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Couponing & Reviewing in Texas: September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Root Candles

Root Candles are highly regarded for complex bouquets of subtle fragrances and sophisticated color palettes, important factors for discerning candle lovers. Today, Root Candles can confidently lay claim to making "the best candles in America.”

I'm a HUGE candle lover but have a difficult time finding candles that actually live up to their claim of great fragrances and fragrance all the way through the candle. I hate when they smell great until the first little layer of candle is burned and then, NOTHING!! URGH!! That is why I'm wanting to review these Root Candles from Bzz Agent..Stay tuned to hear the outcome!


From August 22, 2011

Peek-A-Boo Cube Review



Having a 6, almost 7, month old is so much fun!  It is during this time that Hank is fully able to grab and play with toys, however I've found that there are not many toys in the store appropriate for his age.  Yes, there are the standard keys and rattles, but I wanted a toy that would challenge his little hands and inspire his little mind.  The Discovery Peek-A-Boo Cube does just that.



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I Want to WIN this Stroller

I've recently picked running back up because I was so successful losing weight before getting pregnant with Hank...I had to join a 5K to motivate myself, but hey you do what you gotta do!

Anyway I saw at Moms Review 4 You that they were hosting an awesome giveaway for a Jeep Jogging Stroller and I WANT IT....




From August 22, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm Moving & Upgrading

That's right!! I was so lucky to win a blog makeover and move to WordPress from What You Talking About Willis....winner from Rafflecopter Round Up




I can't believe I'm already making the move, but I'm excited....Becky at What You Talking About Willis is handling everything for me and getting me a little personalized character!! I'm actually going to look like a "big girl blogger"

Keep checking back for awesome changes


Christmas Gift Deals!!!!


I know it's only September, but WOW !!  There has been awesome deals right now and I've already gotten over $350 worth of gifts for only $60 thus far...

I'm so stinking excited!  My budget is $200 for my entire Christmas purchases and I'm right on track...here are some GREAT finds I've gotten from blogger friends:

Remote Helicopter for only $20 ($130 value)
Hello Kitty (Nice) Watch $4.00 ($40 value)
Wii game for only $8.49 ($24.99 value)

Amazon is HOT right now as well as other deal sites...check it out!

Also there are MANY flash giveaways going on for PayPal and Amazon GC....link up and WIN!!



puFrom August 22, 2011

BlogHer 2012 Sponsorship - Do You Want to Sponsor Me


I'm so excited to attend the my 1st ever Blogher conference which is New York in August 2012 and I’d love to have you sponsor me! I’m seeking family friendly companies to sponsor me from now until after Blogher, which will be August 2012. If you would like a media kit for our latest numbers, please email me at amy_hollingsworth@sbcglobal.net and place BlogHer 2012 Sponsorship in the title. Funds from sponsorship will be allocated towards:

Travel to NY
Lodging in NY
Food while in NY

Tickets to the conference

I have different sponsorship packages they are listed below. 

Trump Sponsor ($1,000+):  This sponsorship category includes 1 year of advertising on my blog with your choice of banner size and location. I will also write a monthly blog post during this year featuring any topic you prefer (example - products, deals, etc.) with links to your site ad social media pages.  All blog posts are amplified using Triberr.  I will also be making a Couponing & Reviewing in Texas t-shirt and bag to wear and carry at the conference and will place your logo on the t-shirt and on my bag.


Boardwalk Sponsor ($500+): This sponsorship category includes 6 months of advertising on my blog with a 130×130 ad space with your choice of ad site on my blog.  I will also write a monthly blog post during this year featuring any topic you prefer (example - products, deals, etc.) with links to your site ad social media pages.  All blog posts are amplified using Triberr.  I will also be making a Couponing & Reviewing in Texas t-shirt and bag to wear and carry at the conference and will place your logo on the t-shirt and on my bag.

Apple Sponsor ($250+): This sponsorship category includes 3 months of advertising on my blog with a 130×130 ad space with your choice of ad site on my blog.  I will also write a monthly blog post during this year featuring any topic you prefer (example - products, deals, etc.) with links to your site ad social media pages.  All blog posts are amplified using Triberr.  I will also be making a Couponing & Reviewing in Texas t-shirt and bag to wear and carry at the conference and will place your logo on the t-shirt and on my bag.


Are you interested in sponsoring me for the BlogHer conference? Have questions? E-mail me at amy_hollingsworth@sbcglobal.net

From August 22, 2011

BlogHer 2012

So I know it's over a year away, but I know that everyone is already planning to attend...is anyone interested in splitting a hotel room during the conference?

Send me a private message at amy_hollingsworth@sbcglobal.net and let's talk about it....with being frugal always in the back of my mind, it's better to split a room and then you don't have to be alone either in the BIG APPLE...CAN'T WAIT!!!




