $249.99
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Best Buy Black Friday Deals 41-50

41. Beats by Dre urBeats Ear Buds — $59.99
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42. LG Tone+ Bluetooth Headset — $39.99
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43. Xbox One Assassins Creed Bundle — $329.99
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Household Items

44. Dyson DC44 Origin Cordless Stick Vacuum — $219.99
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45. Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Upright Vacuum — $79.99
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46. Nest Learning Thermostat — $199.99
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47. Philips Hue A-19 Starter Kit + Bloom Accent Light — $199.99
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48. Keurig Elite Brewer — $99.99 
Get $20 Gift Card with Purchase
Final Price: $79.99
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49. Oster 10 Speed 6-Cup Blender — $19.99
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50. Philips Sonicare Series 2 Bonus Pack — $49.99
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Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms

Holiday Traditions

I love Christmas…actually I love the whole holiday season!  I start getting excited about Christmas in mid-October and the excitement continues til well after the New Year has begun.  I think that much of my love for the holidays stems from the memories I have of the holidays while growing up!  Holidays have always been a big deal in our family!  Just look at us all decked out in our Christmas finery for the picture above!  We’re seriously cool!!!

My dad is the youngest of 6 and we grew up within driving distance of his family.  Our holiday get togethers were always exciting and fill with lots of laughter and fun.  When I was in 7th grade, we moved away from our big, fun crazy family.   While the holidays looked a little different after that, we began some fun family traditions that were unique to our immediate family.  Every Thanksgiving celebration included a movie at the theater.  Christmas eve was for eating Christmas cookies and playing card games with our family and grandparents.  And somewhere along the way, we started opening our gifts on Christmas Eve.  Some years we didn’t even wrap them!  Regardless of where we were and whether we were traveling or staying home, our holidays were centered around family, faith, food and fun!

And those fun and crazy moments and traditions are some of my most treasured memories.  Now that I have my own family, I’m trying to create traditions and memories that they’ll carry with them and into their own families…just like I’ve carried some of these traditions to my family.  I’m trying to create the same legacy of family, faith, food, and fun that my parents passed on to me.

My family is not the only family who loves their holiday traditions.  For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together.   I remember the excitement in our family when my dad would get a gift basket from a client and bring it home to share with us.  All those yummy meats and cheeses as well as the crackers, spreads, and chocolates! :)  I know I’m not the only one who remembers Hickory Farms being a part of their holiday gatherings.  Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings.  Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.  Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones.  Hickory Farms sent me a Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler Gift Box and my family devoured it!  It was delicious!

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If you’d like to have Hickory Farms be a part of your gatherings, head on over to or visit one of their 600 Holiday Stores, markets and kiosks across the US.  You can also purchase Hickory Farms from select retailers.

One lucky reader is going to win a Hickory Farms Beef and Turkey Hickory Sampler Gift Box like the one I received!

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Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.

Double Your Savings By Purchasing Gift Cards at Kroger #Kr2xdip

The following post is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
Double Your Savings By Purchasing Gift Cards at Kroger

The weather in my neck of the woods has been crazy lately!  Today we have a wind advisory with winds up to 50 mph. With all the crazy weather around here, I’ve been limiting my shopping!  Rather than hitting a bunch of different stores to pick up a bunch of different items, I’ve decided to simplify the process…and save money while doing it!

I’m planning on heading to Kroger to do my grocery shopping.  While I’m fortunate in that I don’t have to make anything for Thanksgiving, this is my oldest daughter’s last week at home before moving to Tennessee to go to the Paul Mitchell School there.  I’ve decided to whip up some of her favorite meals this week and I’ll even be making a S’mores pie since I know that’s her favorite dessert.

While I’m at Kroger, I’ll be picking up gift cards to use for my Black Friday shopping.  You may be wondering why I’d want to use gift cards instead of cash, but I have quite a good reason.  By purchasing gift cards at Kroger and using them like cash on Black Friday, I’ll get 4x the fuel rewards points!  Talk about a win-win!

Since we’re driving to Tennessee this weekend, the fuel rewards points will come in quite handy to help us save money on gas!

Make sure to use gift cards like cash when you shop this Black Friday, and save even more!  Now at Kroger you can double your savings, earning 4x fuel rewards and extra credit card rewards when you buy gift cards.

