Win the Tacky Sweater Contest hands-down with the help of Tipsy Elves

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The first time I ever acknowledged a truly tacky Christmas sweater was when I first saw Bridget Jones’ Diary.   Colin Firth could wear a burlap sack and would be just as swoon-worthy (perhaps more so) but this reindeer sweater just takes the fruitcake.   It ranks right up there with Ralphie’s bunny pajamas in The Christmas Story.  Clearly, our culture has serious issues with obligatory wearing of gifted clothing.    What to do if you don’t have an Aunt Clara to gift you a tacky sweater? The easy solution is to buy one from Tipsy Elves!   You still have time to catch the midnight sleigh.  Orders placed today should be received by 12/20.  I can attest to the speedy shipping of the Tipsy Elves.  My order arrived before I could sing Jingle Bells.

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There’s no reason to skip lunch while you’re Christmas shopping! Romano’s Kitchen Counter printable coupon

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Going out for lunch is a rare treat during the school year. I spend my daylight hours with over 100 sixth graders. While it’s a rewarding career and I love going to work each day, having some time with grown-ups would be a welcome change now and then. Teachers are notorious for multi-tasking. Getting lessons ready, grades recorded, and emails answered during one planning time takes some serious time-management skills. There are times when lunch just can’t be squeezed in. During a busy work day when it’s hard to find time to drink my hot tea, the thought of going out to lunch seems too daunting a task. Would it be possible to return to my classroom in time for the next round of students?  Then we have the whole issue of spending a small fortune on a lunch.  I’m so thrilled when there’s a restaurant that not only understands my need for speed, but also saves me some money at the same time!  Romano’s Kitchen Counter provides a speedy lunch (under 7 minutes!) plus a major deal.  Readers, you can get 2 lunches for just $10 when you use this printable coupon through January 31, 2015!      Click here to print your Romano’s Kitchen Counter coupon! #ad printable coupon for Romano's Kitchen Counter!  Valid through 1/31/15

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Old Factory candles — enter to win a set in the #HomeHolidays #giveaway

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My husband and I have a running joke about gift-giving. When in doubt, we give candles. Everyone can use a fragrance pick-me-up in their home!  It’s often difficult to pick just one scent, which is one reason why I loved this trio from Old Factory.  Exclusively found on Amazon, these candles come in sets of 3.  They’re hand-poured in the USA and are just the right size for gift-giving.  You don’t have to commit to burning this candle forever and ever, although they are supposed to be very long burning!  They’re made from natural soy wax and come in a dozen theme-related sets.   I chose the Winter Wonderland theme which gave me one each of the Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, and First Snow scents.  [Read more…]

Save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy #HintingSeason

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It’s the Hinting Season and my husband has been laying it on thick.  He’s so sweet, though, because his hinting is really for me!!   We’ve gone through some painfully long photo sessions where I had to take and retake photos due to blurry images or poor lighting.  My husband insists that we purchase the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.  He’s been checking it out for weeks.  I’m pretty excited because we can now save $150 by getting this at Best Buy! This offer is valid from 12/7/14 through 12/20/14.

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The Happy’s make a fun gift for Christmas and birthdays

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Having a pet is a great part of childhood, but it is not something that everyone can enjoy.  Having a pet could become an allergy issue, an extra stress, or simply a financial burden for some families.  There’s a way to give your child some pet joy on Christmas morning without having to potty train — welcome to The Happy’s from Cepia!  [Read more…]

Family Christian Doorbuster Deals just might save you from the Grinch!!

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As the calendar days tick by, you might start to realize that your Christmas budget won’t go as far this year.  It’s time to take advantage of Doorbuster Deals like the ones at Family Christian!  You can sort by “Price” to find gifts as low as $5.  Wrap up a Chris Tomlin CD or a lovely wall plaque and you’re making someone smile without making your bank account cringe.

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These deals on 84 items are available through December 14.  I love that it’s also available online for those of you who are unable to carve out time in your schedule to drive out to the store!  Haven’t purchased your Christmas cards yet?  This time, your procrastination paid off. You can get boxed cards for just $5.  Many of these doorbusters are great for gift-giving, too.

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$25 Paypal Cash Giveaway to help you enjoy the Winter Wonderland! Open Worldwide

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What would you do with an extra $25 cash this holiday season? One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win this Winter Wonderland giveaway. Will it be you?

Thanks to LeahSay’s Views & Planet Weidknecht for hosting this event! The giveaway runs from December 10th – 20th, 2014. [Read more…]

Roll right into the new year on the EzyRoller

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What’s your Red Rider? You know, like on The Christmas Story? I’m talking about that toy that you’ll remember forever. The one that always got pulled out; the one that had scuff marks and maybe even some blood from a scraped knee. It’s the toy of your childhood that you wish you still had. For me, that toy was my bike. I rode it everywhere from the school playground to my best friend’s house. Now that I live in East Tennessee, with its rolling mountains and all, bike riding is a lot more strenuous than it was when I was 10! My kids love to play outside and wheeled toys are always a hit. I’m excited for them to see the EzyRoller this year. It’s that toy THEY will tell their kids about!
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Best of 2014 – signed Body and Soul by Bethany Hamilton #giveaway

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All in all, 2014 was a great year for books.  Since moving to a language arts classroom, I’ve developed a new appreciation for books that appeal to middle schoolers and teenagers.  It’s tough to catch — and hold — their attention for more than a few minutes.  Gaining their respect and admiration is an even more daunting task.  My students are enamored with Bethany Hamilton.  She represents youth, courage, and determination.  Her positive message about faith is a beacon of light to so many teens. That’s why I decided that Body and Soul makes my list as a Best of 2014 book.  One lucky reader will win an autographed copy in this giveaway!

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Contemporary Worship songs of Christmas – O Holy Night CD + giveaway

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Sweet songs of Christmas always grace our home and car during the month of December.  We even start listening to Christmas songs in November!  This year, it’s refreshing to hear the songs from O Holy Night – Christmas Songs of Worship.  The old favorites are on this CD with a fresh new spin. Incredible voices from the industry’s top Christian musicians complement the beautiful instrumentals on this album.

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