Friday, December 31, 2010

A Note on the Name Change

First, let me start off by saying a big THANK YOU to all of you who have supported my blog. It honestly means so much to me.

I want to let you know why I changed the name of my blog. It has recently come to my attention that last year someone trademarked the word "Frugalista" and has been attempting to enforce that trademark. While I do not agree with the validity of the trademark given that Frugalista is a common word that was used long before she attempted to trademark it, there is currently still a live trademark on file and I do not want to infringe on that trademark.

Therefore, I have changed the name of my site to "The DC Frugal Girl" and the new website is www.thedcfrugalgirl.com and Twitter is now @DCFrugalGirl. Although the name has changed, this is still the same great money saving frugal blog. If you followed me on Google Friend Connect, you are still following and if you followed me on Facebook please check to see if the likes continued. Some had to be removed so I could change the name, so please please please re-like my page if you were one of the random names that I had to remove so I could get the number under 100 to change the name (It pained me to have to remove anyone and I greatly appreciate your support, I chose the names at random so please don't take it personally and I hope you will re-like my page).

Also, if you have "grabbed" my badge or linked to my page, please update it with the new link and grab the new badge on my side bar. Those of you who I know have me listed on their blog roll, I will be emailing you directly with the new info.

Everyone, thank you again for your support and I promise there are great frugal ideas to come!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Men's Fitness also $3.99 on Tanga!

I just posted below about Shape magazine being only $3.99 for a one-year subscription on Tanga.


Good news is the Men's Fitness can also be scored for only $3.99! Use promo code FITNESS at checkout.

Enjoy!

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1 Year Subscription to Shape Magazine for only $3.99

Tanga is another one of those daily deals sites where they bring you products for less.

Right now they have Shape magazine available. When you got to the website it lists the subscription as $24.00, but when you use promo code SHAPE at checkout it drops the price to only $3.99 per year! You also have the option at checkout to purchase a 1 year, 2 year, or 3 year subscription at the promo price. Great if your New Year's Resolution is to get in shape!


NOTE: When you buy magazine subscriptions through Tanga they say you should expect to wait 10-14 weeks for your first subscription delivery.



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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Derek Close Music Giveaway Update

There was a little bit of confusion over the last giveaway so the deadline is being extended until
January 5, 2011. Trust me you will love his music WAYYY past the holidays.

To clarify: after you like Derek Close on Facebook come back to my blog and leave a comment on the Derek Close Giveaway Post.

If you have any questions please ask!

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Free 60 Day Trial Membership to BJ

If you're one of those people who likes to stock up their pantry, be sure to take advantage of this free 60 day trial to BJ's Wholesale Club. You print out the coupon and take it to the membership desk in the store to activate the membership. But HURRY because this coupon must be activated before it expires on Friday!


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Free Computer Maintenance and Green Fix on HomeRun

HomeRun is another group buying site that I have recently come across. BUT one of the things that sets this group buying site apart is that sometimes you can get things completely free!



Right now on HomeRun if you search under Washington DC you can get Free Computer Maintenance and Green Fix from MyCuredComputer.com. (Or here is a direct link to the page) The voucher provides you with remote diagnostic service from the company so you don't even have to leave your home. This was also help you adjust your settings to help conserve energy. A $40 value and right now you can get it free! When you "buy" the voucher it will ask you to put in billing information, but this is only for authorization purposes. It does not post a charge (I snagged this deal myself and checked my statement!).


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Kohl's Deals

Right now you can get 20% off at Kohl's (including clearance items!) using promo code TWENTY4U. 

Here are my picks of some great deals, but HURRY because things are selling out fast! And shipping is only $0.99 per item!

Pink Water Bottle for only $2.07 -- great if your making a New Year's resolution to work out more!


Vintage Stone Plaid Fedora for only $1.60! This is probably my favorite find!!!





Twins '47 Boston Red Sex Cooperstown Cleanup Baseball Cap only $3.20!


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Upcoming NaturalSkinShop.com Review

I have always wanted to try a glycolic acid peel to help my skin, so I am very excited about the upcoming NaturalSkinShop.com review. I will be reviewing the Glycolic Acid Peel and cannot wait to see and share the results! NaturalSkinShop.com will also be providing a discount code for all you readers, so be sure to check back for the post!