Here’s how it works:

Fuel Offer: Now through 12/6, get 40₵ off per gallon when you spend $100 on
gift cards! ALL gift cards are included except Visa variable, MasterCard variable
and American Express variable gift cards. Any other “variable” gift cards are
included though, and you can add any amount you want up to $500!

Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card to
purchase gift cards, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your
purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made
at grocery!

– Let’s see how you can save 15% when you purchase $100 in participating gift

$6 off fuel: When you buy a $100 gift card you earn $.40/gallon of gas. That’s $6
in savings for a 15 gallon tank!

$3 back: If you earn 3% on grocery purchases through your credit card rewards

Head to the store to get all of the details!

And here’s something to make the holidays a little more exciting!  You have the chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

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Black Friday Comparison Chart: Compare ALL the Black Friday Deals in One Place

Black Friday Deals Comparison Chart

If you’re looking to do some serious shopping on Black Friday, this list has you covered! It compares Black Friday prices on the items you want, so you know the best store to purchase it from!


Restaurant Coupon Roundup {11/21/2014}

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!

Au Bon Pain – $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 12/1/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 12/15/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/29/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Entree (exp: 11/30/2014)
Extreme Pita – Free Bag of Pita Crisps When You Buy a Pita & Beverage (exp: 11/30/2014)
Friendlys – Buy 3-Scoop Sundae Get 1 Free (exp: 11/24/2014)
Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 11/23/2014)
Maggianos – Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
Marble Slab – Free Waffle Cone & Mix-Ins with Ice Cream Purchase (exp: 11/30/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/30/2014)
Pizza Inn – $19.99 Party Pack (exp: 11/26/2014)
Quiznos – Free Dessert with Regular Sub & Regular Drink Purchase (exp: 12/2/2014)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/26/2014)
Stevi Bs – $21.99 for 2 Adult Buffets, 2 Kids Buffets, 4 Drinks & 10 Tokens (exp: 11/28/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/26/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)

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VTech InnoTab Max Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I received the following unit from VTech in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Win a VTech InnoTab MAX


As a blogger and a mom of 4, I’ve seen a lot of toys, games,  gadgets, and apps for kids.  And while I have reviewed and purchased some seriously amazing products, nothing has wowed me like the VTech InnoTab Max.  This tablet is designed for kids ages 3-9 (although if your kids are struggling in school, this would probably work for kids even older than 9).

The InnoTab MAX is VTech’s 4th generation learning tablet. It’s got a super fast processor (6 times faster than the last generation) and a 7 inch screen.   The InnoTab MAX comes with 15 onboard apps including Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, and more.  In addition to the preloaded option, you can also access 650 educator endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning apps that can be purchased through the VTech’s Learning Lodge app store.

VTech InnoTab Max App OptionsThere are so many great apps to choose from.  They include the basics like reading and math, but also have apps that help with logic, spacial reasoning, and more.  As a parent, I like knowing that my kids are learning while they’re playing.  And the kids think the apps are really fun!  There are also parental controls that allow you to set limits and track progress which is awesome to see!

Don’t get me wrong…I love the educational value of the InnoTab Max, but what I REALLY LOVE is Premium VTech Kid Connect which allows the twins to send me text messages, photos, and drawings from the InnoTab Max to my smartphone.   This is the coolest feature EVER!  Check out this video!

The VTech InnoTab MAX also comes with a heavy duty case to protect it (or you can remove it if your kids want to feel a little more grown up).  The case also features a handle and a flip and fold feature which makes it easy to use! Our house is like a destruction zone, so I’m a big fan of the heavy duty case! :)

Usually when I try a product there are a few things that I don’t like or wish were different.  The only drawback that I can see is that I only have one VTech InnoTab MAX….and I’m a mom of twins! I guess this will be a great chance for them to practice sharing (or I could take Shayna’s advice and get her a pink one).

