Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ring in the New Year...with free stuff!

Last slickdeals of 2009 and I've found some good stuff to start off the new year with free stuff!

Get 3 free books from Crown Publishing http://read-it-forward.crownpublishing.com/

Another promo code is out for a free rental from Redbox. Use ACME25. Not sure how long this is good for but I used it over the weekend to rent "Up" and it was definitely worth a rental...especially if it's free!

Get another free movie with a free Video on Demand rental from amazon.com. Click on the right where it says "Have a promotion code?" Enter the claim code: AVODGIFT in the pop-up window and click the Apply button.

Looks like the BOGO Special K coupon is still available. http://www.specialk.com/register/offer/. I took mine to Farm Fresh this week (12/31) while they are offering buy 4 get one free and walked away with 2 free boxes.

If you are an Olay user, they are offering some great coupons and rebates. A coupon to save $10 when you purchase two Olay Pro-X products. https://webstore.skybridgemg.com/OlayProx/register.seam

Among the rebates:

Buy 2 Olay Regenerist facial products, get $15 (expires 1/24)
Spend $50 on Olay Pro-X products, get $20 (expires 12/31)
Purchase any Olay Quench body lotion, receive a full price rebate by mail (1/29)

Sign up on the Cheerios web site to receive 4 $1/1 coupons by mail. You can also print out 2 $1/1 coupons for Honey Nut Cheerios. Stop by Walgreens this week with your coupons to two free boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios when you buy milk.

Buy 2 Boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at $2 each
Buy 1 Gallon of Milk
Use 2 $1/1 printable coupons
You'll get $2 in register rewards back to use off your next purchase
Final Price = FREE (when you buy milk)

Become a fan of Wheat Thins on Facebook and get a $1 off coupon. If you take this to Farm Fresh on Wednesdays the coupon will double to $2. I went today and got a box for 50 cents!

Get a free Nestle Crunch Bar via facebook. Play the game...first 1000 every day will get a free bar.

Free pregnancy journal. Sign up here

Get a FREE Dora The Explorer Game When You Register for Updates about Nickelodeon Video Downloads and Other Nick Jr. Offers.

If you get stupid, awful, crappy canker sores like me...here's a free remedy They offered this a while back and I got signed up and magically haven't gotten one since! (where's the wood to knock on?!) So if anything, maybe this freebie has magical powers :)

Sign up for the Betty Crocker newsletter and get a free sample of YoPlus yogurt.

Another Home Made Simple coupon booklet is available with over $35 in cleaning coupons.

Free sample of Kashi TLC granola bar.

Free sample of Priolsec OTC Hearburn Blocker at Walmart

Free ConAgra Foods $17 coupon book filled with Healthy Choice, Chef Boyardee, Snack Pack coupons and more. http://startsampling.com/sm/101044/ ConAgra also has a rebate offer. Purchase $10 in ConAgra products and submit this rebate form to get another coupon book worth $25! You have until mail in your receipts by March 28, 2010. http://www.allyou.com/static/pdf/all-you-post-holiday.pdf

Amazon is offering a free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime valid for all accounts, including those who previously participated in a similar trial.

Click here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679405429?tag=slickdeals
Add the book to cart using the "Add to cart with free 2-day shipping" button on the right of the page (if visible)
If the button is not visible, simply add the book to cart
Login to your account, and sign up for free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime when prompted
If the button was not visible in (2), in cart switch to "FREE Two-Day Shipping with a free trial of Amazon Prime" shipping
Sign up for trial as prompted
Once sign up is completed, remove the book from your cart
Click here,https://www.amazon.com/gp/subs/primeclub/account/homepage.html/ref=ya_T15_72?tag=slickdeals log in if prompted and turn off your prime membership from automatic upgrade by clicking "Do Not Upgrade" button, and confirm your selection
Enjoy your free 3-month trial of Amazon Prime

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Slickdeals edition before Christmas!

Don't forget! Today, December 17, is Free Shipping Day. Over 700 retailers are offering free shipping on any purchase with the added guarantee that it’ll arrive by Christmas Eve. http://www.freeshippingday.com/ and today is the last day to get Free Super Saving Shipping from amazon.com and get your gifts here by Christmas.

There's a new promo code ACME26 to get a free one-night movie rental with at your local Redbox.

And the best freebie of all...since it goes to a great cause! The Virginia Beach SPCA, Norfolk SPCA and Chesapeake Animal Control are excited to announce that Priority Automotive has offered to pay all adoption fees for dogs adopted between now and Christmas. The 3 local animal shelters estimate that as many as 100 dogs will be adopted thanks to Priority’s offer. The Priority offer will allow families who may not have the funds to adopt to come in and select the dog of their choice.

Make it a priority to give a dog a home this Christmas! And FYI the VBSPCA is hosting an open house this Saturday, the 19th. 11am until 6pm at 3040 Holland Road in Virginia Beach. Enjoy holiday goodies and special activities throughout the day including kid’s crafts, Christmas movies, visits with Santa, and a gold and platinum exchange! If you're a cat lover they also have a Crazy Cat Clearance going on along with other cat promotions so you can bring a cat home for Christmas and save some money at the same time.

Of course! Just because we JUST bought this- I find it for free. If you have someone on your Christmas list who loves golf and asked for a subscription to Golf Digest don't make our mistake...get it FREE http://www.rewardsgold.com/mags/golf_bw_em/tgs_gol_dig_pgs3.htm

Sign in to Shutterfly and either log into your account or sign up for a new one and you can get $15 in your account to use. When you sign in click on "My Account" and scroll down to Special Offers. Enter Special Offer Code- FIFTEENOFF and it will be deposited into your account to use now or later. (note, I tried logging in to my account and it didn't work for me. I've read others online saying it did for them so it's worth a shot but don't get your hopes up)

Buy a $20 gift card at Magazines.com and Get a Free $10 Card today and tomorrow only (Dec17-18)

The 2010 Entertainment book is on sale. This week only $19.99 and free shipping. This book is full of restaurant, grocery and attraction coupons to save you money throughout 2010. I asked for this for Christmas and am beyond excited to get it. Would have never thought when I was kid looking forward to Christmas that one day I would be excited for a coupon book...but I guess that's what happens when you get old lol.

Not the biggest of freebies- but cute for the kids. Get a free personalized video message from Santa Claus. http://portablenorthpole.tv/home

TGIFridays BOGO coupon http://www.mommysavesbig.com/printable-coupons/tgi-fridays-coupon.jpg

If you still have some shopping to do, be sure to check out this website for coupons to stores like Macy's, Toys R Us, Target, Walgreens, Bath and Body Works, Home Depot, Victoria's Secret, NY and Company and more! http://printable-coupons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shopping Adventures

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not have the best driving record. Today I was out finishing up some Christmas shopping and I backed out of a parking spot to find an SUV next to me, kind of stopped diagonally. Thinking that the obvious must've happened...I backed out without looking both ways properly, I waved my hand in an apology to the other driver. Unfortunately, she was steady yelling something at me. I tried mouthing a "Sorry" but that didn't stop her either and she started motioning for me to drive up closer to her. I did, thinking this is it...I'm about to get my butt kicked for my bad driving.

Then she motioned for me to roll down my window. Oh man, I thought, and braced myself for an earful.

So I reach over to the passenger window to roll it down (one of these days I'll get a 21st century car with automatic windows) and the woman yells out at me "I like your coat!"

Huh?!

"I saw you walking out of the store and I wanted to tell you that your coat looks really nice. Is it cashmere?"

Um no...but thanks.

"Oh, ok. Well, I just wanted to tell you that I really liked it."

and then we both drove away. Guess I'm glad that it ended that way but seriously? Who pulls a stranger over to compliment them on their outfit? When I told my husband this story his only response was "I'll never understand women."

See, over the weekend I stopped a stranger at the mall to say I liked her hat and ask where she got it. (I was at the mall looking for one just like it and couldn't find it.) And my husband thought it was hilarious since you would never see guys do that.

True, but at least I didn't stop traffic to find out! Even I have my limits for finding cute clothes!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Slickdeals- free music, gift cards and more

Free Holiday sampler album from iTunes- Lady A Baby It’s Cold Outside, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Wynonna.

