Friday, November 18, 2016

Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes

Photo credit to Food Network

For those of you in need of some gluten free recipes, please check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes. I was surprised at how delicious some of them looked. They have some great dishes so you can make something for everyone. Check out Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes for more information. The Food Network also has great options. You can find them here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stop child abuse now

Don't be silent and hope someone else will do something. It only takes a second to save a child's life. Child abuse has become a huge issue in the US. Too many cases of abuse go unnoticed and result in the death of an innocent child. To find out what you can do to help stop child abuse please visit Childhelp Chapters to find a local chapter.

Please read the below statistics from

National Child Abuse Statistics

A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.

It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates. 

Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4. 

More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. 

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.

About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse. 

In at least one study, about 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder. 

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 is $124 billion. 

14% of all men in prison and 36% of women in prison in the USA were abused as children, about twice the frequency seen in the general population. 

Children who experience child abuse & neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookies = YUM

This is one of my families favorite treats for the holidays. Make sure you have milk in the fridge because you can't eat these without it. They are very rich. Oh and don't tell my Mom that I just made these. They are her favorite :) 

Chocolate No Bake Cookies

2 - cups granulated sugar

3 - tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 - cup butter

1/2 - cup evaporated milk

1/2 - teaspoon salt

3 - cups quick or old fashioned oats

1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat add butter, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and salt. 

Stir until butter is melted and ingredients are

Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until completely melted. 

Add vanilla and oatmeal while mixing well. 

Drop by tablespoon full onto wax paper. 

Let cool completely on waxed paper. 

Remove the cookies once they have set up. They are delicious so make plenty because the go fast. At least they do in my house. 


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Win a Luxurious Trip to Costa Rica

Win a Luxurious Trip to Costa Rica and stay at the 
5-star Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa
Prize includes round-trip airfare, $100 dining credit per day, a 60 min spa treatment per person rendered in an open air bungalows surrounded by the rainforest and exclusive access to hotel's hot springs and gardens.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Enter to win a VIP trip to Indianapolis to see the Indy 500.

Bosch is giving two lucky people the chance to take a VIP NASCAR trip to Indianapolis to see the Indy 500 Stock Race in the 2016/2017 Motorsport Sweepstakes. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Share this info-graphic with someone you love.

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Kroger's FREE Friday download is Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds

Kroger's FREE Friday download is 
FREE Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds 

Kroger's Free Friday Freebie is Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds. Receive ONE (1) FREE Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds Bar (1.45 oz). Available in most stores.

 You must add this coupon to your shoppers card today and redeem by 11/06/2016

No purchase necessary. Limit one per household.

Flavors subject to availability by market/location

Limit of one coupon per item. 

Digital coupons and paper coupons may not be combined on the purchase 
of a single item.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Enter to win new running gear from GORE-TEX.


Excuses make it easy to skip a run. But their reign ends today.
Running shoes with GORE-TEX® liner conquer the weather excuse.
Now it’s time to take the pledge and tackle the rest.


Tell GORE-TEX and you could win new running gear. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Enter to win a $500 Saucony gift card plus lots more prizes.

Enter to win a $500 Saucony gift card, a Garmin Forerunner 735XT, a $250 Saucony gift card or a Garmin Forerunner 35. Great contest for any runner.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Do you have unclaimed money waiting for you?

Do you have unclaimed money waiting for you?

If you have ever wondered if you have unclaimed money, you should check out  It’s FREE to access their website and search for your money. Just remember that you should never have to pay to search for unclaimed money. Once you are at the website, you simply enter your name and the state you want to search and click search. Make sure you search every state you have lived in to make sure you don't miss anything. A long list of people matching your name and state will appear and you can narrow it down from there. It will show an address or description of where the money is from to help you decide if it’s yours. It also shows how much money is available. If you are lucky enough to find some unclaimed money you will have to prove ownership to collect it. 

I wish you all the best of luck finding some unclaimed cash. What a great treat right before the holidays.

To find out if you have unclaimed money click here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Enter to win an official 2016 Emmy Awards Gift Bag

Click here to enter now!

You too can be a star! Enter for a chance to win the official 2016 Emmy® Awards Giving Suite™ gift bag — making you one step closer to the stars!
The 2016 Emmy® Awards Giving Suite™, produced by Backstage Creations, supports the Television Academy Foundation with $150,000 in donations. Past visitors to the Giving Suite have included Anthony Anderson, Jane Lynch, Gina Rodriguez and Ty Burrell, and more! 

This year’s gift bag includes:

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! ® – An elegant kitchen gift set from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® to help make unbelievably decadent bites.
Austin Cocktails – Austin Cocktails is a family-owned line of bottled, craft cocktails that was developed to make a craft cocktail as easy as a nice glass of wine or craft beer. All five of their cocktails are pre-batched with 5x-distilled vodka or 5x-distilled tequila, natural ingredients and organic agave. Alcohol is not included in this prize. Prize does not include alcohol. Winner will receive a hat.

