8.31.2011

Wordless Wednesday: My Sweet Little Boy


Review and Giveaway: Easy Canvas Prints (9/22)

I love photo canvases, so much so, they are starting to cover walls all over our house! I especially love family pictures on canvases (my husband especially dislikes posing for these). When I found out I had the opportunity to review an 8x10 canvas from Easy Canvas Prints, I decided we needed an updated photo. So we headed into my studio and I set up the tripod. The photo below was our best image:


 


Then I started my canvas order at Easy Canvas Prints. I've ordered from a variety of websites, and Easy Canvas Prints was by far the most straight forward. Here's a screenshot of the ordering process:


One of the features I really appreciate is the image quality checker. I save all my photos with high resolution, so I know that they will print at any enlarged size with no issues. However, because sharing photos online is so easy these days, sometimes low resolution images get mixed in with photos people intend to use for prints and canvases. I was happy to see that Easy Canvas Prints ensures that customers do not order low resolution images unknowingly. Next, I like that I have the ability to adjust how the image fits on the canvas. With the image size adjuster bar, I was able to select how much of the image would be wrapped. I prefer canvases that wrap the image around the sides, but Easy Canvas Prints gives you a couple options, including solid color, mirror image, or wrap.






Fast forward about a week, my canvas arrived and I instantly noticed how rich the color is. Easy Canvas Prints did an excellent job keeping the photo canvas true to the original image in color and detail. I will definitely order from them in the future!


Buy It: Check out Easy Canvas Prints online!


Win It: One reader will win an 8x10 canvas print of their choice! To enter, tell me what you would order a canvas print of. 



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 address if it is not visible in your blogger profile.

1. "Like" Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook 
2. Follow Easy Canvas Prints on Twitter
3. Subscribe to Cheap and Creative by email or RSS
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6. Tweet about this giveaway: #Win an 8x10 photo canvas from Easy Canvas Prints! @cheapandcreativ @easycanvas http://cheapandcreative.blogspot.com #giveaway
(1 once daily, leave a comment and a link to your tweet)
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The giveaway ends September 22nd, 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 contiguous US.





Disclosure: An complimentary canvas was provided for review and giveaway by Easy Canvas Prints. No other compensation was received, all opinions are 100% my own. 

8.30.2011

Lots of things going on!

August has been quite a busy month for me!

1. My husband returned from Afghanistan on the 11th after a year-long deployment (Woohoo!)
2. I've started contributing to my friend Aleks' blog: Busy Working Mama
3. As more soldiers here at Ft. Campbell are returning home and babies are being born, Michelle Elise Photography has had quite a few photo sessions!
4. I admit it, I'm addicted to Scentsy, so... I decided why not start selling it?
5. I'm crocheting again and hope to get a few baby blankets finished soon and listed on Etsy.
6. I have a few reviews and giveaways coming up in the very near future!
7. In September, I hope to do a better job tracking my earnings from surveys and swagbucks and post the results at the end of the month. It's been a few months since I have :(



.... and of course these guys always keep me busy!

Plum District: $10 for $20 credit!

I love daily deal sites, especially when they offer discounts on their own deals! 
Well, right now you can get a $20 credit for future offers at Plum District for only $10!







THE FINE PRINT

  • Limited quantities apply
  • Plum Dollars will appear in your account 24 hours after purchase
  • $10 in purchased Plum Dollars have no expiration date; additional $10 in "bonus" Plum Dollars expire 6 months of account inactivity as detailed in our FAQs
  • Limit 1 per person
  • Limit 1 per household
  • Plum Dollars may not be used to purchase this Plum Steal 
  • You cannot earn Plum Dollars for referring this Plum Steal 
  • Plum District promotional codes may not be used toward the purchase of this Plum Steal
  • Expires 02/29/12



Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link, thank you for using my links when taking advantage of a deal!

Eversave: New members get $3!



Eversave has increased their new member credit to $3! Once you sign up, there are a variety of deals to pick from every day, be sure to also input your city so local deals will show up.


Here are a couple of today's online offers:

Pay $5 for a two-year subscription to Parents magazine ($24 value). New members can get this for just $2!

Fun and Sassy Designs

Today's Save:$20 for $40 worth of personalized back-to-school supplies and more at Fun And Sassy Designs

Expires 11:59 PM - Sep 08, 2011
$20 for $40 worth of personalized back-to-school supplies and more at Fun And Sassy Designs



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8.18.2011

Kashi: Free Sample!



You can request a free sample of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest or a Kashi TLC Peanutty Dark Chocolate layered granola bar by filling out the form here.

Recipe from the garden: Fresh salsa




It seems like every day that I head out to my garden, I return with a bowl full of tomatoes! I've given quite a few away, but hardly used any myself other than for salads. I'm ashamed of myself for this... So today I made some fresh salsa! Next harvest I'm going to make spaghetti sauce or bruschetta, yummy!



