Jan 032016
 

In recently ordering a few gifts from Novica.com, I  thought I would show you how impressive the details of each piece of jewelry that was purchased truly is.

Each piece of jewelry arrived in their own little bags.  Inside, each earring was in their own little ziploc bag.  A little folded card was found inside each bag as well.  The cards tell you who made the jewelry, what they are made of, and a bit about the history of the pieces.

Novica earrings

These pictured below are the sterling silver Enchanted Dragonfly Earrings.  The details are magnificent.  The earrings are delicate and dainty.  Someone who helped us through some really rough times over the past year was the lucky recipient of these as a thank you.  She adores, and I mean adores, dragonfly anything!

dragon fly earrings

Here below are the sterling silver Gecko Shuffle Dangles.  Can you see the intricate details?  These are just too cute.  These were a gift for the “fun” niece.

lizzard earrings novica

Sterling silver button earrings, ‘Heart in the Moon‘ are shown below.  These are too cute.  They are not thin, so there’s no worry of them bending should they get caught in a pillowcase or clothing.  These were given to a young lady who wears nothing but stud earrings.  When she first saw them – she was like -they don’t match.  I said, “I know.”  They aren’t meant to – they are meant to compliment each other.  Then I reminded her of the socks she wears these days…then she got the point.

heart open heart novica earrings

If you love handmade items, if you love supporting artisans from all over the world, you may just find the perfect gift for someone…maybe even something for yourself, at Novica.com.  Over the past few years, we have ordered many items from Novica.  There hasn’t been a one, that we weren’t satisfied with…not a one.

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Dec 242015
 

December Amazon Gift Card Giveaway – Open WW

December Amazon giveaway

Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (via Paypal) – winner’s choice

Co-hosts: Purple Patch DIY  FASHION TALES  Krystal’s Kitsch  Jenns Blah Blah Blog   True Story Book Blog  A Better Me  The Bariatric Beauty  SWEET HAUTE  Blog by Donna  Lauryncakes  Fashion Fairy Dust  Becoming Fab  High Latitude Style   SmartySaver  Taffeta & Tulips  Finger Click Saver  Style On The Side 

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/20/15 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Dec 212015
 

Pay Off the Holidays Event – 3 Visa Gift Cards to be Won

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Welcome to the Happy Holidays Event!

The holidays tend to be an expensive time of the year.  This Holiday Event is designed to help three (3) people pay off their holiday expenses.  What a wonderful way to start the New Year!

This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and co-hosted by: Imperfect Women, Finger Click Saver, Joyful Gifts by Julie, Mom n’ Daughter Savings and Mom to Grandma. This event is sponsored by We Love Travel Deals and partially sponsored by fees collected from the participating bloggers for this event!

GRAND PRIZE: $1500 Visa Gift Card

FIRST PRIZE: $1000 Visa Gift Card

SECOND PRIZE: $500 Visa Gift Card

This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, void where prohibited by law. Winners will be announced on our winners page once they’ve responded to the email notification. The participating bloggers are not responsible for the shipment of prizes. All prizes will be sent from Sponsors. All winning entries will be verified, if the task associated with the winning entry was not completed, you will be disqualified. Please direct any questions to marie@dixielandsdeals.com. This event begins December 21st, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time and ends on January 5th, 2016 at 11:15 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Entry is simple! The only mandatory entry is the very first one on the main giveaway tool form! The more optional tasks you complete, the better your chance of winning! This event is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

Dec 162015
 

Cricut Savings

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Just in time for the holidays, Cricut has some of the best deals of the year right now! From an extra 20% off new sale items, to free shipping, and even 35% off digital products, the deals going on now at Cricut.com are too good to miss!

These great deals expire soon, so be sure to check them out today!

