Great Preparedness Giveaways!

Friday, November 20, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
So, I decided to FINALLY put together a list of #followfriday favorites for my preparedmommy Twitter ID. As I was searching through my friends list, I was also adding a few new folks to follow who had the same interests as myself in #preparedness #foodstorage, etc. when I found momof3angels on Twitter. I actually followed her, and created my little Follow Friday tweet before reading her blog, because I saw that her tweets were so valuable. Here are a few examples:

momof3angels Also enter the WaterBOB emergency water storage giveaway here:

momof3angels Hop on over for my FoodSaver GameSaver Deluxe Giveaway: You know you need a FoodSaver vacuum sealer! :)

momof3angels From the blog: Using the wonderbox insulated cooker: Slow cooked stew with 15 minutes of fuel? Yep.

I then took a look at her blog, and low and behold, not only is it chock full of great preparedness info, but she's also got a couple of great giveaways going!

The first is for a Foodsaver Gamesaver Deluxe vacuum sealer. No kidding, I was actually going to ask for a vacuum sealer for Christmas. What a convenient giveaway! If I win, then I can get a DIFFERENT goodie for Christmas...ooh, now that's perfect for greedy preparedness girls like myself lol!

I'm always amazed at the generosity of companies and great bloggers who give valuable products like this away. What a great company Ready Made Resources is to donate something like this to the Adventures in Self Reliance Blog, and her readers! Hurry over there and enter, the contest ends on December 17th.

The other giveaway is for a Water BOB emergency water storage device. What an ingenious invention! I've always wondered about storing water in my tub during an emergency situation, and how sanitary and safe the water would be to drink (especially after my teenage son bathes...yuck!) This is a great product, and you can sign up to win until December 4th.

Today's giveaways

Saturday, November 14, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Here I am, entering more fun giveaways. It seems that along with my extreme urge to provide, protect and plan...I'm also feeling a desire to nest ala entering loads of giveaways! Here are a few goodies I found today:

Win a custom tutu from @tutuguru for your little girl at Your Daily Blarg from @TheRealBlogDog ends 11/17/09

Win a copy of Eebee's Mix & Mash: Adventures in the Kitchen for Baby and You @MomMostTraveled ends 11/16/09

Win a Belle Baby Carrier from Verging on 40! Contest ends 11/25/09

Win a gorgeous Baby Ette baby sling from Organic Girl! Ends 12/10/09

Win a Baby Bistro Box from A Busy Mom with a Busy Schedule! Ends 11/20/09

Win an incredible Brainy Baby Basket LOADED with goodies at The Bear Bunch! Ends 11/23/09

Wii Game Giveaway - Win Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Wii Game! Ends 11/24

Win a Play-Doh Burger Builder Set during MistletoeMadness @twoofakind

Win 4 children's garments from Nosilla Organics at My Organized Chaos, Ends 11/23/09

Win Handmade Chocolate by Graffiti Zoo!! at My Organized Chaos ends November 15th HURRY!

Shelf Reliance Consolidator Giveaway!

Friday, November 13, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
One very lucky Mom’s Focus Reader will win Shelf Reliance’s Consolidator Pantry. Check out their products here: SHELF RELIANCE

Enter to win at Mom's Focus On Cyber World!

Enter to win here:

Ends 11/16

Thursday's Giveaways

Thursday, August 20, 2009 Edit This 3 Comments »
Yay it's Thursday! I have so much to do today, but because I'm prego I'm on a giveaway kick and trying to win as much as I can before this babe is born. My mom is so good at signing up for giveaways...she wins so much! Maybe her good luck will rub off on me!

Mom sent me a link to Two of a Kind Working on a Full House, where she has a giveaway perfect for pregnant mamas like me. Kibbon has generously sponsored her blog, and she'll be awarding one lucky reader with a Just For Mom Gift Set that includes a Belli Pregnancy Gift Set and a Belly Bandit Couture. I so want that Belly Bandit thing...oh how I want one! This will be my third c-section and I'm not at all looking forward to the recovery! Giveaway ends September 14th.

