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So it’s been a couple of weeks since i’ve been able to update my blog. The holidays were insane! Fortunately, I believe things are starting to get back to normal. That being said, I thought my first post back would be a “rewarding” one.

I came across a really cool website where you can INSTANTLY win great prizes. The website (BLINGO) is nothing more then a search engine. It’s no different then using to search, HOWEVER, you have a chance to win a prize INSTANTLY! It’s really that simple!

All you do is sign up (again this is totally FREE) and start searching. You have 25 chances per day to win. All that means is, your first 25 searches of the day are possible wins. So at any point during your search, you can win an amazon gift card, cash, a plasma tv, even a car! There are SOOO many great prizes available!

Best of all there’s no confusion whether or not you won as it pops up righ ton the screen and notifies you. It’s REALLY THAT EASY!

So stop what you’re doing and register! You’ve nothing to lose…..only great prizes to win!

P.S. If you join through my link and win a prize, I will be awarded the same prize so any signups from my page here would be GREATLY appreciated!


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Every weekend, Lowes offers FREE craft projects for your kids to do. It’s called the build and grow workshop. Click the link to see what crafts they’re doing this weekend, and sign up your child(ren).

Don’t feel like leaving the house but still want to enjoy some family fun time? Check out Disney Family Fun magazine online. The have SO many free crafting projects, printable coloring pages, recipes and more!

This is a MUST DO with the kiddos! Free G and PG movies at Regel Cinemas across the USA. This is a very popular outing as there is no cost involved and the kids truely enjoy the experience. The downside is it’s only 9 weeks a year and doesn’t strt again until May 2010. No worries though. Just bookmark that website and check back at the end of April. I’ll be sure to post about it again s well, when the time gets closer.

This next one goes out to all of my local readers in the Hampton Roads area. This Sunday, December 6th, the Contemporary Arts Center of Virginia, will be holding a holiday craft sale and free family festival. This one is sure to be lots of fun for the kids as they can ohh and ahh over the beautiful artwork, and then make some of their own…for FREE! This fun event is from 12-4. Be sure to stop by!

On another note, I have some VERY useful information for all of you! If you’re like most people, you have a jar or tin of spare change just laying around your house. Maybe you occasionally cash it in at a coinstar to turn that change into bills. Well, now you can save even MORE money by doing that!

If you’ve ever poured your loose change into a coinstar machine, then you know they take a percentage out. It’s not a huge chunk or anything but it sure adds up. There’s no need to lose that extra bit anymore. There’s actually a way around that! Instead of getting cash back, have the money put on a giftcard. You don’t get a percentage taken out! To make it even sweeter, coinstar is offering you $10 for FREE if you cash in atleast $40 in change! The $10 offer is only good until December 6th so if you’ve been saving those pennies, NOW is the time to cash it in!!!

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{December 2, 2009}   New swagbuck code is out!

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There is a code out RIGHT NOW worth 3 swagbucks! You only have about 15 more minutes to enter the code or you’re gonna miss out! Due to the TOS, I am not allowed to tell you what the code is, and I cannot link to where it is either. I can however tell you that it’s on the blog. So get your tushy over there before it expires!

If you’re not yet a member of swagbucks, CLICK HERE to join now! You’ll automatically get 3 swagbucks for joining and if you can grab the code before 5:30EST you’ll get another 3 swagbucks too! SO hurry up and get over there!!!

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{November 24, 2009}   More fabulously FREE items!

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Normally I have my blog updated earlier in the day but today was an off day. Regardless, I was dead set on updating. Better late then never as they say right? Make sure to hop on these deals right away. Nothing worse then being a date late (or a dollar short for that matter). Enjoy!

Free Rachael Ray “Nourish” dog food sample

Free Huggies potty training DVD

Free subscription to Successful living magazine

Free Jiffy mix recipe book

Free subscription to Baby talk magazine

Free subscription to American Baby magazine

Free christmas stocking (there is 1 pop up after you click submit. Just close it. Has nothing to do with the offer.

Free sample of Greenie for your pet

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Who says you can’t have the wedding of your dreams? Your wallet, that’s who. Well, until
now that is. Everyday men and women across the world are united in beautiful wedding
ceremonies. Sadly, most of these couples drop thousands and thousands of dollars in order
to have the wedding of their dreams…but why?

Yes, your wedding should be special, and beautiful, but NOT a debt incurring occasion. Society has blown things way out of proportion. It’s no longer about the couple, it’s about keeping up with the Jones’. That’s really ashame. Some of the best weddings I have been to, were the ones where the couple used imagination and creativity.

If you’ve started browsing around, you already know how expensive a bridal veil can be. These go upwards of HUNDREDS of dollars..and for what? A little fabric that is pretty inexpensive? That’s one expensive that you can REALLY save on.


Let’s move onto unique wedding favors. As cliche as it sounds, your imagination truely is the limit. The following are just a few ideas that you may be interested in.

How about gel candles, that match your wedding colors? You can put one of these at each person’s place setting. They’re beautiful and your guests can take them home. For added flair, you can affix labels on each one with your married name and the date of your wedding. That is of course optional though. Check out the “how to” tutorial RIGHT HERE.