Here's what went in my salsa:
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped onion
juice from a lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
Jalapeno (optional) - (I ended up leaving this out because my husband pointed out that our jalapenos are much too small, in other words probably hotter than I can handle)


flipflop Wine Review Part 2



I recently had the opportunity to review three types of flipflop wine and I was pleasantly surprised, especially with the flipflop Riesling! Immediately after writing my review, I picked up a few more bottles at the local wine store, and recommended flipflop to at least a dozen friends. When flipflop wine asked if I would like to sample another three varieties, I said "sign me up!"


Upon arrival, I immediately tasted the flipflop Cabernet Sauvignon. I love a good rich red wine and was very satisfied by the flipflop Cabernet. This type of wine falls on the dry side, yet, I noticed a pleasant hint of chocolate and cherry. Yum! It was easy to enjoy by itself or pair with a meal. I chose to enjoy a glass while preparing a steak with grilled veggies and then had another glass with dinner :)


A few days later, a friend invited me over for dinner and I brought a bottle of flipflop Chardonnay along as my date. It was perfect for our summer dinner of sauteed chicken sausage and vegetables. I like that the flipflop Chardonnay was not overly dry, and it has a hint of sweetness from pineapple and vanilla. Mmm, delicious!


Finally, I tasted the flipflop Merlot. Merlot was once my wine of choice because I enjoy the dark, rich, full flavor. flipflop Merlot is true to the Merlot character and has a nice plum taste, without the bitter aftertaste some Merlot wines have.   

flipflop has certainly mastered the art of balance, with their wine varieties falling precisely at the right place on the sweet to dry scale. Each flipflop wine is unique, memorable, and delicious! There isn't a flipflop wine I've tasted that I don't like, although I do have my favorites. I would have to say the flipflop Riesling takes the #1 spot, followed closely by the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Now all that is left for me to taste is the flipflop Moscato. I will be heading to the store later in the week to pick up a bottle!

Also, please don't forget that flipflop wine has partnered with Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in need. For every bottle of flipflop wine purchased, one pair of flip-flop sandals will be donated (up to 100,000)! To learn more about Soles4Souls, please visit: http://www.soles4souls.org/


Check out flipflop wine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flipflopwines




Disclosure: I received samples of flipflop wines free of charge in order to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are 100% honest and my own.

Rue La La: Free $10 Credit!



Right now you will receive a free $10 credit when you join Rue La La! The credit will show up in your account within 48 hours and expires on September 18, 2011. You must sign up by August 23rd in order to receive a credit.

A $10 credit means you should be able to score a cheap or possibly free item during one of their sales. I usually check the Sunday Night Saleathon for deals, and have been able to find a few freebies in the past. Or a pair of toddler Saucony shoes for under $10 shipped! Plus shipping is FAST unlike many other invite only sale websites.


Disclosure: This post contains an invite link. Thank you for using my links to sign up for offers!

Complete Skin Care: Great deals on skin care!

As a mom, I know I'm hardly alone when I get excited about saving time and money. This is why the majority of my shopping I do online - even a decent portion of our grocery items. It is hard to beat the convenience, ability to compare products quickly and easily, and discounts. Also my kids only tolerate shopping trips where the cart is constantly moving or I grab what I need and go. If I want to stop and read the ingredients or benefits of a product, they will likely protest. Shopping during nap time has become a more positive alternative.

However, although online shopping tends to be more convenient and peaceful, it can require time and research as well. As a deal hunter, I often "like" a store or brand on Facebook in order to find special promos and coupon codes. Still it would be nice to have the convenience of online shopping combined with the deals found on Facebook, all in one spot. Well, I recently discovered a Facebook page called Complete Skin Care, that allows you to easily compare skin care products and purchase directly through their Facebook page! Using the sorting options on the Complete Skin Care shopping page, I can narrow products down by brand or specific skin care benefit. This tool is a wonderful time saver!



In addition to the Complete Skin Care shopping tool on Facebook, you can also shop the selection at www.CompleteSkinCare.net. I was pleased to find high end brands such as Dermalogica and Murad, up to 30% off! The Murad facial cleanser I use is 15% lower in price than other beauty stores. Previously I've had trouble finding good deals online for a few of the brands I used, so I'd endure a trip to the mall. Well no more! Plus Complete Skin Care offers a large selection of makeup, hair care, beauty tools, and more. All orders over $50 qualify for free shipping! I'm thrilled!

Don't forget to sign up for the Complete Skin Care newsletter to receive coupons and sale notifications!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Complete Skin Care. All opinions are 100% my own.

8.13.2011

He's Home!

On Thursday, my husband returned from his year-long deployment in Afghanistan! 
He met Elliot for the first time and Jacob was thrilled to see his daddy!





8.08.2011

Review and Giveaway: BCX Apparel (9/15)

I'm embarrassed by my closet, in more ways than one... I admit it, I’m bad about hanging up clean clothes, but I’m also a bit of a pack rat. I've kept a bunch of clothes that that either no longer fit or are definitely no longer in style. A good majority of my outfits are from the days before I even thought about starting a family (late teens-early twenties) and now that I have two little ones under the age of two  it’s time to clean out, donate, and update my style!

