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November 2011

A Gift for Anyone: Blockbuster Total Access – Giveaway!!

If you’re looking for a gift that works for virtually anyone on your list, a gift subscription to Blockbuster Total Access just might be your answer. And be sure to check out their Black Friday deal – I think it would make a great stocking stuffer, at the amazing price point it’s at.

 

Blockbuster Black Friday weekend super deal UNDER $10:

Perfect for a hostess, white elephant or last-minute gift:  Gift Subscription Cards In-Store

  • Give 3 month By Mail subscription for only $9.99 (originally $30.00)
  • Unlimited By Mail rentals (one out at a time) of movies and games and unlimited in-store exchanges

 

Blockbuster holiday gifts UNDER $50:

Perfect for kids and families: the Blockbuster Giftable Kids Pass

  • Give one month, 6 month or 12 month passes for access to any kids/family movies and games

o   1 month = $4.99

o   6 months = $24.99 (get 1 month free)

o   12 months = $34.99 (get 4 months free)

  • Perfect for grandchildren, stocking stuffers and your nieces and nephews!

 

Perfect for Blu-ray movie lovers: the Blockbuster Blu-ray Bundle

  • Get a Blu-ray player for only $49.99 (originally $99.99) when you sign up for a 1-year subscription to Blockbuster Combo Pass or Blockbuster Total Access
  • The Blockbuster Combo Pass ($7.50 for first month; $14.99 each month after) includes a subscription of unlimited access to every rental (game and movie) in-store, and one movie or game a month from Blockbuster’s online By Mail service
  • You can give both as gifts, or keep one for yourself and give the other away!
  • Perfect for preparing the family for long days indoors and family holiday entertaining!

 

Perfect for a personalized gift: Build Your Own Box Set

  • Put together 3- ($24.99) or 5-disc ($39.99) sets of new movies $12.99 and under in a special gift box that doesn’t need wrapping
  • Or
  • Put together 3- ($19.99) or 5-disc ($29.99) sets of previously owned movies in a special gift box. Show someone you really know them with a personalized selection of movies in one giftable box!

One lucky reader will win the Blockbuster Black Friday deal – a three-month mail subscription! Use it for yourself or gift it to someone on your list – either way, this is something virtually anyone would enjoy, so I am excited to be holding a giveaway for it! This contest is open to all US residents 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Monday, December 12. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

Mandatory Entry: Comment on this post telling me what movie would be first on your list to check out if you win the Blockbuster subscription!

(Only valid after the required entry has been completed)

Please leave a comment for each extra entry – if you blog about this giveaway and get 2 entries, for example, comment 2 times.

Note: Blockbuster is providing the three-month subscription for the giveaway. Any opinions provided in this post are honest and my own. I was not compensated monetarily and did not receive any products for this post.

25 Days of Christmas Entertainment with ABC Family

Thanksgiving is almost here, and December is right behind! I am already feeling in the Christmas spirit, and ABC Family is helping celebrate by providing 25 days of Christmas programming. December 1-25!

Thursday, December 1

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL

Charles Dickens’s famous story is retold with Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Uncle Scrooge as Ebenezer Scrooge, Goofy as Jacob Marley’s ghost, and Donald as nephew Fred. (Animated)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO

In this Christmas classic, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet rush to get Christopher Robin’s letter to Santa before it’s too late. With many obstacles before them, they learn the true meaning of Christmas. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE

Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, a divorced father whose strained relationship with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) begins to mend only after a bizarre twist of fate transforms him into the new Santa. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Friday, December 2 

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS ON THE LOOSE

This half-hour special is hosted by The Cat in the Hat, who introduces three of Dr. Seuss’ popular stories: “The Sneetches,” “The Zax” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” (Animated)

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

In this Seuss tale, The Lorax “speaks for the trees” in a desperate effort to save his beloved “Truffula” forest from extinction. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT

“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” tells the story of the adventure of two youngsters, housebound on a rainy day, whose boredom is shattered by a visit from the magical, mischievous Cat and his helpmates, Thing One and Thing Two. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT

The Cat in the Hat must find a way to get to Grinch’s soft spot in order to save the world from the clutches of the Grinch! (Animated)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

Jim Carrey stars as the title character in this live-action adaptation of the classic children’s story by Dr. Seuss. (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 3