From August 22, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday Blog Hop Week 8







From August 22, 2011

Coupon Website of the Week

This Week's Coupon Website is:

Melissa's Bargains!!

Head on over and see her deals and freebies - also check out her awesome giveaways!




From August 22, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Juppy Baby Walker Review & Giveaway

I had the opportunity to review a great product that I wish I had back when Presley was learning to walk, but grateful I have it with Hank...the Juppy Walker


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Christmas Wrapping Frugal Style


Many of you may think I'm insane to already be wrapping Christmas presents, but they have started piling up so I figured I'd go ahead and start wrapping...Here are some pictures of my wrapping so far...



Did I spend alot on fancy wrapping paper and bows, OH NO!! I've been collecting comics from my Sunday papers and I'm using them for my wrapping paper...I've also learned how to make bows and I have to say - I'm pretty impressed with myself.

I love to keep my Christmas wrapping paper looking the same each year and I'm stoked about using comics!! I think their CUTE!!



From August 22, 2011

Journey Gym Week #2

Okay so I'm in week #2 of working out with my Journey Gym...and I'm presently surprised!! My body was actually sore from just the 10 minute a day workout...I had that "hard to sit on potty" muscle aches - it's a GREAT ache though - it means it's WORKING!!


I wanted to show you some photos of my Journey Gym and the DVD workout plans are awesome as well...I didn't know if it was going to give me a great workout, but oh yes it does and I'm on the easiest pull band....check in again with my Journey Gym Journey next week..




REMEMBER: Journey Gym has offered one lucky winner their own Journey Gym during the Coupon Cabin's giveaway (see sidebar for information)




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Madden NFL 12

Okay, it's time for another installment of Madden NFL 12!! Having a video game addict for a brother and daughter, this is a great campaign for us to be apart of!!! Let us in BzzAgent - you won't be disappointed!


From August 22, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Power of Fruit Bars Review & Giveaway

With the HOT HOT summer in Texas it's been awesome to find a great frozen treat that doesn't load my families' bodies with words that I could never pronounce!  These Power of Fruit bars are not only natural and healthy, but they are DELICIOUS!

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The Help at BzzAgent


I absolutely LOVED this movie and I want in on the BzzAgent Campaign...PICK ME!!


From August 22, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Coupon Website of the Week

Last week I started featuring a "Couponing" blog every Sunday to give you those awesome matchups! Since having Hank, I just don't have the time to go through and match every ad, but I want to still get my readers the couponing 411 for this week!

This week's featured blog is Go Momma Coupons!

Go Momma Coupons



Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday Blog Hop Week 7

It's Hopping Time







From August 22, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Paper Coterie Review & Giveaway

I LOVE to give and receive personalized gifts and Paper Coterie is the perfect company to create all my gift ideas!  I've made projects with other websites, but let me tell you NO COMPANY has ever given me the quality in the photo printing and the paper.

With Christmas quickly approaching, Paper Coterie definitely needs to be on your list to check out!

This is one project I made for Nana's Christmas gift.  Let me tell you every picture came out clear and sharp and the paper is fantastic.  The paper has a think fabric behind it which makes it durable . 



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Journey Gym Challenge Day #1


Okay, so many of you already know that I had baby Hank 6 months ago and at first I lost quite a bit of my baby weight, but since then 10 more pounds have come back upon me. With my first pregnancy, Presley, I gained about 80-100 pounds and have not really been able to get that weight off due to non-exercise and eating habits...before I got pregnant with Hank I was down to 209 and now I'm back up to 220!! This is completely unacceptable to me -so I contacted Journey Gym and today was Day #1 of my self-challenge.




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I'm The Featured Blog - Check it Out!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWelcome to the Hop Along Friday! As always, we welcome you to each hop and hope you have a great time participating. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any one of the other hostesses.

Before we begin, we would like to share a few simple rules for our hop.

1. Please only link up blogs, only. Once you link up with other bloggers, please feel free to follow them on other social media outlets, but we ask you to leave this link up for blogs, only.


2. Please remember to return every week as the link list will start over each week. With that being said, the link list will be open from Thursday evening through Friday night at 11:49pst, but will be visible indefinitely.

3. We do not require that you follow each and every person on the hop, but we do ask that you take your time, have fun and follow the blogs that stick out to you. We will do the same.

{ TO PARTICIPATE }


1. Follow each of our hostesses:
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2. Add your blog link to our link list.