FTC Disclosure: I will be receiving a complimentary product from NaturalSkinShop.com to review and I received this opportunity through my participation in SheBlogs


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Viewpoints Promo to get a $10 Gift Card

Viewpoints is a website where consumers right reviews about products and rate them to help others who are considering buying them. What better way to make a decision than other people's firsthand experiences?



Right now, if you write 10 qualifying reviews (have to be a certain length and in certain categories -- see this link for details) by Dec. 31, you get a $10 Amazon Gift Card! You have to sign up before you right reviews, but the process only takes a minute.

I have done the reviews for gift cards twice before and have had no trouble. And with all those Christmas presents lying around, I'm sure there is plenty to be reviewed!


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Eversave Deals!

Here are the online Eversave deals that can be purchased and redeemed from anywhere in the US. Also be sure to check out your regional deals as well!

AND if you are new to Eversave and sign up before Friday you'll get $5 in free credit added to your account just for signing up!



Today's Save: Sheyna

Today's Save:$25 for $50 worth of custom, hand-crafted jewelry from Sheyna.com - Free shipping on all orders!

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 31, 2010


Bonus Save: Manhattanite

Today's Save:$25 for $50 worth of trend-setting apparel and accessories from Manhattanite.com, featuring brands like So Low, Betsey Johnson and Dogeared

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 28, 2010


Bonus Save: Eternity Scarves - Save $15 on your online purchase!

Today's Save:$15 for $30 worth of chic, cozy scarves from Eternity Scarves

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 30, 2010
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Coupons Ending Soon on Coupons.com

Be sure to head over to Coupons.com and print these coupons before they expire!



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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Costume Review from CostumeDiscounters.com

I was so excited to recently receive the opportunity to review a costume from CostumeDiscounters.com. Maybe chock it up to my childhood as an assistant clown to my mom (who was a professional clown) at parties, but I love costumes. I am always looking for great costume ideas for Halloween or the occasional impromptu costume party.

Since it is too soon to be thinking about Halloween for next year yet, I decided I would stick with the season and I chose to review this sassy Sexy Santas Little Helper Costume.

First off, I was very impressed by the selection of womens costumes that were available. Costume Discounters carry such a large variety, even within each type. For example, there were lots of different lady Santa costumes available ranging from the traditional Mrs. Clause to the younger, hipper Santa's helper costume that I chose. They have lots of fun, creative, and sexy costumes.

Ok now onto the costume! It was super cute. The costume consisted of a one piece red velvet-like halter dress and the striped stockings in the picture above. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the costume. Usually when I think about costumes I have nightmares about the poor quality costumes you find strewn about the temporary Halloween store, but this was so much better. The costume was well made and had a sturdy zipper closure on the back. The fabric also had a lot of stretch and give making it very comfortable. My only complaint about the dress what that it was on the short side -- I will definitely have to wear something under it when I wear it. I also LOVED the stockings...so much so that I wore them ALL day today (they looked like socks under my jeans) and got lots of comments on how festive they were. The costume also arrived quickly and in sturdy packing. It came in one of those heavyweight plastic hanging bags, which will make storing it easy as well.

Overall, I think this costume was great and a wonderful representation of the products and service that Costume Discounters provide. What's also great is their prices! They have costumes that are affordable on any budget. I strongly recommend that you check them out next time you are need of a great costume!

FTC Disclousre: This was not a paid post, but I did receive my choice of costume to review from CostumeDiscounters.com. All opinions expressed are 100% my own honest opinions based on the product sent for review. I received this opportunity through my involvement with the Product Review Place.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

NoMoreRack.com Christmas Gift!

Be sure to check your email for a Christmas message from NoMoreRack.com! I just got a message that said:


"We want to wish you a very happy holiday and seasons greetings from the nomorerack team. As a token of our appreciation, and as a holiday gift we have added a $5.00 credit to your account. To use your holiday gift , next time you shop at nomorerack simply go to "Click here to apply credit" on your checkout page.... Remember.. Share the savings and send some joy to your family and friends by giving them a nomorerack gift card and earn $5 nomorerack when they make a purchase.."


So be sure to see if the $5 credit made it into your account!