(7:00-10:30 AM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

Based on the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. (Live Action)

(10:30–2:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

In the second installment of the “Harry Potter” film series, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a long-buried secret threatens the school and all its students. (Live Action)

(2:30–5:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

The magic and excitement are back with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends as they prepare for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! But danger lurks in the form of Sirius Black – a convict from the Prison of Azkaban – who is on the loose and after Harry. (Live Action)

(5:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

It’s Harry Potter’s fourth term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and, for the first time in hundreds of years, a competition will be held between three schools of wizardry, with contestants magically chosen by the Goblet of Fire for the very dangerous event. (Live Action)

(9:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

A summer has passed since Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) encounter with Lord Voldemort, and now, with the entire wizard community in peril, the future of magic may depend on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Live Action)

(12:00–1:30 AM ET/PT) THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” follows the misguided passion of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved Pumpkin King, who becomes obsessed with bringing Christmas under his control and enlists his loyal townspeople to help him become a substitute Santa and create a “new and improved” version of the holiday. (Animated)

 

Sunday, December 4

(7:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–2:00 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(2:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – (*See Saturday, December 3, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:30 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – Basic Cable Premiere of the Never-Before-Seen-on-Television Special Edition

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year to face a growing danger as he, Ron and Hermione explore the origins of Lord Voldemort in search of a way to combat his evil power. This ABC Family airing features deleted scenes not seen in the original film version. (Live Action)

 

Monday, December 5

(2:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – (*See Sunday, December 4, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR

Santa sends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find Baby New Year, who has run away from Father Time. (Animated)

(7:00–8:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

When the Evil Toy Taker steals all of Santa’s toys, Rudolph and his friends – the misfit toys – set out to get them back before the world’s children wake up to empty stockings on Christmas morning! (Animated)

(8:30–10:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS

The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. (Animated)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

 

Tuesday, December 6

(6:00– 6:30 PM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Actor Joel Grey narrates this animated holiday special adapted from the famous poem by Clement Moore. (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is back, and this time his playground is New York City until he discovers that the robbers he foiled once before are out of prison, in New York, and planning a huge toy store heist. (Live Action)

 

Wednesday, December 7

(6:00– 6:30 PM ET/PT) A VERY PINK CHRISTMAS – Television Premiere

“A Very Pink Christmas” tells the story of the iconic and cool Pink Panther as he discovers the true meaning of the holiday season during a heated Christmas tree sale competition with his arch nemesis, Big Nose. Pink and Big Nose face off, tree for tree and trick for trick, to see who can make enough money to purchase the world’s most extravagant sports car.  The classic animated characters clash, each trying to claim the highly coveted car for himself, as mayhem and hilarity ensue. That is until Pink encounters a young boy who gets caught up in the frenzy, but only wants to buy a small tree for his family. Pink pushes greed aside, and ultimately discovers what it means to truly celebrate “A Very Pink Christmas.” “A Very Pink Christmas” is presented by MGM Television in association with RGH Entertainment and Mirisch-Geoffrey-DePatie Freleng. (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6 for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – ABC Family Premiere

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue as America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. (Live Action)

 

Thursday, December 8

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND

Everyone’s favorite snowman, Frosty, plans to marry, but not if the evil Jack Frost can help it. Can the children save Frosty from being frozen lifeless and get him to the church on time? (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS

Based on the popular children’s book series, “Cranberry Christmas” tells the story of a New England stalwart, Mr. Whiskers, and his efforts to keep the local skating bog from the evil clutches of his notoriously mean neighbor Cyrus Grape. (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN

Fred Astaire narrates this tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young man who starts a gift factory where he builds toys and gives them to all the local children, earning him the name Santa Claus. (Animated)

(9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Phyllis McGinley’s children’s book, Mrs. Claus narrates this memorable children’s classic about the time she almost donned her husband’s famous red suit. (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS

Starring Mickey Rooney, “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas” tells the story of how Santa throws out his back, potentially spoiling Christmas for boys and girls all over the world. (Animated)

 

Friday, December 9

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE

Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos as Tim Allen reprises his role of Scott Calvin, aka Santa, as he juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short)–whose chilling Santa envy has him trying to take over the “big guy’s” holiday. (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 10