While I was signing up for the above giveaway, I noticed that an extra entry could be garnered by signing up for an additional giveaway that Two of a Kind Working on a Full House is holding right now! Its a gorgeous blanket bag from Chic Tots! You can choose the fabric, and they have several beautiful colors and styles available. They also carry some lovely slings and wristlets, and even wipes holders! Giveaway ends on September 14th.

Take a trip on over to the Piece of Me Blog. She is giving away a Giggles and Grin's Photo Frame and the winner gets to choose the style! Giggles and Grins Designs has some of the funnest picture frames I've seen in a long time. They have some great themed designs for travelling, school, babies and even teens. I'm looking forward to this giveaway! Giveaway ends September 1st, so hurry!

Jenna, from A Mom's Balancing Act commented on THIS post, and I got introduced to her fab blog! What a great mommy she is. I love the pic of her baby at the zoo, astride a play giraffe with such love in her eyes! Jenna is hosting a giveaway on her site too. If your prenant like me, you'll definately want to head over to her Ellegant Elle Maternity Clothing Giveaway. Ellegant Elle sponsored Jenna's blog and gave her some maternity tops to review. The tops looked great on her, and now one of her lucky readers can win one as well! Giveaway ends on September 2nd.

All Children's Furniture Review and Giveaway Coming!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
A very special review and giveaway is coming to Your Impact Matters! The folks at All Children's Furniture, where you can get everything from kids chairs, bedding, and art tables, to toys, games and dress up clothing, have offered to give one of my lucky readers a University Games Brain Quest Game Deck and a Melissa and Doug Nina Ballerina Magnetic Dress-Up Set!

I'll be reviewing the same two products myself! The giveaway will be hosted on Your Impact Matters in the next couple of weeks, so check back soon!

Cool giveaways

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Ok, my mom is starting to send me emails and tweets about maternity and baby giveaways. She's on the ball trying to win things for me already, and we just announced today that we're PREGNANT!! Yay for 5 children everyone!

The first giveaway I'm entering today (I'm hoping there will be at least a couple more, but you never know how the day will go with the two toddlers, and I'm hungry/nauseated right now too) is the following:

Two of a Kind and Working on a Full House is giving away an absolutely gorgeous double stroller from Zooper (Is that a great company name or what?!). The stroller is so gorgeous, you'd almost be afraid to get it dirty, but according to the lovely review that this mommy gave, it's all completely washable. I so need this, I can't even tell you how my panic level is rising thinking of having another little clingling to bring with me places. I have no idea how I'm going to cart around all these little parasites of love!!! This stroller, I think...may solve most of that. Yes. The three year old can walk, she has two legs!! Whew! This giveaway ends September 14th, so ya'll have plenty of time to enter and win it for me. Thanks in advance!!

Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is giving away a very cool set of Alphabet Letter Trays (silicone sheets, good for the freezer fridge or oven) from Spoon Sisters! They are so cool, and I have a huge list of ideas forming in my head for how I'm going to use these when I win! Giveaway ends August 28th.

Take a peek at A Mom's Take on Things and you'll see that not only is she a fab mom, a great writer and a real benefit to the companies that she reviews for, but she's also a Harry Potter fan!!! What's not to love? She's giving away a Scolastic Harry Potter prize pack to five winners, with the first three books in the series! How cool is that? I'm so excited, as our copies are getting a bit old, dogeared and are really very well loved! I'd like some new copies to bequeath to that younger generation (hey did ya'll hear? I'm PREGNANT!) Giveaway ends on September 11th.

Mozi Esmé: Unplugged - Pockets!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Mozi Esmé: Unplugged - Pockets!

I just read this great post for Unplug Your Kids. You should take a look. There are so many wonderful creative mommys out there. I feel so blessed to be in such a loving and encouraging mom blog community.

Don't forget to visit Unplug Your Kids too, and participate with us in this week's unplugged project. I'll be blogging about it on my family/homeschooling blog, Your Impact Matters.

