Monday, October 06, 2014

Money Mailer is celebrating its 35th year anniversary!

"I am participating in this campaign as a member of The Niche Parent Network & Conference in partnership with Money Mailer. All opinions are my own."
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Have you ever wanted more ways to find great savings and enjoy collecting and clipping coupons? Do you like the new way of digital and printable coupons better? What ways do you save money by finding coupons? What type of coupons does your family benefit the most from? I usually do not think about these questions all that much but just two days ago I was sent a box that contained promotional items and a model car from a company called Money Mailer, it also had one envelope included. The envelope contained several discounted coupons, unfortunately for me they were all to locations in other states. Sadly I could not use any of them and this service is not located anywhere in my area.  If I did have the service in my area and could use the money saving coupons I believe this would be a great asset to my home. Now in days we have digital coupons that load right onto a grocery or store card.  Not all stores have them yet so clipping coupons can still come in handy.  Some people might never know about certain discounts and miss out if it were not for Money Mailer offers and I noticed their site also has printable coupons and an app to help you get the best savings. I remember as a kid watching my grandmother sit every Sunday with the newspaper and clip the coupons with an old fashion pair of scissors. She would get so excited over the idea of saving even 25 cents. Now as an adult I see why she worked so hard at it. I know in this economy everyone is looking to save a penny, so here are a few tips that were provided for me to share with you my reader family. I hope they help and if you would like to leave a question or comment please feel free to do so. I would love to know your tips for finding great coupons. In my area I get very few coupons in a very small local paper. I do rely mostly on digital coupons as I will not use the money I save on printer ink to print them out.

Coupon Tips for Families:

The following are a few couponing tips parents should keep in mind to help them get the best deal:

Seek out generous coupon policies

Consumers should focus on shopping at stores that accept their competitors’ coupons, let the shopper 

use double or triple coupons and provide rain checks for out-of-stock merchandise. Consumers can look 

on a store’s website to learn about their coupon policy. 

Take time to check out the store circulars

Consumers should save the circulars that arrive in the mail and take 15-20 minutes each week to sort 

through them. Matching the sales with the coupons will help save money and time.

Carefully plan the shopping trip

Consumers must strategize before going to the store. If a coupon doesn’t specify a size, buy the smallest 

and least expensive one. If the store has a coupon dispenser in the middle of the aisle, make sure to 

utilize it. Finally, separate the items into multiple transactions if there is more than one coupon for 

spending a certain dollar amount. For example, $15 off a purchase of $50. 

Avoid these common mistakes:

• Using coupons on things you don’t really need

• Not following specific size requirements and guidelines

• Not using coupons on items that are already on sale

• Missing out on stacking opportunities

• Not reading the coupon’s fine print or having no knowledge of the store’s policy.

Money Mailer is a leader in the U.S. direct marketing industry, has been certified as a World-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute and was Entrepreneur Magazine’s #1 advertising services franchise for 2012. Money Mailer delivers hyperlocal savings to consumers through shared media mail, mobile, online and social media, and helps businesses affordably and accurately reach these consumers. For more information, visit

Money Mailer currently reaches 17 million households across the country with its traditional envelope and is on track to increase its reach by two million by the end of 2014.

Crazy Is Normal by Lloyd Lofthouse Review and Giveaway

Crazy is Normal a classroom expose
Publisher: Three Clover Press (June 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0986032851
Category: Biographies and Memoirs, Educators
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 386 Pages

Multi award winning author, Lloyd Lofthouse kept a daily journal for one-full school year and that journal became the primary source of this teacher’s memoir.

“Readers who envision eager students lapping up learning led by a Tiger Teacher will be disappointed. Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.

Throughout this memoir, though, Lofthouse seems able to keep the hope alive that there’s a future for each student that doesn’t include jail—thanks in large part to his sixth period journalism class and its incredible editor, Amanda.” – Bruce Reeves

I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  I think older readers would connect more so with this book as it was based more in the older times and ways and they might remember or connect well.  The book is full of detailed accounts that are sometimes very intense and can leave the reader with mixed emotions based on practices and techniques the author used during school times.  In all it is an enriching read. 

Lloyd Lofthouse

Little did Lloyd Lofthouse know in 1999, when he married Anchee Min, that he was beginning a journey of discovery. His first trip to The Middle Kingdom was on the honeymoon with his bride, who introduced him to China and Robert Hart (1835-1911), the main characters in Lloyd’s first two novels, My Splendid Concubine andOur Hart. The next decade was a journey of discovery. Lloyd now lives near San Francisco with his wife–with a second home in Shanghai, China.

Lloyd earned a BA in journalism in 1973 after fighting in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine. While working days as an English teacher, he enjoyed a second job as a maitre d’ in a multimillion-dollar nightclub. His short story, A Night at the ‘Well of Purity’ was named as a finalist for the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.

Lloyd has won 15 awards for My Splendid Concubine and 5 awards for Running With the Enemy.

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Twinkle By S.J Parkinson Review and 2 Giveaways

Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages

In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.