Free Shipping Day is Thursday, Dec. 17- over 500 merchants participating and promising delivery by Christmas Eve too. So if you're a last minute shopper who wants to avoid mall crowds check out this website http://www.freeshippingday.com/

On 12/11 you can get a free $10 Macy's Giftcard if your first or last name is Virginia from 10 am to 6 pm. Head to your local Macy's store to grab yours. Quantities are limited and it's first come first serve.

Save $5 off your total purchase at Hallmark. Click here for the coupon. I do not see a minimum purchase requirement on this so you could go get something for $5 for free or use it for those Christmas cards.

Check out Amazon's deal of the Day and get Seinfeld- The Complete Series for $84.99. Regular price is $250.95. This offer is good for 12/12 only so hurry if you want it!!

Play the Sears Hometown Store Family and Friends V.I.P. Contest daily between December 9 and 14 for a chance to win a Sears gift card! There are over 20 gift card winners ($5 to $1000) every day in this short 6-day sweepstakes.

VS Pink Sweepstakes. Your chance to win a $10 coupon to Victoria Secret through Pink Nation. They are awarding up to 10,000 $10 printable coupons for Victoria's Secret between Dec. 8 and Dec. 30. If you don't win right away, you can keep playing until you win. Took me about 45 minutes before I won.

Do you have any LeapFrog toys in your house? Earn a free LeapFrog ABC Animal Orchestra board book just for linking those LeapFrog toys up to your Learning Path. Even if you've already created a Learning Path, you can still earn your free book by selecting the toys you have and linking them to your child's profile.

Surprise your friends or family with a call from Santa Claus, Sammy the Snowman, or Coca-Cola® Racing Family member Tony Stewart. This is being offered by Kroger. Click here to sign up.

You can go to SnapFish right now until December 13th and get a free FlipBook (1.99 shipping) just use the code GMAFREE. New Snapfish members should get a $10 credit to be used for any product (After you sign up, click on "My Account" and then you can redeem your $10 credit) There are quite a few freebies you can get with the $10 credit. Just click the "under $20" tab to see what's available. Get free shipping for orders over $3- use code 30SHIP09. 20% Off SITE WIDE + 50 FREE Prints for New Customers! Exp 12/31, Coupon Code: HOLIDAY09. Get a free photo calendar when you buy one - plus a free 20 page 4x6 Flipbook using the coupon code RACHAELRAY (up to a $27.99 + $4.99 value) thanks to The Rachael Ray Show. Shipping costs $7.98 for the calendar (may vary depending on which calendar you make) and $1.99 for the Flipbook. You won't get the Flipbook credit until after you use the calendar coupon to place an order. This code expires on Wednesday, December 16. You can pick any photo calendar you want, but you must order 2 of the same calendar (that means same photos & design too)

Save money and save an animal! Now through December 24th, the Virginia Beach SPCA is running several cat adoption promotions. If you've been thinking about adopting a cat there’s no better time than now. Cat Promotions include: Crazy Cat Clearance – Adopters of cats between the age of 1 - 6 years draw from our mystery coupon bag to receive a discount of $10 to $50. Fabulous Feline Frenzy - $50 discount off our standard adoption fee for cats age 7 years or older. ROHO (Rescue One Help One) - $40 discount off one adoption fee when adopting two cats.
Remember...this is a limited time offer! All standard adoption requirements apply. Adoption package includes spay/neuter if needed, 1 years Rabies vaccination, microchip, and a Feline Leukemia/FIV combo test. But really...come to the shelter and save a life (and a few dollars) during these fantastic promotions. Take a peak at some of the cats up for adoption here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

No surprises here

So my family is incapable of surprising each other with gifts. Whenever my birthday or Christmas rolls around I know just what I'm getting. Either because my mother asks for gift ideas, I tell her and then she forgets or looses where she wrote it down and I have to tell her again...and again...and again. Until I'm at the point where I don't even want it anymore.

Or it's an accident, like my sister spilling the beans today on one Christmas gift I have coming without meaning to.

Or worst of all...my aunt. She told me a few weeks ago that she was getting me a wedding present and that "It's a picture frame and I have a gift bag too so I'll just put it in there and give it to you." Um ok...thanks. Should I act surprised now when I open it? A picture frame? Wow, I would have never guessed.

Next year I think I have a plan though. I'm going to buy all of my own gifts, wrap them myself and put them under the tree for me. Then when I open them everyone else can be surprised over what they got me "Wow I got you a Wii? I was generous this year" :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Slickdeals

American Greeting's Photoworks is offering a few freebies for the first 20,000 to sign up. I was just able to get the calendar for free-can't beat free stocking stuffers! I'm sure this will end quickly so sign up soon.
Free Photo Clutch Book - use code C3733859796
Free Pack of 25 Photo Paper Holiday Cards - use code C3733852365
Free 11" x 8" Photo Calendar - use code C3733858476
$25 coupon towards any other photo creation - use code C3733847579

Santa is coming to Walmart. Get a complimentary photo with Santa on December 5 and 6 from 10-2 pm. You should call your local Walmart to make sure that they are participating.

Martha Stewart is offering a free Aveeno tote bag http://www.aveenosampleoffer.com/

Someone who loves reading on your Christmas list? 30% off coupon from Borders available http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/30decwk1.asp?cmpid=SA_20091202

JC Penny friends and family event through Saturday to get an extra 15% off your purchase http://f.chtah.com/i/2/95827765/main_20091202.html Includes even sale and clearance items

Yankee Candle offers a coupon for $10 off $15 purchase http://www.yankeecandle.com/yc/html/retail/Email_HTML/registerForCouponsWebNEWCoupon.html

If you’re not a member yet of Victoria’s Secret’s Pink Nation- go online to sign up- they are doing another free underwear offer right now. No purchase necessary- just head to the store with your coupon.

Get a Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth Headset with 100 Hours Standby Time, Black Free with mail in rebate. http://www.adorama.com/SSGWEP450B2.html?sid=1259858339226628

Amazon is also holding a 25 Days of Free event where they'll offer a limited-time Christmas song for free. It's running now through Dec. 25th. Check back everyday to download your free song.

Another good deal on amazon.com- the magazines. Right now they are offering 2 years of Redbook for $5! If I didn't already subscribe, I'd sign up again. FYI-the list price is $10- but you get to take an additional $5 off when you check out.

Ring in the New Year with a free calendar from Pillsbury. Sign up for their newsletter to get your free calendar. Eat Better American offers their own free calendar for signing up for their newsletter. http://freecalendar.pillsbury.com/PB2010Calendar/Default.aspxhttp://freecalendar.eatbetteramerica.com/EBA2010Calendar/Default.aspx
Request a free sample of 3M Pistonz Ear Plugs http://www.aearoweb.com/sites/pistonz/request_sample.aspx

Save money and save an animal! From November 30th through December 24th 2009, the Virginia Beach SPCA is running several cat adoption promotions. If you've been thinking about adopting a cat there’s no better time than now. Cat Promotions include: Crazy Cat Clearance – Adopters of cats between the age of 1 - 6 years draw from our mystery coupon bag to receive a discount of $10 to $50. Fabulous Feline Frenzy - $50 discount off our standard adoption fee for cats age 7 years or older. ROHO (Rescue One Help One) - $40 discount off one adoption fee when adopting two cats.
Remember...this is a limited time offer! All standard adoption requirements apply. Adoption package includes spay/neuter if needed, 1 years Rabies vaccination, microchip, and a Feline Leukemia/FIV combo test. But really...come to the shelter and save a life (and a few dollars) during these fantastic promotions

How about a Christmas gift for yourself?!

Those are the best kinds anyway- you know you'll like what you're getting...and who wouldn't like this face looking up at them from under the tree?!


I took Ceasar out from the VBSPCA today for pet therapy and fell in love! What a sweet, loving dog who is so ready for someone to take him home and love him. As soon as we got in my car, he was in heaven. Looking out the window...good thing I was only going 25 mph!



Once we really got going I realized what a lap dog Ceasar is! He curled right up in my lap and was content to stay there and get some hugs at stoplights :)


If you have room in your heart and home for Ceasar this holiday season please visit the Virginia Beach SPCA http://vbspca.com/modules/pageworks/index.php?page=12&type=Dog&contract=25516&lost=

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Is everything downsizing?!

My husband and I went to Schlotzsky's over the weekend...normally a favorite for us until Brian ordered a bag of Baked Chips. Usually we get the Lay's baked chips with no problem but they didn't have any so we got the Schlotzsky's brand. We opened it to find this...



