A Rare Nativity book review

A Rare Nativity book review and #giveaway - enter at savingsinseconds.com

When I received the book A Rare Nativity to review, I worried that it would have a sinister tone. From the first few pages, I just wasn’t sure what the book would contain.  This was probably due to the voice in my head, hearing the words as I silently read.  By the end of the story, though, I realized that the nature of A Rare Nativity was pure and good. [Read more…]

A Thomas Edison Secret Lab Prize Pack

Being a teacher’s kid means that the likelihood of receiving educational toys is pretty good.
Being the child of TWO teachers? The education toys are guaranteed.
Luckily for us, Ryan’s makes learning fun!
Enter to win a Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab prize pack - valued at over $100 - at savingsinseconds.com
This year as part of their Family Night offerings, the Ovation portfolio of restaurants have partnered with Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab series. One lucky reader will receive a A Thomas Edison Secret Lab Prize Pack (and so will I).
Each Thursday from 5-8PM (excluding holidays), participating Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, and Country Buffet restaurants will host a science-themed event.

– November 12 “Why Do Things Float”
– November 19 “Sweet Dreams/ PJ Party”
– November 26 Thanksgiving DVD Sweepstakes (Each restaurant will give away a DVD)
– December 3 Cotton Candy Experiment
– December 10 Genius Dress Up
– December 17 What’s Your Bright Idea!
– December 24/31 Thomas Edison Secret Lab Activity sheet available

Some restaurants will even be showing episodes of the popular series — check with your location to see if it’s included! In addition to this giveaway, the brand is also sponsoring a sweepstakes featuring a trip for a family of four for 5 days/4 nights to sunny Florida!

The special Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab “Genius” Prize Pack comes complete with themed, collectible products including a Secret Millionaire’s Club (SMC) “Business in a Box” lemonade stand, a SMC Car Wash and SMC DVD and of course FREE MEAL COUPONS from any of the more than 300 Ovation Brands restaurants. The prize packs are valued at well OVER $100 each!!!!!

To enter the giveaway, visit the giveaway form below. The contest is open to US readers, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!


The Rockboard Scooter gets kids moving!

For 13 years, we lived in a house on a hill. It was a BIG hill, and my kids were not allowed to take their bikes outside alone. I was afraid (with good reason) that they would fly uncontrollably down the driveway. Sad, right? Well, we moved, and now we finally have a pancake-flat yard. Oh, happy day! So when we received the Rockboard Scooter for the kids to try out, it was an instant hit! I mean, look at it. How could it not be an instant hit? Don’t let Santa get credit for the Rockboard Scooter. It’s too good to pass off on an incognito guy in a red suit. Hide it behind the tree, Christmas Story style, and let the hugs and kisses pour in. [Read more…]

Sweet Holiday Memories with Tree Classics @Tree_Classics

We recently moved to a new home, and it’s’ going to be fun decorating it for the first time. Tree Classics sent me their beautiful Classic Noble Fir wreath, and they’re offering one to a lucky reader as well!

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Christmas books that warm the heart and soul

Disclosure: I received these books to review. The post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are 100% mine.

A feel-good Christmas story is a must during the holidays. We love to experience these through songs, movies, and books. Here is a list of my favorite 2014 Christmas books. Take a moment to pause and enjoy a heartwarming tale this year!  Be sure to scroll all the way down for a chance to win one of these titles.

The Christmas Cat [Read more…]

Contemporary Worship songs of Christmas – O Holy Night CD

Disclosure: I received this CD to review. Opinions shared are 100% mine; the post contains affiliate links.

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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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Tell me about your phone case!

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Tell me about your phone case! savingsinseconds.com

For several years I’ve been using my trusty Blackberry. At the time, it was glorious to be able to check my email and surf the web.  Like any other technology, though, it soon became obsolete.  It was difficult to update the apps.  Many of the apps I wanted to use were not available.  I’ve gone through three batteries and it still wouldn’t stay charged.  This month, my husband finally convinced me to get an iPhone.   I was very excited about the new phone because we already have so many apps linked on my iTunes account, so it was a breeze to just upload them on my phone.  It’s nothing fancy (just the 8 GB) but it’s a huge upgrade for me.  After getting my phone set up, the first thing on my to-do list was check Zazzle for a new iPhone cover!

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Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop #HomeHolidays CLOSED

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Welcome to the Home for the Holidays giveaway--savingsinseconds.com

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro!

It’s almost Christmas, can you believe it?!  The stockings are hung on the mantle, the smell of baking cookies fills your home, and giveaways are waiting to be won. I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to  help you feel at home for the holidays. The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home.  From decorative gifts to appliances each blogger has something for your home!   Hop around to each giveaway and be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize for this event too!  The hosts have secured a wonderful prize package worth $1,000 to include a Sebo X4 Upright Vacuum from from Allergy Buyers Club, a 5×8 Mohawk Rug {of Winner’s Choice}, and a $75 Gift Certificate to WallsNeedLove.com.   So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Home for the Holidays participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

 Our sponsors for this event are Upside Down Games and Red Cup Living.  One lucky winner will receive the YOGA! Spinner game and 8 Red Cup Living cups (18 oz.)  for a total retail value of approximately $68.

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Gifts for friends of your children — what do you buy?

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Lovable Labels helps you stuff the stockings.  savingsinseconds.com

Before this year my 9 year old daughter was never really interested in exchanging gifts with any of her friends.  Her class usually adopts a “Christmas angel” and we focus our gift-giving on purchasing toys or items for that child.  This year, however, she asked if she could give some of her friends a gift.  The problem was that she couldn’t really decide what to give them.  I suggested that she make bracelets for them using her loom kit.  She said they already have looms of their own.  What about a pretty lip balm or holiday lotion?  No, she decided, they might not want to use those.  In the end, these are the items she’ll be giving her friends.  She’s very excited about giving these gifts.  I”m glad that she was able to find something that she’ll be proud to give. [Read more…]

Santa’s Little Helpers Giveaway featuring Mark-My-Time Digital Bookmarks

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Enter the Santa's Little Helper giveaway at Savingsinseconds.com -- ends 12/16

Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop!  This event begins December 2 and is hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green.  You only have until December 16 to enter, so get busy!   Everyone can use a little help around the Holidays, so for this event I’ve teamed up with over 50 other bloggers to be Santa’s Little Helper… giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list – or even for yourself. That’s always nice, right?  So what are you waiting for?  Hop around to all the blogs including the GRAND PRIZE, on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Merry Christmas! [Read more…]