(7:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) SNOW

In a reinvention of the Santa Claus myth, this original ABC Family holiday movie finds Nick (Tom Cavanagh) reluctantly taking over the family business at the North Pole and, in the process of trying to bring back the spirit of Christmas they lost long ago, finds his true love. (Live Action)

(9:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) SNOW 2: BRAIN FREEZE

In this sequel, Nick Snowden (Tom Cavanagh), aka “Santa,” loses his memory and forgets who he is just days before Christmas. (Live Action)

(11:30 AM–2:00 PM ET/PT) HAPPY FEET

In the great nation of Emperor Penguins you’re nobody unless you can sing – which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who can’t sing a note. (Animated)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Wilmer Valderrama stars in this holiday romp set in the Unaccompanied Minors Room, an airport holding cell for dozens of stranded, parent-free kids from all over the country. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST

Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) was always too busy to spend time with his son Charlie. But when he dies in a car accident, Jack finds himself back to life in the form of a Snowman!  (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 11

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) A VERY PINK CHRISTMAS – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Disillusioned with all the selfishness and greed in the world, Santa’s ready to throw in the towel, but his daughter Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) persuades him to give the mortals one last chance if she can prove that even one family can change and become giving and caring again. (Live Action)

(10:00 AM– 12:00 PM ET/PT) TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Kristin Claus (Kathy Ireland) is suffering from acute memory loss but when a bizarre coincidence helps everything to click into place, Kristin realizes that she must again save Christmas or see Santa forced into early retirement! (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SNOW GLOBE

In the ABC Family original movie, a mystical snow globe transports Angela (Christina Milian), who longs for the perfect Christmas away from her boisterous family, into an idyllic Christmas winter wonderland. (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT)  SANTA BABY

Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is a highly driven business executive whose great success is acknowledged by everyone but her father, who just happens to be Santa Claus (George Wendt), in the ABC Family original holiday movie. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9 for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS

Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez star in ABC Family’s amusing holiday tale about a modern young woman who has a breakdown at Christmas and desperately kidnaps a handsome guy to take home to her parents. (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – WORLD PREMIERE OF THE ABC FAMILY ORIGINAL MOVIE

Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the ABC Family original holiday movie follows a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again until she learns to open up her world to new things and stop living in the past. (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Monday, December 12

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) SANTA WHO?

Santa Claus (Leslie Nielsen) develops amnesia after accidentally falling out of his sleigh and only the innocence of a small child can save him. (Live Action)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS

Fred Flintstone finds out there really is a Santa Claus when the old gentleman falls off his roof and sprains his ankle, leaving Fred to substitute for Santa. (Animated)

(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

 

Tuesday, December 13

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) MEET THE SANTAS

As a requirement for recently inheriting his father’s North Pole throne, Nick Claus must have a wife, and he’s found her in single-mom Beth Marshall. With Christmas only four days away, the countdown to the wedding of the year is here. But trouble brews when Beth’s mother, a class-conscious non-believer, casts doubts on her future son-in-law’s sanity. And when in-laws collide it’s going to take some holiday magic to make wishes come true. (Live Action)

(6:00-6:30 PM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – ABC Family Premiere

When Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar, it’s up to Alex, Marty, Gloria, Melman and those wacky penguins to save Christmas. (Animated)

(6:30-7:00 PM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – ABC Family Premiere

Po’s favorite holiday is the Winter Feast. Every year he and his father hang decorations, cook together all day, and serve noodle soup to a happy crowd of villagers. But this year, Shifu informs Po that as Dragon Warrior, it is his duty to host the highly formal Winter Feast at the Jade Palace. Po is caught between his obligations as the Dragon Warrior and his family traditions, between Shifu and Mr. Ping. As the holiday preparations escalate, Po finds it impossible to please both of them. In the end, Po follows his heart, showing both Shifu and Mr. Ping the true meaning of tradition, community and family. (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Wednesday, December 14

(7:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE

Starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow, “Santa Claus: The Movie” tells the story of the legend of Santa Claus and brings it to life. (Live Action)

(5:00-5:30 PM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(5:30-6:00 PM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(6:30–8:30 PM ET/PT) PIXAR SHORT FILMS

