I'm on vacation!

Jacob and I are headed to California to see grandparents, aunts, and cousins, and to enjoy some wonderful Thanksgiving meals! I hope everyone enjoys Thanksgiving with loved ones! Please wish me luck that I survive numerous flights with a very squirmy one year old...


Kelly's Closet: Black Friday Sale!

Here's an awesome deal for those of you in need of some cloth diapers! This Friday, the first 10 orders on Kelly's Closet will receive a free bumGenius 4.0 diaper and inserts!

Other great specials going on now, include:
  • Buy 5 bumGenius 4.0 one size diapers get 1 free!
  • Fuzzibunz on sale for $14.95 each!
  • Plus earn Double Diaper Dollar Rewards with every purchase!

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link.

Kashi Winner

The winner of the Kashi and RecycleBank giveaway is #7 Busy Working Mama!


itsThoughtful: Free $25 Amazon card when you refer 15 friends!

I started to post about this deal a few weeks ago and it ended quickly before I could get the information up, but the good news is it's back! 

itsThoughtful.com is offering FREE $25 Amazon gift cards! To qualify, you need to sign up for the $500 Christmas Gift Contest on itsThoughtful.com. You will receive an email after your account has been created with a confirmation link you’ll need to click on. Once you confirm your account, start spreading the word to your friends! You can share this giveaway via email, Facebook or Twitter. If you refer 15 friends who sign up by December 20th, they will give you a FREE $25 Amazon gift card!

Here are the rules:
* Only referrals that sign-up between November 20, 2010 and 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2010 are eligible.
* All referrals must confirm their email address
* All winners will be notified via email on December 18, 2010 and posted on itsThoughtful.com. In addition, all gift cards will be emailed to the winners on December 18, 2010.
* Giveaway rewards (gift cards) are limited to four hunderd. If more than four hundred users are eligible for the prize, itsThougthful.com will randomly draw four hundred winners. If a random drawing is required, every 15 eligible referrals will count as one entry.

Thanks for sharing Hip2Save! 

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Shutterfly Holiday Cards +(50 Free for Bloggers!)

Shutterfly is my go-to site for ordering high quality prints of family photos as well as my photography. So I was very excited when I saw their selection of holiday card designs! For the past couple weeks, I've been working on compiling photos for our holiday card, and even made my husband email me of photo from Afghanistan so he can be included. I bet he thought he was getting out of it this year :)

The selection of card designs on Shutterfly is incredible! In general, I'm a fan of classic holiday cards with a photo of the whole family, but this year since that isn't possible for us I will be creating a collage style card. Two of my favorite designs are the Merry Modern Collage Christmas Card, or the Joy Love Story Holiday 5x7 photo card. But it will be hard to choose since I like so many! I can even design custom gift tags, or create a photo calendar, which would make a wonderful holiday gift!

Are you a blogger? Do you want 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly? Click here to go to Shutterfly for information on how you can participate in this promotion!

Disclosure: I will receive 50 free holiday cards in exchange for writing this post.

Giveaway Ending Tonight!

Last chance to win a box of Kashi cereal with a special RecycleBank code in it! Enter by midnight tonight!


Shop It To Me: Earn a $10 gift card when you refer friends!

Shop it to Me is another private shopping site that I've been a member of for over a year. I really love how I can select different brands or items I'm interested in and then I get an email in my inbox when there is a sale!

They just started a new promotion where you can earn a $10 gift card of your choice (Amazon, Old Navy, Starbucks, etc.) when you refer 10 friends. All they need to do is sign up, which is FREE for them (then they can refer their friends)! A few other bloggers have verified that this is a legitimate offer (I just started inviting my friends so I haven't earned a gift card yet).  After the friends sign up, you should receive the card within 7-14 days,  just in time for Christmas!

Here's the bonus too, you can refer up to 1,000 friends! That's a lot of gift cards!

To get started:
1. Sign up - it's FREE!
2. Confirm your membership by email
3. Once logged in, head to "profile" and scroll down to see where it says "Tell more friends." You will be able to send invites through email, Facebook, and Twitter!

Disclosure: This post contains my invite link, thanks for helping me earn a gift card!


Groupon: $25 for $50 worth of American Apparel Clothing!