Offer: Take an extra 20% off new sale items at Cricut.com with code NEWSTUFFROCKS
Valid: NOW-12/31/2015

Offer: Shop the five relaunched Sesame Street cartridges at Cricut.com 
Valid: NOW-12/31/2015

Offer: Get 10% off on Cricut.com with code DOORBUSTERS 
Valid: NOW-12/31/2015

Offer: Save 10% off all supplies at Cricut.com code: SUPPLIES10 
Valid: NOW-12/31/2015

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Dec 032015
 

5 Must-Haves for a Great Home Office

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With so many of us working from home, it’s important to have an office space that inspires us to be productive. We need the right furniture and the right technological equipment. But thanks to Groupon Coupons, we don’t have to pay full prices to get the essentials. And at Sam’s Club, there are a wide range of products to make our home offices flourish. Here are a few basics for every home office.

1. A Computer
The pride of every home office is the computer. And in this world of high technology you need it to have quick speed internet access and e-mail. And if you have to travel, consider adding a laptop or similar device to the mix.

2. Furniture
Get a desk that’s the right height for your eyes, neck and head, and a chair that provides good support for your back. Sam’s Club has a lot of different options. You can access these with your coupons. Get a feel of what’s on offer before making your final choice. If your desk and chair are not welcoming, you won’t spend much time in your fancy workstation. Invest in file cabinets for neatly storing your documents and a series of shelves for holding your books and other reference material.

3. Surge Protectors and Backup
The surge protectors safeguard your computer and its support equipment from damage when there’s a sudden power surge following a power failure. Backup equipment will also automatically save your work and close down your equipment when the power suddenly goes off.

4. Multipurpose Printer
A multi-task printer allows you to print, fax, photocopy and scan all at once. The less standalone units, the better. You don’t want an office that’s cluttered. Plus an all-in-one reduces the number of cables you can trip over.

5. Fireproof Box
You need a fireproof box for storing and protecting your most important business work and also your backup copies.  Working at home can be great when you have all the essentials for optimal performance. But treat it like you would, an away-from-home office. Keep information confidential and keep the kids out.

Are there other items you find essential for your home office?

Nov 212015
 

shaw's & acme gift card savings

Shaw’s & ACME Grocery Stores want you to make your money work for you this holiday season.  With their offer, you’ll end up with more money in your pocket to spend on groceries and/or put back in your pocket.

The key to putting more money in your pocket is to buy the gift cards before you go shopping, out to dinner or shopping for the holidays, but especially before you shop for groceries.  You can end up saving up to 18%!

Shaw’s & ACME Grocery Stores Offer

Offer Dates: 11/20 to 12/03/15

Earn a Coupon:  Buy $125 or more in select gift cards, and receive a $15 coupon for your next purchase of $25 or more at Shaw’s and ACME grocery stores.

Choose from these gift cards:

  • iTunes
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Toys R Us
  • Amazon.com
  • Google
  • Sears
  • Xbox
  • GameStop
  • Brinker Restaurants
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Fandango
  • Regal Entertainment
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Aeropostale
  • Petco
  • JCPenney
  • Hot Topic
  • Sports Authority
  • PetSmart
  • Nike
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowes
  • eBay

Stack the Savings – Earn Credit Card Rewards

Use your favorite rewards credit card to purchase the gift cards, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase – depending on what your rewards credit card offers.

There are some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery. For example, the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express offers 3% cash back on groceries, and the Blue Cash Preferred® Card offers a whopping 6% cash back! Capital One QuicksilverOne®, AMEX EveryDay® and Citi® Hilton HHonors credit cards also offer increased rewards for grocery purchases.

The Math

  • $15 off coupon +
  • $7.50 back if you earn 6% cash back on credit card grocery purchases =
  • $22.50 in savings on a $125 gift card purchase!

The Intricates:

  • Coupon presented at checkout
  • See store for more details
  • Some credit cards may have limits on the rewards you can earn at grocery.

Think of all the people you can cross off your Christmas List that you need to buy for.  Gift Cards are practical gifts for students, teachers, neighbors, stocking stuffers, friends – just about anyone!  Have a birthday coming up right after the holiday – now would be a great time to buy for that!