The VTech InnoTab MAX is seriously awesome and one of you are going to WIN one!!!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!  {If you’re reading this in your email, click through to the blog post to enter!}

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Click here to learn more!  Also make sure to follow VTech on Facebook and Twitter

Retail Coupon Roundup {11/21/2014}

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

Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/24/2014)
Beauty Brands – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 11/26/2014)
Bonton – 25% Off Sale Price Apparel + More (exp: 11/26/2014)
Carsons – 25% Off Sale Price Apparel + More (exp: 11/26/2014)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 12/2/2014)
Fannie May – $10 Off Fall Hostess Tower (exp: 11/24/2014)
Lakeshore Learning Store – 20% Off Single Non-Sale Item (exp: 12/31/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 11/24/2014)
Mens Wearhouse – 40% Off Tux Purchase (exp: 12/24/2014)
World Market – 25% Off All Furniture (exp: 11/27/2014)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 2 Free Candles (exp: 11/30/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

LG OLED TV: A Great Family Gift from @BestBuy #HintingSeason #OLEDatBestBuy

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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It’s that time of year where I spend all kinds of time hunting for the ultimate family gift.  If you’re like me and you’ve been looking for a family gift that’s sure to delight everyone in your family, you’ll definitely want to check out the LG OLED TV at Best Buy.

We are a one TV family and our TV was purchased 9 years ago at Best Buy.  We love it, but I’ve been thinking about adding another TV so that if people want to watch different things they can.  Now that it’s #HintingSeason, I’ve been starting to seriously  research TVs.  I’ve purchased TVs before, but in the past 9 years, TVs have changed dramatically.  You can now purchase a TV with a curved screen and a remote with voice recognition (hello space age…or maybe I should say hello remote that I can actually figure out).

What is OLED TV?

The stunning design of LG OLED TV is amazingly thin.  It’s only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point! The picture quality is absolutely spectacular with Infinite Contrast that ranges from the most blazing whites to the deepest blacks. And, LG’s exclusive 4 Color Pixel technology delivers bright, vibrant colors.

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OLED self-lighting pixels are able to switch on and off individually offering the first infinite contrast ratio. Contrast ratio measures the range from the brightest whites on the screen to the darkest blacks. These deep blacks seem to melt away, for a greater sense of realism and depth on all content.

With deeper and richer colors, stunning contrast and ingeniously curved screens, it is unlike any technology you’ve ever seen, and it delivers a picture that exceeds your wildest imagination.  Seriously, this is the most amazing picture quality. You’ll wonder if you’re watching TV or staring at a work of art!  It’s absolutely beautiful (not a word I’d normally use to describe technology!) and the best part is that right now you can save $500.  You don’t have to wait and fight the crowds on Black Friday!  Best Buy’s everyday price is $3499.

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LG  55EC9300 SKU# 7846019 – OLED TV

·         Infinite contrast ratio and stunning color – delivers more natural, lifelike viewing.

·         4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy.

·         Super thin design

·         Find content faster with webOS

Wanna learn more?  Head on over to Best Buy to check out LG OLED TVs!


Do you love twitter parties? 

Best Buy is hosting an LG OLED Twitter Party on Thursday December 4th at 7PM CST. Feel free to join this party for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great prizes. Tweet #HintingSeason with your top gifts that you want this Holiday from Best Buy.




Six Simple Steps To Perfect Turkey Stock

How to Make Turkey Stock

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  While you may be thinking about what you’re doing with your leftovers, I’m thinking about making turkey stock (or broth).  My kids LOVE broth! My son James eats a bowl of it almost every day for lunch.  I tend to buy Swanson’s Organic Chicken broth, but it can get pricy…especially when you use as much of it as we do.  Whenever I get the chance to make stock (or broth), I  make it and freeze it.  It saves us a TON of money and I like knowing exactly what is in our broth.

Making good stock is a great tool for any cook to have. It is always easy to buy a package of broth, but why do that when you can make your own and add only the ingredients you want to have? Not only does this make perfect sense for the frugal chef, it is also perfect timing for the holidays. Let’s take a look at the 6 amazingly easy steps to the perfect turkey stock.

Clean Your Carcass

The first thing you need, in order to make stock, is a carcass. The holidays provide a perfect opportunity for a great carcass. Instead of throwing out the leftover frame and bones from your turkey, it is time to make an amazingly easy stock. The first step in the process is to clean your carcass. This means you need to pick the good meat off of the carcass, put the good meat away, and gather all the skin, fat, and loose bones and put them with the large turkey frame into a large soup pot.

Chop Your Veggies

After you have cleaned your carcass, it is time to chop the vegetables you want to put in the broth. These vegetables can range from the simple carrots and celery to more unique ingredients such as rhubarb and leeks. When you chop your veggies, chop them into big pieces. You’ll be straining these out so you want them to be big. It is also important to try and get all of your vegetables around the same size so they all get equally cooked. Put these in the pot with the bones.