Benjamin Steakhouse Prime – Benjamin Steakhouse Prime is the newest addition to the Benjamin Restaurant Group family, opening this fall. Here we combine modern elegance with the steakhouse classics by serving only the best USDA prime steaks, succulent seafood and more from the grill. Winner will receive a $200 gift certificate.

ChapStick – ChapStick® Total Hydration Moisture + Tint, the first-ever tinted lip balm from the experts in lipcare, is a tinted moisturizer that enhances the lips’ natural color. It is made with 100% naturally sourced ingredients, including advanced ingredients like Rosehip Seed Oil and is available in three shades – Merlot, Coral Blush and Rose Petal.

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen – With the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen you can get a #DesignerSmile with 5 shades whiter teeth that starts working in 1 day! It’s as easy as Brush. Whiten. Go.® – No waiting, no rinsing!

Crane Stationery – Since 1801, heads of state and stately households alike have chosen Crane to celebrate life’s grand occasions, both large and small. Be a part of history and celebrate our exquisite craftsmanship with our new 1801 collection of hand-crafted stationery. Winner will receive a set of Crane Stationery cards.

DELSEY Luggage – MONTMARTRE+ 25" Exp. Spinner Trolley made of ballistic nylon to resist wear and tear featuring an easy-access compartment for a jacket, shoes, or toiletries and double spinner wheels for superior maneuverability.

Hasbro’s Furby Connect – Get ready to discover a world of surprises with Furby Connect! The digitally-integrated Furby Connect friend from Hasbro interacts with kids through its own hilarious take on songs, videos, and more surprises continually delivered via Bluetooth®.

Icelandic Glacial™: – Natural Spring Water from Iceland. Winner will receive a gift certificate for water delivery.

Inkk Nail Lacquers – Inkk is a luxury, 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free nail lacquer brand specializing in customizable “Your Color, Your Name” nail lacquers that can be made by anyone straight from their phone or computer. The innovation behind Inkk enables women to wear nail lacquer colors that are personal to them and available when they want.

Jaybird Freedom – Jaybird’s smallest wireless buds, Freedom, bring big sound, a secure comfortable fit and the ability to listen-while-you-charge. Elegant and micro-sized, Freedom is Jaybird’s most advanced, secure-fit wireless Bluetooth buds ever.

L.A. Star Greens, Perfect 10 organic Superfood – The world’s first mix of the top 10 superfoods in certified organic quality. Packed in convenient single serve sachets.

Marchon – Designer eyewear by Marchon.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts – Discover our World of uniquely spirited hotels with a two-night sojourn at Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. Complete with dinner for two at Smeraldi’s and VIP amenities. Winner will receive a two-night stay and dinner.

MIZANI 25 Miracle Milk – 25 Miracle Milk is a lightweight leave-in treatment that provides 25 benefits in just a few sprays. This easy-to-use product preps hair for styling, helps detangle with less breakage, provides moisture, protects against heat damage and is free of paraben, sulfate, drying alcohols and mineral oil.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies – Nature’s Bounty® Hair, Skin & Nail Gummies provide you with the vital nutrients your body needs to support your natural beauty from the inside and out. Our Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies are full of vitamins including Biotin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E to help you feel healthy, beautiful and well. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Nu Skin Enterprises – ageLOC Me combines Nu Skin’s most advanced anti-aging skin care formulas with a smart delivery device for a personalized daily skin care regimen. An app-based assessment accounts for skin care needs, environmental factors and personal preferences to determine a specific set of products from almost 2,000 combinations.

Rottet Collection – Rottet Collection is the signature furniture line designed exclusively by Hall of Fame architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet. Each piece in the Rottet Collection is either a solution to a found need, or a realization of an idea regarding how furniture can be set in a space like a work of art, yet serve a functional and comforting purpose. Winner will receive a candle.

the hinde by kelli bailey – the hinde modern leather presents the original circle bag, handmade by kelli bailey.

The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua, Bali – A five-night stay in Mulia Resort, a beachfront Balinese haven nestled in Nusa Dua Bay of Bali. No resort stay is included in this prize. Winner will receive a tote bag.

Red Coat PR & Six Best Selling Authors – Featuring some of today’s Best Selling authors including Denise Grover Swank, Randi Wilson, Stacy Green, L.P. Dover, Kristie Cook and Amy Miles. Available in print and on all major e-book platforms. Winner will receive a book set.