Get ready for a fun-filled night of Walt Disney Pictures Presents “Pixar Short Films” that will include the following film shorts: “Presto,” “Lifted,” “Jack-Jack Attack,” “BURN-E,” “Adventures of Andre and Wally B.,” “Boundin,” “For the Birds,” “Geri’s Game,” “Knick Knack,” “Luxo Jr.,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Mike’s New Car,” “One Man Band,” “Red’s Dream,” “Tin Toy,” and “Your Friend the Rat.” New additions to the line-up include “Partly Cloudy,” “Dug’s Special Mission” as well as several vignettes featuring characters from the “Toy Story” movies, “WALL•E” and “Up.” (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S FINDING NEMO

This comedic and eventful tale follows the journeys of two fish – the overly cautious Marlin and his curious son Nemo – who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son – who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. (Animated)

 

Thursday, December 15

(7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT) CHASING CHRISTMAS

In this ABC Family original holiday movie, single father Jack (Tom Arnold) is visited by his old business partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in an attempt to change Jack’s perspective on the holiday. (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS DO-OVER

This ABC Family original movie tells the story of Kevin (Jay Mohr), who unwittingly gets a chance to go back and do things differently when he is forced to relive one terrible Christmas over and over again. (Live Action)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) A CHIPMUNK CHRISTMAS – ABC Family Premiere (Animated)

Swept up in a holiday mood, Alvin gives away his cherished harmonica to a sick little boy.  Meanwhile, Dave has booked Alvin to perform a harmonica solo at Carnegie Hall!

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S FINDING NEMO – (*See Wednesday, December 14, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Acclaimed and treasured like no other, Disney’s beloved modern classic will sweep you off your feet. Be our guest and join the beloved, independent Belle and the Beast with the soul of a prince as they cast an enchanting spell.  (Animated)

 

Friday, December 16

(7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS IN BOSTON

Childhood pen-pals Gina (Marla Sokoloff) and Seth have created a lifelong friendship based solely on letters and snapshots they’ve sent to each other.  Afraid to face the truth, each sends their best friend to pose as them in person, but when the friends start falling for each another, Gina and Seth discover much more than they ever expected in this ABC Family original holiday movie. (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) THREE DAYS

In this ABC Family original movie starring Kristin Davis, an angel interrupts destiny to give love 72 hours for a second chance. (Live Action)

(6:00-6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Mickey’s Christmas Special is a collection of Disney shorts that tell fun holiday tales with some of Disney’s most popular characters.  The shorts include “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Toy Tinkers” and “Donald’s Snow Fight.”

(6:30–7:00 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – (*See Thursday, December 15, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S UP – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredrickson, part rascal and part dreamer, takes to the sky by tying thousands of balloons to his house. Unbeknownst to Carl, a young Wilderness Explorer named Russell becomes an unexpected stowaway for the journey. (Animated)

 

Saturday, December 17

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY

“Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey” tells the story of the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Based on the Christmas song, the “Little Drummer Boy” tells the story of Aaron, a poor boy who cannot afford to buy a present for baby Jesus and instead plays a special song for him on his drums. (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS

Carlo Collodi’s most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Geppetto’s Christmas gift. (Animated)

(9:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description) (Animated)

(10:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(11:00 AM –12:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(12:00–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(1:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) A MISER BROTHERS’ CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(2:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(3:00–3:30 PM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(3:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S UP – (*See Friday, December 16, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S TOY STORY

Disney?Pixar’s “Toy Story” tells the story of a fantastic, fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys— Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the fearless space ranger. (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – Encore Presentation (Animated)

(11:00 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

The holder of a Golden Ticket wins a trip to where the world’s most wonderful sweets are made, in the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder). (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 18

(7:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS

When Puppy Paws, the feisty son of Santa Paws, forgets the true meaning of the season, it’s up to the Buddies to remind him that Christmas is not about what you get; it’s about what you give. (Live Action)

(9:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS

Meet Santa’s BFF in this holiday movie for the whole family. (Live Action)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) RICHIE RICH’S CHRISTMAS WISH

Richie Rich gets more than he bargained for when Professor Keanbean (Eugene Levy) invents a wishing machine that magically transports Richie to an alternate universe where his nasty cousin Reggie Van Dough rules with an iron fist. (Live Action)