On Groupon, today only, you can get $50 worth of clothing and accessories from American Apparel for only $25!

The fine print is that this is limited to 1 per person, and that it is not valid on multi-packs, California Select Vintage, Multibrand products or shoes. It is for online redemption only on the U.S. site. Vouchers will not work for other countries.

American Apparel is made in the USA, and practices social and environmental responsibility. Read more here.

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. 


$1.50 off Wholly Guacamole

Head over to here to print a coupon for $1.50 off one Wholly Guacamole product!

Save $1 off 3 Eco-Foil Pans!

Just in time for holiday meals! You can save $1 on 3 Eco-Foil pans, click here for a coupon.

Ulta: Burt's Bees Free Gift with Purchase!

ULTA Beauty has some really cute Burt's Bees gift sets available right now, my favorite is the Natural Manicure Set for $14.99. Plus, when you spend $12 or more on Burt's Bees items you get this free tote!

You can use code: 49983 on your order to save $3.50 off a $10 purchase (11/14-12/3), or save 20% off one item with code: 46574 (11/14-11/20), or you can use code: 512213 for FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more (one coupon per order). Shipping is $5.95. With every order you can pick 3 FREE samples too! If you are heading to an Ulta store, print your coupon here.

Another deal I spotted is for EcoTools, they are currently buy 1 get 1 50% off! Don't forget to shop through Ebates to earn 5% back on your purchase or MyPoints to earn 3 points per dollar.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.


$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Ending Soon!

There has been an ongoing giveaway for quite some time for Twitter followers. When I reach 1000 Twitter followers, I will select randomly from the entries here and award that reader with a $20 Amazon gift card. Well as of this post, I am at 979 followers, so I suggest that you enter soon! The giveaway could end tomorrow or in a few days, I'm not sure, but I don't want you to miss out! It will only take a minute to enter!

America Recycles Day - November 15th!

Tomorrow, November 15th, is America Recycles Day! To find out how you can get involved, 
here are some great resources:

RecycleBank and Kashi Giveaway!

RecycleBank has partnered with Kashi to reward you for recycling boxes of Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits cereal (including Autumn Wheat, Cinnamon Harvest, or Island Vanilla varieties)!

Look for the specially marked boxes (pictured above). For every cereal box you recycle, you will earn 15 RecycleBank points! When you participate before November 30th, they will double the points to 30 per box! There is a unique 8 digit code inside each box that you can enter at recyclebank.com/kashi to be rewarded. When you are all done, just recycle the box.

If you are new to RecycleBank, you will earn 25 points just for signing up! There are a bunch of great rewards you can earn, including coupons for organic foods. For only 90 points, you can receive a coupon for $3 off one box of Kashi!

Giveaway: One reader will win a box of Kashi Island Vanilla Whole Wheat Biscuits cereal. To enter leave a comment below. Are you a member of RecycleBank? Have you tried any of these varieties of Kashi, if not which sounds the best to you? What is your favorite reward offered by RecycleBank?

Enter by November 20th at 11:59 PM. Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you. One winner will be selected using random.org and notified by email. The winner must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to readers in the US.

Disclosure: I received product as a member of the RecycleBank Insiders program for me and to give away to a reader. No other compensation was received.


$20 Christmas Limit

This year, I am putting a $20 (out of pocket) limit on Christmas presents for Jacob. The goal is to see how much I can get for free, cheap, or with money I earn online from surveys or Swagbucks. It's probably easier since he is only 14 months old and doesn't have a wish list for us yet, but here is what I have so far:

1. Melissa & Doug wooden puzzle from Pampers Gifts to Grow program - FREE
2. Three animal puppets from Totsy - $9.45 after my $15 credit and shipping

I plan to get:
1. Green Toys Eco-Friendly Firetruck from Wild Dill - FREE (I have a $35 credit from Eversave that didn't cost anything after account credits) regular price $24.00
2. Clementine Art Natural Crayons - 6 Color Pack - FREE (with Amazon gift cards I've earned) regular price $8.70
3. Plan Toy Solid Wood Drum - FREE (with Amazon gift cards I've earned) regular price $22.44

What are some ways that you are saving money this year?
What are some green or eco-friendly things on your list?

Disclosure: This post contains referral links.


