Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wednesday Blog Hop

Today's blog hop is hosted by MomsReview4You at momsreview4you.blogspot.com. Click the button to go to today's linky. After you add your blog be sure to follow our host and at least 3 other blogs, leaving comments on each one.


Current contests and givaway:
Mommy of the Month contest here.
Holiday Giveaways here.

Be sure to come back and see today's budget friendly recipe! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Thrifty Tip: Deal or No Deal?

With the countdown to Christmas in full swing, there are literally thousands of deals available online and in-store. These companies, while offering great prices for gifts for those loved ones on your shopping list, are also trying to lure you into impulse buying. A deal is really only a deal if you would have purchased the item (not necessarily the same brand) anyways. Otherwise, it's just an impulse buy.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday for 11/30

Hello everyone! It's that time of the week again for Follow Me Back Tuesday. This is a great way to visit other blogs and get some new blogging friends! Here's how it works:


LittleYayas 

  1. Click the button above and follow all Hosts' blogs 1 - 5 on the Linky (leave them a comment and they will follow you back - only leave a comment if you follow please)
  2. Make a post about FMBT and add that link to the Linky
  3. Follow as many blogs as you would like (Leave a comment so they can follow you back)
Remember! When you receive a comment from a new follower  return the favor and follow them back. It only takes a few minutes.

PS - While you're here, be sure to enter the Mommy of the Month contest, Amazon.com egiftcard (3 winners) and other great prizes in our Holiday Giveaway Event!

Makeover Monday: Apples for Oil

American-style apple cider, left; Apple juice,...Image via Wikipedia
Apple cider vinegar naturally neutralizes oil. Use a little in your hair to remove unwanted greasiness. Use on your face with cotton balls as a toner to reduce unwanted shine and make a better base for your makeup. If you have a fresh apple around make thin slices, apply it to your face, sit back and let the apples do their work. You will get an oil-free face plus extra vitamins from the fresh apple.


Note: Please use your own discretion when using any of these DIY beauty recipes. I'm not a doctor, just a provider of homemade beauty ideas.
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Mailbox Monday Nov. 29

 
Thanks for stopping by today. Join in on the blog hop by clicking the button above and joining the linky at A Frugal Friend!   

Here are my goodies that came in the mail last week.
 
Woman's Day and Parenting were hiding over at my MIL's house for a few weeks but I got them this weekend, Vogue and TOH, Schick Quattro razor from Smile.ly, Vaseline Sample and Victoria's Secret booklet w/$10 off purchase card.
 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mother's Day Card

Mom Noir Rose Mother's Day 5x7 folded card
Find unique and elegant Mother's day cards at Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thursday Thought: I Am Thankful For You!

I am really thankful that I am able to be a young wife and mom. I am thankful that I am able to stay home with her and to be able to share my interests with you on this blog.

I made my readers a Thanksgiving e-card. It's too big to be posted on the blog so you can view it on the e-card site here


Thanks! =)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A {Not So} Wordless Wednesday

My daughter loves to talk on the phone...her pretend phone that is. Give her that or any other (non-telephone) electronic item and she will hold it up to her ear and have the most exciting conversation ever. There's laughing and hand gestures, everything you would expect in a real conversation, but give her a real phone with someone on the other end and she's quiet. I just don't get it lol. =)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday Blog Hop for Nov. 24th

Today's blog hop is hosted by Mom's Review 4 You at momsreview4you.blogspot.com. Click the button to go to today's linky. After you add your blog be sure to follow our host and at least 3 other blogs, leaving comments on each one.


Current contests and givaway:
Mommy of the Month contest here.
Holiday Giveaways here.

Be sure to come back and see today's budget friendly recipe! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