(1:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) TOY STORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) TOY STORY 2

When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (voice of Wayne Knight), kidnaps Woody (voice of Tom Hanks), the toys get into one predicament after another in their daring race to get Woody back before Andy returns. (Animated)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) TOY STORY 2 – Encore Presentation (Animated)

 

Monday, December 19

(7:00-11:00 AM ET/PT) PICKING UP & DROPPING OFF

In this ABC Family original movie, Scott Wolf stars as a single father who finds himself running into the same woman on his many visits to the airport to pick up and drop off his son. (Live Action)

(11:00-11:30 AM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Monday, December 12, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS

After learning that his best friend’s parents are getting a divorce, Justin (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) fears the worst when he sees his mother kissing Santa Claus. (Live Action)

(1:30-3:30 PM ET/PT) I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

If a college jokester (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) makes it home for the holidays by a certain time, his dad’s Porsche is his.  But, after one prank too many, he’s left stranded wearing nothing but a Santa Claus suit with no option except to hitchhike cross country. (Live Action)

(3:30–6:00 PM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Live Action)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) PHINEAS AND FERB CHRISTMAS VACATION

Phineas and Ferb want to show Santa how grateful they are for the work that he does every year at Christmas time by transforming the city of Danville into a giant shimmering thank you card and building a rest stop for Santa to relax in between delivering presents. (Animated)

(6:30-8:30 PM ET/PT) ALADDIN

In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Abu, battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine. (Animated)

(8:30–11:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES

Disney?Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning “The Incredibles” is an action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. (Animated)

12:00-12:30 AM ET/PT) KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY SPECIAL – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30-1:00 AM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

 

Tuesday, December 20

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS

Ernest P. Worell, a sweet but silly taxi driver who at times suffers delusions of grandeur, has just chauffeured a rather extraordinary fare: Santa Claus. (Live Action)

(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) MERRY MADAGASCAR – (*See Tuesday, December 13, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) UNACCOMPANIED MINORS – (*See Saturday, December 10, for description.) (Live Action)

(1:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Live Action)

(4:00-6:00 PM ET/PT) ALADDIN – (*See Monday, December 19, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–6:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – (*See Friday, December 16, for description.) (Animated)

(6:30–9:00 PM ET/PT) DISNEY?PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES – (*See Monday, December 19, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT) A FLINTSTONE CHRISTMAS – (*See Monday, December 12, for description.) (Animated)

 

Wednesday, December 21

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY

In the ABC Family original movie, a 12-year-old boy who is forced to relive his least favorite holiday over and over again until he has learned to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) SONS OF MISTLETOE

An heiress, Helen Radke (Roma Downey), returns home during the holidays following her father’s death to settle his estate, which includes a boys’ home established by him over sixty years ago in this ABC Family original movie.   (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) THE DOG WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS

Christmas chaos ensues in the ABC Family original movie “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” when the Bannister family adopts a misguided guard dog, Zeus (voiced by Mario Lopez), to try and keep their home safe from neighborhood prowlers. (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BUDDIES: THE LEGEND OF SANTA PAWS – (*See Sunday, December 18, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) THE SEARCH FOR SANTA PAWS – (*See Sunday, December 18, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–7:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING

The half-hour holiday special reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. (Animated)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

 

Thursday, December 22

(7:00–9:00 AM ET/PT) THE CHRISTMAS LIST

In this ABC Family original movie, perfume saleslady Melody Parris (Mimi Rogers) feels like her life is stuck in neutral so she decides to make a Christmas list. After it’s deposited in Santa’s mailbox at the store, she starts getting everything she wanted, but it doesn’t always turn out as she expected. (Live Action)

(9:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CAPER

Cate Dove (Shannen Doherty) is forced into hiding after a jewel heist gone awry so she jumps at the chance to get out of the city and babysit for her niece and nephew. Ever the opportunist, Cate makes the most of her suburban prison by using her distain for sentimentality to plot a Grinch-like heist of the entire town’s Christmas loot in the ABC Family original movie “Christmas Caper.” (Live Action)

(11:00 AM–1:00 PM ET/PT) SECRET SANTA – ABC FAMILY PREMIERE

Eager journalist Rebecca (Jennie Garth) has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? (Live Action)