Pampers Gifts to Grow: 10 point code

The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
Thanks2Veterans (10 points)

I hope everyone has a bunch of points now with all these free codes!

Disclosure: This post contains an invite link.


Thank you

Thank you to the veterans who have served and those who are currently serving. A special thanks to my husband who is in Afghanistan now, although we would love to have you home instead, we are thankful for your sacrifice.


National Consumer Panel: I finally cashed out!

Our household joined the National Consumer Panel (Nielsen Homescan) over a year ago and I've been saving up the points I earn from surveys and scanning my purchases since then. I was thinking about getting something big, but after comparing the point values for a few prizes vs their retail value, I figured out that a few of the smaller prizes were a good deal and I went ahead an cashed out for these DVDs. I'm really excited about it because these are the holiday movies I watched when I was little and now Jacob can watch them with me!
It's free to participate in this program and they have some pretty cool prizes. Click here to sign up (based on if they need panelists in your area).

Wordless Wednesday: Reflection


Eversave: $12 for $35 worth of organic kids toys from Wild Dill

Today on Eversave you can get $35 worth of organic kids toys and more from Wild Dill for only $12! Select Nashville as your city if it the deal doesn't show up in your area. I'm definitely taking advantage of this to get a few Christmas gifts for Jacob!

If you don't already have an account with Eversave, you get a $2 credit when you join!

Disclosure: This post contains a referral link.



Eco-Foil: "I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas" Facebook Sweepstakes

Eco-Foil is giving away a bunch of great prizes in their new "I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas" sweepstakes on Facebook! Get your entry in by December 7th!

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize
26" Samsung LED-LCD TV – Model #: UN26C4000PD
2nd Prize 
Nintendo Wii – Red Edition with Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports
3rd Prize 
3 Winners – Amazon Kindle – Wi-Fi
4th Prize 
10 Winners – Apple iPod Shuffle
5th Prize 
15 Winners – $25 American Express Gift Card


World's Best Cat Litter Now at Target and Save $3!

8 lb bags of World's Best Cat Litter are now available at Target for a limited time. Check the bag for a $3 coupon that can be redeemed instantly!

$.75 Santa Cruz Juice Coupon

Register and print a coupon for $.75 off 32 oz Santa Cruz Juice!
You can print once, offer expires 3/31/11.


$5 a Day Challenge: October Results

Here are the $5 a Day Challenge results for October:

EARNINGS: $97.40 (5.7 hours total or ~$17.09/hr)
American Consumer Opinion - $0
Focusline surveys - $0
HarrisPoll -  $0
HCD Surveys: $0
Inbox Dollars - $.30 (cash out minimum $30)
Ipsos i-say - $0 (Amazon)*
Lightspeed Panel - $3.40 (Amazon)*
Mindfield  - $0 (Paypal)
Mypoints - ~$2.73 (410 points)
MySurvey - $6.82 (Amazon)*
Opinion Outpost - $16.10 (Amazon)
Palm Research - $0 (Paypal)
Pinecone Research - $6 (Paypal)
Synovate - $.90
Sponsored Tweets - $0 (check)
SurveySavvy - $5.25 (check)
Surveyhead - $0 (Amazon)
Swagbucks - $20 (Amazon)
Toluna - $0 (check)*
Valued Opinions  - $0 (Amazon)
YouData - $0 (Paypal)
Other survey panels -$0
Blog/Affiliate income - $35.90

*Please note that I converted points for some sites into dollar value in order to easily calculate my hourly earnings. Some sites have cash out minimums above what I earned, so my account balance will roll into next month..

Groceries - $48.74
Rite Aid - $20.77
RueLaLa - $39.85 (credits applied to orders)
Modnique - $15 (credit for joining + coupon code)
Totsy - $15 (credit for joining)
Rebates - $10
Crunchy Clean - $2.55 (coupon code)

GIVEAWAY WINS (Blogs, Facebook, Instant Win Games, etc.): $185

YTD: $6,655.18

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Pampers Gifts to Grow: 2 New Codes

Two new Pampers Gifts to Grow codes are available:

NOVFACEBOOK2010 (10 points)
FBHALLOWEEN2010 (10 points)

Disclosure: This post contains an invite link.