Add the Water and Season the Broth

Now that you have the carcass and vegetables in the pot, it is time to fill up the pot with cold water, enough to cover the bones and veggies. Add sea salt to get your broth off to the right start. I’m one of those strange people who hates black pepper and I don’t like it in anything, however, you’ll probably want to add it to your broth.  It’s best to add whole black peppercorns so they strain out instead of leaving black pepper floating around in your clear broth. You can leave either seasoning out and just season in the end, but it’s an easy step to get out of the way. Please keep in mind that the turkey was seasoned so the bones, skin, and fat are seasoned. The great thing about making your own stock is the ability to taste and season as you wish.

Boil then Simmer

Put your pot on a burner on high, leave uncovered, and watch the pot so it doesn’t boil too hard. As soon as the water comes up to a boil, turn the burner down to medium and let it boil gently, not hard, for about 1 hour. Turn the heat down to low, put the cover on, tipping it to allow steam to escape, and simmer slowly for 1 to 2 more hours. Make sure you continue to stir your broth once in a while and be sure it doesn’t boil hard at any point. You can also add herbs if you like during the slow simmering stage. You can add a bay leaf, thyme, rosemary, sage, or any other seasonings, but you don’t have to add anything if you don’t want. Remember your broth is most likely going to be used in a recipe that calls for herbs and seasoning, so you want to be light handed.


Now your stock is ready to strain. This is where the larger vegetables makes it easier. Put a large strainer or colander over a second large pot and pour the turkey, vegetables, and stock through to strain. Let this sit, elevated over the strained broth so the solids drain off all the delicious liquids into the pot. If desired, you can strain the stock even further by laying a couple layers of cheese cloth or a finer mesh strainer inside a colander and strain the stock through again. The goal is to have the clearest stock you can with as few pieces of seasoning sediments left behind.

Cool and Store

It’s important to cool the stock quickly, so as soon as you can handle the stock, pour it out of the big pot and into smaller freezer or refrigerator containers and put in freezer if possible to cool off fast. You can remove the containers from the freezer and put them in the refrigerator if desired once they’re cooled or you can freeze the stock for future use. Leave the container covers unsealed while they cool if possible to let the steam out. If you’re freezing in bags, stand bag upright inside a bowl, pour in stock and let cool. Lay out carefully in a baking pan and, while holding opened end up, seal, pushing out the air. Then lay flat in baking pan and freeze. You’ll have flat packages of broth that way.  I like to freeze part of my stock in pint size containers, part of it in quart size containers, and the rest in freezer bags laying flat.  If you still have some leftover, pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze as cubes.  Once frozen, store the cubes in a freezer bag.  Stock cubes are perfect for adding to recipes to give the flavor a little more depth!

And there you have it. Six simple steps to a perfect turkey stock made from your leftover holiday turkey carcass. Give it a try this holiday season and you’ll be amazed at just how incredibly easy making high quality turkey stock can be.

DaySpring: Early Black Friday Sale Going on Now

Redeemed - Redeemed & Blessed - Ceramic Cookie Jar

Redeemed & Blessed Ceramic Cookie Jar Only $14.99 (reg. $59.99)

DaySpring is kicking off Black Friday early with some sweet deals!

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How to Manage Pain Without a Prescription

How to Manage Pain without a Prescription

I was diagnosed with Lupus 17 years ago.  And since that time (and even in the years leading up to my diagnosis), I have dealt with chronic pain.  At times the pain was bad enough to keep me in bed for days on end. I have tried so many treatments, natural remedies, and more and yet for years, nothing I did helped!  I’ve been on heavy doses of steroids and multiple rounds of chemo.  I’ve tried every prescription pain killer under the sun…sometimes taking 2 or 3 different ones in order to alleviate some of the pain.

In the last 2 years, I’ve made some discoveries that have made a huge difference in my health.  Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor.  This is just what has worked for me, but I’ve also seen many other people find relief with these methods.

If you have chronic pain, here are 5 things that have drastically reduced my pain.  Each method was great on it’s own, but when combined with all the others, it’s made a world of difference.

