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Yeah, believe it or not, it’s about time to start thinking about your holiday greeting cards. I’ll be making mine, but not all of them… And for those of you who are ordering bulk (which is totally okay…), here are some recent deals that have crossed my email box…

First, from, for TODAY (Sunday) only:
All Cards 70% Off, includes Free Stamp at Use Code CSSAVE702. Valid on Sunday, November 6th only.

Need a little more time? From Vistaprint (ends 11/10):

(This is a fantastic bargain, but be warned… they will try to sell you everything under the sun as you check out!)

More holiday card promotions, this time from TinyPrints. Loving the thick matte quality of their printing! Check out the current deals by clicking on the banner below (free card samples, up to 25 percent off, and more!):

Now, go order some cards! :)


Wondering what to do with leftover Halloween candy? Read on!

According to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a typical bag of Halloween candy is equal to three cups of sugar.


Now, I’m all for enjoying treats — including chocolate and candy — in moderation. But I know that there’s no way on earth that our household needs 9 cups of sugar (three kids, yah?), not counting all that leftover candy we bought to hand out. So, I’ve come up with ways to use the leftover Halloween candy:

1. Throw it out. Yeah, I know all about “waste not, want not.” I get it, I really do. But some candy isn’t worth eating. We go through and toss anything with no wrapper, anything obviously nasty or melted, or anything that looks like it dates from 1972.

2. Cash it in. Many doctors and dentists offer cash for candy post-Halloween. Want to know where you can take it? Google “Halloween Candy Buy Back 2011″ and you’ll get a list of spots. (Add your city into the search for more specific results.)

3. Send it to troops. Operation Gratitude will accept candy between 10/1 and 10/5. Their address is:

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard

17730 Victory Boulevard

Van Nuys, CA  91406

attn: Rich Hernandez

4. Donate it to a local youth group. I often take our leftover candy to our church’s teen group. They usually consider themselves “too cool” to trick-or-treat, so they aren’t facing the same overconsumption that younger kids are. High school youth groups may also be happy to take it off your hands!

5. Freeze it. Pop it in the freezer and use it for holiday cooking (which is coming all too soon…).

6. Pack a shoebox. Our family has participated in Samaritan’s Purse for several years. They encourage the inclusion of hard candy, mints, and other travel-friendly sweets as the shoeboxes journey to underprivileged kids world-wide. We’ll be setting aside specific candy for this purpose.

If you have more ideas for creative uses for leftover Halloween candy, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear. :)


Easy Halloween Craft Ideas Round-Up

October 10, 2011

ShareI’m a Halloween-o-holic! Here are just a few quick Halloween crafts I’ve found around the web… the SPIDER web! Heehee! First, here’s a spooky Haunted Halloween wreath I created for my ScrapHappy family (they got a step-by-step tutorial, but I think you can get the gist from this image: Next, these free printables for Halloween […]

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Free “Save Time and Money” eBook

October 5, 2011

ShareWhile at a marketing conference earlier this summer, I was so lucky to meet a handful of fantastic female bloggers who share my passion for bringing useful, entertaining information to their readers. Out of that chance meeting came the old, ‘Let’s put on a show!’ But instead of a show, we’ve pulled together some of […]

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Best Toy Award: FireFlyz!

October 4, 2011

ShareRemember when I told you about the 3-for-2 FireFlyz deal at Toys ‘R’ Us? Well, if you missed that, I’ve got some good news for you: Going on now through October 6th for the Western U.S. and through October 8th for the Eastern U.S., Fyrflyz are just $9.99 when you use your wellness+ card at check out […]

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Declutter and Organize Your Kids’ Playroom in 30 Minutes (and Live to Tell About It)

September 28, 2011

ShareRight at the end of this month of organizing, I was asked to write a post about easy ways to declutter and organize your kids’ playroom. Boy, do I have a lot to say on that subject! Let’s start out by saying that my seven-year-old’s bedroom and playroom are THE MESSIEST ROOMS IN THE HOUSE. […]

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