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Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.  Open to the US only. Entry is simple – Rafflecopter powered.

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Nov 192015
 

how to save money on ebay

Ebay has been around for years and provided people all over the world a way to sell their old items. Basically, it’s a virtual garage sale, and many people have found success in selling items or locating something that they truly want/need.

While Ebay is a garage sale of sorts, it doesn’t always mean you’ll automatically find the best price. Sometimes, you have to work for it. Check out the following tips that can help you save money on your next Ebay purchase.

Shop around

Like you would do in a normal purchasing opportunity, it’s important that you shop around. It’s possible that there are multiple people on Ebay selling the exact same thing, and chances are, one of them will have a lower price than the others. This is why it’s very important that you shop around on Ebay. Look up the item you want and scan through all the offerings that are available. You should also consider changing the name or phrasing that you search for, as this could help you get more results. For example, if you’re looking for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle spoon, you can type in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Spoon”, “Ninja Turtle Spoon”, “TMNT Spoon”, and you can even replace “spoon” with “silverware” too. Doing this will allow you to see everything you may want and then compare prices.

Use daily deals

Ebay allows you to sign up for a Daily Deals newsletter that will send you information on all the best priced items for that day. This is a great way to find all the best savings without having to do too much research on your own. Plus, most Daily Deal specials come with free shipping, which means you get even more bang for your buck. You can always sign up and check it out, and if you don’t like it, simply remove yourself from the list.

Look for coupon codes

Most people don’t realize that Ebay coupons exist, but they do. Finding and using these, as well as Ebay discount coupon codes, are great ways to buy the item you truly want for an even lower cost. These coupons and discounts will vary all the time, but saving anything from 10% to free shipping is a great way to save some dough. Make sure that you always do a little digging before buying to ensure you have the best possible savings.

Talk to the seller

Ebay allows you to communicate with a person selling an item. This can be extremely helpful when looking to save money. Pay close attention to the amount of time that an item has been on Ebay, and also do some research to see what the item typically goes for. Then, use this information to reach out to someone and ask if they’d be willing to sell you the item for a lower price. If a seller hasn’t had any luck getting rid of an item, they may be willing to let it go for less just to get rid of it. Not every seller will always agree to the lower price, but it’s always worth asking.

Make connections

You can think of Ebay as a giant shopping network. Sometimes sellers have a theme to the items they sell. If you notice that one person sells items you love, build a relationship with them. This way, when they have something new you may be interested in, they’ll reach out to you. Also, if you have a history of buying from the same person, they may be more inclined to give you a discount on the item for your repeat business.

Whether you shop on Ebay often or barely use it, having these tips in your back pocket will allow you to get the most out of Ebay without spending a fortune.

Do you have any tips on how to save money on Ebay?

Nov 192015
 

Vapes seem to be on everyone’s Christmas list. The hottest item since cell phones, new models and natural flavors are always being talked about. The requests seem simple enough. Find out the type and the flavor, then visit a Vape Shop. Wrong. Vapes have become an industry all their own. There are literally hundreds of choices, with or without temperature options, dry herb or liquid, and on and on. Where do you start?

Then there is Charlie. He doesn’t smoke at all! What’s up with him wanting a Vape? To vape his coffee, he says. Are you kidding me? I think it’s time to read up on this latest fad or everyone is going to end up with a pair of house slippers.

Vapes Versus e-Cigs

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, were created as an alternative to cigarettes. When exposure to second-hand smoke became an issue in public places, ingenious companies went to work to side-step the issue. The e-cigarette was born. As with all new discoveries, bigger and better was now the focus and vaping evolved.

The Government argues that while e-cigs do not deliver second-hand smoke to people around you, they still have similar ingredients of cigarettes. Carcinogens and toxic chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde)have been found in most e-cigs, in addition to addictive tobacco.