5 Tips for Editing & Creating Beautiful Digital Photo Projects

I have always loved taking digital photos. When I became a mother, my daughter became the subject of 99% of all of photos from that point on. In a typical month, I could have easily taken dozens of them and with memory quickly being filled on my memory card, I began finding creating things to do with them. Making beautiful digital photo projects is easier than you would think. With a beautiful picture and some creativity you can create a precious memory keepsake worthy of being gifted this Christmas season. Here are my tips for editing and creating that special project with photo software tools.
  1. Take several pictures of the same object. You can experiment with different angles, sides and lighting. i found that having several different versions you have available of a single photo,  gives  you more to work with later in editing. While you may have thought that the picture you took was great at the time, a closer look at it later may be different. It may even show up substantially blurrier when you look at it on the computer. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to having a favorite memory preserved.
  2. Don't be afraid to edit. Rarely has a photo taken never in need of some editing. Cropping tools, red eye correction, color editing are all available to make your photos look amazing. All have an undo function to revert the photo back to its original state just in case you are not satisfied with the edits. My favorite function to use is the auto correct tool. It gives you an instant look as to the best enhancement of your photo could be and as always if you do not like it use that undo button.
  3. Try using photo presets. Presets are already programmed enhancements to your photo. In an instant you can turn a color photo into a classic black and white copy. Another classic is sepia which has the look of old vintage photos, slightly tinted. Play around with the different options available and see if there are any that matches the tone of your photo.
  4. Try using a border or frame. These options can give your digital photo a more finished look. Some give the look of a matted picture, making your photo look sleek. Others can make your pictures playful with themes such as a pumpkin frame for your fall photos and snowflakes for the upcoming holiday season.
  5. Try something fun. One of my favorite photo editing options involve those that totally change the digital photo so that they almost look like drawn or painted pictures. Play around with these tools to see what fun projects you can come up with. Here is a fun one that I made using Adobe Photoshop application on my iPod as well as the original so you can see one of the fun ways you can transform your digital photos.
    Original digital photo
    Edited digital photo
Editing your digital photos and creating beautiful digital projects are a fun way to make a memory even more fun. I will remember this photo forever. not that it was a special occasion, but that it made a special picture. Using these tips and all of the great functions of photo editing software, it is easy to make your digital photo even greater.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Adobe blogging program, making me eligible to receive a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Thrifty Tip: A Frugal Gift

THE MENU FOR FOOD AND DRINKSImage by Lulu Vision via Flickr
One of my favorite holiday programs is Feed It Forward from Restaurant.com. This is the company that regularly sells $25 gift certificates for $10 plus promo codes that make them super cheap. Around this time of year they give millions of $10 certificates for free. 

How? Registered users can send certificates to their family, friends, etc. up to 40 daily. The recipient can either get them via Facebook or email and can redeem it for their choice of restaurant. Of course they may have to pay a little extra at the restaurant but its a nice gesture that didn't cost your family ANYTHING!

Get started giving at http://feeditforward.restaurant.com.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday for 11/23

Hello everyone! It's that time of the week again for Follow Me Back Tuesday. This is a great way to visit other blogs and get some new blogging friends! Here's how it works:


LittleYayas 

  1. Click the button above and follow all Hosts' blogs 1 - 5 on the Linky (leave them a comment and they will follow you back - only leave a comment if you follow please)
  2. Make a post about FMBT and add that link to the Linky
  3. Follow as many blogs as you would like (Leave a comment so they can follow you back)
Remember! When you receive a comment from a new follower  return the favor and follow them back. It only takes a few minutes.

PS - While you're here, be sure to enter the Mommy of the Month contest, Amazon.com egiftcard (3 winners) and other great prizes in our Holiday Giveaway Event!

Makeover Monday: Coconut Oil

Coconut art 06                                      Image via Wikipedia
Did you know that like olive oil, coconut oil has several beneficial beauty uses:
  • Apply to skin (like baby oil) or mix into your favorite lotion/moisturizer for soft skin. Also, you can use it as a massage oil to help reduce stress.
  • Apply and massage into scalp and hair weekly. Leave in for 2-3 hours for best results and wash as usual for soft hair.
  • It can also be used as a cooking oil, making foods healthier which makes our bodies healthier overall.
Definitely look into the other many uses for this great product. I've seen a few recipes floating around the web that I may just try.

Note: Please use your own discretion when using any of these DIY beauty recipes. I'm not a doctor, just a provider of homemade beauty ideas.

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Hot Music Deals plus $3 credit

Ne-YoCover of Ne-Yo
Amazon.com has amazing deals on MP3 downloads thanks to their Black Friday Deals. Right now they have 5 albums for $3.99. These all were released today! 

