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Blurb Gift Ideas plus 30% off

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less.

Also, Save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with code: SAVE30

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi Larsen
We all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.

Dog by My Side by Adam Schnitzer
This charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images.

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Save 30% on Blurb print books until November 30th!

The holiday shopping extravaganza has begun and family gatherings are going to create hundreds of moments to remember forever. So use the code: SAVE30 to save 30% on your next Blurb book order over $60. If you order a few printed books with all your fancy Thanksgiving pictures, you can have them in time for Christmas! Blurb even allows you to use your Facebook and Instagram pictures to help build up your books, which is bonus in my book! Let your creativity flow over to Blurb and see what masterpiece you can make! (You really will look like a professional book maker with their software and finished products!)

Save 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with code: SAVE30

***Offer valid until November 30, 2013 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for print books only. A 30% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of USD $60, CAD $60, GBP £60, EUR €60, or AUD $60. Maximum discount is USD $100, CAD $100, GBP £65, EUR €75, or AUD $100 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.
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Blurb’s Chicken Soup For Your Soul! Personalized!

It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?

These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal.

Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back.

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.

There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great.

Get started here: Blurb’s Chicken Soup for the Soul Book


Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up® Plan

The Grow-Up® Plan is a whole life insurance policy that protects your child while providing savings for the future.Since 1967, Gerber Life Insurance Company has provided quality life insurance, especially for young families on a limited budget. Give your children the protection they deserve. The Grow-Up® Plan from Gerber Life Insurance. $5,000 to $50,000 of whole life insurance protection for low childhood premiums that never increase. Coverage automatically doubles at the age of 18 with no increase in premiums. The Grow-Up Plan protects your child or grandchild while also starting a nest egg he or she can borrow from later on. Guaranteed future insurability. Your child or grandchild will have several opportunities to buy more coverage as an adult even if they cannot get insurance from other companies. Parents, grandparents and permanent legal guardians may apply when children are 14 days to 14 years old.

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Castle Blood family friendly matinee was perfect for the kids

IMG01We visited Castle Blood today and it was the highlight of my kids’ week. They were so excited to get to the haunted house they couldn’t stop talking about vampires the entire drive there. We were greeted nicely when getting our tickets and even made some friends in line.


The inside was family friendly and we were led by our creepy tour guide into the various rooms on a quest for three items. All the kids in our group (mine and one other) were given tasks to complete during the tour which really got them involved in the whole quest theme.

Each of the rooms were decorated with a different spooky theme to the extent that it was purely amazing!


Our entire family had a wonderful time and the kids have already begun asking if we are going back next year. Our whole family recommends Castle Blood for a family friendly Halloween atmosphere.

Read more below about Castle Blood:

A Halloween Tradition in South Western Pennsylvania, since 1993, Castle Blood celebrates its 21st season this October with an all new challenge for you – Our theatrically beautiful game based Halloween Adventure Tour will give you all you want from a haunt, without the graphic violence , chainsaws, or killer clowns. A thrilling tour through old school styled movie quality sets, you and your group are sent on a quest to find the 3 talismans of the Castle, while our strange assortment of denizens choose whether to help or hinder you.

If you love old monster movies, and classic autumnal hijinx, we are the place for you. Tours are about 25-30 minutes in length.

We even have daytime no scare matinees for the younger kids, who might be too scared for the evening shows. Because Castle Blood is one of the best looking haunts in the nation, this is a great chance for adults and children alike to see it in full light. Take the tour, play the Quest for Talisman game and trick or treat with our friendly monsters (treat bags for 12 and under). The Matinees are just $7.50/pp. and will be held Sundays Oct 20 and 27 from 2-5pm. Visit:

Can’t get enough? Book your next Birthday Party with Castle Blood and receive a free $50 party upgrade. Click here for the deal.

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Three Disney Vacation Packages to Let Your Dreams Come True


Do you ever look back on old family photos and just reminisce? I do that often and my oldest is only 8.

af4488963c3a11e3baac22000a1fbda6_8As I looked back through old photos, I noticed a very common trend that can be found not only in my own home, but all across our country.  Our children have let Disney into their hearts, their imagination and their lives.  Below are only a few instances in which Disney has been a part of my children’s lives whether it was a gift, a craft, clothing, playing dress up, having a Minnie themed birthday cake, enjoying a movie or spending time coloring.


Disney has been so influential that my oldest even made an impromptu craft below. She re-created the rose from Beauty and the Beast. I was simply amazed at her imagination and then realized that she has been influenced by the fantasy, the beauty and Continue reading…

Fresh, natural food at bulk prices from Zaycon Foods

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Watch a video here.

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – Continue reading…

New Slow Cooker Meal Plan, the leading online meal planner,  has launched a new slow cooker meal plan to make your life even easier when it comes to getting meals on the table! Each slow cooker plan will include 7 crockpot dinners, with some timesaving “cook once, eat twice” favorites. They have both a Slow Cooker Classic plan full of tasty comfort food as well a groundbreaking Slow Cooker Clean Eating Plan that serves up quick, simple, and healthy meals. Right now, you can use discount code LUNCHFREE for a free lunch meal plan with the purchase of a dinner plan.

Earn rewards on Swagbucks

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Swagbucks is a great way to earn points in so many different ways. You can use their search engine, use their coupons, take surveys, answer polls, watch videos….the possibilities are tremendous!

I love cashing out and getting Amazon gift cards. If that’s not for you, Swagbucks has lots of other gifts you can redeem.

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Viggle is so cool!

Viggle is a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they are watching. Available for Android, Apple iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, Viggle automatically identifies the television shows its users are watching and awards them points when they check-in. Viggle users can redeem their points in the app’s rewards catalogue for items such as movie tickets, music, gift cards or they can convert them into charitable donations.

You can sign up HERE and start rewarding yourself for that TV you always have on in the background.

When I start watching something, I just check in. When it is over or when I change to another show and check in again, I get the points. Sometimes I even play along with the trivia questions to earn more points.

It is so easy to do! Check it out!