In Advanced Personal Vaporizers, or vapes, one has the ability to control the percentage of nicotine from very high to none at all. The most prevalent ingredients consist of Propylene glycol (an ingredient found in asthma inhalers), vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and the yummy flavorings. This news is quite different than what most people are led to believe, but always ask for a list of ingredients. Some manufacturers are not as ‘clean’ with their products as others.

This should make anyone feel better about buying a holiday gift that is questioned as harmful. Now, the next problem is how do you select a good and trusted vape? There are over 250 styles of vapes on the market. The look seems to be by personal preference and a trip to a local Vape store may be warranted. The salespeople can offer assistance in the age group and best sellers for vapes in your area.

Next, the important part. The e-liquid comes in many different flavors and different percentages of nicotine included. The lower the nicotine contained, the better the flavor, say many savvy vapors. Everything from vanilla to pumpkin pie can be purchased as a flavor. Believe it or not, the flavor and the vapor seem to win hands down over the amount of nicotine contained.

If you do not feel comfortable in purchasing this new contraption and selecting flavors, go for a pair of PJs, a T-shirt, or coffee cup that advertises the fact that your gift recipient is a vapor. Or play it safe and hand out gift certificates. Maybe a combination of a gift certificate and a designer vape water bottle would be a pleasant surprise.

Whatever your decision, now you know what vaping is all about and you can rest easy that vaping is not a bad thing. In fact, those tantalizing flavors sound so good that you may end up buying one for yourself.

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This guest post is courtesy of MightySkins, an American owned, operated and manufactured custom skin company that features ipv4 wraps and ipv3 wraps for vaping products as well as many other electronics including phones, tablets, laptops and game consoles.

Nov 182015
 

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pajama Giveaway

Just in time for the long cold days of winter.  Can you see yourself curled up on the couch watching TV, or reading a good book all while being jamatized in a comfy set of pajamas, all day long, while the snow falls from the sky?  How relaxing!  With that being an envisionment in your mind – take a chance at winning one of 21 pajama prizes in this pajama giveaway.

Welcome to the Women’s Onesie PJ Wardrobe Giveaway Event!

Sponsor: Richard Leeds International Host: Southern Mom Loves

Co-Hosts: Capri’s Coupons & Mom ‘N Daughter Savings

 You may have seen all of the super-cute PJs at Walmart recently; Chances are they are from Richard Leeds International, and these PJs certainly fit the bill of cute! These 3 styles of one-piece PJs will keep you warm and snuggly all winter-long! Read Holly’s full review here.

 These warm and fuzzy, hooded one-piece PJs are available in Pig, Bunny, & Santa designs.

 

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These collegiate-themed one-piece PJs have a kangaroo pocket and are available in Black Soot, Heather Grey, & Bordeaux Heather.
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If you’re looking for a cute print with a twist, these One-piece drop-seat PJs will keep you warm. They’re available in Moose Caboose, Cat’s Pajamas, & Bear Bottom.
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Find all of the styles above in the Sleepwear section at Walmart in-store or online at Walmart.com. 
We have a HUGE giveaway for our readers! 21 winners will receive pajamas from Richard Leeds International! (ARV $819!)
 
  • 1st Prize: 1 (One) winner will receive an entire pajama wardrobe! 7 pairs!
  • 2nd Prize: 2 (Two) winners will receive 5 pairs of pajamas!
  • 3rd Prize: 3 (Three) winners will receive 3 pairs of pajamas!
  • 4th Prize: 15 (Fifteen) winners will receive a pair of pajamas!
21 total winners will be sent fun PJs in randomly chosen designs from the 3 styles shown above, in their Women’s size as they state it in the Giveaway Tools widget below. (ARV $819!)
 
Enter below, the odds are fantastic!
Giveaway begins on 11/18/15 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 12/9/15 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only. Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner’s List.

Disclaimer: The participating blogs were not compensated for this post, including Finger Click Saver. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be notified by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Richard Leeds International will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.