1.  Change your diet

Over the years, I’ve read tons of literature on pain relief and chronic pain.  I remember reading that eliminating nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes) from your diet, can cause a major reduction in pain and inflammation. I’ll be honest, I thought that was the dumbest thing I’d ever heard.  How could vegetables that are good for you cause so much pain.  At an extremely desperate point in my life, my husband bought me the book Pain Free in 6 Weeks.  I agreed to read it and give it a try!  The book insisted I cut out all nightshade vegetables.  I told my husband I would give it 8 weeks (just to prove that I’m fair minded).  I can’t even tell you how much I improved over those 8 weeks.  And now, if I eat something with nightshades, I can feel the difference in my body within 45 minutes.  It’s drastic!!!

The other dietary change that can be extremely helpful is cutting out gluten.  While this may seem like a fad, it has made a noticeable difference in my pain levels.  It hasn’t been quite as drastic as the nightshades, but still quite noticeable.

2.  Get enough sleep

I’ll be honest.  This is something I struggle with.  I have a husband, 4 kids, a full-time job, multiple blogs, and I have lots of hobbies.  I also wake up at 5am at least 3 mornings a week to got the gym.  Sometimes sleep is the last thing I want to do when the house is quiet.  I want to spend time talking with my hubby, tackle projects, get some writing in, and get a jump on tomorrow’s work. I didn’t realize how bad my sleep habits were until I got a Fitbit Flex. When I started looking at my sleep patterns, I was shocked.  I have been making a conscious effort to get to bed on time so that I can get a full night of sleep.  On the weeks that I consistently get 8+ hours of good sleep, I feel remarkably better!

3.  Exercise

When you’re in a lot of pain, exercising is often the last thing you want to do.  Believe me, I get it.  There are days when getting out of bed wasn’t even an option, so exercising definitely was a no-go.  If it is at all possible, try to do some form of exercise daily.  I have found that T-Tapp has been one of the best form of exercises for me.  It’s low impact and my back pain goes away when I T-Tapp consistently!

I also really like using an exercise bike.  The pedaling motion is great for keeping my joints loose.  I have this exercise bike desk and it is a much better alternative than sitting at my desk all day!

4. Plexus

Over the last 15 years, I have had a zillion people recommend various supplements to me.  In the early days, I tried them all because I was willing to try anything that would help with pain.  Over time though, I got pretty cynical.  I did mental eye rolls when people told me about the latest, greatest thing that I just had to try.

In the beginning of 2014, I heard about Plexus.  People were raving about the results they were having.  Their thyroid issues were disappearing, their blood sugar levels were becoming stable, and their pain was disappearing.  I did my mental eye roll and moved on.

Then I had a major lupus flare.  I was in agony and NOTHING was helping!  I was alternating between 2 narcotic painkillers and couldn’t go more than 4 hours without taking one.  I could barely move and walked like an old lady.  I began to seriously consider a stem cell transplant, but that would have involved some serious side effects and I would have literally been out of commission for 6 months or more…not an easy feat when you have a husband, 4 kids, and a full time job.  In a moment of desperation, I decided I would try one more thing…Plexus.  I said I would give it 3 months and then if nothing had changed, I would pursue the stem cell transplant.  I’m thrilled to be able to say that Plexus has literally changed my life.  Their Fast Relief products are a total game changer.  I started using the Fast Relief cream and the Fast Relief pills and within 10 days, I was completely off my prescription pain killers.  I also added the Plexus Slim, BioCleanse and ProBio 5 to my daily regiment.  In the 6 months since I’ve been using Plexus products, I haven’t taken any prescription pain killers (with the exception of the first 10 days I was on the product) and I’ve only taken non-prescription pain killers twice!  The products have made such a difference in my life that I became a Plexus Ambassador so I can help other people!

5. Spend time in a Far Infrared Sauna

I remember reading about infrared saunas a few years ago when I was looking at pain relief.  I found a local gym that had an infrared sauna and joined for that reason only.  Unfortunately the gym only allowed me to go 3 times a week for 30 minutes.  I also had to brave the wind and snow during the winter which  left me feeling achy to the bones by the time all was said and done.  Last year, we decided to bite the bullet and get one for home use.  I can’t even tell you how amazing it has been!  Using a Far Infrared Sauna has so many other health benefits on top of pain relief.  I got my sauna from Good Health Saunas and I HIGHLY recommend them!