Scarves by Mary DeArment – Silk and cashmere scarves empower women while inviting interesting conversations about the messages embedded in the artwork. Every Mary DeArment design is made with a word; these visual puzzles include socially conscious words/phrases/acronyms such as “peace,” “gender equality,” “STEM,” and “world citizen.”

sérumtologié ® - sérumtologié, based in Beverly Hills, CA, is a leading maker of novel and innovative skin care products containing clinically proven ingredients but without the often shockingly high price tag of many other luxury skin brands. Two of the company’s products that have met with strong client acceptance are their groundbreaking Vitamin C serum º22 and PURE Whipped Chiffon, its companion daily moisturizer. 

Thera Cane MAX Trigger Point Massager – Treat yourself to deep relief from painful, knotted, spasmed muscles. This amazingly simple yet effective self-massager makes it easy to apply pain-relieving deep compression directly to hard, knotted “trigger points” anywhere they occur – breaking up tension even in the hardest-to-reach muscles between your shoulder blades! 
Items in photo subject to change based on availability; some colors and styles may vary. Courtesy of Backstage Creations.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Enter to win a trip to New York City to go on a ToysRUs shopping spree.

Enter this contest and you could make your child the happiest child on earth. Enter to win a trip to New York City to go on a ToysRUs shopping spree with your child.

Say Please & Thank You

I was at the grocery store yesterday and this little girl was chasing after her brother and running after her Mom in the store. As she passed me she screamed "MOVE", not excuse me or sorry but MOVE! I couldn't believe it. I turned around to see if her mother would correct her and tell her to say excuse me or sorry but she didn't. They just continued running through the store as if that didn't just happen. I was instantly angry. I was thinking, if that was my child. But wait, that wouldn't be my child. I have taught my children manners from the time they could speak. Please and Thank You were something we continually reinforced until they learned them. Then, I wanted to turn around and go in the direction of that Mom. I thought about how I could nonchalantly mention manners while pushing my cart past her or maybe I would pick up a book about manners and drop it in her cart. I wasn't sure what I was going to do but I sure did fell like I had to do something. Of course I didn't do anything. I always think I could but I couldn't. I have to remember that everyone parents differently.

We know that manners are important right? I try not to let things like that bother me but it seems like it happens more and more nowadays. At what point are we going to start parenting our children? What are we afraid of?  

I want to remind everyone that our children are going to be taking care of us some day. Think about that before you allow your child to be disrespectful to someone. Remind them to say please and thank you and treat everyone with kindness. Parenting isn't easy but it's all worth it. 

You will be so proud of your polite children when they are at school or church. They will remember how important manners are and use them daily. Maybe you will even get to catch a glimpse of them being kind and high five yourself for enforcing it with them. Manners are a stepping stone to well behaved children.

Thank you for reading, please stop by again :) 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review of Walmart's savings catcher

Have you heard about Walmart's newest attempt to earn your business with the "Savings Catcher"? I've decided to review it for you since I've been using it since the day it came out. It's FREE and super easy to use. Simply scan your receipt after you shop at any Walmart or Walmart Market and the "Savings Catcher" will search around for any sales items. If it finds a lower price at another store, you get the difference back in a gift card. You can submit up to seven receipts per week. It's a great way to save money without having to drive around to several different stores. Once you have accumulated some cash, you can convert it into an e-gift card to use at any Walmart or Sam's Club store. They send you an email that you print out and use at the store. Just make sure you write down how much the e-gift card is worth in case the cashier ask you. I've only noticed one problem with the "Savings Catcher"I had a receipt that wouldn't scan on my phone. I tried to hand enter the receipt code on my phone but it kept saying it was invalid. I decided to go online and enter it there. It worked right away. I think the app still has a few glitches. I'm hoping the next update will take care of these small problems. Otherwise, it's quick and easy to use. I think it's another great way to save some money. After about 16 days of using the "Savings Catcher" I accumulated $9.67. That's not bad at all. It also works as an archive for your receipts so if you loose one you can review the details of it within the "Savings Catcher" app.

Enter to win Richard Petty's car

NASCAR fans, here's a chance to win a bunch of really cool prizes. Enter Smithfield's Winning 43 Sweepstakes and you could win your choice of either $40,000 in cash or a 1967 Belvedere vehicle worth $40,000. The winner will be chosen from among the 14 first-prize winners of a NASCAR race weekend. And dozens more entrants will win either a grill or a YETI cooler. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Enter to win a waterfront cabin in the DIY Blog Cabin Giveaway

DIY Blog Cabin Giveaway is back for 2016! Enter daily for your chance to win the waterfront DIY Network Blog Cabin™ 2016, located on the Florida Gulf Coast, plus a $50,000 cash prize provided by national mortgage lender Quicken Loans® and a 2016 Mazda CX-5. 

The grand-prize package is valued at over $900,000.