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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Get Credit for an Amazon Song Download from Bing

Go here and enter your email to get credit for $1.29 to redeem for an MP3 on Amazon. After you enter your email, check you inbox with instructions on how to redeem your unique code for the credit.

Enjoy!


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$2 in Free Amazon MP3 Credit

I am LOVING the Amazon credits today! To get the $2 in MP3 credit go here and on the right hand side you will either see a link that says redeem a gift card or promotion code under the Buy button or a pop-up window with a box to enter the code in.


Enter promo code GIVEMP3S and the $2 in credit will be automatically added to your account so you can score some great tunes!


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Get $5 in Amazon on Demand Credit by Tweeting!


Go here to Tweet to Get $5 Amazon on Demand Credit! When you go to the page, you'll be prompted to connect to your Twitter account and it will automatically tweet about this. You'll then get a $5 credit added to your Amazon On-Demand account that you can redeem to watch movies and tv shows on your computer.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Eversave Deals

Need some last minute gifts? Check out these Eversave deals!

Nationwide Deals -- these are online deals that can be purchased and redeemed no matter where you are:



Today's Save: Knork

Today's Save:$25 for $55 coupon code toward "cutting-edge" flatware from Knork.net

Expires 02:59 PM - Dec 25, 2010


Bonus Save: PixelModa

$10 for $20 worth of fashion-forward watches at PixelMODA.com

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 22, 2010


Bonus Save: Lot 26

Last Chance: $20 for $40 worth of wonderful wall designs from Lot26.com

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 23, 2010


Bonus Save: Inspired Living

Today's Save:$22 for $45 worth of accessories and home decor from ShopInspiredLiving.com

Expires 02:59 AM - Dec 24, 2010

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Derek Close Music Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to introduce you all to Derek Close. Derek is a very promising and talented bassist who records his own music. His music puts a rock and roll spin on some of your favorite Christmas melodies. You can check out Derek's Facebook page here.

I received mp3s of two of his instrumental songs to review: A Little Jingle Jam and 3 Groovin' Kings. These songs have a great vibe and combine the best of Christmas tunes with a little bit of edge. These would be great songs to play at a holiday party! Each song has is unique and showcases his talent impeccably. Even my husband, who generally isn't all that into traditional Christmas music, started grooving when he heard these tunes.

AND Derek has generously provided the 2 mp3s mentioned above and their corresponding artwork for a giveaway to one lucky reader! Trust me, 30 seconds into the song and you will be in love!

Here's the rules:

  • Giveaway will end at 10pm on Jan. 5!
  • There will be 1 winner chosen by Random.org
  • After you make any of the entries, come back here and leave a comment ON THIS POST saying what you did
  • Be sure to leave your email in one of the posts so I can notify if you win
  • You will have 48 hours to respond to my email, if you don't then an alternate winner will be chosen
  • Please leave each entry in a separate comment ON THIS POST so that I can give you credit for all of your entries
  • Only the mandatory entry is required
How to enter:
  • Mandatory entry: like Derek Close on Facebook (while you're there you can also listen to a clip of one of the songs you'll receive!)
  • Extra entries:
    • Tell me your favorite Christmas song
    • Follow The DC Frugalista on Google Friend Connect
    • Like The DC Frugalista on Facebook
    • Follow @DCFrugalista on Twitter
    • Post about this giveaway on Facebook (once per day)
    • Tweet about this giveaway (once per day)

I promise you will enjoy this music long after the holidays have passed!

FTC Disclosure: This is not a paid post, but I did receive two of mp3s to review and two mp3s to give away. All opinions expressed are 100% my own honest opinions. I received this opportunity through my involvement with Giveaway Blogs.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

iCaughtSanta.com Giveaway Winners!

First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to iCaughtSanta.com for sponsoring this giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in my first giveaway! Expect many more!!!

Congratulations to the iCaughtSanta.com giveaway winners! As indicated before everyone was only eligible to win once (if the same person came up again another winner was chosen). You have each won a credit to create a free photo at iCaughtSanta.com and spread some Christmas Magic.

I am emailing you all now. Please confirm your email address by responding to the email and then I will send you the gift card! You have 48 hours to respond, if you don't then an alternate winner will be chosen.

Winner # 1

CT Mom said...  I retweeted this.

Winner # 2




Bucy said...




