Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Win a Gift Card Worth $125

Have you heard of Gift Card Rescue? It's a great clearinghouse where you can both buy gift cards at a discount and sell gift cards you don't need. For the next 19 days, they are sponsoring an awesome giveaway: two winners will receive either a $125 gift card to Lowes or a $125 gift card to Target.  So what are you waiting for? Head over to Making Cents of Cents and tackle that Rafflecopter today!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Ripple Effect Romances: Info and Giveaway!

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 
Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

Giveaway Details
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 10/31/13

Bloggers who put up a spotlight post about these books on their blog can enter to win an additional $25 gift card or paypal cash.  See details in the Rafflecopter.

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Boar's Head-Sponsored Giveaway

The giveaway opportunities just keep coming!  Through Oct 9 you can enter to win a $50 Visa gift card over at the Mom and More blog. So after you've spread some Hellmann's (see previous blog post) on your toast, go ahead and enjoy some yummy Boar's Head lunchmeat and cheese, and enter to win some extra spending money too:

Boar's Head $50 Visa giveaway

Celebrate Hellmann's and Win!

The Hellmann's brand celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and it's sponsoring a great giveaway now at the She Scribes blog. You can win a $100 gift card -- and the best part is, there will five winners!  What a great sweeps -- and what a great brand, too. Hellmann's has always been the ONLY mayo for me.  Enter at this link:

Hellmann's Anniversary Giveaway

Friday, September 20, 2013

Skintrium: a skin-brightening, skin-lightening line of products

I've been reading about an interesting line of skin care that is especially designed to brighten the skin and lighten those things that may bother you -- like freckles, scars, and other discolorations. Even though I take great pains to protect my skin from sun damage, I still have freckles left over from childhood and a couple of age spots on my hands which I picked up in Florida one year. This brand, Skintrium, just may be the problem solver so many of us are seeking.  Would you like to check out their products? Just go here:

Win some Amazon dollars!

I can never resist a contest for Amazon money and this is a particularly nice blogger giveaway for 50 dollars worth of Amazon smackeroos.  "Deal"ectible Mommies will reward one reader and you can enter at the link, below.  And it's a simple entry form with a small number of tasks; the nice prize and the simplicity of entry is what makes this a "Cathy curated contest."

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card With

Fabulous and EASY $500 blogger giveaway

I've become quite the aficionado of blogger giveaways and quite the critic of them too. Those long forms from Rafflecopter and Giveaway Tools can exhaust a person! Well, let me alert you to a big-prize giveaway from The Penny Hoarder which requires only a few tasks. The giveaway continues through October 31 so there's plenty of time to enter and to clock up more points with a simple daily tweet.  Good luck to all!

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fear of flying? Nope. Fear of driving!

I have a confession to make. I do not possess a driver's license! Many years ago, I did try to learn. I took lessons with a driving school but then, during the actual driver's test, I froze and failed. Failed miserably. In fact, I was not ever able to master the necessary manuevers like parallel parking and U-turning. I could drive straight well enough, and steer well enough, but the more delicate maneuvers filled me with anxiety. Highway driving, fast driving, sharing the road with tractor trailers -- horrors! I hated all that. And I never did take the test a second time. I gave up. Out of fear.

Maybe if I had recourse to the program at, I would have mastered my fears and achieved a license to drive. I feel it may be too late for me to benefit, and, in any event, we live in the city and do not own a car. But if your life is being limited by a fear of driving, then why not check out this website? You will even have a chance to win $150 Paypal cash -- just for visiting the site and entering the Rafflecopter. The contest runs through June 1, 2013.

Driving Anxiety Website and Giveaway

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fresh Herbs: A Thousand Dollars Worth of Luv!

Yes, I do love fresh herbs and this spring I'll be using them every time I cook dinner or whip up an easy lunch. I'll add tarragon to my tuna salad and fresh oregano and basil to my pasta sauce. Lemongrass will go into my pretty-good attempts at Thai cooking. And what's better than fresh mint in iced tea or a little bourbon-on-the-rocks? And now that your appetite is totally whetted, why not enter this great giveaway sponsored by Fresh You just might win one of the greatest gourmet gift certificates around: $1000 to Williams Sonoma! And there are some great gourmet kitchen tools to be won as well!

 $1000 Williams-Sonoma Giveaway.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Woolite's Win-Win Giveaway

A great way to feed the ol' revenue stream is to win a contest sponsored by a blogger. Give it a go! I've won a blogger giveaway and I've only been trying for about six weeks.

 My favorite current giveaway has to be this one sponsored by Woolite. Because if you use my link, we both win! And you can then get your own link and win along with those who use it. Win-Win giveaway. Love:

Woolite's Win-Win Giveaway


Spending on Beauty: Just Say No?

I might as well start my blog with a little confession. I am infatuated with makeup and skin care! Every day, my email box fills with tempting offers from Sephora, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Paula's Choice, and other beauty retailers. Even though I'm on a fixed income nowadays, I often find it impossible to resist that fatal click that brings me to one of these sites, where I check out the sales of the day, the new products, the freebies designed to vacuum up my money.

In my Gmail today: an alluring offer from Clinique of a 7-piece gift bonus I'd earn if I made a $25 purchase. $25: not so much, right? And they even supplied a code for two free mini Repairwears.  Of course, you know what happened next.

I click on the offer. I find two things I want, a cleanser to replenish one I've nearly used up, and a certain Chubby Stick eyeshadow in a shade I really like called Mighty Moss. The two items come to around $32, but I'll be charged for shipping because free shipping does not kick in until you spend $50. I hate paying for shipping, so I put another item in my cart and suddenly the total, with tax, is over $60.

I know I'll enjoy these products; when they arrive, it'll be a little Christmas-morning-in-May. And I know I can offset the expense a bit by buying through a portal like Ebates or Shop Discover. Usually, I  press the Checkout button and spend the money. But today I had an epiphany. I realized that other items in my collection were similar to the items in my cart, and that therefore these products were just a luxury I didn't need. So I closed the screen and I was 60-odd dollars richer for it.

And I will celebrate this windfall by starting a blog called Womanhood and Plenty. It'll be about spending and getting, saving and planning, product reviewing, and making a little money apart from the world of regular work. Welcome aboard.


 I just found out about this great Facebook giveaway for a set of lavish cosmetic products. Ends May 6:

Elizabeth Arden Giveaway