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$50 Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!

I have been a big fan of Cutting Edge Stencils for a while – I’ve perused their website so many times, but never got up the nerve to buy one. I couldn’t ever decide which one I liked best.

Amazingly, in June I won a stencil in a giveaway on Delicate Construction and was so excited!

I selected the Rabat Allover Stencil and went about stenciling a large (REALLY LARGE) wall in my living room. It was quite an undertaking. Well, that’s an understatement. It has been A LOT of work.

a little peak at my wall – I’ll be putting up the finished pictures soon!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and would do it all over again!


One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that they give you so many tips for how to use your stencil. Their website is full of Q & A, they send you an instruction sheet and they have YouTube videos to help walk you through the process:



Today, I’m so excited to be giving away your choice of stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (up to $50 value) and they will ship it to you for free!

I hope you are excited about this as I am!

Here’s the details:

Giveaway runs from today (9/17) to Friday (9/21) midnight (EST).

Use Rafflecopter to enter (it’s super easy, I promise!). I’ll announce the winner sometime over the weekend! Good luck.

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Eclos Skin Care Review & Giveaway…#EclosBeauty

This post brought to you by éclos Skin Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s true. I’ve never been good at a skin care regiment. I’ve never been one to have a bed-time routine – I’m usually so tired, I just fall right in to bed.

Most of the time, I use whatever is in the shower to wash my face: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath. It really hasn’t ever been a big deal because I have pretty good skin.

So, I was skeptical whether I would be able to committ to using the éclos Skin Care Anti-Aging Starter Kit…it has lots of steps and you need to do them twice a day. However, since they sent me a free kit, I figured it was worth a try.


First off, I was so excited about the terrycloth headband…I know, it’s silly, but you just feel cooler washing your face with a snazzy headband.

The starter kit contains a facial cleanser, clay mask, eye cream, face serum, facial scrub, and regenerative cream, all of which contain high-potency plant stem cells for cellular rejuvenation. These stem cells stimulate your skin to behave like younger skin. I haven’t ever felt like I needed anti-aging products, because I’m only 28, but recently I have noticed the beginning of fine lines under my eyes and between my eyebrows. And I’m not even 30 yet!

I was a little overwhelmed the first time I went through all of the steps – I had to have my directions right there to guide me through it all. I didn’t think I’d be able to get it down, but after two times of doing it all, I didn’t have to use the guide.

My favorite product out of the pack was the Instant Radiance Facial Scrub. It left my face feeling so smooth and smells great. I also loved the skin renewal clay mask – it dries quickly and leaves your face feelng super clean.

The biggest benefit I found was that my skin tone became more even which means I wore less make-up – that’s a big bonus! My skin also feels incredible – I didn’t notice any fine lines decreasing, but I did only use it for one week.

Warning: I do not ever put photos of myself on the internet with no make-up.

Overall, I really enjoyed this product – the only part I didn’t continue to use was the Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream because it made my skin pretty oily. However, my skin never felt dry or like it needed any sort of moisturizer.



Guess what?! You can win an Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care starter Kit! (valued at $19.99)

Just leave a comment stating which product in the kit you are most excited to try.

I’ll announce the winner on Monday morning, so enter by Sunday, May 20, midnight.

U.S. Residents only.

One entry per person. The winner will be determined by

Hopefully, you will enjoy this product as much as I have!


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Who doesn’t love free food?

This post brought to you by Gift Card Weekend. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you’ve seen so far on my blog – I love a good deal…I’m constantly looking for ways to save money and live on a very restricted budget. So, when I see a great giveaway, I always enter. It’s amazing how few people take the time to enter and I’ve won a few great things.

One of the best things you can win is a giftcard, because then you can decide what you want to spend it on!

In less than a week, there’s an awesome opportunity to win some giftcards to yummy Applebees!


December 10-18 ‘Gilbert the Gift Card Machine” is giving away over 100 giftcards!

What do you have to do to win? Just like Gift Card Weekend on Facebook for an entry. Then share the giveaway with your friends and you’ll get more entries for every ‘like’ you influence!

What is Gift Card Weekend? It’s a once-a-year weekend when stores offer special deals to people who redeem their holiday gift cards during the weekend of January 6-8, 2012. These retailers are participating in Gift Card Weekend: JCPenny, Regal Cinema, Subway, Sephora, Applebee’s, Bass Pro Shops, Adidas, Buca di Beppo, Lowe’s, Spa Finder, Marriot, Giant Eagle.

For more info about Gift Card Weekend, check out their site Gift Card Weekend.

Hop over and get entered…I hope one of my readers wins a giftcard! If I win, I’ll be there eating my favorite – an Oriental Chicken Salad…yum!

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I’m Guest Posting for the 1st Time Ever!

Can you tell I’m excited!?

I’m guest posting over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Natalie has had some serious flood damage to her home and was looking for people to guest post so she could focus on getting her house back into working condition.

Just looking at the pictures makes me sad…furniture and carpet can be repaired, but I hate the thought of losing photos and memories.

When she asked for guest bloggers, I had this crazy thought that maybe I should send her something. I stepped out and sent it and…she’s posting it today.

So, hurry, head over and read my guest post, “Grandma’s Mushroom Soup”!


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Also, don’t forget to enter my Custom Holiday Card Giveaway over at Our Military Home…it ends soon and there haven’t been too many entries. Your odds are looking pretty good!

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Friday Favorites – all things pumpkin!

Fall is coming and that means we can bring on the pumpkin! I love pumpkin…problem is…the pumpkins I found here in Puebla were $4/lb! Eek! That’s a whole lotta moolah! I’m hoping they’ll get cheaper as Halloween gets closer or maybe I can find some canned pumpkin (fingers crossed).

Here are my favorite pumpkin related posts:

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins from Bakingdom

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Closet Cooking

Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Pennies on a Platter

Mini Pumpkin Cakes from Southern Living

DIY Pumpkin Specimen Art from My Blessed Life

Lacy Pumpkin from Better Homes & Gardens

Paper pumpkins from It Happened Like This…

Do you have any favorite pumpkin recipes/ideas? I’d love to hear them…I can’t enjoy them right now, but I’m saving all these for when I do find some pumpkin!


Custom Holiday Card Giveaway!

I’m giving away a custom holiday card design to one very lucky person over at Our Military Home!

Get a jump on the holiday rush! If you win, you’ll get a fully customized holiday card with your family picture.

Here’s a sample of our Christmas card from last year:


All you have to do is jump over to Taylor’s site and check out the details on how to enter.

Giveaway ends Monday, the 19th, so don’t delay!

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Battle of the Giveaways

I’m so excited to share this with all of you – I’m giving away something over at Our Military Home…but I can’t tell you what. Because, well, I don’t know what I’m giving away yet!

Taylor is hosting a battle to decide which of three different prizes I will be giving away. I’m not even going to tell you what the options are…just go over there and check it out. Then vote on what you want to win and in 1 week we will give the details on how you can win it!