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5 Great Gift Ideas for Grandma and Grandpa

Christmas is just days away and if you are STILL looking for a few gift ideas for Grandma and Grandpa, look no more.

It's hard to shop for my parents.  I mean what do you get for the people who really have EVERY thing.  Have no fear.  Here are 5 great gift ideas for Grandma and Grandpa.

1.  Family Photo
Parents love receiving pics of the grands and great grandkids.  No time to gather the entire family together?  No worries.  You and your siblings can snap photos of the kids on your phones and create a collage of all the grandbabies.  Once you design the perfect collage, make it really special by creating a canvas of the pic.
Click here to snag a FREE 12x8 Canvas Print from CanvasOnSale.com.  The code does not include shipping.

2.  Frame Your Child's Artwork
My kids love drawing and grandparents love to show off their little Picassos.  Let the kids create a special drawing for grandma and grandparent and grab a cute frame your nearest craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. 

Swag Code Extravaganza: Reindeer Games!

I love when Swagbucks has Swag Code Extravaganzas, they are one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten tons of gifts cards to my favorite stores with Swagbucks!  I use my gift cards to shop online and buy gifts for my family, friends and myself.  Love Swagbucks!  What are you waiting for? 
The holiday cheer begins onWednesday, December 21st from 7am PDT/10am EDT to 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 30 SB.


Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!


Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!

#12Days3BoL 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Winners Announced

Many thanks to everyone who entered our #3BoL12Days 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS 
 Day 1 Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD - Ellen

 Day 2 $50 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate - Marilyn

 Day 3 Paw Patrol DVD – Lyzabeth

 Day 4 Britt Nicole CD – June

 Day 5 Paula's Choice Retinol Treatment – June

 Day 6 My AudioPet - Lissa

 Day 7 Jason Bourne DVD – Shelly

 Day 8 $5 Amazon Gift Cards - Jerry and Elena

 Day 9 - $10 Walmart Gift Card – Liz

 Day 10 - Starbucks Gift Card – Jessi

 Day 11 - Salvation Army Donation little boy

 Day 12 - Salvation Army Donation little girl


We have more fab giveaways to come soon.





Swagbucks Christmas Quenchers Collector's Bills

One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have "Collector's Bills" worth SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more! Here's all the information for this week's Christmas Quenchers Collector's Bills: Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, December 19th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Saturday, December 24th at 11:59pm PT/Sunday, December 25th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either: 5 SB 7 SB 9 SB 15 SB 24 SB When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

1st Art Gallery Giveaway

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1st Art Gallery Giveaway

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Sponsored By: 1st Art Gallery ~1 Winner~ Open to US 12/14  12am ~ 12/28 11:59pm ~Prize~ Any unframed in stock painting up to $200



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1st Art Gallery invites you to join their latest giveaway! 1st Art Gallery has paintings from the most famous painters throughout history including Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet, Waterhouse, Michelangelo, and many others. Since their inception in 2007 1st-Art-Gallery.com has been reviewed by great modern day art collectors and the 1st Art Gallery reviews are excellent!
What sets 1st Art Gallery apart is their attention to detail. Every painted is hand crafted by an artist. Whether you choose a

Check Out How @Nickelodeon DVDs is Helping Me Avoid Cries of "I'm Bored" During our Winter Break

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Nickelodeon DVDs. I received the DVDs highlighted above in exchange for this post. No monetary compensation was received. The views expressed below are mine. Many thanks to Nickelodeon DVD and the PR firm for this opportunity.

The kids will be out of school for Winter break soon and I am already trying to find ways to ward off the inevitable cries of "I'm bored". I know it's coming.  I can't avoid it. 

It may Day 2, it may be Day 8, it could even be the day before they return to school but  sometime within the next two weeks one of my kids is going to utter those dreaded words.

I'm prepared though. The pantry is stocked with hot chocolate and plenty of snacks.  Pencils are sharpened.  Crayon box is filled with crayons and markers.  Printer is full of paper.  Weekly trips to library planned.  I'm ready!  I'm ready!  *in my SpongeBob voice*  Plus, the latest Nickelodeon's Winter DVD relea…

Why I'm Donating Our Copy of Sonia Panigrahy's Latest Book to #1000BlackGirlBooks

Recently I came across the story of an 11 year old girl named Marley who, like my kids, is an avid reader.  Marley noticed there weren't many books featuring girls much less girls her, girls of color.

