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Stuff falling out of your closets? Donate it to Goodwill to provide jobs, training, and community programs.

Is your closet overflowing? Is your garage packed to the ceiling? Does your basement look like a storage warehouse? Um, mine does. I'm taking advantage of the cooler weather and cleaning out extra stuff in my garage and donating it to my local Goodwill Store. I've found three locations of Goodwill Stores that I can donate stuff too. I ask for a tax receipt too. It takes just seconds to get a tax receipt once you have put in your name and address on your first visit. I also love to look around the store after I've donated my goods. The first place I shop is the housewares. Those old dishes and cookware are my favs, then I'm off to look at old Christmas decorations.  What's your favorite thing to look at in GoodWill? Do you donate to Goodwill? Our town even has a bin for recycling plastic bags that has the Goodwill logo on. How easy is that, get rid of your plastic bags to recycling, and help Goodwill too. ABOUT  Goodwill's JOB CREATION PROGRAM Did you know that

Freebies for Friday

free sample of Gevalia with foam coffee free coffee at Krispy Kreme on National Coffee Day free Roadside  in bloom calendar free Eucerin Cream/lotion samples

Free Samples for Thursday

Hi loyal readers, I am moving the facebook freebies over here to list them all in one place. hope you've been getting your mailbox freebies. today's free samples: get a free sample of Emergen C Vitamin Drink Mix get a free sample of Centrum Flavor Bursts   take a look at some of my recent mailbox freebies: check back for more free samples tomorrow

The Snugg has made itself right at home in our house.

When the first iPhone was released years ago, my daughter at her young age wanted to stand on line to be the first to get one. She is her father's daughter in that respect for keeping up with technology. So, we stood on line, and she bought the phone, then I worried. She did fine with taking care of the phone, I was another story. Within the first week of owning an iPhone, and this was years after my daughter bought hers, I dropped mine in the drive away. The entire screen cracked. so much for that phone. My mom and personal advice it to put a cover on your mobile devices. This week in our house we  put The SNUGG on the ipad. It's a very nice leather cover, fits perfectly, has a  flip stand, and a hand strap. The Snugg makes it so much easier to hold the ipad and be able to use it at the same time. The style and quality are way more than I expected. I am really impressed with the case and the company. I love the look of the case and the ease of use. The Snugg is available in t

Enter to win tickets to see SURGE in a two night only event in theaters this October.

A special two night event is coming to a theater near you. Find Power, Glory, and Music in SURGE. Coming to theaters for two nights only, October 9 and 16, 2013. To find a theater, and for tickets go to . See and hear the Christian Message in this powerful night at SURGE's interactive show reaching a generation of teens and young adults.   SURGE Offers musical performances by: Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Lecrae and worship artists Acquire the Fire LIVE.       Synopsis: Acquire The Fire & Teen Mania present an exciting and limited theatrical engagement debut of SURGE, a high-energy interactive movie theater event that fuses music, comedy, and inspirational messages creating a moment where young people and those who believe in them fill theaters across North America.  SURGE features empowering and inspirational messages by Ron Luce interwoven between the hilarious comedy of John Gray and musical performances by award-winning Christian artists Castin

NEW GIVEAWAY: NEW Smart Ones® Oatmeal made with real ingredients to get your real morning warmed up

What did you have for breakfast today? It's time to start warming up the mornings with oatmeal. Smart Ones ® Oatmeal is made with real ingredients to get you up and moving for your real day ahead. Smart Ones ®  Oatmeal is made with steel-cut oatmeal, rolled oats, fruit, and granola. Find Apple & Cinnamon, my favorite, Peaches & Cream, and Maple & Brown Sugar flavors in your grocers freezer section. The oatmeal is in a heat and eat cup to keep you and the kids getting ready for school and work and out the door.         Mornings are a rush for parents and kids to get to school and work on time. Smart Ones Oatmeal makes it easy to heat and eat your breakfast. Try a warm, hearty, fulfilling, crunchy, sweet, and feels like Fall breakfast with Smart Ones® Oatmeal.       Here's another way to help your morning and the morning's of others, share your smart beginnings with others for a chance to win $5000 and help donate to "Dress for Success" Enter the Smart

Disney's Frozen poster now available. See it now, and see the film November 27, 2013

    OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE: Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless   optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” is in theaters i