This is what has worked for me!  I’d love to hear what works for you!


50 Stocking Stuffers Under $3

Thanks Midget Momma for putting together this list!

50 Stocking Stuffers Under 3 Dollars

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers for everyone on your list, look no further!  Here are 50 stocking stuffers for under $3.00 each.  Some of these would also be great if you’re filling a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.  Please keep in mind that these prices can change at anytime.

Black Neoprene Winter Snowboard Ski Half Face Mask Soft Cotton Fleece Neck Ear Warmer Protection Vented Fitted Velcro Adjustable Close Biker Motorcycle Facemask $1.26

Vegetable Fruit Peeler Parer Julienne Cutter Slicer Kitchen Tools Gadgets Helper $2.08

Zjskin Strawberry Stem Leaves Huller Remover Removal Fruit Corer Kitchen Gadgets $2.58

ensunpal store Tool Slice Cutlery Kitchen Onion Vegetable Cutter Sharp Scallion Cutter Shred $2.32

Umiwe(TM) Convenient Orange Fruit Mouse Shape Thick Orange Peel Peeler Remover,Random Color With Umiwe Accessory $1.79

World Pride 5 Bits Electric Manicure Nail Drill File Grinder Grooming Kit $2.98

Niceeshop(TM) Upper Lower Lash Mascara Applicator Guide Eyelash Comb $1.29

Monkey Business Karoto Sharpener & Peeler – Orange (Orange) $1.95

SODIAL(R) Useful Easy To Use Eyebrow Stencil Makeup KIt DIY Template Stencil Shaping Tool $1.94

eForCity SDHC / SD / MMC Memory Card Reader to USB 2.0 Adapter, Smoke $1.99

New Cute Child’s Children Waterproof Apron Cartoon Frog Printed Painting Cooking $2.59

Topone(TM)Housweety Unique Dots Pattern Double Layer Cosmetic Bag Black $1.95

SODIAL(R) New Smart Touch Screen Winter Stretch Gloves For Smart Phone iPhone High Quality $2.99

Black Plixio Magic Touch Screen Texting Gloves, iPhone, Tablets, & GPS $1.87

UST Marine 5-in-1 Tool $2.25

SANOXY® Memory Card Reader (10-in-1 USB 2.0) $1.55

Chinese Finger Traps 1.90

MASH Rhinestones 2400 Piece 12 Color Nail Art Nailart Manicure Wheels $1.59

niceeshop(TM) Fashion Vintage Oversized Frame Sunglasses,Dark Brown $2.22

Lingstar(TM) Retro Classic vintage Bronze butterfly pendant necklace chain$1.54

World Pride Key to My Heart Cute Couple Keychain Love Keychain Key Ring .55

I Love You Design Pair Couple Key Chain with Heart Pendant $1.60

niceEshop(TM) 1 Pair Couple Keychain Love Keychain Key Ring , Silver $1.60

Chopmall Vintage Camera Chain Necklace in Black $1.47

SE MT908 11 Function Credit Card Size Survival Pocket Tool $1.55

New Creative Egg white separator egg white filter Egg Sieve $1.92


Vintage Silver Infinite Bracelet Love White Blue Leather Rope Cross Infinity (2) $1.10

Lingstar(TM) Retro Bronze Red Heart Earrings Vintage Palace Angel Wings A pair $1.45

UrbanSource Black Seamless Skull Face Tube Mask BUFF $1.12

3pcs Colorful Magic Flexible Bendy Soft Pencil for Kids $1.83

Caetle(TM) Women’s Fine Silver Stud Earring With Diamond Mounted $1.59

New High Quality Fashion Women Cute Mini Coin Bag Wallet Hand Pouch Purse $1.99

New Girls Wallet Clutch Change Purse key coins bag small Pouch Handbags $1.83

Mouse over image to zoom Sexy Lip Kiss Bathroom Tube Dispenser Toothpaste Cream Squeezer $1.65

40mm Clear Liquid-filled Camping Compass Hiking Outdoor scouts kit $1.65

Key Chain sling Mini Camping Compass Hiking Hiker Hunting Navigator $1.56

Lingstar(TM) Retro Bronze Chain Red Heart Vintage Palace Pendant Angel Wings $1.58