How can that even be called a bag of chips?! More like a few chips thrown in a bag for the same price. I went up to the counter to ask if all the bags were like this and the guy told me "yes because those are the healthy chips." So in order to call the Baked Chips a healthier alternative they only give you a few?

What a rip off! If I pay for it, I want a bag full of chips to clog my arteries!

Monday, November 30, 2009

I need to come up with some good come backs!

Everyone has that one person in their family who just can't keep their trap shut. For me, it's my cousin who when Brian and I announced our engagement said (and this was not in a joking manner) "Don't! Why would you want to get married?" A simple congratulations would be sufficient but thanks for your input buddy.

So we avoided him this Thanksgiving but going to Brian's family instead where instead we had to deal with a member of his family asking the inevitable question to any newlywed couple..."When are you going to have kids?" And after I replied "not for a while, we want to enjoy some alone time for a bit." She said..."you're not getting any younger. And Brian's getting old." We're the same age but again, thanks for your input on my biological clock lady.

I seriously need some good comebacks for the baby questions since my only response was to walk away and avoid her the rest of the night. My dad's suggestion is to say "We're not trying yet but we're practicing a lot." A little weird coming from my dad lol but not a bad response. Got any comebacks for me? I need some in reserve for the next time she attacks.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How do you explain that one dad?

With everyone pressed for time and having to split Thanksgiving between families, my family has always bucked the trend and just celebrated early. We do our celebration the Sunday before to make sure we all get to see each other and the other sides of our families too.

So we gathered at my grandfather's house this past weekend to celebrate. Now, I am a little bit of an odd ball in my family for one reason. I come from a family of avid hunters and I declared at 12 years old that I was going to be a vegetarian and never looked back. I've grown used to seeing the deer heads lines up on my grandfather's wall and as a kid I used to talk to them and pet them. This weekend though, my 5 year old niece noticed them for the first time and asked "Are those real?" Well...yes. "Then why are they on the wall?" Good question. Not one that I was going to answer though, for fear of what my sister might do to me. I just kept my mouth shut and my aunt spoke up saying "You'll have to ask your grandfather." My dad, wisely, kept his head down and continued to read his paper until she forgot about it and moved on to another subject.

I wonder if he'll come up with an answer by the time we travel back to the house for Christmas. I'm sure her inquisitive mind won't let this one rest forever.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Slickdeals

The Virginia Beach SPCA is having their own Black Friday deal this year! Get 50% off the adoption fee on select cats and rabbits and 20% off select dogs. Sale starts 11/27 thru 11/29. There will be a Door Buster special 11/27 10am-Noon only to get 50% off adoption fee on ALL cats and rabbits. Check out the details here.

Xerox has created a website to give everyone and opportunity to send a free printed postcard to US military personnel stationed overseas in order to show our support and appreciation for them. Go to http://www.letssaythanks.com/ and select a design and message. This is a great opportunity to make our appreciation known!

Amazon.com has Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire year subscriptions for $5 each

$15 worth in coupons available for your Thanksgiving dinners including Campbell's soup and French Fried Onions for the Green bean casserole, Gravy, Pepperidge Farm stuffing

You can’t have cookies for breakfast but you can have a cookie coffee mug. Get a free Chips Ahoy Coffee Mug buy buying one package of select Kraft products. Click here for the rebate form.

Papa Johns is offering a free medium cheese pizza for delivery or carryout with coupon PZZAFBFAN. Note, delivery fees and order minimums may apply, and vary by location. Additional toppings are extra. The coupon is entered on top of the page under "Enter Promo Code" after logging into your account. Many Papa John's locations have now upped their minimum carryout and delivery order requirements to $10, therefore availability is limited at this time

Free Amazon song download on one of your favorite country songs. Just use code CMAAWARD and you’ll be able to download one of over 3,000 CMA nominated country songs.

Soot

I got to take Soot out from the VBSPCA today for pet therapy. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon...with a sweet kitten :)

He's available for adoption at the VBSPCA. Come see him in person- pictures don't do this little guy justice and read all about him here: http://vbspca.com/modules/pageworks/index.php?page=12&type=Kitten&contract=24818&lost=

And remember the VBSPCA is having their own Black Friday deal this year! Get 50% off the adoption fee on select cats and rabbits. Check out the details here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

People are crazy

Out of all the animals I would want to live like for a day...maybe a dolphin to swim and play in the ocean, or a giraffe to be see over everybody or even a cat because it would be the easiest day ever...one that never crossed my mind was living like a hamster.

Unfortunately it crossed somebody's mind and they thought it would great to make a hamster hotel...for humans! Check out the video here



Seriously?! Paying to eat hamster food, run around in a large hamster ball and sleep in hay is the only way to break out of your daily routine?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Taylor Swift is taking over the world

It's hard to keep up with everything Taylor Swift is doing, music, TV, movies, a clothing line and now she's announced a new venture! Greeting cards, wrapping paper and more.

This girl is brilliant! (and Wynonna thinks she doesn't deserve entertainer of the year?!) Now you can wrap up her CDs or clothes and give it as a gift wrapped in her own paper and throw in her greeting the recipient via a card. It's Taylor mania.

Not to mention with this American Greeting partnership she'll also have stationery, online photo personalization products and online greetings. It will all begin arriving on store shelves and be available online in spring 2010.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Red Carpet Looks

Gotta love the country music fashionistas! And the guys too of course. Some new looks debuted tonight- Kellie Pickler as a brunette?! Some bloggers like it- I'm on the fence

My fav red carpet look for the women...Jennifer from Sugarland. What a beautiful dress!

Best guy...Keith Urban. Giving a little sneak peak of his tattoo. Gotta love a bad boy :)

Now for the worst...Is this Leann Rimes or a racoon?

I have to admit to having a bit of a crush on Dave from Lady A...but not in these two tight and too short pants...not so much

And Martina- seriously you are too pretty for this! Love the top, bottom is a little mermaid like and what the heck is going on in the middle?

CMA Thoughts

CMA Awards right now- thought I'd share my ramblings as the show goes on...

Opening monologue with Carrie and Brad- hilarious!

Yeah! Lady A won Single of the Year for I Run To You- Love that song! Had to make it a last minute addition to our wedding CD I loved it so much.

Zac Brown Band singing The Devil Went Down to GA. I wasn’t looking up at the TV and heard them start and for a sec I thought it really was Charlie Daniels singing!

So excited for Lady A getting Vocal Group of the Year. Love that this category is actually competitive now and it isn't assumed that Flatts will win every year. Makes it more fun :)

New Artist- such a hard category! So many great new artist came out this year. Love that Darius got it- would've been happy with any of the other guys too though.

Love seeing Vince Gill back on the CMA's!!! And I'd watch Daughtry play anywhere

Brad Paisley is hosting, performing and tweeting! I'm following all the artists updates on twitter and after he performed he tweeted "how was that?" Good Brad, as always.

Gretchen Wilson just tweeted "I've heard 3 country songs so far and we're an hour and half in" Hmm...maybe she's just a little bitter since she's watching it from home? I think there have lots of great performances already tonight.

That kid from Randy Houser's video is too cute!

Ok I like Sugarland and was happy they won Duo- but was it classy of them to invite B&D up...or a little too much of a pity invite? They are Brooks and Dunn- one of the most successful acts in country music and have given countless acceptance speeches...they aren't Taylor Swift at the VMA's being denied her moment.

Nobody deserves a video award more than Taylor Swift. Her and Brad Paisley are putting out the best concept videos these days.

I'm a big Miranda Lambert fan but she needs to learn to fake a loosing happy face better. Show some teeth girl- you looked ticked not to win.

Is it just me or was the Kenny/Dave Matthews duet cut short?