Cassandra's Review-  I would recommend this first to military of any kind as they would probably enjoy this book the most, I think so mainly because of the strong use of the terms and they way this  author choose to write the book.  Now do not get me wrong, everyone can enjoy this as it is suspenseful and where it will take a little more time to get through all of the lengthy read it is worth it. The military jargon can be a bit put offish but after you get used to it, the book moves along at a good pace.  The actual scenario placed in this book will have you thinking about the what ifs in this world especially during wars. 

Twinkle is available for giveaway in Print and ebook and is open internationally.
all 5 print copies of SJ's books
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SJ Parkinson
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.

Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.

I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giveaway

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All 26 Episodes Available on DVD October 7, 2014
Nothing makes my girls happier than getting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle DVDs in the mail from Nickelodeon to review. That's when they tell me I have the coolest job EVER.
They already had all of Season 1 so I'm going to give this awesome Complete Season 1 set away to one of Taking Time for Mommy's fans. If you haven't watched this version yet it is even funnier than when I was a kid (and I loved TMNT). Watch as the brothers learn to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.
This is definitely one of their favorite shows.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete First Season Fast Facts: Street Date: October 7, 2014 Catalogue: 804784 DVD SRP: $39.99 DVD Running Time: Approximately 625 minutes Special Features:
· 6 “Making Of” Animatics · Theme Song: Karaoke Music Video · Animated Comic Books: o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part One o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Two o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Three o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Four o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Five o Tales from the Turtle Lair, Part Six · The Mutation of a Scene: o New Girl in Town o The Pulverizer o TCRI o Cockroach Terminator o Baxter’s Gambit
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Mosquito Patio Trap Giveaway

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The Mosquito Patio Trap is a mosquito assassin! This silent but deadly trap lures mosquitoes and sucks them into a chamber of doom! Protect your family from pests while enjoying the great outdoors! You're going to love how this chemical-free trap keeps your campsite, deck, or patio mosquito free. The state-of-the-art design uses acclaimed UV and carbon dioxide generation to attract pesky mosquitoes.

Once inside the trap, bugs fall into a deadly collection chamber never to be seen again. Features portable go-anywhere design, easy-to-empty collection chamber and a clean killing system that has no popping or exploding insects. 7" diam. x 9"H. 1-year limited warranty.
Use: Plugs into AC with 4' cord.

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West Nile virus facts
West Nile is a virus capable of causing disease in humans.
Symptoms and signs include fever,headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands.

Severe symptoms may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation,coma, tremors, convulsions, andparalysis.
Most cases of West Nile virus are mild and go unreported..Most cases of West Nile virus are mild and go unreported. key feature of neuroinvasive

  A key feature of neuroinvasive West Nile virus disease isencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

The virus is carried from infected birds to people by mosquitoes.
There is no evidence for transmission from person to person.
West Nile virus first gained attention in the U.S. in 1999 after an outbreak in New York City. Since then, outbreaks have occurred in 47 states.
Use of insect repellents may help reduce the risk of becoming infected with the West Nile virus.

What is the history of West Nile virus?

West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the brain that is caused by a virus known as the West Nile virus. First identified in Uganda in 1937, the virus is commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. "Encephalitis" means inflammation of the brain. One of the causes of encephalitis is viral and bacterial infections, including viral infections transmitted by mosquitoes.

West Nile virus had not been previously reported in the U.S. prior to an outbreak in New York in September 1999. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 1999 more than 30,000 people have been reported with West Nile virus. More than 1,200 have died.

As of August 2012, an outbreak of 1,118 cases of West Nile virus were confirmed by the CDC. This is the highest number of reported West Nile virus cases since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. Of those, 56% of patients developed neuroinvasive disease (involvement of the brain and nervous system), the most severe form of West Nile virus infection. The CDC reports neuroinvasive disease was reported by 47 states. Approximately 75% of the cases have been reported from five states (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Oklahoma), and almost half of all cases have been reported from Texas, many in the Dallas area.

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Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway

Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway!

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Learning Resources Buggy Balance Giveaway October 6 - 20

Kids love to learn and when you can combine it with play time, it comes all the easier and they will spend more time learning and playing!  Krista over at Savory Savings and Gloriously Green Gal loves to play while learning with her girls and one of their favorite places to get toys that teach is Learning Resources!  Now they are playing with balance and learning about the ups and downs of things that weigh more or less - check out her full Buggy Balance review!
How would you like to win a Learning Resources Buggy Balance Activity Kit?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Learning Resources giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from October 6 through October 20, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
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Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together and be thankful
 for the things in life we have and love.

Thanksgiving Day  is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secularmanner as well.
Part of this tradition is celebrating a amazing dinner (feast) together.

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Thanksgiving Personalized Platter

After working all day on a delicious turkey, not will highlight it more than
to serve it on a beautiful personalized platter with your family name personalized 
on it. This 13 x 9 white ceramic white platter will be just the thing to show off your 
hard work displayed on it. This is both dishwasher and microwave safe and comes
with any two lines of personalization that you wish placed on it.

Give Thanks Personalized Cutting Board

This beautiful glass personalized cutting board will add class to any chef''s kitchen.
This board measures 15 1/4 inches by 11 1/4 inches and is both heat resistant and dishwasher safe.This cutting board also includes self. adhesive rubber feet.

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