28 August 2014

$1,000 Back to School Cash Giveaway - ends 9/10/14

Did you know you can shop, earn, and donate all at once? You are already shopping online or on your mobile devices, so why not donate to a good cause while doing so. iMyne allows you to do just that. Many of the retailers you already know and love actually offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in on. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you as well as your favorite charitable cause. Charities iMyne iMyne is also very easy to use. Most cash back websites are hard to navigate and are complicated, iMyne is different. Once you are signed up with iMyne you simply click on the iMyne activation button that will be in your toolbar, as a plugin. If the button is green then you are ready to shop and earn! If you're on the go and using your mobile device such as your smart phone or tablet, you simply just use the SHOP tab located on iMyne's site. iMyning for change Another great incentive that iMyne offers is referral cash. You can invite all of your friends through Facebook, Twitter or email to join iMyne and you will get up to $1 referral cash back for every $10 they earn. Your friends will then sign up their friends and you can earn even more. The more friends you have in your iMyne network, the more money you will earn for yourself and your charity! Why Shop with iMyne Any cash back that you earn will automatically be added to your account, log in to view your funds and keep track, or you can cash out. You can always send your funds to the charity of your choice as well. There are no forms to mail, no points to redeem and no fees. You earn rewards for you and your cause in real cash, automatically. Sign-up for iMyne and start earning your rewards now. imyne sweepstakes

One winner will receive a $1,000 Back To School Cash from iMyne.

Organized by: Social Swayy ♥ with special guest: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends September 10th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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24 August 2014

My Very First (but not last) Wine & Paint Class

For years I've been hearing about these wine & paint classes that so many people love but I've never found my way to one until last night. Our MOPS (Mother's of Pre-Schoolers) leadership group went as a bonding experience. We paid well under normal cost I assume. $5 seems too inexpensive to keep a business afloat. 
First you have to know this about me: I'm a crafty person. No really, I am. I love making things and getting messy. I have to be in the right frame of mind to do so, however. If I am feeling remotely anxious or stressed I tend to be a bit of a freaked out perfectionist. I will sit there afraid to mess it up. The reality is you can not have art with perfection or no mess. Art is a process not a destination. I sat there last night on the verge of being that perfectionist.

I sat there awaiting instructions while staring at this plain white canvas. What would it look like when it was done? What if I ruined it's pure whiteness with muddy colors and odd shapes? Still I chose my paints and began. About 3/4 of the way through it still looked horrible to me. The teacher told us to step back from it and look around the room at other's art in progress. I chose to stop looking at my canvas but not to look around the room. Why? I know myself enough to know I would compare my piece to theirs. I would be hard on myself. 

At the end, we were told we could use puff paint on the dry canvas to make words. Be You Bravely it said. Don't think this year's MOPS theme and the amazing timing of God is beyond me. It's not. But, back to my story, I kept staring at the puff paint. Watching other people write their words. I actually went so far as to hold a few bottles in my hand but I always put them down. All of a sudden I knew what I wanted to do and it was this...

The border, dots, and words are all thanks to a Sharpie. Not traditional tools for a painting, I'm sure. I know it came from watching YouTube. There is an artist I have watched and adored. Her name is Christy Tomlinson and she does mixed media collage art. I've been saying I want to try it for a while now and I guess I got a taste of it tonight. Can I just say how much fun I had? SO much!

Have you ever been to one of those wine and paint places? What were your thoughts?

23 August 2014

Legends of Oz Blu-ray Combo Pack Giveaway - ends 8/31/14

My daughter loves music. She gets that from me. In the last year or so I've introduced her to the magic that is The Wizard of Oz. Love that movie. Nothing will ever quite compare to it, in my opinion. However, we have a nice little addition to the Oz family. As you probably know, I work with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders and they have provided me with a copy of Legends of Oz, as well as the giveaway copy!

On August 26, 2014 the animated Legends of Oz will be released on Blu-ray and DVD. It has the voices of Lea Michele from TV’s “Glee,” Dan Akroyd, Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammar and more. A devious new villain, the Jester, rules over Oz and Dorothy must return from Kansas to rescue her old friends: the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. Set to irresistible new songs from Academy Award®-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams and featuring a host of delightful new characters, this animated return to Oz is sure to be a family-favorite filled with fun and laughs for generations to come!
Doesn't that sound cute?! We have some fun activity sheets to share with you based on this great new movie, just click on the image to be taken to the download page. We also have a giveaway! Stay tuned for details on how to enter.

Now, for our giveaway...to enter to win your very own copy of Legends of Oz on Blu-ray Combo Pack all you have to do is leave a (relevant and more than one word) comment on this post making sure to leave your email as well! It ends as of 8/31/14 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Easy peasy right? 

Fox Home Entertainment Insiders alone is responsible for prize fulfillment.

20 August 2014

#Ad - Staples Less List

Can you believe it's back to school time already? There are moments where I'm sad and others when I'm chomping at the bit. Summer passes by slowly and quickly all at once. I never feel prepared for back to school though. Is it just me? I feel like I've been given a new start due to her starting Kindergarten twice now. Check out that story if you're interested. One thing that tends to drive parents batty is school supply shopping. Or, is that just me? I am constantly seeking out great deals on these supplies I have to buy for her. 
Cue the choirs, I now have a great place to shop for school supplies FOR LESS than anywhere else I have found. That's right, less than the big W store in town. Don't make me say it. Staples Less List is amazing. Take a peek at what I got and I will tell you how much it cost after.

Staples Two Pocket Folder - $0.15
Staples 1 Subject Notebook, 8" x 10-1/2" - $0.17
Westcott 12" Wood Ruler, Beveled Edge - $0.25
Staples School Glue, 4 oz - $0.39
Staples Ruled 3" x 5" White Index Cards, 100/Pack - $0.48
Staples Composition Book, Wide Rule, Assorted Colors, 9-3/4 x 7-1/2" - $0.50
Crayola Crayons, 24/Box - $0.50
Staples #2 Yellow Pencils, Dozen - $0.68
Staples Slider Pencil Cases, Assorted - $0.75
Staples Pink Wedge Erasers, 3/Pack - $0.96
Crayola Colored Pencils, 12/Box - $0.97
Crayola Classic Markers, Fine Line, 10/Box - $0.97
Crayola Classic Markers, Broad Line, 10/Box - $0.97
Bic Crystal Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point 1.0mm, Black Ink, 10/Pack - $1.00

Grand Total for 14 Items = $8.74

I love the Staples Composition Book. My daughter does not need this yet so, guess what, it is MINE! I journal and write a lot so it will get used often. At $0.50 it's value is unbeatable!

I also adore the Bic Crystal Ballpoint Pens. They write so smooth and perfect. Since I write so much I am always looking for a new pen.

Oh, and in case you happen to find school products for less elsewhere, they also have a Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee which means customers will receive an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and competitors price at time of purchase. What a deal! So, check out the Staples Less List today!

Also, between 8/20 - 9/3, 2014 you can enter to WIN one of five $25 Staples Gift Cards! US Residents only.

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15 August 2014

She's Six!

Can I cry now? I might anyway because our little baby is six today. At 9:22 am it will be official. I'm not sure how time can fly by so fast. It's bittersweet. I love the girl she is today and simultaneously miss the newborn/infant/toddler she was. I know I'm not alone in this but man. Time slow down a little?

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