Wow Taylor Swift Entertainer of the Year! It was the night of upsets- although she deserved it and I wasn't surprised to her take the reins from Kenny. I would've called it going to Taylor but every time I see Keith Urban I get distracted and want him to win :)

I found a new side job :)

I was out at the Chesapeake Coast Guard Exchange today and so was MMA fighter Ryan "Darth" Bader...got him to teach me how to do a choke hold. Think I'm ready for a side job now ;) I got home and showed Brian this pic and he said he's not too sure how he feels about me knowing how to put him in a choke hold now...he better be on his toes lol

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans honored tomorrow

Tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day and say thanks to all those who have dedicated their lives to serve our country! If you are retired or active military a lot of businesses are offering their thanks with freebies and deals. Here are some of the ones you'll be able to take advantage of:

Tomorrow Only - Veterans 50% Off On Selected Dog And ALL Cat /Kitten Adoptions at the VBSPCA! We will honor our veterans – both two-legged and four-legged – with an offer of 50% off adoption fees. Veteran dogs and cats (5 years and over) will be $25 off for ALL adopters. ALL cats and kittens are 50% off for military veterans. All other dogs and puppies will be $25 off for veterans only. This offer is good for one day only on Wednesday, November 11th from 10am until 4pm at 3040 Holland Road in Virginia Beach and at the Landstown and Pembroke PetSmart locations. Please call 427-0070 with any questions.

Restaurants offering free food and great deals are:
Uno Chicago Grill- free entree or individual pizza with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value on Nov 11.
Applebee's- Vets and active military eat free on Nov 11.
Golden Corral- Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. Free meal for Vet's or active military.
Krispy Kreme - All veterans and active military personnel can get a free doughnut of any variety, including glazed, kreme filled, and chocolate cake
Outback Steakhouse - All veterans and active duty military get a free Bloomin' Onion and beverage.
Mahi Mah's seafood restaurant is offering a 2-for-1 deal for military veterans and active duty personnel.

But it's not just food, Home Depot and Lowe's will will offer 10-percent discounts to current military and veterans. Home Depot will run it through Veterans Day, while Lowe's discounts will be in effect through Nov. 15.

Maya Couture in Norfolk is joining Brides Across America and giving away free designer wedding gowns to military brides to be! Last year, the boutique gave away 60 bridal gowns. To qualify, brides must be engaged, be on active duty in the military, or have a fiancé on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan. All military brides must show ID, copy of deployment papers, orders or other qualifying proof. Brides do not have to reside in the area where the giveaway is taking place. The gowns are pre-selected, and each event has limited amounts of gowns, and size ranges. The event is on a first come first serve basis. For more information regarding the Nov, 11th event please call Maya Couture at 757-461-1690. For more participating stores and states checkout www.bridesacrossamerica.com.

In Chesapeake Natural Elements Spa & Salon will provide FREE services to Military Veterans on Wednesday Novemeber 11th, 2009 for both active duty and retired military from 10 AM – 3 PM. Veterans interested in FREE services of Elemential Facial, Body Bliss Massage, and Hydrofying Hair must call Natural Elements Spa & Salon for their appointment. (757) 436-1141.

Sam's Club
is giving away 25,000 Hugo folding canes free of charge to United States Military Veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities per club, available only while supplies last. Sam's Club Membership is not required but, proof of military service is.

Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to Veterans November 6-11 as part of its Veterans Day tribute. The free "Honoring Service to America" pass will also be available to active duty military, National Guard and reservists, retirees and Veteran's dependents. Colonial Williamsburg will hold a military parade and ceremony on Veteran's Day.

U.S. Department of the Interior Honors Veterans with A "Fee Free Day" at National Parks, Refuges, and Other Interior Lands for everyone on Wednesday, November 11.

What a wake up call

So I woke up at 9:30 this morning to the sound of someone going through my refrigerator. I was wondering why my husband was being so loud and didn't shut the bedroom door like he normally does when making breakfast. Then I realized it was too late for Brian to still be home.

I got out of bed, walked to the kitchen in my PJ's and found a strange man going through my frig.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows not to scare me. I scream and I mean loud! I've been known to scream so loud in the studio that others can hear it through supposedly sound proofed walls. So it's really surprising that I didn't scream my head off. Instead, I just stood there starring at this man and trying to figure out why his head was in my frig and all of my food was laid out on the counters. And all I could come up to say was "Did you knock?"

He turns to me and I realized that it was the apartment maintenance man trying to fix the frig which hadn't been working properly. He said "yes, I knocked a few times. Nobody answered so I figured nobody was here. You must have been dead asleep." Guess so.

It could have been a worse ending so I was pretty thankful it wasn't a random stranger going through my frig. I was still way too freaked out to go back to sleep though so right now what I'm thankful for is coffee to help me get through the night at work :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

If you missed Taylor Swift on SNL...

Some of the skits were dumb, as usual, but that's not Taylor's fault. The "Parent Driver" skit was funny though and her monologue song was great too...

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clips/taylor-swift-monologue/1173589/

Check out the Parent Driver skit here.

and the Twilight spoof "Firelight"

What did you think of her SNL performance?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Slickdeals for the week

Harris Teeter triple coupons through midnight Tuesday

Farm Fresh doubles coupons up to 99 cents everyday- but Wednesdays they’ll double up to $1

Food Lion- 3 day sale on Procter and Gamble products- kicks of tomorrow at 8am

Free food for Veterans Day. All these goodies are valid for active military or veterans. Restaurants participating are:
Uno Chicago Grill- free entree or individual pizza with the purchase of an entree or pizza of equal or greater value on Nov 11.
Applebee's- Vets and active military eat free on Nov 11.
Golden Corral- Golden Corral's 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 5 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. Free meal for Vet's or active military.

Some stores are starting Black Friday sales early this year. Walmart and Sears have got deals already. This Saturday (Nov. 6) at 8am Wal-Mart will have the following deals (in-store only): Xbox 360 Arcade Console $199 with $100 Wal-Mart gift card (for use on future purchases). Stores will have at least 10 consoles in stock. This is a rare half-off deal; every other big box store is selling the console for $199.99

Target deals on toys! Check out the 58 printable Holiday Target Toy Coupons for in-store and online use. A few of them can be stacked in-store with manufacturer's coupons! Here are the stackable coupons I found, but be sure to browse the full list of coupons for others that you can use. All of these coupons expire November 25. Stack $10 Target coupon with $10 LeapFrog Coupon to get the LeapFrog Tag Reading System priced at $39.99 for $20. Pictureka! Flipper Game Save $10 by stacking the $5 Target coupon with $5 Hasbro Coupon. Clue Secret & Spies Save $10 by stacking $5 Target coupon with $5 Hasbro Coupon. Guesstures Save $10 by stacking $5 Target coupon with $5 Hasbro Coupon. Movies: Up and Monsters, Inc. Save $18 by stacking $10 Target coupon with $8 Monsters, Inc. Coupon.

Free Moe's Southwest Grill. Moe knows you love free stuff, like our free chips and salsa every day... so how about a free burrito too? Stop by on Saturday, November 7th from 5PM to 8PM and get any burrito, FREE, when you say you're a FB fan! (1 burrito per per, good at CNU store only). 12368 Warwick Blvd Newport News, VA.

Free Veggie Tales DVD when you sign up for their newsletter. Pay only the $2.99 shipping fee. Great stocking stuffer

Visit the new Kodak Gallery for a chance to get one of 300,000 $15 gift cards between October 20 and November 13. You'll get your $15 gift card code almost instantly by email. Here's how they are distributing those $15 gift cards (starts at 12 am ET):
* first 100,000 to register between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13

Southwest Airlines
is offering another deal- this time for paypal customers. Get 15% off your roundtrip airfare. Details here.

It's a sobering fact. Thousands of pets die in home fires every year. At Protection One, we understand you want to protect these beloved family members from the dangers of fire. Order a FREE pet decal today to alert firefighters to save your pets in case of fire. Click here to order yours.

Getting married? You can get 100 free postcards and use it for your save the date cards. Click here for details.

How can you resist these faces?!

I did pet therapy with the VB SPCA today. Took one of the kittens up for adoption, 16 week old Flint, out to a local nursing home. He brought a lot of joy with him today! And he was so happy to do so...he did not stop purring the whole time he was there. He curled up in the residents laps, laid on the beds next to them and now he needs to be rewarded...with a forever home :) Do you have room in your heart and home for this guy?



There are lots of adult cats looking for homes too and they often get overlooked so stop by and fall in love with someone like 1 year old Punky.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Taylor Swift on SNL this week

Is it just me or is SNL getting worse every year? Every week I try to watch and I end up turning it 5 minutes in. Gonna have to stick it out this week though because Taylor Swift is hosting and the musical guest! That's gotta make it better, right?

(this video is a little messed up in the beginning but if you wait about 20 seconds, it'll pop up)

Gotta love dumb people in the news!

I love reading the dump people in the news stories. Found two good ones today.