In order from the site:
  •  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [Explicit] by Kanye West
  • Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys [Explicit] by My Chemical Romance
  • Libra Scale [+digital booklet]  by Ne-Yo
  • Body Talk [Explicit] [+digital booklet] by Robyn
  • I Did My Best - Greatest Hits [Explicit] [+digital booklet]  by Dane Cook
To top that, they are giving $3 in free MP3 credits to make these only $0.99 for a full album. How great is that?! They also give you the option to give the album as a gift which is a great way to fill an mp3 player gift with new music. 

Go here and follow the directions to get your $3 credit.
Then go here to select one of these albums.

I grabbed the Ne-Yo album, but there are also other great albums on sale such as Michael Buble's Christmas album which is only $1.99 before the discount!! So there's a freebie. Happy deal shopping!
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Hot Earlybird Deals at Amazon.com

Image representing Amazon as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase
Amazon doesn't think that people should have to stand in line to get a great Black Friday deal. That's why they're starting Black Friday early. These awesome deals begin TODAY!! and new deals will be added daily through November 27. 

As with other online shopping sites they will have Cyber Monday but Amazon's will last TWO DAYS  Nov. 28-29!!
 
Then from Nov. 30-Dec. 23, be sure to check out their Top Holiday Deals.

I will be keeping you up to date on the best deals I can find in these amazing sales but your best bet is to check them out for yourself. There's been some buzz about great movie deals today so I'm heading over to see it for myself. I'll be back with the links!

Quick Links:
Black Friday Deals Week: Nov. 22-27th  here.
Cyber Monday Deals: Nov. 28th and 29th  here.
Top Holiday Deals: Nov. 30-Dec. 23rd here.
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Mailbox Monday Nov. 22nd

 Thanks for stopping by today. Join in on the blog hop by clicking the button above and joining the linky at A Frugal Friend!   

Here are my goodies that came in the mail last week. Much better than last!

Mary Kay samples (including full sized mascara) via Seventeen magazine, Latina, Martha Stewart Living (new free sub), Soap and Bleach Digest, Remedy magazine, coupon for free Zone Perfect bar, Barnes and Nobles Kids Club card. 2 $10 GameStop cards (via MyCokeRewards.com), Kandoo $1.50 off coupon and bottle of RelxaZen (via Smile.ly)
My favorites are the MaryKay products, Latina and MS magazines. I still have to try the RelaxZen. The GameStop cards are Christmas presents for hubby and my little brother. Gotta love free!!

Old El Paso Family Taco Night Review & Giveaway

Family nights are really special at our home, since they are mostly limited to weekends when my husband has free time from his college work. Among our favorite meals for these nights are Mexican -  be it enchildas or tacos. At least once a month we get to enjoy these dinner favorites and have great conversation to help us reconnect.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Today's review is "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.


A preschooler named Colton Burpo (son of the author) gets unexpectedly ill with an unknown condition, which is later discovered to be appendicitis. Sometime during the life saving surgery, Colton visits heaven and returns with a wealth of knowledge. Soon, Colton slowly tells his parents of the wonders of heaven while showing us what childlike faith really is. The amazing part is, he references parts in the Bible that have never been told to him before. His father tells us the amazing story.

This book was a pleasure to read and is definitely one I will recommend often. If you have ever wondered about heaven's existence, about the after-life of a missed loved one, or just needs a refresher in childlike faith then this book will surely be a good choice for you. This would make a good gift to someone who has recently lost someone (even a pregnancy). Colton's experience in heaven truly touched my heart and my soul. Having lost a loved one earlier this year, this book brings me such hope. It lets you now that your family are okay in heaven and are waiting for us. We can continue our lives without grief knowing that we will see them again and in a much better state. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Freebie and Follow Friday for Nov. 19th

Happy Friday Everyone!

Welcome everyone to another week of the best freebies and deals available to us this week. This week includes music, magazines, downloads, coupons and more.

ON TO THE FREEBIES!!