(1:00–3:00 PM ET/PT) ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) TWICE UPON A CHRISTMAS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(7:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(12:00–12:30 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH GRINCHES THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

 

Friday, December 23

(8:00–10:00 AM ET/PT) SNOWGLOBE – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:00 AM–12:00 PM ET/PT) CHRISTMAS CUPID

In this ABC Family original movie, Christina Milian stars as high powered Hollywood publicist, Sloane, who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client, Caitlin (Ashley Benson), in a modern day take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic story of A Christmas Carol. (Live Action)

(12:00–2:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description.) (Live Action)

(2:00–4:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE

Jenny McCarthy reprises her role as Mary Class, Santa’s business minded daughter, starring alongside Paul Sorvino and Dean McDermott. (Live Action)

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) HOLIDAY IN HANDCUFFS – (*See Sunday, December 11, for description) (Live Action)

(6:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:30 PM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Live Action)

(10:30 PM–1:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – Encore Presentation (Live Action)

 

Saturday, December 24

(7:00–7:30 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(7:30–8:00 AM ET/PT) THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY BOOK II

In this sequel to the famous Christmas tale, the drummer boy and a wise man set out in search of a set of pure silver bells to present to the baby Jesus. (Animated)

(8:00–8:30 AM ET/PT) CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–9:00 AM ET/PT) PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON

Based on the hit song by Peter, Paul, and Mary, a shy boy learns the value of courage from his friend, Puff. (Burgess Meredith). (Animated)

(9:00–9:30 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – (*See Friday, December 2, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–11:00 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description.) (Animated)

(11:00–11:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–1:30 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH & FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Rudolph’s magical glowing nose is not only helpful at Christmas but also in the heat of summer when Rudolph and his friend, Frosty the Snowman, are called in to rescue a struggling circus at a special July 4th benefit.  (Animated)

(1:30–3:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER AND THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(3:00–3:30 PM ET/PT) MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT) WINNIE THE POOH AND CHRISTMAS TOO – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Animated)

(4:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8 for description.) (Animated)

(5:00–5:30 PM ET/PT) DISNEY’S PREP & LANDING – (*Wednesday, December 21, for description.) (Animated)

(6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(7:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(9:00–11:30 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(11:30 PM–1:30 AM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

 

Sunday, December 25

(7:30–8:30 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST – (*See Thursday, December 8 for description.) (Animated)

(8:30–9:30 AM ET/PT) PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS – (*See Saturday, December 17, for description) (Animated)

(9:30–10:00 AM ET/PT) FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND – (*Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00–10:30 AM ET/PT) ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description) (Animated)

(10:30–11:30 AM ET/PT) RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(11:30 AM–12:30 PM ET/PT) SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(12:30–1:30 PM ET/PT) THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS – (*See Thursday, December 8, for description.) (Animated)

(1:30 PM–3:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE – (*See Thursday, December 1, for description.) (Live Action)

(3:30-5:30 PM ET/PT) THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE – (*See Friday, December 9, for description.) (Live Action)

(5:30–8:00 PM ET/PT) HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK – (*See Tuesday, December 6, for description.) (Live Action)

(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) THE POLAR EXPRESS – (*See Monday, December 5, for description.) (Animated)

(10:00 PM-12:00 AM ET/PT) NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION – (*See Wednesday, December 7, for description.) (Live Action)

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Weber & SanDisk Winners!

The winner of the SanDisk MP3 Player is:

Four others will receive a 20% off coupon – those lucky four are:

And the winner of the Weber “Time to Grill” cookbook is:

Congratulations to both of the winners – and thanks to everyone who entered!

Health Awareness

As I get older, it becomes more and more important to me to be health conscious. It seems like it’s more common to talk about various awareness campaigns for conditions – I see posts on Facebook all the time for things like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. I don’t know if I see it a lot because my friends are getting older too, or if there really is just a rise in health awareness overall.

We have a friend who started developing diabetes symptoms a while back – he has since taken control of his health, gotten in shape, and now he doesn’t have the symptoms any more! It was an inspiration to me that we can all take action to be healthier people.

Even for people living with diabetes or some other condition, there are so many things you can do to make yourself as healthy as possible and lessen the strength of symptoms. How “health aware” are you?