In Ohio, a Halloween partier was dressed as a Breathalyzer...can you see where this is going...yep, he was arrested early last Sunday morning for drunk driving.

Eighteen-year-old James Miller was allegedly driving the wrong way out of the entrance to a one-way street when cops pulled him over. In his front seat and trunk were the remnants of a case of Bud Light. His blood-alcohol level -- measured on a real breathalyzer -- was over twice the legal limit. He also had multiple fake Ohio IDs. He was charged with multiple offenses and released into the custody of his girlfriend.

This next story just shows you don't mess with God- or one of his stores lol....

Police in California allege a Family Christian Book Store employee accidentally recorded himself setting up a peeping camera in the store's bathroom. Police said Joseph David Ramon Moreaux accidentally taped himself hiding the camera between boxes in the corner of a store restroom used by both men and women. The camera was discovered Sunday by a female patron who alerted police to its presence. Officers said they found the video of Moreaux hiding the camera on the device.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New favorite tv show

It's a tough choice for me over which new show I love more...Modern Family or Glee. They are so good! Haven't been too happy that the World Series means no Glee for last 2 weeks but then I saw this. Thank you World Series for giving us at least a little Glee fix

Monday, November 2, 2009

Vacation Horror Stories

My husband and I decided to go away this past weekend. Took a trip up to Natural Bridge, Va and met up with his parents to get some family time in too. There is only one hotel in Natural Bridge and it is within walking distance to everything...the bridge, the waterfall, caverns so it seemed like the logical choice.

Before leaving I looked up the hotel again to get directions and that's when I started to read reviews of it...bad reviews. I was semi-prepared for it being dirty and the staff being rude but when I walked in and experienced it for myself, it was a whole other story.

We got to our room, set our stuff down and Brian went to look out the window to see what kind of view we had. This is what he saw...


Yes, that is a half eaten piece of pizza on our window sill. Maybe that's what they consider breakfast in bed? lol

We couldn't get the window open either to try to knock it off. I thought, oh well, it's only one night. Until it was 1:30 am, 80 degrees in the room because the heat was broken and we had no window to open.

So I called the front desk and they said we could switch rooms. The guy comes up to give us the new room key but when my husband opens the door, the guy just walks into our room. It's 1:30 in the morning and I'm in my PJs scrambling for a cover up. He bangs on the window and is able to get it open. Thank goodness...we thought.

Fell asleep just to wake up an hour later to it SLAMMING shut! We just about had a heart attack! Luckily, Brian got it back open this time, shoved a pillow in it so that it wouldn't slam shut again and we tried to get a few more hours of sleep.

On top of all that...weather.com lied and the sunny skies we looked forward to on Sunday turned into rain and we had to cut the trip short and head back to the beach. Even with all of the litte annoyances, we still had a good time. We were with each other and with family so that's what most important in the end :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

My Worst Halloween Costume EVER

Halloween is tomorrow and as much as I love what this holiday revolves around... candy...I've never been into it that much. Growing up we didn't celebrate it at all. Instead, we went to the fall festival at church. We still got candy and bobbed for apples...but no ghosts, witches, devil costumes, etc were allowed.

Somehow though at around age 10 I found a child-size french maid costume at Roses and just had to be that. So I went as a french maid TO CHURCH! And my mother let me! At the time, I just thought it was a cute little maid costume but now I can only imagine what the preacher thought when I strolled in with my face covered in makeup...bright blush...red lips...and my feather duster in hand. Oh the embarrassment.

I'll never be able to figure out 1. why companies make sexy costumes for kids and 2. why my mother let me go like that. Probably so we could have this story to laugh about 20 years later :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Slickdeals and more!

Halloween Savings:
Taco Bell is offering one free Black Jack taco to every customer who stops by between 6 p.m. and midnight on Oct. 31.

Free BOO-Ritos at Chipotle Oct 31st - All Stores. Good Saturday from 6 pm to close. Dress up at a burrito and you can get a free burrito. According to www.frugalfreebiesanddeals.com you can get away with just wearing a foil hat to get the freebie.

Rita's Italian Ice
shop on Warwick Boulevard in Newport News is also offering a free treat to customers who show up in costume. If you head to the location on Halloween, you'll get a free regular Italian Ice. The restaurant is located at 12286 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. If that doesn't fill you up, head to Sonic for some Halloween night corndogs, discounted to 50 cents from 5 to 10 p.m. Thanks to the Daily Press's Savvy Shopper for the slickdeal.

Oprah has posted a coupon to Save 50% off your entire purchase at Payless ShoeSource. This coupon is valid through the end of the day Friday, October 30 and can only be used in-store. If you don't want to print the PDF coupon, you can also text OPRAHSHOW to 242424 to get the coupon on your phone and present it in the store (please be aware of what your cell phone contract charges for text messages).

Free YoCrunch Yogurt Coupon
- For up to two weeks after Halloween, you can send in any candy wrappers in exchange for a coupon good for any YoCrunch yogurt. Yea! Eat candy and then get free candy yogurt! You'll probably want to include a note with your address on it as well. Wrappers can be sent to the following address: Shaina Zalma YoCrunch. 9507 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Free Mattel Toy
while supplies last Oct 31st for Children in Costume at Sears (plus a Printable Toy Coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase)

Sears is giving away a free Halloween-themed portrait collage worth $44! You’ve got until Saturday, October 31 to use the coupon and the fine print says nothing about making an additional purchase. According to Freebies 4 Mom, some people have had mixed success with this. If you’re interested, make sure to call your local store and confirm they’re participating.

Huge savings on plane tickets from Southwest Airlines! For 72 hours (Oct. 27-29 only) you can score some of our most incredible deals of the year for travel Dec. 2 - Dec. 16, 2009 and Jan. 5 - Feb. 10, 2010. Fares as low as $25 one way! Lots of flights available out of Norfolk. I saw a one-way New York for $25. The one-way flight back is only $25 too so for $50 spend the day in New York and check out the tree in Rockefeller Center!

CVS currently has Campbell’s soup on sale for 2/$1. Plus, use this coupon for $1/2 coupon, meaning you can get free Campbell’s soup!

Sony offers a $2 off coupon for select movies. Part of their Movie Staycation promotion. I downloaded the coupon and got a kid's movie for only $3 from Target! Saving up some stocking stuffers for my niece.

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee's this Veteran's Day-In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. All U.S. veterans and active duty military with proof of current or former military service will eat free. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: http://applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx

Denny's BOGO. Buy One Burger and Fries, Get the 2nd Free, with the purchase of 2 drinks. Click here for the coupon. Expires Nov. 23.

Something cool for the kids--make your own photo coloring pages. Crayola has a section of their site where you can upload a photo and make it into a coloring page. You an try it for free for 24 hours with the code- PRRVBTR2. I printed out a bunch for my niece and am going to use it to make a coloring book for her for Christmas. Love free Christmas gifts!

Coupons.com has Playskool/Hasbro Coupons available . They range from $2-$10. The $10 Sit and Spin coupon- Some Walmart stores are selling this toy for $16.52 to $19.96 putting it under $10 (thanks Freebies4Mom) The Mr. Potato Head coupon- Dollar General may be selling a Mr. Potato Head for $3 making this a $1 toy with the $2 coupon (Thanks My Frugal Adventures)

Visit the new Kodak Gallery for a chance to get one of 300,000 $15 gift cards between October 29 and November 13. You'll get your $15 gift card code almost instantly by email. Here's how they are distributing those $15 gift cards (starts at 12 am ET): Another batch rolled out today and the first 10,000 to register before Nov. 5th get the $15 gift card. Another batch will be given out Nov. 6- Nov. 13. If you aren't one of the first 10,000 to sign up, you'll still get something- a 40% off code.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Dierks Bentley music video out

Always been a Dierks Bentley fan...even more so now that he's singing with Patty Griffin! Check out their new video together. Loving it?!

Not what you want to find in bed with you...

It was about 2 this morning when my cat hoped up in bed with me. As he settled into a spot I reached over to pet him and felt something hard beside him. Thinking he might have brought one of his toys into bed, I picked it up to try to feel what it was...and I mean I really felt around on it! Still not sure exactly what it was, I figured I'd leave it til the morning. So I reached above my head and put it on the headboard of the bed. I guess I must've caught a whiff along the way and realized just what it was that I was just holding...and in a panic I flipped the light on to be sure. (Didn't really think about my husband sleeping next to me until he jumps up saying "what is it? what's wrong?")