SAMPLES AND MORE
  • Sample of Burts Bees body lotion here.
  • Purina One, Tena, Emergen C, and Prilosec here.
  • Thanksgiving card from TinyPrints using code "FREETHX"  at checkout! You can order multiple cards. 
  • PC game from Juno Baby and play first including Diner Dash here.
  • Hottest free mp3's here.
  • Hottest free Kindle ebooks here.
  • Ongoing: Children's Car Seat ID Tag for new/expectant moms from My Precious Kid here. I love mine!
BOOKS AND MAGS
  • Martha Stewart "THANKSGIVING HOTLINE COOKBOOK" (63pgs, ebook) here. (Look under "Top Picks")
  • Latina 1yr subscription here. 
  • Cruise Travel  1 yr subscription here.
  • Bridal Guide 1 issue here.
  • Juno Baby ABC's Audio book here.
  • Still Available: "Gifts in a Jar Recipes and Ideas" and "The Soap and Bath and Body" from Rose at I'm a Frugal Gal"

COUPONS
  • Printable coupon for free travel sized item at Bath and Body works here. Can be used in-store or online.
  • Printable coupon for either a free bagel or drink at Einsteins Bros Bagel. Enter the contest and get the coupon here.
  • Printable coupon for a free Sears holiday portrait here.

DEALS
  • $20 credit to Gilt Groupe when you sign up here (plus invite 10 friends get free shipping. They do not need to join)  Note: This is a new link.
  • Snapfish: Free 4x6 flipbook w/purchase using coupon code "MERRY1116" at checkout before 11:59PM PST on November 19 (TONIGHT!!)
EVENTS
  • Check out "Parents Connect" website here to see if there are any local events for free. I found quite a few for us next weekend. (Mostly major cities.)
  • Studio Movie Grill is giving away 2 free tickets to their Facebook fans here. (200 per hour.) Expires 12/15.
Thanks for stopping by and reading today's post. Check out the Facebook Fan page here to get faster freebies and deals AS they become available.

Don't forget to enter my holiday giveaways and vote in our poll. You can find them on the side bar!

If you're a fan of criminal justice and legal studies, check out my other blog "The Legal Mom" for great news, info and discussions.
Thanks and take care!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Thought: The Hair Care Debate

Hair coloringImage via Wikipedia

I'm very proud of myself. I used to be addicted to over-processing my hair. Relaxers and hair coloring were a routine thing for me, at least up until my daughter. One of the first signs that I was pregnant was my newly relaxed hair was turning wavy in different spots. I couldn't do anything to keep it straight. A few weeks later we found out we were expecting. Relaxers are a definite pregnancy No-No but hair coloring is still up in the air. Some kinds are considered okay but i swore them all off for the meantime.

Still Need a Reason to Join Swag Bucks?

Last week or the week before, SwagBucks.com had an amazing offer worth 2,000 SB - write a review of the new Yaysave.com. Here's what you had to do get the offer: A. Join a group B. Share with friends C. Write your review. D. Submit the review. So I joined Yaysave, waited for a group that was super inexpensive ($3.50 for a par of pearl earrings), shared the deal with twitter friends, carefully wrote out the review and posted to YaySave's discussion page on Facebook. And guess what? I just found an extra 2,000 SB in my account and verifies that it was from this offer. Here's proof of my award: Here's the screenshot! Still can't believe it... on Twitpic Great news! This amazing offer is still going on! You have until December 3rd to write the review. If you haven't joined yet, please use my referral link here. Get all of the details for this great offer at here. Just a note, if you were to redeem these SB's for $5 amazon giftcards (450 SB), it is the equivalent of $20 plus 100 SB extra for the next prize redemption!! Take care =)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yummy Baked Beans

Yellow onionsImage via WikipediaThis is my mom's recipe that she made for my cousin's wedding shower potluck. It was sooo good to be so simple and was a hit!! Everyone wanted to know her recipe.

Ingredients:
1-2 cans baked beans/ pork & beans (your preference)
1lb ground beef

1 onion ~ diced

Wordless Wednesday: Swinging

Join in the fun at wordlesswednesday.com, 5minutesformom.com and tons of other WW sites today.

Wednesday Blog Hop for Nov. 17th

Today's blog hop is hosted by Mom's Review 4 You at momsreview4you.blogspot.com. Click the button to go to today's linky. After you add your blog be sure to follow our host and at least 3 other blogs, leaving comments on each one.


Current contests and givaway:
Mommy of the Month contest here.
Holiday Giveaways here.

