Monthly Archives: December 2010

Friday Freebies 12/31/10

Well, I just had to put the year, since this is the last day I can do so with 2010.  Enjoy the last list of freebies for the year!



Check out this new link for a free cup of Yoplait Yogurt.


Get a free sample from OLA LOA (Drink your vitamins) and start 2011 off right with good health.


Go HERE for a free sample of Zingvia zero calorie all natural Stevia sweetener.


Don’t forget to head on over HERE (if you haven’t already) to request a coupon for a free bottle of Excedrin.  It’s limited to the first 12,000 people, but you have a chance every day.



Get a free Andre` Agassi Collector Card.


Free e-cookbook:  42 Easy Gluten-Free Recipes.


Go here to score a free Gucci Fragrance sample.


Request a coupon for a free CoolJuice HERE.


Another free eCookbook:  How to Have Healthy Eating Habits:  7 Healthy Meal Ideas.

2010 Blogger Year in Review




I’m not a huge “year in review” kind of a gal…I like to do it for myself, but it’s not typically something I write up for others.  I love sending Christmas letters to friends, but it’s always SO HARD to think of anything to write!

I do, however LOVE reading people’s updates, so I’m going to make an effort and do a better job.


With that in mind, have a look at some of my favorite posts of 2010.  And if you want to do the same thing on your blog, feel free to link up over at Scary Mommy!



2010 Blog in Review:


January:  Hard Work – My 2010 Theme

February:  Love Lynches 3

March:  Frugal Friday – Cooking with Rice

April:  Do A Good Deed:  Volunteer at Your Child’s School

May:  Is It Kinda High School-Ish?

June:  I’m a Mean, Mean Mom

July:  I LOOVE Yard Sales!

August: 8/22 5 Things Challange

September: Oh Happy Day

October:  Buddy Boy Can Sing

November: All About Me:  A Dream for the Future

December: My Middle of the Night Epiphany


I’m excited to see what 2011 will bring. :-)

Join Utah’s Fight Against Hunger

I want to do my part to make a difference in the world. I believe that there are little things we can do every day to help others. I believe that many of these things may take my time, or sometimes, my money.

Not so with this one. I’m doing my part to ensure that Salt Lake City receives $100,000 to help in their fight against hunger. I’m doing my part to help get them to 1 million dollars.

You can too! It’s SO easy. All you need is a facebook account.

Walmart is donating a lot of money to the cities in America with the top votes.  Salt Lake City where I live was in 1st place for a bit, but has fallen behind.  We need 1st place for that million!  If we stay at 2nd place the donation will drop to the $100,000, which is still great, but we all know it aint a million.

You can go HERE and by doing so, you’ll automatically cast a vote for SLC.  Beyond that, you can do a whole lot of other things to get more votes, and it won’t take you much time:

1 – On, like every status that has an SLC link
2 – Like every comment beneath that status
3 – Add as many comments as you can to those links & Like your own comments

Now, this contest isn’t open only to Utah…so if you live somewhere else and want to vote for your community, then by all means, please do!  Just go HERE and find your community on the map to vote for them. :-)  Hunger is real EVERYWHERE.

Just another simple way to make the world better…on a budget.

Book Review: Judgement Day

Judgement Day:  A Novel by Wanda L. Dyson


Book Description:

Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.
The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose people for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics put her in hot water with her employers and putting her credibility in question…

Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating  unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, he is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope is also her ex-fiancé–the man she betrayed in college.

Marcus  reluctantly agrees to take the case. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make him think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne alive long enough to prove it.



My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  Marcus was my favorite character, and I was drawn into and attracted by his personality and demeanor immediately.  He’s a cool, calm, collected guy who is really good at what he does (private investigating).  He’s a guy who has a heart, who loves what he does, and who doesn’t care what others think.  Alex was another character I liked.  Her no-nonsense, take-no-crap-from-anybody attitude was so refreshing.  I could relate completely the way she and Marcus responded to the other main character, Suzanne, and I have to admit to laughing aloud at the cleverness with which they dealt with many of her issues.

The book was also intense for me.  I was drawn into the story, equally fascinated and horrified, and I had a hard time putting the book down. This was one of the most intense Christian fiction books I’ve read.  I finished the book in just 2 days, and I’d recommend it.  I’m giving Judgement Day 4 stars:  I really liked it.


*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Monday’s Freebies

There are some good-looking freebies this week…check ’em out:



Show your support for overdose prevention with a free purple ribbon sticker.


Free recipe ebook:  33 Hearty Crock-Pot Recipes.


If you haven’t yet, you can request a free 2-week sample of Pro-Biotiks HERE.


Join their mailing list, and Somme Institute will send you a free 5-sample package of their skin care products.

5 Things Challenge… 2 comments



Christmas was WONDERFUL.  Full of love, full of Christ, full of kiddo laughter and smiles.  (alas, there were a few tears as well, but that’s life.)



After opening and unwrapping all the gifts, our recycle bin is CHOCK-FULL, and the recycle truck doesn’t come for another 11 days!!  So…we built a fire today and burned our plain cardboard boxes and newspaper wrapping paper, and all that good stuff.  It was so cozy and nice, that I laid down by the fire and FELL ASLEEP.  and the kids LET ME SLEEP for a full hour!  Oh yeah, baby….


Anyway, with all of last week being a blur of fun and busy and whimsical, I have to admit that I’m ready to get back onto a schedule and back to reality.  So with that in mind, I give you my goals for the week.  I’ve joined Tabitha in her weekly 5 Things Challenge to help keep myself motivated, and I encourage you to join in as well…its’ a great way to hold yourself accountable!


Okay, no more talk.  Here’s my list:

  1. Put away all of the Christmas stuff. – I usually keep it up until New Year’s, but Munchkin is getting baptized on Saturday and we’re having an open house afterwards, so I’d like to get everything put away for that.
  2. Clean out and reorganize sock and underwear drawers.  You know, toss the ones that have no matches, FIND matches, all that good stuff.
  3. Write up a complete list of New Year’s goals and create an action plan.
  4. Clean out and declutter bedroom closet.
  5. Get the place ready for the open house this weekend!



*What’s on your to-do list for the week?  I’d love for you to share your goals with me and your plan for getting things done!

Have a great week everyone. :-)

2 New Recalls… 1 comment


Michaels has recalled a holiday candle holder due to reports of fires and burns. The candle holder was sold in stores over the past three months. Go here for details.


Oriental Trading Company is recalling a piggy bank that exceeds federal standards for lead paint. Go here to read about that recall.


Thanks for the information, One Cheap Chick!