I scream "I touched poo! I touched poo!!!!" It took his half-asleep brain a minute to fully wake up and start laughing at me.

Guess this was pay back from a few weeks when he woke up to find some on his pillow and was so freaked out he had to go shower while I laughed and laughed. Karma is a bitch.

And on another note- we are switching back to the old cat litter since the vet thinks this may be the cause of our new unwelcome guests in the bed.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Costumes- what's your best one?

Everyone is looking for cheap but good costume ideas for Halloween this year and I just got a call about a good one. A woman is going to go as Balloon Boy and although there's a website selling a costume kit for it for $20, she's going to make it herself for a few bucks using a paper box, baby doll, hangers and aluminum foil. I told her to have her boyfriend dress up like the media hungry dad and she'd be good to go :) Maybe throw in a few friends as paparazzi as an added bonus.

What's your best costume idea?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Slickdeals

Free Mattel Toy Oct 31st for Children in Costume at Sears (plus a Printable Toy Coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase)

Free Edible Arrangement--Become a fan of them on Facebook and receive a coupon via e-mail for a free Edible Arrangements 6-Piece Dipped Fruit that retails for $15. The coupon is valid through 11/21/09. Choose to pick it up yourself to save the shipping fee.

Barnes and Nobles has a coupon for a free small hot chocolate and kid's cookie for this Saturday, Oct. 24.

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee's this Veteran's Day-In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. All U.S. veterans and active duty military with proof of current or former military service will eat free. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform. For additional details, visit: http://applebees.com/vetsDay/default.aspx

Denny's BOGO. Buy One Burger and Fries, Get the 2nd Free, with the purchase of 2 drinks. http://dennys.com/en/emailblast1009.html

TGIFridays coupon for free appetizer with the purchase of a drink at the bar between 4pm – close. There’s no limit on the drink (it can be alcoholic or non). Expires on November 1, 2009. Plus, a coupon for a $5 sandwich or salad for lunch is attached. http://tgifridays.com/promos/woodyoffers

Join or log onto Victoria’s Secret Pink Nation for a free Pink cotton panty plus $10 off a bra for new members. Valid through Nov. 9. https://secure.vspink.com/pink_nation/login.jsp

Smartsource.com has movie for Ice Age, Spaceballs, Flicka, Aquamarine, Bend It Like Beckham and more. coupons

Coupons.com has Playskool/Hasbro Coupons available . They range from $2-$10. The $10 Sit and Spin coupon- Some Walmart stores are selling this toy for $16.52 to $19.96 putting it under $10 (thanks Freebies4Mom) The Mr. Potato Head coupon- Dollar General may be selling a Mr. Potato Head for $3 making this a $1 toy with the $2 coupon (Thanks My Frugal Adventures)

Visit the new Kodak Gallery for a chance to get one of 300,000 $15 gift cards between October 20 and November 13. You'll get your $15 gift card code almost instantly by email. Here's how they are distributing those $15 gift cards (starts at 12 am ET):
* first 100,000 to register between Oct. 20 and 28
* first 100,000 to register between Oct. 29 and Nov. 5
* first 100,000 to register between Nov. 6 and Nov. 13
Great Christmas gifts for the family...photo calendar of the grandkids for your parents, maybe?! Me, I'll use it on my annual photoshop calendar for my husband. Our heads on the bodies of famous people...what can I say, we have a simple sense of humor lol.

Free coupon book with over $35 in savings from Home Made Simple.

Kellogg's new $10 Bonus Bucks promotion. You have until 09/30/10 to do the following: Buy three (3) specially marked boxes of Kellogg's® cereal and collect the codes inside each box. Enter codes at Kellogg Bonus Bucks. Receive your $10 Bonus Bucks certificate by mail. Redeem your certificate at a variety of participating retailers like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and more. The four participating cereals are Frosted Flakes, Froot (sic) Loops, Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran. Also, Redplum has a $1.50/2 coupon for Mini-Wheats that can be applied towards this!

Kraft is getting into the rebate game too, offering $10 back when you buy any 10 partipating Nabisco crackers, Easy Cheese or Planter's Nuts. Here's the rebate form. Plus, a coupon for $1 off 2 Nabisco crackers.

Free downloads from some of your favorite Country stars and some up and comers too like Jason Aldean, Big Kenny, Terri Clark, Bucky Covington, Easton Corbin and more. https://www.peoplecmg.com/countryplaylist/

Monday, October 19, 2009

Welcome to the family

With blogger, facebook, myspace, etc it didn't seem necessary to Brian and I to announce our wedding in my hometown newspaper. I figured anyone who I wanted to know I got married, knew, and were either there or saw the pics online. But my parents aren't on facebook or myspace...which I guess I should maybe be thankful for lol...and they wanted us to put it in the paper. So we did to make them happy.

The paper sent us a few extra clippings so I thought Brian's grandparents might like to see it too. So I addressed, stamped and stuffed the envelopes and asked Brian to write a note to his grandmother to put in with it. Here's how the conversation went after that.

Brian: "Why?"
Me: "Because you can't send something and not include a note."
Brian: "Well we're sending the clipping, that's enough."
Me: "No it's not, she's your grandmother and you don't talk to her that often, you should write her a note."

I go and get him a piece of a paper and pen to try to encourage him.

Brian: "Well, what should I write?"
Me: "Just say, I thought you might like to see this. Hope to see you soon. Love, Brian"

He sets the paper and pen on the coffee table and proceeds to keep watching T.V.

Me: "Can you please just write a quick note so I can send it?"
Brian: *sigh*

So he writes the note, I mail it out and we get a forwarded email from his mother today that his grandmother sent saying...

I received the paper clipping and a note from Brian and bride. He's is a thoughtful son.

He's thoughtful and I don't get a name?! That's just wrong! Needless to say, Brian found this hilarious and is now strutting around saying how thoughtful he is. I don't want to burst grandma's bubble though so I'll let her think that...but I'm certainly not going to let him live this one down :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Slickdeals

Free downloads from some of your favorite Country stars and some up and comers too like Jason Aldean, Big Kenny, Terri Clark, Bucky Covington, Easton Corbin and more. https://www.peoplecmg.com/countryplaylist/

Join or log onto Victoria’s Secret Pink Nation for a free Pink cotton panty plus $10 off a bra for new members. Valid through Nov. 9.

On October 17th, Chick-fil-a will be coming out with their 2010 Calendars. They will be mailed for free for the first 100,000 requests or until October 21st, whichever comes first, limited to one per address. Click here to visit the website to order yours.


Bestbuy has $50 iTunes gift cards for $40 with free shipping.

Free Asthma Storybook for Children. Read a story and help your child learn about managing asthma.

Ruby Tuesdays is offering a four course brunch on Sunday now and a Buy One Entree Get One Free coupon to go along with it.

Kellogg's new $10 Bonus Bucks promotion. You have until 09/30/10 to do the following: Buy three (3) specially marked boxes of Kellogg's® cereal and collect the codes inside each box. Enter codes at Kellogg Bonus Bucks. Receive your $10 Bonus Bucks certificate by mail. Redeem your certificate at a variety of participating retailers like Target, Walmart, Toys R Us and more. The four participating cereals are Frosted Flakes, Froot (sic) Loops, Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran. Also, Redplum has a $1.50/2 coupon for Mini-Wheats that can be applied towards this!

Free BOO-Ritos at Chipotle Oct 31st - All Stores. This one is not confirmed (on the website) but they do it every year. So we recommend you call your local store to confirm. This offer is good Saturday, October 31st - from 6 pm to close. Dress up at a burrito and you can get a free burrito. According to www.frugalfreebiesanddeals.com you can get away with just wearing a foil hat to get the freebie.

If you are looking to start a family soon- you probably know how expensive pregnancy and ovulation tests are. So how about 10 free ones?! Click here to order yours.

Something cool for the kids--make your own photo coloring pages. Crayola has a section of their site where you can upload a photo and make it into a coloring page. You an try it for free for 24 hours with the code- PRRVBTR2.

Free food! Get a full Rebate for Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente- up to $3.49. Click here

Free Photobook from Overnight Prints. Get a free 5x5 photobook (or $10 off any other service) from OvernightPrints.com- Just click the Photo Books Button on the right (middle of the page) and use the code: ONPFREE5L1 on checkout. Limited Time Offer Expires October 19, 2009

If you're into classical music, amazon.com has a free download of the CD "The Best of the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the universe."