Mushroom Christmas LED Night Light Lamp Battery Party Decor $1.20

Strap On LED Fingers – Set of 4 $1.40

Bottle Opener Ring $1.20

Portable Pocket LED Card Light Lamp Put in Purse Wallet $1.65

SODIAL(R) Strawberry Folding Fold up Reusable Compact Eco periodic duty Recycling use Shopping Bag $1.68

Wine Enthusiast Pulltap’s Double-Hinged Waiters Corkscrew $1.86

BhB(TM) Beauty Flawless Makeup Blender Comestic Sponge Puff Color Pink $1.00

New Waterproof Eye Liner Eyeliner Shadow Gel Makeup Cosmetic + Brush Black $1.80

BhB(TM) Beauty Flawless Makeup Blender Comestic Sponge Puff Color Blue .99

USB2.0 Memory Card Reader Writer for MicroSD Micro SD T-Flash TF Card $1.47

Chopmall(TM) 10 Pair Natural Long Black False Eyelashes $1.59

niceEshop(TM) Stainless Steel Extension Eyelash Applicator Tool Fish Tail Clip-Silver $1.69

Retail Coupon Roundup {11/7/2014}

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

Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/10/2014)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 11/13/2014)
Carsons – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 11/13/2014)
Carters – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh - 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 11/11/2014)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $30 Purchase (exp: 11/9/2014)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 11/12/2014)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 2 Free Candles (exp: 11/30/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {11/7/2014}

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 Cinnamon Apple Crisp When You Buy Meal (exp: 11/11/2014)
Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/15/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Cup of Soup with Entree Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 11/9/2014)
Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 11/9/2014)
Extreme Pita – Free Bag of Pita Crisps When You Buy a Pita & Beverage (exp: 11/30/2014)
Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
Macaroni Grill – Buy 1 Lunch Entree Get 1 Free (exp: 11/9/2014)
Maggianos – Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/9/2014)
Quiznos - $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 11/14/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 11/9/2014)
Souplantation – $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 11/12/2014)
Stevi Bs – $5 Large Cheese or 1-Topping Pizza To-Go (exp: 11/10/2014)
Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

We do a CRAZY amount of laundry at our house.  With 4 kids who are quite active, a husband who is constantly in the midst of DIY projects and my tendency to spill on myself at every. single. meal, the washing machine is rarely inactive.  When we cut down on our expenses a few years ago, I noticed that we were going through laundry detergent like crazy (and this was before we had the twins). I knew people who made their own laundry detergent, but the idea of slaving away over a stove to make liquid soap was not going to happen.  I searched online for a powdered version and found a few different ones.  I tried quite a few and made tweaks based on what works for our family.  I’ve now been making my own laundry soap for 3 years now and I have 2 recipes that I love.  You can also use a combination of the 2 depending on how “natural” you want your laundry detergent to be.  We’ve been making a lot of strides to go natural in every area of our life and so we’ve chosen the natural route for our laundry detergent as well which means that we no longer use OxiClean or Downy Unstopables.  While I love our natural laundry detergent made with Dr. Bronner’s Citrus soap, my daughters prefer laundry detergent that includes a bottle of Downy’s Unstopables.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 box of Super Washing Soda

4 pounds of Baking soda (You can buy the value size box or it may be cheaper to buy 4 16 oz boxes)

1 box of Borax (76 oz)

3 bars of Fels-Naptha or Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap (I like the citrus, but you can also get unscented, lavender, eucalyptus, rose, or peppermint)

*1 container Oxi-Clean (While this is great for stain removal, Oxi-Clean contains ethoxylated alcohol which is made by the addition of ethylene oxide.  Ethylene Oxide has been classified as a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program so we’ve opted to stop using this in our laundry detergent.)

*1 bottle Downy Unstopables – Make sure to take advantage of this Downy Printable Coupon (If you go the natural route, you’ll want to skip this.)


1. Chop your bar of soap into smaller pieces and then use your food processor to grind to a powdery consistency.  (I bought a food processor at Goodwill for $3.99 and I use this just for making laundry detergent and other crafty/household products.

2.  Mix all your ingredients (including powdered soap) in a large bucket or trashcan.  I usually put a large trashbag inside of a 5 gallon bucket and mix it in there.  It tends to keep all the powdered ingredients from ending up on everything! :)

I store my laundry detergent in a large glass jar with a lid.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the vinyl with the words Laundry Detergent.