3. Place our button on your sidebar!


Our spotlight blog this week is:







From August 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Loopeez Review & Giveaway

I was in the middle of buying Presley her school shoes about a month ago and it crossed my mind that "she doesn't know how to tie shoes."  The spastic Mother I am began to feel as if I had failed her because she was 7 and didn't know how to tie shoes, so I asked the lady at the shoe store and she told me that she had a 12 year old in the other day and he didn't know how to tie shoes, so I wasn't doing so bad.
Well, Presley and I came home and we got right to trying to tie her shoes, but it is really difficult to teach a child to tie...plus I'm not that patient of a person, so I looked online for shoestring tie helper tools and came across Loopeez...I requested a sample to review and although Presley is not fully tying her shoes on her own yet, she is improving everyday.
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Dreamlights Campaign

When I saw this campaign from BzzAgen, I had to jump on it! This brought back those memories of being a kid and chasing fireflies around my grandmother's house with friends.

My 7 year old also loves little light things like this in her room because she believes the light makes the "monsters" stay away :0)




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BzzAgent: Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

Okay BzzAgent - I want in!!  I'm excited about joining the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender campaign because I'm a smoothie addict but hate to drink those sugar-filled store bought smoothies, plus they are like $6.00.  Also I don't want to have to pull out a HUGE blender just to make a glass full - so like before, I WANT IN!!




From August 22, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Appliance Art - Instant Chalkboard

If you have a child like mine who is obsessed with "Good Luck Charlie" then you have seen the Chalkboard refrigerator and wall on this show. My daugher is wanting one of these BADLY!!!
Appliance art is offering readers of Couponing & Reviewing in Texas 30% off their entire purchase when you use the following code: COUPONTEXAS30.

I'm also trying to get Presley a free Chalkboard wall - I need 5 purchases using this code and viola!

From August 22, 2011

Snack Taxi Review

Okay so with school starting back, Presley takes her lunch on the "yucky lunch" days and I've been going through 2 plastic baggies everyone of those days and it's starting to bug me! I then saw a cute little answer to my problem - SnackTAXI!!
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Repost for Goddess of Frugality



I am reposting this for Laura @ A Goddess of Frugality:  if you have any information, please contact her immediately!!


I am writing the hardest post I will ever write and I wasn't going to do it. I wanted to keep my blog separate from my private life. But the more I have sat and thought the last few days, the more I think getting the info out there will end the nightmare my life has become.

My son is missing. He is an Airman at Lackland, AFB in Texas. The short version is he simply did not show up for work (I still am waiting for a clear date but I believe August 29 although I just found out four days ago). He wasn't in any trouble. He does have a girlfriend a few hours away and he is 19 years old. So, I have tried to be angry and think he got stupid and ran off with her.

But there are so many odd pieces and I don't have all the information to connect it. The girlfriend is 17 and has not been reported missing. We aren't sure of her family's exact address which makes everything more difficult.

My son's stuff at the base is all accounted for except his cell phone. His boss even called his cell and said if he got back asap he may not be in trouble at all. We've tried leaving messages offering to wire him money to get back.
I don't have the answers and all I want out of this post is to put his picture out there in hopes someone has information of SOME kind. I just want to know he is safe even if he ends up in big trouble with the military.

As far as the blog, many probably wonder what the heck kind of person am I doing all my regular posts etc and seeming even "happy". I am not happy, I go between anger and being terrified. This is my refuge (and a big part of my income now). I have to do it to stay "normal". It helps me keep my sanity. I hope you all understand this.

My friend's sister Amy went missing in July and I thought that was horrible. It shocked me to think someone I knew of was missing even though I met her sister only a few times many years ago. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen to me. The family of Amy still are enduring this nightmare. She has not been found and there have been few leads so please look at her link if you will as well.

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. And again, please understand the blog will go on as usual and I am not heartless. I want and need to keep doing it 

All I ask from all of you is to please spread the picture around and contact Lackland, AFB in Texas if you have any info (good or bad) at 210-671-1110. He may be in the following areas: San Antonio, TX, Sherman, TX, Ft Myers, FL, or Taylor, MI. It is very likely he would be wearing a Detroit Tigers hat or shirt. Thank you all!




From August 22, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Knots & Stones Review and Giveaway


Okay, one thing you may not know about me is that I'm a ring wearing JUNKIE!!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday Blog Hop Week 6

Thank you, Thank you to everyone who gave me a link up tool for my Sunday Blog Hop....so here we go again.


It's super easy just link up your blog, Twitter and Facebook.  Just one rule, please follow your host (that's me) and then hop around.  Please leave comments so that we know your following.

On this date, please Remember 9/11 and what we as a Nation lost...stop, pause and pray...






From August 22, 2011

Couponing Matchups & Store Deals!!

Okay so I tried when I first started blogging to post weekly ad matchups and to tell you the truth, it is way too much for this Momma, so what I've decided to do it pick one blog I follow each week and post their button here for you to check out their ad matchups...This week is Inspiring You 2 Save....click button below and check them out.

 




From August 22, 2011