50 free prints when you sign up for CVS photo center.

Teachers can order a free Random Acts of Fitness Kits from Subway. It teaches health and fitness. Click here to get yours.

If you buy Spot Shot Instant Stain Remover now you get a rebate for Hollywood Movie Money to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Here's a coupon for $1 off Spot Shot. Download this form and send it in with your receipt.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

For the animal lovers

My dad sent me this today...so sweet! It was a 6 year old's perspective on why animals lives are so much shorter than humans.

He said "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

As a cat lover, I'd have to say they know how to love everybody all the time too...well for some cats only when they feel like it, but I'll take whatever they give :)

I'm walking in the Virginia Beach SPCA's Virtual Cat Walk this year to raise money to make sure the cats in the shelter can enjoy their lives and find forever homes. It costs the SPCA $50 just to house one cat for a day. Please sponsor me and help the SPCA give these cats a home. If I can get just 20 more people to donate $5 I can reach my goal of $200. http://vbspca.com/modules/pageworks/index.php?page=27&id=348


Slickdeals Thursday!

Free download of the new Luke Bryan CD! The first 5,000 people to sign up here http://www.lukebryan.com/index.php?page=albumdownload get a free download of Luke Bryan's new CD courtesy of Longhorn Steakhouse. The code is LONGHORN.

Ruby Tuesdays is offering a four course brunch on Sunday now and a Buy One Entree Get One Free coupon to go along with it.

The annual Energy Star tax holiday starts tomorrow in Va. For four days you can get qualified appliances and home repair accessories tax-free. They have to be marked with Energy Star or WaterSense labels and cost $2,500 or less.

50 free prints when you sign up for CVS photo center.

Teachers can order a free Random Acts of Fitness Kits from Subway. It teaches health and fitness. Click here to get yours.

If you buy Spot Shot Instant Stain Remover now you get a rebate for Hollywood Movie Money to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Here's a coupon for $1 off Spot Shot. Download this form and send it in with your receipt.

October is National Cooke month! Darn, guess I have to eat lots of cookies this month. And a free one too? Ok, if you twist my arm. During Oct. Great American Cookie will give you a coupon for a free regular Original Chocolate Chip Cookie if you sign up for their email fan club “CookiE-mail.” Ok- that’s so darn clever, I’m in. As if I wasn’t already with the mention of cookies and free in the same sentence. There is a Great American Cookie in Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. www.greatamericancookies.com

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's Thursday and you know what that means

Slickdeals!

October is National Cooke month! Darn, guess I have to eat lots of cookies this month. And a free one too? Ok, if you twist my arm. During Oct. Great American Cookie will give you a coupon for a free regular Original Chocolate Chip Cookie if you sign up for their email fan club “CookiE-mail.” Ok- that’s so darn clever, I’m in. As if I wasn’t already with the mention of cookies and free in the same sentence. There is a Great American Cookie in Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News. www.greatamericancookies.com

From Oct. 2 - 5, Free Tall brewed coffee from Starbucks. Starbucks invites customers to join the Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew Taste Challenge at their favorite U.S. Starbucks location. Participants can taste Colombia Starbucks VIA™ next to fresh-brewed Pike Place™ Roast and challenge themselves to guess which one is Starbucks VIA™. Starbucks VIA™ Taste Challenge participants will receive coupon for a complimentary Tall brewed coffee on their next visit as well as an offer for $1 off a Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew purchase.’ Find out more at http://news.starbucks.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=271

Join the Dollar General Savings Zone email club and get a free scattertunes gift card for any Trace Adkins single.

Amazon.com has a free download of Miranda Lambert “What are You Going to Do” and exclusive song. Says today only, but said that Tuesday and it’s still available so not sure how long it’s going to last- get while the gettin’s good.

Dairy Queen- Join the Blizzard fan club to get up to 6 Buy One Get One Free coupons.

Some Wendy’s have a coupon booklet on sale for $1. In exchange, you get 10 free Jr. Frosty coupons valid between 11/1/09 and 2/1/10! Sounds like a pretty good trade off to me. Check with your local Wendy’s to see if they are offering these.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Help me support the VBSPCA Walk

Help me support the VBSPCA! Each year the VBSPCA presents its Walk For The Animals and of course this event features dogs. We all know that no self-respecting cat would ever be caught walking on a leash amongst the likes of dogs! So to honor all the wonderful cats that have been adopted, (including our little Louie) the VBSPCA is presenting a virtual Cat Walk. The theme is "No Cat Left Behind", and the proceeds will benefit the VBSPCA cats and kittens still in search of their "forever" homes. Click the link to sponsor my team "For Louie." No donation is too small!

Click here to visit my personal walk page: http://vbspca.com/modules/pageworks/index.php?page=27&id=348

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Slickdeals Thursday

I love Texas Music! Got hooked on it back in college when I discovered Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison and Jack Ingram which lead me to Reckless Kelly, Hayes Carll and Cross Canadian Ragweed. I could go on and on :) Well amazon.com is letting you discover the newest Texas artists for FREE! Get a free download of the CD Discover Texas Music at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OV57JC?ie=UTF8&tag=heyitsfree-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002OV57JC

Free Cookies- Holla! Celebrate National Cookie Month with Mrs. Fields! Get a FREE Chocolate Chip Cookie on October 1, from 11 a.m. To 1 p.m. At all participating Mrs. Fields Stores, and don't forget to ask for your frequent buyer card to get up to 6 more FREE cookies through October 31. http://www.mrsfields.com/misc/free_cookie_day/

As if I don't have enough boxes of cereal at home- my husband says 10 boxes is overkill, I say get 'em while the gettin's good, not like they are going to go bad! So I'll be making a trip to Walmart this weekend because they have Honey Bunches of Oats cereal on sale for $2. If you use this free $2/1 printable coupon, then it’s free! http://www.postcereals.com/honeybunchesofoats/

Amazon also has around 30 magazines right now offering $5 subscriptions like Parenting, InStyle, Redbook and more. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000424731&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=browse&pf_rd_r=1A06RDTBGYMCHJEA1TTN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=490319351&pf_rd_i=599858

Free 60 Day Trial at BJs. http://www.bjs.com/about/news/content/item1,061.shtml?sc_cid=G468x60

Before you head to Patrick Henry Mall be sure to check out their coupon page. http://www.shoppatrickhenrymall.com/sales/coupons

Scrapbooking paper on sale at amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1253761582?ie=UTF8&rs=1063498&me=A2A7JO93TXBA3H&rh=n%3A1063498%2Cp_8%3A70-100%2Cp_4%3A7gypsies&page=1

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Slickdeals!

Good deals on books at The Newport News library West Avenue Library this weekend. You can buy books, tapes and collectibles at really discounted prices. Hardback books costing $1, and paperback books selling for 50 cents. Children’s books will cost 25 cents. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. West Avenue Library is located at 2907 West Ave. in Newport News.

Harris Teeter is doing another Triple coupon week through Sept. 22. I love me some triple coupons!!! Up to 99 cents will be tripled.

From now until Sept. 28, Starbucks customers who bring in a receipt for a purchase made before 2 p.m. can get any Grande iced coffee for $2. If you’re a coffee addict and need it morning noon and night, it’s geared to you since the receipts must show a same-day purchase.

Pets love treats and we love free things, so it's a win win situation for everyone over at Hill's Science Diet! For a limited time they're giving away your choice of free Simple Essentials dog treats. Choose from Light, Mobility, and Immunity Support. Your canine will thank you! Offer valid while supplies last.
http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/operations/samples/2/hillspet_simpleessentials_freesample.html

Can't forget the cat lovers! Free sample of Fancy Feast appetizers for cats

Free year subscription to Field and Stream magazine
http://www.mercurymagazines.com/pr1/121/121261

Free year subscription to Food and Wine magazine
https://subs.timeinc.net/WI/wi_panasonic0708.jhtml?experience_id=202695&source_id=1&_requestid=13286&_requestid=13286

Free sample of EmergenC
http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid75256.aspx

Join the Dollar General Savings Zone email club and get a free scattertunes gift card for any Trace Adkins single.

Arby's is giving away more freebies...Three more freebies in September. September 16 - Free Regular Sidekickers with Purchase of Any Soft Drink. September 23 - Free Roastburger with Purchase of Any Soft Drink. September 30 - Free FruiTea with with Any Sandwich Purchase

Dairy Queen- Join the Blizzard fan club to get $1 off and Buy One Get One Free coupons. Click here to join.