Cinderella comes to theaters March of 2015

Cinderella will be Disney's first live action film inspired by the fairy tale. starring Lily James, Richard Madden, Academy Award ® - winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar ® -nominee Helena Bonham Carter and Directed by Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh Here is the first image from the film: Did you know Cinderella dates back to 1697, and then in 1950 Walt Disney brought it to life in an animated film. "The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cr

Win a towel set made by 1888 Mills in Georgia, USA

So, where are your towels made? I was fond of a major brand I used to buy at a major department store, and then... they stopped selling the style of towel I liked. That is so disappointing. The sales clerk new nothing about the towels I was talking about. The reason I liked them so much is the brand, and the fact they were made in USA. Did you know you can buy American made towels from 1888 Mills at Costco, and WalMart. Oh, yes you can, and I am glad to learn that, really!!! Get ready for Fall with a fresh new look in your bathroom. I love the green color. Which is your favorite color? S tock your home with towels from 1888 Mills , and know they are made in USA since 1888. Enter to win a 6 piece towel set from 1888 Mills in USA Love List  giveaway. Outfit your bathroom with towels made in USA from 1888 Mills in Griffin Georgia. giveaway ends at midnight Eastern on 10/3. The prize is a 6-piece set of American-made towels from 1888 Mills. The winner gets to pick the color.   a Rafflecop

Are you a saver, spender or an investor? A day of Family and Finance at Vanguard to Connect the Dots

I'd like to think I am all three, but in reality I am a spender, the grocery shopper, the gift shopper, the clothing shopper, the errand runner, and the appointment maker.  Have you ever tried to go a day or two without spending any money at all? Even if we don't leave home, we are spending money for our house, utilities, insurance, meals, pretty much everything we need. Could I be a saver or an investor? To find the answer I went to a conference called Family and Finance, Connecting the Dots. It was held at Vanguard's Headquarters one beautiful late Summer day recently. They had me at Family and Finance. I'd love to learn more about that, and so I did. It was a power packed conference and Vanguard was most hospitable and friendly. So, what did we learn? Start young. This is a terrific project to do with your kids: find four cylindrical containers with lids. Cut a slit in the top of each lid. Decorate the containers. Label each container with these four labels: Spend, S

Have you tried QuestBar protein bars yet? Enter for your chance to win one of three sampler packs and more!

Before school started I got a text message from our local mall stating that I could get a free QuestBar when I visited the mall. I did not give it much thought at the time, you know just another energy bar I thought.  Then a few days later the girls said they wanted to buy QuestBars and I said oh, you can get a free one from the mall. Yeah, they already knew that, but they wanted more than one bar. Teenagers always know more than Mom. What's with these QuestBars? I never heard of them before that week, now my kids won't stop talking about them. On a trip to our favorite frozen yogurt shop we also visited the nutrition store right next door and bought a handful of QuestBar protein bars. All I could think was wow, what is this QuestBar and why do my kids want these so bad?! What am I missing? So, you know what a mom blogger does best-ask for QuestBar protein bars. You would have thought it was Christmas when the box arrived. My oldest was home when the box arrived so I let her op

Would you throw balls into your dryer? I do! Enter to win your own set of Woolzies Dryer Balls and throw your own.

What's in your dryer right now? Is it empty or do you need to unload it and fold the clothing? It's a never ending chore.  My dryer has a fresh load of warm towels and jammies to fold and put away. When I empty the dryer it won't be complete empty because I leave balls in there. No, not the kids toys, but dryer balls to naturally soften our clothes without added chemicals. Woolzies®  Dryer Balls are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads. I wonder how long that takes to do 1000 loads, or have I already?  Why I like Woolzies ® Dryer Balls: softens naturally reduced drying time by 25% reduces static-like this time of year when static gets worse helps eliminate wrinkles-less ironing time chemical free-no sheets, or bottles to buy over and over again safe for people with wool sensitivities hypo allergenic handmade from fine New Zealand Wool use for 1000 loads 100% eco friendly they are packaged in a cardboard box So how do they work? Load your dryer with your clothes from the washe

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Dipping good with HeluvaGood Greek Style Yogurt Dips this Fall season

What is your favorite party food? Every Fall we attended a harvest festival starting with an open house at a releative that lived in the town of the festival.  There were homemade desserts of gingerbread, pies, and cookies. There was all kinds of foods to dip into French Onion Dip. I think this was my first encounter with this French Onion dip. It's a favorite in my husband's family. They buy one brand only, HeluvaGood Dip. It's a staple in our fridge now. We like this dip for vegetable trays, chips, even pretzels. What would you pair with HeluvaGood Dips? The company has made French Onion Dip even better by making it with Greek Style Yogurt. Same great taste and flavor. Look for this and other flavors of  HeluvaGood dips in your grocery store. It's Fall Football season and time for snacks and games!  Punt on over to their web site for more info,         Disclosure: I received HeluvaGood Dips for this post. The comments and vi