11-year old Marley launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks with a mission to collect 1000 books about Black girls.  To date, Marley has collected 7,000 books since November 2015.

I love our local library and their commitment to showcase books representative of our city.  Our library has a children's library and a Teen Center and shelves full of books for every child.  However, the challenge, as Marley noted, isn't so much at our local libraries, but school libraries.  School libraries are often full of dated books and it can be difficult for children to find books featuring characters of color. 


Nosey me checked and I was surprised to find so few books featuring girls like my daughter.  Again, because we check out books from our local library so often I never really notic…

Shopping Swago

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago just in time for the Holidays! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. Plus, if you have to buy holiday gifts, might as well get an extra SB bonus for yourself, right? Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB ($3) Bonus(and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): Shop Swago will begin on Monday, December 12th at 9am PDT/12pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color …

Save on Fashions for the Entire Family When You Groupon Your Coupon #ad

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Keeping up with the latest fashion trends can put a strain on your wallet but what if there was a way to score the latest fashions without breaking the bank.  
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I found huge savings on fashions for the entire family including jackets, jeans, dresses and boots.  When I say the entire family, I mean the ENTIRE family.  Fashions for the littlest one to moi, the plus size diva.  
Groupon Coupons offers instant savings and promo codes for your online shopping and printable coupons to use at…

Oh What Fun It Is to Give, Give, Give it Away #3BoL12Days

We have had so much fun giving away fab prizes during the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways and I'm sure you're probably wondering what happened to days 11 and 12.  
The giveaways didn't stop.  In fact, these giveaways were special but their joy won't be known until Christmas morn.  We're charging this special Santa with this special delivery.

Last week, the youngest and I were shopping and picked the names of 2 angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree.  The Salvation Army Angel Tree Project is one of our favorite service projects.  The kids enjoy picking a tag or two from the tree containing the name, age, size and wishlist for a child in need.  

The REAL fun begins after you've picked your angel's name from the tree.  I armed the kids with a shopping cart and off they went.  I could hear them asking each other "Do you think so and so would like this" while testing what seemed like every toy in the toy aisle to find the perfect gifts for our angel.  
I…

There's Still Time to Get $5 When You Sign Up For Swagbucks in December!

We've reached the Holiday season, and if you haven't begun already, now's the time to start shopping for the Holidays! Since this time of year in particular is a good one for having some extra money, Swagbucks is offering a $5 bonus to people who sign up through me this month! 


Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for all sorts of things you're probably already doing online, like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, and more! Then you can turn your gift cards in to PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and more!

Here's how you get your bonus:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 11/1. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. When you do your holiday shopping, spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* and you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cashback you'll get from shopping.

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it my…

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Here's a recap of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways thus far.  Click on pic to be taken to giveaway. Be patient as page may load a little slow
On the 1st day of Christmas one lucky blog reader will receive  an Amy Grant Christmas CD

On the 2nd day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive  a $50 Restuarant.com Gift Certificate
On the 3rd day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive a Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Christmas DVD

On the 4th day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive a Britt Nicole Deluxe Edition CD

On the 5th day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive  a Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Treatment Product

On the 6th day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive  a My Audio Pet Bluetooth Speaker 
On the 7th day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will receive their  choice of Jason Bourne on 4k Ultra HD or DVD

On the 8th day of Christmas, two lucky blog readers will receive  a $5 Amazon Gift Card
On the 9th day of Christmas, one lucky blog reader will rec…

The Nutcracker: THE Must See Ballet

I remember the first time Hubby and I went to the ballet.  It was several years ago and he hadn't been in years, but it was the Moscow Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker in Oakland, California. 
He whined about going at first but the moment the performance began, he was like a kid.  That single performance was all it took and we've pretty much taken the kids every year since they were little.  The Nutcracker was especially a fave of the little old lady when she took dance - albeit briefly - and of Los Tres Amigos when they learned to perform some of the pieces for a Winter concert.
The Nutcracker is performed by ballet troupe's all over the world during the holiday season and the Moscow Ballet's performance is one of my favorites. 

In 1993, Moscow Ballet toured the Great Russian Nutcracker to Washington DC, Baltimore, Syracuse, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, New Haven, Reading and Charleston WV for the first time to critical acclaim. Directed and choreographed by Stanis…