I was 5. Santa came to my kindergarten class to deliver a gift and it was my grandfather dressed in the Santa suit. I stood up and declared to the class that Santa was my granfather, but none of the kids believed me.


Winner #3




Libby's Library said...




I honestly don't know - I lost my memory from a brain injury...but knowing me - I was pretty young.
I want to capture the magic - so thanks for the giveaway.

libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Winner #4
















Xenia said...



Hmm, I can't remember. Probably somewhere around 7 or 8ish... I remember one time where my parents forgot to take off a price tag and I loudly declared, "Hey! Santa shops at Target!" and seeing the uncomfortable looks on their faces!


xpsundell at gmail dot com

Winner #5



Ditto said...




I think I was in Elementary School and a Kid in my class said to me hey did you know Santa wasn't real......Me=Sad face

Congrats AGAIN TO ALL THE WINNERS!!! Be Sure to check your Email and respond to get your code for icaughtsanta.com


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Cosmo Magazine Subscription $9.99! (and other magazines as low as $6.99!)

You probably already know this, but Cosmo is the number one women's magazine. Cosmo is one of my go-to magazines every month. It provides love and relationship advice, fashion tips, and your necessary dose of celebrity gossip. It is a wonderful way to escape for a bit and have a good laugh or learn something new in the process.



As part of the BzzAgent program, I get to let you know that right now you can get a 1-year subscription to Cosmo for only $9.99!!! You simply go here and sign up for your subscription. When you sign up there you can also choose whether to get the subscription for yourself or give it as a gift.

AND if Cosmo isn't really your cup of tea you can also get great deals on the following magazines:

$6.99 Magazines:

  • Marie Claire
  • Bazaar
  • Esquire
  • Good Housekeeping
  • House Beautiful
  • Veranda
  • Country Living 
  • Seventeen
  • Town & Country
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Redbook

$9.99 Magazines:

  • Food Network
  • O, The Oprah Magazine



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EdenFantasy Massage Oils Review

I was recently given the opportunity to do a review for EdenFantasys. Although they are generally an adult shop, they also carry a wide variety of massage oils, candles, and novelty gifts that would be perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties or just creating a little more romance.

My husband works in a fairly physical job so I took the opportunity to review The Collection Oils Gift Set to treat him to a back massage. The oils were wonderful! They came in variety pack of five different scents and smelled wonderful. The bottles they came in were also super-cute and would be easy to refill.


This is just one of the great products you can find on EdenFantasys. They have carry lots of other massage oils and they also carry many different types of candles and carry other great products like body shimmer powder. These make great gifts to surprise you significant other for an anniversary or Valentine's Day with a little romance. They also carry gift packs and novelty gifts that would be great for bachelorette parties and bridal showers.

FTC Disclosure: This was not a paid post, but I did receive my choice of a product to review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own honest opinions. I received this opportunity through my involvement with The Product Review Place. 


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$5 Off Eversave Promo

If you have an Eversave account, but have yet to make a purchase, then use the promo code FIRSTBUY to get $5 off your buy! Plus you get $2 off your first buy when you sign up OR if you sign up for the newsletter through this link you get a $5 credit for signing up which can be combined with the promo code for $5 off meaning you get $10 off total!

AND if you're in the DC area, there is currently a save for $10 for $20 worth of exotic spices, teas and accessories from SiTea in Takoma! Apply your credit and the promo code and it's FREE!



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Monday, December 20, 2010

iCaughtSanta.com Giveaway Reminder!!



Tomorrow is the last day to enter the iCaughtSanta.com Giveaway to win a credit to capture some Christmas magic in your own photo!

Enter the contest through the original post here!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

$5 Off at Olive Garden

We went to Olive Garden today for a joint celebration of a bunch of birthday's on my husband's side and as usual the food was delicious. BUT I was super-bummed that I forgot this coupon I found yesterday. So since Olive Garden was on the mind I thought I would share the wealth!


Go here to print a coupon for $5 off any 2 dinner entrees at Olive Garden. They have a bunch of new dishes to try right now too!

Enjoy!!!


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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Still Looking for Free Shipping?

As you probably know, yesterday was FREE shipping day for tons of online retailers. BUT in case you missed getting you buying done yesterday (like I did because we were stuck in traffic coming back from the Poconos for hours) there are still a good number of places that have extended the deadline.