Need a new friend? :)

I had a great day today- I went out with the VBSPCA to a local nursing home and took some of the animals in the shelter to visit the residents for pet therapy. The residents really enjoyed seeing them, getting to pet them and play with them. And I think the animals, especially the kitten I was holding, really enjoyed all the attention :) Today we took out Tigger, a beautiful black rabbit, and Chad, a 16 week old kitten. I was in charge of Chad, who was just the sweetest kitten ever! He hung out in my arms content to just be held, petted and play with my hair when he got the chance :) He would be a great addition to any family, a lap cat in the making with a playful streak too if you have kids who want to play (or a grown kid like my husband lol)

Both animals are available for adoption now at the Virginia Beach SPCA. If you have a place in your home and heart for one of these furry friends!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slickdeals Sept. 10th

Free Hallmark card from Walmart. Click here to get yours.

National Museum Day is Sept. 26th. Click here to get 2 free admissions to a museum of your choice on the 26th.

Arby's is giving away more freebies...Three more freebies in September. September 16 - Free Regular Sidekickers with Purchase of Any Soft Drink. September 23 - Free Roastburger with Purchase of Any Soft Drink. September 30 - Free FruiTea with with Any Sandwich Purchase

Go to Amazon.com and you can download up to 31 songs for your kids . If you like classical music for your kids you can listen to and download Lullaby by the Gotham Wind Symphony. There is also a ton of other free music to download- check it out.

T.G.I. Friday's Free wings! Only available during televised football games. Start Time: Monday, September 14, 2009 at 12:00am End Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 12:00am. At participating locations for a limited time only.
Huddle around the bar at Game Time for an amazing party and you and your armchair quarterback buds will get six FREE wings! No Coupon needed.

50 Free Snapfish Prints & Shipping. If you’re a new customer, you can get 50 free Snapfish prints by using the code FREELABOR between now and Sept. 13. If you’re already a customer, the same code can get you free shipping on any order.

Dairy Queen- Join the Blizzard fan club to get $1 off and Buy One Get One Free coupons. Click here to join.

Join the Chicken Wave and get a free sandwich at Chick-fil-A. Visit www.chickenwave.com.

TGIF--become a fan of TGIF’s Woody on facebook, then click the burger tab and enter your email. If they get 500,000 fans by September 30 you get a free burger.

Walgreens offers Free flu shots for uninsured by Walgreens Walgreens is distributing up to $1 million worth of seasonal flu shots to uninsured individuals across the country! Candidates* who visit a Wellness Tour bus location between September 17 and November 15, 2009 will receive a FREE flu shot voucher. It s good at any Walgreens pharmacy or Take Care Clinic through November 30, 2009. And it s just one more way we re working to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality care.
*Uninsured patients age 18 and older only. Influenza vaccination applies to seasonal flu shots only. Vouchers distributed in select markets, excluding Puerto Rico, on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. One voucher per person, per bus visit.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Slickdeals

To celebrate the milestone of surpassing over a million followers to Amazon MP3's Twitter feed, you can get one of millions of songs valued at $1.29 or below on them. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dm_tw_firstmil?tag=slickdeals&docId=1000420651

Denny's: Buy One Get One Free Build Your Own Grand Slam Ends Sept 6th. http://www.dennysallnighter.com/images/upload/8-31BOGOBYOSlam.jpg

Become a fan of TGIF’s Woddy, then click the burger tab and enter your email. If they get 500,000 fans by September 30 you get a free burger.
http://www.facebook.com/fanwoody#/fanwoody?v=app_237231835036&viewas=502892906

Coupon for a Free coffee from Borders http://www.bordersmedia.com/coup/couponsbc0903.asp?cmpid=SA_20090903_REW

Free bottle of water from Racetrack http://www.racetrac.com/forms/RT_InsiderCoupon.html

Teachers register for a free canister of Clorox wipes http://www.cloroxclassrooms.com/

Free flu shots for uninsured by Walgreens is distributing up to $1 million worth of seasonal flu shots to uninsured individuals across the country! Candidates* who visit a Wellness Tour bus location between September 17 and November 15, 2009 will receive a FREE flu shot voucher. It s good at any Walgreens pharmacy or Take Care Clinic through November 30, 2009. And it s just one more way we re working to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality care.
*Uninsured patients age 18 and older only. Influenza vaccination applies to seasonal flu shots only. Vouchers distributed in select markets, excluding Puerto Rico, on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. One voucher per person, per bus visit.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Slickdeals-Aug 27

Free Hallmark card from Walmart. http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid74856.aspx

Walgreens $5 off $25 through Aug. 30. http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/instorespecials/5off25.html?ec=hn6510s_mainimage%20$5

National Museum Day is Sept. 26th. Get 2 free admissions to a museum of your choice on the 26th. http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/admission.html

Join the Chicken Wave and get a free sandwich at Chick-fil-A. www.chickenwave.com.

Fazolis- Kids eat free! Just in time for the back to school rush, Fazoli's is giving cash-strapped families a break - free kids' meals on Saturdays and Sundays through August. At participating restaurants, children 12 and under will get a free kid's meal when an adult entree is purchased. Contact your local Fazoli's to learn if it is participating.

Free bowling: The 2009 National Bowling Week Kicks Off On August 29 With The Record-breaking Attempt To Occur On National Bowling Day, September 5. To launch the weeklong celebration, bowling centers across the United States will host special events that will include coaching clinics, bowling parties, quick and easy league sign-up and plenty of fun.
On September 5, All People Who Downloaded A Free Game Coupon At www.BOWL.com Will Be Able To Bowl A Free Game At Their Local Participating Center. http://www.bowl.com/coupon/

Get a free "Princess Saves the Ball" DVD from Fisher Price! Hurry- supplies go fast! http://www.fisher-price.com/pages/v6/default/preciousplaces/landing.asp

Dish Network users: get a free pay per view movie by visiting their website: http://www.dishnetwork.com/moviegift/ Expires 9/30.

Free movie rental from Redbox--text the " FIT" to 414141, and Redbox will send you a text message with a promo code good for one free night's rental. Code expires 8/31/09.

Where Your Kids Can Eat Free:

Applebees -Kids eat for free on Monday Nights. 1 free kids meal per adult entree purchase but additional kids are only$1.00. Locations can vary.
Bennigan's - Kids eat free on Tuesdays with one adult entree purchase.
Bruster's Real Ice Cream- kids who are under 40 inches receive a free baby cone
Captain D's - Kids eat for free at on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Limited to 2 free kid's meals for each adult dinner purchased.
Chik-fil-a- On Tuesdays when you purchase a combo meal you get a free child's meal
Cici's Pizza - Kids 3 and under eat free 7 days a week.
Denny's- Kid's eat free on Tuesdays and (some locations) Saturdays. From 4-10 PM
Friendly's - Kids eat free on Tuesdays (adult meals have discounts on Tues, as well) Can vary by location.
Firehouse Subs - Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-9pm on Wednesdays and Sundays . One per each adult purchase.
Fuddruckers - (not free but cheap) 12 and under can eat for .99 (drink is included) from 4-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Locations my vary.
Golden Corral- Kids eat free on Tuesday Nights
Holiday Inn- Kids eat free with a paying adult
IHOP- kids eat free Everyday
Lonestar Steakhouse - Kids 12 and under eat free On Tuesdays-all day. 2 children per adult entree.
Macaroni Grill- Kids get a free drink and ice cream with their meals.
Moe's Southwest Grill - kids eat for free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entree.
Perkins - Kids eat free at Perkins all day on Tuesdays.
Piccadilly - Kids 6 and under eat for free Monday-Saturday.
Pizza Hut- Kids eat free on Tuesday Evenings- may vary per location
Qdoba Mexican Grill - Kids eat free at Wednesdays (some locations) and Sundays (some locations) .
Shoney's - Kids 4 or younger eat free everyday with an adult entree purchase.
Steak n' Shake - Kids can eat free on Saturdays and Sundays with a purchase of an adult entree valued $9 or more.
Texas Roadhouse - Mondays or Tuesdays (check your location) kids 12 and under eat free.
TGI Friday's - Kids 3 and under eat for free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe - Kids eat free on Sundays (participating locations).