These WRAPPED IN LACE favors are gorgeous and oh so inexpensive (and easy) to make. You can scatter these across the table for a little extra oomph. Love them!

Some additional ideas are:

Chocolate dipped spoons: You can purchase baking chocolate at any food store for a
reasonable price and it goes a long way. Follow the melt instructions on the package and
simply dip the spoon in the chocolate and let it cool. These are great as is, but even better when used in coffee or hot chocolate.

Fragrant Sachets: Lavender is the most obvious choice here. You can buy dried lavender buds from most craft stores and it is simply a case of placing them in a little sachet (which you could make your self from linen, cotton or Hessian) & sewing up the top. Alternatively you could look for dried flowers, herbs, potpourri and fragrant essential oils.

Flower Seeds: Want your wedding to be filled with unique touches? Consider flower seeds as an eco friendly favor. This is a gift that keeps on giving while also honoring “a new beginning”, as in the new beginning you will share with one another. All you need is wax paper (either clear or in a color that matches your theme), some 2 sidered tape or glue, flower seeds, ribbon, and a scrap of paper with your sentimental words written. The process is pretty self explanatory, but will keep your guests talking.

Table Decor: Before doing your centerpieces, please keep in mind what season it will be when your wedding takes place. The blow example is one that you’d want to use for a fall

These are so simple to make. You can pick up flowers, twigs and leaves at any craft store or walmart. The vases can be found at any thrift store or at most yardsales and they don’t even have to match. I would recommend them all being the same height though. These take seconds to make as the only step involved is placing the artifical arragements your purchased, into the vases themselves. If you want some added color, you can place marble or buttons inside the bottom on the vases. Regardless, these centerpieces are sure to catch the eye.

Place card holders: There are so many options out there but one of my favorites is made by recycling wine bottle corks. With a sharp knife, cut a small amount off of what will be the bottom. This ensures that it stands properly. Next, make a slit across the top so you have a place to slide the place card into. That’s it. Yep, it’s REALLY that simple! For an added bonus, instead of a boring old “card”, you can place flower seeds in a small homemade envelope and put each guests name on the front. Slide that small envelope into the cork place card holders and voila! A place card setting that also doubles as a party favor!

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Strapped for cash this holiday season? I’ve got you covered! I have scowered the internet to find the best and easiest, homemade holiday gifts. These are simple yet thoughtful ideas that even the kiddos can make (with supervision of course). The best part is that anyone can do this!

Handmade tie blanket from

Vintage Tea Cup Candle from

Adorable sock dog from

Beautiful No-Sew Sachets from

Homemade Lip Gloss from

Fizzy Bath Bombs from

Luxurious Bath Salts from

Custom Marble Magnets from

Sugared Jelly Candies from

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Who has the time (or money) to go running to a spa? With the lives we lead these days, most of us have to do without. Well, not anymore! I’ve compiled a list of treatments that you can easily and inexpensively do at home. Now you can feel like a million bucks, for only a few dollars!

Homemade Facial Scrub Instead of Soap

For a facial scrub, moisten oatmeal to a “goo”, use it to scrub your face (not around your eyes). Wash off with cool water.You may also make a paste of the oatmeal and allow it to dry..remove with cool water.You may also beat an egg white, put it on your face and let it dry, rinse with cool water. Sliced fresh cucumber placed on your closed eyes will reduce bagginess and dark circles.

Lemon Tomato Mask

1 over-ripe tomato; inside scooped and mashed
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp instant oatmeal

Puree all ingredients in a blender. Apply to freshly cleaned face and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.


Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
clean cloth cotton strips
wooden stick or spreader

Dust the area to be waxed, with cornstarch. Combine the first three ingredients in a clean glass bowl, and microwave for two minutes. Stop and stir your sugar mixture every 20-30 seconds. Let it cool to a comfortable warmth, and, using a wooden stick, spread a very thin layer onto your clean skin. Immediately cover the mixture with a strip of cotton fabric. Briskly stroke the strip several times in the direction of the hair growth, and then, pull the skin taut, and quickly rip away the cotton strip, against the direction of hair growth. As you proceed, you may need to reheat your sugar mixture in the microwave to keep it warm. Do not boil it or overheat as you could easily burn your skin.


through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely. When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin. Apply a small amount onto your lips and remember to smile!

Beer Hair Rinse

1 oz distilled or clean catch rain water
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
7 drops lemon essential oil
1 ounce beer (stale works fine)
5 drops rosemary essential oil (do not use if pregnant)
5 drops calendula essential oil (optional, but recommended for blondes)

Mix all ingredients together. Use as a final rinse, rinse well. Beer adds protein to make hair shiny and make it feel thicker.


This nourishing conditioner blends two ingredients from nature — honey for shine and olive oil for moisture — and is enhanced with essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup warmed olive oil (2 tablespoons for normal to oily hair)
4 drops essential oil of rosemary
1 teaspoon of xanthan gum (available in health food stores)

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a snug-fitting cap.