For all the details be sure to check out FreeShippingDay.com

Here is the list of retailers that are continuing to offer free shipping and delivery by Christmas Eve (some have time cut-offs so be sure to either check Freeshippingday.com or the retailer's website):

Offers Ending December 18:
  • JCPenny: Free Shipping on orders over $69 until Dec. 18 with promo code FALALA
  • Kohl's: Free Shipping on order over $50 until Dec. 18
  • Harry & David: Free Shipping on all order until Dec. 18 with promo code FSDEL
  • Catherine's: Free Shipping on orders over $50 until Dec. 18


Offers Ending December 19:
  • Smashbox: Free Express Shipping with a $50 order until Dec. 19 with promo code SHIPFAST
  • J Jill: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 19 with promo code TINSELTotal Gym: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 19 (says some restrictions may apply)
  • Plow & Earth: Free Shipping on orders over $75 until Dec. 19


Offers Ending December 20:
  • Land's End: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 20
  • LL Bean: Free Shipping on all order until Dec. 20
  • Barneys New York: Free Shipping on all order until Dec. 20
  • Ralph Lauren: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 20 with promo code RLHOLIDAY10
  • Merrell: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 20
  • One Step Ahead: Free Shipping on orders over $85 until Dec. 20 with promo code FS85AFF
  • Walmart: Free Shipping on all electronics and 60.000 other select items until Dec. 20
  • Chico's: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 20
  • Crocs.com: Free Express Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 20
  • White House Black Market: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 20
  • Ann Taylor: Free Shipping on orders over $150 and 40% off until Dec. 20 with promo code HOLIDAY
  • Ann Taylor Loft: Free Shipping when you spend $125 until Dec. 20
  • Alloy: Free Shipping on orders over $75 until Dec. 20 with promo code ALR
  • Madewell: Free Shipping on orders over $100 and 25% off sale items until Dec. 20 with promo code HOLIDAY
  • Rugby: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 20
  • Macy's: Free Shipping on order over $99 until Dec. 20 with promo code GIFTS
  • Nordstrom: Free Shipping with a $100 purchase until Dec. 20 with promo code HOLIDAY10
  • Apple Store: Free Shipping on orders over $50 (excluding Macs and engraved iPods) until Dec. 20
  • J. Crew: Free Shipping on orders over $150 until Dec. 20
  • dELia's: Free Shipping on orders over $75 until Dec. 20 with promo code DAR
  • Hush Puppies: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 20
  • Sierra Trading Post: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 20 with promo code ALFREESHIP2KX


Offers Ending December 21:
  • Toys R Us: Free Shipping with your purchase of $49 or more from the Free Shipping Store until Dec. 21 (see the website for all the details)
  • FAO Schwarz: Free Shipping on orders over $99 until Dec. 21
  • Kate Spade: Free Shipping on all order under Dec. 21
  • Levi's: Free Shipping on order over $100 under Dec. 21
  • Target: $5 off orders of $50 or more and Free Shipping until Dec. 21
  • The Body Shop: Free Shipping with any $50 purchase until Dec. 21
  • Elizabeth Arden: Free Shipping on any order until Dec. 21
  • American Eagle: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 21
  • Bloomingdales: Free Shipping on all order over $300 until Dec. 21
  • NBA Store: Free Shipping on orders over $25 until Dec. 21
  • Brookstone: Free Shipping on orders over $99 until Dec. 21 with promo code SHIP99
  • Aeropostale: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 21
  • Florsheim: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 21 with promo code FRXP1
  • Jockey: Free Shipping on orders over $75 until Dec. 21

Offers Ending December 22:
  • Victoria's Secret: Free 2nd Day Express Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 22 with promo code SHIPFASTVS
  • Crate & Barrel: Free Shipping on select orders over $100 until Dec. 22
  • Pottery Barn: Free Shipping on select items until Dec. 22 for non-personalized items
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Free Shipping on select items until Dec. 22 for non-personalized items
  • Pottery Barn Teen: Free Shipping on select items until Dec. 22 for non-personalized items
  • 6PM.com: Free Shipping on orders over $100 until Dec. 22
  • Eddie Bauer: Free Shipping on your order until Dec. 22
  • Joe's New Balance: Free Priority Shipping on orders over $99 until Dec. 22

Offers Ending December 23:
  • Zappos: Free Shipping on all orders until Dec. 23
  • Fossil: Free overnight shipping on order over $100 until Dec. 23


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Be sure to print this week's new Coupon.com coupons!