Today's giveaways

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Here are some wonderful opportunities to win some wonderful things from great companies! The blogs that put these giveaways on are great reads themselves, so spend some time there too! I'll update this post throughout the day as I enter giveaways, so check back often!

Piece of Me has paired up with Rubbermaid (lucky girl) and is giving away a All-in-one 20 piece set of Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid System Containers. Giveaway ends August 26th.

Piece of Me also has a great giveaway from Serina & Lily, makers of all things beautiful for your home. I happen to really love the Eve bedroom set, but that's just me. Actually, you could probably spin a wheel with all their products on it, pick on at random and send it to me, and I'd be tickled pink to have it. Ok, that's a bit excessive, so on with this listing. In this fab giveaway, you can win a Serena & Lily Friend of your choice! This giveaway ends on August 21st.

Wow! This girl is on a roll with the giveaways, and I'm just staying at her blog for hours entering them all! Piece of me has another fab giveaway, this time from Bake Me A Wish. You can win a Triple Chocolate Enrobed Brownie Cake, delivered to your door. Everything at their site is to die for! This giveaway ends August 18th, so hurry!

Amazing cool giveaways for my peeps!

Sunday, August 09, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Haven't posted here in awhile, but my mother is begging me to sign up for some giveaways. She sent me a link to the first one below, but I'll be signing up for more during the day...

" is having a great toy giveaway sponsored by All Children’s Furniture who carries everything from kid's furniture to toys. Stop by before midnight Aug 21st EST to enter to win! "

Our Homeschool Fun
is giving away a gorgeous book-themed felt set for homeschoolers like me! Check out the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom felt set you may win on her blog from Edufelt and More! This giveaway ends on August 21st.

Baba's Farm Life is giving away a generous $60 gift cerficiate for utencils from All Modern. This giveaway ends August 14th, 2009.

Missing Buttons

Monday, February 02, 2009 Edit This 2 Comments »
If your button was recently on my sidebar (and especially if I've entered a giveaway on your site :-) please know that it's on it's way back shortly!!! I'm working on a scrolling widget, and I've recorded the html for your button to apply it to the widget as soon as I get it working properly. I'm working with the writer to get the code to function ASAP. It should be working within the next 24 hours.

Brightest bloggy blessings!

Some great giveaways you HAVE to enter!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
You can win some amazing Twilight inspired items at Simply Stacy.
Take a look at the Bella Crystal Necklace from Twilight Shades HERE.
She also has two advanced reader's copies of Ranger's Apprentice you can win HERE.
A GORGEOUS set of four Twilight book cover altered art Charms HERE.
and a beautiful Edward Cullen inspired pendant HERE.

Vanilla Joy is hosting a Shelf Reliance giveaway. Win a Consolidator Pantry HERE.

Save Handmade Toys!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »

Giveaway Hour

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Today I cooked another turkey (we still have 2 more in the freezer - when they're cheap, we stock up!) and spent the day relaxing with my family. I got a couple extra papers today for the coupons, and will be cutting like crazy in the morning and planning a shopping trip. I got some Johnsonville sausage $1.00 of any coupons in the mail today, after sending them an email via their website.

Here are a few giveaways that I've entered this evening:

You can win an Ultimate 16-in-1 Survival Kit in a Bottle from Gerritnow.

A $25 gift certificate to Layers Clothing could be yours from Everything Up Close!

Win your choice of apron from The Hip Hostess at The Apronista!

Go for a $50 gift certificate to Layers Clothing at Blessed Barn Harts!

Win the GORGEOUS $130 Christine Dress from Cmarchuska at The Funky Monkey. Tell her "The Mommy" sent you!

Win a tutu from Tiara's Boutique at Catch The Drift.

Passion for Progress

Thursday, January 08, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »

The japanese term for constant, never-ending improvement of self.