Add 39 spices and herbs to your cooking in one shake with Spike Gourmet Natural Seasonings

Pasta dishes are not a hit at my family dinner table. I tend to cook a meal of spaghetti now and then, but I think only the Mr. and I are sitting at the dinner table that night. I made rigatoni a few nights ago, browned some organic ground beef and topped it with organic sauce. It still seemed a bit flat to me, the meal was a tad on the blah side. There was no zing to the meal. Then I remembered I just got a few bottles of Spike Seasonings to try,  so I did just that. A few shakes of the spice blend was all I did-no cutting a pile of herbs or digging through the spice cupboard to find that right blend. I topped the Rigatoni with Spike Original Gourmet Natural Seasoning and it was much better. Saved the dinner!   There are 39 flavorful herbs and spices in the jar. Just open and shake away. Use it on fish, poultry, beef, eggs, pizza, pasta, even popcorn. Whatever meal you are cooking or eating shake All Purpose Spike Gourmet Natural Season on and see taste how much better your food taste

Giveaway: Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray for prevention of head lice

How many students are in your child's class? There are all types of hair in a classroom. As parents we all hope for a healthy happy classroom. One way to keep your child's hair healthy is Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel conditioning Spray. Pure organic rosemary, citronella and tea tree oils care for your child's hair naturally. Spray on hair daily for softening, de-tangling, eliminate frizzes, and to help prevent head lice. Yes, prevent! That is a sigh of relief. Spray on damp hair. Spray behind the ears, back of the neck, and top of shoulders for extra protection. When that note comes home from school that alerts you to a case of head lice in the classroom you might just feel a little bit more comfort knowing your child uses Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel® Conditioning Spray. They have  been preventing and treating head lice issues since 1999.  offers detailed information on removal and prevention of head lice. There are step by step video guides

Philadelphia band Dr. Dog has a new album called "B-Room". See "Broken Heart" here and get the tour dates too

Watch the video from the new Dr. Dog Song, "Broken Heart" below. Their new album "B-Room will be out on October 1, 2013. Just in time for all your Fall parties!   "B-Room is the culmination of a complete overhaul of the band’s writing and recording process, which finds them in a new self-built studio, writing songs live in rehearsal, and using the rock solid groove of the band, honed through workmanlike touring, as a powerful compositional tool. In its purest form, B-Room is a soul album. In an early review of a new song "The Truth" CMJ said this reconfigured sound, “Breezily pays homage to the kings and queens of Philly soul while allowing the boys to keep carving out a path of their own.”  pre-order B-Room via B-Room Track Listing: The Truth Broken Heart Minding the Usher Distant Light Phenomenon Too Weak to Ramble Long Way Down Cuckoo Twilight Rock & Roll Love Nellie "Dr. Dog,

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is coming to a theater near you and me next October

  "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" begins production for an October 10, 2014 release date in a theater near you and me! The film plans to shoot entirely in the Los Angles Area. who's going to be in the film? Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander’s parents. 16-year-old Dylan Minnette is Alexander’s older brother, Anthony; 15-year-old Kerris Dorseyas sister Emily; and 12-year-old Australian native Ed Oxenbould  will make his big-screen feature debut as the film’s title character, Alexander. What is the movie about? You can read the book now or let your kids read it to you! "Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day   of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his

Are you a Whole Shopper? Shop at Whole Foods Market e-shopping site and skip going inside the store.

Cupboards bare? Time to go grocery shopping? Busy day ahead? How's this sound? turn on your computer go to the web site WHOLE-SHOPPER.COM  this is Whole Foods Market's web site place your order from home, office, where ever you are pick the time you want to pick up your groceries at Whole Foods (during store hours) drive to Whole Foods Market and park in the special parking spots near the entrance push the button on the call box in your parking spot to call associate Your groceries will be brought to your car, your groceries are loaded into your car, and  off you go. How do I get started? Once you set up your account with your email and a password you can start ordering. You will pay at the time of pick up so you don't need to enter any account information. (Note: On September 16 Whole Foods Market in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania will be the first location to offer this service, with other stores to follow.) You can order 24/7 at their e-shopping site You pay when you pic