New Coupons This Week:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SWAGG: The Best Gift I Ever Gave


SWAGG is a free mobile app (download here) that lets you shop smarter using your mobile phone. Buy, send or swap SWAGG GIFTS and organize your old school plastic gift cards.
For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) , up to $125,000.
Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! Download the SWAGG app and then visit the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes site to enter to win a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival. Entry deadline is January 3, 2011, 11:59pm, PST.


The best give I ever gave was a handmade ceramic vase to my mom. My mom has always been incredibly artistic. She is so creative and imaginative, and she is always creating wonderful things. Unfortunately, the creative gene did not get passed to me. While I would make little craft projects growing up, I lacked the artistic talent that my mom hand. I could not draw or paint, despite my appreciation for the arts. I even voluntarily took art classes instead of study hall in high school to try and develop the skill – to no avail. It was the only class in high school that I ever received an “A for effort” in.

When I went to college it was mandatory that I take an art class. The prospect of that terrified me. I was never good at art and now I would have to do it at the college level. So I put it off until the last semester of my Associate’s degree. It was either take the art class or don’t graduate. So after considering my options, I decided to take a pottery class. I though maybe with the concepts of form and function, this might be a type of art I could take to. And it turned out to be right!

For once I was enjoying art and could share in the enjoyment that my mom had from creating beautiful things. When it came time for midterms we had to make a coil pot. Everyone knows that basic coil pot – we made them in elementary school. You take the clay and roll it into a skinny long roll strip and then wrap it in circles until it forms a little pot. Well our pots had to be at least 12 inches tall. After putting it off as long as I could, I started to work on my pot. And after a while my pot became a vase. After working on it for a while longer, I scalloped the top and added roses I created to the rim. I managed to glaze it and fire it with no problems.

For the first time, I was truly proud of an artistic creation and I knew exactly what to do with it! I was going to give it to my mom – the person who inspired me and whom I knew would appreciate. I can remember the look of shock and appreciation on her face when I brought it home and gave it to her. She knew how hard it was for me to take to art and how much time I had spent to make that vase beautiful. This was also the first piece of custom, hand-made pottery she had every received. She still shows it off on display in her living room. 


More info about Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
http://www.standup2cancer.org/

SWAGG has partnered with non-profit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). For every download of the app between now and Dec. 31, 2010, SWAGG will donate $1 to SU2C up to $125,000. Awesome, right?! Visit the SU2C site for more info http://www.standup2cancer.org/

More info about the Ultimate SWAGG Getaway Sweepstakes
http://wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/82357

Clever Girls Collective and SWAGG are sending a lucky pair of movie fans to the Sundance Film Festival! The sweepstakes is offered exclusively through the Clever 1000, and it has a pretty kick butt prize, including:
2 night/3 day stay at Yarrow Hotel in Park City Utah (Jan 21 - Jan 23, 2011)
Ground transportation to and from hotel to airport in Park City, Utah
Dinner for two at Tao Lounge, including 2 nightclub passes
All access to The House of SWAGG Gifting Suite
2 tickets to a movie premiere on Saturday, January 22nd -- movie tbd
$4,000 value

Learn more about the coolest new app that revolutionizes the whole shopping, gifting, and gift card-organizing experience and Download the SWAGG app to your iPhone or Droid. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Send Someone a Free $10 Restuarant.com Gift Certificate!



There are 17 days left in the Restaurant.com Feed it Forward program so be sure if you haven't sent your friends a free $10 Restaurant.com gift certificate you head over and do it!

In case you miss my previous post about the Feed it Forward program, Restaurant.com is letting you send $10 Restaurant.com gift certificates to your friends and family, up to 40 a day! You can only send one to each person, but you can receive as many as people will send you!

What an easy way to score some Restaurant.com gift certificates!

Enjoy!

AND if anyone would like one, leave a comment with your email and I will be happy to send you one!!!