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Being Prepared

When I go grocery shopping, I try to plan at least a week in advance. Before we had kids, when I had more time to be organized, I could even get two weeks’ worth of groceries taken care of in one shopping trip. Of course, if we had more space for food storage that’d help! One day I hope to have a large pantry so I can have more long term food storage. I love the idea of having ingredients on hand to be able to prepare something on the spot if guests are coming over, or if I don’t have time to run to the grocery store. Another aspect I’ve thought of is planning for emergencies. In the part of Texas we’re at, we don’t have a threat of hurricanes or earthquakes, but I still think it’s wise to have emergency food on hand. One day maybe I’ll have the space to be as prepared as I’d like to be!

How much food do you store on a regular basis? And how often do you go grocery shopping? What are your favorite foods to have on hand for when company shows up unexpectedly? I’d love to hear!

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Food for Intergalactic Travel

Yes, that is by far the most random post title on my blog. Do you know what I’m referring to, though? Astronaut food! Brian and I were talking about this just the other day. And, okay, astronaut food isn’t the technically correct term. Whatever you call it, freeze dried food is pretty amazing. I remember getting to sample some as a child and thinking it was so cool!

Nowadays, though, freeze dried food is for more than just the few people partaking in space travel. It’s great food insurance for any natural disaster, and an important part of emergency preparedness kits. For people in earthquake or hurricane zones, these kits can provide food for days and last for a really long time.

Someday I’m sure the boys will have the chance to try “astronaut food” and I hope they’ll think it’s as cool as I once did!

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Out of Print Coasters Add a Fun Touch to Home Decor

Brian and I love to read,  so we totally got a kick out of the coaster set from OutOfPringClothing.com. This set provides a nod to eight literary classics, including one of my favorite, Pride & Prejudice!

Even the packaging alone on the coasters is clever – it looks like a canvas-wrapped hardback book with a belly band. Love it! When the coasters are stored in the case, they become the pages of the book.

The coasters are water-resistant and make a graphic statement. They’re also a great conversation starter, since most people will have read a lot of the books referenced on the coasters.

These coasters would make a great stocking stuffer for any book lover, or even just anyone who likes pops of color in their home decor. You can buy the coasters here – they retail for $20.00. They also have tote bags, phone cases, clothing and more!

Note: I received a set of the coasters for review. All opinions are honest and my own. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

How Are You Saving Money This Holiday Season?

As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, I’m a huge fan of coupons. Now that I do so much shopping online, I very rarely make a purchase without seeking out a coupon code. Recently I bought a gift for someone (I can’t tell you what it is, because that person reads this blog!) and I found a code that saved me $36.00. That kind of savings adds up quickly, and is something everyone should make a standard part of their online shopping, in my opinion.

CouponCodes4U is my new go-to place for coupons. It’s amazing to me the vast variety of stores and sites they have codes available for! And, for instance – I’m a huge fan of shopping on Black Friday. It’s the thrill of the hunt that I love… there’s just something about finding a bargain! CouponCodes4U has a whole section of codes that can be used for online Black Friday shopping, and you can do it in your PJ’s! They even have gift ideas (and coupons for them, of course). You can get deals on anything from jewelry to spa days for women, and from video games to Eurosport soccer gear.

Above is an example of one of their coupon entries. I really like the way the site is set up because you can easily scroll through to see what retailers have codes available, and then click ones that interest you to find out more information. The text in red makes it very clear when the deal expires, so you don’t inadvertently try a code that isn’t good anymore. I’ve had that happen to me with codes from other sites… it’s really frustrating when you think you’ve found a bargain and then it doesn’t work! With this site, though, it’s very obvious if a code is still good or not.

CouponCodes4U.com is a really useful site that I’d certainly keep bookmarked throughout the peak shopping season. You can even follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to get updates on discount availability!

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Friendly Friday – November 18

Welcome to Friendly Friday! Friendly Friday begins at 8pm Central Thursday nights each week. We hope you’ll come back and join us again next week – and remember, the earlier you link up, the higher up on the list you are!

Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog, too! Just get the InLinkz code and copy it directly into your post. The code is different every week, so be sure to get the new code when hosting Friendly Friday on your blog. Hosting the list is a great way to get even more traffic to your blog and make Friendly Friday more beneficial for everyone.