Be sure to come back and see today's budget friendly recipe! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thrifty Tip: Thanksgiving Meal

Rachael Ray Book WinImage by CraftyGoat via Flickr
Food is already expensive enough throughtout the year and once the holidays get near, products are either too high or not available. Rachael Ray has a great Thanksgiving guide with recipes, shopping list and schedule to help you get organized. It is designed to cost around $10 per person for a gourmet DIY 6 dish meal. With a little imagination, planning and some coupons you could lower this figure to an even better deal. I think that at the lest,  this guide will help you save time and some sanity. And it looks so yummy!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday for 11/16

Hello everyone! It's that time of the week again for Follow Me Back Tuesday. This is a great way to visit other blogs and get some new blogging friends! Here's how it works:


LittleYayas 

  1. Follow all Hosts' blogs 1 - 5 on the Linky (leave them a comment and they will follow you back - only leave a comment if you follow please)
  2. Make a post about FMBT and add that link to the Linky
  3. Follow as many blogs as you would like (Leave a comment so they can follow you back)
Remember! When you receive a comment from a new follower  return the favor and follow them back. It only takes a few minutes.

PS - While you're here, be sure to enter the Mommy of the Month contest, Amazon.com egiftcard (3 winners) and other great prizes in our Holiday Giveaway Event!


Makeover Monday: Even Skin Tone Mask

Aguacate / AvocadoImage via Wikipedia
Ingredients:
one avocado
Time: 20 minutes

Cut the avocado (halve it like in the picture)
Discard the seed.
Remove the inside and discard the skins.
Mash.
Apply to the darker areas of skin
Let sit for at least 15-20 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly.


The vitamins and fatty acids help to stop skin from producing extra melanin.
Remember these are at-home recipes. Use them at your own discretion. 
Have a recipe to share? Email me: youngwifeandmom {at} gmail {dot} com =)
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Mailbox Monday for Nov. 15th

 Thanks for stopping by today. Join in on the blog hop by clicking the button above and joining the linky at A Frugal Friend!   

Here are my goodies that came in the mail last week. 
 
Women's Health (new sub from RewardsGold), $1 off Pampers Coupon, Barilla pack including a coupon for a free box of Barilla from Voalpoint, labels and business cards from Tiny prints using $50 credit via TwitterMoms, and full sized Avon lip balm and emery boards for signing up for emails.
This was a pretty slow week for me but I think the Tiny Prints order made up for it!

Agloves Review & Giveaway

Agloves are an innovative product. It is a winter glove that allows you to use your mobile touch screen device without removing your gloves or exposing your fingers to the cold. These lightweight gloves keep your hands warm during regular  day-to-day activities and can also be worn as a liner under performance gloves. The technology behind this product are the silver fibers threaded into the glove, allowing the necessary conductivity that your hands create when it touches a mobile touch device. Regular gloves  alone can not create that friction.

Giveaway: $10 Amazon eGift Cards (3 winners)



This is our first Christmas together and I would love to give three of my readers a chance to win a $10 Amazon.com egift card. I "purchased" these egift cards myself by redeeming my Swagbucks.com and MyPoints.com earnings. Just goes to show you can earn with these companies. Anyways on to the giveaway!


How to enter: (10 possible entries total!!)
Mandatory - Leave a comment telling me "What would you buy with the $10 on if you were to win?"

Extra Entries: Complete and come back to comment: (1 comment/ entry each)
  • Leave a comment answering: What's your favorite type of posts here on YW&M?
    (Mailbox Monday, Makeover tips, Weekly recipe, Thursday Thought, Freebie Friday)
  • Follow publicly via GFC (located in the sidebar)
  • Follow my new blog "The Legal Mom" publicly via GFC
  • "Like" YW&M on Facebook (leave a comment with your initials)
  • Follow on Networked Blogs (leave a comment with your initials)
  • Follow on Twitter (leave your twitter name)
  • Subscribe via email or RSS (located in the sidebar)
  • Place our holiday button on your blog (located in the sidebar.)
  • Enter another giveaway in the Holiday Event.

Rules: Giveaway opens at 12:00am EST on Monday, November 15th and ends Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST. Winners selected via Random.org and have 48 hours to claim their prize. If that time has passed and a prize is not claimed, another winner will be selected until the prize is claimed. YW&M's decision is final. Winners will be emailed a code worth $10 at the US Amazon.com's site. If you would like a physical gift card mailed to your home, free shipping must still be available for that option at Amazon.com. 



Good Luck!
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