1.31.2011

Seventh Generation Baby Wipes Deal!

Right now on Amazon you can order a box of Seventh Generation Chlorine Free  Baby Wipes, 350 Unscented Wipes for only $8.32 ($.02 per wipe) with free shipping! Make sure you are a member of Amazon Mom (it's free!) and you select the Subscribe & Save option when you order (you can cancel the subscription in your account after the order is processed).


Look for this box in the middle of the page:


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1.29.2011

Winner!

The winner of the signed copy of Love, Lust & Faking It is:



#1 Amy
Thank you to everyone that entered this giveaway!

1.27.2011

We said goodbye again...



R&R is a tease, saying goodbye again just 161 days after we said goodbye the first time is not fun. Now Jacob and I have to get back in our routine, which also means me getting back to blogging. I hope that the next ~6 months goes quickly.

1.19.2011

Pampers Gifts to Grow: New 10 point code





The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
4WJDHKU4RPP6PT2 (10 points)



Disclosure: This post contains an invite link.

Wordless Wednesday: Mini-vacation




We've been enjoying my husband's two weeks of R&R and squeezed in a mini vacation to Gatlinburg, TN. Here are a few photos I took at Cades Cove. I loved the breathtaking views there :)

1.11.2011

RecycleBank: Earn points from Naked Juice!



Here is a new opportunity to earn some RecycleBank points from Naked Juice! Click here to learn about recycled PET plastic bottles, then play a quick game for a total of 30 points!

Sign up for Zulily!

 Zulily

I love invite-only and daily sale shopping sites because of the great deals, especially on eco-friendly and organic items. One of my favorite sites to shop on is Zulily. It's free to sign up, and you will receive email notices for daily sale events for moms, babies, and kids!

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1.08.2011

Simple Saturday: Payday!



Today I received a check for mystery shopping job I did last month and a bonus for referring a friend! Yay!
Here is the company's website: DSG Associates

1.06.2011

Thrifty Tip: Paypal Debit Card


I love Paypal and use it all the time! Some of the survey companies I'm signed up with offer Paypal payments so there's always a little money flowing into my account. I usually think of my Paypal money as spending money for various deals I come across online, but I also use it to buy from websites that I'm not to sure about entering my credit or debit card info on. About a year ago I decided to sign up for the Paypal debit card, which has no fee, and it makes it even easier to spend survey earnings in stores or restaurants (vs. waiting to transfer the money to my bank account). What I love about the debit card is I get 1% cash back every month in my account. It may not seem like much, but a dollar here and there is something to me especially since it is effortless. If you are a Paypal fan, I suggest you check out their debit card because it's another easy way to earn a little cash with little effort.

Review and Giveaway: Love, Lust & Faking It by Jenny McCarthy (signed copy!)

*Originally this giveaway was going to be on my Army Wife for Now blog, but I've been falling behind on maintaining two blogs, so I opted to post it here instead. Lucky for you!

I'm a fan of Jenny McCarthy's books, I think they are funny, entertaining, and easy to relate to. When I was asked to review a copy of her new book Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance, I said sure!


New York Times bestselling author Jenny McCarthy returns to her comic roots in this candid, wise, and witty look at women, men, sex, romance, heartbreak, love, and how (not) to fake it.

Jenny explores the intensity of first love, introducing us to Tony, the boy of her teenage dreams, and Tubby, her dirty, sexy stuffed teddy bear. She takes us on a whirlwind tour of the world of aphrodisiacs and fetishes, explains the importance of playing doctor and other nice and naughty fantasies, and gives thanks for the pleasures of chocolate. And she sets the story straight on STDs, man junk and lady bits, why we really cheat, why women are master manipulators, the virtues of sex with the lights off, the power of a “loving no,” the satisfaction of the perfect booty call, and so much more.

Filled with humorous stories about her own out-rageous exploits—from becoming a Playboy Miss October to the pain of getting a discount boob job to meeting Brad Pitt—as well as the lessons she’s learned from family, friends, and fans, Love, Lust & Faking It takes on a subject the sex symbol, mother, television star, comedian, and divorc√Če can be trusted to examine with nothing but unvarnished honesty and earthy humor. Throughout, Jenny reminds us to aim higher, believe in true love, and, most of all, be kind to ourselves. And to have lots of fun and sex—without faking it.