After some hard work, I have passed pre-Elliot weight and I’m a few pounds shy of pre-Jacob weight (yay!). I now feel comfortable investing in some new outfits, and it would also be a great way to reward myself. However, I’m picky, and am always on the lookout for fashionable yet budget-friendly clothing.  A brand that I’ve discovered meets my criteria is BCX by Byer, found in Macy’s stores. It’s cute, trendy, and still fits within my budget! Plus since I’m on the petite side, I can still wear many juniors’ sized items, another reason why BCX appeals to me.

Available September 30th, BCX is introducing a new line of Fall apparel. From the previews I’ve seen, I can already tell that I love it! One item that really caught my eye is a plaid button front coat, and it’s hard for me to resist a cute coat! Once fall hits here in Tennessee, the temperature drops quickly and I practically live in coats. I can’t wait to see the entire fall collection from BCX once it hits Macy’s next month!



Buy It: BCX apparel is available at Macy’s stores. The new fall fashions will be available September 30th!


Win It: One reader will win the Plaid button front coat in their choice of size!

To enter: Please comment below about your style or what item would you like to add to your wardrobe? Are you in need of an update as well?


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 address if it is not visible in your blogger profile.

1. "Like" BCX on Facebook. You can also "like" the other Byer brand pages: IZBYER and B WEAR (1 extra entry each, leave separate comments)
2. Subscribe to Cheap and Creative by email or RSS
3. "Like" Cheap and Creative on Facebook
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5. Tweet about this giveaway: Update your wardrobe with BCX apparel! Enter to #win a new coat for fall (9/15) http://tinyurl.com/3frga86 #giveaway  (1 once daily, leave a comment and a link to your tweet)
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The giveaway ends September 15, 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.



Disclosure: An item for review and giveaway item has been provided by BCX/Byer. No other compensation was received, all opinions are 100% my own. 

8.05.2011

Giveaway: Parent's Choice Infant Formula (free sample too!)





For 13 years, Parent’s Choice Infant Formula has helped parents like you to save approximately $600 a year on average* per infant, by offering a store brand formula with the nutritional equivalence of national brands for half the cost.

See how much you can save when choosing Parent’s Choice Infant formula by checking out the Parent's Choice $avings Calculator to compare Parent's Choice infant formulas to national brands. It’s no wonder why more and more parents are switching to store brand formula.

Did you know?

  • In the US, all infant formulas are subject to the same regulations for manufacture and ingredients required for the growth of healthy babies under the Infant Formula Act.
  • Store brand formulas sold at major retailers are a premium national substitute at a value price and meet the same FDA nutritional requirements as all of the major brands.
  • The quality and safety of the manufacturing of infant formulas are also inspected by the FDA in the same way.
Now, Parent’s Choice in partnership with PBM Nutritionals, the largest manufacturer of store-brand infant formulas and nutrition products, is helping one family and one student save even more with the “Parent’s Choice Infant Formula” Sweepstakes.

One lucky winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship in the form of a College Savings 529 Plan. From now until 11:59pm on August 15th, 2011 you can choose to increase your little one’s chances of attending the college of his or her choice, by “liking” Parent’s Choice Infant Formula here on Facebook and filling out the simple form here. Visit this link for official sweepstakes rules.

*Total savings with Parent's Choice Infant Formula calculations based on a price per fl oz comparison of Parent's Choice Infant Formulas and their comparable national brands.



My Thoughts:
With both of my boys, I breastfed as long as I could before my Fibromylagia kicked in and made it painful and nearly impossible to continue. Making the switch to formula was certainly much more challenging on our budget than breastfeeding, which lead me to consider store brand formula. It seems as though there are still negative opinions about the quality of store brand formulas vs. major brands. However, I am confident that not only do the store brands contain the same ingredients and are held to the same standards as major brands, they are also a great way to save money without sacrificing nutrition!  When I received samples and read over the information above, I was surprised to learn that Parent's Choice has been around as long as it has. Knowing more about the company history and how much I can save has definitely made me more likely to continue using Parent's Choice Infant Formula with Elliot!


Buy It: Parent's Choice Infant Formula is available in Walmart stores. You can also request a free sample of Parent's Choice Infant Formula!






Win It: One reader will win a prize pack from Parent's Choice
  • 12.9 oz can of Parent’s Choice Premium to try
  • 12.4 oz can of Parent’s Choice Advantage to try
  • Two $3.00 off coupons for Parent’s Choice Infant Formula (redeemable at all Walmart stores)
  • Parent’s Choice Starter Set – a complete nurser system that includes a variety of bottles, nipples, liners, leak proof caps and retainer rings
To enter: Please comment below on whether or not you've tried Parent's Choice Formula before, or how much would you save (using the calculator) if you did.


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
2. "Like" Cheap and Creative on Facebook
3. Follow Cheap and Creative on Twitter
4. Grab my blog button and comment with the URL of where it's posted (2 entries)



The giveaway ends August 15, 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.






Disclosure: The Parent’s Choice Infant Formula product sample, information, and giveaway have been provided by Parent’s Choice through MyBlogSpark.

8.03.2011