This is my motto, my drive and my focus. Five years ago, I realized that I was better than the life I had been living. I had been married 11 years to an abuser. I worked hard at jobs that I hated, and left my children every day at day care centers instead of spending my hours with them. Loving them. Learning with them. Five years ago, I changed inside and out. I shed religious views that kept me silent, afraid and meek. I left my husband and began a new life of promise.

I flew a plane.

I quit my job.

I homeschooled my kids.

I remarried a man who loves me and encourages me in whatever endeavor that I choose to persue.

I fell in love with my mom, again.

I blogged.

I had two more amazing children.

I'm still changing, still learning, still working to be a better person and to keep in constant touch with my higher self. That part of me that is divine, that is filled with agape love. I try to bless people (and not just when they sneeze), and to let them know that they are appreciated. I focus on gratitude a reminder that right here, and right now is where I want to be.

Ten-Bills has a beautiful shirt with artwork created by Kenneth Quemuel called the Evolution of Flight. This shirt sums up my feelings about my past, my present and even my future. It represents man in his worst state...his most basest form, moving up to stand proud and strong...believing in himself, and finally to spread his wings preparing to take flight - to THE beyond.


You'll have a chance to win some of the Ten-Bills shirts at Ben Sparks website. The shirts are gorgeous, beautiful art creations that are almost too lovely to be worn. At the very least, should go take a look at some of the images, and see what memories and passions they awaken in YOU.

Blessed Be.

Giveaway Hour

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
I probably wont be entering a whole lot of giveaways today. I'm not feeling too hot and I haven't been able to get a lot done today. Here goes...for the few I DID enter:

Win a Smart Shopper from Bargain Briana! She also wrote an amazing review and "how to"!

Chefdruck Reviews has a Frecklebox Personalized Gift Giveaway!

Ok, this post is rediculously short. So, I'm travelling back in time from the future (actually it's only the 8th - so just one day in the future) to add to it!

1 Stop Mom is giving away some Safety Tats! These look really cool for us paranoid moms!

Win a gorgeous Amethyst, Citrine and Peridot lariat necklace from Natural Beauty Jewelry at Everything Up Close!

Win a coupon binder from The Coupon Coup!

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate at Blah-Zay. It's her first ever contest and she's looking for a lot of everyone head over there and start reading her super funny posts!

Win My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues at Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous!

Giveaway Hour

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
Oooh I just love giveaways! Here is a few more for you ladies to enter. Now remember, I'M THE ONE WHO'S GOING TO WIN THESE, so you may not have much of a chance, lol! You really should visit these amazing blogs and put your name in the hat anyway, because, never know!

Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous has a gorgeous handmade planner giveaway from the MyHandboundBooks Etsy shop!

Win James Patterson's Sundays at Tiffany's from At Home With Books.

Win a bottle of Sambucol at Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls!

Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls is giving away a gorgeous Bumble Bag!

She's also giving away a Safe Sippy Cup!

You can win an awesome Tom Tom One 1253.5 inch portable GPS Navagator at Gerritnow!

Win a Word World DVD like WordWorld: Rocket to the Moon from Just a Mom's Take on Things.

Simple Finds is giving away a gorgeous Berrie Relief Art print from Euphorian Chic Art Studio.

Jack and Lilly Shoes! Oh my..these are gorgeous! You can win a pair at The Soothie Ranch.

1 Stop Mom is giving away a pack of 8 Knudsen Sensible Sippers!

Win Corel Painter Essentials 4 (Win/Mac) from Savin' Some!

Tell Me A Story CDs are up for grabs at The Dirty Shirt!

Giveaway Hour

Monday, January 05, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
Today's giveaways are:

A Apple Nike + iPod Sport Kit for iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G is up for grabs at Bargain Briana!

Win a mystery hand-made gift (You pay it forward later) from Woolgathering.

Everything Up Close has a gorgeous set of Jewelry that you may choose from if you win their Suki Creations Giveaway!

Your babe NEEDS one of the awesome black pieces from Babes in Black - you might win some from The Soothie Ranch!

Win a pair of ShooShoos at Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous!