To use, apply a small amount to your slightly dampened hair. Massage your scalp and work the conditioner through your hair until it is completely and evenly distributed. Next, cover your hair with a warm towel (your microwave or dryer can heat it up) or shower cap; leave the conditioner in place on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove the towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.

Overnight Foot Masque
1/4 cup Almonds
1/4 cup Dry Oatmeal
3 tablespoons food grade Cocoa Butter
2 tablespoons Honey

Process almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until finely ground. Set aside. In the same blender, pulse your oatmeal until of the same consistency. In a bowl, combine ground oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey and ground almonds. Rub into your clean feet, step into cotton socks, and leave on overnight. The next morning, remove the socks and rinse feet in cool water. Pat dry. We recommend you not remove the socks until you’re standing in the tub!

Blackhead removal

1 T Knox unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 T milk

Mix two ingredients and microwave for 10 seconds to slightly warm. Using a clean cosmetic brush, apply to nose and chin area. Avoid delicate eye area. Rinse brush immediately. Allow mixture on nose and chin to dry for 10-15 minutes. Mixture will dry quite stiff and form a “stiff film.” Peel off the film and stare at all the little porcupine quills that used to be in your nose pores (one of the chief entertainment factors with B’Strips!).

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Well lookie here! MORE great freebies from the Thrifty Hippy Mama! I’ve scowered the internet and found some of the best freebies out there right now. As always, these are legitimate freebies from reputable companies that so NOT require you to complete special offers. These are tried and rue free gifts and/or samples.

ORIENTAL TRADING is giving away a FREE 2010 calendar. These are great for jotting down appointments. I keep mine next to the phone so I can write thing down as soon as possible.

Get a beautiful herbal christmas candle from BEAUTY HERBAL SPA.

BUTTERICK is offering some AWESOME craft project patterns (like xmas stocks, vintage tie bags, wreaths and more).

Get a FREE bible from SPIRIT ONE. King James or American Standard Version.

While it’s still a tad early, I thout I would bring this offer to your attention anyway. It’s a FREE download of Christmas music (MP3 format) from the NORTHERN LIGHT ORCHESTRA.

In the spirit of the holidays which are fast approaching, I have also found free Chanukah coloring pages, from SHEMA YISRAEL and TORAH TOTS.

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It’s easy to go green without having to break the bank. Yes, solar lighting is a great thing and believe me, if I could afford to make those kind of changes, I would. Truth be told, there aren’t many of us out there who can drop that kind of money, no matter how much we want to.

There are so many simple and inexpensive (or FREE) ways to help the environment. We’re going to focus on just one of those way for right now, by talking aboutFREECYCLE.

FREECYCLE is a website where you can get (or give) items for free. Most often these are second hand items such as clothing, furniture, toys, bikes, and more. No money EVER exchanges hands and it’s completely free to join.

Here’s how it works…

You GO TO THE FREECYCLE WEBSITE and search for your local branch. Upon clicking “join” you will be taken to the local freecycle yahoo group for your area. On the top right of that screen you will see a button that says “join this group”. Click that and request to be a member.

Once approved (which is usually pretty quickly) you will have access to a world of thriftiness. Most freecycle groups require you to post an offer before you post a want ad. This just means that you need to give something away before you can REQUEST anything imparticular.

Say you have a dog crate (just an example) that you no longer want or need. You would post it on your local group and offer it to one of their members. Your post would look something like this.

Subject – “Offer: Medium Size dog crate”

Your post – I have a medium sized dog crate that can use a new home. Pick up in “your city or neighborhood name here).

And that’s it. Once you’ve made your first post you can start asking for things. For instance..if you need a bookcase you would write “Wanted: Bookcase”. It’s really that simple.

Now, you don’t have to post an offer to receive items. Just to request something officially on the website. After you become a member you will be able to see all offers and wants. If someone offers something that you can use, you are allowed to reply to that person and ask for said item. If you are the one they choose, they will tell you where and when you can get that item.

Same thing goes for want ads. If someone posts a want ad and you have the item they are looking for and are willing to give it away, email them. They will be more then happy to come on by and take it off of your hands.

So in the end, we all end up saving money by being thrifty, but also help the environment by keeping usable items out of our landfills. It’s a win/win! Heck, there have been severeal times i’ve gotten things BRAND NEW! You never know what you’ll find on FREECYCLE.

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Below you will find a list of freebies and samples that may be of interest to you. As always, these are LEGITIMATE freebies. No nonsense with credit cards or having to complete offers. These are reputable companies giving away special offers. I will never post anything that I know to fradulent.

Keep checking back as I will be adding more through out the day. Just wanted to make sure that I got these up asap before the deals expired.

FREE POTTY TRAINING KIT from Pampers. This is a “Go Diego GO” kit which includes, stickers, coloring pages, a progress chart and training trophy. You’ll also get high value coupons with your kit.

STARBUCKS SAMPLE PACK! This is a 3 pack of starbucks ready to brew coffee. A special thanks goes out to this company for not only the freebie, but also for their support towards those in a same sex relationship!

FREE PREGNANCY TESTS AND OPK’S (ovulation prediction tests). 10 per household.

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