Enter to win lots of awesome prizes from Heineken in their Summer Grilling Sweepstakes

Heineken is giving away awesome prizes in their 2016 Summer Grilling Sweepstakes. Enter to win grills, burger presses, grilling tool sets, and more. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Enter to win $1,000 from Al Fresco

Al Fresco is asking for your opinion about which recipe sounds the best. Vote for your favorite recipe to enter their Favorite Al Fresco & Minute Rice Recipe Sweepstakes, and you could win $1,000 cash plus a selection of kitchen prizes. 

Enter to win a portable generator to keep your family safe in the event of a storm.

In honor of National Emergency Preparedness Month, Generac is giving away a Generac RS Series 7000E portable generator and preparedness kit, valued at $1,200. It's a great way to keep your family safe during weather emergencies. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Enter to win one year of house cleaning plus lots more of prizes

Enter our Colman’s Hot Mess No Stress Sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing prizes that will help you tackle your Hot Mess both at home and in the kitchen.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Enter to win a years supply of Jones Soda plus lots more prizes

Enter to win Jones Soda for a year, a refrigerator, a GoPro camera plus lots more. Five weekly winners will also receive a prize pack consisting of soda, a skate deck, a t-shirt, and more. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Enter to win new GE Appliances

Enter for your chance to win the best cooking appliances, a GE Profile Series™ Freestanding Range and an over-the-range GE Profile Series™ Advantium® speedcook oven, plus $1,000! 

Enter for a chance to win a Charles P Rogers Bed valued at $5798.00 from House Beautiful.

Enter for a chance to win a Charles P Rogers Bed valued at $5798.00 from House Beautiful. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Enter to win a new OSO mattress

Enter the "Get Your Best Sleep" Sweepstakes and you could win a new OSO mattress. The winner will have the option to choose their desired size. 

Enter to win up to $3,000 from Ready Pac plus more prizes

Ready Pac Foods is giving away gift card prize packs worth up to $3,000 in their We've Got Your Back Sweepstakes. Enter to win shopping sprees at Amazon, Herschel Supply Company, and grocery stores. 

Enter to win $1200 cash or free cleaning products from Libman

Libman is there to help you clean up when life gets messy. Enter their Embrace Life's Messes Sweepstakes and you could win a $1,200 cash grand prize or one of 120 gift baskets of cleaning products. Plus you'll get a coupon to save $3 on your next Wonder Mop purchase.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Enter to win a trip to Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando

Here's a chance to win a family vacation to a place that everyone is sure to love: Universal Studios Orlando. Enter Universal Orlando Resort's Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Sweepstakes and you could win a $3,600 trip for four to the resort including meals, theme park tickets, and more. Plus, 100 additional winners will each receive Universal Orlando prizes like towels, thermal bottles, beverage tumblers, and more.

Enter to win a trip to Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando

Enter for your chance to win a trip to Universal Orlando Resort™including a three-night stay at the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, theme park tickets, and more!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Enter to win a trip to France from Maille mustard

Discover the beautiful south of France region, filled with unique culinary and cultural experiences. Fly in the air in comfort on Air France to your French destination, Lyon, France. Once you arrive, you’ll enjoy an extravagant 7-Night River Cruise through the south of France courtesy of YMT Vacations.

You'll journey through lush landscapes, enchanting sounds, fragrant smells of lavender, and captivating gourmet flavors such as those featured in our Olives and Herbes de Provence Mustard. Be stylish on your trip with luggage provided by Delsey. Receive gorgeous dinnerware from Villeroy & Boch so even at home you'll dine just like a Provençal.

Enter to win this luxurious experience unlike any other from Maille mustard.

Enter to win $25,000 for college plus lots more prizes.

Enter to win $25,000 towards college from Brita plus lots more prizes. Enter now and get a $2.00 of coupon towards a Brita product of your choice. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Enter to win a trip to San Francisco from Williams Sonoma

Enter the Food + Cocktail Lovers' Sweepstakes from Williams-Sonoma and you could win a trip to the Cochon555's Heritage BBQ SF Event.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Enter to win a smart TV and game packs from GameFly

 Enter GameFly Streaming's All-Access Sweepstakes and you could win a new smart TV with family and game streaming packs from GameFly. Up to five winning packs are available. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ibotta is a FREE app that gives you cash back on all your purchases.

I just discovered another way to save money on groceries at the grocery store. Ibotta is a FREE app you use on your smartphone. It gives you cash rebates on the items you buy regularly. It's quick and easy to use. Click here to learn more about this great program and see how much money you can save.  

Ibotta is kinda like a rebate program without all the forms and mailing. I've saved $10.75 in one week mostly on things I buy regularly like milk, bread and eggs. They have new rebates each week.