Thanks for joining the Friendly Friday celebration hosted by Christi at Frugal Novice, Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier and Charla at Healthy Home Blog! We invite you to join us every Friday to make more friends in blogville, get more blog followers and follow other great blogs out there.

To join in the Friendly Friday celebration, include your family-friendly link in our list, follow the hostesses in the first 3 spots and then start blog hopping! Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love. Then take a minute to follow them through Google Friend Connect – this is a good way to keep up with other blogs, but also lets us show support to each other! Please DO NOT list your giveaways here, links must be to either your homepage or your Friday posting with your blog title. All others will be deleted.

When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Friendly Friday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers out of participating, and it’s a win-win situation. We would love for you to also grab our Friendly Friday button and post it on your blog and/or in a post – the more bloggers that find out about Friendly Friday and participate, the better!

Spotlight on Friendly Friday Followers! We love your participation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we’ll select one blog at random and will feature links and a write-up for that blog in the content of next week’s Friendly Friday post. There are so many seriously wonderful blogs out there, and this will be a great way to highlight one of those each week. Say hello to the lucky chosen blog & blogger for this week (and feel free to stop by and give her a little extra love):

Ms. Posh and Posh Bissie have devoted their site, Posh on a Budget, to sharing how to actually live the posh life on a limited budget.  They share tips and reviews, deals and coupons, a lot of consumer info, and also have several giveaways going on right now.    In the mood to save money?  Check out their site!  You can find good consumer tips for shopping on Black Friday, as well as other helpful info such as hot coupon codes and other coupon savings.

Now that you know about this wonderful blog, it’s time for you to join in! Add your family-friendly link below and we’ll see you back here every Friday! And don’t forget, you canget the InLinkz code to share Friendly Friday on your blog!

All three hostesses appreciate followers through GFC and Twitter, and we’ll follow you back – be sure to leave a comment with your URL and/or Twitter username. Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Let Dearfoams Slippers Make Your Feet Happy! (Giveaway!)

Now that cold weather has arrived (yes, even here in Texas!) I am all about being comfy and cozy from head to toe. When I’m at home you’ll find me in jammies and a hoodie… and soon, even my feet will be warm with Dearfoams slippers!

A little later I’ll tell you about my awesome giveaway, where THREE winners will get their own Dearfoams slippers. But first, check out this fun promotion that’s going on over at the Dearfoams Facebook page… a Happy Feet Two Design-A-Slipper contest! This ends December 2, so be sure and check it out now – I had a lot of fun with it, and you can win great prizes, too.

Dearfoams is also holding weekly slippers giveaways on their Facebook page. Just “Like” them and fill out the form on the giveaway tab to enter!

Now, onto yet another giveaway, one that’s happening right here, right now. I get to hold a giveaway for slippers – and pick THREE winners!!

Three lucky winners will get to select one of these pairs of slippers:

 

This giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+. Entries will be accepted until the end of the day (midnight Central) Thursday, December 8. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Official Rules.

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Dearfoams site and comment below with a link to your favorite slippers!

(Only valid after the required entry has been completed)

Please leave a comment for each extra entry – if you blog about this giveaway and get 2 entries, for example, comment 2 times.

Note: I am receiving a pair of slippers from Dearfoams, and they are providing three pairs of slippers for the giveaway. Any opinions provided in this post are honest and my own. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

Quick Draw Giveaway – $25 Gift Code!

It’s time for another Quick Draw giveaway. This will last about 24 hours, with it closing at 10AM Central.

I’m really excited about the prize – a $25 gift code to Melissa & Doug! This is one of my FAVORITE toy companies, so it’s awesome to be able to share this with y’all. They have great wooden toys, puzzles, arts & crafts kits, and more.

 

So, here’s how today’s giveaway works:

Find the giveaway numbers hidden among product pages on my Holiday Gift Guide. You’re looking for something like this:

Find the numbers for November 13th, 15th, and today (17th).

Enter the numbers as the password on this post.

Leave a comment on the password-protected post.

Voila! You’re entered to win!

If you have any questions, please let me know. Happy hunting, and good luck to everyone!!

Remember, do not comment on THIS post – go to the password-protected post to enter!