Free Cup of Yoplait Yogurt

Get a coupon for a free cup of Yoplait yogurt via snail mail when you go to their website and fill out the form with your information.

After you've requested your free cup be sure to keep the sharing going!

Enjoy!

iCaughtSanta.com Review and Giveaway



I am pleased to announce that iCaughtSanta.com is sponsoring The DC Frugalista's very first giveaway!!!

Know some people who have lost their belief in Santa? Well iCaughtSanta.com allows you to create proof that Santa visited your house on Christmas Eve!!!

The iCaughtSanta.com program allows you to a picture from your house, ideally your living room with your Christmas tree or you fireplace, and insert a Santa image into the photo. The whole process is super simple. First you pick the photo you want to insert Santa into and upload it to the iCaughtSanta.com website. Next, you pick the Santa you want to insert. They have 20 different Santa poses you can choose from! Everything, from Santa being caught in the act to sleeping in a chair to having a kiss on his cheek. Then you move the Santa to the spot you want and size him to fit the scene. Next, you can pick out a border if you wish. If you're planning on creating prints of you iCaughtSanta.com photo, they suggest that 5x7 prints are the best. Once you finalize your picture, you check out and will be able to download it to your computer. It's that simple!

Here is my iCaughtSanta.com creation.


The best part is how realistic the Santa looks in the scene. You can't even tell that it's an inserted image!

Normally, to create a photo on iCaughtSanta.com it costs $9.95, not a bad price for the look on your child's face when you show them the proof! 

Additionally, if you use promo code The-DC-Frugalista you'll get 25% off!!!

BUT wait there's more! iCaughtSanta.com has generously provided 5 iCaughtSanta.com credits for giveaways to The DC Frugalista readers!!!

Here's the details:

This giveaway will close at 10 pm on Dec. 21st giving the winners plenty of time to create their iCaughtSanta.com creation before Christmas Day!

5 winners will be randomly chosen (using Random.org) and will be emailed a code to redeem for an iCaughtSanta.com photo.

Completing each task below will result in 1 entry. Only the mandatory entry is required to enter the giveaway, the others are extra bonus entries if you wish! Each entry must be left in a separate comment and be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment so that I can let you know if you win! (if you don't feel comfortable leaving your email here, you can send it to me at thedcfrugalista@gmail.com)


Mandatory Entry: Tell me what age you stopped believing in Santa 


Extra Entries (each good for 1 extra entry):

  • Follow The DC Frugalista on Google Friend Connect
  • Like The DC Frugalista on Facebook
  • Follow DCFrugalista on Twitter
  • Tweet about this Giveaway (up to once per day)
  • Post on Facebook about this Giveaway (up to once per day)
After you do any of these, be sure to come back and leave a comment so I can give you credit for your entries!

Each individual is only eligible to win one credit so we can spread the Christmas joy around. So for example if only 5 people enter, then everyone wins!

Winners will be notified on 12/21 and will have 48 hours to respond. If they do not respond an alternate winner will be chosen. Be sure to check back on 12/21 to see if you won!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Sponsored by Tomoson.com

Friday, December 10, 2010

Python Printable Games Camel Race Bible Trivia Game Review



Next in my series of Python Printable Games reviews, and unfortunately the last product I have to share although be sure to check out their website for other great products!, is the Camel Race Bible Trivia Questions Game! This is such a cute game to help educate kids about Bible basics. The game is interactive that will get you up and moving, while answering educational Bible questions.



The printable Bible quiz game is super easy to set up and play. You start by downloading and printing out the game file. You then take the numbers and put them on the floor around your room (you can easily use masking tape and tape them to the floor). For each question that you get right, your camel moves forward one space. The person who gets to the end first wins. The questions are Bible basics appropriate for any age level and span lots of different knowledge areas. This is a wonderful interactive and educational game! Especially now around the holidays, this is a great time to play this Christmas Bible trivia for kids.

Python Printable Games provides great products that you get access to instantly after you buy them. You simply download the files and print them out. If you're interested in checking out Python Printable Games before you buy, be sure to check out their FREE printables where you can find coloring pages and trivia games!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hasbro Games Coupons

Go here to get some great Hasbro game coupons!!

One of them is good for $5 off any Hungry Hungry Hippos game and the travel size version is only $4.99 at Target making it FREE!

Enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Super Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

I am always looking for inexpensive, but delicious recipes and with the wintry weather I wanted to cook up something hearty and warm. I searched for a long time for a great slow cooker beef stew recipe and ended up having to tailor a few to get a good balance.

Here is my recipe for delicious slow cooker beef stew:

1 - 2 lbs. of Stew Meat (depending on the size of your slow cooker and how meaty you want it to be)
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of black pepper
32 oz. Beef Broth
3-4 Carrots cut into pieces
4-5 Broccoli Crowns cut into pieces
1 can whole potatoes drained and cut into pieces
1 pack McCormick Beef Stew Seasoning
2 tsbp. Worcestershire Sauce
3 Bay Leaves

Begin by tossing the stew meat in the flour, salt, and black pepper and put in the crock pot.

Add the vegetables (you can substitute other vegetables if you wish), broth, stew seasoning, and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir the mixture. Then toss in the Bay leaves. Set your slow cooker to the appropriate cooking time (I have found the most flavorful stews come from 6-10 hours). Every 2 hours stir the stew to be sure nothing is sticking to the sides, but otherwise try not to open the cooker too much (even though it will smell delicious).

This makes about 4 large bowls worth of stew. Perfect meal for just me and my hubby. If you have a bigger crockpot you could double the recipe, but mine is on the smaller side.

If you make any interesting variations please comment and let me know!

Enjoy!!!

Free Family Portaits at KB Home

Free portraits this Saturday and Sunday at KB Home! Check out their website for participating locations. In the DC area, there is one in Alexandria, VA and one in Waldorf, MD.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Smart Mouth Mouthwash Review



I was recently given the opportunity to review Smart Mouth Mouthwash (have to love the brand name!). When I first got the box I was a little uneasy about how many items were inside for mouthwash, but after putting it together, it's incredibly simple and was VERY effective for me.

The Smart Mouth Mouthwash system comes with 2 bottles of their active ingredients, 2 pumps to use with the bottles, and a cup to mix the ingredients in. My cup got broken in the mail, but I used a shot glass and it worked fine. When you open up the box you take the two pumps and install them on the two bottles (you will understand why there are two bottle in a minute). You do this by simply taking off the bottle cap and security seal and then screwing on the pump and then twisting open the pump head.

Now you are ready to use your Smart Mouth Mouthwash! Now, the reason there are two bottles is that the active ingredients are separated right up until you are ready to combine them and use them. This means that your mouthwash isn't getting diluted or losing effectiveness while it's sitting on the shelf in your bathroom. When you are ready to use the mouthwash you squirt 4 pumps of each bottle into the cup and then swish vigorously for 30-60 seconds. One of the best parts about this mouthwash is that it is alcohol free, so it doesn't have a really bad strong taste. There was also no yucky after-taste. The flavor was Fresh Mint and it did taste minty just without all the burn of regular mouthwash. I was left with my mouth feeling clean and fresh -- the way it should be!

The rinse keeps you covered for 12 hours so rinse twice a day and you will be set for 24 hours of fresh breath (great for those holiday parties where everyone is crammed in too close for comfort and you're hugging Great Aunt Sue who you haven't seen in twelve years or making small talk with the hubby's boss!)

Based on information from the Smart Mouth website, this product: will not stain teeth, dentures or crowns (I didn't experience any problems with stains); is alcohol free (which you can tell the minute you start using it); is safe for children 6 and older; and is safe for diabetics.

It also comes in a cinnamon flavor in addition to the fresh mint.

Although this mouthwash is a somewhat more expensive then my usual go-to bottle at the store, the benefits seem to be well worth the additional cost and minimal extra effort. My mouth feels fresh and clean all day and I don't have to worry about carrying mints or gum on me all the time.

If you are interested in learning more about this product, check out the Smart Mouth Website. Otherwise, you can get Smart Mouth Mouthwash at your local CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target or Walmart. Also be sure to grab the $2 off coupon from their website before you buy! The link to the coupon is at the bottom of their home page in the middle.

FTC Disclosure: This was not a paid post and all opinions and views expressed are 100% my own honest opinions. I did receive a bottle of Smart Mouth Mouthwash for writing this review. 


I received this opportunity through my involvement with The Product Review Place.

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