Woo Hoo! Awesome wall art from Wall Talk at Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous!

Because the owner of Simple Finds is an absolutely AMAZING WOMAN, she's finagled a QuicKutz SILHOUETTE-1 Digital Craft Cutter to giveaway to one lucky commenter on her blog. OMG I want to win this soooo bad. But, because I love you, dear readers...and because of the extra entries, I'm posting this link here to her giveaway. If one of you win after seeing my link... I'll be ultra jealous, but also happy for you!

A story of Dewalt joy and gladness, by Janeen

Sunday, January 04, 2009 Edit This 1 Comment »
Once upon a time, Janeen visited the website One Project Closer, thanks to a link from her mom's blog. While there, she discovered all kinds of testosterone filled construction projects with lots of ideas for helping and products that would make all her DIY Network watching dreams come true.

When Janeen saw the Dewalt Track Saw, she immediately had visions of cabinetry, drywall and wood flooring passing in front of her eyes...she saw her husband, father and son sweating laboriously with hand saws ad nauseum...but then being relieved and lifted up as if upon angels backs as they used thier new Dewalt Track Saw. She saw cherubs gently packing a bloggy giveaway box with her name upon it...sending it in her general direction thanks to some uniformed delivery agent, and the box flying toward her with godspeed.

Janeen's eyes welled with tears when she saw the faceless delivery man and his truck approach her country drive...and feet as if filled with lead pulled her in agonizing slowness toward his outstretched hands holding the glowing box that held the Saw that would change their lives forever. Oh yes...the SAW OF DESTINY. Millions the world over would forever be changed when they heard the glowing review that Janeen wrote upon her blogs and promoted on twitter and through her mailing lists.

And Janeen and her family lived happily ever after once her parents moved out and thier home was finally finished. She even had dinner at thier house occasionally...just for a change of pace.

The End

Giveaway Hour

Sunday, January 04, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Win a bunch of cool goodies at Texas Word Tangle!

Win a gorgeous bag from Pretty Green Bag at Momma in Flip Flops!

Win the amazing, the wonderful, the colorful Hip-T from Life in a House of Blue!

Win one of the gorgeous Goody Green Bags at Life in a House of Blue!

win a Boon Bug Pod at Mom Fuse!

Piggy Paint can be yours if you win this giveaway at Mom Fuse!

Win an Eco-Me Baby Kit Starter Kit at Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls!

Win one of two Promom Couture tees at Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls!

Are you going to Blogher? I might be...if I win THIS!

Sunday, January 04, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
The Queen of Spain is giving away one full registration to the 2009 BlogHer Conference in Chicago. To enter, she's asking some of us lovely lady bloggers to post about why we might want to go. For me, it would definately be to LEARN. I have so much to learn about what my contribution to the blogosphere could be, and has been. My other blog, Your Impact Matters was really doing well, and on a great uphill swing when I stopped posting suddenly. My husband and I decided to take our 7th grade daughter out of school and homeschool her. It has been a wild ride full of unexpected challenges, most of which had me ended up without much free time, so I didn't have the energy to blog for awhile.

Now that the new year has started and we're in the full swing of homeschooling with some great plans and great scheduling, I'm ready to hunker back down and give my blogs more time again. I want my contribution to be uplifting, informative and of course...profitable. For both blogher (ads) and myself! I'm certain that I can learn a wealth of information from the other amazing women that will attend the blogher conference, especially those professional bloggers! I would never be able to afford to do something like the opportunity to win a giveaway like this couldn't be passed up!

My daughter is interested in starting her own blog, and we'll be working on that in the next few weeks together. In addition, I've helped my mom start her own blog, Baba's Farm Life and it's growning and taking off so well! I would feel so blessed to bring home information from this conference that could help all three of us to write better, post without fear and be a contribution to the world through our blogs.