My Thoughts:
When I first opened my copy of Love, Lust & Faking It, I was pleased to see that it was signed to me. It's nice to know that Jenny McCarthy takes the time to personalize a copy of her book for a review! Overall, I like that the style of the book is personal, honest, and matter if fact. It has funny parts that I could relate to, as well as parts that I learned something new. Specifically, the chapter in which she interviews Byron Katie about www.thework.com was enlightening to me. I also enjoyed the chapter where she interviewed her marriage and family therapist, since it resonates with my training in counseling. Love, Lust & Faking It is a lighthearted and easy read for an adult audience, I recommend it!

Giveaway:
One reader will win a signed copy of Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance written by Jenny McCarthy. To enter, please comment below on whether you've read any of her other book, if so, which ones? Or would you keep this book for yourself or give it away?


Extra Entries:
You must complete the mandatory entry above before you qualify for any extra entries! Post a comment below for each entry you complete, along with your email if it isn't visible in your blogger profile.

1) Subscribe to Cheap and Creative by email or RSS,  "Like" Cheap and Creative on Facebook,  Follow Cheap and Creative on Twitter (1 entry each)

2) Grab my blog button and comment with the URL of where it's posted (2 entries)

3) Tweet about this giveaway and comment with your tweet URL (1 entry per day), you can use this tweet:


#Win a signed copy of Love, Lust & Faking It by Jenny McCarthy @cheapandcreativ http://tinyurl.com/23wglj2 ~ Ends 1/28/11 #giveaway

4) Share about this giveaway in your Facebook status along with a link, and then comment below with the status URL (you get this by clicking on the time of your status update) for 1 extra entry per day.


The giveaway ends January 28, 2011 at 11:59pm CT. 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.

1.04.2011

Wordless Wednesday: New Toy


For me that is... Jacob is just posing with it.

Recyclebank 2,011 point Giveaway!

Win 2,011 RecycleBank Points!

RecycleBank is giving away 2,011 points to 20 fans each week in January. Just visit Facebook.com/RecycleBank ('Like' them if you don't already) and share your green resolution on the weekly topic to enter to win. This week's giveaway has already started, so visit RecycleBank on Facebook, comment and check back every Monday for that week's chance to win.

1.03.2011

1.01.2011

Pampers Gifts to Grow: New 10 point code


The latest Pampers Gifts to Grow code is:
F9779FYAHFJRYCN (10 points)



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$5 a Day Challenge: December and 2010 Results



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

EARNINGS: $272.17 (17.65 hours total or ~$15.42/hr)
American Consumer Opinion - $0
Focusline surveys - $0
HarrisPoll -  $2.27
HCD Surveys: $.50
Inbox Dollars - $0
Ipsos i-say - $7.65 (Amazon)*
Lightspeed Panel - $14.02 (Amazon)*
Mindfield  - $1 (Paypal)
Mypoints - ~$6.55 (480 points)
MySurvey - $1.87 (Amazon)*
Opinion Outpost - $24.50 (Amazon)
Palm Research - $0 (Paypal)
Pinecone Research - $12 (Paypal)
Synovate - $2.55 (check)
Sponsored Tweets - $0 (check)
SurveySavvy - $2 (check)
Surveyhead - $3 (Amazon)
Swagbucks - $15 (Amazon)
Toluna - $0 (check)*
Valued Opinions  - $9.50 (Amazon)
YouData - $0 (Paypal)
Other survey panels -$36
Blog/Affiliate income - $8.16
Photography - $75
Mystery Shopping - $50.60


*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..


TOTAL SAVINGS: $372.44
Groceries - $40.46
Rite Aid -$20.40 (Gift of Savings Program and coupons)
Rebates - $7.99
Eating Out - $2.65
Groupon - $40 (Red Envelope and Ice.com deals)
Eversave - $0
NoMoreRack - $10 (new customer promo)
TheNaturalStore.com - $20 (Facebook promo code)
Belli Skincare - $10 (new customer promo code)
Kelly's Closet - $20 (Free FuzziBunz promo code)
Overstock.com - $10 (promo code)
Shutterfly - $157.49 (Free holiday cards for bloggers offer)
My Baby's Green - $16.95 (Facebook promo code)
Hickory Farms - $16.50 (75% off Sale)


Free Product/Giveaway Wins in December: $26


HOW MUCH I SAVED/MADE MY FAMILY THIS MONTH: $670.61
TOTAL FOR 2010: $8368.96
(I added in November grocery savings that weren't counted last month: $64.86)

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