In the next year, one of my goals is to be a strong female leader to my three daughters. I want to do so many things with my blogs, and really show them that a homemaking, homeschooling mom can bake bread, clean the house, change diapers and have her own business too! I want to write a book...and I'm looking forward to the continued support of the readers of Your Impact Matters and my friends and family as well. My book is going to be for all mothers the world over that have to make difficult decisions in the best interest of their children.

Another goal for 2009 is to continue to help my mother with her blog and stone house project. Working together, we are creating some wonderful blogs that have a great contributing readership.

I think it's going to be a great year!

Company Contacts

Sunday, January 04, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
I try to contact about three companies a week. These are companies who's products my family uses regularly, and I'd like to get coupons for.

Today I contacted:

We tried their breakfast sausage this week because I had some coupons that made them cheaper than generic. They were really good...and I'd like to eat more, but I need more coupons! I joined their mailing list and emailed them as well through their "contact" page to give a positive review of their product and to request samples, coupons and new products for review.

Breyers Ice cream
My husband bought me some of the Double Churn Vanilla Ice Cream when I kidnapped and held his ninja for ransom. You may read about that whole experience on my other blog, Your Impact Matters. I love vanilla bean ice cream, and Breyers brand was delicious! So I joined their mailing list, and like with Johnsonville, I requested samples, coupons and offered to review new products.

Although I'm nursing my littlest and we prefer to feed our children homemade fresh baby food that is NOT processed, I do enjoy having baby food on hand for emergencies and for when we travel. I contacted Gerber for this reason, and signed up as with the above companies. Gerber has some printable coupons available on their website, so I availed myself of those immediately while I wait for a response from my email contact and for their first newsletter to arrive.

I read recently online that most companies keep your information for about three months. Whenever I contact a company like the three above, I give myself a notification event four months in the future on my Outlook to notify me to contact them again. If I'm already signed up for their newsletter, then I don't do that again...I just send them an email through their contact form, call or write the company and request free samples, coupons and ask if they have a new product review group that my family may join. I always make sure to let them know how much I love their products, and which products are our favorite!

Have you contacted companies recently for this purpose? I'd love to hear about it...let me know in the comments below! I'd also love to hear if you got something really nifty in the mail after conacting a company for either a comment or complaint! Please share!

Giveaway Hour

Saturday, January 03, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
Win a copy of Eon: Dragoneye Reborn at At Home With Books

AT&T TL92278 Phone like this gorgeous phone at Mom Fuse.

Scrusher Boot and Shoe Brush at Gerritnow.

Win a Columbia Sportswear Woman's Fleece jacket at Gerritnow.

Win a SmartShopper SS101 Grocery List Organizer at Just a Mom's Take on Things.

Win a Seagate FreeAgent Extreme 1 TB External Hard Drive at The Dirty Shirt.

Win a set of Aylio Resistance Bands at The Dirty Shirt.

Win Dr. Laura's new book Stop Whining, Start Living at The Dirty Shirt.

Win a Batik Quilting Kit from Hills Creek Quilter.

Win a Better Life cleaning products kit from Everything Up Close.

More to come later! Mom and I are having a contest to see who can get the most free stuff this year. We both won some amazing giveaways in 2008 and we're hoping to far surpass that this year! Join us...participate in the above giveaways and let me know if you won! It's a lot of fun, especially when you have friends & family to join in with you. Do you take part in online giveaways? Let me know in the comments...I'd love to hear from you!

Welcome to the Frugal and Prepared Mommy Blog!

Saturday, January 03, 2009 Edit This 0 Comments »
This is Janeen from Your Impact Matters. I've decided that with all the blog giveaways that I enter that I wanted to create another blog just to link to those giveaways and give me better chances of winning without cluttering my main blog with all those giveaway links.

Then, I realized that with all my couponing, all the free things that I get in the mail and at the store, and my ever constant goal of being more prepared for any situation and having plenty of food stockpiled for my family that those thoughts and posts would have a nice home here on this new blog!

So, if you are also a frugal mom, looking for more advice, great online giveaways, ways to get lots of free things (including groceries) then look no further! This blog is one of my 2009 new years here we go!